Embrace Self-love and Self-care to enjoy good health

It’s that time of the year again when you look back on the year gone by and excitedly anticipate better things during the next year. The last two years have not been good ones for many of us, having lost family members or friends to COVID-19 and other health-related issues. And while the reality of COVID-19 still lurks around, making us apprehensive about the coming year, there are steps that we could begin taking to develop robust health and prepare us to successfully fight such eventualities.
Too often, we are caught up in meeting our personal and professional goals, caring for the family and looking after a sick elderly. So looking after ourselves always takes a backseat. Consider this—you can give your best to your loved ones only if you feel your best. Your well-being directly impacts the life of people around you. So this year, let your new year resolution be all about SELF-LOVE and SELF-CARE. If you are healthy and happy, you will bring happiness to those around you.

Lose weight and regain good  health

Good health is like a symphony composition that can be divided into four parts. When all the four seamlessly come together, you get a piece of music that is timeless and unmatched on all merits. 

Our body is amazing in its complexity and functioning as long as there is balance.  As the balance drops, there is a slowdown in our energy levels and in the general functioning of the body, resulting in ageing and the onset of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. With the devastation caused by COVID-19, the risk associated with such co-morbidities cannot be taken lightly. The onus of self-care lies with each one of us, to become responsible and maintain good health at all times.

It is interesting to note that ageing can be accelerated or reversed, depending on the environment we provide within our body on a daily basis. It is time we realised that our health is in our hands; and we need to make concerted efforts to combat insulin resistance, which is increasingly afflicting millions of individuals the world over. As with any good thing that has lasting value, it cannot be done in a day’s work. We need to gradually and consciously make the shift by choosing what enhances our health over what degenerates it.

Serve up a sumptuous Sai Bhaji

For the very best of reasons, Sai Bhaji is a favourite dishes of the Sindhis. Prepared at least once a week in Sindhi households, this delectable medley of split chickpea, green leafy vegetables and other vegetables such as tomato, potato, bottle gourd, carrot and brinjal, is as delicious as it is healthy.

While the traditional version uses certain vegetables such as spinach, dill leaves and fenugreek leaves, you can make it with any vegetables of your choice and it will still taste great. The traditional version was simmered on low heat, but this version uses the pressure cooker, which makes for a no-big-deal experience that can be rustled up in a short time.