Things no one told me about Croatia

On our recent Euro trip in October covering three countries, we had expected Croatia to be different from the rest of the European experience and thus we’d decided to visit it last. Croatia has beautiful blue waters of the Adriatic sea surrounded by mountains – a sight we’d never seen before. What awaited us there was a multifaceted experience . Although I’d researched many blogs before our travel but there were a few more things that I feel would be helpful if you’re planning your travel to the pearl of Adriatic:

It’s warm – If you’re traveling in October when the winds in the rest of the Europe are chilly or if you’re traveling in April, when the other countries are still waking up from the slumber, Croatia would be your best bet for Euro travel. The warm weather and plenty of sunshine through the day just feels so good especially after you’re traveling from a prominently cold country.

The Food – Is certainly more flavorful and varied compared to what you get in other European countries. Reason being that theirs is a heterogeneous cuisine influenced by the Greek, the Turkish and the Roman cuisines. When we reached Croatia, we were craving for something that is not “cold meat and bread”. The food surely didn’t disappoint us . Although the sea food is a specialty here but don’t fret if you’re not a huge fan . Almost every restaurant serves a large variety of Pizza and the Risotto which we absolutely loved!  The best part is that there are plenty of options available even if you’re a vegetarian.

Gregada (contains 3 types of Fish)
Prawn Risotto

Very child friendly – We were traveling with my 3 year old son and were bit apprehensive about it. To our surprise, wherever we went, we were greeted with a smile and everyone tried to make us comfortable in the best way possible, be it on the Buses or on the Catamaran or in the restaurants.

Rocky beaches –Now, this is what we should have carefully planned for. My son is fond of playing in the beach sand. We went to Hvar island (from Split) especially to let him play on the beach but most of those beaches (on an archipelago called Pakleni Island) were rocky. The only beach which was sandy would have cost us 500kn through a speedboat transfer so we skipped going there due to the budget constraints. But on our last day in Croatia, we decided to go to Bacvice beach in Split which we’d heard was always crowded and we were not keen on visiting to begin with. But surprisingly, we had a wonderful time there. It was crowded, yes but our son had a great time playing with the sand at the beach.

Making the best of a Rocky beach in Dubrovnik
All smiles at the Bacvice beach

Uber – We found that there was a good Uber network there which is cheaper than the local taxi by almost 30%. Unlike most of the European countries, the network of public transport  is not that great in Croatia so keep your Uber app handy while you travel especially if you can’t walk for long distances and have not hired a car

Game of thrones: Being a GoT  fan, this is fondest memory of my Euro trip . If you’re in Dubrovnik, you’ll instantly recognise the “Westeros”. Game of Thrones walking tour is a must for every fan. Our tour guide was superb. She took us through the important locations where the scenes were shot, told us history behind the scenes, the cast etc. and also told us stories about how the local public of Croatia was engaged while shooting the series. The two hours tour makes you feel a part of the show itself! A word of caution : The guided trip involves climbing up stairs and hence is not suitable for prams and strollers

My favorite – Westeros!
Our guide showing us around

Restrooms: The restrooms don’t tender change unlike what we saw in the other countries. So, advise you to carry local currency Kuna (smaller denominations).

Expensive – Every meal cost us around 250kn (1 EUR = 8kn). Now, because of the Kuna currency being weaker than the Euro, we didn’t expect Croatia to be more expensive but it actually was a big surprise so plan your budget accordingly. Staying in an apartment and cooking one meal can save you some money

Pick pocketing – Like any other country which is flocked by tourists from all over the world, this country has attracted pickpockets and petty criminals too. My wallet was stolen from within my backpack (thankfully not too much cash in it) and that too in broad daylight. Suggest you to always carry your valuables in front and not on back and you’ll be fine.

Our overall experience in Croatia was enchanting and it is one country I would love to go back to very soon. I hope this post was insightful and has added Croatia to your list of travel destinations if it already wasn’t there.

