We all want to stay fit, stay active, and be the best versions of ourselves.. And we all do everything right to make it happen! Right?
We work out as per our plan, do all the exercises right, focus on the forms, but end up not seeing the results we want.
All of us want results when it comes to fitness and weight loss, and we want them FAST. So, what do we do to make sure it happens? We take up some good habits, and a lot of bad ones! Lets take a look at 4 so-called “good” habits that actually aren’t good for you at all!
Try some of these tips below!
The last one really is very important. Don’t see your fitness routine as something you have to do. Enjoy every exercise, every rep, every meal and you’ll see results a lot faster! And if you don’t enjoy it? Change it! Fortunately, in today’s world, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the kind of workouts you want to do or food you can choose to eat!
I know I have my favorite workout styles to get me out of those gloomy days. Which ones are yours?
Tell us in the comments below!!
The new year is here! And with it come a LOT of resolutions.. Some of us want to exercise more, or drink more water, or travel more! But a majority of us have one resolution in common. Eat better!!
And when it comes to healthy eating, what is the first thing we ditch?
Cheese! The fattening, unhealthy, harmful cheese. Right?
It’s the blog we’ve all been waiting for! The amazing health benefits of cheese! Yep, you read that right.
Cheese is something that has always been considered unhealthy, mainly because of its high-calorie and saturated fat content. But did you know that recent studies tell us that having cheese actually has a lot of health benefits?
1. Nutritious : Cheese contains a lot of nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12.
2. Healthy Bones : Cheese is an excellent source of calcium, which is essential for strong bones. It is not only rich in calcium, but also in vitamin B, which helps the bones to absorb the calcium easily.
3. Healthy Heart : There are lots and lots of types of cheese to choose from, and certain varieties of it, like Feta, Cottage, Goat, Parmesan and Ricotta, are actually good for the functioning of the heart!
4. Healthy Brain : Our brain uses fats from the food we eat for healthy brain activity. Cheese, being rich in Omega 3 and fatty acids, is a delicious way to provide the brain with the required nutrients!
5. Build Muscles : Due to its fat and protein content, certain types of cheese help you build muscles. For example, cottage cheese is consumed by a lot of body-builders as a muscle-building food!
6. Weight Loss : Studies show that the body burns more fat when it gets enough calcium. So, eating low-fat cheese like Feta, Cottage and Cheddar cheese can actually contribute to weight loss!
7. Other Benefits : Apart from being an excellent source of fat and protein, cheese also boosts immunity and supports gut health.
And lastly, it’s DELICIOUS!!
So, have that scrumptious thin crust pizza with lots of veggies! Go for the salad with feta and cottage cheese!
All being said and done, one thing is very important.
Nibble, not gorge! All things in moderation are good, and cheese is one of them! And always opt for fresh and organic cheese as opposed to processed. If you ARE eating cheese, eat it right!
So, do you really need any more reasons to go back to that sinful, mouth-watering and yes, HEALTHY cheese??
Have you ever started a new workout or fitness routine, and then quit soon after?
If the answer is yes, then you are not alone!
We all know that starting a new workout routine is SUPER easy. It’s exciting, its refreshing, and it makes you feel good about yourself.
But what happens next? How many of us actually follow through and continue working out after the initial few days or weeks?
So what goes wrong? We lose motivation!
Motivation is like the fuel you fill up in your car when you are going on a road trip. Without it, you will never reach your destination, no matter how much meticulously you have planned the trip. But unlike fuel, motivation is something that is very fickle. It fluctuates daily. One day you are all gung-ho about workout and raring to go, and the next day you can’t even drag yourself out of bed.
So, what do you do? Give up?
Of course NOT!
There are 2 main things influence our motivation – generalization and negativity.
Let me elaborate.
Most of us feel this way, “I tried this for 2 weeks, and then gave up. I failed once, so what’s the point of trying again? I’m going to quit again anyway.” That is generalization.
