Care

Care or comfort for yourself. What will you choose?

How will you define “taking care of yourself”. Create a new self-care practice today. Observe your comfort level when it comes to being you. Discomfort is a wise teacher.
-ByCaroline Myss & Peter Occhiogrosso

We humans are always fond of showing compassion, bonding, and kindness when it comes to people, animals & situations around us, but when was the last time you decided to look first after yourself.

When was the last time you sat down reading the newspaper with a hot cup of Tea only for yourself? When was the last time you cooked and ate something freshly made only for you? When was the last time you decided for a regimen to boost your confidence and not to get into the dress you were gifted by your loved ones???

It’s time we start with the famous saying “Charity begins at home” We start by taking care of ourselves first to comfort ourselves first to help others excel with their Goals. To achieve larger Goals in our lives, our family life, our social life, our national life & our Global life!!!

To excel in our life regimens we need to understand our body’s needs & work towards caring for our body system for it to work independently without any hustle. Unfortunately, being in this constant state of hustle often leads to neglecting your simple needs.

Let’s look at some easy to do guilt-free self care tips to stay with your regimen of understanding your body’s needs.

 

Balance your plate well

In an attempt to save time, people will often resort to fast-food, pre-packaged meals, and other quick but not-so-healthy options. But there are some easy nutrition hacks, options which are home-made, simple to gather, loaded with goodness & pocket-friendly too. Eating natural ingredients that are rich in vitamins, fibre, and healthy fats can transform both your mental and physical health. Ultimately, eating healthy doesn’t have to be a major time commitment, but the benefits to your well-being are well worth the effort. So give that a try from today.

Get enough sleep

Waking up late doesn’t actually mean you had a great quality sleep today. We think each night about going to bed early, but are tempted to stay awake to the most fabulous things on the gadgets we have may it be late night instagram post or your mid-night online sale, we are tempted to stay awake till late. By going to sleep at the same time as part of your nightly routine, your body’s internal clock will be relaxed and give you more energy in the morning. Listen to your body allow it to reboot & unwind well each night. Don’t keep sleep recovery restricted to only weekends & holidays!!

3. De- stress from daily routine

We all are living a face-paced, highly competitive life each day, leading to piling of stress in our all relations: personal, work, social relations. Dealing with stress is not just coping with it, but to find solution to change stress into a positive entity and channelize the stress into something fruitful. One of the best self-care de-stress technique is mediation. Meditation in a way helps to channelize stress into a positive de-stress state and allows you to handle situations arising from stress well. In a way it cares for your inner health to re-kindle your inner strength.

Unwind with family, friends

It is well said that family and friends are your greatest facilitators. When you don’t get the right words to handle & care for yourself, the loved ones around you always help channelize your strength & weaknesses in the correct direction to help you reach your paths well. A small chit-chat over coffee, a movie-time with your siblings, a quite dinner with your loved ones or a Sunday lunch perp with your parents are all new ways and means of driving & boosting your care aspect towards others and yourself. Keep meeting them to stay connected to the True you!

Indulge in me-time

The first step to self-care begins with finding time for “Yourself-by your own self”. The concept of “Me-time” goes a far way to bring back that harmony & balance within you, to help create an harmony with your surroundings, your work, your society. The day we will start believing in this we will find the best way to get better, healthier & happier. It’s well said “Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get to anything done in the world”. Listening to your favourite music, reading books all by yourself, going for a jog all-alone, making your favourite dish for yourself, buying flowers you love to decorate your house are some of your bucket-list activities!!

Don’t think there is guilt in self-caring to get that comfort zone you wish to stay in all time. Let caring & comforting not move towards being a craving for a lifetime leading to discomfort & deviation from your Goal of health & wellness. Don’t miss the thin line between the two. Care & comfort are like the two sides of a coin; choose wisely & not hastily to move towards your Goal of wellness.

Make PulSay programme your partner to get a unique, personalized regimen to help you achieve your health & wellness Goals without intimidating your self-care aspect & making you feel discomfort able about joining the regimen.

Author:
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)

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Welcome monsoon: Ayurveda way

Lush green surroundings, running waterfalls, showers of rain and a long drive. This is a picture-perfect monsoon. After an exhausting summer, the monsoon (varsha rutu) always brings energy and happiness everywhere. Hot tasty pakodas, samosa accompanied by tea are truly monsoon companions. But many times, these taste bud stimulator foods are troublesome to our health typically in the Monsoon. Take a pause and analyse your health with the concept of Rutucharya
https://www.turyaawellness.com/post/rutusandhikaal-and-dakshinayana

Everyone knows that monsoon is the season of extended bouts of illnesses including seasonal cold, allergies, diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid, etc. Couple of weeks back, newspapers reported that monsoon related diseases and pandemic together may put strain on the healthcare system. Children may suffer more in the upcoming wave. We all are finding natural and simple ways to take extra care of health to avoid all said complications. The apt answer for all this situation is to follow Rutucharya: rules and regimens for diet and lifestyle to acclimatize seasonal enforcement.

