Monday, February 29, 2016

food remedy for acidity

Before I start writing about what to eat and what to not, let me share some personal experience of how I got rid of my chronic acidity. Three things I changed in my life style.
1. Never skipped my breakfast
2. Drank a lot and lot of water
3. Took my dinner 2 to 3 hours before going to bed. 
And I also take less amount of citrus food.

Coming to remedies-


Food to avoid-
1. Spicy food
2. Fried and fatty foods
3. Alcohol
4. Citrus fruits

Food to eat
1. Drink two glass of water in the morning and 6-8 glasses of water through out the day.
2. Ginger(extract the juice and dilute with some water and drink)
3. Chew 1 tsp of fennel seeds after every meal.
4. Peppermint
5. Carrot juice
6. Coconut water
7. Green leafy vegetables
8. Apples
9. Celery
10. Room temperature milk
11. Aloe vera

 Other than that
- Avoid taking excess amount of tea, coffee, aerated drinks and alcohol.
- Try to avoid the food that is causing acidity in you.
- Don't skip your meal (empty stomach can produce more acid)
- Chew your food properly, so that digestion becomes easy and your stomach gets relief from doing extra work.

Goodies of cabbage- health benefits

Cabbage

1. Rich in vitamin C, fiber, iron, sulphur and iodine.
2. Supports immune system and boosts energy.
3. Improves blood flow and reduces free radicals.
4. Helps with gastric ulcer and lowers the risk of colon cancer.
5. It has a anti-inflammatory property, also considered as anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
6. Supports the nervous system as well as the endocrine system.
7. Good remedy for constipation.
8. Helps to maintain a healthy cholesterol.
9. Detoxifies stomach and colon.
10. Promotes good eye health.
11. Controls blood pressure and protects bone from weakening.
12. Helps in weight loss.
13. Reduces hair loss.
14. Promotes healthy skin and repairs damaged skin cells.
15. Good remedy for gastritis.

goodies of carrots- health benefits

Carrot

1. Contains beta carotene(beta carotene is a red-orange pigment found in fruits, especially carrots and colorful vegetables. This is a precursor of Vitamin A.
2. Vitamin A is good for our eye health, vision, immune system, skin and mucous membranes.
3. Good source of antioxidant (prevent diseases)
4. Rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, iron and manganese.
5. Facilitates digestion.
6. Reduces blood pressure.
7. Prevents heart diseases
8. Regulates blood sugar levels in the body
9. Boosts our immune system.
10. Stimulates gums and induces excess saliva(which prevents drying of mouth)

goodies of french beans- health benefits of green beans

Green beans or string beans

1. Excellent source of fiber, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and potassium.
2. Green beans provide us with vitamin K as well as some percent of calcium which improves bone health.
3. Contains adequate amount of folate.(which is healthy for our brain and body)
4. Also contains adequate amount of folic acid and some amount of iron.(required during pregnancy)
    Note- Folic acid is synthetic(made by combining different substances) form of folate. So it is easy to add to the supplements and food.
    Folate occurs naturally in dark green leafy vegetables.
5. Contains high amount of chlorophyll.
    Chlorophyll- Is a natural, fat soluble pigment responsible for the green color in plants. It's healthy for our body as it absorbs energy direct from sunlight for photosynthesis, which results in production of oxygen, fruits and vegetables. 
6. Decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease with increased energy and overall lowers weight.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Goodies of cauliflower- health benefits

Cauliflower

1. A great source of vitamin-C. It is also good source of vitamin-K, protein, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorous, fiber and vitamin-B6
2. Supports our digestive system(dietary fiber cleans our digestive system)
3. Antioxidants(minimizes cell damage)
4. Detoxification suppport
5. Boosts brain health
6. Boosts heart health
7. Anti-inflammatory
8. Fights cancer

mix veg soup- best when you are hungry and want something lite yet tasty to eat.


