Wednesday, 20 September 2017

National Punch Day

National Punch Day 20th sept

National Punch Day is celebrated on September 20th of each year.
Punch is the term for a wide assortment of drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic, generally containing fruit or fruit juice. The drink was introduced from India to England in the early seventeenth century; from there its use spread to other countries. Punch is typically served at parties in large, wide bowls, known as punch bowls.

The word punch is a loanword from Hindi panch (meaning five) and the drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices. The original drink was named paantsch.The drink was brought to England from India by sailors and employees of the British East India Company in the early seventeenth century.

Today, soft drink manufacturers distribute many types of “fruit punch” beverages. These are usually red colored drinks. Despite the name, most brands contain only a small fraction of actual fruit juice, the major constituents being sugar or corn syrup, citric acid, and artificial flavors.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Water monitoring day

Water Monitoring Day 18th sept

Water is a precious commodity, and one which we tend to take for granted – until supplies run short. Water Monitoring Daypromotes considerate usage of water, so as to preserve resources and ensure that water is available where and when it’s needed most.

It also promotes awareness of what’s actually in our water – from beneficial nutrients and minerals to harmful chemicals, why not take this day to understand what you’re drinking?

Did you know – The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. The body is made up of 55 to 75 per cent water. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones.

As the body can’t store water, we need fresh supplies every day to make up for losses from the lungs, skin, urine and faeces (poo). The amount we need depends on our body size, metabolism, the weather, the food we eat and our activity levels.

Take care save this precious resource… water.

#savewater #waterscarity #waterpreciousresource

Living with diabetes

Synopsis of "Living with diabetes" by Diabetologist Dr Alka Gandhi during Shilpsnutrilife Nutrievent

Dr. Alka Gandhi spoke about prevention, 2 types of diabetes,  care and precautions to take.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Synopsis of "Drive your stress away with right food" by Mrs Shilpa Mittal during Shilpsnutrilife Nutrievent.

Synopsis of "Drive your stress away with right food" by Mrs Shilpa Mittal during Shilpsnutrilife Nutrievent.

Shilpa Mittal Founder of Shilpsnutrilife conducted a session on what foods to eat when are stressed.

Right from how proteins help fight stress to taking care of sugar what does junk eating in stress do. ...ways to overcome was discussed.

Eating right foods when stressed will help you deal with it better.

Synopsis nutrievent 2017 - One pot one shoot cooking

OPOS - ONE POT ONE SHOT COOKING METHOD. The brain child of Mr Ramakrishan

The healthiest, tastiest, nutritious method,  to cook food within minutes. ...with bear minimum equipments like gas, cooker and measuring cups.

Srilakshmi beautifully demonstrated 3 quick recipes ....starting from Lesson 1 ie flash cooking of carrots, Hsb kurma (Mix vegetable) and kaju katli all in just 20 mins with less then 200ml water.

Sri who has been practicing this since last 2yrs answered all queries patiently and inspired quite a few to join the gang....

If you have missed the session have a look at the glimpses .

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Make your diet interesting

Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories or measuring portion sizes, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness.

This way it should be easier to make healthy choices. Focus on finding foods you love and easy recipes that incorporate a few fresh ingredients.

Gradually, your diet will become healthier and more delicious.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A Mid year wake up call

A mid year wake up call

Even though 3/4th of the year 2017 has gone. ....but don't worry 1/4th still remaining. ...look at the positive side.

A WAKE UP CALL to all of you ...

Are you helping your body to perform all this functions in healthy manner. ...If yes great keep up the good work! !!!

If no, time to think back ....check ...if you are falling sick every now and then,  feeling tired, gastric problems or any pain troubling you. ....look at your lifestyle, exercise, eatinghabits and go as per what your body says..

Practice moderation

STAY HEALTHY #eathealthy #eatright #lifestyle

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Chew your food well

Chew your food well

Good digestion begins in the mouth. Especially for complex carbohydrates, which digest only in the mouth and the small intestine.The enzyme Amylase in the salivary glands is responsible for digestion of carbohydrates in the mouth. Without chewing, Amylase secretion is poor, and healthy digestion is compromised.

The stomach acids DO NOT break down carbohydrates!

If you don't chew the carbs (greens, salads, grains, and beans) you probably will not digest them. So you may experience gas, bloating, and slight pain in the belly.

In fact, those symptoms are very common due to the way we eat: little chewing, on the go, multi-tasking.

Chewing also gives notice to the body that food is coming down, so the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, etc., all get ready, and bloating is avoided.

Carnivorous animals don't have to chew. In fact, they can't, as their jaws don't move side to side. They rip the food instead. They eat mostly fats and protein, which get digested in the stomach just fine.

Herbivores (like chimps, gorillas, horses, cows, giraffes, elephants, AND humans) have to chew.

All herbivorous animals chew. Sometimes for hours eg cows. Have you noticed that? Except for us, humans.

Somehow, we have ignored to observe nature and our obvious biology.

#chewfood #digestion #healthyeating

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Junk food fact

One teaspoon of sugar is extracted from a stalk of sugarcane one metre in length.

The average person today consumes more sugar in two weeks than a person a century ago would have eaten in a whole year. That’s a junk food fact!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Weaning special Should foods for babies have a bland taste?

