10 Makeup Products for a Fresh Face Makeup Look! (+FOTD)

Hi everyone, I had a resolution of finding my signature makeup look this year. I have always been more inclined towards eye makeup as I always like highlighting my eyes using makeup. But for the past few days I had been keeping tabs on the makeup looks I go for usually and I found out that I liked the Fresh face look far more than bold liner or smoky eyes. Anyway, I am yet to reach a definite point to find my signature look but I have been using 10 makeup products frequently to do my makeup on a daily basis. So here are my 10 must have makeup products in no particular order!

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My 10 Must Have makeup products!

My 10 Must Have makeup products!

1. Concealer: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear concealer

Concealers are God sent makeup products for us. I have few blemishes here and there on the skin, I still need concealer to cover my deep under eye circles. And I believe that even an average foundation can perform well with the help of a good medium coverage concealer. My current favorite is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place Flawless Wear concealer. Another one I enjoyed using was Benefit Erase Paste and Shiseido Spot Cover foundation.

2. BB cream: Ponds White Beauty BB+ All in One BB cream

I love the look of beautiful skin and since no is blessed with perfect skin, a little help can do wonders. Foundations can be too heavy for the skin so medium coverage BB creams are perfect for the job. I first tried BB creams in Korea and have not really stopped ever since. Some of my favorite BB creams are: Etude House Blooming Fit BB cream, Skin 79 BB cream, Garnier BB cream and Ponds White Beauty BB+ All in One BB cream

3. Liquid Liner: L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Carbon Gloss

When I used to watch other beauty bloggers on YouTube, many of them said black is too harsh as an eyeliner. I never agreed with them because for us, people with dark eyes and hair, black is just perfect. Deep brown is good too but black is A Ok! Liquid black eyeliner is also the makeup product I first started using when I got into makeup. I have had many favorite over the years some of them are: L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Carbon Gloss, Maybelline the Colossal Liner, Missha S*xy Black Eyeliner, Clio Professional Kill Black Waterproof liner.

4. Eye pencil: Oriflame The One High Impact Eye Pencil – Deep Plum

As I mentioned above, I love eyeliner, however for my waterline, I like using colorful or metallic pencil eyeliners like Teal, Plum, blue etc. I have enjoyed using the Oriflame The One High Impact Eye Pencil – Deep Plum, Maybelline Colossal Kajal Turquoise, The Face Shop Make Me Star Gel liners etc. Currently the Deep Plum from Oriflame has been go to for my waterline. It is deep enough to define my eyes but still brings some color to the makeup.

5. Eyebrow Pencil: The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow pencil

A couple years ago, if you would have told me that I would start using eyebrow definers I would have not believed you. But after finding out how much of a difference that one step in makeup can make, I always use a brow pencil or powder to define my eyebrows. I have two favorite right now – The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow pencil -3 and Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper – Brown.

6. Highlighter: YSL Touche Eclat

I am obsessed with highlighters! Pen highlighters are the best ones and YSL Touche Eclat is very popular. This is the kind of highlighter that would work for anyone. It imparts a beautiful glow to the skin but does not look shimmery or glittery at all. There is a couple of other highlighters than I am loving these days – The Body Shop Shimmer Waves – Blush and Etude House Golden Ratio Face Glam #2 Pink.

7. Lip Gloss: Oriflame The One Color Unlimited Lip gloss – True Blush

I must be honest, I love lipsticks more than lip glosses, I ALWAYS have. But something about neutral glosses makes the lips look fuller and the whole makeup look appear more glamorous. I have been using the Oriflame the One Color Unlimited Lip Gloss – True Blush and Lakme Absolute Plump & Shine 3D gloss – Beige Shine a lot these days.

