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.

Ingredients
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?

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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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