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  • Are vitamin supplements necessary?

    In Expert Diet Tips On 12 December 2014

    Ramesh started popping vitamin pills after watching a TV commercial. He was convinced that they were good for his health and helped him be more energetic throughout the day. He did not bother checking with a doctor before starting a course. Is Ramesh right about these pills? Do they really help in any way? Nutritionist Neha Chandna has the answers for us. When should one take vitamin supplements? Why are they needed? Today, we lead a very hectic life with loads of work pressure, long commutes and unhealthy foods. To be able to perform at our optimum level, we need to take vitamin supplements. These can be taken after meals. However, do consult your doctor and/or dietitian before doing so. Can’t one get that nutrition from natural sources? Natural source is the best way to get nutrition but unfortunately, the food we eat today is not pure like before, nor is our absorption power that strong. The stress and anxiety we go through in our day-to-day life affects our digestive system as well.  So, it’s best to supplement your diet with required vitamins to make up for the loss. (Read: Why amla is so great for your health) Can taking these supplements without consulting a doctor / dietician be harmful? It’s always better to consult a dietician or doctor before taking a supplement to be sure you are on the right track and you are taking only how much is required by your body. Blindly popping these pills may affect your health negatively. Usually, what are the common vitamin supplements that one should take? You can take a multivitamin mineral supplement B-Complex for energy Calcium for women above 30 years of age Vitamin E and C for immunity These are general ones but it changes depending on your food intake and other factors like health problems, lifestyle, age, etc. so let consult with a doctor before you start eating them. Points to Remember Vitamin supplements are not a replacement for your food. You still need to eat your meals on time; they only help in giving you more nutrients which may not be covered in your diet. Eating vitamin supplements does not give you the leeway to start eating unhealthy, junk food. They cannot provide adequate nutrition as they are just supplements. You still need to exercise to lose weight and stay fit. Do not overdo these pills. Anything in excess can be bad so stick to the prescribed amount. 

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  • Breathe well, live well

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    Life begins when we start breathing and ends with our last breathe. Yet most of us do not know the beneficial effects of breathing well for health and vitality. It is surprising how we give importance to everything be it diet, exercise but something as important as breathing goes unnoticed by many of us as the major contributor to one’s good health. Most people hold their breath or have constricted breathing unknowingly which impacts the health in a poor way. That is the reason why most of us feel tired, fatigued and lethargic due to lack of oxygen supply to the brain and tissues. Once you focus of proper breathing and consciously do it, you can experience amazing health benefits: Proper breathinghelps to release accumulated toxinsin the organs preventing them from C02 overload and illness. Thus helping to detoxify the body. Improves digestionby supplying more oxygen to the stomach cells. Makes you alert, active and refreshed as the brain and nervous system get their dose of oxygen to perform well. Makes your skin healthier, smoother and glowing by supplying oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Improves lung strength and stamina. Reduces chances of heart diseases by making the heart stronger and healthier. Reduces stress and tension by elevating your mood and keeping anger, frustration, irritation and sadness at bay. Relaxes the mind and body from physical and mental tensions helping you think better with clarity. Reduces muscle cramps after exercises by improving oxygen supply to the muscles. Reduces pains and aches in the body especially headaches. Increases metabolism and improves immunity protecting your from infections. Helps in weight control by aiding in fat burning process.   Method of breathing: The best way to breathe is to hold your breath for few seconds in your lungs to cleanse all the impurities and strengthen the lungs. The breathing should be deep, slow, rhythmic and through the nose and not the mouth.   1. First exhale all the air out of your system to make sure your lungs are empty. 2. Inhale through your nose, filling your abdomen and then the lungs slowly. Count 5. 3. Slowly exhale from your mouth till your lungs completely empty again.   Just as you schedule your business meetings, schedule your breathing sessions for 10 minutes 2 times a day. Make sure you breather in the purest air early morning or anytime of the day. Make this a family activity asking everyone to sit and do it together so that no one missed it out. Take time out for your breathing activity in your busy schedule and you will see a new healthier, energetic and happy self.

