Travelling calories don't count but it's important to keep yourself in shape. Working out has become more of a lifestyle than any leisure activity. It indeed gets difficult to maintain timely eating habits. But there are always some ways out if you are willing to choose healthily. Dietician and Nutritionist Sakina Mustansir shares few ways to keep a balanced diet:
Try to Eat Homemade Food/Cook Your Own Meal
There is an old saying, "your mood changes when you eat according to the person's mood who made it." Even when you cook unhealthy food it becomes healthy when it's made at home. It's always convenient to carry food from home rather than eating at roadside vendors or unhygienic food. So, try to cook your own meal wherever possible. Also carry munching snacks like nuts, dried fruits, peanut butter sandwiches or whole wheat/multigrain bread sandwiches, protein bars etc.
No amount of soft drinks or hard drinks will subside the need for water in our body. It's always recommended to be hydrated. Research shows when you are dehydrated it results in forced hunger cravings. You confuse hunger with thirst and get sugary food cravings or indulge in binge eating. Do you know? Drinking water before every meal cuts the portion size and you end up intaking fewer calories.
Don't Skip or Avoid Breakfast
Most of the people skip breakfasts on the trip which makes them more lethargic which enables them to follow healthy eating patterns. If you eat a healthy breakfast your body fills up the nutrients and proteins it requires for the day and starves the carvings off. Buffet breakfast is a trap, don't indulge in overeating either. Cater to the energy your body needs at the moment. While travelling, never skip breakfast. Always aim for a good healthy breakfast so as to avoid hunger pangs and binging on unhealthy snacks later during the day. Also carry some uncut fruits or boiled eggs or chickpeas from the breakfast table for later, to keep you energetic for the exploration.
Avoid Alcohol or Sugary Beverages
The calories in beverages are more reactive as compared to the calories in solid food. Being on a vacation doesn't mean your liver is on a vacation as well. Cutting on calories or alcohol fat is more difficult than cutting down the vacation fat. Avoid sodas if that's convenient.
Usually the most authentic local cuisine also happens to be the healthiest. So while traveling, always try the country's authentic cuisine rather than fast food joints and processed foods. This will not only keep you healthy and give you more energy to explore but you will have an opportunity to taste different cuisines and experience their culture.
Don't Stress About Treats
Give yourself a break, don't keep a count on everything you eat. You always end up eating more if you stress about what you eat all the time. Having a healthy relationship with what you eat is important. Plenty of vegetables are healthier than you are aware of.
Any weight you gain while you travel is most likely to be water retention or constipation. You are most likely to reduce this in a span of one week when you're back to your lifestyle. Be diligent with your exercise or walks while travelling.(By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe)
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New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) administration is mulling over starting an AIIMS trauma centre for non-Covid patients in a phased manner as the daily fresh Covid caseload has substantially decreased in the national capital. Declaring the centre dedicated for Covid-19 treatment in March 2020, the trauma facilities were shifted to the main AIIMS building.The Resident Doctors Association (RDA) had written several times to the AIIMS administration to start the trauma service as the Covid caseload has decreased now. In a recently held meeting with the RDA, it has been proposed to start the trauma centre for non-Covid patients in a phased manner.However, the AIIMS RDA has raised objections over the phased manner plan for the trauma centre. An RDA official told IANS that they are receiving as many traumatic patients as during pre-Covid times. They have provided us just two to three wards to start the service which is not enough to handle all patients, said the RDA officials. "In a recent general body meeting held by AIIMS administration, it was decided to allocate some general wards at Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre (JPNATC) to cater to trauma patients. Emergency, Operative and ICU are three pillars of trauma care. Unavailability of these will result in an increase in preventable deaths. AIIMS administration in a recent decision has, however, denied the availability of emergency, ICU and operative care services to trauma victims at JPNATC" the RDA official said.The RDA says that the issues regarding trauma care prevalent at Main AIIMS such as delays in emergency operative intervention, transfer out of moderate to severe injury patients, etc, will remain the same.The official said during pre-Covid times there were total 264 beds, including 38 ICU beds at the Jai Prakash Narayan Trauma Centre; post-Covid it has been decreased to 95 beds, including 18 ICU beds. "Several buildings at AIMMS are fully unoccupied during the pandemic times where Covid services can be started", said the RDA officials.The RDA official said the RDA has requested AIIMS administration to restore trauma facilities at JPNATC in total.---IANSavr/khz/bg
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday declined to interfere with a Bombay High Court order, quashing the Maharashtra government's notifications regulating amount charged by private hospitals and nursing homes to non-Covid patients.A bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah told the state government counsel that "non-Covid patients are bound to move to private hospitals, when you don't have necessary infrastructure. Sorry, we will not interfere". Advocate Rahul Chitnis, representing the Maharashtra government, submitted that the appeal was filed challenging the high court's October 23, 2020 order, quashing the notifications relating to capping of price of treatment for non-Covid patients.The bench pointed out that such notifications shouldn't be issued, when the state government itself does not have necessary infrastructure to treat non-Covid patients at government hospitals.The state government had prescribed a rate card for private hospitals and nursing homes while treating non-Covid patients. The two notifications were issued in April and May last year.The high court's Nagpur bench, quashing these notifications, had said the state does not have power to frame any law to regulate rates chargeable by private hospitals and nursing homes to non-Covid patients.The court had held the Epidemic Diseases Act, the Disaster Management Act, and Covid regulations do not empower the state government to issue directions in relation to non-Covid patients being treated in private hospitals and nursing homes.--IANSss/vd
