Let me pass you over to our very own IsoWhey Chef, Janine Royce, who has just returned form an adventure in India, and is writing here to pass on some great tips and advice that she learnt from her trip….
I recently returned from my holiday to Southern India and my first thoughts about going there was I hope I trim down and lose a few kilos!!! I was wondering if I might get sick, as you hear the horror stories of “Delhi belly” and having a sensitive stomach I am usually a good candidate. But the real reason I thought I might trim down was the fact that heading to a different country poses a whole lot of challenges such as experiencing a different culture, climate and most importantly – FOOD.
So my thoughts were….. given it is the hot time of year in India, I would be sweating a lot more and hence sweating out and releasing some of those toxins this combined with eating a different diet made with way more spice than I normally consume, I could possibly boost my metabolism AND at the same time I would be moving about, not stuck at my desk. Surely I had to be on track for some slimming down. However I didn’t factor in how good the food was going to be and with indian food you get a variety of dishes, so portions could be large depending on how much you chose to indulge!
Holidays can be risky for those of us trying to manage weight and healthy lifestyles. You might think ‘oh its a holiday’ I will eat and drink what I like for the time I am away, but depending on how long you are away it could be enough to undo months of good eating and it is hard to get back into the routine once you have returned.
There are ways to keep a lid on things whilst travelling. Its best to try and stick with your routine as much as you can. You can make sensible choices and you know your body. If you have Isowhey® for breakfast then you can always take it along with you, all you need is a shaker and apart from being a quick, healthy breakfast alternative to the continental breakfast, which is no more than a basket of sugar, leading to insulin spikes and lethargy, it can save you money!!
Select foods carefully. You will most likely be eating out at restaurants and cafes. You need to make healthy choices such as salads with no dressing, lean meats and vegetable dishes without heavy sauces. Eat healthy snacks like fruit and nuts in between your meals so you won’t be tempted to buy high-calorie snacks. If you are traveling to a country that might be limited in your usual diet choices you may have to pack some healthy snacks such as protein bars or trail mixes.
Get enough water. Especially in hot climates where you may be sweating a lot more and walking around, as you can get easily dehydrated. Limiting alcohol is a good idea also as it is dehydrating and may cloud your judgement with poor food choices.
Don’t forget about exercise. Walk everywhere you can and you will be exercising without really trying! You can always work out in your room doing stretches and yoga exercises.
Slowly adjust. Take it slow and allow your body time to adapt to the local cuisine as a new diet can lead to stomach upsets possibly constipation or diarrhoea as your digestion takes time to adjust. You want to try the local food and quite often it is best to eat where the locals eat – follow the crowds and eat at popular restaurants. It is also a good idea to eat what they are eating rather than trying for easily recognisable foods you can get at home which the locals don’t really know how to prepare and cook. Food that is prepared fresh and on demand is always best, steer clear of buffets that encourage overeating anyway!
I decided to do a cooking course about the 3rd day into my holiday to familiarise myself with local ingredients which gave me insight into Keralan (a state in the South of India) cuisine especially since I don’t eat indian foods every night as part of my regular meal plans. What I found was that food is central to the life of Kerala – and one of the major attractions for visitors. Coconuts that grow along the coast everywhere are featured in a lot of the dishes which compared to the North of India are much lighter, very low in fat, and dominated by fish, sea-food, legumes and vegetables. A Keralan curry gets its name from the aromatic curry leaf, and it’s often cooked with onions, tomatoes, tamarind and uses fresh spices, peppercorns, turmeric, cumin which have great health benefits.
I did end up losing a couple kilos…… and also ended up gaining insight into a wonderful culture and cuisine in a place that can only be described as paradise!
“I am in love with India…where I find the heat and smells and oils and spices, and puffs of temple incense, and sweat and darkness, and dirt and lust and cruelty, and above all, things wonderful and fascinating innumerable.” Kipling 1893