In my journey towards a healthy and fit body, I have decided to make changes in my lifestyle every 10 days so that I have enough time to adjust. Good habits are not easy to adapt for a person like me (Read – I am a foodie and a lazy bum 😛 ).
So let’s start with easy lifestyle changes I have made this week to kick start my weight loss.
Replaced refined oil with Olive oil for cooking – Read the benefits of using Olive oil here .Although I have always been using a good refined Oil like Saffola but still it is not beneficial for us. As far as cost is concerned, Olive oil is expensive but if you are using non-stick cookware, it will not hurt your pockets too much. Generally, I have seen better bargains on Olive oil in big supermarkets like Auchan and More, here in Bangalore. For families, you should never miss such a deal. So , Olive oil in, refined oil out J . You can also use coconut oil for your cooking, it is equally good.
Replaced Sugar with Stevia – I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I am totally a tea satiator. I need my morning tea else I feel doomed :P. Tea and coffee lovers generally overdo sugar in their bodies. Sugar is the biggest devil in our meals, please please stay away from it unless you have low sugar or any other medical problem. There are many artificial sweeteners in the market and I have used almost all the variants. I have switched to Stevia sweetener since it is low in carbohydrates and does not contain Aspartame. The sweetener is made of Stevia , a plant with natural sweet leaves. So , Stevia in, Sugar out 🙂
Raw food before every meal – You might have understood that all calories are not same. I am trying my best to eat some raw foods, say a fruit or salad half an hour before every meal. Fibre helps in digestion of food, so my meal is digested in a better way. Also, I eat in proportion since I have had salad or fruit, my meal quantity is controlled.
No water after having meals – When we drink water after food, our digestion process slows down. So , I have started to wait for at least half hour after my meals to drink water.
Processed foods out of my kitchen – Yes, you have read it right. I have removed all the processed foods (Read – maggi , pasta , cookies , white bread etc ). If they are present in my kitchen, I tend to eat them some point in time. Avoiding processed foods is very important factor to gear your weight loss.
These lifestyle changes – olive oil instead of refined oil, stevia instead of sugar, raw food before meals, no water after meals and no processed foods, are going to be with me forever. I don’t think I would have a problem following them religiously.
What changes have you made to be healthy ? Share with us , after all collaboration is the way to succeed 🙂 !