Fitness Tips for Brides to Be

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Fitness Tips for Brides to Be

Hiya everyone,

This post is for all the Brides to Be. I have written on this topic in the past but this time I am finding it more enjoyable as I start to think of my life 4 months back when I was also a bride to be :D . The best part of that phase is enormous amount of pampering and attention that a girl gets. But the not so best part is that there is so much to do in a day.

I use to literally start my day with a checklist in my mind. There was shopping, talking, parlor, packing, friends, family, work etc etc. The most challenging thing while managing all of this was taking care of my diet. Whoever use to go shopping with me use to look forward to eat some crap in the market. I too use to look forward to eat out but only once in a while. Since I was out of home almost daily so I could not afford to eat out daily. Huhh! And the other most challenging thing was catching up on a tight 7 hours sleep. Either phone or family never let me sleep esp since I was in a long distance relationship.

Sharing some Fitness Tips for Brides to Be
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1. One day I had to tell Mister that I will be putting my phone on vibration for continuous 7 hours for a tight sleep. For the rest of the time we can stay in touch :D

2. I use to take my small boxes and bottles to the parlor and market. Boxes had raw salads or fruit chats or berries like strawberry etc and bottles had lime and honey water. I use to put 3-4 bottles of honey and lime water in my car before I left home. No honey and lime juice are not any fat burners or do not help with weight loss. But they are amazing for the hydration of the body and skin.

So whatever be it. I always ate or drank, every 2 hours, from the tuck that I carried from home. I took my breakfast and dinner properly if I knew that I won’t be home for lunch.

3. I always gave some time to running or yoga and meditation. Mister got irritated sometime but I never skipped it whatsoever it be. So Hit the Gym not the Snooze Button for atleast 3-5 days a week. Workout in the morning and be free for the day.

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4. Keep snacks handy. Keep them in your bag, drawer, car, wallet etc. This will save you from snacking on atrocious things like chips or biscuits :P . Keep handful of peanuts, nuts, chaana(Bengal Gram) or Amaranth balls(Chulai ke ladoo), fruits, butter milk, boiled corns, boiled eggs, sandwitches or home made snacks handy with you.

5) Sleep the beauty sleep. No compromise on your sleep is allowed. Sleep like all stress belongs to your relatives who are managing the marriage preparations :P . You just surrender yourself to tight sleep.

6) Stay hydrated. Okay by that I do no mean stay hydrated with a lot of booze :P . Use coconut water, lemon-honey water, bel ka sherbet, green smoothies, watermelon juice or water to keep you hydrated and beautiful.

7) Have your breakfast. Make it a religion (No skipping breakfast).

8) Pack up your Dinner max by 8 PM and relax for the next few hours you are up. No tension, no stress rather feel mushy mushy and go to sleep early . Basically boost the production of relaxing hormones in your body that will help you burn fat better. Also early dinner and early workout will start showing you results within few weeks.

10) Consult your doc and find out if you have any mineral, iron, vitamin
Deficiencies. Ask your doc to suggest a multivitamin or some natural source to take care of those deficiencies. Also eat freshly prepared, homemade nutritious food. Food, when eaten fresh, adds glow to our skin and vigor to our body.

The biggest bummer on a fat loss journey is the lack of vitamins and minerals in our body. Vitamin B(does not have any calorie of its own) but it is the most requisite vitamin for metabolism of carbs, fats and proteins. Lack of vitamin B means no fat burning. Similarly, Calcium of which most of the females are deficient is needed not just for improving bone strength but also, for fat metabolism. Please read my post All about Calcium

Milk, Calcium and Fat

Diet Plan for Brides to be

1) Have a glass of luke warm water after waking up.

2) Eat something fresh like milk, nuts or fruits within 20 minutes of waking up.

3) Eat every 2 hours.

4) Plan your Diet Chart a day before

I am not saying sit with a pen and paper and make a proper chart. But atleast have a clear idea in your mind that I will eat this at this time. So that next day, you can pack and carry things to office/market/parlor accordingly.

For example: Suppose you decide I will have jamuns as one mid meal, green tea, chaana, nuts as other. So next morning, you know that you have to keep your chaana, jamuns, nuts and a sachet of green tea in your purse.

5) Deal with your sugar cravings smartly

Have Dark chocolates and home made sweets. Have them as a single meal in itself and fix the days when you have them. Also eat them mindfully and slowly so that the sugar high stays with you for sometime and you do not end up overindulging.

6) Snacks to carry in your Bag

When you know that due to travelling or unavailability of food you won’t be able to eat ever 2 hours then carry any of these things in your bag. Dates, raisins, dried apricots, nuts, chaana, granola bar, butter milk, home made namkeen, fruits etc

Antioxidants are amazing for skin. Have fruits like strawberries, cherries or jamuns that are rich in antioxidants. Buy a box for yourself and carry them with you and have it as a mid day meal. Can carry Lime and honey drink also for antioxidants :)

A Sample Diet Plan

1) Luke water after you wake up.

2) A fruit(local and seasonal) or a glass of milk, within 20 minutes of getting up (No tea or coffee please)

3) Breakfast Within next 1 hour: Multigrain Parantha, Chilla, poha, upma, idli with chutney, dosa, Vegetable brown bread sandwitch etc(Something freshly cooked and something that you love to eat)

4) Mid morning snack, after 2 hours of Breakfast: raw salads, fruit chaat, a handful of peanuts, chaana, nuts, fox seed nut(makhana) with green tea. or have lime and honey water

5) Lunch after 2 hours of Mid morning snack: Dal, rice, roti, vegetable or dosa/ idli with sambhar and salad.

6) Mid day snack after 2 hours of lunch: A glass of Butter milk, coconut water, lime and honey water.

7) After 1-1:30 hours, when you come back home from office and are really hungry: 1 whole wheat toast with egg white or home made cottage cheese.

8) Dinner max by 8: Brown rice with dal and sabzi. Chapati(multigrain) with daal and sabzi.

By the time you have dinner, you should feel like not eating much since you have had food the whole day so you should prefer to eat light.

9) If you feel really hungry in the night can have milk with elaichi, ginger or turmeric. Whichever you like better or whichever suits your body better.

Keep drinking water through the day. Workout plan tomorrow :)

Feel amazing on your best day.  I hope this helps..

Loads of good wishes

Nidhi

Milk, Calcium and Fat

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Milk, calcium and Fat

This article is in response to a query by Anupama, who is going to get married in 7 months. She wants to lose belly fat. She is someone who does not eat fast or fried food. She wants to know if it is possible to lose belly fat in 7 months and what workout is the best for losing belly fat.

Yes it is quite possible. Tomorrow I will share a post that I wrote about more than a year back on diet and workout out tips for brides. This year more than tips I have experiences to add to that post. Today I prefer to ask you to take care of your nutritional deficiencies prior to starting with any workout or diet plan. Once deficiencies are sorted, everything else will work smoothly :)
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Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

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Last saturday, we again went to Union Square Green Market. This time we reached couple of hours before the closing time so we got to explore the market better. The most amazing produce that I found in the market this time were the red and blue color potatoes, the green color tomatoes. The raw honey and honey comb and wool and wines directly from the farms. *sigh* *heaven*.

First I thought of putting this post on the food blog. But then I thought that this post will be more on the colors of the vegetables and the associated nutrients. So I posted it here. I was intrigued to see the red and blue color potatoes and green color tomatoes. I had to find out about this color thing.. I did.. There you go..:)
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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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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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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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