Weight Loss

10 Slimming Tips that Makes Dieting Easy

10 Slimming Tips that Makes Dieting Easy
10 Slimming Tips that Makes Dieting EasyAlan Cleaver / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

They say losing weight is not a sprint but a marathon and that is so right. Getting fit is not about picking up salad now and then but it’s a life time commitment. The celebrities we envy for their amazing figure stay that way because of their dedication and determination towards their health not to mention the army of experts they have to tell them what to eat. Anyways I personally hate the word dieting. I prefer eating right or eating healthy as that is exactly what one should do while trying to get slim.

It is always a good idea to get your doctor’s advice before you start any diet. There are many medical reasons why a person gains weight it can because of hormonal imbalance, PCOS, Stress, Thyroid or any other tendency in body that makes it store more fat than required. It is important that you get necessary tests done and find out the precise cause of your weight gain. Once you get a cure for the health problem that keeps you fat, losing weight will become easy and effortless. Do not follow fad diets that have one glove fits all attitude, they never work.

“Enjoy losing weight. Enjoy eating healthy, delicious food. Do not wait until you reach your destination to feel good. Take as much happiness and joy as you can from your weight loss journey.” — Harry Papas.

Find out a tailor-made diet for you from your doctor or a licensed nutritionist. The right advice will help you get all the required nourishment while you lose excess fat. If we just focus on the weighing scale we might create vitamin deficiency and invite some other health issue. Our goal should be getting completely healthy or as I always say Vibrantly Healthy and Radiantly Beautiful.

10 Slimming Tips that Makes Dieting Easy

1. Inspiration: Fill up your surrounding with inspiring images of yourself at your ideal weight or cut out some images of celebrities and pin them up wherever you can see them regularly like your bathroom mirror, next to your bed, in your closet, on your desk, on fridge door or on the ceiling above your bed. Anywhere and everywhere you can see. It may look silly to others but there is a reason behind this mental strategy. If you constantly see fit and healthy images your subconscious mind will pick it up and start making a new healthy blueprint for your body.

2. Preparation: Before you start eating healthy prepare your kitchen with enough stock of the right kind of food. Store enough quantity of healthy and fresh food like fruits and vegetables. Don’t wait to eat till you are starving. Prepare your healthy meal, vegetable juices/ smoothies and salads in time so you don’t snack on anything unhealthy.

3. Smaller Plates: This is the best tip to start eating well. You will notice a decrease in your food intake as soon as you start eating in smaller plates and bowls. When we were kids our parents told us to finish everything on our plate and that programming is still engraved in our mind. Hence if we eat in bigger plates we unconsciously eat more than our requirement. If you always feel bloated after meal you should immediately switch to smaller plates. Smaller portion in a small plate creates the illusion of plenty which gives a satisfying signal to our brain even before we start eating.

4. Keep away from Temptations: If you find it difficult to say no to temptations. It is a good idea to stay away from it. I will still say it is ok to have a controlled helping of your most desired food once in a while as long as it is not frequent. Avoid completely any food that leaves a guilty feeling.

5. Keep Full: The best way to stay on track with your diet is to keep yourself full with allowed or healthy options. Eat a large bowl of salad or fruits or a handful of nuts at the time you know you get hungry. If you keep healthy food nearby before your hunger pangs start you will save yourself from eating unhealthy food.

6. Raw Food: Eating raw food like salads, raw vegetables smoothing, nuts and fruits may take some getting used to but they can be a blessing for your metabolic rate. Eating raw colorful fresh fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber that helps improve our digestion. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables before meals and during snack time will cure bloating, constipation and indigestion. Raw fruits and vegetables make our skin healthy and glowing.

7. Keep Records: By keeping records of change in your weight and measurements you keep yourself motivated. Fix a day and time to check your weight and measurements and write down the changes in diary or on your computer. Now days many mobile apps are available for this purpose. In some amazing apps you can also record daily calorie intake and number of calorie burnt after exercise. I am strongly against checking weight daily as that puts a lot of stress on us. Our weight fluctuates up and down when we are dieting so checking it on a weekly basis helps us see the exact difference.

8. Eat Slow and Enjoy your Food: When we suddenly start eating smaller portions it can feel challenging. For me the best solution for this is eating slowly and chewing food for a longer time. I do not eat in front of TV anymore. I sit in a quiet and peaceful place without any disturbance and enjoy my food for as long as I can. Of course we cannot do this for our breakfast and lunch but I advice to eat your dinner peacefully and slowly. Enjoy each and every bite of your food by eating it slowly and chewing for a longer time. Do not get negative thoughts that I do not like this food or why only I have to eat like this. Show love and respect to whatever healthy food you are having and in return you will see its positive impact on your health. By eating slowly and chewing for a longer time digests the food in a much better way. You will feel full with very little food and will avoid overeating and all its ill effects like indigestion, bloating.

