Shree Baladia Leva Patel

Sarvodal (UK)

The key to a healthy life including recipes

A healthy lifestyle leads to a better life. Exercising and eating an apple daily doesn’t really work for everybody. Eating the right foods can help you on your way to living a full life. It is particularly difficult for vegetarians to get the right amount of vitamins and nutrients as our main diet consists of vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, nuts and milk. Without the necessary protein we are missing from our diets, it is important for us to replace those with key foods that will provide us with what we need.

Vitamin B12 is needed for the body to gain its energy and helps build red blood cells, but generally can only be found in animal foods. Most vegetarians would have to take the B12 supplement and for the people who have a B12 deficiency, they know this includes the trip to the GP every 3 months. To keep your B12 topped up, regular intake of breakfast cereals, soy and grain milks can be sufficient.

Like every good thing it is important to take it in balanced and moderated intakes. A common disease found in Indians is Diabetes. It affects the level of sugars in the blood and is quite dangerous if not controlled regularly. Other diseases often related to Diabetes are high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, if not taken care of can result in the development of Diabetes. Daily exercise is very important to keep the level of blood sugars down and to keep everything balanced in the body. The development of Diabetes can often be family related but that can be controlled by daily exercise and eating the right foods. For Diabetic patients it is important to not eat too many sugary foods to keep the blood sugar level even, for people who have a bit of a “sweet tooth” they can replace normal sugar with special Diabetic sugar which can be purchased from almost all supermarket outlets. As we know Indian’s love their mithai’s, and it is important to eat the ladoos and jalebi’s in moderation! It is also quite essential to keep a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a regular exercise regime. A daily walk around the park or in the garden for 20-30 minutes is sufficient.

A recipe for a delicious and healthy sugar-free Carrot Cake 
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 cups dates, chopped
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup carrot, grated
- 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate

1.       In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.
2.       Combine the water, dates, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg in a small saucepan.
3.       Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and gently simmer for 5 minutes.
4.       Place the shredded carrots in a large bowl and pour the hot water mixture over them and allow cooling completely.
5.       Add the orange juice concentrate to the carrot mixture and mix well.
6.       Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well to combine.
7.       Pour the batter into a lightly greased cake pan.
8.       Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Indians also often have a tendency to develop Arthritis and this is very often down to the hard manual labour work that we are often doing. Arthritis is the inflammation of joints and it is common in people between the ages of 40-50 but they are not the only ones affected, it can develop in people of all ages. There are many types of different arthritis people can develop, the main kind is Osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis causes the bones to rub against each other whist moving resulting in pain and stiffness around those joints. Even though it causes pain and inability to move properly, it can be taken control of by doing gentle exercise of the paining joints and plenty of walking to get those joints moving to avoid stiffness. You can also soothe the pain and inflammation by rubbing anti-inflammatory cream on those paining joints to give you some relief.

There are some conventional methods you can use which help with easing muscle and joint pains such as using herbal remedies. Turmeric is the best home-made and natural medicine to treat aching joints as it has anti-inflammatory qualities and it can be easily found in your kitchen cupboards! Use fresh turmeric root for a better result and you can turn it into a tea to drink every day for additional soothing effects. This recipe for a Turmeric tea was taken from James Wong’s “Grow Your Own Drugs” which was on BBC2.

- 3 sticks fresh turmeric or 4g dried
- Thumb-sized piece fresh ginger root
- Few pinches black pepper
- 250ml whole milk
- 250ml water
- 1 tsp black tea leaves
- Palm sugar, to taste (or maple syrup or brown sugar)

1.       Peel and chop the fresh turmeric, if using (being careful not to stain surfaces or hands). Peel and grate the ginger. Put into a mortar (with the dried turmeric, if using) and add a few pinches of black pepper, then pound with the pestle until you get a smooth paste. 
2.       Combine the paste with the milk, water and tea leaves in a pan and simmer on a low heat for 10-20 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced by half. Strain. Sweeten with palm sugar to taste, and stir.
3.       Before drinking, pour the Tea between two containers, holding them the maximum width apart to aerate the tea as much as possible and produce froth on top. Despite not having too much of a medicinal effect on the remedy, this is more than just a flamboyant whim. Aerating the mix improves its flavour by making it easier for your tongue to perceive the chemicals that give the drink its unique taste.

USE: Make the Tea up as you need it, and drink at once. Take daily to help with arthritis, aches and pains in the joints, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory conditions.

STORAGE: The paste keeps for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

Consult your doctor before trying the recipe.