Dos and don’ts for sus­tain­able and healthy eat­ing for PGs and hostelites.

Health & Nutrition - - EAT SMART - SHANU SHASHANK SQUATS Fit­ness & Nu­tri­tion Con­sul­tant

Many of us have lived in hos­tels and as a PG (Pay­ing Guest) while pur­su­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion or start­ing our ca­reers. That’s the turn­ing point for most of us when those late night hos­tel par­ties start be­com­ing a habit and we are far away from a healthy mind and soul. This piece fo­cuses on healthy eat­ing op­tions, es­pe­cially for all those PGs and hostelites…


As an in­di­vid­ual, one can in­cul­cate these healthy eat­ing habits into one’s diet: Try in­clud­ing some pro­tein reg­u­larly in the rou­tine. Since it doesn’t come cheap, be con­scious about keep­ing aside a cer­tain sum for it. Eggs, pa­neer, cheese, soya, milk and curd are some eas­ily and cheaply avail­able food sources that can help con­trib­ute to one’s daily pro­tein needs with least cook­ing. Healthy break­fast op­tions in­clude ce­re­als/ oats/ muesli along with any of the above men­tioned food items. A typ­i­cal mess in In­dia would serve meals that in­clude some rice/ cha­p­ati along with lentils and greens. So, lunch and din­ner could also be man­aged in the same way within bud­get. Most hostelites/ PGs tend to go out dur­ing week­ends. It’s very im­por­tant that they learn to im­ple­ment mind­ful eat­ing like check­ing the nu­tri­tion la­bels of the food pack­ets be­fore buy­ing them. Also, hav­ing a calo­rie track­ing app could be handy here, as it can help avoid any overeat­ing ev­ery time you go out with your com­pan­ions. Shar­ing is car­ing, yes, but some­times keep­ing those nuts away from your friends can help you avoid munch­ing on junk food when you have empty pock­ets, es­pe­cially dur­ing the month end.

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