Intermittent fasting

Definitely not the pizza, that is not what this post is about.

This post is about the way you should be eating and abstaining from food.

My post today is about intermittent fasting.

Fasting is when you don’t eat for a certain period of time. And intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating food at fixed intervals, and abstaining during the rest of the day.

There are many advantages of fasting.

1. Intermittent fasting is one quick way to get into ketosis. The body, when deprived of food for some time uses up all its stored glycogen, a form of sugar stored in liver. In absence of this source of energy, the body is forced to use fat for energy.

2. For people who find it difficult to abstain from eating at all times, the benefit from fasting are huge. When you are bound to a regimen of fasting and eating at fixed times, the caloric intake is automatically restricted.

3. Fasting helps the body to lose fat as compared to traditional low calorie diets where most of the weight loss is water and then muscle mass.

4. Fasting also improves blood sugar levels and helps regulate insulin levels. There is a marked improvement in insulin resistance as well.

5. Fasting has a beneficial effect on the human brain. When the brain is fueled by ketones, the energy providing chemical in ketosis, the mental process is reported to be quicker and thinking is clearer. It promotes brain health.

6. Contrary to general belief, going without food make the body healthier. The body in absence of fuel, turns towards itself, consuming the sick and cancer prone cells. This rids the body of a lot of threats and toxins and promotes longevity. Some doctors have claimed success against cancer on this as well.

What is intermittent fasting; Or IF

Intermittent fasting is described as a way of eating when you follow a fixed pattern of consuming food.

1. Skipping a meal; The easiest type of IF is skipping a meal. You can either do away with breakfast, or merge it into an early lunch, making one meal out of two. The other option is to skip lunch or have it later, combining it with dinner.This way, you can have the benefit of IF, without too much trouble.

2. Daily window; An other way to do IF, is to improve upon the skipping of one meal by prolonging the time between the last meal of the day and the first one on the next day. It would mean a gap of 6-8 hours between the two main meals of the day, leaving 18-16 hours when you are fasting. It may seem difficult but if you are sleeping more than half of this time, it’s quite easy to accomplish.

3. Alternate day fast; Fasting on alternate day is also quite doable. Eat regularly one day and fast the next day, choosing either the meal skipping or the daily window method.

4. 24 hour fasting; This should not be done in the beginning as it is hard on a system not used to fasting. This can be attempted after consulting a doctor. Eat a good high quality meal, rich in calories and the eat the same time next day. It is also known as one meal a day or OMAD.

What can we have while fasting;

Water, it’s very helpful in maintaining the fast and overall a feeling of well-being.

Green tea can be taken provided its free from sugar and any other additives which can have calories.

Lemon and water mix can be consumed.

Tea and coffee, black, without milk, cream whiteners or sugar. But don’t drink too much of them as they can kick you out of your fasting state.

If you want to know about foods you can consume on Keto diet, you can find all the information here;

Foods allowed in Ketogenic Diet

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Fresh air no despair

It is after the holidays and I am re-blogging my post that about the beneficial effects of exercise on us.

Stepping outside into the fresh air, you instinctively take a deep breath. Just to take in all that wonderful  fresh air. Going for a run or jog in the fresh air has an uplifting effect on us. Exercising and doing workouts releases a brain hormone, called endorphins.

What are Endorphins? These are chemicals released in brain when we exercise for a certain amount of time at a certain intensity.

Also known as feel good hormones, endorphins are great mood elevators. After about twenty minutes of exercise of moderate intensity, our brain starts to release endorphins. This is the cause of a euphoric feeling or the runner high.

These chemicals are produced in our brains to relieve stress and pain. The euphoric and analgesic effect are the main reason why people become addicted to exercise, running or jogging. These chemicals also have a sedative effect and that’s why a good run ,walk or workout gives us a good night sleep.

Endorphins not only have a relaxing effect on our bodies but also trigger a positive and uplifting mental outlook. It chases away the anxiety, despair and depression.

Psychologist and psychiatrist also recommend physical activity for a certain time every day to keep depression and anxiety at a minimum.

So let’s put on our running/ walking shoes and go out to enjoy the fresh air that is going to blow away the cob webs from our minds , chase away the blues and energize our body and brain. It will also stimulate our thinking and bring fresh ideas about writing!

