- Dr. Panchali Moitra (Woman and Child Nutrition Expert)
Following a healthy diet is a must to live a
healthy active life that is free from illnesses. Nutrition Expert, Dr. Panchali
Moitra, identifies 4 obstacles that most people face in their quest to eat
healthy and gives tips to overcome them here.
We subconsciously wish for miraculous solutions to
keep extra kilos at bay, but remember its highly improbable that diet books
or health clubs will help you to lose or maintain weight, unless we are
determined to do so yourself. The single most important factor for
losing weight and attaining
optimum nutrition is correct conditioning of
Excuses for not eating healthy are
plentiful - business lunches, having to eat out, stressed out at work,
holidays, kitty parties, etc. In the rush to satisfy daily hunger and desires,
we have subconsciously agreed to succumb to unhealthy eating and lifestyle
So, here am I to try assisting you in finding perfect
ways for eating healthy in not so perfect worldâ€¦ To
make it easy for aspiring healthy eaters, letâ€™s try putting together the most
common obstacles that get in the way of good nutrition and find ways to
overcome these road blocks.
Obstacle 1 - Too busy to eat healthy or
find time for exercises
Solution â€“ You
donâ€™t need to find more time, but instead work with the schedule you have. The
minutes spent in visiting fast food or choosing vending machine options could
be used towards time to visit grocery stores, where you can pick up prepared,
low fat dressings, ready to eat meals, cut fruits and vegetables (which can
later be simply stir
fried and eaten with a
sauce or gravy of your choice), canned soups, low calorie, unsweetened biscuits
and high fibber cereals.
a larger portion of foods during weekends, and refrigerate them, so
that they can be used on weekdays. Nutritionally, they might be slightly
weaker than freshly prepared home foods, but definitely a better choice
than processed foods.
a discipline, as per your eating habits are concerned. It's better to
set an alarm for mealtimes. Even if you're short of time or engrossed in
a chore, don't skip meals â€“ especially breakfast and allot a particular time to eat.
not to do anything else while eating - reading, watching TV or talking
while eating usually lands us up in eating more than required.
Separating hunger from appetite (craving) is sure to help us tame our
next snack attack.
handy snacks around, such as fruits, dried fruits, nuts, salads, wheat
biscuits, khakras, roasted chana and wheat sandwiches.
Obstacle 2 - Fussy
Hate the smell of health foods.
Just can't eat fruits or drink plain water - need carbonated beverages to
quench your thirst? Sounds
Solution - Try to
expand your horizons. Try not letting your tongue rule your mind and body. Add
topping of your choice to make high fibre biscuits interesting. You might not
like apples - try having pears or
Find it difficult to prepare brown rice, try mixing
brown and white first or prepare the rice with different herbs and vegetables.
Obstacle 3 - Couch Potatoes/Sedentary and
Desk Job Workers
After a day's hard work, we all love to sit in front
of TV or just listen to music, lying on our sofa sets. We love our TV shows,
and can't think of a better way to relax after a hard day's work. Yet studies
have found a strong relationship between television-watching and obesity.
Perhaps it's because TV viewing is a sedentary activity. Or maybe it's because
people tend to eat mindlessly in front of the screen. If you're sitting there
[in front of the TV], and you rip open a bag of potato chips, it's very easy to
end up eating the entire bag of chips and not really think about what you're
doing, because your main focus is not on what you're eating, but on what you're
Solution - Sit with
a plate of salads or a bag of popcorn. Try playing
with your kids or going for a walk with your spouse. They will not
only relax your senses, but also improve your personal
Obstacle 4 - Kitchen Phobes
Don't know how to cook a healthy
Solution- No problem!!! No
need to take any special low calorie cooking courses. Start by avoiding ghee on
your rotis, having a glass of vegetable juice in the mornings, substitute fruit
juices with fresh fruits (whole), try making salads crunchier and healthier by
adding sesame seeds or peanuts, instead of butter or cheese sandwiches, have
coriander chutney, etc. Simple, isn't
Choose a change that you can make today and move
towards a healthier tomorrow.
There is always something positive that can be done for our health.
Maybe it's eating an extra fruit a day, maybe it's cooking a dish differently,
or maybe it's (trying) a new dish in vogue that we didn't know much
about because of all the ethnic influences. What it takes is just a little
effort and trust me, making an effort to eat healthy does not mean abandoning
Remember, Healthy eating does not mean
dieting to the point of starvation nor does it mean eating less burgers and
drinking less colas. So, while eating less unhealthy food is a good idea, make
sure your body gets the nutrients; it requires for staying
fit. Healthy eating is not a prerogative of the elite but a
privilege which everyone can enjoy, so letâ€™s eat healthy and be
Do you feel
that you are too busy to prepare and eat healthy food? Are you a fussy eater?
What changes in your day-to-day life can help you follow a healthy diet? Discuss