HEALTH, self care, Skincare, Uncategorized

Let everyday be a DETOX. #INSTACUPPA #SUPERBLOGGERCHALLENGE @instacuppa

Detox water is one of the best ways to keep your weight loss game on track. Now, we all are aware of the fact that drinking lots of water or keeping yourself hydrated enough speeds up the body’s metabolism and thus helps with the weight loss.

Drinking plain water can become boring at times. Sometimes I feel nauseous if I drink too much of water. So why not add some natural ingredients to it to make it interesting and tasty at the same time. Wouldn’t it be better to drink water from a colourful jar or bottle.

We need detox water to flush out the toxins from our body. Adding fruits and veges and herbs to this water just speeds up the process as compared to drinking plain water.

There are certain rules I follow for my detox water recipes.

  • Add in cucumbers as much as possible. Cucumbers act as natural diuretics and so prevent water retention when had on a daily basis. They also have rehydrating properties.
  • Never forget the citrus component. It has fat burning enzymes and also helps the digestive tract. Plus it adds a nice flavour to the water.
  • Herbs are very important as they contain cleansing properties and also act as stress relievers. They contain anti-oxidants which help flush out toxins.

Lemon water– as simple as it sounds, lemon water is one the best detox drinks. Just add a few slices of lemon or lemon wedges to a pitcher, some mint leaves and some cucumber slices. Add lots of ice (this is optional) and fill it with water. Let it sit for atleast 2 to 3 hours. Ta-da…detox water is ready.

Watermelon love– I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t love watermelons. The red colour, the taste and added advantage of all that water makes it a go to fruit during the summers. So, I thought why to just eat it plain, and why not try a detox drink out of it. And let me tell you it tasted yum. It has become my go to detox water during summers. How to make it? Just add some watermelon pieces, some mint leaves, and a couple lemon slices (you can even add lemon juice instead of the slices). Add some crushed ice and top the jar or bottle with water. Let it sit for 3 to 4 hours and voila! Watermelon love is ready.

Twisty Lemon water– just combine lemon slices, rosemary and ginger in a jar. Top it all with crushed ice and water. And your twisty lemon water is ready to be consumed.

Fruit mix– so as the name suggests its not just one fruit that you will need. For this recipe you will need one pear, one orange and few strawberries, cut them all up into slices/ wedges. Add these to a pitcher alongwith some mint leaves and lemon wedges. Add in ice and water and let it sit for a couple of hours. Your fruit mix is ready to hydrate you through the day.

Berrylicious– you will need around one cup of blueberries, some rosemary and water. That’s all. Add in some crushed ice as well. Enjoy your berrylicious drink in those hot summers.

Detox green tea– yes, that’s right. Green tea can also be used in detox waters. You will need green tea (brew it like you always do or use green tea bags), lemon, honey, strawberries and cucumber. The first step is to brew your green tea as usual and then put it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to chill. To this add one lemon slice, 1 strawberry cut into pieces, 2 to 3 cucumber slices and a little honey. Stir well and add ice (optional). This can even be a great drink when you have your friends over.

Making your own detox water seems so easy, especially when at home. But what when you are travelling or you want to carry it to work or take it along when you have to wait outside your kids school to pick them up. INSTACUPPA comes to rescue at such times.  InstaCuppa Double Walled Borosilicate Glass Green Tea Detox Bottle 450 ML with Steel Infuser Unit. is your perfect partner. Not just for fruit infusion but this bottle can be used for tea infusion, coffee infusion or even as a simple glass bottle with a capacity of 450 ml. To top it all it comes with a thermal infusion, anti sweat neoprene sleeve, which makes carrying it around even easier. The infusion unit is made up of premium grade stainless steel and the bottle has an eco friendly leak proof silicon lining bamboo lid. The bottle is made up of double- walled borosilicate glass. This heat resistant material makes it ideal for making and carrying hot as well as cold detox teas/ brews. This is just too much of goodness in one product.

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INSTACUPPA has another option of their  InstaCuppa Vacuum Insulated Thermos Travel Mug 470 ML with Steel Infuser Unit. With a 1 click open/ close lid operation, anti slip silicon grip and powder coated matte finish, this mug looks sleek as well as stylish. Health as well as style. It can keep beverages hot for upto 6 hours and cold for upto 12 hours. Oh wait! It can also fit in your car cup holder, gym bag and even your back pack.

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So no more excuses. Get the healthy detox water in and kick the stubborn fat out.

Drink more water- your skin, hair, mind and body will than you for a lifetime.

