Ever tried making brown rice for breakfast? Me either, but this is what Mark Bittman admits to doing in his piece in the NY Times. And the next open morning I get, I'm going to give it a try. Mr. Bittman explains how brown rice has become mainstream (which it true as you can find it at Wal-Mart and even ethnic grocers and restaurants) and gives us a few easy recipes. The recipes look delicious. I'm a believer that if we all switched from white rice to brown rice, we'd all be healthier. (See the evidence here and here.) But I know it's hard to make the switch because white rice tastes so good. But brown rice tastes good too, and in addition to our excellent masala brown rice recipe in "The Healthy Indian Diet" (a dish I make at least once a week, often with curry sauce and always with turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon and sautéd vegetables) I feel Mr. Bittman's recipes are worth adding to the repertoire! By the way, you can learn much by reading comments. For example, here's a great rice cooker named the Zojirushi for making brown rice, which is less convenient than white rice (which is pure starch and quick to cook). A couple people also explain exactly why brown rice is healthier than white rice: there's nutrition in the brown parts of the rice grain that are removed to make white rice. Overall, Mr. Bittman's concise piece on brown rice is worth a read if not for an understanding of what constitutes brown rice and all of its varieties, then for the recipe ideas.
Half a globe away, a guy named Raj Ganpath is pushing the frontiers of the fitness revolution in his part of India. His perspective and passion caught my attention, and when it comes to how to eat to stay fit, we generally agree. Sure, we don't see eye to eye on a few things like white rice (which I believe should be replaced by brown or wild rice). But for the most part, both of us strongly believe we all should be eating real food instead of processed or fried stuff and avoiding sugars and grains.
So it was with great pleasure that I struck up a conversation with Raj, then interviewed him. By publishing our brief Q&A, I hope you the reader get a perspective on healthy Indian diets that is slightly different than mine. After all, I don't have all the answers and there's no one diet that's perfect. Plus, eating is a personal thing and a person can't tolerate something that everybody else can.
So I feel we can all learn something from other people who study nutrition and health, whether he (or she) be a fitness entrepreneur or a physician interested in this stuff, which can improve your life or at least your understanding. Without further ado, our Q&A.
1. Wellness coaching is an atypical career, more so for an Indian guy. What got you interested in coaching people on becoming leaner and stronger?
Wow. Thats a loaded question to say the least but I’ll try and answer it in under 20,000 words.
First - My own experiences wrt health and fitness. As one would expect, it is a fairly long story and in the interest of keeping this short, I will direct you to a page in my blog where I discuss my life experiences in detail. Interested folks can check it out - http://rajganpath.com/about/.
Second - The state of health and fitness in India. (Click "Read More" to read the rest of the Q&A.)