ARE YOU WASTING YOUR HEALTH ON YOUR WAIST??

Have you been trying to lose weight lately?

Your crash diet crashes every week?

Do you give in to the temptation of your favorite food?

Suppression is leading to over-eating?

Well!! If this feels like you then you are on the right page!!

Have you ever given it a thought that how can something which has a word crash in it will help you build the healthy body of your dreams? Well, resistance leads to persistence and suppression leads to overeating. Also, these so-called diets have a short lifespan hence they can’t give you long-term results.

After my second born, I was desperate to lose weight and gave in to some diets which promised fast-track weight loss. Instead of making my body healthy they started making me feel sluggish, irritated and above all HUNGRY all the time. These diets only work on the amount of calories intake ignoring the whole thing about nutrition. As a result, my body produced more acid making me feel more bloated, lethargic and dull because it lacked the nourishment required for a new mom or anyone for that matter.

Well, no doubt I lost a lot of weight within a month or two but couldn’t maintain it in coming months and ended up landing back to square one. My body lacked the stamina to start any workout, my skin looked pale, and I ended up feeling more depressed. It was then that I felt sorry for being so careless about my body and promised to take care of it by making better and wholesome choices for myself.

I am going to share some tips which have made a difference to my health.

WHAT CHANGED MY HEALTH?

RAW TILL NOON

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The best way to start your day is by eating the raw plant-based diet. Whole seasonal fruits, smoothies, sprouts, microgreens, coconut water, nuts, seeds and more aids in the natural cleansing process of the body in the morning which further helps in losing weight. Raw food pushes your energy levels by fueling your body with natural sugar & nutrients. It makes you feel less sluggish and more productive.

SAY “NO” TO PACKED FOOD

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Packed food not only makes a hole in your pocket but even dent your health. Processed foods are loaded with refined sugar, salt, and oil which makes your weight stuck. Processing strips away all the nutrients and fiber from the food, and all you are left is with empty calories and chemicals. The ingredient list is also misleading as they have fancy names to make it sound great for, e.g., high-fructose corn syrup is also known as CORN SUGAR which contributes to weight gain and metabolic issues. Please use common sense before buying things labeled as NATURAL, only natural is natural, processed and packed is never natural. Make your choices healthy and wise.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP

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“Early to bed early to rise will make you healthy, wealthy and wise.” It is through personal experience that I can say that a good sleep leads to a better day ahead. Unfortunately, we are playing with our bodies by not providing it with adequate rest. Our body gets into repair mode while we are asleep and it freshens up our mind for the next day. At one point in time, I used to have lots of late nights but the next day always started at the same time. I found myself irritated and tired in the morning. Would not feel motivated to do my exercise or go for my morning walk. My concentration was weak, and I felt lethargic all the time. I tried to compensate by eating sugar-rich processed food, and in no time I was feeling bloated and super unhealthy. Sleep deprivation actually puts you in a detrimental vicious circle. A relaxing eight-hour sleep is a must to replenish our body and overall health.

MOVE THAT BODY

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Working out does not always mean hitting the gym or lifting those weights. Well, a workout for me means putting your body into a “calorie burn mode.” There are so many ways to do that, join a Dance, Zumba or yoga class, if you can’t go out then do it at home, find a workout buddy, go take a walk or any such thing which you love doing. Exercise in any form is mood uplifter because it makes you feel great about yourself. It is well researched that people who workout daily also consume fewer calories. Don’t make excuses just get into action.

WATER! WATER! WATER!

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Well, that’s the most common advice which everyone has given to everyone. But most of us fail in infusing it into our lifestyle. I fill three, 3 liters bottles for myself in the morning which I must finish till evening. It’s like setting a target for yourself and to keep a reality check too. Hydration is very essential for our bodies to function correctly. Drinking water helps washing out toxins out of your body and also relieve constipation. Hence, boosting your weight loss. If you don’t like drinking plain water, then make some flavored concoctions with natural fruits, herbs, lemon, etc.

EARLY DINNER

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I make sure I finish my dinner at least 3 hours before I go to bed to give ample time for digestion to happen. A late meal can cause heartburn or make you feel bloated due to undigested food as our metabolism slows down at night. But when you go to bed with a light stomach, then you sleep better and wake up fresh. Also, its one of the most effective ways to get a healthy body.

ADD A DOSE OF HAPPINESS EVERYDAY

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Last but not the least is to do things which make you happy. Take some time out exclusively for yourself no matter how busy you are. Remember a healthy body is a reflection of a happy mind.

If you would see, then all the above things are interlinked. One thing leads to another and other. Good health is not only about the number on your weighing scale but its more than that. Also because health is not just about the body but also about the mind and spirit. To keep our bodies healthy its very important to have a healthy mind and thought process.

So, when would you start your health journey? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below. You can also share your health secret with us too.

Cheers!

