How much screen time is too much? Ask you phone

How much screen time is too much? Ask you phone

Little Ms.K is fond of devices, gadgets and all kind of technology. Every gadget that we got home, was first used by her to the fullest. But slowly, she was getting into a habit of using gadgets like all of us do. As a mom, I was terribly worried about the screen time that she used to spend. I have always emphasized on child lead weaning for anything, and this time I was determined that she should get the control of switching off the gadget off by herself. As a 7-year-old, little Ms. K has now weaned herself from all the gadgets which is a relief.

We as parents should also try and use self-lead weaning from these devices. They are very helpful for people in every walk of life but when it becomes an addiction it is harmful for sure.

Recently Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has spoken about how Apple is working on introducing some features in iOS12 which may help all adults and teens keep an eye on how much mobile phones they are using in a day which I would say is a great tool.

What are the things which you will be able to do with iOS12’s manage screen time feature:

Activity report for total time spent in different apps, usage across all the categories of apps.

Apple Screen Time Displayed Categorically

Apple Bed Time The enhanced Do Not Disturb Feature

The Do Not Disturb feature has always been there in iOS devices but now there would be dimming of display and no display of notification till the prompted time.

You can now get your notifications delivered quietly 🙂 group them

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Get the notifications delivered quietly

 

iOS12

Get suggestions from Siri on which notifications to be kept and which can be managed.

  • You get to see how your screen time is divided across all apps.
  • Choose your downtime with the apps, with the downtime the apps will have a badge stating that they are not allowed to be used during that time.
  • Parents can set up time for children’s usage.  

In the recent interview, Apple CEO, Tim Cook says that they have always kept their users as their priority while designing the ultimate technological experience. Hope the new feature helps us keep the phones at bay 🙂

Disclaimer: All the images are downloaded from

https://www.apple.com/in/newsroom/2018/06/ios-12-introduces-new-features-to-reduce-interruptions-and-manage-screen-time/

The article is inspired from

https://www.apple.com/in/newsroom/2018/06/ios-12-introduces-new-features-to-reduce-interruptions-and-manage-screen-time/

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/05/616980803/transcript-apple-ceo-tim-cook-on-screen-time-controls-working-with-china

 

Mindful Eating – Unlearning and Relearning

Mindful Eating – Unlearning and Relearning

The first and foremost memory that I have of food is the “Dahi Poli” which I used to have in my grandma’s mud house. The dahiwali used to bring dahi in mud pots from her village in the morning and Aaji used to make hot phulkas during the same time. I used to eat 1 fulka happily at the age of 2-3 years. I never knew what was mindful eating then, but as I understand the Dahi ( Yogurt) was locally sourced and fulka was made by Aaji. Some years before when I was obsessed with counting the macronutrients in the food. I still could find that the meal of Dahi Poli around 11 AM was the best that I could have as a child and also as an adult. It was valid then and is valid now. Then what was missing in between?

After my graduation, I started working and the timings were really bad. I was always in the obese category but now with odd timings and odd eating pattern, I started putting on the considerable amount of weight coupled with a lot of acidity. Then started the part called unlearning.

Unlearning: –

Rice has simple carbs, chapathi has complex carbs. Groundnut oil is bad for health. Sunflower oil or Karadi oil is good for health. Never touch a Mango, Banana, Chickoo, it will put on weight. Have more green leafy vegetables etc were some more health secrets that I started living by. I worked out sincerely and did not eat well as per today’s standards. I reduced my weight several times in my life and bounced back to more, those many times. I never thought about mindfulness while eating post my graduation. I worked in different cities, ate whatever was available and I cook. Post marriage, I again started working out pretty regularly and reduced around 20 kgs by not eating well as per today’s standards. I never touched Mango, Milk, Chickoo, Banana and my favorite Guava during those days. Unlearning the mindfulness which Aaji ( grandma ) and Aai ( mom ) passed on to me was a major drawback. I ended up having IBS ( Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which is a group of symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain and vomiting. 3 years of acute IBS brought me back to rethink the overall food habits and there is where I started relearning.

Relearning:

Mindful eating needed to be incorporated back to my lifestyle. But before that I needed to fix some things. Groundnut oil made entry to the kitchen with sesame oil from Kachchi Ghani. Switched to cow’s milk and homemade curd. Incorporated grain shuffle like one grain each day . It included eating jowar, bajra, wheat, rice ( normal white rice), nachni on a specific day in a week. Started having pickles, papads and homemade jams. All desserts which are homemade were welcome. It included Puran Poli, Coconut Burfi, Laddoo, Semiya Kheer, Shakkarai Pongal, Modak . Bringing ghee back on varan bhat helped bloating and weight loss. I can not specify in words how happy I am to include all this back in my food. You can see me a couple of pounds here and there but that does not matter to me as I have food which makes me happy. Since last 3 years I am having Banana everyday in the morning which has immensely helped curing IBS. No cramps, no constipation and bye bye to diarrhea. Bringing grandma’s wisdom back in life brought me back to life. As I have a spoonful of shakkarai Pongal laden with ghee and sugar, I say that there is nothing better than believing in your natural palette and trusting your instincts while eating. This is as they say – Mindful Eating. I have found myself through mindful eating, have you?

