Travelling calories don't count but it's important to keep yourself in shape. Working out has become more of a lifestyle than any leisure activity. It indeed gets difficult to maintain timely eating habits. But there are always some ways out if you are willing to choose healthily. Dietician and Nutritionist Sakina Mustansir shares few ways to keep a balanced diet:
Try to Eat Homemade Food/Cook Your Own Meal
There is an old saying, "your mood changes when you eat according to the person's mood who made it." Even when you cook unhealthy food it becomes healthy when it's made at home. It's always convenient to carry food from home rather than eating at roadside vendors or unhygienic food. So, try to cook your own meal wherever possible. Also carry munching snacks like nuts, dried fruits, peanut butter sandwiches or whole wheat/multigrain bread sandwiches, protein bars etc.
No amount of soft drinks or hard drinks will subside the need for water in our body. It's always recommended to be hydrated. Research shows when you are dehydrated it results in forced hunger cravings. You confuse hunger with thirst and get sugary food cravings or indulge in binge eating. Do you know? Drinking water before every meal cuts the portion size and you end up intaking fewer calories.
Don't Skip or Avoid Breakfast
Most of the people skip breakfasts on the trip which makes them more lethargic which enables them to follow healthy eating patterns. If you eat a healthy breakfast your body fills up the nutrients and proteins it requires for the day and starves the carvings off. Buffet breakfast is a trap, don't indulge in overeating either. Cater to the energy your body needs at the moment. While travelling, never skip breakfast. Always aim for a good healthy breakfast so as to avoid hunger pangs and binging on unhealthy snacks later during the day. Also carry some uncut fruits or boiled eggs or chickpeas from the breakfast table for later, to keep you energetic for the exploration.
Avoid Alcohol or Sugary Beverages
The calories in beverages are more reactive as compared to the calories in solid food. Being on a vacation doesn't mean your liver is on a vacation as well. Cutting on calories or alcohol fat is more difficult than cutting down the vacation fat. Avoid sodas if that's convenient.
Usually the most authentic local cuisine also happens to be the healthiest. So while traveling, always try the country's authentic cuisine rather than fast food joints and processed foods. This will not only keep you healthy and give you more energy to explore but you will have an opportunity to taste different cuisines and experience their culture.
Don't Stress About Treats
Give yourself a break, don't keep a count on everything you eat. You always end up eating more if you stress about what you eat all the time. Having a healthy relationship with what you eat is important. Plenty of vegetables are healthier than you are aware of.
Any weight you gain while you travel is most likely to be water retention or constipation. You are most likely to reduce this in a span of one week when you're back to your lifestyle. Be diligent with your exercise or walks while travelling.(By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe)
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Navratri is the festival where nine days of fasting can be observed by a devotee. Many pregnant ladies wish to fast for their religious or personal beliefs. Though it is said that women during pregnancy should be very careful when it comes to fasting because it is not only the mother who needs all the essential nutrients but also the need of the fetus for healthy growth and development.
However, fasting during pregnancy is not as hard as it allows the consumption of various healthy foods at appropriate intervals. But one thing should be remembered by all pregnant ladies that they should not go hungry for long intervals as a baby's nutrition depends on the mother. It is very important to take carbs during pregnancy while fasting. Carbohydrates play a vital role in our growth system. It is an important nutrient source that not only provides energy to muscles and the brain but using the right kind of carbs in the diet can effectively help to provide essential nutrients, build the desired body or accelerate fitness goals.
There are two types of carbs slow and fast carbs which depends on the Glycemic Index ( the rate at which carbs get digested as compared to glucose secretion).
Fast carbs have a high GI and release energy at a much higher pace and get used quickly which makes you feel hungry often and add to weight gain issues. Fast carbs include processed foods such as bread, sugars, starchy vegetables, fruit juices etc.
As compared to this, slow carbs have a low GI and release energy slowly into the body and help to maintain a "satisfied" feeling as your blood sugar levels are maintained.
There are many non-pregnant women who want to shed extra calories. Fasting will be the perfect time to start their fitness journey. To lose weight and stay healthy, the purpose should be to source the right kind of carbs, which release energy slowly and helps you in the long run. Hence, for that, focus on including slow carbs in your diet such as whole grains, seeds and nuts, beans and legumes, vegetables etc. It also tends to be high in fibre.