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  • Snack on the go!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    With such a crazy, hectic life that we lead, where does one have time to even think about snacking in between? Sparing sometime for our main meals only becomes such a challenge. But do you know eating 3-4 small snacks in between your meals helps you give you energy and increase your metabolism helping you to reduce weight and burn fat. WAIT!! here is the catch. When we say snacking in between we mean healthy snacks which are high in fiber and protein. Not junk like samosas, vadas, chaat, pizzas etc. It is not that difficult if you make up your mind to eat healthy snacks and carry them with you so that you really do not have to look out for unhealthy tempting options which may affect your health adversely. Let’s look at some of the healthy options which are easy to carry as well Fruit and nuts: Fruits are sacred foods on earth with natural vitamins and minerals giving you energy on the go. They are easy to carry and eat even when you are travelling or setting out for a blink of a wink break. Nuts on the other hand have good fats and are filling which are can be easily kept in your pocket to be munched on even during an important meeting.  Apples, pear, oranges, walnuts, almonds are great convenient options. calories: less than 120 kcal Sprouts: Again easy to prepare and carry. All you need to do is just steam them, add cucumber, tomatoes, onions, lime and chaat masala and there you go with some healthy protein, fiber and vitamin C rich snack. You can use a variety of sprouts like moong, moth, rajmah, chana or even a mixture of all these. calories: 150kcal Boiled eggs: High in protein and vitamin A, they are excellent, filling snacks which help your muscles and cell to repair themselves. If you are weight conscious, you can opt for egg whites instead of the yellow. The only thing you need to do it is, peel it when you want to eat them so that they remain fresh. Calories: less than 100kcal Muesli: These are fairly new snack options available in a variety in the market. You can buy the sweet or savory version of it as per your choice. A handful of muesli with some green tea during your tea break, will give you the energy rush you need to focus on your remaining day’s work. You can also opt for muesli with nuts to add on to the nutrition value. calories: 100kcal Nutrichoice oats/ragi biscuits: These are healthy, tasty and easy to carry. 1-2 biscuits during a tiny break, will give you the fiber and energy your body needs. Ragi is also an excellent source of calcium. calories: less than 80kcal Make sure you stock your bag with these foods to keep your health in your hands always. Eat healthy, stay fit!!

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  • How to choose your juice wisely?

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    Juices have been an all time favorite for everyone, be it young or old, ill or healthy, thin or fat. Lots of people live on juices especially during the hot season. Many enjoy drinking juices along with meals. Most people drink canned/ tinned juices. Some even keep the juice for hours before consuming it. All these practices are extremely wrong as juices are meant to be consumed within 2-5 minutes after extraction. Canned juices are loads of sugar and preservatives which add on the weight issues. Drinking juice later than 5-10 minutes after squeezing it results in loss of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, B- complex, and other minerals as well. Who should have juices?  Juices are good for people who do not like fruits/vegetables, who cannot chew fruits/vegetables like toddlers, elders, critically ill patients etc. Juices help them to get the nutrients in a more simple and easy to absorb manner which otherwise is difficult for them. Who shouldn’t have juices? People who are constipated, on weight loss diet, diabetics etc should avoid juices as it is devoid of fiber and increases the sugar levels in the blood. It also increases sugar cravings because since the sugar in juice causes a spike in the blood sugar levels and a sudden drop, you are left with more and more sugar cravings. Specially people with poor digestion and constipation should try and eat fruits/vegetables raw as it helps in clearing the bowel more easily making them feel light and relaxed. Juices for good health • Avoid fruit juices as they contain natural sugar and juicing the fruits remove the fiber leaving you only with sugar water. • Try and opt for more of vegetable juices like carrot-beet-spinach-tomato/ dhoodi-cucumber/ spinach-pudina-coriander etc. Do not strain these juices. Just blend them in a blender, add a dash of lemon and drink it immediately. • The best time to drink vegetable juice is early morning to help you absorb the nutrients in it better on empty stomach. • Avoid taking juices with any other food to avoid any hindrance in the nutrient absorption. • Wheat grass juice is a great liver detoxifier and helps to fight diseases like cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol etc since it is rich in antioxidants and chlorophyll which cleanses the body. Benefits of vegetable juices • Clears your bowels • Improves hair luster • Clears complexion • Helps reduce weight • Lowers cholesterol • Reduces chances of cancer So choose your juice options wisely considering your health and other minor issues so that it gives you maximum benefits.

