Pre-Conception Diet Make Over

A healthy body ensures a healthy pregnancy. Taking steps to improve your health during pregnancy is great but improving it even before you plan to get pregnant is the catch! For this, one needs to plan in advance about how to work on health even before planning for a baby.

Research says that 1 in every 8 pregnancy is an unplanned one. This has resulted in an increased rate of preterm birth, health issues at birth, over or under-weight babies at birth. Thus, planning is a crucial aspect that decides health of the mother and baby to a larger extent.

Before knowing how to plan your nutrition one must understand that making time for exercise, getting enough sleep and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are vital aspects of preparing for pregnancy and that you cannot miss anyone of the former while you plan for pregnancy. It is also important to understand that preparing for pregnancy is not a one month thing; it’s a planning for 6 months to a year before you think of getting pregnant. 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

EATING FOR TWO: DIET FOR A HEALTHY PREGNANCY!

Pregnancy Nutrition is essential to a healthy baby. Without a doubt, a well balanced eating plan can be one of the best gifts you can give to your developing baby. A healthy wholesome eating plan can not only keep you feeling healthy during pregnancy but also pave the way for an easier labor. It also helps to establish essential building blocks of growth and overall health of your child.

Your body will gain weight during your pregnancy which is proof that your body is nurturing your growing baby. By the time you are ready to deliver the baby your total blood volume will increase by as much as 60%, your milk production will be optimum, your uterus will grow to accommodate your baby who will grow 2-4 kgs (on an average). Thus, to accomplish this, the body needs that extra wholesome nutritious dose of food to lay the ground for these productive changes. Continue reading

Post Pregnancy Weight Loss and Beyond!

Having a baby is a beautiful experience and you find your world revolving around your baby. Now that your baby is here, you have a lot to think and do. In addition to this, you are eager to look like your old self again or even better than before.

The number one thing you must have is a certain amount of patience with your body. It took you nine months to get there and what you eat now affects the quality of nourishment you give to your baby through lactation. It may sound strange, but going on an official “diet” could derail your post-pregnancy weight loss goals and affect the nourishment of your baby. Continue reading

Meal hacks for a picky eater

Are your meal times always spent running here and there trying in vain to make your fussy kid eat? Do you have to bribe, scream or bully him in order to get a few bites of healthy food inside his system?

Then you’re not alone, welcome to the group of frustrated moms of picky eaters! Tantrums, tears and drama and bickering are a common sight in many households where there are fussy kids. To feed them a normal, healthy meal is a dilemma for every mother. These toddlers are too small to understand the importance of a healthy meal.

Some of them might only want to eat a food of a particular colour where as some may only want to eat chips, fries and chocolates. Your child may be willing to eat his veggies but if they’ve touched something else on the plate then the dinner gets completely ruined. And, not getting proper nutrition or staying hungry makes him cranky, easily irritated and prone to diseases. Continue reading

A how-to-guide to educate your kids about healthy eating

Watching your kids gorge on chocolates and fries the whole day long could be a mom’s worst nightmare! Though the importance of healthy eating has been doing the rounds in schools lately, you would rarely find a mom happily boasting about how her kids make healthy choices. It certainly is a battle everyday for a mother to manage to push in some dose of healthy food into her kids’ systems.

The media is also responsible for misguiding the children by selling off junk food under false illusions. The attractive covers misquoting that they are full of healthy goodness are enough to tempt the little kids. It’s very tough for a mother to explain the contrary to her kids especially when they come running to tell her that so and so brand of noodles is now healthy and tasty too. So how do we as mothers win our battle over the junk food funda? How do we instill the right food and wrong food idea into their little minds?

Well, it’s easy! Read on further on how to educate your kids about healthy eating: 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

Game of the aisles: How the choices you make at the supermarket impacts your health?

Every week or fortnight, you visit the supermarket, you go through the aisles and put products in your cart. But, when you get home, you realize that you have bought foods that you had never intended to buy in the first place. You also realize that there are foods sitting in your bags which are not healthy and you don’t even remember picking them up. Sorry to burst your little bubble, but it was YOU who actually picked them up, put them in your cart and paid for them.

Try to remember when you walked past the aisle that stocked chocolate spreads, how it made you weak in the knees and called you out to pick it up; and you did. Or when you tasted instant noodles in your mouth by just looking at the bright yellow packet. See, this was how those unhealthy food items landed up in your shopping bags.

Believe me, we have all been there and it is not because of your lack of determination entirely.

You have been played! Continue reading

It’s Summer! It’s Time For Mangoes!

Children love summers for two specific reasons – summer vacations and mangoes.

As grown-ups, stepping into the humdrum of professional lives, while we can kiss the 2-month summer break goodbye, there is no need for us to give up on our favourite fruit – Mangoes. Beneath their sweet luscious taste, mangoes contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that assure your optimum health thus rightfully earning the title of ‘King of Fruits’. Continue reading