1. Listen to your hunger - If you are really hungry then you will eat a simple meal of roti and sabji, if you find yourself wanting to eat only fried food then its not hunger.
2. Nutritive meals - Make your meals as nutritive as possible with small or moderate amounts of fat.
3. Quick Meals - Keep easy quick meals in your fridge. I always have sprouts which I steam in microwave. It just takes 5 minutes. I can then prepare sprouts sabji, add them to my bhel or just have them with lemon and cucumber. They are healthy and take care of hunger very well.
4. Easy Tiffins - I used to carry paneer-peas stuffed grilled parathas whenever I was out shopping. As a new mom my body did demand food and if I did not carry a tiffin with me I always ended up eating lot of junk food. Stuffed parathas are easy to prepare and are mess free.
5. Vegetable daliya khichadi - This always works for weight loss and is very healthy too.
A) 2 tablespoon daliya/broken wheat + 2 tablepoon split green mung dhal.
B) 1 tsp ajwain/carom seeds.
C)1 tsp til seeds
D) Grated ginger
E) Finely chopped carrot and french beans (or any vegetable of your choice).
D) Salt to taste
Procedure - Pressure cook all ingredients with water to make khichadi. Consistency should not be very thick or runny.
I used to eat 1 big bowl of this khichadi with my sabji, dhal, raita and salad. Khichadi was just a replacement of roti. It really fills the stomach.
6. Vegetable roties
A) 1 cup wheat flour
B) 1/2 tsp ajwain/carom seeds.
C)1 tsp til seeds.
D) 1- 2 tablespoon finely chopped coriander.
E) 2 tsp grated ginger (you can add more if you like)
F) 1 grated carrot (or 1 cup grated cabbage)
G) Salt (optional)
Make a soft dough using milk if possible and make roties.
These roties are extremely flavorful. You can have them with your meals or enjoy them with your tea in evening.
7) Multi seeds roti - I have now started adding flax seeds, onion seeds and til seeds in my plain roti flour. They are nutritive and add flavor to a simple humble roti.
8)Multi grain roti - These roties are not very soft, they are chewy and I like them this way. You can mix and match bajra, jawar, sattu, soya, ragi flour. I also add oats to make roti flour.
9) Salad works - I was not a salad person before but now they are a must have in my meals. I cannot have salad before meals, I like to eat it between my meals along with my roti and sabji.
10) Lovely Thalis - A bought myself a big thali with separate sections. The idea is to fill it up to have a complete meal and its easier to wash too.
The first two thali have stuffed raw papaya roties and the third one has a multi seed roti.
11) Planning- We all know that if we fail to plan then we plan to fail. Its very important to have a road map. You know what are your boundaries, your constraints and your priorities, so plan within your limits to achieve your goal. Just running head first towards weight loss will not achieve anything, so plan your diet and exercise according to your taste and convenience.
I have jotted down everything that I can think of right now that worked towards my post pregnancy weight loss. Please remember, that I am not an expert and my diet is based on what I am comfortable with. The diets mentioned in the post are sample diets i.e the things that I remember eating, I tend to eat every 2 hours (it can be a cucumber or a carrot or a fruit), I eat alot but I stick to healthier options.
Remember, the weight loss journey as always will be very frustrating and extremely disappointing but it will make you do things that you would have never done, it will teach you not accept things you do not like, it will force you not to bow down before things that you do not want. It will make you look beyond yourself to see what you are made of and to achieve what you always wanted to be.