India’s healthcare sector was worth about 160 billion U.S. dollars in 2017 and it is now estimated to reach up to 372 billion dollars by 2022, that’s more than 50% for a 6-year time frame!
The country’s healthcare market has become one of the largest sectors in terms of revenue and employment and the industry has been growing at a rapid pace.
The healthcare industry also called the health economy is an integration of sectors within the economic system that provides services to treat patients with curative, preventive, rehabilitative, and palliative care.
While all this is so heavy and gloomy to read, imagine going through it yourself or seeing your loved ones go through it.
Why are these numbers important, a small voice in my head says, anyways the numbers would increase considering the current lifestyle and environmental damage that is happening around. Do we even need to remember these numbers in our daily lives while we are busy thinking about our daily chores (oho Diwali is round the corner too!) and commute plans to work to avoid traffic snarls?
These statistics are purely to alert us all yet again as the Covid 19 scenario seems to be in control in India. In this article, we aim to remind and help you to maintain your health and immunity amidst the recent pandemic and a frenzied Mumbai life! And help us all to act, influence each other in a way so that we have better-eating habits.
Scroll down to read the following 5 tips & tricks to follow so that you manage to carry healthy food and eat them during your work hours. Nowadays, most of them have cooks at home or order lunch tiffin’s or rely on Swiggy, Zomato, however, this list will help you on most days irrespective of the luxuries you already have or don’t have!
Tip no. 1, Pre-plan your week
Order your grocery in the weekend itself that consists of fruits and vegetables that you enjoy. Avoid ordering the ones that you don’t like or the ones that don’t suit you. Rely on 1–2 apps that you must have already shortlisted based on quality, price and delivery interval or local vendors for your orders. Avoid comparing prices of each item every time from different apps to place an order. Trust me, it adds to an already busy mind and an energy burnout just to save some amount.
Tip no. 2, Pre-cut your rainbow palate
Read on to know how it’s not only easier to say but also easy peasy to manage too. Well, the answer to that is to invest in a good variety of dicers, choppers, machines, knives, and a chopping board. Alternatively, convince your local vendor to help you with certain veggies. I’ll share my personal experience here. Since my list is long enough week after week, my local vendor is accommodative when a request is been made to separate corn kernels or green peas during winters or clean the coriander, fenugreek, and mint leaves.
Secondly, you could order pre-cut vegetables that are neatly packed by online vendors or get from nearby supermarkets. These would be a bit overpriced compared to your regular un-cut greens; however, in the long term, they would be much more beneficial if you compare them to the colorful medicines that we tend to pop in!
Tip no. 3: Make it handy
This tip will help you to stick to your plan for the whole week. This would probably be a one-time exercise and another refresh would be required a month or two later. Plan as you like and innovate as cooking is an art so do not think twice before exploring and experimenting.
I would suggest you carry a few fruits on your way to work. Apples, Oranges, Chikoos, Kiwis, Pears and the likes are easily available and easy to consume directly when your hunger pangs rises.
Carry ready to eat cottage cheese cubes (add black salt, pepper mix), Cheese cubes (Yes, you read it right these can be had once a while instead of having chips or biscuits), carrots, cucumbers, makhana’s, chana’s, peanuts, chiki’s for morning or evening snacking. None of these need any preparation. You can also use ready-to-eat Oats packets or if you are like me, add your own masalas in plain Oats packet so you are assured that no preservatives are added.
Tip no. 4: Stock it up
Stock up your car, handbag, or office drawer every week with healthy Indian spices or dry fruits (Carry dates, cashews, walnuts, almonds, dates) or seeds if you like some when you go hungry either in the office or during your commute hours. Carry carom seeds, cardamon, and fennels seeds for their various benefits. Chewing on those will occupy your mind and help you from binge eating. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds are beneficial too.
Tip no. 5: Splash it up!
Water and different flavors will help us increase the fluids that our body needs on daily basis. You can quickly mix pre-prepared sugar syrup (which is nothing but sugar boiled in water and refrigerated), black salt, pepper which you would already have in your stock, and add mint leaves and lemon to it. The idea is to have such 2–3 recipes fixed for daily liquid intake. Keep some flavored tea bags at the work desk just so that you can have hot water during your break time which relaxes you. I like the cinnamon and honey flavor. You could also add the stocked cinnamon powder to the hot water.
Bonus Tip: Go Boiled
Keep some eggs and sweet potato boiled a night before for your next day’s breakfast or lunch or evening snacks craving.
I hope you found these tips helpful and useful, do comment in the section below.
I controlled myself from listing 10 more tips as in that case, we all tend to find it overwhelming and end up doing few. Next week I shall add more to this list.
I hope my step-by-step guide will help you to get started.
Happy working and happy healthy eating!