9. Positive Body Image: The body image we have in our subconscious mind drafts a blueprint that each cell in our body follows. If subconsciously we feel like a fat person than we have automated our body cells to keep us fat. That is the main reason a fat person gains back all the lost weight. Similarly a person with a slim body image in the subconscious mind stays slim without much effort. Changing our subconscious mind’s body image is time consuming and challenging. In my next post I will mention tips to change our body image to slim and healthy.

10. Keep Hydrated: Dehydration can be a side effect of dieting and drink a lot of healthy fluids like water, green tea or unsweetened vegetable and fruit juices can keep you hydrated. Healthy fluid maintains our body’s pH balance and keeps our skin soft and young.

“Food, like your money, should be working for you!” — Rita Deattrea Beckford M.D.

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


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

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

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” — Henry David Thoreau

This year’s winter gave us more chills than ever before. Extreme fluctuations in climate are the nature’s way to tell us that we have to face the consequences of our actions. Winter is over (almost) and we can feel the presence of summer around us especially in supermarkets where they are stocking up all kinds of drinks in huge quantities.

It’s really sad that we have more options of unhealthy colored sugar-water easily available than healthy drinks. Even the so called pure fruit juices sold in tetra packs are not at all close to the real deal. If we really want pure juice we’ll have to squeeze it ourselves but do we have the time? I doubt that.

After ‘Green Gram’ and ‘Super Foods’ post I think we should discuss about a super drink especially for the summers. I am a big fan of Tender Coconut Water not only because it helps us lose weight but also has other health benefits. I don’t think there is a need to mention how wonderful it tastes and how refreshing it is on a sunny day. I always prefer a nice big green tender coconut over any bottle or can, don’t you?

Benefits of Tender Coconut Water:

1. It’s loaded with Goodies: It is rich in Vitamins and Minerals like Vitamin B & C, Calcium, Potassium and Glucose. If you work out a lot then instead of drinking high sugar and calorie so called energy drinks you should try Tender Coconut Water. It will recharge you with above mentioned vitamins and minerals and it’s healthier.

2. It good to Shed Some Unwanted Weight: It is a natural, low-calorie, refreshing drink than can be a healthy alternative to any other sugary drink. Tender coconut water contains strong digestive enzymes that strengths our digestive system and helps us lose weight.
It also detoxifies the body and benefits the metabolism as well as immune system. So if your stomach gets upset while you are vacationing on a tropical paradise have plenty of coconut water and you will feel better without any medication.
It’s has diuretic properties that can help reduce swelling and edema or water retention. Tender coconut water is easily available everywhere even in cities far from coastal regions so don’t wait to have it till you go for a holiday have it as often as you can. I am sure you’ll love it.

3. It’s good for the Heart: Regular intake of tender coconut water helps regulate the blood pressure. It helps to lower the high cholesterol level in the blood system. Regular intake also improves the flexibility of arteries and veins as it increases good cholesterol.

4. It fights against Ageing: Tender coconut water is alkaline in nature which helps balance body’s PH level. It is loaded with minerals and vitamins and has amazing hydration properties that recharges and refreshes tired cells working as a natural anti-aging agent.

5. It can be a great after workout drink: In World War II British and Japanese injured soldiers were given coconut water when saline solution was in short supply. When we lose a lot of energy or get dehydrated or many be go for a vigorous workout then we need to reload the depleted cells and muscles and coconut water can work for it. The high level of potassium can also cure muscle cramps and the minerals and vitamins can rejuvenate the body.

6. It’s Amazing for expecting ladies: Most women unfailingly drink coconut water during pregnancy as per the advice of elders. This advice is shared from one generation to another because of its many benefits some of which are mentioned in this post. I would like to highlight the benefits during pregnancy below but as I always insist please check it with your doctor before trying anything new.

Coconut water is a natural, diuretic, antioxidant drink loaded with minerals, calcium, vitamins and much more that improves the immune system of the mother and baby.

It has anti bacterial properties that protect the mother and baby from infections.

It is believed that having regular coconut water will help the baby to get a glowing skin.

It helps the mother with uneasiness that happens during pregnancy especially indigestion, bloating, acidity and gas.

