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A year of no Tea ( and Minimum Sugar)

I would like to talk about a slow and sweet poison in our lives. One, we freely consume daily. Any guesses? It’s sugar.

My dad has diabetes. My 44 year old boss has diabetes. And I am afraid that I too might get it one day.

Two years back I read a Facebook article about a book called  “A Year of no sugar”. The author of this book Eve Schuab tells us that sugar causes several chronic ailments like heart disease, hypertension, Kidney Failure and Cancer. Yes Cancer also.

Eve  tells us that sugar acts like a toxin in our body. While our body can easily handle small quantities of refined sugar, when consumed in excess, it plays havoc with our hormones. She says that most companies are using more and more sugar in their products not just to improve the taste but to hide the bad taste of their products. If these products din’t have sugar, we would never buy them. Products like bread, biscuits, cereals, ketchup, sauces, fruit juices contain too much refined sugar to mask their bad tastes.

And since sugar acts as a preservative, all the more reason to add more sugar to increase the shelf life of the product. And since sugar is a carbohydrate not fat, all these products are advertised as healthy or fat free.

So she embarks on an experiment to cut out all refined sugars from her family’s diet for one full year and has shared her hilarious experience in the book ‘A Year of No Sugar’.

So Inspired by the article I decided to cut out sugar from my diet. However I am not as brave as Eve. Being faint hearted,  I decided that I would like to start small. I was sure that I couldn’t  give up sugar completely. So I tried to give up refined sugar consumed in liquid form. So I cut out tea, coffee, and colas from my daily life.

But it was not as easy as it sounds. Yes my friends, let me tell you about my two year long experiment. My two years of no tea and colas.

Imagine your daily afternoon tea break with your office collegues. They are enjoying their tea. And you sit there sipping a glass of warm water. Yes. That is exactly what I did for a few months.

Leaving tea, cold turkey was a little difficult. My mind craved a hot beverage after my afternoon meal. So I replaced my tea with warm water.

But Tea time is not just about getting your fix of caffeine.  It’s also about getting your daily dose of office gossip.  So instead of skipping the tea break, I used the time to sip on warm water. I felt exactly like a vegetarian Jain going out for lunch with a group of non vegetarian friends.

But the experiment proved to be very fruitful. I managed to successfully cut out tea and colas for last two years from my diet. While I can’t comment about the long term health benefits like avoiding diabetes,  heart attacks or cancer. I did experience some short term benefit.  For all the engineers and mathematicians out here, Let me share the math behind it.  A teaspoon of sugar contains at least 5 gms of sugar. I used to consume around 3 cups a day. A year has 365 days.So over 2 years that comes to 5 gms a cup × 3 cups × 365 days × 2 years. That’s approx 11 kgs of sugar or 44000 empty calories eliminated in 2 years. Not bad huh! .  And I am not even counting the numerous  cans of coke which contain 10 tea spoons or roughly 50 gms of sugar per can.

Initially I did get pangs for my daily fix of tea and liquid sugar. But now I don’t feel sleepy in the afternoon. I don’t need tea or coffee to keep me awake.  But the best part, I lost 19 kgs in just 2 years.

So next time you grab you cup of tea or coffee or a can of coke , Imagine a warning sign on it like the one on a pack of cigarettes.  Sugar consumption is injurious to health.

My First Book Published !

Dear Friends,

I have finally published my ebook on Kindle. I am sharing the link to my book here. It’s a book about how I changed my habits, lost 18kgs and turned around my life through simple mini habits. I also used those same techniques to write this book 50 words per day. It’s my first attempt to become a published author.

I really want to reach out to as many readers as I can. It has been my dream to write a book that has my name on the cover. That dream has finally come true.

I shall be posting some extracts from the book very soon.

I request you all to please download and read the book (or the free 10 page sample) and give me your valuable feedback. I also request you to post a small review on Amazon. (Even a single word review like good or bad or ok will help).



Thank you for the motivation.


Bless the money you spend

Have you ever felt guilty after spending on a luxury? Have you ever regretted making a purchase or felt you over paid for it?

Do you a lot of negative feeling of fear, guilt or regret before, during and after buying something and spending the money?

Bless the money you spend.

Money should never be spent with fear, guilt or regret. When you are spending, it’s a sign that you have enough at the moment. So give it away with love and happiness. And it will come back more.

The next time you make a purchase and a negative thought pops up in your mind, just say “I bless this money and it’s receiver, for I have enough” or some version of it that resonates with your mind and heart and repeat it a few times in your mind or even loudly if you want. And then gradually you will see the feelings of fear, guilt , regret and lack of abundance disappear and your wealth grow.


If you spend with the fear that you may not have enough for your future needs, you send a message to your sub conscious brain, that you are not capable of taking care of your future. And at a spiritual level, it sends a message of Lack of Abundance or Poverty mindset to the cosmic universe. And for those who believe in the Laws of Attraction, which states that we attract those things I’m our life that we consciously or subconsciously focus on, tend to attract Poverty or Lack of Abundance. Remember as long as you are alive and can work, you can pay for it.


