About Pre and Post Workout Meals

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Pre and Post Workout Meals

About Pre and Post Workout Meals

This question came from Snigdha Kashyap. She tries to workout regularly but is always confused about her pre and post workout meals.

Why do we need pre and post workout meals anyway? Aren’t we taking the pains to workout- just to ‘burn out’ the already existing fat in our body, which we believe is mostly the deposit of food that we have already eaten?  Then why more food? That too both before and after workout. Hmm.. Let us look at it contextually
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I Quit Sugar Regime

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I Quit Sugar Regime

I Quit Sugar Regime

Hi everyone,

This post is in response to a very interesting question that Lakshmi asked me on my last week’s post. Question- “Have you ever followed “i quit sugar regime”?
It is based on a book. It’s an eight week program and one basically quits food with sugar in them including fruits and bread along with processed food.Some of my friends have been following it. Just wanted to see, what’s your call on it?”

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How to stay Hydrated

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How to stay Hydrated

How to stay Hydrated

Hi Guys,

I have been meaning to start writing again from long. Here you go. I will write atleast one article every Wednesday. Mostly focussing on the queries :) .

We hear so many stories on the importance of hydration for good health and suggestions on drinking x gallons/liters/glasses of water for maintaining the right hydration level in the body.

Just like any other fitness jargon, I want to believe in this fitness jargon too, but with some clarity on how it works for my body. Let us find out!

First let me redefine hydration for you: “Staying hydrated does not mean drinking ‘specific amount of water/liquid’ in a day. It means having small dregs of water throughout the day so that the body cells stay succulent and refreshed throughout the day”
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Losing Last few pounds of Fat – Not Frustration but Meditation is the trick

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Losing Last few pounds of Fat

I am on bed rest from last 3 weeks. Eating, sleeping and resting yet feeling fit *touchwood*.  This may be because I am regularly doing a mental workout, called Meditation, which is more powerful than any physical workout.

I am writing after 4 months today but I tried to keep the facebook page active with the pictures of all the crazy things that I keep doing. Actually it is nothing to be proud of, as all of this workout frenzy lend me an injury and hence some realizations. Realizations that our body is as delicate as a bubble of water. Once we exert a lot of pressure on it. It will burst. And these pressures could be any extremes like ‘Workout each day’, ‘run each day’, ‘proteins only’, ‘stress’ to name a few.

I am saying this because I know of people who are always stressed about each and every morsel they put in their mouth or about each day they go without workout. Sometime, I want to tell them that they will look and probably feel better if they put on some weight. But I realize that to them weight gain is the biggest fear of life. Well !! No offence meant, I too had suffered with this phobia once :P

Anyways, before I forget, this post is about how to Lose Last few pounds of Fat or rather last few ‘frustrating’ pounds of weight. And the topic came to my mind when one of my runner friend pinged me last night, really worried about his last few pounds…. There goes a look alike of our conversation.

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Road Running in Winter

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Road Running in Winter

Hi everyone,

Long time. How are you? I have been keeping very tied up. I was working day and night on my indo western fashion fusion project. Finally I launched it in New York a week back. It is called Red Ghagra . It is basically to support rich Indian handicrafts hidden in the villages of India. Red Ghagra is about global designs with an Indian twist using rich Indian crafts in textiles, jewelry and painting….

It was a lottttt of hard work in the past 4 months but finally the response is so overwhelming. A lot of people from Indian fashion community as well as American fashion community have come forward to support or join the project. And I am realizing one very important thing in life that if you are passionate about something and you want to do something with we should start with it somewhere. May be start something on a very small level. If it clicks you then it will grow! :)

I thought same applies to fitness also. We run 1 km, we get the hang of it. If it clicks us then we get started for lifetime.. Isn’t it?

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Which Oil is Best for Cooking

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Which Oil is Best for Cooking

Hello everyone,

This article is on Neetu’s query. She wants to know what oil is healthy to use for daily cooking. When I read her query, I thought to myself that this time, I will go out to the stores, check out all the varieties of oils available, talk with the manufacturers and then do some research on them.

