Oct 07, 2016
I lost 26 pounds starting last September 2015 by going on a very simple diet: Very low sugar, minimal dairy, and cutting out most processed foods. I cannot lie and say that I do not eat processed foods at all, but I have significantly cut down on them for myself and my family.
I found that I was getting very sick – irritable bowel syndrome, vomiting, tummy aches. You name it, I had it. I was constantly tired and sluggish. I noticed similar symptoms starting to crop up with other members of my family. It was a tough decision to start a family detox of sorts. My kids don’t eat much sugar, but I do! And I had to cut it down to just a bit for coffee in the morning.
I began to work with a doctor I adore. With his guidance and support, I stopped dairy – cold turkey – for two weeks. I could not believe how much my stomach improved. My inflammation started decreasing. I was able to keep a decent walking schedule and my mood improved. I had been constantly blue and upset and this whole new, clean diet made me feel a lot better about myself. It was almost as if a fog lifted. I could see the change in my family as well – we all seemed to have more energy. We did not reduce “good” fats as much, just sugar and processed foods.
I have been working on clean recipes now. I eat a lot of different foods and well-seasoned recipes, and no longer have the urge to gorge on ice-cream!
My novel, Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken, focuses on, among other things, the taste of comfort and to me nothing spells comfort like a cup of hot, steaming tea. It always reminds me that there is so much warmth in life. My cup of tea is my solace.
- 2 cups water
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 inch cinnamon stick
- 3 pods cardamom, bruised
- 1 whole clove
- 1 tablespoon black tea leaves, loose
- 1/2 cup milk, optional
- 2 teaspoons honey or unprocessed sugar such as demerara, rapadura, or muscovado., more or less to taste
- In a saucepan, combine the water, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove.
- Bring to a boil and continue simmering for about one minute.
- Add the tea and simmer for another minute.
- Add the milk, if using, and simmer for another minute.
- Remove from heat, strain into cups, and sweeten to taste.
Photo by Simi Jois.