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  • HAVE YOU BINGED TOO MUCH THIS DIWALI??

    In DETOX DIET On 16 October 2017

    NOW ITS TIME TO GET BACK ON TRACK WITH A POST DIWALI DETOX 1. Lesser portion, frequent meals. 2.Cut down sugar, refined flour and animal fat  3.Consume lots of water  4. 2 cups of green tea 5.Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies 6.Exercise atleast for 40 mins 7.Dont starve or skip meals 8. No alcohol 9. No smoking

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  • CAN I START MY DAY WITH A DESSERT?????? DESSERT LOVERS!!!!

    In DIET On 16 October 2017

    SUJI HALWA Suji halwa is the most loved as well as the most avoided breakfast option.But of u ask me.....i would say it is the best way to start your day, if you are a sweet lover. The richness of homemade ghee, blended well with semolina and sugar will give you a nutriet dense meal- all your essential fats MUFA along with the B- complex vitamins. Essential fats will help lubricate your joints, lower your sweet cravings, improve your fat metabolism , reduce your stubborn fat stores, give you a feeling of satiety and will calm your nerves and senses. B-complex vitamins will help improve your carbohydrate metabolism , improve the utilisation of carbs , proteins and fat from your meal.( Even though suji halwa is not high in fibre, the ghee present in it acts as a natural laxative and promotes peristalsis as well )   NUTRITIVE VALUE- CALORIES (Kcals) - 360 PROTEIN (g)- 1.56  CHO( g) - 30 FAT(g) - 20.12  

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  • I EAT FAT FREE, SUGAR FREE BLAA BLAA.....I AM HEALTHY ...

    In DIET On 24 October 2017

    I am sure that you will want to argue with me saying that you buy only fat free products and never compromise on the health of your family. But allow me to clear this misconception. Sugar , artificial ingredients and chemicals are often used to replace the flavour that is lost when fat is removed .  FAT FREE DOES NOT MEAN CALORIE FREE. So all so called fat free , light, low fat , reduced fat products are still loaded with calories( mostly with more carbs) which directly target your insulin. But the greater concern with insulin is not the spike or rise but the drop that follows a spike which leaves us feeling tired and hungry and wanting to eat more. Unfortunately the drop , makes us want to eat something else with high sugar content. And when we do so , the cycle starts all over again .The chemicals they use create a hormonal imbalance , and in fact , makes losing weight much more difficult for us !

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  • EAT YOUR FRUITS AND JUICE YOUR VEGGIES

    In DETOX DIET On 28 October 2017

    Fruits are naturally laden with fibre and saturated with natural sugars which are in the form of fructose. When we eat the fruit as a whole , the fibre is eaten along with the juice which in this case , acts as a buffer, helping to introduce the sugar slowly into the bloodstream. But when we make fruit juice , the fibre which contains essential vitamins and minerals, is lost. Fruit juice that has been robbed off its fibre is basically just a concentrated source of sugar minus the supportive nutrients that are required to help digest and metabolise it. So you are basically pumping a whole lot of sugar into your body in one go.  Fruit juice elevates blood sugar more quickly than a whole fruit because the level of sugar that can be obtained from a fruit juice is higher than the level found in a whole fruit. 1 glass of natural fruit juice , without added sugar has an equivalent of about 6 teaspoon of sugar, way beyond the recommeded or normal intake.  Fruits especially with the skin , are a very important part of our diet but not fruit juices because fruits are an important source of fibre while the juice alone has reduced vitamins and benefits. If you want , you can have a fruit juice when you are feeling weak to regain some energy. But orange , grapefruit or watermelon juice are exceptions as you can easily squeeze out the juice without the help of a juicer or mixer , and therefore the fibre  is not lost. Additionally do not cut the fruit into too many pieces as a lot of natural juices are wasted in the process. Instead have to whole or cut into big pieces. When it come to vegetables its a different case altogether,  Vegetables contain a lot of vitamins, oxidants and juicing vegetables basically gives you all the benefits in one shot. Consuming 2 to 3 types of raw vegetables as a snack in one go can be difficult. Instead you can make a juice  of all of them together to make the most of the nutritional godness that they have. If you tried to eat the same amount of vegetables as you consume in a glass of vegetable juice, you will notice it is tiresome to eat them as they have a lot of fibres. So make vegetable juice part of your daily diet. Make sure it is home made and not canned because canned juices have salt and other preservatives. Here are some of my favourite juices that you can try- 1. juice of 2-3 cucumbers + a bit of celery 2. juice of 3 carrots + a bit of lemon juice  3. juice of 2-3 carrots + 1 beetroot 4. juice of 3-4 tomatoes 5. juice of 2-3 tomatoes + a bit of broccoli 6. juice of 1-2 tomatoes +1-2 cucumbers 7. juice of 2 carrots +some spinach  DO TRY THESE HEALTHY OPTIONS        

