Difference between Brown, Red and Wild Rice

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Now and then, in the vegan restaurants, I get to see on the menu, a lot of a use of red rice, brown rice and wild rice. One day, I got curious to do some research on them. So first, I got a pack to try them. The pack had all 3 rice in equal proportions. It was written on the packet to soak the rice in water atleast 1 hour before pressure cooking them. Otherwise, it will take a lot of time to pressure cook these varieties of rice.

What is the difference between Brown rice, Red rice and Wild rice? Their taste, place of origin, nutrition value, texture etc is what make them different from each other.

Before I write on this topic. I want to tell that this food which we ostracize as fattening is high in complex carbohydrates, contains almost no fat, is cholesterol free, and is low in sodium, except for the salt added to the cooking water. All rice, both brown and white, is considered a good source of vitamins and minerals i.e it is a food with 0 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 milligrams sodium, 0 grams sugar and 3 grams of protein.

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Calorie vs Nutrition frappe Vs Coconut Water

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Calorie vs Nutrition

The spirit of western world for calorie counting is unmatchable. Anywhere you go, whatever you pick to eat. You will always find a number sticking coyly to the menu just by the corner of the dish name. This number tells the number of calories in the food. This is not just limited to the menu cards in hotels. The myriad food selling carts on the road also has this number attached to their dishes.

It is kind of bizarre to see only a number attached to a dish. With no nutrient information. Do they do it so that people decide what to eat based on a certain number rather than deciding on the basis what nutrient they should eat :|

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Can Exercise and Diet Cure Hypothyroid

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Workout and Diet for Hypothyroid

Neha Maheshwari Agarwal sent this message almost a month back:

I am 28 n mother of 2 month old baby. I am also suffering from hypothyroidism. My height is 5.4 and weight is 69. I really wanted to reduce weight and be healthy. I am also feeding my baby. Please suggest some diet plan and exercise which I can follow along with taking care of baby.

This was my follow up question from her

Did this hypothyroidism problem occurred after pregnancy?

And she replied: No it was from earlier around 6-7 months.

The reason I asked this question from Neha was that during pregnancy or after delivery, it gets probable for a women
to contract health problems like appendicitis, diabetes, hypothyroid, blood pressure etc. A child when moving out of his mother’s womb, pulls a lot of good and bad things from his mom’s body. This is the reason for a lot weakness in women just after pregnancy. And this is the reason our elders ask us to eat a lot of nutritious food. And may be this is the reason they say that a women takes a new birth when she gives birth to a child :)

Talking about Neha’s query. Hypothyroidism has many symptoms like laziness, constipation, muscle aches, hair fall, brittle nail and hair, menstrual disturbances, thickened skin, weight gain etc etc. Neha’s symptoms were sugar cravings and increase of appetite.
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Sailing on the Hudson River NYC , Experience

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Sailing on the Hudson River NYC

Abhishek and I went for sailing today. One of Abhishek’s acquaintance has been sailing since he was a child. He goes sailing every friday on the hudson river. He invited us to join him on his boat today. We both are a little water sick but still we went. We thought we should give this outdoor activity a try.

Man it was one hell of an experience.
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Coca Cola Factory Tour in Atlanta

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On our trip to Atlanta. We did a factory tour of coca cola. To me, it came out more of a recreational site, where they touted for coca cola in every fancy way possible. Like there was a 3D theater which showed a movie on what makes coca cola a universal drink. Then there was a normal theatre which aired all the famous advertisements of coca cola that had been released so far worldwide. Then they had a kind of a museum which showed the story of how coca cola started from a simple drink of cola flavor to become a business to an internationally accepted brand.

On the display were all the merchandize that they manufactured for branding. You see the vending machines, the key chains, purses, shirts and what not. I believe this tour could be very helpful for marketing students. I mean coca cola used some really awesome marketing tricks to leverage the brand. It was much ahead of its time. The marketing techniques were no doubt a cult. They sponsored a lot of athletic and sports event like tournaments and olympics to increase their visibility amongst sports lovers.

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Long Distance Travels and Fitness

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Long Distance Travels and Fitness

Last week, Abhishek and I did a long road trip. We drove over 3200kms (both sides) from New york to Georgia. This trip covered almost full east coast of USA. We could have gone to Atlanta directly by flight but Abhishek wanted to show me some states which come in between New york and Georgia. However, to me 1600kms drive on one side was a big deal. I was getting nervous before it began but now I am so glad that we did it. We stopped at so many places, saw so many different cities and their cultures.

