BIG DEAL!! I get a little ANAL about it!! :P


Ok today, I’m feeling very bored being diabetic. But yeah, it is just there. So I think I might as well do something about it, a little more sincerely. So I recently met this nutritionist last week. Guess what I discovered about myself! I’m very ANAL about Diabetes. Obviously with all the love-hate relationship I have with Diabetes, I do have a tendency to get anal about the condition or whatever it is called. I’m extremely bored today and I don’t feel like addressing it with respect after a lot of thought and analysis. In fact, that kind of thinking and analysis only puts me in trouble. So anyway, I was talking about the nutritionist. The next thing I found out was that I’m actually ok with my diet except the binges over dinners when I’m out with friends which is about 3 or 4 times a week which kind of makes my diet pointless.Nevertheless I would like to give myself a little more credit for what I’m doing for myself. I don’t do a lot of things right for my diabetes but today I want to see all the things I’m doing right so that I inspire myself to right those things that I don’t do right otherwise.

I’m glad I went to the nutritionist because she kinda made me realise a lot of good things that I’m doing like

  1. I eat about 5 or 6 meals in a day instead of 3 square meals that make the sugar and carbs concentrated
  2. I have this small obsession about all my meals being balanced so I eat a portion of carbs, protein, fat and vitamins for most meals
  3. I don’t drink tea or coffee. I mostly drink only green tea and when I don’t find green tea, I drink black tea with lime which is very rare.
  4. I eat a fruit before I go gyming instead of going without eating anything which can make my sugar drop or make me very weak
  5. I include at least two fruits in a day in my diet
  6. Luckily I don’t like red meats so I don’t have to worry about the fat. Though its to do more about my taste, I still think its me so I’m glad there’s another thing right about what I’m doing
  7. I take methi seeds soaked in water overnight or dried neem leaf powder first thing in the morning on empty stomach. It really helps my sugar levels
  8. Oh and I like and eat all vegetables including bitter gourd. That’s just awesome because my body will get all kinds of vitamins.
  9. Though I’m a rice eater, I have developed the taste for oats and quinoa which is not always easy. Now I can eat oats and quinoa for all meals in a day.
  10. This one is something that my nutritionist mentioned about me – I have made the first move to eat right and take care of myself by visiting the nutritionist

Weirdly, as I’m writing this post, I should share that I found it so hard to write ten things that I was doing right. No, not because I’m not doing even ten things right to help my condition after having this condition for over 7 years but because I have always been a person who was obsessed about what was not right. And every time I focused on what was not right, it only made me fall even more and slack more out of the fear of the bad outcome because of all the things I’m doing wrong. So now I’m counting and telling myself its good that I have so many things going good for me on a positive note as a motivation for me to set all those things that may not be there yet.

Also, I’m to start a 3month nutrition programme with this nutritionist of mine. So I think I will keep a journal to see how I feel, react, act, what I do and don’t follow, how easy or difficult I find it, how consistent I’m. My journal is going to mostly be my blog. I’m looking forward to writing about it every day. For now, I’m happy for all the things I’m doing right and who I’m. That sounded almost like a prayer so here goes. AMEN! 😛

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It’s not a Maggi 2min promise but it takes only 15mins.


I wish I had the time to make lunch everyday, you the whole deal with veggies, dal and roti/oats. No, but that never is the case. I never have the time. I wish I could eat Maggi which most people keep doing for convenience. I’m glad I’m forced to be on a diet. Maggi can be very unhealthy over time. So I need to give more than 2mins now that I have no Maggi. Let’s say I got 15mins. Let’s make lunch!

Being a person who is on medication for fluctuating sugar levels, I have been advised to eat about 6 small meals a day – Breakfast – snack – lunch – snack – snack – dinner. And following the right timing is lethal. But for some reason, the moment you realise that you need to be doing something extra or something different for meals, there is a certain lack of motivation. At least, I initially felt so when I had to start on a diet that too living alone. It sucks sometimes to cook for yourself when you live alone. Moving on, I can’t help but be on this diet. So I thought why not make my life easier. I started eating oats. I’ll discuss oats in detail over a period of time but for now, lets discuss what I plan on eating for lunch – OATS KHICHIDI – Tadaaaaa!!!

Fulfills my requirements:

  • Nutritious and wholesome meal – tick
  • easy to make just in 15mins  – tick
  • tastes yummy – tick

What do I need to make this fantastic dish here today:

Lets check my kitchen. I have got:

Onion – 1 should do

Carrot – 1 last piece in the fridge

Capsicum – 1/2 remaining after yesterday’s salad

Tomato – 1 should do

You can add any veggie you like. The veggies add the vitamins to your khichadi.

