You must have come across aunties in the garden who murmur among themselves, ‘she looks so young, wonder what she eats!’ And why just aunties, if we bump into our friends, whom we have not met since ages, and they look slimmer, our immediate question to them is, ‘What have you been eating that helped you lose so much of weight!’ And try to implement those ‘recommended diet tips’ into our lives, hoping for the same miracle! Isn’t it fascinating to see how much one human being can influence others?
Well, there is no harm in copying and learning from others but then we should also know the authenticity of the source of the knowledge. And when it comes to food, you can find no other better source than the nutritionists! Haven’t you all observed how we rely on the tips and suggestions of our nutritionists? Because they know the best! But most of us avoid approaching them because of the misconception that- their diet must be about boring foods! So, here is bon happetee at your disposal to clear all these fallacies. We present to you the food habits of our nutritionists.
Dr. Hetal Abhijit Pal– Hetal holds a doctoral degree in foods, nutrition& dietetics. With an expertise of more than 8 years in her domain, she welds research based nutrition and analytics to healthy, guilt-free eating.
(Director of Nutrition, bon happetee)
Being an avid nutritionist and food researcher for the past 8 years, I love everything about food (cooking, eating, reading, watching, learning). Eating out is one of my favourite things to do as I love to “explore” different cultures through their cuisine. I always choose foods I enjoy and never “make” myself eat something just because I think it’s supposed to be good for me. However, I’m a conscious eater. I chew my food, I embrace the flavours and textures, I notice the stomach’s signal when it’s full. In fact, I control my intake by a small trick which is ‘to stop when you are 80% full’.
Most important mantra which helps me enjoy my food is five small frequent meals. This actually helps to keep your metabolism active and after some time your body actually feels hungry every 3 hours and you end up eating smaller quantities and avoid large heavy meals.
A typical breakfast includes whole eggs & cereal with a fruit juice. Lunch & dinner are chapati, vegetable, dal & curd or single meal of rice preparation with veggies or soup & grilled chicken/fish. I indulge in eating out at least twice a week where food choices would vary from appetizers to pizza to Chinese to sandwiches to burgers and a dessert to finish it up. Also, I need to snack on either fruits or nuts in between and gulp down at least 4-5 litres of water every day.
I do not do fad diets, because calories and carb counting can never fix your weight problems. “Don’t count calories or reduce food to numbers — 200 calories from pastry and 200 calories from chicken are not the same thing.” So deprivation is not the solution, creating a balance is. It is essential to get the right type and amount of foods to support a healthy lifestyle.
Akansha Jhalani– Akansha is the Founder and Consultant at Beyond the Weighing Scale and a popular columnist who speaks about nutrition, health, lifestyle management and physical activity.
(Nutrition spokesperson and Strategist, bon happetee)
I come from a family where food is religion and healthy eating is a deep rooted virtue. I encountered at a young age that the food choices we make affects our health and is responsible for how we feel today, tomorrow and in the coming future. Being in this profession for about 6 years, my life revolves around food. I speak, think, taste and write everything about food all day long. I also happen to be a passionate foodie by heart and I love to indulge in food that gives me pleasure and comfort. With all that is said about food, I feel that we have complicated this simple and wonderful pleasure of life. I do enjoy cheesy pasta, French fries are my comfort food and I love dessert!
I have a tall glass of thin buttermilk with black salt and jeera powder first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and head for my workout. This is followed by a cup of tea (can’t do without it :)), conventional Indian breakfast like poha/upma/ idlis with at least two whole fruits for breakfast. My lunch is homemade and comprises slices of beetroot, carrots and cucumber, 2 rotis, wholesome serving of vegetables and veg raita/curd. Snacking is my weakness. I mindfully have a big bowl of boiled channa with veggies or bhel with lemonade/cold coffee. Dinner when at home is similar to lunch. When eating at a restaurant, I choose a salad/soup along with a soulful sandwich or a pizza or khowsuey. I work out at least 5 times a week and am addicted to anti-gravity yoga. The one thing I do not compromise on is guzzling at least 5 litres of water.
Vishruta Biyani – Vishruta is a nutritionist by profession and a writer by heart. Content writing and menu planning are her passions.
(Guest Nutrition Blogger, bon happetee)
I am a Marwari and a pure vegetarian who loves eating maa ke haath ka khaana. But yes there are times when I need a break from it and relish pasta in alfredo sauce, pani puri, quesadillas, nachos and falafel. So fond am I of pasta in alfredo, that I end up making it once a week at home too and wouldn’t mind eating it the next day again ;). Another favourite is chocolate. My day doesn’t start without my cup of hot chocolate and even carry drinking in my travelling bag, while on holidays. Fruits are something I like so I make sure I eat fruits daily, especially seasonal fruits. Now coming to salads, I don’t like the regular cucumber and tomato slices; I need variety. So I experiment with dressings and condiments to break the monotony. I am more of a roti and paratha person, and not too fond of rice. Dal or any pulse based veggie is a must in my diet. I love eating dairy products – paneer is something I must eat every alternate day. Cheese is welcome too anytime – be it in a paratha, sandwich or a cheese wedge as a mid-meal snack. I am not very fond of Indian sweets, but whenever I am at a social gathering, I do make the place for desserts like ice cream/mousse/ tiramisu and if it’s chocolate-based, I know it’s time to attack;. I love digging in chaat and sandwiches, try variations with sandwich fillings. You won’t find me eating roti-sabzi every single day; I need variety – be it paratha, thepla or even a pav bhaji or pasta, I need some fancy fare for dinner at least every other day.
Hitanshi Gaba- Hitanshi is a Dietician who has been in the fitness industry for more than 15 years. And believes that the recipe for happiness lies in healthy living
(Guest Nutrition Blogger, bon happetee)
A foodie and a nutritionist and a Sindhi to top it up. Gosh, it’s crazy to keep up with a combination like that. My home food is just like any other Sindhi’s where most meals have fried stuff that too double fried for extra crispiness. My breakfasts are generally plain parathas with curd (quite patent), lunch is veggies with rotis and curds, and dinner is quite the same but with dals. Sundays are feast days with kadhi chawal, alu tuk or maybe dal pakwans. Being a nutritionist doesn’t really help you have a hold on your kitchen though. Although I believe moderation is the key to keep the balance.
So here it is – straight from the horses’ mouths! These nutritionists follow a normal pattern of eating like most of us. Even they occasionally give in to their cravings and indulge in yummy, scrumptious delicacies. And it’s perfectly normal!
We have just created a big fuss about our food. Our relationship with food has become very complicated. And looking at the food habits of our nutritionists, it can be said that we all have made ‘much ado about nothing’, whereas food can be enjoyed without any fuss and guilt.
All our nutritionists proudly claim they are foodies. And so why should we hold ourselves back when it comes to food? Hence, take a cue from them and eat intuitively.
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