Detox away!

Why do we need to detox..

We consume lot of chemicals either in food or air we breath in. Some of the signs when we know we need a detox could be as simple as lack of energy, insomnia, allergies, headaches. 

There are various reasons you need to detox – mainly to improve your immune systems, removing toxins from your organs like liver, stomach, kidney, loose weight by improving your metabolism and burning fat, increase energy levels and so on.

Our parents and ancestors would fast periodically and gain the same benefits. With the cultural shift, we barely fast but we are cool with detox..so here I am trying to write some benefits to get some of us motivated for the same.

There are various blogs, products, articles that are written out there on detox. But the simple things we can do in a day to day can help big ways.

1. Drink plenty of water, additionally flavor with cucumber, lemon or mint to enhance detoxing.

2. Eat simple home made food like khichdi with rice or oats, raw vegetables salads, fruits, simple soups, sprouts, quinoa, brown rice, black rice, wild rice, steamed vegetables, Raita, leafy vegetables.

3. Say no to caffineated drinks like coffee, tea. Instead have green tea, herbal teas, ginger tea, salt lassi, salted buttermilk.

4. Protein intake by adding eggs, beans, tofu in every meal.

5. Make your sweet cravings satisfied by eating fresh fruits.

Start with once a week as you can see your body will react to the process. Based on how your body reacts, you will need to figure out the frequency as once a week or once a month or twice a month or once a year.  There are more challenging ways to detox as well as you learn about it. You could be on complete liquid or fruit diet for couple of days. But listen to your body and work with it. The best way to start is by eliminating processed food and intake lots of water and having one meal as kitchdi. Pick a day which is less hectic to ensure you are energy can be contained. Add simple exercises or yoga in your routine.

The benefits are large from improving your state of health to state of mind. 

Finally thanking my dear friend for motivating me to write this and do this again as a common goal!

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Embedded thoughts

There are many wonderful quotes I read and get inspired with. But, I was pondering on some good thoughts shared from many who have touched my life in many good ways…helping me be a better person. I remind myself of many of these quotes as they cheer me and help me move ahead!

I will continue to refine this space as I come across more in the future.

Enjoy!

1. Remember positives and ignore the negatives – mom

2. Why do you think I am struggling? I am using my time wisely and being busy and that helps me – mom

3. I don’t want to praise my kids. I want to hear them from others – mom

4. Family is the most important thing – aunt Sarla

5. You cannot control what people think. You can control what you think.

6. Apply what you have learnt.

7. Remember you are never ready for the position..thought can be applied on both personal and professional level – courtesy my leader.

8. Remember it is a journey – courtesy my leader.

9. Every day is a new challenge. Go with that thought and ask what’s new today and bring it on!! – a colleague.

10. What is the most important thing? – courtesy my mentor.

11. With responsibility comes accountability. Accountability drives results. Thought was apt for personal or professional level.

12. If you are not thinking positive, you feed negative – My friend Sumedha.

13. Work on what you have and leave the rest – my friend Sumedha.

14. Do not over think.

15. There is no right or wrong – My friend Sumedha

16. Dream big dreams.

17. Never become so busy making a living that you forget your life.

Most of these is common and you may have heard it. For me these are valuable advice and I cherish the thoughts behind and value what each one have said. It is great to be able to summarize and read them over and over.

Kids and new era gadgets

Many kids these days have atleast one Apple or similar product like iPod, iTouch, iPhone, iPad. It is a new market share for these companies. I am sure the smart sales and marketing folks thought about this new gadgets and how this can revoluntize the market in terms of little Kids and teens. Almost every kid need not be taught on how to use these toys. They are visual and intriguing for the little minds. They figure out in no time on how to use and have a hang of it.

I am sure every parent have pressure from their kids to buy these new gadgets as it is now the new cool toy to own. If you don’t then they feel left out and you can see and feel their pain. With that said, why we can’t we have these gadgets released only for this industry where in a parent can be less worry some to buy these and be able to have the parental control. The lack of parental control on these gadgets can be consequences for many mishaps.

What is the minimum we should provide on these? Calendar, email, notepad, music, recorder, Clock, Calculator few kid friendly games and educative series?

