The constant cravings, the procrastination when it comes to going to the gym and the accompanying guilt- you probably could relate to all of these if you ever had/have ‘Weight Loss’ as one of your goals. Has anything yielded some result yet? If not, you are at the right place. Let’s get you through some basics of weight loss.
All that you need:
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- 2/3 cup unsweetened milk
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds or ground Flaxmeal
- Pinch of salt
- Honey OR Stevia
- Whisk together all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Spoon into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- Close and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight before eating.
Have a healthy day!
Dehydration is a deficiency.
Our body is 70% water and losing even a small percentage of that can lead to dehydration. Though it might seem like something very inconsequential, it can lead to serious decline in energy levels and overall decline in body functioning. To keep your body feeling amazing and to look your best, it is very important to stay hydrated and here are some tips to keep you fresh and healthy in the hot weather that is coming up:
1. DRINK WATER REGULARLY
As obvious as this might seem, most of us tend to ignore it and simply forget to take the adequate amount of water. You need approximately 8-12 glasses of water everyday and a way to ensure that you don’t forget this habit is to set reminders at regular intervals to remind you of that h2O!
2. DRINK THE RIGHT WATER
Plain water can get super boring real quick and you can ensure hydration by taking other liquids. But don’t go for carbonated soft drinks as they have a high sugar content that won’t be doing anything good for your body. Instead, opt for fruit juices, lemonade, buttermilk, etc. You can also leave some fruit or lemon slices in your bottle of water along with some mint and the mild infusion of this taste will make drinking water a lot more interesting.
3. EAT RIGHT
Consume foods with a high liquid content. Fresh fruits and vegetables can really help with hydration as compared to fried foods. You should also consume Chia Seeds, as not only do they have a high protein content, they also help in retaining water in the body.
4. THE HEALTH DRINKS
Increased temperature is synonymous to the multiplication of bacteria which can have a major impact on your overall health. Keeping yourself hydrated helps majorly in improving the immune system internally. Some health drinks such as Amla Juice, Triphala Juice, Aloe Vera Juice and Jamun Juice could be few healthy fluids to add to your routine.
5. STAY AWAY FROM THE HEAT
In the coming months, the weather is going to get truly brutal. With the sun beating down on you, your body will be releasing a lot more sweat which means you’re losing an immense amount of water. Stay indoors during the afternoon and avoid strenuous activities during this time. Wear light, breathable clothes that absorb sweat to make it as comfortable as possible.
6. SOME EXTERNAL HELP
While your body can only stay hydrated by consuming water, your skin can benefit from other things as well. Dehydration leads to problem prone skin with dry or oily patches and acne. Moisturize regularly and use substances such as Aloe Vera Gel to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
While the summer months are long and hard, following these few simple tips can ensure that your body feels better than ever and that the heat cannot lessen your energy. Stay hydrated and happy summers!
So what is about the #100DaysOfNoSugar Challenge?
Let’s talk about the benefits.
1. Flattened Up!
2. Improved Skin.
Excessive sugar promotes oil glands to produce more oil. Thus, quitting on sweets will result in less acne, more hydrated skin and a smoother skin texture.
3. Energy Gain
4. Less Calories In
5. Experience the Real taste
While the benefits are truly amazing, the way to reach these benefits is not all that easy and there are several challenges that you will face in these 100 days.
So how to start?
How Long Does It Take To Settle In?
At The End of The Challenge:
It has been a couple of months into 2018 and things have been so wild, we can only imagine what a roller-coaster the rest of the year is going to be. And when it comes to the lives of women, things could only get more complicated. But we live for the adventures and there is so much to look forward to!
So what do we think 2018 has in store for us? Lots and lots of changes! We mean that not just in the world around us, but in ourselves, as personal beings.
There is no doubt about the fact that things are changing for women. While one side of the story and some things threaten to be an extremely hopeless image, the other side of the picture is slightly more positive. Feminism in India has definitely reached a level where it is impacting people from different cultural backgrounds and economic classes. And this impact, could mean a lot of growth.
Consider the field of health and sanitation. With Bollywood addressing the issues of women and making movies such as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Padman, it seems that issues that have been considered a taboo for a very long time are finally coming to light. Both these movies address issues of sanitation and health for women, particularly menstrual & feminine hygiene as a whole. This has given a great boost to the growing awareness among people and has rendered large scale support for the issues.
The fact that the citizens of the country and not just the female citizens have recognized the importance of the issues, means that government policies in this respect will be able to function better and hopefully, the much needed changes and resources will reach women across the country. The fact that these movies have made it to the mainstream Bollywood audience is an even bigger achievement since issues of women empowerment are no longer being limited to the alternative and independent media.
