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HEALTH CAFÉ BY FLAX
What is health optimization and why is it important?
Food has the potential to heal you or harm you. Which is why making the right food choices every day plays a vital role in maintaining long-term health. Implementing the right nutritional lifestyle will not only help you in weight management but will also keep you energized. Diet optimization is a technique that will help you steer away from the adverse consequences of nutritional shortfalls. It is the process of creating food plans that closely resemble your existing eating habits while meeting your prescribed dietary requirements and cost restrictions.
The thumb rule for staying healthy is to put the right raw materials into your body which are real, whole, fresh, unprocessed, unadulterated, and free from chemicals, hormones and antibiotics. Foreign molecules, such as trans-fats and high-fructose foods interfere with your biological functioning in every possible manner. Diet optimization aims at preventing unwanted and unreasonable food intake from a single food group. It provides a mathematical solution to determine specific sets of nutritional guidelines which can be followed by an individual to maintain good health.
What is Flax?
Your eating habits affect everything – your health, your growth, your behaviour, your mood, and even your ability to concentrate. Which is why it is critical to keep a close watch on what kind of food goes onto your plate, even when dining out. Flax is one such health food restaurant that aims at providing healthy and tasty foods. Offering a wide gamut of mouth-watering gourmet salads, Flax food caters to individuals who want to strike the right balance between health, taste and timeliness. Flax helps you take consistent and sustainable steps towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle by being physically fit and mentally happy. Committed to using high-quality ingredients in food preparation, Flax food easily substitutes your unhealthy food choices with nutritious alternatives.
About Dr. Muffi Digestive Health Institute partnership with Flax -
To combat the obesity epidemic in India, the Digestive Health Institute partnered with Flax to start Health Café by Flax. The café specializes in creating curated customized diets and bespoke healthy meals for all individuals. A team of master chefs from Flax and nutritionist experts from DHI have meticulously designed a specialized healthy menu consisting of flax items in portion-control sizes. Each item on the menu shows a calorie count to keep a check of your dietary intake. Keeping in mind the nutritional requirements of bariatric patients, the menu also includes a 7-day package of pre- and post-bariatric surgery diet.
What is a Healthy Diet?
There is no single food that contains all the essential nutrients required by your body to stay healthy and energetic. Which is why your diet should include different types of foods to enable your body to receive a wide range of nutrients. Any dietary strategy primarily aims at providing optimal nutrition for growth, health, and energy, and secondarily to combat chronic conditions and weight gain. A healthy diet helps to maintain or improve your overall health by selecting foods that constitute a balanced diet including fluids, micronutrients, macronutrients, and required calories. A balanced diet comprises fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, nuts, legumes, lean proteins, dairy products, and an almost negligible amount of processed food and sweetened beverages. Every meal should combine the right amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals to foster a habit of eating healthy.
Ideally, one-quarter of your meal plate should include protein-rich food, another quarter should comprise carbohydrate-rich food and the remaining half of your plate should include fresh fruits and vegetables. Incorporating a healthy diet into your routine will ensure that all your body systems function properly while reducing body fat, maintaining a healthy weight, providing the body with energy and promoting good sleep.
Why do we believe in customized diet plans?
Though every diet fad will try and convince you to follow a specific diet plan, the truth is that there is no generic diet plan for everyone. Every individual is different and so are his/her body conditions. As your nutritional deficiencies may differ from that of another, it is essential to adhere to a diet plan that is tailor-made to your nutritional requirements. In fact, your metabolic rate plays a vital role in determining the diet that you should follow. People who have been successful in shedding the extra pounds are the ones who have discovered specific approaches that work for them in accordance with their lifestyle, eating habits, body conditions, location, etc.
