My fitness story: 5 delicious and super healthy recipes for the busy Indian mom
I discovered a few healthy foods and drinks that I made myself, with my own ideas, and realized that not only are they super delicious, but they are super quick to make.
I am the person who loves biryani, loves biting into burgers and so on, and is generally a foodie, or was. Well, if you see the image on top, you will realize there was a reason I started having problems with my health that gradually started affecting my confidence and my overall personality.
I was never a heavy child or a heavy young adult. In fact, when I got married, I weighed 55 kg, which was the maximum I ever was. Till I hit 80kg when my second baby was born. Honestly, I was in denial, I told myself the weight would gradually go away, that all I had to do was wait for a few years, and this was just pregnancy and breastfeeding weight.
I gave myself a year to relax, and then decided to take things head on and beat the excess weight, which was already creating lots of health issues for me. I did come down to 54 kg in about a span of 2 years, all by myself and without hitting the gym, and you can read about it here.
Now, I am at 52 kg, and no, I am not showing off or bragging here, but I am healthy, and that is why I wanted to share my story here (trust me it is a huge deal for me to share this image of myself here on a public space).
Throughout the journey, I discovered a few healthy foods and drinks that I made myself, with my own ideas, and realized that not only are they super delicious, but they are super quick to make, and are loaded with health.
So, if you’re interested, do take a look. And please do write in the comments below of any healthy foods and drinks that you love to have and that works for you.
This is a very basic tea mix that I have made at home. I powdered cinnamon sticks (anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, good for heart, prevents diabetes, boosts brain power and prevents cognitive degeneration, reduces cancer risk, helps in flushing out toxins, reduces infections), turmeric root or you can use regular turmeric powder (boosts immunity, prevents Alzheimer's, flushes out toxins, reduces cholesterol and prevents arthritis and cancer risk), and black pepper (aids in weight loss, boosts digestion and immunity, prevents cough and cold, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, improves cognitive and neurological health).
Add to it dry ginger (boosts digestion, prevents constipation or diarrhea, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, prevents cough and cold, prevents abdominal or urinary pain, protects against joint pain, helps flush out toxins), and saunf (regulates blood pressure, reduces water retention and aids in weight loss, boosts digestion, purifies blood, protects against cancer).
I heat a cup of water and add 2 spoons of this powder in the water, then mix and have it on an empty stomach.
This is something I started making for my kids and soon fell in love with, especially because it is so tasty, and of course is so healthy! I take equal proportions of urad dal and rice and soak them throughout the night, then make a paste in the morning and add a pinch of heeng, and salt as required.
I also add in a handful of oats, raagi, and sometimes even sooji, to make it healthier and crispy. While making for myself, I heat the pan, add a tiny bit of oil and add the batter, spreading it out like dosa and that's it!
Many of you may not really go for this one, but it helps that my ma made me eat karela as a child, and I have grown up loving the bitter taste. I can eat karela in any form, be it boiled, fried, made as a plain vegetable or whatever. Since I am always short on time, I just boil a few karelas and keep them in the fridge, and have it through the day, sometimes with mustard sauce, sometimes with just black pepper or sometimes with tabasco even.
Bitter gourd prevents cancer, is a powerful anti-oxidant, fights diabetes, protects against asthma, boosts digestion and weight loss and flushes out toxins.
These days everyone is selling and buying infused water, but I started drinking this long back. I drink about 8 liters of water a day, as I am used to it. I also add fresh stems and leaves of pudina or coriander leaves, lemon slices, sometimes a stick of cinnamon, orange slices, sweet lime slices, cucumber slices, ginger slices and so on. Not only do they add great taste, but they also come full of various nutrients.
The key to staying fit, losing weight and maintaining a proper weight as per your overall height and age, staying hydrated and having good skin is to regularly have salads. I try different types to keep my taste buds happy, and this is a red salad made out of tomatoes, carrots, and beetroots, sprinkled with black pepper, some mustard sauce, coriander leaves and fresh lemon juice.
I would really love to learn about your food and drink tips that help you maintain a healthy and fit body, so please do write to [email protected]
Author's note: Please remember that I am not a nutritionist or qualified to talk about health and fitness from a medical or scientific point of view. The tips that I share below have worked very well for me, and it may or may not work for you. Even though all of these are super safe and healthy, I would still say that if you suffer from any health issue, please make sure to check with your doctor first and only then try it out.
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