“Mary Kom is a woman who stood up alone in a male-dominated field and fought for her rights and what she believed in. Her story is an inspiration for every young person out there”, quoted Priyanka Chopra.
As a woman, this what counts. Appreciation and encouragement from each other is what it takes to win the very many challenges that come across.
As the world around us changes for better or worse, we, as women, are recognizing our rights. While we may have had a basic understanding of these rights earlier, we are now finally engaging with them directly and discovering aspects of them that maybe, we did not understand earlier. We are learning and growing at a phenomenal pace and to think, a year of growth could take us to such great heights!
As the meaning of consent, personal space and equality gain new dimensions, as women, we are growing into a community which is so close knit and supportive of each other. It is a dynamic atmosphere, and the time has never been more right to take initiative, and claim an equal and deserved right to health, services, opportunities and respect.
As a token of appreciation for the fighters that women are, BOFY, as a platform constantly tries to put in efforts to encourage them in every way possible. Be it leading a healthy lifestyle or hygiene, a perennial matter of concern.
This International Women’s Day, we request you to stop compromising with your health and understand your rights to enjoy a better and a beautiful life and keep wearing that smile, pretty.
Summer’s here and certainly the best season to indulge in your favourite refreshing drinks. Be it the lemonade, shakes, or smoothies. But of course, sometime what sets you off is the amount of sugar in them that hampers your health goals, right? Not this time! How about indulging in your favourite refreshment and yet maintaining your calorie intake well. This yummy Strawberry-Banana Quinoa Smoothie Recipe shall tell how!
- 1 large ripe banana
- 2 cups frozen strawberries (if you have fresh, freeze them first)
- 1 (6 oz) low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup cooked Quinoa, cooled
- 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 1 Tablespoon wheat germ
- 1-1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Honey/ Stevia
*You could use either of the sweeteners, the amount will vary depending your personal preference of sweetness.
1 tablespoon of sugar equals 1/4 teaspoon of Stevia Powder.
- Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth, about 45 seconds.
You have your favourite, now sip & enjoy!
Whether you’ve just come to know about your pregnancy or whether you’re in the third trimester, the excitement and anxiety that comes with a baby is always immense. Along with the joy and thrill of having something so special on the way, there are many things to be careful about. The festival of colours is one of the biggest festivals of the year and while you don’t have to avoid it completely, here are a few tips to stay safe!
1. Stay Away From Chemical Colours
Also known as Gulaal, these colours can be more harmful than you would expect. These are usually synthetic colours and contain a lot of harmful chemicals such as crushed glass, lead, mica and chemical dyes. These can harm both you and your baby as the chemical ingredients can directly cause skin diseases and irritations while consuming the colour accidentally can cause premature birth or miscarriage. They can also affect reproductive organs and kidneys of you and your baby.
2. Herbal Colours
Hence, it is always advisable to choose herbal and Organic Colours over the
commercial and chemical ones. They do not have artificial fragrances and preservatives added to them along with chemicals, which can have harmful effects.
3. What if You Ingest Colours?
Very often, the festival can get rowdy or hectic and you can accidentally ingest some chemical or even herbal colours. This can happen on your own accord or it might be thrown on you so it is better to stay with family, who know about your pregnancy and would take care of you. In case of ingesting colour, immediately wash your mouth several times with clean water and do not try to induce vomiting. Check for signs of harm in the form of skin irritation, rashes, redness or stomach ache or discomfort. Consult a doctor immediately.
4. Celebrating With Water
You’ve probably been thinking that you can still be around water because well, it’s water, it’s clean. But that’s probably not a good idea because you can have a major slip on the wet floor and it could have terrible consequences. Not only would you cause physical harm to yourself but it can cause a miscarriage, change in position of foetus and physical and mental disorders in the baby. Stay away from pichkaris and wet floors, at all costs.
5. Eat and Drink Safe!
Yes, we all look forward to the holi delicacies but this time, it’s best to stay away from some of them. You already know that alcohol consumption is a strict no while pregnancy and the same goes for Bhaang too. A lot of people mix this intoxicant into the regular dishes as well so make sure you know what you’re eating. Instead, opt for some other yummy delights such as fruit salads and juices! Despite these precautions, your Holi doesn’t have to be all that boring and we’re sure you’ll have an amazing time with your family, friends and the coming bundle of joy!