Because wealth is the product of a man’s ability to think. And sometimes a single idea executed properly can make you a millionaire or even a billionaire.


Don’t Compare

People are less unhappy with their own troubles than they are by the success of their neighbours or peers.

As Charlie Munged says, “Envy is the only one of the 7 deadly sins , in which you don’t have any fun. Pick any other over envy and you will still have some fun.”

Envy or Comparison is the biggest happiness killer.

Instead of feeling low by comparing yourself with people who are more successful than you are, surround yourself with people who are more successful in the fields in which you want to be successful. Even if you have to pay to be with such people, do it.

Success has a habit of rubbing of on others. The more you surround yourself with successful and happy people the more their success and happiness will rub off on you. Because success is like the fragrance of flowers. It rubs off on anyone who touches them.

I am sure you have heard of this phrase, “You are the average of top 5 people you spend the most time with”

Go to places where successful people network. Go to places where successful people relax. Go to places where successful people learn or sharpen their skills. And revel in their success, because one day when you are successful too, you would want people to revel in your success.




Why making decisions is so difficult for our brain

In his book Iconoclast, author Gregory Berns writes,

*But the brain, like any machine, suffers the constraint of limited resources. The brain has a fixed energy budget. It can’t demand more power from the energy company (our body) when it needs to do something complicated. So it has evolved to do what it does as efficiently as possible. This is where the problem arises for most people and is the biggest impediment to being an iconoclast. For example, when confronted with information streaming from the eyes, the brain will interpret this information in the quickest and most efficient way possible. Time is energy. The longer the brain spends performing some calculation, the more energy it consumes. Considering that the brain runs on about 40 watts of power (a lightbulb!), it doesn’t have a lot of energy to spare. So it must be efficient.

*This means that it will draw on both past experience and any other source of information, such as what other people say, to make sense of what it is seeing. This happens all the time.


And perhaps this is the reason ,sites like IMDB and Amazon have user reviews which help make our decision making easier.



Berns says the following :-

*Everything that the brain sees or hears or touches has multiple interpretations. The one that is ultimately chosen—the thing that is perceived—is simply the brain’s best guess at interpreting what flows into it. In technical terms, these guesses have their basis in the statistical likelihood of one interpretation over another. These guesses are heavily influenced by past experience and, importantly for potential iconoclasts, what other people say. Fortunately, there are ways to limit the effect on perception of past experience and other people’s opinions.
**To see things differently than other people, the most effective solution is to bombard the brain with things it has never encountered before.
*Novelty releases the perceptual process from the shackles of past experience and forces the brain to make new judgments. As we shall see in the following chapters, there are many ways to accomplish this. Iconoclasts, at least successful ones, have a preternatural affinity for new experiences.

*Where most people shy away from things that are different, the iconoclast embraces novelty.



Making Decisions , Novelty and Fear


*The problem with novelty, however, is that, for most people, novelty triggers the fear system of the brain. Fear is the second major impediment to thinking like an iconoclast and stops the average person dead in his tracks. There are many types of fear, but the two that inhibit iconoclastic thinking are fear of uncertainty and fear of public ridicule.


One of the shortcuts to this is to do as Steve Jobs says in his Speech.


*Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
*Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you  have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

*Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.


So trust your Intuition over your Brain. Because your Brain may just be trying to save time and energy to get its job done whereas your intuitions has your best interest at heart over time and energy saving.

Work Less , Enjoy More

How far will you go in your life, career and building wealth depends less on how strongly you row or how hard you work, it’s more about the kind of boat you select.

A person  on cycle will overtake a person who is walking easily. The only thing is you need to bild a cycle first while the other person can start walking immediately.

A 9-5 job is like walking. And a Business is like a cycle. The effort is more in the former and  speed less whereas the effort is less in later and speed more. So learn to build a cycle. Learn to run a business.

Sometimes you can be your business. You may be a writer, painter, speaker, a good sportsperson, investor etc.  Use your skill and your cycle.

I will post some of my favourite extracts from 4 hour Work week by Tim Ferris.

What is the pot of gold that justifies spending the best years of your life hoping for happiness in the last?

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. —MARK TWAIN

Life doesn’t have to be so damn hard. It really doesn’t. Most people, my past self included, have spent too much time convincing themselves that life has to be hard, a resignation to 9-to-5 drudgery in exchange for (sometimes) relaxing weekends and the occasional keep-it-short-or-get-fired vacation.

People don’t want to be millionaires—they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy. Ski chalets, butlers, and exotic travel often enter the picture

$1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows. The question is then, How can one achieve the millionaire lifestyle of complete freedom without first having $1,000,000?

It just so happens, paradoxically, that you can make more money—a lot more money—by doing half of what you are doing now.



There is nothing New under the Sun

Don’t try to be Original, Try to be Useful instead.  When creating something or writing your book, people don’t want the influence of other authors to show in their work.

But as Bible says: “There is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

As the French writer André Gide put it, “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”

But as any artist know, humans including artists and writers learn better by imitation. It has something to do with the Mirror Neurons in the human brain. As they say “Monkey see, Monkey do”