Weight Loss

7 Steps Weight Loss Self-Massage for a Firmer Body and Much More

In a comment on the post 10 Reasons An Ayurvedic Sesame Oil Massage Makes Us Strong and Beautiful., a reader asked me how to do an Ayurvedic (daily) Self-Massage. In this article, I am trying to explain the method I learned from my qualified Ayurvedic masseuse and hope every reader finds this beneficial.

7 Steps Weight Loss Self-Massage for a Firmer Body and Much More

7 Steps Weight Loss Self-Massage for a Firmer Body and Much More

Ayurvedic massage from an expert therapist is a luxury. I love getting a deep tissue Ayurvedic massage and have enjoyed it daily when I spent a fortnight in a naturopathy center in Pune. However, this cannot get a little heavy on our pockets. If like me you enjoy the massage therapy and do not want to spend a lot of money on it, I suggest you practice the amazing art of self-massage. I think self-massage is like a workout.

Self-massage therapy has a lot of benefits which are mentioned below and if done properly can be very relaxing and refreshing. Rest assured it is as good as any expensive spa treatment plus a good workout. Most of us do not have enough time to add such an elaborate daily routine so for the busy days you can do a quick 10 minutes spot massage. A full body version will take 40 minutes to an hour. Try doing the full body version once or twice a week for better results.

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Chia Seeds: Super Seeds for Weight Loss, Strong Bones and Much More

 

Chia Seeds: Super Seeds for Weight Loss, Strong Bones and Much More

Chia Seeds: Super Seeds for Weight Loss, Strong Bones

While on a quick grocery run in the crowded supermarket I picked up a small packet of chia seeds (also known as Sabja in India) instead of mustard seeds. Chia seeds were not on my shopping list but this small goof up turned out quite beneficial for me. I have read about chia seeds sometimes back and always wanted to try them. Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet.

These tiny seeds are full of amazing nutrients, low in calories and plus they soak up water like no other ingredient I ever came across. Seriously, they absorb 10-12 times their weight in water giving us a feeling of fullness and reducing the craving for snacks in between meal. A daily dose of 1 ounce or 28 grams or 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds is an easy and cheap way to add many amazing nutrients to our body.

5 Benefits of Chia Seeds for Weight Loss, Strong Bones and Much More:

1. Tiny Powerhouse of Nutrients:

A tiny Chia Seed is a powerhouse of Nutrients with negligible Calories. These were an important food for the Aztecs in fact the word “Chia” means “Strenght” in Mayan Language.

In an tablespoon of chia seeds there is 40% Fiber, 14% good quality Protein, 18% Omega – 3s Fat and 18% Calcium besides these amazing nutrients it has decent amount of Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

2. Full of Fiber that makes you full fast:

The fiber in chia seeds can absorb up to 9 to 10 times their weight in water, it expands and becomes like a gel and the more water or fluids you take in the more it will keep expanding. Not only does Chia seed make us full fast it keeps us full for a longer time discouraging snacking in between meal.

The Fiber also nourishes the good bacteria in the intestine, which helps to improve our digestive system. A regular bowel movement helps to remove toxins and give a relief from constipation or bloating.

3. Antioxidants, Iron, Zinc & Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

Chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants, Iron, Zinc and Omega-3 Fatty Acids that keeps our body young and strong.

4. Protein:

Chia Seeds is a rich vegetarian source of great quality Protein. Chia seeds contain a good balance of amino acids, which is essential for our body to build muscles. The high protein in chia seeds helps to reduce appetite that helps in weight loss.

5. Calcium:

Chia seeds are high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and protein. All of these nutrients are essential for bone health.

Some people sprinkle Chia seeds on salads or other kinds of food. This is not a good idea as these seeds soak a lot of moisture and eating them before soaking can cause dehydration and discomfort. Soak Chia seeds in water for roughly 2 hours before consuming them to avoid any kind of uneasy feeling. Moreover, after soaking they become gel like which gives a quick feeling of being full and it also keeps our stomach full for longer duration.