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  • Party the healthy way!!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    We all love attending parties. Don’t we? With summer vacations on we need even more reason to meet our friends and loved ones, relax, enjoy and have a good laugh. Throwing a house party is the easiest way to have a good time with the people you love. But what happens to your health when you overdo on these party outings. The fat laden food, creamy dishes, mouth watering fried starters, sugary desserts etc negate all the efforts you put during the day to maintain your slim and trim figure and you can’t do much to change that. But you can be the one to bring in the change.  You be the trend setter. How? When you are the host, be a good one. Plan a healthy theme party. Make sure you choose healthy food options. People think that healthy food is boring and cannot be delicious. You can change their mind set by actually preparing some yummy delicacies. You never know they might be so impressed that they actually follow your footsteps. So here are some options for a 5 course meal menu: Soups/drinks: watermelon sorbet , sharbat-e-sehat, tomangee, red chilli rasam, velvet chicken soup, tomato soup, mushroom soup, chicken herb soup, litchi lassi, oats soup, potato spinach salad, peas soup, grape apple juice, fresh smoothie, mango lassi, pineapple slush, avocado gazpacho soup, ginger chicken soup, minty buttermilk. Salads: barley salad, stir fry veggies, chana bhel, quinoa salad, stuffed egg salad, paneer corn pepper stir fry, summer tomato fun, gado gado salad, red radish spread, paneer pepper salad, cucumber salad, marinated carrots, broccoli mushroom stir fry, tofu salad, corn chatpata, sprouts bhel. Starters: paneer in pita pockets, healthy chicken burger, lemon chicken, fish with citrus marinade, kerela steamed fish, stuffed tomatoes, paneer hara matar, chicken veggies aflatoon, masala idli, open face sesame toast, black pepper fish, sitr fry envelope, soya tikkis, stuffed mushrooms, yoghurt dip, roasted fish. Main course: chicken stew, cinnamon brown rice, stir fried brown rice, low cal chole, murgi komla, oats thepla, egg in palak, dalia pulao, dry chicken curry, bajra paratha, paneer babaycorn masala, brown rice chicken pulao, ragi roti, whole wheat pizza, whole wheat tagliatelle, whole wheat pasta in white sauce, palak paneer. Desserts: apple crumble, peanutty cake, flaxseeds peanut laddo, oats banana muffin, chickoo halwa, shrikhand, biscuit pudding, almond walnut bites, chocolate strawberry phirni. All these above dishes are low in fat, high in nutrients, filling and deliciously yummy. You plan out your menu like any 2 soups, 2 drinks, 2 salads, 3 starters, 2 main course dishes, 2 dessertsot as many number of dishes as you wish to serve. Now your guests to binge to their heart’s content without any health or figure worries. Party not only hard but SMART!!

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  • Benefits of green tea

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    These days too many brands are promoting green tea and its varieties. But these are no gimmicks as green tea has been discovered 4000 years ago and have found to have a host of health benefits like: Green tea is found to have catechins and polyphenols which are excellent antioxidants and prevent the body from free radical damage and helps to detoxify. Green tea is less processed than black tea and hence have higher amount of antioxidants. It has anti viral and anti bacterial effect and prevents plaque formation in the mouth. It helps to reduce bad cholesterol, improves good cholesterol and keeps blood pressure in check.  It prevents formation of new cancer cells and destroys the harmful ones thereby protecting the body. It controls blood sugar levels and prevents heart diseases. Retards aging process and improves skin texture and complexion. Improves digestion, prevents gas formation and helps in weight reduction. It has mild bowel stimulating effect thereby preventing constipation. It helps to get rid of headache and tiredness which is a common problem in daily life. It improves immune system and prevents the body from infection like cold, cough etc. Its best to replace your coffee with a cup to green tea as coffee can dehydrate you and have a host of unhealthy effects on your body. Instead rehydrate your cells with a cup of green tea powerpacked with antioxidants.

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  • Diet- its true meaning

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    The word ‘dieting’ has gained much importance in the past few years. Everyone around is following some or the other diet which is famous or fad because dieting is in fashion. Very few of us realise that the word “DIET” has a much deeper meaning than just weight loss. Diet means attaining and maintaining health in order to carry out your day to day activities without getting fatigue or famished. It means feeling energetic, active, focused and happy. It means eating balanced nutritious meals in small quantities and often to pump up your BMR and helping you burn you fat, and not melt it. (There is nothing called as melting fat). It’s as simple as eating the right thing at the right time in the right quantity. Most of the people pick up one of the fad diets available on the net and start believing that it is the best diet to lose weight because some of their friends/ colleagues have told them about it. But that is absolutely incorrect because there is no authenticity to it. Also these diets are very extreme like rice diet, soup diet, cabbage diet etc which are not holistic and do not help you meet your daily nutrient requirements. For example, rice is rich in carbohydrates and some B-complex vitamins but what about your protein, good fats, calcium, iron etc. Another vast sector of society thinks that starving or skipping meals will help them get trimmer. This is again wrong because when you starve your BASAL METABOLIC RATE crashes down and your body stores whatever you eat next as fat. So you initially lose water weight but when you go back to your routine diet, you are richer with greater fat stores than before. This is called the YO-YO effect (losing weight and gaining back double of it in no time). I had a male businessman client who came to me with 109 kgs, with the most unacceptable eating habits and desperate to lose weight and get healthy. In 3 months, he was down to 93 kgs with 8 inches less on his waist. All he had to say is “Neha I am very happy, but I had to spend double my money because of you”, I asked surprisingly,” why?” He said,” I had to redo my entire wardrobe again”, and I laughed with joy. Similarly, another young female client had a Polycystic ovarian syndrome at the age of 16 and weighed 78kgs because of wrong eating habits and inactive lifestyle. In 2.5 months she lost 9 kgs and had got rid of her PCOS problem completely just with the right food and moderate exercise. So friends it is really not a rocket science to maintain health and weight together. It is just slightly tweaking your lifestyle for the better. What better than eating enough and achieving your goals?

