As my bday resolution , I wanted to test my personal boundaries of my needs by challenging myself “to give up something for a month”. Later on, I would assess my experience and decide whether its worth to give-up or it has to be restricted. This idea has been infused in my mind, from one of my favorite blog (Zen habits).
I have started my mission from last December and it was “A month without junk food and deep-fried food items”. Life without junk food is not a stodgy part. whenever I was offered to eat donuts, chips or fries, I voluntarily looked for healthy snacks like fruits, whole wheat fig bar and sandwich.It was quite easy to avoid junk foods and it didn’t lure me to take a bite. But, the biggest challenge was saying NO for home-made fried items, especially when it was served in friend’s place 😦 . I couldn’t avoid someone’s preparation when I was their guest, it indeed put me in a delicate situation . Last month, my friend KV invited us for dinner, she made her signature dish – a scrumptious “pal paniyaram” -> deep-fried urad dhal ball soaked in coconut milk. Hmm, I couldn’t say NO to that and ended up breaking my resolution and had pal paniyarm. Similar incident were repeated in another friend’s house, same story – she invited us for dinner and she prepared dhal vada , phew second time I broke my resolution and ate 2 vada. Apart from these two incidents, somehow I lived without junk foods and deep-fried items for a month. Hurray, I did it and I feel great about it 🙂 .
Here are my findings from my last month’s experience:
- If we avoid junk foods , we would automatically grab something healthy.
- In case of traveling or planning for a short trip , (if possible) pack some healthy snacks like fruits, nuts, fig bars.This would avoid the craving for processed foods.
- When it comes to deep-fried items, if the ingredients seems to be healthy then go ahead and eat. But, try limiting to 2 – 3 pieces. Too much of anything is not good 🙂
During Christmas holidays we were continuously eating out, So this January is going to be “A month without takeout / restaurant “. I foresee a glitch in this resolution , If I go for a party I can’t ask the host whether the food is home-made or take out, (unless the host is my close friend). So I have decided to have an exception for this resolution – In parties, Instead of examining whether the food is take out or home-made , I would rather look for healthy foods.