How to Attain Healthy Body, Mind & Soul

From time immemorial, it is repeated that Health is Wealth. It is true that of all the assets of the Universe, the health is the greatest asset and nothing can beat or substitute it. We should take extra effort to take care of our precious body and a healthy body leads to sound mind and a happy soul, that is the importance of Health in our life.

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We all know that Health is the most important. A regular regimen to maintain a healthy lifestyle is a must; still, most of us ignore and stress more on earning bucks.


Traditional Indian Food Contest Entry V – Sukhadi!

Shweta Mehta, a holistic Nutritionist, loves to
write about Food & Health posts. She creates new innovative recipes blended
with healthy and tasty components. Her recipe posts can be reached at [email protected].
Let’s hear the recipe of Shweta Mehta in her own version and along with the recipe, she has shared the story behind
the birth of the recipe Sukhadi
and its health benefits.

The Pious Sukhadi

Sukhadi also known as Gol Papdi or Gur Papdi is the only Prasad offered to Shri Ghatakarna Mahavir Dev,
at Mahudi, famous Jain temple. This ancient Jain derasar is one of the most
sacred pilgrim that is nearly 2000 years old. Ghantakarna was a Warrior King
called Tungabhadra in his previous birth. He was the protector of the Satis,
Sadhus, Unfortunate and Devotees from the demons. Because it was this Jain
deity’s favourite, it’s supposed to be very inauspicious to waste even a bit of
Sukhadi. Once Sukhadi is offered to this deity, it is to be consumed and shared
within the temple premises or can be donated to the people around. No pilgrim
is allowed to take it home or out of the premises of the Temple. The Sukhadi
here is the best; I’ve eaten.

In a Guajarati home, this Traditional Sweet is also called as Sukan Ni Sukhadi – as it is considered as an auspicious sweet for
any new beginnings. 

It is often made during Jain Religious festival – Paryushan
or Diwali
. Simple Sweet Homemade Delight
that tastes best when eaten Hot and can be stored in a sealed container at
My Mom occasionally used to fill up my Tiffin box
with a piece of Sukhadi with spicy Sev or roasted Chivda. Sweet and Spicy
combination to snack on for 20 mins recess. As it’s a dry sweet, it’s
convenient to carry without any fuss hence best Travel Food. No wonder she made batches of these for my brother who
worked overseas – yes, this one has Long Shelf Life & is a “Saviour” Food – when you
would not get time to cook food. A small square of this sweet is enough
to keep the hunger pangs at bay for a couple of hours.
I have made this mini platter of Sukhadi to
welcome the lil bundle of Joy in my Family. 
It is made from 3 Simple Kitchen
ingredients – Wheat flour, Jaggery and Ghee {clarified butter}. It is simple
and quick to make. Soft in texture hence simply melts in mouth.
With changing times and to make things
differently – even Sukhadi has been modified by using different flours or
combination and nuts to make it more nutritious and healthy. Herby, I am
sharing the authentic recipe of Sukhadi which was made by my grandma, my mom
and now by me J
Sukhadi Recipe


Wheat Flour – 1/2 cup
Melted Ghee – 1/4 cup
Grated jaggery – 1/2 cup
jaggery or Slice it very finely. There should not be any chunk of it. Grease
a plate with ghee and set aside.
In a Pan, heat ghee and roast the wheat flour on a
medium flame till the colour of wheat flour changes to golden brown and until
you get a nice Aroma. Keep stirring with a spatula to avoid getting burnt. This is the Most important
part or I can say heart of this recipe if perfection in roasting the flour.
Keep the
flame low and add grated jaggery to this and mix well. Mix the jaggery well
with the flour. Switch off the flame immediately to avoid getting your Sukhadi
chewy & hard.
After you
switch off the flame, stir the mixture for a second till jaggery melts
Put this
mixture into the ghee greased plate and level it with the back of spatula or a
flat bowl. Do it quickly while it is hot.
After 5 minutes, cut it into square or diamond
shape using a knife. Leave it aside for 10 minutes.