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Sunday Book Review : Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Sunday Book Review : Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Stuck in traffic morning and evening, reaching home only at the wee hours only to sleep. Making food and eating all alone, sleeping through the weekend waiting for Monday, I see so many Eleanor Oliphants around me. Slowly the world is getting a very strange place full of people who have an isolated world of their own.

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”

Eleanor Oliphant is a story of an ordinary woman. She is isolated, not by her choice but by her circumstances. She is very productive, a creature of habit and most importantly is a survivor. In the flock of new books which glorifies supermen and superwomen, Eleanor’s story is more about an ordinary person ( regardless of gender).

Eleanor’s inner voice is of a strong lady who is a survivor. But as she grows up with the government aid and foster parenting, her inner voice is muted to a level that she goes into complete isolation. The story is usual, but the narrative makes it unique. Eleanor would have been a boring character, minus the narration. She is mundane but hilarious at times. Her blunt take on the world amused me throughout the read.

“I was in a fast-food restaurant for the first time in my adult life, an enormous and garish place just around the corner from the music venue. It was mystifyingly, inexplicably busy. I wondered why humans would willingly queue at a counter to request processed food, then carry it to a table which was not even set, and then eat it from the paper? Afterward, despite having paid for it, the customer is responsible for clearing away the detritus. Very strange.”

Her deep insight on loneliness was profound:

“These days, loneliness is new cancer – a shameful, embarrassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way. A fearful, incurable thing, so horrifying that you dare not mention it; other people don’t want to hear the word spoken aloud for fear that they might too be afflicted, or that it might tempt fate into visiting a similar horror upon them.”

After reading Eleanor, I felt a kind of restlessness in my heart for all those who are going through depression. Mental illness is a real thing, and though it is very common for us to guess it in case of Eleanor who is living an isolated life, it is tough to identify a person with depression having a huge social circle. Maybe most of them are good in pretending that they are very happy and doing great but they are lonely inside.

What mattered in the story of Eleanor is that She survived and was completely fine, but that is not how the story would end in many cases.

“Sometimes you simply needed someone kind to sit with you while you dealt with things.”
Eleanor Oliphant is a good read, especially if you are a kind of person who likes a slow story which takes its course midway through the book. Worth a read.

 

Celebrating Women’s Day 2018

Celebrating Women’s Day 2018

We remember the representation of today’s woman with those shorts, long hair holding a cup of coffee in her hand and proudly singing with great liberty.. “ho shuru har din aise…ho shuru har pal aise…Nescafe..“ to give that kick start every morning….!
” The power of pink” as they all say ….!Just by giving a curl to her hair with that gentle touch..she also tends to organize the mess around her the whole day..surprisingly with the same..!

Tries to understand the in and out of every situation and seeks to give her best…

Then let her be Defence minister Nirmala Seetharaman who took to a brave job or SHREYA GHOSHAL’s melodious rendition “teri ore” which can roll tears for your beloved ones…

Beauty personified…HOT  attitude and undeterred faith…in her convictions ..Sometimes irresponsible…while sincerely devoted at other times…Sometimes caring and sometimes it is just the..”WHO CARES” attitude…!

The unrewardable “maa ka pyar..” ,the unconditional sister’s love…the sweet nothings of a girlfriend..and moreover a hand in hand to love….and share..what more can one ask for…

We wish you all a very happy international women’s day! And sincerely pray that the happiness of the same reaches the ladies who really need the same. The less privileged across the world. As I always say we women should know how to treat ourselves and the other women better.

Why we should leave Virushka alone!

Why we should leave Virushka alone!

I am not a political person, but when it comes to giving opinions I am an Indian 😉  Virat, and Anushka have got married two days before, and they are all over the internet. From Anushka’s lehenga to Virat’s pastel pagdi to the NRI priest, the Indian Janta has heard and seen it all. At this point, we have shown our genuinely Indian nature of forgetting the numerous trolls that we had posted on the social media when Virat famously did not score in the World Cup final or some match where Anushka was present. Twitter is abuzz with some trolls even after they got married but this time Indian Janta has taken it to heart and have lost their usual way of trolling. The wedding must have mellowed down the trollers. After all being true Indians we really love shadi baraat stuff a lot. Trolling the shaadi baarat stuff is just not the way how it works in India, we do occasionally share videos of bride falling behind the stage or the groom falling or landing in some goof up through Whatsapp, but we like the Shaadi as such so no trolling there.
The Virat Anushka wedding has brought so many people into the limelight despite trying hard not to go public. The first and the principal person who got one full column write-up on the 13th page of National Newspaper, the NRI priest. The Lucknow girl who was the wedding planner also got a lot of footage as Virat and Anushka. Well good for them. The Times of India has reported the Priest has not talked anything about the remuneration. Times of India reporter should go to the wedding event planner (The Lucknow girl) to ask about the tariff of everything related to this marriage instead of asking the priest directly so that the Indian Janta gets all the information at once place. So far we know how much the hotel room charges per day and why only 50 guests in the wedding and the food which was served. I am still waiting for the more details because it is so so important to know what Virat whispered in Anushka’s ear when she walked down the aisle..and what did they speak during the engagement ceremony.

Indian media should actually be delivering more details about this important national event where India’s two celebrities chose to ditch the media to have a peaceful wedding finally. The fun part is that the media has hardly noticed the ditch 🙂