Google Classroom – New Age Learning in Lockdown

21 days lockdown? Now how are you studying? You are in 10 th standard,board exams? No school?
Abinaya with her headset on :Chitti, We use Google classroom.

Me: Wow! That is cool! How is it going? New for me, please tell me more about it!

Abinaya: We log in via our school gmail IDs.
Me: Go ahead, I am listening. I am already awed by the technology and how we are putting it for use.

Abinaya: And we have too make sure were ready our web cams and head phones and books. We can see our teachers and they can see us.

Me: Really? It sounds interesting.

Abi: Yes, chitti!It’s just like a normal school day we have our lunch and short breaks.Like school they do screen sharing and teach us via presentations etc.

Me: And what if I have a doubt?
Abi: chitti, nothing to worry, questionnaire, doubt clearing are all done very effectively
It is very productive infact more productive than school. It is a zero disturbance learning.

Abi:We get work sheets and study materials and tests also conducted via Google classroom. It is indeed very nice.

Me: Awed by the confidence of this little girl of our life I ask her if any troubles, tech glitches or other difficulties she faces in Google classroom.

Abi:Well, technical difficulties are rare but they do happen! One more thing chitti, Teachers teach from their homes. Isn’t it amazing.

After listening to this, I am happy that we are headed confidently to a wonderland. Man is giving a stupendous fight to the calamity. I respect it and admire the new generation for quick adaptability.

One Meal A Day ( OMAD) for Weight Loss

One meal a day ( OMAD) is a type of Intermittent Fasting. It is usually followed by people who have already tried Intermittent fasting and would like to advance their practice. OMAD is also helpful to break the weight loss plateau. As we have spoken at length about Intermittent fasting and how it can help you lose weight, here is a complete detailed guide to OMAD ( One Meal a Day), the science behind it and how to use it effectively for the weight loss.

Before going for OMAD, it is always better to try and do the 16/8, 14/10 intermittent fasting just to check whether it is going well with your body. Sudden jerk to the body is not a good idea. Implement the IF for any eating window for some time and then take on OMAD.

Here are some benefits of OMAD:

  • Increased Focus:
    • You do not have sugar spikes through out the day and hence there is no slump of energy. There is no breakfast or lunch per se. Usually people eat only one meal in the form of dinner which can include pretty much anything. For weight loss and breaking the plateau though it is important to eat balanced one meal during dinner time. The biggest gain from OMAD is increased focus.
  • The calories are automatically restricted
    • With OMAD you do not have to worry about restricting calories as body takes care of it automatically. How much can one person eat in one hour? Definitely not 2500 calories at one go 🙂 So, it is easy to restrict your calorie intake.
  • Weight Loss Plateau
    • You can come off your weight loss plateau with OMAD because you are changing your food habits. You aren’t eating as per your usual time and calories. Your body is used to it and is comfortable showing weight loss plateau. Once you reduce the number of times you eat, the plateau starts wearing off.

What can be eaten while on OMAD?

Intermittent fasting is by far the most flexible method. If you skip an hour of your eating window you can increase it in the morning. While being on OMAD, you need to make sure that your meals are balanced. Include all types of food in the one hour of eating window. Choose the time to eat and maintain it for a specific time period to see the change. You can not eat or binge on anything while being on OMAD. At the most you can drink Green Tea, Black Coffee and Tea Without Sugar.

These are the basics of One meal a day. If you need more information, please let us know in the comment section.

Thank you for reading.

Treadmill Online Workouts You Should Try

Hello all, hope you all are doing OK at your homes! As responsible citizens we need to take up this step to prevent Covid19 taking over us. So, let me bring a bit of good news. In the time of isolation, it was a good time to think and get something new. I have researched a little and found that the mundane most workouts on treadmill you can do coolly with all the fun.

If you have a treadmill and you are using it for hanging your cloths on it, it is time to dust it off and start working out.

This is a 30 min walk from The Gym Box. I liked it for its simplicity. This video will you clock those 30 mins on treadmill with Jenni. 🙂

Those who are up for some challenge here is AbundantYou with Dr Kevin I liked his treadmill video for the HIIT workout that he has done with Treadmill.

The Gym Box has some very nice beginner version of Treadmill workout. Here is one more for you. If you are just beginning this is the best way to do it.

If you do not have treadmill, you always have Leslie Sansone’s walks for you.

Here is a link to her workouts.

