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How I Survived Two Years In India Without Any Junk Food/Drink!

Most people like to put a little bit of spice or chilli on their food. Mexicans like to put a lot of chilli on their food. Indians, however, like to put a little food on their chilli!

As academic dean in India, I did quite a bit of traveling throughout the country during my two-year tenure.

During my travels, I had the opportunity to taste a vast array of foods and spices. However, after far too many tongue-burning experiences due to extremely hot spices, I limited my self to taste them with my eyes only!

I have always had an enviable sense of taste and smell which, after two years without any junk food, preservatives, artificial flavors/colorings, or the infamous MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate), have become even greater.

I lost about 10 lbs. during those two years and never felt so fit and healthy in my life!

You may think that since most Indians are vegetarian they have a healthy diet and enjoy good health. Unfortunately, nothing could be farther from the truth. I was shocked to learn and to witness, first hand, how many Indians in their 30s and 40s died from a heart attack, or suffered from diabetes.

Religion and cultural believes have a major impact on their diet. Cattle slaughter, for instance, is banned, and pork, of course, is forbidden for Muslims. Chicken is, undoubtedly, the main meat source, along with mutton, for the non-vegetarian. Rice and chapatis (flour tortillas) are always present, day and night, along with turmeric, cumin, and all sort of spices.

Despite of this apparently healthy diet, students were constantly sick with a cold or an upset stomach.

So, here is my “secret” to surviving two years in India without any junk food or junk drink: Enjoying each day to the fullest!

On those rare occasions when I did suffer from an upset stomach or flu-like symptoms, fresh garlic was my saviour. Only once I had to gargle with a few drops of TCP antiseptic for a sore throat.

During my two year stay, I did not get sick a single day, neither when I was traveling, nor when I was on campus.

When I was not traveling, I was in my office on campus every single day from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm, from Monday through Sunday, every single week during my two-year tenure.

My experience, physically, mentally, and spiritually, was undoubtedly one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life!

JC Wandemberg Ph.D.

President & Founder

Sustainable Systems International

About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant and stocks trader, keynote speaker, published author, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.

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