One Bad Apple

Have you ever doubted just how much food impacts you. From the nutrients, minerals and vitamins to the quality of the food. Not to forget the pesticides et al that food invariably carries with it. If you do, here is a test you can undergo. Eat what you know to be healthful food everyday for a while. Let us give ourselves 60 days to detoxify our body. Having done that, introduce just one element into your diet that you know is not healthy. It will not take more than a night of sleep for its effect to show up. I will spare you the details but the outcome is not amusing.

Prior to my rebirth, my diet consisted mostly of junk food. Foolishly, I would eat puffed rice every evening to fill my stomach. This, I believed, would dull my hunger and modulate the quantum of food I would consume for dinner. The famous evening snack that most of us indulge. Puffed rice, in case you are not aware, is almost 70% carbohydrate. Add potato and what have you and you are consuming a slow burning death star (forgive my hashed metaphor). Ordinarily, while you know what you eat  impacts your health, it is impossible to identify any single cause or reason. Speculation abounds and wild allegations are hurled at your mother-in-law’s bad biryani or mashed potato. Perhaps it it true that both are guilty. Since you can’t really identify what, you continue to feast on all and sundry.

Once you eat clean, the effects are visible. From vanishing acidity to headaches and beyond, after the initial period of cleansing, your body responds miraculously. Forget the weight loss, you will be celebrating for other reasons. If you are ever filled with self-doubt, just add back the one bad apple. It won’t take long for you to learn just how much food impacts you.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.