Stay at Home and Intermittent Fasting

We are in a different environment with ‘stay at home’ strategy to counter the spread of the dangerous virus.

For intermittent fasters, this has brought about some challenges with family being together all the time and the meal times.

There are indications that intermittent fasting boosts the immune system, which is a major plus in these difficult times. And of course there are numerous other benefits with intermittent fasting.

As a mentor to a small group of intermittent fasters, my advice is to stick to their usual schedule without making much of a change now.

An aggressive 3 day water only fast could reset the immune system quite positively. I have clearly advised the group not to try it now as it has to be done under proper supervision.

And if someone wishes to start intermittent fasting to gain it’s benefits now, here are some tips suggested by Max Lowery, personal trainer and intermittent fasting champion, who is the author of The 2 Meal Day fasting method,

  1. First, eliminate snacking in between meals by eating three square meals a day. Once you are used to this, move onto step 2.
  2. Finish consuming any calories by 8pm.
  3. Try waiting an hour to break your fast in the morning.
  4. Try extending your overnight fast to 12 hours.
  5. If the first four steps go well, try upping your overnight fast to 14-16 hours.

Take care, stay safe!

Stay at Home and Intermittent Fasting

Stay at Home- Pick up a new Skill.

It all started with an impulse decision, facilitated by a practical ‘nothing to do’ situation with closing of swimming pools and the need for social distancing to protect self and others from the spread of virus.

But why something that I have never done before! There’s a reason, we just did a modification to the kitchen in our Bangalore house and the cabinets were polished.

The varnish job was done by the contractor with much ease and we were stunned by the simple job and the contracted amount.

The realisation that the job is simple and the regret of the feeling that probably we were duped by the disproportionate charges led to the idea of trying it out on the other wood furnishings in the house.

That’s how the ‘project polishing’ started. And now I have the satisfaction of acquiring a new skill. Of course, this also has given the opportunity to spend time in the lockdown scenario.

There’s however a small glitch! The varnish is used up and I can’t buy a new tin now. But there’s much wood when we get back home in Kochi.

Friends, try and learn a new skill now that we’re locked down.

Stay at Home- Pick up a new Skill.

Staying Safe Against the Virus

I sent a route map prepared to describe my trip to the local medical shop during the ‘stay at home’ time to buy some random over the counter medicines to some of the whatsapp groups and received good feedback.

Perhaps it could give some broad guidelines to those going out as to what to do when they are outside and when they get back home. As such I am copying it here. Please read and adopt with required modifications and stay safe.

Route Map
Here’s a simple route map of my going to a medical store to buy some medicine during the lock down period.
I have had in mind, the various health department and government instructions and whatsapp forwards on precautions during the current virus threat.
I am narrating it here as suggested practice for benefit of others.
As public and private transport were closed, I walked to the medical store. On the way I was careful of minimum contacts with surfaces. I used my finger to press the lift button, but ideally a tissue can be used which is to be disposed off in a bin.
Be careful not to touch the face at any time during the outing.
Medical shop, like hospital, is a place where people with symptoms come.
Try not to touch the counter top and other things in the shop
Careful to maintain a distance from other shoppers
Pay the invoice, collect the medicine and walk back. Careful not to touch face with the hand.
On reaching back, keep the medicine, wallet and phone at a higher place.
Store the footwear separately, not to be touched at least for 12 hours.
Wash hands with soap water for about 20 seconds as specified.
Go to a corner, balcony or terrace and carefully remove shirt and trouser (outer cloth). Keep or hang them for a minimum of 12 hours.
Take the phone and wipe it with a tissue, preferably with sanitizer
Do the same for the eye glass if you are wearing one.
Wash the hands again in soap water
Take a shower using soap liberally
The medicine and wallet may not be touched for at least 12 hours.
And you are ready to carry on normal tasks in a ‘stay at home’ situation.
Always keep in mind to wash hands as early as possible after contact with public places and surfaces used by others.
Remember not to touch mouth, nose or eyes.
Avoid contact with others as far as possible. Keep at least a meter distance if talking with others.
I hope the above is taking abundant caution.
Please suggest practical modifications to ensure better care to be followed by everyone.

Staying Safe Against the Virus

The New Era, BC and AC!

Thomas L. Friedman, author and columnist is profound in his thoughts. He has just coined what it would be the new transition era BC (before corona) and AC (after corona).

Like BC ( before Christ) and AD (after dominion), Friedman’s BC may start hopefully from only a few months from now and counted backwards.

Thomas says things in some great style. For example in his book ‘World is Flat’ he referred to western world mothers telling children, something like this ‘finish your breakfast, people in India and China are starving’. But he said instead the words ‘finish your homework, people in India and China will take your jobs’.

