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  • Speaker notes: Preliminary data from a WHO study on risk factors suggest that inactivity or sedentary life style is one of the 10 leading global causes of death, disease and disability.
  • Speaker notes: The recent study conducted by the world Health Organisation (WHO) to supervise the health of Indian professionals, has made some stunning revelations. It says that almost 47 percent of the working people in Indian industries are found to be overweight while Around 27 percent are suffering from hypertension. Around 10 percent of those surveyed were also found to be diabetic.
  • Speaker notes: Quoting a Lancet report, renowned cardiologist Dr R.R. Kasliwal has warned that India would account for 60 per cent of the world's cardiovascular diseases by 2010.
  • Speaker notes: Explains Ishi Khosla, clinical nutritionist & director, Wholefood: “India exhibits a very complex pattern when it comes to diet. On one end of the spectrum is a large population which is malnourished and has little access to health foods. On the other, there’s is this growing tribe of affluent sections which is over-nourished and has excessive intake of calories and fatty food. Ask participants: Why are more Indians seen indulging in dietary indiscretion and inviting a host of problems for themselves?
  • Speaker notes: Scientists are proving that what's in the foods you eat can effect the chemical composition of your brain. The foods you eat can affect your mood, including your level of alertness and your behavior
  • Speaker notes: Anushka Mehta just felt angry all the time. She was angry when she missed her ride to office, angry when she didn't get to eat what she wanted, angry that she couldn't complete that office project on time and angry at herself for being so angst-ridden at all times. "I would wake up feeling livid and even at the end of the day I'd feel exactly the same way. It was as if I was trapped in a vicious cycle," says this 29-year-old marketing executive. "I went for anger management sessions, tried to talk to counselors and even sought the help of my friends (as many as I had left) to deal with my temper. But nothing helped."  Until her mother mildly suggested that perhaps it was her diet and lifestyle that was taking a toll on her. A big foodie, Anushka loved her food spicy and couldn't eat a single meal without some sort of non-vegetarian dish and refused to drink a drop of milk. "And as always, mom was right. It was my food habits that were setting off my emotional triggers," she says. "So a change in lifestyle was a must and after consulting an Ayurvedic doctor as well as a nutritionist I decided to switch to a satvik diet." (Hindustan times, July 1 2008) Satvik food isn't yet another brand new fad diet; it's a way of life that has been there since time immemorial.
  • Speaker notes: Go to the grocery store and you will see more and more processed foods with snazzy marketing telling you how good their product is – but is it healthy? You must pay close attention to what you put in your mouth. There’s great temptation to eat comfort food – but that’s only making things worse.
  • Speaker notes: It’s like giving your Ferrari the grimiest fuel and oil. It’s engine won’t purr if you give it that junk. Same with your body – that’s including your mind.
  • Speaker notes: The science of nutrition and healthy living are presented in elaborate detail in the Seventeenth Chapter of the Bhagavad-gita . As per the Bhagavad-gita, The purpose of food is to increase the duration of life, purify the mind and aid bodily strength. This is its only purpose.
  • Food can be categorized in three modes: Satvik, Rajsik and Tamsik
  • Speaker notes: Satvik: mode of goodness Increases the duration of life purifies one's existence and gives strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such foods are juicy, fatty, wholesome, and pleasing to the heart and pure in nature. They help promote mental clarity, emotional serenity and sensual balance and aid in the coordinated functioning of the body, mind, heart, senses and spirit. Eg: Cereals, Fresh fruit, vegetables, pure fresh juices, milk, butter, cheese, legumes, nuts, Sprouted seeds & whole grains etc Fatty foods, as mentioned here, have no connection with animal fat obtained by slaughter. Animal fat is available in the form of milk, which is the most wonderful of all foods. Milk, butter, cheese and similar products give animal fat in a form which rules out any need for the killing of innocent creatures. It is only through brute mentality that this killing goes on. The civilized method of obtaining needed fat is by milk. Slaughter is the way of subhumans. Protein is amply available through split peas, dhal , whole wheat, etc.
