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Welcome Lovely Bloggers!

I have been having a great party this week and am enjoying it thoroughly. It is with immense pleasure that I am announcing the featured blogger of #HappySunday #3.

#HappySunday #3 featured blogger
#HappySunday #3 featured blogger

Nadaan Parinda blogs as npreads.

As is the tradition from last week the featured blogger gets to cohost with me the #HappySunday, and so Nadaan will be my Co-Host this week.

Welcome On Board Nadaan!

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10 Ways Feminism Is Misunderstood

When we speak of Feminism we seem to always get into a debate which extents to usually someone asking to Define what feminism really is?

Feminism is more of a perception than a definition and each person seems to perceive it in a different way.

However, most times, feminism is misunderstood in many ways and it is not uncommon to see people with a diagonally opposite opinion about feminism calling themselves a feminist.

10 Ways in Which Feminism is Misunderstood

There are many ways Feminism is misunderstood by men and women equally. Here are the ways the term is misunderstood universally

  1. The Macho – Feminists

Some women/men think feminism means to behave like men. Talk, walk and behave like men.

Social scientist think women behaving like men is more a semantic trick than a true scientific explanation. In fact these women seem to have a higher regard to men and hence feel inferior from inside as a woman- and hence the man like behavior.

  from Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, however reports that such behaviors can also be due to hormonal changes.

2. The Misandrist behavior – Hatred Toward Men

Some women go a step ahead and try to overpower men. They want to earn more than men, they want to become more powerful in office than their counterparts.

There are cases where women try not to have any association with men and try to avoid them totally.

3. The Shy Feminists

Who is a feminist? Is there a woman who does not support her own self? However there still seem some women who feel calling themselves a feminist is to say she is arrogant.

10 ways feminism is misunderstood
10 ways feminism is misunderstood

 

4. Feminists Should Always Raise Their Voices

This is something like a unsaid rule to some who call themselves feminists. They always need to raise their voice where ever they are, that seems to them that they are some superpower.

They keep repeating “I am feminist in every forum”

Oops! I am really sorry, but every women is powerful in a lot of ways and the ones who know that, keep quite, enjoy the power. Shouting does not actually bring the power to you!

5. You Need to Join Women Clubs

This is another seemingly affluent group of feminists, who want to speak about feminism in high teas and over cups of coffees.

10 ways feminism is misunderstood
10 ways feminism is misunderstood

They actually do not know the ground reality of women in the society. They enjoy great sophistication, and feel women are tortured with too much burden of not having freedom of spending much.

6. The Fighters

These are women who are ready to pick fight the moment men mention the word ‘ woman’

In fact these are women who think all men are offenders.

7. Women Against Feminism

I know you are as surprised as me, yes! there are some women who are against feminism!

These women feel that feminism means to hate men, so they do not want to hate men and hence are against feminism.

There are numerous facebook and twitter groups for these women too!

8. Only Women Can Be Feminists

There are many men who look at women equal to men and give equal respect. However there are women who think men can never be feminists.

9. The Doormat Tendency

There are women who think that if they show that their support to feminism they would be misunderstood to be misandrists and accept to be bullied and mistreated.

Such doormat behavior in fact makes them an easy prey to be ruled by men.

10. The Shamers

Finally the shamers – these are feminists who make every other woman in her vicinity like a fly on the wall. belittling other women seems to be her hobby and makes it a rule to join men and make fun of other women.

These women think to shame other women who do not think as her is feminism.

So what do you think feminism really is? Have you understood feminism.

 

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Scary Secrets Behind Ban On Jallikattu and Deterioting Indian Health

If you were even wondering why I have titled this post connecting Ban on Jallikattu and Deteriorating Indian Health, You would not be so when you are at the end of this page.

India is a country with rich heritage. And we have been pioneers where scientific knowledge is considered. However we have a very bad weakness and that is our fad following of western culture without arising any question of whether it is good or bad.

Be it the jeans you are wearing to the bottled drinks you are drinking, everything is a monkey copy of foreign culture. In globalized world it is not easy to keep any culture without being influenced by another, however, there still is a need to analyse what is good and what is bad.

The Corporatization of Agriculture and Milk

With increase in population and requirement of more food, there had been a need for increase in food production. And corporates do not let every stone unturned till they find a way to earn, when they smell a requirement unfulfilled.

This is where it all started, they commercialized agriculture, changed the agricultural inputs, chemicalised everything from fertilizers to pesticides and even changed the basic DNA of crops and GMO fied them.

In fact the present situation is so worse that, a farmer cannot grow crops without having to look up for the supply of multinational corporates for seeds to harvester.

The Dairy Industry

Similar need-supply gap was sensed in the dairy industry. Milk, is not just any other drink, it is the elixir of life, beginning from birth till the end of life, milk is consumed by humans.

No Indian ritual is complete without milk !

No Indian life is complete without milk!

Cow, is seen as a divine form in he Indian culture, and not without a reason.

So again corporate minds began smelling the thousands of crores that can be reaped here. They began devising a system where they can make people dependent solely on them for the cow – to produce milk.

This was exposed in 2009 by Keith Woodford who wrote a book Devil in the Milk, which lead to a lot of controversies. It was in this book that Keith Woodford clearly explains the what has happened to the very gene of cattle and how it affects health.

Untold Secrets Behind Ban On Jallikattu and Deteriorating Indian Health
Untold Secrets Behind Ban On Jallikattu and Deteriorating Indian Health

 

Indian Cows and Corporate Politics

India has always pioneered in cattle population in the world. It is not a secret that from prehistoric days cattle were seen as wealth and the more cattle one had, the richer he was considered.

