Amid the chaos of a woman’s daily life, healthy eating usually takes a back seat. India’s leading nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar in her Hinglish audiobook ‘Secrets of Good Health’, available on Audible, has an entire episode titled ‘A health manifesto for Women’. Rujuta shares a list of top 5 must-eat food items for women in this episode to ensure their hormones are balanced, their bodies are healthy, and minds free of stress, In the episode, she focuses on hormonal health to solve common issues such as acne and irregular periods. Taking a cue from the episode, we suggest five foods for you to include in your daily diet as a step towards a longer, healthier and stress-free life!
Garden cress Seeds (Aliv):
As Rujuta says, “Beauty comes from diet diversity.” If you follow Rujuta’s social handles, garden cress seeds, known as Aliv in Hindi usually come up as a must-have recommendation. They are rich in iron and folic acid which helps in improving the hemoglobin levels in our body. While good hemoglobin is a necessity in a woman’s body, Rujuta suggests adding them to your daily diet in the form of laddoos or a pinch with your turmeric milk at night. That’s easy to do, isn’t it?
As per Rujuta, while Gondh laddoos are traditionally a lactation food, they are beneficial to all women even as part of their daily diets. She says, “Gondh makes our bones stronger and thus makes us look lean. Therefore all women should eat them during winters in the form of a laddoo as they also make for a good mid-meal snack” Additionally for all the women who suffer from the issue of unpredictable periods, should definitely include gondh in their daily diet to help manage the problem.
A very necessary but now forgotten food, root vegetables are rich in Vitamin B, fiber and protein. “For women who suffer from bloating and acidity, root vegetables including sweet potatoes, yams and taro roots (Arbi) help in regulating our digestive system and improve overall digestion.”
Rujuta recommends including rice as a part of a daily diet for everyone. She says, “Rice is prebiotic, meaning it helps in the growth of good bacteria in the body along with being rich in vitamin B and fiber.” Additionally, she also recommends including local, regional and hand pounded/single polished rice instead of the other ones available in the market. “For all those who have trouble sleeping at night and feel bloated, including rice is an excellent option.”
“Whenever I feel a desire to eat something sweet, I eat dry coconut with jaggery,” says Rujuta. Coconut is filled with essential fatty acids that can reduce wrinkles. Not just this, including coconut in the daily diet promotes hair growth.