Archive | February, 2016

What are we missing!!!

25 Feb

The other day, when i was in Manipal, i was little reluctant to use the shower in the guest house and i used the bucket with mug, to bathe. To my surprise, i ended up doing 25 squats at least in the process!!There used to be days, where we used to sit on the floor cross legged and do the Indian squats.,which till recently our allopathy medicine discourages to do it..We need a foreigner to research and to tell us the Indian squat position is great for bowel movement .

Then we have this thoppukaranam., our teachers used to make us do as punishment if we come late to school..again we need a outsider to tell is its brain yoga.We used to run and play barefoot, when we were kids.,now the newly born baby has socks and mitts!! Thanks to western influence. Now the whole world says, walk / run barefoot!!

Well water pulley and rope, Carrying pots on the head and waist, pounding rice (ulakkai), the ammi kal (Hand Grinder stone), Chakki and kulavi & aatukal (stone grinder ), mortar and pestle have been traditionally great functional work., solagu or muram and pan grinder are great relaxing exercises, Now they are all near oblivion since everyone has moved towards electrical grinders. Incidentally my physio saranya, accounted how all these were greatly useful during the power cut in the flooding days in Chennai. I also see all of them taking place in fitness in the form of functional exercise in recent times.,which were part of our day today life till about 20 years back!!

Cycling / walking to school great cardio exercise.,we used to do doubles and triples on the cycle.,playing on the streets in the hot sun (talk about vitamin D). My 8 year old nephew was recently jumping on the stair case from 4-5 steps.,didn’t feel like stopping him.,as i recently read jumping and plyometrics are great for fascial fitness!!

Growing up, we were less protected.,allowed to fall and rise, get hurt.,today i feel children are too protected within the confines of the wall. The whole world is realizing what we as india has offered to the world.,yoga, varma, ayurveda…its time we realized what we have in store!!

Growing up, we were less protected.,allowed to fall and rise, get hurt.,today i feel children are too protected within the confines of the wall. The whole world is realizing what we as india has offered to the world.,yoga, varma, ayurveda…its time we realized what we have in store!!

It’s not just what you eat, it’s how you eat

23 Feb

Healthy eating is about more than the food on your plate it is also about how you think about food. Healthy eating habits can be learned and it is important to slow down and think about food as nourishment rather than just something to gulp down in between meetings or on the way to pick up the kids.

  • Eat with others whenever possible. Eating with other people has social and emotional benefits particularly for children and allows you to model healthy eating habits. Eating in front of the TV or computer often leads to mindless overeating.
  • Take time to chew your food and enjoy mealtimes. Chew your food slowly, savoring every bite. We tend to rush though our meals, forgetting to actually taste the flavors and feel the textures of our food. Reconnect with the joy of eating.
  • Listen to your body. Ask yourself if you are really hungry, or have a glass of water to see if you are thirsty instead of hungry. During a meal, stop eating before you feel full. It actually takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly.
  • Eat breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day. A healthy breakfast can jump start your metabolism, and eating small, healthy meals throughout the day (rather than the standard three large meals) keeps your energy up and your metabolism going.
  • Avoid eating at night. Try to eat dinner earlier in the day and then fast for 14-16 hours until breakfast the next morning. Early studies suggest that this simple dietary adjustment eating only when you’re most active and giving your digestive system a long break each day may help to regulate weight. After-dinner snacks tend to be high in fat and calories so are best avoided, anyway.

How your refrigerator can help you with weight loss?

6 Feb

Healthy eating and staying fit has to start from your home don’t expect it only from the gym or the exercise. There are many changes you can make in your home that not only make living a lot easier for all family members, but will make your home an assistant in your weight loss endeavor. Right now we will focus on the kitchen. One of the first changes you should tackle is your refrigerator. Focus on what you put on the middle shelf. The middle shelf is the first place our eyes go when we open our fridge door. Let’s make sure you spot the food that will work for you and not against you. That’s where you should store single serving sized containers filled with cut fruits, veggies , boiled egg , boiled peanuts , boiled chana / rajma .

If you are into making your own 100 calories snack packs, the middle shelf is a good home for them also. Of course, this is going to leave you with some items that need storing elsewhere. If you or your family members just cannot stand the thought of giving up those sugary or high energy drinks, store them in the lower vegetable drawer. That way they are out of sight. It’s important to make as much room as you can for healthy, unprocessed food. Single serving containers sure make life easier for us. Keep at least 6 single serving sized containers of protein. Go even further, if you like, by using a color coded system. Green containers are for veggies, orange are for fruits, maybe yellow for low fat dairy. We even have the option to use those tiny containers for items like salad dressing, condiments and such.There’s no denying that those cute containers can make life easier. There are many more ideas for streamlining your home into your own weight lose assistant.

Don’t get overwhelmed by taking on too much at once. Make one change or modification at a time . We encourage you to make changes in your kitchen to make your life and dieting easier and more enjoyable. Go on, you can do it.