Hello all my fellow trying to eat clean-people! Isn’t it annoying when you have finally gotten over the million and one things in life and started building up a healthier lifestyle but you keep failing at it? When I started eating healthy, the biggest problem I faced was that I had to attend a lot of desi dinners and parties. Now you cannot go to a dinner and eat very little. It’ll take just a moment for the host to be offended. Or for you to lose self control and just eat all the delicious Nihari with Roghni Naan. Can you tell why I find it hard to lose weight?
You can’t be a hermit either and stay home.
Over the years, I have come up with tips and tricks that I use to help me stick to my eating habits and still go to all these events.
1. Portion Control.
I learnt this the hard way. You can’t escape food or expected to be served Avocado Toast at a desi Brunch. So learn to portion control your food.
2. Drink your body weight in water.
On the days that you drink enough water and in turn, complete your steps going to the loo, you will feel less hungry.
3. Mentally make up your mind on what to eat.
As a Desi, I know the run of the mill that is served at weddings. You have your Karahi’s, BBQ, Biryani, Salad etc. When you know your options, it’s a good thing to mentally think of what you should eat.
4. Adjust the rest of the day according to it.
This is for the days your Grandma is hosting and you want to eat that Palak Paneer. Try intermittent fasting till 12, then eat a Fruit Salad or have a smoothie. Then later have a snack before leaving for the dinner saving the rest of the calories for Butter Chicken.
5. Eat salad and protein.
When you are in a pinch and can’t make room in your calories then stick to eating protein and salad. You could eat Biryani but have less rice. Add BBQ to it.
6. Say no to fried food.
Fried food is your nemesis. Avoid it at all costs. It’s like the big bad wolf that will take up all your calories leaving none for Ice Cream. I mean, if you prefer Samosas over Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, it’s your choice.
7. Take it slow and steady.
Try not to be the first one at the buffet table. Go in last if you can. Add in the vegetables first, leaving less room for Nihari. And eat slowly. Chances are that you will get done with everyone else. Because if you are done eating before everyone else, the host is most likely to notice and will try to pile your plate with Biryani. Believe me, you will not be thanking your Khala ki Nand at the gym next morning.
8. Eat a little beforehand.
When everything else fails, stick to the tried and tested. Eat an apple or an energy bar before leaving for the wedding reception.
Eating healthy should be a lifestyle. So try and incorporate it in the life you live by making small changes. Don’t be tempted by all these fad diets and plans that are going around. And don’t shy away from eating the foods you love. Everything works if it’s in moderation. This way not only do you enjoy your food but also enjoy all the social gatherings.