The natural way of Life
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1. Vegetarianism promotes a natural way of life. But despite its implicit message of universal love and non-violence it has spread, as it should have. This may be because it usually is an inward-looking habit and is best cultivated in the mind. Leading a vegetarian way of life helps the animal kingdom to coexist with man. The animals supply milk, manure and energy. This has been central to the Indian culture for thousands of years. A vegetarian lifestyle is natural, multifaceted and helps self-preservation in a healthy way. Food and health are closely related. In India, a vegetarian is usually a lacto-vegetarian. In the Western world, vegetarians are sub-divided as “vegans” (pure vegetarian who do not take any food coming from animal kingdom), lacto-vegetarians, who use dairy products of the animal kingdom. The last category includes eggs, in addition to dairy products. The Western science of food considers food as something to sustain only the human body, whereas the Indian science considers food as something which sustains not only the body but also maintains the purity of heart, mind and soul. Thus an item of food which is injurious to the mind is not considered to be fit for consumption, even if it is otherwise beneficial to the body or satisfies the taste.
2. Indian food science does not give so much importance to a pra otein or even to the balanced diet but gives importance to food that increases the strength of the body and its virility. Vegetarian foods provide an infinite variety of flavours whereas non-vegetarian foods have hardly any taste of their own. In fact, non-vegetarian foods have to be seasoned with ingredients from the vegetable kingdom to make them palatable. In most sports disciplines, vegetarians lead in endurance tests. “You are what you eat” is an old saying and it is a fact that it is the food that makes the man. The food we eat, its quality, quantity, its timing and combination is of utmost importance to the healthy life.
1 Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read:
(i) What message does vegetarianism spread across the world?
(ii) How is a vegetarian lifestyle good for man and animal?
(iii) Who are lacto-vegetarians?
(iv) How is the Western science of food different from Indian science?
(v) Which type of food is not considered fit for consumption in the Indian science of food?
(vi) Which type of food does Indian food science give importance to?
(vii) What do non-vegetarian foods lack? Why?
(viii) What does it mean ‘You are what you eat’? What should we do to lead a healthy life?
(ix) Find the word in para 1, which means the same as ‘support’.
(i)Vegetarianism spreads across the world the message of universal love and non-violence.
(ii) Leading a vegetarian lifestyle helps the animal kingdom to coexist with man. The animals supply milk, manure and energy. Such a lifestyle is natural, multifaceted and helps self-preservation in a healthy way.
(iii) Lacto-vegetarians are those people who use dairy products of the animal kingdom.
(iv) The Western science of food considers food as something to sustain only the human body, whereas the Indian science considers food as something that sustains not only the body but also maintains the purity of heart, mind and soul.
(v) Food which is injurious to the mind is not considered fit for consumption.
(vi) Indian food science gives importance to food that increases the strength of the body and its virility.
(vii) Non-vegetarian foods lack the taste of their own because these foods have to be seasoned with ingredients from the vegetable kingdom to make them tasty.
(viii) It is an old saying which means it is the food that makes the man. To lead a healthy life, we should be particular to the food we eat, its quality, quantity, its timing and combination.
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