Jaggery is just as bad as sugar for our kids

Reference link – http://foodnetindia.in/blog/2019/02/21/chappati-with-jaggery-and-ghee-is-not-a-nutritious-meal/

There is this widespread nutritional superstition in India which says refined sugar is bad but unrefined sugar (jaggery) is good for you.

This is wrong.

While unrefined sugar may have some small additional mineral value, excess will harm you and your children in the same way that refined sugar will.

Our children are getting way too much sugar in their diets from too many sources. Feeding them more is not a good idea. It does not help that people like Rujuta Diwekar are spreading this kind of superstitious myth.

We will win 4 times the number of Olympic medals

The other day I noticed that my 26 year old son and most of his peers were taller and better built than my generation of urban Indians. And we were taller than their grand parents (our parents.)

As access to nutrition is improving for a large number of children and mothers, the population of healthy youngsters who are closer to their genetic height potential is increasing rapidly in India.

If (let’s say) 1 or 2 percent of the young people were as tall as they should be in our generation 25 years ago, in today’s India, it could be 4 percent or higher.

This means that the population that has the physical potential to compete and participate at the highest level of sports and athletics was half a million 25 years ago, it is possibly 2 million today.

So, as a sporting nation, going by the numbers of youngsters who would be a relevant population for high level sports, 25 years ago we were possibly the size of a small country like Albania and today we are probably the size of Ireland.

But the good news is that this is changing fast.

Within a decade or so, we will be much larger. By 2025, we could be almost as large as Israel and by 2035, as large as a Canada or Australia.

In parallel, the percentage of these youngsters with access to good sports facilities and coaching is increasing too.

Let’s expect that by 2035, India will be winning 3-5 times the number of medals it currently wins in the olympics.

It will still be way below our potential as a country.

To accelerate this, we need to ensure that more of our mothers and children get adequate nutrition.

Build muscle. It doesn’t take much time.

What is the single biggest quality of life enhancement or productivity boosting practice that you have adopted in the last 5 years , which has allowed you to get much more done than ever before?

I learned a lot of new practices and habits in the last 5 years. Managed to change some behaviours as well.

But when I gave it some thought, it became clear to me that underlying all this and the work that I got done, the dominant reason was excellent health.

And the single biggest practice that has made me fitter, stronger at 52 than I was even in my twenties? Weightlifting.

In the last 2-3 years, I could put on well above 10 kilos of muscle, reduce body fat to very healthy levels and increase my strength 200 to 300 percent for almost all the major muscle groups . And also now I have a waistline that’s slimmer than ever before and I am energetic through the day.

I am not talking about pumping iron many times a week. I simply don’t have the time for that. I can’t also risk eating a lot of starch and protein calories and bulking up, which is the mainstream dietary advice for building muscle. I am too scared that all that eating to bulk up will give me metabolic disease.

I used an amazing technique that takes less than 25 minutes in the gym, once a week. It gave me week on week muscle and strength gains for 3 years and the gains are still continuing. And I gain muscle on a moderate protein, high fat, VLC cyclic ketogenic diet. A diet that is supposed to inhibit muscle gains because there is not enough protein and starch for anabolism.

You can get the same results and possibly much more (because you are unlikely to have my self imposed dietary limitations) and spend only 20 minutes once a week to do so – Body by Science by John R Little.

I recommend it.

Buy it here – https://www.amazon.in/dp/0071597174/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_QgqHBbT3VCF1G

Keto? Cyclic keto? Intermittent fasting? Off label metformin?

The big health interventions I have been experimenting with for the last 5 years have been cyclic ketogenic diets initially for a couple of years and then I added intermittent fasting and OMAD (One Meal A Day) to the mix. Plus a nice dose of HIRT (High Intensity Resistance Training).

It’s been a wonderful journey. The results have been amazing. I have put on a lot of muscle. I am stronger and fitter than I have ever been. I do not get tired even after 14 hour work days (which is almost every day). Better mood, near perfect blood work, flat abs, lots and lots of energy.

I also dreamed up hundreds of tasty, “Indian” keto friendly food recipes. And my keto food is really really yum!

I have combined these practices with extensive supplementation (this is essential with keto. Without extensive supplementation, people on keto risk serious, long term, chronic, irreversible, nasty health conditions – osteoporosis anyone?).

I created my own supplementation regime and my own supplements by mixing a lot of different (over 40) raw/organic ingredients.

I have not tried off label metformin and this has been on my list for a while. But this article by Dr Jason Fung seems to suggest that it may not be necessary. I will wait a couple more years and dig more into the research before hitting this one!