Tip 3: Feeling Stressy

In our daily life’s stress has now become almost a part of our being. It really defines what we do, how we do and if we are really in a position to take up new things and challenges in the pipeline.

A lot of things are affected due to a thing as small as stress, your relationships, career, general attitude and your health too. Whatever you do physically or mentally reflects directly on your health status. So knowingly or unknowingly stress has affected each and every one in many different ways, mostly harmful.

When we talk about stress in terms of people who are weight watchers, people who are trying to lose it or maintain it, easily fall under the cycle of stressing over. Many people trying to lose weight, start with a fad diet, might lose a few kgs here and there but end up gaining double. As a result they fall into a psychological trap and start eating large amounts of food to overcome the sadness.

Weight loss requires simple fundas: Dedication, Motivation and Commitment.

One must know, “If you didn’t gain weight in a day, you won’t lose it in a day either.”

Stress is a big reason of you either gaining a lot of weight or losing a lot of it suddenly (taking into consideration that nothing is wrong with you clinically). And that my lovelies, is the most harmful thing you can do to yourself!

What you can do!

  1. Be realistic: Set realistic goals for yourself, like 3-4 kgs a month. And do it in a healthier manner, because the aim is not just to lose it, but maintain it too. DO NOT fall for “10 kgs in 10 days” crap. Always think, what are you going to do after that, stop eating at all forever??
  2. Stay Committed: Stay committed to your goal, be at it, nobody can eat good food for you, and no one can do your cardio for you. Long term is what matters, nothing else.
  3. Let Go: Let go of that STRESS. It’s not that easy, agreed! But, it isn’t that difficult either. YES YOU CAN!! Stress isn’t helping you in any way except making you age faster and giving you unnecessary wrinkles! Now you choose do you really want that??

 

Save yourself, embrace who you are, but at the same time, choose health, that’s the only wealth you really have!!!

The 10 Tips-Part 2

Hello lovelies, I’m back after such a longggg gap! Had a lot of things to catch up on! But now that I’m back in, we are gonna take off right from where we had stopped.

Last we had spoken on how important it was to restrict the amount of fats, oils one took in their diet. And how it was important that we incorporate good fat sources in our diet.

Now, let’s get our focus back on certain weight reduction tips.

‘No to Sugars’

 Sugars have sneakily found their way in our diets. Suddenly it has become important to put sugar in each and every item that we make. There isn’t any one item in our daily lives that we do not consume of sugar. There is a birthday you need a cake, there is a wedding, you need towering sweet boxes, your mood is off, you need a big chocolate to get yourself in a better mood! And if you are going out, you so need that coffee, loaded with sugar!

Everything becomes so tasty when there is sugar in it; suddenly the full event becomes all so important! But the thing with sugar is, the tremendous amount of importance that you give to sugar, it doesn’t give you that back. It is like that friend we all had, sugary on the outside, but harms the inner self. You would be better off without it.

Sugar, is a form of carbohydrate that gives instant energy, its use is to give us that peak when required, and then goes down sliding(that’s what chocolate does to your mood too). Now if that amount of energy is not expended, this happens in most of the cases, it gets stored as fat, and the cycle continues. We are a victim of our sedentary lifestyle, the amount of activity that was in the days of our ancestors is unthinkable in this era of technology. Hence, we keep piling up weight, because there is no control on what goes in our mouth.

Many people say, don’t have sugar, have honey, ever thought, what will you get once you crystallize it! Yes, you will indeed get crystallized sugar only, and if it’s even more processed than it already is, only God save you then. I’m not against the beneficial effects that honey has on us, but in the long run, it does more harm than good. Each and everything that we get these days, has been processed till such an extent, that now, it’s harmful to have.

The increase in weight that happens in the body, is the result of a number of factors, and sugar is simply the biggest reason of them all. A reason which is in your control, and can be taken care of!

The 10 Tips- Part 1

I call it my easy peesy tips, that might be easy and probably even you know, that it is a major factor in you gaining immense amount of weight.