You can consume Chia seeds with your morning smoothies, juices, oatmeal, milk and milkshakes, protein shakes, desserts like puddings or you can also gulp down 1 or 2 tablespoons of soaked Chia Seeds with plain water or lemon water. I prefer eating these in the mornings as they keep me full for a long time. They don’t have any taste of their own so you can easily add them to any drink of your choice.

Today this is how I had Chia seeds with a delicious morning Beetroot and Carrot smoothie.

Beetroot & Carrot Smoothie with Chia Seeds

Beetroot & Carrot Smoothie with Chia Seeds

How I made my easy delicious smoothie:

Blend 1 beetroot + 1 Carrot in a high power blender.

Add 1 tablespoon soaked Chia seeds and enjoy the filling delicious healthy smoothie that is very filling.

If you need some seasoning sprinkle little black pepper powder and Himalayan Pink salt.

If you want to know more about Chia seeds the book below can help plus it comes up with lots of healthy recipes.

“In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon, spinach, and human growth hormone. As tiny as those seeds are, they’re super packed with Omega-3s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber and antioxidants.” Monica Van Zandt

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9 Foods to Have & 9 Foods to Avoid while Practicing Yoga and Pranayama

This article is inspired by Arun’s comment on my post lose weight, get ageless vibrant health and radiant beauty with anulom vilom pranayam where he asked about food to eat while practicing pranayama. A brief reply to the comment cannot do justice to this important topic hopefully this article does. I would be grateful if more readers can give inputs as we all are on a journey towards good health while overcoming many challenges along the way. We need to help and support each other to win this uphill battle against unhealthy lifestyle diseases. I have faith together we can win and I invite all the readers to contribute their ideas as every bit of knowledge can make the struggle a lot easier.

Satvik Diet

Satvik Diet

I have written a few articles (some are mentioned below) about food that support weight loss, one can have these foods while practicing Yoga and Pranayama.

. 6 Super Foods for Weight Loss and Much More

. Green Gram or Green Moong: A Superfood for Weight Loss and Much More

. Tender Coconut Water A Super Drink For Weight Loss And Much More

. Cucumber an Amazing Vegetable for Weight Loss and Much More

. Replace Rice with Broken Wheat/ Dalia for a Slimmer and Healthier You

. Ragi Energy Balls For Instant Energy (Dieters, Pregnant or Lactating Ladies)

To enjoy maximum benefit out of your daily Yoga and Pranayama Practice one must follow a Satvik Diet also known as a Yogic Diet.

Satvik Diet is diet based on ancient wisdom of sages of India for whom Ayurveda, Yoga and Pranayama where important part of a healthy lifestyle. They religiously followed ahimsa (non-harming) hence the diet was purely vegetarian. They also believed in having freshly cooked meals and stale food was considered as an invitation to diseases. As per Indian Culture, food is given Divine importance and it is treated with upmost respect.

Satvik diet encourages foods grown and ripened naturally. Fresh organic fruits and vegetables should cover up your plate more than any other food if you want to eat clean and healthy. It is also advisable to avoid overcooking vegetables to preserve their nutrients. Please try to consume as much raw vegetables as possible as they can give you tons of nutrients and fiber that helps in weight loss.

Processed and factory made food are bad for us. Our body cannot make sense of them. Avoid eating any ready to eat or semi-cooked meal, which are usually loaded with harmful chemicals and preservatives. We cannot digest most of these chemicals and they end up messing with our hormones. Processed food is mostly unnatural and harmful, if taken regularly can cause serious health issues.

I would highly recommend a Satvik diet and lifestyle for Yoga and Pranayama practitioners. Following is a list of food one should have and avoid for a healthy lifestyle. I encourage everyone to contribute to the list to grow our knowledgebase.