8. Mascara: FairyDrops Platinum Waterproof Mascara

Besides eyeliner, mascara is my second favorite makeup product these days and I prefer the lengthening ones. I had heard great things about the mascaras from Fairydrops, a Japanese brand, and I am loving their mascaras. Some of my other favorite mascaras are: Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, Etude House Lash Perm Eye-long mascara, Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister and Etude House Lash Perm 3 Step Volumcara

9. Cream Blush: Canmake Cream Cheek #13

Cream blushes are perfect to impart a hint of color to the cheeks. They look natural on the skin. I love using my stippling brush to apply cream blushes. Currently I have been using my Canmake Cream Cheek blushes a lot. I do not have a big list of favorites in this line yet!

10. Face Mist: The Face Shop Color Control Aura CC Mist Fixer

Technically not a makeup product, but a face mist does wonders to the skin as well as makeup. There are plenty of makeup setting sprays, refreshing sprays and moisturizing sprays out there. Some are multi-purpose like this The Face Shop Color Control Aura CC Mist Fixer. It helps set the makeup and make it last long while also imparting a hint of healthy glow to the skin. It is my must have for everyday makeup. Any simple makeup looks more fresh and awake with this face mist!

Fresh Face FOTD:

fresh face signature makeup look fotd

Products used:

  • Ponds White Beauty BB+ All in One BB cream
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear concealer
  • YSL Touche Eclat
  • The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow pencil #3
  • Canmake Cream Cheek #13
  • L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Carbon Gloss – Black
  • Oriflame The One High Impact Eye Pencil – Deep Plum
  • FairyDrops Platinum Waterproof Mascara
  • Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick P41
  • Oriflame The One Color Unlimited Lip gloss – True Blush
  • The Face Shop Color Control Aura CC Mist Fixer

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That is my list of 10 makeup products for fresh face makeup look. I am going to work towards finding a perfect balance between simple and glamorous for my signature look. What are your must have makeup products? Comment below!

New Launch! Etude House Berry Delicious collection!

Hi everyone! I am super excited to share the details about the new collection launched by Etude House, Berry Delicious. There are eyeshadow palettes, cushion foundation, cream blushes, lip tints, mascaras, lips balms, nail paints, body washes and more in this collection. The Etude House Berry Delicious collection reminds me of their Sweet Recipe collection launched way back in 2013 (when I was in Korea). This one has cute packaging and the products look interesting. The Juice Bar palette released recently is not a part of this collection but is still worth check out, see more details here. So here are all the products from Berry Delicious collection:

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Etude House Berry Delicious collection:

  1. Etude House Berry Delicious Fantastic Color Eyes Palettes (#7 Strawberry Mojito, #8 Strawberry Fondue)
  2. Etude House Berry Delicious Precious Mineral Any Cushion (NO2 Light Beige, W13 Natural Beige)
  3. Etude House Berry Delicious Cream Blush (1 Ripe Strawberry, 2 Full of Cream, 3 Grapefruit Strawberry)
  4. Etude House Berry Delicious Color in Liquid Lips Juicy (10 shades)
  5. Etude House Berry Delicious Lash Perm Curl Fix (Black, Brown)
  6. Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Eau de Parfum
  7. Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Lip Jam
  8. Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Lip Jam Treatment
  9. Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Lip Jam Scrub
  10. Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Body Wash & Scrub
  11. Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Body Milk
  12. Etude House Berry Delicious Bread Sponge
  13. Etude House Berry Delicious Play Nail (10 shades)
  14. Etude House Berry Delicious Play Nail stickers (2 styles)
  15. Etude House Berry Delicious Any Cushion Case

*Some of these products are not launched on the Etude House global website yet. I have picked the list from the Etude House Korea website.

Buy Etude House Berry Delicious collection online.

Berry Delicious Fantastic Color Eyes palettes

Etude House Berry Delicious Fantastic Color Eyes Palettes

Etude House Berry Delicious Fantastic Color Eyes Palettes

Claim: This is a 6 color eye shadow palette that comes in trendy colors and various textures for fantastic expression of the eyes for different occasions.

