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NaBloPoMo – Day 14

Posted by Sowmya:) on May 15, 2014

What makes you eat something unhealthy?

One is laziness, which i detailed in the yesterday’s post. The other reason I eat something unhealthy is when I go out with friends or any special event at home. These are few and far between and hence I don’t think they make much of a difference with regard to my health.
Nowadays I have started trying to reduce the unhealthy portion of my meal by having healthy stuff even when I go out with family or friends. I definitely have a soup and sometimes a salad. This reduces my appetite for the unhealthy stuff like paneer and nan. Though I love both these items, eating them for dinner is not at all healthy. I try to go out for lunch instead of dinner so that the food can be digested and the energy expended on the same day. Such days see a very light dinner or sometimes no dinner just some fruits.
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NaBloPoMo – Day 13

Posted by Sowmya:) on May 13, 2014

How often do you eat foods that you know are bad for your body?

That’s a tough one. The truthful answer would be ‘often’. ‘Why’ you ask me? Mostly laziness. I find it very hard on somedays to cook lunch just for myself. It is a very boring exercise. So then, sometimes, I do order out or eat stuff that are high on carbs or fat and low on nutrition. Wrong decision! I know that! But on a hot and sultry day, the thought of going to the kitchen and cooking for just me and no one to actually tell me, ‘Its so yummy’, I slip and give up and reach for the phone.
What I do to avoid this scenario is to cook additional quantity during dinner and have it for lunch the next day. That meets with my laziness as well as nutritious criteria. I am trying to do that more and more. Hopefully I should succeed and soon not fall prey to the laziness and eat stuff that are not good for me. 
On a nicer note, my dinner today is as healthy as healthy can be. Ok, slight cheating allowed. I had spinach soup, vegetable salad and bread, all of which were made by me. Yummy!!!

 

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NaBloPoMo – Day 12

Posted by Sowmya:) on May 12, 2014

How do you balance good nutrition and good taste?

The simple answer to this question would be ‘I don’t’. But I am making continuous effort towards finding tasty and healthy recipes. It is hard to incorporate healthy but not tasty food into your lifestyle. You can do it for a brief period of time but it cannot become a lifestyle choice.
I have achieved the low hanging fruits ie. adopted low fat versions of curds and milk, replaced sugar with nothing or honey wherever possible, avoid heavy or high fat food during the second half of the day, reduce rice, etc.
But to actually replace butter,cheese,mayonnaise, coconut is an issue I am trying to deal with.

In this regard, I discovered the low fat version of Baba Ghanoush, the middle eastern dip. It is easy to make and healthy plus tasty. Yippee! My journey towards healthy lifestyle with tasty recipes continues….

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NaBloPoMo – Day 11

Posted by Sowmya:) on May 11, 2014

Another source of mental nourishment is meeting people. This could be either friends or totally new people. Bothe kinds offer very different kinds of fillip to the brain.
When you meet a friend or someone you have known for a long time, there is an existing comfort level with this person. So you can let your guard down and relax to be be yourself. You do not have to constantly worry about being misinterpreted or offending anyone’s sentiments. This naturally relaxes your brain and therefore puts you in a state of treatise calm and peace. You could even discuss issues that are troubling you or be frank about your opinions regarding controversial topics which you probably could not share otherwise.

When you meet new people, you discover different things and learn stuff you probably were previously unaware of. Your brain is alert, aware and gets charged up if you are lucky to meet some interesting people or someone with common hobbies. It can give you a different perspective on stuff you always knew about. It could solve issues that were troubling you. Else, you could get nourished by learning about things you have no iota of knowledge. That could open new avenues for you and probably lead you to new phases in your life.

A good idea for everyone is to speak to as many people as possible. You will find you will learn from each and every person you meet and the entire process will enrich and enliven your life.

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NaBloPoMo – Day 10

Posted by Sowmya:) on May 10, 2014

Well, to the non physical food related nourishment today.
Eating the right food provides nourishment. But surprisingly, cooking the food in the right way provides immense mental and to an extent spiritual nourishment.
To take my personal example, I recently started taking an interest in food, more specifically in baking. The satisfaction I get when the bread dough doubles in size or when the cake rises perfectly to the edge of the pan and no more, my heart swells with pride and my mind feels nourished. A feeling of completeness and the joy of creating something envelopes me. I don’t even think about eating what I have made because I am satiated by the act of creating it and my nourishment is complete right there.
With each dish each day, my feeling of refreshment and nourishment grows and it puts back together my broken attitude and zest piece by piece.
My mother-in-law once told me that cooking and feeding someone, anyone is extremely therapeutic. I didn’t believe her then. But now, seven years later, I can see the wisdom in her words and hopefully will be able to feed her well during her impending visit next week!

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