Onam Sadhya -Nutrition Science and Local food promotion Kerala
Onam is an auspicious celebration for Kerala. Keralites around the globe celebrate this festival in a traditional way with a lot of food and celebrations with abundance. This festival is so much connected to the nature.
In 2020, when I think it is the point of view of earth ascension and changes, and after lockdown people got more chances to connect with the truth inside. Whatever be the story behind Onam or the last wish of Mahabali, it is easier to understand that that period of transparency and truth was in a fifth or higher dimension, or a heaven on earth that made everyone jealous of it and could be the next yuga after Kaliyuga will be like that.
Let’s evolve together with our own understanding and I hope that our daily community meditation is helping clients to clear their mind and emotions with discussion and that unity itself is helping each other with overall wellness. Wishing you all a very happy Onam, let’s enjoy with family and friends . Each moment in life is important and be grateful for what you have today.
Onam sadhya (Food that served in plantain leaves) is special, which consists of more than 8 dishes including payasam. Want to know more about Onam-nutrition?
All the dishes are served with rice. Brown rice is better than white rice because it contains enough B-complex vitamins and fiber whereas white rice is polished.
1.Aviyal: Aviyal is a vegetable curry made from all sorts of authentic vegetables available in the season. In some parts of Kerala, curd is added in this dish. It gives enough vitamins and minerals, fiber including protein (from curd).
2.Sambar: Any South Indian Celebration is incomplete without a Sambar especially an Onam feast. Sambar is prepared in different ways using authentic vegetables, dal, and coconut. So it gives enough protein from dals, minerals, vitamins, and MCT(medium-chain triglycerides) from coconut and fibers.
3.Kootu Curry: Kootu curry is another Onam dish prepared using different types of vegetables. Pumpkins and Carrots (rich in beta carotene) can be used to sweeten the curry. Sugar or jaggery are also used as sweetening agents. Jaggery is a good source of iron, so prefer that. Also, one can use Pineapple to add a distinct flavor to the Kootu Curry. So it gives all vitamins, minerals, fiber especially iron.
4.Erisshery: Erisshery is a popular Onam dish prepared from Pumpkin and Beans. Erisshery also prepared using Raw Bananas instead of Pumpkin. Beans are a good plant protein.
5.Parippu Curry: This can be made using Moong Dal or Tuvar Dal. In some regions of Kerala, coconut milk or coconut paste is used for flavoring the curry. Parippu Curry is supported by Ghee. It provides enough protein.
6. Lady Finger Khichdi: Although Cucumber Khichdi and Beetroot Khichdi are more popular Lady Finger Khichdi is one unique dish amongst all the Onam Dishes. Mucous in ladies’ finger is fiber and it provides vitamins and minerals also.
7.Morru Curry: Morru Curry is one of the very popular Onam Dishes made using curd with banana, pineapple, raw banana, or ripe mango as an option. It is good for digestion. It gives protein, vitamins, and minerals.
8.Semiya Payasam: Semiya Payasam is a traditional South Indian Recipe that suggests the use of minimal ingredients. Semiya (like noodles) is cooked with milk and sugar. Dry fruits are added to taste. It is an excellent dessert which gives enough calories, proteins, fats, etc. It is mostly liked by the kids and is nutritious also.
Payasam can be made with wheat, rava, or Dal which again improve the protein intake. Pappads are made with Bengal gram powder which gives protein. So better go for this than other types of potato chips which do not contain enough protein, but high carb.
Pickles are made with raw mango(rich in vitamin -c), gooseberry (rich in vitamin -c), and ginger. Ginger is good for digestion and it also helps to reduce the effect of uric acid in high protein food.
Just understand that having one or two Kerala sadhya with the food you love may not results in weight gain, no need to feel guilty about it. If you wish to take 2 glasses of payasam, them reduce the rice portion but have all other curries . Even if you gain a few kilos we can reduce it in the coming days and next follow-up, so don’t worry about it.
Love light peace and Joy
Aug 31, 2020
DIET AND MEDITATION – Lockdown Emotion Healing
Being a Dietician , my research was always focused on simple easy diet options suitable for my clients and according to their preference and locality. Since I am living here in Kerala ,”God’s own Country” and majority of my clients even though they settled in different parts of the world I just experiment more into their gene type and childhood. Since most of the food we tasted during the first one year have an influence on our system and even the person who serve food especially in the absence of mother or the emotions of care taker also have a metaphysical effect on the child. There are so many factors other than food which make a person enjoy the moment of life into more meaning and stress free .
If you are a a person who bought up in a stressful home were no one listen to your emotions or instead of getting a hug or listening busy parents often shows love by presenting more food as rewards and thus a kid bought up in such situation may get attracted to the food when ever they need some love or someone to listen .So just understand the emotions and feelings and write it down to understand who you are in essence. May be emotions are many and each person feel it differently. Emotional quotient and spiritual quotient are equally important as intelligent quotient. Particularly during current scenarios of Covid and related depression, in a country like India or South India where we have 100% literacy and more focus on education and profession than understanding the delicate emotions or energy. Heart is more intelligent than our brain .
