Wellness Series: Our Food!

This is first of my wellness series blogs. Let me start with food, as people say we are what we eat. Of course, this is more aptly corrected to ‘when we eat’!

Those who are familiar with my belief and passion for Intermittent Fasting will understand better the meaning of when eaten.

This diagram is from a fitness friend who is a role model in fitness and working out. The picture shows how food is so important.

Again, some of you may remember that I am managing a whatsapp broadcast group and we are now almost 50 in numbers. And I intend to get certified as a wellness coach.

I have been advising my Intermittent Fasting Group to try Keto diet for significant weight loss. Perhaps a correction is required (as prompted by this diagram).

Carb, we thought is something to be avoided or kept minimum. But perhaps, if you exercise well you may need some good carbs for energy. Apparently net carb is total carbs minus fibre. Then go for the carbs mentioned in the diagram. For example whole grains for your traditional dishes, you can’t live without.

If you are building muscles and reach almost failure point in muscle toning workouts, please don’t ignore proteins. I have had some bad experiences when i didn’t eat the two eggs after a fairly strenuous workout.

And finally, the good fat is required. Please don’t take it as a license for offals, other tasty fat, red meat etc, but go for good oil and fat as suggested.

Always consult your doctor/ dietitian when making drastic changes to what you eat.

Wellness Series: Our Food!

A Wellness Group, And It’s Working

We are a whatsapp broadcast group focusing on wellness through Intermittent Fasting.

Ours is a small group, making personal attention quite possible. As the originator of the group, I get myself trained as a wellness coach.

In just less than six months, the group is enjoying some positive results and we are looking forward to maximising the good that we have begun to experience.

By being a broadcast group, individual identity is private and only me, the coach has a global view. Feedback are shared within the group with identity kept confidential. This success sharing is the secret of greatness of the group and the best form of handholding to stay on course.

We have identified the following key success factors:

– Fasting is without any calorie intake. Best food during fasting other than water is black coffee without flavours like chicory etc.

– Minimum fasting period is 13 hours, usual 16 and ideal 24 hours at least once a week. Some people do something like three consecutive days, but no one in the group has reported anything more than 24 hours. After 13 hours energy requirement is from the stored fat. The longer the time after 13, the higher the consumption of stored excess fat.

– Autophagy (self eating) a Nobel Prize winning stage is the ultimate aim. At this stage body cleans damaged and defective cells and grow new good ones. Growth hormones generated and even reversal of ageing happens, in addition to curing/ preventing deadly things like cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

– Positive results reported by participants in the group include- improved energy levels, weight loss, blood sugar stability, improved concentration, less stress etc.

– Sustained Weight loss is not a key aim, but can be accelerated by going for Keto diet while eating. That’s mostly natural fat, moderate protein and low carbs.

– Exercise is recommended, and best done while on fasting window. High intensity interval training being the best form.

This is a group you would want to join. You can be a participant and share ideas with the group keeping personal identity and privacy intact. You get all the benefits of being in a genuine group.

If interested to join, please send your whatsapp number to mine: +91 9400056031.

(Suggestion, those with any conditions or medications, please consult the doctor before fasting, say more than 16 hours)

Hope to see more of you enjoying the benefits and privileges of this wonderful group.

A Wellness Group, And It’s Working

Milestone! Lightest in 25 Years.

This is an important milestone. I weigh the lowest in some 25 years, if not 30, thanks to Intermittent Fasting.

It’s important because the weight loss is accompanied by renewed energy, enthusiasm and discipline.

To me, Intermittent Fasting is the best wellness movement that has happened so far. It’s very well explained and proven through some detailed and serious study, which include Nobel Prize winning research.

Benefits of intermittent fasting include generation of new human growth hormones, cleaning repairing and growing cells, prevention and even possible cure to deadly things like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, heart problems and even diabetes.

The increased energy and enhanced mood has assisted me in following a regular fitness and workout schedule like 12 sets of suryanamaskars, one hour yoga, swimming and even weight training. And I feel good after these heavy workouts.

Frankly, this is not just boasting. The intention is to share the experiences and get my friends also to benefit from this regimen.

I would be much better off if I had good control over my food during the eating time of the Intermittent Fasting schedule. This is something I must be working on now, in addition.

And to speak about intermittent fasting and the good effects, we should be aware of various industries getting affected and we can expect some actions from them. I can think of the food industry getting worried. So be prepared for some organised campaign against this good thing.

I may also say that it’s time to channel some of my good energy towards noble causes. One of them could be the commitment towards planting trees in a barren land.

And I wish to get and support maximum number of Intermittent fasting followers. Let’s do it together and do it better with the help of a whatsapp broadcast group. Since it’s a broadcast group, individual privacy is assured.

I invite my friends to try and view a combined treasure trove of information that we have in the group. Just sent your whatsapp number to mine +91 9400056031 and enjoy the benefits.

Privacy assurance is reiterated.

Milestone! Lightest in 25 Years.

My First BulletProof Coffee

The BBC coverage on Dave Asprey, the brand owner of bulletproof coffee and my blog on it yesterday, prompted me to have my first bulletproof coffee.

Of course, I doubt if the three ingredients sold by Dave’s company is available locally. But I know how to get them of my own.

My coffee machine takes roasted coffee beans, powder them and brew fresh coffee. I don’t make fresh ghee, though we used to make it at home when we were small. So I went for locally made ghee from cow milk, available on the stores.

And I make my own virgin coconut oil from fresh coconut using the boiling method.

Onto this big cup of coffee, a scoop of ghee and a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil were added to make my first bulletproof coffee.

It tasted just okay, in fact good.