On the era After Corona (AC) he says ‘Only generosity will save us’.

Then Yuval Noah Harari, captured people’s imagination with his Sapiens. His prediction on virus is equally profound. He says ‘In this time of crisis, we face two particularly important choices. The first is between totalitarian surveillance and citizen empowerment. The second is between nationalist isolation and global solidarity’.

We are seeing that surveillance oriented nations handle the virus better. So will there be a transition from freedom oriented to surveillance oriented!

Noah says ‘Asking people to choose between privacy and health is, in fact, the very root of the problem. Because this is a false choice. We can and should enjoy both privacy and health’.

Apparently technology can measure the temperature when a person presses on the keyboard of his mobile phone. That’s fine, but we have heard about ‘under the skin surveillance’. Scary indeed!

It’s interesting here. Consider, for example, washing your hands with soap. This has been one of the greatest advances ever in human hygiene

He says ‘Both the epidemic itself and the resulting economic crisis are global problems. They can be solved effectively only by global co-operation’.

For us now, what needs to be done is to follow instructions, stay at home, follow social distancing, wash hands and try to survive to witness the transition and hope for the best.

The New Era, BC and AC!

Nature in Focus.

The ‘stay at home’, ‘lockdown’ etc have given us an opportunity to observe nature in a true and relaxed way.

The photo, taken just now is the tree at a handshaking distance outside our balcony in Jayanagar, Bangalore and another tree, of the similar size and age, but slightly away from the building.

The tree close to us is in full bloom, early, compared to some seven others in the vicinity. The other trees are just starting to flower while the one close to us has been with flowers for sometime now.

I am reminded of one of my friends telling me that the coconut trees around the empty house of theirs were bearing only few coconuts. But the bunches started growing in numbers ever since they moved into the house and now they are full of coconuts.

Nature wants to co-exist with us. It’s happy to be among us. We are ignoring it and worse hurting the nature by cutting the trees, littering rubbish all over the place and replacing forests.

This is an opportunity to think and do the sensible thing of agreeing to CO-exist with nature and other species.

The story about the swans and dolphins returning in large numbers to the Venice waters with the pollutant humans are staying away trying to protect themselves from the unfortunate virus threats is hitting headlines.

Let us be mindful of this once we become free of the forced confinement by God’s Grace.

Live and let live!

Nature in Focus.

Nature provides the leveller.

Stay at home to prevent the virus spread is a noble thing for own and others safety. It’s actually not very easy. And that include us, having been sort of stuck in Bangalore, away from our usual home in Kochi.

With borders between Indian states getting closed, we may be staying in Bangalore for longer. And I took stock of the situation, briefly.

Bulk delete of group forwards resolves the ‘forwards’ attack along with losing some of the genuine communication. But the social and economic impact on daily wagers, street vendors and other marginal sectors is a concern. I hope some effective relief measures will be taken soon.

Apparently swans and dolphins returned to Venice waters, with humans confined to homes. Perhaps the nature is bringing in the equilibrium.

And I took a closer look at the nature as seen from our balcony. The greenery, flowers and the serenity are soothing to the eye. There’s even Bangalore’s own cherry blossom in the frame.

Beautiful nature.

A friend just forwarded this video. It’s very relevant and please watch. It’s priceless.

Nature provides the leveller.

Project Polish!

In this time of ‘Stay at Home’ ‘Social Distancing’ ‘Frequent Hand Washing’ etc, there’s hardly anything one can do. Seeing my frustration at the gym and swimming pool closing, Sunu assigned a challenging work for me.

Though we normally live in Kochi, we came to Bangalore for a short stay, but sort of got stuck with all the travel restrictions and issues.

The home in Jayanagar is a beautiful one overlooking just greenery and flowering trees. But we never lived here, and the maximum previous stay at a time was less than 2 weeks. The original (14 years) furniture and polishing are still good but can do well with a makeover.

Hence the project to polish all wooden surfaces like doors, windows, wardrobes, table, frames and railings. I am not good in DIY and never done anything worthwhile before. But there’s always the first time and no time’s better than now.

Assembled the following: 1. Wood polish, 2. Thinner. 3. Hand gloves 4. Paint brush 5. Emery paper 6. Metallic scraper 7. Clothes 8. Squatting mat

Got up a little late. Did the full set of yoga. Just as a support to polishing, did a clean head shave also along with regular shave. And we even had a light moment when Sunu while arranging the stuff took a comb and gave it me. ‘For what’! I had to ask, feeling my smooth head.

Work has started. The first few items are looking good. It should take a couple of days to finish, or more.

Project Polish!