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Claiming myself back: From greasy indulgence to a lean preference #MyFriendAlexa

It was immensely agonising for me to resignedly sit and stifle my hearty appetite for those few minutes. The wafting delicious aroma was increasingly, painfully punishing. However, I had to put my foot down. How could a Pav Bhaji joint run out of butter and serve me without the garnish of a dollop of my favourite melting yellow greasy goodness? Did I look like someone who would settle for that?

This was me, few years ago. Food was my biggest comfort and solace. It was the one friend who embraced me irrespective of my appearance and never judged me for my shameless gluttony. I ate when I was happy and when sad, I ate more. Every time I dug into a samosa or a cake I was beyond any care or concern in the world. Our fulfilling relationship made my life perfect!

Why and how did I comprehend breaking away from this ‘match made in heaven’? Evidently, age, maturity and mild hypochondria arising due to lifestyle diseases running in the family are bad for old flames. After witnessing family members going through the grind of taking insulin shots, pining for traditional greasy food, being cornered to the bed and feebly dragging their unwilling feet for doctor-advised walks, I was suitably spooked.

Just as non-vegetarians wonder what vegetarians consider good food, indulgent foodies consider calorie-watching a sacrificial exercise in futility. Having Missal without oil running from its sides or diving into Daal baati without smearing our hands with ghee is sacrilege! Are we even allowed to call the dry, baked and raw stuff we choose to have, food? Does it have any taste at all?

‘We are what we eat’, and rightly so. Honestly, the transition from greasy to healthy food wasn’t quite difficult for me. If you follow my blog you’ll know about the many healthy recipes I’ve shared with my readers over time. My tongue might’ve lost the battle with my heart but it is one insistent fellow, I tell you! With few changes I managed to cut the calories in half while retaining most of the taste. Few accommodating tweaks were all I needed though.

Wherever possible, choose whole wheat flour over refined flour. 

Sugar is completely replaceable, if we can accept the change in taste. Use jaggery or honey instead.

What we can bake, air fry or shallow fry, we needn’t deep fry. Simple!

Snacking in a healthy way is possible. Dry fruits, dates, khakras, popcorn, baked chivda, etc. are good options.

Natural sugars are the best. All fruits, in moderation, are good for us.

Carbs and good fat are important in our diet. Keep a check but never cut them out completely.

Eating in small breaks is better than stuffing up at once to keep our metabolism high.

Additionally, seeds like sesame, flax, carrom, etc. must be included in our diet in some form.

Finally, my favourite one. Dark chocolates are good for your heart. Have a small bar without the slightest guilt! 🙂

Here, this was my big secret! Didn’t seem like a sacrifice now, did it? Of course, I also maintained a regular workout schedule along with this diet pattern.

Unfortunately, call it human tendency, we fall prey to laziness or temptation and give in to our instincts occasionally. Missing a workout will make you feel sluggish or loose but won’t aid in weight gain immediately. However, if you have a body like mine, giving up your eating habits can make you gain in a day too. Eating right, hence, is more important than we think.

Thank you, friends and readers, for the overwhelming response to this series. Honestly, I feel humbled, and somewhat proud, to share my journey with you. Do stay with me for the coming posts, pretty please, and don’t forget to add your thoughts about this post. 🙂

This post has been written as a part of the #MyFriendAlexa activity by Blogchatter.

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29 Comments

  1. Taste, I have realised, is in the mind. Rather than on the palate. Your post ,your journey and your determination has just proved that, Varsha.
    You are the perfect example I give people when they crib that they have no time/have kids/have work to take care of their health.
    You have worked on your health with aplomb. kids, responsibilities , moving house et al! Bravo!

  2. Loved reading it. I am also in this mission to get back in shape. This article will help in a lot. #MyfriendAlexa #Nehareads

    1. Glad to know that. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  3. I go with moderation is the key. Kudos to you, for going such lengths and giving yourself a lifestyle,food habit makeover. Changing food habits is never easy.

    1. It takes some effort but like you said, moderation is the key. I can’t force anyone to change theirs but can vouch that it can be done. Thank you, Pragnya for reading and appreciating the posts in this series. Means a lot! 🙂

      1. Changing life style needs constant effort and you aced it dear.

  4. Another inspirational post Varsha. Its all about determination and staying focussed. You proved its not difficult if one is determined.

    1. Thank you so much, Deepa! 🙂

  5. Wonderful Read . 🙂

    1. Thank you.

  6. Hi Varsh,

    Good post! You have given good suggestions for healthy snacks. We should try to have healthy snacks and inculcate that in our everyday life.

    Thanks for sharing this post, have a good day. 🙂

    1. Thanks for your kind and appreciative words, Sajid. Good day to you too. 🙂

  7. I love your post. Shedding few kilos kilos can make us very happy. Working out is very crucial to achieve the goal.

  8. You are on fire to inspire me daily from your post …Great piece of article Varsha!!

  9. This is a perfect read. Thanks for detailing healthy point out. Shall try to follow the point of snacking in between rather than stuffing at once

  10. I am also want to start something with great motivation to back in shape.. Very nice post.. Keep writing..

  11. I like the title. Claiming myself back and of course, as I am always for women and taking care of their health and fitness this inspires me. Kudos girl for just taking charge.

  12. I agree to the points you shared in the post. I do love eating a lot and was thinking of enjoying 2 jalebis but will take only half of it. 🙂

  13. It’s really important to eat right, to maintain a nicely functional body and healthy metabolism. We better take care to not indulge in deep fried foods!

  14. True that V, indulgence is very comforting. Taking a decision and sticking to it is the toughest task to human nature. It turns little against when you have temptations around. But once we decide it is for our better good, nothing will hamper the process.

  15. Loved reading this post. Honestly I have been raised in an environment where my mom was so conscious about diets , more so as surrounding foods in marwari culture were full of oils , ghee, maida and what not. Thanks that I have followed her lines and m more towards whole wheat and mixed flour, more fruits and salads , eating in small gaps. This has helped me and family.

  16. DrAmrita says:

    More power to you Varsha from looking good and spreading message of good health.Healthy is happy.

  17. I started eating a lot of unhealthy food during the holidays… And not it is hard for me to control myself! This post is really motivational! I would eat healthy from now on!

  18. Papri Ganguly says:

    Self love is quite necessary thing. It is important to calm down yourself . Thanks for sharing such amazing post

  19. I needed this inspirational post. I need to start working out and this post is motivating me now.

  20. It’s such a fun to read your blogs you never fails to inspire me. Love each and every point mentioned above

  21. So thjs article has come up as saviour to me, now im gonna follow all this healthy tips

  22. I also try to keep up with healthy eating but yes I try to eat whole wheat as much as possible in place of rice or maida. Other tips I will certainly try to incorporate.

  23. I have tried some of these , and slowly getting back shape.
    Will follow some of the tips I missed. Thanks for sharing

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