I'm trying to eat healthy these days, which is hard given my favorite food group is potato chip. Maintaining a steady weight has been a lifelong battle for me. Despite all the swimming, skating, and dance lessons, as a child I was always a little chubby. At the age of 14 I became very involved with performing Bharatha Natyam, and in a phase of intense dancing, exercise, and strict eating I reduced to about 100 pounds. Unfortunately as the exercise slowed, and the eating habits returned so did the pounds. Upon entering university the stress of school had me in a downward spiral of bad eating habits. 50 pounds later, I was truly miserable. Graduation brought on the pressure from my parents to get married to a desi, and heading into the superficial world of meeting prospective grooms while being overweight was the worst kind of nightmare. So I got motivated, hit the gym regularly, and went back on the strict diet. The weight came off and I realized I had never felt better in my life. Then it happened, marriage. The comfort of being in a great relationship compounded with the innumerable dinners out, cocktail parties, and weekends entertaining friends have now regressed me back another 15 pounds.
I have many friends who seem to be naturally skinny, those who have always been 'big boned', and those who can't seem to maintain a consistent weight. What makes us all so different? Is the world we live in a factor to our eating habits, or is it all ultimately about self control?
Writing this post just made me realize that every phase of my life has been marked with a drastic change in my weight. Having established that the successful formula is a regime of intense exercise accompanied by a strict diet, it would seem the recurring problem revolves around maintaining the routine and self control. In hopes of conquering this lifelong battle, I am posting a series of Healthy Eating Recipes, and hopefully I will be motivated to prepare delicious food that fits the low calorie requirement on a regular basis. I think I might hold a blogging event on this at some point, what do you guys think?
Karamani Sundal: Black Eyed Peas South Indian Style
serves 2 as a side dish
1 cup of dried black eyed peas soaked overnight, 1/2 cup of diced raw mango, 2 tsp mustard seeds, 2 dried red chillies, 3 curry leaves, 1/4 tsp asafoetida
*Soak the Karamani Black Eyed Peas overnight covered in water.
1. Boil the peas in salted water, until they are tender but not mushy.
2. Drain the peas.
3. Splutter the mustards seeds in olive oil, add the red chillies, asafoetida and curry leaves.
4. Add the peas, mango and mix.
Nutritional Information per serving:
Black eyed peas are low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are low in sodium. They are high in potassium, iron, and fiber.
|Saturated Fat (grams)||1|