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.

JUST GIVE IT A THOUGHT!!!!!

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 www.shilpsnutrilife.com

#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

#NationalChildhoodObesityWeek
#Childhoodobesityconsequences

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
-Hypertension,
-Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus,
-Hypercholesterolemia
-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.
-Gallstones,
-Dyslipidemia,
-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

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Are you fostering childhood obesity

Are you fostering childhood obesity......The attitude that a kid should get anything he or she wants to eat is a mistake by parents and a huge contributor to rising obesity rates. It is only increasing the chances of their child becoming obese.

Let’s take this into consideration the next time you…

1 Offer your child a second, third, or fourth slice of cake.

2 Allow them to play video or mobile games for hours or watch TV for hours.

3 Demand your child to study all weekend long, without any physical exercise.

4.Encourage eating out atleast once a week as you can't do without it?

5.Weekend outings for you mean visit to mall or to park or playground....

6.Do you carry some junk like waffers, vada, samosa home while returning from work...

7. Is your way of rewarding your kid involve food always like cakes, chocolate etc

8.What else are we doing wrong? What else can we do to ensure our child’s health?

Together, let’s…

Quit Childhood Obesity

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Childhood obesity

National Childhood Obesity Week
3rd July to 9th July

India has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China, according to a study that has found that 14.4 million children in the country have excess weight and its occurrence is increasing rapidly.

The attitude that a kid should get anything it wants to eat is a mistake by parents and a huge contributor to rising obesity rates. It is only increasing the chances of their child becoming obese.

Stay tuned coming soon with a week full of post on childhood obesity.

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Lychee (litchi)

Health benefits of Lychee(litchi)

The market this season is flooded with this lovely fruit, Litchi. Lychee fruits are low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but rich in dietary fiber.

Research studies suggest that oligonol, a low molecular weight polyphenol found abundantly in lychee fruit. Oligonol has been found to have several anti-oxidant, anti-influenza virus actions.

Litchi, like citrus fruits, is an good source of vitamin C; 100 g fresh fruits provide 31 mg which helps body develop resistance against infectious agents.

Litchi also contains a very good amount of minerals like potassium and copper. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids help control heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.

#AntiOxidant #highfibre  #immunity   #hearthealthy #antiinfluenza
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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Jamun

Health Benefits of Jamun fruit
Jamun fruit is regarded, in traditional medicine, as a pro-diabetic fruit due to its effect on the pancreas.

Natural acids in the Jamun play an important role in the secretion of digestive enzymes and stimulating the liver functions.

Jambuls are a rich source of antioxidants,and phytochemicals like anthocyanins, glucosides,ellagic acid.

For Acidity, eat jamuns with black salt and roasted cumin seed powder

Jamun fruit is an effective remedy for bleeding piles.

#AntiOxidant #digestive #acidity  #immunity  #antidiabetic

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Plums

Plums Health Benefits
Plums also Known as Alu Bokhara.Plums are relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond. They are all considered “drupes,” fruits that have a hard stone pit surrounding their seeds. When plums are dried, they are known as prunes.

• Helps in constipation
• cleanse your intestine
• help keep a healthy heart
• maintain blood sugar levels
• help keep wrinkles at bay
• good source of vitamin A and beta carotene.
• good source of vitamin C, which is also a  powerful natural antioxidant.

Very important tip..do not peel your plum,you must eat the skin because that is where many of the colour agents and antioxidants are and darker the plum richer it is in antioxidants.

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Cherries

Cherries cherries and some more

It is the season of cherries, each and every fruitwala will stock on this.Cherries have recently emerged as one of the hottest Super Fruits available in the market. Today, there are plenty of research studies that have uncovered the many health benefits of cherries and they have been proven to be the powerhouse of antioxidants.Did you know that just 15 cherries can make up one of your five a day.

Anti-Oxidant
Cherries are extremely high in anti-oxidants called anthocyanins, commonly found in brightly-coloured fruits, which are so important as part of a healthy diet and play a variety of roles, from lowering the risk of heart disease and cancer, to promoting healthy skin and brain cells. There is even evidence to suggest that antioxidants may help prevent dementia and memory-loss, go for sweet cherries with the deepest pigment; crimson-purple rather than bright red.

