What it really means to be a modern woman taking charge of work and the kitchen

Women are super multitaskers. Apart from taking charge at work, women play a key role in the nutrition and overall health of the family. They are the healthy policymakers at home and pass on the food culture from one generation to other. With constant multitasking and taking charge on numerous fronts, women often forget to take care of themselves.

I have heard from numerous women that ‘they go running around like a headless chicken after work to make meals’ or ‘they have no clue how the day passes by and meal timings are always a struggle’. This leads to a stressed life and mental exhaustion that build up day after day. Well, it is a choice that we as women make but what if an app helps you out, with ALL things FOOD!? Try bon happetee and unveil the science of healthy indulgence. bon happetee is your chef and nutritionist, working as your companion towards a healthier life! Continue reading

Fasting for Navratri this year? Turn it into a detoxification of your inner self

The fun-filled festival of Navratri is here! And for those who struggle to lose some rigid flab, this is an excellent opportunity. With endless nights of swaying to soul stirring music dancing the ‘garba’, Navaratri is also the time when many of us fast (Navratri vrat) for 9 days. While some of us eat only once, there are those who survive the entire period fasting on fruits and liquids.

In spite of fasting on such strict terms, many of us hardly manage to shed a few pounds which we tend to quickly gain back within a week. While fasting is all about worshipping our deity, we can also use it for the benefit of our bodies. In ancient practices and in many countries, fasting is done as a way of detoxifying the body. You can pick a day every week or fortnight and survive only on liquids or fruits the entire day to detoxify your body. Continue reading

Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full

Have you ever noticed infants eating? They know exactly how much to eat and refuse to eat when they are full. Even if you try forcing another bite into them, if they are full, they will either turn away their head or throw it all out. That is because their hunger system work in perfect synchrony with their brain and stomach.

Growing up, many emotional, physical, mental and some social habits mess up our body hunger signals and we reach a point when most of us could eat anytime and in any quantity. Having badly distorted our hunger signals, we just eat when we desire, what we desire and the amount we desire. But what if we had never disturbed those hunger signals and always eaten only how much our stomach needed? Continue reading

Let’s have a drink, Cheers!

Social drinking has become a popular trend today. Whether it is a social gathering, wedding or a business meeting, alcohol has made a splash in our lives and how.

However, the bitter truth remains – Alcohol makes you fat as well as holds a notorious reputation for causing hangovers and/or irresponsible or violent behavior. With 7 calories per gram of alcohol, it is more fattening than the carbs – roti, rice, bread and pasta – which are painted as villains for weight gain. Now, given how everyone is desperately trying to lose weight, alcohol can completely derail your healthy diet plan.

At bon happetee, we understand that alcohol has become an integral component of our lives. Whether it is clubbing, going out with friends or winding down on a stressful day, alcohol finds its place.

Hence, we bring to you some helpful tips that will limit the damage, especially weight gain, aka the dreaded beer belly. Continue reading

Let’s go the fresh and home-made way

We live in the era of fast food where we prefer grabbing meals that are prepared in a jiffy. We eat salad mixed with a packaged salad dressing, a commercially prepared jam/pickle with roti, or home-made tortillas/nachos with ready made salsa. Our fast-paced lifestyles have drastically changed our food choices.

With mothers juggling between home and work, preparing 3 proper meals at home poses a huge challenge. Today, food and beverage companies are targeting children to foster brand-building and influence food product purchase behavior. And with this kind of exposure and crammed schedule, commercially prepared food is a win-win situation for the mother and child.

Short cut is often the wrong cut. This statement holds true in case of packed foods too! Continue reading

Now, who doesn’t love sugar !

No one can dare say no to a chocolate, ice cream, gulab jamun or a brownie.

Almost all of us have a sweet tooth and love gorging on mithais or desserts, whether it’s a celebration or stressful situation. Giving our taste buds a sweet treat is perhaps the purest form of indulgence which gives us a happy high.

Now, pick any sweet and you know that it is laden with sugar and fat which makes it super high in calories. And too many calories translate into weight gain which implies you can kiss away all your diet plan for losing weight. Sad reality!!

But don’t worry, at bon happetee, we understand those sugar cravings and completely adhere to the belief that you must give in to your taste buds. After all, healthy is out, smart is in and we are here to make sure you follow the smart way to lose weight. Continue reading

Why some people never fall sick

I often wondered how all my life, I had never seen my grandmother spend a single day in bed or experience a bout of cold, cough or fever. So, one day I asked her “What is the secret to your good health?” She replied, “I sleep by 9 pm, wake up by 5, eat fruits daily, eat only home-cooked food and go for a walk every day for 40 minutes.” Evidently, her disciplined lifestyle is the secret to her strong immunity.

As like any other system of our body, a strong immune system calls for a healthy lifestyle which comprises of adequate nourishment, sleep and exercise to function to its optimum capacity.

Now, we are aware that habits inculcated during childhood stay with us throughout life. Hence, it is important to ingrain healthy habits at a tender age.

While I have briefly touched upon the factors that are essential for staying away from ailments, let’s look at what factors should you look at for ensuring you stay as healthy as my grandma: Continue reading

EAT A RAINBOW – THE SMART WAY OF EATING!

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Imagine eating only dal-rice for several days! The thought itself is horrifying, isn’t it?

Just like our tongue, our eyes, nose etc. also participate actively when we eat our food. Hence, it is highly important that the food should appeal to all our senses, especially eyes! Because, according to a popular adage, ‘We eat with our eyes first’! Our meal should be enticing enough for our eyes to feel hungry. And the easiest way to do is by making our plate look colourful. Different colours have different effects on our eyes and soon enough, we will be relishing our food. However, the effect of colourful food items is not only limited to our eyes!

When I was a kid, my mom always ensured that my platter was colourful and her reason was completely different from the one stated above! Eating different colours of food is not only a treat to our eyes but also to our body!

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TOH KUCHH MEETHA HO JAYE!!

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Have you eliminated yummy pedhas, delicious rasgullas, luscious jalebis from your life?  Do you find it difficult to resist scrummy desserts and pastries during parties? Have you substituted sugar with ‘sugar-free’?

If your answer for the above questions is ‘Yes’, here’s a last question for you –

Are you happy with such a restrictive attitude towards sweets?  Has it aided phenomenally in your weight loss journey?

And if your answer has now switched to ‘No’, you should definitely find out where you are going wrong!

Whenever we are trying to lose weight, sweets and desserts are the first things we stay away from. But do you know that a small serving of dessert everyday can really be beneficial for you? Yes, it’s true! If you have a small portion of sweets today, you won’t feel deprived and will be less tempted to hog on it tomorrow. Continue reading

Be a Yummy Mummy (with our easy peasy tips!)

“Wow you are a Mom to a 5 year old? You don’t even look married!!”

Compliments like these make my day. I am sure any mom would love to receive such compliments. We all would love to look young and cool just like our celeb moms Malaika Arora, Karisma Kapoor, Mandira Bedi to name a few. Well, just because they are in media we feel its very easy for them to do it or that it’s a mandate for them. On the contrary, I feel it’s a “conscious choice” you make to stay fit and healthy even after a child birth. Looking good and feeling confident go hand in hand, the sooner you start some physical activity which fits into your schedule the faster you will reach your pre-pregnancy weight. After 9 months of being pampered, eating for 2, eating whenever and whatever comes to sight, giving in to your tiniest craving thinking you so deserve it … it’s now time to get back to reality and step out from your comfort zone, wear your workout gear and get going… Continue reading