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6 Reasons Why A Workout Class will Make You Exercise Regularly


“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

Seeing Life through new eyes: the epicness of Yoga
6 Reasons Why A Workout Class will Make You Exercise Regularly Vanessa Marie Hernandez / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

Few months back working out 5 days a week was a big part of my fantasy world. I tried lots of home exercise DVDs, some motivational books also few exercise machines where the manufacturers planned the marketing better than the actual product. I wasted a small fortune on gyms and never actually spent much time there. It was funny that the receptionist never remembered me when I walked in after months of gap but she called me regularly for the renewal of my membership.

Nothing absolutely nothing was helping me workout regularly. I lacked motivation, energy and enthusiasm. It all changed when I enrolled for a yoga class nothing fancy just a good teacher teaching in her own living room.

I remember the day I checked out the yoga class. I went when a class was in session and ladies of all sizes, shapes and ages where sincerely following the teacher. It was a peaceful session and the stretches they were doing looked very difficult for my untrained body. I had doubts about joining the class as I didn’t want another failed attempt but something in me said don’t think jump in and Thank God I did.

Why my Yoga Class Helped me Exercise Regularly? …. Because

1. Teacher: A great teacher can make you believe in yourself. A good teacher will not blame you for your condition but show support and will guide you to find solutions. A teacher you can depend upon. A teacher you can look forward to learn a lot from. Find a teacher who cares more about his/her students then making money and you got your first reason to work out almost every day.

2. Discipline: When you join a class you agree to maintain some kind of hourly schedule. You know you have to be in the class on time and finish your workout in a set period of time. It does not give much freedom to reschedule and hence we forget our dirty habit of procrastination. It brings some discipline to our life when we need it the most.

3. Accuracy: Any good teacher or trainer will tell you that the accuracy of doing every workout matters more than repetitions. When it comes to Yoga it is important that you stretch in a proper way to avoid any sprains or any other injuries. If you are trying to work out on your own you will find it difficult to keep a check your exact form while doing the exercise. But under a teacher you are corrected immediately. If you are having trouble to do any particular exercise you can get some tips and tricks from the teacher. A good teacher will also help you with easier alternatives of exercises till you body gets more used to the concept of exercising regularly.

4. Classmates: when you think of joining some particular class see if you can relate to the students who are already taking the class. Do they have similar goals? Are they tiring to resolve similar issues? This will give you the assurance that the answers you are looking for can be found in that class. It will also assure you that you are not the only victim of mother nature or father time. Everybody has their own battle to fight for. It is motivating to workout with your classmates then working out in front of some life less DVD Player.

5. Motivation: In a class you get to see other people just like you fighting their own battle and this encourages you to conquer your own. When you see others winning you get motivated and when you see someone giving up on their goal you can become their strength. In the process you will soon realize by helping others with their goal your inner strength multiplies.

6. Going With The Flow: My first couple of days in the class I tried to match other people’s pace and felt like I was doing everything wrong. Soon I understood to go with the flow and not think too much about it. This is one of the few places where I clear my mind and stop thinking. I follow the leader blindly. I find it very relaxing and refreshing. Just flowing with the flow makes the whole workout feel effortless.

I hope these reasons are good enough for you to get searching for a good class.

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5 Ayurvedic Cleanse Recipes to Re-Ignite Your Body’s Digestive Fire

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5 Ayurvedic Cleanse Recipes to Re-Ignite Your Body’s Digestive Fire J I G I S H A a.k.a Nitin Badhwar / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

The dawn of New Year brings lots of hopes and promises. First day of every New Year for all of us encourages fresh start and our body very much deserves one. Our body has been constantly working for us and our stomach takes up a lot of strain in the holiday season Durga Puja, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the night we test its limits the New Years Eve.

I am not against celebration on the contrary I love all these festivals but from this year I want to help my stomach and entire body unwind and refresh so that it can pass through the coming year stronger and healthier. I am interested to make some changes that will help reduce the body age as we leap in yet another year. How am I going to do this? Two words – Ayurvedic Cleanse.

1. Cleansing Water –

Recipe: 1 Tall Glass of Water, 1 tsp Lemon Juice, 1 tsp Honey, Mix all ingredients together

Have this cleansing water every morning to flush out toxins and removes excess fat.

2. Cleansing Tea –

Recipe: 2 Cups of water, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds

Boil the seeds together till the water is reduced to 1 cup, strain and have it instead of your morning coffee or tea. If possible have it twice a day.

