February 18, 2013

On the Wagon, Off the Wagon...

 Being on a diet has been an interesting experiment so far. I did manage to survive the first two weeks on the phase I South Beach Diet and losing a few pounds in the process. But I did not follow the diet 100% though. For the most part I was ok, and I would say the success rate of the first two weeks was about 90 - 95%. The phase two was a bit more challenging and I did about 80%. Then came a bunch of traveling and the diet was out the window. And anytime life gets busy, it seems like the blog gets the least attention. So, here is a round up of some of the dishes I ate during the phase I. I probably ate about a cup of rice in those two weeks. Loaded up on a lot of veggies. 

Cabbage Kootu & Carrot / peanut Saute

Roasted cauliflower & Pan seared tofu

Chard with chickpeas & Ratatouille
Sambhar with Raita and Cauliflower

Spicy egg fry & Dal with Radish
 I did not really feel any big difference other than that my brain refused to acknowledge satiety no matter how much I ate. Am not sure if it was really an endocrinological response or just psychological. At one point I felt like I was making up for lack of starch by eating more and had to watch out for that. I am going back to phase I again this week and next, to help shed the pounds I gained while enjoying great food while traveling :) 
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