The aroma of food wafting right under my nose and the knowledge that the food is waiting….to be devoured. My name’s written on it. It’s my right. My soul food. On vacation, the pure bliss of doing nothing. By the beach playing scrabble with a book I’ve been dying to read. In the distance I can hear my Y chromosome wrestling with the kids. We have a simple rule. We never buy a ticket for our routine on holiday, it parties by itself at home. Works for all of us.
10 days later as much as we would have liked to bring the holiday routine home with us, we have no choice. We wake up to our days of bustle, chart meetings, ferry kids, fight, make up and at night reminisce over the holiday photos being uploaded on social media. In the quiet of the moonlight I think of the amount of food my body has consumed. While I was holidaying my body was on overdrive burning (what it could) and storing (what it couldn’t burn) all the excess!! And unconsciously my hand reaches out to those extra bulges that have made home in my tummy, happy, satisfied, sated. My friend always says “Holiday food has no calories”, sadly she’s mistaken!! Sigh………………….so who has a similar story? Read on…………..
So when the going gets tough, kick it on the butt and move on buddy!! Exactly! Ask the best nutritionist in the world :)) what to do and this is what she will say.
- You are overloaded, time to download. Cut all your portions down by a quarter for the next 1-2 weeks.
- Bring down the weighing scale from the attic, rub off the dust so that your eyes don’t have to squint to see your early morning empty stomach weight zooming down. Keep this check going until your back to your pre-holiday weight. This daily activity will keep you conscious.
- Stay off carbohydrates at night for the next two weeks. Non-vegetarians can put that smile back on their face with lean meat/fish/egg servings while vegetarians can choose between dal chillas/dry or gravy legumes/tofu/panir. Keep the hunger at bay with fresh salads and soups.
- 3 times a day, have a refreshing portion of parsley & fennel tea by steeping 1/2 tsp dry parsley and 1/2 tsp fennel seeds in a hot cup of water for a minute. Strain and enjoy!!
- 2 vegetable juices a day, can be made of any veggies (when I say veggies I mean the literal meaning in the dictionary, you do not want to mistake it for fruit!) – green leaves, carrots, beet, bottle gourd and if your palette is inhuman, even karela!
- Walk early morning with periodic 2 minute bouts of a jog/sprint on an empty stomach for 30 minutes. A 30 minute exercise span must have 2 sets of the sprint/jog. No conditions attached, if 10 minutes is all you have, so be it. Just make sure it happens, 10 minutes/30 minutes/1 hour, anything is better than nothing.
- Binge once midweek, as much as you want of whatever you want. This is quintessential. If such essentials don’t exist the zest in life won’t either!
And when your scales start making you happy, write in to us with your comments and queries!