Quantity: 0.7g * 5 + 0.6g * 1

Price: $ 16.80

Fantastic Color Eyes palette #7 Strawberry Mojito shades (L to R):

Soda Water
Lime & Berry Squeeze
Spearmint
Crushed Strawberry
Berry Brown Sugar
Mojito Party

Check out my review of the Fantastic Color Eyes #1 Bloody Halloween palette

Fantastic Color Eyes palette #8 Strawberry Fondue (Krystal’s pick) (L to R):

Hazelnut Chococlate
Berry Milk Chocolate
Sugary Butter
Cheese Berry
Fresh Strawberry
Dip!Dip!

Check out my review of the Fantastic Color Eyes #2 Bohemian Soul palette

Berry Delicious Precious Mineral Any Cushion

Etude House Berry Delicious Precious Mineral Any Cushion

Etude House Berry Delicious Precious Mineral Any Cushion

Claim: This flawless cushion foundation creates beautiful pearly bright skin with its full coverage and smoothing effects.

Quantity: 15 g

Price: $20

Check out my review of the Etude House Magic Any Cushion.

Berry Delicious Cream Blusher

Etude House Berry Delicious Cream Blusher

Etude House Berry Delicious Cream Blusher

Claim: This is a moist strawberry colored cream blusher that flushes cheeks for a lovely look

Quantity: 6 g

Price: $ 11

Etude House Berry Delicious Cream Blusher shades:

1 Ripe Strawberry (Krystal’s pick)
2 Full of Cream
3 Grapefruit Strawberry

Berry Delicious Color of Liquid Lips

Etude House Berry Delicious Color in Liquid Lips

Etude House Berry Delicious Color in Liquid Lips

Claim: The moisturizing strawberry moisture softly melts on the lips, with the sweet and sour color expressing juicy, wet lips.

Quantity: 3.5 g

Price: $12.40

Etude House Berry Delicious Color of Liquid Lips shades:

(#26) RD304 Apple Berry Grande
(#27) RD305 Much Berry
(#28) OR207 Berry Orange
(#29) OR208 Berry Mango Tango
(#30) PK013 Homemade Banana Berry
(#31) GR701 Kiwi Berry Toktok
(#32) PP502 Berry Bit Dancing
(#33) PK014 Two Cherries and Blueberries
(#34) PK015 Berry Tropical Dream
(#35) RD306 Plum Berry Squeeze

*Etude House Korean website lists the products with the shade with Alphanumerical codes while come international websites like Cosmetic Love lists these with the number codes given in brackets. And the shade names are direct translation of Korean to English from translate.google.com (done by yours truly), they may not be 100% accurate.

Check out my review of the Etude House Color Lips-fit lipsticks.

Berry Delicious Lash Perm Curl Fix

Etude House Berry Delicious Curl & Fix

Etude House Berry Delicious Curl & Fix

Claim: This is a curl fix mascara that completes powerfully curled up fine eyelashes with its strongly adhering Curl 24HR Technology™ on drooped lashes.

Quantity:

Price: $ 14.40

Etude House Berry Delicious Perm Curl Fix shades:

Black
Brown

Berry Delicious Strawberry Eau de Parfum

Etude House Berry Delicious

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Eau de parfum

Claim: A perfume flavored like Strawberry-ade!

Quantity: 30 ml

Price: 18000 KRW (~$20)

Perfume Notes: 

Top Notes: Strawberry, Raspberry, Sweet Orange

Middle Notes: Peach, Jasmine, Muguet flowers

Bottom Notes: Musk, Sandalwood

Berry Delicious Strawberry Lip Jam

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Lip Jam

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Lip Jam

Claim: The tint lip balm softens and moisturizes dry, lifeless lips as it sweetly melts like Strawberry Jam

Quantity: 15 g

Price: $ 9.10

Berry Delicious Strawberry Lip Jam Treatment

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Lip Jam Treatment

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Lip Jam Treatment

Claim: The tint lip balm softens and moisturizes dry, lifeless lips as it sweetly melts like Strawberry Jam

Quantity: 15 g

Price: $ 9.10

Berry Delicious Strawberry Lip Jam Scrub

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Lip Scrub

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Lip Scrub

Claim: The lip scrub makes the lips feel smooth and soft by gently removing dead skin cells from the lips with sweet sugar grains and strawberry seeds.

