Diabetes book for Indians

2013-09-23 00:00

INDIAN families are the most likely to fall prone to diabetes and its serious consequences, which is why social activist Kanchana Moodliar decided to write a lifestyle book for her community.

The book is more than a healthy cook book, it looks at all aspects of the disease and includes recipes to make Indian meals more healthy. It includes other ideas such as yoga, philosophy, child psychology, nutrition and diet advice.

Her friend, homeopath Dr Colette Kell, helped her compile the book and they both had a common concern about diabetes. Moodliar had confronted diabetes first hand when her father and brother were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Dr Kell, who regularly visits R.K. Khan Hospital, was very concerned with the number of patients she saw with amputations and heart attacks, which were all related to diabetes.

Moodliar said: “She and I are good friends and she chatted to me about it. We then started brainstorming ideas and now, almost three years later we have our first book.

“When my Dad and brother were diagnosed it was a relief that I could offer them some very helpful advice, and it has made a huge impact on their conditions.

“After reading the statistics, I was blown away by how many diabetic Indians there are the world over … I am the type of person who feels that I should do something about a situation rather than sit back and do nothing.

“Dr Kell is the same type of person, so the book is our effort to change the situation. We can talk about it all we want, but actually doing something about it is what we aim to do!”

Diet is important to the petite Moodliar, who believes that your body reflects what you put into it. She said: “Healthy good foods make the body work better and what you put in is what you will see reflected in your body’s shape and functioning. Indian people and in fact all of us need to have a higher intake of water and fresh veggies, less fatty foods, oil and carbohydrates. Get fit, de-stress and change your attitude to food.

“You may have a predisposition to diabetes but you do not have to end up with it. People need to find their purpose and have a real desire to be healthy so they can live their dreams here on Earth.”

Moodliar says too many people wait until it is too late before making meaningful changes to their way of life.

“Junk food and thoughtless food preparation leads to fat accumulation and insulin resistance. There are quick healthy snacks available. Unsalted nuts, instead of chips. Even eating at restaurants can be done.”

Moodliar says food preparation needs to be looked at. Vegetables should be steamed or eaten raw. Samoosas can be baked and not fried.

“We wanted an all-in-one book, so it offers GI tables, yoga poses, a chapter with a child psychologist and great recipes.

“We wanted to include an angle for children, because there is a rising incidence of childhood obesity in younger children and getting their minds right is very important.”

MasterChef SA winner Deena Naidoo also contributed some creative vegetarian recipes and it is great value for money.

“We want people to start taking care of themselves early on in life. So we are targeting all Indian people from the age of 16 and over.”

Moodliar’s book will be launched in Durban this week. If you would like to order the book e-mail: youcanbesugarfree@gmail.com

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