This and many other customs had made India breed cattle proliferate and one can find India had the highest number of native breed that were indigenous to different parts of India.

However these breeds were giving less milk and their per capita maintenance seemed to be of not commercial gain. Though they do not require much expenses in terms of feed and they had inherent resistance to diseases, their milk production was a serious concern.

This is where the corporates found their chance to enter this multi billion dairy market of India. The gullible Indian government soon after independence and hence forth had no idea that it is being taken for a ride.

With promises to improve the yield of native breeds, the India grand cross breeding program began. Slowly but steadily Indian cows had been inseminated with foreign breed bull semen, and no one questioned, because where the Indian breed produced 2 to 3 litres of milk per day, the crossbreed produced 7 to 8 litres.

The Indian Breed cattle have thus been clearly removed from existence and Indian Native breed cattle are becoming extinct one by one. This was exposed in Tehelka.com in 2012.

The Mutation and Related Health Problems

Somewhere during all this increase in yield game, there seemed to happen a small scientific revolution where corporate companies began competing with each other in finding ways to bring about more and more yield increase.

Today in some western countries cattle and diary industry are treated as machines producing the white liquid which they call – MILK.

The total process is mechanized. In fact, in India, in Chhattisgarh where I live I have come across farms where the animals are kept in air conditioned sheds. The premises are so clean, you would never now they were animals.

At the time of milking the cattle are opened, with a remote control, they leave their shed, form a line and go towards the milking area. They need to pass through a shower. they enter the shower wait for a few minutes to be bathed (again mechanically, with remote controlled machines) and then climb the circular milking machine.

The vacuum milking apparatus is attached (oh! human intervention here) to their teats. The cow is milked and as soon as the vacuum apparatus falls down the cow gets down and again walks towards its shed.

It is a wonderful scene, you know, you just need to forget that the ones being milked are living creatures or they need some love and affection.

So What is The Mutation About?

The mutation has happened in the process of getting more and more yield. Look at the image below at the condition of the cow, seen just as source of milk.

Ban On Jallikattu
Cross Breed – More Milk Less Health

It is evident how healthy the cow looks.

The mutation of a specific A1 gene, in fact seems to have started some hundreds of years ago in Holstein breed and since Holstein has been the main breeds used to improve other breeds, the mutated A1 gene has been passed to most   ‘improved’ breeds.

It is this mutated A1 gene that is the cause of many health issues that is seen off late.

How Does The Mutated Gene Cause Health Problems

The main ingredient of milk, for which we consume it too, is the protein present in it. Human digestive system is conditioned to digest and process the natural proteins present in milk.

Milk protein or beta casein, is made of a chain of 209 amino acids. The amino acid number 67 in this chain is usually a amino acid called proline. this proline is inherent component of the chain, and hence is bound both sides. This is called the A2 milk – no mutataion A2 milk.

On the other hand the mutated A1 milk protein contains histidine as amino acid number 67. This histidine does not attach to either side of the chain and remains free. This is the A1 milk – Mutated A1 Milk.

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Difference between A1 and A2 protein

The histidine breaks off taking with it six other neighbouring amino acids forming the beta-casomorphin-7.

so in A1 milk we have beta casein plus the cut off portion beta – casomorphin-7.

Beta – casomorphin-7 is the main culprit behind all the health hazards. Beta – casomorphin-7 has opioid or narcotic which is not digested well by the human system and this is where all the health issues stem.

In July 2007, Dr Keith Woodford, a professor of farm management at New Zealand’s Lincoln University published a paper titled A2 Milk, Farmer Decisions, and Risk Management that reported how “approximately 500 New Zealand dairy farmers are converting their herds to eliminate production of A1 beta-casein within the milk” responsible for “Type 1 diabetes, heart disease and autism”.

If you read the full paper of A2 Milk, Farmer Decisions, and Risk Management you will come to understand that many modern diseases have been articulated by this A 1 milk which is the one mostly available worldwide.

Health issues reported are

  1. Problems in digestive system
  2. Type 1 diabetes
  3. Heart diseases
  4. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  5. Autism

Connection Between this and Ban on Jallikattu

Jallikattu is some 3500 old tradition in tamilnadu, the main purpose of the sport is recognize the best breeder of the locality which will then be used to breed all the cows present in the village.

However this poses a risk to the foreign artificial insemination industry who would love the cattle breeders to look up to them as the sole sources of semen. Just like the GMO crops where you need to buy seeds at a high price and all other inputs for crops.

Also, it is seen that these very foreign corporates are indulged in the production of medicines for many of the above diseases, so they see this as a double harvest.

Hence, they have ensured to show some irrelevant reasons to the gullible government and the supreme court to bring about a ban of The Bull Sport, thereby no more proliferation in the indigenous breeds of this part of our country.

read the letter below written by a person from adjoining state Kerala in support of people protesting jallikattu.

Ban on Jallikattu
Indigenous breeds lost in Kerala

The Recent Protests in Tamilnadu

The protests in Tamilnadu is mainly to save native cattle breeds of India. This, though was a scenario for the past two years, has become an important struggle because of student population.

In fact I personally see this protest with respect, and here are the reasons for it. Subha has given reasons for the crowds joining Jallikattu from all parts of Tamilnadu.

