Lockdown Blues! Help is Here.

Intermittent fasting and circadian rhythm

Depression, sleeplessness, weight gain, lack of energy and worry are concerns of wellness coaches to address during these pandemic enforced lockdown times.

Two Nobel Prize winning subjects, interestingly awarded in consecutive years of 2016 and 2017 in medicine or physiology, provide some solutions to the problems mentioned above.

The prizes are for autophagy, the crux of intermittent fasting and circadian rhythm.

Interestingly both are complimentary, and time restricted eating which is intermittent fasting with concepts of circadian rhythm have solutions for the pandemic related issues.

It’s simple to follow. Restrict food to within 12 or less hours, preferably during daylight time and do things accordingly to the circadian clock.

A typical model looks like this. Have food only between 7 am and 7 pm. Exercise in the morning and or in the evening, preferably on empty stomach. Go to bed around 10 pm and go for 7 to 8 hours sleep. Of course drink water all the time, when awake.

Others are to try and get maximum natural light during day time, avoid light during nighttime as far as possible, abstain from watching television or texting on phone from 10 pm to 6 am.

Give the body a routine. Eat, exercise and sleep at the same time practically everyday.

For more details, join our small intermittent fasting group which now combines the benefits of fasting and circadian wisdom.

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Lockdown Blues! Help is Here.

My Cleaning Dilemma

Lockdown, means no domestic help and I volunteered or as usual I was expected to take over the cleaning and mopping of the floors.

Well, I am sort of prepared with accessories brought in from Walmart in USA when we visit our daughter living there.

And we have seen the cleaning agencies there, cleaning the house on contract. Quite impressive cleaning indeed.

I then took some tips and learned that they use a drop of Vim liquid in the water for mopping the tiled floors.

So I poured Vim into the bottle of my spray mop. Not to be outwitted by the maid’s performance, I did add a little more of the liquid.

It cleaned well, but left a sticky floor to navigate and worse it left rainbows on the floor, looking more like an oil slick.

My Cleaning Dilemma

The Second Wave

The second wave is too serious for us in India and even in Kerala where we’re getting into the official lockdown starting today.

Last year we were caught unawares in Bangalore, going there for a couple of weeks, but staying on for 10 months due to travel restrictions etc.

Life turned upside down, almost everything got adapted and we thought that was the end of the pandemic. But not so. This time it’s heartbreaking, lack of oxygen is man made and slow vaccination due to negligence. The only consolation is that my state Kerala is supplying excess oxygen elsewhere.

Homes are now identified as primary source of virus spread. If so, it’s individual responsibility to stop it. That’s by protecting others as different from staying away from others.

One of the many ways in doing that is with self discipline. And one area in that includes wellness. Lead a healthy life and the immunity and resistance protect others around us too.

My agenda for six packs is back. Home routine includes yoga, walking and anabolic high intensity interval training. All ably supported with extended intermittent fasting.

And be a mentor to those wanting to start the best wellness program, intermittent fasting.

The Second Wave

Herd Immunity! Through A Layman’s Lens.

The world is fighting an epidemic and most of us have no clue as to how to manage it.

Wash your hands several times, social distancing, wear masks etc are precautions. Then there are lockdowns, quarantine, containment zones etc as imposed restrictions.

Herd immunity is something being spoken about. Let me start with what I imagined what it could be! (Caution: this has no scientific backing or verified results, just a figment of my imagination).

Healthy people get the virus. Their strong immune system attacks the virus and make it very weak or kill it. They in turn pass the weakened virus through contact to others. These transmitted viruses are weaker after being attacked by the strong immune humans. The transmitted weak virus gets resistance inside the new body.

This then become the norm and the virus is defeated. This is what I thought herd immunity is all about.

Look at the above Pinterest image. It’s telling something similar.

No blame on anyone who keep people away indoors. But did the lockdowns and quarantine work? Perhaps yes and perhaps no.

Then we’ve the Swedish model where the government just took the backseat and relied on people to take precautions on their own. No specific lockdown and least damage to economy and livelihood of people.

Now Sweden has the least bad news from the pandemic.

Not many want to experiment which could be termed as playing with people’s lives. But the need to survive is getting countries to unlock even before the vaccine.

There will be a spike, but results already show that the mortality rate is majorly down.

People may go bankrupt and die economically if not unlocked. If herd immunity is acquired in the process, it’s a blessing. Albeit, late!

Herd Immunity! Through A Layman’s Lens.

Intermittent Fasting and Life Beyond Lockdown

This is my message today to our intermittent fasting group.