That feeling of feeling discouraged and disappointed not only derails you from your goal, but further stops you from giving it another shot, from trying once again.
Now, negativity may come from other people, or it may come from within you. When people criticise you, saying things like – “Only 10 reps? That’s all you can do? Wow you’re really bad at this!”, are you more willing to succeed, or less?
Or even when you criticise yourself, thinking things like, “oh I couldn’t even do 5 reps of this exercise yesterday! Why did I ever think I can do it! I should have never tried it.”, you are basically setting yourself up for failure, and killing your motivation.
Criticising yourself is not the great motivator you imagine it to be. Self-compassion, on the other hand, can be a much more powerful tool for change!
If you let yourself be pulled down and beaten up, reaching your goal of a fit lifestyle is going to be very difficult. What you have to do is, keep you motivation levels high! And it really isn’t as difficult as you may think.
There is one very simple trick.
Habits are manageable. In our previous blog last week, we spoke about how to build habits and how to sustain them.
Every time you complete a habit, you get a feeling of success. You feel good, feel proud and happy!
This feeling of success becomes a source of constant motivation. If you did it once, if you completed your workout today, then why not tomorrow? And why not the day after?
Rather than beat yourself up when you go off track, realize and acknowledge that what you are doing isn’t easy. It is hard work to build and sustain a fit lifestyle. And you will have setbacks and roadblocks on the way. What’s important is not to give up. Get up, dust yourself off, and keep going.
Motivate yourself to power through!
So, what makes you lose motivation?? And more importantly, what brings it back? Tell us in the comments below!
At the beginning of any new routine or workout, we all start with so much gusto!
The excitement of it being new and different keeps us going strong. Well, for a few days at least.
And then what? We get bored, tired, and finally, simply stop doing it.
You work very hard to achieve your fitness goals. You plan the workouts, the right eating habits, try to get your sleep pattern in check, but ultimately, it just doesn’t work. Maybe you get overwhelmed with it all. Or just scared that you will fail. So you give up before you can even start getting used to it.
This not only disheartens you, but also plants the seed of doubt and fear in your mind about trying yet another new routine! So, what do you do? Never try another fitness routine, or just quit the idea of getting fitter?
Of course NOT!
There is a very simple, practical solution. Mini Habits!
Mini habits are basically your new routine broken down into small, doable tasks to make it easier for you!
You know that feeling of being on auto-pilot when you are taking a shower or brushing your teeth in the morning? You don’t even need to think about the task while doing it. Why? Simply because you have turned these necessary daily activities into habits – you have done them so often and with such regularity that you now do them automatically!
The same applies to any new fitness routine.
For example, you want to start eating healthier. So, you make changes, make sure all your meals and snacks are healthy and in tune with your new plan.
But it’s not so easy to just change everything, is it?
Instead, try this.
Replace just one snack, like your evening snack of chips with something healthy, like a handful of peanuts!
So, instead of running away from too much change all at once, changing only one meal in a day to a healthy meal is easy, doable, and makes you feel so good! And it gives you the confidence and the desire to keep going!
Turning your fitness routine into a regular habit is not an easy task. But it’s in our hands to MAKE it easier!
So next time you get stuck with a new routine, just turn it into a mini routine instead, and see the magic work!
Do try it out, and let us know how it works for you!
Do you get all excited about starting a new fitness routine? New routine, new plans, new you! You feel motivated and ready to go!
How long does it last? How long before you start finding excuses to take a break, or reschedule (and there are so many, aren’t there?)?
When we start any new fitness and health routine, we all hit roadblocks. We lose motivation, feel overwhelmed, or just keep procrastinating.
It’s natural for you to be excited about something fresh and new, and then lose your resolve over time. What’s important is getting it back!
There are always going to be roadblocks on your way, but you have to know how to knock them down and keep going!
Here are a few hacks you can try.
#1 Attach something you already love to your new routine!
This works great if are a master at procrastinating, or just aren’t feeling up for it today.
Imagine this. It’s been a week since you started exercising regularly.
