How to Break Through a Weight Loss Plateau

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How to Break Through a Weight Loss Plateau

How to Break Through a Weight Loss Plateau?.. This question is asked from me consistently.  I can think of two reasons for this consistency with this question.

1. People who ask it are the ones who are not consistent with their efforts.

2. People who ask it are consistent with the efforts but their efforts are not moving in the right direction.

For the point 1 type of people, I have this to say..
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Why is Almond a Brain Food

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Why is Almond a Brain Food

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Abhishek and I were going somewhere when we randomly started discussing that how, when we were growing up, our mothers made sure that we ate almonds daily. Both our moms believed that almonds are very good for brain.

I remember that in summers my maa, made me eat overnight soaked almonds. Whereas in winters, she use to make a paste of almonds, black pepper and sugar and add that paste to a glass of milk. In fact, one of my teacher at school told us a true story that there was a boy, who had very very limited resources with him and his parents, when he started preparing for civil service exams. He use to sit under the lamp on the streets to study when there was no electricity in his neighborhood. He made it to IAS with a very good rank. Later when he was asked in an interview that what is one thing that made your mind so sharp in spite of the hardships in which you prepared for the exam? He said, “I owe my intelligence to the almonds that my mother use to make me eat daily”.

Not only this, whenever I was losing a lot of hair or having skin problems or having joint pains then my grandmother always told me to start having soaked almonds daily. This information got into me instinctively. So now when I hear somebody’s joints crackling, I immediately ask them to have almonds.

A few days back, it all occurred to me and I started soaking almonds in water again in the night. And I started getting curious to know Why is Almond a Brain Food?

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East Mountain Sports

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Hiya everyone,

East Mountain Sports

 

This Sunday, we went to a vegan food festival in new york city. I had reviewed the festival HERE on the food blog. The event was called The Seed. The event was at the new york city’s most amazing shopping district called SOHO. After the event we went to a sports brand called East Mountain Sports. Abhishek is a huge fan of this brand. He had so many stories to tell of the products of this brand that he used during trekking or hiking. I had always seen the showroom from the outside but never had the chance to visit. From outside it looked like a superb clothes and shoes sports brand. But I was so wrong. This brand is like a paradise for anyone who loves outdoors.

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Agave Nectar Vs. Sugar

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Heylos everyone,

Agave Nectar Vs. Sugar

How do you do? I  recently started using agave in my coffee instead of white sugar. My prime reason for using agave was that Abhishek got 2 big bottles of it from farmer’s market. These bottles were lying as it is happily on the shelf for weeks. One day my sugar box got over. So I used agave. And since then I have started liking its taste and I use it in my coffee and desserts. Ahem.. This story ends here :D .

And a new story begins here :P .. The cynic in me could not be convinced by the promising words on the label ‘organic’ and ‘low glycemic index’ ’100 percent pure’ and ‘natural sweetener’. So the cynic sat and did all the research to find out Agave Nectar Vs. Sugar?
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Alignment for Side Lying Spinal Twist

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Hi everyone,

It is very very comfortable to lie down in a spinal twist. It feels almost like massaging your entire back. But sometimes, we want to stay in a pose because it feels very comfortable. Only to feel uncomfortable later due to the same pose. The right alignment of the body during any physical activity has a big role to play in how sturdy, fit , strong and comfortable we feel in our joint and muscles, in our daily life

This alignment is what we learn at the Iyengar Institute. Sometimes I do an asana that I have been practicing from ages and have come to accept that I have perfected it. As I find myself, able to bend in that asana, as much as it was possible. But at that very movement my teacher appears with a grin and twitch a little muscular alignment here and there. Only to make me realize that I am no where close to perfecting the pose. But after her adjustments, I feel much more aligned in my body. But this alignment has a price too :P . I lose all the bending I was able to do before. My teacher says as long as you are properly aligned then it does not matter whether your shoulder touches the floor or your head touches your toes or not :| . Proper alignment means proper muscles activated and proper energy flow generated.

As a matter of fact, she says that trying to do that pulling and bending without proper alignment does more harm than any good.

So you see, Iyengar classes are super slow with very few or say no young person in their twenties attending it. Expect me :P . Not even in thirties I guess. But each class is like a tequila shot for anyone who loveesss to study human anatomy. I get to learn so much each day so that, I get excited to quickly reach home, write about it and share it with you guys ^_^.

So today we learnt about Alignment for Side Lying Spinal Twist

Till now, I have been trying too hard in my life to try to touch my shoulder on the floor while doing this twist. But today, my teacher asked me that what about the alignment of my knee, knees, ankles, spine etc?

“By only trying to touch your shoulders on the floor. You are doing no good to your shoulder joints, hip joints and your back, which my dear you will realize after a few years :) ”, said she.

So here goes the Alignment for Side Lying Spinal Twist

Alignment for Side Lying Spinal Twist

 

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Alignment and Transition from Chaturanga Dandasana to Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

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Somedays back I asked my Ashtanga teacher that I have been practicing yoga from so many years now yet, I am not able to do so many asanas properly. Why is that? When will I be able to do them? In reply, she asked me only one question, “How regularly have you been practicing?”. “Umm, I have phases of regularity”, I said. “You do it regularly for 1 year and then we will talk”, she replied.

I got my answer so I went for practice even on a saturday today. Today she conducts an ashtanga led class for beginners. Where she also teaches us the basic alignment in various poses. And boy there is so much to learn and correct every time.