Anti-Inflammatory
Scientists have proven relationship between arthritis, gout and cherries. It has been observed that patients, who consumed large quantities of cherries regularly, reported reduction in pain of arthritis and gout. These problems generally occur due to excessive production of uric acid. So, when consumed in large quantities and regularly, cherries may help control excessive uric acid production in the blood.

Improves immunity, sleep and is anti-aging
Struggling to get a good night’s sleep? Sour cherries can help! They contain the antioxidant melatonin, which occurs naturally in the body to promote and regulate our sleep-patterns. It is essential for our immune system. Melatonin found in cherries also slows down the aging process. Regaining your face glow is a good reason to start eating cherries now!

Blood pressure and healthy heart
Cherries are an excellent source of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure by getting rid of the excess sodium in our body. Eating cherries helps keep potassium and sodium in balance, and can prevent hypertension from occurring. One cup of cherries has the same amount of potassium as a banana making it a great substitute when you are not in the mood for another banana.

Fighting Cancer
Cherries contain high Beta Carotene (Vitamin A) content and this also helps fight the cancer in organs and glands.

Good For Digestion
When we eat cherries, there is more production and secretion of digestive juices, they are also a significant source of fibre, and hence great for digestion.

Studies seem to show that sour cherries have the potential to limit the uptake of fat into the body, and control levels of cholesterol in the blood. Also, these little beauties contain many B-vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B6; these vitamins are crucial for metabolism and convert nutrients into energy.

Cherries are not only healthy, but they are delicious and versatile. They can be added to everything, so ahead indulge in these beautiful cherries

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sheer Khurma

Sheer Khorma or Sheer Khurma

Sheer Khurma is a typical traditional Eid dessert without which Eid is incomplete. Its an essential of the Eid serving table and is really delicious and rich in terms of nutritional value. Sheer Khorma is prepared with vermicelli, milk, nuts, dates and sugar and is served warm at breakfast on Eid day.

Rich in good quality protein, calcium, healthy fats, some amount of vitamin B12, the presence of nuts like almonds, pistachio helps to enrich it with antioxidants and zinc. One can substitute sugar with honey, dates or jaggery as this offers a higher nutritional value to the dish and adds a richer taste.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Wellness or illness

Wellness or illness

It's all in your hands, you can choose to subsidize your illness or invest in wellness.

If illness then go ahead and look for subsidies for the same and get instant results and if wellness then you need to invest  now to reap the benefits long term.

Think and make healthy choice.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Is being overweight or obese contagious?

Is being overweight or obese contagious? Are your friends making you fat?

Overweight and obesity can be considered “socially contagious” because the experts believe it’s a case of birds of a feather…. feel better together (even when they’re overweight or obese).

Right from childhood to golden years of our life, our friends define who we are and we choose who are friends are, and thus, ultimately we define ourselves.

Chances are you will eat & drink what your friends eat & drink!  

If your friends eat healthy, you will make better food choices.

If your nutrition habits are contagious, is exercise as well? Absolutely! If your friends are active, then some of those exercise vibes will enter into you too.

If everyone around you is unhealthy, & overweight, then it may be tougher, but not impossible. The best thing you can do is tell everyone that your goal is to get healthy and fit.True friends will want you to be healthy and happy and will support your health goals.

Be the best influence you can be, if you eat healthily and exercise, you will inspire others to do the same! Be their inspiration! 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Fresh dates benefits

Fresh dates health benefits

Ramadan is the month especially when fresh dates are seen in abundance.Dates are a type of sweet fruit that grows on palm trees. Dates are a good source of energy. Around 100gm of fresh dates gives 133kcal.

Up to 80 percent of the date flesh is sugar that the body can easily access for energy. Fresh dates have sugar like fructose and dextrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly; thus, for these qualities, dates are being used to breakfast during Ramadan months.
Fresh dates are a particularly good source of calcium, which helps promote strong teeth and bones.
Dates are rich in dietary fiber. Most of the fiber is of the insoluble type, promoting smooth functioning of intestinal tract. It also prevents dietary LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut.
They contain many health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic (prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties.

Dates  are low in  fat, 100 g of dates, has only a fraction of a gram is fats.

