Nutrition Q&A: Reassess your eating habits

Nutrition and Dietetics expert, Parvathy Radhakrishnan answers readers’ questions on nutrition. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Wednesday.

This week’s answers:
Could you provide us the list of low-calorie Indian food.?
Any food that is not deep fried or greasy to touch is healthy to choose from Indian foods.

2. I am Lata/F/37 yrs/Delhi, just came to know that I am suffering from Tuberculosis. Can you suggest me some diet plan for the same. Basically I am non-vegetarian but don’t like so much, I mean to say that if its in once in a month then its ok. Kindly suggest me diet plan non-veg & veg both. Also suggest some remedies.
You need to eat good protein foods and lots of fruits daily. The best proteins that heal are actually from milk and egg. So eat egg daily prepared any way you like. And drink 3 glasses of milk a day. Eat 4 fruits a day especially oranges, papaya, amla, mangoes, guava, grapes, apricots, peaches, cherries. Eat 3 meals a day and in between you can have milk and fruits. All other foods maybe eaten according to your appetite.  Check this link.

3. In Feb,2007, I was operated for slipped disc. For the next 3-4 months i had practically no physical activity which took myweight to 96 kgs. After that i started doing mild exercises and then started brisk walking and slowly increased my walking time to 2 hrs daily. This brought down my weight to almost 80 kgs by 2008. After that due to my job, I could not accomodate that much time and slowly walking took a backseat. But for the last two years I have tried everything from deiting, herbalife, homeopathy,again walking and increasing my physical activity etc. but my weight is now stuck at 80 kgs. Its doesn’t get lesser than that whatever I do. I am now 27 yrs old and my height is 5 ft 8 inches. I dont smoke or drink. What can I do to get an ideal weight?
Firstly, you need to do a reassessment of your eating habits. Make sure you eat low fat foods and small quantities at a time. And this is not a short term dieting, but this is how you will eat for the rest of your life. Tell yourself this before making changes in eating. Try eating more of protein foods and lesser carbohydrates. Avoid all sweets, sugar and beverages with sugar.

Secondly, do not aim for an ideal weight or dramatic loss. If you bring your weight down to 75 it is beneficial medically. So think 75kg!

Continue your exercise, doing how much ever you are comfortable doing. Be patient.

4. I have cholesterol. Can I eat potatoes?
Alok Mittal
Yes you may, if it is not cooked with saturated fats.

5. I am 29 yrs old and my cholesterol level is 240. How to reduce my cholesterol level. I work in IT company where we do not work physical activities.Its s sitting job.
Harish Maharishi
Please read the article How to reduce cholesterol in the Indian diet

Whenever possible do try to be physically active, even if it is only on weekends.

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