You can sprinkle few Julienned Almonds/Pistachios or Cashewnut/Apricot
Halves. Store it in a sealed container and Enjoy.
Health Benefits of Sukhadi
 Instant Energy Booster food
after any Sport.
Regain the lost Energy after
or during any illness or febrile condition.
As it is Nutrient densed, it
is best for growing kids.
 It helps to gain Weight and
Strength for Underweight or Malnourished kids.
Healthy Nutrition for Pregnant/Lactating
Moms that gives Satiety.
 It helps to stay warm on cold
and rainy days.
Saturated Fat in ghee helps increase
your absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K.

Dear Readers, please try this recipe at your end and do share your experiences. The pics of recipe is shared by Shweta Mehta, a Food Blogger & a Nutritionist.

We will love to hear from you. 😆😆

Traditional Indian Food Contest Entry III- Rasilie Aamchoori Bhindi Recipe!

The next Contestant
of Traditional Indian Food Contest is Ms. Megha Verma, Bangalore.

Let’s know about Megha in her own version.

Cooking never interested me when I was young. I always wanted to stay away as
much as possible from the kitchen. But thanks to my mom who always used to give me at least 1 percent of the cooking work on the daily basis. This 1 percent gave me an idea about the basics of cooking. After my marriage and kids, I am completely
transformed. Now I love cooking for my family. Their love makes me explore new
dishes. All credit of my culinary skills and recipes goes to my Dear husband
and kids.

Rasilie Aamchoori Bhindi Recipe

This Rasilie
Aamchoori Bhindi recipe is awesome for people who are in love with bhindi. This
recipe is best suited for people whole like to eat bhindi with gravy. This is
also great for people who don’t like tomatoes but still want  tangy bhindi.

Bhindi – Washed,
dried and cut into 1 inch length approximately with a small slit.
Garlic – 10 to 12
cloves of garlic peeled and washed.
Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
Coriander Powder – 3 tsp.
Red Chillie Powder –
1 tsp.
Salt – according to taste
Aamchoor Powder – 1 tsp.
Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp.
Oil – 2 tbsp.
Water – 1 bowl
Coriander leaves – Finely diced quarter cup
Cooking Method:
Put 1 spoon oil in a
pan. Heat the oil and put the methi seeds in the oil and let it splutter. Put
the bhindi in the oil and fry for 10 minutes on high flame. In a mixer grinder put
the garlic cloves, dhania powder, haldi powder, salt, chilie powder and little
water and grind it to a fine paste. Heat 1 spoon oil in a pan and put this spice
paste in the oil and fry for 5 minutes until oil separates. Put 1 bowl of water
and fried bhindi in the pan and cook it covered for about 7 to 10 minutes on
midium flame stirring occasionally. Now sprinkle aamchoor powder in the pan and
mix it properly. Garnish it with coriander leaves. Rasilie aamchoori bhindi is
ready to be served with hot chapatis or parathas. 

Dear Readers, please
try this recipe at your end and do share your experiences and liking about this
dish. The pics of recipe is shared by Megha Verma, an amateur blogger.

We will love to hear from you. 😆😆

VLCC Customised Obesity Package!! #GetfitwithVLCC

Day to day, Obesity is becoming a problem for the people world-wide and
the fair reason behind it is digitization, sedentary life and mechanized
lifestyle, wherein the physical effort is becoming negligible.

A little population is concerned about their health and lifestyle and they
follow sessions of gym, morning walk and diet control diligently. A big chunk
is at their receiving end, the girth increasing day by day but they cannot
stick to wellness program, juggling between professional & personal life.
Everyone can’t lead a committed life and the deviation from the normal
gives spurt to obesity and obesity leads to certain diseases.

The fast and junk food, pizzas, cold drinks are in the regular menu owing to
fast life which adds in most calories to one’s diet and the body loses its

The youngsters and kids are getting plump; the reasons are many, hooked to
indoor games, TV, & fast food.

The signs of obesity is not healthy but people tend to be careless until
the symptoms of overweight flares up, thus, giving rise to many diseases.

Hypothyroidism: is a condition characterized by
abnormally low thyroid hormone production. The prevalence of hypothyroidism is
high in Indians compared to other countries and the people of inland and
coastal island are more affected with it.
It affects growth, development and many cellular processes and the
clinical symptoms vary from one individual to other.

