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


Ragi Energy Balls For Instant Energy for Dieters, Pregnant or Lactating Ladies

Ragi Energy Balls For Instant Energy for Dieters, Pregnant or Lactating Ladies

Trying to lose weight can be mentally frustrating and physically exhausting. We have to give up many things we love to eat and try to make peace with fruits or vegetables that we used to always avoid.

Many dieters including me are tend to go overbroad with starving self before a special occasion or just to reach the weight loss goal sooner. We fall flat on our face for a few times and then we learn that starving is not the solution. We need an energy booster now and then. If you are eating less for a long time or are pregnant or breast feeding your new baby then you need the goodness of Ragi.

Dieting is not eating less but eating the right food in proper portion. Even occasionally indulging into something that is considered bad or sinful is allowed as long as you get back on track with eating healthy.

That’s the word I like to use instead of dieting – “Eating Healthy: The right thing in the right amount”. We need to look for food that will keep us healthy, active, in a good shape and will fill us up with energy. Yes such food does exist and no you don’t need to spend a fortune on them. I call these special types of food as Superfood.

When I spent a month in the naturopathy centre near Pune I found such a Superfood that I simple love. It is loaded with goodies like calcium, iron, much required fibres and vitamins like A, B1, B2, B3. It is a godsend for people who are trying to make their bones healthy as it helps bone development and prevents osteoporosis.

Benefits of Ragi/ Nachani:

1. For Bones: Calcium: Rich source of calcium. More than any other grain hence a daily consumption can make our bones stronger.

2. For Digestion: This little grain is loaded with fibre that helps us lose weight as it aids our digestion. A small amount of Ragi can prevent bloating.

3. For Cholestrol: Ragi helps to decrease bad cholesterol. It also controls fat in liver.

4. For Diabetes: Ragi controls sugar levels and helps prevent diabetes.

5. For Pregnancy: Ragi provides the calcium and iron requirement of would be mothers and their baby.

6. For Breastfeeding: To have a good flow of milk and provides the new mom with the much needed nourishment.

7. For Blood Pressure: As Ragi controls bad cholesterol it prevents blockages of arteries and also prevents high blood pressure and stroke.

8. For Anaemia: Ragi is a rich source of iron which helps cure Anaemia.

9. For Weight Loss: Ragi is full of fibre and energy which keeps us full for a longer time and cure constipation and bloating. Ragi is a healthier alternative to wheat. I highly recommend adding small amount of Ragi flour in your wheat flour that you use for your daily roties and bread. I personally prefer the Ragi flour Roti made of only Ragi flour and not mixing it with anything but only water to enough to knead it into soft dough.

The recipe below is a special recipe for those special days when you feel weak and need a big boost of energy. It’s far better, healthier and tastier than any commercial energy bar or drink. I advise to go light on these if you are trying to lose weight as they are enriched with Ghee, Jaggery and Peanuts.

Ragi or nachani energy balls for instant energy:

Ingredients:
1 heaped cup Ragi or Nachani flour
1/4 cup Til or Sesame Seeds (white)
1/4 cup Peanuts
1/2 cup Jaggery grated
1 teaspoon Cardamom / Elaichi Powder
2 – 3 tablespoons Ghee or Clarified Butter

Method:
1. Dry roast Til or Sesame Seeds on a low flame till you get aroma.
2. Dry roast Groundnuts or Peanuts. Cool and remove skin. Finely grind both together.
3. Then add Jaggery and Cardamom / Elaichi Powder to the blended mixer and grind again.
4. In a frying pan dry roast Ragi flour. Add 1 or 2 tsps of ghee while roasting. There will be a pleasant aroma. Remove from heat when the colour gets slightly darker.
5. In a bowl mix all the ingredients
6. Take small portions of this mixture and roll them into balls. If the mixture is dry then add little ghee for making balls

Variation:
a. If you are having trouble making balls of the above mixture you can flatten it out in a plate or a baking tray. Press it and cut it into cubes.
b. If you are allergic to peanuts you can add any other nut of your choice.
c. If you are not sure about the jaggery taste then instead of using only jiggery you can use a mixure of jaggery and powdered sugar. I would always recommend dark organic jaggery over sugar as it is the healthier option.

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Brisk walks and A Good Chair can Reverse Effects of Long Sitting Hours

Chair Scientist and Doctors are constantly warning us about the harmful effects of sitting long hours. It is no secret that prolonged sitting is linked to high cholesterol, obesity and cardiovascular problems. Unfortunately most of us spend a major part of our day and life in an office chair. It is important that we pick the most comfortable chair that gives the right kind of support to our back.

If you are among those lucky few who work from home, then you can make sure you invest in a decent office desk and chair not only for the sake of your posture, back and neck but also to keep your work at a highly professional level. I had a habit of going all around the house and sitting anywhere to write but since I made a small arrangement like a home office my productivity has improved not to mention I do not mistreat my back anymore by sitting for long hours in an uncomfortable position.

