Do’s and Don’t’s of Keto diet

Most people who try to follow Keto diet are confused as to what they should eat and what to avoid. Here I have complied A list of do’s and don’ts of Keto diet.

In one my previous post, you can read it here , I gave an outline of my initial daily food intake.

Now I want to help people who have started Keto diet and haven’t much information about how to go about it.

1. Meals and their timings:

It is a vital part of Keto diet to eat your meals according to a fixed schedule. Now don’t get the idea that this would tie you to an unreasonable routine. By a schedule, I mean that the time between each meal should be around the same, daily. Now if you have breakfast early in the morning, you don’t have to have it at the same time every day, but make sure that the time difference between dinner and breakfast stays (almost )the same. And apply the same principle to lunch and dinner.

2. If you are not hungry at a meal time, don’t eat. The idea of 3 meals a day, or short frequent meals is not good for health. Frequent eating releases Insulin, which will hinder you weight loss and can make you Insulin resistant.

3. Appetite management:

It is natural to feel hungry initially, when you start on Keto. The Macros of Keto as I explained in my previous post are:




You can add non starchy vegetables to this.

Vegetables allowed on Keto: 

Eat as much as you want:

Green leafy vegetables like ;

Spinach, Iceberg, Rocket( Arugula), Mustard greens, Collard greens, Kale. Lettuce

Cruciferous vegetables like;

Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussels sprouts.

High water content vegetables like;

Squash ( all types), Peppers( all types ), Cucumbers, Eggplant, Turnips, Zucchini, Celery, Asparagus. Mushrooms, Olives

Eat less of these:

Tomatoes, onions, green beans, okra, carrots

These vegetables will not only fill up your tummy, but will also provide essential nutrients like Potassium, iron vitamins, specially vitamin B and C.

Start your meal with a large plate of salad. The daily recommended amount of vegetables/salad per day is around 7-10 cups. Divide it in two servings one with lunch and the other with dinner. If you find it difficult to eat that much vegetables, then you can try a veggie smoothie.

     Avoid completely

Potato, peas, lentils, beets, yams, corn.

All the products made out of potatoes and corn also must be avoided.

4. No snacking:

This is a difficult habit to stick to, specially in the beginning. But to get you body into ketosis,you must stick to this important rule. If you feel hungry in between meals:

a. Increase your intake of fat in your meals

b. Have a glass full of water with a tablespoon full of Apple cider vinegar in it. You can also add some lemon juice to it. It will lower your urge to eat.

Hope that these tips will make it easy for you to follow Keto Diet.

I will follow up with another post of foods allowed on keto!

Thanks for visiting.

Please let me know how you like my post.

#Ketogenic Diet

#Keto Diet




Movie review: Johnny English strikes again

The latest movie by Rowan Atkinson is a must see. As they say ” Laughter is the best medicine “. If you want a dose of happy, then this movie is for you.

There are no spoilers in this review.

Johnny English strikes again is third in the series of Johnny English movies. Since they are basically a comic take on the famous James Bond movies, ( Bond is member of the famous MI6, whereas Johnny English plays an agent of MI7 ) people who are fans of that genre of films will enjoy it .

It is directed by David Kerr and produced by Universal pictures. Emma Thompson’s portrayal of British Prime Minister may be a hit on the current British PM, but then maybe not.

The antics of Johnny English would remind some people( people found of old movies or who belong to my generation) of The pink Panther movie’s, detective Clouseau in some of the scenes.

As I am not a movie critic, I am not qualified to comment on the artistic/technical  side of the movie, I can only comment as a viewer.In my mind, Atkinson’s name is synonyms with comedy. He creates comedy from his expressions, actions and words. The plot is not complicated , some may even say, silly, but then that is how comedy is created!

I would give it a four and a half star rating, because of its entertaining nature. We went to see the movie because we had time on our hands. There were no great expectations and so we were pleasantly surprised.

If you are looking for a few laughs, a clean and not so complicated movie, then go for this one.

Let me know how you liked my post and the movie, if you see it.

#Movie review

#Johnny English


Operation Cleanup

It’s been on my mind since weeks. Well to be honest, months. But the moment I would think about starting my spring/ summer/ autumn cleaning, something more urgent would come up ( procrastination, definitely).

So this Sunday, I finally got my dusting rag, my trash bin and a cup of coffee ( you need to be stimulated) and attacked one of my cupboards, to start the process.

As was sorting my things and clothes, I noticed a piece of paper sticking out of one of the Drawers, I tried to pull it out but it didn’t budge. Intrigued, I opened the drawer to investigate. It was part of an envelope stuck under a pile of documents and other paraphernalia found in this sort of place. I rescued the envelope and looked inside. It had a few photographs and an old letter. Now suddenly it all came back to me. Some months ago, my maternal uncle gave this to me and said that these are few pictures of my mother when she was young and the letter written by her to my grandmother. I had just glanced at them at the time and had put them here to get back later. Well it was a rare treasure find. My mother passed away due to illness when I was a kid and I don’t have any clear memories of her.