9 Foods to have while practicing yoga and pranayama

1. Naturally grown and ripened fresh fruits and vegetables

2. Whole grains and beans

3. Seeds and Dry Fruits

4. Fresh Milk, Ghee, Curd, Buttermilk

5. Herbal Tea, Green Tea

6. Jagerry, Sugurcane Molasses

7. Herbs and Spices such turmeric, ginger, cumin, fennel, cinnamon, cardamom, mint, basil and all spices found in any Indian Household

8. Plant based oils like coconut, peanut, sesame, sunflower, olive oil and such

9. Rock Salt

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. – Ayurvedic Proverb”

9 Foods to Avoid while practicing yoga and pranayama

1. Processed foods,

2. Canned foods and ready to eat or semi cooked meals

3. Junk food

4. Artificial sweeteners (they are useless and harmful have jagerry instead)

5. Non Vegetarian foods (Meat and fish of all types, including eggs)

6. Cold drinks(including the diet ones), Soda, Boxed juices

7. Fried and fatty foods

8. Refined white flour (maida), white sugar

9. Stale, over cooked foods or Microwaved foods

Food is definitely medicine. As per naturopathy, right type and quantity of food can heal diseases and make the body stronger.

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Can Meditation help us to Lose Weight?

As I have mentioned in previous posts
How to Lose Weight with Help of Simple Mind Tricks,
I strongly believe in power of Mind – jabong.com/womens-day-story and
Make Losing Weight A Game Of Your Mind And Win reaching your desire weight is not just about your food and exercise but it is about altering your whole lifestyle.

Can Meditation help us to Lose Weight?

Can Meditation help us to Lose Weight?

If you are like me, you would be finding as many tips and tricks as possible to make this journey painless. I believe that the power of my mind can reset the metabolic rate and hormones to make the weight loss as effortless as possible.

Meditation has been effective to help people achieve personal and professional goals. Many successful people have experience the rewarding benefits of meditation and encourage a daily practice. You do not need any special tools or equipments to meditate and there are no side effects.

But can Meditation really help us lose weight?

To answer this question first let us understand how meditation affects us physically:

1. Meditation transforms us into an awakened being by energizing every cell in the body.

2. Meditation lowers high blood pressure

3. Meditation lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks

4. Meditation decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems

5. Meditation increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior

6. Meditation improves the immune system

7. Meditation increases the energy level, as us gain an inner source of energy

8. Meditation helps us sleep better

9. Meditation brings balance to the hormones in our body

10. Meditation also reduces stress and can resolve many psychological concerns like overeating.

There are countless benefits of a daily mediation practice. I will write another post to highlighting most of them as in this article I want to concentrate on specifically mediation for weight loss.

To answer the above question I would like to say YES! Meditation can help in weight loss. Our body is constantly replacing old cells with new ones. It follows a set blueprint that shapes our body. Your subconscious mind controls this blueprint.

The subconscious mind does not understand what we want it responds to our feelings. With meditation, we can focus on what exactly we want this attention will alter the rigid blueprints of our subconscious mind. This will help us see changes in your overall health and body. Wherever the mind goes the body follows.

One needs to accompany meditation with proper diet and exercise to see the results. Meditation is an ancient proven method to achieve your desired life and the goal of a healthy body can be achieved with help of daily mediation ritual or practice.

Important points to consider before you start your daily weight loss meditation practice:

. Schedule your time in advance. Keep aside 20 to 30 minutes in the morning for your meditation. Be a morning person wake up early to enjoy the calm and serenity of the time before the rest of the world wakes up

. Locate a quiet place for your meditation. A place in your house, your terrace or garden any location where you will not be disturbed while you meditate

. Keep your family informed about the meditation practice so they would not disturb you while you meditate

. Ware comfortable or loose fitted clothing which will help you feel relaxed

. It is advisable to sit on the floor in crossed legs position but if you have difficulty in sitting down you can sit on a chair but sit up straight keep your spine erect.

. If you require a cushion for your back, please use it. The idea is to be comfortable enough that you would not get distracted while you are meditating.