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  • Seeds for health

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    Neha Chandna tells us about healthy seeds. Seeds are tiny but power packed foods stuff. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Each seed has its own benefit. You can add them in food, salads, trail mixes, or just garnish desserts with it. You must have noticed, these days lot of processed foods have seeds added to them for example multigrain bread, chikki, chivdas etc to add on the nutritional and fiber value of these foods. Let’s talk about the health benefits of some seeds 1.      Sunflower seeds: It is rich in vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant. It prevents the heart and skin from damage by free radicals thereby preventing heart attacks and strokes It is a great source of magnesium which reduces asthma and blood pressure and also acts as a muscle relaxant. Due to its high fiber and physterol(cholesterol identical compound in plants) it reduces bad cholesterol. Filled with folate which is responsible for synthesis of DNA and RNA. If taken by pregnant women, it can prevent neural tube defects in the baby. They have anti inflammatory properties and reduce the pain in arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Excellent source of selenium- a powerful antioxidant which prevents the risk ofcancers like breast, stomach, prostrate etc in humans.   2.      Flaxseeds: Very high in fiber which helps prevent constipation and acts as a natural laxative. Rich in omega 3 fatty acids hence a valuable source for vegetarians. It helps to reduce blood pressure and many other inflammatory problems in the body. Rich in lignans and omega 3 fatty acids which reduce cholesterol and prevent heart problems by unclogging arteries. Due to its high fiber, it helps to control blood sugar levels and keep diabetes under check. 2 tbsp of flaxseeds/ day in powdered form is great and can be added to soups, salads, veggies, buttermilk, curd etc. It had an ability to regulate estrogen in the body and hence prevents breast cancers in women and pre menstrual syndrome (PMS). It may also prevent prostate cancer and prostate enlargement in men. Additionally it helps in improving the quality of nails, skin and hair.   3.      Pumpkin seeds: It is rich in tryptophan which can reduce depression. Rich in iron hence prevents anemia and improves energy Due to its high content of magnesium, it improves concentration and brain function in children. It improves prostate health in men. Manganese in pumpkin seeds help antioxidants work better hence reduce chances of infectious diseases. They are rich in MUFA hence reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. It is rich in zinc which helps to prevent osteoporosis especially in men. &nbs

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  • Monsoon workout

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    Rains bring a sense of relief after the scorching sunny heat. But for walk/jog lovers it can be a great disappointment when they see heavy showers pouring down especially when they are all geared up for their workout. The gloomy weather adds to the laziness forcing you to miss your gym and get into your quilt. So does this mean you have to give a toss to your workout regime? Ofcourse not. All you have to do it shift your outdoor workouts indoor. So how can you go about it? Check it: Always do a 45 minutes – 1 hour workout: Warm up: you can start your warm up with basic stretches of the neck, head, shoulder, arms and legs  followed by 5 minutes spot jogging, Cardio: after warm up you can do 15 minutes of rigorous cardio to get your heart beat up and start your fat burning process. You can opt for skipping, stair climbing, hopping, jumping jacks etc. You can do any 1 or choose a combination of any of the above. Strength: after a good cardio spree, you need to strengthen your muscles for toning the body and preventing joints from injury. You can do a combination of 20 squats + 20 lunges( each leg)+ 20 push ups. You repeat this set 2-4 times as per your capacity. Abs: start with a plank position for 30 seconds and repeat it again. Then lie down on your back and do 20 crunches + 20 reverse crunches + 20 alternate leg raises. Repeat this set 2 times. Cool down: do 5 minutes of full body stretches and relax. This kind of regime gives an overall body workout including all the components like strength, cardio, stretches. If you want to do a fun workout, you can just play music and dance like no one is watching you. You can also purchase workout DVD’s available in the market to assist you with aerobics, dance, zumba very much at your home. So now the rains cannot damper your exercising spirit!!!

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  • Heal Your Gut

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    People say, ‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’. But actually, it is not only the way to the heart but, an ultimate route to a person’s health. Your gut (gastrointestinal tract) is a dynamic organ and if not taken good care of, it can lead to a volley of health problems. Imagine your body as a car, your stomach as a petrol tank of your car and the food you eat as the petrol. If you refill your tank with low quality or adulterated petrol, your car is bound to give you problems. So below given are 5 foods which can help keep your stomach and body healthy and fit: Yoghurt: It is an excellent source of probiotics which are friendly bacteria that strengthen your immune system, protect against disease causing bacteria and infections and help in proper digestion and absorption of food thereby relieving gas and bloating. Yoghurt can be relished with fruits, in the form of raita or buttermilk.  Oats: It is rich in soluble fiber which is fermented in the large intestine to produce beneficial bacteria and reduce the levels of harmful ones. This helps to resist infections and improve overall well being. The soluble fiber in oats also helps to reduce cholesterol levels. You can add oats to your soup, idli, dosa to add to the fiber in your diet. Chicken and fish: They contain very high amount of an important amino acid GLUTAMINE. Glutamine is the preferred fuel source for cells lining the small intestine. It prevents the absorption of harmful molecules and helps in the production of antioxidants that protect all the organs of the body. Enjoy them in steamed, roasted or grilled form to gain maximum health benefits. Whole grains: Such as whole wheat, jowar, ragi, brown rice etc have good amount of insoluble fiber which increases your fecal bulk and reduces constipation, gas and bloating. Add wheat bran to your whole grains for additional fiber.   Aloevera juice: It is an amazing de-toxifier. It prevents heartburn and acidity, soothes the digestive system, helps in irritable bowel syndrome, and improves digestion and absorption of nutrients. Consume 100 ml aloevera juice empty stomach early morning for its best effects.

