Experiences, Experiments, Food, Health and fitness, Life, Me

February reflection

I kept up on mindfulness till mid-February. But the last two weeks saw me falling, falling and falling.  I was disheartened that I had not kept up the momentum but let’s face it. Not falling is not a realistic scenario. Atleast not for me. So may be the goal is to minimize the frequency of the fall and to pick myself up as quickly as I can after the fall. This month I will focus on eats, workout and meditation.

Coincidentally, I have enrolled in the advanced nutriage workshop, wherein we will design our own menu, eating clean 80% of the time, and allowing for indulgences 20% of the time. I want to specifically focus on cooking simple meals. Wish me luck.

Detox, Experiences, Food, Health and fitness

Jan. reflection

I am doing ok with my word of the year – Mindfulness, thanks to the Nutriage workshop that I am signed up for. We are in the third and final week of the workshop. Strike 1 was gluten and processed food. Strike 2 was dairy and caffeine. Strike 3 is sugar and grain. So this week I am on a gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, caffeine-free, added sugar-free meal plan. The goal is to detox and reduce inflammation. For the most part, I am chugging along. Today, I missed black mission figs that I tend to treat myself to after lunch and dinner and craved for some dairy. The temptation passed. Also, this time around, I have been focusing on portion control. This is something that I have struggled with for a long time. One thing that is helping is eating mindfully. When I am eating, I am not doing anything else. Secondly, I have come to realize that the Law of Diminishing Utility truly applies to eating. The first bite is always tastier than the second, the second tastier than the third and the third tastier than the fourth. So overeating has lost its charm.

As part of the workshop, we are required to do some physical activity and meditation. I have not been as steadfast with physical activity but have been enjoying some meditation led by Tara Brach. Do give her a try if you get a chance.

That’s it for now. Take care!

Experiences, Experiments, Food, Gratitude, Health and fitness

Nutrition workshop

The first nutrition workshop for the year has kicked off. This time it is a 3-week program focused on helping us get back to healthy eating and healthy living.  I have done these workshops enough number of times to know the  drill – what’s allowed and what’s not. I have done it enough number of times to also know that half hearted efforts do not pay;  there is no shortcut to healthy living – you have to devote your time, energy and give it your all.

This week is week one. We are off gluten. One cup of caffeine. 

Truly thankful to this nutritionist who conducts these workshops to create positive ripples in the community.

Hari Katha, Health and fitness, Introspection, Life, Little Moments, Uncategorized

Heart of the matter

Hari went to bed last night feeling unwell. The kind of body ache you feel when you are about to come down with something. He woke up this morning not wanting to go to school. He looked worn down but was not sick enough to stay at home. So we talked and the child reluctantly went to his bus stop with the understanding that he can call home if he continues to feel drained.

A few minutes later, he came home hastily knocking at the door. “Can you help me find my cross country jersey amma, I totally forgot about the meet today.”  But aren’t you feeling sore babes? I don’t think  it’s a good idea to run when you are not at your healthiest.  “It’s ok amma, I want to do this. I can do this.” He still looked worn down to me. We rummaged through the drawers, pulled the jersey in the nick of the moment, and  dashed to his bus stop with good luck hugs and wishes. I am not sure how the day will turn out for him, but when he is so sure about what he wants and thinks that he can, then we have to let him give it a try.

It’s a silly incident. But isn’t it amusing how far we are willing to go, and what barriers we are willing to overcome, if our heart is set on something?

Hari Katha, Health and fitness, Life, Little Moments, Uncategorized

Sick Child

Hari stayed home today as he was sick with cold, cough and allergies. Poor child, he had a rough day with incessant sneezing and coughing. I was reminded of the nightmare that his first year of daycare was. It feels  like a different era. He was so puny, was off the charts for his weight, and was a frequent visitor at  the doctor’s office.  Even as a one and half year old, he would bawl every time we entered the parking lot of the doctor’s office as he knew too well what was in store. That phase did eventually pass, thank god for that!

As I called the triage nurse for advise today, I realized that in another 10  years, Hari will not qualify to be seen by a pediatrician. This baby of mine will be an adult child in a decade. And we all know how quickly a decade passes.

Detox, Experiences, Experiments, Food, Health and fitness, Uncategorized

Eat Clean workshop

I have signed up for Eat Clean workshop led by the same nutritionist that organized the detox and smoothie challenge last year. I really like her approach and find it holistic and sustainable. The workshop is for a month with another month to practice our learnings from this month. The goal is to eat simple and clean. In other words, avoid processed food. Portion control is recommended if you want to shed some pounds.

Here are some habits I have picked so far or would like to pick going forward.

  • Start the day with lukewarm lime water
  • Get into the habit of eating a bowl of salad with lunch and dinner. She recommends 50-50 rule, that is 50% should be raw veggies and 50% should be cooked carb and protein
  • Think rainbow when you plan your daily menu – include food that is red, yellow/orange, purple/blue, green, white/brown, and green! Your body gets variety of nutrition meeting different dietary needs when you choose produce and dry fruits from these colors. Very manageable, just need to consciously make it a habit.
  • No refined sugar. Only one cup of tea or coffee per day. I use coconut sugar from Trader’s Joe as a sugar alternative.
  • Homemade sauces, dips, dressing and pickles – love making these…!
  • Recommended use of oil – olive oil for stir fry, sesame oil for Indian cooking, ghee/coconut for dhal and such.
  • Walk 2 miles per day

Things that I have not been able to keep up:

  • Hydration. Definitely behind on my water intake.
  • Minimize use of gadget before sleep time.

Two more weeks left in this workshop. I am behind by a week but I am glad I signed up and I truly hope this will be a lifestyle change.

Health and fitness


I pampered myself today. Not with a visit to the spa or the beauty salon but right at home with nice long stretches.  Truly, stretching is an act of kindness to one’s body and mind. Lifting one’s hands up, so high as though someone is pulling the fingers from above. Or stretching one’s legs and feeling that burn in calf muscles and hamstrings. Ha, that was so relaxing, the soreness melting away as I allowed myself to experience it. If only, I practiced it on a daily basis!