New Year.. but..Not so New Resolutions

IT’S going to be New Year’s Eve soon. Most of you already have plans while some are still are clueless! But we all know one thing for certain – on New Year’s Eve – We will celebrate.. And our celebrations always include – FOOD & DRINKS (both alcoholic & non-alcoholic). And that evening you will still be heavy on tum ‘again’.. (well haven’t you been  partying since Christmas 😉 )

BUT you try to justify and resolve it all with a New Year’s resolution to ‘lose weight’, like you did the year before this, and the year before that!

Going on a diet – more often than not is the most popular New Year’s resolution and as we know it does more harm than good, as we are always setting ourselves up to fail.

How is it possible, to be one kind of a person till Dec 31st and then suddenly as the clock strikes 12, become a super conscious health nut – immediately in the very next moment! So do you just drop all your lifestyle habits and adopt to a newer life – in that one moment?

We have  unrealistic expectations when it comes to dieting after the festive season. We equate a diet to a punishment, post all the merry making of Christmas & New Year – just to find ourselves repeat this pattern the following year. So did the punishment actually work?

NOTHING CHANGES, TILL YOU CHANGE

I have always said – there is much more to weight loss than just diet and exercise. Here comes Jan and so many will skimp on food and slog at the gym. The more fun your New Year party was, the more you torture yourself

Thankfully, our body and brain are way more sensible than we are. Your body’s primary function is survival and if you deprive yourself of nutrients and lots of energy your body isn’t going to quickly let you into that bikini or that LBD or raise your metabolism or give you the abs. Instead, it  will slow down the metabolism and hold onto energy so you can actually survive, the self-inflicted torture

Before you start to work on your body – it is better to work on your mind. Don’t we all already know how important it is to exercise or how beneficial it is to eat at regular intervals is or any other nutrition or health related fact – yet we do the exact opposite.

How often have you experienced or heard from someone who had a stressful day at work and didn’t know the best way to deal with it, so just went home and binged on their favorite food or just had a few glasses of wine to calm themselves down. Then obviously you don’t sleep so well that night and the next day are a bit groggy so instead of starting their day with a fruit, they reach for a coffee. And in turn, increase the stress levels, within the body, leading to more cortisol and leading to more fat storage. Was your solution actually a solution?

So its not that we are not aware – we have just become slaves to our habits, we need to re-wire our mind first, to re-wire our habits, and then will the diet actually work for you.

It’s been a busy year, you are looking forward to have a good time at your New Year Party, then do just that. If your New Year Resolution has a list of 10 things you intend to change, cut it down to 1 or 2 things and if you achieve it give yourself a high five. Be realistic in your expectations and let go of the extra pressure you put on yourself to achieve the impossible. Give your self a gift of your own kindness this New Year

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There is no need to DIE when DIE-Ting

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Most people DIE – when DIE-Ting. And obviously when it doesn’t work –  that kills you further, because you gave up so much and yet you are back to square one.

Also when you consistently Over – diet and eat less in the process – thinking you could knock some kilos off quickly, you actually end up landing in a bigger mess. Suddenly eating lesser than before, slows down metabolism and the body responds to this ‘starvation mode’ by holding the fat back and now the body burns calories more slowly.

Also haven’t you noticed how you feel when you starve? You feel hungry and as a result are irritable, cranky, angry and feel weak. You may weigh less on the scale but the minute you go back to eating like usual, all the weight piles back on and sometimes even more.

This yo-yo weight gain and loss is even more dangerous.

Instead, it is just so much easier to EAT small meals frequently, sensibly and the right amount of food you need in that moment instead of ‘dieting’. This way you actually nurture and nourish your body. In doing so you will notice that your energy levels are better, you feel fresh, fitter, look younger and your clothes fit better too.

Eat a Modak Today

Today as you bow down and seek blessings of Ganpati, make sure you get your dose of a Modak too! 
Ingredients of a Modak –

Rice – High fibre, with essential amino acids, vitamins and many phytonutrients. Fat burning, Reduces Anxiety & Irritability.

Jaggery – Rich in phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, calcium and phosphorus and antioxidants. When combined with rice steadies the blood sugar level by ensuring a slow release of all the nutrients in your blood stream and soothes the nerves
Coconut & Ghee – 2 most beautiful fats – the perfect Omegas – 3,6,9. Perfect for those desperately trying to get rid of the ‘stubborn’ fat areas
Love, Prayers & Blessings!
Exactly why a Modak is a blessing from Ganpati – the Remover of Obstacles. It Reduces Anxiety, Reduces Irritability, Soothes Anxious Nerves – overall Calming Effect – Overall feeling Loved, Protected & Blessed!
  

24 Hour No Complaining Challenge

  Soulful Sunday ~ Are you up for a 24-Hour No Complaining Challenge? Take the challenge and see if you can exchange complaining for kindness. And see how you feel over the 24 hours? #SoulfulSunday #merakiwellbeing #khushboothakker
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Results or Excuses – What’s Your Pick? 

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Did You Love Yourself?

  Eat like you love yourself. Move like you love yourself. Speak like you love yourself. Act like you love yourself. #merakiwellbeing #WellbeingWednesday #khushboothakker

Mindful Eating

When we can slow down and really enjoy our food, our life and our health, we take on a much deeper quality. When you eat in this way, not only are you physically nourished, you are also spiritually nourished. The way you eat influences everything else that you do during the day. If you can look deeply into your food and take this time as a meditation you receive the many gifts of the cosmos that you would not otherwise profit from if your mind were elsewhere. Because if you eat and are consumed by worries and projects, you are eating a lot of stress and fear and this is harmful to your body and mind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh #merakiwellbeing #WellbeingWednesday #ThichNhatHanh