Pair foods smartly to avoid putting on weight

Some of my favorite dishes include Pizza, French fries, Brownie, Samosa, Pani Puri, Doughnuts, and Milkshakes. Yes, all of the junk and loaded with calories! But, I make sure I give in to my taste-buds. Always. And without any guilt attached.

After all, even if I am a nutritionist, there is a big foodie within me. And that foodie loves savoring these meals.

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In fact, when relatives see me relishing pizza and dessert at a wedding or my colleagues see me enjoy a sev puri, they can’t stop telling me how lucky I am. I can eat everything I love whereas they must watch every bite they eat. What’s the difference between me and them? Continue reading

Why everyone should learn how to cook

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 roti, or home-made tortillas/nachos with ready-made salsa. Our fast-paced lifestyles have drastically changed our food choices.

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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 behaviour. And with this kind of exposure and crammed schedule, commercially prepared food is a win-win situation for the mother and child.

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

How to teach kids to eat healthy

Watching your kids gorge on chocolates and fries the whole day long could be a mom’s worst nightmare. Though the importance of healthy eating has been doing the rounds in schools lately, it may not be enough. Mothers everywhere have a tough time trying to get their kids to eat veggies.

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The media is also responsible for misguiding the children by selling off junk food under false illusions. The attractive covers misquoting that they are full of healthy goodness are enough to tempt the little kids. It’s very tough for a mother to explain the contrary to her kids especially when they tell her that so and so brand of noodles is now healthy and tasty too. So how do we as mothers win our battle over the junk food funda? How do we instil the right food and wrong food idea into their little minds?

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Well, it’s easy! Read on further on how to educate your kids about healthy eating: Continue reading

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 dangers of packaged foods for children

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Media is everywhere! Advertising gets to people through different forms of communication – print, television, social media, and what not! Although advertisements help us to become aware of the products in the market, they have their negative effects too, especially on the children! Previously, what the advertisers did was to market children’s products towards the parents. But nowadays, marketers aim their messages directly at the children. Children are known to be picky eaters and take everything at face value and believe the messages conveyed in the advertisements without a shadow of the doubt.

bon happetee Indian food calorie calculator appThe food industry is once again in the eye of a storm, especially junk food industry. This time not for promoting junk, but to make it worse, promoting junk as healthy. Let’s take a look at a few such products out of hundreds out there in the market: Continue reading

Choose ANY 3 out of these 10 tips to lose weight

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We know it isn’t easy to always focus on your diet and exercise. Many of you have big companies to run, or are moms and your life circles around your child – drive them to school, hobby class, parent-teacher meetings etc., and many of you are students trying to balance everything from submissions and exams to a having a social life and peer pressure. “I am no celeb. I have a real life”, you often end up saying. But all of us want a healthy and fit body to be able to do all the other important things in life effortlessly.

To make this easy for you, we have listed here 10 simple lifestyle modifications for your fast-paced lives. Pick ANY 3 out of these 10 tips to lose upto 5 kgs in less than 6 months. Ditch the crash diets that decrease your energy levels and make you feel tired all the time. Worst of all they are boring and keep you thinking about food all the time.

Choose 3 from here:

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Nothing is junk when home cooked

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Let’s take a couple of scenarios:

Scenario 1 – I want to lose weight but I don’t want to visit a nutritionist because she is going to ask me to avoid eating out which means I won’t be able to enjoy my favorite foods!

Scenario 2 – My nutritionist tells me that when you eat out, prefer to eat clear soups, veg sandwiches, steamed idlis instead of the dosa or medu vada that I love. It’s really sad to look at other people enjoying their food, when you are not. Seriously, looking at the limited options I have, I’d rather eat khichdi at home.

We come across such scenarios quite often, don’t we?

So, here is a little experiment we did.  Continue reading