  1. Started by 100 students only.
  2. Seeing the protests slowly students from all over Tamilnadu joined in.
  3. IT employees – who we see as those who are not worried about our country or culture are completely supporting.
  4. They were collected only through social media.
  5. The students do not side with any political party – in fact they ask politicians to leave the site of protests (strongly)
  6. There is no violence, no bad behavior.
  7. Women and men are protesting side by side yet no molestations, instead women are given due respect and are safe. I can see women in organizing some protests too. There were women in the crew who went to meet the Chief Minister.
  8. There is no caste based difference shown, though this was seen to be a way that can be used to divide these students.
  9. People from all walks have joined the protests.
  10. the lawyers association, retailers association, farmers association and so on have begun supporting the students – Oh! I forgot the Film Industry.
  11. Students have shown that Tamilnadu no more needs politicians or film stars to lead them.

This is something of a revolution that is happening in Tamilnadu, students all over India need to understand the power of students, the power of Youth.

In fact this is history getting created in front of our very eyes and we all are excited!

 

 

Advantages Of Teaching Mindfulness To Children

When I speak to parents the first topic I naturally seem to go to is teaching mindfulness to children. Not because I need to lure them to my mindfulness classes, but because I need to keep them informed.

Parenting these days is more difficult and demanding, Not because the children have changed, but because the world around them has changed.

Everytime I visit a school and interact with the children and their parents, the first thing they ask me is –

“My child is very active, should he be treated for hyperactiveness?”

Well, I would never call this a mistake, the media and some doctors have intentionally made the picture hazy. Children who seem to be too playful or those who cannot stay in a place for a small length of time are under microscope these days.

Advantages Of Teaching Mindfulness To Children
Advantages Of Teaching Mindfulness To Children

What is Hyperactivity in Kids?

The psychiatry industry calls kids with following symptoms as hyperactive

1.     Kids those who do not pay attention

2.     Kids who cannot sit in their place for long

3.     Kids who are impulsive

Now as a parent, as a human being answer me – will a child not be playful, will he/she be seated in the place where you ask them to, will children think about the result of their play?

I can almost hear you say No!

Of course No – if kids were not to be playful and impulsive there would be no childishness left in them.

Isn’t the above 3 points the exact difference between an adult and a child?

Well, I do not say ADHD does not exist, however I find that even a small instance of extra childishness is made to look like a medically treatment needing disease.

In fact some stimulant medication which is the chief medication chosen for ADHD has been reported to increase the symptoms of ADHD in many children. 

In France thus, stimulant medication or any other medication is not given and for children who are hyperactive and those suffering from ADHD, on the contrary they use a drug-free holistic approach treatment.

 Research Evidence Of Advantages of Teaching Mindfulness To Children

 Research has found that Mindfulness Training for children escalates attention and social emotional awareness. Some of key awareness enhancements are

1.     Children are able to focus on a subject

Katherine Weare – Emeritus Professor of Education University of Southampton in her research paper has summarized that mindfulness essentially develops awareness in children. It is a gradual process and with a span of 8 weeks and continuous practice  difference can be perceived.

2.     Their basic motor skills connecting to their brain, body movement and emotions increases.

Filip Raes et al have found that the mindfulness helps in better motor skills. The emotional quotient in children studied had been found to reach optimal levels after practice of mindfulness.

3.     Children become calmer and able to control anxiety.

 KU Leuven, in Science daily has concluded from a study conducted on 400 students that, mindfulness practice is effective in reducing depression, anxiety and emotional breakouts.

4.     Interpersonal and social skills improve

Charlotte E and Dusana Dorjee from school of Psychology, Bangor University, Bangor, UK, in their study on the Meta-Cognition in Children opine that the interpersonal skills and emotional well-being has increased through practice of mindfulness in children of primary school.

 5.     Children become better academically (if that was your main concern)

Beauchemin,   Hutchins   and  Patterson  (2008) studied the feasibility of attitudes towards and the outcome of a 5 week mindfulness practice In children. They have reported that there is impressive increase in the academic performance of children practicing mindfulness.   

It has been thus proven that Mindfulness Training leads to structural changes in brain. This leads to a better and composed child. You would also experience that children become

·       Aware of their environment

·       They become less judgmental of others.

·       There is stillness in heart and anxiety is no longer an unsolved problem.

·       Empathy and compassion towards others increases

·       Children become better in terms of social response.

Practice mindfulness thus is of immense advantage to children, it is with the teachers and parents, now lay the responsibility to guide them.

Children learn quickly and follow without questioning too, hence when you begin the practice of mindfulness at an early age you sure would reap huge advantages.

Many parents want to know if mindfulness is a treatment, well, not at all, mindfulness is an exercise to your mind, to keep it hale and healthy.

If you would want guided mindfulness lessons for your family you could choose one of my mindfulness e-course. I am just an email away!

 

 

TamilNadu Protests Against Jallikattu Ban In Unity -Is The Gvernment Listening

Dear Indian Media! There is a mass protest going on in Tamilnadu – Why do we not see any national media presence here? – This is the question that is reverberating in Tamilnadu

If you thought social media helps only to contact lost friends and post happy family pictures – Think again – students and IT industry employees in Tamilnadu are creating history using SOCIAL MEDIA.

Yes using social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter Tamilnadu youngsters have organized a mass protest.

#Alanganallur

Justice For Jallikattu Protest
Justice For Jallikattu Protest

The protest started in Alanganallur, a village in Madurai district ( yes! Meenakkshi Amman Templed Madurai)

There are three big bull sport conducted in Madurai during the Tamil festival Pongal. With Supreme court saying bull is a wild animal and it cannot be played with, Jallikattu was detained for last two years.

There was protest, earlier too, but it was done in small factions here and there. This year too the political set up did manage to fool the people till the last moment that the ban will be revoked and bull will be added in domestic animals list.

Well, there was no change whatsoever and people were disappointed as they were from two years. However what no one expected was the Youngster Support.