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  • THE RESTAURANT GUIDE FOR CHILDREN

    In DIET On 07 November 2017

    ITALIAN- FEED THIS- -CHICKEN OR FISH- either grilled , baked or broiled with lemon sauce on the side -PASTA is one of the best ways to sneakily incorporate vegetables and any pasta like penne , spaghetti in tomato or marinana sauce will be appropriate for your children . To get the best nutritional results out of it , ensure that the pasta dish has an equal  proportion of pasta and vegetables. You can also add chicken , fish if your child likes it. -CLAY OVEN PIZZA work well too. Not only do they give your child what they like , they also help you incorporate all the vegetables you want. You can order the pizza  with tomato sauceand your choice of vegetables, chicken, seafood   LESS THAT -RAVIOLI/CANNELLONI/LASAGNA are high in fat , which is not surprising because they use cream and cheese -EGGPLANT/CHICKEN PARMIGIANA. Parmigiana is pretty much the same as parmesan -GELATO -TIRAMISU. It is rich in liqueur and mascarpone cheese   CHINESE FEED THIS- -CHICKEN/PRAWN/VEGETABLE SUI MAI -SEAFOOD OR VEGETABLE CHEUNG FUN -PRAWN/CHICKEN/VEGETABLE DIM SIM -STEAMED BREADOR MUSHROOM/CHICKEN BUN -WONTON SOUP -CHICKEN/VEGETABLE SOUP -STEAMED RICE -FRIED RICE -AMERICAN CHOPSUEY -SOFT STEWED RICE WITH VEGETABLES -SOFT STEWED NOODLES -STEAMED PRAWNS IN LEMEN SAUCE -STEAMED FISH IN SOYA ,GINGER AND SPRING ONIONS -CHICKEN/PRAWN/EXOTIC VEGETABLES IN HUNAN SAUCE OR OYSTER SAUCE. However do ask the chef to ensure the vegetables ,chicken or fish are boiled , sautéed and not fried   LESS THAT -FRIED WONTONS -PORK BUNS -SALT AND PEPPER FRIED CHILLI PRAWNS -FRIED CHILLY CHICKEN -SESAME PRAWN  TOAST -CHICKEN/PRAWN/VEGETABLE MANCHURIAN -KUNG PAO CHICKEN /POTATO -CHOW MEIN -CRISPY CHICKEN SPINACH -SPRING ROLLS -BUTTER GARLIC PRAWNS/CHICKEN/VEGETABLES   NORTH INDIAN FEED THIS -TANDOORI ROTI OR NAAN ( WITHOUT BUTTER) -ROOMALI ROTI -PLAIN /STUFFED PARATHA, ROTI -PULAO, BIRYANI -PALAK PANEER -STEAMED RICE -YELLOW DAL, but ask for less tarka -TANDOORI OR GRILLED MUSHROOM/BABYCORN/CAULIFLOWER/PANNER, request for no basting with butter on top -TANDOORI CHICKEN/FISH/PRAWN TIKKA , request for no basting after being removed from the tandoor -GREEN SALAD, KACHUMBER OR RAITA -MASALA CHAAS - ROASTED PAPAD -GREEN CHUTNEY OR WATER BASED PICKLE   LESS THAT- -SAMOSA AND PAKORA -BUTTER CHICKEN/ PANEER -MALAI KOFTA, METHI MATTAR MALAI -FRIED MASALA PAPAD -OILY AACHAR AND SWEET CHUTNEY -CHICKEN OR VEGETABLE JALFREZI/ ACHARI -FISH KOLIWADA OR ANT FRIED FISH -DAL MAKHANI, DAL FRY   SOUTH INDIAN FEED THIS -IDLI -SAMBHAR -RAVA IDLI -SADA DOSA, RAVA DOSA, NEER DOSA, RAGI DOSA -TOMATO UTTAPAM -APPAM -CURD RICE, LEMON RICE ,TAMARIND RICE -RAWA UPMA -PONGAL   LESS THAT- -GHEE IDLI, KANCHIPURAM IDLI, FRIED IDLI -MEDU VADA, DAHI VADA, DAL VADA, SAMBHAR VADA, RASAM VADA -PURI KORMA/ BHAJI -SHEERA -SANDWICH UTTAPAM WITH CHEESE                                

