Begin your meal with something sweet

0According to Ayurveda, one must start meals with something sweet, eat something sour and salty in the middle and end with bitter or astringent flavours. Following this order can help alleviate health issues and promote wellbeing. Sweetness is a quality that has a generally positive effect on the expression of appetite, and this can lead to a facilitation of eating.

The taste buds to recognize sweetness is at the tip of the tongue. Sweet foods or desserts stimulate acid secretion. Acid secretion in the stomach facilitates release of hormones and enzymes that helps in breakdown of food. It is helpful to ignite the digestive fire at the beginning of the meal which is facilitated by eating something sweet. However, if this acid secretion occurs at the end of meal (for e.g. having dessert at the end of meal) it is likely to cause indigestion or bloating

When we are hungry, eating sweet helps overpower the vayu (wind) in the stomach, then sour and salty foods in the middle of the meal help stimulate the absorption in the small intestine. Finally, the pungent, bitter, and astringent taste helps subdue kapha dosh (earth).

Use jaggery, raw cane sugar or unheated honey as sweeteners for preparing desserts and traditional mithai. Excess of anything is bad, so moderation is needed while choosing sweets as well. But we are proposing that starting your meal with sweet foods is more likely to help regulate food intake and also improve digestibility of the food consumed.




Short naps during the day can help unwind and rejuvenate

napping-at-workDo you feel extremely sleepy post-lunch? Are you often embarrassed about dozing away during meetings or presentations?  Well, you are not alone and there is nothing wrong with needing a small nap once a day . In fact, a short nap of 20-30 minutes can improve alertness and enhance performance at work and home. But, one has to be careful about not overdoing sleep as that can be totally counterproductive.Read More »

Choose wise while eating outside

eating out.pngUsually eating out is synonymous to indulgence! We tend to select items on the menu that instantly appeal to our senses. The colour, smell and flavours of outside food often compel us to ditch our judgement about healthy and nutritious.  Even for those who have made the resolve to lose weight or eat healthy or simply stay fit, occasions to eat out makes them feel helpless and lost. Well, we ought to know that from among the many options available, there are quite a few healthy ones as well. While it is difficult to completely dodge the hidden fat and calories, it is possible to reduce their burden to some  extent.

Unlike food packets bought at a store, hotel menus or takeaway meals do not come with a nutrition label. Besides, the recipes contain trademark closely guarded secret ingredients that are often not spelled out entirely on the menu . Several additives including colours and preservatives are added to enhance the taste, smell, and colour of the food. — for example, seasonings, sauces, cheesy toppings or dressings.

Unknowingly we add on calories by consumption of these.

Here a few tip to eat smart while eating out

Soup- When eating out at a fine dining or chinese restaurant, do make it a point to start with soup. Soups cannot be very calorie dense and will contain a healthy mix of vegetables/ pulses/meat. Of course, choosing a clear sup versus a creamy /heavy one can help to avoid extra fats.

  • Vegetable clear soup
  • Chicken clear soup
  • Tomato shorba
  • Vegetable sweet corn

Salad- All restaurants these days do offer a decent variety of salads for their health-conscious patrons. Salads at restaurant look more exciting and taste great compared to ones at home because they make use of some of the exotic vegetables and spices which may not be available to us easily or we do not find it practical to stock them up

  • couscous / quinoa salad,
  • mexican salad with guacamole or vinaigrette,
  • salad with alfa alfa, etc

Starters/ Appetizers – Go for appetizers that include vegetable or fish or pulse/cottage cheese.  Avoid fried or breaded appetizers, which are generally high in calories.

  • eggplant singapore
  • chilli paneer/ mushrooms/ babycorn (non fried)

Breads/ Roti-   Choosing whole grains is not quite possible while eating out because not many options are available. Whole wheat flour bread or parathas can be chosen instead of those made from refined flour .

  • Plain roti instead of butter roti / lachcha paratha
  • Plain naan instead of butter or garlic naan

Main dish – Main dishes are the major culprits as they are calorie and fat dense. The North Indian gravies make use of cashews and heavy cream, pastas are made with extra cheese and cream, fried foods contain bread crumbs and maida, and many more unhealthy ingredients. To steer clear of these, order for some of the simple  dishes

  • Tava/handi vegetables instead of tikka masala
  • Stir fried vegetables
  • Dal tadka instead of dal fry /makhani
  • Grilled chicken instead of butter chicken

Dessert. If you can skip the dessert, it is half the battle won! But we know that it may not be easy,  however you can definitely share your dessert. ng it with one of your companions.

  • Fresh fruit yogurt
  • Chenna based sweets

Largely, South Indian food is more healthy and complete than North Indian counterparts. One cannot over-do idlis, dosas, pongal, appam,etc. Also, portion sizes these days are too large so one must always order less in the beginning and then see if you are still hungry for more.

There is a certain amount of joy and excitement attached to eating out with family, friends or colleagues and hence we do not condemn the idea. But remember that you can reach a win-win situation if you follow some of the above tips.




The goodness of Beet root

Goodness of beet root
Does beetroot really help increase blood because it is red?


The common perception is that beetroot is rich in iron and hence increases hemoglobin especially in the iron deficient group. Some other profess that beets help to purify blood. What’s surprising is that, it actually does none of these. Yes, there is no concrete scientific evidence to show that the  deep red colour of beetroot has an impact on increasing iron content or blood volume. Iron content is only 1.1mg per 100gm. In fact, beets contain oxalates which can inhibit absorption of the non heme iron.Read More »