Why some people never fall sick

I often wondered how all my life, I had never seen my grandmother spend a single day in bed or experience a bout of cold, cough or fever. So, one day I asked her “What is the secret to your good health?” She replied, “I sleep by 9 pm, wake up by 5, eat fruits daily, eat only home-cooked food and go for a walk every day for 40 minutes.” Evidently, her disciplined lifestyle is the secret to her strong immunity.

As like any other system of our body, a strong immune system calls for a healthy lifestyle which comprises of adequate nourishment, sleep and exercise to function to its optimum capacity.

Now, we are aware that habits inculcated during childhood stay with us throughout life. Hence, it is important to ingrain healthy habits at a tender age.

While I have briefly touched upon the factors that are essential for staying away from ailments, let’s look at what factors should you look at for ensuring you stay as healthy as my grandma: Continue reading

Indulge in street food guilt-free with this street food guide!

Nutritionally speaking, I know we always talk about how ghar ka khaana is like the healthiest food ever. It’s freshly prepared and is filled with dollops of maa ka pyaar 😊

But, our taste buds get bored when we are eating the same old roti-sabzi, dal-chawal or paratha. Are we right?

Bon happetee, always encourages you to pamper the foodie in you and with that line of thought, presents a street food guide, which will make you and your taste buds super-duper happy! Continue reading

Handy Guide To Portion control

We know what to eat and when to eat but do we understand the importance of portion control? Yes, portion control is an important ingredient of a balanced meal. The typical servings in today’s time have increased drastically. When you go out to restaurants, one dish doesn’t serve just one person, it’s ideally meant for more. Yet, more often than not we end up eating it all.

We may be eating all the right things but sometimes forget to consider its quantity.   Continue reading

Exercise and Eat Right for a Fitter You!

Exercise is King, Nutrition is Queen. Put them together and you have a kingdom. For you to climb to the zenith of fitness, you need to get that combination of exercise and nutrition spot on!

Exercising is not only about a slimmer waistline or ripped physique, but also about a lowered risk of lifestyle diseases and improved mood and energy levels. And to ensure that you are gaining maximum benefits from that grueling gym session, it is important to fuel your fitness with proper nutrition. Continue reading

Aaj khane mein kya hai?

As a working mother, the evening 6 ‘o’clock bell gave me a pit-in-the-stomach feeling almost every day as I dreaded that one question my munchkins threw at me as soon as I entered home, ‘What’s for dinner tonight mom?’. I wish I could run off to my mom too and just ask her the same question and just relax in her comfy abode! But the mother hen in me would be quick to spring back into action making me feel guilty and rush into the kitchen!!

Well, call it right or wrong, most of us have always pictured our moms as givers of love, attention and most importantly delicious food! Working moms or non working moms, food at home always has images of our moms. Dinner is the most important meal in most homes because its family time too. Every family wants tasty and different recipes every day.

As a mother you want to provide healthy food to your kids too. Along with healthy, it gets tough to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. Boring everyday food is dreaded not only by your kids but your partner too. If one kid loves ladies fingers, the other one hates it. So how do you mix and match to everyone’s likes and dislikes in a jiffy and provide something healthy, tasty and different every day? Continue reading

How to eat what you love with diabetes!

“Diabetes?! Oh, no!” This reaction is but natural. The minute you are detected with diabetes, your doctor inevitably will chuck out all sugar and naturally-sweet foods especially, mangoes, banana and pineapple as well as high-carb foods such as rice, pasta from your diet. In short, he is prescribing you the “Dreaded Diabetic Diet” which is no less than a nightmare if you love eating fruits, potatoes and can’t do without rice, isn’t it?

What if, we told you that there is no such thing as a Diabetic diet or that even with diabetes, you can relish mangoes in the swelter summers, custard apple during monsoon and the juicy grapes during winters?

Too sweet to be true? Continue reading

5 After Dinner Healthy Hacks

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to constant good health. Are you looking for a way to improve your health?

Just as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, dinner is also crucial as it fuels your body until breakfast. Eating a healthy meal before retiring for the day gives you a sound and restful sleep and also makes you feel good!

We all try to maintain a good lifestyle in order to keep our body fit and stay healthy. From avoiding carbs to loading up on proteins, we make sure we don’t end up having a heavy dinner. However, nearly all of us miss out on the post-meal math. More than the food we eat, it’s the after eating behavior that affects our digestion and therefore the calories we stock up after dinner. Before you begin to wonder, check out some easy things to do after dinner for optimal health. Continue reading

EAT A RAINBOW – THE SMART WAY OF EATING!

rainbow-plate-fajita

Imagine eating only dal-rice for several days! The thought itself is horrifying, isn’t it?

Just like our tongue, our eyes, nose etc. also participate actively when we eat our food. Hence, it is highly important that the food should appeal to all our senses, especially eyes! Because, according to a popular adage, ‘We eat with our eyes first’! Our meal should be enticing enough for our eyes to feel hungry. And the easiest way to do is by making our plate look colourful. Different colours have different effects on our eyes and soon enough, we will be relishing our food. However, the effect of colourful food items is not only limited to our eyes!

When I was a kid, my mom always ensured that my platter was colourful and her reason was completely different from the one stated above! Eating different colours of food is not only a treat to our eyes but also to our body!

Continue reading

TOH KUCHH MEETHA HO JAYE!!

Love vs chocolate 2

Have you eliminated yummy pedhas, delicious rasgullas, luscious jalebis from your life?  Do you find it difficult to resist scrummy desserts and pastries during parties? Have you substituted sugar with ‘sugar-free’?

If your answer for the above questions is ‘Yes’, here’s a last question for you –

Are you happy with such a restrictive attitude towards sweets?  Has it aided phenomenally in your weight loss journey?

And if your answer has now switched to ‘No’, you should definitely find out where you are going wrong!

Whenever we are trying to lose weight, sweets and desserts are the first things we stay away from. But do you know that a small serving of dessert everyday can really be beneficial for you? Yes, it’s true! If you have a small portion of sweets today, you won’t feel deprived and will be less tempted to hog on it tomorrow. Continue reading