Healthy Lifestyle Options

My resolution for 2014 is to make changes in my diet. I am not saying that I am going to follow some diet because believe me, I won’t follow it ๐Ÿ˜€ . As a south Indian, I am totally rice person. I love rice but do you know how much carbohydrates there isย in a cup ๐Ÿ™„ , no wonder I can’t seem to lose weight ๐Ÿ™‚ . If it was up to me, I would probably swim in carbs with a side of dessert ๐Ÿ˜€ . I am not exactly a dessert person but I do love some lightly sweetened chocolate cake with no frosting or brownie ๐Ÿ˜› . I just feel like having a dessert just once a week. But I do have to keep an eye on the carbs ๐Ÿ˜ฆ . I am also getting organic vegetables and fruits. I have also started cooking more often and not eating packaged food. Believe me, I find it very convenient to eat those especially in the morning when I am so hungry.

So I have decided to follow a low carb diet and What I mean is counting carbs. I am loving the Fitness Pal app for this because I know exactly how much carb I am consuming. I am not just doing crazy low carb just 175 carbs per day which is actually not bad if I stick to 1 1/2 cups of rice a day. If I completely cut of rice then it will make a huge difference in my diet but alas I can’t do that. I tried it but within 3 days I had a withdrawal symptoms ๐Ÿ˜ฆ . So I stuck to 1 day/week of rice, roti and quinoa. The other days its salad and soups and it has worked out for the past 3 weeks.

I have lost about 2 lbs and it’s not bad. I have also trying some fitness programs like xbox fitness or Jillian Micheals fitness or Tracy Anderson DVD’s. I am counting the calories lost about 60 every time I work out and it’s not bad at all ๐Ÿ™‚ . I do it 3 times/week. The fitness DVD are hardcore and I do take breaks in between leaving me losing only little bit ๐Ÿ™‚ . And I am fine with taking little bit steps.

I have also made a resolution to drink at least 32 oz/day or more. I read about a detox water drink which helps to get rid of all the toxins in your body and decided to try it. I did have some withdrawal symptom of headaches when I have this water throughout the day but it slowly fades away.

Water - 2 liter
Lemon - 1, sliced
Cucumber - 1/2, sliced
Mint leaves - 10

Add all these to the water and let them sit overnight. Make sure to remove the extras and store the water separately in the morning. Lesson Learnt: If you let it sit for more than 12 hrs, the water starts to get bitter with an overpowering lemon taste ๐Ÿ˜ฎ .

Day 1 – I finished up the 2 liter of water. Make note to drink more water in the morning and not evening since you don’t want to visit the loo all night ๐Ÿ™„ . I had headache in the evening but it went off within 90 minutes so it was good.

Day 2 – I finished 1 1/2 liter of water. But I noticed that my throat is irritated with all the lemon water I am drinking.

Day 3 – throat was so dry that I stuck to plain old water. Maybe I should just use 1/2 lemon instead of a whole one ๐Ÿ˜ฆ .

I am making small changes in my lifestyle. Always keeping my eye on the calories and it is difficult to do that if you go out to eat and I love eating out ๐Ÿ™‚ . So I stuck to things which is about 600 calories or lower ๐Ÿ™‚ in restaurants or eat outs. It is really difficult especially when I want to order a huge pasta bowl and pig myself out but I stuck with something which won’t make me feel that guilty.ย So far I have stuck to it and it is almost 4 weeks now. But I do think that I have to start vigorous exercising and maybe that will show changes fast?

So Readers, Do you have some health resolutions this year? Do tell?


One thought on “Healthy Lifestyle Options

  1. Preetha Ganesh says:

    I have also taken a resolution to watch what i eat and am exercising for the past 3 weeks . I am a rice person too. With absolute zero result after working out for 3 weeks, i have started having soups and salads as well . I can definitely understand what you say, as it is really difficult to stay away from rice altogether ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I love desserts too and controlling my temptations. My sis is getting married in June and am aiming to lose atleast 5 pounds…
    Give me some diet tips. Its great that you lost 2 lbs ๐Ÿ™‚ …

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