Ingredients 

1. Cauliflower 1/2 cup(cut into small pieces)
2. Cabbage 1/3 cup(cut into small pieces)
3. French beans 1/3 cup(cut into small pieces)
4. Carrots 1/3 cup(cut into small pieces)
5. Green peas 1/4
6. Bell peppers 1/4(cut into small pieces)
7. Tomato 1/2 cup(cut into small pieces)
8. Garlic 2 clove(finely chopped)
9. Green chillies 1(finely chopped)
10. Coriander leaves
11. Soy sauce 1/2 tsp
12. Black pepper powder
13. Salt to taste
14. Spring onion(finely chopped)
15. Olive oil 2 tbs
16. Corn starch(optional)

Preparation

1. In a heavy bottomed pan take 2 tbs of olive oil. Add the finely chopped garlic and green chilli, saute for a sec.
2. Add the carrots and french beans and fry for a minute, now add put the cauliflower and fry for one more minute.
3. Now add all other veggies in it, cabbage, bell peppers, green peas, tomato and the spring onion. Cook for two minutes.
4. Add two cups of water and bring it to a boil. Put salt to taste, soy sauce(for nice color)
5. Now add corn starch to it(mix one tbs of corn starch to 5 tbs of water)
Adding corn starch will make the soup little thick and increase your soup by 35 calories, this is optional you can skip this step if you want.
6. Boil the soup for 3-5 minutes.
7. Garnish with coriander leaves and black pepper powder
8. & serve hot.


food nutrients- food that gives vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients

Food Nutrients and food Nutritions.

Before starting about the essential nutrients lets know few things about-
1. What are nutrients and nutritions?
2. Why nutrients are so important?
3. How does this helps our body in our daily life?

Nutritions- Nutrition is the process of taking in nutrients from the food we eat necessary for health and growth.

Nutrients- Nutrients are the substance we get from food which provides us energy and other essential things for growth and maintenance of the body. Nutrients are divided into

 1. Macronutrients- These are the nutrients that provide calories and energy which are essential for growth, metabolism and also building blocks for growth and maintenance of a healthy body. And these are needed relatively in large amounts. They are- Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat.

 2. Micronutrients- These dietary component are only required by the body in small amount but are vital for the development, disease prevention and wellbeing. They are- Vitamins and minerals.

 3. Non-nutrients- Water and fibers are non-nutrients, but are important substances that we need to include in our diets to stay healthy.

We will discuss about the Macronutrients in other articles because they are essential and needs to be discussed in detail as well. But in this article lets know something about Vitamins and minerals, so that we can get a little idea on what best we can do to keep our body healthy.

Vitamins- Theses are essential for normal growth and nutrition and are required in small quantities in the diet because they can't be synthesized by the body. Vitamins are two types

1.Water soluble vitamins- These vitamins can't be stored in our bodies and are readily excreted, these includes vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin, B6, vitamin B12, folate and vitamin C.

2.Fat soluble vitamins- These vitamins are absorbed through the gut with the help of fat, these includes vitaminA, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K.

  Minerals- There are certain minerals we need to keep our body healthy, these includes Calcium, Fluoride, Iodine,Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Selenium and Zinc.

We all know that we get these nutrients from our daily diet like-

-VitaminB1- whole grain, nuts, fruits and vegetables.
-VitaminB2- milk and milk products, eggs, rice, pulses and green veggies
-VitaminB3- maize flour, meat,wheat and eggs
-VitaminB6- poultry,milk and milk product, soya beans
-VitaminB12- cheese, egg, fish, milk
-Folate- green leafy vegetables, whole grain products, nuts, peas, oranges
-VitaminC- citrus fruit and berries, tomato

-VitaminA- liver, whole milk, cheese, butter, carrots,mangoes and apricots

-VitaminD- oily fish, eggs, meat. but most is obtained from the sunlight.
-VitaminE- oils, nuts and seeds
-VitaminK- green leafy vegetables

-Calcium- milk, milk product, cheese, green vegetables like broccoli

-Fluoride- water, tea, toothpaste.
-Iodine- sea fish, shellfish,seaweed and iodine-fortified foods like salt.
-Iron- liver, red meat, dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, dried fruit
-Magnesium- green leafy vegetables, nuts, fish, meat, bread
-Phosphorous- red meat, poultry, bread, rice, oats
-Potassium- banana, vegetables,nuts, seeds, pulses
-Sodium- very small amounts in raw foods, salt
-Selenium- bread, nuts, fish, meat, eggs
-Zinc- meat, milk, cheese, eggs, whole grain cereals, nuts and pulses

So we don't need to go into the details for the vitamins and minerals, as its known that we get almost all the essential nutrients from our daily diet for which we don't have to count our nutrients or eat any specific diet or quit some specific food. But we all know that sometimes we need extra nutrients for our body, for example; during pregnancy we need more of folate, iron etc, during weight loss we need more of fibers, for strong bones we need calcium. Doctors can identify these things with simple blood test and suggest you for any diet changes or supplements.

