HEALTH, self care, Uncategorized

Healthy eating habits to follow in 2019

Since its New year’s soon, most of us must have started making their New Years Resolution lists. And one of the most common resolution is “getting fit and starting to eat healthy”. But somehow, our resolutions last only for a couple of months, like our gym visits. This is because we usually look for or turn towards short term and short cut measures to achieve them. And not just as a new year’s resolution, but lot many of us decide to eat healthy every now and then and lose our way soon.

What we don’t realise is, that eating healthy is a ‘lifestyle change’. It should be such that you can follow easily and that lasts you the entire year.

Developing sustainable habits is very important in this journey. Most of our eating habits are established during our childhood, but that doesn’t mean we can’t change them later in life. As I always say, ‘getting fit & eating healthy’ is a conscious effort. It takes a lot of work and time as well.

Here are a few pointers that have helped me with my healthy eating journey over the past year.

Plan ahead- until last year I never planned our meals ahead. So many a times, when you cant decide what to cook, we ended up ordering outside food. This not only burns a hole in your pockets, but stocks up on unnecessary calories on you. This was the first step that I took on my healthy eating journey. To start with, I started to meal plan for the next 2 days. When I succeeded in following that, I started planning for the entire week. So, after stocking up on the groceries, I sit down and plan all the meals for the whole week or you can even do it the other way around, plan your meals and then stock up on groceries accordingly, and post it on the fridge. So every morning I know what all I have to prep for the day. This will help you staying away from junk. Having a break once in a while is ok and needed too. But for the most part of the week, follow as planned.

Maintain a food journal/ app- to be honest I am not very good at this. I always end up missing days together. But if you do this religiously, it helps a lot. Every night, before going to bed, note down what all you have eaten that entire day. Do this for a week. At the end of the week, REFLECT on those notes. It will give you an account what all bad and good food choices you made and where you need to cut down. This is especially helpful with snacking.
Read the labels on packaged foods- packaged foods contain high amounts of preservatives, fats, sugar, salts, man made food colourings and other chemicals. These foods aim at convenience and lack the necessary nutrients and fibres.

Mindful Stocking up of groceries- stock up on everything fresh (fruits and vegetables). Stock up on pulses and other wholesome foods. Do not get any fried foods or ready to eat or 2-minute foods. I know we crave for these things when we want to snack on something. But when it won’t be available to you, you will look to other healthy food choices. Snack on cucumbers and carrots, include nuts in your daily diet. This point has worked best for me. I always ended up eating French fries and smileys as snacks. But now when I don’t see them, I don’t crave for them. As I read somewhere “Put the treats out of sight and the fruit bowl on the counter”.

Cook often- cook as much as possible. Home cooked food is any time better and nutritious than packaged or take-home food. If you are not able to cook every day, do all the meal prep once or twice a week. This will save up on cooking time plus and you will eat home cooked healthy food. You can even play with spices and flavours according to your palette. Plus it’s the best way to know what’s on your plate and in your system.

Mindful eating- it is your foundation for adapting healthy eating. Be aware of what you are eating/ what you are putting in your mouth. This is very important for making healthy food choices. Never eat in front of the TV or while scrolling on the phone. Stay away from any sort of distraction and pay more attention to what you are putting on your plate. You will automatically stop eating when full and will feel more satisfied.
Eating slowly- I remember, my father telling me as a child, that I need to chew every bite 32 times. He used to tell me no. of times= no. of teeth. Now, I realise that he was making sure that eat slowly. This helps in proper break down and digestion of the food. Plus, it also makes us aware of our hunger levels. Gobbling up the entire food mindlessly is a bad habit. You will end up eating more than what your body wants or needs. Pause before taking a bite, and chew slowly & intentionally.

Eat 5 to 6 meals a day- instead of eating your whole meal at once, and gobbling it up to clear your plate, divide your food portions. Like for example you are used to eating 2 rotis for lunch, so make a change by eating 1 at lunch and the other 2 to 3 hours later. Eating small and frequent meals helps keep the body metabolism up, which is very important for getting fit and weight loss. This will also help you to control your portion sizes.

Eat all the colours/ seasonal fruits- every fruit & vegetable has a different colour because of the constituting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants etc. and each of these have a specific role to play. So it is very important that we fill our plates with all the available colours. This way, we get more variation nutrient wise. Plus, the colourful presentation will be interesting to eat. It will also give you an opportunity to try new food groups.

