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Adolescents and the Stressful Eating Syndrome

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Adolescents (Age group 10 to 19 years) today are very stressed and tired because of the vast academic pressure and innumerable extracurricular activity classes which parents force upon them. The mental stress is reflected in their food habits as well, where junk food/quick food/sugar based items is their savior in this fast paced competitive world. This results in children falling prey to stress eating. What Is Stress Eating? Stress eating is also referred to as Emotional eating. In this kind of eating, we try satiating ourselves emotionally rather than physically. Many times, we are not even hungry, but we consume […]

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Eating the Right Way, Mindfully and Intuitively

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What Is Mindful Eating? When we consume food, we normally are so busy and treat it like a task to put off our to-do list. We fail to notice the colors, the taste, the texture, the aroma or ingredients of the food we are eating. We also fail to notice the amount of food intake and type of food we are indulging in.  Mindful eating simply means to observe and eat with attention to every detail of the food consumed and with gratitude for all that you have been bestowed with. It also means to eating without distraction, slowly and […]

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Futana: The Snack Everyone Is Talking About

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Ever snacked on Futana? Well, it’s the most commonly available and loved item in each household. It is relished by elders and kids alike. They are pocket friendly as well. What is Futana? Futana is commonly referred to as ‘Chana’ or ‘Roasted Chana’. They are one of the most snacked items in India and can be eaten any time of the day. It contains an outer shell, which provides fiber and protein. It is easily stored in an air tight container. They can be roasted on a girdle or in a microwave and made crisp and crunchy to enhance the […]

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Cardamom and Its Benefits in Daily Life

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Indian food has variety of spices in it. They not only enhance taste but also have various medicinal properties. Food, not only should please your tongue or nose but also have a perfect texture and presentation. One such healthy spice is Cardamom. Health Benefits of Cardamom It is an antioxidant: Cardamom increases the level of antioxidant enzymes in our body and protects us from damage to the heart and liver. It improves heart health: Cardamom intake reduces the risk of heart diseases and protects against heart damage. It acts as a blood thinner. Cardamom is also extensively researched to help […]

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“Breakfast like a king”, Why is it so important?

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We all have heard the saying “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper”, why is breakfast considered to be the most important meal? Breakfast is the 1st meal of the day. It is considered extremely important. Breakfast literally means to break the fast after a night of sleep. Most importantly, breakfast like a king does not mean over eat. It depicts richness of nutrients in a breakfast menu. Consuming adequate calories and majority of nutrients in first meal of the day provides us with energy and helps in burning it out throughout the day […]

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What Is AIDS? Symptoms and Care To Be Taken

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Since the year 1988, 1st December of every year is dedicated worldwide as World AIDS Day, to raise awareness for AIDS [Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome] which is spread due to a HIV infection. It is one of the most destructive diseases and nearly 37 million people worldwide carry HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and nearly 13000 deaths are reported every year. Causes and Prevention HIV is responsible for causing spectrum of diseases including HIV infection and AIDS. The virus was discovered in 1983. HIV and AIDS spread most commonly through contaminated needles or syringes and through sexual contact. In rare cases, it […]

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Yoga and Its Physical and Mental Benefits

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What is Yoga? Yoga has been practiced and adapted in our Indian culture since times immortal and is also mentioned in the Rig-Veda. It is an ancient form of exercises for our overall physical and mental well being. Yoga contains physical practice of postures called ‘asanas’. Yogasanas  should be learnt and practiced under a licensed yoga instructor to derive maximum benefits from them and to avoid doing them incorrectly. Benefits of Yoga In the recent years, other civilizations and countries have also started adapting yoga in their daily lives as a form of physical exercise, for their innumerable benefits. According […]

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An Essential Detox Post Festivities and Celebrations

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Post the Diwali celebrations and festivities; it is time for a rain check on all the sweets, fats, carbs and calories consumed. A detox (short for detoxification) is a must. What is a detox diet? Detoxification or detox basically means to cleanse our body of unwanted toxins, harmful chemicals and bodily waste products by converting them in to less harmful compounds, breaking them down and excreting them from our body. We are dumped with toxins in our everyday life due to factors like pollution, smoking, drinking alcohol, high intake of processed / junk food / sugar / fat etc. If […]

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Diwali – Rejoice and Celebrate the Festivity and Food

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Diwali also called as Deepavali, is an Indian festival of lights and celebrations. It signifies the victory of good over evil. Diwali means “rows of lighted lamps”. People light diyas in their homes, shops etc as it is considered auspicious and prepare and eat many traditional sweets. They pray to Goddess Lakshmi for raining happiness and prosperity in their lives by way of lighting diyas. It is an auspicious time to start new ventures. The festivities in Diwali include shopping for new clothes and stuff, making sweets and savories, visiting near and dear ones along with bursting firecrackers and decorating […]

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How To Read A Food Label

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What is a food label? Packaged food contains a label on it which states the nutritional information or facts about the food ingredients and items used in the product, this is a food label. It also includes the serving size, number of calories per serving etc. It helps us in choosing the food item based on the nutritional information mentioned on it. Importance of reading a food label Food labels help us to choose and compare the food items wisely as per their ingredients and contents such as amount of sugar, fats, cholesterol, protein, vitamin etc per serving of food. […]