Weaning special
Should foods for babies have a bland taste?

There is no need for bland foods. Babies start to learn about different tastes when in the womb, based on foods that their mother is eating. The flavour of breastmilk also changes based on the mothers diet. This gives the baby a chance to learn about flavour, and to enjoy different flavours.

These preferences may even track into childhood and adolescence. It is beneficial to expose babies to different foods tastes during complementary feeding, including many different kinds of vegetables, flavours commonly used in their culture and those eaten by their mother during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Repeated exposure to any foods initially disliked will break down resistance to that food.

There is no need to add sugar or salt as this can set the infant’s threshold for sweet and salty tastes in later life and also their systems are still developing.

#weaning #shilpsnutrilife

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Weaning special When should the consistency of foods be changed from soft to lumpy to solid?

Weaning special
When should the consistency of foods be changed from soft to lumpy to solid?

Foods that have some lumps can be introduced at about eight months, at this age the baby has developed enough tongue mobility to enable them to chew and swallow these foods. From nine to twelve months babies can start to hold finger foods, and have the manual skills to feed themselves and to drink from a cup. There is a critical window for introducing lumpy and then solid foods. If they are not introduced at this age it may increase the risk of feeding difficulties later on.
#weaning #shilpsnutrilife #Nationalnutritionweek

Signs when to start solid

Signs to look for to start solids
Every baby develops at a slightly different pace, but there are some signals like

– Is the baby sitting up? Can she hold her head up?
– Does the baby open his mouth when food comes his way?
– Is she big enough? (Babies typically double their birth weight by 4 months)
– Can he take food off the spoon and actually swallow it?

This is the right time to start weaning your baby ofcourse still not before 4 to 6months of age.

#shilpsnutrilife #Nationalnutritionweek

Saturday, 2 September 2017

When should you start weaning

Weaning special
When should you start weaning or complementary feeding.

Early weaning before 4 months can cause allergies and Parents who delay weaning their babies i.e post 8 months or so may find that their children grow up to be more fussy eaters, new research indicates.

After six months introduce new foods to your baby every few days.
At six months start with 2 meals a day, with regular breastfeeding. Increase to 5 small meals (including fruits,snacks) a day, with continued breastfeeding by 10 months. Continue with these regular meals and breastfeeding until your baby is two years old. Wash your hands with soap and water before feeding your baby. Prepare fresh food for your baby, no leftovers. Keep everything clean when preparing food for your baby.

#shilpsnutrilife #Nationalnutritionweek2017

Thursday, 31 August 2017

National nutrition week 2017

National Nutrition week 1st-7th September 2017

Theme for National Nutrition Week 2017 is "Optimal Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices: Better Child Health”

Some of the key facts
a. Early initiation of breastfeeding; immediately after birth, preferably within one hour.

b. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life i. e 180 days (no other foods or fluids, not even water; but allows infant to receive ORS, drops, syrups of vitamins, minerals and medicines when required)

c.Timely introduction of complementary foods (solid, semisolid or soft foods) after the age of six months i. e 180 days.

d. Continued breastfeeding for 2 years or beyond.

e. Age appropriate complementary feeding for children 6-23 months, while continuing breastfeeding. Children should receive food
from 4 or more food groups [(1) Grains, roots and tubers, legumes and nuts; (2) dairy products ; (3) flesh foods (meat fish, poultry);
(4) eggs, (5) vitamin A rich fruits and veg￾etables; (6) other fruits and vegetables] and fed for a minimum number of times (2 times
for breasted infants 6-8 months; 3 times for breastfed children 9-23 months; 4 times for non-breastfed children 6-23 months).

f. Active feeding for Children during and after� illness.

In short healthy feeding practices in childhood sets stage for healthy adulthood. Healthy children learn better and adequately nourished individuals are more productive.

#nationalnutritionweek2017 #shilpsnutrilife

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Cross legged sitting and digestion

When sitting on the floor, Makes you more flexible and the digestive system is relaxed

Preferably adopt the cross-legged sitting posture, while eating food as it helps in digestion. In this position, your digestive juices are said to be more active and ready to digest your food well.

When you usually sit cross-legged (in sukhasana or half padmasna), you feels more calm, eat slower and feel full faster.

#crosslegged #digestion

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Mint tea


How about Pudina chai on a chilly rainy morning?

Mint leaves are brewed with tea to make the famous Indian 'Pudina Chai'

For a refreshing aromatic tea add a few leaves of pudina (mint) to your tea…….apart from its menthol flavour it also facilitates good digestion, cures headaches, is beneficial in asthma and cough and also increases body’s immunity.

Here the mint tea is made using OPOS method .......and believe me the whole kitchen is filled with aroma.

#minttea #pudinachai #garamchai #Winterspecial #immunity #preventcold

Monday, 28 August 2017

More herbs less salt day 29th Aug

More Herbs, Less Salt Day 29th Aug

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is often easier said than done – it takes thought, time and effort to prepare fresh and nutritious food, when less healthy options are often much easier and more convenient!

