Booklet “Have you had your lunch” – Food and Health Guide for Indian middle classes” 2010

Wanna know when to buy which fruits and vegetables? How to maintain and store pulses in bulks to protect yourself from price hikes and save some money? Where you can buy organic vegetables in Hyderabad? Why vegetarianism contributes to climate protection? Why it should be prestigious to buy at Kiranas and street food stalls? Or what a sustainable lifestyle is?

Answers to many questions around food, nutrition and health can be found in this booklet that has been released at the capacity building workshop on food and health in October 2010 and takes up concerns and questions of (lower) middle class households that came to light during two years of research in 2009/10. The booklet provides traditional healthy and climate-friendly recipes ranging from snack items to vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, using seasonal and regional products. Besides the wide range of recipes information is given on advantages and schedules of seasonal and regional consumption, consumer protection agencies are introduced and general tips of consumer education are given. Furthermore explanations are provided what climate friendly lifestyles imply and health myths and misinformation on Indian diets are dispelled. Moreover, it explains the different kinds of “chemicals” that can be found in food, highlights locations, where organic food can be purchased in Hyderabad and gives practical tips for families with small budgets and on the consumption of street food. One major message that is communicated through the booklet is the prestige that the usage of small scale shops and stalls (kiranas, family-run restaurants and street food stalls) deserves due to a better ecological performance and contribution to social security. With the help of a large number of (lower) middle class families as well as our partner institutions a large range of relevant information has been gathered. Knowledge on sustainable lifestyles as well as tasty recipes for a healthy life have been collected and compiled to preserve traditional knowledge, highlight sustainable ways of living and promote and inspire modifications of lifestyles to increase sustainability and personal health.

The booklet has been distributed through the organizations COVA, the Indian Institute of Public Health, the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Sannihita – Center for Women and Girl Children and the Consumer Service Centre in Punjagutta (Civil Supplies Department) as well as the ICDS-I-Office (Integrated Child Development Services) at Malakpet and will soon be available on our website for downloading.

You can find a summary in Telugu here.