Youth Heroes of Tamilnadu

Justice For Jallikattu Protest
Justice For Jallikattu Protest

Some IT employees and Students cam from nowhere and sat on hunger strike in Alanganallur yesterday.

This was not expected and no political party or even locals had any idea from where they suddenly appeared. However local people soon joined in.

what started as 200 students grew to more than 2000 people in a small village. All protesting against the Ban of Jallikattu.

The whole day (and night) yesterday we could hear slogans of

#BanPETA

#JusticeForJallikattu

#WeNeedJustice

throughout the state and online too.

Social Media

kids preparing food for people protesting in alanganallur
kids preparing food for people protesting in alanganallur

The strength of social media is best seen in this protest. No mainstream media covered the protests going on. the people sent out for help only through various social media.

Early today around 5.00am the students who were protesting peacefully were literally carried out of the place and detained in some unknown places.

The health of these detained persons (including young girls) is a mystery no one is ready to reveal.

There is so much fuss going on and our mainstream media still has no whiff of it (funny they do not see this as important)

Chennai And Coimbatore

Justice For Jallikattu Protest
Justice For Jallikattu Protest Coimbatore

However, It employees, Students, Housewives, men, women and children from diffeterent parts of Tamilnadu have now understood the need of getting out of their homes and are on the streets, fighting for the release of detained students and give permission to conduct Jallikattu – The bull sport.

In Marina Beach -Chennai, there are around 1500 people protesting.

In Coimbatore there are 1000s protesting

In Madurai there are more than 4000 people protesting

#JusticeForJallikattu is trending in all social media, and yet there is no governmental intrusion or help.

It just makes one feel – Is Justice Applied Universally In India?

 

 

 

#HappySunday #LinkParty #3

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Welcome Lovely Bloggers!

I have been having a great party this week and am enjoying it thoroughly. It is with immense pleasure that I am announcing the featured blogger of #HappySunday #2.

#HappySunday Featured Blogger
#HappySunday Featured Blogger

Dixita is our own blogstar who is a bundle of Happiness!

She blogs as HillStationReader and loves to write about Yoga, Food and Fun.

As is the tradition from last week the featured blogger gets to cohost with me the #HappySunday, and so Dixita will be my Co-Host this week.

Welcome On Board Dixita!

Prompt For The Week

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#HappySunday #LinkParty
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7 Simple and Natural Ways To Boost Immune System Naturally

7 Simple and Natural Ways To Boost Immune System Naturally
7 Simple and Natural Ways To Boost Immune System Naturally

Immunity keeps you charged and healthy throughout your life and it is important to know How to Boost Immune System Naturally.

Well, the immune system in our body is responsible for fighting off any sickness. It is made of a network of cells, tissues and organs, and they work together to protect the body.

However, if there is a whole network that is kept ready to fight sickness, then why are people getting sick?

Everyone gets sick at one point or the other but the immune system helps to get us back to normal.

With the help of vaccines, the immune system is kept well prepared to fight the diseases.

Problem arises when someone gets sick more often which means there are chances that he/she might have a weak immune system.

Why does an otherwise Strong Immune System Weaken?

The immune system protects our body from all kind of infections and also restricts the cancerous growth and tumours inside the body. But immune responses are weakened by many external factors. The important factors are

–          Stress

–          An unbalanced and poor diet

–          Consumption of Alcohol

–          Smoking

–          Lack of Sleep

–          Lack of Exercise

–          Lack of Hygiene

–          Obesity

–          Unnecessary Medications

–          Exposure of body to Chemicals, UV and Radiation

–          Dehydration

Do you know? All these factors can be controlled by you. By making lifestyle changes, we can naturally strengthen the immune system.

Ways to Boost the Immune System Naturally

1. Keep yourself Hydrated

This is on the top of my list because staying hydrated solves 50% of the problem. When we get up in the morning after an eight hour fast, our immune system is drained.

By making our body hydrated, the necessary nutrients travel throughout the body and refresh us. At the same time, it also flushes out toxins from our body.

But take care not to overdo it. Drink the right amount of water.

2. Less Stress and more Harmony

When we are stressed out due to work or any other psychological stress, the adrenal gland pumps in epinephrine and cortisol.

When these hormones are secreted, they initiate a variety of processes including our metabolism and immune response. But too much of these hormones lead to break down of our immune system.

Hence, take care to keep your stress under control and practice anything that you enjoy to keep yourself calm.

3. Balanced Diet

Malnutrition is one of the reasons for a weak immune system. Hence, take care to consume a well-balanced diet. Here are some recommendations for boosting your immune system.

–          Avoid Sugar. Refined sugar decreases the immune function drastically.

–          Include fresh yoghurt in your diet. Yoghurt has Calcium, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12, potassium and magnesium. Also, the presence of probiotics helps the digestive system to stay away from diseases.

–          Garlic is incredibly good for health and helps protect the body from cough, cold and other bacterial/viral infections. In addition, it has Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Iron and Phosphorus.

In addition, consult your doctor for taking vitamin and mineral supplements to stay healthy.

4. Get Adequate Sleep

Sleep is when both the body and mind relaxes. When there is sleep deprivation, it disturbs the immune system.

People with less sleep are tend to get more common cold. Their inflammatory chemicals are also elevated.

Sleep for 8 hours a day to remain fresh, both inside and outside.

5. Have an Exercise Regimen

Physical activity has its own set of benefits. In addition to decreasing your stress level, it flushes all types of toxins in the form of urine and sweat. Also, white blood cells and antibodies reach the entire body during exercise. Having an exercise Regime fights obesity too.

