Road Running in Winter

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Road Running in Winter

Hi everyone,

Long time. How are you? I have been keeping very tied up. I was working day and night on my indo western fashion fusion project. Finally I launched it in New York a week back. It is called Red Ghagra . It is basically to support rich Indian handicrafts hidden in the villages of India. Red Ghagra is about global designs with an Indian twist using rich Indian crafts in textiles, jewelry and painting….

It was a lottttt of hard work in the past 4 months but finally the response is so overwhelming. A lot of people from Indian fashion community as well as American fashion community have come forward to support or join the project. And I am realizing one very important thing in life that if you are passionate about something and you want to do something with we should start with it somewhere. May be start something on a very small level. If it clicks you then it will grow! :)

I thought same applies to fitness also. We run 1 km, we get the hang of it. If it clicks us then we get started for lifetime.. Isn’t it?

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Which Oil is Best for Cooking

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Which Oil is Best for Cooking

Hello everyone,

This article is on Neetu’s query. She wants to know what oil is healthy to use for daily cooking. When I read her query, I thought to myself that this time, I will go out to the stores, check out all the varieties of oils available, talk with the manufacturers and then do some research on them.

As planned, I went to a big retail store. As I stood in front of the aisle that had zillions of oils placed temptingly over it, my head started spinning. They were tempting because of the ‘healthy’ options available. One of the bottle of coconut oil declared that it has “pure” but “odorless”coconut oil. Bahhhhh!! I thought to myself, if I had to use coconut oil then why not I use the pure one with its odor. After all it will be better than the version which has been chemically treated to remove its ‘odor’ :D

So I decided that instead of visiting the stores, I will talk with people from different regions and find out what kind of oils they have been using traditionally (not recently).

This is what I found out..

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Acidity, Alkalinity of Food

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This article is in continuation to my article on What is a Balanced Diet. If we keep eating ‘healthy’ food all time then there will come a situation when there will be imbalance and hypersensitivity in our body. As in our body will start to throw up on eating street food. It will develop allergies from normal tap water etc

Our body needs balance, which does not mean that it needs to eat all types of food in equal proportions but which means that it needs to have all types of foods in some proportions. To understand that better let us first understand the concept of acidity and alkalinity.  To understand this concept, we need to  brush up little part of the chemistry that we studied in school

Acidity, Alkalinity of Food

We know of hydrogen atom. It has one electron and one proton. When the electron leaves it then it becomes an ion(as shown in the image above). An ion which is hungry for electrons….
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What is a Balanced Diet

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Hi everyone,

What is a Balanced Diet

How are you? I strained my hip flexors last week so I was grounded. I could not even walk much. Tiger balm and hot water fomentation and a glass of milk with turmeric each day came to my rescue. Sometimes it is good to take rest especially when there is an injury which could heal only by resting :)

I used this time to read an amazing book on food. Today I want to talk about one subject that I think is dealt really weirdly in all the courses on nutrition science. The subject is Measurement of the nutrients!

I do not understand how do some people standardize the quantity of vitamins and minerals esp the grams of proteins for everyone? Does the number which they attach to this measurement takes into account that the vitamin A that we get by eating a carrot is different from the same amount of vit A obtained by popping a pill?
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How to deal with Migraine, Constipation And Insomnia

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How to deal with Migraine, Constipation And Insomnia

I got this question in my Fb Inbox, a few days back.

Hi Nidhi Please help me

I have migraine n insomnia for which i am taking treatment from neurologist.He has given me Amitop25 My problem is due to medicine its very difficult for me to get up early so i go for my walk in evg. I need a cup of tea to wake up in morning and dat also help bowel movements otherwise i face constipation problem. I have read and I know that waking up to tea is bad habit and whether its black or green tea. I m taking a cup of green tea if i dnt take tea i m not able to get up n i hv headache later in day plz tell me what can I do ?

I also take two cups of normal black tea later in day but that i try to maintain sufficient gaps between meals plz tell how can i solve this problem
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I have been thinking how to answer this question. As in, the probable answer that anyone will be likely to give to this question is to ask from you to live an ideal lifestyle, which can not only solve this problem but can also solve any other health problem in this world. And it is not just I, there has always been someone or the other telling us to do this. A print media/electronic media/elders/doctors/fitness experts et all ask us to live an ideal lifestyle.