A customized diet approach is based on personalized nutrition advice. It keeps you motivated to make dietary changes that will combat your nutritional shortfalls. Customized diet plans cater to your unique needs, be it clinical, physical and emotional. It also entails assessing your genetics, physical activity, dietary habits, metabolome, microbiome, sleep behaviour, etc. to curate a specialized diet plan for you. Personalized diets have shown significant improvement in the overall health of the individuals because participants are willing to comply with subjective nutritional recommendations in comparison to generic approaches that may not show significant results.
Importance of a healthy diet in weight management
Adequate physical activity and a balanced diet is the key to losing excess weight. Generally, when you exercise, you experience an increased appetite. Fueling your body with healthy food alternatives will not just satisfy your hunger but will also assist you in weight loss. A healthy diet bridges the gap as your body stabilizes after a workout session. What you eat and how much you consume plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy weight. Previously, low-fat diets had become a fad. But evidence shows that such diets do not show results because it replaces fat with carbohydrates which can be easily digested.
The best diet for weight loss is the one which caters to your entire body and not just your waistline. It is also the one which you can adhere to comfortably for a long time and offers you an ample variety of food choices. Ideally, limiting your sugar-intake and reducing your calorie consumption will render better and faster results. Creating a calorie deficit in your body means that your body is burning more calories than what you are consuming. To lose 1 pound you need to burn at least 3500 calories more than what you consume. Though it is difficult to comprehend the number of calories we burn during the day, it is easier to control the number of calories we take in. Therefore, incorporating a healthy diet which excludes processed foods and preservatives along with limiting sugar intake will ensure that your regular calorie consumption is at par with your weight loss goals.
Benefits of diet programs
Any diet program that is based on moderate calorie restriction is good for weight loss. Avoiding more restrictive approaches in your diet will always work in the long run. A well-structured diet program will help you in the following ways:
Assist in effective meal planning.
Improve the healthiness of the food you consume.
Help you overcome the conflict of what you should eat when you’re out.
Assist in controlling meal portion.
Assist in keeping your meals balanced but reduced in calories.
Increase the scope of flexibility in your diet plan.
Avoid situations of deficiencies and malnutrition.
Improve your body metabolism.
Promote a positive psychological state.
Avoid the risk of eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa.
Avoid future weight gain and the other risks associated with obesity.
Increase the overall quality of life.
Here’s What Others Had To Say…
Pre operation weight
Nitin Gadkari - Mumbai, India
Surgery Type - Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (LGB)
Surgery Date - September 12, 2011
Was a long standing, uncontrolled diabetic on high dose of insulin+ 3 oral anti diabetic medications, despite which his sugars were uncontrolled. In addition he was also hypertensive (high BP) & on regular medications.
Post-surgery – He is off insulin and medications for diabetes and blood pressure.
Pre operation weight
Salma Khan - Mumbai, India
Surgery Type - Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass(LGB)
Surgery Date - January 23, 2013
Had great difficulty in walking around due to severe pains. In addition she was hypertensive and on regular medications for the same.
One year post operatively she is off all medications.
She loves her new self and the compliments she is being showered with. She is more independent than ever is making the most of new lease on life!!! Previous
Pre operation weight
Sunaina Roshan - Mumbai, India
Surgery Type - Mini Gastric Bypass
Surgery Date - March 28, 2014
“I walk for one hour. I eat everything but in small portions because my stomach has shrunk. I can’t eat beyond a certain point. And this makes me feel lighter and confident,” she said.
"Now that’s what I call a transformation !! So so proud of you didi” - Hrithik Roshan
Pre operation weight
Daulatram Jogawat - Mumbai, India
Surgery Type - Laparoscopic Banded roux – en – y Gastric Bypass
Surgery Date - March 02, 2017
“Earlier, I was unable to walk & had difficulty in breathing. After losing 55kgs, I am feeling fit, I can breathe easily & walk. I am following the instructions for diet & 1-hour walk, given by the doctors. My overall health has improved.
The entire Jogawat family and I would like to thank Dr. Lakdawala and his team for helping me live a healthier life"