Forget Low Fat Food And Counting Calories

Though I hate all diet ideas and slimming plans, when I came across ‘The Baby Elephant Diet’, a book written by Sri Ravi Mantha, an established wellness mentor, I felt curious and completed the whole book. That is because the book is quite realistic; it talks about eating right, not eating less.
Forget Low Fat Food and Counting Calories
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Whenever I visit a website, I cannot avoid seeing eye-catchers like ‘ Try this to shed five kilos in a week’, ‘This juice will make you slim without any exercise’, ‘An elephant tried this and became a giraffe’…etc. The weight loss waves have risen too high these days. And the strategy of the market is no less terrifying than the ISIS activities. The market at first bombs us with fried chicken, pizza and aerated drinks. Then it plants the RDX of fitness food—low-fat, low-calorie, low-morality, high-fiber, high-heels and what not? The food planners have enough creativity; only they do not

cut a David out of a stone; they cut a paper boat out of chicken bones and make us believe that we should consume abnormal food to ‘stay healthy’!

Though I hate all diet ideas and slimming plans, when I came across ‘The Baby Elephant Diet’, a book written by Sri Ravi Mantha, an established wellness mentor, I felt curious and completed the whole book. That is because the book is quite realistic; it talks about eating right, not eating less. Mr Mantha does not want people to starve to death, just he advises to eat ‘as much as you like’, but the right food only. The author breaks some popular myths of diet, and shows enough scientific reasons for that. The book is based on genuine research and credible facts, rather than head crushing ideas of modern slimming fad.

In this book the author discusses the science and arts of food; he talks about the magic of taste, the music of chewing, the philosophy of gulping and the ethics of food selection. He shows clear reasons for what to eat, why to eat that and when. He inspires people to have a healthy habit of eating. He abstains from preaching and says everything in a friendly, storytelling format which will make you read the book even if you are not serious about diet. The common notion of diet is more associated with fasting than with eating; Mr Mantha breaks that myth.

The benefit of reading this book is psychological; may be some points are already known to you, but even the most disciplined person falls prey to the bad effects of circumstances. The book makes you conscious about your dietary habits; after you start reading it, you will automatically become conscious about your bad habits and will try to eliminate those habits as soon as possible.

Let me tell you a nice story; I found this in a collection of ‘Osho’s stories’. A thief is impressed by the life of a saint and wants to be his disciple; he says ‘Gurudev, I can do everything, but please do not tell me to stop stealing; I can’t do it’. The Guru says, ‘I will never tell you to stop stealing; just I will tell you that next time when you steal, do it CONSCIOUS-ly; know very well what you are doing. At each step, keep your mind CONSCIOUS about your activities’. The thief came back after seven days and said, ‘Gurudev, you are very clever! You knew that I would not be able to steal with a CONSCIOUS mind!’ He stopped stealing. So, according to the story we are the carb-eating sinners and the author, Mr Mantha, plays the role of the Gurudev; he hits our consciousness.

Now let me tell you a few things which you probably have not heard before:

  • You should stop drinking fruit juice and do yourself the mercy of chewing fruits
  • Two different persons with the same body weight can have different percentages of body fat
  • Low-sugar is more desirable than low-fat
  • Losing body weight and losing body fat are two different things
  • You can comfortably eat as much as you want; just eat the right food.
  • You should eat healthy fat like all types of nuts, butter, ghee and full-fat milk/curd.

Confused? Then please read the book to know the truths behind these things. I specially like the book because the author has not given blunt diet advices; he has also discussed the psychological part of diet to help the readers understand their food psychology and work on that to achieve the goal of healthy life. Also we have a lot of ethical confusion over non-veg diet; the author gives some guidelines regarding the same. Towards the end he discusses an overall strategy of balanced life. I would strongly insist that finish the whole book before starting your new diet plan. You may feel too enthusiastic after reading a few pages and start doing new things; don’t do that.

The name, ‘The Baby Elephant Diet’ is too cute and quite interesting; the art of naming is lost these days. So, it is quite appreciable that the author took special care to name his book skillfully so that it may arouse enough interest among the readers. Read the book and you will know the philosophy behind the name; I will not reveal it here!

Can you guess why I am writing so many words on a book? It is because I feel personally connected with the ideas; through my experience I can tell you how genuine this book is. I would like to thank the author specially for talking against all abnormal factory made nutrition, and the thoughtless use of antibiotic medicines.