So the first one being, “Doing away with Fat”. Yeah, you heard that right!

And I’m pretty sure, you even know how detrimental it is for your health. You love your Mc.Tikki, the fries, those smileys, pastry and surely the cakes. Ever thought if they love you too??

The foods that we eat, already contain some fat of their own. Agreed, that some amount is important for the body’s insulation and as a cover for all organs of the body.

You can easily reduce the amount of oil in the diet by changing the way you cook.

  1. Steaming– It’s a very easy method to incorporate in daily life. Also, you get to eat yummy Idli’s, dhokla’s , custards, and cakes too(now I’m not recommending that you eat custards and cake too!!) It reduces your average fuel requirement too till an extent. Plus steamed foods are a bit healthier till an extent.
  2. Non-stick cooking– Using non-stick pans while cooking, reduces the need of using too much oil, butter or ghee. You still get yummy and healthy food to eat. But you need to take care of your non-stick utensils. Never put cold water on them immediately after using them, it will drastically remove the coating present on the pan. If taken care of, they easily last 6-7 years.
  3. Grilling– It is a very interesting method and you actually don’t need oil for it. The product will come out really crispy and properly cooked. You can grill your sandwiches, chicken, paneer and what not!

 

There are a lot of other methods too, that would help in reducing the amount of oil being used at home. The best one is you yourself measuring the amount of oil you are putting in any food that is being cooked. Frankly even ½ tsp. of oil is enough for cooking.

When on a weight loss spree and trying to lose weight, and frankly it’s not even losing weight, it’s about eating healthy, and choosing foods that heal you. Do away with your mac and cheese, fries and burgers.

You become what you eat, choose wisely!

How To Lose 10 Kgs in 10 Days

Really??

What were you thinking when you clicked on this article? Another miraculous formula would be uncovered, or a magical portion ingredient would be their which would reduce your inches by a size or two?

No! Stop right their!

Never ever fall for those so called you tube videos or advertisements that give you a guaranteed weight loss! There is no short cut to a healthier you. All of these are gimmicks just to lure you into buying those so called pills or whatever. A piece of CRAP!!!

The easiest way to lose weight is through ‘HARD WORK’

‘Being overweight is hard, so is losing it.’ You need to choose your hard wisely!

One can never lose weight, if done the right way in a day or two or maybe even 10. Logically speaking, your body did not take a day to accumulate that much fat that it did in the first place, and so it won’t take a day to lose it.

What your body is currently is a result of what you have eaten probably through the years. It is always 85% of what you eat and rest 15% is exercise, rest, stress and other factors. So imagine, if your diet is burger, pizza, coke and other high calorie foods, your body would also become that. We were brought up on whole foods like wheat, rice, pulses, milk and fruits. These are by far the healthiest foods that you would find. So, basically never eat foods that your great grandmother can’t recognize as food!

It’s a matter of what choices you make each and every day that would help you in achieving the health goals you want to. It’s never easy, but it isn’t difficult either.

Starting tomorrow, each day I will tell you 10 things for the next 10 days,  that could help you in losing the fat that you want to. Maybe you already know those things, maybe not! I’m sure you have done quite a research, but it’s not worthwhile till the time you actually apply your research and get results!

Yummilicious Banana

Banana is a fruit, which is widely eaten but probably not much appreciated. Mother nature has bestowed upon us this wonderful fruit, which is a whole food in itself. The best part of the fruit is that its easy to eat, just peel it and have it! How simple!! (For the love of simple things!)

The thing with banana is, the yummy it tastes, the nutrient dense it is. Now it’s not that it is the only nutrient dense food that is present in the world, but its benefits have mostly gone unnoticed.