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  • PHYSICAL BIOMARKERS AND WHAT THEY MEAN

    In DETOX DIET On 07 November 2017

    DRY FACIAL SKIN: Dehydration and low antioxidants in the diet , lycopene from tomatoes with olive oil would do the trick ROUGH SKIN ON THE ARMS ALSO KNOWN AS ALLIGATOR SKIN AND ACNE ON THE BACK- Requires more omega nutrition THICK , DRY SKIN AROUND THE ELBOWS- The liver is becoming fatty and not sloughing off dry skin fast enough. Nutrient – dense colourful foods, healthy cardio, almonds, pumpkin, seafood, fist sized serving of protein at each meal. NAILS: Firm cuticles signify protein adequacy. White spots could mean zinc deficiency, small amounts of roasted cashew nut or cashew butter with fruit could help. Brittle nails and hair could imply an iron deficiency . Lean poultry and fish have the best type of iron , the type that is absorbed by the human body . Vegetarians can add lime juice or tomato to their regular meals to better absorb iron from vegetarian sources.  

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  • WEDDING SEASON IS HERE – CALORIE RINGING!!!

    In DIET On 09 November 2017

    FOOD IN RICE AND DAL TANDOORI ROTI WITH VEGETABLES RICE WITH CURD/RAITA NOODLES WITH VEGETABLES OR CHICKEN PASTA WITH VEGETABLES THAI CURRY WITH RICE STUFFED KULCHAS WITH DAL OR YOGURT TANDOORI CHICKEN OR PANEER   FOOD OUT FALOODA KULFI CAKES AND PASTRIES JALEBIS AND GULAB JAMUNS FRIED SAMOSAS AND PAKORAS FOODS CONTAINING AJINOMOTO /MSG. You may have to ask the host if MSG has been added to the food. Foods which contain too much added food colour . Again , you may need to ask the host if the food contains food colour. Pre cut fruits and salads ,when fruit is cut and left exposed to air , it gets oxidized and loses its nutritive  value. Also raw foods at room temperature spoil faster and may cause gastrointestinal discomfort.

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  • SPORTS DAY NUTRITION

    In DIET On 09 November 2017

    HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SPORTSTAR ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT A high carb, moderate protein, low fat meal two hours before the activity. High fat and high fibre foods take longer to digest and can upset the stomach A lighter meal or snack if your child is eating less than two hours before the game . This could be easily digestible carbohydrate like fruit , bread or biscuits . Feed then carbohydrate thirty minutes before a high intensity event and then again two hours post the event, because your child ‘s body is rebuilding muscle tissue and restoring energy and fluids up untiltwenty four hours post the activity . It is better to replenish with healthy proteins , fats and carbs  rather than unhealthy snacks. Don’t forget to pack lots of water.  

