Health & Wellness, Health Writing, Self-care

I missed my periods!

Just in case you’re reading my blog for the first time, my name is Pragya, I’m 32, a freelance health and wellness writer based in Noida, India. And for some weird reason my interest in knowing more about my reproductive health is increasing by the dayπŸ™ˆ For that reason I started to track my periods for the first time in my life! (yeah now at 32, better late than never)πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

So the first month went great and was happy to know that I complete my cycle in 25 days (the first month since my tracking). Marked my calendar for the next expected date that could be anywhere around 27-28th of April.

However, to my surprise this time let alone 25 days, my periods even missed the most commonly expected 28th-day mark. Was a bit worried to say the least since I haven’t been sexually active in the last month, am not on any medications or undergoing any treatments or don’t have any health condition as such that I could root it back to.

Anyhow, I didn’t give it much thought at that time since already a lot was going on that I was dealing with (pandemic being one of them, still dealing with it to be honest). A week went by but nothing. It was when I hit the 10-days-late mark that I started to panic a bit. As in, so many thoughts were popping in my head, such as what if:

😒 It’s early menopause 😰 (not even married yet, and I wish to one day to be honest and make some babies)

😒 I’ve contracted some disease (in my breasts? as I felt a slight pain in my bosom for about a week)

😒 I’m developing some health condition related to hormonal imbalance?

Phew! Basically every negative reason/scenario I could think of. But then shortly after all of these scenarios I also reversed them with something like:

❀ It’s Ok, even if it’s early menopause, I can still have babies, I can adopt them πŸ™‚

❀ I can’t jump to any conclusions like contraction of any disease just because I missed my dates once. Will visit a gynecologist for a checkup after the pandemic situation relieves a bit.

❀ God has blessed me with good health and a healthy body, nothing is going to happen to me, I’m going to live a healthy life.

And just as I was getting at peace in knowing that it’s fine and no need to worry if I miss my periods once in a while or they get extremely delayed, this morning, I got my perrriioooodddss!πŸ’ƒ (+ the pain in my breasts also gone:))

If you’re too experiencing a similar situation as I did, please don’t panic. I get it, it can easily send anyone to think of the worst-case scenarios but trust me it’s not as important that it costs your mental peace.

So stay positive and if the situation persists, visit your gyno for a checkup. In fact, I’m coming to believe now that after the age of 30, every woman should start visiting their gyno quarterly (or at least bi-annually) for a checkup. Ok Stay well, stay safe/ see you!πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Health & Wellness, Health Writing, Nutrition

“How do I burn more calories?”

“How do I burn more calories? Like I have seen people burning 300 calories in 30 minutes.” A friend asked me.

Before anything else, here’s a fun fact:

You need to go in the calorie deficit of 7000 cals to lose 1kg of fat😬

Now coming back to the question,

Let’s say you aim at losing 2 kgs in a month…

(FYI, aiming to lose anything more than 1/2kg to 1kg per week, I don’t consider healthy, but this is my opinion)

…meaning you’ll have to aim for achieving a calorie deficit of 14000 cals per month ie. approx. 3500 cals/ week or 500 cals/ day.

How can workouts facilitate that?

Speaking based on my health watch and running app stats:

πŸ”₯ Walking 8000 steps/day makes you burn somewhere around 400 cals
πŸ”₯ Running at the pace of 6 for around 30 mins burns 300 cals approx

In short, if you want to target burning 300-400 cals/ day via physical exercise then you’ll need to do either an intense workout or go for long-duration workouts.

How can diet help you lose weight?

Considering we’re burning 300 cals via workouts, so it leaves us with just another 300 cals (I prefer to go for the upper limit always so that we don’t fall short) to burn via diet management.

Here are a few tips on how can you do that:

πŸ’š Go for a plant-based, whole food diet
πŸ’š Avoid packaged/ processed food
πŸ’š Be mindful about your portion-size
πŸ’š Avoid overeating/ emotional eating
πŸ’š Avoid second servings
πŸ’š Limit sugar intake
πŸ’š Include healthier alternatives of certain foods in your diet (eg. sugar)
πŸ’š Increase your liquid intake

Hope you found this helpful!

Will be happy to answer more of such interesting health-related question, you know how to reach me already!😊✨

PS: None of it is medical advice, just my opinion as a health writer.