If We Were Having Coffee

If we were having coffee, I would tell you, if we were to have coffee last weekend – you would probably be disappointed in me, I would not have shown up. Curled up or strewn, I would be passively lying in bed or on the floor. But about previous weeks I would put aside at that, and I would only tell you about the week that just went by; about how uplifting it feels to be able to sit at your desk for longer, to have some mental block removed, to be able to translate your thoughts and mental images to pencil sketches, to be able to finish drawing frames with far more clarity than one had in months or a year probably.

And I would ask you how do you like your coffee? If you had come over, nonetheless I would make you Indian filter coffee, and show you how Indians traditionally drank coffee. But were we to go out,  I would order an espresso or maybe an iced latté depending on my mood.  (And I would secretly wonder about your tastes if you ordered a cappuccino!) 

 

Also I would ask what book are you currently reading? And then I would tell you about this book I recently finished reading called ‘Furiously Happy’ by Jenny Lawson ‘The Bloggess’. I would not have personally bought the book myself, because I didn’t even know about it. Thanks to Bavitha, one of my friend’s cousin who sent me this for Christmas, I found just the book I needed to read – one in which I found I wasn’t alone in my struggle, one in which I found someone who was facing same set of problems like me (besides many which could be hers alone, I’m sure, or shared by other human specimens I don’t know of!). And it was relieving. I remember one of my teachers telling me last year that my problem is I don’t read humour. And he was right. He said,

“…humour heals.”

And I would tell you what a sweet pleasure is night time reading, just after you have retired to bed and right before you call it a day. It feels like a reward unlike when one takes temporary refuge in them to escape from one’s situation – one’s own insufficiency to make life better. By the way, I am currently reading The Girl at the Lion D’Or by Sebastian Faulks, and it’s quite an interesting read. And I would have our coffees refilled and I would tell you to brace yourself because I am going to talk about something very serious now. 

And though it might not make sense to you, yet I would tell you how good it feels to know that couple months you spent working on your bones seems to be paying off because you could climb that height with greater ease, without feeling any jerk in your knee joints. Drinking  Women’s Horlicks twice daily and adding another dietary supplement which provides Collagen (Type II), Glucosamine and Chondroitin besides many other nutrients, which again I take twice a day, has really helped me get over chronic morning stiffness. And I tell you morning stiffness can really interfere with your daily activities and curbs you from having a good start to a day.  (And regarding Horlicks, oh, the Caramel flavour is yum unlike the Classic Malt which I could never gulp down!). And how could I forget Calcium when talking of bone health. Yes, Calcium twice daily as well. Also, weekly  60K IU of cholecalciferol Vitamin D3 for better absorption of Calcium. Ladies, though I might sound old and preachy, but I know the gravity of the issue so will risk elaborating nevertheless. Owing to our dietary preferences ( vegetarianism, and consuming pasteurized but non fortified milk)  and lifestyles that confines us to do longer hours of sitting in a space without exposure to sunlight, has put us (specially women) at the risk of low bone mineral density which speeds up wear and tear, and leads to Osteoarthritis.

A lot of seemingly healthy young women are having Vitamin D deficiency which they are not even aware of, and it is taking a serious toll on their overall wellness. There is also some consensus growing among doctors across the world to screen women above 20 (yes, you read that right, 20 not 30!) for the same. So, if you can’t recall getting your blood tested for Vitamin D level recently, I suggest you do that at the soonest. You might just find what’s holding you back from being that energetic you and being X times more productive. Also, Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with depression. Read here.

Okay, I would stop at this and tell you, “It’s time I hit the bar!” 

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17 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee

    • oshinviprasagar says:

      I don’t really drink much coffee myself, unless I have had to burn some midnight oil, chasing a deadline or I have to keep someone company. Or when I need change.
      And yes, I slightly envy your wonderful selection of tea- Rooibos, Wild Cherry and Lapsang Souchong, among others. (Courtesy: Of Rituals) I wish we got those here in India!
      Anyway, I am treasuring the Chamomile I have, and at peace with the regular green tea variants- Mint, Jasmine, and Basil.