More Herbs, Less Salt Day encourages you to take a simple step to re-align this balance, through the use of herbs in home-cooked dishes in place of salt. It doesn’t take much room or effort to grow a variety of fresh herbs, and a little rosemary, thyme,basil, parsley,oregano, dill, fennel, mint or other herbs can do just as much to enrich a dish as a heavy dose of salt.

#herbs #reducesalt  #eathealthy #healthylifestyle #exercise #dill #oregano #corriander  #avoidjunk #shilpsnutrilife

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Add instead of delete when on diet

When starting a diet programme think of  ways you can "add healthy options" to your diet instead of taking away.

For example:- Try adding  a fruit, nuts to your mid evening snack

This way you'll end up eating a healthier, more satisfying and tastier array of foods over the course of the day.

This strategy is much easier to stick to than a day filled with continually saying no, no, no to various foods and drinks.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Prepare for hectic days

Prepare for hectic days

Sometimes after a hectic and tiring day...especially when you have a function at home or returning from a holiday.... cooking a meal is last thing on your mind all you want to do is just come home relax on the sofa, with a cup of hot tea / coffee and eat whatever you can get your hands at .

A little bit of advance meal planning can be a lifesaver at such times.

For Example pre-roasting rawa or lapsi, can come as handy for preparing upma or rawa pancakes or vegetable daliya.

This will also prevent you from ordering an outside junk meal.

Mention your tricks to eat healthy during those times do you prepare.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Festive special 80-20 plan

Festive season special

Follow the 80/20 plan: Eighty percent of the year, you'll exercise regularly & eat well. Know that you'll slip 20 percent of the time due to festivals, holidays & work. When you accept this, you're more likely to stick with it for life.You don't have to be a fitness freak to get results.

However, one important thing to note is that a reverse of this should not happen. And also once you slip should not be converted to skip...Instead slide such phases and emerge as a Winner.

#healthymind #eathealthy #healthylifestyle #exercise #80-20rule #Dontskipslide #healthyholidays  #weekendbinging

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Modak and Ganesh festival

Wishing you all a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganapati festival feast is synonymous with Modak. Lord Ganesha’s favourite food…Taste it and you know why!!!

A modak is a sweet dumpling popular in Western and Southern India. It is called modak in Marathi and Konkani, modhaka or kadubu in Kannada, modhaka or kozhakkattai in Tamil, and kudumu in Telugu.

The sweet filling inside a modak is made up of fresh grated coconut and jaggery, while the soft shell is made from rice flour, or wheat flour mixed with khava or maida flour. The dumpling can be fried or steamed. The steamed version, called ukdiche modak, is eaten hot with ghee. Nutritionally Modak is good source of carbs, proteins and easily digestable fats which come from coconuts.

Modak has a special importance in the worship of the Hindu god Ganesh; modak is believed to be his favorite food, hence is also known as modakapriya (the one who likes modak) in Sanskrit. During the Ganesh worship ceremony, known in India as Ganesh Chaturthi the puja always concludes with an offering of modaks to the deity and as prasad.

Wishing you all a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Panchamruth the health booster

Panchamruth the health booster

Panchamrutham is a divine prasadam made for many pujas or festive occasions. Panch meaning five and amruth meaning a nectar for immorality. It means five amruthams such as cow’s milk, curd/yogurt, honey, ghee, and sugar, mixed together, which are all  good for your health!

Panchamruth – five health boosting ingredients:
COW’s MILK rich in calcium, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and minerals is super healthy.
It is from Kamdhenu (the wish-fulfilling heavenly cow).

CURD OR YOGHURT again a dairy product is a good source of calcium, vitamins, protein, magnesium, zinc and potassium and is extremely good for stomach aids digestion. It represents the white, smooth and cool lustre of the moon.

HONEY a natural sweetener rich in antioxidants and has antimicrobial properties too.
Also honey – the extract of all herbs, is the essence of life with herbal healing powers.

SUGAR too much of it can be bad for you, taken in small quantities – sugar – is an excellent energy booster.
Also it is the extract of sugarcane, a representation and the epitome of sweetness

GHEE too much of this again is not good but small amounts is essential, ghee is high in vitamin-A and D.
Ghee is the food of the gods themselves with a long Vedic past.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Quick instant recipe

For an instant nutritious snacks or breakfast or tiffin for your kids and also for adults mix a little nachni flour, jowar flour, rice flour, 1tbsp besan, curds with rawa (suji/semolina) add a few veges and prepare lovely dosas/ uttapas.
#eathealthy #healthykids #healthymeals #shilpsnutrilife #shilpsnutrilifenutrievent

Friday, 18 August 2017

Healthy Kitchen Makeover

Healthy Kitchen Makeover

Have you ever given a thougth to this:- When it comes to trying to lead a healthy lifestyle, does your kitchen do more harm than good? Are you ready to change your kitchen into a space that truly inspires you to prepare healthy meals?

If you want to give your family’s daily diet a “HEALTHY MAKEOVER,” start with your kitchen. To build good eating habits, take a hard look at the contents of your kitchen cupboards, fridge and freezer, and make a few simple changes.

If you stock your kitchen with nutritious but flavorful whole foods, you and your family are more likely to eat a smart diet and reduce your risk of obesity,cardiovascular and other diseases.
Home is where your heart is, but it can also be where your health is. With a little change you can transform your house into a healthier place for yourself and the people you love.