It was a poignant moment! I was happy to be looking at her pictures from that long ago time and was sad for the fact that I never got to know her.

Anyway, the operation cleanup was sort of derailed after that. I spent my time looking at those pictures and well, later didn’t felt up to the task.

Another day, I will clean my closets and cupboards. Maybe will find other treasures!

Thanks for visiting my blog. What treasures do you find in your drawers? Please share! Waiting for your feedback and comments.





I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

I am deeply honored to be nominated for “The Sunshine Blogger Award” by Crushed caramel. Thank you so much. Ireally appreciate this award as it is a big boost to my morale. Nothing is more encouraging than recognition.

Here are the rules for this award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Thank you Crushed Caramel for nominating me! I am so grateful. I have posted her link below. Check out her posts. She is a wonderful writer.

Crushed Caramel

Here are questions by Crushed Caramel:


No, I have never felt discouraged about blogging. I have received tremendous amount of encouragement from my blogging family and my friends. Thanks a lot for being my support, all of you! I am motivated by reading all the amazing stuff posted by all the people who I follow. Also my experiences in life have provided me with the motivation to write. My aim is to provide a positive view on life. To rekindle hope and enthusiasm for life.


I would say that my favorite post was the one I wrote in answer to #FOWC, Stretch. I have gotten many encouraging comments and likes on it. Another post that I wrote about my grandson is also very dear to my heart, as he is! I love him.


Nopes! I enjoy a comfy bed, indoor plumbing and a life free from insect invasion.


I used to play in school and college, but don’t do so anymore. Guess I want to protect my brand new titanium knees! I watch soccer and cricket on TV. Have seen a few matches live but don’t enjoy the hassle of going to the game. Sitting comfortably in front of my TV is my idea of catching a game.


Yes, a few of them even follow and comment but not like people here at WordPress. My friend, DrTanya @Salted Caramel has been my guiding light and mentor in this blogosphere. I wrote a thank you post to her : My blogging buddy.


They are too many to tell. I have always been causing bloopers and getting embarrassed as a result. On one particular occasion, while on my way to Chicago, in my hurry to catch the next flight, I grabbed my bag and was hurrying towards the airline check in counter when a total stranger approached me and asked me to give him back his luggage! You can imagine my embarrassment as I realized that I was rolling away his bag. Luckily, he was a good sort and no hot words were forthcoming. I also found my own ( same color and make!) bag and caught the flight on time.


I love ( and can sort of sing) a very old childhood favorite, Strawberries, cherries and angels…Summer wine.


No one! And I wish that there was because its so much fun and then you can compare notes, but as yet I haven’t been able to conince them to start blogging. Though my son has written a travelog for an online paper.


Oh! One day is not enough! I have plans to go to London some day and visit all the places that I have read about. Buckingham Palace, Trafalger Square, The British Museum, Piccadilly circus, Hyde Park , to cite a few places I would love to visit .


I love chocolate so it will be a decadent chocote cake with caramel frosting and layered with cream cheese ( to bring a bit of contrast to all that sweetness).


I am stuck. I love Miss Marple and Poirot From Agatha Christy and Of course Sherlock Holmes! But I would go with the BBC’s Sherlock, because it has Benedict Cumberbatch…… I hope that there is a season 5!

I really enjoyed answering the questions by Crushed Caramel. Thanks again.

Now here are my 11 questions:

1. How long have you been blogging?

2. Do your friends and family support you in this?

3. Which is your favorite time of the day?

4. What would be your dream vacation?

5. What genre of movies you like best?

6. What do you wake up to?

7. Are you a morning person?

8. What motivates you?

9. How do you think your friends see you?

10. What would be your idea for saving the environment from pollution ?

11. Happy or peaceful, what is more important to you?

I am nominating these following 11 people for THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD:


Charmed Chaos


The perks of being different

3. JO HAWK The writer


My Namaste 365 online


Powered by robots


Earth Laughs in flowers








Heartstring Eulogies


Mercury twin

These are the people I picked, but if I could I would pick all of you. Your are all the sunshine which gives me light, hope and energy to go on. Thank you all, my fellow bloggers.


#Sunshine bloggers award

#Crushed Caramel

Staying in your comfort zone

We humans are comfortable with what we are used to. This is our known territory, our Comfort Zone .

It is often that either physically or mentally we are taken or forced out of our comfort zone. Not staying in a frame of mind that we are familiar with can push us both mentally and physically to a state of stress. So is this forced or voluntary stepping out of our comfort zone, good for us?

Most people wouldn’t want to step out of the familiar. But experts tell us that sometimes doing things which stretches our limits and capabilities can be good for us.