New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) The Covid-19 pandemic had a significant effect on most spheres of clinical practice, including the outpatient attendance and elective surgeries, revealed a study by a team at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here on Friday.The team conducted an observational study on 6,77,237 cases (599,281 outpatient and 77,956 hospital admissions) and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on various medical and surgical specialties for the entire duration, since the onset of the pandemic, and compared it with the preceding pre-pandemic period (June 1, 2019-March 31, 2020).The findings, published in the Indian Journal of Medical Sciences, showed that attendance of both new and follow-up cases dropped by 57.65 per cent. The outpatient cases attendance saw a significant reduction of 89.2 per cent, followed by a reduction of 80.75 per cent in surgical work.Further, Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on both the hospital's major medical and surgical specialties.Bariatric surgery (87.5 per cent) and ophthalmology (65.45 per cent) were affected the most and general surgery (32.28 per cent), and neurosurgery the least."The only medical specialty that saw more patients has respiratory medicine with a significant increase of 314.04 per cent, in admissions because of Covid-19," Apollo Hospitals Group Medical Director, and Senior Consultant, Paediatric Gastroenterology Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Anupam Sibal, said."Healthcare providers must factor in the impact of fear which results in patients ignoring their healthcare needs which can be detrimental," Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, Managing Diirector M.P. Shivakumar said. The doctors urged that those who were neglected must be given medical attention at the earliest.--IANSrvt/vd
Itanagar/Agartala, July 8 (IANS) Following a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, the Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to allow only vaccinated people to enter the bordering state, officials said here on Thursday.A health official said that Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar during a virtual meeting on Wednesday told Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla that the state has been ensuring that anyone who is keen to visit Arunachal Pradesh must be vaccinated prior to their entry into the state.Kumar informed the Bhalla that the state government has also undertaken aggressive testing for Covid-19.Over 68 per cent of the people aged 18 years and above have received their first dose of the vaccine in the state.The Chief Secretary said that the state has adopted a three-prong strategy to prevent the spread of the virus, which include extensive tracking and testing, enforcement of Covid appropriate behaviour and vaccination."The state needs an additional three lakh vaccines in a bid to achieve 100 per cent coverage of beneficiaries in the 18-plus and 45-plus age groups," Kumar said.Till Thursday, Arunachal Pradesh reported 38,283 Covid cases, including 184 deaths with 34,736 people have recovered from the disease.The northeastern state's recovery and fatality ratio stood at 90.73 per cent and 0.48 per cent, respectively.The Centre had recently deputed multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and three northeastern states -- Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, and Manipur -- in view of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases being reported from these states.--IANSsc/arm
Hyderabad, June 28 (IANS) Doctors here have saved the life of a 70-year-old man suffering from severely decreased heart pumping function, and several other comorbidities, with the "world's smallest heart pump".Sashidhar (name changed) was admitted to the AIG Hospitals on June 14 with complaints of breathlessness, chest pain and severe weakness. After primary diagnosis with ECG and ECHO, the patient was diagnosed with heart failure and severely decreased heart pumping.The patient was stabilised and an angiogram was done which further revealed that his all three main arteries of the heart were severely blocked, including the left main coronary artery. The comorbidity list of the patient included a liver transplant, diabetes, hypertension, anemia and acute kidney injury.While the patient's kidney issues were managed by the immunosuppressive drug regimen, his cardiac MRI was done which showed all the heart muscles were viable. However, later it was found out that the risk of mortality in case of coronary by-pass surgery was extremely high.Usually, these patients are left with no options, but treatment with a new non-surgical heart pump called IMPELLA, an US-FDA approved device."The biggest challenge for such high-risk patients undergoing cardiac intervention is maintaining stable pressure and perfusion to the brain, kidneys and other critical organs. Simply put, to keep the blood flow stable while the procedure is being done," said Anuj Kapadia, senior consultant, interventional cardiology, AIG Hospitals.The IMPELLA device, which is known as the "world's smallest heart pump", was inserted into the heart through the groin artery under local anesthesia and it helped in stabilising the heart function and ensuring blood flow to the critical organs during the procedure. It replicated the pumping function of the heart, providing blood flow of 3.5 litres/minute. The overall procedure lasted for three hours, after which the device was safely removed. The patient was shifted to the ICU and was subsequently discharged after two days of hospitalisation, the doctors said.--IANSrvt/arm