Why monitor your Agni (Metabolic Quotient)?
In Ayurveda, the term Agni is used in the sense of digestion of food and metabolic products. Turyaa Wellness compute and monitors the metabolic quotient of health through the principles of nadi parikshan. Usually, Agni decreases to its minimal level during monsoon due to increase in cold, wind and cloudy weather. Furthermore, the accumulated Vata dosha from the summer season also starts provoking during the monsoon. This impaired metabolism along with provoked vata cause above mentioned diseases, recurrences and complications.

Monsoon care for seniors:

Senior citizens often complain about bloating, constipation, flatulence and indigestion. It is observed that problems worsen during Monsoon due to decreased metabolic quotients. Further, irregular food intake and fluctuating meal timings make them uncomfortable. This also leads to aggravation of joints and bone disorders too. General fatigue, body ache, and headache are their common monsoon complaints.
To accelerate metabolism and balance the Agni, Turyaa Wellness recommends:

  • Food Care
  • Warm water and clear soups
  • Vegetable soups (green moong soup)
  • Mixing 2 tsp castor oil in the flour while making chapati
  • Restriction of nonveg, bakery products
  • Appetizer before food prepared from ginger juice, Lemon juice and rock salt or jaggery and ginger
  • Eating 2/3rd to stomach capacity during every meal
  • Extra Care
  • Massage with sesame oil and steam with castor or nirgudi leaves
  • Light exercises

Monsoon care for kids:

Most impacted and vulnerable group in the monsoon is kids. Cough and cold related problems are observed recurrently in children during monsoon. Asthma, skin allergies, itching etc. get aggravated during Monsoon. Cold food items, irregular meals, bakery food, excess milk and dairy products are typically seen to aggravate above problems in children, as they are heavy to digest.
To boost growth and development and disease-free monsoon, Turyaa Wellness recommends:

  • Food Care:
  • Do not force your child every time for food, as the kid’s appetite is usually irregular in monsoon.
  • Restrict dairy, nonveg, bakery products in kids.
  • Include appetising vegetable soups, moong dal kadhan, non veg broths, steamed finger foods as part of their evening snack options
  • Adding khichdi or rice based options at dinner time work as easily digestible and nourishing.
  • To add milk in their diet, go for cow milk + pinch of sunth powder, pinch of roasted Ajwain + lemon juice + rack salt for proper digestion
  • Drink boiled and cooled down water

 

  • Extra care:
  • Abhyang with warm oil typically to chest region and steaming
  • Warm, dry clothes, fumigation,
  • Deworming is seen as very effective.

Monsoon care for mid-age:

People prone to acidity, sour burps, skin rash, migraine etc. are also seen frustrated during monsoon due to on-and-off complaints. Excess use of pickles, curd, buttermilk, tamarind, excess use of pulses especially tur dal and horse gram etc., fried food, irregular meal and sleeping time and stress are the reasons behind acidity related problems.
To care and correct your accumulated pitta, Turyaa Wellness recommends:

  • Food care:
  • Include healthy light foods, adhering to regular meal timings
  • Consume food 3/4th to your stomach capacity.
  • Adding preferably old grains, slightly roasted before use.
  • Restrict use of pulses and legume (preferably moong and masoor).
  • Compliment all your meals with cow ghee 2-4 tsp daily.
  • Soups ( veg, Non- Veg), kanji, semisolid diet, and warm beverages to include.
  • Restrict dairy, raw, unprocessed, bakery products, nonveg, spicy, fried food items at dinner time.

 

  • Extra care:
  • Monitor the triad of your appetite, digestion related problems and bowel cleaning.
  • Keep the surrounding dry and clean.
  • Use fumigation methods with karpur, vekhand (calamus), neem leaves, loban in offices and home to avoid vector borne and moisture related complaints.

Monsoon is such a beautiful season. By adapting the above Rutucharya, you may now create your own Monsoon song, enjoying a steaming plate of hot pakodas, grilling corn and sipping a hot cup of chai, sitting near rushing lake or waterfalls under the falling raindrops, it will not harm your inner health but will be caring for you and your loved ones together.
Have a happy and safe Monsoon.

Author:
Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye
MD (Ayurved)
Blogger @ Turyaa Wellness

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

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)

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