Extract juice of one lemon in a glass of lukewarm water. Add a teaspoonful of honey, mix well and take in the morning immediately after waking up and before taking anything else. In the same type of drink, in place of honey, add first a pinch of black rock salt, mix well and taken in the afternoon. These two doses must be taken regularly.
Roast barley seeds and powder it. Mix it with a little milk and honey. Make a small ball and take it in breakfast. A pinch of salt can ‘be added with a little water and a small ball can be taken at noon.
Sieve wheat flour and remove the bran. Mix two tablespoon¬fuls of this bran in a glass of skimmed milk, add honey and take it at least once a day. Do not add sugar. Bran can also be taken with buttermilk.
Take a ripe banana mashed in plain diluted cow’s milk with a tablespoonful of fresh banana flower juice during breakfast for a couple of months.
Ten drops of tulsi leaf juice with two teaspoonfuls honey in water for one month.
Raw tomatoes and onions, mixed with the juice of one lemon is a very good salad for obesity.
Honey in pure raw tomato juice.
Potatoes boiled with skin or roasted in hot sand or coal fire for breakfast.
Dilute buttermilk made out of skimmed milk.
100 gms horse gram soaked overnight for breakfast.
Note: All the above said things should not be taken at the same time.
For those who are genuinely interested in reducing weight, the terminology FLETCHERISM will not be new, but for the benefit of others who really desire to reduce their weight, let us under¬stand what Fletcherism means.
Horace Fletcher of the U.S.A. lived in the 19th Century. He was miserable because he was abnormally overweight and was often down with some illness or the other. He suffered from chronic indigestion ..He experimented all sorts of treatment to reduce weight, but did not succeed. He was fifty to sixty pounds above the normal weight at the age of forty. After several days of deep study, he came to the conclusion that retaining the food in the mouth and chewing the food atleast 30 times, had a positive effect in reducing weight. His method of reducing was named Fletcherism.
Teeth – A competent grinding device
Our teeth are neglected due to our ignorance about their utility. They are the first and foremost organ of the digestive system which come in contact with food. Unless the food is chewed, swallowing is difficult. Chewing without teeth is also possible to some extent, but unless the food blends with the alkaline saliva, incomplete digestion takes place. Teeth are very essential for this blending. Thorough chewing is one of the best and surest way to cure almost any disease. Digestion will be perfect when the food we eat undergoes mastication.
Horace Fletcher wrote a book in which he prescribed some rules for reducing weight.
1. The first and foremost rule is mastication. Every bite must be chewed thirty times, partly on the right and partly on the left side ofthe mouth. The food should not be swallowed until it has been chewed to a pulp.
2. The second rule is, not to eat when upset, angry or worried or with mind full of tensions and unpleasant thoughts. Because the digestive enzymes and juices are not released when the mind is disturbed, a pleasant and cheerful attitude while eating enables better digestion.
3. The last and very important rule is not to eat when not hungry. We must wait until we feel hungry and always eat only at a fixed time. Especially the night meal must not be taken later than 7.00 to 7.30 p.m. Morning and evening walks must be encouraged during diet therapy for reducing weight.
It was not Horace Fletcher alone who reduced his weight with the simple method of mastication but many others who tried Fletch¬erism when they did not succeed with any other treatment for losing weight.
How does fletcherism help?
The pleasure of the taste sensation depends upon the presence of food in the mouth and not upon the amount actually swallowed. Mastication satisfies the hunger with a small quantity of food. Since the food is reduced to a fine pulp in the mouth itself, the stomach does not require long hours to make the food reach the intestine for complete digestion. A bloating sensation which is felt after a hurried meal is never felt, if the food is chewed thoroughly; instead the contentment of a full meal is felt. We can prolong the pleasure of taste by eating slowly, chewing every morsel thoroughly and keeping the food in the mouth longer during the course of a meal. This is one of the best methods and a more effective way of preventing any disease including obesity.
A stubborn lady and her elder brother who were abnormally overweight remained unmarried till their middle-age. They lacked the will to reduce weight by any means. They enjoyed good food, exercised very little, attended and hosted elaborate parties. Any type of treatment they underwent, never lasted for more than a few weeks. When they learnt about Fletcherism they felt that they could at last succeed. They were not even selective about what they ate. But they were careful in eating the minimum quantity of whatever they ale. A few days passed without any noticeable change, but they started feeling some improvement in their mild discomforts like flatulence, acidity and also constipation.
Encouraged by this slight improvement they continued with enthusiasm for a few weeks. The craving for sweets and other rich food slowly started decreasing.
At the end of the second month, the miracle happened. They actually lost a considerable amount of excess fat and felt better and confident that they had at last succeeded this time. By this time they became active as never before, enjoyed doing things which they never did before. Their friends were totally surprised at the total transformation and their steady loss of weight with the minimum effort.
Fletcherism is no doubt a pleasurable method to lose weight, doing nothing except concentrating on the three cardinal rules laid by Horace Fletcher.