Just like in India, in America also, culture, food and accent of the people change with every state. A city from one state is so different from a city of the other state. Like Washington DC is so administrative and grand in its feel and culture. It has white house and it is the base of all American politics. But DC is very different as compared to Charlotte, which is a city for people who love adventure sports or for people who are in love :)

We went to NASA also. Needless to say NASA is spell bounding. When we went there, they had some open workshops going on, where students were learning to make robots, just like that. I was like Ohh woow! :) There were so many other fascinating things like a real time model of universe, sun and earth etc.
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Busyness and Fitness

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Busyness and Fitness

In this post I will consider that sometimes we can genuinely get busy. So busy that we do not get time to go to gym or cook food for ourselves. I will consider that it is possible that our  work place or home might not be that close to gym, making it an effort for us, to hit gym daily. I will accept that for some of us, work might be hectic and sedentary. And when we reach home, we might have to run home errands too. So that by the end of day, if we do have some time in hand to think of running or yoga or gym then we might already feel sucked up in energy and hence  sucked up in willingness to do anything else but rest.

See this time I am not going to come down on people who could not find time to take care of their fitness because they are busy with other things :P

Well than if life is going to stay this busy always then can we still dream of being energetic and fit?
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Summer Solstice Yoga Times Square 2014

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I want to share an awesome experience that I had in new york recently. As 21st June is the longest day of the summer, also called summer solstice, so here in NYC, 12 years back, some yoga teachers, started an event on yoga to welcome this day. They do yoga for full day on times square. They have many 1 hour classes, which are from 5:30 am till 9 pm. All the classes are taken by some of the best teachers of the city.

Think of every thing big and flashy. It is times square. Big buildings, stretching extreme inches into the sky. It feels as if these, buildings are covering us, instead of the sky. You name a car and you could see it running on the roads. You name a brand and you find the biggest showroom of it, brimming with people. It is a place which has crazy traffic all time. People of myriad fashion could be seen here. Basically, it is the heart of the city. People from world over, dream of working at times square.

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How to Improve your Balance Exercises

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We girls always have so many things to talk with each other. Deal is that even if two girls might come from entirely different cultures or backgrounds then also they can make an awesome conversation. You see we have so many randoms things to discuss like “New shoes always bites”, “Wether oval shape or round shape sunglasses are better?”, “Boys look cute with beard or without it”, “Aww, your nose ring is so nice” and so many things like that.

Infact I think we can manage to talk in gestures if we do not know a common language :P . Actually, I am doing a lot of it these days. I meet a lot of girls, from different parts of the world, in my yoga classes or in library or on roads etc. And as I love talking. So I talk with them, Just like that and hence I wrote the above paragraph :P

Anyways, the topic of today’s post is balance. Yesterday when I was doing a simple standing leg raise, I was finding it difficult to balance myself. Although I have been doing a this leg raise from so many years but it was only yesterday that I asked myself that why the hell do we grapple  for balance when we shift to some other position from our normal standing position . Why do we need to do something called ‘balance’ ourselves when we are standing just on one foot? And how can I improve this balance in me?

I read and found out that this imbalance in us is created by the play of center of gravity.

An adult human’s center of gravity is located roughly at the center of their torso at about the height of the belly button (at about 55% of the total height)The exact location of a character’s center of gravity will shift depending on the pose. For example, this character’s CG rises a few inches when she raises her arms. The center of gravity can even be at a point outside the body, such as when bent over in an inverted-U pose.

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Yoga poses with Wall

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In the past, I have many times, tried to locate my hand on a wall around me, just to balance myself, while faltering in a balancing pose. Whereas, a few days back, I got to know that a wall can also be intentionally used as an amazing prop to open up.

I am sure, most of us have one time or many times, tried to reach out to the wall to atleast help us balance in certain poses. Like may be while doing a simple quad or ham stretch? Basically wall is a very good prop to help us stabilize, open up or support in any pose.

As an example..

1. Half Split

At present, I am far from doing a half split on my own. My hams are not that flexible. So my teacher made me do the half split, on the wall, as shown in the pic below.

Yoga poses with Wall

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