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  • Navratri special: How to fast the healthy way! - Nutritionist Neha Chandna

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 March 2015

    The festivities of Navratri begin from April 8 onwards. Along with the fun and frolic of garba, it also brings along the nine-day fasting routine. In order to maintain good health, it is imperative that you follow a healthy diet and fast in a safe manner. Nutritionist Neha Chandna shells out some tips and a diet plan for healthy fasting this Navratri. Is fasting healthy? Many may wonder if going on a nine-day fast is indeed healthy for our bodies. According to Neha, it is an extremely healthy practice as long as you don’t starve yourself. Fasting helps you cleanse and detoxify your body and mind. All you need to do is fast is the correct manner by eating small meals frequently and then eating your main meal at night post sunset. Healthy Navratri diet plan Start your day with a cup of green tea and two dates For breakfast, eat fruits, nuts and raisins Have milkshake/ kheer/ coconut water around noon For lunch, opt for saudana khichdi/ rajgira roti with lauki/ arbi sabzi and a glass of chhaas with rock salt Mid afternoon, have fruit yoghurt In the evening, eat aloo chat or aloo palak salad For dinner, start with vegetable soup, a bowl of salad with kuttu ka atta/rajgira roti and sabzi followed by low-fat lauki halwa or carrot halwa Before sleeping, have a glass of skimmed milk Recently, there was a controversy that one should avoid eating fruits during fasts. In my belief, fruits are the most sacred food on earth! They are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and natural sugar which make them ideal to consume during a fast.  ill-effects of not fasting properly Many people who fast also go to play garba or dandiya in the evenings. Since this requires stamina and energy, it is vital that you fast in a proper manner in order to enjoy the festivities and not strain your body’s health. Some of the ill-effects of not fasting properly are: Weakness and fatigue Fainting due to drop in blood sugar level Unable to sleep properly Lack of stamina Tiredness  Who should avoid fasting? I suggest diabetics and pregnant woman avoid this fast as it can cause a drop in the blood sugar levels which is not conducive in both the cases. Watch My video also on You Tube : Get fit in Navratras- Healthy Tips by Dietitian Neha Chandna

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  • A moving message from your body

    In Expert Diet Tips On 03 June 2015

    It\'s a gadget-obsessed world, and it\'s the ultimate reason for our lazy and sluggish attitude. With the rise in new technology, there\'s been a proportionate rise in our inactivity. Thanks to touch, button and voice commands, we don\'t even need to move our butts to get our work done. We get groceries delivered home, food ordered over a call and even shopping for clothes happens at a click of a button. This leaves us with little to no motivation to move about and do things. Thank the stars for not having robots yet, otherwise we would become completely useless as living beings. Sitting on a chair, couch or bed for hours is all we do throughout the day without realizing how weak it makes our muscles and joints, giving rise to the so-called \'lifestyle diseases\'. Our body is a fantastic creation of nature. It notifies us of all that is happening inside, but we choose to ignore the signs and symptoms. If we can go to great lengths to find a solution for issues in your computer, why ignore the messages our body is trying to communicate to us. Our body tries to tell us in a number of ways that we have been inactive or idle for too long:   Stiff neck: This is lifestyle related issue that almost every corporate person suffers from. Sitting in front of the computer for hours makes your neck movement less frequent and increases the chances of strain and muscle spasms in your neck, making it difficult to move your neck freely.   Shoulder pain: Your shoulders have literally have a lot of pressure on them, as they have been assigned the duty of supporting your neck. This makes your them shrugged all the time, leading to shoulder pain.   Lower backache: Almost 90% of the urban population suffers from a lower back problem just from sitting for long hours. Especially sitting in the wrong posture adds extra weight on your lower back joints, which keep pressing and ultimately cause pain and stiffness. This also happens due to loss of strength in your core muscles over a period of time.   Yawning continuously: We all have moments of incessant yawning and we fail to understand why that happens. It\'s a simple sign from your brain saying that that it needs more oxygen, which happens through movement and proper breathing.   Leg cramps: This is a very common phenomenon that we come across after we sit for long hours. We\'ve all experienced that feeling of not being able to feel our legs with a pins-and-needles sensation when we try to move them. In such cases, you need to stand up and walk around a bit, no matter how uncomfortable, to help the blood flow well and get your legs back to their normal state.   Indigestion: When your stomach feels a bit under the weather, just remember that apart from eating wrong foods, you\'ve been inactive for a long time due to which your digestion has become sluggish, causing acidity and gas.   Fatigue: You might be wondering how sitting in one place can make someone tired, but the fact is that the more you sit, the more it gets difficult for you to get back to your active state as blood flow reduces throughout the body making you feel tired and sluggish.   Inability to focus: Do you remember as a kid when your parents told you to take short breaks between studies and move about? This was so that by allowing good blood circulation, you could freshen up your mind and restore your focus. The same goes for when you\'re working or trying to concentrate on something. Get up, move about, take a tea/bathroom break or just go for a small walk. The best way to avoid sitting yourself to stiffness is by getting some movement every hour and trying to incorporate active habits in daily life. Move about while talking on the phone, use the stairs, walk towards your colleagues to have a discussion, get to the coffee machine yourself, bend and stretch well, do small household chores, etc. So get up and stand tall to increase your long term health, short term well being and productivity!