3. Green Tea –

Add Tulsi Leaves also known as Holy Basil to your green tea after your meals. Tulsi leaves is considered very important in Ayurveda as it has stress hormones reducing properties. It can control stress or lifestyle related disorders.

4. Green Moong Soup

Recipe: Soak Green Moong overnight then pressure cooker it with little oil, 1 onion, 2 chopped green chillies, 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp red chilli powder, salt as per taste. Water enough to make thick soup. You can add any vegetables to it or any garnish to keep it interesting.

For deeper cleanse of your body replace all your meals with the healthy and filling Green Moong Soup. Try doing this on the less busy days as this change may make you feel weak. If you feel too weak just have some brown rice or brown bread with your soup. You can be on this cleansing diet for maximum 7 days or just for a day. Go as your body suggests.

If you are pregnant, under heavy medication or have any serious medical condition please take advice of your doctor before trying this or any other diet.

I Ayurvedic centre they do encourage having two tsp of Pure Ghee a day in your soups. Make sure the Ghee or Clarified Butter is pure and made of Cow’s Milk.

5. Moong Dal Khicari:

Recipe: Pressure cooker – 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) or sesame/ sunflower oil, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp mustard seeds, turmeric, fresh grated ginger root (optional), Rock salt as required, 2 pinches hing/ asafetida, 1 cup rice, 1 cup split mung dal (yellow or green, or whole mung beans soaked overnight), 4 cups water.
Add vegetables if you prefer.

This light Khicari if made watery enough for your stomach is like spending a day in the spa. It can give your stomach the much needed rest and can help it wind down and refresh. After your Green Moong Soup Diet days you can get your stomach back to regular foods by replacing your meals with this Khicari for a day or two.

Extra Tips:

1. To flush out toxins have as many healthy liquids like buttermilk, water, green teas, fruits and vegetables juices. Take these in large quantities and avoid coffee, tea and sugary sodas.

2. Go for light exercise like walking or any other workouts during your cleansing days.

3. Try to Meditate or Visualize Positve thoughts in the morning and through out the day.

4. You will find it very relaxing to get an Ayurvedic Sesame Oil Massage during cleansing days.

Happy New Year and Thank you for all the love and encouragement you guys have shwon to The Vibrant Writer Blog. May this New Year bring you more of Health, Wealth and Happiness.

6 Super Foods for Weight Loss and Much More


As promised in my last post this article is a list of superfoods that are helping me to get close to my healthy weight without starving.

6 Super Foods for Weight Loss and Much More

6 Super Foods for Weight Loss and Much More

My post Green Gram or Green Moong: A Superfood for Weight Loss and Much More is one of the most read posts on this blog and that inspired me to find out more super foods that can help us slim down in a healthy way.

1. Sprouts (Green Gram, Mat Beans, Green/Black Chickpeas): If you have read my post on Green Gram then you will know why I love this nutrition packed little wonder. Lately I have found a way to make my almost daily Green Gram Soup more nutritious and filling. I just add more healthy beans like soaked or sprouted Black/ Green Chickpeas and/or Moth Beans/ Mat Beans/ Matki.

Recipe: Soak Green Moong, Mat Beans, Green/Black Chickpeas overnight (Sprout them for additional nutrition).
Pressure cooker it with little oil, 1 onion, 2 chopped green chillies, 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp red chilli powder, salt as per taste. Water enough to make thick soup.

As if that was not healthy enough I threw in a small bunch of fresh spinach in it. I did not even cut the leaves just washed and added it to my soup. You can add dry Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi) or its fresh version. Fresh Coriander leaves and some vegetables like cabbage, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, carrots or any vegetable that you would love to taste in this healthy soup. This soup will keep you full while improving you metabolic rate. The good bacteria will perk up your digestion.

2. Nuts: People trying to lose weight avoid nuts assuming they are fattening. The nuts like walnuts, almonds, pine nuts even the humble peanuts are loaded with the good fat that our body actually needs even when we are trying to lose weight. Nuts (not more than a handful) are good snacking option as they are high in protein and they make us feel full. Ayurvedic doctors suggest having overnight soaked almonds first thing in the morning to ignite our fat burning fire. Now isn’t that a delicious way to lose weight.

3. Apples: I love all fruits but apples are one of my favorites. I can never resist a big juicy red apple and that is not a bad thing unless you are Snow White. Like nuts apples are also the perfect snack. Apples are loaded with soluble fibers called pectin. Pectin reduces the amount of sugar and calories that’s absorbed into the bloodstream. It reduces cravings and prevents spikes in blood sugar that leads to fat storage. I don’t understand people who peal of apples and eat only the white part. All the goodness is in the beautiful colored skin please don’t throw away the nourishment. It’s a crime against nature. Just wash it nicely if you are worried about pesticides and sink your teeth in.

