Saturday, October 13, 2018

My Yogabar (protein bar) experience: Part 1

Sharing my experience about Yogabar protein bars available in India. In my opinion, this is one of the finest protein bars available in India. I tasted it a few months back. Slowly the bars have silently filled my everyday snacks. [Buy Yogabars from here]

Why Yogabar: the protein bar ?
It all started when one of my friend became an avid follower of ketogenic diet. Now, I was not too much convinced to follow it completely. But why not cherry pick some of the good points from the principle of ketogenic diet. "A protein filled diet means more satiety and less hunger and cravings."

Did it achieve anything for me ?
  • Sugar cravings has almost gone to nil. Yogabars too have carbohydrates and tends to have less with higher protein content bars.
  • Modest weight loss (3 Kgs): Since I am on no snacks and fast foods and only on Yogabars for snacks.
  • More sense of well being physically .
  • I will update later on these parameters once I finish a month. At present, this findings is for 15 days.

Which yogabars to choose from ?
My personal choice is for 20 gram bars.

6 varieties of 20g each is my personal favorite. Buy it from here.

You can double the same but the second box is full of only baked brownie flavor. If you liked it, do buy this from here. 

The 8 gram bars are also quite filling but I usually combine it with 5 gram bars on days when I do not want 20 gram bars.

6 varieties of 8g each is what I have got and I love the flavors too. You can buy it from here. 

The 5g bars are just for getting over your hunger attacks for few minutes.
10 varieties of 5g each is great with different varieties.

And presently I have cashew orange zest flavor box (5g); I would suggest to buy variety box before you order for a single flavor.

Note: I usually have either a single 20 grams protein bar a day or 8 gram bar with a 5 gram bar a day. This helps me to avoid snacks and fast food. All the other part of a typical South Indian adult male diet continues in my schedule. No fasting but this is accompanied by a moderate amount of physical exercise (yoga/biking).

Disclaimer: This is not at a medical/ nutritional advice. I am just sharing my experience and it would be apt for anyone especially those with any clinical condition to consult your physician/ nutritionist before taking any supplements.

Other combinations that you can buy. Or try it from here for the list of combinations available.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

[Book review]: Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith

Triggers is a book that actually triggers your thinking toward a new dimension of approaching a goal.

The gist is very simple and straightforward
"Many times we fail because we are too much goal or target oriented, but that can be over come by changing the focus to effort"
Changing the question from "was I happy today?"to "did I put my maximum effort to be happy today?"
Such type of approach can be applied to many aspects of professional and personal life.
The author gives numerous practical suggestions and illustrations on how this approach works.
The concept of daily questions elaborated in the book are a great way to change behaviour and make it permanent. After reading about it, I already have daily questions now. I don't see any reason why anyone will not have a similar daily questions once they finish reading this book.

Why you have to read this book ?

  • If you are struggling to start a new habit or maintain it, this is the best book on the shelf.
  • An intense depth is provided on psychological aspect of behaviour change with practical illustrations.
  • Anyone can read this book even those who doesn't want behavioural change. You might find something which needs to be changed once you start reading this book.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

[Video]: Game theory in real life

Ever wondered how game theory works in real life? Here is an animation video that aptly demonstrates the application of game theory in real life.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Linking your aadhar card with PAN

Linking aadhar card with PAN is mandatory according to the recent changes in the legislation. Though the issue is being heard by the Supreme court of India, the government has gone ahead with the process.

"Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 which was introduced by the Finance Act, 2017 makes it mandatory to quote your Aadhaar number in order to file your income tax returns (ITR). In other words you need to link you Aadhaar card to your PAN card if you want to file returns from now on." 
There are 3 ways to do this only if your name matches in both the documents.
  • Through SMS 
  • Through online: without registering 
  • Through online: with registered account 
You can find more details here

But what if your names does not match. 
You need to change the name in either of the database so that it can match and get linked. 
The process of change in aadhar seems to be easier and hassle free than attempting to change in PAN database as of now. 

To update your Aadhaar card details, visit UIDAI portal

To update your PAN details, visit NSDL portal

[Spam alert]: Chevrolet car funds now

Earlier I used to post many of the spam messages that I used to get so that there is awareness of such frauds. I clearly remember the day when one of my friend dragged me out of the library. The next moment he was sharing his secret of winning millions and how he had got the mail.
Today I am sharing a chevrolet car fund and it is a SMS spam.
P.S: They cant even spell the basic words properly.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

[Book review]: Austin Kleon's Steal like an artist: 10 things nobody told you baout being creative

Good artists copy; great artists steal *
Steve Jobs has quoted the above quote but again it might have been Picasso who has originally quoted it. 
Yeah great artists steal and make it unique. 
That uniqueness may be in modification, improvisation, combination and/ or just marketing it rightly.
"Austin Kleon's Steal like an artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative" gives you general ideas on how and what to steal. Being a book on stealing, I am pretty sure most of the stuff are stolen. But what makes it a great book is the way it is presented. *

The book has several tips on how to be creative. Two things that got my attention.

Shun digital and use digits
Using hands and real movements to be creative.
Well, I had heard it somewhere.
May be Mastery by Robert Greene.

Real creativity isn't immediately recognized
If you are creative, initially people think you are mad.
The importance of your creative work will be only realised later.
May be sometimes it takes a lifetime.
Just get into the flow and be creative; sooner or later it will be recognised.
The philosophical point of the long latent period of creativity recognition seems to be from Osho's Creativity: unleashing the forces within.

I am not suggesting that above two are stolen from that book. But they could be stolen from a book that has stolen from this book.
But never mind "Austin Kleon's Steal like an artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative" book is a must read as he has stolen only the gems.

A must my read: why ?
A small book: an entire lunch break can be sufficient for a fast reader.
Big takeaways: practical lessons like maintaining a scratch pad for jotting the ideas.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"Dutch Reach" for opening the door

The following message about "Dutch Reach" was received as a Whatsapp message. I think it is quite practical and life saving to include this habit while opening the car doors. I hope it helps you folks.

Many car drivers do not check the surrounding while opening the door of the vehicle. Seeing if something is coming from the behind before opening the door is crucial. One way to make sure that you always do that is to adopt and practice the technique called “Dutch Reach”.

Now, what exactly is ‘Dutch Reach’, and how does it save lives?

The Dutch Reach is a safety habit that is taught in the driving schools in Netherlands. The method states that you should always reach for the door handle with the farthest hand while getting out of the car. For example, if you’re sitting on the driver seat and want to get out, use your left hand to pull the door handle instead of right.

Using this technique will automatically ensure that head turns towards the door, with your eyes glancing for moving obstacles coming from behind. This way, you’ll be able to spot if some other vehicle or pedestrian is approaching from the rear. Following this method and making this a habit can save a lot of accidents that are caused due to carelessness.

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