So, Endorphins, anyone?

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Lost

“Hey! You have lost some weight” said my friend who hadn’t seen me for some time. “Yes” I answered a bit smugly. It was no mean achievements, loosing thirty five pound in six months. I was very proud of myself.

“But how did you do it?” She was incredulous. After all I had been overweight since a long time, trying different “diets” and giving them up in disgust as nothing would work after first few weeks.

“You see I have started on this new lifestyle, they don’t call it a diet because one has to change one’s eating habits for life to achieve success ” I told her. “And what is this lifestyle called?” She was still skeptical.

It’s called ketogenic lifestyle. Now I had caught her interest. She had heard of this keto diet, as people were calling it, and wanted to know the details.

I told her all about it. The highlights were to stop eating carbohydrates, if not altogether, then to bring them to a minimum. Just vegetables which are practically starch free. ” You mean to say that you had to leave all carbs, like bread, pizza and dessert.” She still couldn’t believe it, that a carb junky like me could give up pasta, breads and all other yummy carb rich foods.

As I explained to her the mechanism through which this diet/ lifestyle change works, she was finally convinced. Even to the extent to give it a try herself.

And do you have to exercise a lot, she wanted to know. I just have a daily walk for an hour or so that is enough for me.

If you want to know about Keto diet/ ketogenic lifestyle, you can check my posts about it on the following;

My keto journey 

Do’s and Don’t’s of keto

Foods allowed in ketogenic diet

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“So Doctor, what do you recommend? “

The question was put to him by the father, a worried frown on his face. A set of expectant eyes were trained on his face. The rest of the family were waiting outside the consulting room.

Micheal , the doctor had his answers but wasn’t sure how the father or for that matter, the patient would take it. His patient was a seventeen years old girl.

“Well, ahem”, he said clearing his throat,”what I would suggest is that you should go for it”. The father blinked, “Are you sure that there is no other way to deal with it?”

“I have consulted with my colleagues and they all agree. This is the only option left to us”.

“You see that your daughter is very young and being so much overweight at this point just leaves us with the option of Gastric Bypass surgery”.

” I just hope that the insurance will cover the cost of this surgery ” muttered the father under his breath. “How many times I had warned her that the junk food she has been eating since she was twelve was not good for her health!”

“But kids! They don’t listen do they?”

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Walk your way to better physical and mental health

This reads like a banner for a marathon! Nonetheless, it’s a solid fact of life.

I don’t know about you but I was always a very reluctant walker. All my family would love to go for long walks. The idea of a good Sunday would be an outdoor activity, including a walk or hiking. And among these active people, I would be trying to find excuses to stay put. Walking was not my cup of tea. I would love to lounge around and spend my time in a sedentary activities. In short I was a perfect couch potato.

So why I am advocating WALKING?

The reason is simple. Necessity! It dawned on me that if I was to enjoy even average health, I need to get off my couch and step it up. So I started to walk. I would say to myself that I need not walk for long, just 10 minuets. Gradually I increased my walk and lo and behold!! I was walking up to 30 minuets a day. Admittedly it took longer to get to 30 from 10 minuets than I care to acknowledge. But , though I was walking , it was not bringing me any joy!

I would be looking at my daily walk as a dreaded chore. Then I discovered the joy of indoor walking. And what is that? You may ask!

I discovered that if I walk inside my home, I don’t have to be dependent upon the time of day, I can do my walking any time. I wouldn’t be concerned if was raining out sunny outside. And it wouldn’t matter if it was a hot day or a cold one . I would walk around the house at a brisk (ish) pace and while listening to music on my ear buds, I could walk for up to an hour and not even realize it. The other trick was to have long conversations with friends and the time would fly. I didn’t need to put on my sneakers/ walking shoes or be respectably dressed as there was no one to see me. So now I walk daily. I look forward to my daily walk and enjoy it too.

Walking, not only is good for my health but is also a mental relaxer. I can start my walk in a stressful mood or in anxiety about something but at the end of it I am totally relaxed and happy, even.

These are my personal preferences, you can walk wherever you feel comfortable. But since I found a good thing, I wanted to share it with you !

I can enumerate many health benefits of walking but I am sure that you all know them. So if you want to live a good life and want to be independent even in your old age, it’s time to start walking.