Now, why I am doing this!

The BBC coverage, the link of which was copied in my last blog, speak about the benefits Dave Asprey is bringing on the table. Added to that, I remember from childhood some people adding ghee to coffee for better health. Also the article says that Tibetan Monks added yak ghee to tea.

Dave Asprey does many more things like extracting his born marrow to grow stem cells etc with target to live till 180.

We don’t want to live that long. What we want is to live healthy as long as we live.

Again, Intermittent Fasting gives some of the benefits like growing new growth hormones, autophagy and cleaning and repairing damaged cells and even growing new ones.

And intermittent fasting stipulates no calories during fasting period. As such I had the coffee during the eating window.

From the benefits mentioned in the article and from ancient wisdom, I would recommend trying this brew of bulletproof coffee. Those of you with access to Dave Asprey‘s products may try that and others may make their own.

Those on Intermittent Fasting, please drink it during the eating window only.

A feel good factor indeed!

My First BulletProof Coffee

Bullet Proof Coffee! A Healthy Cocktail?

My last blog was on Dopamine Fast and why I’m out of it.

But this one caught the eye, when a BBC coverage on it was forwarded by a relative.

Clearly it has an eye catching name. And the bullet proofing is through ingredients like butter from grass fed cow and the real virgin coconut oil.

Butter or ghee from grass fed cow is highly in demand as the purest and best form of good fat and the world is singing praises of the virtues of the virgin coconut oil.

Pure coffee is zero calorie and it’s invigorating and recommend for sustaining a longer period of fasting in my favourite Intermittent Fasting routine.

So, a cocktail of the three bests should be good. And I am happy to recommend it since I may not be the right guy to endorse it.

This is how I am going to do it. I have the machine to powder and brew a pure fresh cup of coffee from roasted coffee beans.

I need to get some purest and probably the best in the world, ghee from the grass fed and famous Vechoor cows. And I know a source.

I make my own virgin coconut oil from fresh coconut.

I will then try the cocktail but on one condition. I will have it during the eating period of intermittent fasting and not during the fasting period.

Here’s the link to the BBC article

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48692763

Bullet Proof Coffee! A Healthy Cocktail?

Sometimes It’s Better To Take A Look Again!

I am convinced and totally bought on to the benefits of Intermittent Fasting. I’ve heard and studied the Nobel Prize winning subject ‘Autophagy’ and know that it’s the best in wellness.

And I am taking some efforts to share it with my friends with constant communication, sharing of benefits and even manage a whatsapp broadcast group on the subject.

I have also done a 24 hour fasting to accelerate autophagy and recommend the once a week practice to my friends in addition to a lifestyle of 16 hours a day fasting.

And then I heard about 24 hour ‘Dopamine Fast’ and instantly circulated in the group, thinking it’s cool.

Now I am on a ‘re-think’ phase. The reason is that many of the so called bad things in Dopamine Fast are dear to me in a positive way.

‘No Electronics’ , the fast’s top item could could sound revolutionary, but not okay for me. I do check my social media accounts frequently to be in touch with friends.

Yes, I have very good online friends who I interact with, frequently. Some of them, I don’t even know the personal contact details, but we interact in a very friendly manner, equally and sometimes better than face to face interactions.

A whatsapp chat is superior or precursor to a phone call. In a social media chat, the convenience and availability of the person is preserved. And if the person is available, call! The whatsapp calls are anyway free.

And I am not an electronic addict. I take time for my regular yoga, swimming and other workout. I travel, meet friends and do Intermittent Fasting. And I am green with plans to plant a number of trees.

I like outdoors, rain, fruits, vegetables, like to sweat, look in the mirror for outlines of six pack, animals, pets, children, people.

The things I am currently addicted are Cricket and ‘ Designated Survivor’ on Netflix!

And I like to be a multidimensional person, capable of doing many things simultaneously.

See, I don’t have many ticks on the Dopamine Fasting checklist.

For all you know, it sort of dilutes the focus on Intermittent Fasting which has all ticks in the checklist.

I am out of the Dopamine Fast!

If you want to know what Dopamine Fast is, please check it out on this link

https://link.medium.com/PFBaiRFCGX

Sometimes It’s Better To Take A Look Again!

And I Did a 24 Hour Fasting

I am sticking on to Intermittent Fasting as a major wellness program and probably the game changer.

The 16 hour fasting and the rest 8 hour eating window sort of plateaued out with the body weight going constant, though some other benefits are visible.

The best thing in Intermittent Fasting is autophagy, the Nobel Prize winning wellness stage with unbelievable benefits.

To recap, the benefits include prevention and perhaps cure of deadly diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cancer, heart problems, blood pressure, inflammation and even diabetes.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi‘s work on autophagy uses the word (translated from Japanese) starvation and not fasting.

I am saying this because there are videos from some so called experts saying that exercise generates autophagy and the benefit from fasting is unproven. Not true at all.

Working out helps but all the genuine research points out to Fasting as the method to achieve autophagy stage.

Coming back to the 24 hour fasting, I got the idea from a neighbor who’s into Intermittent Fasting and who’s looking very good with trimmed waistline and lost weight.

He said, it got accelerated when he started a 24 hour fasting once a week along with the 16 hour schedule on other days.

And yesterday was my first day of 24 hours fasting and I did it with two black coffee during the 17 to 24 hours.

I hope to share positive results soon with my group members in the whatsapp broadcast group.

Wonder why Intermittent Fasting is a frequent subject for me? Well it’s probably the best thing to happen. The objective is autophagy.

I wish, all my friends will try it out. And I am happy to give any assistance.

And I Did a 24 Hour Fasting