Food is a major part of India's cultural diversity. The different kinds of the Indian cuisine are popular for their scrumptious flavors all over the world. However, when we look at the health and fitness data, we are also leading the league of diabetics, the obese and the hypertensive population.
Can we only blame a sedentary lifestyle as the sole cause of this plague? Well, of course not. The root cause of most of these health issues lie in the dietary habits of people and Indians, are no different.
How is the Indian diet making us fat? Let's dive into the issue.
Indian cuisine is broadly categorized under North Indian cuisine and South Indian cuisine (in general). While North Indian meals are mostly dominated by wheat based bread/roti eatables, the key ingredient of South Indian cuisines is rice. A traditional meal of a thali contains a balanced proportion of all the food groups. Sadly, Indians are slowly drifting towards fusion foods which has also a role to play in their decreasing health status.
The key to health
Undoubtedly, it is difficult to completely change our lifestyles, but small steps can be taken.
It is the small changes that make a big difference!
The rotis or rice infact are not banned foods. Infact, eating the carbohydrates in the right combinations with vegetables and protein is satisfying and furnishes vital micronutrients and fiber.
Paneer or Indian cottage cheese is rich in protein but also in fat!
The list is endless, just as the list of foods in the Indian cuisine.
Mansi will help you in reaching your health goals with the simplest solutions. She will introduce nutritious and varied foods which are commonly available to keep you satiated as well as lose weight!
She will answer food related queries related to your health and give scientific advice which is not fad related.
As I moved to Antwerp, Belgium from Mumbai, India and am a practicing dietitian since April 2008, the diversity of various European cultures and eating practices enriched me.
I have been able to get fantastic weight loss results with my Belgian and other European clients keeping their own basic pattern of eating; including bread and potatoes!
Mansi, I would like you to know you effectively changed what I eat and the way I eat, and most importantly, you have given me a satisfying, heathy,and relatively painless way to keep to a diet that helps avoid future Diverticulitus attacks.
- Paul Kaplan, Bellataire BVBA, Antwerp, Belgium.
Mansi's system is an excellent way to change how you interact with food. By following her week-by-week advice you learn to embrace healthy eating habits without realising that you are learning at all. Her weekly plans are funand easy to follow and create a great foundation to building a healthy relationship with food.
The FAO Belgium introduced a new food pyramid in 2017.
Antwerp is the home to the second largest Jewish community in Belgium.
As a result of the heterogeneous composition of the Jewish population,
the diet plans are tailor made to suit their own customs.
Creative plans decrease the monotony of restrictive plans and focus on weight loss inspite of the customary Shabbath meals.
Wholesome and healthy eating alleviates fatigue and one can eat meals with the family even.
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, specifically in diet.
A well-planned vegan diet may reduce cardiovascular risk and help other symptoms.
But a restrictive diet may be deficient in macro and micronutrients. Sometimes one may find it monotonous and need more variety. Mansi is a vegetarian herself and can offer advice which is easy to follow and effective in the end!