San Leandro, California - Chef and nutrition educator Pooja Mottl is spreading the word that the key to lifelong health is in taking things out of your diet — such as processed foods and added sugar — one at a time. Going cold turkey for just three days may be enough to train your palate to appreciate whole, natural foods, she says.
And before you claim it’s an impossible task for lovers of Indian food, listen to what the Indian American author of “The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Foods in Three Easy, Empowering Days” (Seal Press) has to say.
“The key concept of T3DR is to eliminate processed foods from your diet and eat whole, fresh foods. This methodology can apply to any cuisine,” Mottl told India-West in an e-mail. “The idea here is that we reset ourselves back to eating foods minimally altered by the human hand and close to their natural state, because these types of foods are best suited for our health and taste buds.”
Mottl earned a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics before working as a Wall Street investment banker and an economic analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She underwent a culinary and nutritional epiphany that led her to earn a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and lead workshops on healthy eating. She has also appeared on “Good Morning America,” WGN-TV, Martha Stewart Radio, Style.com and HuffPost Live.
In “The 3-Day Reset,” Mottl discusses the worst offenders in the modern diet — including sweetened yogurt and factory-farmed meats. And she offers instructions (and a little hand-holding) for those of us who know it’s a good idea but are afraid of letting go of that morning bagel or dinner takeout.
“Sometimes it just requires us to take that first leap, and jump into a pool of cold water, in order to get the ball rolling, get inspired, and realize where we’re going wrong and what we need to do to fix it,” she told India-West.
“Doing a program like this would involve cooking without sauces, spice mixes, and other condiments that contain added sugars and refined salt in the ingredient lists, and substituting refined wheat-based foods, such as naan, roti and chapati with whole wheat versions or other whole grains such as brown basmati rice,” she said. But the reward is a healthier, more energetic body and a newly awakened palate, she promises.
Mottl will discuss “The 3-Day Reset” at Book Passage in Corte Madera, Calif., June 6; the Ferry Building Farmers Market in San Francisco on the morning of June 7; and the Cavallo Point Cooking School in Sausalito, Calif., in the evening June 7. For more information and other tour dates, visit 3DayReset.com.