Together we’ll go through your kitchen to get rid of unhealthy foods and provide nutritious and savory alternatives to replace them with. Discover what products to avoid buying, what ingredients to avoid and how to stock your shelves properly to eliminate unhealthy eating habits.

For a healthy kitchen makeover contact

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Happy parsi new year


Pateti is a festival of the Parsis . The name Pateti originated from the word ‘Patet’ which means repentance.This festival signifies that it is the time to forget and forgive wrong and sins of previous year and start a new year of love and peace.

Besides visiting friends and relatives,  Food has a very important role to play in Parsi celebrations. It includes a wide selection of non-vegetarian dishes, fruits and nuts. Two important dishes in breakfast for the Parsi New Year are Ravo and fried Vermicelli cooked in sugar syrup and decorated with raisins. The lunch consist of Parsi delicacies like Patra ni Macchi, Salli Boti, Mutton Palav and Dhansaak for non-vegetarians and the vegetarians can relish dishes like, Lagan nu Stew (vegetable stew), Vegetable Dhansaak, Papri No Shaak and more. The desserts will have traditional dishes like Lagan nu Custard, Doodh Pak, Suterfeni, Jalebi, Falooda and more.

Dhan means cereals and pulses, and saak means vegetables. It is traditionally served with browned rice to make a complete nourishing meal.

A good all in one dish….or rather a wholesome meal!…is rich in good quality proteins, complex carbs, fibre, minerals, healthy fats and adding vegetables further increases its antioxidant n vitamin content.


Wishing all my parsi friends a very HAPPY PARSI NEW YEAR.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Happy independence day

Happy Independence Day

Jab aankh khule to dharti Hindustan ki ho, jab aankh band ho to yaadein Hindustan ki ho; hum marr bhi jayein to koi gum nahin, lekin marte waqt mitti Hindustan ki ho

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Independence from obesity

Independance from obesity
On this independence day here are 5 steps you can take to win the battle of the bulge, just like how soldiers work, taking inspiration from them.

1.) Find your goal or your enemy, just like soldier
You must choose your goal be it weight loss, reducing diabetes, BP, reduce cholesterol, acidity, thyroid or just healthy eating. Then all you have to do is just show up your duty.

2.) Choose your leader
You need a strong leader who can point you in the right direction. Whether it is a personal trainer or nutritionist – you MUST have a strong leader that can teach you everything you need to reach your goal.

3.) Build your army or team
A team who will train, work and be behind you and NOT leave you till you reach your goal, mainly will support you like a team. Once you’ve adapted this new lifestyle, take people with you and make your unit stronger. Pass along your knowledge to save as many people as you can.

4.) Train for battle
You must treat every day as a lesson. Every meal, every workout and every thought has a purpose, with no time wasted. Take High calorie food and laziness as enemy which will always taunt us so we must be trained and ready to win the war. Training will make us stronger and we will find the enemy (junk food, inactivity) has less of an impact on us when we are disciplined in our training.

5.) Always be ready
We have achieved our goal doesn’t mean we tell all our troops to go home. Soldiers don’t quit training, quit learning, and quit looking at plans to defend our country. Yet, when we reach our weight loss goals, we often “send the troops home”. We take down our defenses as if there is no more enemy. That is why so many people regain their weight also so many truly live in the middle of real battle all their lives. Some people may battle with their health all their lives too.

The fact is: You can either win the battle all your life OR continue losing the battle all your life.
Just because you reach your goal, don’t quit training, learning and protecting your temple. Be ready, be strong and NEVER let your guard down.

Is it time you yelled FREEDOM!? It is time you claim your independence? Let this independence day be a day you celebrate as the day you became FREE….free from unhealthy lifestyle.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Using whole grains in daily cooking

How to use whole grains in daily cooking

•Start mixing brown rice in the white rice to develop the taste gradually, Soak brown rice overnight before cooking to activate the process of germination thereby increasing its nutritive value.

•Keep a stock of whole-wheat crackers and cereals ready for any-time snack option.

•Use whole-wheat flour in baking instead of refined flour.

•Make khichdi using various grains to increase the nutrition manifolds.

•Experiment with porridge using combination of different grains such as oats, barley, ragi, millet and corn.

Switch to the wholesome wholegrain

Health benefits of whole grains

Health Benefits of whole grains

• Low Glycemic index of wholegrain slows down the process of digestion giving a feeling of satiation for a longer period. Thus help reduce the hunger pangs and obesity and also makes it a good choice for diabetics, as it stabilizes the blood-glucose levels.

• High fiber contents in it make the stool bulky and help in easy excretion, relieving constipation. Also helps reduce the cholesterol levels by absorbing the LDLs (bad) cholesterol from the blood stream.

• Minerals and vitamins present in wholegrain provides immunity against cancer, high-blood pressure and many heart ailments.

Consuming an average of 2.5 servings of whole grains each day is associated with a 21 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to consuming only 0.2 servings," said Philip Mellen, M.D., lead author and an assistant professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.( Source:-

Consumers should look for "100 percent whole grain" on food labels.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Why is maida unhealthy

Why is maida unhealthy. ..... why...if you are confused as to why daliya is better than maida on

Wheat and its products
Milling and grinding the whole wheat grain provides different grades of flours to be used in cooking.

