Hormone Balancing Food For Weightloss During Lockdown

Hormone Balancing food for aiding weightloss

Lockdown can be stressful, anxiety, and also depression, thus, leading to the secretion of various hormones by various glands. Hormones play a vital role when it comes to mental health and physical health of a person. Weight loss could be either aided or delayed because of the different hormones which control our body and mind. These are the chemical messengers that run across the body and send signals to the brain. So the question arises on how to make the hormone system work in favor of weight loss especially when we are in uncertain lockdown?

 

hormone balancing food

How to regulate hormones?

 

Good Food: Remember! Food be thy Medicine!

Exercise: The importance of workouts during lockdown can’t be more emphasized on

Meditation: This connects the mind with your soul.

What are the different hormones regulating your body?

 

Let us also get acquainted with various hormones in our body and the role they play.No, we aren’t bringing you the biological lessons here. But the few hormones which are related to your weightloss.

 

Thyroid-stimulating hormone:- This one is the most crucial of all when it comes to reducing your weight. This one is responsible for a sluggish or an overactive metabolism.

Insulin:- This hormone acts like a switchboard to fat loss. It is secreted by the organs called the pancreas. It helps in regulating the blood sugar levels which are directly related to the fats storage system in the body.

Glucagon:- Glucagon and insulin are inversely proportional to each other. If levels of insulin are high, then the glucagon will be less. This is a fat-burning hormone.

Cortisol:- This is a stress hormone that increases the level of insulin secreted in the body.

Ghrelin:- This is a hunger hormone. This is also related to hunger pangs. So if you take a balanced diet, chances of this hormone making you dance to its tunes are really less.

Now we know what makes us stressed? And what makes us run to the fridge after a full square meal.

 

What food would help balancing the hormones?

These are hormones that can be turned into a demon or our friend. Some foods are mentioned here. Clean proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and healthy fat.

 

Avocadoes:- A high source of monounsaturated fats. This also helps ladies with Polycystic ovary syndrome. This superfood can balance low estrogen levels, thus, helping weight loss.

Butter:- You can get clarified butter/peanut butter/almond butter. This wonder food is a powerhouse of vitamins.  Butter or ghee (clarified butter) has a chain of fatty acids that helps in mobilizing the fats.

Nuts and Seeds:- Walnuts, Almonds, cashew nuts, peanuts, hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds are the good food which has again taken the food industry with their miraculous omega 3 fatty acids and high fibre. This helps in keeping the insulin in control.

Vegetables:- Especially cruciferous veggies are rockstars with antioxidants and fiber content in them. The fiber breaks down slowly thus regulating your blood sugar levels and controlling your weight loss.

Fatty Fish:- Mind it, Fatty fish ! Tuna, salmon are some of the examples. Eating this gives you the same harmonizing effect as that after eating walnuts. A rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, this sea food will definitely is your friend during weightloss.

Hormone balance is all about calm

Hope you stay calm during the lockdown and enjoy your weight loss journey with these essential, easy to have hormone-balancing foods.

 

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Energy Bites for Quick Weightloss

Weight Loss is about how do you manage your energy. Premade, home-made energy bites is the answer to managing your energy.

Breakfast is one of the most important food to start the day. Sometimes, it is not possible to get healthy breakfast. So, usually we resort to cereals and other sugar loaded food. Is eating cereals healthy? yes, it is! If and only if the cereals are home-made. Your body craves sugar in the morning for all the bodily functions that it has to endure for the day. Considering food is fuel philosophy, morning is the best time to have nutritious meal. Having breakfast in the morning aids weight loss kick starting the metabolism of the body.

Nutritious or Loaded with calories:

Native breakfast is the best option to go for if you are on maintenance calories. In India, native breakfast includes  Poha, Upma, Idli, Dosa, Uttapam, Puri aloo etc. These recipes are ingrained in Indian culture but due to the Simple nature of carbs in these recipes, people have started loading them with veggies or some fiber. Apart from Indian breakfast , there are always a range of hyper local fruits available.