       But finally we get to a conclusion that we should have a balanced diet and eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts, cereals, fish etc to get all those little but essential nutrients for a healthy body and strong immune system.  

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Goodies of raw or green papaya

Raw Papaya

  Enzyme levels decline as the fruit ripens, raw papaya is picked when it is still green to retain all of its natural enzymatic qualities. Contains Vitamin A, C and folate
1. Improves digestive health
2. Reduces constipation
3. Reduces acid reflux and heart burn
4. Maintains blood pressure
5. Increases energy
6. Boosts immune system
7. Increases the elimination of toxins
8. Fights infections
9. Promotes cardiovascular health
10. Good for skin.

Goodies of raw banana

Raw Bananas

1. High in fiber- fiber in food slows digestion, helping you feel full for longer, aiding in weight control.
2. Good source of resistance starch- this is a type of starch that cannot be broken down by enzymes in our digestive system and therefore acts more like a fiber than a starch.
3. High in Potassium.
4. High in Vitamin B-6.
5. Increases our body's ability to absorb nutrients.
6. Reduces fat storage.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

food remedy for constipation

Constipation

Food to avoid
1. Raw or green banana
2. Red meat
3. Fried food
4. Frozen food
5. Dairy product made from milk.





Food to eat
1. Water
2. Papaya
3. Flaxseed
4. Bottle gourd
5. Probiotic drinks

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

goodies of eggplant

Eggplant

1. Very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and copper. Also good source of manganese, niacin, potassium, folate and vitamin K and B6. Also contains phytonutrients.
2.  Helps to increase energy and lowers the overall weight.
3. The fiber, potassium,vitamin B6 and phytonutrients content in eggplant supports heart health.
4. Helps to lower 'bad' cholesterol.
5. Eggplants contain certain essential phytonutrients which improve the blood circulation and nourish the brain.
6. The fiber in it protects the digestive tract.
7. Good for diabetes because of its high fiber and low soluble carbohydrate content.
8. Helps prevent blood clots because of vitamin K.

Phytonutrients- plant food contain thousand of natural chemicals, which are called phytonutrients. these chemicals helps protect plant from germs, fungi, bugs and some helps protect the plant from UV radiation.
Phytonutrients helps to prevent diseases and keep our body working properly.

Monday, February 22, 2016

goodies of bottle gourd

Bottle gourd

1. Contains vitamin A,C and folate, also calcium. phosphorus and magnesium.
2. Filled with fibers so it helps in weight loss.
3. Helps to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, keeping our heart healthy.
4. Helps in better digestion and treats constipation.
5. Since it is diuretic in nature it helps treating urinary problems.
6. Due to rich in water content bottle gourd provides a cooling effect.
7. Excellent remedy for diabetes.
8. Good for healthy skin.
9. It prevents the premature graying of hair.
10. Good for liver.

Recommended by Ayurvedic doctors.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Healthy cooking oils - How to avoid bad fat and choose good fat

