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May 13, 2013

There are some varieties of Dosa that can be made without using urad dal, and here’s one more to add to the list.  The recipe was given by my friend from Delhi –

Mix brown rice and whole moong (green gram) in 2:1 proportion.  Add a fistful each of methi seeds and channa dal to this mix.  Soak the entire mix in water for a couple of hours.  Grind well to a dosa batter consistency, and make dosa on a pan instantly.  The dosa can be eaten with either chutney or dry chutney powder.

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May 9, 2013

A study done last year says that coconut water can be used as a sports drink.  The lead researcher of the study said that coconut water is a natural drink that has everything that an average sports drink has and more.  It has 5 times more potassium than some of the popular sports drinks, and potassium helps in getting rid of muscle cramps during training or a game.  Coconut water also replaces the lost fluids during exercise or a game.  It gives small amounts of energy and gives a refreshing feeling.

Coconut water, in my opinion, can be a useful addition to water or a sports drink in a sportsperson’s kit.

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May 6, 2013

Although I thought that the interest in GM diet had died down some time back, last week I received yet another query on its benefits / harmful effects.  So, I’m reproducing my article on GM diet that was published in The Times of India about 10 years ago.  Read on………


Almost everyone who wants to lose weight has heard of General Motors Diet, commonly called GM diet.  It was originally developed for employees and dependents of General Motors, Inc. and was intended for their exclusive use in the 1980s.  The intention of this program was to help the employees be more aware of wellness and fitness.   After all, healthy employees make a healthy company!

The GM diet-makers also believed that it would improve attitudes and emotions because of its cleansing effects in the body.  The seven-day plan of GM diet is thought to burn more calories than the body receives.  Theoretically, yes.  But the human system is more complicated than this.

The rules of GM diet read thus – no alcohol, compulsorily 10 glasses of water per day, all fruits except bananas on day one, all vegetables on day two, a mix of fruits and vegetables on day three, bananas and milk on day four, beef and tomatoes on day five, beef and vegetables on day six, brown rice, fruits juices and vegetables on day seven.  Beef has been replaced with rice in the Indian version.  This diet would sound bizarre to any nutritionist!  A repeat is advised for further weight loss.  Pulses are disallowed because they are high in calories.  Recipes have been made up revolving around the GM diet.

On the positive side, GM diet is good for a week if done once in a blue moon believing that it will ‘cleanse’ the system.  However, naturopathy medicine doesn’t allow any kind of meat for cleansing the human system.  Only those who are fit to withstand the low energy intake should go thru this ‘cleansing process’.

On the negative side, when on a low energy diet like GM diet, the body tends to hold back the fat reserve and burns muscle for energy that is required for daily activity. The initial rapid weight loss is mostly water loss from the body, which can easily be replaced.  Once, the person goes back to eating normally, the muscle builds back along with some fat and the original fat continues to remain in the body, so the person gains back most of the lost weight.  The second and subsequent attempts at weight loss become more and more difficult because the basic rate at which the body burns calories (BMR) slows down.  Following this diet repeatedly can deplete the body of energy and some important nutrients when needed. Unfortunately, we cannot supply nutrients in installments on different days for the body because the functioning of all nutrients is inter-related.   Many followers of GM diet have steadily gained back their weight.

A sensible meal pattern works very well for weight loss and good health.

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May 1, 2013

Yesterday, as a panelist in a health program on News 9 television channel, I had the opportunity to meet another panelist who’s popularly known as GoGreen Rao.  His real name is Prabhakar Rao but ever since he founded the environment-friendly cyclists group called Go Green in 2008, his nickname has become GoGreen Rao.  Rao briefly spoke about his initiative, about how cycling is great for health, and how this movement has grown to over 2000 members in Bangalore.  With a mission statement “Say No to CO2 (carbon dioxide) and Yes to C2O (Cycle 2 Office)”, it is heartening to note that on an average about 40% of the members of GoGreen group cycle to work everyday.  Rao says that this number is increasing day after day. He has taken this initiative to many companies in Bangalore and other metros in India.

Thumbs up to Rao and his movement GoGreen!!  Hopefully we’ll have a greener and cleaner Bangalore and India in the near future!!!  Visit the website to know more.

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