Good Nutrition - My Journey So Far

Prerna Singh

Maintaining a good nutrition is one of those things that we have heard since childhood. I am sure we all perfectly remember how our parents always tried to make us have a glass of milk, lots of green veggies and some fruits daily. Most of us didn’t like to have healthy foods but still somehow managed to swallow. Most of us used to loathe green veggies, despise that tall glass of milk. Having fruits was not a problem. Who doesn’t love mangoes, and berries and bananas?

In our school days, our days used to start at 6 or 7 in the morning. So, we basically had to follow the age-old healthy habit of ‘early to bed and early to rise’. Simply put, our routine pretty much revolved around getting up early morning for school -> having healthy meals throughout the day -> going to bed before midnight. This is how we spent the first 18 years of our lives – balanced nutrition at our doorstep and an overall healthy routine.

But what happened as soon as we turned 18? We moved out of our parents’ house to attend college, probably in a different city. And thus, began the journey of poor eating habits and unhealthy lifestyle. I cannot comment on everyone’s life, but this was my debut into the world of reckless nutritional choices.

I am a 26-year old financial analyst working in a hedge fund. I have been on the straight and narrow in terms of eating habits for the past one year. But, let me tell you what happened in the last 7 years.

College life means meeting new people, studying the night before exams, hanging out with friends, binge watching all night and in general enjoying our lives. Of course, the experience is different for everyone. But, some of the common factors are eating out a lot, staying up late in the night, missing morning breakfast, and countless pizzas and burgers and tempting desserts. This routine became my lifestyle during the 5 years of college.

This lifestyle was further supported by the fact that unhealthy options are easily available at cheaper price so these options are more alluring.

Moreover, I have a sweet tooth, which means I have to have something sweet after very meal. Back then, I always submitted to the cravings of my sweet tooth. However, to everyone’s surprise, I never gained weight. Rather, I was always underweight and unhealthy overall.

Then comes the next phase of my life, ‘work-life’. Well, who likes to have a boring corporate job? Stuck in office for 9 hours working for someone else. And I was no different. After a tiring day at work, all I wanted to do was order in some food, mostly junk, and watch some of my favorite shows.

Mornings were no different than they were in college which simply meant that I was missing my breakfast aka the most important meal of the day. To top it all off, I didn’t like cooking. So, cooking a healthy meal was also not an option. But again, I did not gain weight despite eating junk.

Though, weight gain is not the only sign of eating unhealthy food. Other signs of undernourishment started popping up. Hair fall, dark circles, skinny physique in a gross way, acne. How did I manage all this? Let me tell you, my response to these signs initially was to consciously try and ignore. I never sat myself down to introspect and understand what is going wrong here. I just went with the flow.

Now what changed? how did I pull myself out of this rut?

Well, we all need some inspiration in life.

We need someone who can inspire us. In my case, the source of inspiration has been my husband. We got married last year. And he is a fitness enthusiast, totally focused on adequate nutrition and routine workouts. In fact, he enjoys cooking wholesome meals and also prefers getting up early in the morning.