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For every doubting Thomas who tells you women can’t scale mountains, wrestle in the ring, endure physical hardship, your comeback should be a simple hashtag:#StandStrong.
There’s no bigger retaliation than success, they say. So show your calibre to these detractors or anybody who believes that we, as women, lack the potential to be physically as fit as men by being just that. Not to say that it will be an easy process.
The conditioning that we are not at par physically starts early. From the time we are offered a hand to bring down the cookie jar to when we are told not to lift too heavy a weight; when the sports selectors in schools bypass promising girl children or when the male friends refuse to count us in in any serious hiking plans—that feeling of being physically less is ingrained right from the beginning.
So how is it that we witness sportswomen like Mary Kom packing a punch in the arena or a badminton champ like PV Sindhu physically pushing herself to the limits? Or the fact that celebs like Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu, Katrina Kaif swear by their fitness routine and are known to train for longer hours than their male counterparts?
Then again look beyond these superwomen. Look around you. There are regular women storming into male bastions, physically-challenging professions and pursuits, and coming out triumphant. This new-found confidence comes with taking care of yourself, being cognizant of the fact that our body needs to be given TLC, from the right diet and nutrition to exercise and care to help us stand strong.
This is when I raise a toast: Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them!
Football player Tom Brady isn’t just making headlines for his game, his diet is also trending! Ever since his book detailing these diet tips has come out, people are jumping onto the Tom Brady diet, to stay in good shape! While you may not be able to bend it as Brady does at 45, it sure sounds like you’ll make some headway with weight loss, fitness and wellness goals!
The focus of the diet is to get enough alkalising foods into the system, which are anti-inflammatory and balance the body’s pH levels. Around 80 per cent of the diet is alkaline foods, and only the other 20 per cent is acidic. There is a lot of emphasis on fresh vegetables, a plant-based diet, plenty of organic foods, whole grains, and water that has been reinforced with electrolytes, fruits and so on.
The Brady diet avoids sugar, alcohol, refined flours and grains, excessive meat, and even certain vegetables like eggplant and tomatoes since they aren’t really anti-inflammatory! The diet also says no to GMOs, iodised salt, caffeine, dairy and fruits (although the occasional fresh fruit smoothie is allowed). It also says cooking in olive oil is a no-no – although it is good for a salad dressing – and recommends coconut oil for cooking instead.