Water first- I have personally realised, that lot many times, when we feel that we are hungry or we have the urge to put something in our mouth for no reason whatsoever, we are actually thirsty. Drinking a glass of water before eating anything, will help you in such situations. And trust me, I have tried this and it has turned out to be true most of the times. Water is an essential for life. It is required for absorption, digestion and transportation of nutrients, it is also needed for removal of body wastes and regulating body temperature. So use this method to stay hydrated.

Eat early/ at least 2 hours before bed time- post dinner the usual thing we do is lie down on the bed. And since there is no or very less physical activity post dinner, our food is burned and digested properly. Plus we feel full and groggy the next morning. The best way to avoid this is to have a minimum of 2hours gap post your dinner. What I usually do is, I try and complete my 10k steps during this time. So I either take my kids out to gaze at the stars and moon, or I do some chores for the next day like soaking the nuts for the morning etc. the idea behind it is not to sleep immediately post meals.

Snacking- Snacking is the best way to curb our cravings and also doesn’t let us starve. With our daily office work, household chores, kids etc. we forget to keep a tab of what and when we have eaten, often leading to starving and then we give in to unhealthy cravings. Snacking throughout the day and especially in between meals will keep us from staving. Snack on healthy options like nuts, fruits, carrots and cucumbers with hummus, fox nuts, puffed rice etc.

HEALTH, self care, Uncategorized

lifestyle changes for a happy & healthy life

Life is a race. Every year each one of us makes a new year resolution to stay healthy and happy. But how many of us actually succeed in accomplishing those? To be happy and healthy does not require lot of money and time- just a little desire and motivation. It is difficult to change ingrained habits, but if we work gradually then the chances of achieving those goals are higher. Practicing small lifestyle changes like the following in our daily routine can transform our life and give it a new perspective.

Early to bed early to rise- we all are used to using our phones and tablets or watch tv till the last minute before we fall asleep. This in turn causes disturbed or inadequate sleep. You often wake up tired and leads to a stressful day ahead. So, instead turn off your devices one to 2 hours before bedtime and get a nice and sound 6 to 7 hours of sleep. Wake up fresh and have a great day ahead.

Have plenty of water- have a glass of warm water first thing after you wake up. It helps to wake you up and your body as well. If you can remember to have a glass of water every 1 to 2 hours then its fine. But if you are someone like me, who sucks at that, then download a water reminder app. Drinking at least 2 to 3 litres of water everyday is very necessary. We need to keep our body hydrated. If it goes into dehydration you are bound to have headaches and stay groggy through out the day. And we need to avoid that.

Eat fresh and local food- Every week go visit the local market and get fresh supplies. Get in a habit of cooking your own meals. If you are unable to do so everyday, prepare your food in a batch every Sunday, so you automatically wont eat unhealthy. Throw away all that junk and packaged food. The best way is to not get it in the house in the first place. When you don’t have it in your reach, you would not crave for it. Eat all seasonal fruits and vegetable. There is a reason why you get them in a particular season. Get in a habit of planning out your meals in advance. So this way you know what you need to get from the stores. And try not to put packaged food in your trolley. And, this is very important, never skip any meal. Especially your breakfast. It should be filling and of course healthy so as to avoid cravings through out the day. Also get in to the habit of eating every 2 to 3 hours. This helps maintain blood sugar levels and keeps up the body metabolism.

Planning- Plan out your next day today. Invest in a good to do list and scheduler or planner. Some people can do it for the entire week and someone like me does it every night only for the next day. You can even find many apps for the same in your play store. Go through this list every morning while sipping your water or morning tea. So automatically your brain prepares itself for what lies ahead. Plus you don’t need to stress about things. And this includes planning for food as well. I, usually make two lists. 1 is a to do list with all that I plan to accomplish in a week and the 2nd is a daily planner wherein I chalk out my tasks for the entire day. This includes my blog, other social media, household chores and stuff related to kids. Trust me, this helps a lot in getting hold of your daily life. And so less stress and happier you.

Get your ass off that couch- Get moving honey! Sitting on that couch is not gonna help any way. Start exercising. It might be something as simple as a brisk walk. But do it every day. As we all know we need to do at least 10k steps everyday. Start with a small goal of say 3k steps and gradually go up to 10k. But this doesn’t mean you do 3k steps in one single go. No!!! You have to be active through out the day. Choose zumba or aerobics or bollywood dancing. But make sure to sweat it out. Exercising daily leaves you with lesser lethary and more energy. It makes you feel good about yourself. People having desk jobs should make it a point to take a break and leave the desk every couple of hours. Take a small walk, or Just do some stretching exercises near your desk.

