And Time To Feast

So fast is done and yes, I follow my own guidance to know when to end. Let’s talk abt elimination first . Do you know how long is our colon? It’s around 5 feet long. Amazing what all comes out when you are fasting. All that stored gunk. After fast digestion is better, taste buds are sharp and so food taste so good. My stomach muscles feel little tighter.

Let’s talk abt salt. Do you know recommended salt amount? 1500 mg which is probably around 1 tsp. While fasting, I had sindhov salt at dinner time probably 1/4th tsp and I did fine . If you are working out , sweating then salt need will change. Sugar is another overdose we  do everyday .

I follow my own wisdom again on what to break fast with. I was in need of iron and protein so made kidney beans with spinach thrown in. Little lemon to help digest beans and absorb iron. Ate less and still was satisfied and full. No obsession with food and no cravings . 

Enjoy feast if you are fasting !

Dandi , Gandhi & Fast

When it comes to fasting, Gandhi seems synonym to fast as most of us are aware how he used fast as a tool in his nonviolent movement to free India. Am not sure if I ever shared the pictures from my trip to “Dandi” , place where Gandhi walked and broke salt rule.

House where Gandhi was confined , some pictures from inside the house and dandi beach.

Being from Gujarat, I learned abt Gandhi as a kid and his life stories were part of school curriculum. I was very impressed with him even at that early age and had even tried to practice some of the things from his life. No stealing , speak truth always, Ramnam to be fearless, how he studied all religions , fasting …. etc.Not that I succeeded all the time. 

My very 1st fast was at the age of 8 for 5 days and that became everyear for next 6- 7years. Then fasting almost became impossible until few years back when it all started again.When you get impressed with something , you have to try it yourself. Isn’t it?

Gandhi still inspires me and always like to share the things I learned from him.

Will end with his quote “There’s no prayer without fasting “.

Enjoy !

3 Ingredient Peanut Balls/Laddus

Let’s not go into how I ended up having laddu while fasting but this Laddus ppl do eat during fast. And kids love them. It’s like Indian peanut butter. Easy to make and very tasty.

  • Roast raw unshelled peanuts and de-skin as much as you can.
  • Grind in coffee grinder so that some chunks are left in.
  • Grind raw sugar(turbinado) in coffee grinder. 
  • Mix peanut powder with powdered sugar . Add ghee(clarified butter).
  • It needs good amt of ghee else you won’t be able to make balls. Add little by little until you can make balls.
  • Enjoy with a cup of milk on the side. Fasting turning into feast.🙂
  • Enjoy !

Happy Navratri 2016

Navratri starts today – a festival of 9 nights. Fast , feast , sing , dance , worship  goddess. Isn’t that amazing ? As season changes , fasting helps to detoxify system and get ready for next season. Also helps breaking patterns. If you can’t fast , then do something different like if you are used to of eating rice products everyday , then give up rice or if you are stuck with wheat then give up wheat or dairy.

For 9 nights, 9 forms of goddesses are worshipped . Each day is associated with a form of goddess . First 3 days are forms of goddess Durga who is force of destructing evil.Next 3 days are goddess Laxami who bestows wealth. Last 3 days are goddess Sarasvati who bestows knowledge . 

How are you celebrating ? And how are you transforming yourself ?

Happy Navratri !

Hiking Through Life

As I have been going on hikes for a while, this occurred to me y’day after hike that life is also like hike. When we go on a hike, we all meet at a place at a certain time and then we all start together, chatting abt everything under the sun. As we go further , some ppl will be behind as we get tired. And we don’t know what will come on trail … Rocks , puddle , dry leaves, steps , slopes etc. But we keep going… Slow down, take rest, wipe the sweat whatever  one needs. In life also, we don’t know what will come our way but we need to keep going . Do whatever we need to keep us going. 

Then we reach the top which is only half the hike because we need to come back. At the top, we enjoy the view , take the pictures, eat some snack , drink water, laugh and relax . Then we start again . Even in life , when we reach the top, we don’t stay there forever … We have to come back. Sometimes it is free fall. :) 

To remember,it’s a journey and enjoy it, find your ways to work through the journey. 

And life becomes easy .

Pictures are from yesterday’s  hike.

Enjoy !