Taking tiny steps towards better health and a happier me!

Time flies! Precisely why we need to make full use of every moment we get–every single moment of every single day.Some months back, I decided to change my phone habits and save the time I wasted on social media and use it to improve my productivity. What a perfect decision it was!

Sometime back, I made some changes in my diet, too, and today, it does feel wonderful seeing how the changes are affecting my health and my lifestyle positively.So, here’s what I changed:


Earlier, my breakfast included a mug of chilled milk with a spoonful of Horlicks and an omelette with either chapati or bread.It was something I looked forward to, the moment I woke up. However, it was also something that gave me gas. Yes, milk does that to me….Sigh.So, to get relief from it, I switched to curd/yoghurt.

Now, curd+banana+raisins+oats (I know, I know..OATS!!?? But, hubby got it for me, so I have to finish the stock, right?) has been my breakfast, ever since.

I have also started having curd+rice for lunch, as opposed to no rice earlier. My lunch, which comprises of chapatis/ragi rotis, sabji, curd-rice, satiates me.

No more hunger pangs within two hours of lunch!The curd keeps me cool, helps with the digestion and I no longer feel like my tummy is a gas chamber!The live bacteria (pro biotics) in the curd takes good care of my gut health. And, a healthy gut, is a happy me!

Its high protein content ensures I have enough energy to face a busy day. I deducted rice from dinner, too, which now includes chapatis, sabji/dal, and a huge bowl of salad (cucumber+carrot+tomatoes).

Makes me feel full, and yet, not uncomfortably full.MORAL: It helps having a light dinner!


I did a post on my phone habits last year. I also did a follow-up post.

Since the past two months, I have made furthermore changes in my phone usage.I switch on my phone wifi in the morning at 8.00 to check messages/mail etc and switch it off within 10 minutes.

I check it again for few minutes at 11.00 and then keep it switched off till 1.30 pm.

I use the Canva app on my phone to make images for Instagram and Pinterest after lunch for half an hour.

Evenings are usually spent working on laptop, or talking to friends on the phone. So, by 8.00 pm my phone wifi goes off to sleep.

The time I spend on social media has reduced substantially:

INSTAGRAM: 15 MINS. (Set the timer on Instagram and it will remind you when your time’s up).


.WHATSAPP: 5 MINS. (I’d rather talk than text).


GMAIL: 2-3 MINS. (it’s also on my laptop, so makes no sense wasting time there).

Now, I have ample time to indulge in art, reading, blogging and planning.

Also, it saves my eyes from strain. I have stopped watching TV during lunch time, too.I pay attention to the food in my plate and how good it tastes.

TV viewing is for the evenings, for some time. That’s a lot less screen-time, right?

MORAL: Use the phone judiciously and you will have mastered the art of Time Management!

I keep an account of it all and intend to do a follow-up post on how well these changes help me in the long run.

How about you? Have you made any changes lately? How do you feel about it all?




Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

21 thoughts on “Taking tiny steps towards better health and a happier me!

  1. Shilpa, I am looking at your diet and searching for the protein. I hope you include enough, as it keeps you satiated until the next meal time. By the way, you can make kanda oats like kanda pohe. Many things to do with oats! Although these days we get millet flakes which make great breakfasts. Curd rice is my favorite comfort food and I love it too.

    What changes have I made recently? I haven’t had to work too hard because my technology does it all for me by simply dying on me! πŸ™‚ Good news is I sleep earlier which is a great plus. And no, not addicted to my smartphone either.

    Sending you love.

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    1. Awww….love you for your concern and the oats recipe!!! Yeah, I make oats sometimes like the upma. I add tomatoes, onions, chillies and make it nice and spicy. But, usually, it’s curd, oats and banana. I have dal, too, mostly daily, as dal and rice are something hubby needs for dinner. I include many veggies, too, some of which I prepare just for myself and yes, my beet-carrot-tomato soup which I have thrice a week.
      I like curd-rice with the tempering…mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and green chillies…and it tastes yummmmm!

      I think, most of the people of our generation have realised the downside of being addicted to smartphones, so keep a safe distance from the gadgets. I just wish the younger gen would do it too!

      Hugs! ❀

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    1. Yeah, Balaka…this social media ruins everything–including our mindset. it’s hard work, but when done, it makes you feel so good about yourself, like you have achieved something real big–Nirvana, perhaps? πŸ™‚


  2. That diet of yours looks so little to me. No 11 am snack or 4 pm snack. I hope you have both dal and dahi in your lunch. What about egg/non-veg or sprouts etc.? I just could not stop myself hence asked. Anything you eat before/after workout?

