Want to eat healthy and stay out of the hospital? Buy your meals from them! BCJ Hospital & Asha Parekh Research Centre in Santacruz (West) recently launched their Lifestyle Medicine Centre. And with it came the idea of launching a dabba service.
“I suffered from diabetes, hypertension and obesity, but by following what was prescribed in Dr Neal Barnard’s Reverse Diabetes program, I managed to reverse the condition with a plant-based diet using zero cooking oil. We’ve used the same in the Happy Tiffins service that we’ve just started,” says CEO Dr Suketu Shah.
Still in its pilot phase, the service is slowly finding takers for the tiffins that are priced at a reasonable Rs 150. Presently available only as a takeaway with a day’s prior notice, the hospital is working out the logistics for delivery. “We are in the process of tying up with dabbawallas. Once demand rises, we may even undertake catering orders,” says Shah. Elaborating on what the tiffin comprises, he adds, “The diet doesn’t demand counting calories, cutting down portions or giving up carbohydrates. We’ve also ensured that there’s variety. Items are only repeated fortnightly.”
Simple changes that make this tiffin healthier are the use of unpolished rice, red rice for idli, red poha, multigrain atta and salads with the skins on. Basic body requirements are also kept in mind to provide enough protein, carbohydrate, calcium, iron and fibre. “We’re also getting requests from people with particular ailments, and we will fix the menu as per their requirements,” informs Shah. “For those with diabetic or renal problems, we focus on vegetables and cut out pulses. For hypertension, there’s a low-salt diet and so on.”
Happy Tiffins are available at R150 per portion, with a day’s prior notice at BCJ Hospital & Asha Parekh Centre, Santracruz (W). Call 6148 6666.