Thursday, September 29, 2016

TIPS FOR A HEALTHY HEART



Our heart is very dear to us. What we eat, how we eat, how much we eat and how we live our life has a direct impact on our heart and to our health. If our heart is healthy we have the energy and stamina to go the extra mile and live our life to the fullest.

The current world in which we live in is sophisticated, modern and technologically advanced. We have the latest gadgets and gizmos which make our work easier and reduce our daily movements and natural workout. We are also surrounded by fast foods, artificially ripened fruits and vegetables and high calorie sweets and soft drinks which are easily available but can adversely affect our heart. As a result most people think that keeping away from unhealthy food and exercising for achieving a healthy heart is a difficult task. 

Small changes to our lifestyle and food habits and little bit of exercise everyday can go a long way in keeping our heart healthy and we can lead a fit and happy life.

Be active

Exercise is a must for keeping our heart healthy. We can start by setting aside a few minutes everyday to do small exercises, walk on the treadmill or do push ups or any exercise which we are comfortable in doing. Doing exercises pumps blood to the heart and makes it healthy. There are several benefits of exercising. It helps in reducing our weight, combats heart diseases, boosts energy, improves sleep and in total keeps us fit and active.

I make sure to exercise for at least fifteen minutes every day. This not only improves my health but also gives me energy and I feel active all day.

Eat healthy

We are what we eat. Eating a healthy and nutritious diet is very important. Make sure that you include lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, pulses and other healthy foods in your diet. Avoid colas and fast foods. Eat sweets and fried foods in limits. Do not under eat or over eat. Eat when you are hungry and stop just before you are full.

Most Indian homes have the habit of making food with lots of oil or ghee and more amount of salt. But for achieving a healthy heart we need to make changes in the way we prepare our food. Food made at my home is always with minimum oil, less salt and low sugar. I eat wheat and ragi rotis, idlis, oats, salads, fresh cut fruits and soups and avoid colas and fast foods. I sometimes eat sweets, cakes and fried foods made at home but in small quantities.

Being happy

Laughter is the best medicine and research too has found that laughing helps in keeping our heart active. So I always try to be happy and keep people around me happy as such a simple thing as laughing can create a positive and relaxed atmosphere around that is also good for everyone’s heart. 

According to World Heart Federation, following these small steps helps in keeping our heart up to 50% healthier. So always remember these 3 mantras for achieving a healthy heart

  • Be active

  • Eat healthy
  • Be happy




I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association with BlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart. This year, on the eve of World Heart Day, Saffolalife inspired India to embrace a fresh, new perspective on heart health. It showed how simple lifestyle changes, specifically staying active, eating better, and being happy, are actually #ChhoteKadam to healthy heart.





Friday, August 19, 2016

MY DREAM






The dream is not that you see in sleep, dream is which does not let you sleep” – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

How true and how deep is this quote from the great scientist and former president of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. We all dream while we are asleep but the real dream – the dream which you wish to fulfill – the dream in which you have set your hearts on – will not “let you sleep”.

When I was a kid, whenever someone asked me as to what I wish to become, I would say “I wish to become a doctor”. As I grew up, my interests and goals started to differ, from doctor, it shifted to becoming an Engineer or a teacher. 

After completing school, I was really confused as to what I really wished to become. My father and teachers at school suggested that I take up a degree course and go on to do masters. This would help me in taking up teaching as a profession. I was academically good but shy and timid. I would get goose bumbs even on standing in front of my own class. How could I become a teacher or professor was all I thought. But the trust my family and teachers had in me was more than what I had in myself.

I joined college for a bachelors degree in physics and went on to do masters in the same subject. Those 5 years at Women's Christian College, Chennai were the most memorable and life changing years of my life. My professors there transformed me from being shy to a strong and confident girl. There, I found my love for books, interest in writing and defeated my stage fright.

I would like to thank Geeta Ma'am, Sabitha Ma'am, Anna Ma'am, Mercy Ma'am, Bright Ma'am, Lakshmi Ma'am, Hannah Ma'am, Mallika Ma'am and all my professors at Women's Christian College for making me the person that I am today. 
 
WCC moulded me and the advice that I got from my professors there are something I would remember all my life. As I came out of WCC, I could have taken teaching as a profession or got into research, but I had finally found my true calling -  writing and blogging. I had always wanted to start a blog and was finally determined to start one. Whether I would succeed in this field or not, I did not know and did not care, as I only knew that I have finally found a dream which would not let me sleep.




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I am blogging about my dreams and the people who helped make them true for the #AdviceThatMattered activity at BlogAdda in association with Stoodnt

Monday, August 1, 2016

STORY FROM THE LITTLE ONE




Stories are an integral part of my life. I often tell my daughter stories during meal times to keep her glued to her seat. The idea of story telling came as she used to run here and there while eating making me run behind her every time to feed her a spoon of food. Thus feeding her had become a difficult task for me and finally I decided to put an end to it by engaging her with small stories. The idea clicked and she started asking me to tell her stories every time during her meals.

Every day objects, things that she saw became subject of my story and in this way through stories, I started teaching her new things and passing information to her about birds, animals, vegetables, etc making meal times playful and interesting. This took away a huge burden from my shoulders as she would get engrossed with the stories and eat without much fuss.

I also started buying educational toys and looking for new objects and things in my home to keep her occupied. The objects and creatures that are printed inside the new Colgate strong teeth packs were also very useful. They had colourful and attractive pictures of underwater creatures like mermaids, fishes, etc along with trivia about them. These have to be cut along the dotted line and played with. So I too got into this interesting activity by cutting the pieces in front of her and asking her to arrange them in a row. She arranged the pieces one by one on the table and I then took each piece and told her its name. It was hard for her to grab the names at first but as we started playing she got used to them and I then started telling her stories about underwater castle, fishes, ship, etc.




She instantly liked the idea of a magical sea world and carefully listened to my stories. One day she surprised me by coming up with her own story during her lunch. It is a very simple one but coming from 2 and half year old made the experience and the story more enjoyable. She took the sea horse, octopus and turtle in her hand and began telling the story.

Mumma listen..."the sea horse, octopus and turtle were friends, once they had a fight and they went to their homes. One day the shark tried to attack the sea- horse when he was sleeping, the octopus and turtle wanted to help him. So the octopus threw the turtle on the sea horse and the sea- horse got up with a jerk. They all ran and hid inside the sea- castle and locked the door. The shark tried to enter but could not open the lock. The sea- horse thanked the two and they all became friends again."

I never thought she would come out with such a nice and sweet story. It is indeed a great pleasure for we mothers when our kids surprise us with their endearing acts. I am sure you too would have heard wonderful stories from your children. Do share them in the comments section below.