Butter roti is Healthier than plain roti

It is weekend! Along with your foodie buddies, you have decided to try out this new restaurant that has become the talk of the town. It is your turn to place the order, and keeping in mind the 2 kilos you’ve put on last month, you safely go for a plain roti with some chicken curry. You tell yourself it is the right thing to do. But you can’t stop ogling at the butter roti that the skinny chick at the next table is having. You frown and tell yourself, “She can afford to eat all that butter, not me. All the aerobics I did last week will go down the drain.”

Aloo ParathaWhat if we told you, you can eat that butter roti and still lose weight? Yeah, now we are talking! And why stop at just the butter rotis? We say bring on the tempting ghee ke paranthe, the delicious butter chicken, and even the gulab jamuns.

But before you embark on this indulgence, we would like to give you a little gyaan about GLYCEMIC INDEX. As foodies, we need to understand the concept of Glycemic Index (GI) and the factors that affect GI of foods and meals. Why food pairing is not only important but the only way for you to enjoy your white rice, white bread, and sweet treats ? How the right pairing of foods can help you eat what you love, without the guilt and without the bulge? Continue reading

We’re Anti-Antacids, are you?

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Jamaai babu, ek aur laddoo? Ho jaye laddoo!” Effervescent salt commercials that promise ‘Kaam shuru sirf 6 seconds mein’ can certainly convince you to eat the ice cream after you’ve just had the gulab jamuns, after the dal chawal, which you had after you had already gulped down four rotis along with aloo mutter, palak paneer and malai kofta. Such commercials will “inspire” you to first ‘dabao’ your way beyond your poor tummy’s ability, and then not even worry about the acidity, gas, and bloating. Well, aren’t these guys some kind of angels … Huh!!

We all know how acidity makes us feel. Especially, all the foodies among us certainly do. Because we go out street shopping and immediately want to have pani puri. After a while, we spot the dabeliwala, followed by the new momos joint everyone has been talking about. On a parting note, everyone decides to wash it all down with some jalebis.

overeatingBy the time we are home, the overeating has taken its toll and we start feeling the heartburn. So, we simply pop a pill or drink an effervescent or creamy drink to curb the indigestion. It is sure an unpleasant feeling and no one wishes to experience it. Yet, so many of us deal with it on a daily basis because we never really stop and think about the causes behind it, and the preventive ways to bid this problem a farewell altogether.
Often we get so tied up in the mumbo-jumbo of life that we do not pay attention to our digestive systems calling out for help! We just pop an antacid and off we go!

However, what we don’t realise is that the acidity, the gas, the burping … are all cries of help from the stomach, and from our body. When we pop an antacid, or just give it another slice of pizza, what we do is ignore these signals and shut it up. You decide what to eat, but let your body tell you HOW MUCH! Yes, your body talks to you and these antacids and gastric medicines just ask your body to SHUT UP! Continue reading

Don’t Let Your Kids Make Bad Food Choices

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Media is everywhere! Advertising gets to people through different forms of communication – print, television, social media, and what not! Although advertisements help us to become aware of the products in the market, they have their negative effects too, especially on the children! Previously, what the advertisers did was to market children’s products towards the parents. But nowadays, marketers aim their messages directly at the children. Children are known to be picky eaters and take everything at face value, and believe the messages conveyed in the advertisements without a shadow of doubt.

Kids fast foods etcThe food industry is once again in the eye of a storm, especially junk food industry. This time not for promoting junk, but to make it worse, promoting junk as healthy. Let’s take a look at a few such products out of hundreds out there in the market: Continue reading

LISTEN TO YOUR STOMACH SCREAM , “I’M NOT A DUSTBIN!”

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How many times have we heard “Finish up your food … Be thankful for the food on your plate … There are children in Africa that are starving.”?? Do you also, like half of the World, feel strongly about wasting food? It is quite normal to feel that way, as it is imbibed in us since childhood that we should not throw away food. But hang on, and give it a thought … we agree you should not waste food, but, should you really be doing it at the cost of your body storing that “extra bit” in your bellies or thighs. Isn’t the belief a wee bit faulty if it jeopardizes your own well-being?

You would happily eat every morsel of food on your plate, if someone came forward and showed you how stuffing yourself will help reduce starvation in Africa! But is that going to happen? Absolutely not! So, you might as well save yourself from the guilt, and eat right instead.