Clinical features of Hypothyroidism are:
  •  Fatigue
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Muscle aching and cramps
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain or difficulty
    losing weight
  • Poor appetite
  • Face and legs swelling
  • Hoarse voice
  • Irregular or heavy
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Slows mental activity
  • Infertility and pregnancy
    related problems.
Normal range of Thyroid levels: is TSH is 0.6-4.6 micro units/ml.

Medication & Exercise:
  • Thyroid medication is to be
    taken on regular basis and regular blood test is essential to assess
    whether the patient is taking right amount of dose of thyroid hormone. As
    it is hormonal imbalance so dose has to be adjusted.
  • Thyroid medicine has to be
    taken in empty stomach and no other medicine should be supplemented with
    it. There should be a gap of at least 45 minutes between medicine &
  • 60-90 minutes of exercise is
    a must for the thyroid patients.
  • Meditation, yoga and
    breathing exercises is recommended too.
VLCC has introduced Medically Supervised “GET WELL SOON programs
and packages for the patients of :

1.       Diabetes
2.       Thyroid
3.       Blood Pressure
4.       PCOS (Polycystic ovarian

These weight loss and Body shaping packages are specially customized for
clients suffering from the ailments like Hypothyroidism, PCOS, Diabetes
& BP which are directly linked with Obesity.

These four diseases are prone to risk to life and if care is not taken, it
leads to severe complications.Their weight management programs is outstanding.
It helps to lose weight by planning diet and exercises and they provide
specific diet for the weight loss.

Based on Medical, Fitness and health assessments including BCA,
Anthropometry and DNA screening they include the following planned, monitored
and customized solutions:

1.       Ongoing Medical supervision by
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2.       Personalized therapeutic diet plan
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3.       Customized Exercise routine with
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4.       Supporting therapies and appliance in
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5.       Lifestyle education that focuses on
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VLCC forbids patients from adopting Crash diets, Diet Supplements or
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They have a panel of Doctors, Physiotherapists, Dietitian and
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How to Diet & Exercise Post Bariatric Surgery?

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Obesity is the state of being extremely overweight with Body Mass Index above 28.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is an index to classify underweight, overweight and obese individuals. It is calculated as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in metres (kg/m2).
Obesity is on rise in India and it’s posing lot of health issues in obese people.
Bariatric surgery is a durable & reliable surgery in a way to reduce weight & it acts as a savior for the people suffering from obesity and it reduces or eradicates major health problems, such as BP, Diabetes. High cholesterol, Sleep apnea, Heart Disease, Knee Osteoarthritis, Stress Urinary Incontinence, Fatty Liver, Depression and even gives moral boost to the person and reducing the girth, a person looks attractive and fit, as a whole there is substantial improvement in the quality of life.
For Bariatric Surgery, you can contact Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore for weight loss surgery. They have improved faculty for Bariatric Surgery & Pre and Post Surgery Care with reputed Bariatric Surgeons. For the people residing in Bangalore or the outsiders, Manipal hospitals provides the benefit of online appointments, taking care that you don’t lose time for getting appointments.
There are immense advantages of weight loss treatment through Bariatric surgery and a new chapter of life takes its advent which needs utmost care and attention to maintain proper health after surgery following the healthy tips as suggested by the attending panel of doctors. The person should be careful in diet & exercise post operation and continue the regimen in life to remain fit & fine.
Surgery is an option to reduce the fat but the person should be determined to follow proper regimen of diet & exercise to keep health issues at bay and gain advantages of Bariatric Surgery.
Durable surgery doesn’t mean that you take your health for guarantee, you need to follow the advices and adopt healthy style of living which includes best diet & exercise to remain strong & healthy.
Just after the operation, extra care is required to start feed to the patient.
For the first week of surgery, patient need to be on
A. Clear Liquid Diet which includes;
1. Water,
2. Fat free milk,
3. Fat free broth,
4. Sugar free jello & Popsicle
B. Pureed Foods is started gradually in smaller quantities throughout the day. Pureed food is easier on digestion and even 60-70% protein in the form of protein shakes, egg white & non-fat cheese is prescribed to be consumed by the patient in a day. Intake of clear liquid is advised and care should be taken to have one hour gap in clear liquid & pureed diet.
C. Soft Food is started thereby and is recommended to eat 1 to 2 ounces of protein each day while eating three to six small meals on an average. Food recommended are lean chicken, lean turkey, fish, egg whites, non-fat cottage cheese, and tofu and boiled or mashed vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, avocados and bananas.
D. Solid foods are advised thereby and it is recommended to maintain healthy balance of proteins, vegetables, grains & sugar. Fresh home cooked food are advised with ample green leafy veggies in the diet and intake of lot of liquids is advised throughout the day to be hydrated at all times.