  1. Moderate blood sugar levels: The bananas contain Peptin and Resistant starch that regulates the amount of blood sugar that is present. They rank low to medium on the glycemic index (it’s a measure how quickly the blood sugar levels are raised). But the same thing might not really apply to a diabetic patient. They also reduce the stomach emptying rate.
  2. Weight loss: Banana’s do not increase your weight!!! It’s a myth!!! Get over it. Stop blaming the poor banana every time you weigh yourself on the scale, and for once maybe check your eating habits instead! These are filled with resistant starch and hence lead to the reduced stomach emptying rate!
  3. Happy heart: Banana is one fruit , that is the easiest source available for introducing potassium and magnesium in our diets! Also these minerals help in controlling the blood pressure and yes, it does keep the heart healthy and happy.
  4. Antioxidant rich: This fruit is high in antioxidants and consist of catechin and dopamine. These reduce the risk of various degenerative diseases.
  5. Kidney health: Ideally the bananas are good for kidneys as they provide potassium which is required for various kidney functions. But in case of a kidney malfunction, the banana must be avoided so that no excess pressure is put on our small little beans!
  6. Food for athletes: This is literally food for athletes. It’s easily digested, helps in recovering from cramps, and provide excellent nutrition before and after endurance exercise. So having worked out, and so hard at that, ditch that Starbucks coffee, have a banana instead. It would be lesser healthier calories plus the body would recover faster.

 

Bananas are the easiest fruits that can be added in your diet. That too in a jiffy! The sweetness of the fruit reduces the need to add sugar in your food.!

Keep following for some upcoming yummy banana recipes. Promise they would be easy and tasty!

Anemia & its Fast Friend

Many people suffering from chronic kidney disorders (wherein a person has 20-50% of normal kidney function) fall prey to anemia. As the CKD progresses, the anemia worsens (so they go hand in hand).

Let’s first really understand a basic of what these little beans in our body do for a living. These cute beans help in removing all the wastes from our bodies; in addition to that they also produce a hormone called erythropoietin (EPO). It then prompts the bone marrow to make red blood cells, which then carry oxygen throughout the body (couldn’t help but get really get into it)! So the cycle that goes is dysfunctional kidneys, make low EPO not prompting the bone marrow enough to make a good amount of red blood cells, and lo! The body then doesn’t get the very very important oxygen.

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So as I was saying in my previous blog, before anything shows on your face, a lot has happened already inside our body.

A person with CKD undergoes hemodialysis (it’s a process in which the blood is purified outside the body) which leads to losses of other important minerals like iron, vitamin B12 etc found in food and important in preventing anemia.

The signs and symptoms immeasurably remain the same in a person having CKD along with anemia but there could be certain complications that the person might face like an irregular heartbeat or the heart not being able to pump enough blood to nourish our blood.

Obviously like any other non communicable diseases (like diabetes, CVD’s), the first step is always looking at what you are eating. What you eat and the way you eat are the torchbearers of how comfortable your life would turn out to be!

  1. Supplements: these small pills are the easy peesy way to cure anemia in a jiffy. Ofcourse, before embarking on a pill popping journey consult your health specialist ( not your mom in this case atleast!) as he/she would be adept at giving the supplement in accordance to your renal condition.
  2. Red bell peppers- Its a low sodium potassium coloured veggie that makes you feel happy releasing feel good, do good hormones. They contain a good amount of Vit.C( essential in absorbing any amount of iron), Vit.A and folic acid as well.
  3. Cabbage- these crispy leaves are a good source of vit.b6, folic acid, Vit.K as well as fiber. They are low in cost and are hence forth easily available. Bam !!!!
  4. Apples- these red crunchy fruits do more good to you than you think. Always eat apples with peel to derive maximum benefit. These fruits provide good amount of fiber, and help in the absorption of dietary iron till an extent.
  5. Carrots- these crispy veggies are available almost the entire year and helps in increasing immunity, the blood flow of the body and when taken in safe amounts can reduce the high creatinine levels in the body.
  6. Chicken- this food is a good source of protein in the diet. The amount of protein required by a person varies in accordance with if the person has gone through dialysis or is going through one. It also doubles up as a care taker of the iron requirements of the body.
  7. Cheese- in about all the diary products that are available, cheese is the only product that could easily fit into your diet and take care of the protein needs till some extent.