Today she taught us the correct way of doing chaturanga dandasana. And the correct way of transition from it to Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog). And then the correct way of doing upward facing dog. When we do any exercise or asana correctly with proper alignment then it feels so different on the muscles. My core, arms and chest muscles feel more sore today than they usually do after the practice. Let me share what I learnt today

I guess in a simple suryanamaskar the most challenging part is doing a chaturanga dandaasana properly and then transitioning from it to upward dog. Rest of the poses in a suryanamaskar are still forgiving. But this part is what sucks up all the energy and brings out all the sweat :| .

What is the Difference between your Core and Abs

Correct way of doing Chaturanga dandaasana

1. It is not a push up. It’s an asana. This pose needs our full body strength. It strengthens the arms and legs, tones the abdominals, builds healthy shoulders, and prepares students for arm balances, inversions, and backbends.

Transition from Chaturanga Dandasana to Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

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No Weight Loss After Exercise and Diet

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No Weight Loss After Exercise and Diet

Message from Neha Damani:

Hi Nidhi… I have many doubts about protein….I read somewhere that we should take protein proportion to our body weight…how come one can calculate protein in daily diet. I take wheat grass juice(it has all the 17 amino acid of protein) for protein twice in week.. I follow all the rules of healthy eating , I do regular workout which includes (weight training, plyo, cardio, yoga etc) but still stuck on my weight what could be the reason. … pls guide… Thanks is it fine…

After I read Neha’s mail. What stuck me first was that it was I who wrote some months back that ideally protein consumption should be the number of grams your weight is in kgs. i.e 60kg person should have 60 gms of proteins per day. Errrr.. I rushed to grope that article on the website.

The article was What is a Good Protein Diet for Muscle Gain. I guess the question in this article was also asked by same Neha, whose question I will be addressing today. The question was based on protein diet for muscle gain and pre and post workout meals.

I think based on the answer that I gave last time Neha tried to follow the best she could. As, in my previous article, I talked about 22 amino acids that make the full protein profile for our body. She already included wheat grass in her diet which has an amazing amino acid profile. Also, she is working out, having proteins and having post and pre workout meals. But the problem is that yet she is not losing weight. Which is not fair.

May be her guess is that she is not having required amount of protein in her diet. May be this is the reason she asks the way to calculate our daily protein intake. Which is a very valid point too. All superb questions Neha.. Thanks for putting them together :)

Today let’s discuss all of this..:)
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What is detoxification. Do Panchkarma or Intermittent Fasting Work for Weight Loss? And for How long?

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Hi,

A few days back, Dharani sent a very interesting question . Here it goes.

Subject: Do detox diets work and for how long?

Message: Hi Nidhi, I am an ardent fan of your healthy lifestyle and follow your blog and advice. I love working out atleast 5 days in a week and eating normal food (not junk) in moderation. I dont believe in starving or in any diets meant to lose weight. Nowadays I see that most of my colleagues are shrinking in size dramatically because they either follow some detox diets like panchakarma and intermittent eating. Is this method good and is it really beneficial, especially for young women who plan pregnancy in 1-2 years? The amount of weight which these people lose is incredible and tempting. Please let us know your opinion.

Interesting question indeed. I know a few friends who tried panchkarma and got amazing results. I know people who tried intermittent fasting and benefited from it. Both of these detox are good just that they are not for life time. They cleanse our system and give way to the fats and impurities that were stuck in our body from ages of poor lifestyle habits. If we follow the program religiously then we can see immediate good results in our health, our skin, our digestive system etc. But later if we continue to barge our system with the same hackneyed lifestyle than that which was doomed is ought to come back :| .. Hmm, okay. Let me begin by explaining what detox is and why should we need it and who may benefit from it.

To understand the word detoxification. We first need to know what is pH(potential of hydrogen). pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0-14-the lower the pH, the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH, the more alkaline the solution. When the solution is neither acidic nor basic then it has a pH if 7 and it is called neutral.

Every solution has a pH value for example Water has a pH value of 7 and it is neutral in nature.

What is detoxification
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Difference between Brown, Red and Wild Rice

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Now and then, in the vegan restaurants, I get to see on the menu, a lot of a use of red rice, brown rice and wild rice. One day, I got curious to do some research on them. So first, I got a pack to try them. The pack had all 3 rice in equal proportions. It was written on the packet to soak the rice in water atleast 1 hour before pressure cooking them. Otherwise, it will take a lot of time to pressure cook these varieties of rice.

What is the difference between Brown rice, Red rice and Wild rice? Their taste, place of origin, nutrition value, texture etc is what make them different from each other.

Before I write on this topic. I want to tell that this food which we ostracize as fattening is high in complex carbohydrates, contains almost no fat, is cholesterol free, and is low in sodium, except for the salt added to the cooking water. All rice, both brown and white, is considered a good source of vitamins and minerals i.e it is a food with 0 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 milligrams sodium, 0 grams sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Infact ….
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Calorie vs Nutrition frappe Vs Coconut Water

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Calorie vs Nutrition

The spirit of western world for calorie counting is unmatchable. Anywhere you go, whatever you pick to eat. You will always find a number sticking coyly to the menu just by the corner of the dish name. This number tells the number of calories in the food. This is not just limited to the menu cards in hotels. The myriad food selling carts on the road also has this number attached to their dishes.

It is kind of bizarre to see only a number attached to a dish. With no nutrient information. Do they do it so that people decide what to eat based on a certain number rather than deciding on the basis what nutrient they should eat :|

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