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Old Fri, Dec-30-05, 14:05
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Hey Anu,

Good to hear from you.Yes, i'm settled in the US, but was born in Calcutta .Lived major part of my life in Delhi though.

I'm so glad you find locarbing easy while being in India . For me , i had a really tough time, in the sense everytime i'd start with it,there would be a birthday party or a festival around the corner and everything would go for a six !!!Life here is comparatively lonlier. Another problem that i faced was the food labels not having required information....and ofcourse constantly explaining ppl that it indeed is another healthy alternative way of living.

Anu , i totally agree with you when you say this place is loaded with junk food joints, but for us Indians there's nothing like simple ghar ka khaana-Just INDIAN food.(My mouth's watering at the thot of gajar ka halwa mmmm !!) After a while you dont even feel like looking at all the cheesy food that's available here and is so popular because of the busy lifestyle ppl have here.

However, one plus point is that a lot of variety in terms of lo-carb food is available.Lots of cheap non veg food(cold cuts), variety of cheese,protien chocolate bars , milk shakes and other items of daily usage are readily available.I found this WOL rather expensive n India.

Anyways, getting back to Menu's- i love baingan ka bharta-( do you put fewer than regular onions/tomatoes as onions are pretty high on carbs).

My typcal menu is-
Fried eggs for B/F with some cheese
chicken /baked fish for lunch with some salad for lunch
chicken/veggies for dinner
for snacks i have a SF jello or a just mix some cocoa with cream and splenda.Lots of water thru the day.
I'm having a tuff time trying to cut down the jello or cocoa dessert.I feel as though i'm cheating when ever i have it , even though its very lo on carbs.
Do you know about the carb content in besan? Can't seem to find it.But IMO it shud be ok while on maintainance. What say u?

More later, gotta rush now...B'bye
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Old Tue, Jan-03-06, 22:36
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Hi Sandhya,
Great to hear from you
Yes you are right....the degree of socialising is greater here...birthdays, pot luck dinners, weddings, lunch club meets...... so we end up not being able to resist the yummies on offer! If you throw in the the mishi doi which Calcutta is famous for....oops you are off the wagon with a bump
I guess self control and discipline is called for in all walks of life, sigh!
Re my menu for the day, well lets see......
I dont usually manage breakfast, too early
So lunch is normally some lettuce leaves with cheese and a small piece of left over chicken or fish from the previous day
Dinner is veggies with whatever non veg everyone is having. No rice, roti, bread.
Yes, the baingan bharta does take a fair bit of onions, but I try to cut down on that, though it does compromise the taste.
Nice chatting with you.....do write in soon
With greetings from india,Anu
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Old Fri, Jan-06-06, 10:35
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Hey Anu
Wish you a Great 2006 !!!
Anu, is that all you eat for the day? My appetite must be that of an elephant compared to you (lol).
Actually i've realised that this diet makes you feel more full and satisfied.I've noticed that my hunger has gown down.Earlier i used to eat all thru the day, whatever i cud lay my hands on-cookie, namkeen, chips, candy !!! but now i have to force myself to eat every once in a while to get my metabolism going.(I have the worst metab. ever !!.Grr)So my typical menu includes some eggs and cheese,chicken, fish and veggies.I've moved on to OWL so ive also added nuts and a lo carb chocolate bar (occassional treat !)
I'm not sure if its the right kinda food to be added...but i certainly know that it keeps me going.I've run out of ketostix , so will buy them today alongwith my other groceries.
How are you doing on your plan? Are you happy with the progress? I feel i'm losing rather slowly....but since i'm losing inches -I'm NOT complaining ..hehe


More later...Happy lo-carbing until then
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Old Mon, Jan-09-06, 13:43
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Hey ladies! Can I join your group? I was born in India but moved to Canada when I was 13 yrs. old so this is home. I am 53 yrs. old and I have one grown up son and a daughter in University. I got married again about 2 yrs. ago to the nicest man in the whole world! He had never eaten Indian food but now he loves it so I make it once in a while.

So how do you low carb indian food? We just went to the City and out for a buffet - we ate everything in site including NAAN...ummmmmmmm.....

