Diet and Health


The word “Diet” asks, “Do I Eat That?”

It’s a question appropriate for mindful eating.

Since food is our lifelong sustenance,

It should not be a source of disease.

Yet increasing weight is a global problem,

And obesity is a cause of killer disease.

The excuse often made to assuage guilt:

“It’s my thyroid,” “It’s my slow metabolism.”

The real cause is conveniently ignored.

Think of lifestyles displayed by sedentary habits,

And overindulgence in calorie laden repasts.

Look at the first three letters in diet- D I E,

Should food be the cause of this demise?

But food can be the cause of one’s end,

Or at least the harbinger of disease,

And their attendant chronic morbidity.

Increasing body weight increases diabetes,

Heart disease, hypertension, and arthritis,

Strokes, gout, gallstones and sleep apnea.

But this is not the end of the list,

Since we have to add eleven types of cancers.

Add complications of these diseases,

And you are a veritable bundle of dis-ease.

The obese uses 18% more natural resources,

Though he has no clue that he does.

This would appear not to be fair use,

Of resources God has given equally to all.

Can food be blamed for overindulgence?

Not really! Food is equal unto all beings.

Is it craving or lack of self-control,

That pushes one to unneeded calories,

Whether from sugars and fats, or large servings?

What need is there for second helpings,

Or rich deserts that tantalize the taste buds?

Our health is in our own hands,

Or better yet, we can say in our own minds.

So let food serve its proper purpose,

To maintain life, health and wellbeing.

You can see then that DIET forbodes no ill,

But is a source of nutrients for health.

So with your next plate of delicious food,

Make sure you are mindful of D. I. E. T.


Dr. Jagessar Das


(….analyzing these 12 studies, the team determined that there was an association between body fat and 11 cancer sites: esophageal adenocarcinoma; multiple myeloma; and cancers of the gastric cardia, colon (in men), rectum (in men), biliary tract system, pancreas, breast (postmenopausal), endometrium (premenopausal), ovary, and kidney. (Medscape Family Medicine, Feb. 28, 2017)





About Dr. Jagessar Das

Retired M. D. after 42 years of general practice of medicine. Interested in religion and spirituality. Produced books on the teachings of the great mystic of India, Kabir. Produced TV shows on the world's religions. Deliver religious lectures, teach meditation, participate in interfaith programs, and am on Facebook and Twitter
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