Flood Fury! My River Too.

This is the river where I spent a significant time of my childhood. Flowing by the sides of the compound of the house where I grew up, the river has left so many fond memories.

A change in the rain pattern, with concentration of it in the month of August against distributed intensity over June, July and August has caused heavy floods in Kerala, for the past few years.

Climatic change is manmade! Don’t know if we can get back to good old days where clean water used to flow through such rivers throughout the year.

Unlike many other rivers, my river runs fast taking the water away swiftly, without spreading sideways. Of course it dislodged left side of the grilled gate seen here.

I still have fond memories and I am looking forward to swim in there before the water is all flown away.

And we have to strike a balance with nature. Respect nature and it will return the love with mild and beautiful behaviour.

Flood Fury! My River Too.

Time Restricted Eating, Intermittent Fasting and Circadian Rhythm.

These three things in the title would define wellness to a great extend. In fact time restricted eating and intermittent fasting are both sides of the same coin.

In time restricted eating, one consumes all the food during a short period of time. Say it’s 12 hours or even better, eight or 6 hours. This is unlike the present habit of eating or snacking for about 15 hours in a day.

One researched example shows the significance. A group eating the same food/ calories during 15 hours and another group eating the same food and calories during a window of 10 hours showed significant differences. The group eating 15 hours were obese, and developed many diseases while the 10 hour group were healthy and fit.

Intermittent fasting also shows the same results and has been acclaimed as a tool towards a well managed wellness.

Now researchers are revealing the role of circadian habits. In fact the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 2017 was awarded to scientists for their study on circadian rhythms.

Listen to this TED talk by researcher Dr. Satchin Panda on Circadian Habits. Listen carefully, this has the potential to shape the future of wellness, diet, exercises, sleep, cancer and other diseases.

Time Restricted Eating, Intermittent Fasting and Circadian Rhythm.

Wellness is Walking After Food!

A good thing about getting addicted to the idea of good health is that one gets new information while reading about it.

One of the most important goals in following intermittent fasting is to get into autophagy stage where many miracles happen. And according to experts, autophagy starts from the 17th hour onwards into fasting.

I was finding it difficult to follow a selected workout schedule with the 16.8 fasting. The schedule had an hour of walking or slow running before dinner. That made dinner late to 8 pm or beyond.

As such I decided to change the schedule by finishing dinner at 6 pm and doing my workout from 7.30 pm after dinner. That way I could extend fasting to 19 hours. And I searched for the effects of working out after eating.

The article in the link below talks about walking after eating. I am sharing it so that you all can consider doing it.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/walking-after-eating

Wellness is Walking After Food!

Quinoa, the healthy grain!

With a lot of focus on health and wellness this season, I have been adjusting my diet in a fairly big way.

Grains have been the Waterloo, with modern wheat touted as very bad and staple food rice full of carbs etc.

And the highly recommended Kumut, Teff and Sour Gel, well no one seems to have heard about them in my locality.

That leaves Quinoa (pronounced Kin-Wah) and barley as the ones familiar. Well, we could get some Rye, but I am not yet a good bread maker!

Namdaris, with two fancy stores, just walking distance of us have been good source of organic stuff. But to my dismay Quinoa was not on shelf.

That’s when I looked in Amazon and got this 1.4 Kg jar and now I have good alternatives to my salad, and other preparations to complement my Intermittent Fasting.

Quinoa, the healthy grain!

Pumpkin Seeds. Goodness in a Packet!

Rich source of protein, full of good fibre, low in cholesterol are some of the goodness of pumpkin seeds.

It could help boost immunity, it could help prevent allergic complications and it could taste good.

I was curious, while working in Kuwait, to find my local area colleagues, busy peeling the outer shell on pumpkin seeds and munching on them.

And now I find this, ready to eat, slightly salted and roasted, shelled and attractively packaged pumpkin seeds.

And I can tell you that it’s addictive, so good and tasty; crunchy too.

A fistful of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are part of my health diet.

Try them!

Pumpkin Seeds. Goodness in a Packet!

Live Cricket, After a Long Time!

This is the first international cricket match after the lockdown. Test match between England and West Indies at Southampton. And of course, sans the crowd.

It’s nice watching it live and of course it’s a good time pass for a cricket enthusiast and who’s still on practical lockdown.

IPL (Indian Premier League) missed the April schedule. Really wanted to watch my favourite captain Dhoni in action.

IPL is also about the crowd, and hopefully we will be back soon

Live Cricket, After a Long Time!

