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Stop Stuffing!

We humans are basically greedy in nature. We never seem to get enough. Out of instinct we just keep on accumulating.

Stop Over-EatingTake the case of food. We go berserk if there is delicious stuff in front of us. Even people who are normally very disciplined, find it absolutely difficult to resist the temptation to hog. It is very difficult to explain but something strange happens in our head and we throw all caution and resolutions to the wind. But as soon as the job is done we are hit by pangs of guilt and feel like kicking ourselves.

To compensate for the effects of binging, some of us go to such extremes as going on a fast, thinking it would negate the impact of indulgence. But alas, that does not happen. Most of us are not aware that the negatives are very difficult to reverse. What actually happens is that as soon as the fasting sessions are over, people tend to binge once again out of sheer craving for food.

I ask people to eat by providing them with recipes, but obesity is turning out to be such a menace that nowadays I ask people not to eat much. You can even go on a fast once in a while.

Our focus should be on providing our body with balanced nutrition. Whatever and whenever we are eating something, it should always be kept in mind whether the food is providing vital nutrients.

DISCIPLINE is the key.

Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner our tummy should never be absolutely full. At least one fourth should always be empty. A stuffed belly consumes maximum energy for digestion and as a result other body functions suffer. Whereas if our consumption is limited and balanced then energy is evenly distributed all over our body, making us feel light and sprightly.

Make up your mind that from the next meal onwards you would eat light and won’t stuff.
Make this resolution and stick to it, no matter what!
You would soon notice the difference in you.

 
Vaishali Parekh

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Remedy at Home – 2

Similar to my last post, this one also relates to how to rectify an upset stomach using simple remedies which can be easily prepared at home.

 The stressful life that we lead, the junk food that we consume and the contaminants and pollutants that go into our system on a regular basis are some of the causes of an upset stomach.

Remedy for Stomach UpsetOur stomach is that part of the body which is abused to the maximum extent. We keep on eating anything and everything and depend on our belly to do the rest but sometimes it fails. A strong digestive system is an essential prerequisite for a healthy body because it is the source of life giving energy.

Now let me jot down the remedy.

Consumption of a tsp of salt and few lemon drops with 1 glass of lukewarm water helps in the relief from loose motions.

See? So simple! That’s how it is.

You can refer to my previous post also.

https://indiancookinginfo.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/remedy-at-home/

Vaishali Parekh

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Remedy at Home

Home remedy for Upset Stomach Day before yesterday I was hit by a sudden bout of stomach pain. I thought it would go away on its own but that didn’t happen. I knew something was horribly wrong with my tummy. Soon I started suffering from loose motion and I was running to and fro from the bathroom. Not once, twice or thrice but eight times I had to rush to the loo.

I was extremely exhausted and dehydrated and was about to rush to the doctor when my grandma suggested a simple home remedy.

Take equal portion of powdered sugar and grated nutmeg (jaiphal) and mix properly. Take 1 tsp of the dry mixture 3 to 4 times a day. If the problem is severe the dosage can go up to 6 to 7 times a day. You may feel drowsy due to the effect of the nutmeg powder.

It worked wonders! The problem disappeared within a few hours. I also recovered from extreme exhaustion very fast.

It is really a pity that nowadays we don’t have the wisdom which our parents or grandparents had. Most of the common ailments which we suffer from can be cured by very simple remedies that can be prepared at home.

I have made up my mind to start doing some research on this.

 
Vaishali Parekh

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TriColour Celebrations

Republic Day Celebrations

Let’s celebrate this day in our own way. Apart from singing the National Anthem and watching the Parade, we can gorge ourselves with a few TriColour Delights.

TRICOLOUR LASAGNA

Preparation Time : 60 minutes
Serves : 4-6
Ingredients :

