Quick Tips To Detox After The Festival Binge

What is a festival without food and merriment? And, Diwali is all about indulging your taste buds and forgetting all about calories, isn’t it? Well, now that Diwali is over and we are sure your brain and body must be killing you with the guilt of the entire festive binge that you have done. Oh, we forgot to mention your trainer there! Do we see you smiling and nodding at that? Then, you should definitely read on for these quick tips to detoxify your body after that festival binge.

What is detoxification and why it is needed?

Detoxification is the process of cleaning the bloodstream by getting rid of toxins. Detoxification has been in practice since centuries across cultures. In olden days, fasting was a largely practiced tradition to detoxify and the methods have evolved over the years. The purpose of detoxification is to get rid of impurities from blood in the liver which processes toxins for elimination from the body.

Detoxification process helps in providing rest to the internal organs thereby felicitating the elimination process of toxins from the body. It is known to improve blood circulation and helping to refuel the body with healthy nutrients.

How to detoxify?

There is a plethora of ways to detoxify the body. Rather than opting for a strenuous detox program which is usually difficult to maintain, it is better to adopt and adapt to the following healthy lifestyle routines:

  1. Warm Water with Lemon and Honey

As clichéd as it may sound but starting your day with lemon & honey in warm water is the best thing you can do to detoxify your body. It promotes good digestion thereby ridding your body of bloating and constipation.

  1. Try Fasting

By fasting, we don’t mean to  say that you stay hungry. Here, fasting implies consuming lighter and easy to digest foods. You can fast for a day or two depending upon your body’s needs. Load yourself with fresh fruits and juices and clear soups and salads on the day of fasting. This will provide much-needed rest to your digestive system.

  1. Say no to Processed Food

Diwali is all about binging on fried foods and snacks. Your body is already high on all the puris and laddoos you have had. It’s time to cut down on your sugar and carbohydrate intake now.

  1. Say bye to your regular tea

As heartbreaking as it sounds, it is going to be good for your body. Replace it with either Green or Chamomile tea. They are rich in antioxidants and boost immunity. This will also help in combating the winter season.

  1. Add lots of Vitamin C to your diet

Vitamin C is known for its detoxifying properties. Foods rich in Vitamin C will not only help you in detoxifying but also act as a shield from common cold as winters are almost here; the chances of catching a cold are higher than ever. Perhaps it’s time to soak in the sun and enjoy those oranges.

  1. Eat fibrous foods

Fibrous foods help in promoting healthy gut bacteria which aids digestion. Fibrous foods are also very filling and low on calories. They can also help in maintaining weight.

  1. Replace the regular vegetable oil

The regular vegetable oil along with other oils like peanut and sunflower are heavy to digest. Replace them with lighter ones like coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil or flaxseed oil.

  1. Add probiotic foods or supplement to your diet

Probiotic foods contain live cultures i.e. healthy bacteria which help in combating unhealthy bacteria in the body. Greek yogurt, curd, and kefir are a very good source of healthy bacteria. Or, you can simply start your day with probiotic supplements that are easily available in the stores today.

  1. Replace the sodas and canned juices for fresh juices

Sodas and canned juices are loaded with processed sugar and it’s time to bid adieu to these. Replace canned juices with fresh juices without sugar.

  • Abstain from alcohol

Alcohol messes up big time with your body’s metabolism. It’s time to give rest to your liver. Avoid alcoholic drinks post the festivities. It will help in better digestion and detoxification.

  • Hydrate your body

Water is all that your body craves post the festive binge. Consume as much water as you can. Water is the best source of flushing out toxins from your body.

  • Sweat it out

The best way, after consumption of water, to flush out toxins from your body is through sweat. So, get done with your festive lethargy and hit the road. Get back to your exercise regime without much ado.

We know it is difficult to get back to a healthier routine post the festivities but as much difficult as it is, it is essential to detoxify your body. Taking a break now and then from your routine is completely fine but then one shouldn’t prolong that break especially when it is about your body and health.

 

 

 

Getting Selfie-Ready for New Year’s Eve Starts Today

Diwali is over and the next thing on everybody’s mind is the New Year’s Eve. The time between these two just rushes by in a blink, isn’t it? Most of you must have already planned and booked for your NYE getaway. And we are sure you wouldn’t want to look sullen eyed in all those amazing pictures that you would be clicking. Are we right?

Having a naturally glowing and beautiful skin is what we all want to have but how much do we take care to put in efforts to have that flawless glow on our face? Most of us don’t – and the reason that we hide behind, more often than not, is our busy schedules and routines. It is a myth that you need to put in long tiring hours to get that amazing skin. The fact is that you don’t!