  • Speaker notes: Rajsik: mode of passion Foods those are bitter, too salty, or too hot or overly mixed with red pepper, cause misery by reducing the mucus in the stomach, leading to disease. Rajas mode of eating focuses on taste, not nutrition value. It is supposedly tasty in the beginning but tends to cause disease at the end. They need to be fried and then treated with spices before they can be served. They destroy the mind-body equilibrium, feeding the body at the expense of the mind. Too much Rajsik food will over-stimulate the body and excite the passions, making the mind restless and uncontrollable. Eating in a hurry is also considered Rajsik. Eg: hot substances such as strong spices or strong herbs, onion, garlic, stimulants such as coffee and tea etc
  • Speaker notes: Tamsik: mode of ignorance Food prepared more than three hours before being eaten, food that is tasteless, decomposed and putrid, and food consisting of remnants and untouchable. They increase infection or disease. Overeating is also considered tamasik. Eg: meat, eggs, alcohol, tobacco, fermented foods such as vinegar, stale overripe substances etc
  • Human anatomy: Is our body designed to consume meat? Let us compare our body with a carnivore as well as a herbivore
  • Ask the participants to guess – of which animal / species these skulls are? Conclude that herbivores like man, cow and horse have well developed molars and don’t have canines to tear flesh.
  • In human being length of intestines is 10-12 times the body length. In case of carnivores, it is 3-4 times. Meat decomposes / putrefies very fast and hence food in carnivores is quickly digested and ejected from the system. Hence small length of intestines.
  • Speaker notes: The medical evidence is overwhelming and indisputable The more meat we eat, the more heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other degenerative disease we suffer. This has been exhaustively demonstrated beyond any doubt. If it were natural for us to eat these foods, they wouldn't kill us. The fact that health can be regained by laying off meat is powerful evidence that we shouldn't have been eating those foods in the first place. Vegetarians overall are 20% less likely to die from heart attack than meat-eaters.
  • Speaker notes: Cooked meat and fish contains carcinogens, which attack the cell’s DNA, alter it and develop cancer. Stress hormones and toxins. When terrified animals are put to death, their bodies immediately release all kinds of hormones and toxins. Consequently, large amounts of uric acid, adrenalin, and other hormones are found in the flesh of slaughtered animals. These fear and stress hormones instigate violent behavior in human beings.
  • Speaker notes: In the U.S. alone, 6,60,000 animals are killed for meat every hour
  • Speaker notes: In the U.S. alone, 6,60,000 animals are killed for meat every hour
  • Speaker notes: A newborn calf is likely to be taken to a veal factory. There, he will be locked up in a stall and chained by his neck to prevent him from turning around for his entire life. He will be injected with antibiotics and hormones to make him grow.
  • Speaker notes: 20 million people die annually as a result of malnutrition.
  • Speaker notes: Help end world hunger Every day forty thousand children on this planet needlessly starve to death. According to the Department of Agriculture statistics, one acre of land can grow 20,000 pounds of potatoes. That same acre of land, when used to grow cattle feed, can produce less than 165 pounds of edible cow flesh. UN Secretary General recently admitted that meat consumption in rich countries is key cause for hunger around the world
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  • Speaker notes: All of our actions, including our choice of food, have karmic consequences
  • Speaker notes: Modern civilization's hunger for meat and its extensive system of vicious and barbaric slaughtering facilities bring karmic reactions in the form of world wars, "slaughterhouses for humankind."
  • Speaker notes: Modern civilization's hunger for meat and its extensive system of vicious and barbaric slaughtering facilities bring karmic reactions in the form of world wars, "slaughterhouses for humankind."
  • Speaker notes: We will now see few common misconceptions that people have towards a vegetarian diet.