Spruce up your sandwiches without worrying about the fat intake

Sandwich is a staple breakfast for many of us. It’s simple to make and there is a variety of sandwiches we can make at home, thanks to the different spreads available in the market. But have we ever thought about the amount of fat each sandwich is bestowing on us? When I was on diet to shed the extra kilos, my nutritionist would ask me to have a sandwich on some days and I was happy to be able to eat some bread after days of having a high protein diet. But the moment I referred to the list of don’t’s in my diet chart, my happiness was thrown out the window as I could not have mayonnaise or any other spread high in fat. Even the sandwich spreads that claim to be low fat were not really low fat. As a rule of thumb, anything that is more than 3% of fat per 100g is not acceptable as part of healthy diet. That’s when I explored other options of dressings that are simple to make at home. And in this post, I am going to share with you all some simple sandwich spreads that you can make at home without worrying about the fat intake.

  1. Hung curd: I bet this one would make you forget mayo. Take some curd on muslin cloth and tie it and hang it for at least an hour. When you open it, you’ll get some thick remain that will be the base for your spread. Just throw in some coriander leaves, onion, carrot, cucumber, tomatoes, salt and pepper and your dressing is ready. You can store hung curd (without salt) in fridge to be used later as well. But the grilled sandwiches I make with this base are a win with my family. Nutritionally speaking, hung curd is high in protein, maintains gut health and also aids in weight loss. Tip : The whey or the water that remains behind while making hung curd can be collected and used for cooking purposes
  2. Mint sauce or chutney: If you like to eat spicy, then this one’s for you. To a grinder, just add in a few mint leaves, coriander leaves, some lemon, green chillies (optional), salt and pepper and grind this to a coarse paste. Add some water to get desired consistency. Although for sandwiches, I’ll suggest to keep this thick else your sandwiches can become soggy. You can save this spread in refrigerator for up to a week. Whenever you want to use, just apply it to both slices of bread, add desired veggies in it and grill it. You can add some healthy cheese of your choice if you like. And I bet you won’t be disappointed.  Everything in this recipe is excellent for health and mint specifically aids in weight loss and has got anti-inflammatory properties. Tip: You can use this chutney as a side with rice and other curries as well to increase the flavour of food
  3. Hummus: If you like Mediterranean food and dips, then you’re going to love this spread. This can be had in sandwiches or just with simply toasted bread. I have this for dinner many times. This one can be stored for upto a week as well but it’s best served fresh. This one, unlike the previous ones, need some preparation and a bit more time taking to prepare.  But once you like the taste, you’re not going to mind the effort it takes. To make Hummus, you need chickpea soaked overnight, boiled until they are just cooked. Add cooked chickpea to the blender, along with some curd (added 1-2 tbsp for tanginess), salt and pepper and blend this mix to get a smooth paste. Add water to get desired consistency. Add a few drops of olive oil in the end to add to its taste and that’s all, your hummus is ready. It’s advisable to let this cool in refrigerator before you eat. This spread is high in protein and can be had at any time of the day.

I hope you find these ideas useful and tasty. Let me know if you have any feedback or any more healthy ideas to share.

Oktoberfest – Things to know before you go

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held each year in Munich, Germany towards the end of September. Around 6 million people across the world attend this event over a period of 2 weeks.  It is certainly one of its kind and if you’re a beer lover, you should totally attend it at least once.

Here are a few things you should know if you’re not from Munich and attending Oktoberfest for the first time:

  1. Getting there: The public transportation system in Munich is great. The rail network run by Deutsche Bahn is spread to almost every nook and corner of this vibrant city. The trains are either S-bahn (run on ground) or U-Bahn (Underground). The nearest underground train station to get to Oktoberfest is Theresienwiese. The entire city is divided into Zones for travel purposes. So, if you’re coming via train , you need to buy ticket which will get you to the inner zone of the city (where Theresienwiese is). From Theresienwiese , it is just a 5 min walk to get to the Oktoberfest fairgrounds (Popularly known as Weisn). There are plenty of boards to direct you to the grounds but in case you still can’t locate, just ask and people will be happy to help.
  2. Luggage: If you’re in the city just to see the fest and are traveling to/from another city/country with your luggage, it’s very possible to do so. The moment you reach the entry gates of the grounds, there is a facility for you to deposit your luggage. They charge 6-8 EUR per bag depending on the size of the bag. One thing that I didn’t know was that they don’t allow bags bigger than a certain size to be carried inside the grounds and their criteria is very subjective! They allowed my friend to carry a small backpack inside and didn’t allow my same sized bag to be carried inside. So, I would suggest carrying just a sling with yourself to avoid all the hassle. I also realised that there are cheaper luggage lockers available at Hauptbahnoff (The central train station) which rent out lockers from 6 hours upto 72 hours. And there are many many of them so you can try those as well.
  3. What day is the best: Since it’s the largest beer fest, it attracts crowds on all days alike and at almost all times of the day. But, if you don’t have prior reservations at any of the Beer tents, I would suggest going there on a weekday rather. It’s easier to enter the grounds but the Beer tents would have limited space and a limited number of people they can cater to (which by the way is huge). What we realised was that it’s easier to get entry on a weekday noon (even on a Friday) than on a Saturday morning.  What this means is that you can place the order at the tent for foods and drinks, but you can’t enter due to the long wait times in queues. So, plan your travel accordingly.
  4. A place for all: Who said that you can’t enjoy the fest if your kids are accompanying you? Okoberfest is not just about beer. It’s a large carnival for people of all ages. The moment you enter the grounds, you’d be welcomed by the grounds looking like a large fair for kids enjoying various rides and activities. There are different varieties of fruit chocolates and candies that kids (and even adults) can gorge on. It’s just that it was cold and windy when we got there so make sure the kids are covered and ready for the outdoor fun. Some kids were accompanying parents to the beer tents as well and I think there is a time limit till when the kids can stay in the tents. It’s best to check beforehand.
  5. What to wear: The traditional Bavarian costumes that most wear to the Oktoberfest are simply beautiful. I couldn’t help but observe all women dressed beautifully in Drindls and the men looking handsome in Lenderhosen. You can buy these costumes or rent these out for ~50EUR.  You can never be overdressed for this event. Any amount of makeup you apply is fair.
  6. Where to go: Once you cross the carnival area, you’ll hit the lane with beer tents. The first one I encountered was the Augustiner Beer tent and it’s the oldest one here. The entry to this one is free. A very large tent with one of the best beers I have had to date. It has got some comfortable seating arrangements and they also serve at the bar. There are plenty of clean washrooms too. Even if you can’t enter the tent because it’s a weekend and you don’t have a prior reservation), they take your order and serve drinks and food outside. The food and the drinks across tents are expensive so expect to shell out 8-11EUR for 500ml of beer. In fact, many people start drinking on their way to the fest which is a cheaper way of filling yourself up and have fewer drinks  at the tents and just enjoy without ending up with a huge bill at the end of the day.
A glimpse of what you can expect inside the Beer tents 🙂
Augustiner Beer tent

How to remain a “sane” Mom

It’s very natural to feel like your life is changed forever once you’re a mother. Motherhood is joy but it’s not all as rosy as it looks in pictures. Early motherhood is full of sleepless nights leading to a tired you all the time. And just when you think that your baby has started sleeping through the night, there is a constant need to match with their high energy levels through the day. It’s a great feeling re-living your childhood through your them but this stage can also burn you out if you are not careful and don’t plan wisely. Here are some ways that you might want to try to maintain a balance between your life as a mother and your life as an individual (the one you were living before becoming a mother):

Ask for help: Being a mother is a full time job whether you’re working or stay at home. So don’t be shy to ask a family member – your partner, your sibling, your parents or your partner’s parents to baby sit while you’re away. Families are a strong support system when it comes to child care. The safety and the comfort that a family member can offer are unmatched. But having said that, if it is not an option, look out for other options such as a day care or a nanny not only when you’re working but also when you need time off for yourself – for activities such as going to a beauty parlor, or meeting your friends or while having a date night with your partner. Some of these activities are important aspects of who you are as an individual and are contributor to who you are today. So there is no reason you cannot continue doing these with proper management.

