October 31, 2015

10 Tips to Manage your Weight - Before Diwali for a Weight-Watcher


Festival Season has started and we all are waiting for the day to celebrate Diwali.. Most of the weight-watchers would have started worrying about their weight gain from now itself..

I have 3 categories of people before me..

  • Who need a weight-loss but has not yet started a plan
  • Who are currently in a weight loss diet plan and continuing it successfully
  • Who just want to manage their current weight
Who need a weight-loss but has not yet started a plan


For you guyz, I won't give any tips.. You enjoy all the sweets and snacks for this Diwali and let us start the Journey after this Diwali.. Don't be guilty while eating, anyways you are going to skip these when you start your weight loss plan.. 

During 2013 Diwali, I was in this phase :) I was in my husband's hometown and enjoyed a number of snacks.. My overweight and appearance in sari made me guilty but I cannot lose weight in just a month or day.. So compromised myself and had a nice feast.. There was no gain of weight and all.. It was same before and after Diwali.. (Both HIGH !!)

Who are currently in a weight loss diet plan and continuing it successfully


Friends. please skip eating sweets and snacks this Diwali.. It may look rude.. But please recollect all the pains you took for reducing weight or currently being in such a wonderful journey.. Let us have a feast for next Diwali.. We have a few milestones to reach our goal.. You might be trapped with a few words like "Just One", " Don't create a scene" and so on.. Don't spoil yourself with "Cheat Diets".. Be careful.. As we are foodies, we cannot stop with one.. 

During 2014 Diwali, I was in this phase.. I made sweets and snacks and distributed to friends.. I don't know the taste of any of them till now.. It was tested by my neighbor for corrections.. There was a mild temptation.. But the so far success I had at that time kept me motivated.. Thank God, for giving me such a determination..

Who just want to manage their current weight

So my suggestions only for you.. You should start a few things before Diwali to get rid of an unwanted weight gain.. It is very easy to do these.. You can avoid a sinful eating right ?? 

This is a 7 days weight management plan..You have to start practicing these 10 steps, exactly 10 days before Diwali.. Follow your regular food diet except a few changes.. All these steps are just for 7 days to mange your current weight, in-spite of a heavy snacking during Diwali..  You can feast for Diwali 3 days before Diwali and 3 days after.. You can eat anything for 7 days and enjoy the feast without guilt.. 

This Diwali, I am going to follow this diet plan.. It worked out well for 2011 Diwali.. C'mon let us see how to do that..

1. Boost Your Metabolism with Lemon and Honey

2. Skip Coffee and Tea with Milk

3. Skip non-vegetarian items

4. Substitute your breakfast with Fruit Juices with Skimmed Milk

5. Snack on Lime and Pineapple Cooler, every evening

6. Do a ten minute short and quick aerobics, do a few stretches for 5 minutes, before going to bed

7. Drink Green Tea before going to bed

8. Drink 4 liters of water a day to keep up the basal metabolic rate
9. Clean your house yourself for Diwali

10. Take Diwali Legiyam/ Sooranam on Diwali

So you can start preparing yourself for Diwali from now itself.. Enjoy the feast..
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October 29, 2015

Yoga and Pranayama for PCOD/PCOS


I really feel more and more happy, when I see a request or comment in my inbox.. And this post specially a reply for such a comment.. A couple of days before, I posted on PCOD/PCOS.. And the page views made me realize how many of us are struggling with this weird syndrome.. 

I should admit one thing that I my MOM have been a victim of this syndrome(with 40% PCOD) 7 years before.. She was put in this battle, when no source or remedy was available online.. Thank God,, my doctor is so wise.. She advised to do YOGAS instead of giving medicines.. She just wanted my MOM to be away from stress.. 

At that time when I searched for Yogas, there was a number of write ups.. Unfortunately no video or images.. We looked in for a Yoga master and with her help practiced a few Yogic poses.. It went for 6 months.. Also she followed a strict diet.. Unbelievable.. In next 8 months, she was reported with no PCOD at all.. It was like a magic..

Now it is really happy to see a lot of posts about the remedies and videos on the yoga poses So I am happy to share these videos, which pull out a few old memories..

Notes:
  • Perform 5-6 Suryanamaskars before doing these Yogas
  • After doing this Yoga series, perform Kapalbhati Pranayama
  • Practice this thrice in a week.. That is more than enough


Cobbler's Pose

Seated Twist Pose

Mill Churning Pose

Kapalbhati

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October 28, 2015

Bitter Gourd Soup | Pakarkkai Rasam | Indian Soup Recipe

bitter gourd rasam

I have heard most of the doctor's advising Diabetic Patients to take Bitter-gourd juice to control the sugar level.. My aunt is diabetic.. Whenever her result shoot up, she will make this bitter gourd soup and have it twice in a week.. I have practically seen her results coming good after that.. Bitter Gourd is meant to destroy the worms in our gut..

