Riding the crest of a wave!

 Thank You!

Little did I know that the Sanjeev Kapoor fan page on Facebook would again make waves? Yes, a reason to celebrate and enjoy – the Facebook page has just crossed 1.5 million fans count. Happiness beyond words!

Firstly, a big applause to my effortless team to deliver persistently, day in and day out, because of which the fan page count has been possible. And obviously, I am much obliged to all my fans, followers, viewers and food lovers for constantly adoring me and my endeavors. I am glad having received the love and respect, which makes me unstoppable! Hereby I promise to bring in the new language of food and continue to come up with creative and innovative recipes.

All for the love of food!
Sanjeev Kapoor

Calorie conscious?

If you are health conscious the word calorie will mean the world to you! Yes, calorie is a unit of energy that can be measured by many methods. Here, we are focusing on foods that may help you lose weight as they, through the process of eating, chewing, digesting, metabolizing, actually make the body work harder to extract the calories.

This can be explained simply. You consume a generous wedge of Mocca Gateaux at the five star buffet. It is around 400 calories. To digest it your body may require only 150 calories…net gain of 250 calories which is added to your body fat! On the other hand, you munch on a stick of celery which is only 5 calories. Your body may require 150 calories to digest it, resulting in a net loss of 145 calories from the body fat! Here the common person may infer that the more you eat of such foods the more weight you lose! But anything in excess is harmful. Remember this – it is a guiding principle in healthy eating.

Any diet plan will focus not only on the total calorie intake for the day but also the break up in the meals and also the distribution in the proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals and fibre. This write up here is not to design any diet for you but to give you a brief dekho into the world of foods that can help you lose weight in a safe and natural way.

Foods that help in fat burning have three essential features: they are high in moisture and fibre and low in carbohydrates and protein. It could be a safe and natural way to lose weight without starving. It is a well-established fact that the extra bulk that fibre contains will help you feel fuller for longer and thus help you stave off hunger pangs and lose weight. These foods should be incorporated in the daily meals because they will provide all essential nutrients. In fact, once you look it over it will strike you that fruits and vegetables in the raw form are the foods that we need to munch on seriously and that they provide the essential fibre, moisture, vitamins and minerals to our daily diet. In fact, vitamins stimulate the tissues to produce enzymes that break down the caloric nutrients of the foods.

Experts tell us that we need to include five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables in our daily diet for it to be termed healthy. Eating this suggested amount is difficult for many people. Fruits and vegetables have maximum benefits when eaten without any junk foods that are empty calorie foods. I suggest when in need of a snack reach out for celery sticks or an apple and forget the chips and cookies. When you make a sandwich ensure some lettuce and thick slices of tomato make the filling. Salads can help to supplement any meal even when you are on a diet that is being monitored for calories. At the dessert display at a buffet or party, look for the bowls of chopped fruits. And serve yourself some!

I should bring to your notice that I have not included any non vegetarian or even eggs in the category of foods that can help you burn calories while digesting them. For ready reference I have a short list of foods that can help you in weight loss:

Asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, capsicums, cucumber, garlic, green beans, gourds, lettuce, onion, radishes, spinach, turnip, zucchini, lemon, grapefruit, apple, papaya, orange, pineapple to name a few. You can also see how much calories some of our favourite foods cost us here. Given here are some easy recipes that can help you along.

Clear Vegetable Soup

Healthy Cornflakes Bhel

Warm Thai Noodle and Papaya Salad

Till I write again.
Sanjeev Kapoor

Jaisa ann, vaisa mann …

It is a common practice in Ayurveda to eat food according to the kind of dosha or constitution of your body. Kapha types benefit from bitter and pungent food, people with a pitha dosha benefit from bitter, sweet and cooling foods and if your dosha is a vatha type then it is salty, sour and heating foods for you. Food is cooked without the use of oil and green chillies and other spices. The belief is that the food you eat can heal the imbalances in your body. This kind of cooking philosophy makes a very popular saying in India, “jaisa ann, waisa mann” hold true. You are what you eat. Your temperament and nature is more or less based on the kind of food that you consume.

Have you ever thought about the reverse of this philosophy? Kehte hain ki swad toh khana banana waale ke haathon mein hota hain! Food is only as good as the amount of love and hard work that has been put into preparing it! Ever wondered why the kadhi chawal your mother makes is way better and much more comforting than the gourmet food at a high end restaurant. Why is it that the instant noodles you ate during your college days tasted better than the expensive Chinese food you eat at a five star today? Or why you relish a meal that your spouse, who normally cannot cook to save his life, has prepared as a surprise for you?

The reason is simple. Cooking is a combination of art and science. Food prepared with love, conviction and interest along with proper cooking techniques will taste good. You cannot create a good dish if you are not in the correct frame of mind and just throw together a bunch of ingredients in a pan. Good food is not a product of expensive ingredients, complex cooking techniques, degrees and certificates. A good dish is a master piece that is created with a lot of love, interest, patience and of course haathon ka jaadu! Someone who takes great pain and uses perfect precision in their cooking process may not necessarily come up with a great dish unless they have the knack for cooking! The person cooking food should always have the right attitude. I firmly believe that the positivity translates into taste and spreads positive energy from the cook to the food and to the people eating it!

To enjoy cooking you also need to have a pleasing kitchen. No one wants to cook in a haphazard, unorganized and messy kitchen! Imagine cooking in a beautiful kitchen with a clean worktop, proper utensils and fresh, interesting ingredients – it will be a breeze and will make you want to keep coming back to try out newer things everyday! Another big incentive in cooking is all the praises you get – works as positive reinforcement! It is pretty simple. Food and love are synonymous. You cook with love, serve with love, eat with love.

There is a popular Spanish phrase which says “barriga llena, corazon content” which literally means “full stomach happy heart.” It is true that people tend to be a lot grumpier when they are hungry. When someone eats good food it instantly lifts up their mood. Don’t you think it is essential that the food which is going to make someone happy should also be prepared in a happy frame of mind? Don’t make cooking a compulsion. You shouldn’t be forced to cook, for you cannot put up a great dish if you don’t believe in it. Don’t be afraid of failure, you may not be an amazing cook from the first recipe you try, but if you like cooking, eventually you will come around. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Keep smiling, keep cooking and keep eating!

Tiil I write again.
Sanjeev Kapoor