Its been almost 6 months since we started eating better.
And drumroll please…we have lost weight, are more energetic than ever! The afternoon 3 ‘ o clock slump is better. We are not ravenously hungry all the time so our sugar level seems to be more stable throughout the day.
Sure, I lost a bunch of pregnancy weight so I don’t count; but Vipul has lost 18 lbs and at least 2 inches off his waist. His Triglycerides and cholesterol levels have improved. Yay! All this without exercise. Like the saying goes, Abs are made in the kitchen.
We are restructuring our kitchen to work on our health.All while following simple wholesome food principles:
1. Eat more veggies.
We have the basic salad dressing and the lemon dressing handy. A large salad has become our staple when we eat at home or out. It’s so easy to eat salad. After 6 months, Varun ventures with a leaf or two here or there. Any meal without salad or vegetables feels very heavy and starchy.
2. Eat less processed food
In our quest for eating less processed food, we have switched to real food. Like whole milk and yogurt, snack on fruit, nuts and seeds or celery stick with natural peanut butter or hummus and red bell pepper strips. We eat less refined sugar You may notice I have made few sweets and desserts in the last 6 months than I did earlier and the ones that were made for truly celebration worthy occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.
I bake with whole wheat flour.We have a few snacks on hand so that we don’t feel deprived and binge on it. Moderation is the key.
3. Eat local and seasonal
I don’t think this has helped with weight loss as much as it have with variety. Instead of eating the same vegetables and fruits year round we have had variety. Citrus and pears in winter, strawberries and rhubarb in spring, peaches and plums in summer.
4. Eat more varied carbs
I still think carbs are not bad. We just have to vary them. We eat more of rice flour, millet flour “bhakris” or unleaved bread. We have tried buckwheat and french lentils as salad base to make them filling. I think it has helped simplify meals and served as an excellent vehicle for more vegetables.
5. Eat healthy fat
This has been the biggest change in our lifestyle. We eat good fat – Avocado, Walnuts, Salmon, Olive Oil, Ghee and Virgin Coconut Oil. The combination has helped Vipul increase his LDL levels. His LDL levels were atrociously low (22) and now they are up to 38. Which is still in poor category but its moving in the right direction.
We have ways to go. We want to become more strong, improve our immune system and lose more weight overall.The focus is not as much on weight loss as it is to improve the cholesterol and energy levels.
Here are one thing that I have added to our list - Exercise daily
Skip rope, jumping jacks, squats, planks and maybe a long walk or jog. This will be by far the hardest change to make. With 2 kids, who need and cling to us all the time; making time to exercise will be our real challenge.
Luckily for us, Varun is interested in running, biking, swimming and climbing. It’s a matter of making the most of it!!
PS - I laughed when I wrote the title. While working at Microsoft we had a mid year performance related “check-in” or a discussion for us to meet with our managers to track progress on our work commitments for the year and course correct as necessary. It typically happens in February. I clearly miss working and the title is a sub conscious manifestation of that!