Going Vegan all the way!

This is the guest post that I promised in my last post, in here. This is written by a friend of mine who also happens to be a Health and Fitness aficionado. Enjoy…

The Vegan way!

I think the one thing that went well this year was my relationship with my body. I have never felt this comfortable, this fascinated, and this excited to be myself as I have been for the past few months. Vegan diet has been the driving force behind this transformation!

I posted about this a while ago (in my personal journal) that I was going ‘Raw’. Meaning I would only eat raw foods, like Fruits and vegetables (raw f&v). I kind of kept it up for a few weeks, but then I was at home, where my mother lives; and to make her accept the fact that what they’ve been feeding us, and eating herself, for her entire life, was basically ‘shit’, is a little tough; but I’ve managed.

After my internship ended, I moved (finally), into my own PG (kinda like a Dorm room with much more independence), where I got to make my own food. The problem was that now I had to buy my own food, which was kind of a big deal, because our college is sort of ‘between’ two cities, and it takes a while to get to the city, buy, and then wash all the f&v, every other day, while going to college, working on a startup, and trying to become a web developer, especially during exams. I actually did all that for about three weeks, before I had to admit, the awesomeness I experienced while having those salads, was actually not worth my future, so I had to change. I also started eating boiled stuff like eggs, and potatoes at this point.

The third phase was interesting because it lasted a pretty long time. I would have potatoes (6-7), and eggs (6) everyday, along with a small salad I’d put together. I’d get so hungry, that I’d settle for milk and Parle-G, hoping It’ll be alright, the diet is perfect (It was not, I was was having only about 1100-1200 calories). Adding rice to the equation, was when it started to become a bit normal. Like, the calorie count would easily go toward 2000, which is a healthy place to be (If you’re exercising as regularly as I was). I’d then simply add the potatoes to the rice (plus soya balls), and have just two meals: a bowl of rice, and 6 eggs + salad. This is the part that made it all okay.

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“I had oats for breakfast, and soya balls completely replaced potatoes”

The last part that I resorted to was after Demonetization. I basically bought my potatoes, and my eggs, and my fruits and veggies with cash, and suddenly, cash couldn’t be used. So, instead of resorting to chaos, I had to take my tactic to something that wasn’t as bad as cooking something, or eat ready-made food, but good enough to still be healthy. That led me break my one promise: minimize the milk and sugar. I had oats for breakfast, and soya balls completely replaced potatoes. My advice is to not go for oats unless you’re boiling them in water, adding fruits to it, and honey to substitute the sugar.

In closing, what I would say regarding getting healthier is that, it was more difficult to convince other people to stop feeding me ‘shit’ than it was for me to stop eating it myself. I literally had to have a stomach ache for a week before my aunt finally realized that: ‘Chole Puri’ is bad for health; so is rajma, or kheer, or sabzi (the f’up of version of vegetables), or anything that basically comes out of a packet, or has been cooked with oil!

I have developed a love for fresh food, and I cannot comprehend why I ever chose candy over fruits, or even chocolates for that matter. The goodness I feel emanating from the inside is priceless and I’d advice anyone who’s out there hating themselves for how they look or feel: CHANGE YOUR DIET.

Paritosh Mehta.

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Why Fitness Apps are AWESOME! (Google Fit Edition)

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I recently installed Google Fit (yesterday, actually) on my Android device. I’ve been jogging consistently for a week now and I thought it would be a great idea to install a fitness app and see for myself the usefulness of the data.

I’ve always been skeptical of using fitness apps. To be honest, I don’t know why, but, I’ve always thought of them as inaccurate and just another health tech mumbo jumbo. But nevertheless, I thought I’d give it a try.

I first started by Googling some of the best fitness apps for Android, and landed on a few articles. I chose Google Fit firstly because I know I can trust Google and secondly because many people lauded its synchronization capability. Sync and continuity for me are super vital, so I chose Fit.

After installing, it first asks for you personal data like Age, Height and Gender (optional :p). After that, it takes you to it’s default homescreen that shows up your health data right away.

Anyway, after setting all that up, I put on my sneakers and hit up the track called Jahanpanah City Forest at around 8:30 AM. It’s a pretty massive “forest” right in the middle of Delhi, the city in which I live currently.

So, with the phone armed with Google Fit, and me armed with my sneakers, I started out on the long stretch of wilderness.

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This screenshot was taken when I was just starting my run.

The best part about Fit is that it sits on top your lock screen, so it was easy for me to quickly glance at the current data while on the run.

On top of the interface is the map and below the map, you got up time (active time), Estimated distance (with the accuracy of up to 1 meter), Average Pace of running, number of footsteps and finally, calories burned.

The calorie part was the thing I was most skeptical about. I was pretty certain that it was not accurate. nevertheless, I jogged on.

This was snapped as I was nearing the end of my run. Sheky Rambles!
This was snapped as I was nearing the end of my run.

Thing to note here is that you have to keep your Mobile Data and Location (GPS/GLONASS) on for most of the features to work as Track Map, Pace and Distance depends on GPS or GLONASS (if you’re Russian). It does consume battery but that’s a trade off you’re more than willing to do for your health.

Anyway, after running for about 20 minutes, I finally reached home (I still kept the app on and it was tracking me all the way to my home.).

And…I hit stop.

Sheky_rambles_This was taken as I was about to start writing this draft. The data is presented beautifully and aesthetically and is pleasing to the eyes.
This was taken as I was about to start writing this draft. The data is presented beautifully and aesthetically and is pleasing to the eyes.

Whew!

My first run with Fit was quite impressive. I was more impressed by the data it presented.

  • ~170 Calories burned
  • 23 Minutes up time
  • 2.3 Kilometers covered
  • 2245 Steps taken

All of the above data was neatly compressed into this graph:

Data was converted into a visually appealing graph. Pretty neat
Data was converted into a visually appealing graph. Pretty neat.

And, to top it off, it showed the relative elevation of my jogging track, along with the map.

So, the verdict. I frickin’ LOVE IT. Fitness Apps are AWESOME.

And, I was even more impressed by it’s web version. Sync is rapid, almost immediate and the data is available regardless of the device. Cloud Computing FTW!

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Google Fit’s web interface is as good as the mobile one. The data flows smoothly.

Though this was my first day with the app, I’m more than impressed with this. I plan to use this everyday and everytime I go running from now on.

Thank you, the overlords at Google. Fit is awesome! ❤

The data was so aesthetic that I thought of posting it to /r/DataIsBeautiful, but, I’ll give it a shot next time! xD

Also, Fit is not the only app for fitness. There are also many others. Now that I’m no longer skeptical about the Fitness app thing, expect more reviews of Fitness apps.

My next post will be about…uh…you’ll find out anyway. Expect that soon.