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Simple tips for a healthier 2018

Simple tips for a healthier 2018

Health Tips, Healthy Living and Nutrition, Reviews
As 2017 rolls away, it's that time of the year when most of us are ready to swear off chocolates, fried food, alcohol and start working out… And why not…Its really exciting to create health resolutions following the over-indulgent holiday season. Statistically speaking, the start of every year gym owners make the most money via gym memberships. Of course, they quickly get to see the gym utilization going-down-south as it’s tough to stay motivated post a week or two. Well, don't you worry my dearies, as my latest blog is here to help you stay motivated all the way through 2018, instead of giving up on your goals two weeks in... Simply try the below ways to help you stay on track to weight-loss success. • The best exercise is…
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Rice Rice baby

Rice Rice baby

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“Avoid eating rice” is the most common and the simplest of advice, you would have got if you are trying to lose weight.  Well I'm here to break that myth about our most staple Indian food and tell you straight facts on why 'Rice is Nice' Have you noticed the Chinese (...btw I'm referring to the people and not their products). There is a 'slim' chance that you'll find an overweight Chinese person. The average Chinese is thin, if not skinny. And guess what? Chinese eat rice every day, with every meal (...even for breakfast).  Not only in China, however rice is eaten all over the world. It is an ancestral cereal cultivated for 10,000 years... However of late, we Indians are getting sceptical about rice.  We give up rice…
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Enjoy Diwali… guilt free 🤗

Enjoy Diwali… guilt free 🤗

Health Tips, Healthy Living and Nutrition
It's my favorite time of the year...with bright lights around, new clothes, greeting relatives and of course plates brimming with delicious treats. It's DIWALI... I'm sure of all that you enjoy during this festive time, the one thing that stops you from enjoying are the yummy mithais... It's time for you to stop worrying as these treats are to savoured without any guilt. There is nothing wrong in enjoying your ladoos and mithais. Know about the goodness of these festival delicacies so that you can enjoy Diwali guilt free. - Dry fruits and nuts like almonds, pistas, cashews are great sources of fibre, amino acids and minerals… and are great when eaten first thing in the morning, as a snack, or incorporated into your mithai. - Ghee, one of the…
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ABC of Vitamin supplements

ABC of Vitamin supplements

Health Tips, Healthy Living and Nutrition, Reviews
Do you ever ask: - Do I need nutritional supplements ? - What exactly are they ? - Our ancestors didn’t take supplements, so why should we ? These are one of the most frequent questions  that I get asked by my clients and my only answer to them is YES, everybody needs them in today's times... Today, we are exposed to a litany of toxins on a daily basis. The foods you eat no longer contain the nutrient levels you require for optimal health for many reasons. Fruits are covered with pesticides and polished with wax. (yes, beware of those nice shiny strawberries you buy from the traffic signals) To complicate this further, stress and other lifestyle factors like late nights, smoking, not exercising enough are reducing our ability…
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Benefits of Chia seeds

Benefits of Chia seeds

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Best things come in small packages… Chia seeds are tiny, yet so mighty. 1 tablespoon of chia seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk, as much fiber as a cup of oats and twice the omega-3 content of a 1/4-cup serving of walnuts. Chia's nutritional profile (1 tbsp) Calories: 58 Fat: 3.8 grams Protein: 2 grams Ways to reap benefits from these seeds… Here are some… Soak them in water till they soften and increase in size. Eat as it or add to anything Add them to protein drinks and vegetable juices Sprinkle on dosas or add in idli batter or even yogurt Add them to salads, pastas or poha Mix them in your favourite jam If you fancy a smoothie, try this yum morning smoothie Ingredients: 1…
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Stop counting calories

Stop counting calories

Health Tips, Healthy Living and Nutrition
"To lose weight, stick to 1,200 calories a day" "avoid sabudana khichdi, it has 600 calories" "another gulab jamun!! That has 300 calories!!"....blah blah blah... I guarantee you have heard at least one of the above (or something similar) whenever you tried to jump in on food during your dieting phase... Trying to lose weight without counting calories is like enjoying rains without garma garam bhajiyas (which has 350 calories, by the way, just saying ;)). It always goes hand-in-hand. It's time to move your focus on to a more important thing than calories -  Nutrients. A nutrient is a component in foods that we use to survive and grow. Macronutrients like carbohydrates, proteins and fat provide bulk energy, while micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) provide the necessary cofactors for metabolism to be carried out.…
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Go 100% Fad free

Go 100% Fad free

Food and Recipes, Health Tips, Healthy Living and Nutrition
So guess you'll read my previous article last week about Fad diets and its not so promising effects. For those who missed it, click here. This week, I'll further share what promising alternative you could best follow... Read on... Snack smart: We are always in a rush and that is also how we snack… tend to pick up a large bag of chips or a pastry packed with 500 calories. Snack smart by packing fruit or yogurt! Read about my ideas of on-the-go-snacks here Select whole grain breads and cereals. These contain the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. Whole grains include wheat, white rice, brown rice, millet, oats. Best is to eat your regular ghar ka khana (home made food). Did you know that…
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WorkOut at work place

WorkOut at work place

Fitness, Health Tips, Healthy Living and Nutrition
Does your body sit idle at your work place while your brain works hard on the job the entire day? We spend almost 40% of our day at work, (Ohh... will avoid an appraisal discussion of how it is more than 40% :) ) and surely the demands of work tend to affect our eating habits and activity patterns. This is a big FAT problem of our times, that is hugely affecting the bottom line of the health system and getting us far from being FIT. We have access to a variety of healthy choices. Yet we pick biscuits and chips to much on at our desks, pastries and donuts at meetings and go for unhealthy refreshments in the vending machines. Levels of obesity vary with the kind of work.…
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Fad diets – Aye or Nay

Fad diets – Aye or Nay

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We all want some quick easy ways to drop 10 kilos that took us years to gain. If you are able to lose weight that easy, there is a good chance you will gain it right back because they are usually so strict that it is impossible to stay on the diet for a long period of time. What are Fad diets? These are those tough no hunger plans that promise quick weight loss and dramatic results and make you believe that eating (or not eating) specific foods will shed those extra kilos in days. I have tried some of the fad diets, and yes they work, but should not be continued for a long period. Here’s why… Some of these require you to cut out carbohydrates or any type of…
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Beat the Heat.. and stay on your Feet

Beat the Heat.. and stay on your Feet

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As temperatures continue to rise this summer, staying hydrated becomes important to regulate your body temperature. While all beverages can contribute to your daily water intake, plain old water - free of calories and sugar, should be your go-to. While water may be the healthiest thirst-quencher, it’s far from the most interesting. For a new twist on plain old water and to satisfy your craving for more flavor, put your ice cubes to work. You can infuse plain water with fruits and herbs and create these amazing magical ice cubes. These not only add a little extra nutritional bang to your regular old glass of water, but will keep you sipping pretty all summer. Also, the herbs and fruits have many health benefits. Grab your ice cube tray and get started with…
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