It turns out that over-exercising and under-eating won’t get you anywhere
Maintaining a healthy number on the weighing scale had always been a tussle—my love for food and struggle with excess weight went hand-in-hand. In school, I was the most overweight girl in the room and I had trouble accepting my body for what it was. I also suffered from excessive, thick and dark hair growth on my chin, which was not diagnosed as a symptom of PCOS initially—I was simply told to take a hair reduction pill by my gynaecologist. With enough body-shaming from family and friends, by the age of 13, I became obsessed with the idea of losing weight.
Did you know that your diet could be getting in the way of your mental wellbeing?
Having battled PCOS and hypothyroidism for over two decades now, in the initial years I focused more on the physical impact of these hormonal disorders. With the primary goal of battling weight-gain accelerated by both diseases, my diets were designed mainly to aid weight loss, treat my out-of-control acne and speed up metabolism. Three years ago, however, my perspective on the same changed, when after a personal tragedy, I was forced to prioritise my mental health.
ou might be glugging the goodness of herbs, inhaling steam and popping in multivitamins. Yet sometimes the tiny niggles on the health index might be pop-up reminders of the vitamins and nutrients that are falling short within. This depends on various dynamics including your age, childbirth history, work parameters, genetics, menopause, and more. Forget fancy diets that can lead to hormonal imbalances and related disorders, and focus on what your body needs most.
When it comes to setting goals and making resolutions, the new year feels like it should be the perfect opportunity to finally make it happen. Whether you’re trying to cut down on sugar, or attempting to eat fewer midnight snacks, it can be easy to want to try when you can make a fresh start, especially after a festive month of debauchery and indulgence. But while it sounds great in theory, making a decision to pursue a goal based on just the date can be setting yourself up for failure. If you’re not ready, have a plan in place, or really want to do it, you’re likely to lose steam before you really make any progress. Sounds all too familiar? We asked Neha Sahaya, a Mumbai-based nutritionist and wellness consultant, and Mayuri Punjabi, Hong Kong-based health coach and founder of MyEurekaLife for their tricks to start making better choices now, instead of waiting.
Wondering why your gut health is important? Here’s everything you need to know.
We all hear about the importance of gut health. But do we really know the reason behind it? Our gut is home for more than 100 trillion bacteria. Yes, you read it right! A healthy gut not only contains healthy bacteria but also helps to build our immune cells to fight pathogens like viruses, bacteria and fungi. When your gut is healthy, it helps to balance your hormones and improves communication with the brain through the nerves. It uplifts your mood, emotions, metabolism and helps you sleep better.
Who doesn’t love chikkis and laddoos? For us, it’s a straight trip down the memory lane to mom’s and grandmother’s kitchen. Perfect for the approaching weekend, especially during these overcast days, these laddoos and chikkis are healthy and yummy choices to deal with those sudden hunger pangs.
While some immune-boosting herbs and tinctures can be difficult to access right now, fresh vegetables and fruits in a balanced diet can be the answer.
Since you’re eating all your meals—breakfast, lunch and dinner—at home, cooking can get old, fast. Especially if you’re trying to fill each meal with enough nutrition, while keeping in mind that some of your go-to produce might be unavailable as you make a quick grocery store trip. How can you amplify your immune system while making cooking and eating enjoyable for the family? We asked nutritionist and wellness coaches Neha Sahaya and Avni Kaul for their take.
Miss Diva Supranational 2019 Shefali Sood is all set to represent India at Miss Supranational 2019 pageant, scheduled to take place in Poland on December.
She will compete against 80 other countries for the coveted crown. Shefali says, “Being able to represent India on a global platform is a different feeling altogether. I have been preparing so hard for this and trying to be a calmer version of myself by attending meditation classes. It is a huge responsibility to represent your nation on an international platform and I’m very excited to do it. To be able to represent my country on an international stage is a matter of pride.”
Plant-based diets are all the rage and they come packed with the micronutrient
Mostly associated with meats and eggs, protein is one of the macronutrients, which along with carbohydrates and fat, is required by our bodies for proper functioning. However, when required, it’s not like the body can dip into its coterie of reserved protein, because unlike the other two, protein can’t be stored. One has to eat sufficient amount of nutritious and healthy food in order to fulfil the daily dietary requirement of protein. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. So, how do vegetarians ensure that they meet this daily requirement in their diet?
From being body shamed as a kid to turning a nutritionist to battle her weight woes, Neha Sahaya has come a long way. Her amazing transformation, in her own words. Mental and physical wellbeing is a crucial part of our being. It is what gives us the peace we all want to attain, but achieving a balance between the two can be quiet a battle. Today, I can happily say that I found that balance. Did I struggle? Yes. But what’s more important here, is not the struggle but the fact that I emerged victoriously.
Nutritionists spend most of their day getting clients to stop eating the foods that they love—like that bag of processed French fries and nuggets in your freezer, the decadent four cheese pizza you crave every weekend and the butter chicken and naan you can’t (read: don’t want to) get out of your weekly meal plan, amongst other things. As good as your intentions might be, very few can contest how great greasy Chinese food tastes. So how does someone who plans healthy diets for people as a living, eat in their own home? Do they have secrets that they don’t disclose, or do they really not indulge in any cheat meals at all? We got six nutritionists to let us in on their daily diet, and here’s what we found.
That a healthy mind resides in a healthy body is well known. However, with channels of stress proliferating with each passing day around us, giving rise to mental health issues and even suicides, how easy is it to keep the mind healthy? Well worry not to help you keep your mind and body fit, Mission Fit India, an initiative by Fever FM and My FM, has trainers from actor Suniel Shetty’s Team called Suniel ki Sena, discuss and provide useful tips via radio stations and social media platforms.
If you eat out way too often, then there might be a good news for you on the horizon. There have been talks that FDA plans to make it mandatory for restaurants in the state to mention the calorie content of each dish alongside its name on the menus.
A well-balanced diet is essential for a healthy baby, says Neha Sahaya
The growth of a baby from conception to birth depends entirely on nourishment from the mother. The complex process of rapid human growth and location demands a significant increase in nutrition from the mother’s diet.
When it comes to reaching your weight loss goals, most fitness experts would say you should include fish in your diet. Now, one study suggests that fish is also linked to better long-term neurological health, thanks to a protein called parvalbumin which is found in different fish species.
You may love makeup and sure, it makes you look glamorous; you may enjoy hitting the gym, and it’s an absolute must for good health. But, you know that when you go overboard with these things, the results can be disastrous. If you have too much makeup on, a friend may tell you to wipe some off, and if you’ve worked out too hard, your muscles may feel sore.
We all want to be the best version of ourselves and mental health and physical well-being are vital to achieve this. A physically fit body translates into peace of mind, which then allows you to attain your goals and stay focused on your ambition. But, the road to fitness has many bumps and potholes.