It was the food photography and details of @neethu.nambiar1 that I got interested in food art.
Here’s an all natural and healthy and of course delicious alternative to sugary fruit salad or ice cream.
Neethu introduced me to chia seeds and the health benefits of it are amazing.
I have chia seeds, soaked in coconut milk and refrigerated for the right consistency.
On top of a layer of chia pudding, here I have scooped winter melon and then some pomegranate seeds. Another layer of chia pudding, then a layer of crushed pineapple, topped with slightly salted and roasted peanuts. Then a layer of papaya. Alternative these till the glass is full. Pay some attention to design and food art.
The result is, all natural, healthy and most delicious dessert. I didn’t even have to add natural honey.
The Times of India’s ‘Sunday Times’ last Sunday carried an article titled ‘In The Mood For Self-Love’. The survey based story about the individual behaviour of people stuck in lockdown is quite revealing and comforting to those who actually have that behaviour.
The story here is not exactly about that story, but related one or frankly complimenting to it.
I have taken working out seriously along with strict intermittent fasting, during the lockdown, burning some crazy calories to the tune of 1700, and naturally it shows.
Then the self-love factor prompts images like the one here, reflecting the results of that workout passion.
And one has to be in a position to be a ‘self critique’ while practising self-love. That’s why I am focusing on the ‘love handle’ still remaining on my waistline.
Self-love and the love per-se will be enhanced if I manage to get rid off it. That’s still love without handle, an enhanced and more effective version.
Sometimes it doesn’t meet the eye! And then it goes on!
I am thinking about three things and I have been desperately looking for someone else to pick it up and highlight. That’s because I may not be the expert.
1. Banks deduct tax at source when they pay interest on deposits. The depositors, including older people who depend on the interest, get the net amount credited to their accounts. That’s the law, but what about the tax amount deducted! Are they being credited to the government in time or are the banks enjoy this amount in their books for quite sometime, without any obligation to pay interest!.
2. State Bank of India reduced the interest on savings bank accounts and fixed deposits significantly compared to other banks. We know that many people including pensioners have accounts with this banking giant. The Bank usually step in to rescue failed banks, the recent Yes Bank for example. Is the reduction on interest to common man used to fund the loses in such takeovers!
3. Last date for filing income tax return extended from July 31 to November 30 in view of the corona virus! Last date to pay taxes was March 31. And refunds are processed after the last date of filing returns. That means, tax payers refunds are delayed by 4 months.
Six packs! It was a dream when I was young. The dream had it’s accompaniments. Acquire the six packs, wear a body-tight T-shirt, shave off the hair and walk around to show off.
Hair is done, T-shirt is easy; but the raja part is pretty tough. In fact, I abandoned the dream for some long time and it’s back, full and in glory over the past year.
I had set a goal, to get it by end 2020. That’s when the Coronavirus interfered. The gym and swimming pools were to be substituted.
Yoga became regular and in full throttle, walking advanced to running on the terrace, strength training is without weights and even swimming actions mimicked on land. Intermittent Fasting gives the required energy to burn over 1500 calories from these.
And yesterday’s raid in the storage room yielded the abdominal cruncher, a direct aid for six packs.
The result is here. A long way still to go. Protein powder and supplements could accelerate and bulge it out! Na, I want it naturally, and maybe with more of plant based protein.