  • Speaker notes: Myth 1. Vegetarians can’t get enough protein Many times the mention of vegetarianism elicits the predictable reaction, "What about protein?"
  • Speaker notes: To this the vegetarian might well reply, "What about the elephant? And the bull? And the rhinoceros?"
  • Speaker notes: As a vegetarian, primary protein sources are dairy, grains, beans, nuts and legumes.
  • Speaker notes: Myth 2. Vegetarians lack energy and strength Nearly everyone desires more energy, yet few people make the connection between fatigue and eating meat! Most people, even health professionals, mistakenly believe that eating meat is necessary for good health and strength. In fact, eating animal flesh significantly reduces energy and contributes towards overall ill health. Having a big meal of meat and eggs will make one feel lethargic and sleepy because of the degree of energy required to digest that kind of non vegetarian food. Thus, having non vegetarian meal will make you feel low in energy. Vegetarian foods are easily digested and require very less energy to digest food in comparison to non vegetarian food. Hence you feel full of energy after having a vegetarian meal. The power of a balanced vegetarian diet is exemplified in the lives of many world class athletes. Dave Scott, universally recognized as the greatest triathlete in the world, is a vegetarian. He calls the idea that people, especially athletes, need animal protein a "ridiculous fallacy." performance is highest on meat-free diets.
  • Speaker notes: Myth 3. Even vegetarians are equally guilty of killing, if animals feel pain so do plants, is that also not equal to killing? In response, it may be pointed out that vegetarian foods such as fruits, nuts, milk, and grains do not require any killing. But even in those cases where a plant's life is taken, the pain involved is much less than when an animal is slaughtered, because the plant's nervous system is less developed. Clearly there is a vast difference between pulling a carrot out of the ground and killing a lamb. Besides that Lord prescribes in the BG “ If you offer me with love patram, pushpam, phalam, toyam (leaf, flower, fruit or water) I will accept it.” If we eat our designated food (leaf, flower, fruit or water), in a way prescribed by the Lord (yajna sistha – offering food to God) we are freed of all sins.
  • Speaker notes: Regulated eating yuktähära-vihärasya yukta-ceñöasya karmasu yukta-svapnävabodhasya yogo bhavati duùkha-hä He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains by practicing the yoga system. (Ref: Bhagavad-gétä As It Is 6.17) Regulation of diet and sleep is recommended. Such regulation in work, speech, sleep, wakefulness and all other bodily activities saves one from material misery. These instructions are revealed in the Sixth Chapter of the Bhagavad-gita.
  • Speaker notes: Eat to live, not live to eat
  • Speaker notes: Don’t eat just before bedtime Many of us today follow an eating pattern that isn't healthy: we skip breakfast, eat a hurried lunch at our workstation or on the go, and then eat a large dinner, often too close to bedtime. If you’re seeking good restful sleep, avoid eating before bedtime. Eating fatty foods before bed will slow down the emptying of the stomach, leading to indigestion, while spicy foods can lead to heartburn and indigestion. Eating right before you retire for the night gives your body less of a chance to digest the food. Generally, the rule of the thumb is to not eat anything within 3 hours of your bedtime. Eating late at night also forces your body to use its energy on digestion,. One of the primary functions of sleep is to help you recuperate from the day. You want your body to be as relaxed as possible so you can wake up energized. Work with your digestion rhythms, not against them: According to Ayurveda, your digestive agni – the "fire" in your stomach that cooks the foods you eat and makes them into rasa , the nutritional essence that builds healthy cells and tissues, is most active around noon. That's why Ayurvedic teachings recommend that the largest or heaviest meal of the day be lunch.
  • Avoid fast foods, deep fried and canned foods. They fall under the category of rajsik and tamsik food.
