Food Guru Anupama Menon Busts Health Myths And Answers Your Diet Questions
Anupama Menon is a nutritionist who has built her career around food practice for over two decades now. She recently joined hands with Mumbai Foodie to give our audience a tip or two about health and healthy diets.
With a Bachelors in Food Science & Nutrition and a PG in Food Technology & Nutrition, Anupama successfully runs ‘Right Living’ (established in 2012), a nutritional counselling and education entity that offers some of the most ingenious food and lifestyle plans. In a short span of time, she has transformed over 2,400 lives in the country and abroad.
To start with, she believes in three cheat meals per week and is often called a chEAT guru too, so we had to take this association forward. Here are her answers to top ten health queries our audience asked her on Instagram!
How can I incorporate a consistent and healthy diet in my lifestyle without making major changes?
Always remember that it’s never easy to make big changes without stepping out of your comfort zone. It also depends on where you’re starting off. If you’re already healthy it becomes progressively easier to incorporate further changes into your lifestyle. But if you are at the very beginning of a healthy living then it’s going to require a little more effort. Here are some baby steps you can considering getting started with:
– Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. It can be infused with lemon, cucumber and mint.
– Exercise or brisk walk for at least 30 minutes, five times a week.
– Sleep at regulated hours, 10:30pm-11pm and sleep for a minimum of 6-7 hours.
– Switch off all gadgets half an hour before bed and do not put them on for half an hour after you wake up.
– Eat hygienic and healthy food (no processed/packaged foods) 5-6 days a week.
What is your opinion on intermittent fasting?
I think intermittent fasting is a great way to break the difficult combination of leptin and insulin resistance (if you are leptin cum insulin resistant.) But be careful, women should not fast for more than 14 hours/day (or it could lead to menstrual complications) and men, not more than 16 hours/day. Ideally, I would suggest that you stick to intermittent fasting five days a week and allow yourself a break for two days a week.
How do I resist late night munchies?
By making sure your hormones are well regulated. Insulin resistance and not sleeping until the wee hours of the morning can make you crave sugar and food. Keep your sugar levels under control and regulate your sleep.
What foods should I avoid to lose weight in a healthy manner?
Trans fats (hydrogenated vegetable oil), refined vegetable oils, additives, food colours and MSG
Minimize white sugar, alcohol, processed food, smoking and late nights. Do not skip meals.
Drink water and vegetable/fruit infused water, exercise, meditate, sleep well and stay happy.
How do I maintain a glow on my face before my wedding? What diet should I follow for this?
Consume lots of vegetable juices like beetroot, carrots, spinach, amla and lots of citrus-rich fruits. Make sure ghee, nuts and seeds are a part of your diet too. Sleep, exercise (cardio) and plenty of water can really help with the health of your skin. Above all, stay happy and be positive.
Is turning vegan going to help me lose weight?
It may or may not. It depends on what foods your body metabolizes best. But what you need to think is whether you can last the heavy restrictions of a vegan diet forever. Can it be your lifestyle?
How do I avoid bloating after having a cheat meal?
Ideally, if you are following a healthy diet, your body will be alkaline and immunity will be high. So there shouldn’t be a huge problem when you cheat 2-3 times a week. If you still feel bloated…
- Mark the pattern and see which food bloats you (alcohol/spice/something else) and avoid that particular food.
- Drink strong lemon juice after the cheat meal.
- Try not to sleep right after you eat, give it two hours at least.
- Walk for about half an hour even if it’s indoors.
Is a liquid diet suitable for all? If yes, what should I consume during it?
It doesn’t suit most and it drops your metabolic rate and is unsustainable. It may be a good intervention once in a while for detox.
What’s a good diet plan for people with PCOD?
A high protein diet, with a low glycemic index loaded with good fats, is perfect for PCOS/PCOD. Nuts like almonds, walnuts and fats like ghee, olive oil and avocado are great sources of fats, so you must include these daily in the diet. Seeds like chia, sunflower and pumpkin are good too.
Stay tuned for more chEAT content and articles from Anupama Menon on our blog!