I am sure every parent would be more willing to invest in a product that is kid safe rather than giving in due to pressure. There are parents who are successful in not getting into the pressure and competative mode, but how many? If we had the controls in, I think they will have a better market share.

I recently read an article where a mom wrote an 18 point contract to her kid and had him sign with an iPhone gift. She was hilarious and creative, and I am sure she had jitters getting that gadget and hence the contract. But do we really want to write contracts to our kids. I understand the responsibility factor and learning factor, but this could be totally avoided if we had a kid friendly version in the market..just my 2 cents and my thoughts as of today 😀

BTW just for the kick of it..I thought of writing this high level requirement for Apple and other companies to come up with a product 😉

1. Option to pick and choose what apps can be pre-loaded.
2. Parental control 101 – like inbuilt firewall which can track and send the usage stats to parents 😉
3. Ability to disable from master (parent’s phone or account) ;-P
4. Kid friendly iTunes website (educational series based on age selection which should be controlled by parent again)
5. Cool looking..well that is what kids go for…is the look and feel.
6. Basic call option.
7. Web browsing with limited options to sites, basically blocking sites which are not kid friendly.
8. Radio disney, Dictionary kind of apps

This is the reflection of my mind for today..what do you guys have on your mind lately?

Happy Reading!!!

Pay it forward!

The year 2012 almost coming close to being history. A history with some good and memorable and cherish-able events and some not so much.

2012 year for me was a year for personal growth as a mom as a professional and biggest one bejng a HUMAN. Some of the events in Connecticut and In India have been mind disturbing and my head and heart cannot come to peace with those cruel acts.

On the other hand I am so blessed to have some wonderful people from family and friends who make every day special.

Recently we travelled to Palm Springs where my princess was frozen with cold when we reached the 8000 ft level. The kids were having a blast in snow and suddenly my princess was sick. I had so many people come care about her and take care. My dear good friends Sujatha and Shyamala were beside her all the time. My heart was just pounding with stress and they just took charge. I just see this act of kindness and hear it means pay it forward.

Think of all the good times and wonderful acts and end your year to make it better and cherish-able.

PAY IT FORWARD. I will and wish you all can do that as well. HAPPY NEW YEAR IN ADVANCE!!!

Here is a good thought I want to share as we move into 2013.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all.

The feeling of Christmas is around starts when Christmas carols and songs are on radio and you hear the little kids singing jingle bells non stop.

Kids are excited around this time of the year. A small Christmas tree is decked with ornaments. My princess and my munchkin are pretty excited to display their artwork from school, peppermint candy cane along with various ornaments collected over the years. Tintin, snoopy, heart shape glass ornaments, ornaments with kids pictures, bells, gift boxes they all have a spot on our family Christmas tree. They have hand written list for Santa with their wish list under the tree, hoping Santa gets them what they wished for 😉

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Although it is not a tradition that I grew up with, I believe in every religion and faith and it feels good to be part of it as well. It started initially when my princess asked for a Christmas tree and not wanting to break her heart we got a small tree. We have been following all festivals from India and this is added to list of celebrations for our family.

The celebrations are usually accompanied with small gift exchange for the kids and some home cooked food just for the family, laid back movies times and spending time with each other.

This also let’s me teach my children to accept and respect people’s faith and religion along with what they follow. For me the human religion is considered the upmost and looking at what’s going around in the world, it is very important to continue to teach our kids about peace and humanity.

I am thankful for this year. I am looking forward to more good times with my family and friends.

Feliz Navidad !!!

Home Remedies

It is that time of the season where we all catch common cold and cough. The time also reminds me of my childhood days and grandma’s care and remedies. She had abandon knowledge and remedies up her sleeve. From cold , cough to even jaundice. I always asked her how she knew all this and if she can share them with me. She shared some common one’s and some she said cannot be shared 😦

Over the years many have shared the tips and tricks and I thought this may be best way to compile them.