So today is Day 1 for us - I was 136.2 this a.m. and I need to be 120 by Feb. 25 as we are going to see my sis in the U.S.
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Old Mon, Jan-09-06, 14:27
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hey again Jas!
Just posted a msg in the other thread and found u here...
Congratulations on finding the Man of your choice.I wish you have a happy & healthy life ahead .
My indian lo-carb food is basically veggies and chicken cooked the Indian way with lotsa spices.I've absolutely stopped having any pulses and cut down on onion - tomatoes paste in my food.Breads are absolutely out- a big NO NO !!(and now you talk abt Naan yumm)

Jas, which diet are you following, SB?(as mentioned in ur plan section)What stage are you in? Right now,your goal seems too high to me coz my metab. sucks !but ive seen a lot of ppl achieve that - so All the best !
Have fun lo-carbing!
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Old Tue, Jan-10-06, 10:15
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Good morning Sandhya and thanks for posting on the other thread! You are probably right as my metabolism sucks too...since I reached this age....so I will settle for 10 lbs. That is a whole dress size so I will be happy with that.

I actually don't follow any diet but if you were to look at it, it would probably look more like SB.

Okay a question for Sandhya and Anu - what is baingan bharta? Bharta is made with eggplant - right? I also would like to find some indian fish recipes as we have a lot of salmon that we brought back from our honeymoon! If you are interested, check out our wedding pics at:

http://community.webshots.com/user/jas280

So what do you ladies do? I am an Admin Assistan to the Dean at a local College. I figure I have 7 more years of working and then I want to retire and look after our acreage, do lots of gardening and of course fishing! DH and I love our camping and fishing!
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Old Tue, Jan-10-06, 11:03
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OMG Jas !

you look gorgeous in those pics...and so very happy.STAY that way-ALWAYS

Jas, the baingan bharta that we make is kinda modified to lower the carb content. I now broil an eggplant (you could cook it on direct flame or BBQ it too)till the cover is slightly crisp-peel it off and mash the pulp.saute onions and tomatoes in a wok with some red chilli powder and salt and add the pulp to it.cook for 3-4 mins and it's ready.Onions are high on carbs so dont use more than 1/2 (medium size).Originally this recipe is made with lots of onions and tomatoes and little pulp- but we now do a reverse !The indian food cooked at home is pretty different than what you get in restaurants.Home cooked food is light, less oily and more nutritious.Therefore you might find a taste variation when you cook the same food at home.

Cabbage ,mushrooms,spinach are low on carbs too, so you could try adding them to your diet.

Regarding fish recipes-Anu would be the right person to tell us abt those - i usually bake mine. Just put a few drops of olive oil and lemon juice on Salmon and bake it for 15-18 mins once cooked add lemon pepper on top and eat !

Here's a link you could use for simple Indian recipes- www.ruchiskitchen.com

Jas , i feel for me it's important to follow one particular diet. It gets easier when things are formatted for me. If i had to devise a diet for myself , i'd go nuts thinking how much protien, Fat or no fat...breads,sugar-how much ? etc...

Anyways , that's just me !

Will catch with you later- right now i'm gonna make some eggs for myself-My tummy's growlingggg........B'bye

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Old Wed, Jan-11-06, 09:00
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Morning everyone! I am proud that I started exercising again last night. We have a bowflex which has been collecting dust so last night we started our routine. How was everyone's evening?

Supper was chicken and salad and the scale did reward me with a 1/2 lb. drop.

Sandhya, do you cook Indian food all the time? I find I overeat when I cook Indian food as I love it and miss it. But then again if I cooked it more often, I would not overeat! I love daal but it has tons of carbs. Also we love our Paneer - but I imagine this is high in carbs as well.

Well back to work for me - will check in later......
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Old Wed, Jan-11-06, 10:07
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G'morning Jas,

I'm glad u've taken to exercising again-and congrats on ur wt. loss.I have made plans to go for an hour of brisk walking with another friend (thrice a week.)Exercising is always easier and more fun if you have a partner.

Chicken and salad is a great combination .Its always good to have your carbs with protien, for faster digestionand minimal absorption of carbs.

I do cook indian food most of the time since thats what we like to eat on a daily basis.Its basically one propper meal that the family eats together.