Here are some skin care hacks that will help you in preparing for your New Year’s Eve getaway:

  1. Reduce creases on face by changing your pillowcase

Yes, it is that simple. Sleeping on cotton pillowcase robs your skin and hair of its natural moisture. Dry skin is prone to breakouts and creases which are visible in form of fine lines. Switch to a satin or silk pillowcase and see the difference. It will not only provide a healthy glow to your face but will also help in curtailing the frizzy hair. Now, that’s a bonus, isn’t it?

  1. Cut down on sugar for a radiant skin

Intake of sugar can result in inflammation of the skin which often comes out in form of acne on dry skin. By cutting down on your sugar intake you can be assured of kicking off those unwanted acne during the celebration hours.

  1. Store up on Aloe Vera gel

Aloe Vera is panacea for skin and hair. It can help in getting rid of major issues like acne, pimples, and dandruff. You can use Aloe Vera gel directly as a substitute to your face cream or simply mix it up with your moisturizer or the face cream.

  1. Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize!

Umm no, we are not asking you to keep on applying moisturizer every other second. Winters tend to make your skin drier. It is wise to invest in a heavy and nourishing moisturizer preferably body butters which keep your skin hydrated and moisturized for longer hours even during the harsh winters. Of course, choose the right moisturizer as per your skin type.

  1. Always have tea tree oil in your closet

Tea tree oil is known for its anti inflammatory properties which help in combating sudden acne breakouts. Dousing a bit of tea tree oil on fresh acne breakout for a couple of days can help in decreasing the visibility to almost negligible.

  1. Carry green tea teabags with you

Green tea is known for its antioxidant properties. While consuming green tea will help in getting good skin but the little do people know about the magic potion it can turn into for puffy eyes. Festive season is all about long sleepless nights enjoying with family and friends which end up in puffy and tired eyes. Cold green tea teabags work as magic to soothe those puffy and tired eyes.

  1. Nourish your lips

The skin on the lips is far tenderer than the rest of the body. Winters can be harrowing for lips if not taken care of and you would certainly want chapped lips during the NYE. Always carry a moisturizing lip balm with you and reapply it at regular intervals. Apply a coat of lip balm before the lipstick. It will help in keeping your lips moisturized for a longer period of time.

  1. Hydrate your skin

Consume as much water as you can. Nothing can give a radiant and flawless skin like consumption of water can. No beauty product can beat that glow.

  1. Catch on sleep

No matter where you are and what you do, don’t forget to catch up on your beauty sleep. Skin on the face is the first place where the exhaustion shows. You wouldn’t want to have a sullen face while partying. Though we know it’s difficult but, do listen to the body while you are busy partying hard. Don’t forget to rest!

  • Cleanse your face no matter what

And we mean it. Cleanse your face no matter how tired and exhausted or late you are. Never go to bed with the dirt or makeup on your face. A healthy bedtime regime of cleaning and moisturizing your skin can take you a long way.

Getting a healthy and radiant skin is not a one day affair. You need to put in efforts everyday to get that envious skin. And by efforts we don’t imply hour long beauty and skin care sessions. The above list is simple and doable even with a hectic schedule. Imbibing these simple skin care hacks will make you selfie-ready not only for the NYE but for life. So, start following these tips today and be selfie-ready for life!

Let’s Talk About Sustainable Packaging

In our efforts to be more conscious about the way we consume, we may choose to buy “natural” or “organic” products, thinking that once you’ve made the purchase, the work is done. But, have you ever stopped to consider the environmental impact of the packaging of your product? To put our choices into perspective, here is something to consider: There is a patch of floating garbage in the Pacific Ocean which has been measured by satellite imagery, this patch of garbage is mostly comprised of plastic and spans across 1.6 million square kilometers. A lot of this garbage is plastic and has a catastrophic effect on biodiversity and even human health. These microplastics disintegrate when subjected to heat and are consumed by the fish, making their way to the very top of the food chain, so yes, this devastating effect trickles down to you too.

Now, there are garbage patches like this all over the world’s oceans, including our Indian ocean. And each of these patches has an estimated amount of 80,000 metric tons of plastic. Such is the terrible effect of packaging on our planet. After reading these numbers, doesn’t the ban on plastic in the state of Maharashtra make more sense to you? There are plenty of sustainable materials which can serve the same purpose, in fact, many countries are even banning the production and use of single-use plastic.

So what is sustainable packaging?

