Being Pakistani is enough to make you qualify to be a desi tarkaydar and masalaydar food lover. There are countless food streets and fast food joints in our metropolitan areas, where people often like to treat their taste buds. No matter how great our love for local foods might be, however, the importance of keeping track of what we eat cannot be denied. This is especially relevant for our society where almost every person suffers from health issues related to indigestion and abnormal metabolic rates. These include diabetes mellitus, obesity, ulcer and heart diseases among others.
Due to our undeniable attachment with rich local flavors, there is a greater need to follow an effective Pakistani Diet Plan that encourages weight loss and detoxification. What we need is a Pakistani diet plan formulated especially for Pakistani foods.
Given below is one such diet plan, which should be followed for at least for two weeks before it starts showing results. It is ideal to follow it every two months if you are a weight watcher and do not want your expensive outfits to go to waste just because you put on a couple of pounds. The best thing about this nutrition routine is that you can pick and choose from the different options given for each meal. In fact, you can incorporate each of these meal combinations on different days of the week so as to create variety in the diet plan you follow.
- 2 toasted whole wheat or bran bread slices with tea or milk.
- A bowl of oatmeal boiled with a cup of skimmed milk. It can be topped with some fruits of your choice such as banana, apple or berries.
- A whole wheat (chakki atta) paratha made in 1 spoon of desi ghee with milk or unsweetened juice of your choice.
- A boiled egg and a slice of bran bread.
Snack Time (9:30am – 10:30am)
- 1 Orange
- 1 cup sliced Carrots
- 1 cup Cucumber slices
- 1 Apple
- A handful of Almonds
Lunch Time (12 noon – 1:30 pm)
- 2 palm-sized chapattis, ½ cup vegetable curry, 1 cup daal and a bowl of salad.
- A cup of plain rice with ½ cup vegetable curry, 1 cup daal and a bowl of salad.
- Chicken Tikka with no Roti and a bowl of salad.
Dinner (7:00 pm-8:00 pm)
- 1 phulka / roti, ½ cup vegetable curry, 1 cup daal and a bowl of salad.
- 1 cup plain rice with 1 cup daal and a bowl of salad.
- 2 pieces of chicken tikka with 1 chapatti and salad.
Things to remember:
- Switch banaspati with canola oil.
- For deep frying, use desi ghee as it does not get absorbed in fried foods as much as vegetable oil does.
- Drink fresh fruit juices instead of the boxed variety.
- Avoid ready-made desserts and mithai from the halwai.
- Try cooking at home as much as possible and cut back on dining out.
- Replace full cream milk with low fat or skimmed milk.
- No bakery items.
- Avoid candies and chocolates as much as possible.
To follow this plan you have to become disciplined about your sleep schedule as well. This is important because in order to detoxify the digestive system, regulating metabolism is necessary. Going to bed and waking up early will prove to be of immense help to regulate your digestive cycle.