Whole-wheat when processed gives broken-wheat (dalia)It is made by milling wheat grains coarsely. Wheat is cleaned and husked and then processed to the required size. It is highly nutritious as it does not undergo refining.

Futher processing gives Semolina (rawa).  Semolina is a very gritty, coarse type of flour, usually made from purified wheat middlings of durum wheat and still further the whole wheat grain when ground with the skin and germ yields brownish flour called atta or whole wheat flour.

The same when refined further or ground without the skin yields whiter flour called maida i.e  refined flour the most starchy and nutrition-less product of the wholegrain.

Hence it is very clear broken wheat is more nutritious and maida is least nutritious,hence avoid products made with maida like white bread, cakes, biscuits, various pastries, fast food like samosa, naan.

Go whole grain eat healthy be healthy.

#wheat #maida #refinedwheatflour #rawa #daliya #semolina #eatwholegrains #highfibre #shilpsnutrilife

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Do not take unnecessary medication

Do not take unnecessary medication.

Unnecessary drugs are an invitation to allergy, dependency, needless expense and countless side effects. Three quarters of your immune system is located in your gut, where it protects against foreign toxic substances in your food. A healthy balance of gut material is essential to normal immune system functioning. But if you take too many antibiotics too often this natural function is disturbed.

Overuse of anti-microbials promotes the emergence of resistant organisms with dangerous prospects to your future health. Keep your medicine cabinet very light and after you finish taking prescribed medicine throw away any left over pills. This will reduce the chance of being tempted to take an outdated or inappropriate drug in the future.

#medication #selfmedicate #drugs #shilpsnutrilife #eathealthy #pills #immunity

Health retreat

Shilpsnutrilife invites you all for a free orientation programme of "HEALTH RETREAT - RECREATE YOURSELF " A health retreat designed to help you stay healthy and fit throughout your life using simple ways focusing on your needs and goals. Guided by health and wellness experts, this health retreat aims to help individuals to lead a healthy life.

Followed by Tea and snacks.

Come and get your doubts clarified, this orientation will cover things which you are going to do, learn, about the destination, experts and the topics cover.

Date and time:- 15th August 2017 , 11am to 12pm

Event Address: Sai krupa Banquet, Mhatre wadi, behind soni tower, opp Aditya institiute, 5mins walking distance from Kora Kendra, Borivali – west, Mumbai-400092.

To join please fill this form

or leave a message with your name and number at 9870404042

To know more about the event visit

Health retreat

Shilpsnutrilife invites you all for a free orientation programme of "HEALTH RETREAT - RECREATE YOURSELF " A health retreat designed to help you stay healthy and fit throughout your life using simple ways focusing on your needs and goals. Guided by health and wellness experts, this health retreat aims to help individuals to lead a healthy life.

Followed by Tea and snacks.

Come and get your doubts clarified, this orientation will cover things which you are going to do, learn, about the destination, experts and the topics cover.

Date and time:- 15th August 2017 , 11am to 12pm

Event Address: Sai krupa Banquet, Mhatre wadi, behind soni tower, opp Aditya institiute, 5mins walking distance from Kora Kendra, Borivali – west, Mumbai-400092.

To join please fill this form

or leave a message with your name and number at 9870404042

To know more about the event visit

Monday, 7 August 2017

Happiness Happens Day 8th aug

Happiness Happens Day 8th aug

Founded in 1999 under the name of “Admit You’re Happy Day” by the Secret Society of Happy People, Happiness Happens Day aims to spread the joy of being happy, and to persuade people to look on the brighter side of life.

Happiness is a choice, your happiness lies in your hands only.

Happiness is contagious, so if you’re happy, tell someone! If someone else is happy, listen to them!

#happiness #HappyDay #smile #healthymind #laugh #shilpsnutrilife

Dealing with post pregnancy weight gain

Some pointers to help you lose your post pregnancy weight.

Motherhood on one hand brings joy and on other a feeling of being fat and tired at times …RIGHT

Besides having a healthy baby, each and every mother dreams of getting back into the pre pregnancy weight, getting rid of that spongy belly, or get back into skinny jeans; all this is possible… you can, and you will – but you can’t rush it.

Most women want to know how long it will take to lose the baby weight, but there’s no simple answer.  Certainly in the first few weeks, you should be focusing on adjusting to motherhood and bonding with your baby, eating well, staying hydrated and getting enough rest.

So here are a few tips to help you lose the baby weight and get your energy back.

Breast feeding and weight loss
Breastfeeding doesn’t make you gain weight – in fact, you use up calories when you nurse, and helps you get rid of extra weight more quickly while you are nursing. You might not realize that you already began your weight-loss efforts the moment you put your baby to your breast.

A good rule of thumb is to take in 200-500 calories in excess of what you needed to maintain your weight before you were pregnant while you are nursing. 500 calories need to provide nutrients like protein, calcium and iron.  Nursing isn’t an excuse to chow down on fats and sweets and that will just lead to weight gain rather than helping you to lose baby weight.

