Contrary to popular belief, fitness trainers, nutritionists and wellness gurus too succumb to the temptation of frozen yo,a steaming hot cuppa of mocha, steak and wine. The idea is to eat intuitively, avoid processed foods, artificial sweeteners and indulge mindfully once in a while so you don’t feel the need to binge. Allowing yourself a treat once in a while is a pretty healthy way to treat yourself but exercising portion control here is crucial. A few squares of dark chocolate is alright as long as you don’t end up eating a whole bar.
Here is what a day of eating and drinking looks like in my life:
1-2 tbsp cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil
A cup of herbal tea
and 8 almonds, 2 walnuts
Some days, I make an anti inflammatory tea
1 tsp raw turmeric, 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp pepper (crushed), 1 tsp honey, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar in one cup of hot water. This will take the edge off, boost your immunity and help detoxify your system.
Breakfast is pretty varied
I could have a chia bowl with fresh fruit (berries, papaya & pomegranate) and almond/coconut milk
2 tbsp chia soaked in milk overnight, topped with some fruit and 1 tsp of flaxseeds
a 2-3 egg omelet with veggies and cheese (yes cheese)
It’s pretty simple just blitz 1 banana, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla essence and either a dollop of honey/stevia. Add a drop of coconut oil to a pan and pour the mixture. Flip once and pop it onto your plate when its golden brown.
I snack on some makhanas and have a glass of fresh coconut water if I get hungry
1) I’m addicted to good ol’ paneer so this is a staple most days when I’m home. I supplement this with a green veggie (seasonal), a bowl of yoghurt and either a besan roti or you can sub in some quinoa
2) if i’m headed out for lunch- I try and have a large chicken or tuna salad with a vinaigrette based salad and slather on some healthy olive oil. I ask for extra olives and extra nuts because the fat is good for your brain, skin and your mood.
a cup of coffee/herbal tea
and a few pieces of fruit
I start my dinner with a hot steaming bowl of homemade soup (broccoli, mushroom, tomato or chicken). I always add a dollop of cream or coconut milk to give it that richness.
I try and have about 100 g of either fish/chicken/lamb with a bowl of grilled veggies and a nice hearty salad
If i’m eating Indian- I stay away from the rotis and just eat a plate of tikkas with a bowl of yoghurt and a lot of salad
If I’m eating out – I will often order a steak and a side of salad or a nice grilled fish with grilled veggies. Remember to eat mindfully but not to deprive yourself.
I keep some frozen yoghurt in the fridge with some dark chocolate for after dinner indulgences. Choose a chocolate that is 70% cocoa or higher for all the antioxidants. I chase this with either a cup of chamomile, peppermint or oolong tea.
Jia Singh is a Delhi based food and wellness consultant and freelance features writer. She enjoys writing about food, travel and the wellness industry, and runs Petite Sweet Eats, a health food initiative that makes gluten free, low GI, and paleo friendly treats accessible and affordable. She believes holistic wellness is attained one healthy choice at a time.
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