6. Avoid Smoking and Alcohol

Nicotine in Tobacco causes anxiety, depression and nervousness which in turn weakens the immune system. It also leads to heart disease. It is recommended to stop smoking to improve immunity.

Alcohol harms the body by ripping off the nutrients from the body. Avoid alcohol for a healthy immune system.

7. Maintain Hygiene

Good personal hygiene keeps germs at bay. Though hygiene doesn’t directly affect the immune system, it certainly helps in keeping you healthier.

 

Our immune system is the best line of defense. Let us take care of it and make it the best one.

#FridayQuotes – Mindfulness – A Practice to Bring Peace and Joy

Have you ever thought about what happens around you or Within You?

Mindfulness! Yes, that is what I am asking have you been mindful?

Off-late life has become too busy and almost completely online. People are busy taking selfies and updating their facebook profiles and Instagram.

However how useful is this to improve you as a person.

Have you ever thought of the latest interaction with your children?

Why is Mindfulness Important?

To be mindful is to make a gentle effort to be continuously present in a place, with the people around you and the environment in which you are.

Mindfulness is a simple practice, all you need to be is – be aware!

Life is too small to waste it with unwanted and irrelevant behavior. Here are 5 quotes on Mindfulness

#FridayQuote #1 The Present Moment

#FridayQuotes - Mindfulness
#FridayQuotes – Mindfulness

Live in the present moment, the past is already gone and future is a mystery, so don’t worry about the past or the future. Live now!

#FridayQuote #2 Have a Me Time

Have a time just for yourselves. This is important to realize about yourself and your priorities.

#FridayQuotes Mindfulness
#FridayQuotes Mindfulness

#FridayQuotes #3 Joy

Joy has to be incited from deep within, superficial happiness will not sustain for long.

#FridayQuotes Mindfullness
#FridayQuotes Mindfullness

#FridayQuotes #4 Peace

Mindfulness begins when you find peace within yourselves and with people around you. True happiness comes only when you remove the sorrow and anger inside.

#FridayQuotes Minfulness
#FridayQuotes Mindfulness

#FridayQuotes Mindfulness

You need to understand yourself, find peace within your and practice gratitude. This alone can make you a better and mindful person.

#FridayQuotes Mindfulness
#FridayQuotes Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness becomes a habit when you embrace yourselves and begin slowly but consciously.

 

Blogger’s Pit Stop #56

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Friday, 13th January 2017

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Kathleen from Lifestyle Building Blocks:  She finds it both humbling and satisfying to write posts and to have bloggers express their appreciation for the help and guidance gleaned from her insight. Kathleen loves the blogger’s lifestyle, thinking outside the box and to keep learning. She is qualified in Professional Editing and Proofreading – specializing in eBooks.

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Julie and Menaka

 

Julie is the wife of Pauli and the mom of two beautiful children. As a family, they have worked hard for the lifestyle that they now enjoy.  They have a successful online business, they are entrepreneurs who teach, train, coach and are mentors of their strategies to make more money more easily. Julie has two blogs, one for online coaching and one for their Niche Travel Hub. Julie is the author of the popular book The Art of Pinterest Profits.

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Menaka Bharathi from Simple Indian Mom is a Mom, an Agricultural Microbiologist, and a Mompreneur. She is an Organic Food Producer and Markets them under her own brand as SIM Organics. She is a Parenting Consultant and believes parenting can be simple, easy and happy.

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#BangaloreMolestation – Whom Do We Blame

Tucked within layers of bedsheets she was keenly listening to her mom reading to her.

“Locked in the high castle she waited and waited for the Prince”, read her mom.

“Mom!” whispered she, “Why didn’t her parents teach the Princess Karate?”

“Would she have fought herself instead of waiting for the Prince”, Pramila was shocked. She had remained ‘Just A Mother’ and not a Strong Woman.

#BangaloreMolestation
#BangaloreMolestation

She felt guilty and so were many other parents who received their molested daughters home.

#BangaloreMolestation

#BangaloreMolestation Raised quite a lot of eyebrows, It did make us wonder what went wrong?

As women, we have always been seen as bodies, flesh and I everything else but not fellow souls.

That day – twitterati went viral with #YesAllWomen, with women sharing how each one was molested. How the society showed them to care less and work more.

Yes! it is true that #NotAllMen are sexual abusers, however, is the abusers were minority, how did they let the #BangaloreMolestation happen.

Women were abused and sexually assaulted by a sudden zombie turned men who were flesh-hungry. Forgetting that the same and flesh and skin gave them birth and fed them, men groped!

It is painful to write, and that is the reason I have been postponing, Yet! The recent news that the police is clueless to such an incident and they cannot find any EVIDENCE, made me think, and think again.

The feminine soul inside laughs at me when I think of the mess that has happened and how offhandedly it has been shoved off.

Molestation and Age Old Stories

I was in school, travelling in bus. An old man was sitting in a seat near where I was standing.

He asked me, “Pappa! You want to sit?”, I looked at his seat, there was no space, he directed me to his lap. I was 5 or 6 then.

I sat on his lap and then after a few minutes felt uncomfortable, I didn’t know then, that his making patterns on my thighs were abuse, but still I could sit no further.

Old men, young men, men – Uff! whom do we trust?

My grandmother would scowl at me the instance I smiled at a boy, Hey! wait- I was 6 then.

Yes! you have read my exact age, when I was 8 years old, I was taught not to smile at men – that would give a wrong signal. I have wondered how stupid my grandmother was to have ill-treated me.

Women! I now feel, how right she was.

It was a better be safe something she had implanted in me.

Tales of 60 year old molesting a child in the running bus, 20 year old molesting an aunty (pedaling they say) in trains, were all common even in my childhood.