Practice gratitude- everyday before going to bed, think about the best thing that happened to you that day. And be thankful for that. Be thankful for the everyday small things that we often take for granted. Practicing gratitude makes you happy like nothing else can.

Self care- everyday make sure to take out a little time only for yourself. Even 10 mins in your happy place with a cup of tea/ coffee is enough. Stand in front of the mirror and praise yourself. Every day say good things to yourself. Go to a spa or a movie or a dinner date or just chill at home. We need to nourish ourselves to be able to do that to others. Love yourself the way you do to others, or maybe more than that.

Declutter- get rid of all the excess baggage that we usually carry around with us. Declutter your closet, kitchen, house and your mind. Make room for more light, fresh air and happy thoughts. Practice positivity in your life. Give your surroundings and your Mind that much needed makeover and see that glow on your face.

Get away from haters- say goodbye to all those you put you down, who say and do bad things for you. Don’t let anybody take you for granted. Haters are gonna hate, no matter how nice you are to them. So isn’t it better to chuck them out of your life. Surround yourself with people who know you for the good in you, people who uplift you and friends who stuck with you even during your worst times.

Small things great joys- This is one thing that I always say that we need to learn from kids ‘Appreciating small things’. With the aim of achieving higher goals, we often forget our smaller goals. Unknowingly we ignore the small everyday joys that come our way. And so we miss out on many important moments in life. We should learn to appreciate these small things to stay happy. Achieving the bigger goal is going to take time, till then soak in these small joys and stay happy.

Learn to say no- Whether its unhealthy food or toxic people. Learn to say no. Often we do things just for someone else’s happiness and in the process upset ourselves. We have to stop that. We stay in a relationship with someone only because they need us, but we ignore the fact that that very person is hurting us constantly. Break away from such people. it might be someone from your family or a friend or your boss. Say no when someone offers you unhealthy food. Practicing this is difficult, but is for our best in the long run.

“Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change..”

Product reviews, self care, Skincare, WOMEN ISSUES

Sirona’s therapeutic body wash

👉This body wash is a super food for the skin with real exotic oils with anti- oxidants, anti- inflammatory and therspeutic properties.

✅Ingredients like CRANBERRY OIL, JOJOBA OIL, WHEATGERM OIL, SEABUCKTHORN OIL, TASMANIAN PEPPER FRUIT etc.

✅Helps deal with dirt, suntan/ sun burn, rashes, skin itching, and body odour.

🤗This body wash has been a great rescue for me for dealing with body odour. I, sweat a lot. Even in winters i sweat like crazy. As a result i have to bathe atleast 2 times a day in winters and 3 times in summers. I have always been conscious about this problem. I wish i knew about this body wash back in college, it would have saved several trips to the hostel in summers.🤗

😎It has a very calming smell and lathers up pretty well. Since you require only about 2 pumps for every wash, this 200 ml bottle is going to last you for quite sometime. Plus it has a shelf life of 2 years.

✅ It can also be used as a intimate wash, especially during your periods.

✅It consists 100% natural vegetable oils and is free of paraben, sulphates and chemicak actives.

✅Suitable for all agre groups, skin types and both men and women.

✅✅Overall i am liking this product. Will i buy this again? Definitely. If this reduces my bathing trips to just 1 or 2, then definitely. You can buy this product from amazon.in

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self care, Skincare

MAMAEARTH- HAIRCARE ROUTINE

Ever since the birth of my son in march 2017, I had been experiencing the worst hair fall ever. During my pregnancy my hormones blessed with the best hair I could think of and then they decided to ditch me. I was so scared of even combing my hair. I remember my maid telling me once that there are more of hair strands on the floor that dust and kids mess.

That was when I decided that I had to do something about it before going bald.

That is when a friend recommended mamaearth and I love her for that. I started using their argan hair mask and I could see reduced hair fall in just the second wash. A few months back I started using their other hair products also and I am so happy I did. In todays post I will be sharing my experience with you all. And are super gentle on the skin and hair. Plus all of them smell great!!!