We are starting at the prospect of having to live with the Coronavirus lurking in around us! Some predictions such as ‘no international travel for 2 years, no holiday for a year, huge job loses etc’ may well be rumours, I hope.
There are so many things impacting personal life. Health, perhaps is the only happiness. We need to at least preserve it, knowing that gyms, swimming pools, play grounds and even walking tracks are going to be very restricted.
Months long lockdown have taught us new skills. Some of which we can further them with some imagination and efforts.
The dance for TikTok video may be modified to learning some of the fast paced Bollywood/ Tamil dances. A good way for aerobic workout.
You will be a star at dance parties when all these get over.
The cooking skills acquired could be fine tuned for healthy food with focus on fresh and plant based as far as possible.
And very importantly, do yoga. If you are new, do at least Pranayama (three times) and breathing exercises. Also do a 20 minute meditation. If interested I can send videos showing how to do Pranayama and breathing and on assisted meditation.
For us Intermittent fasters, we should not let go the benefits we have been enjoying.
Perhaps this is not the time to experiment new things. Let’s be careful not to try anything extreme if it’s new.
Weight loss is a big target to many of us. I have read that those obese are more vulnerable to viruses.
Two of the weight reduction methods are diet and intermittent fasting, both supplemented with some physical activity.
We have chosen the Intermittent fasting route and if we add the diet program of sensible eating during eating window, the results could accelerate. This could be low carb, medium protein and high natural fat (preferably plant based protein and fat).
I would recommend watching the Netflix program ‘Game Changers’.
On Intermittent Fasting, let’s try and make it clean fasting for 16 hours. Those who can may extend to 17 or 18 hours. That’s when autophagy and benefits such as cellular repair take place. However, let’s not rush into 24 hour fasting etc now, if new to it.
We have seen so many expert commentaries that IF would boost immunity. One of them gave a simple example that our immune system will not be overworked fighting food based bacteria when we fast, as there’s no food intake. And the rested fighters will be more effective to combat viruses.
Last item for discussion today is diabetic and IF. I am a beneficiary of lower glucose readings and reduction in medicine intake to half, as a result of IF.
A recent discussion with a medical director was an eye opener. There are two high level dangers for diabetic in doing prolonged fasting. Hypoglycaemia and Ketoacidosis.
I would suggest, those of us on diabetic meditation ( tablets only) please send me a message and I will share more on the discussion with the good doctor.
If there’s anyone taking insulin, please contact your doctor and discuss fasting.
Intermittent Fasting is being promoted as perhaps the best for controlling diabetes. If so, we should not be denying the opportunity to the affected people. But with sufficient precautions and checks that the doctor friend alluded to.

Intermittent Fasting and Life Beyond Lockdown

Lockdown Fitness to Emerge Stronger!

All these activities in one day which separately burned 1329 calories! Perhaps it’s possible only in a lockdown situation.

There are clear objectives, to come out intact. Competitive swimming to continue and at least the swimming muscles should be worked out.

The ambition of wearing a six pack should be kept alive. Strength Training included but without weights.

Apple Watch got quite confused with swimming. But it insisted on using the water eject button after the session.

So far so good. The show must go on!

Lockdown Fitness to Emerge Stronger!

Grated Coconut, The Hard Way!

Having stuck in lockdown in Bangalore has some advantages and some adventurers. Though our place is fully furnished, there are some tools found wanting

So in place of an electric scraper and a manual machine, all I have here is a spoon sized hand held scraper for grated coconut.

But that’s an opportunity to get a tick on the daily goal of cooking. Otherwise with my wife being a maestro, there’s hardly any chance.

Here I am using my strength more than the tool to scrape out the coconut.

In the activities update, there are other exceptions too, like I broke the intermittent fasting schedule, the first time after my birthday.

Then with 1341 calories burned in yoga, floor cleaning, land swimming and walking, I was tired even to watch Netflix.

Grated Coconut, The Hard Way!

Lockdown Self-Challenge. April 17 Summary.

Active day. Did most of the 16 challenge areas. Didn’t work on my book, but did a book review and posted here, on Facebook, whatsapp group and on amazon review.

Burned 1086 calories in Apple Watch monitored activities of yoga, floor cleaning, land swimming and indoor walk. This is against target of 700 calories.

Washing is only dinner plates, but managed to do that in spite of my wife refusing to allow me the work.

Calling friends included college time good friend, but incommunicado for ten years. Priceless!

Lockdown Self-Challenge. April 17 Summary.

Lockdown Days! Self Challenge

Another satisfying day. Apple Watch showed 972 calories burned for the monitored fitness activities and cleaning job. This was 1123 yesterday. All well above the target of 700.

Land swimming is innovative, prompted by blog friend elizabeth with her comment ‘swimming in bathtub’. Thank you Elizabeth.

Didn’t get time to work on the book though

Lockdown Days! Self Challenge

Lockdown Challenge! It’s Self Challenge Though!

People in the know tell us that self-love is the start of all love. Likewise self-Challenge could be the best among all challenges!

I have been shying away from the challenges that are posed on social media. May be that i am not sure if i can live upto expectations, or is it that I don’t like to be challenged!

That’s when I realised that I have been looking at the many challenges coming up in social media in this lockdown period. Yes I have been following them as a voyeur.

So, like the passionate love starting with self love, here I am with self Challenge!

I have selected 16 items, if done, i am doing very well in the lockdown.

Land swimming, included here is from an idea posed by a blog friend. And it helps at least in keeping some of my swimming muscles engaged.

They could keep me fit, focused, healthy, helping and overall gainfully engaged. Here with 12 of the 16 being yes, I have used up the full day April 15, and perhaps exhausted.

I am loving it! And like they say here, show some love by liking and commenting on it.

Lockdown Challenge! It’s Self Challenge Though!