Friday, September 7, 2012

Eat Healthy Food and Enjoy Healthy Life


Basically all of us are more concerned about our health than anything else. All the other things come only after it. Everybody also aims for a brighter future. Apart from taking vitamin oriented medicine (tablets or injections), by doing exercises, by doing yoga, etc. etc. one can keep up their physical health by taking much of Vegetables and Fruits which are rich in colour.

Food plays a very important role in our day-to-day life. We should all take a closer look at our own lifestyle. We all have room for improvement everyday. Though food is the last thing you would think of when tensed, tackling stress is no big deal as long as you eat the right stuff. Leading a stressful life is bad enough but making it unhealthier is worse. By adding certain food items to your diet, you can beat the stress out of your life.

Here is the top eight list:

1. SPINACH : Magnesium was made to calm holiday insanity. First the mineral can help lower your stress levels, keeping your body in a state of relative ease as you kick off yet another round of small talk at the company party. Not getting enough magnesium may trigger migrane headaches and make you feel fatigued. Just one cup of spinach provides 40 percent of your daily value. Give it a try by using some palak(Spinach)soup, palak puris or better still plain old dal palak.

2. BANANA : With approximately 100 calories each, bananas provide carbs, vitamin B6 and magnesium--all ingredients that can soothe the nervous system and help the body cope better with stress. Bananas consist mainly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fiber, which makes them ideal for an immediate and slightly prolonged source of energy. Bananas are high in potassium, which helps normalize the heartbeat and regulate the body's water balance. During periods of high stress, our body's potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted; eating bananas is a healthy way to balance them without using drugs.

 3. TUNA SANDWICH : Tuna fish are a nutrient-dense food. An excellent source of high quality protein, tuna are rich in a variety of important nutrients including the beneficial omega-3 essential fatty acids. An increasing consumption of foods rich in omega-3s (which is in plenty in tuna), while decreasing consumption of omega-6 rich foods, can provide some protection against depression, particularly as depressive symptoms increase.

 4. BROCCOLI : Yet another food that is chock-full of stress-relieving B Vitamins. Broccoli has the added benefit of containing folic acid, which is also part of the B Vitamin family. Folic acid helps relieve the stress, anxiety, panic and even depression. Try Broccoli as a simple accompaniment to fish or chicken or toss it into a stir-fry along with a few other vegetables and some beef or shrimp.

 5. ALMONDS: These crunchy creations are great stress relievers. They're packed with Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin E, magnesium and zinc. B Vitamins and magnesium are involved in the production of serotonin, which helps regulate mood and relieve stress. Zinc has also been shown to fight some of the negative effects of stress, while Vitamin E is an anti-oxident that destroys free radicals related to stress and heart disease. However, you should only eat a small hand full at a time since almonds are high in fat. Although it is mostly healthy fat of the unsaturated variety, it could still make you pack on the pounds.

 6. SOUPS: Soups are very hydrating, nourishing, soothing and easy to digest, especially if freshly made with natural, whole food ingredients. Soups are wonderful in the fall and winter months to warm our insides. Season with your favorite spices and it is hard to go wrong.

 7. FRESH YOGHURT: It provides the essential minerals and calcium to stimulate proper nerve impulses and normalize the acidity levels in the stomach. Yoghurt is especially beneficial when your stomach is upset and if you are prone to ulcers.

 8. OATMEAL : Not exactly soul food, but rich in carbohydrates, oatmeal produces the same result as eating dark chocolate. This thick hearty meal is high in fiber and takes longer to digest. Also try oatmeal upma, oats paratha and, better still, oatmeal soup for tastier options.

Instant stress relief might be difficult, but it's important if you want to avoid the detrimental long-term health effects of ongoing stress. The sooner you can overcome stress, the better. If you turn to sugar and junk food or alcohol when you're upset, it's time to stop. Choose the foods mentioned and you will soon enjoy the benefits of instant stress relief.

The balance of good health is mainly depending on your food in take. We should generally take lot of fruits and vegetables. Each step taken towards eating more vegetables and fruits helps you and your family be at their best of health. Because eating fruits and vegetables may reduce your family’s risk of many diseases.

 Vegetables & Fruits plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy weight of your body. Every step towards getting more physical activity also matters in weight management and also the overall health. Since Fruits and vegetables are low in calories when compared to the same volume of other foods, they manage weight better. By the way of consuming Fruits and veggies you have better intake of other nutrients such as minerals and vitamins. You will have less hungry once you start taking fruits & veggies, because there are lot of water and fiber contents in them. This way, your eating habit will be lesser and your overall body weight will be maintained accordingly.

Bread, potatoes and other cereals also should be added in our daily food system. Meat, fish and alternatives can be added along with milk and other dairy foods, if you feel like taking them. Food containing fat and drinks containing sugar should be limited to certain extent just to take care of your health.
It is your LIFE. Live your life happily by consuming appropriate healthy food. Eat Healthy food! Lead a Happy Life!!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

SALT - Home tips

We have been using salt for preparing delicious food. It is a known fact that salt adds taste to the food. Apart from cooking and for some preservative uses, it is being useful in many ways. My grandma use to give me several home tips. Mainly in cooking and gardening. She used to teach me in seveal ways how to keep an house clean and neat. I find those old tips are still valid. Even though we get all modern gadgets and products, the traditional way of treating everything has its own value.

1. If you drop a whole egg on the floor, pour salt all over the egg, let it sit for awhile, then use dustpan, the egg will come right up, without all that mess.

2. Soak stained hand-kerchiefs in salt water before washing.

3. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.

4. Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.

5. Put a few grains of rice in your saltshaker for easier pouring.

6. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.

7. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink bad ones float.

8. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.

9. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.

10. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.

11. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won't stick.

12. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.

13. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.

14. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.

15. Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.

16. Boil clothes pins in salt water before using them and they will last longer.

17. Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour.

18. Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will stand in for a longer life.

19. Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up the stain.

20. Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface

21. Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster.

22. Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.

23. To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make stiff putty.

24. Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water.

25. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.

26. Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher.

27. Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn.

28. Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.

29. A dash of salt in warm milk makes a more relaxing beverage.

30. Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for a while.

31. A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea.

32. Salt improves the taste of cooking apples.

33. Soak your clothesline in salt water to prevent your clothes from freezing to the line; likewise, use salt in your final rinse to prevent the clothes from freezing.

34. Rub any wicker furniture you may have with salt water to prevent yellowing.

35. Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.

36. Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty.

37. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them next day to remove burned-on stains.

38. Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt.

39. Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added.

40. Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor.

41. Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash.

42. Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added.

43. Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth.

44. Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.

45. Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains.

46. Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.

47. Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs.

48. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.

49. Sprinkle salt in milk-scorched pans to remove odor.

50. A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee.

51. Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched.

52. Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.

53. Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.

54. Remove offensive odors from stove with salt and cinnamon.

55. A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.

56. To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one part salt to four parts alcohol.

57. Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.

58. Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don't want grass growing.

59. Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a brighter look. Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.60. If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won't smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled.

60.Mix salt and warm water, gargle to relieve a sore throat.