I Thought My Pain Was Normal—Then I Found Out I Had a ‘Ton’ of Fibroids

I Thought My Pain Was Normal—Then I Found Out I Had a ‘Ton’ of Fibroids

I had never heard of fibroids when I was diagnosed with them in the ER one night just a few months ago. I had gone to the hospital because I was in so much pain, it felt like my appendix had burst. I had also been feeling very tired, experiencing painful cramping, and bleeding way more than normal during my period. But it didn’t occur to me that all those symptoms could be related; at 33, I figured they were just part of getting older. So when the doctor told me I had a “ton” of fibroids in…

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I started living my life to my highest potential: Malini Ramani, fashion designer-turned-yoga guru

I started living my life to my highest potential: Malini Ramani, fashion designer-turned-yoga guru

I started living my life to my highest potential: Malini Ramani, fashion designer-turned-yoga guru This New Year, we start a column on people whose life has been transformed by walking the spiritual path I’ve been learning yoga since I was six years old. My mother had gifted a children’s yoga book and I started experimenting with fun poses. The journey from being a learner to a teacher of yoga has changed my life. It was in 2006 that I turned to spiritual yoga – more meditative. The transformation from a…

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5 Lessons I Taught My Children About the Food on Their Plates

5 Lessons I Taught My Children About the Food on Their Plates

Even when your garden is filled with a crop of sprouting grass, as ours is at this point in the season, you can still teach your children some of the basic principles of food production. Hard work, the complementary gifts of soil and water, and the disappointment of seeds that never produce food also yield valuable lessons. As parents, one of the most fundamental opportunities we can pass on to our children is that of experiential learning. Life is best lived hot (the beating noonday sun) or cold (the icy…

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Why I Didn’t Burst Crackers This Diwali (and Maybe You Shouldn’t Too)

Why I Didn’t Burst Crackers This Diwali (and Maybe You Shouldn’t Too)

I love festivals. Unabashedly so. The anticipation, dressing up, the traditions involved, the food (oh the food!!) and absolutely anything and everything about festivals. I dress like the demure Indian bride on Karwachauth, have my tree up every Christmas and love tossing popcorns into the bonfire on Lohri. But most of all, I love the month of Diwali. The period between Dussehra and Diwali is my favourite time of the year. The vibe of the Capital city changes completely. It is the month when the weather (thankfully) is sublime, there…

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I Have Experienced Depression, Says Hrithik Roshan

I Have Experienced Depression, Says Hrithik Roshan

Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan says he has gone through a lot of ups and downs in his personal life and been through depression, but it is something which should not be stigmatised. The “Bang Bang!” star says issues relating to mental health must be spoken casually and not as if it is something which can’t be cured. “I’ve been through my ups and downs. I have experienced depression, I have experienced confusion, as we all do. It’s a very normal thing. We should be very casual about it when we…

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I took 100 selfies a day… didn’t know how to stop

I took 100 selfies a day… didn’t know how to stop

Have you looked at the mirror and hated what you saw? Now increase that self-loathing a 100 times and add panic to it…that’s what I was like few months back. I hated my nose, pimples, skin… I hated looking at my reflection whether in a shopping mall or at home. I would wash my hands and face constantly. The only saving grace was that I looked better at night. At night, at some angles, with my hair done a certain way, I looked alright. I know that for a fact…

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How I Kept Running While I Was Pregnant

How I Kept Running While I Was Pregnant

Running is a huge part of my life. Most of my social life involves running. It’s my preferred form of therapy. I almost always have a race on the horizon, and I get up early to log miles before work more often than not. In other words, I’m one of “those people” – the generally eccentric bunch of fitness nuts that make Colorado Springs a top running town. When we found out I was pregnant with my first child in January, my husband and I were thrilled. After the initial…

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How I start my day

How I start my day

How I start my day (Jordan Siemens/Getty Images) Starting your day is like building a foundation for a house. It doesn’t matter how well your house is designed – without a stable foundation, it’ll crumble. My morning routine actually begins the night before. I am very disciplined about having all gadgets off in my house by 10 pm. I wrap up my day with a shower, brushing my teeth, stretching, reading, and finally, my gratitude blessing. By doing this, I have prepared my mind and body for a deep rest…

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My five-yr-vintage Refused to devour Dinner – and that i let Her

My five-yr-vintage Refused to devour Dinner – and that i let Her

On a current weeknight, my five-yr-antique daughter did no longer, within the slightest bit, like what I served for dinner. specially, she wanted nothing to do with the fowl that turned into in the dish. She announced, with a very decided face, “Mommy, you constantly inform me I need to pay attention to my body, and my frame says, ‘No way devour that chook,’ so I might not eat it.”Her older brothers burst into riotous laughter, and it became all I ought to do to maintain a directly face. In…

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I Have Five Digital ‘Personal Assistants’ and Still Can’t Get Anything Done

I Have Five Digital ‘Personal Assistants’ and Still Can’t Get Anything Done

There comes a point in every adult’s life when one stops and thinks: I could really use a personal assistant. I know I could. The Washington Post’s budget, however, doesn’t stretch to provide each reporter with a personal aide. But thanks to the magic of technology, I have regular access to five digital assistants: Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Google Now and an email-based scheduling assistant called Amy. It should be a breeze for anyone trying to get themselves organized as part of a New Year’s resolution. It should be fantastic. But,…

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