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  • Get some balance on your plate

    In Expert Diet Tips On 03 June 2015

    Eating is a simple and natural activity meant to nourish our body. But as the saying goes, \'Too many cooks spoil the broth\'. We have too many people trying to give gyaan about food and diet. And with time, we have become victim to so many fad diets that we\'ve forgotten our inborn art to eat healthy. Just to have an attractive appearance, people opt for cruel means to lose weight, which is actually harming their body. Starving, liquid diets, cabbage diet, banana diet and many such unreasonable diets crop up everyday because propagators of the diets know that people want shortcuts to reach to their goals. And shortcuts can be quite dangerous. With diets that are not balanced or adequate in nutrients, what we get is unhealthy weight loss, muscle weakness and bone problems among many other issues. If you really want to be healthy, and not just looking for weight loss, you should give your body what it needs:   Opt for natural foods like fruits, nuts, salads, veggies, sprouts, pulses, etc as these foods have enzymes, which help in digestion and absorption of nutrients that keep your metabolism going.   Eat with all your mind and soul. Eating is like meditating. When we eat food calmly, our cells feel loved and wanted and this helps them uptake nutrients better to heal themselves, which also prevents weight gain. So eat food with undivided attention. Switch off your phone, TV and any other distractions that may come between you and your food.   Chew while you have teeth. God has blessed us with a set of whites not to just show off our sweet smile but to extract the most minute goodness from our food. By chewing well, you help the enzymes work better on digesting the food, which prevents constipation, bloating, acidity and storage of excess fat.   Eat mindfully, don\'t be miserly. It\'s not a layman\'s fault that they believe all the extremely convincing information that goes around regarding food. But using a little common sense would do more good than harm. Always reconsider the food you put in your mouth. Junk and fast food once in a while is not bad, but in daily routine you need to keep these foods at a minimum.   Eat less to weigh less is biggest lie you would ever come across in your life. It\'s not about eating less food; it\'s about eating the right food in the right quantity. As we mentioned, every cell of your body depends on an array of nutrients to function well. By eating less you deprive your body of these nutrients and make yourself weak and more prone to diseases. Include a balanced diet like grains, fruits, nuts, dals, vegetables with minimum or no oil and sugar to see a great change in your energy, thoughts and body. It is extremely important to understand that carbs, fat, calories, etc. are not \'unhealthy\'. They\'re essential for our body to function. Carbs are the petrol for your cells without which your brain and heart cannot operate. Similarly, fat is a protector for your organs and insulator for your body. One single food or nutrient cannot do magic, there needs to be a combination of all the nutrients. A balanced diet gives you a balanced mind and body.

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  • Train your mind to eat healthy