4. Vegetable Soup: This is another healthy and filling soup option which you can use to replace you meal. This soup is much lighter and watery compared to the thick and creamy sprouts soup mentioned below. Light vegetable soup meal can be a good option if you feel bloated from last night’s heavy meal. For lunch or dinner have a big bowl of soup made of vegetables like Bottle gourd, Cabbage, Bitter Gourd, Carrots, Tomatoes and any vegetables you like. Do not add thickening agents like corn flour or any other soup mix to this soup. It will help you flush out toxins and fat from your body only when it is light and watery.

Recipe: Cut vegetables in big cubes,
If you like your soup spicy add some green chilies,
Pressure cooker them with enough water to make light soup (1 or 2 whistles maximum),
Add salt, pepper powder and any other seasoning as per your liking,
Smash the vegetables and have the soup.

5. Red Lentils: The Red Lentils or Masoor Dal is rich in protein and loaded with fiber. They help us stay full for a longer time. Just one cup of this rich legume provides about three-quarters of our daily recommendation of fiber. Like the sprouts soup you can add vegetables like spinach, bottle gourd, pumpkin, drumsticks, dry fenugreek leaves, or any other vegetable in this rich thick dal and trick your loved ones to eat their vegetables. Well that’s what I have started to do with my husband.

6. Watermelon: Another fruit that I can crown as one of my favorites. Watermelon is a delicious fruit that also contains ‘glutathione’ that strengthen the immune system. It is a rich source of the vitamin B complex, vitamin C, beta carotene and folic acid. It is a natural Diuretic that helps reduce edema. A filling big bowl of freshly cubed water melon can be a good snack option and it has negligible calories.

So don’t starve yourself eat healthy, eat at regular intervals and maintain a cutoff time. Drink a lot of water and sleep well. These foods work for me but I would insist you take advice of your doctor before making any drastic changes in your diet.

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What keeps a Person Fat? Find out the Real Reason behind your Flab?

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What keeps a person fat? Christi Nielsen / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

If you are anything like me you must have asked the question “Why am I fat?” millions of time. It gets extremely frustrated to stay fat after trying every diet know to mankind and even a ruthless approach to starve yourself. It makes you crazy when you see a friend eating twice as much as you but weighing half. I cannot mention it enough how annoying it gets when people not even close start giving unwelcomed suggestions to join a gym or go on a diet.

Yes living in an obese body is frustrating. The mental strain is equivalent if not more to the strain on our weakening knees and ankles. So what to do when everything we research about losing weight does not work.
Well we should do exactly what we are supposed to do when we have any kind of illness. Yes being fat is a disease like any other. We all know and understand that an overweight body gives birth to many diseases but we fail to look at the roots of the problems that are making and keeping us fat.

It can be a simple disorder in the bodily functions or lack of some necessary nutrition that is the reason behind our flab. Trying to lose weight by just diet and workouts without fixing the health issue that is causing the weight gain is like trying to fill a cup which has a big leak at its bottom. Fixing the leak is the only way you can keep the cup filled. Similarly fixing the health issue is the only way to get fit and maintain it.

How to detect the health issue that is causing weight gain:

1. Get Good Advice: Find a good doctor that can help you understand and cure the health issue that is causing weight gain. Natural medicine like Ayurved, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Acupuncture have amazing success rate with these kinds of health issues.

2. Get a Grip on your Emotions: Detach yourself for few minutes from all the aches and pains of your body. Calm your mind and try to understand what your body is telling you. Where do you feel uneasy or have pain or any other problem just note it down to inform your doctor.

3. Read your Symptoms: Detect all symptoms like hair loss, dry skin, sleepless nights, and constipation, anything that can help the doctor understand if there is any disorder in your body. Detail and accurate information will make it easier for the doctor to find a cure for you.

Health problems like Hypothyroidism (disorder in thyroid gland), Hormonal Imbalance, PCOS, Depression and Stress Related Disorders, Weak digestive system and many more such medical problems can cause a lot of unexplained and uncontrollable weight gain.

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance (One of the above listed disorder):

Extreme fatigue, lethargy, lack of interest and concentration, palpitation, depression, irritation, unexplained weight gain, dry skin, itching, dry hair, irregular constipation are symptoms of this disorder.

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