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Dietician, Diabetes Expert - Answered on Dec 01, 2021

Komal Jethmalani is a practising dietician and nutritionist with over 26 years of experience.
She specialises in weight loss and diabetes management.
Jethmalani has completed her MSc in food and nutrition from SNDT University and trained at Jaslok Hospital.
She is a NDEP-certified diabetes educator.... more
Raavi Question by Raavi on Dec 01, 2021Hindi
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Dear Komal,
During the pandemic, we have very much got used to baking at home, making desserts and other interesting dishes. But these use heavy, rich ingredients.
At that time, it is didn’t matter so much since there was nothing much else to do.
Now, we are used to such food and we know it is not good.
How can we easily change our food habits?
Raavi

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Eating heavy or rich foods made in high fat and carbohydrates will cause an increase in body fat percentage, which will increase risks of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Strictly avoid these foods in your diet.

Incorporate healthy eating patterns like small frequent meals.

Include lots of plant foods like fibre-rich vegetables, fruits, beans, multigrain cereals, etc. This will strengthen your gut and improve metabolism.

Focus on protein rich foods like low fat dairy products, eggs, lean meat, nuts, pulses, etc.

Drink plenty of water for flushing out the toxins and adopt a regular exercise regimen.

 

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