Monday, 22 Jul 2019

What to Eat Each Day. The Specifics of the Baby Elephant Diet

What to eat each day

“The Baby Elephant Diet. A Modern Indian Guide to Eating Right”

 Ravi Mantha

Breakfast. What to eat each day

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for four out of seven people. But whether it is a big meal for you or a small one, the most important thing is that breakfast sets the tone for the entire day, so it is important to get it right. Another good thing about breakfast is that most of the time you are going to eat it at home, so it is more a question of educating your family on what are the right foods to prepare in the morning. The good news is that there is less peer pressure in the morning, so there really is no reason for you to eat junk for breakfast. The bad news is that you almost certainly eat junk during the day, so you need to modify your food habits at breakfast.

What to eat each day? Here are the worst things to eat for breakfast:

1.Orange juice or juice of any kind

2.Bananas, mangoes, watermelon, grapes

3.Idli is deadly

4. Rice or rice derivatives

5.Chapathis

6.Toast

7.Cereals

8.Skim milk

9.Oats

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What to eat each day

What to eat each day. Now you are looking at this list and thinking, ‘Do I really want to follow this guy’s diet? He is banning pretty much everything I eat in the morning.’ But just look at this list. The only food items that have fibre are bananas, mangoes and cereals. But these are also full of sugar and carbohydrates and will give you a massive sugar high in the morning, leading to all sorts of problems later in life. Oats also fall in this category. Many nutrition experts recommend oats, but I am sorry to say that I do not agree. Oats raise your blood sugar really quickly. That can’t be good. Although they do contain fibre, my research shows that the sugar absorption is way too much for the fibre to compensate.

So what to eat each day? Here are the best things you can eat for breakfast:

1.Eggs (both white and yellow)

2.Guava

3.Papaya

4.Avocado

5.Dal dosa

6.Chia seeds in full-fat milk

7.Spinach, amaranth or any leafy vegetable, stir-fried or in a soup

8.Full-fat yogurt

9.Nuts like almonds and walnuts

10.One slice of whole-grain toast with any of the other nine items

Yes. You can eat really well for breakfast but it is important to avoid a big sugar bomb first thing in the morning. Give your body and your large intestine a healthy dose of fibre at breakfast, and the rest of your day will go smoothly, with a steady dose of energy available for all your activities.

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What to eat each day

Lunch. What to eat each day

What to eat each day. I have previously talked about why six small meals a day is a bogus concept. It only works for about 10 per cent of the population. So I am going to assume that most of us eat one or two big meals and one or two smaller meals or snacks a day. For lunch, a bowl of dal, with a few sprinkles of rice on top is a good meal if you are in a hurry, followed by a bowl of full-fat curd with again a few sprinkles of rice if you must. If you want to be slightly more elaborate, add a side of vegetables, say okra or beans or tinda which can be consumed in unlimited quantities. They are complex carbohydrates and are full of fibre, so they fill you up nicely, have few calories, are delicious to eat and are full of nutrients. For those who are non-vegetarians and more physically active, a piece of fish or chicken can accompany the meal. Avoid curries because they make you eat more rice.

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What to eat each day

Dinner. What to eat each day

What to eat each day. The most important thing about dinner is actually the timing. I suggest you do not eat anything past 9 p.m. Ideally, dinner should be eaten by 8 p.m. Your dinner menu can be similar to the lunch menu I suggested earlier, and I strongly recommend that you have some vegetables with your meal. I always like to start with a small vegetable salad, no matter what else I eat afterwards. It is not difficult to cut some carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. You can even add apple or pomegranate to your salad.

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What to eat each day

 

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