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  • Writer's pictureNITI DHULLA

Food Fusion: The Biggest Diet Blunder You Commit…!

Dieting is a play of mind I believe. Very often, when we follow strict diets, the want or

the craving to move away from it is higher. These cravings build up gradually; cheat meals are

converted to cheat days and the road back to healthy eating keeps getting longer and longer.

Have you been through this too? Strangely, most of us tend to commit such mistakes. This is

what I call as a “Diet Blunder”. But do you know what is the Biggest Diet Blunder that all of us



Well, it is the full-blown concept of having Fusion Foods – where foods from more than one

cuisine are eaten together in the same meal. Each and every day, more and more

experimentations are being done to combine different cuisines together in order to keep up the ever increasing demand for novelty. While this might not seem like a huge concern to many, it

actually is. How? Read on.

Each cuisine is uniquely designed to have it’s own set of specific recipes, style of

cooking, spices, core ingredients (cherry of the recipe) and is conducive to the climate

and local food of the area where the cuisine is being consumed. Say for example, Dal

Bati Churma from Rajasthan, Nolen gur from Bengal, Coconut chutney with sambhar and

Idli from the South and Chole Bhature from the North.

We have all experienced this – when we mix foods from more than two cuisine

together, we end up feeling heavier, bloated and definitely do not have the best bowel

movement the next day. This is a clear indication of the kind of havoc mixed meals can

wreak on our guts.

We are very likely to end up eating combinations which are not recommended as per

Ayurveda (“Viruddh Aahar” = Incompatible diet) when we eat foods from different

cuisines together.

If we just look at our own diets we will be surprised at how often we tend to mix two

cuisines at a meal. Ever ordered a Manchurian Dosa at a restaurant? Schezwan Paneer

Frankie at a roadside food joint? And what about the times we attend events/ weddings

or call guests over at home? And how about office/ school lunch?

This blunder can make us feel low on energy, heavy, bloated, lead to acne-prone skin, can come

in way of successful weight loss/ weight gain and totally leave us out of sync with our bodies. Food fusion are a major roadblock for people trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight.

The best way to avoid it is to plan. Choose a day and a meal time when you would like to eat

what to like. If possible do not address this day as your “cheat day” and this meal as your “cheat

meal”. These are negative terms which should never be associated with eating. When we eat

with an open mind and heart, we allow better digestion of food. Eating guilt-free is absolutely

essential to staying fit.

Make a list of things you would want try or eat in a month and then place them smartly on your

off-days. This makes it very easy to have a better control while fully relishing your meals.

Always stick to one cuisine and aim to have not more than 5 food items on your plate in one

main meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Rest assured, your gut will thank you!


Niti Dhulla

Niti Dhulla is the Owner and Founder at Online Nutrition Consultancy “NutriDietByNitiDhulla”

Winner of Dr.K.U.Naram Award -AFSTI. Currently she is a Nutritionist and Lifestyle coach and has proudly achieved the degree of Gold Medalist in Foods Nutrition and Dietetics. Niti Dhulla is a fitness enthusiast, a Certified Yoga Instructor and a Certified Acupressure Therapist. Feel free to take her guidance by contacting her at the below links.


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