Breastfeeding burns around 300 calories per day, so it can help you begin to lose some of your excess baby weight. What’s more, breastfeeding can help stimulate contractions in your uterus that help your belly shrink back to its regular size after pregnancy to help you regain your old shape, too.

Your body stores up fat during your pregnancy to provide the extra calories needed for milk production. It is easier to lose lower body fat (hips, buns, and thighs) when you are breastfeeding compared to the mom who is formula feeding. So goahead and enjoy feeding your baby.

Eat Balanced diet
Focuss on eating healthy,feeling energetic and pay less attention to your calorie intake. At this point don’t think about weight loss, atleast for the first 3months. Your goals must be to get good complex carbs, lean proteins, good fats and lot of fibre through fruits and vegetable intake. This will ensure that your body gets the nutrients it needs such as protein to repair body tissues, and important minerals such as calcium and iron that are much-needed by new moms.   Your body is going through a lot of changes and your focus should be on eating well, getting lean and fit.  Don’t expect the baby weight to fall off.

If you don’t eat well your baby will suffer and even you will have to bear the effects in latter life.

Go ahead and eat those laddoos or sheera as per your culture atleast for the first month to 45 days, they all contain galactogues that will increase milk production, just remember not to gorge on it for all the 4 meals, have them preferably during the earlier part of the day like for breakfast.

Stay hydrated and curb the caffeine

Dehydration can lead to fatigue, so adequate fluids are important.  Whenever you sit down to feed your baby, make a point to have a glass of water or a cup of herbal tea.  If you’re nursing your baby, avoid caffeine;  if you’re bottle-feeding, curb your caffeine intake by afternoon so as not to disrupt your sleep at night.

Snack at frequent intervals
Snacking is important, but don’t stuff yourself with too much of fried or sweet foods during this filler time snacking. You can opt for fruits, salads, raitas, sprouts chat, puff of jowar, nachni, wheat, roasted channa, groundnuts, dryfruits.

Watch the sweets or energy drinks like glucose water or sherbets

Some new moms rely on frequent sugar shots like biscuits, sherbets, glucose water throughout the day to fight fatigue – a practice that usually backfires.  Blood sugar spikes are often followed by a crash, and the cycle starts all over again.  And, obviously, sugary foods or drinks don’t provide high quality nutrition.

Try to remain active
During the nursing stage there isn’t any need to keep lying on the bed. Try to be as active as possible, which will help you keep up the metabolic rate. Begin your weight loss program slowly when you are breastfeeding. Increase your activity level.

Stay positive and focus on what’s important
Your health and the health of your baby come first.  It took you nine months to gain that weight, so don’t expect it to fall off overnight.  Focus on your achievements – especially the biggest one of all… You’re a mom!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Nursing mother and weight loss

Nursing mother and weight loss - World Breastfeeding Week 1 - 7 August

A common concern for most of the new mother after delivery is to lose the weight gained during pregnancy….

A good rule of thumb is to take in 200-500 calories in excess of what you needed to maintain your weight before you were pregnant while you are nursing.

Breastfeeding doesn't make you gain weight - in fact, you use up calories when you nurse, and helps you get rid of extra weight more quickly while you are nursing. You might not realize that you already began your weight-loss efforts the moment you put your baby to your breast.

Breastfeeding burns around 300 calories per day, so it can help you begin to lose some of your excess baby weight. What's more, breastfeeding can help stimulate contractions in your uterus that help your belly shrink back to its regular size after pregnancy to help you regain your old shape, too.

Your body stores up fat during your pregnancy to provide the extra calories needed for milk production. It is easier to lose lower body fat (hips, buns, and thighs) when you are breastfeeding compared to the mom who is formula feeding. .

Begin your weight loss program slowly when you are breastfeeding. Increase your activity level.

#worldbreastfeedingweek #nursingmother #weightloss #diet #eathealthy #breastfeedingburnscalories #shilpsnutrilife

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Diet essential of lactating mother

World Breastfeeding Week 1 – 7 August
Diet essentials of lactating mothers

During lactation make sure you get enough nutrients, not just more calories. It can make a difference in the quality of your breast milk and affect how quickly your body rebounds from childbirth.

•Plenty of beverages like soups, milk, juices,water
•Fresh fruits
•Milk and milk products
•Dry fruits
•Vegetables which are easy to digest and are not strongly flavored
•Salads; can be grated to make them easy to digest and not strain the stitches by adding to bulk.
•Eat more of whole grains and cereals
•Breast Milk Producers- Methi seeds, Fennel seeds, Ajwain, til seeds, ginger powder-saunth.

#galactogues #lactatingmother #proteins #milkproducers #shilpsnutrilife #worldbreastfeedingweek

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Breast feeding benefits

Breastfeeding benefits -World breast feeding week 1st to 7th August

Breastfeeding benefits all sectors of society economically, ecologically and socially.

Breastfeeding is unique – it causes no pollution and is the best example of how humanity can sustain itself through provision of the first and most complete food for human life.

Breastmilk is ready to use at the right temperature, does not need to be sterilized and causes no pollution.

Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby and the earth.

Smart or flase nutrition marketing

Please beware....this is called smart or rather flase marketing. ...don't let these terms make a fool of yourself.

Look for the hidden...deeper meaning.
Eat local natural healthy food.