Quantity: 15 g

Price: $ 9.10

Berry Delicious Strawberry Body Scrub & Wash

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Body Scrub & Wash

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Body Scrub & Wash

Claim: The strawberry jam body scrub & wash contains strawberry seeds and natural scrub particles in viscous texture, resembling strawberry jam full of strawberries.

Quantity: 200 ml

Price: $11

Berry Delicious Strawberry Body Milk

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Body Milk

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Body Milk

Claim: Berry Delicious Strawberry Body Milk Lotion makes skin feel soft and moisturized like strawberry milk

Quantity: 200 ml

Price: $ 11

Berry Delicious Bread Shower Sponge

Etude House Berry Delicious Bread Sponge

Etude House Berry Delicious Bread Sponge

Claim: Body shower sponge shaped like cute crunchy toasted bread

Price: $ 3.90

Berry Delicious Strawberry Souffle Nail (Play Nail)

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Etude House Berry Delicious Play Nail

Claim: Color Play! Art Play! Texture Play!

Quantity: 8 ml

Price: $ 3.90

Berry Delicious Play Nail Stickers

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Nail Stickers

Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Nail Stickers

Claim:
#1 Perfect your lovely nails with sweet strawberry French stickers
#2 Mini-strawberry stickers help finish your sweet nail look with a lip-smacking strawberry dessert theme.

Price: $3.20

Etude House Berry Delicious Any Cushion Case

Etude House Berry Delicious Any Cushion case

Etude House Berry Delicious Any Cushion case

Price: $ 8

etude house spring 2016 collection berry deliciousImage credits: Taken from etude.co.kr and edited.

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So that is the whole Berry Delicious collection from Etude House. I love the packaging of this collection a lot, even though “Sweet Recipe” collection remains my favorite of all time. I would love to get a chance to grab the whole collection but since I cannot, I would choose the Precious Mineral Any Cushion, Strawberry EdP, Strawberry Lip Jam Treatment, Cream Blush #3 Grapefruit Strawberry, Color in Liquid Lips #OR208 and Strawberry Souffle Nail #1, #2, #3, #10!

What would you like to pick from the Etude House Berry Delicious collection? Comment below!

Classic Beauty Makeup Look Tutorial (+Video)

Hi everyone! I am here today to share how I like to do my makeup for a classy and chic look. This look features neutral shades and looks very classic. I have created a bit of drama in the makeup look by adding a dramatic wing! this sort of makeup can be worn by anyone (at any age) and for any occasion. Pairing this makeup with a chignon or french bun can make you look very refined. You can read about all the steps I did to create this look or watch the video to see me doing it (or both!) I hope you like this makeup tutorial. Let’s get started!

classic makeup look tutorial

Classic Beauty Makeup Tutorial video:

Classic Makeup Tutorial:

