I’m majorly a roti person, and so avoiding rice was cakewalk. I also experience excessive bloating after eating wheat rotis, and hence decided to opt for healthier flours such as bajra, nachni and jowari bhakris (trust me, they’re to die for!). Dr. Vishakha gave her nod of approval by saying, “Gehu (wheat) Atta contains gluten, which causes you to bloat, so switching to flours such as bajra is much better as they are low-glycemic and low in carbs.” For late-night sweet cravings, she suggested indulging in a piece of dark chocolate (I was VERY happy about this switch). Her advice also came with a warning as she said, “Make sure to read labels. If the label on your chocolate says ‘70% cacao’ but the first ingredient is sugar, you NEED to avoid it. Make sure that the first ingredient is always Cacao.”
While I love my steaming cup of morning chai, I decided to ditch the milk and go for black tea with a hint of lemon. That, paired with a boiled egg and a slice of multigrain toast, and I was pretty much set until lunch time. Since I’m at work at lunchtime, it was easy to stick to a desk-friendly diet of two bhakris, a subzi and a cucumber-tomato salad - something that's helped me with the post-lunch fatigue.
As for snacking, I went for easy options such as unsalted nuts or crackers and a fruit. I love sitting down for a leisurely dinner, but unfortunately, it's the meal that needed the most rectifications. Since I like treating myself to rice every now and then, I decided to switch white rice with brown rice. Here's what it finally looked like:
"1 bowl of subzi (no potatoes)
1 side of sprout salad (no salt)
1 glass of lemon water
1 tbsp of brown rice"
THE FINAL RESULT
Unless you’ve got a big, blue genie who lives in a magic lamp, we all know that nothing can make you lose weight overnight. It’s a slow process that requires dedication. Since I planned on doing this right, I also didn’t have crazy expectations of losing A LOT of weight. And while I did lose a few inches in time for my BFFs wedding, I didn’t really lose as many as I had hoped to lose. But since my meal plan did get my weight loss process moving, I think I’m going to stick to the current meal plan to see how many inches I can lose.
I’m finally signing off with a final piece of wisdom from Dr. Vishakha, who said, “Don’t worry about where your calories are going. Be mindful of where they’re coming from.”