There are many other fruits and vegetable that a person having CKD along with anemia can consume. The perfect plan and the perfect diet for every individual would vary according to the biochemical parameters, the age, weight, height, if the person has diabetes or not and so on. Your dieticians and doctors work with you to give you the most comfortable life that they possibly can. So, just listen to them, and follow the plan that they give you!

Navratri: Fasting or Feasting?

Navratri is a revered Hindu festival, which is celebrated twice a year with pomp and show. One in Chaitra month (March-April) and the other in Ashwin month (October-November). This is the time where most people fast, eat, sing and dance.

This is also a time when the so called fasting becomes a massive feasting. Hearing alarm bells are we!

The amount of fried foods people eat in the name of fasting! I tell you, it’s better to avoid them altogether. People gain weight, thanks to all the fried alu, the lovely fried sabudana, and the yummy kuttu atta poori. 9- days flat!! The various ‘namkeens’ that we eat in the name of the so called fast and the ladoos. And who can forget that Special Navratri Thali served at Haldirams Really? Who are we fooling ? Is it the God’s that we are fooling? Or is it just us and our bodies that we are doing a favour?

Some one truely said, ‘once on the lips, always on the hips’ or maybe stomach! So whatever fried you are eating is directly going to your hips. Bamm..!! their goes your lovely summer dress, yet again! The summers that you had been waiting for to wear that yellow dress, gone.. So yes, put that pakora down right now!! Summer goals gone down the oil like literally!

Well, you still have 7 days to go! Save some inches for the dress that you really have been eyeing. Keep reading for some really cool ideas to cut the flab this Navratri. Yes you Can!!

The Turnabout..!

The 14 years of schooling, teaches one a lot of life lessons. It might be about basic life lessons, your career choices, or maybe even who your best pals would be, who would stand by you through thick and thin. But it does not stop just stop at that.

You have important choices to make. Those choices might even lead you to a totally different time zone. But, their’s no running away from it. It’s always good to keep a few pointers in mind before coming on a decision.

  1. No to Pressure– Never bulk under the pressure of doing maybe what is right. Do not come under the pressure of losing your friends, you will lose them. But, those who really want to stay with you would make an actual effort of being in it. Other’s will just hide under the excuse of not having enough time.
  2. Listen to your Parents– Listen to them, they have experience backing them. They don’t want anything bad to happen to you, or you to go downhill on your career path. Do not bulk under pressure. Just LISTEN.
  3. Listen to your Heart– It knows. Your heart knows, what you want, and the brain knows how to take your there. That small voice that tells you to catch that train, go catch it. Do not die thinking about the what if’s.
  4. Read & Research– It’s understandable that you are confused. Read about it, talk to people who have already taken such a career option. Talk to your teacher’s, it always helps to clear your nagging doubts.
  5. Make a plan B,C,D,E…..Z– There are 26 alphabets which means 26 different plans which can further be like your excel sheet. The reason behind having another plan ready at your disposal is, you are not the only one who might be running after a Harvard or the premier IIM’s closer home. For every you, you will find atleast 50-60 people more running for that same seat. Make plans,and never lose heart.

 

Making a career choice is a turnabout of your life. It will make you something, maybe not what you wanted to be, maybe something better. Never lose hope, never lose heart. Miracles happen each day. You just need to keep looking. It might sound odd at first, but 10 years down the line, when you look back you would realise that all the pressure and the stress you took, wasn’t worth a dime.

Wish you a very best in your career choices. You are a ROCKSTAR!! Kudos to you..!!

Student’s We All Knew..!

As the class 12th boards are just winding up, their starts a chaos. The school is getting over, you would lose some friends, make some new ones. So, nature has a way of balancing things proportionately. You win some, lose some.

Now, obviously one would see all sorts of students.