Muslims generally break their fast by eating dates. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have said: “Break your fast by eating dates as it is purifying.”
So go ahead have a few dates everyday whether dried or fresh as u wish just enjoy the benefits…………

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

International Yoga Day

The World Yoga Day, also known as the International Yoga Day, falls on Wednesday, June 21. The theme of this year is  "Yoga for Health."

Yoga originated in ancient India around 5,000 years back. Yoga is an amalgam of physical, mental and spiritual practice which helps enhance one's physical as well as mental health along with the self-healing ability.

Practising yoga regularly helps to improve:

Flexibility
Respiration
Posture
Muscle strength
Weight management
Metabolism
Bone health
Blood flow
Immunity
Yoga also aids in combating stress causing changes in the genes, a study carried out by the researchers from Psychology at Coventry University in the United Kingdom, with Ivana Buric as the lead researcher, pointed out.

"The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body,"

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Don't take good health for granted

Don't take good health for granted

No one wants to be sick. But tell me very frankly when do we start to take notice and some action about our health, only after we fall sick or are in the process of losing our health. During this time, we make all sorts of promises and resolutions. But once we get it back, we often return to our old ways. Isn't this true??

Good health is one of those things that is usually taken for granted. Chronic, degenerative conditions usually takes years, even decades, to develop, nothing develops overnight.

For example, heart attack or a tumor on your body, do you think it developed overnight? No way. It took a long time to get to a size where it becomes visible. All your hardwork of abusing your body in the form of unhealthy lifestyle, stress, junk eating, toxic buildup, weakened immune system which had probably been around for years too showed it's effect. Do realize that, once a disease takes root, the decline usually starts gaining momentum.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

In Rainny season wash fruits and vegetables well

In rainny season wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly

In rainny season wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly, esp green leafy vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, brinjal, roots and tubers which harbour larvae, worms and dust. Clean them under running water.

Steaming them is the best way to get rid of germs. Soaking the greens in salt water for about 10minutes can help remove insects.

Research has shown that using just plain old water can remove 98% of the bacteria when it is used to rinse and soak produce.

If you decide to use vinegar, research has shown that a 3 part water to 1 part vinegar is most effective. A soak of five to10 minutes should be sufficient. Try to get the water temperature as close to that of the fruit or vegetable that you wish to clean. When you have a variety of fruits and vegetables, it might be best to wash these separately.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Antioxidant rich chutney

Nutritious Antioxidant Rich Chutney.

Made using fresh coriander, mint, spinach, curry leaves ...apt for any season....improves immunity. ..
beneficial for people suffering from Cholesterol, BP, Diabetes.

Ingredients -
• Coriander leaves - 1 small bunch
• Palak -1/2 bunch
• Mint leaves a few
• Curry leaves 12-15 leaves
• Tomato - 1 small
• Onion – 1
• Garlic – 7-10 cloves
• Lemon juice – 1-2 tbsp
• Green chilli – 1-2
• Ginger - a small piece
• Roasted flaxseed powder - 1 tbsp
• Dalia (split channa dal)- 1tbsp
• Salt to taste

Method -

Grind all the ingredients together. Serve as an accompaniment with dosa, idli, dhokla, chilla, pancakes, chapati, upma , make sandwiches.

This chutney is beneficial for people suffering from Cholesterol, BP, Diabetes.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Read your nutrilabel right

If you can't read it then WHY EAT IT....don't you at times feel everything written on the package food is beyond your understanding. ..If yes and you can't understand anything just leave it.

If the things written resembles name of a food go ahead, if you feel more like chemicals just throw it away.

Wake up guys before its too late.

Popcorn health benefits

Popcorn health benefits
Scientists have reported that popcorn contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called "polyphenols" than fruits and vegetables.

"Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It is 100% unprocessed whole grain as against all other grains which are actually processed and diluted with other ingredients - meaning only 51% of the weight of the product is whole grain. The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill that gap in a very pleasant way,"

In another surprising finding, the researchers discovered that the hulls of the popcorn -- the part that everyone hates for its tendency to get caught in the teeth -- actually has the highest concentration of polyphenols and fiber."Those hulls deserve more respect," "They are nutritional gold nuggets." One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 percent of the daily intake of whole grain. It’s gluten-free

Popcorn is a great between-meal snack. “Popped corn” is mostly air, which makes it highly effective for staving off hunger cravings without damaging your diet.

