Posted on 11/01/2011 at 09:32 PM by Madhu Gadia
The fall season—with its cool and warm weather, falling leaves and vibrant colors—is a beautiful time for long walks and curling up with a good book. It is also a season of festivals. I just finished celebrating Diwali (the Hindu Festival of Lights) with all its hoopla, and I have to say although exhausted, I loved it all. And now the fall colors, pumpkins, festive foods, and family gatherings remind me of Thanksgiving. If you haven’t figured it out, I love holidays. I get equally excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas as I do about Diwali. When the kids were little, it was important to me that they took part in local holidays, as well as understood their own heritage and celebrations.
Holiday celebrations are a lot of work, and sometimes I wonder why I do it. And I am sure you do too. But then I remind myself of a phrase I read by an Indian poet Kalidas, “by their very nature men are fond of festivals.” Without holidays and celebrations, life would be mundane, all work and no play. As always, take care of your health—see information on diabetes and vitamins below—and get organized for the holiday season.
November is Diabetes Month: Take Diabetes Seriously
Do you or someone you know has diabetes or prediabetes? Diabetes affects approximately 1 in 10 people in America. The majority of adults with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. There are three major reasons you can develop type 2 diabetes; heredity, age, and weight. Although you can not do anything about your age or heredity, you can reduce your risk of developing diabetes by eating regular meals, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight. Studies show that if you lose just 5-7% of your body weight and exercise for 150 minutes per week, you can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. A healthy lifestyle with diabetes includes:
- Eating 3 meals, plus 1 to 3 snacks per day as needed.
- Exercising 30 minutes or more most days of the week.
- Maintaining a healthy weight.
- Visiting your doctor and dentist regularly.
- Getting an eye and foot exam every year.
Diabetes is a serious disease and if not controlled, can cause long term health complications such as heart disease, stroke, and blindness. You have the power to control your diabetes; take charge and get the help and support you need.
Chew Not Pop Your Vitamins
A daily intake of multivitamins and supplements has little or no benefits to your health and they may even be harmful. During a 19-year study the researchers found that older women who took a daily vitamin supplement—even just a multivitamin—had an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer than nonusers. Supplements may deliver too much of a good thing and nutrients can be toxic at high doses. Choose vitamin-rich foods such as carrots and squash for vitamin A, oranges for vitamin C, and whole grains for B vitamins.
For your Holiday meals, traditional dishes prevail, and rightly so. For my holiday table, along with traditional dishes, I often will sneak in some new dishes for friends and family to try. As a rule of thumb—and I am sure you do this too—when I want to make a new recipe for a party, I always test it to make sure that the recipe works and that I like it. Complement your Thanksgiving dinner with these vegan dishes that everyone will enjoy. For an appetizer, how about a platter of Mixed Vegetable Fritters (Subji Pakora); they have a tendency to just disappear, one by one. And for side dishes that double as main dishes for your vegan guests, make Peas and Tofu Curry (Matar-Tofu) and Dried Fruit Rice (Meva Chawal). Have a great time cooking and sharing meals with your loved ones and remember to enjoy and savor food.
Mixed Vegetable Fritters (Subji Pakora)
Peas and Tofu Curry (Matar-Tofu)
Dried Fruit Rice (Meva Chawal)
Happy and Healthy Cooking!
P.S.: Gift Time: Add The Indian Vegan Kitchen and New Indian Home Cooking for the cooks on your list.