WELL… it is NESSessary!

Health and Wellness is something that is easy to take for granted. Our everyday routine includes: sleep, food, work and play. Some of us are conscious enough to be aware of what we eat and drink; how we sleep; how we work through the day, but there are others who think they are doing just fine and it is not necessary for them to alter the way they LIVE. So are you really LIVING?

Food: Food is the most important part of LIFE, if not important it is surely a part of everyone’s life be it a child, student, housewife, working professional athlete or any one else. Here are some quick fixes for your food in take, that will be beneficial to lead a healthy and fit lifestyle:

  •  Emphasize fruits and veggies
  • Add in lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains
  • Cut out processed JUNK
  • Drink a lot of WATER
  • Cook it up (eating home cooked food is always better than eating out)

FITNESS: The next thing that you must look into is your physical fitness. Being a part of this rat race, most of us are these corporate tech freaks who spend hours in front of their laptops working their eyes and shoulders out. How can you maintain your physical wellness like this?

  • Exercise: spend 10 minutes every morning working on some simple exercises
  • Walk: go and walk-up to your colleagues instead of using the intercom
  • Stretch: time and again stretch your shoulders, arms and legs to avoid pains and aches
  • Posture: consciously sit with a straight back and up-right shoulders
  • Stay Active: Sometimes it’s hard to get a workout in between work, social gatherings and other commitments. All you need to do are the smaller efforts to stay active like: park far away from where you’re going, take the stairs instead of the elevator etc.

Picture1Wellness is holistic! For the Body, Mind & Soul! To keep your mind fit and running is equally important as your body. How do we keep our mind fit? What is mental fatigue? However this week let’s focus on our physical wellness with FOOD and FITNESS, next week we shall take on WELLNESS for the MIND and SOUL!

Wish you all a HAPPY Weekend! 🙂

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1… 2… 3… Sound CHECK!

If you are in India, you are used the noise decibels in the form of weddings, public processions, rallies, festivals etc. Well, it is not only here but world over we all live in chaotic and noisy surroundings with loud teenagers, crying children, fighting ladies on the trains. Chaos and commotion is all around us.

How can you keep your mental well-being calm and composed with the turmoil that runs outside of your window? Let’s run away! Let’s hunt for PEACE!

Minion Loud SpeakerPeace is not a place; it’s a spiritual state of mind. It’s not easy to find it unless you know how. Here are some ideas that you can try out:

  1. MUSIC: Music for some is the answer to all the questions. Plug in your head phones and listen to the tracks that take you to some place nice, quiet and calm.
  2. Meditation: BREATHE in and BREATHE out. Did you know on an every breath basis, we do not breathe fully and completely? If you focus for 2 minutes on your breathing and fill in your lungs with air you will experience a wholesome feeling.
  3. READING: For some reading a book that is so captivating takes them away to a different planet and they cannot hear, see or feel what is going around them
  4. LISTEN: Sometimes, you should just sit back and listen to all the different sounds that are screaming around you. There will be a moment that you will reach where your mind will go passed these sounds and silence will be louder than noise.

Well, the truth is we live on a planet full of noise or a planet filled with singing birds, sound of the waves, the whistling trees, chirping kids; a world full of song and dance. You can’t run away from the chaos forever, so hunt for your peace, find the happy sounds in your lifeLive them, experience them and love them!

Sweet Tooth?

What category of people do you fall into – the ones who eat to live or the the ones who live to eat? 🙂

Food is an energy provider. Like fuel in automobiles the food we eat gets processed by the body to produce energy with which we are able to sit, stand, walk, run, work, do chores etc. Therefore food is a major part of our daily livelihood and what type of food we consume affects our overall wellness. Leading our busy lives, we most often than not neglect what we eat.

Sweets, for example is a weakness for many and not a necessity for all. Apart from keeping a watch on our carbs it is also important to watch that sweet tooth.

Cravings and temptations for sweets and desserts in this festive season is near impossible for some. With whiffs of yummy sweets filling everyone’s homes sometimes tempts even the non-sweet eaters. This is the worst time if you are trying to cut down on your sweet intake. How many times have you walked passed that chocolate box, or basket of sweet treats that your friends or family brought home this weekend? Giving long stares and almost opening the box and possibly nibbling on the edges? Caught you..? Hahaha… Well, we all have been there and struggled.

Here are some easy ways for you to try and curb your cravings, first let’s have a look at a few easy replacements, when you do wish to eat something sweet:

  • Eat a fruit: the easiest substitute are fruits, they are natural form of sugar that you can consume and will be easily processed by our system
  • Chew sugar-free gum: when tempted just pop some gum
  • Have dark chocolate: its chocolate, it satisfies your craving and as isn’t harmful as pure chocolate

If you are really wanting to cut down and looking for a more permanent solution, here is your list to start:

  • During meals eat more protein and fat, both of which make you feel full and satisfied, therefore there is no desire for sweet.
  • Have small, frequent meals to help keep your blood sugar level stable and eliminate your body’s need for a quick sugar fix. Avoid skipping meals (especially breakfast).
  • Take a daily multivitamin. Some nutrients help keep blood sugar stable, so ensure you get those by supplementing your diet appropriately.
  • Eat a breakfast that is not sweet, for example brown rice, or lean protein and blanched vegetables.
  • Have no sweets until 3pm. After that eat either fruit or a fruit sweetened dessert rather than sweets that contained refined sugars. Eating sweets in the morning or early afternoon tend to stimulate sweet cravings throughout the day.
  • If you have ‘sugar blues’ in the morning and again in the afternoon, drink 1 cup of sweet vegetable juice (natural juice made from the pulp of sweet veggies like carrots, beets etc.)
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners. Research has shown that artificial sweeteners cause intense cravings for sweets and are also cancerous for some.

Other than this, just NIBBLE your dessert, anything is excess quantities isn’t good, watch what you eat and watch that SWEET TOOTH of yours. Therefore, like we say in India, ‘Kuch Meeth ho Jaaye’ (something sweet please), let the quantity of sweet be ‘little’ only and you shall be just fine!  🙂

PS: If this post got you tempted, it’s a good time to test the above and let me know how it worked. FYI, I had a fruit! 😉