You Are What Your Friends Eat!

It is not just diet and exercise, the friends you hang out with affects your health too!

It is time we alter the overused saying “You are what you eat” to “You are what people you are around with, eat”. Imagine a situation when you are having a casual lunch with your friends and you decide to order the main course. Now you really want to have a healthy steamed salmon but your buddy on the right opts for a steak burger with double cheese and fries. You start salivating by just the picture of the steak burger and the cheese oozing out of it. Torn apart by the weight of this decision, you change your order to a steak burger with French fries and a soda to go with it. Haven’t we all gone through this?

The company you keep says a lot about you, they influence the way you think, act and EAT! It is said that “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. To figure out how this is applicable to our daily habits, I was keen on considering the scientific facts.  Research proves that there are different areas where our peers affect our choices and I was baffled to know that our eating habits, the weight that we carry, the food choices we make and even our food buying is affected by our peers – surprised much?

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Salt – The Zero-Calorie Fattener

Guilty pleasures maybe a big temptation, but when it comes to weight loss, we strive to curb all our temptations, albeit with a heavy heart. But, the sight of a Diet Coke and the idea of zero-calories get you dreaming of the good old carefree days, doesn’t it? After all zero calories is equal to guilt free indulgence!

Similarly, salt is also zero calories, but you soon realize that it doesn’t equal guilt free indulgence! There is a limit for everything, even salt! Going overboard with it means, inviting flabby woes!

Surprised how this zero-cal salt is causing weighty woes?

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THE IMPORTANCE OF NOURISHMENT FOR WOMEN!

Women’s health reflects the health of the nation. However, the health status of women in India reflects a totally opposite and alarming picture. A survey by UNICEF India states that one third of women of reproductive age in India are undernourished in the rural counterparts. It is well known that an undernourished mother inevitably gives birth to an undernourished baby, perpetuating an intergenerational cycle of under nutrition. On overweight and obesity status, national health family survey states that more than 23% of women in the urban area are either overweight or obese compared to only 7% of women in rural areas. Another study reveals that 3 in 5 Women in India are at a high risk of cardiovascular disease at as early as 35 years of age. With such an eye opening condition of women in our nation, it has become very important for us as women to look after our health and for men to extend a hand of support for the same.

When it comes to the men or children in the family, their health, fitness and wellness, the women will change everything: meal timings, cooking styles, bedtimes, workouts etc, but when it comes to using the exact same resources for themselves, they can’t, the same drivers of change become barriers leaving them helpless. Continue reading