There are two aspects of stepping out;

1. Mental:

Stretching your mental abilities, though is stressful at that time , can help you grow both intellectually and skill wise. The most common example is of school learning. Children, when they start school, hardly know anything much but through this stretching of their mental capacity, they start to learn and gradually their intellectual capacity is extended to include knowledge on different subject. Continuing on this principle, adults who no longer fall in the category of students, can and do learn new skills and acquire knowledge on subjects of which they were previously ignorant. Many times through need or hobby, people push themselves to acquire new skills, which previously they didn’t have. This is where stepping out of comfort zone benefited these people. Learning to operate computer, developing skills to use machines ( of various kinds) or taking up a new profession, (after learning about it from scratch) are all examples of leaving one’s comfort zone.

2. Physical;

Stepping out of physical comfort zone has to be considered very carefully. If one is young and healthy and, has nothing to limit their venture into their chosen physical activity, by all means go ahead. Learning and playing new games, sky diving and bungee jumping are all the sort of  adventures open to these people. It gives one a thrill and sense of adventure to take part in these newly acquired sporting activities. Start gym or yoga, cycling or aerobics, the only limitation are those of physical endurance.

Now, consider the second category of people who are not that fit, young or flexible etc, etc. These people should not push themselves too much out of their comfort zone! It is always good to be physically fit and active , but recognize your own limits. An unadvised and unsupervised entry into rigorous sports like activity can cause harm which sometimes cannot be fixed easily.

The conclusion;

The take away from all of this is that : Mentally, it is always good to boldly go where you haven’t gone before. Trust in your own capabilities and try new things. Learn new skills and languages. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and you will see that it’s a rewarding experience.

Physically, choose your challenges carefully, keeping in mind your limitations. It’s no use starting some new activity, just to give it up due to your health. But even in this scenario, slow and gradual build up of capacity can help you in taking up new hobbies, games and physical activities.

Hope you like this post. Please share your feedback and comments.





A day in her life

It was morning, she knew that but…..How to get up and go out? Facing each new day was a challenge for her.

Her mom and step father were very worried about her. They were being supportive, she knew. She also knew that the doctor she was seeing weekly was treating her depression with meds and therapy was very competent , but why, then it all seemed so difficult?

It all seemed like an uphill task. Even putting one foot in front of other looked like a monumental task to Melanie. I must try to get out of this dark place, she thought to herself. But the problem was her own thoughts. They were always negative! Her self esteem was in the ditch. And all because of….What? She would try to think what was the reason that her depression was so severe, and always drew a blank.

Maybe some childhood thing had pushed her in this dismal place? She was just 17 and hadn’t had much of life experience , so it puzzled her, this darkness that was living in her mind.

Her mom knew, but didn’t share with her. She thought that she was partly responsible for her daughter’s state of mind. She knew that her daughter had witnessed the horrible fights and arguments between her parents as a child. Her husband was not only abusive towards her but was also quite harsh towards his only daughter. The scars left on the mind of a 2 years old girl had grown into fear of inter reacting with others as she was growing older.

But maybe today will be different, mom thought as she went up to her daughter’s room. They had arranged to go a special place today.

As she coaxed her daughter out of the apartment door, she was trying to put Melanie in a cheerful mood, but was not succeeding in her endeavors. As the car stopped in front of the old building, she opened the door for Melanie to step out. Where are we mom? She asked, a bit intrigued. You will see in a minute. On entering the door they were greeted enthusiastically by an old lady, Hey! I am glad you made it. She led both of them into the inner part of the building. There were lots of people there, sorting , packing, and wrapping presents for children. Christmas was round the corner and they were volunteers packing presents for the kids living in the orphanage and the one in the nearby children’s hospital. Melanie’s mom was grateful to see a big smile bloom on Melanie’s face as she realized that they were thereto take part in this project.

She had a happy time doing something for those kids. She forgot during that time her own misery and helped others find happiness. She overcame her challenge today, maybe tomorrow would be even better. She realized the truth of the adage that : When you are helping others, you are helping yourself.

Written for#FOWC. # Challenge.



#Helping others


Autocorrect hates my writing!

Here, I am trying to write

There, it is bent on spoiling

Who, you may ask?

This blasted autocorrect!!

I want : we are

It writes, where

I type :there

It comes out : they are

“From here” becomes : former

“Hey there” becomes : hyper

My sentences look funny

My grammar all askew

Why is this autocorrect

Turning my post in a stew?

Writing is no picnic anyway

But throw in this well-meaning gadget

It’s bound to reduce you

To tears of frustration

(It just changed tears to years)

If I disable my autocorrect

Then who will check my spellings

If I don’t, how will I finish!

Why does autocorrect hate me so?

My autocorrect doesn’t like the word autocorrect!

Do you have issues with autocorrect?

Share them and your feedback with me.