Today, you want to workout, but are just not getting the motivation to do so. Rather than feel low and bleh, why not play your favorite songs while you exercise? Not only will it get you up and running, and lift your mood, it will also make the new routine itself more rewarding for you. And isn’t that the whole point of it?
#2 Limit your choices
When we start a new routine, there is SO much to do! New exercises, new food habits, new everything! It gets really overwhelming sometimes, and that feeling makes us want to fall facedown on our bed and quit!
Too many options create anxiety and leave us feeling less satisfied! So, what can we do about it?
REDUCE our choices!
Let’s look at an example. If you are building a habit of eating breakfast daily, reduce your options to 1-2 for the entire week. Sounds boring?
It really isn’t, if being overwhelmed is something you are struggling with. Instead, it makes your life much easier, and helps you stay on track with your fitness routine.
#3 Choose an activity you enjoy.
Exercise is one of the most difficult habits to develop. And it is even worse when you are not enjoying what you are doing!
But, exercise doesn’t only mean going to the gym and doing the same reps on the same machines over and over again!
Today, we have the opportunity to do SO much more than just gymming! So, choose what you enjoy doing. If you like dancing, join a dance class! Go trekking! Or maybe join power yoga!
Go swimming, go shopping, go hula hooping! Just keep moving.
#4 One at a time!
When we plan to start exercising, or start a new routine, we are trying to build new habits. Healthier, fitter habits.
Building a new habit is tough, we all know that. But building 20 new ones at the same time? OVERWHELMING, and enough to drive you crazy!
If you want to start exercising regularly, eat better, have more water every day, sleep better, what do you do? You start ALL of this together. That’s just setting yourself up for failure!
Solution? Start with just one!
Just begin with trying to exercise regularly maybe. Once you have got that down, move on to the next one!
When starting any new fitness routine, the goal is to make it fun and EASY for yourself, not mind-numbingly tough!
So, next time you are confronted with a roadblock, try one of these hacks!
Have any other hacks that you use to make life, and fitness, simpler?
Tell us in the comments below!
How many of us finish our meals in a matter of minutes? As if the food will disappear if we don’t gobble it up? Or eat standing up because we don’t have to “time” to sit down, relax and enjoy our food? If you are having your lunch or dinner while binge-watching your favourite TV series, is the plate empty before you even realize it?
In today’s world, we are always running. Always rushing to get things done, to be as fast as we can. But this way of life shouldn’t be our way of eating! We live in a rushed, distracted society. We rarely take the time to really savour our food, sometimes not even to chew it properly!
Mindful eating is something that not only affects the way we digest our food, but also how our body reacts to the food! In simple terms, when you eat slowly, you digest better, your body uses the food more efficiently.
There are loads of reasons why eating slowly is a lot more beneficial than mindless, distracted and hurried eating.
One of the most important benefits of slow, mindful eating is that it gives your body time to recognize that you are full. When eating, it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to signal that the stomach is full. But we, being the freakishly fast-paced people that we are, manage to shovel so much food in those 20 minutes, that we end up overeating and feeling “too full”.
Eating slowly also helps us feel more satisfied – which is very different that just being “full”. When you slow down, you savour a meal, you pay attention to the flavours and the textures, and appreciate each mouthful.
Eating slowly also helps improve digestion.
Digestion starts from the mouth, so large bites that are hurriedly eaten and not chewed properly are more difficult for the stomach to break down, thus leading to indigestion and other GI problems. And who wants that?
Fast eaters generally gain more weight over time than slow eaters. Just by eating slower, you eat less food (you don’t over-eat), and end up consuming lesser calories than you would if you rush through your meals! So if weight loss is on your agenda, eating slow should be a part of you lifestyle.
Eating slowly while paying attention to your food is a great form of mindfulness exercise. Be in the moment, concentrate on what you are doing, rather than just doing it to get it over with. This kind of mindfulness will help you calm your mind and lead to lesser stress. Give it a try!