Yeah, Dals are high on carbs, but i believe you can eat paneer in moderation (small helpings once out of induction).

catch ya later-Gotta go take a shower and chk the dreaded scale !!!!

B'bye
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Old Thu, Jan-12-06, 11:32
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Yep the dreaded scale....can totally relate!

So you are in California Sandhya? It must be absolutely gorgeous there - like the movies protray. I am in frozen tundra but this year it is exceptionally warm. We have been having temperatures around -2 which is pretty good for Alberta, Canada.

So how many pounds are you trying to lose?
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Old Fri, Jan-13-06, 05:26
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Hi Jas, welcome to the thread, hi Sandhya, good of you to keep the conversation going.
Jas, hearty congrats on your wedding! Best wishes from India for a long and happy innings with the best man in the world!!!!
I just checked in an found all these conversations so I thought I would say hi to all of you.....gotta run now, will check in with you gals in a coupla days.
Happy lcing!!!!
Greeting from India, Anu
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Old Fri, Jan-13-06, 07:44
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Hey everyone
what a complete mess up!! I am so upset with my sugar cravings..they just dont seem to go and keep making me cheat everynow and then...arghh..
How is it going for you ladies? Jas, i intend losing 10-15 lbs.I guess i should feel very comfortable at 120-125lbs.Will know as and when i lose and get there- lol.Right now the journey looks long and tuff !!!I wonder if i'd ever reach my goal.

yeah, cali is beautiful -lovely beaches, warm weather, warm people....i need to explore more though....

Good to see you back Anu!
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Old Fri, Jan-13-06, 10:13
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Finally it is Friday!!! Scale down to 134 this a.m. but the weekend is lurking and I don't do so well on the weekends!!

Thanks for the welcome Anu. Someday I want to take my DH to India - especially to Simla as I was born there. As he is white he probably will do fine in Kashmir as well. I have not been there since 1991. I speak Punjabi & Hindi (but with a Canadian accent) so I think I could manage. I understand the culture and of course love the food.....as does DH.

So how many kids do you have Anu or for that matter are you married? When you next check in please give me some recipes for fish!! I have bought some masala (pre-packaged) but have not made it yet.

Sandhya....yep...thanks for staying in touch or I would be by myself. Looks like your goals are very close to mine - 10 lbs. or so....hey, have you tried the Baskin Robins hard candy made with splenda? I keep these in my desk to curb my cravings....

Well have a wonderful weekend ladies....I do not have internet at home so I will check in on Monday.....
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Old Mon, Jan-16-06, 09:22
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As I said on the other board - I SUCK....dusting myself off and starting in earnest again - 38 days to vacation......

How are you ladies doing?
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Old Mon, Jan-16-06, 22:51
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Hi Jas, Sandhya ,
Good to hear from you gals.
Yes, I'm married, have two kids- a girl (17) and a boy (14). Both are in school at the moment, though my daughter graduates next year. Then we get on the college search merry go round, sigh!! She's good at art, so graphic design/animation or some such thing is what she's looking at....let's see what happens.
As for me, I'm 45, I work in a public sector company in the marketing wing, currently posted in Calcutta, but transferable to any place in India. We all dread the transfers......looking for schools, finding packers, dealing with breakages, looking for a house, etc. etc, etc...... Anyway, no point worrying about it.
Sandhya's already given you the low down on fish recipes, sounds really delicious, does'nt it? We generally coat the fish with salt and turmeric powder and fry it in mustard oil. Mustard oils are supposed to be heart healthy and anyway the fish tastes great! You could eat this with fresh salad and bingo, there you are! Though I get so little time to cook, I eat the same as everybody else, but leave out the rice/rotis/bread. (cuts the hassle!!) Actually, in India we are a lot better off in terms of domestic help...I have a girl who cooks everyday so I dont really need to go to the kitchen on a regular basis. Besides I have to travel a bit on business, so the family would go hungry when I was'nt there! All in all the system works fine. And as i was telling Sandhya a while back.....we dont have to deal with the temptations of Starbucks or Dunkin' donuts lurking around every corner! But darn it I'M STILL FAT!!!! Exercise, exercise........I know, I know.

Well talk to ya all soon,
Anu
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