    In Expert Diet Tips On 04 June 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! When people think that it\'s high time to do something good for their health and body, they pick a date to start a healthy diet plan and indulge in their favorite foods till that date. When the start day arrives, they bid goodbye to the junk by indulging in them for one last time and they go to bed with a heavy heart because they have to eat a plateful of salad instead of chips next day onward. But they think that it must be done and hope it all turns out to be worth the effort they\'ll be putting in. And then comes D-Day, which starts off on a perfect note. Days and weeks pass by and then suddenly you\'re back to square one! What the hell happened? There\'s a psychology behind it. To follow a healthy lifestyle one needs to train their mind. Here are a few easy ways to do that: Think of it as a long-term change. Most people think of diet as starvation and a short-term affair, but it actually means eating the right food at the right time in the right quantity and understanding your own body needs, appetite, likes and dislikes. It does not mean eating bland, boring food, but using wholesome, nutritious ingredients in all your meals. Do not self pity. People think they\'re in a losing spot when on a diet and pity themselves for not being able to eat all the delicious food others are relishing. Think of how well nourished and energetic your body is going to be in comparison to theirs. Look at the bright side and you\'ll feel that as compared to others, you are in a better position healthwise. Say \'don\'t\' instead of \'can\'t\'. When someone offers you something unhealthy like be it a burger, pizza, cake, samosa etc. instead of saying \'I can\'t eat that\', change the phrase \'I don\'t eat that\'. The former indicates that you are forcing yourself to do something, whereas the latter means you are in full control and exactly aware of the choices you are making. Bind yourself in a promise. If you find yourself wanting to cheat once in a while, do it without guilt and stress. In return, make a promise to yourself that you will eat healthy in the next meal and fulfill that promise. This will add a bit of discipline to your eating habits and you\'ll be able to enjoy eating without constantly stressing about food. To sum it up, make sure to think before what you eat, make it interesting, and love yourself! Self care is health care.

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  • Aam Panna

    In Expert Diet Tips On 08 June 2015

    Calories - 20kcal Ingredients 1 raw mango 1 tsp Black salt to taste 2 tbsp mint leaves 1/2 tsp black pepper powder 1 tsp roasted jeera powder Salt to taste Sugar substitute as per sweetness Method Peel the mango, slice it and boil it in 2 cups water for 15 minutes till they are cooked After this cools, add all the other ingredients and mix well Blend this mixture into a puree and then strain the puree Then add 5 glasses of water and fresh mint leaves Serve chilled

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  • Reactivating Activity

    In Expert Diet Tips On 09 June 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!  Many a times, we all dream of having a magical wand to complete our work, be it household chores or office deadlines. It\'s very easy to say, \"Let it be, I will do it tomorrow\". With the increasing craze of leading a fast paced life and affection of smart gadgets, lethargy has become second nature to us. All we need is a steady mindset and balance. Each one of us loves to get compliments from others and feel good within. Here are interesting tips that could help you to stay active and fit for longer period of time:   Use public transport: In day to day life, we use car even for travelling small distances. Instead, prefer walking or take the aid of using public transport facilities. This little practice can become a habit.​ ​ Being social: With the invention of various social applications and short messaging services, our life just seems to be limited inside four walls. In a week, spare out some time for your friends and acquaintances. Staying socially connected could increase your networking skills and open up opportunities. Sharing lunch and ideas during lunch time could work wonders. ​ Using old techniques: Nowadays, you may spot various Bollywood actors using the effective methods of cycling for staying fit. You can use them too for maintaining your physique. Start with short distances and then gradually increase. ​ Climbing stairs: Do you know why our forefathers were fit and happy, and thus less prone to diseases? The best known reason is that they didn\'t have any machines or equipment to do their work. Lifts, for example, are one of the major causes of laziness for those working outdoors. Try using stairs instead of lift whenever you can. ​ Cleanliness is the way: The best way to get active and burn some calories is to clean your wardrobe and room on your own, with minimal help from others. It also helps to increase flexibility, blood circulation and muscle nerve coordination. Pre-organising things could aid a lot in increasing your activity levels. Why rely on magical wands when moulding our lifestyle is just a habit away!

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  • Quinoa Upma veg

    In Expert Diet Tips On 11 June 2015

      Calories - 130 kcal per serving   Ingredients 3 tbsp cooked quinoa 1 tbsp peas, steamed 1 tbsp diced carrots, steamed 1 green chillies sliced 0.25 sliced onions A pinch of turmeric powder A pinch garam masala Salt to taste Coriander for garnishing 2 tsp oil 0.25 tsp mustard 0.25 tsp cumin seeds A pinch of hing Method Heat oil in a pan, add oil, cumin, hing, mustard seeds. Then add onions and saute till translucent. Then add the chillies, carrots and peas and saute for few minutes. Then add haldi, garam masala and cooked quinoa. Cover and cook on simmer for 5 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot.

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  • Tava Idlis veg

    In Expert Diet Tips On 12 June 2015

      Calories - 130 kcal Ingredients 2 leftover idlis 1/2 onion, chopped 1/2 tomato, chopped 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste Pinch of turmeric Salt to taste 1/4 tsp pav bhaji masala 1/2 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp oil Method Heat oil in a pan, saute onions for few minutes till translucent, add tomato, giner-garlic paste, turmeric powder and cook for few minutes. Add salt, pav bhaji masala, idlis and mix well. Add lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot.