Simply put, it is packaging which has a longer life cycle and reduces the environmental impact and ecological footprint. It takes into consideration the entire life cycle – from the whole supply chain, from production to the end of its life, everything is taken into consideration.

What can we gain from sustainable packaging?

The long-term goal is to improve the quality of the ecosystems, without compromising on the functionality for the consumer. It’s the brainchild of economics and functionally so that the environment and the future generations do not have to pay the price for our consumerism.

Why is sustainable packaging the need of the hour?

Because we need packaging that’s biodegradable, we need options which allow conscious citizens to recycle or reuse plastic, we need to provide solutions which are long term, and we must take into consideration the ramifications of our actions. There is nothing that’s more important than conserving our natural resources, and sustainable packaging is a huge part of this.

What are the products that you need to be wary of?

There are some products which are used every day and have very short product lifecycles. Such products are single use and are usually discarded within a few hours of using the product. Such products include daily grocery staples such as butter, milk, grains, toothbrushes, earbuds, and razor blades. A lot of this plastic is single use, which means that even if you send it to a recycling facility, there’s not much that they will be able to do with it. As a result, all of this plastic waste gets dumped into rivers and water bodies which ultimately empty out into the oceans.

This vicious cycle continues because simple items like milk delivered in plastic bag are something that we consume every day. So when you think about doorstep delivered milk, for example, not only is the product itself could be adulterated which the packaging can do nothing to prevent, but the packaging is also a major pollutant. What’s more is that you consume milk every day, so you end up being a huge contributor to waste which upsets the ecological frameworks of the planet. Feeling distressed? It doesn’t have to be that way! Tetra packs come with tamper proof sealants and are made with biodegradable materials. These materials are selected based on the supply chain of the materials, important questions such as the greenhouse gases produced in the making of the packaging, the processes involved, and the even the resources spent on sourcing the raw materials required to assemble the packaging are considered. So when it comes to packaging, remember that as a consumer, you have a choice, choose for the planet, and choose sustainability!

 

How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

Protein is one of the most essential nutrients required by your body. The human body breaks down the protein into enzymes and amino acids. The cells present in the human body get cytoskeleton from protein, which is used to build up new skeleton muscle.

The moment people hit the gym, they shift to high protein consumption. But little do people realize that as much as protein is important for gaining muscle or losing weight, the quantity of protein consumed by your body plays a vital role in maintaining good health. Excess of anything is harmful and protein is no different. There are different school of thoughts about what should be the ideal protein consumption for a human body.

As per the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) the ideal protein consumption is 0.8g per kilogram of the body weight. This is further bifurcated upon the gender:

  • 46g per day for the average woman
  • 56g per day for the average man

Factors To Consider For Protein Intake

Everybody needs protein. It is one of the essential nutrients required by the body to function properly. Each one of us consumes protein in our daily diet through the regular food. Why’s there a whole market for protein supplements then – you may ask. Let’s read on to find out the answer to your whys.

One needs to take into consideration various factors while deciding the protein intake. Each body is different than the other and so are the body’s nutritional requirements.

Here are some factors to consider while deciding the amount of protein to include in your daily diet:

  1. Gender

An average man consumes around 2,600 calories per day, and a woman consumes around 1,700 calories per day. According to nutritionists, an average healthy man should consume around 3000 calories per day and a woman should consume around 2000 calories. The percentage of protein in the total calorie intake should be between 10-30%. The latter only when you are on a high protein diet and are having an active lifestyle.

  1. Workout and other physical activity

People who are into strength building, heavy workouts and sports need higher amounts of protein to build muscle and stamina. If you have a lower rate of physical activity in your routine, then the amount of protein consumed from the regular diet is enough for your body to maintain the nutritional balance.

  1. Food Habits

Vegetarian food is comparatively lower on protein contents. Vegetarian people who are into bodybuilding, athletics or sports would need to supplement their diet with protein. Animal meat has a high percentage of proteinform of powders hence non-vegetarians can do without supplements. To meet the exceeding protein requirements, the non-vegetarians can increase the animal meat in their diet.

How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

There’s no gym or gym instructor who doesn’t press their clients to give in to protein shakes. You would see every gym selling some sort of protein supplements in the form of powders etc. Don’t fall for the trap that you can’t build muscle or lose weight without going on a high protein diet which is largely dependent upon the protein supplement they are selling.

There’s no denying that one does need protein supplements to build muscle, but not everyone is training to be a bodybuilder or a weightlifter. Before jumping onto the bandwagon, you need to understand your goals and body needs.