But the way people prepare and serve popcorn can quickly put a dent in its healthful image. Cooking it in a potful of oil, slathering on butter, pouring on the salt makes it a nutritional nightmare loaded with fat and calories.

Go for air-popped popcorn as it has the lowest number of calories.

However popcorn cannot replace fresh fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and other nutrients that are critical for good health, but are missing from popcorn.

Popcorn is one of the least expensive snack foods on the market today.....so goahead have a bowl full of popcorn today.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Don't skip Suhoor (pre-dawn meal)

Don't skip Suhoor (pre-dawn meal)

Suhoor is regarded as a benefit of the blessings in that it allows the person fasting to avoid the crankiness or the weakness caused by the fast.

Eat suhoor(sehri) just prior to dawn. Yes, it's hard to get up at that hour, which is why it has many benefits and rewards. And this morning meal is generally recognized as the single most important meal of the day. as this is needed to get you through the day. Many people eat a late night meal and sleep through till the dawn prayers. This is not advisable.

Skipping Suhoor prolongs the fasting period as your body will need to rely on the previous meal to provide you with all the nutrients and energy until Iftar (dinner). Due to the longer hours of fasting, you are more likely to feel dehydrated and tired during the day. Furthermore, skipping Suhoor also encourages overeating during Iftar, which can cause unhealthy weight gain.

So all those doing Ramadan please eat suhoor.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

How healthy is Idli Sambar?

How healthy is Idli Sambar???
Idli is the top food on the list for "eating healthy especially while eating out"

Idlis are made from a combination of rice and urad dal which is fermented and then steamed.

Both these processes are very good as it invovles predigestion by bacteria, cooking with no oil at all
and hence easier to digest. The fermented process increases the bioavailability of nutrients like folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, biotin.

However most restaurants use baking soda to speed up getting the idli batter ready and while too much baking soda does destroy nutrients and affects the digestive system in the long run. Similarly the ready made idli batter also contains some amount of soda.

Another important things is the combination of cereal n pulse improves the quality of protein i.e gives the best quality protein comparable to that of an egg which is considered excellent.

So go ahead relish those wonderful idlis on a super Sunday morning whether at home or out.

 

Can sitting for long hours put you in trouble?

Can sitting for long hours put you in trouble?

You may want to stand up while you read this.

Experts now say you should start standing up at work for at least two hours a day -- and work your way toward four.

Today, the average office worker sits for about 10 hours - office meeting, emails, eating meals,  computer etc.

Medical researchers have long warned that prolonged sitting is dangerous, associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems.

Some have gone on to say that the office chair is worse for your health than smoking and kills more people than HIV. Even working out vigorously before or after work may not compensate for extending sitting.

Metabolism slows down 90 percent after 30 minutes of sitting. The enzymes that move the bad fat from your arteries to your muscles, where it can get burned off, slow down. The muscles in your lower body are turned off. And after two hours, good cholesterol drops 20 percent. Just getting up for five minutes is going to get things going again. These things are so simple they’re almost stupid.”

According to the expert statement released in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Americans should begin to stand, move and take breaks for at least two out of eight hours at work.

Gavin Bradley, director of Active Working, an international group
Gives following suggestions -
Take your calls standing.
Walk around.
Hold standing meetings,Walking meetings.
Walk over to a colleague’s desk instead of sending an e-mail.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
Taking a lunch break.
Isn't this Simple stuff.

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

We have to pay the price for how we live and what we eat

We have to pay the price for how we live and what we eat

The increase in our lifespan should be a blessing but our bad habits have turned it into a curse.

Modern day medicine is allowing us to live longer lives. Unfortunately, these long lives are not healthy lives. Our bad eating habits, sedentary lifestyles, and smoking have prevented us from enjoying the fruits of medical technology.

Today, even educated people do not understand the dangers say from faulty lifestyle and eating habits.

Well, we have to pay the price for how we live and what we eat.

Make the right choice. ....stay fit and healthy by paying a small price of eating healthy n exercising. ...to know more contact 09870404042 or email at shilpsnutrilife@gmail.com or visit website www.shilpsnutrilife.com

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CONNECTING WITH NATURE Go on a leg powered journey

#worldenvironmentday
CONNECTING WITH NATURE

Go on a leg powered journey
The simplest way to get back into the way of life of our ancestors is to travel in a more traditional way. We didn’t evolve driving on a motorway or riding a train. Slowing down, and walking to the top of a mountain, canoeing across a lake, riding a horse or being taken on a journey through wild country by a husky dog sled are all great ways to reconnect with nature.

