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We take health for granted, let’s just face it. In an attempt to appease our ever evolving/ devolving palate, we search for newer products on the shelf..
Preferably Packaged. Even fruits are cut up packaged in styrofoam bowls and cellophaned shut. And that is our go to for fibre needs rather than some wholesome fruit from the farmers market?! Like why?? It’s not only more expensive but has greater chances of contamination.
Beauty and sophistication matters so much more now, in every regards, so much so that, we don’t eat things that don’t look pretty anymore.
That zazzy packaging makes us buy that truckload of sugar and preservatives, and even if it doesn’t taste good, we gotta eat coz we spent money on it! It’s like a vicious circle.
It’s easy. It’s pre made. It’s convenient.
It gives us time to unwind from the regular stress of living.
But it makes us go in a sugar coma and we feel lethargic instead of energetic.
So, is the price worth it? Saving time and effort in exchange of reduced energy levels??!
Why not put our body needs before our palate wants??
Trust me, it will make a ton of difference. In your mentality.in your body. In your happiness. It made to me.
Granted, initially, when I started my impulsive “no packaged food” Challenge back in July, I was like “what do I eat now? “.it was hard. Honestly, very hard not to buy the oreos or drink that coke when I was dying of thirst.
But, I made a choice, and stuck to it.. I reached out for the banana and plain water instead.
And even though I didn’t feel like, I tried to make it a habit. A month is up. I smashed the challenge.
And I can tell you the results are mind blowing.
For one, I feel real hunger now, like hunger pangs instead of my ever present bloating. I have a tummy that says give me food. I didn’t know eating when really hungry can give you a life altering sensation. It does. It’s as good as an orgasm.. Probably(?).
Second, I saved money! Hell yeah!!! I did. Fruits fill your stomach. Veggie salads. Oats. Nuts. Milk products. Cottage cheese. Yogurt. You name it. You mix them. You smoothie. You bake. Do whatever you want with those foods. Trust me, they don’t taste as bad as I had imagined. They actually taste good.
Third, I have a predictable hunger and food cycle. My relationship with food is improving. I have always been an emotional eater. Sad? Eat. Happy? Eat. Angry? Eat. Worried? Eat.
Eating was my go to solution.
If I Feel like eating?? I Drink water first.
Then i know, whether it was real hunger or assumed hunger. Eat only when hungry. Not because someone wants company. Order a low caffeine beverage instead of the calorie laden fried chicken and cheeseburger.
Take a spoon of food and savor it. Instead of stuffing it down your throat.
No one will take your food away. Time will run nonetheless.. Calm down, see, smell, enjoy the food. And eat like a goddamn king/queen.
Each meal is a celebration of being alive. Like a reward. So, receive it like one.
Fourth, eating clean motivated me to exercise. Its just 2 months. Not a gym person. I just started out with YouTube videos.. Researched on activities. Decided on freehand and cardio. No equipment, easy to do(or so I thought🤣). But I started. With 15-20 min long HIIT workouts followed by a 10 min targetted workout (eg- abs/ thighs/ back etc). Immediately after, I wanna die.. It’s true. I feel like jelly. And I wanna die.
But an hour after shower, I feel like I am ALEXANDER, the great. The accomplished feeling of doing something you know you weren’t able to.. Ahhhhh. Do it, guys, do it just to feel it.
30 min of high intensity exercises kick my butt like a lion would to a squirrel. But, so worth it.
I Maybe a masochist, maybe not.
But the benefits, undeniable.
I m on the upper side of normal BMI.
Absolutely unfit. Accumulated fat with love and care over the years.. That I am planning to shed, for the spandex covered mermaid bodies we see on the fitness experts(new goal alert!!!)
fingers are crossed.. On my left hand.
Anyways, as of yet, this is what I could gather. Planning to go back and incorporate a more sustainable food culture in my life.
And obviously, continue and tweak the home exercises I do.
Going to the drawing board mid August!
Wish me luck!
Will update the progress or regress?!
Keep rocking this beautiful life your way!
Fear: Impulse or Obstacle?
Whenever I was afraid to go to my martial arts classes as a kid, my mom used to tell me not to be afraid. Said that , fear meant I wouldn’t dare to go beyond. That I wouldn’t try and then I wouldn’t know.
So ,I went. I guess I had FOMO. Another fear. Fear of missing out.