Healthy, Traditional and Exotic!

I am always amazed at my wife’s ability to cook many exciting dishes simultaneously when she’s in the kitchen.

I am not a cook, but I have the passion for it. My focus is to make exotic, traditional and healthy items. And I used to do that by making one item once in a while.

Yesterday I decided to make a change. To do a multitasking, like my wife. And here’s the result.

1. Hulled barley boiled, 2. Chakkakuru mezhukkupuratty and 3. A copy of manga thera.

With health in focus and since the usual grains like wheat and rice are unhealthy, I followed expert advice and made barley rice. It’s almost like boiled brown rice with a welcome nutty taste.

Chakkakuru mezhukkupuratty is as traditional as karimeen fry to a Keralaite. This dish of jackfruit seeds is so very good.

And manga thera (Mango Bars) is the most exotic and time consuming item. Here’s a quick fix, just to prove that next summer, I could be making the weeks long process of real manga thera.

On the whole a very satisfying day of multitasking in cooking.

Healthy, Traditional and Exotic!

Book Review. ‘The Diabetes Code’ by Dr. Jason Fung.

Dr. Jason Fung needs no introduction. Many of my followers on the Intermittent Fasting program that I am mentoring, got convinced by viewing just one video presentation by him. So did I!

Intermittent fasting has a profound effect on my type 2 diabetes. The A1C moved down from the sevens to mid sixes and with lower doses of meditation.

That’s when I read the book. As an Indian, loving traditional food, it’s difficult for me to move to a low carb diet. But as a Keralaite, it’s easy on a high fat diet. Just that I should know which is a good fat!

The book shows that sugar is poison. The best I could do is to visit my favourite bakery, less often. I do anyway like brown rice to white rice. So I just switched to a normal carb lunch and a low carb, medium protein and high good fat (Keto) diet for dinner. (I don’t have breakfast as I am on a 16.8 Intermittent Fasting. I still somewhat satisfy my sweet tooth in between lunch and dinner.

Dr Fung says type 2 is completely reversible and curable by just adjusting the diet. That’s true! My readings are normal, just within a week of my adopting the diet mentioned above, and with a quarter of the dose of medication. I could reverse diabetes completely if I ignore my sweet tooth and say bye to medication.

I am most pleased with his explanation of Dawns Phenomenon of raising glucose levels, longer into fasting. Dr. says it’s normal, in fact good as the liver is dumping the excess glucose load. Now I am not worried when the glucose reading is the highest of the day some 17 hours into fasting as long as it’s within a range.

So diabetes need not be progressive, lifelong disease. It’s completely reversible with dietary management. Medicines perhaps make it permanent and worse.

A good read for those with diabetes or those who are worried about it. The Code indeed.

Book available on Amazon where I purchased and perhaps elsewhere.

Book Review. ‘The Diabetes Code’ by Dr. Jason Fung.

It’s Simply Jackfruit, This Time

I have done a few things with jackfruit in the previous seasons. Like making chakka unda (jackfruit balls) and chakka chips (jackfruit chips). In fact some of the chakka undas are still there in our Kochi home.

Some nine full sized jackfruits were worked on in one season.

Now that we’re stuck in Bangalore, it’s not easy to work on full jackfruit without some of the specialty tools. I must also admit that it’s highly priced here while the jackfruits came free from siblings while in Kochi.

So the only option is to get the product, fresh and ready to eat. I got some good ones from a small vendor. I asked for fruits worth 100 rupees. Of course, no bargaining with small vendors, especially now.

Some whole sellers purchased jackfruits from my brother at ₹10 per fruit. Each full fruit has about 30 fleshy ones like in the picture. Converted, that’s about 20 times the price for these ones I bought.

It’s uniquely tasty and now a health food. But the thrill is in making chakka undas. Maybe next season!

It’s Simply Jackfruit, This Time

My First Peanut Butter

My tryst with Keto diet and attempts to reduce further weight had peanut butter playing a role.

Then I was disappointed to read on the label on the peanut butter bottle that there’s added sugar.

Apparently sweeter food sells faster and of course, why should the money minded food industry bother about client health.

That’s when my friend suggested making own peanut butter. And she gave the technique to make it.

Slightly roast fresh peanuts with the outer thin skin and blend well in a processor till the butter consistency is achieved.

All natural and all pure peanut butter is ready.

I am thrilled in making this trial quantity and it tastes good too.

My First Peanut Butter