February – Theme Post

Love. That’s the theme for this month of Feb, for all the blog posts here at Health Initiatives.

Yes, I’m still into being a food coach and I still enjoy helping Indian women around the world with weight loss and cravings.

So what’s love gotta do with it, did you say? One word A to your Q is – everything. Yes, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

We’re going to discuss about the only love relationship that there really is – the one you have with yourself. Since every other love relationship is only a reflection of this, we’ll discuss some facets of self-love. And I’m going to especially show you how, eating healthy and making the right food choices – in the face of your cravings – is a direct statement of love that you have for yourself.

You’ll see these posts posted here and on the health-initiatives.me website, on every Wednesday or Thursday-depending upon where in the world you are. You’ll get a lot of value in terms of precious actionable steps to take to deal with your food cravings, eat healthy and lose weight – so be sure to visit here or the website to read and engage with the posts.

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The Feb month blog is going to be slightly different in the sense, there will be no ‘Ask G’ type of posts! I’ll turn tables on myself and give you a peek into ‘How G learnt’ kinda situations 😁

Truth be said, there’s no place better than a hospital setting to learn some self-love. For years and years, I was in situations where I’d have 9-12 hour work days that gave us no time to eat! And by the time we got ourselves to the cafeteria samosas, ketchup and chai for the North Indian palate vada, chutney and coffee for the Southies was all there would be available! 🤔?? Yes, hospital cafeterias do see this as food fit for their staff and do sell it to anyone that wants to eat there. Including patients! And if I dared to leave the patients waiting and sneak out to eat, there was bakery 10 minutes away that had veggie puff (a savory pastry) and cakes!

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Theme For Jan 2019: Clarity

As I take in the exquisiteness of this blank canvas of a brand new year ahead of me, it feels VERY exciting.

SO much to learn, SO much to give, SO much to do!

And I’m hearing a voice saying – ‘oh, you are just one person Girija’

Sigh! Yes. I’m not arguing .. it is true after all, isn’t it!

Just in time I remember the story of the humming bird in ‘Dirt! The Movie’. This a lovely story of a tiny humming bird who lived in a big forest. And the forest is caught in a big bad fire. All the animals are terribly overwhelmed and they don’t know what to do! Then this little humming bird steps up and says, I have an idea and soaks up the water from nearby and attempts to douse the fire. The other animals say to the humming bird, you are just one little bird and the fire is big as is the forest. So, the humming bird says – “I’ll do the best I can!”

This felt so persuasive to me that I got SO much done! As I was humming to myself and working, I went all the way back to the days of college .. physics lab to be precise. Those experiments to show how light is a particle and light is also a wave, remember? It is as if to say, light particle is a tiny part of the bigger whole and light as a wave is the whole. Think about it, so also is water.

We are no different really!






Each one of us is one small tiny human, and we’re each complete humanity too. Now, how powerful is this?

This means, whatever you do for your tiny self, you’re in essence doing for the entire humanity. Right?

Wow! Just. Wow.

I’m inspired to have a theme for each month going forward – both for myself personally and for Health Initiatives – and for Jan of 2019 it’s going to be ‘clarity’.

I offer you this for your contemplation practice, for the rest of this month:

“I am human and I am humanity too. So, what I do for myself, am doing for the entire humanity itself” Girija