Arita Bagwandin - MD and Face of Sense of Luxury Beauty, Wellness Advisor , Writer...

Fit and Fabulous

Hi My Lovelies

As most of you know, one of the things I am passionate about are finding healthier alternatives to much loved desserts (especially as I have an incredibly sweet tooth), without compromising on flavor.

I don’t really believe in diets as such, as I have been on so many and what I have learnt fr sure, is that diets, going cold turkey, totally cutting out any and every ounce of anything with fat, carbs etc in them is not a realistic, sustainable way to live. From my experience, the bing comes soon after and you need up consuming more fat and calories than you would have in the first place. For me, what has worked, is the age old mantra “everything in moderation “. I eat relatively healthy for the most part and it is much easier on me knowing that everyday or 2-3times a week I allow myself a treat. It can be anything from 1-2 squares of chocolate (I love dark chocolate & it’s better for us anyway), to a chai frio (it’s my must have every week), to a few spoons of ice cream, frozen yoghurt, a few bites of rich, dark chocolate cake etc. For me, if I don’t have any of that, at all, for weeks/months on end, the tendency is to stare at those “forbidden” foods, drool over them, walk away to and from them a dozen times, drive yourself insane over the thought of just a bite, only to give in at the end, however, now you would eat half the cake, instead of a few bites.

So the irony for me after all the attempts at trying to find “the perfect diet”, cutting out any and every food from my diet, has been, in the end, to actually have my cake and EAT IT too ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‹ (in moderation of course).

Trust me when I say, I really do understand the pain of being called “fat”, of hearing comments growing up about your weight, fighting that in adult hood as well etc, those “innocent” comments can scar people in ways that people don’t realize. But also believe me when I say that there is light at the end of the tunnel, you can turn this around, and food (yes even cake and chocolate), can be enjoyed, and I.m.o, should be enjoyed and not feared.

Good Food brings people together, connects family and friends and in moderation, can be one of our greatest pleasures:)

I hope that you enjoy the (healthy – er) recipes that are some of my favorites and that through this journey, we all enjoy food as it was meant to be enjoyed- all while staying fit & fabulous๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’‹

Happy Baking xxxxx
Arita Bagwandin

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