#detox #organic #glutenfree #marketing #shilpsnutrilife

Monday, 31 July 2017

World Breastfeeding week 2017

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

WBW2017 theme is 'Sustaining Breastfeeding Together'. Evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding is already available to us.

Breastfeeding is essential for your baby. Why? It provides a child with all the anitbodies and nutrients she or he needs to stop from getting ill in the future.

Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is 6 months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years or beyond.

Keep watching coming with a week full of posts on #breastfeeding lactation foods, weight loss, nursing mothers nutrition etc

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Fenugreek and fever

Fenugreek (methi) leaves in fever

While recovering from fevers, the most important aspect is fluid replenishment and liver strengthening…..have coconut water (will give electroytes n natural sugar), mosambi juice, limu pani with a dash of rock salt (will increase appetite).

To improve altered taste, consume methi leaves in form of vegetable, add it to dal, khichdi or paratha.

#fever #viral #hydratewell #fenugreek #methi #shilpsnutrilife

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Eat a lot of seasonal stuff

Eat a lot of seasonal stuff especially fruits and veggies

Although nowadays we get all fruits and vegetables in all seasons, their nutritional content is at its peak during its season.

Other benefits
1) Lesser use of toxic chemicals, poisonous pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified seeds .(added during growing harvesting and for storage)
2) Good for your Health since it has not been transported from long distances hence the freshness of the fruit would be at its peak!
3) Easy on pocket.
4) Every seasons' fruits and vegetables are designed by Nature to suit the season (summer, winter etc) and hence their nutritional status would be better than the non-seasonal ones, infact all the nutrients they are rich in is at its peak, eg- Amla rich in vit C, plums rich in Vitamin A.
5) In season foods taste better than non-seasonal ones! Try it yourself.

Although Seasonal food can be boring sometimes, but its Pros definitely exceed its Cons

A common observation says:
Mangoes, Watermelon, MuskMelon, are very sweet and taste the best during Summers.

Similarly Guava, Sapota (Cheeku),Orange, Sweet lime, Water chestnut(Singhada) taste best during Winters.

Corn (Bhutta), Litchi, Peaches, Plums,Jamun taste the best during Monsoons.

(There can be many more fruits that can be added to the list according to geographic locations)

So be judicious and choose more Healthy and Nutritive foods i.e. Seasonal foods.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Can we get our junk lifestyle right

CAN WE GET THIS RIGHT.......................

Our digestive system has undergone very little change over the past several thousand years, yet our diet has changed so rapidly that some think our stomachs are unable to keep pace with it. And therein lies the root of many modern-day nutrition and diet related issues.

Just think about it - did our grandparents diet included a double cheese pizza,burger with a large soda and fries? Did they drink cups after cups of coffee to bust stress? Were they dependent on canned and processed food choices at the local supermarkets? Did they go days without having fruits and vegetables in their meal? We, on the other hand, routinely indulge in these supremely unhealthy food habits.

It's evident that we compare poorly to our grandparents generation as far as food choices are concerned.

Clearly, when it comes to healthy living, going back to the basics may not be a bad idea.


Organic or no (leafy vege)

Organic or no (leafy veges)

How to know if the greens we buy are pesticide free or organic
If you see a few holes in the leaves of the greens you are buying, pick up the bunch; it means it is not heavily ‘pesticided’ .

And one very important tip to follow with greens is wash them well and after washing give a final rinse of salt water for five to seven minutes. This helps remove germs and residue.

#shilpsnutrilife #organicvegetables

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Organic fruit and vegetables

Organic or No (fruits and veges)

How to know if the fruits and veges we buy are pesticide free or organic

Many a times my clients ask me how to know if the foods we buy are pesticide free or organic.

Although this may be a difficult task in itself however here are a few things to look

Appearance If it is oddly unusually shaped uneven like no two items are identical eg no two leaves of the same mango tree will ever look 100% alike. Similarly, each apple, mango or even grain will always look different from another. Their colour, shape, structure will never be uniform. There will, for instance, be different shades of yellow in your moong dal instead of the uniformly bleached yellow of the regular packaged dal.

Fruits, vegetables and grains won't be huge in size. There are, of course, special cases in which people do grow large-sized fruits and vegetables organically as well, but they are not the norm and are difficult to find.

#organicfruitsvegetables #shilpsnutrilife

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Organic grains or no

Organic or No
How to know if the grains we buy are pesticide free or organic

Although a difficult task but this can be checked out –

Insect or worms in your grains are a good thing in a way Keedas (worms) too know that non-organic food is just not edible.Naturally grown sabut daals (like moong sabut, or urad sabut), atta, maida, brown rice, white rice and other grains will get keedas after two-three months and especially in the rains. All you need to do is clean the grain or sun them out like our grandmothers would and still live on with it for quite a few years.

Keedas don't contaminate your food, pesticides do. Similarly, if you see a few holes in the leaves of the greens you are buying, pick up the bunch; it means it is not heavily 'pesticided'. And one rule of thumb to follow with greens is this: after washing them well, give a final rinse of salt water for two-three minutes. This helps remove germs and residue.
#organicfoods #shilpsnutrilife

Rice and Diabetes

Scientists have found that the glycemic index (GI) of rice varies a lot from one type of rice to another. And they have revealed that rice varieties such as India’s most widely grown rice variety, Swarna and Mahsuri have a low GI and are safe for diabetics.