. Keep your goal vision ready. Either draw a picture of you or keep a photo of your when you were at your desired weight or write down the healthy weight goal that you need to achieve. Keep this simple or go for a big fancy vision board with affirmations and pictures. Whatever makes you comfortable just keep it in your bedroom to keep you motivated about your goal.

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7 Motivators That Will Make You Exercise Regularly


Finding fitness is mostly based on healthy eating habits and regular workouts. The pressure of our busy but sedentary life doesn’t allow us to work out regularly. For almost a decade I have struggled with my weight issues. I tried every modern and ancient remedy that I could get my hands on but always ended up disappointed, hurt, weak and vulnerable enough to fall prey to another scam with a new shiny marketing hype.

7 Motivators That Will Make You Exercise Regularly

7 Motivators That Will Make You Exercise Regularly

I discuss with many like me about weight loss remedies and from my own experience I can safely say there is no alternative to regular exercise. The body doesn’t care if you are a celebrity, a noble price winner, a housewife or some dictator ruling a country if you want to be fit you have to work out regularly. No matter how rich you are you cannot hire someone to do your pushups.

Why most of us cannot commit to regular exercising? Why most of us prefer a wild goose chase for finding fitness? I think because it is just too hard to keep the commitment; isn’t it? That’s what I felt few KGs and months ago. I don’t feel that way anymore and I want to help you get to this amazing feeling where you commit to working out regularly and never ever cheat on it.

I have mentioned below the 7 Motivators that help me keep my regular exercise commitment and I am sure they can work for you. Simply keep a positive attitude and soon this phase will be like a war story where you will proudly tell your friends how you bravely fought fat and emerged as a fit winner.

“A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement” Jess C. Scott

1. Class/ Program: Join a workout class or program that you can handle. If you have never exercised in your life before go for a beginner’s level class or at least be honest to the instructor that you are new and would need some warming up sections. Throw out the target sheets and for your own sake don’t try to predict where you will be after 6 months or a year; instead listen to your body and go slowly and naturally. If you are regular with the workouts and eat sensibly you will reach your goals. Don’t fuss a lot over it.

2. Motivating Trainer/ Teacher: Getting a good motivating teacher who is dedicated to helping people is like winning a lottery. In this day and age where everyone is after making a quick buck it’s hard to find genuine help. I met countless so called trainers that looked at me as a big fat golden eggs laying goose on which they can bank upon for years to come. My luck changed when I met my current teacher. My teacher is not some big shot celebrity fitness trainer but a lesser know yoga instructor who operates from her home. She knows what she teaches, gives personal attention, motivates, guides and create a personal bond with all her clients. For the first time in my life I am comfortable to do regular exercise, in fact I look forward to my hourly class. A good teacher helps you understand the problem, suggests cures and motivates you to do what you considered impossible.

3. Companionship: When you make the commitment to work out regularly you will face an inner enemy. The lazy voice that will sometimes give you reasons mostly illogical to bunk your exercise session. A workout buddy can be helpful in such time. This buddy can be a family member, your friend or neighbor or just someone you met in your club, class, gym or pool. Make sure the companion you choose has a similar goal like you to get fit and is serious about it. So when you feel you are losing the battle against your inner devil you can call your companion. This buddy will not let you miss your workout and you can return the favor my doing the same when he/she needs you.

4. Get a Dog: I am one of those persons who can give you millions of reasons to get a dog so here goes one more. If you cannot find a class or gym or instructor that can really help you get fit. I suggest you get a dog and take this energy filled fur ball for long walks in the mornings or if your busy schedule permits twice or thrice a day. Walk, hike, run, jog with your dog and the dog will match your pace. Play fetch or any other game and melt all the fat in your body and all the stress in your mind. Get your dog habitual to these long morning walks and you will never be able to sleep late as a cute, wet nose, energy filled fur ball with dog food breath will be your alarm clock that you will not be able to put on snooze.

5. Family: Family members know how to push our buttons especially parents and spouse. Involve these people in your workout scheduling. Tell them that you are having trouble to work out on a regular basis and would need their loving support and guidance. They truly want to help you and will go out of their way to show you their support. Make sure you remain grateful for all the love and care you get from them and don’t be shy to show it once in a while.