Similarly walking barefoot on the grass or along the beach. Focus on the feeling of your feet connecting with the earth and the sense of feeling grounded that can come along with this.

Do try this. ...also comment below if you have any further ideas.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

THE THREE R’S THAT CAN SAVE US

THE THREE R’S THAT CAN SAVE US

We’re probably throwing out more food/money than we realize. We all do…but few of us recognise this and fewer still admit to it! In fact each of us throws away on average 120kg of food a year. but what can you and I do about it?? Do I really waste food?

The following  three R’s can save us!!!

REDUCE – food wastage by buying more efficiently.
Take a list with you to the grocery store; you’re less likely to buy items that you won’t use. Even better option is to plan your meals for a week which eases out shopping and cooking both.

REUSE- unwanted item where possible instead of disposing them
Donate any unopened non-perishable items that you definitely won’t use.
Clean out your fridge/freezer/cupboards on a somewhat regular basis and use  anything that is getting near to the manufacturers “best by” date.

RECYCLE - compost
Use any leftover food,use your creativity.
If at times you have brought a vegetable, can’t reduce it, it already started spoiling so can’t reuse it, you’re down to “recycle”, that’s where composting comes in, possibly some nice soil will magically appear.

Just THINK.EAT.SAVE: Reduce your foodprint!
Save Food, Save Environment and Save Lives………

So now you are aware about the 3R’s!
So Have fun

Monday, 5 June 2017

world environment day

World environment day 5th June

The host country for this year’s celebration is Canada and has chosen the theme “Connecting People to Nature” for 2017, which invites people to enjoy the outdoors and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

“It reminds us of what a treasure nature is, and encourages us all to protect and appreciate our environment.”

It is an ideal occasion to go out and enjoy your outdoor picnic or have a nature walk in wilderness areas.

Connecting to nature can involve all the physical senses: why not take off your shoes and get your feet (and hands) dirty; don’t just look at the beautiful lake ( if you have one in your area), jump in! Take a hike (if your surrounding area permits) at night and rely on your ears and nose to experience nature.

Why not do your bit to green the urban environment, by greening your street or planting a window box.

In the age of asphalt and smartphones and among the distractions of modern life, connections with nature can be fleeting. But with little help, our environment can be clearer than ever that we need harmony between humanity and nature so that both are able to thrive.


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Small changes can make a big difference

World environment day special
Small changes can make a big difference

Following small changes will help to reduce your “foodprint” and save our environment

Buy local, organic foods that do not use chemicals in the production process.

Buy food with a thought. Do not buy more food than you need to avoid food wastage.

Go vegetarian atleast once a week.

Plant a vegetable garden.

Cook food with care, serve just enough,use what is left.

Do not waste water, like do not let it run while we brush our teeth.

Request smaller portions at restaurants.

Avoid excess food packaging, use cloth bags, reuseable cups, non plastic bottles.

Avoid plastic bottles.

Don’t litter.

Just THINK.EAT.SAVE: Reduce your foodprint!
Save Food, Save Environment and Save Lives.........

Thursday, 1 June 2017

World Milk Day

World Milk Day 1st June

#WorldMilkDay is celebrated on 1st June in many countries across the world.

Significance - to raise the awareness about the importance of milk and its products as part of a #health #balancediet.

"Milk is the #FirstFood for Human

It was initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to celebrate all aspects of milk as a global food.

Did you know, Milk is a #completefood except for iron and vitamin C. It contains lipids, #proteins, carbohydrates, salts, minerals like #calcium and phosphorus, vitamins like Vit A,  B complex– in other words, all healthy nutrients required by our body.

I know most of you don't like milk, we make faces...give excuses like it does not suit our system, other mammals milk is not designed for our body n so on right. ..

To make it interesting, you can add different flavours to it. Saffron, cinnamon, vanilla essence, rose essence, dry fruit powder, strawberry squash thandai syrup etc.

Still not a liking for milk then have milk products like panir, curd, buttermilk,  cheese, ghee etc.

Benefits of milk - strong bones,  muscles, improves sleep,  quality of hair and skin and also acts as a naturalantacid.