Most of us know the health benefits of Bitter Gourd.. But do not like the bitterness.. This Bitter-gourd Soup/ Pakarkkai Rasam is for such friends who find it hard to take the bitterness.. The benefit of soup is half as juice.. Anyways, some thing is better for nothing.. Bitter Gourd Soup or Pakarkkai Rasam is a diabetic friendly recipe.. Worth of trying this weekend..


pakarkkai rasam

Bitter Gourd Soup | Pakarkkai Rasam | Indian Soup Recipe

Prep Time :
Cook Time:
pakarkkai rasam recipe
Yield:
4 cups
Svg Size:
1 cup
Average Rating:
5 for 5
Calories per Serving:
50
Posted By:
Cuisine:
Tamilnadu


Ingredients
  • 1 bitter gourd or pakarkkai
  • lemon ball size tamarind
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • some chopped coriander leaves
  • salt

for tempering | thalippu | tagka
  • 7 pepper corn
  • 1/4 tsp cumin or seerakam
  • 1/4 tsp coriander seeds
  • a pinch asafoetida
  • a pinch of turmeric powder
  • 3 garlic
  • curry leaves

Quick Procedure
  • First we need to do a few steps to remove the bitterness of bitter gourd. Slice them thinly. Add salt and mix well. Let it settle for 30 minutes.
  • It would have release little juice out. Squeeze it out. Wash it.
  • Take this washed bitter gourd in a vessel. Add tamarind juice. Boil it and cook it till the bitter gourd becomes soft.
  • You will get cooked bitter gourd. The bitterness of the liquid will be very less. We are now ready to prepare the rasam.
  • Take the ingredients to grind in blender and grind it.
  • Heat a pan. Add oil. Add mustard seeds and let it sputter. Add the ground masala. Saute once or twice.
  • You can add the cooked botter gourd along with the boiled tamarind water. Add salt as per taste.
  • Cover and cook everything for 5-10 minutes..Add fresh coriander leaves and serve hot..

Stepwise Pictures

First we need to do a few steps to remove the bitterness of bitter gourd. Slice them thinly. Add salt and mix well. Let it settle for 30 minutes.
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It would have release little juice out. Squeeze it out. Wash it.
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Take this washed bitter gourd in a vessel. Add tamarind juice. Boil it and cook it till the bitter gourd becomes soft. You will get cooked bitter gourd. The bitterness of the liquid will be very less. We are now ready to prepare the rasam.
prep

Take the ingredients to grind in blender and grind it.
prep

Heat a pan. Add oil. Add mustard seeds and let it sputter. Add the ground masala. Saute once or twice.
prep

You can add the cooked botter gourd along with the boiled tamarind water. Add salt as per taste.
prep

Cover and cook everything for 5-10 minutes..Add fresh coriander leaves and serve hot..
prep


A healthy rasam to treat diabeties.. Tasty too..
bitter gourd rasam
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October 27, 2015

How to overcome PCOD/PCOS with Weight Loss ??


This post is specially for those friends who got distressed to know they have PCOD/PCOS.. Yes, Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome has become a common disease and almost 4/10 women are having it, the percentage is different..

You would have already read a lot in websites and by this time would know that "WEIGHT-LOSS" is a solution for it.. A few of you must have a doubt.. What can a weight-loss do to PCOD, than medicines or tablets ?? You must first understand that, PCOD is just a syndrome and not a disease to get cured by medicines.. Of course,, you need medicines or surgery if the syndrome reached above 60% - 80%.. But the happy news is most of the women see the percentage as 20-60..

For those women, weight-loss is the best solution.. To encourage you guys, I am going to share two PCOD success stories. I hope this would motivate you to lose more weight and get rid off the syndrome..




Here are the steps to overcome PCOD/PCOS with Weight Loss

Lifestyle Changes
  1. Drink 4 liters of water a day.. This would help you to regulate the body metabolism..
  2. Sleep properly for 7 hours.. If you are working in night shift, try to change it.. No other go..
  3. Wash your face 3-4 times a day 
  4. Do not stress yourself with too many things.. First and foremost thing should be your weight loss.. You should get rid off PCOD.. Give first priority to that..
Food Habit
  1. Leave smoking or drinking
  2. Leave non-veg except fish and eggs.. I would suggest you to leave eggs, if they are not organic..
  3. Leave smoking or drinking
  4. Leave non-veg except fish and eggs.. I would suggest you to leave eggs, if they are not organic..
  5. Skip eating in restaurants.. 
  6. Take Hibiscus Juice if you get a chance.. 
Exercises
  1. Do aerobics exercise/ walking thrice in a week
  2. Do abdominal exercises everyday
  3. Do Yoga for PCOD thrice in a week.. Click here for YOGA for PCOD..
Hope you gain confidence enough to lose more weight.. And I wish you all the best :)

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PCOD/PCOS and Weight Loss Success Story of Neethu (Names Changed)


There was a long queue waiting in the hospital.. Neethu was also waiting for the consultant Gynecologist.. She never had a regular menstrual cycle and it had worsen to pains in abdomen.. She was in final year of her college.. Being studious and stressful, she never took time to care herself.. She came to hospital because of her mother's compulsion..