Which is the best oil to cook? to bake? to use for salad dressings?
Well we all want to know what is best for our body, there are different kinds of oil and butter which are used for cooking and baking. But how to know which is best for us? When I started searching on net for which oil should I eat every day, I got thousand of articles and came across the words like 'monounsaturated fats', 'polyunsaturated fats', 'omega 3' and many more, and also types of oils like olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil etc. I really got trapped and confused, the only oil I knew good is olive oil. Then I thought to do a little research and share with you.
     So lets talk about those few good oils in our kitchen and their goodness.  To start with lets know about what does the oil contains? From those fats which are good for health and which are not? So fat are nutrients that gives us energy which helps in absorption of fat soluble vitamins. Fats are divided into two parts
               1.Saturated fat- also known as 'solid fat', like cheese. Saturated fat is also found in tropical oil such as coconut oil, palm oil, and cocoa butter. We find these oil kind of oils in many snacks, coffee creamers, and whipped topping. Food made with butter, shortening etc like (cakes, cookies and desserts ) have a lot of saturated fat. Saturated fat can raise our cholesterol level.
               2.Unsaturated fat- is liquid at room temperature. It is mostly in the oils from plants. Unsaturated fats are healthier than saturated fats. This divided into two parts-
                                                        -Monounsaturated fats
                                                        -Polyunsaturated fats
               Monounsaturated fats(MUFAs)- are the good fats, liquid at room temperature. Eating foods that are high in MUFAs may help lower your "bad" LDL cholesterol. It may also keep "good" HDL cholesterol high. (but only eating unsaturated fat without cutting back  on saturated fat won't help you lower your cholesterol). Sources of MUFAs are avocado, olive oil, canola oil, nuts. So we know that the oil that contains monounsaturated fats are good.
               Polyunsaturated fats- this type of fat is mainly found in vegetables oil such as sunflower oil, sesame oil, soybean oil and corn oil. This is also the main fat we find in seafoods. Polyunsaturated fats also helps lower LDL "bad" cholesterol.  There two types of polyunsaturated fats
               1.Omega-3 fatty acids- found mainly in fish oils from plants like soybean oil, canola oil and walnuts, also found in fatty fish and shellfish etc. Beneficial to our heart by protecting against high blood pressure.
               2.Omega-6 fatty acids- found mostly in soybean oil and corn oil.
So from the above discussion we get a rough idea that unsaturated fats are better than the saturated fats and unsaturated fats that contains more of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are better for our daily healthy diet. Now we just have to know that which oil contain how much of these fats and we are good to go.
    Lets compare few oils and see(just check the nutrition facts labeled on the bottle or check online), to start with every ones favorite-
1. Olive oil (1 tbsp)
saturated fat- 1.9 g
polyunsaturated fat- 1.4 g
monounsaturated fat- 10 g

2. Canola oil(1 tbsp)
saturated fat- 1 g
polyunsaturated fat- 4 g
monounsaturated fat- 9 g

3. Mustard oil(1 tbsp)
saturated fat- 1.6 g
polyunsaturated fat- 3 g
monounsaturated fat- 8 g

4. Palm oil(1 tbsp)
saturated fat- 7 g
polyunsaturated fat- 1.3 g
monounsaturated fat- 5 g

5. Sesame oil(1 tbsp)
saturated fat- 1.9 g
polyunsaturated fat- 6 g
monounsaturated fat-5 g

6. Corn oil(1 tbsp)
saturated fat- 1.8 g
polyunsaturated fat- 7 g
monounsaturated fat- 3.8 g

7. Soybean oil(1 tbsp)
saturated fat- 2 g
polyunsaturated fat- 6 g
monounsaturated fat- 1.5 g

8. Coconut oil(1 tbsp)
saturated fat- 12 g
polyunsaturated fat- 0.2 g
monounsaturated fat- 0.8 g

         In the nutrition facts label you may also find different things like calories and total fat. Well every oil of 1 tbsp have different calorie value and total fat, but we are not checking for calories and fat for now, that's another topic to discuss on for now we are just concerned about the good oil and the good things in it after which we can see for other things.
        Before I could never understand what oil to eat why some oil are good and why some are not. Found a article in which it stated that heating any oil to its smoke point can burn aways its good qualities. Well in anyways the oil cooks in high heat. I thought it was difficult to know such vast things on oil how to eat, what to eat, how to cook etc. So i decided to limit my knowledge to what's the best oil I can take for a healthy life. I personally use extra virgin oil for cooking, baking and dressing as well. Just eat healthy and stay fit.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tomato eggplant soup - A healthy weight loss recipe

Ingredients

1.Two tomatoes
2.One eggplant
3.Half onion(finely chopped)
4.Two to three cloves of garlic(finely chopped)
5.Two green chillies(finely chopped)
6.Salt to taste
7.Roasted cumin powder 2 tsp
8.Black pepper powder 1 tsp
9.Olive oil 1 tbs
10.Coriander leaves

Preparation

1.Boil the tomato and eggplant, then peel the skin and keep it aside.
2.Now in a sauce pan put the oil, add the garlic and chopped green chillies saute for few seconds.
3.Add the onion and fry till its golden brown.
4.Then add the boiled tomato, eggplant and salt to taste, stir it.
5.Finally add the cumin powder, black pepper powder.
6.Mash the soup using a masher or use a hand mixer and add 2 cups of water.
7.Bring it to a boil and garnish with coriander leaves.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Never skip Breakfast - Your first step towards dieting and weight loss

