Welcome to Plant-Based Indian Living.
If you are fond of Indian Food and a follower of Whole Food Plant-Based lifestyle, this is your destination for all you need to know. Please read through our story to understand why I started this blog to share my lifestyle and my experiences.
What is the Whole Food Plant-Based With No Oil (WFPBNO) diet?
Now that’s a mouthful. The diet is based of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, tubers, nuts, and legumes. It excludes ALL meat. WFPBNO also excludes dairy products, eggs, refined sugar, oil, ghee and highly refined foods like bleached flour.
I spent a lot of time reading websites such as www.forksoverknives.com and watching documentaries. I recommend Forks Over Knives and PlantPure Nation by renowned researchers and doctors.
There also books on Amazon like ‘The China Study’ and ‘How not to die’ written by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and by Dr. Michael Greger. These are just fantastic books to read with a lot of information on health and nutrition.
The online information, the documentaries, and the books talk about how diseases can be reversed by simply changing your diet. The documentaries talk about adapting to Whole Food Plant Based diet.
Self-Awareness and Motivation
The biggest barrier, in my personal opinion, to following a diet or getting healthy is self-awareness. I always tell my husband that ‘one needs to love themselves’ to follow a diet and be healthy. No one tells you or force you to go on a diet and get healthy. One needs to do it themselves and be motivated to follow-up on it. So, for us, this was not a ‘diet’, we take this as our ‘lifestyle’. We have done multiple diets before which never sustained. On this lifestyle, I am eating all my favorite foods and not worry about the portions and calories as I/we did before. The best part is I don’t have any cravings.
In December 2017, me and my husband both switched to the whole food plant based no oil (WFPBNO) diet.
So what plan that stuck with us?
We really like the results from our lifestyle change. We followed the recipes from Forks Over Knives and other resources to adapt to this lifestyle. One of the challenges presented to me was how can I cook Indian food while following the whole food plant-based diet.
With multiple experiments on my family, I have started cooking much healthier version of Indian Food. Even my mother was surprised during her latest visit that it is possible to cook without oil and ghee and get the same great taste. My goal is to inspire other Indians and people who love Indian Food to taste the same Indian Food but cooked differently. We mix it up and also enjoy foods like Chinese, Thai, etc. and try to create recipes that are compliant with #WFPBNO.
I also look forward to changing one life at a time to cook and live healthy, as we did. I also had to replace other ingredients and tools from my kitchen which I have shared on another section of this site.
Patience is the key ingredient to all my recipes. I have started cooking without oil, ghee, and heavy cream, which adds cooking time to preparation work.
Welcome and join the journey with me on Plant-Based Indian Living!!