What the Mahatma’s diet consisted of and why he chose thus

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi got the idea of three different diet plans which he describes as “three baskets”.

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New Delhi: Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on October 2 to mark the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was also known as Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi was a lawyer and a freedom fighter who led the way for India’s Independence against the colonial rule. Gandhi was born in Gujarat and later went to London to study law.
While in London, he was advised to eat meat by his friends but he refused to do so instead he choose to include different types of vegetables, lentils and pulses in his diet. In his book, “The Science of Being and Art of Living”, Gandhiji described his daily dietary habits. In the book, he also describes the “Gandhi diet plan” or “Brahmachari diet plan” that he followed.
Mahatma Gandhi got the idea of three different diet plans which he describes as “three baskets”. The first basket consisted of vegetarian food, the second basket was the “flesh-food” basket and the third basket was the mixed-diet basket. All of these diet baskets played an important role to keep Bapuji healthy, fit, and energetic. He didn’t just follow this diet while he was in London but also after he returned to India. However, Gandhiji never forced his followers to eat only vegetarian food but he did insist that they eat mostly vegetarian food.
Gandhi’s first basket or the vegetarian diet consisted of fruits and vegetables, including lentils and whole grains. And the flesh-food basket or the second basket consisted mostly of meat, poultry, and fish. However, Gandhiji’s favourite was the mixed-diet basket or the third basket that had different kinds of foods, from lentils to vegetables to dairy products, there was a huge variety. According to the book Gandhi’s Way, by Stanley Wolpert, Gandhi consumed a lot of gram flour.
Bapuji only ate one meal everyday and these meals didn’t have foods like bread, pasta, and sugar in them. Rice, dal, chapati, yoghurt and peda were some of his favourite dishes. He firmly believed that the human body has the ability to rebuild itself and if we eat the right food, it can be the healthiest. Gandhi also believed that the body and mind are inseparable. The Gandhi diet plan is also known to provide mental energy and it can also aid in burning fat and gaining muscle.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.