 Break fast

1.Improves metabolism.
2.You get your essential nutrients in the morning.
3.Increases energy level.
4.Prevents from weight gaining.
5.You won't feel hungry the whole day.
6.Controls the blood sugar level.
7.Controls gastritis.
8.Increases your concentration.
9.Protects your heart.
10.Helps lower the bad cholesterol.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Tomato Bottle gourd soup - A diabetic friendly recipe

Ingredients

1. One cup of fresh bottle gourd(chopped finely)
2.Two large tomatoes(chopped)
3.Half inch ginger(finely chopped)
4.One green chilli(finely chopped)
5.Salt to taste
6.Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
7.Coriander powder 1 tsp
8.Roasted cumin and red chilli powder
9.Olive oil 1 tbs
10.Coriander leaves(to garnish)

Preparation

1.In a sauce pan take 1 tbs of oil and add the chopped ginger and the chopped green chilli, saute for few seconds.
2.Now put the chopped tomatoes and chopped bottle gourd in it.(you can also grate the bottle gourd)
3.Cook for 5 minutes, now add the turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt to taste.
4.Cover and cook for atleast 30 minutes on medium flame.  Bottle gourd will release some water, if not then add some water to prevent burning or from sticking to the bottom of the pan.(check in between)
5.After 30 minutes,open the cover and mash the soup using a masher or mix it using a hand mixer.
6.Now add desired amount of water(whether you like your soup thick or thin)
7.Let it boil for 5 to 7 minutes then add the roasted cumin and red chilli powder. Stir it nicely and garnish with coriander leaves.



Saturday, February 13, 2016

Good vs bad carbohydrates - How to choose your carb diet

Carbohydrates

Lets talk something about one of the main types of nutrients that is carbohydrate, so what is the basic thing we should know about 'carbs' for our healthy life style. So I did a little research on net for what is carbohydrate and why we need it?
    Before I started my healthy food habit I didn't knew much about carbohydrates I just knew what most of us know, that food like rice, white bread, cakes, pizzas, soft drinks, potatoes etc. are rich in carbs. Whenever I searched for a weight loss diet or a healthy diet it always mentioned to cut down your fat and carbs or low carbs in your diet. Again it seemed tough for me coz I just love these yummy foods and rice is my staple food I take rice in lunch as well as for dinner, then I thought to manage my carbohydrates. So lets know little about carbs in simple words which is important for our healthy daily diet.
   
 Carbohydrates are the most important source of energy for our body. Simply, we get energy to do our daily life activities because we have carbs in our body. Almost every food we eat every day contains less or more carbs like fruits, veggies, milk, cereal etc. rice, white flour, sugar, potatoes which are filled with carbs. How does it works? When we eat something our digestive system changes carbohydrates into glucose which is also blood sugar (Blood sugar or blood glucose refers to sugar that is transported through the bloodstream to supply energy to all the cells in our body, the sugar is made from the food we eat.).  Our body uses this sugar for energy of our cell, tissues and organs. It stores any extra sugar in our liver and muscles for when it is needed.
     

 Carbohydrates are of two types 1. Simple and 2. Complex
1.Simple Carbohydrates- These includes sugars found naturally in foods like- fruits,, vegetables, milk and milk products.Other than that simple carbs are Glucose,Fructose(fruit sugar) and Sucrose(table sugar). They are the quickest source of energy, as they are rapidly digested and reach blood stream immediately.
2.Complex Carbohydrates- These includes the whole grain breads and cereals, starchy vegetables and legumes(beans). These provide longer lasting energy as well as fibers and nutrients.Our body break down complex carbs to glucose, the sugar which is primary fuel to give us energy.

  Good Carbs- Complex carbs can be considered as good one when they are unrefined because in addition it contains nutrient and vitamins.
   Bad carbs- These are simple sugars, like the one in soda and candy. Or refined complex carbohydrates that we find in cakes, pizzas, cookies etc. as well as in white flour, bread and rice.

    How much carbs we should take every day? Well that depends on your height, weight, gender, diabetes, obesity etc. If you are obese or have diabetes then you should consult your doctor or if you are on a strict diet then consult your nutritionist  for the exact amount of carbs you need every day. Else you can manage your diet by some healthy options. Take brown rice instead of white one, eat lot of vegetables and fruits instead of potato fries or cakes, drink water etc.  



 From this we come to a conclusion that our body needs sugar for energy but only with combination of all other good things. We can't cut the carbs totally from our daily diet but we should avoid white rice, white bread(refined carbs) with brown rice, whole grain or whole wheat, fruit and veggies(complete carbs).
     