Here is a list of breakfast recipes which you can try for quick weightloss and easy to carry:

Two Ingredients Energy Bites:

  • Combine Dates and Grated Coconut in mixer, add cardamom for flavor and your energy balls are ready.

Mixed Flour Balls

  • Dry Roast Ragi or Little Millet Flour and any other millet flour, add country sugar to it when it is warm and roll balls out of it. These balls are super nutritious and healthy.

Mixed Nuts Balls

  • Nuts and seeds are underrated for weight loss. In fact, all the nuts and seeds provide vitamins which we can not get from any other food source. Nuts, seeds and dates are the best combination to roll into balls or into a bar.

Oats, Seeds and Dates Balls

  • Dry roast oats and pumpkin, sunflower and other seeds of your choice, mix with dates or any other nut butter and roll it into a ball. You get the goodness of all the ingredients with sweetness of dates which would satisfy your cravings.

Flavours:

  • You can add Vanilla, Peanut Butter or Almond butter or cardamom or saffron for flavor. Rolling the balls into grated coconut would give it a tempting look.

So why wait, just go ahead and make a batch. Let me know whether you like it.

Here are our weight loss workouts for you to try at home

Losing Weight As Beginner

 

 

 

Lose Weight With Intermittent Fasting

Lose Weight With Intermittent Fasting

It has been a while that Intermittent fasting has been on the block and many trainers, nutritionists and dietitians across the globe are going gaga over it. They say if you want to lose weight do Intermittent Fasting.

Intermittent fasting is a simple method of abstaining from food after sunset. You might ask what is new in that, we do not eat after sunset at all, well if that is the case ” Good for you”. But in these days of Netflix, Amazon Prime and other related distractions, it is difficult to wind up your day before 11.00 pm. Wouldn’t you be hungry if you sleep at 11.00 pm and eat around 6.00 pm? Thus,starts the episode of binge eating and eating more than what your body actually requires.

When there is binge eating, the satiety signal which your body gives your brain gets dissolved in the exciting part of the Netflix original or any TV Serial, and we don’t feel full, hence overeat.

Important aspects which we need to look into while doing intermittent fasting to lose weight.

Intermittent Fasting

Circadian Clock:

Human body is a wonder. It has a biochemical oscillator which synchronizes with TIME. This circadian rhythm helps to determine our sleep pattern and controls the production of Melatonin – sleep hormone. As per circadian rhythm, we all should slow down around sun set, dim the lights around 8.00 and sleep by 9.00 approximately. Body starts producing Melatonin around 7.00 pm and we keep working past that time, interrupting the nature of the body, confuses the body, hence most of us do not get proper sleep. Improper sleep leads to hunger pangs and we tend to lead ourselves to the refrigerator in search of food late night hampering the weight loss. Intermittent Fasting is nothing but honoring our circadian or biological clock and eating well before sunset ( yes, it has a twist for our convenience too)

Type of Intermittent Fasts:

There are many type of fasts, namely 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating window where you can either skip breakfast or skip dinner, 14 hours of fasting and 10 hours of eating window. The good part about Intermittent fasting is that it is flexible. Adjusting it around your most hungry time and following it is the key for weight loss. There are many other types of IF too, like OMAD ( One meal a day) or fasting 2 days in a row etc. But I personally feel that those types are for advance fasting practitioners. If we need to get the hang of Intermittent fasting, the first thing needs to be done is to know which are the timings that you are hungry. So getting in touch with body requirements is the foremost important aspect of IF.

How it helps Weight Loss:

  • Your food intake gets a window with IF. That means that meals and snacks are to be eaten at a specific time which naturally reduces the amount of food you consume, thus creating a calorie deficit much required for the weight loss.
  • The insulin spike when we have food is reduced and hence the blood sugar is managed well. Decreased insulin level may help fat burning thus aiding the weight loss
  • It is also said that IF helps retain the muscle mass, which is not the case with only calories restricted diet.