While the festival of colours is just around the corner, we can already imagine the loads of delicacies piled up on plates, children’s giggles, meeting all our friends for crazy Holi parties and the air tinged with ‘gulaal‘. But wait, is that beautiful gulaal we use so happily, really all that good? Sadly, NO! The colours you usually buy from the market are synthetic colours that wreak havoc on you, your children, health and the environment. You might already have realized that these colours can cause skin problems but they have a serious impact on the environment too.
Who loves Holi more than kids? And when it comes to your own kid, we’re sure you’ve seen them get all excited about the festival of colors! Kids are particularly attracted to Holi and love to arm themselves with water guns, masks, hats and colors. But considering the danger in the chemicals used in the Holi colours, it would not be surprising if your kid ends up with some serious skin related issues. For such reasons and more, it is always advisable to use Organic Holi colors. Why? Let’s explore.
(1) No Chemicals
Younger skin is supposed to be a lot sensitive than mature skin and tends to absorb chemicals from colors which leads to rashes, allergies and skin related serious issues. Synthetic colors are wholly made up of chemicals and are clearly not suitable for your child’s skin. Even though Holi brings a lot of fun and excitement for your kid but it is considered to be one of the dangerous festivals.
(2) Eyes- Most Vulnerable Part
It is essential that you don’t let your kid put any color into their mouth or eyes. Eyes being the most sensitive part of one’s body, should be taken care of particularly. If the color enters your child’s eye, wash it with plenty of water. DO NOT let them rub the eye. It is always advisable to use organic colors and protect your kid’s eye the same way as organic colours are chemical-free
and do not cause burning or irritation even if they come in contact with eyes.
(3) Protect Them From Consumption!
If you have a very young child, do not count out this scenario altogether. Even otherwise, the festival can get rough and in the playful tussle, your child may end up ingesting some colour orally. If this was chemical colour, it could cause serious stomach and throat issues but with organic holi colours, you can be free of any such worries.
(4) They do not harm the environment
As boring as it sounds, you want to make your child aware about the importance of caring about the environment. The traditionally prepared organic colours have always been the preferred option, even in ancient cultures and while the commercial colours might be more vibrant, the overall satisfaction of pure and healthy products is incomparable. Your children will also find these organic colours a lot more comfortable to use and it will surely make the festival super fun for them!
We know how much you care for your kids, but there are few things that you might fail to attend to. This further becomes difficult considering the kind and amount of adulteration that goes around. Let us help you do your best. Opt for Organic Holi Colours this festival and protect your kid from any imminent harm.
Celebrating Holi is fun, we agree. But its after-effect on the skin is unfortunately not. By now you already know the havoc, that synthetic colors wreak on your skin, hair and health altogether. So what do you do? Stop celebrating your favorite festival and stop enjoying altogether? Well no, if you choose organic over synthetic. The harsh chemical components used in colors can put a dampener on your spirit. Here are few reasons which will convince you to swap the regular, chemical-packed colours with the naturally made, organic colours.
1. Save Your Skin
It is so ironic that Holi, which is a festival which celebrates nature in all
its hues and finery, and also the good over evil, is today largely celebrated with unhealthy and toxic chemicals. Hardly do you realize that in the garb of celebration, what are you exposing your skin and hair to. The mildest forms of adverse health effects include hair and skin problems like abrasions and irritation whilst the most serious forms include poisoning and cancer. A reason good enough to choose organic Holi colors this season and save yourself from all the harsh chemicals that will be pain for a long term.
2. Celebration, In Its Purest Form
Since organic Holi colors are made up of natural ingredients, there are no harsh chemicals to deal with afterwards. Gram flour, turmeric, fuller’s earth, sandal wood powder, henna powder are common ingredients used to make organic Holi colors. Flowers like marigold and gulmohar, and vegetables like beetroot are used to create fine colors. Most of these ingredients are used in kitchens and beauty face packs. So it’s also a bonus for the skin, as they smell great and are gentle on your skin.
The artificial colors use components such as acids, mica, glass powder and alkalis that are almost impossible to decompose biologically. They tend to spread the toxic elements present in them and pose a threat to the environment; soil & water. So, this year make a resolution to play with organic Holi colors and not harm the environment.
4. Easily Removable
Prevention Is Better Than Cure. Instead of flooding your scalp with bottles of shampoo to remove the color from your hair, better prevent the situation already. Apply ample olive oil on your hair so that rinsing off the color gets easier and use organic color instead of the artificial colors. They rinse off easily because of the natural components they are made of.
Now that you know about what Organic Colors can do for you, you could buy them here for a safer and better Holi.
Organic is not plainly about what you consume, it is a lifestyle. The lifestyle you adopt today, will affect you sooner or later. Not only you, but the environment you and your future generation live in. Swapping evil for the better is always smart.