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  • Ramzan diet: For all my muslim friends

    In Expert Diet Tips On 15 June 2015

    The holy time for muslims is just around the corner. With over 12 hours of strict fasting, it only becomes imperative for people to eat what can provide them the best nutrients and hence perform well in their daily chores. So here a few simple guidelines for you to follow during the month of ramzan: Suhoor: This is the time your body is depleted and energy stores are used up during the night. So you need to focus on foods which give your energy and nutrients like vitamins like A, C, B- complex vitamins, minerals like sodium, potassium etc to help you sustain throughout the day. Opt for foods like fruits( every fruits is allowed especially bananas, mangoes, melons etc (due to their high water, potassium and antioxidant content), dried fruits( anjeer, dates, raisins, prunes) which give energy , oats/ ragi/ dalia in form of porridge, upma, chila etc, eggs to give you your protein content preventing muscle breakdown during the day and some Good fat rich nuts(almonds , walnuts, cashews, pistas). Iftar: This is the time your hunger pangs at their peak and eating too much food, too fast can create a problem in digestion. The best way is to go slow. Again start with dried fruits and fruits to give your energy. Then have a balanced meal like salads + 1 grain be it wheat, jowar, rice or ragi + veggies/ sprouts + chicken or fish( grilled, steamed or roasted). Avoid fried and extra sweet foods as they can turn into fat easily after a long fast.  Important tip: Keep a ice cold napkin on your stomach 3-4 during the day. This will keep your body cool and prevent you from excess thirst. Share with all your friends and feel free to ask me your queries below: Register at http://nehachandna.zest.md/.

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  • Cook healthy for your partner!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 07 July 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! You have always wished to eat healthy and tried to stick to our diet regime. But most of the time you land up eating junk food when you\'re with your spouse/partner, and they force you to take a bite of that mouth-watering fat-loaded food. How about getting your partner addicted to healthy food? For most people, the idea of healthy food is boring and monotonous. That is the notion you have to change. There are a number of ways you can do it:   Everyone is now internet savvy. There are a number of healthy recipes available online, which you can find and prepare for your loved one. Prepare the dish your partner likes with a healthier twist, so that they do not reject it at the first look and at least give it a shot. Make some yummy salads / veggies / grilled chicken / steamed fish / low-fat paneer paratha, etc., which are healthy yet irresistible. Take your partner grocery shopping with you and ensure that he/she picks up only healthy items under your check. Pack a low-fat and low-cal meal in their tiffin with a note saying \"I love you, that\'s why I care\". It will bring a smile to their face and they will eat the meal without a thought. Tell your partner to make a healthy meal for you on the weekend. It will get them involved in the entire process of eating healthy. There are a couple of healthy food joints coming up in India. They can be the new date/hangout location for you to surprise your better half with. The best way is to involve your partner in the entire healthy cooking process and explain the importance of adding fibre-rich, vitamin-rich, and healthy oil options to your meals. A healthy couple can ensure a healthy family. Showing your partner you care and preparing healthy meals is one of the ways of expressing it.

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  • Muesli Nuts chikki veg

    In Expert Diet Tips On 07 July 2015

    Calories - 300 kcal Ingredients 10gms almonds 10gms peanuts 20gms muesli 25gms jaggery 1 tsp ghee Method In a pan, roast almonds, peanuts and chop unevenly, keep aside. In another pan, add ghee and jaggery, let it melt and add the almonds, peanuts and muesli and stir continuously. In a greased flat plate, pour the mixture and roll it evenly with a rolling pin, cut it when hot and serve when cool.

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Dietitian Neha Chandna (Ranglani) has 8 years of experience in the field. Food and Health is the matter of interest for most of the people today and realizing the need to create awareness and spread the right information to the society, Neha decided to extensively educate herself in the field of nutrition. As a known fact that diet and exercise go hand in hand, She went a step ahead to certify herself as a REEBOK Aerobic instructor. One of the Most Famous & Online Nutritionists Dietitians in Mumbai (Khar west). Neha Chandna, a dietitian in Mumbai, is a university topper in Dietetics from S.V.T. She has worked as a nutritionist for reputed gyms and fitness trainers and as a consultant with doctors and physiotherapists. She deals with sportsmen, individuals who are obese or victims of lifestyle issues- to name a few- diabetes, thyroid, osteoporosis, PCOS etc. and active/exercising sector of society. She educates and conducts seminar/workshops for corporates like banks (HDFC & Standard Chartered Bank), BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living. She also takes workshops on Nutrition in Pregnancy and Lactation. Neha Chandna also writes articles for magazines and newspapers like New Woman, Beauty and salon, Hello Mumbai, the afternoon etc. She has also done a couple of interviews for TV9 channel. She is an online consultant for a health social networking website www.ihealthu.com. Dietician Neha Chandna is one of the Best Dietician / nutritionist in Khar west , Mumbai. Neha Chandna is a Famous Nutritionist in Khar west & a famous nutritionist in Mumbai for weight loss diet chart and for other diet plan services. Popular dietcian in Mumbai. Consult her for best online Diet charts in Mumbai. 
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