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Goodies of Chickpea

Chickpea

Chickpea are one of nutritious beans from legume family which also includes different types of beans, soybeans and lentils.
Chickpeas are
1.High in proteins
2.Rich in both soluble and insoluble fibers, which helps prevent constipation as well as digestive disorders.
3.Contains source of trace mineral manganese, which helps in energy production.
4.High iron content, which is important for women,
5. Stabilizes blood sugar level
6.They have low glycaemic index which means the carbohydrate in it are broken down and digested slowly which is helpful in weight reduction.
7.Regular in take can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
8.Due to high fiber content and low glycaemic index they are excellent for weight reduction.
9.They also contains vitamins. 

Tomato Chickpea soup

Ingredients

1.Two medium tomatoes(finely chopped)
2.Half cup of boiled chickpea(Soak overnight and cook)
3.Half inch ginger(finely chopped)
4.Two green chillies(finely chopped)
5.Salt to taste
6.Cumin powder 1/2 tsp 
7.Olive oil 1 tbs
8.Chopped coriander leaves(to garnish)
9.Black pepper powder
10.Paprika (optional for color) 

Preparation

1.In a deep bottomed pan take the olive oil.
2.Add the chopped ginger and the green chillies and saute it for few seconds
3.Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes on medium flame.
4.Then add salt, cumin powder and black pepper powder(add the paprika) and cook till the tomatoes are cooked properly.
5.Add the chickpea and cover the pan for 2 minutes on slow flame, so that the chickpea is cooked with the tomato gravy.
6.Finally add 2 cups or 500 ml of water and bring it to a nice boil, till some water is evaporated on a medium flame.
7.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Goodies of Water - Natural healer

Water

1.Drinking water in the morning can boost body metabolism.
2.Water can eliminate body toxins.
3.Helps to reduce weight.
4.Gives a healthy and glowing skin.
5.Fights infections.
6.Prevents constipation.
7.Hydrates brain cell.
8.Regulates body temperature.
9.Helps in digestion.
 10.Improves the immune system.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Drink water

Drink Water

1.Drinking water is the most important thing for our health as well as body.
2.We all know that we should drink at least two to four liters, or half to one gallon of water every day. 
3.But in our busy life we forget to drink plenty of water, so how can we alarm ourselves to drink water.
When you get up in morning drink a glass of water, then each time you go to the loo , its a alarm to drink one more glass of water. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Thick tomato soup

Ingredients

1.Three large tomatoes(cut into 4 pieces)
2.Sugar 1 tsp 
3.Salt to taste
4.Four peppercorns
5.Half onion(chopped)
6.Olive oil 2 tsp

Preparation

1.In a sauce pan  add olive oil and chopped onion.
2.Cook the onion till its golden brown.
3.Now add the tomato and cook it for 2 minutes.
4.Add the sugar, salt to taste and the peppercorns to the tomato
5.Add 150 ml of water and bring to boil till the tomato is cooked.
6.Finally blend the tomato soup and serve with bread. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

How much calorie from food is needed for a healthy life

What are calories?
Well this is the most important thing which every one wants to know. Whether you want to balance your metabolism, or want to reduce blood sugar level or cholesterol and most importantly reduce weight then we should at least know little or more about Calories. I know its difficult to count your bite every time, but if we talk about balanced diet then calorie is the only thing we should take care of. Doctors, nutritionist and even gym instructors all of them recommend to go through the calorie chart for our health. Initially i could never understand this calorie thing and then when I knew what the thing was I could never measure things to eat. It was difficult for me to eat a piece of cake and then the whole day survive on boiled vegetables. 
             Anyways thanks to science, which is so developed that we can know what is good for our health and how much is best for our system. So coming to calorie I have known something very superficial that I am going to share with you. 
              Calorie refers to energy consumption and the energy usage . Ok now in simple language 'energy consumption' that means what ever we eat and drink and 'energy usage' means the energy used by our body while physical activities or physical work we do in our day today life, basically calorie is the food of our inside body which gives food to our organs and cells. 
           So next we should know how much calorie or food of body is needed?  Well the answer varies depending on the height, weight, gender, and mostly your physical activity. It may also be different for people on weight reduction, diabetes, pregnancy etc. According to research average calorie for adult female is 1,800-2,200 per day and male is 2,200-2,600 per day. This is for  people with moderate physical activities, if your physical activities are more then you should take more calories accordingly.
           Finally we know that our body needs almost 2,000 calories a day (female)so that it can feed our organs, cells etc. If we take as required amount of calories every day then we can maintain a healthy life style but more calorie will store and increase our fat and less calorie will make us restless and ill. Next we will talk about how to manage calorie without having a long list of calorie chart. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Goodies of Tomato