Durian LogoI got my Home office desk and chair online from Durian. Durian is an International furniture brand since 1981. Durian has a legacy and the ability to create a better lifestyle in the interior space. From being the pioneers in veneer business to being the leading infrastructure company and a lifestyle brand, they have had a journey that led them to be among the leading furniture brands in the market. Durian now wishes to cater to its masses and so manufactures 90% of its products in India, since 2011.

When I was searching for the right chair for my home office I found out about something called as ‘Ergonomic Function’ I made the point that my chair has this function to keep my posture right and my back in a good condition even after long sitting hours. I have mentioned the benefits I found out below in brief.

Chair functions
Benefits of Ergonomic Function Chair:

1. My Durian chair comes with ergonomic function that provides proper lower back support. It supports the inner curve of lower back.

2. The 360 degree Swivel helps me rotate easily so that I can reach different areas of my desk without straining.

3. Tilt tension adjustment and Tilt lock keeps my chair setting fixed to the position of my liking

4. The height adjustment function comes with a pneumatic lever is the easiest way to adjust height. A seat height that ranges from about 16 to 21 inches off the floor should work for most people. This function allows me to have my feet flat on the floor, with thighs horizontal and arms even with the height of the desk.

Browsing through their site I found out that that besides making their new products in India they are doing lots of good deeds for the less privileged of the country like associating with NGOs that provide medical aid during calamities to victims and support education, employment, skill training. Plus they provide free delivery and assembly and a 5 year warranty that makes it a secure buy. The other reason for choosing Durian furniture was the ease of online purchase as it is #JustAClickAway at http://www.durian.in

The Most Effective Cure to Reverse Effects of Long Sitting Hours is 5 Minute Brisk Walks every other hour:

.Every one to two hours get up from your chair and take a quick 5 minute brisk walk. Try to do this at least 3 times in a day if you can do more do it.

. If you work in a office then get up to drink water or visit the washroom and try to stretch those tired muscles for minimum 5 minutes.

. Walk towards a colleague instead of calling or chatting with him/her. Get up for the printout or photocopy instead of calling the office staff for the same.

. Take a walk after lunch. Make a point to walk with your colleagues while having coffee instead of sitting or standing in a place.

. Encourage colleagues to walk as much as you do so that you can keep up the habit instead of getting over it.

. If like me you work from home then it all depends upon you how you want to handle the sitting, standing or walking in your day. You are the boss make a point to make it most beneficial for your health.

. Besides walking or if you cannot leave your desk for a while try standing and working. Trust me it is not as uncomfortable as it sounds.

. There can be more ideas that will help you reverse effects of long sitting hours and if you find some please do share.

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Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ Reminds me to Listen to My Heart

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’

I have read mixed reviews about Paulo Coelho’s most famous novel “The Alchemist” some call it life changing while others find it too simple. For me it is a very much needed reminder to listen to my .

Today we are too busy planning big tasks and conquering battles in every field of our life. Work life balance is become our biggest fantasy or something that has lost its way in the past. In our crazy hectic schedule were very duty is performed like an impossible mission a smooth read like “The Alchemist” takes us on a journey to find the treasure of our life.

It forces us to calm down and look around for messages from the higher self mentioned in the book as omens. We are too busy to run like a hamster on its wheel whole day 5 or 6 days a week and the rest days at the end of the week are spent to regain the energy to fight the never ending war next week then next and so on.

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” — Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

Paulo Coelho reminds us to understand where our heart is. What is it longing for? In what does it feel happiness? Where ever your heart takes you, you will find your treasure. This can be actual in form of wealth, relationship, happiness or anything that you earn after finding your calling and respecting your heart’s cravings. Find a peaceful place, stay calm, breath very slowly and deeply, close your eyes and try to quite your mind. Now try to listen to your heart. What do you think it is interested in? What gives it immense happiness and satisfaction? I am sure you know it till now but if you are confused a meditation exercise can help.

“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” — Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

Most of us cannot follow our heart because of fear. Fear of failing or fear of disappointing others, fear of the unknown or fear of moving out of our comfort zone. As a part of being a grownup we lose our child like curiosity, our sense of adventure, become restless and get scared of dreaming big.

As a grownup we try to fit in the surrounding and try to follow some rules even if they do not benefit us. When we suppress our heart desires for a long time it stops communicating with us. Our heart is our only source to connect with the higher self or the wisdom that runs the whole universe. Don’t suppress its voice to make someone else happy.
Your calling or interest is a big part of your destiny. Understand the language of your heart and something magical will happen. Life will become smoother and sweeter. The resistance you face in your daily grind will become weaker making it easier for you to enjoy the journey called life.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” — Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

If you are looking for a way to connect to your heart’s desire this book can help you by taking you on a journey you will never forget. You want to go on that adventure again and again and who knows may be it will encourage you to find your own adventure.

Quote: Tom Peters

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Quote: Tom Peters

Quote: Tom Peters

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