Part 5: Learning through playing and sharing

I was very much excited to participate the first IBT training. The discussion started with a new style asking the question what we had in dinner last night and breakfast in the morning after sharing from each woman Binita shared that normally we understand nutritious food as the expensive meat and fish products But, we are unaware about the nutrition values of the food available in our own locality. The child doesn’t get enough attention and isn’t fed food of balanced nutrition. ”Nutrition is defined as a well-balanced nutritious diet necessary for our body”. We cannot survive without food. If we eat the right proportion with the right and balanced nutrition values, we will be stronger and more active. Our stamina also increases and our mind becomes capable of making better decisions. A person who is weak from the childhood turns out to be weak and sick, both physically and mentally, when he/she grows into an adult. So, the consumption of balanced and nutritious diet should be taken into consideration from an early age. Balanced and nutritious diet is very necessary for the physical and mental well-being of a person. The three groups of food should be consumed in balanced quantity to be healthy.

The food that we generally eat (Dal, Bhat and vegetables) is also nutritious. But, we tend to eat more rice, and less pulse gravy and vegetables. The amount of consumption of the pulse gravy and the vegetables should be increased so that our diet can be balanced. Flat breads are also equally beneficial. It is better to consume different types of pulse gravy and vegetables rather than consuming the same thing every day. It is also good to use ghee or oil in the vegetables or the pulse gravy as it also provides necessary nutrients for our body. Seasonal and locally available green leafy vegetables, beans, pulses, fruits, should also be consumed. It would be more economical to plant such foods on your own vegetable garden.

The three categories of food, energy giving foods, body building foods and protective foods eaten in right amount is considered as healthy or good food.

Energy giving foods:Carbohydrates such rice, wheat, maize, barley, potatoes, sweet-potatoes, sugarcane, and sugars, ghee (clarified butter), oil, etc. provide us energy. These foods act as a fuel for our body and provide us energy so that we can do our work.

Body building foods: Pulse, peas, beans, nuts, milk, curd, fish, meat, eggs, etc. help in the building process of our body. It is responsible for the fast recovery from tissue damage and the normal growth of the body.

Protective foods:Different types of vitamins and minerals fall under this category. Some of the examples are spinach, carrot, radish, pumpkin, gourd, tomatoes, papaya, orange, guava, lime, lemon, cauliflower, cabbage, mustard, mango, etc. Such type of foods strengthens our immunity and protects us from diseases.

Food from all the above groups should be consumed to be healthy. Our body requires 20% protein out of which 12% is produced by our own body. The rest 8% is obtained from food. If we fail to consume that 8% protein, the rest 12% will not be produced either.

While I was going back home on the way I was thinking I should share these information to our friends and relatives as well because I know they don’t eat the food from three different catagories.


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