But what is important is the balance between food intake and physical activity. Globally, we are getting fatter, and this puts pressure on our organs. So we need to keep our weight in check by combining low GI foods, sensible eating and being  physically active is essential.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Never eat out of a bag, box, jar or carton

Never eat out of a bag, box, jar or carton

Hey, we all do it. Eating chips or popcorns right out of the bag....

While we are often tempted to dig into a bag of chips or a jar of peanut it is never a good idea.

Research shows that we tend to eat more when given more – up to 25% more. We easily lose sight of how much we eat when we reach into the serving container.

Always put a snack portion in a small bowl or plate and put the bag or container away. This allows you to account for how much you actually eat. There is just something about eating out of a bag that makes you want to finish the whole thing.

#healthyeating #donoteatfrompacket

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Boiling water in monsoon

How Long Should Water Be Boiled to Make It Safe for Drinking?

It is rainy reason and we have all been advised to drink boiled water to remain disease free, Right. But the question arises many a times as to what is the right method to boil water. so here we go...

The most acceptable, easiest and cheapest method of sterilising or purifying water is to boil it. Boiling water kills all microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and other protozoa that cause disease and makes the tap water safe for consumption.

Sterilising water at home by boiling is simple. For this it is essential to bring tap water to a full boil, and let it boil for one to three minutes, thereafter cover it and cool it naturally at room temperature before using for drinking.

Strain the water through a clean, thin muslin cloth to remove any dust or particles, if any, before drinking it.

Remember consume it within 24 hrs of boiling.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Is it right to put your obese child on the so called diet

National Childhood Obesity Week 3rd-9th july 2017

Is it right to put your obese child on the so called diet...

A diet for an overweight or obese kid needs to be planned intelligently wherein his or her growth needs aren't compromised. Please do not force your diet plans on them.

Obesity is not just your child’s problem.  It is a problem that the whole family must be involved in solving.  Your child lives within your family environment.
Chances are, someone else in your family has also struggled with weight or experienced obesity.  They may be able to offer valuable help and support in developing realistic goals for your child.

As a family try to think of problems that you have solved successfully.  This will help you stay positive, and look for other areas that are opportunities for change.

If you need help please connect at

#diabetes #BP
#childhoodobesity #healthyeating #saynotojunk #physicalactivities
#obesekid #lowerIQ #kidseatright

Childhood obesity and obesity in adults - the difference

Is their a difference in obesity beginning in childhood and adulthood.

Nowadays with multiple foods easily available, children and also adults hardly like to eat home food. The dietary habits have shifted from eating fruits, vegetables, whole grain preparation, milk and products to caloric dense (either loaded with fat or sugar) highly processed foods and drinks which just have calories and very less nutrition in proportion to the same.

The fat cell theory is one of the mechanisms that explain obesity in children due to overfeeding in early years of life. The fat cells are distributed throughout the body. The depot expands either by increasing the size of fat cell or by increasing their number. According to the theory the percentage of body fat is determined by the number of fat cells which is either influenced by genetic inheritance or eating habits.

The size of fat cells gradually increases if the energy balance is positive. If the energy or caloric intake continues to be high, cell number begins to increase. Once fat cells increase their number seems to be fixed and they cannot be lost even if weight is lost. In general, cells proliferate most rapidly from birth to 2 years of age and during the late childhood and puberty.

During childhood, chronic overfeeding leads to increased number of these fat cells. Fat cells once formed cannot be decreased. In the long run if positive energy balance (you take in more calories than you expend)continues, fat cells would keep increasing in size further leading to obesity in adulthood as well. Thus, good eating habits during childhood are of great importance.

This is the difference in  from obesity beginning in adulthood and childhood.  In adulthood, obesity begins due to increase in the fat cell size and in childhood the number of fat cells also increase.

So please pay attention to what your kids eat, they may not understand now but  will definitely thank you in future for developing healthy eating habits.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Is childhood obesity about weight or future health problems


Is childhood obesity about weight or future health problems

It's about the present and future health problems that come with extra weight. Extra weight puts kids at higher risk for heartdisease, stroke and type 2 diabetes which up until recently was considered an "adult" illness.

Obesity among children and adolescents is emerging as a serious health burden. It’s a time bomb waiting to explode once these children become adults, making obesity one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.

Childhood obesity is associated with a number of health problems such as
-Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus,
-Impaired glucose tolerance that were once confined to adults are now being diagnosed to children.
-Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a syndrome of variable combinations of menstrual irregularity, acne with obesity and insulin resistance.
-Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome,
-Early puberty or menarche, -Eating disorders, skin infections, orthopedic disorders, asthma and other respiratory disorders.

To ensure that kids grow up fit and slim, parents need to be committed to building their health. We can’t collude with our children when it comes to choosing between getting through the daily pile of homework that brings them close to scoring 99 per cent in their finals instead of spending an hour playing badminton in the park outside with them.

#childhoodobesity #healthyeating #saynotojunk #physicalactivities
#obesekid #lowerIQ #kidseatright