  • Lasagne Sheets – 200 gms
  • Parmesan Cheese – 300 gms
  • Fresh Button Mushrooms – 100 gms
  • Water – around 3 cups
  • For Garnishing :
  • Mushroom – Few, thin slices
  • Tomato – few strips
  • Capsicum – few strips
  • Corn seeds – few
  • Tomato – 3, designed in flowers
  • For Green Layer : (For Bottom Green Layer)
  • American Corn, boiled – 50 gms
  • Spinach Purée – 100 gms
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ginger, chili, garlic paste – 2 tsp
  • For Béchamel Sauce : (For Middle White Layer)
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Refined Flour – 1 tbsp
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Salt & Pepper – to taste
  • Nutmeg powder – a pinch
  • For Tomato Salsa : (For Top Saffron Layer)
  • Tomatoes – 200 gms
  • Onion – 2
  • Capsicum – 1 small
  • Spring Onions – a few sprigs
  • Cumin Seeds – a pinch
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Tobasco Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Mixed Herbs – 2 pinches
  • Salt – to taste
  1. Boil enough water to immense the Lasagne sheets. Put the sheets in the water for 10-15 minutes, covered.
  2. In the meanwhile, finely chop the tomatoes, onions, capsicum and spring onions.
  3. Heat oil in a microwave open for 20 seconds on HIGH. Add a pinch of cumin seeds, reheat it for 10 seconds. Now add the onions to it and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Now add the tomato and capsicum and cook for 2 minutes. Add a little water if it starts drying. Stir it nicely. Add the spring onions, tobasco sauce, mixed herbs, salt and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Take out the Lasagne sheets and lay them on a kitchen towel to let them dry. Turn them after few minutes to let it dry on other side.
  6. In another pan, mix the boiled corn, spinach puree, ginger-chili-garlic paste and salt. Cook for 2 minute and keep it aside.
  7. In another oven-proof pan, melt the butter, add the flour and stir it properly and cook for 2 minutes or until brown in colour, stirring at regular intervals.
  8. Add the milk, stir and cook for 3 minutes on HIGH till it thickens. Add the seasoning and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the boiled mushrooms and cook for 1 minute and keep it aside.
  9. Method for assembling: Layer a few sheets of lasagne to cover the bottom of a deep rectangular oven-proof dish. Now, pour the corn-spinach mixture to make a thick llayer. Sprinkle grated cheese and mixed herbs.Cover with few sheets.
  10. Now its turn for the mushroom-bechimal sauce to form a thick layer over the sheets. Spread grated cheese again. Sprinkle little mixed herbs over it and cover with again a layer of lasagne sheets.
  11. Pour the salsa evenly on the sheets to form a thick layer.
  12. Sprinkle generous amount of cheese and mixed herbs on the top. Dot with little butter. Bake for 5-7 minutes on GRILL mode until the desired browning is done.
  13. Let it settle for 2 minutes and then garnish it. Re-warm if required.
  14. Serve hot as it is or with fresh green salad.

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TRICOLOUR SUNDAE

Preparation Time :  10 minutes
Serves : 1
Ingredients :

  • Orange flavored ice cream – 1 scoop
  • Vanilla flavored ice cream – 1 scoop
  • Mint flavored ice cream/ Vanilla ice cream topped with khus syrup to get the green color – 1 scoop
  • Some nuts to garnish
  • Wafer biscuits to garnish
  • Mixed fruits (optional) 1 tbsp
  • Cherry on top

Method :

  1. Take a long stemmed glass.
  2. Put in few fruits, if using them.
  3. Put in the scoop of Mint ice cream, or the vanilla ice cream. Put a generous amount of khus syrup all over to get the green color.
  4. Now top it with vanilla ice cream.
  5. Add some fruits again.
  6. Now top it with Orange ice cream. You can even add little orange syrup to enhance the color.
  7. Garnish with nuts and top it with a cherry.
  8. Place a cherry on top and serve immediately.

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TRICOLOUR RIMZHIM MOCKTAIL

Preparation Time :  10 minutes
Serves : 1
Ingredients :

  • Khus syrup – 2 tbsp
  • Sprite/ 7UP / any soda – ½ cup
  • Mirinda Orange – ½ cup
  • Lemon Juice – 2 tsp
  • Salt – a little
  • Crushed ice – a generous amount

Method :

  1. Take a mocktail glass.
  2. Pour in khus syrup.
  3. Put some crushed ice. Add a dash of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Do not mix it.
  4. Add Sprite very gently through the sides of the glass. Do it very gently, so that the liquids do not mix.
  5. Again add some ice, lemon juice and salt.
  6. Now add Mirinda Orange very gently through the sides.
  7. This may need a little practice and patience.
  8. But believe me, the results will show wonders and give you lots of praises.

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Vaishali Parekh

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Winter and Your Health

We love freaking out in winter, don’t we? This is that time of the year when we feel so chirpy and energetic. Not like summer when all we can think of is the heat and humidity. During the months of winter the outdoor seems so beckoning. The urge to go out and savour the soothing sunrays is just irresistible. It even seems that we remain perpetually hungry during this season. Whatever we do and whatever we eat seems so ecstatic. Such is the magic of winter!

