Thursday, March 31, 2011

Indian Diet Food for weight loss?

Is there something called Indian diet food for weight loss ? Can we eat Indian food and still reduce our weight? I would say most certainly to both! I am not sure if a lot of them will agree with me in the beginning. Sadly, when we think about Indian food, the butter ,malai (cream) , oil,ghee and rich desserts is what comes to our mind.The food industry has revolutionized so much that it has literally influenced our day to day cooking. Including me, a lot of us want to imitate the restaurant style dishes at home to get lauded and in the process compromise nutrition and aid fat deposits in our body :).The very basic indian food cooked at home ,however, is pretty harmless.Come to think of it, my grandmother would have never heard about dishes I cook these days let alone cook! Yes ,India has a very diversified culture and to paint a little of this diversity into our food habits will not do any harm as long as we make the right choices for the day to day living.In the past two months, I have learnt that we need to take time to alter our food habits,accommodate some good whole grains, wholesome proteins and a good amount of various vegetables in our diet so that we can lead a healthy life.From time to time I do eat non-Indian foods, but that is to keep me interested in the process of my weight loss.But most days I love to stick with Indian for lunch/dinner and take advantage of the nutrients in our wheat,rice and Dal varieties.Also, I have noticed that Indian food has never been the culprit but my ignorance in regard to portion control has indeed! (If you have done weight watchers or at least heard of the success the program gives with portion control being their key ,I am sure you will be able to appreciate the meaning of this) The moment I learned to master the art of portion control , I could see the numbers on the scale and inches on my hips go down so easy! I call it an art because it takes a rather diligent effort to perform and not easy but definitely achievable. I love Indian food and feel it will not make sense to give it up in order to lose weight. If the weight loss needs to be permanent and not depressing, it needs to suit your lifestyle and my lifestyle is by far very very Indian.I am trying to update my blog with what I have been eating for weight loss and very soon would like to put some of my favourite Indian dishes that I savour and still lose weight. Of course eating is only one part and exercises is another. But the latter is a whole different topic to discuss :).

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

#3- Iam Losing weight eating - Fruit Sandwich for breakfast!

What I have learnt since I started my weight loss regime Jan 21 this year is that breakfast is not only a brain food but also the fuel that kick starts your metabolism for the day.The heavier it is, the better for you will not binge into an early lunch which will result in a strong mid afternoon craving that will ultimately result in a disaster dining. OK, maybe I was a little too dramatic there, but the fact is I have been eating breakfast consistently (and mostly fruits and whole grain bread in the morning) for the past 2 months and a week and it has helped me stick on to my regime. With good choice of foods and exercises, I have lost 14 pounds so far, that would mean a little over 6 Kg. The baby weight and my own weight is finally coming off, yaay! The really cool thing about fruit sandwich is that it is easy to fix for breakfast before I leave for work, healthy and delicious on the taste bud. Yeah, I love fruits and that is why my earlier post was also about the same. I try to eat at least one serving fresh fruit a day if not more. I have also discovered that diligently eating fruit along with optimum water intake makes my skin glow! Anyway, coming back to the fruit sandwich here in the picture - I love to make them with 100 % whole grain whole wheat bread that has no sugar ( the grains are so yumm!). When I started off with these, I used sliced cantaloupe,strawberries and I have moved on to using oranges and other berries as well. I love to cut up a slice into two halves, place the fruits on one side, top off with 1 tsp maple syrup ( or honey ) and close it. Some more of fruits that cannot be stuffed in go as my side along with 1/2 glass of milk or 1 glass of vegetable juice, whichever is available. An hour later, I take my tea ( made with 1/4 cup milk ) or decaf coffee . Try it and fall in love.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

#2- Iam Losing weight eating- My favourite low calorie snack

Summer is coming along and bringing with it my favourite Mango.This time of the year, there is no fruit I love better . But hey, I cannot go one eating just mangoes when I am trying to lose some weight and reach a goal here by the end of this summer. So , I wanted to incorporate the flavour of my favourite mangoes and still include other fruits to make a low calorie snack. Sometimes I like to have them as my mid morning snack but mostly I save it for the dreaded mid afternoon or early evenings when I am pretty exhausted and my cravings are the worst. I figured that if I do not eat something satisfying at this time, I most definitely end up eating crap through out evening and something unhealthy for dinner as well. So I toss in the 1/4 slice of a mango, 2 strawberries,a handful of blueberries, 1/4 apple ,2-3 walnut halves, a tsp of sliced almonds and make a good fruit salad. Leaves me satisfied and looking forward to the same next day :p .

#1- Iam Losing weight eating-Sandwich with Morning star Veggie burger

As Iam discovering some new foods in my weight loss journey, I thought probably I ought to blog about them too . So I came across "Nature's Own Whole Grain Sandwich Rounds" the other day @ target and brought them. The packet contains 8 pre-packed sandwich rounds for 100 calories per round . I love these rounds as I feel like I am getting 2 slices of bread for the deal of 1 . Also, I get to close my sandwich to completion without guilt. The picture is of a sandwich I made yesterday with " Morning Star Garden Veggie" burger which is a 110 calories and stacked with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, cucumber, mushroom ,lettuce and a tspn of tomato sauce. Was so yummy and filling for being around 300 calories!