Doing something with devotion for a cause is called Vratham in Sanskrit. I remember growing up in Nandyala, elders in my family periodically doing vrathams. They would refrain from certain foods and desires for a set period of time and slowdown from life. As a child, I used to wonder why anyone wants to put the body voluntarily through the hard path. But as I get older, I am realizing that suffering could bring salvation or at least gives some knowledge of how sufficient our lives are.
For the first time, I did a workout vratham last year for 14 days. It was a shock to my system and a test to my will power. In the end, the 14 days of refraining led to rejoicing about the realization that I still had the control on my mind and I could motivate myself enough to do something good for my spirit. That Jihva (desire) is back again this year. My guru for the inspiration and motivation is Kay from Live.Love.Workout. And, this is the plan for this year’s workout vratham:
Jihva for Workout Vratham
Vratham duration: May 1st to May 31st.
Vratham Workout: in addition to the regular homework.
- 15 minutes of meditation, everyday.
- 5 days of Cardio (walking/running/aerobics/swimming/etc) – minimum 30 minutes
- 3 days of Calisthenics (strength training/crunches, sit ups, squats, lunges, etc) and Yoga/Pilates – 30 minutes minimum
Vratham Food - The food will be anti inflammatory – as it will help to cleanse the system and slow down the degenerative forces.
- Grains : Whole grains. Brown rice, Amaranth, Quinoa, Buckwheat, Steel cut oats, Millet – ragi (finger millet)/bajra(pearl millet)/white millet/African/kodo/Teff/
- Fresh fruits – all except bananas
- Fresh veggies – twice everyday
- Protein – Lentils and beans at least twice a day.
- Fresh Greens and Herbs: At least one serving of raw greens a day – either in juice or kosambaris
- Unsalted nuts and seeds in moderate amounts
- Sweetener – just a tad of honey / agave /stevia /molasses/jaggery
- Dairy – Just yogurt or kefir.
- Drinks – water, herbal teas, fresh juices, lemon water, coconut water
The following are good foods. But in western world, particularly in US, aggressive farming, extreme chemical commercialization and over processing changed the good to somewhat questionable character. So the refrain.
- No wheat
- No sugar and sugar substitutes, preservatives, additives, etc
- No dairy (milk, cheese, sour cream, butter, cream etc)
- No eggs
- No corn and corn products
- No canned products
- No veggies list – tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, bell peppers
- No bananas or dried fruits
- No caffeine – Coffee/Black tea
- No alcohol
- No chocolate
- No fried foods
- No peanuts
- No Meat
Portion sizes are important and total calories for a day allowed are 1200-1600. Divide each meal into approximately 300-400 calories for a total of 4 mini meals per day.
(calorie tracking websites – TheDailyplate, fitday, sparkpeople, shape online journal.)
This plan that I am going to follow for the month of May also changes the direction of 4-year old Jihva Event. You, my readers and fellow bloggers, are welcome to participate in Jihva Workout Vratham. Workout duration and food doesn’t have to be like the above exactly. It could be for one week or two weeks or a day and the food could be just vegetables and fruits or meat and dairy free. Giveup something, whatever that is troubling you food wise and workout. Change the vratham parameters to suit your lifestyle and life needs. Maintain an online journal for the duration and share your healthy meal menus and recipes with us all. No blog, then write a comment note at the participant blog you follow. Food is vital to our health and fitness, and group activities strengthen the soul. Jihva workout vratham combines the two.
I look forward to your contributions to Jihva Workout Vratham. Thanks.