03 Apr Clean Eating- A Modern Diet With Old Wisdom !
Clean Eating- A Modern diet with old wisdom!
Met an old friend on a Friday night bash!
My friend:- Oh! I have eaten a lot today, no workout too! I may have to skip my lunch tomorrow. Else how can I make up for this indulgence? “
I wondered and laughed in my heart that she had almost forgotten about the number of glasses she had poured in. I also thought that according to her logic if she counts those then she can’t eat food for the whole next day to compensate for the sin, she has committed.
I gave her peck for her innocence and yes this post is dedicated to other fitternity members who should know what to eat and how to eat. It is a known fact that “30 % of the gym and 70 % of diet”.
“Abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.”
Weight loss is a word which is very close to my heart. This is my second journey towards the same goal, now of course it is the postpartum weight!Thanks to my all day home(read as study and TV) and no play attitude in my childhood days! I am blessed with a metabolism of a buffalo and to speed it up yes! I exercise. It is indeed my way of life today. I miss cycling as I never enjoyed the ride in my high school days. I want to relive my childhood back again by an hour of outdoor activity. Sounds like a child!? I know but I love to.
Many people suggest fad diets and yes the internet mommies like me are very vulnerable to those illusions. GM diet, Keto Diet, Whole thirty, Paleo, many more fantastic names to enlist here. I have tried a few only to realise that I was in great health when I was eating from my mother’s kitchen. Infact, when I read about “CLEAN EATING” I was about to close the window until I realised that it is the same way of living which our mother and grandmother fed us with. Not digging too deep into the subject but I outline the basics of Clean Eating!
Eating clean is not something to be defined but here are a few basics.It is a change in lifestyle which can itself yield a transformation.
So let us know what are those simple sustainable changes:-
- Do not fall prey to shortcuts diets while you are on the making of fitter selves.Don’t lose faith as the results take time.
- Eat frequent small meals:- The idea is not to starve yourself and then fall into the trap of bigger portion to satisfy the loud hunger. Three big meals and two-three small fillers are great to go. Frequent eating also boosts up your metabolism.
- Balanced diet and Portion Control:- A balanced diet means incorporating the goodness of carbohydrates(the complex the better), the lean protein , the good fat (Yes! Fat is good to mobilise other fat from the body) and the fibres in correct proportion, in addition to the various vitamins and minerals. Portion control comes with mindful eating. Curb the distractions while you take your food.
- Avoid processed and refined foods:- However tempting and easy it may look. Always bank on the whole grains, nuts, legumes and pulses instead.
- Patch up with good fat:- It is a misconception that fat is all bad. Good fat is essential for the body as much as any other nutrients.
- Drink two-three litres of water every day:- We humans often confuse thirst with hunger and then gulp on those extras.
Remember the more consistent you are, the more consistent are the results. A journey to a fitter world can’t be achieved without consistency and sustainable changes.
Shipra TrivediPosted at 14:31h, 03 April
Very insightful post. Shortcuts never work and without mindfulness, we can’t have a healthy eating habit. Please check my ‘C’ post here (Theme-Indian Spices): http://www.vibhuandme.com/2018/04/c-for-cinnamon-god-of-spices.html
adminPosted at 14:50h, 03 April
Thank you shilpa.
Snehalata jainPosted at 15:54h, 03 April
So me too after eating in marriage feels the same but being a foodie i cant stop binging on food
adminPosted at 05:42h, 04 April
Hope you choose wisely. That is what clean eating all about.
Susanne MatthewsPosted at 19:00h, 03 April
Great post. Sadly, almost all diets rely on nuts as a protein and I’m deadly allergic to all nuts and legumes, especially peanuts. I try but it’s always one step forward, two steps back.
adminPosted at 05:44h, 04 April
You can also try lentils. If you are a non-vegetarian then you have plenty of options. 🙂
adminPosted at 05:45h, 04 April
If you are a non-vegetarian then you have plenty of options. But yes vegetarians and vegan people have limited options.
Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EAPosted at 19:15h, 03 April
Good luck on your journey.
I’m off to swim a mile. (That’s part of mine.)
adminPosted at 20:50h, 03 April
Wow! I envy you. I don;t know to swim 🙂 Would love to know your journey too.
BarbPosted at 19:28h, 03 April
A well written post that sounds like a conversation around the (Easter/Passover) table! You mentioned good fats. Can you give some examples or recommendations here.
adminPosted at 20:48h, 03 April
Yes any celebration is always associated with food! Thanks for reading between the lines… Good fat means the goodness of ghee/clarified butter and the crunchy groundnuts, the sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds etc.. More about it in the upcoming blogs.
Tammy FullerPosted at 22:29h, 03 April
A good reminder to eat natural whole foods.
adminPosted at 05:50h, 04 April
Thank you Tammy. It is the way we all grew up.
Jeanine ByersPosted at 01:41h, 04 April
Good advice about how to eat clean! It does remind me of the way I ate growing up, for the most part. I need to get back to smaller meals. Doing that was transformational. But tbh, that would mean getting up earlier, and eating 2 dinners instead of one. Breakfast & lunch are easier to eat light, for some reason. but our big meal is dinner. I am not sure I could handle a second dishwashing extravaganza.
adminPosted at 05:47h, 04 April
Heavier dinner is the way of life in India for most of the people. That is the time when we are back home and together. Can have food leisurely. 2 hours before going to bed is the best option for having dinner in case you don’t want to have 2 dinners. 🙂
Cheryl SterlingPosted at 04:51h, 04 April
There are no shortcuts to good health. We are i a 97% plant based lifestyle (we still like some chicken and fish, but no more than once a week. We feel good and have no illnesses. I wish more people would stop looking for a magic pill and use common sense in their diet.
adminPosted at 05:50h, 04 April
Wow! 97% that is great. So nice to know. No illness is the cherry on the cake. 🙂 Thank you Cheryl
Kristin LohmeyerPosted at 05:53h, 04 April
I’m working on cutting out a majority of processed foods from our diet and eating smaller, more frequent meals. Definitely a good reminder that you can shortcut your way to losing weight…it’s going to come back and bite you in the end haha. Very good advice – thanks for this post!
adminPosted at 06:26h, 04 April
Thank you for dropping by and commenting.:)
ElisaPosted at 06:52h, 04 April
I’m really enjoying your posts and I think that at some point I’m going to get motivated enough to try something new to my routine. My NY resolution was to be a healthier me – but the whole process is very overwhelming to me. You just might be what I’ve been looking for. Keep up the good work! 🙂
adminPosted at 06:54h, 05 April
Thank you so much Elisa. I hope to motivate you further.
Shelly MaynardPosted at 08:23h, 04 April
Great post and tips! I have started working on drinking more water and trying not to skip meals. During the summer and winter, we do really well eating regularly and choosing good foods. Everything goes downhill when we get busy with sports with the kids.
adminPosted at 10:40h, 04 April
I understand and the story is the same here. I have to super plan to keep things in place when there are events, exams or family functions. It is tough though.
MarthaPosted at 06:43h, 05 April
Great advice, while I don’t need to diet, I am trying to eat more healthy. I need to plan my meals a bit different so I will at least know what to prepare ahead of time.
adminPosted at 06:55h, 05 April
Thank you, Martha, for dropping by. You really do not need to diet, just paying attention to what we are eating is more than enough. I am sure you are doing great. 🙂