    My phone time is very much under control. I do a lot of scheduled posts and hardly spend any time browsing except work related. My wifi is always off unless I am browsing. And I do use my email and hangouts for all official communication, skype for meetings/calls. Plus digital wellbeing app on my phone has time limit set for each medium which logs me out for the day when the time is up. So I am in a sorted space here.

    I am enjoying spending 30 minutes to an hour gardening every day and also upping my workout ensuring that my knee stays in good shape.

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    1. Post yoga, after 20 minutes, I have the oats-curd-banana. And, it fills me up pretty well. Don’t feel hungry. I have to start my omelette and chapati routine again…that will be my mid-morning snack. I do have dal–which is a staple at my place. I make dal rice everyday, so it is there along with sabji, and I have it either in lunch or dinner. And, I prepare sprouts too, in curry form–masoor and matki.
      I am not very fond of nonveg and have fish/chicken if and when hubby prepares it on Sundays. A week back, I used to have an egg everyday, but since a week, I wonder why I have been missing it! WIll start tomorrow, pakka! And, I have fruits after my evening walk and then dinner after an hour’s gap. I make sure I don’t starve myself, neither do I like to eat junk food.

      Thanks so much, darling, for your love and concern! Mmuaaahhh!!! ❀


  3. Okay, so I went through the comments and Vidya’s and Rachna’s comments make a lot of sense in terms of diet. Do include mid-day snacks and add more protein. You are doing well with your phone.
    I have a question which is general and not aimed at you pointedly – more and more people are talking about how they are spending less and less time on social media and doing a lot of content creation for social media by scheduling in advance. If everybody begins doing this then who is going to consume the content because one cannot consume or let’s say make use of the content out there or ‘ENGAGE’ within a few minutes time frame? The experts will have an answer for this, I am sure.
    I have this social media time spending issue sorted out for me as I am keeping away from the crowd because it is no way meant for me.

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    1. Hahaha! Anu, you sure have a funny bone that tickles me each time I read your tongue-in-cheek comments on some of my posts!!! πŸ˜›

      But, you are right…if we all spend less time on SM, who will read the content we create so painstakingly?

      About my diet, yes, I do have another breakfast at 10.30/11.00…sometimes, if I feel hungry. But, I agree..I need to make it a daily schedule, like earlier. Shayad blogging ne zyada attention le liya mera, so much so, that I forgot somethings I used to do earlier! πŸ˜€


  4. Kudos! I think those are some great changes on diet and phone-time.

    On diet – I love my curd+banana+dates+one fruit smoothie 3-4 days a week after workout. It’s a great start to the day. Then I have a breakfast which is usually whole grains (poha,barley,upma, namkeen daliya etc.) I love dal too. When I crave for rice, I make khichdi with broken wheat. It turns out yum with veggies. I also try to have lemon tea 3-4 times a week. I think it keeps my metabolism better.

    On screen time, I switch off data at night and turn it on in the morning. My phone tracks my usage so I keep trying to stay below average. It peaks up on weekends when I read blog posts on the phone like right now πŸ˜‰

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    1. Wow! You sure take super good care of your diet, Parul! And, you also seem very disciplined!
      But, you read blog posts on phone??? WHY, my dear? Give some rest to your eyes! πŸ˜›
      Thank you for sharing your diet and phone habits, Parul!
      Take care! ❀


  5. Way to go, Shilpa. You are taking such good care of yourself. You know, I eat oats for breakfast every day for the last 9 years or so. I have to make some new recipes so my kids would also eat oats. I have been a regular consumer of rice (hey I’m from Kerala πŸ™‚ ) and I’ve cut down a lot of rice lately. I see I’m gaining weight after that. It’s alarming that when I try to eat healthy and workout regularly my body is behaving like a teenager with no rationality. So I am going to start having rice for lunch again.
    I turn off wifi, data, and volume of my phone before I go to sleep and turn on do not disturb mode. And morning 6 everything will be back on. I check phone periodically but no timer set as I found out working with timer is not for me. It sets the panic mode on in my case. Not overindulging has to come from within without causing stress. I am working on it. How do you have these constraints for social media set and do all the things which mostly requires social media presence? That thought has a negative effect on me. So I don’t set time limit but I switch to the next task so that everything is welcome in my life. Did it make sense to you?
    Hey, I have a couple more questions for you for the next time we talk, ok? πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. You know, Vini, somehow it’s a myth that eating rice causes weight gain.
      Please, go back to eating rice all you want. It will keep you in a better shape.
      And, am waiting for your questions the next time we talk. You are always welcome! πŸ˜›


  6. I have brought my screen time down quite a bit. I do a lot of research/browsing/reading on the phone, so the wi-fi or mobile data is always on; but my social media time is down drastically. That gives me so much more time to do things in the evenings after work.

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