Research has shown that people who eat slow, and are thus more satisfied with their meal, have lesser mid-meal cravings. It keeps you from binge eating on unhealthy snacks during the day!
So how can you eat slow and eat right?
Try some of these tips!!
– Try to eat with minimal distractions. Avoid eating while watching TV, driving, texting, etc.
– Choose high fibre foods that require you to chew just a little more, like fresh fruits and vegetables.
– Put down your utensils after a few bites. Take a moment, breathe and enjoy your food.
– Use smaller utensils and silverware (plates/bowls/spoons).
– Set aside time to eat, and try to take at least 20-30 minutes from the start of your meal till the end. Don’t just eat when “convenient”.
– Eat with other people around. With family or friends, the conversation flows freely, so the meals usually last longer than they would if you eat alone.
You are fuelling your body whenever you eat something. That’s important. Give it the time and attention it deserves!
What do you do to make sure that you are eating the right way? Any more tips that we can add in our blog?
Do let us know in the comments below!!
We all yearn for that “something sweet” after our meals, don’t we?
The mid afternoon snacks, the cravings in-between meals, midnight munch sessions… We are always on the lookout for that one amazing thing that not only satiates our hunger pangs, but also satisfies our need for something delicious and delectable!
Well, we are here to tell you that… Your search is over!!! The Holistique Truffles are BACK!
It is common knowledge that exercise and healthy eating are the two sides of the “fitness” coin. But most people think that “healthy food” is synonymous with “boring food“.
That’s not true at all!
The philosophy around which our truffles are woven is simple, short and sweet: healthy food shouldn’t just be high on nutrition, it can and should be delicious too!
There are so many “healthy chocolates” in the market to choose from. So confusing, isn’t it? So, why should you choose our artisanal truffles?
Well, first of all, the filling of the truffles is 100% natural, nourishing, and super flavourful!
As if that wasn’t enough, this filling is encased in a thin layer of sinful dark chocolate… and who hasn’t heard of the goodness of yummy dark chocolate?
The ingredients used to make these delicious morsels are of the highest quality. They are vegan, gluten-free, highly nutritious, and absolutely guilt-free!
Empowered with complex carbohydrates, satisfying proteins and healthy fats, these artisanal truffles provide you with long lasting energy. And what’s even better is that they actually promote fat loss by helping you get rid of unhealthy snacking habits and unnecessary munching!
There are 2 scrumptious, delicious flavours for you to choose from: Jamocha, and Sinful Duo.
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Every single truffle is handcrafted, and does not have any additives, enhancers or preservatives added. The sweetness emerges from the fabulous ingredients themselves!
Whereas normal store bought sweets derail you from your fitness goals, the Holistique Truffles do the exact opposite, and fast track your journey toward a healthy and happy you!
So what are you waiting for??
Go ahead and devour as many of these that you possibly can!!
Most of us LOVE late-afternoon snacks. We hog on anything and everything we can find in the kitchen at that time.
But these late afternoon cravings have a big role to play in messing up our meal plans! Sure, we all have slip ups and cheat days, but when it becomes a habit, it prevents us from reaching our fitness goals.
So what can we do to change that? Not eat anything when we are feeling hungry or have a craving for something yummy?
How about we eat the yummy food, but the right kind of yummy food?
Read below for a delicious, yet super healthy recipe for those mid afternoon cravings!
Sweet potato fries
1 medium-size sweet potato
1/4 tsp Chilli flakes
1/4 tsp Oregano
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt to taste.
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
First, peel the potatoes. After peeling, cut the potatoes into french fries wedges.
Pat dry with paper towel.
Mix the olive oil and spices to it. Add salt to taste.
Cook in the air fryer for 22 to 25 minutes.
Enjoy with different kinds of dips!
If you don’t have an air fryer handy, just bake then in the oven at 200°C for yummy, crispy fries!
Sweet potatoes aren’t just delicious, but also have a number of health benefits.
They are soothing to the stomach and help prevent constipation.