Being a Meditator for the last 20 years, I did experiments, and underwent stages of painful transformation. I was born and brought up in a house of spiritual freedom. My father was a Veterinary Surgeon who was an advanced spiritual soul, extraordinary person in an ordinary community who flourish in light with his own hard work and insights. The way he put out his passion to build a business was different. Its more of farmers friendly and supportive research and breed developments which is suitable for Kerala and is an inspiration for many. May be the way his energy and dedication made us to explore our own purpose than following the money he saved. He never interfere but said each soul read and understand spirituality based on their maturity. So we have no strict rituals at home. We used to visit temple, church or even do Ramadan fasting with lot of friends and families. During Onam celebrations or food festivals, whenever anyone who visit home were served with a lot of food even though they come for purchasing something and all his knowledge he share free to society. After shifted to a city and marriage made a lot of conflict and mind was not ready to accept the new system of business modules tried tested and failed and thus moved in a unique way of understanding and free services limited to those who truly deserve or the one who understand the value of energy and the transformation in their system. May be the way father advised to study in Agriculture College to study Food Science and Nutrition with scholarship helped to understand what exactly food science means and its connection to nature and natural produces or to support local farming . During this lockdown, in order to support the community from severe anxiety issues, I started online free retreats of meditation and knowledge sharing to make them understand their true light and master inside which is really helping my clients and friends who understand this journey and current cosmic energy shifts which is predicted earlier and even written in my book “Diet and Meditation for Emotional Eating”
If you ask me the benefits of meditation, I will say it is being with the God inside. A meditator understands the journey and masters in higher dimension channel. Their messages and guide for the highest good, which is what I understood. Now being guided by Himalayan masters or even Christ consciousness or Buddha consciousness which I am learning and experimenting in the last 2 years or being connected to such freedom of spirituality were the masters advice us the true path of enlightenment as to follow our own soul. and it heals automatically by just sitting and observing the breath, which is our master. Freedom and experiment helps people to understand their unique essence than blind following of ritual in three dimension or following a Guru or stuck in the path when universe itself is helping us to shift consciousness and evolve to love frequency of heart like the innocence of a child to get charged with the light codes from nature. Removing all lower dimension program of sin, guilt, shame and pain created by structured religion which hide truth and breaking all barriers that affects your uniqueness is what the masters channeling it through my work or just an object were this light is passed to those who seek knowledge or wisdom .May be many times the words trigger others but that is also a process of clearing the blocks in society which is dominated with just money, manipulation and spirituality marketing and conversion to another religion or system making them away from truth and more suffering. From 2020 onwards we are our own master creators and our path is already defined. But just be yourself than trying to be one among the group .
When I started my spiritual practices during adolescence my father gave me a copy of “Gayathri Mantra” book written by babaji of Shaktikunj Haridwar. It was a new experience for me and I used to do all rituals and the mother which is a universal prayer and beejmantra it was such an intuition and improvement in studies and talent. I couldn’t visit that place or never got a Guru directly. But during my college days one of my classmate told about a spiritual class of an organisation were I blindly followed the rituals and techniques and forgot chanting my mantra. After so many years of so much energy blockages and so much karma clearing and sequences of events in family and loss which cannot be answered by medical science, I myself understood the spiritual bypassing is not spirituality. But inner healing and clearing and understanding the self. A situation was formed in my life were I seek help of a mentor from other part of the world in higher dimension of energy or a mirror which helped to understand truth and unconditional love. His name was connected to Christ and he said “Gayathri your name itself is divine, no need to follow any lower dimension ideas and that’s why your parents put that name and listen Gayathri Mantra ,understand your light and no need to help everyone but the one who comes to you” which made me to realise what I missed in life and why I gave importance to everyone else to suffer and 14 years of married life was also a good learning period, healing and clearing a past life. But I always cherish what life gave and this motherhood to experience true unconditional love and thus I could understand others and help them by seeing the solutions in another dimension. Even though truth is a bit painful, your soul love to listen to your truth than living in shadow, or life inside a golden cage but to fly and sky is the limit or clearing and healing our past with forgiveness is the path of enlightenment. Our soul forgets when we come to earth school and add more karma than clearing what it triggers.
May be due to the pain in understanding people skip their childhood experiences and mask it with profession, or migrating to other country or achieve lots of material. But it never satisfies them and no one can take anything from mother earth except the love that you give or receive or the skills you learn. Karma is not punishment but its a science to heal and clear the dense energy and mediating is one of the major process in evolving and being guided to walk in purpose and support humanity. May be many souls who is in the beginning layers of learning cannot understand what meditation or mindfulness is. It is not the meditation that we are talking about and experiencing different layers of body and even the travel to whole universe and experiencing the extra terrestrial beings or the light which cannot be totally understood by logic brain. Many of my clients who are physicians or bank employers struggled to understand this dimension. But after a month of meditation together online they all are experiencing their life path clearing old programming where all power was given to family society or knowledge reading in book. Let us see the worth and master inside and heal the planet earth during this ascension with good emotions of love, which heals .
Love,light ,peace and joy
May 03, 2020