Do read my detailed post on the benefits of green tea and how it helped me here https://motherlymess.site/2019/02/13/in-a-committed-relationship-with-green-tea-how-it-has-helped-me/

#INSTACUPPA #SUPERBLOGGERCHALLENGE @instacuppa

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HEALTH, self care, Uncategorized

In a committed relationship with green tea- how it has helped me #superbloggerchallenge #instacuppa

I believe, chai is the most consumed beverage in the indian household. I need my cup of masala chai first thing in the morning. Its like that stimulant to kickstart my day. And like most of us, I enjoy my tea with lots of milk and a little sugar. Now I am a person who cannot have my chai just like that. I need something to munch on with it. And usually what goes best with masala chai is biscuits (to be specific- ParleG), cookies, toast/ rusk and sometimes even namkeens. And all of these are the problematic part. They were definitely not helping with my fitness journey. I mean, you cant stop at one biscuit/ cookie/ rusk/ one spoon of namkeen right?

Now, my body has a low metabolic rate. It takes me a lot to get it up to lose those extra calories and unwanted fat. In all these years i have tried lots of tips and tricks to get the metabolism going, but all in vain. So, finally in September 2018 after a lot of speculation, i decided to go with the green tea trend. I had once had a cup of green tea at my dad’s office and i hated the taste, and so i was avoiding it all this while. Initially, the effects of green tea were not visible/ were minimal. I thought this trick also failed. But to my surprise a couple of weeks later, the resukts were quite visible. I was surprised, as to how drinking just 2 cups of this magic drink could help so much.

Lets dig in to “HOW HAVING GREEN TEA CHANGED MY LIFE”.

I started with 2 cups of green tea in a day (morning, evening).

  • The first good thing that happened was that i quit eating all those sugary biscuits and namkeens. I automatically started looking for healthy snacking options. I realised, i enjoyed them only with my masala chai and secondly, I understood that they were completely unwanted.
  • Increased metabolism– This was what I needed for my fitness journey to be successful. It not only increased the metabolism but also the fat burning process. Earlier i used to eat meals because the clock told me that it was time to. But now, i started feeling hungry. This led me to eat at 3 to 4 hourly intervals, which also aided the body metabolism.
  • Fluid retention– Whenever i am on my period, i notice fluid retention. Or even if i sit for too long or long road travels always gave me swelled feet. The natural diuretic properties of the green tea helped me with that and now no more fluid retention. Though i wish i had vaccum insulated thermos and travel mugs so I could carry my brew with me on road journeys (as that problem still persists).
  • Improved energy levels– The caffiene content in the green tea acts as  a stimulant. So, this was the perfect stimulant i needed every morning, plus it also improved my exercise performance. I could do more as compared to earlier. I could run. I am not a runner, but wanted to include it in my exercise regime. Having green tea especially before my workout in the evening helped improve my stamina. I so want to try the green tea smoothies, but the problem carry along remains. I need to get the perfect thermoc or travel mug.
  • Reduced belly fat– Subcutaneous fat is the most problematic fat. it leads to life threatening diseases like diabetes, heart problems etc. The flavanoids and catechins in the green tea specifically target this kind of fat. and the most common problematic area is the belly fat. Its been almost 5 months since i started having this tea and i have already lost around 2 inches of belly fat. I know its not much, but as they say something is better than nothing. I know this is not the end, i have a long way to go. but these results is what keeps me motivated.
  • Glowing skin– Having an oily skin gives me loads of problems (pores, acne, blackheads, pigmentation etc.). Thanks to green tea, my problems have reduced. The anti oxidants and free radicals present in the tea help in minimizing the pores and so lesser dirt deposition and lesser acne and pimples. It also repairs the damage caused by the harmful UVA and UVB radiations. Wet green tea bags when applied over the eyes, also helps reduce the undereye puffiness and dark circles. All of its anti inflammatory and anti bacterial properties is what gives you a healthy, clear and glowing skin.

From being hesitant to try green tea to having a committed relationship with it- I have come a long way. There are times when i am on the go and miss carrying it along, but i never miss a cup when at home. I know getting hold of it is easy at any cafe or restaurant, but let me tell you, i hate the taste of those tea bags. Over these past couple of months, i have tried some organic green tea leaves and believe me you, they taste much better. I like brewing my own green tea, the whole process makes me happy, that colour and aroma itself makes me feel fresh. Only if i had a vaccum insulated thermos/ travel mug to carry it along. WELL INSTACUPPA has the solution InstaCuppa Vacuum Insulated Thermos Travel Mug 470 ML with Steel Infuser Unit. This BPA and Lead free high quality heat resistant glass is ideal for carrying both hot and cold detox brews. It also has a bamboo lid which makes it air tight so its even better.

