Dal tadka, Mexican salad, Western salad, clear soup, and sweet corn chicken soup are a few of the foods that my aunt brought with her. I would not call them gourmet or particularly very tasty but they are not bad either. The quantities of the product are very less and that is the real trick of weight loss. Let’s take the salad for example. It is meant to be an 11am snack. My point is that if you ate this quantity of any food, even chewda or 3-4 bakarwadis it is really ok. The problem arises when we eat more than this. The health aspect is another factor. Chewda and bakarwadi are not healthy foods. Is Talwalkar’s Mexican salad healthy—debatable. My opinion is that any vegetable sitting in a box for an extended amount of time cannot be too healthy. The expiration date was September 2012. Can corn or rajma, which are in the Mexican salad, be good for so long? Yes – with lots of preservatives! Of course consuming this food moderation once in a while is ok but being on a meal plan with only Talwalkar snacks for the long-term is not practical. Not only is it not healthy, it is unappetizing. The company is in the process of widening their food offerings but it will take quite a while for them to satisfy the Indian palate.
I recommend trying the Talwalkar food diet to be conscious of what a portion size should be – you will be amazed that you will actually be full with such little food. It will take time to train your stomach of course, so be patient. I do plan to try it when it is made available in Pune. A company spokesperson has commented that the Pune rollout will take place in about 6 months.