So go ahead and have a glass of milk today...doodh doodh doodh piyoo glass full doodh.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Quit smoking - Slip, don't slide

#worldnotobaccodayspecial
Quit smoking - Slip, don’t slide

Quit smoking, and your risk of a heart attack drops almost immediately, returning to that of a never-smoker within five to 15 years. Breaking the addiction isn't easy—some 40 percent of smokers try each year, and most of them fail. But a failed attempt is not a final defeat. What distinguishes successful quitters is their willingness to keep trying.

Slip, don’t slide

There’s an important distinction between a slip (a mistake) and a slide (a relapse). You slip when you smoke once or twice after your quit date. You relapse when you go back to your former smoking pattern. Slipping is common and doesn’t make you a smoker again. If you slip, try to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it the next time. Above all, don’t let one slip lead to another cigarette, then another...

You may have to quit two, three, or even more times before you stop smoking for good. Not succeeding may just mean you need more help.

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Are you a smoker and suffering from sleep disorders?

#worldnotobaccodayspecial
Are you a smoker and suffering from sleep disorders?

Yes! Smoking is the reason. Nicotine is a stimulant, so smokers take longer to sleep and are more likely to suffer from sleep problems.

Sleeping disorders have become a common phenomenon in 21st century . The current lifestyle greatly affects the sleeping pattern of human beings. Among many causes, smoking is one main cause for sleeping disturbances.

Cigarettes contain nicotine that affects sleep. It is a stimulant that keeps you awake. But smokers are not aware of this fact. Rather they claim that a puff of cigarette smoke makes them feel calmer and helps them relax. On the contrary, nicotine stimulates the mind and the body. It interferes with the body’s ability to fall and stay asleep.

Give up smoking and improve your sleep pattern.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Smoking just ONE cigarette uses up 25mg of vitamin C

#worldnotobaccodayspecial
Smoking just ONE cigarette uses up 25mg of vitamin C

Focus on Vitamin C ... Did you know that smoking just ONE cigarette uses up 25mg of vitamin C? Levels of vitamin C are also further depleted by stress and pollution, so a regular supply is necessary.

Vitamin C is essential for a number of vital bodily functions including tissue growth and repair, collagen production, wound healing, and a healthy immune system.

Good dietary sources include awla, citrus fruit, broccoli, strawberries, guava, bell peppers, papaya, and kiwi fruit.

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Jal-jeera

#HealthySummerdrinks
Jal-jeera, or jaljira, is an Indian beverage made from a mix spice powder used to flavor this drink. In Hindi, “jal” means water and “jeera” means cumin.

The beverage form is essentially lemonade and jaljira powder, and is a popular summer drink in India. It is sometimes served as an appetizer, as it is intended to “startle” the taste buds.

Jaljira powder generally consists of cumin, ginger, black pepper, mint, black salt, some fruit powder (usually either mango, or some kind of citrus zest), and chili or hot pepper powder.

The cumin is a medicinal ingredient which aids digestion. The mint has a cooling effect. Black salt or rock salt acts as a digestive.

Jaljeera is popular in northern India because it is thought to have cooling properties, against the temperature of the region. It is generally served with appetizers before a meal, but is also drunk between meals. Some versions do not involve any added sugar.

Sip on this cooling summer beverage.

 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Bael Sherbet

#HealthySummerdrinks
Bel sherbet
Bael or wood apple is also known as Elephad Bengal Quince. It gets its name of wood apple due to the hard cover.It is native to India.

It is an excellent summer cooler. The juice is very soothing and a great medicine for heatstroke. It cools down the body and the stomach, and helps preventing heat exhaustion in summer season.

Bael fruit is a storehouse of  good health nutrition and is a energy booster.

Packed with protein, phosphorus, Vitamin C and B complex thiamine and riboflavin and tannin it strengthens the heart and mind.

It cures acidity, increases body resistance and improve the memory.

It also cures ulcers and gastric disorders, treats acidity, burning sensation in the stomach and nausea, cleans the stomach of impurities and also cures amoebiasis.

A good source of beta-carotene, Bael also cure liver problems.

