The Battle of Diet - Health vs Junk

According to the US dietary guidelines, the average caloric requirement for males is approximately 3000 calories (higher side), while women require around 2500 calories (higher side). Typically, a single meal falls within the range of 800 to 1000 calories, leaning towards the higher end of the spectrum. In addition to our main meals, we often indulge in a couple of snack breaks, each accounting for about 200 calories. This brings our total caloric intake for lunch and dinner to a range of 600 to 800 calories, again leaning towards the upper limit of this range.

Conventional wisdom dictates that half of our plate should be filled with salads or leafy vegetables, one-fourth with grains like roti or chapati, and the remaining one- fourth with legumes or meat. While this seems like an ideal approach to eating, its important to acknowledge that food establishments offering an entirely different culinary experience continue to thrive. The reality is that these establishments are not merely surviving; they are flourishing.

Let us take a glimpse at the market size of couple of global fast-food chains that are immensely popular among a wide range of consumers:

1. McDonald: A staggering USD 207 billion (compared to USD 80 billion in 2010 and USD 150 billion in 2019).

2. KFC: A substantial USD 28 billion (a significant jump from approximately USD 5 billion in 2015).

In addition to the growth of these global chains, the exponential expansion of food delivery companies speaks volumes about the dietary preferences of the current generation. Despite our collective consciousness about the importance of healthy eating, we often find ourselves succumbing to the irresistible allure of fast food.

Should not we seek a middle ground? A balance between the delicious and the nutritious?

I firmly believe that we should. Whether you agree or not, the joy of life is often intertwined with fast food, but for sustained enjoyment, the key lies in embracing healthy eating habits. What are your thoughts on this?

Breakfast Choices:
2 eggs Omelette with 2slices of whole grain bread 300 Cal
40g Cereals + Milk 300 Cal
02 Paratha + Curd 500 Cal
02 Sooji Idli + Sauces 250 Cal
Upma/Masala Dosa + Sauces 400 Cal
4 Puri + Sabji 650 Cal
Beverages 100-200 Cal
1 piece fruit 100 Cal

Mid day snacks:
Namkeen 100 Cal
Munching Indian Snacks 200 Cal

1 Slice Large Cheese Pizza (1/8) 350 Cal
1 Slice Large Cheese Pizza (1/8) + 1 Cold Beverage 500 Cal
Lentils (1 serving)+ 2Roti + Rice Bowl (1 serving) 440 Cal
Lentils (1 serving)+ 2Roti + Rice Bowl (1 serving)+ 1 vegetable 500 Cal
Chicken Burger 300 Cal

Evening Snacks:
All time favourite - 02 Samosas 450 Cal
02 Kachori 400 Cal
Papri Chat 350 Cal
Butter Sandwich 250 Cal
Bhelpuri 200 Cal
Club Sandwich 300 Cal
Beverages 100-200 Cal

Lentils (1 serving)+ 2Roti + Rice Bowl (1 serving) 440 Cal
Lentils (1 serving)+ 2Roti + Rice Bowl (1 serving)+ 1 vegetable 500 Cal
White Sauce pasta 400 Cal
2 pieces Butter Chicken + 2 Roti 550 Cal

Kulfi/Ice-cream 300 Cal
Shakes 350 Cal
Sweets(2 pieces) 200 Cal

Note - The Calorie value mentioned are general one which may vary as per customized dishes. Do check the Calorie value on packed foods or on food joints while buying the food.
However, it is crucial to recognize that its not just about calories. Fast food and fried foods introduce another dimension of concerns, including the generation of free radicals and the depletion of nutrients due to high-temperature cooking methods. Therefore, never overlook the importance of taking your vitamins and antioxidant supplements before bedtime. Nutraceuticals play a crucial role in addressing the repercussions of our indulgent food habits and can help balance the occasional treat.

Remember, staying healthy involves not only physical well-being but also mental health and happiness. It is equally essential to nourish your soul with the occasional indulgence, rather than subjecting yourself to overly restrictive dietary constraints. In this journey towards holistic well-being, mental health plays a pivotal role.

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In conclusion, the path to a balanced and fulfilling life involves finding harmony between healthy and delicious choices. Its a journey worth embarking upon for a long and joyful life.

Disclaimer: This is personal opinion and not a medical advice. All the information in this blog is informational. Advice users to consult a medical practitioner if they are seeking medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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