I didn’t think about the paradox much.
Untill, today, when I was re -re – re- well (I don’t remember how many re)- watching The Dark Knight Rises. I won’t waste time glorifying what is in itself a piece requiring no publicity.
But, If you haven’t seen it, it’s your loss.
Coz the producers already earned a billion (and counting) from it.😁
But it got me thinking, AGAIN.
This time around , about what the prison Dr said to Bruce Wayne-
“How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death”
Bruce- “I do fear death. I fear dying in here, while my city burns and there’s no one there to save it”
This iconic conversion taught me another thing today.
Everyone is afraid. There’s nothing to be ashamed of it.
But it is of two types , based on the two possible conclusions- whether it helps you grow(the good fear) or whether it tears you away, slowly with the aid of time.(the bad fear)
You see, batman wasn’t afraid of dying.. coz there was no purpose , nothing to lose. No motivation. Lack of fear made him weak.
But he was afraid of dying while something he loved withered away. His city. That fear made him stronger. Gave him desperation to succeed.
And he made the climb.
The intentions matter.
I din’t want to miss out the fun of complaining about the classes with my friends , I feared I would miss precious moments. Coz I loved them. I loved the experience.
Even if I hated the extreme physical pain.
Love always outweighs fear, when it matters.
Whenever, you are afraid to do something ever again.
Ask yourself, whether the fear helps you be better or not- if it’s a good fear or bad fear?
Coz the right way to go is to encourage the good fear and suppress the bad fear.
Next time, don’t procrastinate, don’t avoid going to the gym, coz there are things at the end of the tunnel that will make all the boredom and pain with it in the end. Don’t give the power to your bad fears . Take control.
Fear is universal . Necessary.
But whether it’s a necessary evil or the the necessary good, is decided by our perspective and vision.
Have a beautiful vision, guys!
Hope you have a productive day!
An Average morning thought.
The morning Alarm rings.. and maybe your sleep is disturbed.. or .. Maybe you play the 5 min game for 30 min before you actually acknowledge that you are in the world of living..yet again.. yay! Or nay!?
For me, deciding between the two takes another 30 minutes. The first few steps to the balcony and the cold air slapping me ..is actually when I wake up.. and God forbid.. if it’s stormy up there or pouring like your garden watering can .. if you a girl, you know the clogs just fired your pretty shoes for the day, ..
And Some people.. they “love” waking up in the morning.. I am kept intrigued.. on whether they are skilfully lying to themselves and making their self believe the lie or simply lying to make me.. want to worship them? Coz the truth is honestly unbelievable.
And no, don’t i’m-possible me.
I mean if you wake up early and are active. You get a lot of work done. Hand on the 💓.
But what actually makes you productive , just waking up early? If that was it, the rural India should have been a more productive place to live.. than it is today.
What I thinking, the magic ingredient is.. is what you tell yourself in the morning.. That matters.
On whether, you think of yesterday and start with a heavy heart.
Or think of how strong you are despite all and hope for some “co-incidental” magic .
Over thinking should be branded as one of the unofficial national past time of young millennials. We worry.
Even about what to wear. Thanks to the trending media outlets subconsciously making you judge others ,and guilt tripping yourself.
Straight way. Over thinking isn’t gonna cut it. It’s like smoking.
People don’t actually like it. But it’s familiar. It’s comforting. It’s logical. Its stress reliving to your mind ..even if it isn’t.
Counter that overthinking with a clean slate in the morn.
Do me a favour.
Tonight, think of all the good things that happened to you today.. even the smallest things.. like someone giving you space to pass through..say an honest thank you to those people in your head.
Take a conscious step not to worry.
And think of the most beautiful thing you ever saw and tell yourself something nice.
And see the day change..
Let me know!!!
Lots of love to all those reading this!
.The borrowed writer.
Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Life as we see around is pretty awesome to begin with. But when you think that even millions of years ago, the space where we stand and breathe existed, and just like a movie , the scene morphs inside out heads.. trees and bushes, insects and dinosaurs.
Things were different , if evolution is to be believed.And now , millions of years later, me , you, standing right where they did.
Earth is like a recycling centre of life. And all that makes it sustainable.
And as are ideas .
Everything is borrowed from our past.
Life. Flesh. Air. Ideas.
This is my take on the ideas that has already spent an eternity in this inconceivable universe.
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Happy reading, people!!