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  • VACATION !FOOD! AND HEALTHY ME!!

    In DIET On 09 November 2017

    EAT THIS- LOW FAT MILK WATER WHITE MEAT/TURKEY SANDWICHES WITH VEGETABLES SMALL HAMBURGER WITH VEEGTABLES BROILED OR GRILLED CHICKEN SANDWICH BAKED POTATOES PIZZA WITH VEGETABLES TOPPINGS OR CHEESE OR BOTH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES LOW FAT FROZEN YOGURT LOW FAT OR FAT FREE SALAD DRESSSING SMOOTIES JUICES BAGEL WITH AVOCADO FILLLING AVOID THIS COLAS, CARBONATED BEVERAGES AND FRUIT DRINKS SAUSAGES, PEPPERONI AND HOT DOGS ANYTHING FRIED, IF POSSIBLE LIKE FRIED CHICKEN NUGGETS, POTATOES OR FRENCH FRIES ONION RINGS BACON SALADS WITH MAYONNAISE HIGH FAT SALAD DRESSINGS LIKE THOUSAND ISLAND HIGH FAT EXCESS SUGAR FOODS  

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  • HOW TO INCREASE YOUR FIBER SUPPLEMENTS?

    In DIET On 10 November 2017

      Instead of drinking fruit juices, opt for a whole fruit. Eat the peel, where possible. Start any meal with a portion of salad. This usually takes you 10 minutes to eat, so you can limit your intake of food by eating a salad. Further, as you eat you will realize that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to realize that your stomach is full. Refrain from eating refined flour, but choose whole grains such as whole wheat flour. This means saying a big NO to biscuits, though you can eat oatmeal cookies and whole grain biscuits as they are high in fiber. Add a dash of soaked almonds or walnuts, or flax seeds or fenugreek seeds to your meals to increase your fiber content.  Drink vegetable drinks or soups before a meal, and eat green leafy vegetables to enhance your intake of fiber. Adding bran to your flour will act as a natural fiber supplement. If you love eating white bread, say goodbye to it and instead opt for brown bread, whole grain pasta, and oats. You don’t have to sacrifice taste for health but use both judiciously and innovatively so that you get the double benefit of good taste and good food. While it is always great to increase the amount of fiber you consume daily, it is always advisable to check with your dietitian first. They will be able to guide you so that you get much better results.

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  • Can People with Diabetes Consume Rice?

