Struggling to keep fit physically and mentally? Wellness advocate Uma Ghosh comes to the rescue.
TV personality and wellness advocate Uma Ghosh answers all those niggling doubts you have about keeping fit physically and mentally
As a health coach who not just advocates but also practises healthy living, Uma Ghosh knows a thing or two about eating right, looking good and most importantly, feeling great.
The host of The
Uma Show answers some of the most basic queries you have about leading a fulfilling life – in every way. Read on. It will help you be a happier person.
What is the quickest way to lose weight?
Sorry, there are no short cuts here! It’s a journey that takes effort, determination, proper planning and strategy. Everyone’s body is different and what suits one, can be detrimental to the other. Plan and prepare for health, the way you plan and prepare for your career, finance and other things.
How do I select the correct diet for me to follow?
Whatever be your goal – weight loss or managing a disease - sustainability is what should be kept in mind. As a health coach, I don’t recommend fad diets. Developing healthy habits isn’t confusing or restrictive. Just eat foods mostly derived from plants, vegetables, fruits, whole greens, legumes; limit highly processed foods. Be active; focus on your emotional health equally as your physical health, as both are directly associated.
I love Indian food but am worried about the oil and fat content. What should I do?
Most Indian foods can be cooked in minimum oil. I do that at home and it’s as tasty and feels much lighter on my gut. The easy availability of low quality, high processed vegetable oil have changed the way Indian food is cooked. And honestly, it can be easily tweaked to a healthier version. I personally also believe that we overcook our foods and kill all nutrition. We also need to be conscious of the salt added to Indian food.
I like to use whole spices rather than powdered spices and that too, sparingly. We don’t need too much for flavors; just being aware and conscious about these small things can make Indian food way healthier.
Is there ANY way to detox at home?
Yes, so many! Have green juices for a week, water fast for a day or more, and also eliminate high glycemic carbs, refined sugars, salts and highly processed foods and animal proteins, and caffeine. Replace with plant based foods, mostly greens, have lots of water and add light exercises. Start small, a three-day detox and then take it to a different level.
Maintain a food diary; write down what you eat and how you feel after eating. You will then understand our body. You will know what food is giving you a bloated and uncomfortable feel; start eliminating them from your diet
I want to have great skin and hair. Can you recommend a basic routine that can help me achieve this?
Good skin and hair largely depends on the food we eat. By eating nutrient-rich foods that are scientifically proven to help your hair you can influence your hair’s thickness, its growth or shedding, its shine and even its likelihood of greying.
Skin, again, is hugely influenced by the foods we eat. Once that’s sorted, a basic routine for skin and hair is very important.
I personally regularly use hair oil that I make at home and massage my scalp with it to increase the blood flow. I keep it overnight and wash it off with a brand of shampoo that has zero chemical and paraben. I also regularly use hair masks at home to keep my hair damage free.
For my skin, I use a line of products that suit me, and I have experimented with many to finally find the right products. Don’t ever go by popular brands, always see what suits you. I also use a lot of natural face masks that I personally make at home with fresh fruits and vegetables. I exfoliate my face regularly, cleanse daily, tone and moisturise.
I don’t know how to meditate. How do I begin?
There are many myths and misconceptions attached to meditation which is a simple practice, but seems intimidating. The basic idea of meditation is simple. Every time your mind begins to shift its spotlight away from your breath and you get lost in thought, simply bring your attention back to your breath. And then you repeat this. Every time you bring your attention back to your breath, you work out your “attention muscle”, if you want to call it that. Then, over time your focus, concentration, and attention span improve, in addition to other benefits.
Is there any way to remain calm and positive at all times?
It’s impossible to stay happy and positive all the time. We do get affected by things. This is what helps me; Most of the times, I take a deep breath and take time off for a few minutes. Before reacting to anything, I try and look at the situation from another perspective. The moment you change the perspective, the situation itself changes. Remember, life is not happening to us, but happening for us.
How do I maintain balance in life and relationships? Evaluate Your Priorities
Recognise where you need to focus most of your attention and where you can let things go a little. If things are stable with your job, it might be worthwhile to slow down and spend some time with your significant other and vice versa.
The key is clear communication. Make your partner, coworkers and your boss know that they are important part of life. Then, when you need to work long hours to finish a project for your boss or leave work a little early to help your partner, neither will take it personally.
Relationships are work and it’s important to be aware that there is no perfect life or perfect relationship. The moment you shed the need for perfection, it’s easier to strike a balance. Figure out what works for YOU.
My thoughts keep wandering. How do I focus?
Breathe, slow down, take a few minutes and check with yourself. Do this a few times during the day. Live in the now, the past is gone and cannot be changed. Nobody has seen the future, so this moment is what we have. I know it’s easier said than done, but believe me, it needs practice, so train your
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