Part 6: A lot of fun…

After the business visitthis was ourfirst IBT training, and I was very excited to learn new things, as I had learned so many new things during the training. Therefore, with a lot of curiosity and excitement I went to the training10 minutes before it started. Samjhana started the training asking about the status of our business. Everyone responded that up till now all businesses are going well. Then Samjhana asked us what we know about nutrition. Actually, I do not know anything about it at all. Some of my friends said that nutrition is to have meat, fish, egg, milk and curd, and then Samjhan told us that the meaning of nutrition can be divided into three categories of food; energy giving foods, body building foods and protective foods, and eaten in the right amount it is considered healthy nutritious or good food. Below is the meaning of the three categories:


Energy giving foods:Carbohydrates such as rice, wheat, maize, barley, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, sugar, ghee (clarified butter), oil etc. provide energy to us. These kinds of food are fuel for our body and provide us with energy so that we can do our work.

Body building foods: Pulse, peas, beans, nuts, milk, curd, fish, meat, eggs etc. help in the process of building up 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 are placed in this category. Some of the examples are spinach, carrot, radish, pumpkin, gourd, tomatoes, papaya, orange, guava, lime, lemon, cauliflower, cabbage, mustard, mango etc. This type of foods strengthens our immunity and protects us from diseases.


After the discussion she divided the participants into three groups and asked us to prepare a menu containing food from all the three categories. This was quite interesting, as it was important that our menu contained one category of food. Many food products and vegetables are available in our area, but we think that they are not worth eating.


Samjhana asked us to make a circle and divide the participants into three groups. The three groups were named energy giving food, body building food and protective foods. When Samjhana said energy giving food and body building food, two groups had to change seats, and when she said balanced diet, all three groups had to change seats. It was very funny and made it easier for us to remember the name of the food.