WOF (War On Fat) Tip: Lifestyle …

Just an hour back, while I was on my way to the Gym, a neighbour who was also headed to the Gym asked me, “Why are you going to the Gym? You look pretty fine to me … My case is different as I need to lose a lot of weight”.

Do you see the problem in his thought process?

For some reason, folks think that healthy diet choices and healthy lifestyle choices (like regular exercise) are required only when a crisis situation arises.

– You scored triple-hundred in the latest Cholesterol numbers from the Lab Tests?

– Family and Friends making snide remarks about your girth?

– You flunked the Fitness Test for Military enrollment?

Etc.

You get the picture.

My answer to my neighbour would have been, “My friend, thanks for the generous remark. But if it is true, it is all the more reason for me to work out regularly. Fitness is not a “on a whim” activity. It has to be a lifestyle activity requiring dedication. Maintenance of a fitness level is much tougher than attaining a fitness level”. Actually, in this case, I did not say anything. I just smiled and shrugged.

There is no “Destination” as far as fitness goes, in my opinion. You try and achieve a level and then comes the tougher job of maintaining that level. All this is assuming that the goal you are trying to attain is important to you. A lot of folks get momentary inspiration to “get fit” and that inspiration lasts for a few weeks and then the lifestyle is back to good old ways.

The primary question we should ask ourselves: Is being fit important to me? (Why should I be fit? Am I willing to make sacrifices? Am I willing to show dedication?)

If the answer to the above question is “NO”, that is a very understandable answer. Who am I to judge others’ decisions about their own fitness levels? But if we answer “YES” to the above question, then we should zone in and be disciplined.

Yesterday, while I was out for a drink and dinner with my friend, I had to have some Paneer Curry which was obscenely dripping in oil. Here is an example of my not attaining a perfect mental control yet. Need to keep plugging away …

One thought comes to mind: Is “Oil” the cheapest ingredient in the World? Why are people using it so much? It is quite frustrating to see every dish just dripping in (cheap?) saturated fat. Looks like the entire Food Industry wants us to stay unhealthy and overweight. Chips? Fried Snacks? Soda? Oily Curries? Buttery Pizzas? Chemical-filled Juices? Man, is the battle-line drawn or what!

Adios!

WOF (War On Fat) Tip: Oil …

Note: These War On Fat (WOF) tips are based on my personal experience and the impact it has had on my health.

Most of us use oil for cooking. In fact, if you eat out, oil in various forms are guaranteed to be present. There is no doubt that oil adds a lot of flavor to the food. But at what cost? That is the million dollar question. In this day and age, when even 20-year-olds have drooping paunches, I personally feel that it is best for people to be careful about the oil intake.

Yesterday I ordered takeout from a newly opened hit restaurant. The food was Yum! But it was dripping in lard. After a few morsels, I had to give up on the food.

My main thought is about reusing oil. In Indian households, we use oil for frying fish, papads, chicken etc. The oil is reused several times over in most cases. Unless you are an expert in the proper heating and cooling and the technically-correct way of reusing oil, I would suggest that you refrain from reusing oil. (Extra Virgin Olive Oil is supposedly better for resuse). In fact, I would suggest you go a step further and reduce oil intake and usage to almost nil.

Fried items, while tasting good, is a killer, unless you exercise like a professional.

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Cuisines from Hyderabad, Afghanistan and Pakistan

Having spent 2-3 years in Hyderabad (India) earlier in my Career, I am hooked to food like Biriyani, Kababs, Naan, Chicken Tikka etc. While in Hyderabad, I had a steady diet of Biriyani (Actually, that is the reason behind my health!). Once in US, I had to find other avenues for my taste for such Cuisine. Unfortunately, very rarely do we get good Hyderabad Biriyani in San Francisco Bay Area. The first 1-2 months of a restaurant called Annapoorna in Sunnyvale, CA, is the closest I have tasted to true Hyderabad Biriyani. Nowadays, the better among the lot, are: Atidhi, Sunnyvale and Peacock, Fremont, in my opinion.

Fremont has quite a few good Afghan eateries. De Afghan and Salang Pass on Fremont Boulevard are my favorites. I love the Kababs (especially the Combination Kababs) and their Firni.

Sunnyvale and Fremont are also home to two of the best Pakistani eateries in this area: Shalimar and Pakwan. I like both and we do get a lot of take out from these restaurants. Hot-off-the-oven Chicken Boti, Chicken Tikka Masala and Naan. Hah! Pure bliss …

2010 Summer Vacation – Experiments with various cuisines …

Norway

Norway (Oslo): Various cured meats with vegetables ... Blood sausage was also included, along with reindeer ...

