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Q Can you sug­gest a few diet tips to help me get health­ier?

A Sure. Here are three which can get you on the right path of healthy eat­ing.

Use the right cook­ing oil: Most have al­most the same amount of calo­ries and fat con­tent. But the qual­ity of fat is the big dif­fer­ence here. Vegetable oils are re­fined and stripped of all their es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents. They have a low smok­ing point and are high in Omega 6, which is proin­flam­ma­tory. We need a delicate bal­ance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 for op­ti­mal hor­monal health. Us­ing cheap re­fined vegetable oils dis­turbs this bal­ance. Co­conut oil, ghee or or­ganic but­ter do the op­po­site. Since they have a high smok­ing point, you can sub­ject these to higher tem­per­a­tures and not worry about the fat chang­ing to trans fat, which is harm­ful for your heart.

Switch your salt: Start us­ing Hi­malayan pink salt over re­fined iodised salt.

The pro­cess­ing meth­ods of Hi­malayan salt al­low it to have all the trace min­er­als and nu­tri­ents like na­ture in­tended. This has a very bal­anc­ing ef­fect on the body’s elec­trolytes, it re­duces fa­tigue and helps im­prove en­durance.

Start your day with fat: This one small habit can be a se­ri­ous game-changer. When you start your day with a ta­ble­spoon of ghee, but­ter or co­conut oil, not only does your in­sulin level sta­bilise, but your gut or stom­ach lin­ing gets pro­tected first thing in the morn­ing, and gets ready for ef­fi­cient ab­sorp­tion of all the nu­tri­ents you put into your sys­tem, plus it calms di­ges­tive is­sues such as acid­ity, gas and bloat­ing.

RASHI CHOWD­HARY is a nutritionist, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor and cre­ator of The Pro­tein Bake Shop

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