Now we move to the Exercise regimen which has the same importance as diet and it has to be started with minimum or no strain in the beginning and gradually increasing the pace & different types of exercise. Extra care and extra effort is advised, just after the Bariatric surgery.
Initially one should start with easier exercises during 2-4 weeks of Surgery, such as Sitting Exercises, Leg lifts, Shoulder rolls, Arm rotations & Walking.
After 1 to 3 months after surgery on the advice of practitioner, person need to start on Aerobics and Cardio exercises which includes Cycling & Water Aerobics.
After 4 months of surgery with the doctor’s permission, one can start strength training exercise to build muscle, burn more calories, and improve balance. Squats and lunges are the best low impact strength exercises and Yoga.
If the patient follows advisable diet & exercises, it will be highly beneficial for the person. One need to focus on this & follow the regimen religiously. Start at low pace and increase the timings gradually, never over-strain yourself. In case of discomfort, do consult your bariatric surgeon.
Your efforts will pay to keep you fit, supple and fine following new lifestyle in structured personality and it will boost you mentally & physically.
(Inputs from Web)


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Baby Steps To A Healthy Heart Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam


The human heart is an organ that pumps blood throughout the
body through the circulatory system, supplying oxygen and essential nutrients
to the tissues extracting CO2 and other wastes.

If the heart stops functioning, the body will die, so it is
the most important organ of human body and we need to be very careful about it.

The functioning of heart is quite complex and it is in
constant motion. The fresh pure blood is supplied to the organs. The heart is
also a muscle, so it needs a fresh supply of oxygen and nutrients, too,
Phillips said.

We need to be careful about our heart to lead a healthy n
active life. In previous time, people were physically active and their
lifestyle included cycling and walking as well their physical movement was more
required at workplace.

With the digitization, the pattern of job underwent great
changes and lifestyle changed too. Today’s job demand is to be mentally active
and physically the person is hooked at one place and soon, it becomes a habit
to sit for long hours, so the people are leading a sedentary lifestyle.

Moreover, spurt of changes came in lifestyle. Once
considered to be luxuries are now the immediate needs of a man.

The movement of a person of any age group is quite
restricted n people have chosen comforted lifestyle where the body does not
even perspires, so the toxins are not excreted.

Owing to changes in lifestyle, now people has to work out in
gyms to shed that extra fat, flab or to perspire….two decades back, people
strained in their daily routines and found time for recreation after attending
the personal n workplace job, especially in India people were fit and healthy.

Nowadays, the cycle got replaced with air-conditioned cars,
bungalows replaced with centralized air-conditioned homes & offices and
school too have the amenities of comfort and the working class is glued to
system and the people residing at home, elders n kids have found TV &
computer to pass their time by playing games and watching shows.

The consequence is people are gaining weight day by day and
their girth increasing with each passing day.

The people are quite attentive to the emotions and they take
care of their virtual heart more than the organ heart which is in rhythm. The heart organ is ignored till the problem is not
identified. Going by the statistics, there is an immense increase in the cases
of heart diseases and even the young adults and children are been diagnosed
with the problems related to heart.

It’s high time and now we need to pay attention to our
health and be careful in our lifestyle, eating habits, fitting in exercise
regimen in our fast sedentary lifestyle and remain happy.

Nowadays people get irritated or stressed on slightest
pretext the reason I find is upbringing in nuclear family wherein you don’t
have shoulders to cry or take support in trying times

The words sedentary & fast together sounds awkward but it’s
true. Fast because we don’t have time for me
time and sedentary because we are mentally hyperactive and physically inactive.

We can’t change our habits in a day or bring about a great
revolution in our lifestyle but the small steps towards change in our attitudes
n behaviour can help in to great extent and slowly it can inculcate into our
habit and we can live a healthy life.

Recent findings from the World Heart Federation reveal that
even small lifestyle changes like being active, eating better, and staying
happy can make your heart up to 50% healthier.