Some good ones I still follow with myself and for my kids-

Cold and cough

1. Honey – everyday one teaspoon honey with warm water or just plain honey helps calm your throat.

2. Warm water and turmeric – mix 1/4 tsp turmeric in 1-2 cupe warm water and drink

3. Salt water gargle – warm water and add 1-2 tsp salt and mix well. Gargle this few times a day.

4. May sound weird – keep an cut onion or garlic pods peeled in the bed room. This is supposed to capture the bad germs and kill them :p

5. Hot soups, lemon and honey tea is all supposed to help as well.

6. For little kids- rub Vicks on their foot and wear socks on top before sleep. This works faster on then little munchkins. My grandma always massaged Vicks on throat and around my nose to breath constantly while I went to sleep as a kid.

7. Plenty of water and good sleep. It is really needed as your body is fighting those bad viruses.

8. Pepper rasam – a soup with lots of garlic and pepper helps.

9. Holy basil eaten helps fighting cold. For children the juice of holy basil and bay leaves are given to help with cold as well.

10. Avoid eating fried good or sugary contents

11. Run humidifier in winter and cool mist in summer. This will help with drying throat.

For cuts.

1. Turmeric has great benefits. I remember mom putting little turmeric on cuts and small bruises for healing instead of bandages.

Constipation

1. Prunes, banana- it is best to aid with digestion.

2. Cinnamon power -1/2 spoon, 1 spoon honey and 1 cup warm water mix it and drink

Diarrhea

1. one spoonful of mustard seeds or fenugreek swallowed with buttermilk.

Headaches

1. Plenty of water and sleep

2. Head massage with warm coconut or olive oil helps

Leg aches and hand aches or sprains

1. Warm olive oil massage can definitely help

2. Stretches – stretch your arm both sides like it is getting pulled in either direction..it relives the strain and pain

Dark circles

1. Tea bags – left over tea bags refrigerated for an hour and keep it on your eyes for 10 mind

2. Potato or cucumber slices on your eyes for 10 mins

Dry skin

1. Winter can dry your skin really fast if not moisturized well. Mix rose water and lemon juice 1:1 and apply, this will make your skin smooth.

I am sure there are plenty more. This is my first attend to compile what I have heard over the years and tried.

Share what you know 😀

Btw..today is doomsday and god has a different plan for all of us..may be another chance to be good!

Half Marathon Experience

For a year now, a good friend of mine introduced me and trained me to do Half Marathon’s. I must admit it is addictive. I had sleepless nights thinking what would happen if I cannot finish and chased myself to train. I was novice when it came to daily cardio or exercise routine, I had started to feel lethargic as well. The cardio routine not only helped me tone but also brought in awareness to many different things that I was ignorant of. My diet, healthy options of grains and nutrient facts and list goes on.

I have been inspired since then. My recommendation is anyone can plan to do this with a proper planning. I planned 12 weeks ahead the first time around. This helped me build my stamina slow and steady. Consistency was key and patience was needed. Plan usually depends on our health conditions and pace. I started based on my doctor’s recommendation. It is important to understand your body needs especially when it comes to running. You want to know if you can sustain running or you are just a fast walker or you are combination.

The next thing is I learnt was to understand the need for proper nutrition. My nutritionist did add more proteins to my diet. The previous night before any long distance practice, I ate good amount of carbs to keep me going the next day. I also started with vitamins which helped me as I am a vegetarian.

Other than this, during the run I always carried my water and coconut water, sports jelly beans, my phone which would track my pace and plan. Most importantly I had one of my best friend who gave me company on my long runs. The weekdays were challenging as we had to do this on our own in the beginning. The plan usually builds starting at 15 mins twice a week and then doing a 40 mins on our first weekend. Every week we increase 5 mins more on week day and double our weekday practice minutes for weekend.

For example

The plan increases mins across every week for 12 weeks. The longest practice we did was for 145 mins. The week before marathon we do 60 mins to rest and prepare the body for the final day.

There are many websites who share the plan for beginners and for anyone planning to start, that is a good read. I am no expert yet and just sharing my experience here.

There are quite a lot of articles published on marathon and I think it is always better to understand what is expected before starting. My learning was during the practice, but every time me and my friend got better. We have now completed 3 half marathons and planning to do atleast 2 every year. Every marathon we have increased our pace to completion and trying to do better. It is a challenge. I could have never done it with out my friend.

I am glad I signed up for this. It has motivated me to do better and I also feel much stronger mentally, emotionally and physically. I still have to work on my patience 😉

Hope I inspired few 🙂