As per a study on the state of the world’s health, for the first time in decades, the number of diseases is increasing and life expectancy is declining as a result of people eating too much than eating too little!.  In other words, food wasted inside your belly is a bigger problem today. On the other hand you don’t want to feel guilty about throwing the left over food in your plate in the trash.

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How to Look Slimmer in 5 Minutes

 

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No, we are not giving you a magic potion, but we are going to give you some piece of information that will surely work like magic for you. You have been on a weight loss journey for what seems like forever now … you have been eating right, exercising right, sleeping right. But we all know it takes a lot of time, and more importantly a lot of patience to see a difference in the mirror.

Until that happens, we, the food lovers, have to listen to all the nonsense about why we should not eat our favourite burger, or give up on that piece of pastry. We have to listen to foolish tips every time they show a weight loss scam on the TV (and from the most uneducated lot). “Lose weight in just 2 weeks”, “Lose 5 Kgs in a month” and the “Special 2 weeks cornflakes diet”. Seriously, no one is losing weight eating cornflakes twice a day, no matter how special the formula is. (Go ahead and tell Sharma Aunty to read this: How to Spot a Weight Loss Scam).

Weight loss and healthy living cannot be short term. It is a lifestyle change and trust us it is not tough. Simple lifestyle changes can help you.

But this blog is not about lifestyle changes, and what if you don’t want to wait for 2 weeks or a month. And lets be real, Why do you want to lose weight anyway ? To look better and sexier ? Right ? Well, you can do that in 5 mins …

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Every day can be a ‘cheat’ day!

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You get a recommended diet plan from a nutritionist, you are excited and you dive into it head first. You follow it well for the first two weeks and then it kind of starts to get monotonous and boring. Just the fact that you are always thinking about your weight, constantly checking to see how many ‘grams’ you lost, makes you obsessed with food. You are always thinking about food, you keep looking back at your diet chart to see what you’ll be eating at the next meal, even before you have finished your current meal. You miss eating the chaat and the pizza, the sweets and the yummy desserts …

This salad tastesSo you decide to have a cheat day every week. But what happens when you have just one cheat day a week? You are ‘food unhappy’ (unhappy food wise) 6 days and truly happy only on the cheat day! Eventually, even when you eat something you really like, you do not enjoy it, either because you are guilty that you shouldn’t be eating it at all or that you are eating way more than what you need.

At Bon Happetee, we believe that your plate should be filled with food that makes you healthy and happy! There is no such thing as good or bad food.

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Carbs are good, there are NO “bad” Carbs

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Ask people about their secret to weight loss, and they will preen … “I do not eat carbs, except on my cheat days”, “I absolutely avoid carbs for dinner”, “I have not had carbs in months”, and so on.

All these answers lead you to believe that carbs are bad and they must be avoided at all costs. So what do you do? You consciously slash down your rice intake, and do not eat roti, idli and dosa. And do you lose weight? Maybe. But do you manage to keep up the practice? No, right?

We bet that since the time you cut down on carbs, you have become more irritable, you are unable to focus on work, and you have lost your sense of judgement. That is because your brain cannot think right without carbs. It is the carbs that help in the proper functioning of the brain cells and neurons.

But you have read this already, haven’t you? And this has been going on for a while. Some say you have to eat carbs, some say it’s an absolute no-no. Some say they are necessary, some say they are a curse. So, who do you listen to? What do you do?

Here’s what you do, you try to understand the types of carbs.

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Simple Solutions to New Year Resolutions


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2014 came, you resolved to maintain a diary, in 2015, you thought you would start saving for your car, 2015 was the year you thought you were going to travel more often, and 2017’s resolution was to get back in shape.

Like “Promises”, “Resolutions” also, are meant to be broken!

Feeling like a loser? Don’t! We belong to the more human lot, who don’t always manage to keep their resolutions. Let this year be different for you though. How? Let bon happetee help you make more realistic goals this year. This New Year DON’T resolve to lose weight.

Most of us make New Year Resolutions like losing weight, not smoking or drinking at all, etc., which not only fall into a very big umbrella, but also are way too unrealistic. We cannot expect to quit smoking all of a sudden when we have been smoking a pack every two days. These resolutions are destined to fail. We’re more likely to succeed if we break our resolution into smaller goals! Here’s how you can be SMART about this. Make resolutions that are: Continue reading