      Happy weekend reading all the New Yorker pile you have been meaning to! 🙂

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  1. bettylouise31 says:

    Your health comments are right on. I am not a coffee drinker as it made nausea whenever I tried it. I consumed aot of tea through. Your generation is very lucky as we know so much more about healthy living. Most of my medical problems are due to my eating gluten for many years. My doctor has me taking a large dose of Vitamin D once a week.

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    • oshinviprasagar says:

      Oh.. I didn’t know coffee could make anyone nauseous. Looks like we all have some quirky intolerance to different substances. People love Snicker bars and peanut butter, while I just, just can’t seem to eat either. (Not picky about food otherwise!)

      Well, though our generation might have the luxury of having access to research proven know-hows of healthy living, in general, yet most of us are not making the best of it. Most of our lifestyle in urban spaces, are held strong within the grips of hectic schedules that barely gives us the space in terms of both physical space, and time, to eat healthy, and exercise. Youngsters eat out, and stash up so much of processed junk, most of the time they don’t look into what has gone in to make what they are mindlessly munching away. Been guilty of the same, myself too, at some point.

      Oh yes, I must get myself tested for gluten intolerance. I have been avoiding it as my gut feeling says it will be positive. Damn! How do you avoid wheat! I now you can substitute with other cereal but it’s hard to leave what you have grown up eating…

      And you take care, Betty. Stay healthy, and strong. And by the way, when the flowering trees by your patio, come into full bloom, do post a picture taken in morning light. Say mew to Kato!
      Cheers! 🙂

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      • bettylouise31 says:

        If you plan on getting test for Gluten Intolerance be sure you have gluten in your diet for awhile otherwise the results will be negative. I have eaten food without wheat in a long time, over 20 years. Depends on where you live, it is easier in some areas. Kato meows back to you.

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  2. 19anddreaming says:

    Vitamin D deficiency is something I have seen lots of the young people around me deal with. You’re completely right, it is so important to get tested and take care of it! I really like this post. It was an awesome taken on the weekend coffee share!

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    • oshinviprasagar says:

      I didn’t know of the spectrum of ways Vitamin D, or lack thereof affected not only our body, but mind as well, until I found about the acute deficiency I had. And then it all made sense- the fatigues, the laziness, the slowed down activities, the reluctance to take on life like I used to, and resultantly the prolonged clinical depression.

      I am relieved my talking of grim life and bone health didn’t chase you off! I am glad you liked it. Hope to see you next weekend, with another coffee share.

      Thank you. 🙂

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  3. Corina says:

    I didn’t know abut vitamin D deficiency either. I have the additional problem of not being able to have vitamin D because it causes horrible migraines…the kind that lasts for days. I’ll have to read up on the whole thing and see what I can do.

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    • oshinviprasagar says:

      Aww.. that’s sad. But nonetheless, you can supplement naturally, although it will be a while before you can see the effects. And you have got be regular, and quantify items properly.
      If you aren’t allergic to sea food, I would say fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, and salmon are the best sources. Otherwise, fortified milk, orange juice, cheese and egg yolk could be relied on. Then again, you have to be careful with egg yolk if you have Cholestrol issues. Just monitor it doesn’t increase your LDL level.

      To a healthy body and a happier mind! 🙂

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  4. Diana says:

    Glad you enjoyed Furiously Happy—it’s on my to-be-read list. Currently, I’m reading Spook, which is a book about science and the afterlife. It’s an engaging read

    And welcome to the coffee share! I only drink a cup every now and then, but I do love to have a long chat over my cup. 🙂

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    • oshinviprasagar says:

      Hey, thanks. And I amazed to see that you actually follow up with most of the post that join the coffee share.

      I did check out, Spook, and it does see quite interesting. Any attempt in quest to unravel the mysteries of our existence, though incomplete would never cease to fascinate us. The book’s gone in my to-read list.

      Will soon catch up with my coffee for this weekend. 🙂

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  5. Beaton says:

    I am currently reading Toll the Hounds book 8 in The Malazan book of the fallen series. its some long series has taken almost half a year to get this far and got two more books to read yey
    thanks for the coffee
    ~B

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