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A weighty issue

In my tag line I have mentioned obesity. I have been at war( regular armed warfare!!!) with the weighing scale most of my life. Being a chubby and cute baby really didn’t help me when I grew up into a teenager. My weight would fluctuate a lot. I would gain weight and after some effort, would get it off but not for long. This continued till my marriage and first pregnancy. With my first pregnancy, I put on a whooping 60 pounds.This yo-yo’ing went on for a lot of years till , finally at the age of 38, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

I thought that now , at last, my weight troubles are over! Well not exactly! I did loose about 35 pounds after the start of treatment but not for long. Apparently, people with hypothyroidism have a tough time taking and keeping the weight off.

I tried Atkins diet, low-fat high carb diet, southern beach diet and any number of variations of these and many other diets. The result was more weight fluctuations and very little satisfaction.

So, where am I now heading? I have not given up. No sir! I mean to keep on trying to lose this excess weight , not because I want to just look good( BTW, who doesn’t), but now it’s a matter of being healthy.                                                                                                                                       appetite apple close up delicious

So the battle continues! I will tell you about my new strategy in my next blog post. Till then , please like and comment

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My secret addiction!

Games, puzzles and words games, I am addicted to them all. I have different passions at different times. Nowadays, it’s Jigsaw puzzles( the ones you play on you phone or tablet). Before I started to write my blog, this was a major time kill for me. I would be sitting at home, on the airport, in the bus or at a get together where I didn’t know anyone ( I know it is very rude!) , I would take out my phone and start working on my puzzle.

How my addiction with computer/ phone games started?

It was about 15-16 years ago, that while talking to my brother, who is a doctor, the topic of occupation ( mine) came under discussion. I haven’t had a proper job since I completed my studies. Being a home maker and full-time mom didn’t leave much time for a whole time job! So he told me that it was essential to keep my mind active to prevent early dementia ( my grand father suffered from it) . He suggested word games and other ” mind games” ( the literal ones) . I started playing Solitaire and FreeCell on my PC, ( we had a PC for the whole family in those days).

From there I progressed gradually to phone/ laptop/ tablet. I played games to while away my time, to amuse myself and to exercise my mind. To say that enjoyed this pastime would be an understatement. I loved it!

But my family was not happy about it. They termed my harmless hobby as an addiction. There were a lot of representations made to me about sitting with my phone or laptop, staring at the screen and being blind and deaf to everything going around me was not good for me!

So to respect the wishes of my family, I tried to cut down on my games addiction. I would give myself a timetable for playing my favorite games, an hour in the morning and/ or an hour in the afternoon, was the time I allowed myself. The resultant withdrawal was not difficult to manage. And then I came to the stage where my kids were all on their own, working and / or married! I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands. I was free to do whatever I wanted with my time. Also I discovered a new obsession, Jigsaw puzzles.

It was interesting and challenging. I gradually increased the level of difficulty I could handle ( the maximum is 400 pieces). I got pretty good at it too.

But one day, my very good friend Dr Tanya@ Salted Caramel told me that she had started writing a blog. She encouraged me to do the same. Her encouragement and support from my family, finally made me bold enough to take this step. Now most of my time is spent either reading the blogs of people I follow or writing my own posts.

My family is happy that I have found a constructive way to spend my time. I am happy to have found something positive to do and love the feedback and encouragement that I find here in my blogging world, so everyone’s happy.

But one thing I haven’t told anyone is that I still do my daily Jigsaw Puzzle! I also play my card games daily challenges while no one is watching!

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Foods allowed in ketogenic diet.

In my last post I gave you a list of vegetables which can be eaten without restriction on Keto diet.

Here I will talk about all the other food groups that can be eaten on Keto diet.

1. Proteins:

In Keto diet, you should be eating a controlled portion of protein. The ideal amount is between 3-6 oz of meat, fish , poultry and eggs.

Grass fed organic meats, like Beef, Lamb, pork and best of all organ meat which have high fat content are ideal.

Fatty fish, like Tuna, Salmon, Sardines, Trout, Halibut and other high fat fish. Seafood like Oysters, Shrimp, Squid, Scallops , Lobster etc.

