Indian Diet Suggestions for Summer: Celeb Nutritionist Pooja Makhija gives diet tips for summer.
Summers are in full-swing all over the country with people searching into summer goodies and periodic fruits. Many people are thinking of slimming down during the these sweltering hot summertime. There are often a lot of queries concerning how much we should actually be eating within summers, how to get rid of dark sectors during summer. How to deal with digestive problems in summer such as constipation plus bloating? Are sugar-rich fruits like mangoes advisable if we want to lose weight? We all hosted celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija for a live session on Instagram to give us some insight into Native indian diet tips for summer to help along with weight management and ultimately help all of us shed the unwanted kilos.
Here Are The 7 Best Indian Diet plan Tips For Summer By Celeb Doctor Pooja Makhija:
1. Water Plus Hydration Is Key
According to Pooja Makhija, hydration is key during the popular summer months. Calling it a ‘secret tool’ to weight loss, she stated that it is also one of the easiest ways to appearance younger. The celebrity nutritionist suggested having 2-3 litres of drinking water every day especially in hot cities like Mumbai to tackle problems like weight gain, dark circles acne, hair thinning.
“Even a 2% dehydration within your brain can affect your memory abilities, cognitive behaviour, judgement etc, headache and headaches,” said Pooja Makhija. She further said that it is necessary not to wait for the sensation of being thirsty, as by the time your body craves drinking water is the time when it is already 40% dehdyrated. It is also important to note that the body sometimes gets confused between craving for food and thirst, which is why hydration may help in satiating hunger pangs as well. Therefore drink up that bottle of drinking water in the summer!
2. Breaking The ‘Carbs’ Myth
It is often said that the first thing you need to cut out carbs entirely from your diet plan. Pooja Makhija, in fact, advises contrary to the practice. “Your body is like a vehicle. It needs fuel. Listen to your body, it offers you signs,” recommended the particular nutritionist. She is completely against the obliteration of carbs from the diet. However, she is not one to propagate extra cards and she suggests practicing small amounts in everything. “You become whatever you eat. If you want to become healthy, then you definitely have to eat healthy,” determined Makhija.
Sugar is one of the most unnecessary ingredients in our diet. It raises chances of weight gain and is also associated with a amount of health problems. Pooja Makhija said within the live session, “Nature itself offers given us great sweet fresh fruits, mangoes can be a great fruit to consume as a sweet!”
Pooja Makhija furthermore busted the myth about consuming mangoes in the live session. The only real caveat she advised was, “Eat your mango, don’t drink this. And divide it between foods. Don’t eat your dal-roti-sabzi after which eat mango because then if you’re adding to the sugar count from the total meal. Always eat a fresh fruit as a filler in between meals.” She further said that mangoes no longer cause acne as long as you remember to moisturizer.
As for some healthier variations or alternatives to sugar, Pooja Makhija says there is no such factor as this. She believes they are all tips to lure us into consuming sugar by stimulating our taste buds, since, “The more sugar you consume, the more you will want.” However, in the event that absolutely necessary, natural sugar substitutes may be used such as stevia can be used to make a delicacy as per the celebrity nutritionist.
4. Drink Up To Good Health
Summers raise our appetite for one thing the most – that is drinks! In the hot summer months it is absolutely essential to hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more! There are a number of drinks that can be consumed in the hot summer months without having added sugar in them as well. Coconut water, kokum water, jaljeera paani, chaas are some of the drinks that Pooja Makhija recommends. Another drink in summer can be made with Sabja seeds or basil seeds. “I put the Sabja seeds in my first litre of water in the morning. It has a cooling effect in the body,” says Pooja Makhija.
5. Eat Light, Cold Meals
In summers, one thing that majorly affects our appetite is the thought of eating hot meals. Somehow, due to the high temperatures hot cooked sabzis and dals don’t go down well with our diet or even our digestive system. Nutritionist Pooja Makhija recommends, “For lunch – I just eat Dal, sabzi and chawal with some yogurt. It is my staple lunch. Instead of cooked sabzi, I do a salad and instead of cooked dal I make sprouts. Then I mix all of these up in one big bowl and have it chilled.”
There is another reason to avoid cooked food in summer as most spices have a heating effect on the body. Thus, raw vegetables and sprouts may work better in your regular meal rather than a cooked version of the same ingredients.
Another way to eat cold meals is to chill your fruits before you eat them. For example, Muskmelon can be kept in freezer for 10-15 minutes to give a slush:like texture. Mangoes, apples, oranges – whatever fruit you have can be converted into a chilled healthy summer cooler in a similar manner. Lime juice popsicles with cut fruits and water are also a great option for healthy, cold summer food.
6. Handling your mind & body
The mind is linked with the body, and vice versa. Mind and body hold each other together. Both are key to good health and weight loss, as per Nutritionist Pooja Makhija. It is absolutely essential to be very gentle with your mind, and take good care associated with it as she said in the live session. “Eat right, exercise often and sleep well to have a good control over your mind and body. Exercise helps your mind slow down, lowers cortisol levels and increases endorphins and cortisol to calm your mind down,” said the expert.
7. Life & Diet Have To Merge
It is very easy to go on a diet for a couple of months and then give it up later to binge on unhealthy foods. Thus, it is important to include food with your lifestyle and adapt it into your everyday diet. Diet is not a one-time process and a crash diet may lead to one-time weight loss only to come back with equal speed. “We tend to keep food and life apart. Weave food in your lifestyle. Don’t make enemies with food,” said Pooja Makhija.
The importance of gut health can also not be understated. The gut is the where it all starts and is key to good health, weight loss and happiness too! “Happiness starts from your gut! Seratonin is released by the gut, and not the brain. If you’re eating wrong, your mood automatically dips,” revealed the expert.
The moral from the story is to use food as a tool and a medicine to enable weight loss and a healthier you. Everything goes hand-in-hand and no change can happen in isolation. If you are able to crack the formula to exercise control over what goes into your body, celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija feels that will people like her won’t even be needed in the first place. To conclude, we quote the expert to say, “Love foods that love you back.”
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