Should Carbs Be Taken During Fasting?
Although fasting is a very traditional and customary ritual and most people fast for spiritual purification, there is no denying that if you keep yourself nutritionally in check, it can be therapeutic for the body as it can act as a form of detox and keep you healthy as well. So, it is significant to choose the right food while you are on a fast diet to prevent yourself from being deficient in important nutrients as it can make you likely to develop health ailments like weakness, heart problems, skin issues, defective bone growth, etc.
Pregnant women with illnesses such as diabetes, anaemia, high blood pressure should avoid fasting as it could lead to various other complications.
Avoiding carbohydrates will be the last thing you need to do during fasting as it provides energy to the brain and muscles and make you energetic and more productive throughout the day. So, Make sure you are getting enough right kind of carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and vitamins from different sources and be vigilant about selecting healthy foods rather than munch on processed foods.
There are various food options that include slow carbs and few tips to make your fasting healthier:
Because you are fasting, you tend to eat lesser food than usual, and are hungry at odd times, eating slow carbs foods can help you keep fuller for longer as they take longer to digest and break down. Combine high carbohydrates like potatoes and sabudana (widely used in fasting) with other fibrous vegetables like spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, capsicum, bottle guard, etc. Also, try to bake, roast or grill vegetables instead of deep-frying them. Kuttu is a brilliant combination of carbohydrates (70-75 per cent) and protein (20-25 per cent). It is also rich in proteins, B-complex vitamins and minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese. Use it to make chapatti instead of gorging on puris.
Samak rice is extremely easy to digest and provides energy, contains a high amount of fibre, B-complex vitamins and important minerals like iron and magnesium.
Try and adopt healthy snacking and don't binge on puris, sabudana vada, potato chips, and other delicacies as they are loaded with sugar, salt and fat content, Instead, opt for roasted makhana as they loaded with antioxidants or a mixture of nuts (almonds/raisins/walnut)/ baked chips, roasted peanuts, etc.)
Eat plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Eat small meals and do not starve yourself. This will help maintain blood glucose levels and prevent you from feeling low.
Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water and fluids like coconut water, lemon water, and buttermilk without adding sugar. These beverages will keep you satisfied for a long time.
While you can gorge on the above-mentioned food items, also try out these healthy recipes this Navratri season:
Sweet potato chaat
1 bowl (250 gms)
Calories-304.5 Cal Carbs-62.09 gms
2-3 Sweet Potatoes (Boiled)
A handful of almonds, peanuts and walnuts
1 tsp Cumin powder and Black pepper
1 tsp chia seeds and roasted flax seeds
Rock salt for taste
1 lemon (for juice)
Boil sweet potatoes and peel them and cut them into small pieces
Now mix the nuts with sweet potatoes
Now add salt, cumin powder and black pepper to it and mix it properly, add lemon juice also
Sprinkle chia seeds and flax seeds
The chaat is now ready to eat
2 pieces (45 gms)
1 cup Kuttu ka Atta / Buckwheat Flour
1/2 cup Sour Curd
1 /4 tsp Ginger paste
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Fresh Coriander (Grated)
1 tsp Green Chilli (Chopped)
Clean and wash the buckwheat in enough water only once. Then drain the excess water using a strainer
Mix the buckwheat, sour curd and half a cup of water in a bowl. Cover it and soak it for at least 4 to 5 hours.
Now add green chilli, ginger paste and salt to the batter and mix very well
Pour the batter into a greased thali and spread evenly by rotating the thali clockwise. Also, Sprinkle freshly chopped coriander
Steam in a steamer for 10-12 min. Or till the Dhoklas are cooked
Cool slightly, cut into pieces and serve immediately with green chutney.