Here is how to make Bel Ka Sherbat

Ingredients:
- Bel (wood apple) 1 medium size
- Sugar 2-3 tsp (according to your taste)
- Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp (optional)
- Black Salt 1/2 tsp (optional)
- Water 2 cups

Directions
- Break open the bel and take out the pulp with a spoon
- Soak the pulp in water for 2-3 hours (or cook the pulp in 3 cups of water for 15 minutes)
- Strain it
- Add sugar, black salt and cumin powder into the strained juice and mix well
- Serve chilled with ice cubes.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Barley water

#HealthySummerdrinks
Barley water
In some countries, people consume barley rice during summer for its cooling properties.

Boil a table spoon of barley seeds in a liter of water. Bring down the quantity to half, if you don’t enjoy the bland taste, then you could add a dash of lemon and keep consuming barley water through out the day.

-Barley water also brings down the heat content in the body.
-It also works as an excellent substitute to aerated drinks to quench your thirst.
-As it’s a cooling agent it also helps reduce burning sensation in the stomach.
-It improves digestion and fight constipation, feeling of nausea.”
-Barley water also prevents urine from stinking. Infact it is the best medicine when you have a Urinary Tract Infection.
-Regular consumption of barley water cleanses your kidney and keeps it free of toxins.

A study conducted by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that the fiber that comes from barley water lowers cholesterol, cuts risk of Type-2 diabetes.
The antioxidants in barley prevents cancerous growths.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Kokum juice and Solkadhi

#HealthySummerdrinks
Kokum juice /solkadhi – refreshing summer drink

A tangy, refreshing drink made from this purple berry, native to India, is ideal for this sweltering heat. Kokum is low in calories, contains no cholesterol or saturated fats, and is rich in dietary fibre. A powerful antioxidant, it is rich in vitamin C, and contains a fair amount of potassium, manganese and magnesium.

INGREDIENTS (one glass)
Dried kokum rind – 4 to 5
Mint, finely chopped – 1/2 tbsp.
Roasted cumin powder – 1 tsp.
Sugar or jaggery or honey – 1 tsp. (optional)
Black salt – 1/4 tsp.
Water – 1
Ice cubes – 2 (optional)

METHOD OF MAKING
Step 1: Soak the kokum rinds overnight, or in hot water for couple hours, or till they get soft.

Step 2: Once the rinds are soft, squeeze and extract pulp.

Step 3: To the pulp, add chopped mint leaves, water, roasted cumin powder, black salt and sugar.

Step 4: Stir well, and serve chilled.

– Kokum juice is great for the summers, as it reduces body heat, prevents dehydration and cuts risk of sunstroke.
– Can combat digestive problems like flatulence, acidity and constipation

Solkadhi is a type of curry usually had with rice or sometimes drunk after the meals. Popular in the Konkan region of India, it is made from coconut milk and kokum. It’s known for it digestive properties. The preparation is prepared by mixing coconut milk with kokum, a little bit of salt and/or chili-garlic paste is added for taste.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Natural cooler

Natural summer coolers n filler .....grab a 10rs serving of each of this. ..rather then those #junkies #healthy #karvanda #whitejamun #sourawla #nutrientdense

Friday, 19 May 2017

Watermelon the super cooler

Watermelon the super duper cooler

It is the season of watermelons. They are best during the summer as they are sweet and juicy. As the name says it all watermelon is 92% water and only 8%sugar.

Research shows that watermelon cuts the risk of sun related skin damage by 40%. That's because watermelon is nature's richest source of lycopene, an antioxidant that scavenges the UV-induced free radicals that cause sunburn and wrinkling. Lycopene may also help reduce the risks of cancer and other diseases.

Watermelon can help improve sleep. It is high in vitamin B6 which helps manufacture serotonin and dopamine (mood related chemical) in brain.When levels of serotonin increase at night, the brain is less sensitive to disruptive stimuli (like noise) during sleep.

Watermelons are rich in electrolytes, sodium and potassium which are lost through perspiration. Also its high potassium content helps to control BP.

They are rich in Vitamin A, B and C. What's more, they are low in calories and very nutritious.


Musk melon - kharbhuja

Muskmelon (kharabuja, cantaloupe)

Muskmelon, also known as Kharbhuja, Cantaloupe is a member in the large Cucurbitaceae family. Some of the popular fruits and vegetables in the cucurbit family include squash, pumpkin, cucumber, gourd…etc.

