Now Blogging at theparasg.in

It’s been a crazy roller coaster of a ride since my last post on here. For starters, the 100 days of clean eating challenge went kaput before it even began. I’m embarrassed to admit that the month of March was a junk food fiesta and even now I’m struggling to resume the strict diet I somehow managed to follow for most of January and February. I guess my body just rebelled and wanted to consume everything that it had been denied since mid-December. Feeling deprived is never going to help such a challenge. The good news is that I’m harnessing the power of raw garlic to address bacterial and fungal overgrowth in my gut and most of my psoriatic lesions are looking a lot better.

My new dietary philosophy is to eat more raw veggies than chicken or fish and to completely avoid gluten, dairy and sugar. To keep myself from going completely crazy especially when I’m out with friends, I’m allowing myself the odd rice or corn based dish where grain consumption is concerned.

So the really important piece of news I want to share with you is that I’ve started blogging at my new domain theparasg.in as I prepare to use this one (parasgudka.com) for my portfolio/work website (once I’ve figured out exactly what I want to do with my career). Also, in a move that is very incongruous to how I operate, I’m keeping my new blog as minimal as I can with all focus on the content and nothing else (no Twitter timelines or Facebook likeboxes embedded in the sidebar). Hope you will enjoy the simple but beautiful layout as much as I do. In due course, I’ll be migrating select posts to theparasg.in before shutting down this blog for good. (Not having to tolerate the ugliness that is the Twenty Thirteen PG theme will be such a relief!) See you at my new blog!

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Challenging Myself to 100 Days of Clean Eating

The thought, “To cheat or not to cheat,” kept buzzing in my head as I flicked through high-definition channels barely paying attention to what was happening on-screen. I had just finished dinner. The all-too-familiar demon was back, urging me to break my promise of eating only autoimmune-friendly foods just for the burst of rich moist cakey sweetness that would last but a few seconds on my tongue. Fortunately, my emotions didn’t get the better of me this time. (The fact that I would have to place a minimum order worth Rs. 300 to get my local Birdy’s to deliver AND have to wait for at least 30 minutes before I could eat the treats, helped.)

That was a few nights ago. Since then, I’ve managed to go 4 whole days without cheating even on a gram of food that isn’t on my Psoriasis Recovery Protocol approved list (and am close to marking off Day 5 on my beautiful table calendar by Bombay artist Antara Pain).

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Recipe Saturdays: Homemade Apple Jelly

How I like my homemade apple jelly - with salt and cinnamon

How I like my homemade apple jelly – with salt and cinnamon

Continuing this series of Paleo friendly gut-healing recipes every Saturday, I bring to you what is fast becoming my favourite dessert snack—homemade apple jelly. Apart from being a tasty treat, there is gelatin in it that has many health benefits such as:

  • Helping the gut absorb nutrients (especially for those with damaged intestines)
  • Better joint health
  • Promoting hair, nail and skin growth
  • Improving skin elasticity

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Recipe Saturdays: Easy Peasy Pressure Cooked Carrot Soup

Having shared with you recipes written by other cooks on their blogs in the previous two editions of this series, I thought it might be fun to try putting together one of my own that I recently executed. This carrot soup is not only quick to make but also tastes delicious and is a great way to incorporate vegetables in your diet in an easy-to-digest form.

This is what my carrot soup looked like. Not too shabby, huh?

This is what my carrot soup looked like. Not too shabby, huh?

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Brian Kidula Takes Over In Black & White

My dear readers, thank you for your support during the time I authored The Star’s ‘In Black & White’ column. I am happy to announce that my colleague and experienced chess player Brian Kidula took over the column on 22nd January and has already published 3 articles:

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Interview: Onetouch Crew on their Nairobi-Buja Photo Expedition

Poster for 'Our Journey in Photographs'

Poster for ‘Our Journey in Photographs’

Last November, I was in Nairobi to wind up my affairs there before I could technically call myself a resident of Bombay and I happened to hear of a photo exhibition called ‘Our Journey in Photographs’. Something about photos from an epic Nairobi-Bujumbura road trip undertaken by a bunch of photographers. There was no way I would miss a photo exhibition about an epic road trip so I went.

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Recipe Saturdays: Bone Broth

Start your day with a nourishing bowl of bone broth and watch your digestion improve.

Recipe here: Quick Pressure Cooker Bone Broth | via Nom Nom Paleo

What my bowl of bone broth looks like

What my bowl of bone broth looks like