While a majority of us live to eat it was Gandhiji’s idea that we eat to live and not the other way round. He very firmly believed that food is an energy and a medicine and should be only consumed to keep the body in balance and health. In numerous articles, he wrote with great belief that we should not eat to appease our taste buds rather food was to be consumed so that we are fit to carry forward work
“I shall content myself with merely declaring my firm conviction that, for the seeker who would live in fear of God and who would see Him face to face, restraint in diet both as to quantity and quality is as essential as restraint in thought and speech.”- MK Gandhi
Gandhi a simple eater
Spartan in his eating habits as with his clothes Gandhi’s favourite daily diet included rice and dal As a side dish he loved a boiled brinjal saute, lauki or gourd and a simple potato bhaaji. . Included in his meals were the nourishing yoghurt As well. If there was one area where he let his desire guard down it was in eating the yummy Peda. This soft Gujarati delight was Gandhiji’s weakness and yes he did give in to his sweet tooth once in a while.
On the drinks side, any aerated drink was a no, he preferred fresh juices and squash. For a man who travelled light and fasts the, fruit juices was an instant source of energy while he was on the move.
Gandhi’s Abstinence list
Through his life, Gandhiji practised vegetarianism. In fact, he went to the extent of not drinking milk as well until later in life he was forced to add goat milk to his diet as part of recovery from a serious sickness. Eggs too were not on Gandhiji ‘s menu as he believed that they are unborn babies, and eating them would amount to killing a baby in the womb.
What began with the reading of the book A Plea for Vegetarianism by Henry Salt. Later later turned into a lifestyle choice by Gandhiji as he experimented with eating and dietary habits as an effort to live a pious healthy active life