This is not another weight loss article!

By Maasi Wajo

Hello guys and I hope you all are fine and since we’re almost done with Ramadan, busy preparing for the splendor that’s Eid. Ramadan this year, has been really challenging for the most of us, mostly because of soaring temperatures in our country coupled with the very irritating load shedding (non) routine. Speaking of which, please do say a little prayer for all those people we lost in Karachi due to this terrible, terrible situation. My heart goes out to their families 😦

Now coming back to the article, it is about something that I should’ve written at the very beginning of Ramadan but my procrastination got the better of me; as it almost always does. Sigh.

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Our usual Iftar table looks a little like this!

Binging on food is an extravagance most of us like to indulge in during Ramadan, something that basically kills the main purpose of the Holy Month, i.e. detoxification. The trick is to eat properly and to remain hydrated, especially in a climate as hot as ours. We can work upon getting our whole twisted eating lifestyle back in order during Ramadan if we try enough.

And this year this is exactly what I tried to achieve. Before the beginning of this month, I vowed that I’d change this overeating routine of mine, and guess what, it worked out just fine.

I started keeping track of my portions with the use of this very effective App, MyFitnessPal— and made it a point to not drink water an hour before and after my khana. At Iftar time it can’t be helped of course, but I handled this by taking only a few sips, painfully ignoring the very tempting Rooh Afza on the table. Sigh.

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Oh how I missed thee, my lovely!

Half an hour after a very light Iftar (usually a couple of pakoras and a very small amount of dahi bhalas), I would take another glass of water; after an hour of which I’d take dinner. Now, after an hour and half of dinner I’d go on a water binging spree, drinking a glass of water after every half an hour. I made it a point to drink at least 7-8 glasses of water every night. At around 2 I’d stop drinking water altogether, because really, my tummy’d start protesting by that time. I’d take some namkeen lassi instead, and at 2:30 a cup of tea. At 3 I’d take my sehri, and finish it off with a cup of green tea.

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My love, a glass of namkeen lassi, that I took every day in sehri!

Now what I was essentially doing here was that,

1) I was eating sweet and salty food separately, and,
2) I was giving at least half an hour in between any two meals (or water drinks)

I found this regimen really helpful since unlike the previous times, my tummy feels really nice this Ramadan and I don’t feel as bloated as I used to. At Iftar parties, a little bit of gluttony couldn’t be helped but while doing my Iftar at home, I tried to stick this routine as much as I could.

And about whether or not this regimen helped me with my weight loss issues? Well, I reluctantly weighed myself today and guess what……… it says I’m a little over ten pounds lighter than the last time; which was about a month ago!! Trust me, it’s as much of a surprise for me as for you since we all tend to gain weight in Ramadan, rather than lose it. I just hope I don’t go completely excited on Eid and eat myself to oblivion again. But one can hope.

I know I know, I should’ve written this way back since Ramadan has now almost ended but trust me, you can try it later as well. Since I definitely am going to! Better still; let’s do this together and keep each other in check! Let me know what you think of it!

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To sugar or not to sugar

By Maasi Muna

My new year resolution which was to lose weight dawned onto me one fine day, I believe a little too late since the year was already half gone, but as the saying goes “better late then never”! Hence I decided to begin nonetheless and it’s mid-June and I am still going strong. I started out with my detox water which i wrote about a while back, and which is still working out great, but what to do with my sweet tooth?
Well, in order to curb my ever-increasing cravings I have started to binge on fruits like watermelon, plums, peaches and apricots. Summer does offer the best of fruit, hands down! It really has helped a lot with my cravings.

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Sugar
Everything seemed hunky dory and life finally started to move in the perfect direction but only for this one teensy problem. I just can’t possibly have unsweetened tea and tea is something I can’t possibly live without.

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Brown sugar (Crystallised)
I decided to tackle this problem by started using brown sugar, readily available in grocery stores all around the country.

But as I was adjusting to brown sugar, a friend pointed out that there is not much difference between white & brown sugar and that I should use Gur (Urdu). Gur is a country-made sweetener boiled in open pans with minimum of molasses. It contains 50% sucrose & all the vitamins & minerals, which are not present in white & brown sugar.

GUR  (The traditional rock form sugar)
GUR (The traditional rock form sugar)
Shakhar (Urdu) is also a kind of brown sugar but with 86% sucrose & is found in powdered form. Brown sugar contains 86% sucrose but is crystallised. Personally, I like the taste of brown sugar, and Gur needs getting used to.

So all you lovely ladies out there start switching to brown sugar or shakhar and then gradually switch to Gur, which is the best there is! These are both so much better then white sugar, which has 99.9% sucrose. We owe ourselves to eat healthy & exercise regularly & also inculcate these healthy habits in our kids. It’s better to start young because the habits formed in childhood stay with us throughout our lives!

Detox water, a must try!

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By Maasi Muna

One of the best ways to feel and look healthier, not to mention lose a little weight along the way is to drink plenty of water— ideally 6 to 8 glasses of water on a daily basis. However, instead of just drinking plain water, you can add a few things to it that will not only enhance the taste, they will also flush all the toxic materials out of your system.
And I happen to have just the recipe for you to start with it!

Ingredients:

2L water (preferably mineral)
1 Medium cucumber
1 Lemon
10-12 Mint leaves

Allow the mixture to sit in the fridge overnight and drink all of it up the following day. Cucumber prevents water retention, mint leaves promote digestion and lemon clears the digestive system. It also helps in weight loss!

I started this regimen about a week ago; the results are worth the effort! My appetite has decreased, no more voracity for deserts, feel energetic throughout the day and there’s definitely less bloating.

Do try it and let me know if it worked for you!