Drink liquids from the time of rising till noon, and again between lunch and dinner. You may drink any one of the following liquids namely – two cups of coffee or tea with a little milk and sugar, a glass of any malt drink such as ovaltine, bournvita, boost, complan etc without sugar, tomato juice made from two tomatoes, lime juice, buttermilk, and a glass of coconut water or vegetable soups.
Drink water when you are thirsty. Do not drink it because you have read somewhere that the body needs eight glasses of water per day. It does, but remember that 60% of all the food we eat is made up of water and on this diet, you will be drinking so many more liquids in addition to those your normally do! This diet provides enough water. However, if you are not eating a lot of raw vegetables and fruits you may need to drink at least four glasses of water every day even if you are not thirsty, since the process of cooking dehydrates food. If you find that you are constipated, then it is an indication that you need to drink more water. Do not drink water while eating, since it will dilute the digestive enzymes present in your mouth and stomach. Always drink water either half an hour before a meal or two hours after a meal.
Milk is a complete food and it is therefore meant for those who have no teeth to chew with, like infants, young children, the old and infirm. Again let us learn from nature: although adult animals do not drink milk they do not suffer from calcium deficiency. Milk has lactose and casein in it. The enzymes to digest them disappear from the intestine as a child begins to eat solid food. Does this it not indicate that nature has not intended humans to drink milk? Ayurveda teaches us that mucus is formed from the undigested milk, which leads to sinus and breathing problems. Besides, today hormones are injected into cattle to improve the yield of milk. These hormones are secreted into the milk we drink and may cause disturbances to the body. Taking all this into consideration, you are advised to restrict the amount of milk you used in tea or coffee. Curd is better than milk, since the indigestible lactose is converted in curd into lactic acid. It also augments the growth of beneficial bacteria in the large intestine. So use curd and buttermilk instead of milk. Paneer or cottage cheese is also better than milk for much of the lactose and indigestible casein is removed in the whey which is discarded. It is also rich in calcium and protein. By making it at home from low-fat milk, cholesterol levels are kept low. This diet allows you to consume 500ml of low-fat milk every day. 250 ml would be used for two glasses of tea or coffee and 250ml could be made into curd or paneer.
Coffee vs. Tea:
Most of us would like to roll out of bed in the morning and head straight for a steaming cup of either tea or coffee. Both are stimulants – coffee more so than tea. Caffeine from coffee is habit forming and exerts its vasoconstrictive effects on the heart and blood vessels, which is why those with low blood pressure feel so much better after a strong cup of coffee. However, caffeine hinders the absorption of calcium and also prevents sleep. It would therefore be prudent to restrict yourself to one cup of coffee drunk perhaps in the morning and switch over to tea in the evening. Those who would like to drink coffee in the evening could use decaffeinated coffee. Tea contains tannin and should never be prepared in an aluminium vessel. A dash of milk would precipitate the tannin. Tea is an antioxidant and might also help prevent certain cancers.
Blend two large tomatoes in a mixer with a little lime, chat masala, pinch of salt and pepper. Pour it out without straining it. Sip the thick juice slowly so that it fills your stomach; this juice provides you with your daily requirements of vitamin C and is a natural alkaliser when absorbed into the blood. If you are convinced that the seeds of the tomato will lead to stones in the kidney (which they will not), remove the seeds before using the tomatoes. In fact, since tomatoes are blood alkalisers and contain only 4mg of oxalic acid they actually prevent the deposition of minerals in the urinary tract. Tomatoes are excellent antioxidants and contain beta carotene and chromium that makes cell more sensitive to insulin. In addition, they are low in carbohydrate content.
One glass of tender coconut water contains the equivalent of two teaspoons of sugar. So drink it in place of tea, coffee and sweetened drinks. Do not drink it between meals. You may, as in the case of fruits, replace a complete meal with tender coconut water and also eat the tender coconut, combining it with some protein, as will be explained later.
One bottle of soft drink (350ml) contains about 8 teaspoons of sugar. Three bottles would provide enough glucose to supply energy to the body for one day. Any additional carbohydrate in the diet would then be converted into fat. Additionally, soft drink ingredients combine with calcium in the diet to prevent its effective absorption into the blood. You may therefore only occasionally, at mealtime, drink half a bottle of any cool drink (175ml); combine it with foods that contain predominantly proteins.
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