Before you read the

book, I would like to mention a few points:

In 2004, I shed 20 (twenty) kilos, by simply changing my diet and walking long distances. I did not know Mr Mantha then; only I stopped eating all types of sugar, limited the amount of carbs and switched to fruits and vegetables. The only mistake I made was eating too much of boiled, spice-less food. It led to serious gut problem later, because your gut will lose the normal ability of digestion if you do not eat oil and spice at all. So, I would insist that eat normal home-cooked food. We live in a hot country; so our traditional cooking is based on low-oil-low-spice theory. You can rely on normal home-cooked food. Many people like to have spicy food at home, but that is sharply against the traditional Indian ideology.

I am sorry to say but I would also disagree with the author in the matter of eating fruits on empty stomach. I personally prefer sattu(gram flour) in breakfast; Mr Mantha has not written anything about sattu, but I don’t think it can be unhealthy. Still you can ask the author through e-mail or on Twitter.

In our Bengali household, mustard oil is the primary medium of cooking; the author has not written anything about mustard oil; I personally do not prefer it due to its heavy texture and strong smell. It can create acidity if used in excess. But our Bengali people are too stubborn in this segment; they think no other oil is edible! I am curious to know about the health factors behind mustard oil; I hope the author will write something on this in future.

Please remember that the author has solicited for low-carb/ limited-carb diet; if you are a Diet-Olympic-Medal pursuer and want to go on zero carb-diet, do it at your own peril.

At last I must give you one suggestion, that is, when you are going to start your Baby Elephant Diet, of course you will find resistance from within the family. Please do not start fighting with your mother or mother-in-law. The Indian mothers are too sweet and they want us to eat more with no bad intention; it is just that they want us to be strong and robust. So, just smile and humbly say that ‘I am done, I will not eat more’; do not reduce the amount of sugar all of a sudden, do it slowly and steadily.

It cannot be done like ‘Listen, let me tell you…I will decide…I have the right to decide…It is me who will suffer etc’. Our Indian society is not made to declare what ‘rights’ we have; ‘I, me, myself’ are strongly disagreeable terms here; things are more subtle here and if you understand the subtlety, it will work in your favor. Ask your mother for more milk, curd, butter, ghee, fruits…she will never doubt that you are on a diet plan! You can trick the same person to serve you healthy food if you apply a little tactics. In case of unhealthy food, always say that ‘I am not hungry, I just ate something, I have gas, acidity…’; never say that ‘I am following a diet routine’. You can be flooded with thousands of counter-opinions. Stay immune to that. Actually when you are going to bring a positive change in your life, you cannot start it with negativity. Don’t fight, stay cool; otherwise the rush of adrenalin and cortisol (stress hormore) will become a new problem!

Peer pressure is really a big challenge in India; not only at home, you will face it at office too. If your office has an evening snacks culture, you cannot oppose to it suddenly. Don’t make a mistake of preaching others about healthy eating; do not at all say that you are following a healthy diet plan. Just say like you are having stomach issues, acidity, gas etc, so you would like to avoid fried junks. Change yourself and let people be inspired by you. Don’t make the mistake of lecturing people before you do it yourself.

The Anti-Diet Squad is even stricter than the Anti-Terror Squad. If they come to know that you are on ‘diet’, they will undiet you as soon as possible. People cannot accept ‘different’ things easily, even if that difference is for good.

Please remember that no self-help book can give you customized guidance. Before applying the knowledge, judge your health, body structure and lifestyle, and make a wise application of the Baby Elephant Diet. Stay healthy, stay fit and happy!

Article Written By arundhatiwriter

To think is human! Idea is what human society is made of.Behind every action and every change, there is an idea! That is why we have left forests and made the cities, right? So I feel the urge to express something new and make people think in a way as they have never done before!

Posted on 25-04-2017 118 4

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  • arundhatiwriter  28-04-2017
    It's my pleasure Sweta. Keep inspiring people and stay connected!
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  • sweta  26-04-2017
    Nice article and factual! Truly, many people blindly follow all those weight reduction techniques, diet etc. whereas it is a simple science. Strict rules of following right diet and lifestyle are the two pillars of any person wishing to manage weight. Very nicely described all relevant points in the article. Yes in most cases high carbs (or sugar) are responsible for high weight, low energy and ill feeling but most people think that its high fat! On the other had good fats such as nuts, seeds, etc. are crucial for our good health.
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    • arundhatiwriter  26-04-2017
      Thank you so much Sweta for reading the article; Please read the book; it costs only Rs 112 on Kindle; it is highly enjoyable and helpful, I am telling you. Actually it is not possible to cover all points in a review; there are so many things about fiber facts and facts about antibiotic medication, sugar substitute, nutrition supplement etc.
      • sweta  27-04-2017
        Though I have not read the book but being into the field of health care research and writing, I am aware of most of the facts regarding natural ingredients, how these help improve human health and also the pros and cons of the drugs such as antibiotics. I appreciate your efforts to actively participate in being healthy and spreading awareness! Thank you.