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आयुर्वेद में विरुद्ध आहार - Viruddh Ahara in Ayurveda in Hindi
स्वास्थ्य के दृष्टिकोण से पौष्टिक भोजन का विशेष महत्व है. लेकिन शरीर का पोषण और ऊर्जा देने वाले खाद्य पदार्थों का सेवन गलत समय और गलत तरीके से किया जाए तो शरीर पर उसका प्रतिकूल असर भी पड़ सकता है. आयुर्वेद में वर्णित विरुद्ध आहार की अनूठी अवधारणा खान-पान की ऐसी ही विसंगतियों के बारे में बताती है. विरुद्ध आहार का अभिप्राय ऐसे दो भोजन या खाद्य पदार्थ से है जिसका एकसाथ सेवन करना स्वास्थ्य के दृष्टिकोण से हानिकारक सिद्ध हो सकता है. इसके अलावा गलत समय, गलत खुराक और गलत मौसम में भोजन का सेवन भी विरुद्ध आहार का कारण बन सकता है. विरुद्ध आहार कई तरह के रोगों जैसे त्वचा रोग, बवासीर, जुकाम, मधुमेह आदि का कारण बन सकता है. आइये जानते हैं कुछ ऐसे खाद्य पदार्थों के बारे में जिनका एक साथ सेवन विरुद्ध आहार का कारण बन सकता है -
विरुद्ध आहार - Viruddh Ahara in Hindi
भोजन के साथ फल : फलों का सेवन उत्तम स्वास्थ्य के लिए जरुरी है. लेकिन फलों के सेवन को लेकर कई तरह के सवाल आम लोगों के मन में उठते रहते हैं. मसलन, क्या फलों को भोजन के साथ लेना सही है? इसी तरह, क्या फलों का सेवन खाली पेट करना चाहिए या भोजन से कम से कम 30-40 मिनट पहले करना चाहिए? आयुर्वेद की माने तो यह वास्तव में फल की प्रकृति और व्यक्ति की पाचन शक्ति पर निर्भर करता है। फलों का सेवन भोजन के दौरान या भोजन से पहले या बाद में और साथ ही व्यक्ति के पाचन के अनुसार किया जा सकता है। भोजन के क्रम में पहले मीठे पदार्थों का सेवन करना चाहिए, उसके बाद खट्टा, नमकीन, तीखे, कड़वे और कसैला फलों का स्वाद लेना चाहिए। इसलिए मीठे फलों को भोजन के पहले भाग में शामिल किया जा सकता है।
फल के साथ दूध - दही : मीठे फलों के साथ दूध लेना ठीक है और इसका स्वास्थ्य पर कोई दुष्प्रभाव नहीं पड़ता। लेकिन खट्टे फल के साथ दूध से परहेज करना बेहतर है। आयुर्वेद के अनुसार किसी भी डेयरी प्रोडक्ट के साथ खट्टा फल नहीं खाने की सलाह दी जाती है क्योंकि यह पाचन को प्रभावित कर सकता है। साथ ही शरीर में विषाक्त पदार्थों का उत्पादन कर सकता है। साइनस, सर्दी-खांसी और एलर्जी का यह कारण बन सकता है।
मछली और दूध : आयुर्वेद में मछली और दूध का सेवन एक साथ करने की सख्त मनाही है. दोनों के एकसाथ सेवन से अपच और त्वचा रोग हो सकता है। इन दोनों की प्रकृति अलग - अलग होती है। दूध ठंडा होता है और मछलियाँ गर्म। इन्हें एक साथ लेने से दोष उत्पन्न होता है जिससे त्वचा रोग होने की संभावना प्रबल हो जाती है।
केला और दूध : आयुर्वेद में केला और दूध को एक साथ खाने की सलाह नहीं दी जाती है। आयुर्वेद इस संयोजन को विष के समान मानता है। ऐसा कहा जाता है कि यह शरीर में भारीपन पैदा करता है और दिमाग को धीमा कर देता है। लेकिन इसके बावजूद केला और दूध आपका प्रिय भोजन है तो यह सुनिश्चित करें कि केला बहुत पका हुआ हो। साथ ही पाचन संबंधी विकारों से बचने के लिए उसमें इलायची और जायफल मिला ले तो बेहतर होगा।
दही के सेवन का समय : दही का सेवन हमेशा दिन के समय करना चाहिए। रात के समय दही के सेवन से बचें। इससे कफ की प्रवृति बढ़ने की संभावना रहती है। साथ ही दही को गर्म नहीं करना चाहिए क्योंकि गर्म करने से दही के गुण खत्म हो जाते हैं। मोटापे, कफ रोग और रक्तस्राव विकारों और सूजन संबंधी बीमारियों वाले लोगों को इससे बचना चाहिए। खट्टे दही से बचना चाहिए क्योंकि इससे गैस्ट्राइटिस हो सकता है।
दूध और चावल : दूध और चावल को एक साथ लिया जा सकता है लेकिन इसका भी एक तरीका है. यदि पके हुए चावल को दूध के साथ मिलाकर सेवन किया जाए तो कोई नुकसान नहीं होता. दूध और चावल के साथ नमक का प्रयोग वर्जित है क्योंकि इससे अपच की समस्या हो सकती है।
मीठे खाद्य पदार्थ : रात के समय मीठे खाद्य पदार्थों के सेवन से बचना बेहतर है क्योंकि इससे कफ दोष बढ़ सकता है।
सब्जियां और दूध : हरी पत्तेदार सब्जियों और मूली का सेवन करने के बाद दूध पीने से बचना चाहिए। इससे अपच, त्वचा का रंग फीका पड़ना और त्वचा रोग हो सकते हैं।
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Our heart is the key organ in the circulatory system pumping oxygenated blood to various organs. People mostly ignore or are not aware of the symptoms of an approaching heart attack or cardiac ailment. With an increasing prevalence of a sedentary lifestyle, monitoring heart health becomes even more essential. Hence, one should be aware of the newly observed symptoms and complications that signal towards an unhealthy heart.