    In DIET On 10 November 2017

        Rice is the staple grain for most Indians. In many parts of the country, eating food is synonymous with eating rice. But the big question is, can people with diabetesconsume rice?  The epidemic of diabesity (diabetes and obesity) has risen rapidly; over 60 million people reportedly suffer from diabetes and the prevalence numbers of obesity and overweight is growing too. It is a belief that rice could make them fat and eating rice can lead to diabetes or high blood sugar levels. So in light of this current diabesity epidemic, should one banish rice from the diet? The answer is simple, eat rice which is unpolished or minimally polished. The whole grain brown rice is a nutritious grain but the processing lowers its nutritive value and makes it undesirable for health conditions like diabetes. Unpolished brown rice is the whole grain of rice with just the outer cover, the hull or the husk removed. Brown rice has three layers the outer bran, germ layer and the endosperm. Traditionally rice was either hand pound or parboiled. These minimal processing techniques retained most of the nutrients.  The rice we commonly consume nowadays is milled to remove the germ and the bran layer. The milled white rice is further polished to a smooth finish removing the aleurone layer that contains healthy fats. This layer is removed to increase the shelf life of rice. As a result, the polished white rice contains mostly starch and has lost many of the brown rice benefits originally present Nutritional Difference between Brown Rice and White Rice- When brown rice is milled and polished to yield white rice, a majority of the micronutrients are lost. For example, 80% of vitamin B1, 67% of B3 and 90% of B6 is lost in the milling process. Minerals that are vital for our body functions like iron, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium are destroyed almost in the same measure; 60% of iron, 50% of magnesium and phosphorous are lost. Brown rice is a source of important mineral selenium, which is an antioxidant and supports thyroid health. It is one of the best sources of the mineral manganese, which helps in maintaining a healthy nervous system. Manganese also aids in the production of an antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dismutase. All if them beneficial for digestion of starch and preventing diabetes in the long run. An Indian study found that with an increase in the rate of polishing of whole grain brown rice, the content of dietary fiber, proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamin E, minerals, γ-oryzanol, lignans and other polyphenols have decreased. Fiber Content in Milled Rice and its role in Diabetes- Both white and brown rice have the same amount of total carbohydrate content but there is a huge difference in the fiber content. One cup of cooked brown rice has 3.5 grams of fiber while the same quantity of white rice has only 0.6 grams. The six times higher fiber content in brown rice helps in making you feel full for a longer period and releasing the carbohydrates more gradually thereby stabilizing the blood sugar levels and preventing diabetes. Whole grain brown rice is a nutritious grain, which can be consumed by all age groups and conditions. Replace polished white rice with brown rice in the daily meals and in all rice-based preparations like idli, dosa, Pongal, khichdi etc. This simple swap can improve the nutritional quality of your meal and can lower the risk of diabetes and obesity.

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  • Quick Weight loss tips-

    In DIET On 16 November 2017

    1.    Don’t skip meals. 2.    Eat more frequently. 3.    Go for home-made foods. 4.    Stock healthy foods in your kitchen and refrigerator. 5.    Include all food groups in your diet plan. 6.    Choose smaller plates and bowls, this helps in eating less. 7.    Have some food at home before leaving for any party. 8.    Avoid added sugar as well as salt. 9.    Add fruits and vegetables to your dishes whenever possible. 10. Avoid zero carb or restricted diet plans.

