Healthy Indulgence: Travel, Diet, and Cheating

By Nmami Agarwal     03-Jul 2017

Healthy Indulgence: Travel, Diet, and Cheating

Travelling to a foreign land is exciting and even weeks before leaving, you’re all set with all kinds of to-eat, to-enjoy, to-visit, to-buy lists. In midst of the fun and excitement, we often neglect our diets or our body’s special needs. A part of it is fair: First, it’s a vacation and second, you don’t know the right food and places to eat. Hence, every day ends up becoming a cheat day.

So how to travel and enjoy local delicacies responsibly? How not to let our excitement affect our health? Here’s how:

  • Instead of striving for a cheat day, have a cheat meal.
    Every day, pick one meal to be your cheat meal so that you don’t miss any kind of local cuisines. For the rest of the day, stick to your normal diet. This way, there wouldn’t be a day where you’ll hit the hay dissatisfied or disappointed by your cravings.
  • Clarity and specificity are of essence.
    Most people would advise you to set rules for yourself like eat less than usual or eat healthier. Let me tell you, such vague rules never stick when you’re out on an exploration. You don’t know what to consume and what to avoid because you’re unaware of most of the dishes. At times, portion sizes mess your diet.
    Therefore, make sure your rules are specific: One cheat meal but four servings of whole grains every day and only one (smallest) packet of convenience food, if on road. Such rules will ensure that your body is not deprived of any essential nutrition even in a new country.
  • Pay attention to your research.
    When you see a food being cooked in front of you, you know what’s going into its making and whether it’s healthy for you. However, that’s difficult when you’re travelling. Therefore, before reaching your destination, spend some quality time studying the food and traditions of the place you’re visiting.
    Learn the name of their dishes and how they are cooked. Understand what local items they use as a substitute of what is used here in your native land and find out if that would suit your body. This homework is necessary if you’re serious about returning full of beans from the vacation.
  • Over to you
    While traveling could open you up to different foods and cooking styles, it could also leave you indulgent. It can hinder your path of staying on diet. This is where self-imposed rules become crucial.

Apart from the three tips shared above, you must make use of technology and local guides to stay on track. Explore the place on-foot, dine with the local people, and while you create some fond memories, keep up with health in an organic, non-fuss way.
Wish you a healthy vacation!

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Pinaca is a traditional Goan sweet dish. This dish is made by Goan rice, jaggery and plenty of

coconut. Pinaca are usually made into sweet balls and can be consumed all year long. This simple

sweet dish is easy to make yet high in nutrient value.

Nutritional value

Pinaca balls are high on nutrition as they contain jaggery, which is good source of iron, naturally

occurring B vitamins, minerals like phosphorus, zinc, calcium and copper. Coconut contains lauric

acid, which helps to increases good HDL cholesterol, also cytokinin’s present in coconut have showed anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic effects.

Ingredients

40 grams Goan rice flour

¼ fresh coconut

1 tablespoon Jaggery

1 tablespoon desiccated grated coconut

Pinch of cardamom powder

Nuts (optional)

Coconut water (optional)

Calories- 217 kcal

Carbs- 28.6 grams

Protein- 1.9 grams

Fats- 10.3 grams

Course- Dessert

Method

First take the Goan rice and dry roast it on a tawa or pan.

Cool the rice and later powder them in a grinder

Now take jaggery, crush it and grind it along with coconut, also add pinch of cardamom

powder. Grind them on a round grinding stone if possible, otherwise just use a grinder.

Take this mixture out and keep adding flour, a little at a time and just mix it well with your

hands. Add coconut water if needed.

Mix well and form small balls out of this mixture.

Nuts can also be added to the mixture. (optional)

Over to you

Pinaca recipe is easy to make and come out with sweet results. So, make this nutritious recipe for

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Amla scientifically called Phyllanthus emblica or more commonly Indian gooseberry. It can be put to innumerable uses like in culinary, shampoos, hair oils and in ayurvedic medicines. This amla churna or powder can be put to many uses like it can be taken with water for wonderful results, make amla tea using this powder, add it to curries, or consume with lemon and honey.

Nutritional Values

Amla has high contents of ascorbic acid (vitamin-c) flavonoids, Ellagic acid and Gallic acid. It helps in reducing blood sugar level in the body. High in digestive fibre content. Prevents hair loss and greying of hair. Helps in curing sore throat and prevents constipation.

Ingredients

200 grams amla

Calories- 116 kcal
Carbs- 27.4 grams
Proteins- 1 gram
Fats- 0.2 gram

Methods

After through washing, cut and dry the amlas in direct sunlight for few days till they are completely dry.

After the juice is evaporated completely, transfer the dried amla in a grinder and blend it coarsely.

Sift the amla powder through a sieve to achieve smooth powder.

Voila! Your home made amla powder is ready.

Store this powder in an airtight container.

Use every day as needed.

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