If you recall, I had decided to do a cleanse diet (GM diet) for a week starting previous Saturday but I only followed it for 2 days. I endured the mood swings, the unbearable craving for carbs and the weakness on the first day but the end of the second day, I had a splitting headache. I couldn’t think, I couldn’t work, I felt too weak and I decided to stop it and started back to eating normally. I think the 2 day cleanse was good enough for me – my body did feel light, my skin had completely cleared and with all the fiber and water intake, my stomach felt cleansed too. I don’t think I’ll be doing a week long cleanse again, I can’t stay without carbohydrates for more than 2 days and expect to function normally.
Throwing myself into the old routine of eating every 2 hours, eating fresh/nutritious food, eating light in the evening, ensuring protein/milk intake everyday, trying out new recipes especially for dinner time to satiate the taste buds while keeping the calorie count low and exercising diligently everyday (Jillian Michaels rocks!) – this has been a good week! 16 Days into the 30 Day Shred, my body is definitely showing change more so because of all the strength training I’ve been doing – there is noticeable inch loss along with muscle toning. The beginning is always tougher but once you get the momentum, its easier to keep with it!
Let me show you some dishes I’ve been enjoying this week ~
Stir fried veggies
Recipe : Chop all veggies (broccoli, cabbage, carrot, beans), boil broccoli in water for 7-8 min. Heat 1/2 spoonful of oil in a pan on high flame, toss in all the veggies when the oil is hot, sautee for 2 min, add salt, chowmein/chilli paneer mix (masala sachet by Ching’s Secret, picked it up from Big Bazaar), tomato ketchup and soya sauce to taste, sautee for 2-3 more minutes and you’re done! You can also add Chilli Sauce.
You can use more veggies in this like mushrooms, onions, capsicum and corn.
In the same recipe as above, you can toss in some cooked rice (leftover from morning or previous day) and just adjust the salt/masala to taste. I choose rice over noodles to avoid processed maida. Your chinese rice is ready in a jiffy!
Toasted bread with Honey
Recipe : Just toast the bread on a Tawa with some ghee smeared on 1 side till both sides are golden brown and crunchy. Add a pinch of salt if you’re used to the salty taste of butter. Spread some honey on the side with the ghee and enjoy! Avoid white bread, stick to whole wheat or multigrain bread. This breakfast has the goodness of whole grains, ghee and honey, it also satiates sweet cravings.
Corn/Wheat Roti(Indian Flatbread)
Recipe : Pretty simple, just mix equal amount of makka atta with wheat atta and knead it into a dough. Make a nice thick roti, smear some ghee on 1 side, let the other side sit on a heated tawa for half a minute and then roast it directly on the burner till both sides are well done. It may not look super attractive here but it tastes really nice! Since I eat only 1 roti, I like making it a little fancier by mixing attas, making it a little thick and roasting it with ghee on one side. This makes it a little crispier on 1 side which I like.
Why Ghee is good for you
Watch nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar talking about why you need to eat Ghee HERE.
I have been incorporating Ghee into my diet by using it on bread in small amounts when I toast it and also on my roti. I feel a difference in the problem areas of stubborn fat in my body which can be very much because of the exercise. I can only be able to tell over a long time if this is actually helping or not. But if its one thing I’ve learnt with my weight loss journey, it is that you need to trust your nutritionist. If she says you need to eat fresh fruit with cream, you need to eat that, if she tells you to put ghee on your roti and in your khichdi, you need to trust her and do that.
Here’s an article from The Times of India outlining the many benefits of ghee ~
Lab studies have shown ghee to reduce cholesterol both in the serum and intestine. It does it by triggering an increased secretion of biliary lipids. Ghee is also good for nerves and brain. It helps control eye pressure and is beneficial to glaucoma patients. Ghee is most notably said to stimulate the secretion of stomach acids to help with digestion, while other fats, such as butter and oils, slow down the digestive process and can sit heavy in the stomach. Ghee is rich with antioxidants and acts as an aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods, serving to strengthen the immune system. A high concentration of butyric acid, a fatty acid that contains anti-viral properties, is believed to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors.
It is good for treatment of burns. According to Ayurveda ghee promotes learning and increased memory retention. While in a healthy person consuming ghee may reduce your cholesterol or not affect it, it is not advised for people already suffering from high cholesterol. It is safer than butter. Now you understand how the Punjabis have tonnes of ghee and still are fitter. It has been used in Indian medicinal practice to help with ulcers, constipation, and the promotion of healthy eyes and skin.
So if you’ve been avoiding ghee for fear of putting on weight, let go of that misconception. The aim here is to get healthier! Start putting a little ghee on your toast, khakhra, roti, daal and khichdi for your skin, hair, immune system, brains, nerves, stomach and eyes!
Word of caution : While it is good for health and healthier than vegetable oil/butter, it still needs to be consumed in small quantities. It is still fattening if you consume too much of it – it is saturated fat after all!
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