Did you catch the 1st part of our exclusive interview with Bindu Grandhi? In today’s post, she reveals a few more healthy living & eating tips, answers several personal questions and shares some her perspectives on life, relationships and health!
Many people find it difficult to make time for healthy eating because of the many steps involved: buying, preparing, cooking & cleaning up. Do you have any tips so that they can find the time to enjoy meals?
I addressed some of the concerns about buying and preparation [in Part I of the interview]. The only thing I would add is that you should try to plan out meals for the week and purchase the ingredients accordingly. I visit the grocery store once a week and in my book, I’ve provided tips about storing foods, herbs, etc. to keep ingredients fresher longer. Being organized helps a lot – I devote an hour to getting dinner ready and I find it relaxing and therapeutic after a long day at work. Sometimes, I watch TV or listen to music during preparation which makes it more enjoyable. As for cleaning up, it’s a cinch because my family chips in – the whole thing is a family affair. Oh, and thank goodness for the amazing dishwasher! My family really appreciates the time, energy and TLC (tender loving care) I spend on making the meals which also brings us closer.
Do you have any recommendations for vegetarians in how they can get more protein in their diet?
Fortunately, there are a lot of plant based sources of protein. Lentils, beans, peas (black-eyed peas, chickpeas), nuts (esp. walnuts, almonds, and pistachios), eggs (depending on what type of vegetarian), soy, and dairy products are great examples. Additionally, legumes are fiber-rich and keep you feeling fuller longer.
Emeril Lagasse because he is the master of flavor, his passion for cooking and his wonderful personality. Sara Moulton makes cooking look so simple and delicious, her soft spoken persona is also appealing. Ellie Krieger is so knowledgeable about good health and she shows people how to eat healthy in a realistic and easy way.
What is your absolute favourite recipe in Spice Up Your Life?
What a tough question – I really do love everything in my book. I guess I’d have to say the Mint and Cilantro Flavored fish and Yellow Lentil Rice with Tamarind Sauce.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a broadcast journalist. I would put together my own news stories, interview friends and family and then pretend to do my own show. I’m an only child and I found lots of ways to entertain myself.
What was the most surprising thing you learned in writing Spice Up Your Life, your first cookbook?
To paraphrase my Dad [Dr. Balasa Prasad], author of “Stop Overeating for Good” (Avery), “just do your best with the best of intentions and let nature take its course.” This advice served me well throughout my life. It took me three years to write my book. My son was a year old and a handful when I started. Months would go by when I didn’t work on it and I often second-guessed myself if I really had it in me to complete this project. Once I completed my manuscript, I didn’t realize what an obstacle it would be to get published. I was not a chef, or a nutritionist or a celebrity – the platform most publishers wanted from their cookbook authors. I still believed in my book and myself and a year later I found a home for it – Cedar Fort. Patience and perseverance paid off!
You have many fabulous messages in Spice Up Your Life; tell us the one message you’d like readers to take with them.
Life is short, take care of your health so that you can enjoy the ride!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us and your readers?
Here are some thoughts I’d like to leave you with…..
- In our fast-paced culture, family togetherness is shortchanged. Eating together is one way to bring a family closer.
- Cooking at home is more economical than eating out. Don’t get me wrong, eating out is convenient and we do that on occasion, but a majority of our meals are eaten at home.
- Here is the big fat truth: the U.S. is one of the heaviest nations according to the World Health Organization. We are not doing a good job of eating healthy or watching our portion size. We spend $2 trillion dollars on healthcare of which 75% is due to self-inflicted chronic conditions such as obesity which leads to diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. By eating right, we can significantly reduce our healthcare costs and increase our productivity as a nation.
Cheers to your health and happiness!
If you loved this Live Lighter interview, stay tuned for more interviews in the near future. And if you’ve fallen in love with Bindu, then definitely check back with Live Lighter as we might be lucky enough to have Bindu contribute a post or two!
Author of Spice Up Your Life, Bindu Grandhi is passionate about healthy and flavourful cooking, especially when it’s flexitarian. She shares her health knowledge with the world by providing practical, healthy and tasty recipes as The Flex Cook.