6. Vision Boards or Mind Movies: Collect motivational pictures that show your dream body and some pictures that show you exercising or just the exercising equipments or gym or pool and create a highly motivating vision board. Make sure all the pictures that you add to the board or movie have a positive and inspiring effect on you. If you get depressed by looking at some pictures don’t use them. The vision board or movie should be kept in a place where you can see many times in a day especially first thing in the morning.

7. An Upcoming Event: You mostly have an event to look forward to something like a vacation, The New Year Party, a friends of relatives Birthday or wedding or any party, a reunion, a date anything where you want to look your best. This can be a big motivation to work out daily.

This list does not end here you can come up with your tricks to make you work out at least 5 days a week and I would love to know them so please share your ideas and help me and all the readers in this daily struggle of losing weight.

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How to Lose Weight with Help of Simple Mind Tricks


Our subconscious mind takes care of our habits. It is challenging to change a habit or follow a new one, as our subconscious mind is rigid and stubborn. However, can we trick our subconscious mind to make some changes for good? Can we trick it until it adapts to the new habits that help us lose weight? I believe we can and the following points will help you get started with this new weight loss idea. If you come up with some more ideas feel free to write them in the comment so that everyone can benefit.

How to Lose Weight with Help of Simple Mind Tricks

How to Lose Weight with Help of Simple Mind Tricks

“I may not be as strong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.” — Ernest Hemingway

1. Rise Early:

If you are not a morning person it will take you some time to adopt this change but once you get use to starting your day early you will completely love the serenity of the morning time. You will be more productive and would be able to accomplish more than just weigh loss.

Start exercising within 30 mins after you wake up. Why? Because our mind is smart enough to find excuses and avoid working out later in the whole day. I have started keeping my workout clothes and shoes near my bed so I stumble upon them first thing in the morning. Before my mind tells me to sleep for 5 more mins I get dressed for my workout.

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” — Carlos Castaneda

2. Have a Hearty Healthy Breakfast:

Make this your biggest meal of the day. Eat healthy breakfast but avoid sugary cereals. A vegetable juice can be a very good addition to your breakfast and please don’t trust the package juices as they are mostly fake and filled with sugar.

If you love sweets don’t have them after dinner have a small portion with your breakfast giving yourself enough time to burn the calories but don’t make this a habit. If you get tempted say to yourself. This will stay for few minutes on my lips but forever on my hips. Trust me this line works.

3. Eat Slow:

Eat like a baby. I understand you may not have time to eat slowly in the morning but you can try this trick for your lunch and dinner. Eat in small plates, eat extremely small bits, and chew a lot. This will make you full very soon. You will be surprised how much less food is required to feel full. As you chew your food properly it will help with the digestion. A happy stomach will reward you in many ways. Losing weight will just be one of them.

“Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.” — Charles Dickens

4. Cutoff Time:

Have your dinner early. Keep a gap of 2 to 3 hours between your dinner and bed time as this helps with the digestions. This habit will also take some getting used to so here is an excellent trick that I recently found out. Brush your teeth immediately after dinner and send a signal to your mind to cutoff any thoughts about food for that day. The fresh minty taste of the toothpaste will also help to control your sweet tooth cravings.

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” — Marjorie Pay Hinckley

5. Keep Moving:

If you have a sitting job try walking for a couple of mins every 1 hour. Walk to the water cooler, to the washroom, printer, a colleague anything just get up every hour or 90 mins and walk for a minute or two. Everything adds up a min of walk or a piece of candy. Your weight loss success depends on what you choose.

A very effective way to shed some pounds is to go for a walk after dinner. What it is raining outside? You say or you have to watch your favorite TV show after dinner. Then I suggest walking inside the house or march in one place as long as the show runs 30 mins or an hour. Be gentle with your knees and ankles as you walk, run or job.

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” — Tom Peters

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