The health benefits also include their ability to help lose weight, boost immunity, aid in digestion, treat asthma and bronchitis, and control diabetes.
So what kinds of snacks do you eat mid-afternoon? Do share your recipes in the comments below!
And do try the recipe! Don’t forget to tell us how you liked it!
In today’s blog post we’ll help you look at food in a different way. Food, and eating it, is not just a mechanical process that we do day in and out (like breathing). Nourishing yourself in the right way with the right fuel for your body will help you not only nutritionally and physically, but also stabilize your moods and overall balance.
When it comes to eating right, there is no one-size-fits-all meal plan for everyone. As part of the Holistique program, we help you figure out what works for your lifestyle, and provide some invaluable advice along the way. For example, we encourage that you eat every 2-3 hours and that too eat what you enjoy. We don’t advocate going on fad diets for a temporary goal. These diets are not sustainable for the long term, and often make you feel bad when going off the plan, leading to guilt eating.
Instead, we suggest foods based on your existing diet pattern, as that is what your body has been used to for so many years. The most important thing is to plan your meals in advance, and once you are into a routine of doing this, you’ll see how easy it is to maintain a food plan that works for your body whilst also giving you results along with the workouts you are doing.
A couple of other tips and tricks on nourishment:
*SPECIAL RECIPE – TURMERIC MILK*
The irony about food in this generation is that our grandmother’s recipes are often dismissed as old wives tales, and yet these very recipes are proving their ageless value over time. One such example is the simple yet effective “haldi doodh” – turmeric milk. We all know that turmeric is a store house of healthy properties, and is used for healing, and as an every day spice in all Indian homes. Typically, turmeric has been known to boost immunity, and a nightly dose of haldi doodh can keep all ailments away, according to grandma. Here’s a simple recipe for this power drink which you can have every night before bed, or as a snack in between meals:
If you have any more old family turmeric milk recipes, tell me in the comments below!
Let’s talk about exercise, fitness and health in the Indian setting. Enough has been written about this topic from a western perspective, and now that the fitness trend is picking up in India, we ought to embrace this movement!
Women’s fitness in particular has picked up significantly, with women-centric studios and programs cropping up. We all know exercise is essential, especially due to our sedentary lifestyles. For women this is all the more important – from young girls, to post menopausal women, and everyone in between. The benefits of exercise for women are countless throughout all stages of life. From building bone strength and muscle mass to preventing gynecological problems to restoring posture, balance and functional independence, the benefits are endless. And today’s Indian woman knows it!
And yet, the question remains: why do only 10-15% of Indian women exercise? What about the other 90-85%? The myriad of reasons for women not having time to exercise is astounding. Health cannot and should not be taken for granted! It’s always better to jump on the prevention bandwagon first, rather than learn the hard way.
Now, exercise does not mean a walk in the park for an hour. There are a variety of workout styles for a reason. Women need to incorporate strength training, especially Indian women (more on why in a later blog). Your exercise toolkit should have a variety of workout styles so that you achieve not just the weight loss benefit but other benefits of exercise. And sorry ladies, stretching is not working out! And doing cardio to lose those tyres isn’t going to work! Walking, jogging, running, cycling or an hours Aerobics/Zumba (no matter how much fun) are all good but alone, are not enough to keep you fit. Cardio is only one aspect of fitness. You need strength, balance, agility, power, flexibility, reduced risk of lifestyle diseases and hormonal balance too. You need exercises to keep you gynecologically healthy (the number of young girls with PCOD is on the rise and so is the number of women going in for IVF).
Exercise to show and maintain results requires sincerity, dedication and perseverance. Before joining a class, make sure you get to know what the exercise program is all about. Does it interest you? Do you think you can persevere with it? Always choose a program that you will be able to enjoy and sustain, because that’ll keep you from quitting.
Healthy living is not by chance. It’s a choice. A lot of little choices you make everyday to live healthy. Now ask yourself, do you really want to take your health for granted?