I keep coming back to one of my favourite topics since I find that people who I know well splurge on unhealthy food constantly. I keep highlighting to them at every possible opportunity that such food is not going to help them from the tentacles of diseases at the cost of alienation. I believe it is my duty to inform folks around me and I keep doing that repeatedly, and I also send a strong message by refusing to partake in such food habits. I think at some point in their lives they are going to start wondering about what I have been talking about.
Not that I am going to live longer, or others eating unhealthy food are going to die earlier than me. The key point that people have to understand is the pain that they have to go through at later stages in their lives as a result of health complications resulting from the constant pursuit of rather unhealthy food not suited to the human constitution. But, in general, people do not get it. Not only that, they are not happy that I am not eating their choice food items, they are mildly annoyed that they have to provide some food options for my sake if I am invited to their homes – which is not easy, I totally agree.
My personal food choices are tough to follow, but my regimen is not necessary for most folks. I follow a tougher regime as I need to balance my pre-disposition towards wine with my food, which means I have to eat less to compensate for the increased calories flowing into my being three times a week! And, ofcourse I wish to ward off any potential lifestyle diseases!!
Now let us look at my food menu from which you can choose to downgrade (meaning you can enhance the choices towards more calories or proteins as the case may be from my benchmark levels). I designed my own menu with slight variations based on availability of ingredients and my business / personal travels. Here it comes:
Breakfast at 6:45 AM: 2 Egg Whites from boiled eggs, sprinkled with Raw Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Powder plus some fruits such as Green Apples, Kiwi, Blue Berries and Guava; the Egg Whites are replaced with PEMA Rye Organic Bread on alternate days, keeping fruits constant
Nuts at 9:00 AM: 8 pieces each of Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, and Cashews
Coffee at 9:30 AM – more black less skim milk
Lunch at 12:30 PM: Half portion of brown rice with three vegetables one of which has to be greens such as spinach or kailan, OR grilled chicken with sauteed veggies OR green salad
3:30 PM Coffee
6:00 PM Some peanuts or any other nuts OR one sugar-free biscuit
Dinner at 7:30 PM: generally Kale based salad with Khus Khus or Millet and few more veggies such as brocolli, zucchini, capsicum, brussel sprout, cherry tomatoes, mushroom, etc., which is topped with apple cider vinegar, garlic and squeezed lemon juice
Nothing to go in after 8 PM and I have to deal with constant temptations to open the fridge!
I have deliberately missed out my favourite glass of red wine!! I am now nursing a beautiful purplish inky blue Malbec from the Mendoza Region of Argentina (GAUCHEZCO Reserve 2016), which is an amazing wine that I strongly recommend to my readers!!
I am trying to cut the coffees out of my menu but it is proving to be rather difficult given my South Indian heritage!
So, while my menu is difficult to adopt for most people, I wish to console them by stating that I do occasionally replace my breakfast with a thick omelette or dosa, and my lunch with a mini meal or something that has more carbs than my usual take.
So guys and gals, I can only suggest that you all need to follow some nutty regimen instead of always eating unhealthy quantities of white rice, naan, red meat, heavy sabzis, salty snacks, and carbonated drinks. Eat more nuts to keep yourself healthy and your brains active! There are hundreds if reasons why you should eat plant nuts, greens, veggies and green fruits.
Research for yourself and decide your own menu. Never fall for the lure of fast food. Never go for that quick cold soft drink full of sugar. Never go for red meat. Use your own brain analytics on this matter more than on anything else. It is your health, dudes. You cannot control what happens in later life, but you can choose to do the right thing today! I am offering my health consultation to you as an unqualified and untrained Nutritionist!!!
27th January 2019