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Friday, July 08, 2011

How to Live Happily

Most people are sad in their lives because that's just what other people want them to be. You don't have to live a bad life. You should live a happy one.
  2. Don't listen to what people say because there's always going to be that one person who doesn't like you.

  3. Don't take your self so seriously. Live life and go with the flow. So what if you're not important in your job or at school, you're still a human being and everyone's important.

  4. Always think of the bright side of things
    . Look for the silver lining. Even if it's not readily apparent you might see it later.

  5. Love yourself
    . If you love yourself, you'll love your life. You don't have to be conceited but just remember you have got great qualities.

  6. Don't get jealous of other people
    . So what if someone has more going on for them in their life than yours. Just remember that you have something special about you too.

  7. Get a hobby and have something going on in your life all the time
    . Don't just be at home bored.

  8. Try to make yourself look good for you and not for anyone else
    . This is very hard to do but just remember it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks but you, because it's your life to live and they already have their own.

  9. Have fun with everything you do
    . Some people might find this annoying but then try and find friends who want to have fun just like you.

  10. Think positive
  11. & few tips...

  • Don't become friends with people who don't like you being you because then you will make things difficult on yourself always trying to impress that person.
  • Live life for all it's worth because as sad as it is you are not promised tomorrow today.
  • No matter what you are doing it can be fun. Whether you are doing your homework or cleaning up the bathroom. Make a joke about it. If you think about it homework can be fun and funny.
  • Take some things in life seriously like if a friend is having a hard time listen to her/him, don't just let it go because it's bad morale. Try to make her feel good too.
  • Some people might get mad at you for being so happy and living a stress-free life and will try and rain on your parade. Just remember it's always fun to dance in the rain. In other words, don't let that person get what they want or else you might end up sad and depressed just like them.
  • And last but not least: take good care of yourself.

Tips to get sound sleep

Make a 'sleep hygiene' habit 

Regular exercise helps. Early morning, late afternoon or early evening exercise doesn't interfere with sleep. However, refrain from exercise four hours prior to sleep. 

Snacks before bedtime should be light and fluid intake limited. 

Stay away from caffeine, nicotine and alcohol 4-6 hours before sleep. Get up and go to bed at the same time everyday as it helps your sleep cycle remain in rhythm. Adjust the temperature, light and noise levels to your needs. 

Establish an optimal sleep pattern 

Go to bed only when you are 'sleepy tired'. Do not watch TV, work, study or eat in bed. If you are not asleep within 20 minutes, get out of bed and sit and relax in another room in dim-light or read something till you are sleepy again. Do not nap during the day. Do not take recovery sleep to compensate for a previous bad night. 

Deal with tension & learn to relax 

Set up a work activity deadline at least 90 minutes prior to bedtime. Practice a relaxation routine in bed, concentrate on your breathing; release all the tension from your muscle groups — arms, neck, shoulders, face and eyes, stomach and back and legs. Don't worry about inability to sleep. Postpone the thinking of problems to the next morning. 

How to sleep 

Do not try hard to fall asleep; refrain from 'clock watching'. State to yourself that 'sleep will come when it is ready'. Try to keep your eyes open in the darkened room. Visualise a pleasing scene. 

Friday, July 01, 2011

12 Indian foods that cut fat

You don't have to acquire a taste for olive oil, seaweed or soya to maintain a low-fat, healthy diet. Indian cuisine can be healthy too, if it's cooked with oil and ingredients that take care of your heart and health. 

Ayurveda suggests you include all tastes — sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent — in at least one meal each day, to help balance unnatural cravings. Here are 12 foods that can help you lose weight and gain health:

Turmeric : Curcumin, the active component of turmeric, is an object of research owing to its properties that suggest they may help to turn off certain genes that cause scarring and enlargement of the heart. Regular intake may help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, increase blood circulation and prevent blood clotting, helping to prevent heart attack.

Cardamom : This is a thermogenic herb that increases metabolism and helps burn body fat. Cardamom is considered one of the best digestive aids and is believed to soothe the digestive system and help the body process other foods more efficiently.

Chillies : Foods containing chillies are said to be as foods that burn fat. Chillies contain capsaicin that helps in increasing the metabolism. Capsaicin is a thermogenic food, so it causes the body to burn calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chillies.

Curry leaves : Incorporating curry leaves into your daily diet can help you lose weight. These leaves flush out fat and toxins, reducing fat deposits that are stored in the body, as well as reducing bad cholesterol levels. If you are overweight, incorporate eight to 10 curry leaves into your diet daily. Chop them finely and mix them into a drink, or sprinkle them over a meal.

Garlic : An effective fat-burning food, garlic contains the sulphur compound allicin which has anti-bacterial effects and helps reduce cholesterol and unhealthy fats.

Mustard oil : This has low saturated fat compared to other cooking oils. It has fatty acid, oleic acid, erucic acid and linoleic acid. It contains antioxidants, essential vitamins and reduces cholesterol, which is good for the heart.

Cabbage : Raw or cooked cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction.

Moong dal : The bean sprouts are rich in Vitamin A, B, C and E and many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium. It is recommended as a food replacement in many slimming programmes, as it has a very low fat content. It is a rich source of protein and fibre, which helps lower blood cholesterol level. The high fibre content yields complex carbohydrates, which aid digestion, are effective in stabilising blood sugar and prevent its rapid rise after meal consumption.

Honey : It is a home remedy for obesity. It mobilises the extra fat deposits in the body allowing it to be utilised as energy for normal functions. One should start with about 10 grams or a tablespoon, taken with hot water early in the morning.

Buttermilk : It is the somewhat sour, residual fluid that is left after butter is churned. The probiotic food contains just 2.2 grams of fat and about 99 calories, as compared to whole milk that contains 8.9 grams fat and 157 calories. Regular intake provides the body with all essential nutrients and does not add fats and calories to the body. It is thus helpful in weight loss.

Millets : Fibre-rich foods such as millets - jowar, bajra, ragi, etc - absorb cholesterol and help increase the secretion of the bile that emulsifies fats.
Cinnamon and cloves: Used extensively in Indian cooking, the spices have been found to improve the function of insulin and to lower glucose, total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes. 
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