The diet plan is going well. I don't get tempted easily and sticking to a plan is not that difficult. Since I started on a diet plan, I make it a point to make soup daily. Though soups are considered to be appetizers, a bowl of soup is filling for dinner. Ash gourd is very good for weight reduction. Or you can use lauki or bottle gourd too. Since I use ash gourd, I have used that in the soup. You could make it with only cauliflower too for a more creamier soup.
Ash gourd /Elavan , cubed - 1/2 cup
cauliflower florets- 1/2 cup
star anise -1
cinnamon - 1 stick
Milk -1/2 cup
salt & pepper to taste
Pressure cook ash gourd and cauliflower in 2 cups of water with whole star anise and cinnamon stick, for 2 whistles. Once cooked, remove the spices and puree till smooth. Add 1/2 cup of milk and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper and serve hot.
Add less of pepper to bring out the flavor of cinnamon and star anise. The aroma of the soup is too good with a creamy texture. Without milk also, the soup will taste good.
Week#1, Day ~ 3
5:45 am - Ajwain + 1 glass warm water
7:15 am - 3/4 cup coffee without sugar
10:00 a.m - A bowl of savory oats porridge (Adapted Aparna's recipe) with radish chutney (I added carrot and cauliflower to oats )
1:15 p.m - Remaining oats porridge with molagootal and pachadi, 1 glass buttermilk
3:45 pm - Watermelon
5:15 pm - small cup of pappaya and 1 phulka
9:00 pm Drumstick soup + 1 phulka with avarakkai/broad beans thoran + 1 glass buttermilk
Sipped 2 glasses of salted lemon juice in between
Week#1 Day #4
5:45 am - ajwain + 1 glass warm water
7:00 am - 1/2 Cup coffee (No sugar)
9:15 am - wheat rava upma +steamed sprouts
1:15 pm - 2 pesarattu, tender jackfruit gravy + drumstick blossom kootu + 1 g buttermilk
3:30 pm - watermelon
6:30 pm - cucumber
8:30 pm - cabbage+moong sprouts soup + 2 wheat bread slices
Had 2 glass of lemon juice and 3 glass of buttermilk. But only 6 glass of water.