Chest Pain is Just One of The Many Overlooked Signs
Chest pain is one of the most common signs of an approaching cardiac ailment. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, burning, tightness, or pain in the centre of the chest should be reported to the doctor. Many times these symptoms are confused with gastritis and heartburn.
Snoring and interrupted sleeping patterns
Snoring and sleep-related problems like insomnia and sleep apnea, a disorder where breathing get disrupted while you sleep, have a direct link with heart diseases and other cardiovascular ailments.
Shortness of Breath
Unexplained shortness of breath while doing small amounts of physical activity, at rest or while sleeping (that can wake you up) may indicate an underlying cardiac ailment. Women are more likely to suffer/report shortness of breath when dealing with heart troubles.
Waking up tired, restless and noting higher blood pressure levels in the morning, signals towards an unhealthy heart. Though, one should get a clinical assessment done for ensuring a clear diagnosis.
Sweeting more than usual or without any physical activity, especially if one is not exercising or being active can be an early warning sign of an approaching heart-related ailment. If someone is sitting and suddenly starts sweating profusely, it could be a sign of an oncoming heart attack.
An irregular heartbeat or more formally known as "arrhythmias", is a condition where the heart doesn't pump blood at its normal rhythm. Anyone who is relatively healthy and still has an irregular heartbeat, also indicate a chronic heart condition.
Pain in the chest and upper arm area is what most people typically associate with heart problems. However, pain in the neck or jaw is a potential point of angina pain or discomfort when the heart lacks oxygen-rich blood. Women are more likely to exhibit these symptoms than men, but if the symptoms persist it is advisable to consult a doctor.
A persistent cough is not always a sign of a heart problem, as it's a common symptom of various other common illnesses like cold, flu, and bronchitis. But a never-ending cough can be a sign of fluid building up in the lungs, which signals congestive heart failure.
When the heart isn't able to pump efficiently, blood can back up into the veins that take blood through the lungs. When there is excessive pressure in these blood vessels, fluid is pushed into the air spaces (alveoli) in the lungs. Hence, an unending cough can be caused by the irritation and fluid in the lungs, which is similar to what can cause shortness of breath.
With the current lifestyle patterns, it is very important to monitor your heart health. There can be various hidden symptoms contributing towards an unhealthy heart, hence a timely diagnosis and an active lifestyle should be given attention to. The above-mentioned symptoms can be a few of many symptoms denoting an approaching heart ailment, as a reason being aware towards your own health and consulting for timely clinical interventions become essentially important.
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Ayurveda, the ancient system of holistic medicine is the oldest in the world and dates back to 6,000 BC. The system of wisdom applies to every living being.
Ayurveda focuses on helping a living being live in harmony with nature and this applies to our canine friends too. Very few pet parents are aware that pets too can benefit from Ayurveda.
In the ancient Ayurvedic texts, there is a mention of veterinary medicine that is focused on animal welfare, treatment therapies, management and surgery. Sali Hotra is regarded as the pioneer and is credited to be an animal healer. Using the various Ayurvedic techniques, pet owners can boost the overall health of their pets besides enhancing the well being of the pet animals.
