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Savoring Four Almonds Daily

Indian food is dangerous, at least for me. A firm believer in Atkins and all things low carb, I continue to be apprehensive about what the food in India could do to my size. Why? Because it’s too tasty for my own good!  Put some Bengali sweets in front of me and watch me sweat. And it’s simple enough then to talk myself into having just one rasmalai. Western desserts I can ignore with equanimity. Why, oh why, can’t I do that with traditional Indian too-sweet desserts?

And that’s not even considering all the other delicious dishes from various parts of India (see Hyderabadi biryani and other yummy food in the picture here)…

With this fear in mind, I started taking precautionary measures once I moved here. So, it’s yoga on 3 days every week and weight training under the guidance of a personal trainer at the gym on the alternate 3 days. Mentally, all of this is helping greatly. 🙂

My body too is ‘appearing’ to become more flexible and I feel more energetic due to the yoga. Is it my imagination or are my muscles getting visibly toned due to the weight training?  I think I just feel all-over good because I’m actually doing something.

My personal trainer is very determined that I meet my goals to lose weight. I don’t particularly care about the weight (muscle weighs more than fat after all), but I sure would like to lose inches off certain strategic parts of my body. 🙂

He explained to me that when it comes to weight/inches loss, 75% is a result of your diet and only 25% to exercise. He also recommended a nutritionist who has worked magic with his clients.

So, of course I went to see her. I asked her why Atkins was not helping me lose inches like it had before, and she advised me that my body had “adjusted” itself to that diet and probably needed to be shaken up. Made sense to me. So, I just began my new diet. It’s both low carb and low fat and involves small meals and snacks every 2-3 hours.  Lots of veggies, eggs or fish are allowed, but no chicken yet. Every week she will check me out and start adding other foods based on how much I have lost so far.  Can’t wait!

So, that brings me to the almonds. One of my prescribed daily snacks – the 10 am snack to be precise – is 3 to 4 raw almonds.  Yes, you saw that correctly!  Not 34 almonds or even 23; I would settle happily for a mere 12, but no, it’s 3 to 4 almonds a day. Well, to me that means FOUR, dammit!  So, you should see me at 10 am, pitifully counting out my four almonds. Then, I take a few bites of each because I need the rations to last awhile. Finally, I relish each bite like I’m in heaven. Did you hear me say pitiful?

So, there you have it.   Now you know why I savor my four precious almonds every day!


P.S. I still think Atkins (or some other low-carb lifestyle) is the way to go for good health and happiness; will return to it once a few inches disappear…soon, I hope!

P.S. #2 – This post was written in late May but only published a few weeks later. Sad to say, the new diet lasted exactly two weeks with no discernible change, except for hunger and dissatisfaction. 😦  Not surprising! Now, I am happily back on my Atkins for life, where I can enjoy cheese, heavy cream in my cuppa coffee, peanuts and an occasional glass of red wine without breaking any rules. In fact, one positive aspect of this trial was to gain a finer appreciation of all things low carb! Bye-bye silly diet, and bye-bye hunger…


Biryani Photo By Karan Verma (originally posted to Flickr as Hyderabadi biryani) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Almonds Photo: By Sanjay Acharya (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Discovering Great Dining in Mumbai -Goan

As I unravel this city, I find that the things that you can do really well in Mumbai are: eat, drink, shop, party.  Not that I am overly prone to any of these decadent activities…. 😉

However, on those rare occasions when I do find something worthy of time and enjoyment, seems like I should record it, for posterity’s sake if nothing else, don’t you?

So, here then is my first post on a highly recommended (by me) dining destination in Mumbai. Actually, I kinda have a feeling this post is the first of many such, as there are numerous stomach-worthy destinations of all kinds and shapes in the city!

This one is a Goan place, with all kinds of fish specialties – but also sumptuous chicken dishes. Sorry, but I don’t recall actually trying any vegie stuff!  They have a Fish Thali that’s mmm… delicious and all Goan.  The place housing the restaurant definitely has character, and the ambiance can be described as casual, homey, charming, vintage and having personality. I had originally said it is “to die for” but I was wrong; you can probably say that about some of the delectable dishes though. And, frankly, it has ridiculously reasonable prices (I spot an oxymoron in there, somewhere).

Before I get too carried away, let me tell you what and where it is.  The place is called  Soul Fry Casa (see picture below) and is in downtown Mumbai in Fort/Kala Ghoda, a few shops down from the Fab India store located there.

If you want to really relish the food, you might want to start off with a “chilly vodka” shot from the bar.  Spicy and yummy, like the food!

Soul Fry Casa, Mumbai

Address and stuff:  111,Currimjee Bldg, Opp Mumbai University, M.G.Road, Fort, Mumbai. Tel: +91 22 22671421

Thanks to Vishal, Sandhya and Shanthini for the photographs.

Just inside the you see what I mean by "character"?

View from upstairs dining...check out the ceiling and railing. Nice!

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