This is a good principle to follow, in general.
When it comes to your daily meals, eating Indian food cooked at home with scant amounts of oil or ghee is the best thing you can do. The Indian staple of rice, roti, dal and sabji – in all its regional variants – is the healthiest diet to choose.
I have to caution you, though, that whatever the advertising propaganda about various kinds of oils, any kind of grease is best minimised in your diet. (Remember what I said here?)
So, cook your daily meals with lots of nutritious dals, vegetables, seafood, and healthy cuts of meat. Eat salads at each meal.
All of this said, I have to talk about the thrifty gene that Indians possess and some beliefs incorporated into popular wisdom that we must leave behind.
Indians are more prone to insulin resistance and display a lack of insulin sensitivity. As I often say, genetics load the gun and the environment pulls the trigger. Since we have a propensity towards weight gain, and its unhealthy consequences, we must be more cautious about what we eat and how we live.
So if you eat aloo paranthas slathered with ghee for breakfast, and spend the next 10 hours sitting in a chair, change both habits. Choose a healthier breakfast, and allocate daily exercise hours. The general ideas we entertain of chubby being cute, and physical activity being unnecessary are better discarded.
I am happy to note that over recent years, larger numbers of Indians work out, eat better and pay attention to their health. However, that section of the population is still a minority.
Working out does not mean you need memberships to exclusive, expensive gyms. Healthy food does not equal exotic salads. A brisk walk, and phulkas with steamed sabjis, dal without ghee tadka, kachumber and dahi will do just fine.
Make the changes you can, and stick to them. Sound health is the best investment you can ever make for yourself, and your family.