carbs, carbohydrates

I read in a magazine to reduce weight, cut down carbs. It is unhealthy! It is your enemy! It should be banned! Have we not heard of these in different languages and emotions?

To be honest, carbohydrates or carbs, as they are called,  is also your friend. The right intake of carbs will keep you healthy.

Healthy Carbs. No Way!

Carbs can be found in typical foods such as sugar in the form of fruits, vegetables and milk. If you have thought sugar is just your typical table sugar it is not so. Sugar is found in almost all forms of food, vegetables and fruits and your body needs sugar everyday. The right amount of sugar will help your body.

Another great way to consume carbs is eating rice, beans, peas and grains. If you don’t like starchy food, then fiber is another way to get going. Fiber such as peas, soya etc are just perfect.

What exactly does carbs do for you? (apart from adding the dreaded weight)

The Human body every second burns energy. Any activity be it running a marathon or lifting your pinkie finger burns energy and carbs provide the energy. And yes, even your breathing.

Another good deed that carbs do silently is, it, prevents diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and keeps obesity at bay. It also helps in indigestion and keeps cholesterol under control including the weight. Carbs helps in reducing or controlling weight if eaten properly.

A proper diet of fruits, veggies, fiber rich food actually helps in weight loss.

How much is too bad?

To even breathe and just be lazy you need 1300 calories a day. If you are active, atleast 3000 calories are needed. So, on an average, a person would require 2000 calories a day and carbs should ideally supply about 45 to 65 percent of this. Any calorie intake above 1200 for a lazy lifestyle is too bad.

A dietician or a nutritionist would be ideal to recommend your daily diet keeping other factors in mind.

Overall, it is all important to stick to a fiber rich veggie and fruits diet including whole grains, legumes and low fat dairy products.

A word of advice – just avoid added sugar products. They do more harm than good except taste heavenly in desserts and colas plus ensure fat all over the body that you would blame on carbs.

February 23, 2017

Eat right to sleep tight

good and healthy sleep

Everyone loves to have their 8 hours of beauty and healthy sleep but rare is it to get someone sleeping for 8 hours!

For the few lucky ones who sleep like a baby, research has proven that what they eat at night before sleep makes all the difference. Yes, there is a connection between food and sleep and there is proven research to substantiate the same.

Let us now take a look at what to eat to get a good night of sleep:

A diet rich in fiber and non-fiber carbs can help you sleep better. A few vegetables like cauliflower,broccoli, cabbage, peas,  oatmeal, whole wheat pasta and a host of fiber rich food and fruits available in the market will ensure you healthy sleep and also digest the food overnight for a trouble morning.

Incidentally, warm milk and crackers ensure a good night sleep too.

Now one may ask – Why boring fiber?

Fiber is one essential need for the body that surprisingly never digests in any form but yet helps in lowering cholesterol, blood glucose to a trouble-free morning toilet!

What to avoid for a good night’s sleep

Sugar in any form should be avoided. Its good to have fruits such as bananas and cherries but bad to have them before sleeping. Bananas have 19 grams of sugar and cherries have 18 grams which can definitely keep you awake for a longer period of time. Have these rich sugar diet foods in the day time so that your body can release energy over a breakfast or a lunch.

Others that may keep you wide awake are fatty high-protein snacks, burgers, fries, alcohol, cola, coffee and a whole lot more.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, Americans aged between 18-64 consume three 12 ounce caffeinated beverages on a weekday. Now, that is a whole lot of energy to burn I would say!

Post your comments to have a trouble-free healthy sleep and a good morning!

Six best eats for healthy hair

Sometimes, “lather, rinse, repeat” isn’t enough to keep strands shiny and soft. Your hair needs to be nurtured from within to look its best.

Incorporate these healthy eats into your daily diet and get ready to say goodbye to dull, drab strands

Water

Adequate water intake is necessary for hair cells to transport nutrients and vitamins to the hair root. Hydrated hair is happy hair!

Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids are a powerhouse of nutrients when it comes to giving you a good hair day. Munch on flaxseeds and walnuts to add shine to your hair, and also fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and herring to boost your omega intake as well.

Dark green veggies

Veggies are one of the best things you can incorporate into your diet for overall health. Leafy green vegetables like spinach and broccoli are an excellent source of iron and calcium.

Whole grains

This fiber-filled food can be considered “Queen Bee” when it comes to hair-healthy foods! Whole wheat bread, fortified cereals increase your hair’s growth rate; also give your body vitamin B, which promote happy strands by boosting your red blood cell count

Greek yoghurt

Containing both calcium and protein, it can help lengthen and thicken your hair. Greek yogurt can provide about three times as much protein compared to regular yoghurt.

Coconut oil

This oil is good for almost anything! Not only can you add coconut oil into your daily diet, but you can also add it right onto your hair! Run it through your hair, and let it sit for about 30 minutes before taking a shower. The fatty acids in the oil bind to the protein in hair and protect both the roots and strands of hair from breakage.

December 26, 2016

Eat to look young

What to eat to look young, avoid aging

Aging is not an option, not for anyone. It is how gracefully we handle the process and how lucky we are, as the process handles us. – Cindy McDonald

We believe that you can fight aging from within by eating the right kinds of nutrients and foods. We have complied a list of 5 nutrients you should include in your daily diet.

  1. Vitamin C

Foods with vitamin C like oranges, capsicum, broccoli, pomegranates, and tomatoes, help produce collagen, which in turn makes your skin soft and supple. Oranges especially, contain 87% water, which hydrates your skin.

  1. Omega Fatty Acids

Omega fatty acids – be it -3, -6, or -9 also keeps the skin free from wrinkles. Some important sources include walnuts, salmon, flaxseeds, avocado, coconut oil, chia seeds (tulsi seeds), and berries.

  1. Amino Acids

Amino acids are found in protein sources and help repair the collagen and elasticity in the skin. Some sources of amino acids include eggs, meat, lentils, pulses, nuts, and seeds.

  1. Antioxidants

The more antioxidants, the better for your skin! Vegetables like spinach, kale, and other green, leafy vegetables contain beta-carotene and lutein, which improve skin elasticity. Additionally, blueberries provide your skin with extra protection from emotional stress and harmful sun exposure.

  1. Fermented Foods

Probiotics that are present in fermented foods put the good bacteria into the gut, which makes the skin healthier. Some fermented foods include yogurt, kimchi, kefir, dosa, and idli.

Let us know your experiences with eating these foods and comment below.