However, we kept quite! we were kept quite!

By our parents, By our teachers and By all elders – whom we respected.

However, now we have moved across those barriers.

I see #YesAllWomen as a shout out from the phoenix birds and our modern Sita’s who have walked through abusive hands, fought them and stood against them.

If you thought by touching the skin – that is going to age and decay – you have attained glory, Oh! men, we heed none!

If remaining quiet we could grow equal to you in 50 years, what do you think speaking aloud will lead to?

Whom Do We Blame?

Sexual abuse is not a problem that is limited to Indian women alone, its a global one.

Yes, there are women in the US, UK, Europe and world over, who have similar complains. Women have been conditioned to ignore and brush off these abuses -Because she is -WOMAN.

So finally the whole country ended up asking

why woman would want to go out to enjoy a New Years Eve?

Why would they want to stay up late in a crowded street?

Well, one thing has to be understood, and understood clearly-

Our girls are given birth to, cherished and grown as equal as boys, and they have all rights to enjoy equally. It is now the turn of boys to understand.

Parenting Discrepancy and Lack of Responsibility

#BangaloreMolestation - Whom Do We Blame
#BangaloreMolestation – Whom Do We Blame

Parents need to firstly behave with responsibility. They go head over heels to provide every latest gadget launched in the market, just to get away from the guilt of not spending much time with their children.

They work their nights oil out to let their children be spoilt by misleading videos back home.

Are we as parents doing the right thing to this society?

Are we being responsible as parents?

I feel with the change in time and technology, it is important for parents to change too.

Compassion and empathy has to be taught – to men and women alike. There are a lot of issues going around you, sensitize your children with them.

Let them know of the 80 year old who was sexually assaulted and left to die bleeding because a Harpic can inserted into her anus piercing the small and large intestine.

Tell them stories of how children are trafficked and used like commodities.

Let them know how the fellow beings are suffering, how animals are getting extinct and why the environment is being played with.

Let children be able to understand between a friendly hug and an abuse!

Parents its going to be Super -Parenting from now!

Become a super mother and super father and enable your child to become a better being, who is socially responsible and empathetically alive towards his surroundings.

Buried under cartoons and gadgets would make them insensitive and ignorant. Who knows if they are not sensitized now, they would behave like beasts or mutant mules, with no expressions or compassion.

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Top 7 Yoga For Thyroid – Poses for Hypothyroidism

Yoga for thyroid has been widely discussed treatment of thyroid imbalance and encouraged in recent periods. However there are certain basic thing you need to know about thyroid.

There are two things that are bad – too much or too little. The same is true in the case of thyroid disorder.

Thyroid disorders are becoming more and more common across the world and people are struggling with either high amounts of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) or too little of the hormone (hypothyroidism).

Though there are various other problems related to the thyroid gland, the above are the two major problems affecting majority of the population.

To treat the thyroid problems, you need to make sure to follow a combination of right medication, diet restrictions and also exercise such as yoga.

I have particularly had an insight into Yoga For Thyroid

Yoga is a holistic approach to keep the thyroid condition under control.

There is still a debate as to whether Yoga is an effective treatment for thyroid disorder, I feel it needs to be combined with medication and diet for long term benefits.

Yoga certainly assists in reducing thyroid related symptoms. Here are some yoga posture or asanas you should do for thyroid disorder

Meditation and Yoga for Thyroid Disorder

While medication directly influence the thyroid gland, practicing Yoga will provide improvement in a gradual manner.

Ancient Indian medications are based on the concept of releasing the blockage of energy that causes the illness.

By releasing the blockage, the function is restored. Yoga and Pranayama works based on this concept.

Yoga Postures for Hypothyroidism

  1. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

Yoga For Thyroid -sarvangasana
Yoga for thyroid Sarvangasana

Sarvangasana is the most important asana for hypothyroid as it helps in stimulating the gland and controls the thyroxin level.

Due to this inverted pose, blood flows from leg to head and helps in treating thyroid.

2. Viparithakarani (Inverted Pose)

Next to Sarvangasana, this is also an important asana. As the posture for this is also reverse, it helps in easing the complications caused by hypothyroid.

3. Janu Shirasasana (One legged Forward Bend) Yoga for Thyroid #3

Janu Shirasasana basically is a stretching posture where the head meets the knee. This posture helps in enhancing the functioning of thyroid gland.

4. Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

matyasana - yoga for thyroid
matyasana – Yoga for thyroid

This asana posture looks like the shape of the fish. As the neck portion stretches to the maximum extent in this asana, the thyroid gland is stimulated.

5. Halasana (Plough Pose)

halasana - Yoga for thyroid
halasana – Yoga for thyroid

This asana posture resembles the shape of plough. In this asana, the neck portion is compressed (the opposite of matsyasana) and hence, this too helps in stimulating the thyroid gland.

6. Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)

Yoga For Thyroid
Yoga for thyroid

This asana, which resembles the cat stretch helps in relieving the stress and tension which are the indirect factors affecting thyroid function.

7. Surya Namaskar (Salutation to the Sun) in a fast pace

oga For Hypothyroidsm
Surya-Namaskar-for Hypothyroidism

When Surya Namaskar is done in a fast pace, it helps in reducing the weight that has occurred due to thyroid. Surya Namaskar helps in managing weight (which is one of the important symptoms of thyroid).

These are some poses for Hypothyrodism or a deficiency of thyroid hormone, there are also poses for hyperthyroidism, I shall soon come up with those.

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Welcome Lovely Bloggers!