She was a bit nervous, when she entered the doctor's room.. After a regular check up, the doctor asked her to take an ultrasound.. After a series of steps, her ultrasound was done.. The time came to show the results to doctor..

The doctor chuckled and started, "Neethu,  you have PCOD.. It means there are multiple cysts in ovary.. It has affected your ovaries just to 30%.. Your overweight can be the reason.."

Neethu asked the doctor "Can it be cured ?"

"Of course, why not ? PCOD is just a syndrome.. Being 168 cm tall, 76 kg is too much.. Please reduce it to 67 Kg naturally.. Your periods will be alright and no medicines needed.."

"Just weight loss ???"

"Yes.. Lifestyle changes is more than enough for PCOD.. It is just 30% right ?? Just try losing weight and come to me after three months.."

"Any medicines ??"

"As you did not have your period for more than 6 months, I am giving you Medroxyprogestrone Acetate.. But remember you are going to take the tablets only for 2 cycles.. This tablet is not a remedy and don't continue without advice.. Try losing weight.. Try Yoga and proper food diet.. That will help more than medicines.."

"And my marriage and pregnancy ??"

"Do you have any plans to get married within a year ??"

"NOPES...."

"Then don't worry.. One year is completely sufficient for a weight loss.. Cheer up.. "

Neethu came out from the doctor's room crying.. She was afraid of infertility a lot.. Her mom, dad and sister encouraged her a lot and continuously motivated her confidence.. Right from the next cycle, she started browsing net for various tips.. She made a number of lifestyle changes.. She followed a healthy food diet.. Skipped restaurants.. She joined in a gym and concentrated on abdominal exercises.. She did Yoga for PCOD twice in a week.. In next four months, she lost 11 kgs of weight.. In addition to weight loss, her skin glowed like anything.. Her complexion improved a lot.. And finally, her periods got regular..

After 6 months she met the doctor and the doctor herself was surprised to see the amazing weight loss.. She was scanned again and confirmed to have 5% of PCOD.. Doctor said that it is negligible.. She felt happy and continued the same lifestyle..

She is now married and having a 5 years son.. Every time she kiss her son, she remembers the pain she took to overcome PCOD..I asked her one day.. What inspired you to lose weight and PCOD ?? Her answer is amazing..

" Every time I see a restaurant, I will tell myself that I'm skipping it for my future kid.. Every time I feel lazy to workout, I will imagine my future without a kid.. That is it.. That is my motivation"

I congratulate her.. I congratulate you Neethu, if you are reading this blog.. Wish you all success..



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October 26, 2015

A Salwar's Story - A Short Video on Obesity and Weight Loss

This is a story in life of every weight loss aspirant.. This is a story of my Salwar.. Yes this is a story, I wished to change the climax.. And this is the story, I wish to use and inspire others..

Rest of the things,,,in video below..

Note: I am a starter in video making and please excuse me for a few mistakes in the video.. Keep encouraging me.. 


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Pomegranate and Apple Milkshake | Iron Rich

Pomegranate and Apple Milkshake | Iron Rich

Pomegranate is a good purification agent for blood.. Apple is too good and it has most of the vitamins.. This combination milkshake will treat you bloodstream and help you to enrich your hemoglobin level..To make it more healthy, you can skip sugar and add honey or palm sugar..

I would recommend this milkshake during pregnancy.. People who are having a low level of Hemoglobin can also include this in their diet.. This will increase the Hb count.. Pomegranate and Apple Milkshake is my favorite during pregnancy.. I love having it often..

Pomegranate and Apple Milkshake | Iron Rich

Preparation time: Cooking Time: Yield 3 cups (6 servings)
Serving size: | Calories per serving: 60

Ingredients
Pomegranate- ½ medium size Apple - ½ medium size Skimmed Milk - 1 cup Honey/ Raw Sugar - 1 Teaspoon

Quick Procedure
Take pomegranate, apple slices and palm sugar in a blender and puree it..Add little water if required, while grinding..

Add skimmed milk and pulse it for one last time..Strain the milkshake and serve it cold..