Oats (gives you your complex carbs) – 1 cup roasted to a mild brown in a frying pan

Moong dal (gives you protein) – 1/2 cup soaked in water

red chillies – 2 or 3 depending on how spicy you want it to be

mustard – 1 tsp

jeera – 1 tsp

asafoetida – 1 tsp

tumeric powder – 1tsp

curry leaves – a few

corriander to garnish

Oil – 2 tsps

salt to taste

How to make it:

  1. Chop up all the veggies separately
  2. Heat the cooker, add the oil. When the oil is hot enough, add mustard. After the mustard starts popping, add jeera, red chillies, tumeric powder, curry leaves and asafoetida.
  3. Now add the onions, fry till golden brown and add the tomatoes. Tip: Add the salt with the tomatoes and simmer the flame to let the tomato cook faster.
  4. When the tomato is cooked, add all the veggies, the dal and the roasted oats
  5. Add 4 cups of water and pressure cook this mix. Determine the number of whistles depending on your cooker. I pressure cook it for about 10 whistles.

15minutes and I’m good to go for lunch. Try it and tell me how it went for you. I’ve got something more exciting for my next post. Oats biryani! 😉

Overeating, the first cousin of Diabetes


Yes, you heard me right. I have diabetes and I happily overeat. Do you know what that means? It’s called digging your own grave for a slow death. What happened to my ever so positive words and attitude? It is right here. So I love to eat and also eat a little more. BIG DEAL!

First, let me start by saying I have officially lost 3kgs in the last month. I was 75kgs and I now weigh 72kgs. Ok how did I do that? I overate. Don’t believe me alright. I can bet on anything that I eat more number of times in a day than you do. Yes I eat 7 meals in a day which means I eat more than you and I have lost weight. The magic is in the number. I eat more times in a day and so I eat less because my stomach is pretty much always full. Previously, I used to eat everything at once in one meal packing myself with food and calories. Now I don’t.

Rule 1: Eat less but more number of times in a day

Now the next one. I eat at the same time everyday. It has really helped me set my body clock. I’m hungry everyday at the same time. I’m not telling you this. I’m telling myself. STICK TO THE SAME TIME EVERYDAY!

Rule 2: Stick to the same time everyday

The next one is a little tricky. I gave up on the one thing that really gets me to binge when I’m upset, stressed, sad, angry, PMSing and the like – RICE!!! You won’t get it till you know what it’s like to grow up eating rice everyday for all 3 meals and then having to give it up. It is a bloody big deal. Anyway mine is rice. I have heard some people give up on maida/refined flour. And the one that most will flip hearing – some give up on sugar, sweets, chocolate. That hurt didn’t it? Yes it can also hurt your body a lot. Of course, there are many who truly believe they have the will power to conquer temptation. Sorry but I lost it a long time ago with rice. Kudos to all those still have their will power intact. I’m so jealous yet so grateful that this has given me the opportunity to learn to take care of myself.

Rule 3: I should give up eating rice. Tip: if you want to quit eating rice then there are two things to it – taste and mind. For me, my brain accepted wheat rice instead of regular rice as long as I could eat it with hand or spoon just the way we eat regular rice. This way, taste really didn’t matter to me. My brain got used to it. I no longer crave for rice.

Rule 4: NOTHING IS EVER A RULE. 🙂 Flexibility is key. Love yourself enough to spend some time with yourself everyday? Then its easy to figure out what works for you. It is usually instinctive. Don’t believe me? So the following is the diet I figured I should follow

7:00am Wake up

7:20 Eat an apple or 3 oat/ragi biscuits

8:30 Cereal with milk

11.00 Oats biscuits

1.30pm Wheat rice, dal with all kinds of veggies – more like a khicadi

4:00 green tea

6:00 soya milk w/o sugar

8:30 roti 1 or 2, veggies and dal

The diet that my naturopathy doctor prescribed

7:00 Half spoon of cinnamon powder (helps in bringing down sugar levels)

7:05 Methi seeds soaked over night (helps in bringing down sugar levels)

7:20 Bittergourd juice (helps in bringing down sugar levels)

8.30 cereal with low fat milk

11:00 apple

1:30 wheat rice, dal and veggie like khichadi + salad (1 tomato is a must) + low fat curd

4:00 10 almonds (yes, it has good fat that helps you lose weight) powdered with skimmed milk

8:00 1 roti, veggies, dal and buttermilk.

I don’t see too much of a difference in my meal plan for myself and what my doctor gave me. Her plan seemed more like streamlining mine. That’s all. Oh! I also once in a while eat things I like because my calorie get balanced out by the other meals.

Confession: I’m not exercising right now. But I will soon start doing it. Living alone, making all the meals and working is tying me down right now. I plan on working that out soon.

Rule of all rules: SHARE WHAT YOU GOT…. So I’m sharing my experience with you so that it gives me the energy to do it every day, one day after the other. Also I’m giving you what I have got. You can have it now. You can also give it to others. Share this blog with your friends and help me heal. Who knows, you could be helping yourself too!

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