Long time since I wrote so here goes.
As we all know its very easy to let loose in India and just pig out and gain weight and often fall sick of an eating overdose. I can speak for myself and I can tell you that my stomach size has definitely shrunk...maybe not physically but I cannot stomach four parathas for breakfast and follow it up with another four for lunch. eating right and less is still the key that will work here.
I found my sponsor right at home. My mom...never forces me to add ghee to daal and rotis. Never forces me to eat sweets. But when i go home I definitely relish the things that mom prepares absolutely the best tasting in the world.  Idlis  Bhakris  Murukkus  Coconut Barfis
The secret is to still control quantity and select the time of the day when I would have these. All my breakfasts were the following choices
- Fruit (Mostly bananas)
I would have the Bhakris always for lunch. Often a coconut barfi after lunch.
I almost always had a 1-2 murukkus a day at tea time with my tea.
Dinner was frugal with some home made porridge and milk
Another thing to do is to take as many opportunities to walk as possible, at least in the internal routes. To keep that little bit of exercise going.
While going out to eat at restaurants or at people's houses, just stay with munching carrots and salad and some lemonade. I used to eat prior to going out so that I don't feel attracted to nice smelling foods. I have better control over my tongue now but for a newcomer to this lifestyle its difficult.
And remember don't believe people when they say "Its holiday...You can pig out with no restrictions."
All this frugal eating, does it cause low energy ? Most certainly NOT. In fact in this present visit to India, I was working four to five hours a night to stay current with my office stuff. So less food translates to an alert mind. Also staying awake each night helped to beat the jet lag on my return. I never really changed my mental clock.
And another thing...India is often too warm to have a scotch or wine if u prefer these drinks and could often mess up the system. A beer is a better drink for the weather if u must let down your guard and get that C2H5OH in your system :-)