The muskmelon or cantaloupe, is a perfect summer fruit. It’s high water content can help take care of the fluid loss that our bodies go through due to perspiration in this summer season. It also helps to combat the heat in the body and thus, prevents heat-related disorders during summer.

It is known for its low calorie content and sweet and enticing aroma. Having this yellow-orange coloured succulent fruit early in the morning is also good for your digestive system. A great source of beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, vitamins C and A, muskmelon not only helps you stay healthy, but is also great for your skin and hair.

Potassium present normalizes the heartbeat and promotes the supply of oxygen to the brain

Thursday, 18 May 2017

White jamun - wax jambu

WHITE JAMUN (WAX JAMBU) FRUIT
Have been seeing this fruit on and off lately everywhere quite in abundance……thats white jamun,have you heard of it, its a variant of the black jamun, the tree produces white coloured fruit,commonly known as white jamun.

White jamun  is grown especially for its cooling nature that can be very refreshing and slaking on a hot day.

They are pear-shaped structure, comes in varying colors ranging from white, pale green color, green, pink, rose red and crimson color. The fruit is crisp, almost crunchy and juicy in taste you can eat these fruits out-of-hand, without any need to peel the skin.

Common names of the fruit include wax apple, love apple, java apple, chomphu, wax jambu, rose apple, bell fruit, makopa.

Health benefits
Stops diarrhea & dysentery.
Relieves throat affections and other respiratory diseases.
Removes worms.

Vinegar made from the fruit gives relief in colitis, indigestion, stomach diseases. It relieves gas and improves digestion.

Many members of the Wax Jambu family have volatile oils which help in medicinal applications. The medicinal oil is present throughout the living tissue most of the Wax  Jambu species.

A 2008 study published in “Advances in Biological Research” also indicate the fruit’s phytochemicals have mild antibiotic and antifungal properties against staphylococcus, candida aureus and mycrobacter smegmatis.

Go ahead Njoy the fruit especially now when its in season.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

World hypertension day

The theme for World Hypertension Day is Know Your Numbers with a goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all populations around the world.

Why all the fuss about high blood pressure?
About 1 in every 3 adults has hypertension anyways. This is a really startling statistic. Why? Because research studies have shown us how dangerous high blood pressure can be.

If you need help in lowering your Blood pressure connect with me at 09870404042 or mail me at shilpsnutrilife@gmail.com

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

World Hypertension Day - know your numbers

Understanding Blood Pressure Readings  Know your Numbers

Do you know what your blood pressure is and what it means?
If  you answer “no,” and might be wondering why you need to know that…..Right, then please read on and do get your BP checked.

Blood pressure refers to how much force your blood is putting on the walls of the arteries in your body. When there is a large amount of force on the walls of your arteries it is called high blood pressure, or hypertension.

High blood pressure or hypertension is a disease and is often called the “silent killer” because symptoms are often not felt or noticed by the person who has the disease.
It is very important for you to know what your blood pressure is so that you can take action to keep yourself healthy.

For now, concentrate on what your blood pressure is, and in what category your reading places you.

NORMAL BP
Starting at age 20, the American Heart Association recommends a blood pressure screening at your regular healthcare visit or once every 2 years. A normal systolic pressure is less than 120, and a normal diastolic pressure is less than 80. What this means is that a normal blood pressure would be anything less than 120/80. If even one of your numbers is higher than what is considered normal, you should think about making some lifestyle changes.

PRE HYPERTENSION
If your blood pressure is between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg, then you have prehypertension. This means that you don’t have high blood pressure now but are likely to develop it in the future. You can take steps to prevent high blood pressure by adopting a healthy lifestyle. However check it at least every year or more often as your doctor suggests.

HIGH BP 
If your blood pressure reading is higher than normal, a single high reading does not necessarily mean that you have high blood pressure. However, if readings stay at 140/90 mm Hg or above over time, your doctor will likely want you to begin a treatment program. Such a program almost always includes lifestyle changes and often prescription medication.

HYPERTENSIVE CRISIS
If, while monitoring your blood pressure, you get a systolic reading of 180 mm Hg or higher or a diastolic reading of 110 mm HG or higher, you should seek immediate emergency medical treatment for a hypertensive crisis or have someone drive you to the hospital right away.

Take care Get your blood pressure mointored regularly.