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  • FRUITS THAT HELP BURN THE STUBBORN BELLY FAT

    In DIET On 30 December 2017

    1.Blueberries Blueberries are extremely healthy and one of the fruits that burn fat. They help the body combat body fat along with decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. In one of the studies by University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, scientists were able to reduce the belly fat of rats by 2% by feeding them blueberries every day. Adding blueberries and yogurt to a bowl of cereals is certainly an interesting way to include this fat burning fruit in your diet. Here are a few more interesting ways you incorporate blueberries into your diet  2. Coconut Coconut is yet another fruit that burns fat. It has a deep rich taste that provides a yummy flavour and texture to any dish it is added to. Coconuts contain medium chain triglycerides (MCFA) that raise the metabolic rate of the liver up to 30 percent. You can incorporate coconut into your diet in the form of coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut flour, coconut water or unsweetened shredded coconut. Dried coconut is also very tasty and is commonly used worldwide. You can try these low-calorie recipes that use coconut [4].  3. Avocados Along with offering a host of health benefits , avocados have fat present in them which signal your body to stop spiking blood sugar because the spike in blood sugar leads your body to store extra fat; and fat is better avoided! Given that this fruit that burns fat already has fat in it, you should want to include it in just a single meal of your day, may be in the form of salad, or bread spread. Here are some interesting ways to include avocado in your meals  4. Tomatoes Tomatoes are yet another fruits that burn fat for they are packed with vitamin c and phytonutrients, known as a top fighter against fat. Vitamin C enables our bodies to burn fat. The phytonutrient carotenoid is an antioxidant that helps in losing weight and cardiovascular health. There are so many varieties of tomatoes available in the market. So just go out and grab your pick! You could use tomatoes in your curries, soups, pasta, salsa, juice and what not! Here are a few recipes that will enable you to view tomatoes from a larger perspective  5. Apples and Pears Apple and pears are also on the list of fruits that burn fat in different and effective ways. Both the fruits are powerhouse of fibers that enhance metabolism of your body. They are a healthy snack that keep you full between the meals saving you from binge eating, the main culprit of weight gain. Apples and pears are a source of pectin that restricts cells from absorbing fat .The best way to consume apples and pears is to eat them raw and fresh, preserving the natural elements present in them. You could also have them in the form of a salad with a nice dressing. 6. Bananas Bananas are great for people who wish to burn the stubborn belly fat. They are full of fibers that help us remain satiated making the body burn fat thus making it a fruit that burns fat. Bananas contain fibers that cannot be digested and that helps in blocking the carbohydrates from getting absorbed in the body. This enables the body burn fat as energy instead of the carbs. Bananas are a rich source of potassium that help you in building muscles, which also leads to burning of fat. There are many interesting things you can make from this wonder fruit like shakes, smoothies, salads, crepes, etc. 7. Pomegranate Pomegranate is another fruit that burns fat. This fruit is full of antioxidants called polyphenols that clear our blood of harmful toxins. According to a study by University of California, this antioxidant helps in boosting our metabolism. You can consume pomegranate in its raw form, or make juice out of it or even make a nice shake out of it. Here we have got an interesting recipe of Pomegranate-Pepper-Peanut-Salad, an extremely healthy and unique version of pomegranates . You can even check out a few healthy recipes of pomegranate right here  8. Lemons It is quite a known fact that lemons are great detoxifying agents. Also known to provide detoxifying properties to the human liver, it does a great favour to the human body as  a healthy liver goes a long way in maintaining proper digestive system and burning of fat in the body. Lemons prevent the accumulation of fat in the body and are thus, a great agent for burning of fat. It is a known fact that a glass of warm water with lemon and honey consumed first thing in the morning greatly helps in cutting down the fat content of the body. Lemon Honey Water Recipe Ingredients 1 tsp honey 8 oz warm water Juice of half a lemon Preparation Juice the lemon into the water. Stir in the honey. And now drink!

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  • KNOW YOUR POTATOES WELL

    In DIET On 30 December 2017

     We always think of potatoes as fatty vegetables but what we do not know is that if potatoes are eaten in the right form, can actually prove to be a weight loss vegetable.So typically we like our potatoes warm, for instance, any curry where potatoes are involved. Even a salad, if it has potatoes, is preferred to be had warm. But the fact remains that if you eat your potatoes cold as in straight out of the refrigerator, their digestible starches turn into resistant starches through a process called retrogradation. Now the resistant starch resists digestion, which in turn encourages oxidation, which finally leads to fat reduction. Aversion to the mere thought of eating potatoes cold is understandable and there are various ways of overcoming this problem . You could just bake your potatoes first, then cool them down and make it in the form of a salad combining them with a few interesting greens such as rocket, spinach, lettuce, iceberg, etc adding a bit of greek yogurt and cream. Season with salt, pepper and olive oil. You could even add a dash of honey to give it an interesting twist.

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 Dietician Madhulika Gandhi, a nutritionist in salt lake Kolkata believes that taking care of the body is very important as it is the only place one lives in . Staying  healthy and fit, will automatically make  a person  more confident, happy and independent. It will shape him  and his life life. Eat well be well eat better feel better. Madhulika  graduated  from st. xaviers college kolkata, and then became a Chartered Accountant from The Institute of chartered accountants of india . But her consciousness towards health and fitness was so much that out of passion and interest  she took up a course on dietetics and nutrition  in VLCC Institute there after. she enjoyed the course so much because it taught her good food, good health and good nutrition is the key to overall wellbeing. she stood first in all her semesters, it was so interesting  that she professionally took it forward and specialised in weight management .
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