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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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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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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This Easter, let Jesus rise…not your waistline

This Easter, let Jesus rise…not your waistline

Health Tips, Healthy Living and Nutrition
Cheers… Its Easter... and when Jesus said take this cup and drink with me, he never meant to say "get drunk and become fat" Did you know that... A pint of beer is equivalent to a slice of pizza? A glass of wine contains as many calories as a pack of chips? Important note: I'm not here to preach you about the ill-effects of alcohol however to remind you that alcohol is especially bad for your waistline... With 7 calories/gm, alcohol is close to being as bad as FaT in caloric content. A typical alcoholic drink contains about 10 gms of alcohol, that’s 70 calories (leaving aside added sugars). Funny how drinking 8 glasses of water a day seems impossible... but 3 beers, 2 glasses of wine, a glass or…
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Perfect On-The-Go Snacks

Perfect On-The-Go Snacks

Food and Recipes, Healthy Living and Nutrition
When on the go or forced to stay in front of the computer for long hours , we’ll most likely grab and munch any food that is handy. Unfortunately, these are often highly processed and lead to problems like weight gain and obesity. To keep yourself from grabbing something of that sort, ditch your bag of chips or biscuits Stock up options that are rich in fiber to keep you feeling full, protein to give you energy, and some healthy fats to make you feel satiated. Here are a few guilt free options. Boiled Chickpeas/sprouts Chick peas offer plenty of health benefits. They are high in fibre, low in fat and calories, and packed with protein. Chickpea sprouts are high in vitamin C, with 45 % of the daily suggested intake…
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Are you PMSing

Are you PMSing

Health Tips, Healthy Living and Nutrition
Whilst ones weekend will always be different however for most of us the months remains to be the same. Month on month we face the same stresses; whether it is paying your monthly rent, your monthly EMI for loans, or grumbling about peanuts (few call them salaries) being transferred in your bank account. However, I'm sure most of you women would totally agree with me that the most stressful stress that we've every month is PMS … Ugh… Three letters that spell distress and discomfort. (of course not just women, however even guys are equally stressed whenever they face the wrath of a woman who is pmsing) PMS defined Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of symptoms that affects approximately 85% of women. These symptoms may include anxiety, depression, angry outbursts,…
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Are foods gender biased ?

Are foods gender biased ?

Healthy Living and Nutrition
They say men are from Mars and women are from Venus (...makes me wonder, how the hell did they travel to earth?) However, jokes aside, coming to the topic... ask any man what his favorite food is and chances are he'll pick ready-to-go junk food (mostly starters/appetizers). Put the same question to women and chocolates and cupcakes would be the obvious answer (mostly desserts). Hmm... that tells a lot that men and women are poles apart when it comes to food. Are men and women programmed to want different foods? Men have hearty appetites, whereas women are expected not to. However, there is a reason why women are more likely than men to reach for that cupcake or chocolate. When you look at taste buds, men have a lower sensitivity to…
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