There are umpteen theories, before and after pictures on various platforms in favor of intermittent fasting to lose weight but before going there we should check out what our ancestors say? Fasting has been there for many generations in all religions which mainly tells you to get in touch with your body and know whether you truly need that much food?

They say ” Fasting of the body is the food for soul”. Well, here is to some soul searching… 🙂

Here are some facts of intermittent fasting

Intermittent Fasting Facts

Meal Planning Tips for Busy Moms

Meal Planning Tips for Busy Moms

Hello everyone, here! Happy New Year 2019 to all of you. A fresh year starts and one can see 365 opportunities on 31st of December every year. A New year often ushers in a lot of positivity and  endless possibilities.Bidding goodbye to the last year and welcoming the new year has always been a moment of nostalgia. The year or years which are never going to come back. I get retrospective when the countdown to the new year starts. I suddenly realise the time which is passing by and which can’t be brought back. Time for me is more than a resource. It is a fourth dimension to my living existence. I have always been a time-conscious child and now a careful mother. Whiling away time or doing nothing given a lot of time  hurts me like nothing else. I respect people who spend their time meticulously.

About Planning And Time Management

The 5 AM Mommies believe in the miracle called planning and time management. It is an art as much as it is a science. Thus, new year is of immense importance to us. I am of the firm belief that not only a new year can change your life, but any fresh moment can transform your life and you will be like never before, only if you allow yourself the same.

I am a huge fan of resolutions. Getting new journals, life size planners at the beginning of any new year and planning the day, week and months has been a favourite affair of The 5 AM Mommies and now slowly the children also seen to imbibe it.

You can read our love for this all the time through our blogs. We second the thought that ,”If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Planning doesn’t assure success, but if we don’t plan we are left in a bewilderment which only few can relate to.

The 5 AM Mommies are health conscious. We are fitness freaks. We are marathon mommies and wish to handover/pass on  the torch of healthy eating to the coming generations.

This year I have made a few small improvisations when it comes to my food habits. Even if they are small changes they require 200 percent willpower to bring into practice.Please note that I am a vegetarian.

Here we go:-

Mindful eating:-  

Yes, we eat as per plan. But, the most important habit I want to cultivate this year is to sit calm while eating, recite a prayer and then eat every bite consciously. I have a habit of planning my food quantity as well,pre-hand. But sometimes when I need more energy, by eating consciously, I am going to listen to the need of my body and give it the fuel and the amount of fuel which is required at that point of time. It sounds simple but is a big task in itself.

Intermittent fasting:-

This is a growing and upcoming fad diet as you may call. I have followed  it in the month of December and found it very much useful to keep my mind away from food(which is the only comfort for me). So, when my body doesn’t need food, I am not going to load the calories just because I planned or because I am on a high or my mood is real low. Basically, I am not going to be an emotional eater.

Amp up my Hb, Calcium and Vit D levels:-  

As a mother, we often tend to ignore ourselves, grab whatever is available to eat. We mostly operate on low battery levels, thanks to running errands at our home. I have a resolution to have a tab on my daily intake of iron rich sources,( dates, spinach, pomegranate, apples, and beetroot) and also have a rich serving of calcium( ragi, tomatoes and many others).I take an oath to bring in the goodness of nuts and fruits to my plate. Dairy shall be given its due importance and it will find a way to my diet through a bowl of yogurt, curd or paneer.As I hate drinking milk. I am also going to bask in the Sun every 10 minutes  of the day.

Swap Green tea with the regular sugar tea or the masala chai:-

Basking in the early morning rays of the Sun while sipping on fresh green tea, charges you for the day like anything. I am slowly getting into this habit and mind it, I have started to cultivate some harder ones from the last year.The purpose is to skip the empty calories the very thing in the morning.

