Thursday, January 24, 2019

Food tweaks for healthier me

Food tweaks for healthier me 

Like an super fast express train, 365 days  slips by and it’s that time of the year again where I am ready with my list of resolutions. As far as I can remember, losing weight and getting fit has always been my number one resolution. Every new year, I edit the previous year resolution adjusting the number. Like lose 15 kg this year, while the target for last year was 10. Low self esteem, increased negativity, self loathing, overindulgence in food come hand-in-hand.
This 2019, I mindfully devised few knacks to shed my extra pounds.Instead  of depriving myself of all the good food in the name of crash diet, I kind of tweaked my eating habits .

Here is my tweak list..

Situation 1:I am invited -party time

Every time there is a party in the family or friends, I get nervous about me overeating. I  generally ditch the party and crib till eternity for missing out on fun or overload myself with all the yummylicious food and go on a guilt trip .

Tweak 1: Consciously, I make my plate with  starters, main course and of course  desserts in the first go. By doing this, I know what and how many calories goes into my body. Dang!!no second serving. 

Situation 2: Junk for snacks.

Tea breaks at office is when colleagues bring a lot of snacks-mostly fried, sugary, oily on the tea table.

Tweak 2: I bring myself a healthy snack like a fruit bowl or a vegetable juice.When tempted, I imagine how I feel after gobbling up that junk.I think about all those extra pounds settling on my hip making me not for in favorite office shirt. On a lighter note, I get involved in conversation diverting my attention from junk food.

Situation 3 : Heavy meals=Overeating

Tweak 3: Instead of stuffing 3 big meals, I split my meals into 6 portions. This  method really works for me, because I feel full and active through out the day. By the end of the day, I try to consume adequate  fiber,  protein, veggies and fruits. Target early dinner mostly no  food after 8 PM.

Situation  4: Crave caffeine.

I am big time coffee addict.

Tweak 4: A cup of coffee in the morning is what I limit to .Sip green tea or hot water through out the day. This not only makes me full but also helps in digestion.

Other tweaks...
  1. Believe and be  positive - Always.
  2. Stay active - Move and take a walk when ever possible. Stretching at the desk helps me.
  3. Sleep - Quality over quantity of sleep. 
  4. Consistency -  Design a simple, realistic and acheivable plan.Stick to it.
  5. Reward and repeat - a week long diet and exercise? - I reward myself with a cup cake or a piece of tandoori- guilt free this time:)

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy 'You'.
-Joyce Meyer

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Dr. Feelgood – How are you planning to tweak your Food Habits for 2019 .

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

L- Live Your Life

There's a tune in your heart
Very sweet and soothing
String of words from your mind
Just like you want it
Perfect note in your tone
Loved by your soul
Let the music flow
In a life, full of life
Dancing to your own tune
Your steps
Your moves
Your expressions
A solo dance
No audience, no applause
You perform
In your élan
In your style
Tapping to the rhythm 
Unheard by any
Your life
Live it to the fullest


H: Home

My little bird in the nest
Nest abundant with love, care and happiness
Happily growing  little by little
Little we realize how life flies
Flies In the flash of Time
With Time, You will grow wings
Wings of your own and you are free
Free to do what you dream
Dreams like the sky has no limit
Limits not stopping you to soar high
High And above all ,Ready to fly
Flying like exploring world on your own
Owning your  passions  and fire of desire
Desire to aspire more and more 
More than what life offers
Offers, showing  crest and trough
Troughs won't interfere with your spirit
Spirit to keep dreaming and trying
Trying gets hard at times
Times when you feel alone
Alone, you feel weak and lost
Do not forget there is a home
Home waiting for you and there for you
You are welcome with hearts open
Open arms and warm hugs
Hugs of support and love
Love that strengthens you to swim the storms
You are still the Baby of the nest and of the two souls 
Always good to be home
Home sweet home, the abode of Love.

J: Judging Women


The world has good share of people who are always  busy judging others. When it comes to woman, the number of judgments is an inexhaustive list. It is no less when a woman becomes a mother. Just when she is stepping into a new phase of life, excited and apprehensive about new challenges on her way, she is bogged with undeserving judgments which she rather does not deserve.

Have you not heard people pass vague comments  like 
she chooses her career over the baby, she must be a bad mother. 
She studied MBA to sit at home after the baby. Alas!
 if she had exercised properly, she would have had a  normal delivery. 
She gives bottle milk to the baby, how will the baby bond with her?
This is an endless story and it can go on for  episodes.

Aspiring a career after the baby does not make any mother a worst of her kind. It does not mean she loves her baby any less than a mom staying at home. In the first place, a mother can never run short of love for her child. There is always time for love.When a stay at home has her own  troubles or reasons to stay with the baby full time, a working mom will have different needs and aspirations. There is extra work she takes up, comprises on certain things, manages her time in a different way and aspires her career.There is no real need to judge anybody here.
 Every baby is different and so is the mother. The decision to stay home or to continue with her job depends on the child-mom duo and also the family conditions. Circumstances may or may not favor both the cases. This is the reality. A working woman is judged a little extra according to me. A woman works to answer her aspirations, for her financial independence, to build her  individuality which should not be lost on the shadow of her husband.
Along the path of parenting she also has lot on her plate to do. May be she wants to show her child to be financially independent which is very essential. She wants to bring home knowledge from outside which in turn helps make the family better. She wants to be a happy individual which will make her a satisfied mother. None of this means that she is selfish, a bad woman or a less-loving mother.
Likewise, people should also stop judging women who prefer to stay at home after the kid. May be she needs a break from her monotonous career or she wants to spend more time with the kid. Every one will have reasons for what they do.
What one has to remember is, everyone's journey is different. The roads each of us take is not same. 
Don't judge unless you have walked their path.


F: Forgive but don't forget

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I am losing track of time . I get up to a sunrise and soon its time for sunset and the calendar shows next day. Life is changing wonderfully watching my girl roll, crawl, scoot, jump and dance. Everyday is so exciting and new.There has been no room for boredom. I am so involved in thinking of variety of things  I can teach to her , impart to her, sorting things which are best for her.Sometimes, things strike hard and nice when I stand back and check on the reality.The reality that my little one is a store of life lessons and she has them in abundance for me to pick up.
More than I am there for her, she is there for me. As my wonderful teacher.
One of those precious lessons she teaches  is to forgive and not forget. How innocent and pure souls kids are when it comes to forgiving. The first moment of her anger for not picking her up when she sees me, or taking away that toy from her when she is stuffing it in her mouth or yelling at her (yes, I do at times) all fades away in seconds and surfaces with smiles. Those wide cute curves on her face which can make anything wait. How many seconds can she remember her moments anger in her mind? Not even a few. We burst into laughter together followed by a bear hug and lovey dovey kisses.Such pure and clear innocence she is.
 Why is forgiveness not so easy for grow-ups? Isn't life too short to hold grudges? Why do we hold hatred so close to our hearts? 
Can we just not forgive people and not forget the lessons for life. I think easy said than done.
Do you also feel the same ?