All my life until a few years ago, I was extremely thin . I loved food . But, studying hard, gossiping with friends , dance class, painting , singing loud, poetry writing , going with friends to watch art films , debating on national politics ,fixing the best friend with her best friend etc were more important. 😉 Nutrition , healthy eating were never the topic of any discussions.
I have a family history of diabetes and high blood pressure. And my dad is a doctor ; so , I never ate anything unhealthy. I grew up eating things that my mom made in her kitchen , everyday. Dad always did ( & still does) the weekly vegetable shopping ,selecting the fresh and colorful ones.
During festivals ,my extended family cooked everything yummy, a bit not-so-healthy things and my dad always avoided eating those! My brother & I ate all of them and wondered why mom did not make them at our kitchen!
Life did not stop. Once job-life started, I traveled a lot and tasted many cuisines, never cared to check – healthy or not.
4 years ago, my dad had to go for an angioplasty. Luckily, I was just back to country and could be there with him and my mom during the whole recovery process. Seeing my hero my dad fighting that post procedure recovery bravely , I was shaken and awaken.
My healthy eating habit started from that time. Till then, I was doing everything to invite hypertension and diabetes – High stressed work life , travel, outside food , no exercise .
I was busy.. Yes! But that could not be an excuse ! A few foodie family members , friends discouraged me “So diet hmm? You are not fat and old, do not worry so much.Take it easy! ”
But, “Your health is your property .” – Dad always says.
I did not want to get high BP just because it was in my family history. I did not want to be diabetic and did not want to stop loving certain food . I thought of taking care of my health at an early stage of my life – “ Maybe , its just the right kind of investment.“- I thought!
I am also lucky to have a husband who thinks that being healthy is not a magic. 🙂
It isn’t ! It takes planning , execution of plans , reading , courage , determination and lots of self motivation!
[ Always remember , to think different , to do something RIGHT, you have to walk alone during the journey, road won’t be crowded and very less people will cheer for you.
But, if you achieve what you felt RIGHT , you will inspire more people . The journey back will be happier and more crowded! ]
Anyways ,after planning meals, writing them down was the most exciting part – adding proteins in daily meals , adding healthy fat , lots of anti-oxidants, nuts . I also started portion control. And , believe me- maintaining a healthy diet is not that complex .
Once you start eating healthy , you’ll stop craving for things that are not good for your health. Your body will tell you what it likes and what it doesn’t .
Once you start feeling “healthy” , you’ll know, life is about choices we make ! You can wake up at 8:30 AM and start for office.
Or, you can wake up at 6 AM , hit the gym , do some basic yoga ( like Pranayam and Sun Salutation) , make egg white omelette , brown bread toast, a cup of aromatic black ( or green) tea and still can reach office by 9 .
I am attaching a few pictures here so that your heart feels what it’ll miss if you start having nutrition pills! 😉
Remember – “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
I have a baking story to share too, the joy of baking ,the fresh aroma of a cake from the oven- but, that I am saving for another day! 😉