The pandemic New Normal “Belly Bulge”

Coming months have taught us so many things from eating to living healthy. We are flooded with so many “New Normal” thoughts and trends and we are totally trying to do what we can do? Well what that exactly resulted is the “New-Normal” weight gain and what’s the place where all the weight actually settled was the “Belly-side”. Let’s try to find how you can get the best help so that you stay well, eat well and live well the correct way.

If you experienced unwanted weight gain or “belly bulges” during the pandemic, you are not alone. Especially if you are spending most of your time at home watching the “New-Normal cooking trends”. Comfort food recipes have been trending on Google, Instagram and Fb. Your best friend tried the full fat “Dalgona Coffee” and floored their Instagram page with thousand of likes and several thousands “Followers” in just one night, and now there you are mopping the google-searches to find the next “Instagrammable Trend-set” from your side. Meanwhile you grab your favourite mug of coffee several times in a day doing so. Now you are late for making your lunch so you just order some food from outside and continue working for long hours in front of the screen.

This was some-what everybody’s story in recent days. Well what that exactly resulted is the “New-Normal” weight gain and what’s the place where all the weight actually settled was the “Belly-side”. Last whole year the most searched questions on google were not just “Fitness exercises to do at home”, but some others were “Losing belly fat staying at home”, ”Get flat-belly investing just 7 minutes”, “Burn belly fat in just 7-days at home”, etc.

So as sheltering-at-home restrictions ease up, people are becoming concerned about “COVID curves” and the “Quarantine 15-pounds gain”. The pandemic left many people confined to their homes, bored and with plenty of food and little to distract them. When adding the stress factor to this scenario, you have a perfect situation for unwanted weight changes. The fight-or-flight response is an innate reaction that evolved as a survival mechanism during the entire pandemic situation.

Whether you are a “IT professional with all day work from home”, “a school-kid with full day online screen access”, “a home-maker with home full of online people, extra dish washing, plenty of cooking” or “ an elderly with no access to friends and outside world” all resorted to stocking the house with all the necessary food-stuff that was feared to be out of stock in the market and later on cooking and changing the raw things into “cooking wonders” just to utilise all the stuff and the time in the world to please our cravings at home. Biryani, Baked dishes, Cakes with full fat icings, Green Teas with all the Turmeric, Milkshakes with a whole lot of nuts, all was over-bound and in large portions, screaming at us to finish it off in just one gulp or bite.

Most work from home couples switched to eating late lunches or combining lunch and dinner together at late hours and eating large meals and sitting back to work again or just curling up in that bed or sofa to finish the off trending “Netflix” series.

Well, the answer to such belly fat bulges is very easy to identify, stress started to set into us and we all ate up what we thought was immunity booster, trending, healthy, “maa ke haath ka”, “ghar ka khana” with no thought and no guilt. All this to stay away from stress arising from the unknowing causes and factors that ultimately lead to this sitting “belly gains”. It’s time we focus on what suits “Me” better than just following Instagram trends blindly.

Now try to get the best suitable recommendations from an Expert who knows best to curb that “Belly bulge” in the most precise way knowing your “Metabolic levels”. The solution to this is finding your Inner Health Quotients from reliable and proven product Turyaa. So let Turyaa: Your very own “Wellbeing companion” helps you know which trending food or fitness activity is best for “You”. Make way for that “extra belly bulge” and set the “New-Normal” by staying healthy and fit the “Turyaa Way”.


Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)

Vaidya. Tejaswini Sameer Bhale
Ayurvedacharya, PGPP, MBA, DYA
Prakruti Ayurveda and Panchakarma Clinic, Pune
Nadi Pariksha domain expertise
Nadi Tarangini, Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd. Pune

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Recovery tips for COVID patients

COVID-19 has changed the way of life irrevocably across the globe since last year. Even after testing negative covid leaves a long-lasting effect on the body. The post covid symptoms include symptoms like fatigue, breathing problems, joint pain, chest pain, and foggy memory long-lasting tips, you can follow for a smoother recovery.

1. Diet – Have healthy, easy-to-digest, warm meals at a regular time.

2. Start with simple carbs, vegetables, soups, and a semisolid diet which will be easy for digestion. After achieving a proper digestion quotient, you can start with a good amount of lean protein or simple protein. Lentil soups, meat stew, boiled eggs, nuts, and seeds are the easiest ways of incorporating protein into the diet.

3. 4 tsp of cow ghee with a meal is very important for recovery.

4. Lungs are the most affected by COVID-19 so it is important to make them stronger again.

5. Regular breathing exercises including Pranayam, Anulom, Vilom, Bhramari, and Omkar are very important. Avoid intense pranayam like Kapalabhati. Exercises with the help of a spirometer, balloon etc are also useful.