I have been having a great party this week and am enjoying it thoroughly. It is with immense pleasure that I am announcing the featured blogger of #HappySunday #5.

Romila

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Romila is a freelance writer/editor/book reviewer and a blogger

Her enthusiasm has overwhelmed me. She takes special interest in #HappySunday #LinkParty and has always linked up first. I am extremely happy to have her as my cohost for this week.

Welcome On Board Romila!

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So here we are with the #HappySunday linky party! Go ahead and link your favorite posts. The following are the rules, I would like each participating member to follow the rules for better results.

  1. You can add up to two posts per week
  2. Add my super delightful badge(code below) in your post.
  3. I would be commenting on all posts and sharing them.
  4. Use the hashtags #SIM #HappySunday when commenting and sharing for better reach.
  5. Comment on the post of the host and one post above your post.
  6. Link ups are about sharing and commenting so please do as many as you can.
  7. Every week one blogger would be featured as the blogger of the week. He/She would be featured in twitter and in our 4k membered facebook group SimpleIndianMoms.
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Special Feature of This Week – A Prompt

This week is special in a lot of ways and to make it even more special I am coming up with a prompt to write. In fact I have been asked for a prompt from many bloggers, and I have been wanting to write on something very important and so here we are with the prompt for this week.

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Are You Giving Your Child The Right Nutrition

Are You Giving Your Child The Right Nutrition
Are You Giving Your Child The Right Nutrition

Food and nutrition for kids is always top priority for a mom! And using a diet chart isn’t the easiest route to take either as getting the actual food items into your child’s mouth is a difficult undertaking. I have been there and experienced that, and I’ve had thoroughly enough!

It’s also disheartening to see your child looking skinnier than some of his playmates; it can really break your heart and make you feel like the worst momma in the whole universe.

I say DON’T PANIC! You’re not alone; I’m quite sure a large number of the moms out there feel the same when it comes to their child’s nutrition. Of course, you have to keep in mind:- You do not want an obese child, you want a healthy child.

Enhancing Nutrients with PediaSure

Are You Giving Your Child The Right Nutrition
Are You Giving Your Child The Right Nutrition

Children get into the habit of choosing food that only goes well with their taste buds. It’s our responsibility as parents, however, to make sure that the food is nutritious for them too. You could try different recipes and see which ones they like the most.

It is common knowledge that energy is provided by carbohydrates and fats, hence providing these in the right amount is necessary.

Children also need muscle building proteins, vitamins and minerals for better strength – both physical and mental.

Providing vitamins and minerals regularly is not only difficult but is next to impossible, and that’s where PediaSure comes in.

PediaSure for kids could play an important role in providing balanced nutrients in a tasty form that’s just right for the children. It’s available in 3 flavours – Vanilla, Kesar Badam and Premium Chocolate.

PediaSure Usage – Making a Diet Chart for Your child

I have always made it necessary to plan meals beforehand so that I do not have to deal with force-feeding my child. This is a practice I recommend to all mothers. I recently found another component that could be of tremendous help to my daily plan – PediaSure.

You could add PediaSure to your morning milk (though it can also be had with water just as easily) rituals or try experimenting with PediaSure recipes. This way you will ensure that you add the required nutrients (37 in all) in the right amounts to your child’s diet. Do keep in mind that PediaSure is not meant for children with galactosemia or those who are lactose intolerant.

PediaSure Nutrition Apart from protein, vitamins and minerals, PediaSure powder has a prebiotic (fructooligosaccharides, FOS) and probiotics; bacteria that can be ingested to benefit intestinal health.

The functional bacteria work great for digestion as well as the overall health of the intestines, which is very important for the overall health of your child. That was the microbiologist in me doing a little research on PediaSure. It has a combination of FOS and probiotics that help maintain healthy intestinal microflora, support a healthy immune system and facilitates the absorption of nutrients.

Pediasure has been scientifically demonstrated to reduce the number of sick days in children with nutrition gaps, thus a glass of this to start with in the morning, is going to kick-start your child’s system and get it ready for the whole day.

I decided to see if all of this was true and began using this with my own child. Please do stay tuned to the blog for updates on my #MyPediaSureJourney so that I can give you more details through my #90DaysWithPediaSure.

In case you decide to go the same route, your local chemist or grocery store carries the product or you could also get PediaSure online from the company’s website.

Abbot approached me to participate in their #90DaysWithPediaSure campaign, however all opinions, views and experiences shared in this post are my own and have in no way been influenced by the company.

Blogger’s Pit Stop – #55

The Blogger's Pit Stop

Friday, 6th January 2017

Blogger’s Pit Stop #55 – Welcome

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Please give a warm welcome to our newest Pit Stop Crew member

Menaka

Menaka Bharathi from Simple Indian Mom is a Mom, an Agricultural Microbiologist, and a Mompreneur. She is an Organic Food Producer and Markets them under her own brand as SIM Organics. She is a Parenting Consultant and believes parenting can be simple, easy and happy.

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Janice from Mostly Blogging: Janice loves writing, and meeting people from all over the globe who are like-minded and supportive. The thrill and validation she gets when bloggers tell of how she has helped them with their blogging are unparalleled. Her posts are thorough and beneficial to her many readers who are building their own blogs. Janice is the author of the popular book An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog.

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Julie

Julie is the wife of Pauli and the mom of two beautiful children. As a family, they have worked hard for the lifestyle that they now enjoy.  They have a successful online business, they are entrepreneurs who teach, train, coach and are mentors of their strategies to make more money more easily. Julie has two blogs, one for online coaching and one for their Niche Travel Hub. Julie is the author of the popular book The Art of Pinterest Profits.