It’s OK to put yourself first: Since childhood, we’ve always been taught to keep others’ happiness first. Especially if you’re a female, there are numerous compromises that you would make throughout your life. The truth is that you can’t make others around you happy if you yourself aren’t. So once in a while, it is okay to put yourself first and say NO if you don’t want to accompany your partner to his cousin’s family thing.  It is okay to take care of yourself, take time out for your interests in between your busy schedule and do what makes you happy, even if that means sleeping till noon on Sundays!

Don’t lose yourself: Nobody is going to judge if you are not with your child 24*7. Stop considering yourself a bad mommy if the child has got rashes because you left him with a nanny who did not change his diaper as frequently as you asked her to. No hell will break loose if you were 5 minutes late to pick him up from school because your meeting at office overran. As long he is in safe hands, it is alright. We often undermine our role as a financial support and still consider that our major role as a caregiver is our benchmark for success. With the constantly evolving society, it’s important to talk to your partner openly about your needs and divide the child care responsibilities almost equally.

Go easy: In order to bring perfection to the way our children conduct themselves, we sometimes tend to burden ourselves. So while they’re creating a mess with colors, we try to control them because we want our home to be clean as if , if it is not, it will reflect badly on our report card! I mean what’s the worst they’ll do? They will create a color mess that will require dry cleaning the carpet later on? Now imagine the 30 minute of uninterrupted afternoon nap that you can catch up on or your favorite TV show that you can watch while they’re having fun with colors? Wonderful, isn’t it?

Don’t feel like cooking on a Sunday? It’s okay to order in food and let him have some fries if he’s not had junk food all week. This will keep them happy as well as keep you relaxed too.

In reality, mothers are normal human beings who get tired, frustrated and sometimes angry too. And none of these is good for the development of your child. Hence, it is important to take a break from judging ourselves and go easy. Do things that make you happy and see that happiness reflect off your child.

How to be a part of any group and make friends

Have you recently joined a new workplace where you don’t know anybody? Do you feel alone at lunchtime where everyone is talking to each other and you just quietly eat your food in the cafeteria or sometimes even at your desk? Do you have trouble initiating conversations? Do you want to have colleagues you can talk to at workplace, then this article is for you. I am sharing some simple tips from my experience that will allow you to enter a group and be a part of it

  • Listen: Listening is the first step to initiating a conversation. Be an active listener. It will help you to understand more about the group you’re in, the kind of people they are, things that interest them and whether you want to be a part of this group eventually or not. So listen carefully!
  • Find out: Does the group look alien to you? Do they talk about football and you know nothing about the sport other than that there is a player called Cristiano Ronaldo who’s very popular! Worry not! In every group, there are people of all kinds with varied interest. You just have to identify the one you can relate to easily. Is there a movie buff who shares your interest? Just mention one of the movies you watched last night while getting a cup of coffee together and they’ll make sure to include you in group conversations next time.  And if nothing else works, politics is one topic which interests almost all of us! Just pick up a news from this morning and mention to the guys and get everyone talking and lo! you’d be the center of their attention
  • Show care: “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” Be genuinely caring. If someone mentions that their aunt died last week, don’t just keep waiting for finding “common topics”. Be attentive listener and show genuine care. Human relationships are built on care and empathy. If there’s no such topic, offer something that shows care – it could be helping one of the colleagues with their work, sharing learning from your past experience or bringing them some good homemade food and you’re sure to make a way into their heart
  • Dress up: I am not saying that you put loads of makeup on if you don’t usually do it but be hygienic – take a bath and put on fresh clothes (preferably smart) every day. Believe it or not, if you look fresh, you radiate energy and people are attracted to you
  • Smile: Nothing works if you don’t follow this. A smile is the best way to let people know that you’re willing to open up. Smiling keeps you positive and attracts people towards you.  So, flash that beautiful smile of yours and see people smiling back and get them talking to you in no time

