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How I maintained my diet during holiday in India

I stuck to my diet no matter where I traveled

I stuck to my diet no matter where I traveled

India will sideswipe you with its size, clamor and variety – but if you enjoy explore into complicated diversity and thrive on sensual overload then it is one of the most intricate and rewarding dramas unfolding on earth. You’ll quickly develop an abiding passion for it. The sounds of bells couch shells, religious chanting, put you on a transcendental high but my trip to India was a real challenge for me to maintain my diet and workout during traveling, but I did not let myself down. I left USA on December 21, 2013 and the coming month was marked completely for India. India welcomed me with equal zeal that I had assumed. Diet was my ‘dare’ for coming 30 days. I managed not to consume any sugar or flour products.

Preparing for my photo-shoot in India (Photography by Amit Gundh)

Preparing for my photo-shoot in India (Photography by Amit Gundh)

Breakfasts were omlette or Besan Crepes (cheela) or Daal Cheela or Rice Crepes. I always had other options. My family took good care of me when I was at home, and when I ate out I had options (aka junk food) to allure me but I did not betray my diet plan in any case. Conviction is the most important portion of a diet or workout plan. This is what I realized.

Workouts were easy. I went out for walks. When you are away from home, floor exercises

Traveling to a country like India itself can be therapeutic (Photography by Amit Gundh)

Traveling to a country like India itself can be therapeutic (Photography by Amit Gundh)

are the best options in hand. Because all you them for them is a floor, a mat and you. In the next part of the trip, I went to South India. Karnataka welcomed me with wide open arms. This is a land of temples, a land of the devout where new wonders await. The aroma of dosas and sambhar fills up your nostrils. If you were in south India, and did not have dosas you missed a lot in life. Even I had my fill of Dosas and Ragi Flat bread. Keeping a balanced diet was always my take. I was travelling, and exertion was much at time, I needed proteins to maintain a balance…If you want something you get it. My source of protein was Paneer Tikka big time when I had to go out and eat. I didn’t care about desserts anyways. On my trip to India I treated myself with a photo shoot after all that
hard work in 2013 I had to pamper myself at the end of the year. And undoubtedly the year ended in a lovely note, with all that warmth of my family by my side, and all that vacation pomp in me, rediscovering a new me. I was enjoying the journey both into India and into myself.

Fitness gave me the confidence to face the camera (Photography by Amit Gundh)

Fitness gave me the confidence to face the camera (Photography by Amit Gundh)

I want to thank my friend Amit Gundh for taking his precious time and doing a photo-shoot
for me in India- something I had long dreamt of doing. Amit, otherwise a PR and social-media professional, runs a photography learning group called LetThereBeLight in India (check his page www.facebook.com/ltblindia). I’d recommend him to all my friends who are looking for a fun photo shoot during their visit to India. We shot at Laksh Farm, a scenic organic farm near Delhi owned
by our friend Ila Lamba. My diet and fitness routine gave me additional confidence to face the camera. Maanvi Chaabra, our make-up artist, also did a fab job in giving me just the looks I wanted. All in all, I was quite happy with the results. Do let me know what you think :) .