I first read Anshu Bhojnagarwala‘s blog a year ago. A parent blogger, Anshu also blogs about health and wellness, her approach towards which is a lot similar to mine. And, that’s how we bonded…over our blogs, and our favourite topics!
Swapping notes on blogging, helping solve each other’s blogging-related queries, we bonded further. And, a few days back, when Anshu asked me if I would do a guest post for her blog, I requested her to do the same for me, and we discovered we also published our respective blog posts on the same days of the week!
So, here’s Anshu on my blog today, enlightening us about health-related matters which we tend to take for granted and suffer the repercussions later on in Life.
Over to Anshu Bhojnagarwala…
Everyone makes mistakes in their youth, more so when it comes to their health. As a young adult (similar to most people this age), I constantly obsessed over my weight, skin and hair. I was not an overweight person, but was not slim either. I wanted to be thin. So there were times when I refrained from eating or started weird diet plans like 1000-calorie diet in order to lose weight. Oh, I even remember taking some slimming powders, even though my mother told me not to.
“These are just fads. They will spoil your health,” she said, but I was not in the mood to listen.
I bought soaps, face masks, face scrubs, shampoos and oils after seeing TV commercials.
It was only when I was in my mid-thirties that the penny dropped. I realized how wrong I was. My health was in my own hands all the time and I chose to play with it. I started mending my ways immediately. And, today, I am sharing the mistakes I made so that you don’t repeat them yourself.
5 mistakes that can sabotage your health.
Not drinking enough water:
We all have heard of drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day. But the question is how many of us actually follow it through?
I had a phobia of peeing in public places. Hence, I would not drink water before stepping out and stay thirsty for hours. I didn’t even visit the loo in my school. That is roughly 8 hours of not peeing and not drinking water. Can you imagine the damage it must have done to my body? It affects the digestive system, kidney function and even ruins the skin.
If I had drunk enough water when I was a teenager and adult, who knows, maybe I would have been spared from teenage and adult acne.
It’s not only me, many girls and women, due to poor hygiene in public toilets in India, prefer to not drink water than to visit a public loo. I have to constantly remind my 8-year old to drink water in the school and visit the loo.
So, if you want a clear skin, drink 8-10 glasses of water.
It is very easy to forget to drink water. What has helped me is keeping reminders. I drink 2-3 glasses of warm water in the morning and then rest over the day.
I know, I know, you know about it already. After all, you have been tortured as a child to finish your veggies.
My mother urged me to all kinds of vegetables. I can proudly say that I can eat all vegetables, including bitter gourd and eggplant. However, it was not enough.
The challenge lies not in the fact that you can eat all vegetables, but in the fact that how much you can eat. Can you eat 5 servings of vegetables a day? Most people can’t.
Most mothers are keen on their kids eating an extra roti than an extra serving of vegetables. I tell you, don’t make this mistake for yourself or for your child. Ditch that roti/bread, and help yourself to more veggies instead.
I eat a very small portion of subzi, which is not enough. Hence, I started juicing raw vegetables like white squash, bottle gourd, beetroot, carrot, spinach, etc.
I make different kinds of salads too, for admit it, it’s boring to eat the same cucumber and carrot two times a day every day. ☹
Taking fruits lightly:
I love fruits and can easily eat 2-3 fruits a day. Consuming 5-6 servings of fruits in a day is a little ambitious isn’t it?
A few months ago, my husband visited his physician, who is an expert in body metabolism, with the complaint that he felt lethargic all the time. The reports of medical tests that the doctor made him take showed a deficiency of Vitamin D3 and B12. He started taking those supplements. However, he was also advised to stay off dairy (only buttermilk allowed few times in a week), eggs and meat, and rice. He was told to eat 6 fruits in a day. Thankfully, we were in the summer season where fruits are in abundance. So, my husband started this diet, and what would you believe, within 10 days, he felt much better. His lethargy was completely gone.
Along with him, I started this diet too, which is not surprising. Most homemakers eat what they cook for their husband.
I eat 2-3 fruits in the morning before breakfast and then again 2-3 fruits for evening snacks. Even my daughter eats 3-4 fruits. Yes, she is a little more choosy than us.
Note: No juicing of fruits, it’s not recommended. Fruits should be chewed. Except Coconut water.
I learnt Yogasana as a child in the school. We were taught all the different poses and also their benefits. If only I had continued practicing Yoga once I quit school. It would have done a world of good to me.
Yoga has many benefits:
- Keeps your body flexible and loose which prevents injuries
- Works on your cardio health, respiration and metabolism
- Increases muscle strength and tones it
I rediscovered Yoga two years ago. However, I had left it till too late because by then I had already harmed my back muscles with poor posture and lack of flexibility.
Now, I practice Yoga 2-3 times a week. Don’t underestimate Yoga, it is one of the best forms of exercises – it is cardio and strength training too.
Being a night owl:
I tell people I am not a night person. They tell me, “You are an oldie!” What has getting old to do with sleeping early?
When someone tells me, “I am a night person.” I feel like saying to that person that it is not something to be proud of. Nature has designed no human to be a night person.
Let me tell you my story:
When I shifted to Mumbai after I got married, I got a super job in TCS. My work timings were not that super though – from 12:30 pm to 10 pm. By the time I reached home, it would be 11. And by the time, I changed and looked after house things, it would be 11:30-45. Then I would sit down with my husband and talk about the day. We would munch while talking and end up sleeping by 1 or 1:30 am. I would then wake up by 8:30-9 the next morning.
I must also tell you that those were the days when I suffered from heavy bloating and indigestion. There were many nights when I woke up clutching my stomach. I used to start my day with an antacid.
Your body goes into inactive mode as soon as the sun sets. So, whatever you do beyond that time is basically you are abusing your body.
A few more nuggets of wisdom for a glorious health:
- Avoid drinking water half an hour before and after meals. It interferes with the digestion.
- Don’t go for herbal powders or slimming powders. They harm you in the long run. Don’t trust anything that doesn’t come out of your kitchen.
- Walk for 20 minutes post meals. It helps in digestion and takes care of bloating.
- Start your day with a fruit. And don’t eat fruits after meals.
- Rely on home remedies for common ailments like cold and cough, headaches, loose motions, nose bleeds, gas and constipation, etc. instead of reaching for those allopathic medicines.
These were the 5 mistakes that can sabotage your health, hope you learnt well. These are basic things, but they can actually make a world of difference to your health, as I learnt the hard way. Enjoy good health and wellbeing!