Norway (Bergen): The Fish Market was something ... Just walking around was a lot of fun. There were all kinds of seafood abound ...

Norway (Bergen): Coffee with Chocolate/Strawberry cake ... It was a relaxing way to take an afternoon break ...

Sweden

Sweden (Stockholm): Grand Hotel Smorgasbord. Round1. Various kinds of picked fish (Herring), Meat Loaf, Smoked Salmon, Caviar etc ...

Sweden (Stockholm): Grand Hotel Smorgasbord. Round2. Swedish Meatballs ...

Sweden (Stockholm): Grand Hotel Smorgasbord. Round3. Desserts & Cheese ... Overall, it was a unique experience. Something I wanted to try ...

Sweden (Stockholm): Grand Hotel Smorgasbord. Round3. Desserts & Cheese ... Overall, it was a unique experience. Something I wanted to try ...

Sweden (Stockholm): Swedish Cinnamon Buns with Coffee ...

Cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki: The Appetizer spread at the Smorgasbord ... Seemed liked picked fish is very popular there ...

Cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki: The Appetizer spread at the Smorgasbord ... Seemed liked picked fish is very popular there ...

Cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki: Round1. Appetizers ... Focussed mainly on seafood ... Oysters, picked fish, Sturgeon Caviar ...

Cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki: Round1. Appetizers ... Focussed mainly on seafood ... Oysters, picked fish, Sturgeon Caviar ...

Cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki: Round2. Swedish Meatballs and Lingonberry Sauce ... Also tried some Cloudberry Jam ...

Cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki: Round2. Swedish Meatballs and Lingonberry Sauce ... Also tried some Cloudberry Jam ...

Cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki: Breakfast. Sausages and Meatballs ... As you can see I love meat ... 🙂

Finland

Finland (Helsinki): I must say these Finnish pastries were just awesome! It came with a sauce that really took it to another level ...

Finland (Helsinki): Coffee and Tuna Roll for breakfast ...

Russia (St.Petersburg)

Russia (St.Petersburg): Shchi/Borsch (Cabbage Soup) was great ...

Russia (St.Petersburg): Coffee & Local pastries ...

Russia (St.Petersburg): Karcho (spicy tomato soup with pork) with Lavash (Georgian Bread) ... I also tried Vasileostrovskoe Draft Beer ...

Russia (St.Petersburg): Georgian style Beef Stroganoff, with potatoes ...

Russia (St.Petersburg): Solyanka (stewed beef with tomato and spicy herbs) ...Klaster Light Beer ...

Russia (St.Petersburg): Bliny, with chocolate sauce, along with a chocolate/fudge pastry ...

England

England (London): A heavy breakfast of eggs, sausages and baked beans ...

England (London): Pastries at London Tower. Scones, Pastries and Tea!

England (London): Cottage Pie. Seasoned beef mixed with veggies and spices topped with authentic bisto gravy, colcannon potatoes and cheddar cheese served with peas ...

England (London): Bangers and Mash. I am a big fan of sausages ...

UAE

UAE (Dubai): Paragon Restaurant. The condiments have arrived. Waiting for the main dish ...

UAE (Dubai): Paragon Restaurant. The condiments have arrived. Waiting for the main dish ...

UAE (Dubai): Here it is. The famous Paragon Biryani! Man, was it something ... After eating a lot of tasteless "so-called-biryani" in US, it was a treat to eat the real thing ...

India

India (Sulthan Bathery): I am a big fan of Gooseberry (Nellika). I like to eat it with some salt and chilli powder ...

India (Sulthan Bathery): The pastry aisle of a local bakery ... You can see why I put on weight after the vacation, though I walked a lot (I mean, A LOT!) ...

India (Bangalore): The pastry aisle of a coffee shop in Richard's Town ...

India (Thrissur): Coconut Pudding ... Yum!

India (Thrissur): Vegitarian takeout from a local Caterer. There were some 15 different dishes, along with a couple of payasams ... It was just great ...

India (Kozhikode): The original Paragon Restaurant. It was really crowded, but the Biryani, as usual, was just spectacular ...

India (Kochi): Grand Hotel on M.G.Road. How can I visit Kerala and not go to my favorite restaurant? The Karimeen Pollichathu was the highlight ...

Scotland

Scotland (Edingburgh): Shamola Restaurant, on the Royal Mile. The Roti here was the best I have ever eaten. It went very well with the Dal Fry ...

Scotland (Fort Williams): Haggis and Chips ... Man, Haggis is heavy. I could notice the fat in it ...

Ireland

Ireland (Dublin): Guinness at a local Pub ... A bit on the bitter side and not as bubble as Beer ... I liked it though.

Ireland (Dublin): Steak and Mushrooms, along with some Chips ...