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Updated on August 30, 2011

Benefits of Minimal Diet


Since ancient times when medical sciences came into existence, diet assumed great importance. In Ayurveda, proper diet has been recommended based on wata, pitta and cough.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was the first man to establish that unbalanced diet and improper food are the causes of diseases. Dr. Samuel Hannemann, the father of Homeopathy, discussed effects of diet on a healthy body as well as on patients.

In our modern times, man has developed a fascination for spicy food, which has led people to consume fast foods prepared in unhealthy way, and spicy dishes are eaten to please the taste - buds, quite unmindful of the stomach and its results.

Such unhealthy food, leaves a latent harmful effect on the body, mind and soul. Unhealthy food badly affects the health and mentality of the consumer and reduces the internal strength which is essential for enduring mental stress. Fasting and Minimal Diet gives rest to the Digestive System, keeps body functions up to date, and helps build mental control on oneself.

A continuous working factory allows weekly holiday to its workers. In Western Countries, five day week is observed. Even though it may appear to be a loss of two working days and consequent reduction of production, but the rest for two days nurtures confidence and the workers come to the workplace fully energized and in a better frame of mind and body. This refreshing mood helps in increased production.

This is equally applicable to our digestive system. Stomach, gall bladder, small and large intestines, rectum and the anus constitute our digestive system. These body parts have the power of expansion and contraction and helps to move the food forwards. However, food taken in large quantities and gulped in forcefully, create dumping in the system. This drastically lowers the digestion efficiency. The quantity of digestive juices and acids are not enough to digest these voluminous food intakes and indigestion results. This leads to stomach colics and flatulence and loose motions and vomiting. Also, in some cases acidity and constipation may result.

The stomach remains loaded with undigested food which begins to rot and this definitely is detrimental to the body. This is an invitation to many disorders. Ayurveda also says that minimal diet is easily digested and this produces nutrition to the body and keeps it healthy.

Aged persons should take minimal diet, keeping in view the condition of their digestive system. It is a myth that small quantity of diet reduces physical strength. A study of dietary habits of persons 70 years of age and above, revealed that minimal diet has been able to maintain good digestion and good health. It is now a fact that fasting or minimal diet increases digestion and results in good nutrition and health.

Children should not develop the habit of eating unhealthy fast food, and their digestive system should not be loaded with junk. Fasting also helps maintain a healthy body, which is dedicating ourselves to the Almighty. Fasting maintains healthy body and if it is linked with spirituality one benefits in terms of mentality and spirituality also.

Now the question arises as to how should we eat ?

One should eat good balanced nutritious food prepared in a hygienic manner so that its nutrients are preserved, and eat only that much as is required by the stomach. One should never overeat or gulp down morsel after morsel of food and so dump the digestive system with voluminous amounts of food. Breakfast should be taken at about 8 AM, lunch between 12 to 2 noon and dinner at about 7 to 8 PM. No eating or chewing in between. Sugar, maida, polished rice, excess salt and white bread should be avoided. Sweet dishes and fried foods should be taken during festivals only. As far as possible foodstuffs should be eaten in their natural form. Seasonal fruits and vegetables, salads, sprouts, pulses, cucumber, buttermilk, figs and dates should be eaten. Water, buttermilk or a glass of milk before going to bed also keeps the health in a good condition and increases resistance of the body. Despite having intelligence, man becomes a fool in case of food. A beast eats only that much as is required by the body. But, humans go on an eating spree, unmindful of the stomach and the illnesses over - eating brings with it.

Summary: To Summarise, there are many advantages of eating less. One of it is Longivity. It has been observed since ancient times that people who live longer, more than 90 or even 100 years of age have been observed to have a very slim body frame and have been eating a very modest meal throughout their lives. Also, eating less results in a slim body and its advantages of less fat around the body and vital organs like heart. So, prevention against ischemic heart disease. These people have low bad cholesterol levels and are energetic and can move lightly.

Whatever extra food intake we have above our bodily requirement is stored in our body as fat. This results in weight gain. Even before that this extra food intake puts a load on the digestive system due to dumping of extra food that the body does not need for optimum functioning. This results in indigestion, and obesity and with it come problems like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

So, in conclusion, control your taste - buds and eat less so as to take good care of your digestive system and the stomach and thus maintain good health and proper digestion. Also, eating less puts a control on expences on food bills and results in savings. Imagine how much we can save in our lifetime if we practice eating less throughout our lifetimes.


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      lex123 4 years ago

      Very good article about the habit of eating less quantity. I'm sure it will be useful to many.

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      articleshome 4 years ago

      Very useful about eating less food and benefits of it.

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      Rupali. 5 years ago

      It seems very useful 4 fatty peoples. But not 4 me.

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 5 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Thank you lowi

      Thank you elizabeth

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      elizabeth gomez 5 years ago

      i think what u say was right.too much eating makes u advise to every is that,they should eats good health balanced food and do regular exercise.

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      Lowi 5 years ago

      This was known to muslims from 1400 years from the profit mohammed

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 6 years ago from Nagpur, India

      @Ammar-- it i alright to eat 5 small meals a day rather than 3 meals a day. But they should be SMALL. Thank U for your visit and comment. God Bless.

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      Ammar Shahid 6 years ago

      I have heard that it is ok to eat 5 small meals a day. Would you recommend that or three medium sized meals a day?

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 6 years ago from Nagpur, India

      There are many advantages of eating less. So, come on folks and practice EATING LESS. God Bless.

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 6 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Thanks gauri

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      gauri1234 6 years ago

      You mentioned the importance of a diet with reference to yurveda which impressed me ...great

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 7 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Thank you Nenu for visiting and for your comment.

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      Nenu 7 years ago

      After Reading This Article Many Changes Come in My Daily menu &Now I have a good Eating Habit.

      Thankyou Very Much.

      I will Like To follow This.