Food is not our enemy. It is our friend. The word “Diet” is our enemy. Everyone wants to lose weight,get thin.First,change that thought process.That will surely be the end result if you change your lifestyle. Journey is certainly the reward.Rest will follow. Think STRONG,not SLIM. Let’s begin with lifestyle changes:- 1) Genetics and food.. Eat foods which suits your genes and place of living.Which you have been having from the childhood. That food is not your enemy but your best friend.Remaining cuisines you can eat occasionally but relish your traditional foods. 2)Food and Weather:- Unless you are crazy for a “chickpea salad” during winter days which is okay,try to eat warm foods during winter and cooling foods during summer.That is what our body naturally craves!Do not try to fight nature. As an example:-Summers go for chickpea salads and winter go for chole masala/channa kootu.It will do wonders for your emotional health and your body will be accepting of it and digest faster. 3)Food combinations:- Carbohydrates + protein + fat + fiber = makes a complete meal. Example:- Rice is not our enemy.It actually digests fast but do not make it the main deal in the place.Never have rice without ghee which is the good fat,sambhar which contains dal as a protein and veggies.The glycemic index will fly out of the window and you will not gain weight Same with Rotis- Never have it without ghee.(Gluten avoidance is a huge thing but there are many reasons for that as these days foods are so processed.That is a difference area altogether)Anyways,Have wheat,Jowar,Bajra always with ghee!! We should remember our traditional wisdom when it comes to food.Our elders are very wise. 4)Portion control:- Eat until you are 90 percent full and eat with awareness.Do not talk or watch tv while eating.Concentrate.When you feel complete,STOP.Again,carbs should be the minimum deal in the plate. 5)Low carb/High carb:- This is the real deal.Switch these two every day.However,NEVER avoid carbs. 6)Dairy:- It makes a huge difference in weight loss.I for one need milk in coffee.I however take SMALL cups of coffee with no sugar.Jn America,the cups are huge!!! Stop that.Also,do not get tempted often to stop in coffee shops. 7)Processed foods:- Try to keep it to a minimum.Avoid sodas,diet sodas,and other carbonated drink.Period. 8) Eat wholesome foods:- Do not starve yourself. Eat home cooked hot meals.If you are hungry in the afternoon,some Greek yogurt with granola,even our poha and upma of course with ghee works wonders. 9)Timings:- Eat when you are hungry.Sometimes thirst could be thought of as hunger.Drink water and if you still feel hungry,eat. Last meal should preferably be around 6 to 6.30 max.If you are going to eat late,eat something wholesome by 4 to 5. 10)Water :- Have water first thing in the morning before anything.Then have a banana or some soaked nuts or dates.After that have coffee.Else,your body will become acidic. 11)Cheat days:- Very important but do not go overboard.I do 3 to 4 cheat meals a week. If you want a veg puff,Have one.Cake? A slice.Cheese pizza?Max one or two and preferably thin crust. Remember..Our Indian homemade foods are not junk.one plate veg upma is filling more than two slices of pizza and in my view,tastier 12)Fats:- Ghee,Almonds and other nuts are great source of good fats.Have it but again even healthy foods eat in moderation and not gorge just coz it’s healthy. 13)Oils:- Best oils are sesame,coconut,olive oil and other cold pressed oils.Do not use olive oil to cook.It is best for salads. 14)Salt:- Use Himalayan salts or rock salts. 15)Art of eating:- Chew your food well and then swallow. Sit down and eat.I mean literally! Good for knee, digestion 16)Sleep: Weight loss will not work if you do not get quality sleep.You do not need to sleep for long hours but quality,deep sleep.Close all The gadgets one hour,connect with yourself and sleep.Mornjng,your bowels will be regular,you skin less puffy and you will feel good. 17)Last meal:- Avoid rotis in night.Hard to digest fats.Eat rice and dal and keep dinner light.Light in sense,mild easy to digest foods.Not soups and salads.Eat early and give three hours time before sleep. 18) Fruits:- Eat it on an empty stomach.Try to avoid it at night especially after a meal.If you have a sweet tooth,try dates or little jaggery.Avoid fruit platters.Eat fruits in moderation.there are also high carb/low carb fruits.Do this in accordance with high and low carb days preferably. 18) fried foods:- Make it at home in fresh oil and eat in moderation.Never resume that oil again The above is the basic solid foundation to good health and body.Even without workouts,follow the above and shake up the weight loss plateau.However,for a toned body,another dreaded enemy..”workouts” That enemy is your secret bestie guys... Will make a thread about it tomorrow.