Our Chote Kadam towards heart care can change our figure and
can keep us fit and healthy.

Let us discuss the Chote Kadam that we should adopt in our

  • Eat healthy foods which includes fresh veggies,
    fruits, cereals and healthy snacks avoiding junk and packaged food or
    previously cooked stored food. Whatever you eat, eat fresh. Say goodbye to ready-made foods. Don’t overcook because essential nutrients are destroyed.
  • Quit Smoking, Tobacco Chewing & Alcohol as
    these are the enemies of a healthy body. You can’t cut down the intake in a
    day, wean out slowly and steadily.
  • Check
    your Salt intake Blood pressure is directly linked with heart, so maintain
    normal BP. Patients of BP need to take salt in minimal qty. Sodium compounds
    are harmful thus it should be avoided.
  • Drink More Water: Increase your water intake, it
    will keep the body hydrated. Develop habit of carrying your own drinking water
    bottle, it’s good for health.
  • Physical Exercise: Start walking in morning n
    evening hours. Start with fifteen minutes of walking and slowly increase its
    pace & time. During duty hours, adopt habit of taking a break after every
    hour of work or watching TV, walk or jog for 5 to 10 minutes. Gradually, it
    will be a habit and your body will fit into the regimen of exercising. Even
    Yoga breathing exercises are highly beneficial for heart care. There are ample
    TV shows hosting Yoga and you can follow on your own along with entertainment.
  • Keep Cholesterol in Check: Eating foods high in
    saturated fat, Trans fat or cholesterol leads to high blood cholesterol. To
    help keep your cholesterol levels down, eat foods low in saturated fat and Trans
    fat, such as lean chicken fruits and veggies, low-fat or fat-free dairy
    products and whole grains.
  • Maintain Healthy Weight: Keep your body weight
    in check, neither overweight nor underweight. The obese person are more likely
    to get afflicted by heart problem and at times, it is fatal. Don’t over diet,
    squeeze your diet each day and slowly you will find substantial decrease in
    body weight in long run. Losing weight over a period of time is healthy
    compared to steady reduction of weight. Maintain your Body Mass Index, BMI.
  • After the age of 30 years, schedule a yearly check-up of
    your body and blood profile done and consult a good physician who can recommend
    ideal directions to follow and follow the prescribed advice sincerely to stay
    fit n healthy. Take medicines on prescribed timings.
  • Cut Down on Sugar Intake too as High glucose
    level poses a lot of issues to the organs of the body especially the heart,
    kidney and the nerves.
  • According to Ayurveda, the herbal formulas
    prepared from organic plants n spices keep the heart diseases at bay. Consult a
    good practitioner of Ayurveda.
  • Keep Stress at Bay: Stress plays an important
    role in the failures of organ, so be positive, stay calm and don’t over-stress.
    The materialistic lifestyle has added problems in life. The people have become mechanized and are running after the wealth. Give some time for your body to
    relax and adopt healthy techniques of Meditation & relaxation. Meditation
    & relaxation both keep the blood circulation proper & healthy. Be happy
    & laughter is the best medicine.
  • Don’t use preheated oils to cook food nor cook
    the food on high flame. Avoid oily and rich food and refined flour.

I follow the above mentioned to keep myself
and my family happy and free from complexities of health issues.

Prepare fresh food, very rarely use
refrigerated food or curd. We have cut down intake of pizza and cold drinks to
1/10th, we do take but once in a quarter. Spend half an hour or one
hour on walking and relaxation.

I take break from work at regular interval
for fifteen minutes to roam around or stretch my body to keep the body supple.

All of us have scheduled our check-ups once
or twice in a year as advised by our family doctor.

Gradually we are trying to make up for the
losses we did while thriving on junk food and sedentary lifestyle but we
checked ourselves on time and thank god we are free from the issues of heart
and have become quite aware on heart care.

I use Saffola Oil for cooking and I am sure
My Chote Kadams towards the mission have gave us good results and will secure
our future.

I am careful about my both hearts, one that
beats for my body and the other that beats for my love life.


I have changed my lifestyle, Have you…If not,
Start today and feel the changes within…Keep Smiling to ward off heart

“I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association withBlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”

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