Step-wise Pictures

Take pomegranate, apple slices and palm sugar in a blender and puree it..Add little water if required, while grinding.. Add skimmed milk and pulse it for one last time..Strain the milkshake and serve it cold..
preparation



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Pomegranate and Orange Juice | Vomit Suppressing Drink



I would have been really fed up if these two fruits were not abundant, when I was pregnant.. My early pregnancy was a tough one with repeated vomit and giddiness.. I was working at that time, which made it even more hectic.. 


On the way to my office, there was a juice shop.. Before entering the campus, I used to go to this juice shop.. There was a variety of juices available.. Most of the juices were like combination of fruits.. They gave 2 full mugs of juices and the rate was reasonable.. On the very first day, I ordered this Pomegranate and Orange Combo Juice.. I thought that it would favor my vomit sensation.. Yes,, it really suppressed the sensation.. And finally, I made the shop as my breakfast area :) I would suggest you to take this during early pregnancy..


Now I am having this juice one in a week during "Juice Fasting".. This can be used as a blood purifier during "Juice Fasting"..Pomegranate is a blood purifier and Orange gives immunity.. Better take this juice in mornings.. For other Juice Recipes,




Pomegranate and Orange Juice
Recipe Source: Juice Shop Chennai
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 (8 ounce glass)
Calories: 8 per serving

Ingredients
Pomegranate½ medium size
Sliced Oranges1 medium size
Water1 cup
Honey/ Palm Sugar1 Teaspoon

Procedure

Take pomegranate, orange slices and palm sugar in a blender and puree it.. Add little water if required, while grinding..
Add more water and pulse it for one last time..
Strain the juice and serve it cold..

Step-wise Pictures



Take the required ingredients.. Put it in a blender and puree it.. Add water to the puree and pulse it one last time. Strain and serve it cold



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October 24, 2015

Mixed Vegetable Juice | Weight Loss Booster

If you are trying for a rapid weight loss, just substitute your breakfast and lunch with Vegetable Juices.. You may wonder the rapidness in losing weight.. Only those who have experienced can accept and realize the thing.. I would try posting a few manageable vegetable juices then and there.. You try having those and lose weight fast




Mixed Vegetable Juice for Faster Weight Loss 
Recipe Source: Sandya, my Neighbor
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 40

Ingredients
Carrot½
Papaya3-4 cubes
Lettuce/ Cabbage2 leaves
Tomato½
Lemon½
Sugar1 Teaspoon

Procedure
Take the vegetables in a blender and puree it
Add lemon juice and water. Pulse it once again.
The negative calorie juice is ready

Step-wise Pictures
Take required ingredients except lemon and put in a blender.. Squeeze lemon juice to it and puree everything.. Add water as required..


The Juice is ready to serve chill.. Have a sip and I wish you a happy weight loss






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October 23, 2015

Calories in 33 South Indian Breakfast Items - Including Millets

indian diet chart


indian diet chart


Item
Quantity
Total Calories
Calories From Fat
Calories From Protein
Idli
1 Medium Size
40
1.6
8
Plain Dosa
7 inches diameter
105
9
10.5
Ragi Dosa
6 inches diameter
80
8
16
Rava Dosa
7 inches diameter
110
10
11.5
Wheat Dosa
7 inches diameter
87
10
10
Kambu Dosa
6 inches diameter
124
16
19
Kambu Adai
6 inches diameter
210
25
27
Paruppu Adai Dosa
6 inches diameter
175
20
26
Moong Dhal Dosa/ Pasippayaru Dosa
7 inches diameter
65
8
20
Moong Dhal Adai/ Pasippayaru Adai
6 inches diameter
80
10
28
Keerai Dosai
7 inches diameter
105
9
10.5
Chola Dosa/ Corn Dosa
6 inches diameter
65
10
8
Venpongal
½ measuring cup
140
13
18
Samai Pongal
½ measuring cup
112
6
21
Poori
4 inches diameter
107
34
8
Rava Upma
½ measuring cup
80
9
12
Wheat Rava Upma
½ measuring cup
127
20
12
Semiya Upma
½ measuring cup
80
13
11
Ragi Semiya Upma
½ measuring cup
90
11
14
Aapam/ Palada
6 inches diameter
84
9
12
Puttu
½ measuring cup
150
11
10
Red Rice Puttu
½ measuring cup
137
16
10
Samba Wheat Puttu
½ measuring cup
150
9
10
Ragi Puttu
½ measuring cup
310
18
28
Kambu Puttu
XXXX
XXXX
XXXX
XXXX
Chola Puttu
1 cup
152
27
45
Samai Puttu
1 cup
150
45
32
Kuthiraivali Puttu
1 cup
120
19
24
Idiyappam

57
13
3
Wheat Idiyappam

70
4
5
Ragi Idiyappam

50
5
8
Kambu Idiyappam

62
8
9.5
Chappathi
6 inches diameter
70
9
12



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