5 simple food habits to lose weight faster

There’s no doubt that a well-managed diet and an exercise regime are most crucial in dropping those extra pounds but what if I tell you that your goal weight can be achieved faster if you follow some simple food habits through the day? Everyone talks about how green tea or black coffee are rich in antioxidants and aid in weight loss but for people like me who cannot drink these at all, the below ritual helped instead. The food items mentioned below are in addition to your meal plan (whether you’re following 3 main meals or 6 smaller meals).  It’s not only about eating these foods but also the timing at which you eat them helps aid in weight loss. So, read carefully

  1. Fenugreek Water : Feel thirsty after a long night’s sleep? Having water as the first thing in the morning is generally a good habit. What if we replace this normal water with something that will work on your weight loss through the entire day? Yes you heard that right! 10 – 12 fenugreek seeds soaked in a glass of water overnight is what you should be having the first thing in the morning. These seeds are rich in water soluble fibre and have been proven to be good in blood sugar regulation and appetite control. Galactomannan, a water soluble component found in Fenugreek is said to be very effective in suppressing appetite by slowing down emptying of stomach.
  2. Early morning fruit: Once you’ve had the water, give a 10 minute break and gulp on any seasonal fruit. And by season fruit, I mean you can have bananas too which many people think lead to weigh gain. But when eaten in morning, they provide fuel to body and are ideal to be had before you hit the gym. Having a fruit as the first thing kick starts your metabolism and suppresses your sugar cravings through the day.
  3. Curry leaves: Before you eat your breakfast, chew on 4-5 curry leaves every day. The curry leaves consumed in any form help in digestion that keeps the gut healthy. When consumed regularly as one of the first thing in morning, they fight bad cholesterol and attack the body fat. They lower the lipid levels and triglycerides stored in the body, the major weight gain contributors
  4. Soaked dry fruits: A handful of soaked dry fruits is a mini meal in itself before you eat your breakfast. All of them are rich in fibre and keep bowel movement healthy. In addition, each has qualities of its own such as:  Almonds are good for regulating blood pressure, Raisins are rich source of iron, Walnuts help in reducing the abdominal fat and are good for liver health too.
  5. Mid-morning snack: A few hours after you’ve had your breakfast, do you start to feel hunger pangs but realize that lunch time is still a couple of hours away? This is the time when most of us tend to gulp down a cup of high-fat coffee or a muffin which are laden with sugar thus all the effort we’ve put in diet and exercise since morning goes down the drain! Why not smartly replace this snack with something that is rich in fiber such as a fruit bowl or salad. Even a glass of lime water or buttermilk can keep your hunger under control at this time.

Additional tip

Cumin and carom water: So you’ve deviated from your diet plan today and feeling guilty? Worry not, this easy to make concoction when consumed as the last drink of the day helps in digestion and in reducing flatulence. Just take ½ tbsp of cumin and ½ tbsp of carom in 2 glasses of water. Boil the mix until the volume reduces to half. Let it cool , strain it and drink it. You will immediately start to feel less guilty 🙂

I hope you find the above useful. Do leave a comment if you have more ideas that can be added to the list above.

Before you get Pregnant

Becoming a mother is a wonderful gift of nature. Most of us, girls, love surprises but it’s best to be prepared for receiving this one. Here’s why.

With increased stress and deteriorating quality of lifestyle (food,air,water), the risk of health issues is now more than ever before. Females are making their way through the professional world, while managing their homes and family. This means increased stress, bad food choices through the day resulting in a poorer health.

Quotes image of In a healthy body a healthy spirit.