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‘ A cup of green tea makes everything better’… 

 

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Parenthood, Uncategorized, WOMEN ISSUES

GOPI & GEET- A DAY IN THEIR LIFE

Its 6:00 AM, my alarm beeps. I snooze it and catch up on 15 more minutes of sleep. My second alarm goes off at 6:15 AM, I want to sleep more but its time to wake up! I stretch a little and enter T’s room to wake her up. it takes me around 20 more minutes to get her on her feet. Meanwhile my 2 year old toddler ‘P’ wakes up Gopi. I start preparing breakfast and tiffin in the kitchen while Gopi gets ‘T’ bathed and ready for school. Once i am done i take charge of the kids and Gopi rushes to get ready for the office. I lay down the breakfast on the table and rush down with the kids to catch the school bus. Like every day, ‘P’ insists on playing on the swings and in the sand pit. It has become a daily ritual for us now. and as i turn back i see Gopi leaving for office.

Its 9:00 AM, we are back home and ‘P’ asks for his milk. After having his milk he insists on playing with the blocks and dolls. I settle him on his play mat and finally make myself a cup of hot tea. Thats when i realised that i forgot to have my morning glass of warm water (MENTAL NOTE: kal se pucca, will jot it down in the to-do-list). I scroll through my social media as I sip my tea and watch my son play. Its now time to go through the to-do-list for the day. I make a mental note of all that needs to be done and add a few things here and there in the list and stick it on the fridge. Well, did i mention my “DRINK WATER” post its that i have through out the house, because i often forget that as well, with all the housework and work assignments.

‘P’ starts getting cranky as he is hungry again. Its time for breakfast. I reheat the Poha and we enjoy it with some tea in our balcony. He loves to look at the birds, cars, buses and people passing by while having his breakfast in the high chair. Finally after all the messy eating and some more play I bathe ‘P’ and put him down for his nap. PHEW…I go through all my work mails and pending assignmets while he naps (Oh i am a architect by the way and i freelance). While completing my work i catch up with my mother and MIL, and then have a bath.

Its 1 PM and the bell rings. Its our househelp. As usual she gives me a disgusted look and enters the kitchen. As usual, i ignore her looks and instruct her what all needs to be chopped for lunch and the evening snack. I love cooking. It takes me another hour to prepare lunch and prep for the evening snack. Oh look ‘P’ is up from his nap and is hungry. I feed him lunch and some water and he wants a story. So, i read him a story. While doing so, the maid leaves the house, again giving me a disgusted look as always. After reading the story 5 times, i decide to settle him for some cartoon time while i could have my lunch peacefully. Post lunch I decide to lie down next to him while he enjoys his cartoon, but he decides that he wants to jump on me and wants me to play.

My 4:00 PM alarm goes off and its time to go downstairs as ‘T’ comes back from school. I help her change her clothes, we talk about her day at school and she insists on doing an activity kit on her own. I let her have some “me time” while i keep the toddler busy. Its 5:30 PM and time to make some tea. The kids want their snack too. Its vegetable tikki today. The bell rings and the kids rush towards the door. Its Gopi! Gopi is showered with kisses and hugs from the kids (makes me jealous sometimes). Soon enough the maid is here. I ask Gopi and the kids what they want for dinner and instruct the maid accordingly. Dinner is prepared while we sip our tea in the kitchen and discuss about our day. As the clock struck 6, the kids insist on going down to play. Both I and Gopi go down with them and stroll around the park a little while watching the them play.

Finally its time for my dance class. Gopi takes ‘P’ back home while ‘T’ continues playing with her friends. And after 1 hour of exhausting Bollyfit lessons and exercise, I rush back home with ‘T’. The kids keep away all their toys in place and we all have our dinner. We take charge of one kid each (usually its Gopi and P and Me and T) and manage to put them to bed by 9 PM. And alas, we enjoy some “us” time. Somewhere around 11 PM we doze off to sleep. Oh wait!!! I forgot to soak rajma for tomorrows lunch, and the school uniform needs ironing too, i need to soak the clothes as well, Oh and i need to check whether is enough milk in the fridge for the night as ‘P’ wakes up for his feed at 2 AM.

OK! 12 AM and i can finally go to bed. I promise tomorrow will be a better day and I promise myself to take out some “me” time from my schedule. and yes, i need to join the gym too.

GN diary and TC.

Geet’s journal (Father to 2 and husband to a working wife & mom. Well, why else do you think the maid gives me disgusted looks? And yeah i know the dance class part and chatting to mom and MIL part must have made you think that i am the wife. But I am here to break the stereotypes, I am here to make a change. I am proud of the fact that Geet works from home while Gopi goes to office. I am proud that our parents never discriminated between me and my sister and I am here to raise my children the way i was raised.

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