  1. Apply an eyeshadow primer all over the eyelid. This will help create a smooth base for the eyeshadow and will also make the makeup stay longer. I am currently a huge fan of The Body Shop InstaBlur  All in One Concealer + Primer.
  2. Apply a matte White eyeshadow all over the eyelid. I used the white shade from my Makeup Revolution London Redemption palette – Matte Brights palette.
  3. Define your crease with a medium brown matte shade. I chose the brown  shade for my custom Missha palette/ Since I have deep set eyes, I chose to go above my crease too. It helps create depth and makes my eyes appear bigger and wider.
  4. Apply a dramatic winged eyeliner. This is one of key elements from this look. I chose to do it with a thin tip eyeliner and the product I chose was Missha Smudge Proof Pen Liner.
  5. Apply a brown eyeliner under the lower lashline to open up the eyes even more. Follow it up with a n*ude eyeliner on the waterline! I used Etude House Proof10 Auto pencil liner and the Misslyn Skin Corrector.
  6. Define the brows for the perfect look. I love my The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow pencil.
  7. Curl the lashes and apply a volumizing and/or lengthening mascara to open up the eyes. My current favorite is the Maybelline Falsies Volume’ Xpress Mascara.
  8. Use a concealer to hide the dark under eye area and then set it with a powder. I used my Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear concealer.
  9. I chose to skip the foundation and use the powder (L’Oreal Mat Magique powder) all over the face.
  10. Chisel your face with a bronzer! I chose my favorite at the moment – Benefit Hoola.
  11. Add color to the cheeks with a coral cream blush. I chose my Nature Republic Botanical Apple Dome Blusher
  12. Apply a highlighter to the high parts of your face – cheekbones, above jawline, above the cupid’s bow, above eyebrows, on the browbone, center of the nose. Blend it well. I used YSL Touche Eclat for this purpose.
  13. Finish with a light pink lipliner/lipstick (I used the Oriflame The One Colour Stylist Lip Liner in Perfect Pink.
  14. Apply a gloss to create a glamouros look. I used the Lakme Absolute Plump & Shine 3D gloss in Beige Shine.

Makeup products used:

classic beauty look makeup products

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear concealer – W3 Medium Warm
L’Oreal Paris Mat Magique All in One Matte Transforming Powder – G2
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch – 2.5 Luminous Vanilla
Makeup Revolution London Redemption palette – Matte Brights (White Shade)
Lakme Absolute Plump & Shine 3D gloss – Beige Shine
The Body Shop Insta Blur All in One Tinted Conealer + Primer
Etude House Proof10 Auto Pencil Liner – BR401
Nature Republic Botanical Apple Dome Blusher – Coral
Missha Smudge Proof Pen Eyeliner – Black
The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow Pencil – 3
Missha eyeshadow – Brown
Maybelline the Falsies Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara
Oriflame The One Colour Stylist Lip Liner – Perfect pink (31435)
Misslyn Skin corrector 3 – Natural Beige

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Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Palette – Global Launch!

Hi everyone, I am so excited today as I came to know about the launch of an eyeshadow palette from Etude House. Etude House has always been my favorite Korean brand and I make it a point to try out their palettes. I enjoyed using their Play Color Eyes palettes in the past too – #1 So Hot Play , #2 So Chic Play and also their Fantastic color eyes palettes – #1 Bloody Halloween, #2 Bohemian Soul. The Play Color Eyes palettes come with 10 shades while the Fantastic Color Eyes comes with 6 shades. And the new palette, Juice Bar, also comes with 10 eyeshadows!

Buy Etude House products here.

Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Eyeshadow Palette

Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Eyeshadow Palette

Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar shades:

(L-R)
Raw Cacao (New)
Grape Fruit Tart
Soft Peach (New)
Orange peel
Muscle Mania
Orange Bianco (New)
Fever orange
Kissing Gourami
New Recipe
Bubble Bath

Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar palette is priced at 26.40 USD but is available for $19.90 for a limited period on http://etudehouse.com! There are 3 new shades in this palette and the rest are available in the Etude House Look At My Eyes and Blend 4 Eyes eyeshadow range.

Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Eyeshadow Palette - Shades

Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Eyeshadow Palette – Shades

Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches

Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar Eyeshadow Palette – Swatches th

I love the warm summery shades in this palette. I hope it turns out to be as good as the other two Play Color Eyes palettes I have tried before from Etude House.

