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Curbing Sugar Cravings During Festive Season

With sweets all around - be it in shops or gifted to you, it's difficult to ignore them.

There are, however, certain foods that can curb your sweet cravings. Food that takes longer to digest and rich in fibre & protein helps in curbing sugar cravings.

Spices like cinnamon can be added to tea and even to coffee or sprinkled over subzi can curb sugar cravings.

Complex carbs like whole oats, multigrain breads, pasta, whole wheat, brown rice helps in curbing cravings by normalizing sugar levels.

Protein rich items like fish, eggs, tofu, chicken and lean meat also helps in curbing sugar cravings.

But, during festive seasons, thoda to banta hai. To balance this small sweet act, a moderate 150 min aerobic per week and as simple as brisk walking is sufficient.

Now, kuchh meetha ho jaye!!!

How To Keep Your Bones Healthy?

Due to sedentary lifestyle with almost no exposure to Sunlight and poor eating habits are leading to weakening of bones even at young age.

Regular exercise as simple as walking and including milk, Egg yolks, fish, soy, broccoli in our food can prevent osteoporosis. Calcium and Vitamin D that is required for absorption of Calcium supplements can be taken if required.

Bone densitometry test can be taken for unexplained pain in limbs and back. Matter to be taken seriously as the osteoporosis can cause multiple fractures.

HT Think dated 22nd Oct, 2016 explains it crisply.

Boost Your Immunity in Winters

To boost immunity this winter, eat following regularly:

1. Cauliflower
2. Cabbage
3. Spinach
4. Artichoke
5. Nuts
6. Ginger
7. Honey
8. Turmeric

Foods to curb your cravings

We, often, feel cravings for sweets and sometimes, salty items. To curb our cravings, we gulp chocolates and somasas which make us feel comfortable because these items raise seratonin levels, a neurotransmitter.

We never try to understand why such cravings happen or that we are satisfying ourselves with junk.

We have food cravings usually due to low blood sugars, some nutritional deficiencies, or may be due to factors like stress and  depression.

Having understood the reasons for cravings, better solutions become obvious and logical. Some of them are listed below:

* Keep eating healthy food items every two hours so that blood sugars are stable
* Keep drinking water, may be lemon juice or lime. Green tea is another healthy option. These items will keep us hydrated and help in differentiating between thirst and cravings.
* Opt for fruits when you have cravings for sweets. If you go for chocolate or sweets then they will raise the sugar level in spike followed by subsequent dip leading to further cravings.
* Fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, green leafy vegetables, yoghurt will keep other nutritional requirements e.g. phosphorus, calcium, chloride, magnesium, manganese fulfilled.

So, next time you have cravings, satiate them with above recommendations and dump the junkies.

5 Belly Fat Burning Foods

1. Berries: Strawberries & Blueberries. Good antioxidants.

2. Eggs: Preferably, egg whites

3. Green Beans: Make it part of your soup and salads. They have right amount of Carbs, Fats, and Protein and low calories

4. Oatmeal: Slow digesting. Curbs your appetite. Contains high amount of dietary fiber.

5. Nuts: Walnuts & almonds. Good source of fatty acids - Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats.

(as published in HT City, Sep 8, 2015)

Overcoming Depression

Psychologist will tell his ways to overcome depression like proper sleep, exercise, listening to soothing music, socializing etc.

A doctor will talk of need for serotonin, tryptophan, Vitamin B12, Folate, Vitamin D, Selenium, zinc.

For you, it boils down to include certain items in your diet. They are:
* Fruits
* Vegetables
* Whole Grains
* Fibre rich foods
* Fish - Salmon and Tuna
* Eggs
* Beans
* Walnuts
* Flaxseeds
* Canola Oil
* Supplements - Vitamin B12, Folate
* Legumes
* Lean Meat
* Vitamin D - Morning Walk
* Zinc - Pumpkin Seeds, Poultry
* Dark Chocolate upto 30gm daily

And, of course, certain things to avoid:
* caffeinated beverages
* sugar items
* fried food

So, follow these and keep smiling :)

Wonderful Ears - Your Guard During Sleep

The most perfect system ever designed is Human Body. It has to be perfect as it is not designed  by humans but by God.

It is the duty of humans to maintain this body to be perfect till their final return to God. This is possible through proper diet and regular exercise.

Let us return back to our perfect system. We all know that liver do exist but starts functioning only when baby is born and drinks mother's milk or in unfortunate cases, other form of milk.

Let us consider ears now. They don't only allow you to hear but designed to carefully scrutinizing sounds and noises. During sleep, they allow only certain range of sounds and noises to wake you up. For e.g., soft music being played on radio will not wake you up but someone calling your name will do. This mean that ears listen to sounds of personal significance during sleep.

Amazing system!!!. God is Great.!!!