TOMATO
1.Antioxidant
2.Vitamin C and beta-carotene
3.Vitamin K
  - Tomato is a great vegetable, packed with vitamins, phosphorus. Good for heart and blood pressure. 
  - Tomatoes can be acidic, fresh tomatoes are less acidic than the canned ones. 
  -Great for skin.
  -Fights cancer
  -Helps to maintain a balanced blood sugar level.
 AMOUNT
-One to two tomatoes is fine for a day.

Soups

Lets talk something about soup. We all know that it is liquid dish made with chicken, meat or veggies. Soup is very tasty as well as very nutritious dish, we all love it for lunch, evening snack or dinner. So we will talk about how you can do different soups with simple things in your kitchen.
   Soup can be a appetizer, a whole meal, a snack and even a side dish. Just it depends on what you add to your yummy soup. You can make soup out of anything that is in your kitchen, like;
-Chicken
-Meat
-Egg
-Vegetables
-Rice
-Noodles
-Pasta
And many more.
  Its easy to make, tasty to eat and above all very healthy for our body, so lets start with some yummy recipes and do share your recipes too.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lose weight without Exercise - With healthy and tasty food

Food is the fuel of our body, from head to toe our body needs nutrition, water and exercise to keep it healthy. Food is the most vital part of our life. Our palate is fan of yummy delicious food, we love to try different cuisines.Now a days food has become identity of many places, you talk about pizza and pasta you think about italy. You talk ,about wraps , tortillas and you think of maxico. You talk about burger, potato fries  you know its america, and those yummy tandoori chicken and tikkas that's India, and many more.I just love these food and I love to try different cuisine.  
BUT

One bite on the piece of that yummy cake and here goes in 240 calories into your tummy. Mouth watering pizza slice and you are add up with 290 calories and not to forget that little can of soft drink or soda which we get in every refrigerator is 
145 calories.
Why yummy foods are always bad for health? and filled with tons of calories? why cant we eat every tasty food without gaining any fat or diseases. After all that yummy in tummy, when it comes to do exercise we think of how to start and where to start from?



HI FRIENDS
I am Shikta, a wife and mother of beautiful twin girls. I am a over weight person(168 lbs or 76 kg). I was detected with gestational diabetes with elevated cholesterol and severe gastritis.Though my sugar level was normal after the delivery but the gastritis became worse.My food habit was very bad, after my babies I used to eat cakes,pizzas,sweets,fried chicken,cream curries etc, so doctor asked me to eat boiled food and no spices but I failed to do that, as a result more and more gastritis and then doctor suggested for an Endoscopy. I really got scared and decided to change my food habit and start exercising . But like many people I have also tried to exercise and diet several times but failed. The reason is simple I always make a checklist before I start my weight loss program.
            1.Motivational videos (which can never make me motivated)     
             2.Food chart (difficult to follow)

3.Calorie chart (I feel it complicated)


4.Nutrition chart (just lots of fruits and veggies)


5.New gym dress


6.Yoga DVDs 


And many more,
Then finally I start my exercise, only for few days.Then I get tired I want food, take rest.I am never consistent.I have tried this many times. But one thing that always comes to my mind is if I do not change my life style then I am in trouble. Obesity, diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension, gastritis and many more.
             
 So I thought to make some food which are good for health and tasty too.But the first thing I need to quit or eat less is all kind of sweets, fried food and white flour.I just tried it for month and a half and i lose 900 grams which is about 1.9 lbs, I thought it was great.
               In this blog I will tell you how you can make some awesome food with simple things in your kitchen, how you can eat lots of fruits and veggies, how you can maintain a healthy life style, how you can  manage your calories and don't have to go on a strict diet.

[But before I start I just want to say that your doctor's  advice about your health should be your priority].

For example if you are obese and doctor's recommended for a strict diet and exercise you should follow it first.
               
So friends to discuss more about healthy life style and healthy food you post your comments, share your experience, share your fitness stories and your recipes .As it is said- slow and steady wins the race and We all can do it.