We often read articles about body-shaming and I strongly detest people ridiculing the ones who they think do not fit into the society’s stereotypical standards of being ‘fit’. Having said that, I am not a fan of the ones who take advantage of this whole revolution against body-shaming and go out loud saying things like, ‘I love the way I am and will eat and do what I want! YOLO, Peace!’ either. While the way you look and feel might strictly be your domain, gaining weight more than necessary is just not healthy and could invite a lot of illness. Imagine yourself as someone who loves to eat and gets diagnosed with diabetes, which comes with an insane amount of dietary restrictions, all this because you did not pull the snaffle when you should have.
“I can certainly share some helpful tips with you that has helped me follow a better lifestyle and lose weight.”
Also, I do agree that an appetence is not the only reason for weight gain, there could be various others like under-active thyroid, stress, depression and a busy lifestyle. Now, we cannot do much about thyroid and other circumstances, but I can certainly share some helpful tips with you that we can and should take control over, and has helped me follow a better lifestyle and lose weight.
“I am lazy and I love to eat, but I was pretty determined to lose weight as well, hence I tried combining a few effortless means into my diurnal routine.”
I have a petite body frame and increasing by an inch or two in width, not only gives me a rectangular body shape, but I feel inactive and lazy as well. In an attempt to maintaining a proportionate body structure, I have been to the gym, tried salad and fruit diets, etc, at the end of which I have accepted the fact that I am lazy and I love to eat. But since I was pretty determined to lose weight, I tried combining a few effortless means into my diurnal routine and this is what it looks like.
- My day starts with a 15 minutes stretching exercise, which I have religiously been keeping up with for over the last 15 years now, post which I try going for a 20-30 minutes run. I tried yoga, but I realized I am too impatient for it. (Remember, a workout is essential for it really helps keep you active all day and stress free.)
- Once back, I drink a glass of warm water, mixed with 2 spoonfuls of honey and lemon juice.
- After 45 minutes at around 10 am – My breakfast usually consists of a bowl of cornflakes and skimmed milk with nuts and fruits, or, a brown bread toast with a half done sunny side up, sausages or bacon accompanied by a strong cup of masala chai.
Afternoon: (Lunch between 1.00 – 2.00pm)
I am a Bengali, and letting go of rice is the hardest thing to do. Hence I started using brown boiled rice as a substitute to white rice and I have it with dal (lentils), semi stir fried vegetables or chicken as a side and a big bowl of salad. I would sometimes even make biriyani with the brown rice and it tastes equally good, but with less spices and ghee of-course. (One thing with brown rice though, you need to soak it overnight for the rice to soften.)
Then there is oats or dalia (broken wheat) porridge with lots of vegetables that I sometimes prepare like a rissoto.
- 3.00 – 4.00 pm, a cup of green tea or a glass of fresh fruit juice with sugar free.
- 6.00 -7.00 pm, a cup of tea or coffee with 2 digestive biscuits or these yummy chicken momos sold next to our house.
- 9.30 -10.00 pm, for dinner I stick to either soup, vegetable and cottage cheese salads, grilled fish or chicken breasts with simple stir fried vegetables and sandwiches.
Soup & Sandwich Recipe:
I do not do anything fancy with the soup really, just start with sauteing some onions and garlic together with the desired vegetable (beetroot, carrots, pumpkin, etc) for a minute, then pour 2 cups of water and boil it with some salt, pepper and butter. Once done, I blend them all together and that’s it. Sometimes I add a little low fat cream for a smoother texture.
Sandwiches are the usual, tuna or salami with some lettuce, cucumber and a low fat herb and garlic flavored mayo with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Sundays are my cheat days like a lot of people on a certain diet, there are no rules whatsoever. Also, there is one thing I absolutely swear by, is this detox drink made with lemon, cucumber and mint, kept overnight in a 2 liter water jar which you can consume the next day dividing it into 3-4 glasses, twice a week. Plus, don’t forget to take dietary supplements of calcium and multi-vitamins. I keep a jar of mixed nuts (almonds, cashews and walnuts) to nibble on anytime I am hungry between meals.
Note: The routine did not come from any fitness or expert dietitian but is something I discovered helped me live a light and healthy lifestyle.
I would love to know your thoughts on the post, also for more such easy and healthy food recipes, leave your comments below or e-mail me. And do give it a try to see if it helps make any difference to you.