6. Little weight training with very low weights is useful to regain muscle mass. Start cardio exercises after 2-3 weeks post disease.

7. Rest – proper rest is very important for best recovery. Follow proper sleep times. 7-9 hrs of sound sleep proves very effective for the recovery stage.

8. Always monitor your symptoms like fatigue, muscle weakness, paleness, hair fall, weight gain, sugar fluctuation, BP fluctuation, etc. Do regular pathological tests too to monitor said symptoms.

9. Relieve your anxiety and stress with a positive approach and consistent efforts for the best recovery. So stay happy and consistent!

10. Focus on your Well-being with a @home Health monitoring device like TURYAA which analyses your inner health, immunity, metabolism, and stress levels for You and your family’s health.

Turyaa Blogger– Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye (MD Ayurved),
Vaidya Tejaswini Bhale – Borse (Ayurveda Physician), Shruti Kulkarni ( Clinical Nutritionist)

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Mental Health Stigma

A Big Challenge For Society
  • A good friend struggling for getting admission into professional courses attempts suicide, a case of neglected depression.
  • Senior citizen struggling to memorize home address, finally brought into a nearby police station, a case of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Small fights between kids concluded with a serious injury to one of them due to uncontrolled, extreme anger, a case of behavioral problems in kids.
  • Stress at job places, depression, anxiety during educational ages, bad relationships, money vs need struggles and its stress, postpartum depression, menopausal depression, loneliness, etc are common invisible impact factors observed everywhere these days. These have increased in manifolds after the pandemic period.

According to Ayurveda, health is a fine balance of all factors including physical, mental, and spiritual health. But all of the above stress factors impact mental health the most.

More to that, the stigma associated with mental health problems is a much bigger obstacle in treating mental health disorders.

Physical and psychological health are two sides of the same coin which always have interlinked impacts on each other. But the picture related to psychological health awareness, treatment and education are much different. According to Ayurveda, imbalances in Rajas and Tamas Gunas of Mana lead to mental illness. This imbalance can be corrected with proper lifestyle modifications. Assurance or counseling ( Aashwasan chikitsa) is also part of the treatment according to Ayurveda. In fighting against social stigma, this assurance from family, friends, counselors, and society is very important.

• Around 60% of adults with a mental health illness don’t receive care – NAMI
• 98% of people agree that mentally ill people experience stigma and discrimination – Mental Health Foundation

Stigmas in society are commonplace. They can be difficult to dismantle and overcome once they become established over many years. The pressure of mental health stigma can come from family, friends, coworkers, and society on a broader level. It can prevent people living with mental illness from getting help, fitting into society, and leading happy and comfortable lives.

Stigma against a person living with a mental health condition can make their symptoms worse and make it hard to recover. A person may also be less likely to seek help if they live with stigma.

Social isolation, poor housing, unemployment and poverty are all linked to mental ill-health. So stigma and discrimination can trap people in a cycle of illness. The effects of stigma can include social isolation, low self-esteem, hopelessness, shame, avoiding treatment, worsening symptoms, discrimination at work, etc.

In the above scenarios, the role of assurance therapy ( Aashwasan chikitsa ) described by Ayurveda plays a very important role. Proper counseling, motivation, encouragement, and appreciation are essential and very crucial steps in fighting against mental illness.

So on the occasion of “Mental Health Awareness Month”, let’s try to fight against stigma by

1. Understanding basic symptoms of mental illness – Ignorance is very common in such types of illness. Neglecting a single symptom for a long period often creates huge negative impacts. Hence understanding the early symptoms and seeking early help will be the first required step.

2. Helping people to take consultation from doctors at a very early stage – Many times, people find their friends, colleagues, and co-workers showing symptoms related to mental illness but choose to ignore them. It’s everyone’s duty to counsel him/her for early help from professionals.

3. Try to push people to complete their whole treatment until recovery – social stigma is the main reason behind incomplete treatment many times. So pushing people with mental illness for proper and complete treatment is much needed.

4. Educating people about mental health – Educating people from school age about mental illness, its treatment, social stigma and its impact on patients, ways of proper help should be included for better management of illness

So let’s help each other to fight against mental illness and the social stigma associated with it because this stigma is a much bigger obstacle or challenge in the treatment of illness.

‘“ I lie about being sick sometimes, because people understand if you have a cold, but not if you have depression.”
“ People with mental health conditions deserve just as much support and compassion as people with physical health conditions “

Turyaa Blogger- Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye (MD Ayurved),
Vaidya Tejaswini Bhale – Borse (Ayurveda Physician), Shruti Kulkarni ( Clinical Nutritionist)


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