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NYC Open Day with Rujuta Diwekar And Celebration of the Memories of Guruji at Iyengar Institute of New York

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NYC Open Day with Rujuta Diwekar And Celebration of the Memories of Guruji at Iyengar Institute of New York

I was excited to attend Rujuta’s open day at central park from the day I got to know about it. Although the tough part for me was to convince Mister Husband to come along with me to the Open day. He said, ” I am happy with my new lifestyle. I have already lost so much weight and I feel so energetic now. I eat home cooked food. I do yoga and running. Why else do you want to take me to the open day of a nutritionist? ” . I said that you will realize it once you attend the open day. I am sure there will be something worth it that you will come back home with.

Plus, I told him that I really want you to meet Rujuta’s partner GP (I expected he will be there too). From long, I have been following connect with himalayas, an initiative by GP. The places he and his group travels are breathtakingly beautiful. Anyways, we met G.P at the open day and I got super excited. I told him that my husband is very fond of traveling in the nature. So much that our travels after marriage from last 4 months have been so much of hiking, trekking, camping etc in some mountains or forests. GP smiled and humbly asked us to join his himalaya travel group sometime. Mister husband got curious, asked GP about connect with himalayas, came home, browsed it and got mighty impressed. We ordered GP’s book The land of Flying Lamas and I wish we get to trek himalayas soon.

Now the open day ..
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Energy Fields of Food

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Fast-Food-for-the-Mind

Is food just about Carbohydrates, fats and proteins? If it is so then why don’t the frozen potatoes or canned peas make us feel the same as a fresh version of them do. Or then why don’t yesterday’s curry, which was refrigerated for one day give us the same energy as it did when it was eaten fresh? It is because we take food too meanly and thus fail to understand its meaning. We take food as something which can either make us fat or give us proteins (muscles) or which we can either overeat or count and eat.

Sadly, we fail to understand it as something which is essential for our life processes. Something which has not just energy(calories) but energy fields also associated with it. May be this is the reason, we prefer to pick up enriched foods. Which are nothing but refined food which are later enriched with vitamins and minerals that were lost in the process of refining.

Let us today look at food in a different way…In a way of something which has life and thus which passes that life to me and you to let us survive!

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Fitbit Flex Review

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Fitbit Flex Review This is the first fitness gadget of my life other than my phone. I have been planning to get a GPS watch from a long time. But I got this gadget as a gift on this birthday. I have been wearing it all time from the last 3 days now. It has some amazing features. GPS is one part of it with so many other features as well. Continue Reading

Does Lime Water and Honey Burn Fat

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Does Lime Water and Honey Burn Fat

Anamika asked these very interesting questions: “Hiii nidhi …wanna ask u one thing dear..1) Can I do yoga in periods?..
2. Is it so dat drinking lemon nd honey in cold water makes fat and in hot water makes slim”

Since childhood, I have heard this advice from so many people. I do not know when it started and who started it. Anyways, whoever did, I wonder if they really lost weight by drinking lime water and honey or they ended up with tonsils and sore throat after having it continuously for a few days? :P .

Lime is a simple guy which is rich in vitamin C and lime water is a simple girl which has an alkalizing effect when it gets into our body. They are really simple people you see with no magical properties of fat burning. But guess being rich in vit C and alkalizing in nature is what gave lime water a celebrity status :P .. Okay jokes apart
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What are the Role of Muscle in Exercise

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Hi everyone,

What are the Role of Muscle in Exercise

 

Ramya asked this question a few days back:

First, the breathing technique while lifting weights is, breathe out while lifting and breathe in while dropping. Is this right? I am always confused and bug my trainer everytime.

Second: I got thinking after reading the bench press thing. If we do the 3-day-split with weights, like chest and triceps on one day, back and biceps on another, and shoulder and legs on the third, is it balancing enough?

Third: I wanted to ask u this ever since I read Rujuta’s new book. She says not to combine aerobic and anaerobic activity. But what about circuit training?! I do burpees in between weights many times in a circuit!! I tell u, that book confused me to no
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