New You

What are your barriers to breaking-away from bad lifestyle? Lack of Motivation? Let Mindful Living Club help you get motivated for a “Healthier You”!
“Longtime habits are literally entrenched at the neural level, so they are powerful determinants of behavior “The good news is that people are nearly always capable of doing something else when they’re made aware of the habit and are sufficiently motivated to change.” says neuroscientist Elliot Berkman — feeling excited.

New You

Let’s Talk & Track to Prevent Diabetes: Back to Basics Lifestyle guidelines

1. Eat fresh food, whenever possible. Plan & prepare meals ahead of time weekly, freeze as needed for future
2. Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food
3. Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients
4. Shop on the perimeter of the store
5. Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot
6. Always leave the table a little hungry
7. Eat together with people you love & like
8. Don’t buy food where you buy your gasoline.
9. Get involved in a hobby to be physically active, something you always wanted or used to totally enjoy/ Try to get a purpose in life higher than daily routine
2. Stay socially connected and share your emotions; Join a forum or DPP for lifestyle change
3. Work towards releasing or resolving your negative emotions using stress management techniques; Yoga , Meditation/Mindfulness, Listening to Music, Singing etc.

Good news is out!!! Remission of Type 2 Diabetes with Lifestyle change

Good news is out!!!!
https://www.yahoo.com/…/rigorous-diet-put-type-2-diabetes-r…

Join me to learn more about how to achieve this. Attend my seminar/webinar to learn about CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program

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Road to a Nutritious plate: Eating right should not be a rocket science

These days I am enjoying looking at last 15 years of my life on digital photo frame on my kitchen counter. This frame connects to our network with all the pictures we have taken since our first digital camera.

I enjoy watching it while cooking and doing dishes. I love looking at the pictures of my girls in cute outfits in some funny poses at thier soccer, ballet, homecoming, prom, graduation, They have grown up now; are in college and in high school. It brings good memories of those days when they were growing up. It gives me happiness and makes me sad at the same time.Looking at myself in those pictures, One consistent theme stands out; I look  dazed, sleep deprived, tired and lost. These are my pictures in my early thirties; something didn’t seem right. I don’t seem to be usual self the way I am today at the age of 50; full of energy and vibrance. Today, I have sparkle in my eyes and I  am hopeful for tomorrow. I wonder what was wrong with me then?

One consistent reason pops up.The Food. The food I was eating; I was not eating right; food choices I made, genetically modified, over processed, frozen with preservative and pesticides. During the process of settling down in US, I adopted lots of quick life style, thinking that it’s part of survival and it’s part of lifestyle. I was starting my new career, my job was very hectic,kids were young, the day was full of thier day care issues, school pickups drop-offs, thier extra curricular activities and other needs.It was part of my transition to a new lifestyle!!!! I ate whatever seemed easily available in the grocery stores and could be put together in a meal with least efforts including tons of fast food. I rarely worked out. As a result, I had very poor metabolism and rarely had sound sleep.

Coming from a country that does not have refrigerators or microwaves as necessities, I always ate fresh food and I also  ate with great enthusiasm with least rush and multitasking and also ate with lots of social interaction. Things changed as I moved to a new country  and adopted its new culture with a new lifestyle.

It had been a long journey; about 10 years,  to understand myself and what’s wrong with me and my health. Food had been a culprit. Realization of what’s wrong with the food in the grocery stores, understanding the food and agriculture landscape, political and social aspect of food had been an expedition. It had been a constant quest to know what is the right food to eat, how to eat and what is the best strategy to keep my optimum weight. Becoming aware of my surroundings and my own inner self and learning  about my true nature has been really helpful in reclaiming my health and happiness.

My search has unveiled lots of social, economical and cultural issues that stands between a common man and his eating choices of a nutritious meal on his our plate.

I have a mission to accomplish to make common man aware of this. Eating right shoulds not require a college degree. A common man should be able to eat right with no effort. It’s basics of life. All these learning has influenced  and is incorporated in Mindful Living Club philosophy. I have wasted best years of my life suffering due to poor eating choices and an unhealthy lifestyle. People don’t have to go through this journey at the expense of thier family life and personal time. As true in every capitalist world, There is no-one governing and watching those grocery store aisle or restaurants for the benefit of common people. People have to realize that they have to take charge of thier own health by becoming more savvy and aware of thier surroundings and by making necessary lifestyle changes.

It would be my great pleasure to be your guide in this journey. Come, join Mindful living club and let me create pathways of health for you.

 

 

Berkeley Food Institute -Edible 101

This was around the time my daughter was searching for colleges; tired and exhausted from all the road trips, I took refuge in audio books and youtube lectures etc during the car rides on my favorite topic;  “Food” , What to eat and what’s wrong with my lifestyle. How do I change my routine so I could sleep better, how to pick my recipes so I don’t wake up tired and exhausted  next morning with no energy to start a day that I know will have monumental challenges.  My search for never ending probes on basic questions was keeping me more awake than the actual food that I ate at night .

And here it was,  answer to all my questions;  Thanks to the modern times we live in ( Information is so easily accessible!) , I  turned to  Youtube and I don’t recall what the search words were but here it was,  a recording  of a course being offered at UC Berkeley (Edible 101:Edible 101 )to address the Food movement and US issues related to Food and Agriculture.  I had read Michael Pollan’s ” Food Rules” before and hearing him again on this forum made it impossible for me to turn away from this course. “Food Rules” was a fun read with fun pictures and some interesting guidelines on what is real food, how to eat it and when to eat it. It was like a user’s manual on eating. I totally agreed with the rules. Hearing him again made me think. This time his tone was more serious and the topic was more based on actual underlying issues that US Food and agriculture industry  has created for a common person in terms of eating healthy. I learn about Food Movement. I learnt Food Movement is real and it’s here. It took me about 24 hours of listening to get a hang of this issue.

I felt  connected to the Food Movement and  realized that I have a responsibility to my community to take this message and  educate people on this issue. I had to do something!!!

And here it is;  the foundation of my “Mindful Living Club”; a step towards making a difference in the life of common people who wakes up with their dream and to face a challenging day. They don’t have time to go through  20 different sources; youtube lectures series etc to verify that what is in their plate is real food and is healthy. They trust the grocery stores, farmer, distributer and above all our regulation agencies that they are watching out for them ensuring what they are eating is a wholesome nutritious meal. I felt strongly that People have a right to know  the truth. They have a right to know how the capitalist society greed is standing between them and their nutrition which is essential for them  to  meet their day with courage and energy.

My program has adopted major key  agendas from this course “Edible 101”  and provides guidelines and make suggestions on what is the best way to eat food and stay healthy.

If you wish to go over the lecture; here is the edible 101 youtube. They are about 16-20  lectures; each 2 hours long. They are thought provoking, candid and hit the root cause of what is wrong with the food we put in our mouth. It’s not just the increase in  the distance between the farm to plate, but also the greed of food and agriculture industry in this capitalist society that has made eating healthy almost impossible for a common person who has no time or energy to do their own little research.

If you are tied up, I can be of help and summarize this for you in my next blog. So on enjoy your day; just one tip;  Stick to foods that are local and pick the real food to eat from the grocery stores  (Food with basic 2/3 natural ingredient; anything after that is just chemical) ”