Understand your body noises

Body noises

 

Rumble, crackle, pop, achhoo … Familiar with that? Yes! Our body makes several kinds of noises and it somehow has a way of picking the worst possible timing. “Why did you have to rumble like that in front of my boss?” you ask your stomach or, “I was in the room alone a minute ago, why couldn’t I have burped then?”

We have all been in that embarrassing spot where our body decides to make noises of its own accord. Some can be scary, some annoying, while some can be downright embarrassing. But remember, more than the noises these sounds are a natural mechanism of our body talking to us. Telling us things like when it is time to eat, time to stop eating, time to avoid certain kinds of food, or time to seek medical attention and so on. Continue reading

We’re Anti-Antacids, are you?

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Jamaai babu, ek aur laddoo? Ho jaye laddoo!” Effervescent salt commercials that promise ‘Kaam shuru sirf 6 seconds mein’ can certainly convince you to eat the ice cream after you’ve just had the gulab jamuns, after the dal chawal, which you had after you had already gulped down four rotis along with aloo mutter, palak paneer and malai kofta. Such commercials will “inspire” you to first ‘dabao’ your way beyond your poor tummy’s ability, and then not even worry about the acidity, gas, and bloating. Well, aren’t these guys some kind of angels … Huh!!

We all know how acidity makes us feel. Especially, all the foodies among us certainly do. Because we go out street shopping and immediately want to have pani puri. After a while, we spot the dabeliwala, followed by the new momos joint everyone has been talking about. On a parting note, everyone decides to wash it all down with some jalebis.

Bon happetee indian food calorie counter appBy the time we are home, the overeating has taken its toll and we start feeling the heartburn. So, we simply pop a pill or drink an effervescent or creamy drink to curb the indigestion. It is sure an unpleasant feeling and no one wishes to experience it. Yet, so many of us deal with it on a daily basis because we never really stop and think about the causes behind it, and the preventive ways to bid this problem a farewell altogether.
Often we get so tied up in the mumbo-jumbo of life that we do not pay attention to our digestive systems calling out for help! We just pop an antacid and off we go!

However, what we don’t realise is that the acidity, the gas, the burping … are all cries of help from the stomach, and from our body. When we pop an antacid, or just give it another slice of pizza, what we do is ignore these signals and shut it up. You decide what to eat, but let your body tell you HOW MUCH! Yes, your body talks to you and these antacids and gastric medicines just ask your body to SHUT UP! Continue reading

How to stop overeating easily

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How many times have we heard “Finish up your food … Be thankful for the food on your plate … There are children in Africa that are starving.”?? Do you also, like half of the World, feel strongly about wasting food? It is quite normal to feel that way, as it is imbibed in us since childhood that we should not throw away food. But hang on, and give it a thought … we agree you should not waste food, but, should you really be doing it at the cost of your body storing that “extra bit” in your bellies or thighs. Isn’t the belief a wee bit faulty if it jeopardizes your own well-being?

You would happily eat every morsel of food on your plate if someone came forward and showed you how stuffing yourself will help reduce starvation in Africa! But is that going to happen? Absolutely not! So, you might as well save yourself from the guilt, and eat right instead.

As per a study on the state of the world’s health, for the first time in decades, the number of diseases is increasing and life expectancy is declining as a result of people eating too much than eating too little!.  In other words, food wasted inside your belly is a bigger problem today. On the other hand, you don’t want to feel guilty about throwing the leftover food on your plate in the trash.

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Signs that your body is telling you to stop eating

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Let’s face it, in today’s world, most of us ‘live to eat’ rather than ‘eat to live’. With globalization and so many food varieties and options available, of course, we ‘live to eat’! However, we often eat when we are not truly hungry, we eat because we see something that makes our mouth water, or we eat when we are so famished that we could eat like a glutton and then we eat more till we are so full that.. burrrp, yes we overate!

Do you ever complain of acidity, burps, farts, gas or heartburn? These are all signals from your body warning you that you have overeaten. As a nutritionist, my clients are often asking me ‘quick fixes’ for acidity and gas. And my answer is always ‘There is no quick fix to these problems. Stop overeating and eat at regular intervals for them to disappear’. But what do you do? Pop an antacid or an effervescent salt and get ready for the next meal.

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SKIP A MEAL? SAY GOODBYE TO WEIGHT LOSS!!

Skip a meal. A tried and tested formula. After all, who hasn’t done that in their weight loss journey? To drop off a few kilos, it’s usual to start with skipping meals, assuming not eating will help lose weight.

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People who skip meals do not realize that they later gorge on high-calorie, nutrient-poor snacks and in between meals. More often than not overcompensating for the skipped meal.

Try to remember how many times you have gorged on a few biscuits or made yourself a 2-minute noodle because you were feeling low as a result of your skipping a meal.

Dealing with hunger pangs and energy drain is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what’s going on in your body when you decide to forgo an entire meal.

While your body’s exact reaction to a missed meal will depend on your age, health, and diet, the act of skipping can jump-start a range of physiological processes!

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There is no such thing as a free lunch!

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In this world, there is no such thing as a free lunch. It comes with its own caveats. For weight watchers, health freaks and dieters also, a free lunch can also mean a host of hidden costs.

Let us explain this to you through a few scenarios:

SCENARIO 1: You attend a party. The food spread is amazing; all that you could have imagined – interesting foods from all corners of the world. You know you need to taste all of them and yes, come back for seconds. And, you DO JUST THAT.
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