It’s important to maintain a good health always but it becomes even more critical when you’re trying to become a mother. A good diet is something that everyone talks about but there are a few additional tips that can help in conceiving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

  • Prenatal supplements: It’s important to take these supplements months before you’re looking to conceive. There are two important supplements:
    • Folic Acid – It’s recommended to take 400mcg of Folic acid every day before and during pregnancy. This superhero supplement helps prevent birth defects in baby’s brain and spinal cord. In some kinds of anemia as well, this supplement is helpful
    • Iron –   Hemoglobin is the carrier of oxygen to different parts of body and hence it is essential to have good hemoglobin else it can affect oxygen supply to baby’s body parts posing risk to growth. Almost all females undergo a mild anemia during pregnancy.  Most common type of anemia is caused by iron deficiency and hence it is recommended to take this supplement daily (exception being the Thalassemia patients) before and during pregnancy   
  • Watch your weight: It’s a common myth that you can eat all what you want before and during pregnancy as you’re eating for two! An excessive weight gain can lead to complications for both you and the baby. Probability of conception is more if you are at an optimum weight. To maintain a healthy weight before and during pregnancy it’s important to
    • Eat smaller meals : This helps in maintain weight and also in some cases helps deal with the issue of heartburn (which is common during pregnancy)
    • Exercise: I can’t stress enough the importance of a 45 minute cardio workout before and during pregnancy. If you have otherwise a healthy pregnancy (no low lying placenta etc.), you should be able to continue exercising till the day of your delivery! And by exercise I don’t mean heavy weightlifting. A brisk walk is good too. Exercise helps in regulating blood sugar and increases your chances of a having a normal delivery too!
  • Alcohol and Smoking: It is believed that any amount of alcohol reduces your chances of conception so avoid it as much as you can. Once you’re sure that you’re pregnant, having any amount of alcohol can pose risk of birth defects in the baby. Similarly, nicotine found in cigarettes can cause extreme complications in pregnancy including preterm labor, low birth weight and brain damage of the unborn baby.
  • Pre-pregnancy check-up It’s important to consult with your gynecologist and let her know that you’re trying to get pregnant so that she can assess for any possible health issues with the baby arising due to any parent’s current health condition or due to their respective genetic history.
    • Heath screening: This will include full range of tests such as pap smear or blood tests to check for illnesses such as:
      •  Thyroid problems (Hypo or Hyper)
      •  Sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia, syphilis
      • HIV
  • Genetic Testing:  Genetic testing tells you the possibility of the child inheriting a disease (25% only if both parents are carriers). The findings of tests can later be confirmed by tests such as amniocentesis during 10th to 12th week of pregnancy. Common conditions for which genetic testing is done are
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Sickle Cell diseases
    • Thalassemia

 There could be other health risks too so please consult with your gynecologist.

Finally, if you’ve been diagnosed with any of the above medical conditions, it’s still possible to have a healthy pregnancy in most cases with proper medical care. I myself have got a Beta Thalassemia trait which means I had extremely low hb levels (6g/dl). I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism during the first few weeks of pregnancy. But the preparation we’d done (refer tips above) helped us overcome the health issues and we received our healthy gift at the end of 9 months. I hope through this post of mine, I am able to help at least some of you get ready for the most beautiful chapter of your lives.

Living life with PCOS

One of the most common health issues that women in the reproductive age (18-45 years of age) face across world is PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovaries Syndrome). It affects ~ 116 million women worldwide as per WHO records in 2012.

In many cases, the condition remains undiagnosed for years. The Syndrome can show from no symptom to multiple symptoms.

Here are the most common symptoms to watch out for:

Irregular, absent or abnormal menstruation

The duration between consecutive periods could constantly vary, the flow could be very heavy or minimal or one could even go without periods for months at stretch!

  • Unexplained weight gain: PCOS leads to increased insulin resistance in body which means whatever you eat gets converted to fat, causing weight gain although your diet has not increased making you wonder why!
  • Hair growth: PCOS leads to increased production of testosterone in body thus leading to emergence of ‘male-like’ features. One of the most evident being the growth of facial hair or hair growth on chest and back
  • Acne: Due to increased production of Testosterone, there is an increased sebum production, leading to clogged pores, giving birth to much dreaded problem ladies, acne!

Other symptoms linked with PCOS could be hair fall, hair thinning, difficulty to conceive and depression.