But we have to be aware! A few apparently insignificant ailments which occur during this season can spoil the day for us. A little precaution and care can help us overcome these nasty nuisances. Let me list them out as below:

 Influenza
Inspite of being a contagious respiratory infection, it is not a serious threat for most of us. But for the elderly who have a chronic health condition, this can turn out to be serious, even resulting in pneumonia.

Symptoms develop after three days of being exposed to the virus. They include fever, sore throat, running nose, cough, shivering, body ache etc. These symptoms can be quite severe and last for a long time.

The flu is highly contagious and if someone in the family contracts it then it is very difficult for the rest not to get affected. A mild pain reliever and a lot of rest and fluids constitute the best course of treatment. Take note that antibiotics do not work.

Flu vaccines are not always effective in prevention but can reduce the severity and related complications. Vaccines are strongly advised for the elderly with chronic health issues. It is necessary to get a flu shot every year because the effectiveness of the shots are for a year only and also the viruses keep on varying.

Colds
The world’s most common illness! More than a hundred viruses are responsible for it so it can be safely said that there is almost no escape. The virus begins to multiply as soon as it enters through the nose and throat, giving rise to a number of symptoms like sneezing, coughing, body ache, running nose, fever, nasal congestion etc. They are similar to influenza but the effects are less severe and short lasting. The duration of suffering is a week or two.

The best form of treatment is a mild pain reliever and a lot of rest and fluids specially fruit juice. Over-the –counter medicines might relieve some of the symptoms but they won’t reduce the duration of the illness nor can they prevent or cure.

While there are no vaccines but there are ways to reduce our chances of catching a cold. We should strengthen our natural resistance by consuming nutritious food and getting enough sleep and exercise. We should avoid the cold and dry air because the dryness causes the membranes in our nose and throat to crack. These cracks are the pathways through which the virus enters our body. Avoid direct contact with the infected and wash your hands frequently.

Vaishali Parekh

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Hired help to stay healthy

A month ago I realized that it was becoming very hard for me to keep on maintaining and updating my site all by myself. Of course my hubby is always there to help me out but it was proving too much for him also. He has his own professional assignments and on top of that maintaining my site was a bit tough for him. So we both decided that we need to hire a developer who would remove some load from our shoulders. This was the only way we could manage stress.

I started sending word out over the internet about my need and the response was beyond my wildest expectations. I received around 200 resumes and it took a lot of time for me to go through every one of them. I wanted to give everybody a fair chance and wanted to select the best.

Ultimately a shortlist of 80 resumes was ready with me. I started interacting with those 80 prospective candidates via email and the list was further shortened to 20. Then I began interacting with these guys over the phone and the list was further shortened to 5. Finally these 5 guys were invited for personal interviews and out of them one was selected. Whew!

The entire process took a month. But at the end I was left with a feeling of sadness and a heavy heart. I felt very sorry for those to whom I had to say no. But this is life I guess. Happiness and sorrow both go hand in hand.

From 1st Feb 2010 the new recruit would join me officially as a web and content developer. He would also assist me in promotional work and I am sure he would be a great stress reliever for me.

So my dear viewers, I am confident that from now onwards I would be able to give you much more.

NOW BE READY FOR MORE!

Vaishali Parekh

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Is Solar Eclipse harmful for Health?

For all of us the sight of a Solar Eclipse is wonderful as well as highly intriguing. We consider ourselves so fortunate if we get to catch a glimpse of the Ring of the Sun. People all over the world get so excited by this celestial phenomenon. We also come across so many myths. 

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse and Health

 

We Hindus, hold the sun in awe because it has awesome powers to create as well as destroy. So we are sometimes in great doubt whether to believe them or not. What to believe and what not to believe? Is there any iota of truth in those myths? 

What we are concerned about here is, does solar eclipse harm our health? 

We Hindus are of the opinion that we should not eat or drink during this period. Pregnant women should not venture outdoor otherwise the baby runs the risk of developing birth defects. Our ancient scriptures say that consuming food during this period activates the ‘Tamas Guna’(malicious and vicious thoughts) which creates great disturbances in the mind. That is why during Solar Eclipse we Hindus meditate and chant the Almighty’s name. 

But till date science has not been able to come up with proper explanations to justify the above actions. It has not been explained what harm would happen if food is actually consumed during this period. On the other hand we all know that science has its limitations. 

So finally it all boils down to our beliefs. If we believe in our scriptures and our ancestor’s wisdom then we better stick to them. But if you are guided by science then just go ahead and have a normal day. 

BE GUIDED BY YOUR BELIEFS. 

Vaishali Parekh 

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