Image Credits: Etude House Global website

The Great Indian Diet – Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Luke Coutinho

Hi everyone, I am here with a different sort of post today. Last month, I went through a medical procedure which can be considered minor but it changed my life forever. I had been seeing a Gynecologist for about 6 months when we discovered that the Uterus mouth was closed, the Fallopian tubes were blocked and just a few hours before the operation, the Ultrasound showed a 10mm Ovarian Cyst. I was heartbroken. Of course the doctor and nurses tried to calm me down by giving me the statistics, about how it is a routine procedure these days. I was still terrified. And even now (that it is over), I do not like to remember the 3 days I was there.

This is the first time I am openly talking about it but I am not ashamed. It was a condition and it has been treated. All of my other reports were normal so I know the problems was not entirely about what I eat. But somewhere in my heart I believe the studies that claim these conditions to be more prevalent in overweight people. And I have been Overweight, Obese and then Overweight for more than 15 years of my life now. So anyway, two days after my operation I decided to change my lifestyle and fortnately came across a book that gave me ideas on how to implement it. I am talking about “The Great Indian Diet” by Shilpa Shetty and Luke Coutinho.

the great indian diet book

Book: The Great Indian Diet

Author(s): Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Luke Coutinho

Claim: Why run after the West when we already have the best?

Join Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Luke Coutinho as they tell you just how nutritious your locally grown and sourced ingredients are and that there’s no need to look beyond borders to tailor the perfect diet. The book touches upon various food categories and not only tells you how to take care of your nutritional intake but also how to burn fat in the process. The combined experience of a professional nutritionist and an uber-fit celebrity who swears by the diet will open your eyes to why Indian food is the best in the world.

Price:
Paperback – 299 INR 149 INR | Buy Online
Kindle edition – 299 INR 64 INR| Buy Online

I read this book cover to cover in one day, it helped that I was on bed rest. And even though I knew following all the tips 100% of the time was not going to be my cup of tea, I made the decision to take 5 tips and apply them to my lifestyle. I will share my progress report later in this post, but let me first give you a little idea about what this book ,and “The Great Indian Diet” this book endorses, is all about.

The book starts with an introduction about how the authors met and how they came together to create this book. We all know Shilpa Shetty Kundra. Well I didn’t know about Luke Coutinho so found out that he is also famous holistic nutritionist, speaker, exercise physiologist, lifestyle medicine and integrative healer. He is also the author of “Eat Smart, Move More, Sleep Right –  Your Personal Health Coach“.

They busts many myths about Indian food and also share details about the benefits of spices and other condiments used in Indian Cooking. I was glad to see the synchronicity between the messages that they shared and with what I had read in Rujuta Diwekar’s “Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight” and “Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha“. And I also advocate the “Eat Local, Think Global” lifestyle so I was mentally nodding while reading.

I found the section on Indian spices, cooking oils and balanced meals interesting. It helped me find out that I was missing out on my Fruit and Veggie Servings. I am a vegetarian and for many reasons my diet has been protein deficient. I found many tips to meet this challenge too. For people who like to cook, there are recipes in the end section to try out. I cook for 5 adults all times of the day so it is not possible for me. I liked the inclusion of Shilpa’s before and after photos from her post natal weight gain and loss. She has always been so fit, it was interesting to know how she faced this challenge. I think she looked fabulous in her chubbier avatar. But yeah, she’s svelte and is so disciplined. She is such an inspiration!