It is said that Cardio boosts heart health. Do not underestimate the power of the machine that you bought to make it work for your weight loss. Make the period of Lock Down count. Make it happen at your home. Treadmill is the way to go.

Always remember to warm up and cool down with stretches as you go about any workout. Eat well and Be Healthy.

Here is to the good sleep and better recovery.

Watch for our next post….

15 Things To Do In Isolation – Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus or Covid19 has been wrecking havoc across the world. Tomorrow India is getting tested for one day of isolation. Here are 15 things you can do in isolation.

Man is a social animal but as they say turn inside to reach the highest self. While it is difficult to do this in current age everyday, forced holidays, forced self isolation or work from home or workouts from home come like a boon. Inward journey is very difficult. As humans we have a tendency to fall for worldly pleasures and the world is too charming for us to avoid or ignore. Tomorrow is that ‘Janta Curfew’ day. Sailing through it won’t be easy but these are the few things/procrastinated activities since ages which I want to do tomorrow.

1. Start the day with a thundering workout. I start the regime today.2. Go to the terrace and watch the sun rise through the coconut trees. Surya namaskars if time permits. Plant my jasmine/malli to a big pot.Water the plant
3. Press fresh orange juice for my little one.
4. Pet caramel and let her enjoy the sun bask through the balcony. Play with her and get loved.
5. Clean that unorganized clutter of my house. Dust and now it is must. Dusting necessarily doesn’t mean the furniture but sitting and giving whiff to those memories good or bad.
6. Read that unread book or probably the last few pages which were left for day like such.
7. Let my daughter an outline and let her paint her heart out.
8. Get that one must know recipe to my husband. Else when should I hand down my recipe.
9. Turn the music on and listen to old songs. Gazab ka hai din socho zara..hum hai akele..tum bhi akele..majja aaraha hai..kasam se.
10. Sundays are for learning a new kolam and thus, setting time for one such beautiful kolam to give that kickstart to that Sunday.
11. Hand wash the clothes which have piled up for they want a gentle wash.
12. Line them up and take a audit check of what is necessary and what is not.
13. Do a similar check at the kitchen pantry and give a little twist to the arrangement of furniture. Summer is on!
14. Watch that special movie and nap off there and then.
15. Most importantly pray God for the entire humanity. Teach my daughter a shloka .
That is quiet a handful day. #coronavirus #covid19

How I Stocked My Pantry for Emergency

Well, Corona Virus is here and we are all home bound. There is a scare all over the world and we can not do much about it other than just being. Hope this all subsides soon.But as we deal with this pandemic, are our kitchens ready to provide us what we need the most? Food and Nutrition? In Chennai, this is the second time in the last 10 years that we are facing such situation. 2017 floods also bring back some scary memories. What did we do then? We did keep a stock of many important items which lasted for a week.

All schools have been closed for 15 days, so this time is surely going to last for couple of weeks. I have been instrumental in informing people to work out no matter what. It relieves any additional stress that may occur as a result of being constantly under a threat or a scare. There are many free, without equipment workouts which every one of us can try. Also, for people who have been working out and eating for weight loss, it is important not to leave the guard under stress. Because, it is very easy to succumb to the situation and embrace the junk food lifestyle. For being fit and healthy, all you need is to plan a bit ahead of the emergency situation. Here is how to stock your pantry.

Stocked up

  • Non Perishable Items
    • It is important to stock non perishables items like Rice, Wheat ( Wheat Flour), Legumes and Pulses.
    • Sugar ( Palm Jagger, Country Sugar), Salt ( Rock Salt, Pink Salt, Himalayan Salt)
    • Tea/ Coffee and other health drinks
    • MILK POWDER ( Just because you do not know how many days it is going to last)
  • Perishables
    • Vegetables and Fruits
  • Frozen Food
    • It is better to stock up some berries and frozen fruits. In times of distress frozen fruits would come handy.
  • Medical Supplies
    • Paracetamol
    • On the counter cough syrups
    • Pain Balms
    • Sanitary Pads
  • Sanitizing and Cleaning Materials
    • Toilet Cleaners
    • Sanitizers
    • Kitchen cleaners/ Dishwashing liquids

While stocking up it is extremely important to NOT TO HOARD. Just get your essential supplies. Do not sabotage your weight loss effort. At the same time, it is important to act responsibly. Responsibility Towards Your Efforts/ Responsibility towards society and fellow humans.