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Fitness Culture : Expert says - Balanced Diet - What is it? Who needs it?
Who needs it? : Dr Malati Karwarkar.
Complexities of modern living go far beyond food processing in limiting our nutrition supply.When we created factories , automobiles , jet planes and atomic power stations we created air pollutants that systematically erode our vitamin stores.Routine use of antibiotics , oral contraceptives and steroids puts additional pressure on out vitamin stores.
Writer , Dr Malati Karwarkar , M.D.
( Nutrition ) , is a well known nutritionist practicing as Chief Diet and Nutrition Consultant at M R F Pace Foundation
( Madras ) & Talwalkar's Health Clubs ( Bombay & Pune ).
Thanetoday - Women's Plus, an exclusive page for the women of Thane covering the achievers as well as issues of interest to them
Dr Malati Karwarkar - Nutritionist: She started learning about the subject at 45, completed her MD at 55 and now at 69 she has taken up a job where she guides a fitness-culture site.Dr Malati Karwarkar, a well-known nutritionist is one of her kind in Thane.Dr Karwarkar, an enthusiastic and an erudite in her field talks to Thane Plus where she tells us about the awareness one needs to have about health and nutrition in the 21st century.
" Balance diet is never spelt" exclaims Dr Karwarkar
.Vaguely it can be adequate to protect you till you are 39 years of age.A balanced diet is designed for one who is born, leading and spending a life where he
dedicates 8 hours to sleep, 8 hours to work and remaining time for his
personal needs and relaxation.Where in the 21st century can one be found sticking to such a schedule.Even expecting it is foolishness.When a person crosses 40 he
invariably works for more than 8 hours, children have a 7 to 7 schedule, and we have to run with the clock.But between all this we forget the limitations of our body and finally land in a dispensary.But one can surely avoid this if not eliminate this by maintaining ones body and eating the right things as per ones schedule.Why one needs to be healthy is not to avoid doctors but to live fully. Then telling us about the specific age group and gender problems she
laments "The young generation takes health for granted.I see children going to discotheques and dancing all night.It is not bad to dance but not with the kind of stamina they have that is very low.
"But all these things can be taken care of to a great extent by making yourself cause you are what you eat" says Mrs. Karwarkar
diet clinic in Thane has a simple glass table across which she
tells you all about your eating patterns after having studied a small form that you fill.Everything right from your Breakfast to Dinner schedule is taken care of.Dr Karwarkar
does not believe in diet or eating boiled food.She
has prescribed to patients suffering from several ailments but mostly patients come with digestive track problems.Apart from the regular counselling Dr Karwarkar has written several books both in English and Marathi on eating habits. She
also writes a column in the Marathi magazine
‘Maher'.Another interesting programme that she
has recently chalked is the ‘millennium cooking' programme for which she
charges a nominal fee.In this programme she
invites both the husband and wife of the family, or then at least the wife where she
gives information on how a menu is to bedecieded and several other important things relating to eating habits.She
also shows them in practical how to make things in a simpler and quicker way that is the need of the hour.She
has also given several lectures and she
has conducted slide shows in industries relating to health, health-related problems and food habits. Dr Malati Karwarkar
who has made nutrition a part of her
family's life has just one thing to say-"Everyone knows that in todays fast food world no one has time but one has to remember that with theIT revolution the body has not changed.It is still the same with the same requirements.One can't expect people to sit at home and maintain eating schedules.But one can surely integrate everything in todays situation is what I wish!"
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