Game of the aisles: How the choices you make at the supermarket impacts your health?

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Every week or fortnight, you visit the supermarket, you go through the aisles and put products in your cart. But, when you get home, you realize that you have bought foods that you had never intended to buy in the first place. You also realize that there are foods sitting in your bags which are not healthy and you don’t even remember picking them up. Sorry to burst your little bubble, but it was YOU who actually picked them up, put them in your cart and paid for them.

Try to remember when you walked past the aisle that stocked chocolate spreads, how it made you weak in the knees and called you out to pick it up; and you did. Or when you tasted instant noodles in your mouth by just looking at the bright yellow packet. See, this was how those unhealthy food items landed up in your shopping bags.

Believe me, we have all been there and it is not because of your lack of determination entirely.

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6 reasons to enjoy mangoes guilt-free this summer

Children love summers for two specific reasons – summer vacations and mangoes.

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As grown-ups, stepping into the humdrum of professional lives, while we can kiss the 2-month summer break goodbye, there is no need for us to give up on our favourite fruit – Mangoes. Beneath their sweet luscious taste, mangoes contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that assure your optimum health thus rightfully earning the title of ‘King of Fruits’. Continue reading

Why Track What You EAT?

The world revolves around numbers, whether its sales figures, examination marks or your WEIGHT. To know the transformation, you need to keep track of all the figures.

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My clients frequently make comments like, “I eat lots of fruits and vegetables” or “I don’t drink that much,” but when they begin to track, they realize just how off the mark their perceptions are from reality. It’s essential human nature—that we like to  exaggerate our success.

Keeping a track of what you eat is not only essential if you are looking to lose weight; but sometimes it is also about staying healthy and maintaining your weight.

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Have you struck the weight loss plateau?

I often hear my clients mention that they started of on the ‘diet-exercise’ regime quite well and managed to knock off a few kilos. However, after a certain time the pointer on the weighing scale just won’t budge. They are still doing all the right things and pushing even more – but all of a sudden it seems everything stops working!

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If you are experiencing something similar, then I am here to inform you that you have struck the dreaded plateau!

Take heart. The weight loss plateau is a normal phenomenon and it strikes pretty much everyone on the weight loss bandwagon. Continue reading

How to relieve gas & stop bloating

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We have all been there, jumping up and down, wriggling, sucking in our breath till that button pops shut, on our otherwise perfectly fitting trouser. Once it’s done, panic sets in! How would you explain it? Something that fits you just a week back now clearly doesn’t!

Well, before jumping to the obvious conclusion, i.e. weight gain, think about bloating! Yes, good old bloating caused by gases. Bloating not only makes you look out of shape but is also accompanied by a lot of physical discomforts.  People normally mistake bloating for fat or water retention, but it’s just gasses causing temporary distension, that everybody faces from time to time.

Please remember that the stomach is not a place where fluids accumulate normally unless it is a complication of any liver or kidney disorder.

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You Are What Your Friends Eat

Bon happetee indian food calorie counter appIt is not just diet and exercise, the friends you hang out with affects your health too!

It’s time we alter the overused saying “You are what you eat” to “You are what people you are around with, eat”. Imagine a situation when you are having a casual lunch with your friends and you decide to order the main course. Now you really want to have a healthy steamed salmon but your buddy on the right opts for a steak burger with double cheese and fries. You start salivating by just the picture of the steak burger and the cheese oozing out of it. Torn apart by the weight of this decision, you change your order to a steak burger with French fries and a soda to go with it. Haven’t we all gone through this?

The company you keep says a lot about you, they influence the way you think, act and EAT! It is said that “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. To figure out how this is applicable to our daily habits, I was keen on considering the scientific facts.  Research proves that there are different areas where our peers affect our choices and I was baffled to know that our eating habits, the weight that we carry, the food choices we make and even our food buying is affected by our peers – surprised much?

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Is salt making you gain weight?

Guilty pleasures maybe a big temptation, but when it comes to weight loss, we strive to curb all our temptations, albeit with a heavy heart. But, the sight of a Diet Coke and the idea of zero-calories get you dreaming of the good old carefree days, doesn’t it? After all zero calories are equal to guilt-free indulgence!

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Similarly, salt is also zero calories, but you soon realize that it doesn’t equal guilt-free indulgence! There is a limit to everything, even salt! Going overboard with it means, inviting flabby woes!

Surprised how this zero-cal salt is causing weighty woes?

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THE IMPORTANCE OF NOURISHMENT FOR WOMEN

Women’s health reflects the health of the nation. However, the health status of women in India reflects a totally opposite and alarming picture. A survey by UNICEF India states that one-third of women of reproductive age in India are undernourished in the rural counterparts. It is well known that an undernourished mother inevitably gives birth to an undernourished baby, perpetuating an intergenerational cycle of undernutrition.

On overweight and obesity status, national health family survey states that more than 23% of women in the urban area are either overweight or obese compared to only 7% of women in rural areas. Another study reveals that 3 in 5 Women in India are at a high risk of cardiovascular disease at as early as 35 years of age. With such an eye-opening condition of women in our nation, it has become very important for us as women to look after our health and for men to extend a hand of support for the same.

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When it comes to the men or children in the family, their health, fitness and wellness, the women will change everything: meal timings, cooking styles, bedtimes, workouts etc, but when it comes to using the exact same resources for themselves, they can’t, the same drivers of change become barriers leaving them helpless. 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 it 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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Bye-bye deprivation diets- Why we should go ahead and eat that cookie

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I cringe every time I hear that someone is trying to lose weight through a deprivation diet. I wonder if it is the upshot of the foodie that I am or it is because as a trained professional I know what is exactly going to happen to your body. Of course you know someone who has transformed into a prima donna by going on a deprivation diet and you gear up to use the same strategy. How difficult can this be, right? It makes absolute sense that if you starve yourself then your body will use up the stored resources (a.k.a fat cells) to meet the daily requirements and that will burn all the mean accumulated fat cells and help you become a fabulous version of yourself.

Truth: It doesn’t work. If it did – not temporarily but permanently – weight loss would not be a 148-billion-dollar industry. Continue reading