  • Speaker notes: Water is pure liquid refreshment and accounts for a large percentage of what makes the human body. Almost 2/3rds of our body weight is "water weight“. Blood is 83% water Muscles are 75% water The brain is 74% water Bone is 22% water Your body has to stay well hydrated to perform at its best and to properly process all the nutrients in the food you eat. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Speaker notes: Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health, and no single food supplies them all. Your daily food selection should include whole-grain products; fruits; vegetables; dairy products; and other protein foods.
  • Speaker notes: Just by transforming your diet, you will dramatically reshape your body, mood, energy level, and overall wellness Moderation in all the activities of daily life is an important rule of health. Eating at fixed times without snacking between meals helps make the mind and tongue peaceful.
  • Speaker notes: Not too much Not too little. In morderation.
  • Ask participants: How many hours a person should sleep in 24 hours Participants will start telling different numbers. How many of you say – 5 hours a day? Please raise hands How many of you say – 6 hours a day? Please raise hands Like this go on till 10 Inform them that lot’s of research has happened on this topic and finding is: It is not the quantity of sleep that is important, it is the quality.
  • Speaker notes: Not too much Not too little Early to bed and early to rise, makes one healthy, wealthy & wise
  • Speaker notes: Indulge in activities that are enlivening, enlightening and inspiring
  • A queen got a parrot and made a golden cage for it. Daily it would spend time playing with the bird and personally take care of the bird. Once day bird was lying motionless. She got worried. Ministers came and checked – bird was dead. Informed the queen. On introspection queen realized – for days together she was busy playing with the bird, talking to the bird etc but completely forgot to feed the bird. Likewise, in life we can get so bust working hard to take care of the body (cage) and completely forget to feed the bird (soul).

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  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsDedicated to His Divine GraceA.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada(Founder Acharya- ISKCON)
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsAgenda• Lifestyle trends• Healthy living and food-mood relation• Vedic perspective on food• Importance of Vegetarianism
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsSome Alarming facts
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsInactivity orsedentary life style isone of the 10 leadingglobal causesof death, disease anddisabilityAlarming facts(current lifestyle in India)WHO
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsAlarming facts(current lifestyle in India)47%Overweight27%Hypertension10%DiabetesWHO
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsAlarming facts(current lifestyle in India)60%of worlds cardiovascular diseasesBy 2010, India would account for
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsAlarming facts(current lifestyle in India)• Poor attention to healthMajor factors that contribute to poorliving habits.• Poor eating habits, especially eating junkfood between meals• Poor exercise habits
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsAlarming facts(current lifestyle in India)Malnourished and has littleaccess to health foodsOver-nourished and has excessiveintake of calories and fatty food
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsFoods you eat can effect your moodsincluding your level of alertness& your behavior
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsHinduCourtesy: Hindustan Times
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsThe science of nutrition and healthy livingare presented in elaborate detail inthe Bhagavad-gita• Increase the duration of life• Purify the mind• Aid bodily strengthPurpose of food:
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsFood can be categorized in three modesSatvik- mode of goodnessRajsik- mode of passionTamsik- mode of ignorance
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsSatvik-mode of goodness(Such foods are juicy, fatty, wholesome, and pleasing tothe heart and pure in nature)
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits(Foods those are bitter, too salty, or too hot oroverly mixed with red pepper)Rajsik-mode of passion
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsTamsik-mode of ignorance(Food prepared more than three hours before being eaten, tasteless,decomposed and putrid, and food consisting of remnants and untouchable)
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsEmbrace VegetarianismFor healthy living, it isimportant to
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsWHY?