Just like human beings, pets too consume information through five sense organs. What your pet touches, smells sees, hears and tastes directly or indirectly impacts their body and mind. Read on to learn how to boost the health and well being of your pet using Ayurvedic shared by Brindha Prabhu Co-founder of TABPS pets.
Ashwagandha Can Help in Calming Down Your Pet
Just like human beings, pets too sense the good and bad around them in their surroundings. The energy, vibrations and emotions at home can have an impact on the pets who share space with your family. However, what they cannot do is communicate what they are experiencing. They can only convey through their body language. A Vata-balancing herb like Ashwagandha can help in calming your pet.
Neem Oil Can Enhance Your Dog's Auditory Experience
The hearing ability of dogs is far more superior when compared to that of human beings. Unpleasant noise can leave your pet experience anxiety and increase stress. Thus, as a pet owner, make sure that your furry friend absorbs positive noise. Identify noise that disturbs your pet and shield your pets. A few drops of neem oil can be gently rubbed inside the dog's ear. This will enhance the dog's auditory experience.
Ayurvedic Herbs Can Keep Your Pet Hydrated
Being accepted by nature, pets will drink any water we give them. Just like pet owners fall ill when they consume unhealthy water, we must understand that pets too can become sick when they are given unclean and unhealthy water to drink. It is paramount that pets are provided with only clean and filtered water. This will keep your furry companions healthy and happy. As a pet owner, you can ensure that your pet consumers Ayurvedic herbs which are available in the liquid form. This can be given to pets either mixed in their meal or a few drops of the liquid herbs can be applied directly into his mouth.
Use The Herb Triphala to Enhance The Digestive Health of Your Pet
Just like inappropriate food intake tells on the human body, when pets are fed with unhealthy food, the results can be devastating. As a pet parent, you can ensure that your canine or feline consumes a healthy and balanced diet. Ayurveda suggests that natural ingredients which are free from artificial colouring agents and processing components are highly recommended. The herb named Triphala, which is high in antioxidant properties, can support overall digestive health.
Use sesame oil or coconut oil to massage the foot of your dog
It is advised that pet owners stick to a routine for pets at home. As pet parents, we must ensure that the timetable is strictly followed. This will improve their overall health. Sesame oil or coconut oil can be used to massage the foot of your furry friend. The oil massage besides being nourishing also helps in releasing tension in the muscles and tendons.
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Cleopatra, was regarded as a great beauty, to preserve her skin, she took her daily bath in donkey milk. Besides, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed donkey milk for various diseases including fever, wounds, etc. To add to these benefits, donkey milk has four times the amount of Vitamin C than cow's milk has. So, it's no secret that donkey milk is a powerhouse of nutrients for both the skin and body.
Used for Anti-Ageing and Healing
The milk contains essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing properties. These fatty acids blur the wrinkles on the skin and help to regenerate damaged skin. Plus, donkey milk also contains anti-bacterial properties which are effective in healing skin irritation and redness.
Antioxidant and Nutrient-Rich
Known as a "natural elixir of youth", donkey milk is packed with antioxidants and nutrients. It contains vitamin E, amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E, Omega 3, and 6. These properties together make it a rich ingredient when it comes to skin treatment. Moreover, vitamin D is another important ingredient for human skin, and the primary source to get it is through UV exposure. At the same time, too much of that leaves an adverse effect on the skin. Here is when donkey milk acts as a great substitute as it naturally contains vitamin D. All in all, if this milk is applied frequently, it brings a glowing effect while making the skin look brighter.
Moisturizer and Softener
By now it's a well-known fact that this milk works as a powerful moisturizer for the skin. Besides, if donkey milk is used consistently, it acts as a great cleanser as well as helps in keeping the skin healthy, hydrated, and soft.
Therefore, donkey milk with its healing, nutritional and rejuvenating properties for the skin is rapidly emerging as a key ingredient for skincare. These are also driving several leading players to roll out personal care products such as soap, cream, etc. manufactured using donkey milk. Moreover, the global donkey milk market is expanding rapidly with the market value projected to reach $68,139.0 thousand by 2027, registering a CAGR of 9.4 per cent from 2021 to 2027. And the growing use of donkey milk as an ingredient in cosmetic and personal care products will significantly contribute toward the growth of this market in the years to come.
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