Eating sweets and desserts guilt-free:-  

I have been brought up in a household where sweets (homemade) formed a meal at least twice a week. Celebrations meant sweets from Mom’s Kitchen. If I scored well in any exam, I could see the lovely bowl of Rasgoollas in the fridge the very next day. Growing up, every sweet bite felt criminal. But, indeed, sweets played a big role in making us feel loved, and also served a much needed pat. I have decided to incorporate 2 servings of sweet to my diet plan. And if someone offers me sweet, I will accept wholeheartedly without giving my diet excuses.

Good thoughts, Good relationships and good Times:-

Good food also means good time.Good time with family and friends. Good food also means good thoughts. I am going to nurture quality thoughts while preparing food for the family. Strong relationships bond over great food. Thus, I resolve to put more than 100 % while cooking thus, welcoming new times. Please note that we also run a food catering businessFood is medicine. I am going to stick to these resolutions at least for an year. I wish it becomes a habit by this 21st January, itself. I dare to make a wish! Do you?

This post is written for Ultimate Blogging Challenge 2019

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A New Beginning and A New Experience

A new beginning is very exciting, it becomes more meaningful when shared with family and friends.

As our dear blog readers you all are our extended family members and we could not wait further to tell you about our new venture and the kind of experience it has been since last month.

Around a month ago, I had severe headache radiating to right shoulder to fingers. It was so severe that I could barely talk. One such afternoon when all the pain was getting settled, I went to Shrilekha’s place over a tea. We stay just a couple of KM apart so occasional tea is always welcome besides we consider it as a quick huddle over looming matters.

As we were discussing different things, Shrilekha being her usual very enterprising self came up with a thought that Chennai has very poor quality of Phulkas and we should certainly do something about it.

There was no further thought before we decided that we should do Phulkas.

Initially it just started with Phulkas and slowly, as per the demand we started serving dinner. Word of mouth was our main ally when it came to spreading word. We cannot thank enough to our friends who spread the word so quickly. As we were doing dinners which included One gravy and Phulkas, we slowly started getting requests for lunches too. All office goers needed a home cooked lunch, so that requirement was fulfilled. Recently, we completed one month of this endeavour called “Joshi Caterers”

The main mission of this venture is to reach out to people who need home cooked food. As people love pizza, they also love to eat Puran Poli. It is just about the right taste and on time delivery.

Most of the customers which we came across never ate outside because one can not eat food without onion garlic outside. Similarly, food we should eat when we are fasting like Sabudana Vada or Sabudana Khichadi is never served in any restaurant in Chennai.

We served it and people liked it very much, we are so grateful to each of them who encouraged us with their amazing feedbacks.

Having home cooked food is a bliss. I was outside for 8 long years of my life and I have always felt the dearth of good home-made food so much so that in the last 2 years I started cooking on my own. Even if there was food, it was not made with quality ingredients which is even more harmful to the body.

As every business has its challenges, we too come across some difficulties every now and then. But when priorities are set right and as a team when we work towards getting a solution it all falls back in place.

Apart from Shrilekha and Me, there is a team of 5 people who are constantly working at making this experience better with every delivery. Our families have been extremely encouraging, without them we could not have pulled it up.

Meal planning was being done at the micro level and now it is done at Macro Level. We think and plan all our meals carefully so that they are nutritious and include seasonal varieties of vegetables.

I would always say that nothing can be accomplished without collaboration.

My people Khaleel, Kamakshi, Vignesh, Murali Mama, Mr.Joshi have been an integral part of the whole process. They encouraged us to take a step ahead and are with us in this satisfying yet challenging journey. Deliveries and procurement is entirely looked after Khaleel, Vignesh and Murali Mama. Culinary doubts and issues are quickly sorted by Baba. Kamakshi is an efficient cook and an amazing help. These people are my people and as a close knit family would stand by each other in the ups and downs of the life, they have been there just behind us as pillar of strength.

Well begun is half done..the journey so far was satisfying and god willing, it would be so in future.