HEALTHY TEA-CONCOCTIONS

Cold winter morning and a warm cup of tea…

A hot summer day and a cold ice tea…

Conversations and a cup of tea…

Feeling tired and a refreshing cup of tea…

Tea is such a versatile drink that it can fit into any season/moment of our lives. But term tea is often used as a substitute for caffeine. Even though caffeine is mostly safe if used moderately but too much caffeine intake can also interfere with the normal functioning of the body.

I have always been a tea lover be it warm or cold, and over the years I have learned to add health to my daily dose of caffeine.

The recipes I will be sharing are perfect for vegans and also for people who want to avoid the dreadful refined sugar.

I once read somewhere, “YOU CAN’T BUY HAPPINESS, BUT YOU CAN BUY A CUP OF TEA.” 

WELL !! WHY BUY? When you can make one easily at home.

The recipes below are made of natural ingredients. You can have them either hot or cold as per your preference, and they also taste great without caffeine.

LEMONGRASS TEA

The aromatizing nature of this shrub-like herb is therapeutic. The sweet and lemony scent soothes your nerves and instantly refreshes your mood.

INGREDIENTS

Water – 2 cups {for one cup as the water burns}

Fresh Lemongrass Stalks – 2-3 stalks, cut into smaller pieces {if fresh is unavailable you can also use dried stalks}

Holy Basil leaves – 2  {also, known as TULSI in India}

Ginger – 1-inch shredded

Lemon tea bag – 1 bag

Sweetener – Organic jaggery powder or honey {optional, as per your taste}

METHOD

Pour water into the pan. After the water starts boiling add lemongrass and holy basil to it. Let it cook for 5 mins. Simmer the flame and add ginger to the concoction. Cover the lid and let it remain for another 5 mins. Switch off the flame and let it rest for another 2 mins. Till then prepare the cup by putting a tea bag {optional} in it. Open the lid, strain the hot concoction into the cup. Add your preferred sweetener to it. If you would like it cold, then allow it to cool down and add some ice to it.

ORANGE-CINNAMON TEA

An orangey cin-ful tea rich in vitamin C & A. Orange peel boosts immunity and Cinnamon has inflammatory properties and is beneficial for heart health. Makes a refreshing iced tea for a summer day.

INGREDIENTS

Water – 2 cups  {for one cup as the water burns}

Orange – 1 Peel and Slices separated {remove the pith as might make the tea bitter}

Rolled SriLankan Cinnamon – 1 inch {if Srilankan cinnamon is unavailable then use a regular one}

Earl Grey tea bag – 1 bag

Orange Flavoured Honey or Honey – as per your taste {optional}

Lemon Wedges 2-3

Mint Leaves – few

METHOD

Separate the orange peel and take out juice from the slices. Pour water into the pan. After the water starts boiling add orange peel and cinnamon to it. Simmer the flame and cover the lid and let it remain for 5 mins. Switch off the flame and let it rest for another 2 mins. Till then prepare the cup by putting a tea bag(optional) in it. Open the lid, strain the hot concoction into the cup. Mix orange juice and honey to it. Add lemon wedges and mint leaves for added flavor.  If you would like it cold, then allow it to cool down and add some ice to it.

ROSE AND HOLY BASIL TEA

Rose has numerous benefits. It provides nourishment to hair and skin. It has anti-oxidant properties. Also, it helps to relax the central nervous system.

INGREDIENTS

Water – 2 cups {for one cup as the water burns}

Edible fresh rose petals – 1 Cup {if fresh is unavailable you can also use dried rose petals, 1/2 spoon}

Holy Basil leaves – 3-4 {also, known as TULSI in India}

Cinnamon stick – 1-inch {optional}

Black or Green Tea Bag – 1 bag {optional}

Sweetener – Organic jaggery powder or honey {optional, as per your taste}

METHOD

If using fresh then cut the white tip off the rose petals to avoid making it bitter. Pour water into the pan. After the water starts boiling add rose petals, holy basil, and cinnamon to it. Boil till the rose petals turn dark. Switch off the flame and strain the hot concoction into the cup. Add your preferred tea bag if you like. If you would like it cold, then allow it to cool down and add some ice to it. Garnish with some rose petals.

LEMON AND GINGER TEA

Its also known for its detoxification properties. Helps in respiratory issues. Calms a sore throat and also aids digestion.

INGREDIENTS

Water – 2 cups {for one cup as the water burns}

Ginger – 2-inch shredded

Lemon – half

Mint tea bag – 1 bag {OPTIONAL}

Sweetener – Organic jaggery powder or honey {optional, as per your taste}

METHOD

Pour water into the pan. After the water starts boiling add ginger to it. Let it boil for 5 mins. Cover the lid and let it remain for another 5 mins. Till then prepare the cup by putting a tea bag {optional} in it. Open the lid, pour the hot concoction into the cup along with ginger. Squeeze lemon in it and add your preferred sweetener to it. If you would like it cold, then allow it to cool down and add some ice to it.

YOU CAN MIX MATCH AND EXPERIMENT MORE SUCH TEA CONCOCTIONS. DO LET ME KNOW WHICH ONE DID YOU LIKE THE BEST OR SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE RECIPE IN COMMENTS.

Cheers!