5 Tips I Incorporated from The Great Indian Diet to my life:

  1. Drink Green Tea. I have never really loved Green tea, it takes a bit of getting used to, but I don’t really hate it anymore. I knew the health benefits it has but I was not very particular with consuming it regularly. So now I drink one cup of Green Tea with Honey everyday in the evening after walk. It helps me relax while also giving me some comfort since it is so cold outside.
  2. Eat more servings of Fruits and Vegetables. I have always been a huge fan of salads! I like most fruits available in India but I somehow was a bit lazy in consuming them everyday. I would have a slice or two when I cut them for the family. Same with vegetables. Now I make salad and ensure a (little) bowl is there for me at least once a day to consume. And I take it before my meal so that I feel full fast.
  3. Use Healthy fats (especially Clarified Butter). I have always loved Ghee but for years there has so much negativity about consuming it that I stayed away from it. No doubt my skin has gotten drier over those years too. I now ensure that I consume a little bit of it either by adding it to my dal or applying it on my chapati. I use Patanjali Cow’s Ghee these days.
  4. Exercise regularly. 7 days after my operation I had to start doing the household chores. My stitches would hurt occasionally. 3 days passed and I kept on procrastinating going for a walk. Then one thought changed it all. I realized I was doing stuff for others even bearing pain then why did I not do something for myself too? That day I went for a walk and came back (in slight pain in the stitches) within 25 minutes. Slowly I have made it to the 1 hour walk. Today is the 30th day after my operation and I feel 90% recovered.
    *I do not recommend exercising immediately after medical procedures. My gynaecologist suggested walking on the day my stitches were cut off. All these days, despite my responsibilites, I have kept a keen eye on how I am feeling. I stop when I feel too uncomfortable.
  5. Eat Balanced meals. I am guilty of eating Carbohydrate rich meals. I do not drink milk. I do not consume curd at night. I used to detest green leafy vegetables. But now I try to incorporate all the 3 main components of food – Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats. I am trying to specifically increase my protein intake through pulses, peanuts, dry fruits, cottage cheese etc.

My Old Lifestyle:

I used to eat 3 main meals with 2-3 chapatis , veggies and curd for breakfast and lunch while I had 1 chapati with dal and/or veggies for dinner.

I also had a cup of tea either in the morning or evening (or sometimes both) which I replaced with Green tea occasionally.

I did not exercise a lot specifically, but my household chores started at 6 am and end at 11 am (of course the chores are never ending but the main work does) and since I was standing and doing something during these 5 hours so I considered that a workout.

I consumed a couple of cookies/Lays with tea and I ate out (Pizza or burger) not more than twice a month. I was not a huge fan of Fizzy drinks. (This diet started in July 2015 when I shifted to Delhi. My diet was considerable unhealthy before this time)
*My weight has stayed stable for over 4 years (so my main problem is losing the weight I gained long ago since I have not gained weight all these years.)

My New Lifestyle:

I eat 3 main meals a day with only Lunch time when I consume chapati. I have switched from Whole Wheat flour to Whole Wheat flour + Gram Flour + Oatmeal chapati. I have 2 Besan + Oats chilla in the morning or a whole wheat bread + veggie sandwich for breakfast. For dinner I have Tomato soup and veggie + fruit salad or Dal and Veggies + Fruit salad. If I am hungry in between meals, I like to snack on peanuts or almonds (a handful or less).

I do not drink tea more than twice a week but I consume green tea with honey every evening. I try to limit myself to 1 Oats cookie.

I go for a 1 hour walk everyday. I am yet to do brisk walking (it has been less than 30 days since the operation) but I have managed to build my stamina for this time frame. I sometimes use the stationary bike in my home to burn extra calories (not more than 10 minutes right now else I get cramps).

No sugar-y drinks. I have not eaten out in more than a month.

I have not weighed myself but I see a change in how my clothes fit. I will be weighed on my next visit to the Gynecologist and I am expecting a weight loss of about 4-5 Kilograms. Since I was given about 20 bottles on Glucose when I was hospitalized, I expect that to show up and eat my progress a little :( But I am sure I will do better next.

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I will definitely share more about my Weight Loss journey in the future. I will start taking Before and After photos as well. To be considered slim, I need to drop at least 12 kg more so I have no idea when it will happen. I mainly want to be fit (generally in life and also for the baby I want to have.)

If you are looking into changing your lifestyle, be more fit or lose weight, I would highly recommend The Great Indian Diet! I think it is one of the books that will give you simple tips to improve your lifestyle without making you go insane.

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