Bombay Times Column – FAQ’s Session 4

I am a 30 year old married woman weighing 75 kgs. In the last six years I have put on 25 kgs much to my dismay. The culprit is a stressful lifestyle — no exercise, irregular diet, a tiresome job and late sleeping hours. My periods are also irregular periods and I have been diagnosed with cysts in my ovaries. What diet should I follow to lose weight? 

You already know the reasons why you have put on weight. The fact is that you have not been able to implement weight loss as you have not been able to implement regular exercise, diet, sleep or lower stress which leads to a healthy body. I suggest you first work with your mind. You could choose from a variety of alternative therapies like naturotherapy, life force therapy, homeopathy, reiki etc as all these practitioners work will help you lower stress and guide you towards finding your balance which in turn will enable you to eat healthy, exercise and lower stress etc. As for the cysts, I suggest you try hypnotherapy, as mostly this is related to birthing blocks and fears.

I am suffering from a number of food allergies. Could you suggest a healthy alternative to milk, nuts and corn? What food should I substitute for wheat?  

There are natural Allergy Elimination Techniques which are non-invasive, drug free and a natural solution to alleviate allergies of all types and intensities. These techniques use a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine where one allergen is treated at a time. I suggest you research this on the internet and work towards clearing your allergies to live a healthier life. As for your question for healthy substitutes; you can have 2 tablespoons Omega3 cold pressed oil instead of nuts. Milk and corn can be avoided as they are very acidic but do research on foods high in calcium and make sure to have calcium every day. Wheat can be substituted with Millet – Great, Sorghum aka Jowar.

I have been told that fasting once a week is a good practise. I try and skip my lunch every Friday (there is an eight to 10 hour gap between my breakfast and lunch). Is this a healthy practice?

An 8 to 10 hour gap is not good between breakfast and lunch. Up to 4 hours is ok.With regards to fasting, there are many types of fasts, I suggest a fast that allows you lots of raw fruits and vegetables all day as it nourishes the body and yet rests the digestive system. Please remember that it is important to rest when you fast.

Is having a jawar roti slightly dipped in oil or ghee good to have at breakfast? Also, I have noticed that when I skip my meals I tend to feel very heavy. Why is that?

Jowar roti is good, a little ghee is ok, if the oil is cold pressed then that’s good too, however its always better to start your morning with a variety of fresh fruits for breakfast and save the roti for later in the day . Without a complete diagnosis I cannot answer your question accurately, I suggest you consult a naturopath or homeopath and understand what’s causing it, to be able to cure it. It is also advisable to not skip meals and eat smaller portions more frequently.

As appeared in the Bombay Times Column(Ask the expert)

By Sejal Vora (Naturotherapy Practitioner)

Written by Sejal Vora

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