As planned, I went to a big retail store. As I stood in front of the aisle that had zillions of oils placed temptingly over it, my head started spinning. They were tempting because of the ‘healthy’ options available. One of the bottle of coconut oil declared that it has “pure” but “odorless”coconut oil. Bahhhhh!! I thought to myself, if I had to use coconut oil then why not I use the pure one with its odor. After all it will be better than the version which has been chemically treated to remove its ‘odor’ :D

So I decided that instead of visiting the stores, I will talk with people from different regions and find out what kind of oils they have been using traditionally (not recently).

This is what I found out..

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Acidity, Alkalinity of Food

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This article is in continuation to my article on What is a Balanced Diet. If we keep eating ‘healthy’ food all time then there will come a situation when there will be imbalance and hypersensitivity in our body. As in our body will start to throw up on eating street food. It will develop allergies from normal tap water etc

Our body needs balance, which does not mean that it needs to eat all types of food in equal proportions but which means that it needs to have all types of foods in some proportions. To understand that better let us first understand the concept of acidity and alkalinity.  To understand this concept, we need to  brush up little part of the chemistry that we studied in school

Acidity, Alkalinity of Food

We know of hydrogen atom. It has one electron and one proton. When the electron leaves it then it becomes an ion(as shown in the image above). An ion which is hungry for electrons….
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What is a Balanced Diet

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What is a Balanced Diet

How are you? I strained my hip flexors last week so I was grounded. I could not even walk much. Tiger balm and hot water fomentation and a glass of milk with turmeric each day came to my rescue. Sometimes it is good to take rest especially when there is an injury which could heal only by resting :)

I used this time to read an amazing book on food. Today I want to talk about one subject that I think is dealt really weirdly in all the courses on nutrition science. The subject is Measurement of the nutrients!

I do not understand how do some people standardize the quantity of vitamins and minerals esp the grams of proteins for everyone? Does the number which they attach to this measurement takes into account that the vitamin A that we get by eating a carrot is different from the same amount of vit A obtained by popping a pill?
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How to deal with Migraine, Constipation And Insomnia

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How to deal with Migraine, Constipation And Insomnia

I got this question in my Fb Inbox, a few days back.

Hi Nidhi Please help me

I have migraine n insomnia for which i am taking treatment from neurologist.He has given me Amitop25 My problem is due to medicine its very difficult for me to get up early so i go for my walk in evg. I need a cup of tea to wake up in morning and dat also help bowel movements otherwise i face constipation problem. I have read and I know that waking up to tea is bad habit and whether its black or green tea. I m taking a cup of green tea if i dnt take tea i m not able to get up n i hv headache later in day plz tell me what can I do ?

I also take two cups of normal black tea later in day but that i try to maintain sufficient gaps between meals plz tell how can i solve this problem
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I have been thinking how to answer this question. As in, the probable answer that anyone will be likely to give to this question is to ask from you to live an ideal lifestyle, which can not only solve this problem but can also solve any other health problem in this world. And it is not just I, there has always been someone or the other telling us to do this. A print media/electronic media/elders/doctors/fitness experts et all ask us to live an ideal lifestyle.

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NYC Open Day with Rujuta Diwekar And Celebration of the Memories of Guruji at Iyengar Institute of New York

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NYC Open Day with Rujuta Diwekar And Celebration of the Memories of Guruji at Iyengar Institute of New York

I was excited to attend Rujuta’s open day at central park from the day I got to know about it. Although the tough part for me was to convince Mister Husband to come along with me to the Open day. He said, ” I am happy with my new lifestyle. I have already lost so much weight and I feel so energetic now. I eat home cooked food. I do yoga and running. Why else do you want to take me to the open day of a nutritionist? ” . I said that you will realize it once you attend the open day. I am sure there will be something worth it that you will come back home with.

Plus, I told him that I really want you to meet Rujuta’s partner GP (I expected he will be there too). From long, I have been following connect with himalayas, an initiative by GP. The places he and his group travels are breathtakingly beautiful. Anyways, we met G.P at the open day and I got super excited. I told him that my husband is very fond of traveling in the nature. So much that our travels after marriage from last 4 months have been so much of hiking, trekking, camping etc in some mountains or forests. GP smiled and humbly asked us to join his himalaya travel group sometime. Mister husband got curious, asked GP about connect with himalayas, came home, browsed it and got mighty impressed. We ordered GP’s book The land of Flying Lamas and I wish we get to trek himalayas soon.

Now the open day ..
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