So, if you think you could have PCOS or know someone who might be suffering from this condition, stay put.

So, what exactly is PCOS and how to get it diagnosed?

In simple terms, PCOS is caused by a hormonal imbalance due to which the ovaries of a female produce higher than the usual amount of male hormone. The ovaries may develop numerous small follicles (collection of fluid) and hence they fail to release eggs, ultimately leading to irregular menstrual cycle and difficulty in getting pregnant.

If you have any of the above symptoms, you should visit a gynaecologist. They’ll most likely order blood work and get a hormone profile done to confirm the findings. In many cases, an Ultrasound (Pelvis) is ordered as well to check on what’s happening with the ovaries!

Now, you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS, so what next?

Common questions that might be running through your mind are

  1. Will I be able to lead a normal life?
  2. Will I be able to have children?

The answer to the above questions is a resounding Yes

And I say this from my personal experience. I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 16! I’ve always had issues with losing the extra weight, dealing with the un-invited guest ‘the acne’ and my periods were always irregular and painful. But guess what, I have been maintaining a healthy weight for quite some time now and I am a proud mother of a 3 year old son. If I can live a normal life with PCOS, so can you.

Here’s how you can manage the symptoms of PCOS (unfortunately there’s no cure at present):

  • Weight Loss: It’s believed that losing 10% of your current weight helps in a remarkable improvement in PCOS symptoms. Unfortunately, PCOS and weight gain form a vicious cycle. The PCOS makes the weight loss very difficult due to the increased insulin resistance. On the other hand, the heavier you become, the severe the PCOS symptoms gets. To break this cycle and to achieve success , persistence is required  through
    • Diet:  Maintaining a healthy diet is very important. It’s important to include complex carbohydrates (instead of the simple ones) in your diet. Break down your 3 main meals into 6 smaller meals allowing time for digestion. Get rid of sugars, aerated beverages, packaged food and instead include fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably seasonal).
    • Active lifestyle: It is extremely important to perform some moderate level of exercise for 45 minutes every day. Be it a brisk walk, a jog , gymming, swimming or dance but you have to get out of bed and get going to conquer this lifestyle disease to get the best out of yourself. During your day also, try to take small walks after each meal, try to stand wherever possible so can burn more calories to help with the weight loss.
  • Medication : This totally depends on your gynaecologist’s point of view but some medications do help with the weight loss. These medications are the same as used to treat Type 2 diabetes (remember the insulin resistance PCOS produces?).  For me, this continued until 20 weeks of pregnancy! To manage acne and to regulate menstrual cycle, some  gynaecologists also prescribe contraceptive pills for a certain period of time (unless you’re trying to get pregnant) and it works wonders. Do consult with your doctor before you start taking any medication as each body is different and every medicine does have a side effect.
  • Persistence and will power: These are as important as the above two in managing this lifestyle disease. It’s easy to get disheartened and give up when you don’t see the desired results immediately. But trust me, persistence and will power are the keys to overcome PCOS. For us, results such as weight loss take a longer time to show but once they show, you’ll feel proud of yourself.

So get up, chin up and be ready to face the monster called PCOS head on with the above suggested tips. If you’ve got any more suggestions, do leave them in the comments section. For expert advice, do consult your gynaecologist.

About this Blog

As I grow a year older today (and hopefully wiser too!), this blog is a gift to myself. Being an expressive and opinionated person that I am, I have a long-standing desire to share my thoughts with the world.

“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” ~ Marilyn vos Savant

I observe, I think. Having acquired wisdom over the past thirty years, this is a space to share my point of view on things that matter. “The Art of Living” is a skill acquired through practice. The first step is to learn to focus on things that are most important . Life is beautiful and should be experienced to the fullest. Through this blog, I hope to share my experiences and my learnings to help the readers through various aspects/dilemmas of life.

A traveler, a food lover, an empath – you can expect to read a variety of topics in this space. I would also love to meet some like-minded people through my writings so do stop by to say hello if you’ve stumbled upon this blog.