‘Healthy diet’ or conscious diet is something we have got tired to hear about, but still a lot remains to be learned on it. It is a time to rethink whether we are going right with our diet? Is there something wrong with our diet?
Here are a few things to reconsider,
How much oil one must consume daily
As a normal adult with a 2000 calorie diet it is recommended 20 – 25 g of oil ( 4-5 tsp) & not more. If you are looking for weight loss you can cut it down to 2-3 tsp. Avoid hydrogenated oils.
Should Ghee and butter be shunned completely?
There is no need to completely give up butter and clarified butter. Cow ghee or clarified butter has health benefits also and can be consumed but not more than 1-2 tsp / day. Eating too much can lead to high cholesterol as it is high in saturated fat content
Should one never eat sweets?
You can treat yourself with your favorite food once a week provided you are eating in moderation & burning it out by doing some physical activity. As per American Heart Association if one is healthy & free from any disease, he can consume up to 30g (6 tsp) of sugar every day.
Snacking is a habit which is mainly responsible for weight gain. To curb in between meals hunger pangs, we indulge in foods that are greasy and unhealthy. Here is a list of snacks that you can indulge in, guilt free.
-Raw vegetables like cucumber, beetroot, carrots, celery, red and green pepper
-Peanut butter or low-fat cottage cheese -A whole wheat English muffin with a cup of herbal tea.
-Cereals like museli / oats with yogurt and honey
-A handful of nuts, dried fruits.
-Hummus on whole-wheat pita-bread
-A smoothie (blend non-fat milk and/or yogurt with fruit)