Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Smartest way to stay slim

I was a chubby girl all through my childhood and teen years while my brother failed to fatten up. He used to spend more time with his plate ; yet he did not get fat? Why me?

Later on, I realized that he just used to chew his food more. For a meal which I finished in 15 minutes he sat for twice the time. Smart guy!

I know now, that the body signal from the stomach which says to your brain "I'm full" reaches there in 20 min.; enough time to gorge on a lot of calories. This gap is covered easily just by chewing your food well and helps to keep excess calorie intake in check. It also helps in proper digestion.

So, when the next time you have your meal, take time to relish it and chew it well.



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Write your own health advice

Eating healthy diet can be a task in today's hectic urban life. Here is an easy way to move surely towards a healthy lifestyle.

Keep a journal at your bedside and just write what you ate throughout the day.
Go through it, and decide on at least one thing which you would change in the coming week ( eg. Going for an evening walk, eating more fruits, being regular at the gym or just drinking more water everyday).
This way you can easily and surely make healthy lifestyle changes in just a few weeks!!

Advantages of keeping a journal
1. It'll serve as a daily remainder for making change.
2. Help identify your diet pattern, your likes & dislikes.
3. You'll be able to make a definite step by step change.
4. It also makes you aware of your unconscious choices (like drinking more coffee than required).
5. It barely takes time (10 min.)to write it all.

I believe this layout will be a help to start with.

Target of the week:




Monday, August 8, 2011

The Almighty Banana

Banana is one of the most abundant, easily available and inexpensive fruit in the Indian market. It is practically available throughout the year. This humble fruit can boast of having several health advantages. Here I list a few:

1. Keeps blood pressure in control- They have a high potassium content which is required to balance the high salts in our diets.

2. Soothe ulcers and heartburn-They have antacid properties and hence recommended for ulcers. A banana shake does wonders for the heartburn.

3. Helps to normalize your bowel movements-They are good for stool formation and are easily digested hence ripe bananas are very helpful in both diarrhea as well as constipation.

4. Combat hunger pangs- It makes you feel full but not lethargic. Way better than a bag of chips or cookies.

5. Cure hangovers- A banana and a tall glass of water takes out the sting of a hangover.

6. Makes you happy- It has known to stimulate neurotransmitters, which give you a feeling of happiness i.e. eating banana improves your mood.

7. No fuss fruit- No need to wash your hands or the fruit before consumption (as required for fruits like apple, pear etc.) ; no fussy peels like oranges ; easy to carry unlike melons, papaya, pineapple etc. Just peel it and enjoy the natural goodness.

8. Versatile- they can be consumed whole or as shakes, smoothies, ice-cream, chaat (a snack in India made of fruits and spices) etc. Raw banana is used as a vegetable in various parts of India.

Its amazing what a simple, easily and widely available fruit like banana can do for our health, but some people need to have it with caution like diabetics and kidney patients. Kindly consult your doctor / medical nutritionist before eating it.

Read more on bananas
Punchline of this article- the next time you wake up to a cloudy gloomy morning, do what monkeys do best, and grab yourself nature’s happy pill, the almighty banana!
Nutritive value of banana
For glycemic values
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