“Yes, Ma! How are you?” Sheetal replied in a tensed tone.
Being a mother Mrs. Mehra didn’t take a second to realize that there was something that was worrying her daughter.
“What happened Sheetal? Is something worrying you? I can sense that from your voice. And I have called you thrice since yesterday but you don’t seem to pick up my calls. You can share it with me. Did you and Avinash have a fight or is it something related to Rohan?” Mrs. Mehra asked her daughter.
“Nothing happened between me and Avinash, in fact we are all a happy family but the only thing that worries me is Rohan’s health. Every fortnight he falls sick, sometimes it’s fever sometimes it’s cold or typhoid. I just don’t know what to do. He seems so weak all day due to which even his studies are suffering. He has to skip school and each visit to doctor results in nothing but a few meds that work only for sometime. Every day he comes home with unfinished lunch. The doctor tells me his immunity system has to be worked on but how? He doesn’t eat anything healthy. I really don’t know what to do Ma.”
Mrs. Mehra had experienced all this and was a wise lady. She answered, “Sheetal, you know it isn’t easy to groom kids. You have just one, I had three of you at your age but we all survived, didn’t we? If you lose your cool now, how can you expect a happy and a relaxed family. Today you have so many resources back then we didn’t have all these but you know a little patience and hard work does it all.”
“Ma, I have tried every thing. I prepare healthy food for them and feed him with fruits but this mischievous son of mine doesn’t have anything. All he wants is those pack of candies and chocolates in the refrigerator.”
“And what about exercise? Does Rohan get involved in physical activities?” Mrs. Mehra inquired.
“Don’t even ask about that? He is always too weak to even indulge in any kind of sports.” Sheetal answered.
“Now girl, just stay calm and do as I say. Rohan is just a seven year old kid whose immunity system is developing and that is why he is more vulnerable to infections. He will only eat something if he finds it attractive. If you cook simple veggies for him, he will never have them. Today’s kids want everything colourful. Treat him with veg frankies (roll of roti stuffed with veggies) or quesadilla (flour tortilla or a corn tortilla filled with a savory mixture containing cheese, other ingredients, and/or vegetables, then folded in half to form a half-moon shape). Spice up your dish with cheese or tomato ketchup. Make him a parantha pizza or star shaped chapatis.
Cut out fruits for him in cute shapes and watch him gobble all.”
“Just like you made for me,” Sheetal couldn’t help remembering the days when her Mom prepared chapatis of different shapes and sizes.
“Yes and try to keep him away from too much of sugar. I know kids love sweet dishes and that is why always use brown sugar or jaggery as a substitute. Brown sugar is a little expensive but health is more important. Feed your family unprocessed or brown rice, keep away from white bread or maida made products. These are things you must be knowing but I am reminding you because we often forget to apply all this. Soak some almonds overnight and either crush and add it to the milk you offer Rohan in the morning or just ask him to have them directly.
And dear, I hope you all have Chyawanprash daily.” Mrs. Mehra asked Sheetal.
“Oh Ma!! None of them have it. In fact even I also can’t have it, just can’t tolerate the taste.”
“Girl, you shouldn’t be saying like this. You know since years Dabur Chyawanprash has been a part of our family and it has helped improve immunity of everyone including you and your brothers.”
“Ma, I know the benefits but the taste…”
“Sheetal, now I don’t expect this from you. I do agree there was a time when Chyawanprash had a taste that not everyone could relish but the good times have come and it now comes in different flavours, Orange, Mango and Mixed Fruit. They also have a Sugarfree variant that I have daily.”
“Seriously Ma? I didn’t know.”
“Yes, I am really surprised to see you not knowing about it. Anyway, now don’t waste too much of time and get one for your family. Rohan’s problems will get solved soon if you start giving him Dabur Chyawanprash. It is scientifically proven to provide 3 times more immunity that helps fight virus, flu and infections. It has anti-oxidant properties & strengthens your body’s internal defense mechanism, the immune system, thereby protecting you from day to day infections such as cough, cold etc. It has a number of herbs like Amla, known to be one of the best antioxidants, Giloy (Guduchi), known to have immuno-modulatory properties, and has more than 40 other natural ingredients.“
“Thank you so much, this really helped me.”
“Always there for you darling and plus, don’t forget to exercise daily. In the morning, all of you must together do some physical activity because a child always follows his parents. If you two have a balanced lifestyle, Rohan will have one too. Have loads of fluids and one more thing that I have observed these days is every time you guys have cold you rush for a tablet. This is not the answer to your problem, it can override your confusions. Have good food and always remember to feed them with Chyawanprash, not just Rohan but all three of you should have this wonderful or I should say magic of Ayurveda.”
“Yes Ma, I will follow all your advice. I wonder what I would do without you,” Sheetal kept the phone with a relaxed state of mind.
Soon enough Rohan came wearing his latest Krissh 3 mask and all Sheetal could do was hug him tightly.
P.S: This post is written as a contest entry for Dabur Chyawanprash conducted on Indiblogger.
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