Many fit people are not necessarily healthy.
Many healthy people are not fit either.
- Dr. Rama Prasad
Like many normal things in life, weight fluctuates. Few kilos this way or that way - won't be alarming. But, when we have 10 kilos or more and it's constantly rising, then we have an issue to deal with! Statistics on weight gain and obesity are everywhere. So, there is no point in quoting it again. Here is an overweight case study. Real case with a different name.
Mohan arrived 10 minutes early for the consult. He had brought his cheerful family along with him. Saturday morning! An Ayurveda consultation, beach walk, and weekend shopping – was the plan.
He was 34 years old. 5 foot 11 inches tall and 106 kilos. He put on these extra 24 kilos over the past 2 years. When his wife pointed it out about his weight, he consulted a bunch of health and weight experts. He had brought all results along with all his lifestyle information, which always makes life easier for a practitioner.
Most people use Ayurveda as a second or last resorts – not Mohan. He checked out all options and found out what he needed was not a product or machine. He needed a holistic approach for "gaining health" and not "losing weight" in his words. This was refreshing.
Getting rid of disease doesn't always warrant health! Many fit people are not necessarily healthy. Many healthy people are not necessarily fit either. So, most of are not enjoying top quality health at all. Ayurveda always aims at a personalised, holistic wellness program fro each individual and fine tunes it as they progress.
Mohan reports said many blood readings were at the higher end of the normal range. This indicates possible diseases in the near future. He is not diagnosed with any disease, hence not on any medication. Apart from a mild low back pain, he suffers no pain anywhere else in his body. That is an impressive and clean chit of health.
Over the remaining few minutes he explained his healthy routine and organised life. He had 2 weekly gym sessions, regular bowels movements, ate a full range of food items, three meals plus 2 large snacks and 2 L water etc. He was a cheerful and proactive person, “hardly stressed ever”. He also craved coffee (2 cups a day) and carbs (but limited it to whole meal items) especially at night.
In couple of minutes, he gave me all information that I wanted to know verbally. Mohan would be anyone's dream patient. He, then finished his turn with "tell me doctor, what is causing my weight and how do I get healthy?".
Red cracks on his tongue revealed that his system had low-grade inflammations. When we are inflamed, we collect water just like the blisters over the burnt area. Mohan’s weight was due to his tissue burn! How do we get the burn / inflammation? Easy, excessive use of inflammatory food (high carb items esp refined), inflammatory eating (not chewing) or eating at inflammatory time (main meal after 2 pm esp. after sunset).
Mohan fit into this category with dinner being his large meal, always eating very fast and grains and potatoes covered more than 50% of his meals!
He was excited to put the new eating plan with less carbs and more vegetables to work. His wife was on board as well. I also suggested a couple of herbs and a bowel-cleanse.
3 months later, a redesigned Mohan walks into my clinic. At 85 kilos, he could not be happier! We, then fine tuned his program. At his last consult, Mohan was 81 kilos - where she should be and his blood reports were perfect! With upgraded diet he now does more exercise at gym and in outdoor with his family. “Everything changed, doctor”, Mohan said. “The quality of my sleep and cognitive functions are at their best. It feels real. And I feel fully alive. I still drink coffee, but I have zero craving”. Mohan continued.
My teacher use to say - “bring me more curable patients” is a doctor’s prayer. Mohan was truly one of them. True healing helps the person understand true health.