Going on a high protein diet often means neglecting or completely eliminating carbohydrates from the diet. Carbohydrates are as important as protein for the body. The body derives its energy from the carbohydrates and when you deprive your body of carbs, you start feeling lethargic and low on energy all the time. One needs to maintain a balance between the protein and carbohydrate intake in their diet.

Excess intake of protein can result in weight gain. The body consumes the protein it requires and stores the excess amount in the form of fats. This results in weight gain. Until and unless you are looking to gain weight or doing high-impact exercise, excess intake of protein can have adverse effects on your workout goals.

Dietary needs vary for every individual. Each body has a different requirement. No two people can have the same or similar results with the same dietary habits. Nutrients are essential for a healthy body but overconsumption of anything can have adverse effects on the body. Working out is just the tip of the iceberg. It won’t bear fruits without a healthy and adequate nutrient supply to the body.

 

Let’s Talk About Mindful Eating

How do you have your breakfast? While reading a newspaper? While scrolling through news apps on your phone? While watching TV? Or, just running out of the house in a rush with either grabbing something like an apple or nothing?

How does your day proceed? Stressful mornings? Skipped or late lunches? Half of the time forgetting if you ate something or not?

If you have nodded a yes for any of the above questions, this article is for you.

What is Mindful Eating?

Mindful eating is a Buddhist concept that helps you in understanding the value of the food you eat and what that food is doing to your body and you. Mindful eating is like meditation but to appreciate the goodness of what you are eating.

Irrespective of who we are and what we do, our lives have become a constant hustle to make end meets. This hustle is all about earning a living to be able to fend for ourselves and ironically, that’s what we overlook while getting caught in this vicious circle of hustling!

Mindful eating is a practice that makes you aware of the food you are eating and what your body is demanding by understanding your hunger cues and pangs.

Every time you feel a hunger pang, you don’t need to fill yourself up with food. More often than not these hunger pangs are due to reducing water levels in your body. Are you amazed? Well, this is what practicing mindful eating teaches you about your body and digestive system.

Why Mindful Eating?

The everyday hustle has reduced eating to a thoughtless activity. People are so busy running according to the clock that it has become a mechanical act to fill their bodies with food during lunch breaks or tea time in offices. People are so pressed for time that eating has become a rushed activity. People have mastered the art of finishing a meal in less than 10 minutes! Have you ever stopped and wondered that this is what you keep hustling for and you don’t even spend 30 minutes in a day to appreciate what’s on your plate?

This rushed and mindless eating has grave repercussions on the human digestive system and the body. A rushed meal means faster deglutition which results in overeating or binge eating in a majority of the cases. The faster deglutition means you are not chewing your food properly which ends in the inefficient absorption of nutrients from what you are eating.

During office lunch breaks, have you felt that you have eaten too much or too less? It takes 20 minutes for the brain to understand that you are full. If you have a rushed meal you either end up eating more than your capacity or indulge in binge eating every half an hour.

By practicing mindful eating you slow down the deglutition thereby making yourself and your brain aware of what you are putting inside rather than just dumping it in. Slowing down the eating process makes it an intentional act instead of a forced activity. It helps you in distinguishing between the actual and false hunger pangs along with making you aware of your bodily requirements.

Benefits of Mindful Eating

Practicing mindful eating can do wonders to your health and body. Some of the benefits of mindful eating are, it:

  • Improves digestion
  • Helps in better absorption of nutrients
  • Makes the metabolism healthy
  • Aids in weight management
  • Reduces over-eating
  • Reduces food cravings
  • Can help with depression
  • Felicitates healthy eating
  • Prevents binge eating
  • Makes you enjoy your food 

How to Practice Mindful Eating?

Practicing mindful eating can be a little tough in the beginning but it is absolutely doable. Here are a few things that will help you in following mindful eating:

  • Turn off from all sorts of distractions while eating. No TV, no laptop and no phone.
  • Concentrate on what is on your plate. Make yourself aware of the food you are eating.
  • Don’t eat in a rush. Sit down properly at a table and chew your food slowly.
  • Take at least 20 minutes to finish each of your big meals.
  • Enjoy the flavour and taste of the food you are eating.
  • Get aware of hunger and when you begin to feel full.
  • Stop eating the moment you start feeling you are full.
  • Focus on your meal.

These might seem simple to follow or adopt, but when you start practicing mindful eating, you will realize that it isn’t as easy as it seems. However, don’t give up because, once you start practicing it, the results are amazing. Start with one meal. Eat that one meal mindfully every day and when you feel you have mastered the art of mindful eating with that one meal, you will automatically inculcate the habit of mindfully eating your rest of the meals.