BROWN GIRL PROBLEMS
Q: With summer finally here, I’m excited to shed excess layers and start following summer trends. My only concern is that I can no longer hide beneath my baggy winter wardrobe and am becoming insecure about the way my body will look. Numerous trendy diet plans have popped up while I’m scrolling through my newsfeeds, and I’m intrigued by the seemingly simple process of it all. However, I’m skeptical if they will actually work for me, and how I would even go about dieting? How can I ensure my body will be in great shape now that summer’s here? A: Diet fads, such as juice fasts and detoxes have become the new craze, with millions of users posting their involvement with the issues all over social media. Although these options do seem like easy and quick routes to body satisfaction, they can actually do more harm than good as many utilise unhealthy methods. Many women are insecure about their bodies, especially considering the daunting images of picture perfect women we are exposed to everyday through various media outlets. It is important not to focus on these images, and work on loving your own body. Having said that, it is perfectly acceptable to want to work towards the body you desire, but it’s crucial to do so in a healthy manner. To cleanse your body, you can start by drinking lots of water, and to tone up try to incorporate more excercise into your daily life (take the stairs instead of the elevator). To make the process easier for yourself, think of your new lifestyle as an adventure. Use this as an opportuni- ty to expand your culinary skills and create flavourful healthy dishes for you and your friends as opposed to going out for dinner. However, you don’t have to cut out guilty pleasures entirely. Starving off temptations can often lead to binge eating an entire bag of chips, so treat yourself once in a while to your favourites to fight off such instances. Excercising regularly and switching to a healthier diet will definetly help show results, and remember to keep everything in moderation. Q: Every Sunday night my grandmother invites my entire family over for a delicious South Asian feast. I am instantly engulfed in the smell of wonderful spices and fascinated by the intricate blending of all the ingredients that go into making these decadent dishes. My work has recently started to introduce the concept of “Potluck Fridays” and is encouraging everyone to cook their favourite dishes for the occasion. I would love to bring some homemade biryani for my coworkers, but I am not a master chef like my grandmother and am too scared to test my culinary skills on my coworkers. How can I prepare so I can create a delicious South Asian dish? A: South Asian culture is known for its flavourful and delicious cuisine, however learning to cook with all those ingredients and spices at once can be a bit overwhelming. A good starting point could be to ask your grandmother to mentor you, exposing you to all her cooking tips and secrets. It sounds like her cooking is delicious and she might be able to provide helpful suggestions from her years of experience that can make your first cooking experience go smoother. Another tactic could be to find easier variations of complex recipes. Research your favourite South Asian recipes and see if you can find simplified versions with less ingredients and preparation time. Be sure to test your creations out before hand on a trusted group of friends who will be able to offer constructive criticism. Remain patient and follow recipes until you gain experience and then can even begin to add your own flare to traditional dishes. Good luck!