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ONCE UPON A TIME I was invited to a naming ceremony for my grandmother’s friend’s daughter. I was very young at that time and excited to wear a beautiful dress and adorn myself with flowers and jewellery. I was even more excited at the prospect of a wide spread of sweets, snacks, varieties of rice preparations etc served over a banana leaf.
The only thing I dreaded was sitting down on the floor cross legged!
It's been just a couple of minutes of sitting cross legged that i felt that there was no feeling in my right leg at all. I just wanted to stretch my leg when I saw a glimpse of my granny giving me a stern eye. This made me fold my legs again and sit straight :)
All that practice paid off and even now I sit on the floor cross legged to have my meals although we do have a dining table and chairs (I can manage to sit like that for an hour now).
But why punish myself this way?
Well, there is a scientific basis to sitting cross legged on the floor. Did you know, this traditional way of dining can teach you to eat mindfully and help you to lose weight.
In an age when there were no dining tables, everyone sat on floor while having food and very few suffered from lifestyle diseases that have become so rampant in our times
According to the experts, sitting on the ﬂoor strengthens the lumbar region of the body. Digestive juices are secreted in the stomach, which gets ready for processing the food.
It is more of a blessing than a punishment…
Science supports tradition
Many research articles have been published in international journals about the benefits of our traditional dining practices.
Sitting on the floor and eating also makes you mindful of the amount of food that you are eating. Sitting cross legged stimulates the vagus nerve to send signals to the brain about the feeling of fullness which prevents you from overeating. This in turn can help in weight loss.
The digestion process is also better at preventing gastric issues or bloating.
So it is ok to chuck the dining set and use the floor (saves money too!)
To eat is a necessity but to eat intelligently is an art - La Rochefoucauld