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsHuman anatomy1
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsHumanHerbivoreCarnivoreComparisonTeeth:IncisorsTeeth:CaninesShort andpointedLong, sharpand curved totear fleshBroad,flattenedand spadeshapedDull andshortWelldevelopedGoodside-to-side motionThe comparative anatomy of eating
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits1. Human Being2. Cow3. Cat4. Dog5. Horse
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsHumanHerbivoreCarnivoreComparisonTeeth:MolarsChewingSharpNone,swallowsfood wholeFlattenedExtensivechewingFlattenedExtensivechewingThe comparative anatomy of eating
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsHumanHerbivoreCarnivoreComparisonSalivaCarbohydratedigestingenzymes notpresent< pH 1(to digest toughanimal muscle,bone, etc.)pH 4 to 5Acidic saliva: Alkaline saliva: Alkaline saliva:CarbohydratedigestingenzymespresentCarbohydratedigestingenzymespresentpH 4 to 5Stomachacidity withfood in itThe comparative anatomy of eating
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsHumanHerbivoreCarnivoreComparisonLengthof smallIntestineColon3 to 6 timesbody lengthSimple, shortand smooth> 10 timesbody lengthLong,complex10 to11times bodylengthLong,complexThe comparative anatomy of eating
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsThe comparative anatomy of eatingHumanHerbivoreCarnivoreComparisonPerspirationNailsNo skin pores,perspiresthroughtongueSharp clawsPerspiresthroughmillionsof skin poresFlattenednailsor blunthoovesPerspiresthroughmillionsof skin poresFlattenednails
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsYour Health2
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsVegetarians overall are20% less likelyto die from heart attackthan meat-eaters
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits“90% - 97% of heartdiseases can be preventedby a vegetarian diet.”Courtesy: Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsMeat contains 14 times morechemicals and pesticidesthan plant foods
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits3 Cruelty to animals
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsIn the U.S. alone6,60,000 animalsare killed for meatevery hour
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsThe ModernSlaughterhouseWorse thanhell !
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsMusic legend and animal advocatePaul McCartney“If the windowsof slaughter housesare made of glasses,no one in the worldwould be anon-vegetarian.”
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits“While our bodiesare the livinggraves of murderedanimals, how canwe expect anyideal conditions onearth?”George Bernard Shaw
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits4 Aggravating world hunger
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsHelp end world hunger
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits16 kg grain20 people1 kg beef 2 peopleAccess?
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsKarmic consequences5
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsBy inflicting injury, pain and death, one mustin the future experience the sufferings caused
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsMahabharata mentions …• The purchaser of flesh performs violence byhis wealth• He who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste• The killer does himsa by actually tying andkilling the animalAll of these are to be considered meat-eaters
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsReasons to be avegetarianPressenter
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsVegetarianismMyths
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits1) Vegetarians can’t get enough proteinMyth
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsAmple sourcesof protein
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits2) Vegetarianslack energy and strengthMistaken belief that eatingmeat is necessary forgood health and strength“Ridiculous fallacy”(Dave Scott – Greatest triathlete)Myth
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits3) Even vegetarians areequally guilty of killing,if animals feel pain so doplants, is that also notequal to killing?Myth
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsFamous vegetariansPressenter
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsPhysical wellness
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsyuktähära-vihärasyayukta-ceñöasya karmasuyukta-svapnävabodhasyayogo bhavati duùkha-häHe who is regulated in his habits ofeating, sleeping, recreation and work canmitigate all material pains by practicingthe yoga system.(Bhagavad-gétä 6.17)
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsRegulated eating
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsDon’t eatjust before bedtimeEat a light meal to avoid indigestion
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsAvoid/Minimize
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsDrink Plenty of Water
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsEat satvik food
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsBy transforming your diet, you canreshape your body, mood, energylevels, and overall wellness
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsRegulated sleeping
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsHow many hours a personshould sleep in a day?
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsEarly to bed andearly to rise makesa man healthy,wealthy and wise
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsRegulated recreation
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsSpend time for self developmentand sharpening ‘SQ’
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsRegulated workDon’t forget the goal of life
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsSet yourpriorities right“What isimportant inlife?”
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habits• Food you eat affects your mood,behavior and overall wellnessSummary• Embrace vegetarianism and eatsattvik food• Regulate your eating, sleeping,recreation and work
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsQ & A
  • Secrets of Success Healthy living and Food habitsThank you