Eggs, preferably free range eggs are excellent for Keto diet . Eggs have the perfect macros for Keto.

For people who don’t want to eat Animal Protein, Vegetarian protein can be subsituted.

Vegetarian proteins:

Organic fermented Soy products like tofu and tempeh in smaller amounts. Lentil, Seeds like pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds. Sprouted berms, Mushrooms are some of the veggie proteins you can have.

2. Fats:

The most important and unusual part of the keto diet are the fats.

Coconut oil and butter, avocado oil, olive oil, almond butter , peanut butter ( with no sugar added). Grass fed butter are all the good fats that can be used. The ratio of fats consumed keeps on changing as you progress with ketosis.

3. Dairy:

Small amounts of cheese ( up to 3 oz) can be taken in a day with meals. Feta, Brie, cream cheese ( not cream cheese spread) heavy cream and Sour cream can be a part of your daily diet. Greek yogurt or hung yogurt can also be used.

4. Nuts:

Some nuts are very high in fat and are good for inducing the body into Ketosis . But since they are calorie dense ( have a lot of calories) eat them in small quantities. Pecans, Macadamia , almonds Walnuts, Hazelnut and Brazil nuts are all good. Other nuts like Cashews, peanuts and pistachios have a higher carb content and should be used sparingly.

5. Fruits:

Unfortunately, most fruits being high in carbs are not allowed on Keto diet. Only berries, like Blackberry, Blueberries and Strawberries can be eaten in small amounts. Lemon and lime can be used freely. Avocado can be used daily. But not too much. An avocado a day should be fine.

For further help, please look up my previous posts on this subject,

Here and Here

Hope that this post helps to some degree in choosing what to eat on KETO Diet.

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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:

FAT:70%

PROTEIN 25%

CARBS 5%

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!

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My fitness tracker.

Fitness trackers are all the rage these days. The question is: Do I need one? I will be honest with you! The answer is a yes and a no!!! If you are a creature of habit, with discipline ingrained in your character, the likelihood is that you won’t need the added push which a fitness tracker provides towards gaining good physical health and regular habits. But if , like me you are careless about personal goals or have a lackadaisical approach towards health and fitness, then my dears, this gadget is a necessity!

Let me explain:

A fitness/ exercise/ step tracker is a device often worn on the wrist ( though there are arm and pendant versions also available) of a person (that maybe you!). The purpose of this device is to measure the physical activity that is done by the wearer. As new technology is coming into play, the trackers can monitor your steps, heartbeat, sleep and any exercise that you do. It is done basically by measuring your heartbeat and movements. The tracker cannot be 100% accurate but most devices have a pretty good tracking rate. As a person wears the tracker, all the physical activity done by him/ her is recorded. The number of steps taken, floors climbed and aerobic exercise like walking, running and cycling etc are also recorded automatically. It also tells you how long you have been sitting around and how long you slept. Usually there is an app ( both for android and iPhones ) which links your tracker to your device ( usually the phone) and analyzes the data collected.

You are further encouraged to log in the food and water intake via the app into your account, that you create when you start using your tracker.

So this is how your tracker works!

Now, the question: why should anyone go to all this trouble?

I am going to cite my own example to make it easy for you to decide. I was a lazy person who disliked to do any exercise or physical activity, voluntarily. Then a few ( 3 or so) years ago, I realized that if I wanted to have a chance of aging gracefully with my dignity intact, I better reform my indolent ways. So I got myself a fitness tracker. After a few frustrating day, ( learning how to use the device and the app) I started my journey towards a better physical health. The pre-set limit on my tracker was 10,000 steps. Now this was an impossibility to me at that time. So I tweaked it and reduced the target to 3000 steps. Slowly and gradually I increased my capacity to walk and finally was able to do the 10 k.

So long story short, now it’s not only a habit but sort of compulsion for me to complete my daily quota of steps. I also log in my food/ calorie intake and water intake.

The conclusion:

As I said earlier, if you are concerned that you are not getting enough exercise or are not doing enough for you health, get a fitness tracker which suits your requirements. It will remind you to move, get your daily quota of steps and in general be more active. The latest research has equated being sedentary as having the same risks as smoking. So it’s time to invest in a bit of technology to help you on the road to being more active and healthy.

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