Keeping a fit routine during the lockdown has been hard for everybody and this isn’t something new. Here is how I planned my diet for the lockdown. I never really let go of my earlier routine.
I wake up between 6 and 7 in the morning and have a protein shake. It is said that protein shakes Increase Metabolism so I like to start my day with that. I am a pure vegetarian, so it is imperative to use protein shakes so that I get an adequate amount of protein. Protein builds and repairs tissues. Protein is an essential building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, blood and skin.
At around 8 in the morning, I take a hot water bath. This is to ensure that I am clean and I don’t become lazy. I personally know people who don’t bother to take daily baths and prefer taking baths once in three or four days. This is wrong, because when you bathe, a lot of sweat, germs, dust and dirt is wiped out from your body. All these accumulate in your body when you don’t take regular baths and cause skin problems and allergies.
I have breakfast at 9 in the morning. It is either South Indian breakfast such as Dose, Idli, Rice Rotti/Ragi Rotti and so on, or it is cornflakes and oats. This keeps me full. Around 11 in the morning, I drink green tea and eat some dry fruits. Green tea keeps you alert, boosts brain function and doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee but keeps you active. Dry fruits are rich in antioxidants and fibre and are good for your skin as well as overall heath.
I take a small walk in my balcony for about an hour. I have lunch at 1 in the afternoon. It consists of red rice/brown rice/white rice with sambar and curd rice with sautéed vegetables having seasoning (palya in Kannada).
In the evening, I drink coffee or tea. Sometimes, I may eat a fruit or some light snacks such as Marie Gold biscuits (THIS IS NOT A PROMOTION!) or home cooked chats.
At around 8 in the night, I have my supper, which consists of not more than three Chapatis (Indian bread) or some Ragi (Millet) balls. I end my day with a glass of cool buttermilk about an hour after supper.
What is your lockdown diet? Let me know in the comments below.