The other day I was reading an article about Eat-Stop-Eat Diet, which is getting more and more popular. The article explained the benefits of intermittent fasting, which is nothing but eat-stop-eat technique. As I read the article, I started realizing that this very much relates to our Indian culture wherein intermittent fasting is very much advocated. The only difference is in our culture, it is done in the name of God and a religious practice and scientific explanation were not given for this practice.
Our religious practice advocates fasting once in every 15 days. The fasting is complete in some sects whereas partial fasting is also in practice. Those who follow complete fasting are expected to take just one spoon of sacred water in the morning and do not eat anything else for the whole day of Ekadasi. Some people eat only fruits whereas some others eat snacks. Some eat only once, whereas some twice. In whatever way it is practiced, the basic idea is to give some break from regular eating and fast as much as possible once in 15 days.
Living a healthy life is the aim of all living beings. This includes animals and plants also. It is amazing to note that animals and plants also follow their own norms to maintain a healthy life, and they practice healthy diet, not to talk about human beings. Human beings, as they are the most intelligent of all the existing species have evolved and invented much bringing tremendous changes to the lifestyle. Eager to adopt these changes we forgot our ancient practices and now they are reappearing in a new form like ‘old wine in new bottle’. I find a point to think about and there may be many more like this. Discover them and spread awareness, teach younger generations to revive them, and teach them that our culture is rich to the core.