  1. The Know It All’s– These students are those who know exactly what they want how they want and maybe ya, even why do they want it. So some of them are the rich kids of stinking rich parents, who have a huge business empire to their name and are highly ambitious people. Somehow the same gene dominated in them too. These doer’s dominated each event at a school functions, also academically inclined.
  2. The Gossipers– Being in their good books is as bad as being in their bad books. By the definition of bad, you aren’t as bad as they make out you to be. Maybe in the kinder garden you refused to share your pencil colors with them! So, there are people who just never let go! A menace for mental health I tell you.
  3. The Helpers– This category of students or maybe even only one are the sweetest sweetest people that you would find who never say NO! This is another category of doer’s. But are always silently helping while expecting nothing in return. They just wanna make friends and help making it a happy place in return. So, they might be a part of many groups but no core group.
  4. The Last Bencher’ s– These have the maximum amount of fun unarguably..!Non-judgemental who have fun with everybody. The teacher’s stick or even 10 rounds in the basketball court can never stop them from crackling fun. You are sad go to them, you are too happy please go to them, anything is troubling you, go tell them, they will make you realize that smiling makes the world look better.
  5. The Observers– These are the tricky one’s. They silently observe each and everything that is happening around. And at the end of the day each and everything is reported in detail to the class teacher. Ya you heard me right! These ohh so silent people weren’t your fast friends as much as you might have thought, or maybe they were, but even they could not help it! A teacher’s reliable source.
  6. The Pets– Oooh..!! These people were probably the most hated of em’ all. They used to literally butter out their way through any situation. And this was a skill almost everyone wanted to learn. Quick thinkers, smart but not so academically intelligent. Averagers who always got their A grades in extra curricular.
  7. The All-rounders– How can we forget these people? There are always a few bunch of kids who are kind hearted, academically sound, happy to help, give good advice, good in art as well as know when to share a laugh here and there and are sane talkers!

 

I guess one could go on and on about it.. But the point being, school is such a place where one meets literally all sorts of people, it prepares you for the best and the worst days of your life!! You will make new friends, some school friends would stay, some would move on, its ok…don’t lose heart so soon.

Everyone is struggling in their own way, some mentally others emotionally or maybe even financially. Be good, do good to people, something nice will eventually come back to you. A kind human is so much better than a money making machine who was once only a human.

The Summer Tea’s

We have a few yummy Ice-Tea recipes to help you through the summer heat and make it a breeze for you.

  1. Minty Ice-Tea
  • Simply take 2-3 black tea bags. Boil one and a half cup of water and seep the tea bags for around 5 minutes.(anything more than that will make the tea bitter).
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  • Let it cool. Put two cups of water more into that mixture to dilute and refrigerate!
  • Squeeze some lemon to it and garnish with mint when serving, adding ice cubes to it at the same time. Viola!
  1. Cooling Cucumber
  • Use the same method as the above to prepare the tea.
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  • While putting the tea to refrigerate, add 10-15 cucumber slices to it.
  • Add crushed ice while serving. Its really that easy!
  1. Fruity Fusion
  • Take 2-3 tea bags of earl grey tea bag.
  • Mash an orange, and 2 raspberries a little and put it a big mouth bottle along with a few mint leaves.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Refrigerate
  • Put crushed ice while serving.
  1. Strawberry Blast
  • Freeze 7-9 strawberries.original
  • Put the frozen strawberry in a pitcher and pour a pre made diluted black tea over it.
  • Serve with crushed ice and little lemon.
  1. Blueberry Lemon Ice Tea
  • Bring frozen blueberries (1 pkt.) and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and sieve.
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  • Bring 4 cups water to a boil in same saucepan (after cleaning it).
  • Add 3 tea bags, and let stand 5-6 minutes. Remove tea bags and throw. Stir in 2 tsps. sugar and blueberry juice. Pour into a pitcher and chill. Serve over ice.

Wow!! Don’t they look tasty??? Summer has never been so cooler! Get set go, try thee few drinks and leave your comments on how good they were!