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.

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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

6 foods that resemble body parts and are good for them

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As a child, I remember my mother giving me a handful of nuts every morning with breakfast. While cashews, almonds and pistachios I liked, I frowned on seeing walnuts. They tasted bitter and unappealing. But, my mother would encouragingly tell me, “Walnuts are good for your brain because they look like your brain. Eat them if you want to top your class”.

After all these years, I can’t help but smile at the truth in that sentence. Nature communicates with such simple signs, it’s amusing. Here is a list of 6 foods that resemble human body parts and nourish them. Continue reading