To begin with, all mamaearth products are dermatologically tested, suit all hair types, have no silicones and are phthalates free, dye free, paraben free and SLS free. These are made up of 100% natural ingredients

ARGAN HAIR MASK– this has to be the most hydrating and nourishing hair mask I have ever used. I could see the results in the second wash itself. It can be used both as a leave in conditioner and rinse off conditioner. I use it twice a week as a rinse off conditioner. The Argan oil, avocado oil, milk protein and curd extract present in the mask effectively reduce hair fall, repair damaged hair and soothe the scalp thus promoting new hair growth. This was the first mamaearth hair product that I tried and since then there is no looking back.

ROOT RESTORE HAIR OIL– with the goodness of rosemary oil, bhringraj oil & vitamin E. I have been using this oil thrice a week in my routine. It is recommended that we apply it at least 30 minutes before a head wash, but I usually apply it at least 2 to 3 hours prior to my head bath. I massage it for a good 10 to 15 minutes into the scalp and then wrap a moist towel for 15 to 20 minutes for maximum effects. The rosemary oil and bhringraj oil have really helped in strengthening mu hair roots. My hair fall has reduced drastically. plus, the vitamin E has given me an added effect of nourished hair and is reducing the dryness of the scalp and hair as well especially in this weather. I am really happy with the results and I would recommend all you mamas out there to give it a try as well.

HAPPY HEADS SHAMPOO- is very efficient in cleansing the scalp and that too in just 1 application. Earlier I used to shampoo my hair twice like once to clean the scalp and 2nd time to wash off the hair. But with this shampoo I am done with just 1 application. It lathers up really well and leaves your scalp squeaky clean. It has this amazing fresh smell to it that makes me want to use it every day. I use lukewarm water to wash it off. My hair feels so soft once dry. It nourishes pretty well in this dry weather. Though I have a oily scalp, my hair lengths tend to get dry and frizzy in this weather, but now NO MORE!!!

NO MORE TANGLES CONDITIONER- Tangles are one of the major reasons for hair breakage and split ends. The Vitamin B5 in this conditioner, strengthens the hair follicles and removes dead skin cells as well, thus leaving a healthy scalp. The cocoa butter and milk protein give that added nourishment to the hair and makes them soft and shiny. For added results wrap a moist towel over after applying the conditioner and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before washing off the conditioner. Your fingers/ comb will slide smoothly through your hair post drying them. No more tangles you see..

P.S. I have received the best compliments for my hair ever since I have started using these products. And that includes my hair stylist (you know how these salon people have a habit of saying not so good things about your skin and hair at every visit). Also, all my family and friends who used these products on my recommendation are so happy with the results.

Mamaearth products are available online on nykaa, amazon and mamaearth.in

Go get yours NOW!!!

DIY/ Craft, Parenthood, Product reviews

XPLORABOX- FUN & EDUCATIONAL KIT

Xplorabox is a educational activity subscription box for kids 2 to 8 years old.
This is a theme based box with fun, exciting and easy to do projects, diy’s and a story book.

✅The various activities aim at developing the motor, social and cognitive skills of the child.

👉We received a box for the age group 6 to 8 years old and the theme was SPACE ADVENTURE.

👉The activities in our box are-
1. Aliens face race (2 player game)
2. Space ball (2 player game)
3. Space path game (DIY activity)
4. Create your telescope (DIY activity)
5. Story book- A space adventure

✅The instructions for each game and activity is super easy to understand. So much so that the other day my almost 7 year old (4 months to go) did the space path activity on her own the other day.

✅Each activity helps in learning various things. For example, the space path activity taught her the names of the planets and that Saturn has rings and also about magnets.

🤗The product quality is good as well.

🤗These activities keep the child engaged for quite some time. So lesser screen time.

🤗We really loved the space ball game. Infact I was more interested in tossing the ball into the holes. And mind you its not easy.

🤗The alien face game is another favourite. It helps develop observation skills, hand eye coordination, motor and cognitive skills. All you need is good observation skills and quick eyes to win the game.

🤗The telescope did need a little help from our side, but mostly she did it on her own.

Overall I loved the box.

Ever since I have had my younger one, I haven’t been able to prepare DIY’s for my elder one. And whenever I do, giving her the needed time becomes difficult sometimes. This box is a savior in these situations. No prepping plus she can do it on her own.
I have found this to be a great way to keep her busy.
Good work xplorabox !!

To get yours click on this 👇 link

https://www.xplorabox.com/

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