Top 5 Easy Ways to Kickstart your Metabolism 115

We are living in a world where everyone is struggling with their lives, this leads to high stress and anxiety. We look for instant methods to get relief from this pressure, which is often unhealthy and harm our body and mind.

 

Some of the worst offenders are: –

  • Lack of sleep due to overnight partying or overthinking
  • High intake of processed food and aerated drinks
  • Lack of exercise

All these habits slow our metabolism leading to

  • the overall feeling of lethargy
  • unexplained pains and aches
  • constant headaches
  • lack of focus
  • frequent mood swings
  • indigestion
  • water retention

Here are some tips which will help in getting your metabolism back on track!

  1. Say NO to Processed Food

Nowadays we all prefer easy and fast to cook meals; thus, we indulge in buying readymade foods which are processed and preserved with harmful preservatives. These include canned foods, sausages, ready to eat packet food and what not, basically anything which has a long expiry date.

  1. Say YES to Hot Lemon Water

Adopt the practice of drinking lukewarm water with juice from half a lemon, this daily routine will boost your metabolism and make your body alkaline. Due to the intake of processed foods, the current condition of our bodies is very acidic. This little practice will make you feel refreshed and will also take your metabolism to a completely new level.

  1. Stay Active

Whatever you do, make sure to exercise on a daily basis, as regular exercise will help in rejuvenating your metabolism. You can do this either by avoiding elevator and taking stairs or simply doing 10,000 steps a day of walking around your office or home. Of course, you won’t be able to kickstart with 10, 000 steps a day in starting but you can go start with 2,000 and then gradually increase it. Within 2 weeks of this regular practice, your metabolism will go from sluggish to active and thus, it will improve your digestion.

  1. Eat Real

Include more of natural foods in your daily diet. Ideally, our body needs five fruits and vegetables daily but unfortunately eat none. Fruits and vegetables provide the necessary minerals and vitamins for the better functioning of our body. Start with having one fruit a day and build up to five fruits and vegetables a day.

  1. Meditate

Every day we all are bombarded with negative stimuli from everywhere, in such critical situation it is very difficult to switch off the brain from thinking even for 3 to 5 minutes. Try to meditate every day, if you can stay silent and tune your mind out of this world for 5, 10, or 15 minutes, your stress level will reduce significantly and hence the deadly hormone CORTISOL, which slows down the metabolism and encourages fat deposit on the belly area.

All these practices are simple and don’t cost anything. Although, these little lifestyle changes can help you lose weight and help in reducing anxiety level, fighting weight-related diseases too.

 

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How to Snack the Right Way!!! 116

Remember when your mom said, “Don’t eat between the meals”??

Well, this myth has been busted and the current school of thought says you should snack every couple of hours as this boost your metabolism.

I know what you are thinking, “That would make me gain extra weight?” The answer is NO!

The fact is snacking is undeniably good for your overall health as it keeps your metabolism high all the time. We tend to keep ourselves hungry for very long thinking it will help us reduce weight, but the truth is this act reduces our blood sugar level precariously and thus we make bad choices for our next meal.

Certainly, snacking is good for you but it solely depends on what you choose to eat. The fact that you can snack doesn’t give you the liberty to eat anything and everything. Here are top five tips to snack the right way.

  1. Choice of Snack

The first thing to do is clearing, your office and home cupboards, drawers of all kind of candies, chips, crispy wafers, muffins. Now replace them with more healthy and nutritious snacks like unsalted, unroasted nuts, fresh fruits, seeds and keep some raisins or dates for that sugar cravings.

  1. Only eat when you are Hungry

It necessary to only eat when your tummy signals that it’s empty, but don’t wait till it starts to growl. Now is the time to grab a handful of the healthy snacks mentioned above and enjoy every bit of it.

  1. Keep yourself Hydrated

Many times we confuse thirst with hunger. Do your body a favor by drinking 6-8 glasses of water throughout the day. And every time you feel hungry have a glass of water before having your snack.

  1. Be Mindful

Don’t forget even healthy snacks contain calories. Sometimes we misinterpret that healthy and low-fat snack doesn’t contain calories so we can over-indulge. To avoid this, make little packets or portions of your snack this way you won’t over eat.

  1. Don’t forget to carry your snacks

Whenever you go out make sure to carry your snack bag with you. This will keep you away from those nasty food items which contain sugar and processed food. This way you can have your healthy snack even when you are having coffee with your friend.

Now that you are equipped with these tips, incorporate these in your daily routine and find yourself at your best with brimming energy levels.

 

Life Changing Lessons From Krishna! 375

Have you ever been at a crossroads, confused about which direction to take… wondered if you needed to quit or continue, leave or stay, do or not do, act or just wait till things tide over? Being in doubt is a common phenomenon, more often than not, it’s an everyday experience. We’re constantly questioning ourselves even in small simple acts… we’re playing out these mini wars in our mind. Aren’t we??

Today on the holy day of Krishna Janmashtami, I would like to take this opportunity to share few awe inspiring teachings from Bhagavad Gita. Trust me, this helps!

No wonder Bhagavad Gita, continues to be looked upon as the “manual of life”. It is not only a sacred book for Hindus but also used by many organizations for better management and is even included in the syllabus of some business schools.

Here are few teachings from the Bhagavad Gita and Krishna’s life and on a deeper thought, you can use them to resolve your own uncertainties, doubts, fears, and confusions.

Think with a calm mind

The first step to gaining clarity on any situation is developing a clear, calm and collected mind. This takes a lot of effort. One way is meditation, another is by distancing yourself from the situation – not physically but mentally – where you look at it as an outsider and have a bird’s eye view of it.

Don’t give in to stress

Get rid of excessive worry, don’t take on more than you can cope with and add enough me-time in your day to help you de-stress.

Give up on results

Most of our decisions get affected because we wonder about their outcomes and consequences. But when you realize that you have little control over the final outcome and when you don’t focus on the gains, your efforts will be filled with more meaning.

Treat everyone equally

Treat everyone with the same lens of impartiality. Caste, color, religion etc are all man made.Spiritually speaking, there isn’t any difference between anyone. We are all one.

Act with conviction

Before you undertake any action, think about how strongly you believe in it.

Believe in Friendship

Love your friends irrespective of their status, caste and creed; it teaches us to help them in their bad times and not to mention the help; it teaches us to watch the back of a friend.

Believe in Yourself and the Almighty God

Have faith in yourself, believe in your talents, finally to believe in the supreme power i.e. The Almighty God”.

Listen to your Conscience

Our conscience never lies to us, it is unbiased and sometimes very rude when the truth is bitter, it is for the same reason why most of us refrain from hearing its voice.

Never give up on what you love

Krishna had a deep love for the flute, and he never stopped playing it just because of his commitments. Even during times of war, it was by his side.Hobbies and passions can breathe new life into us when we’re overwhelmed.

Being of service to our fellow man

No matter what, being of service to mankind is considered as being of service to God.

Selfless, unconditional love is the key

Not only did he bless those that offended him but he also practiced unconditional love while offering ‘mukti’ (enlightenment) to his devotees. His Life was all about divine love.

Taking One Day at a Time

Do not worry about past or future, just do your karma in present. It’s easy to get bogged down by challenging circumstances but staying mindful and in present can make things much easier.

Last but not the least…..

Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru mam evaishyasi satyam te pratijane priyo ‘si me!

Be aware of me always, adore me, make every act an offering to me, and you shall come to me; this I (Krishna) promise, for you, are dear to me.

Happy Janamashtmi !!

God bless!