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Shaping Eyebrows Using Tweezer – Are You Doing It Right

Shaping Eyebrows
Shaping Eyebrows

Have you used a tweezer to shape your eyebrows and then wondered if you are doing the right thing?

Well, you are not alone, every woman has this doubt. Shaping the eyebrows is a very tricky job.

While the perfect brows with the perfect arch gives you that awesome look, a bad eyebrow will put you down in terms of looks.

On the other hand, if one or two plucks are made at the wrong place, then it leads to a bad eyebrow shape.

Even though, tweezing seems to be a quicker and easier job, if incorrectly done, it might lead to uneven eyebrows.

Common Problems When You Shape Eyebrows Using Tweezer

Some of the common problems you face while using tweezer to shape your eyebrows are

  1. Uneven Brows

The most common mistake that people make while using tweezer is to tweeze (DIY) more on one side.

If the person is a left hander, then the first they would most likely tweeze is the left side leading to a thinner eyebrow on the left side than the right side.

  1. Scarring

People who are a bit aggressive can cause damage to the hair roots while using a tweezer. This could also lead to scarring which in addition to creating a scar also does not allow hair to grow again.

Want to minimize scarring?

Use vaseline before you start plucking and try to be a bit smooth while tweezing the unwanted hair.

  1. Ingrown hair

When tweezer is used incorrectly without prior experience, it could lead to ingrown hair.

When hair is plucked against the direction of hair growth, this problem occurs. This can best be prevented if hair is plucked in the direction of hair growth.

  1. Possibility of Infections

While plucking hair, knowingly or unknowingly, damage is caused to the skin and the underlying hair root.

This could lead to swelling, redness, irritation and sometimes, even infections.

It is always advised to sterilize the tweezer with warm water and soap or with alcohol before using it every time.

  1. Discolouration of Skin

As plucking irritates the skin and causes inflammation, it could at times, cause a darker patch at the affected area of the skin.

It is advisable to use a sunscreen with SPF30 to help get rid of these discolorations in the skin.

  1. Plucking using Dull Tweezers

Plucking using dull tweezers leads to undesirable results. Dull and unsharpened tweezers will not hold the hair as desired and would eventually lead to an ugly shape.

Always try to buy tweezers that have lifetime warranty for sharpening it.

  1. Choosing the wrong type of Tweezer

When tweezer with sharp, pointed edge is selected, it breaks the hair off instead of removing them completely.

It is always better to choose a sharp but slant edge tweezer to get the right shape.

Why and When to Pluck?

–       Though Plucking is not a referred way to get rid of the unwanted brow hair, a combination of waxing, threading and plucking works great.

–       Plucking is not a bad thing at all. But it depends on how careful it is done.

–       It is better to make use of a good tweezer so that it doesn’t create damage to the skin.

–       Threading is a clean technique but for add hairs, plucking is better than other methods.

On a final note, consulting a professional than doing a DIY eyebrow makeover is better. After all we all want to look great with that perfect arch.

Tell us your eyebrow stories, How do you shape them?

 

How to Make Your Fussy Toddler Eat After Weaning

How to make a fussy toddler eat
How to make a fussy toddler eat

As soon as you plan your schedule to wean your toddler off breastfeeding, the first thing that comes to mind is how you are going to make your Fussy Toddler Eat.

Weaning is not just making the child give up breast feeding or bottle, but introducing the child to solid food.

Breastfeeding, beyond doubt has so many benefits and that is why I recommend mothers to continue breastfeeding for 12 to 15 months.

However, you can begin introducing other food after 6 months of sole breastfeeding.

Weaning is a trickier process and there are no hard and fast rules.

It is common to see some children wean at the age of two years. The age in fact is not important, what is important is the understanding between the mother and the child. So, it might differ from person to person. (Do not get tensed due to peer pressure! You and your child are unique and you decide your schedule)

Weaning is not an easy process. It takes time and patience. While few children can be weaned easily, some are more resistant to weaning.

So, it is important to wean the child gently for making a smooth transition. Here are some tried and tested tips for making it easy for both your child and you.

  1. Take it Slow

Remember that weaning takes a lot of time. In case of fussy toddlers, you need more time and perseverance. (SO! Finally I said that, yes! Perseverance is the mantra!)

There is no timeline as each child behaves in a different manner. Try to focus on smaller goals.

Say, first start with giving solid food once per day and then gradually increase the number of times.

Be flexible with the child and don’t get stressed if your child doesn’t respond as expected.

  1. Make a Change in the Routine

It is good way to change the daily routine by distracting the child. This will distract the child from the usual pattern of feeding.

Distraction might be in the form of going out of the home during feed times or playing with the child.

Make sure that the distraction reduces the number of feeds gently. You might also try giving solids when the child is distracted.

  1. Take Turns with your Partner

During night, it always becomes the duty of the mothers to look after the child because they can easily make the child go back to sleep.

However, it is tough to initiate the weaning process with this pattern. Ask your partner to look after the child at night.

In case the child is hungry, your partner can offer solid food or a liquid form and put the child back to sleep.

  1. Communicate

Children are intelligent and they can understand when you talk to them about weaning – I did this, and believe me, my son at 1.5 years didn’t ask me to feed him even once after the initial explanation.

You need to talk to your child considering him already a year old, which will make him/her understand what actually you are trying to say!

 

  1. Break the Habit

Many kids find it tough to go to sleep without being breastfed. Before putting the child to sleep, feed him in another room, and then move to your bedroom for sleep.

While at bed, you can read, or sing to your toddler to put him to sleep.

Always remember, you set a life habit for your child, so make it worthy to be followed later too.

  1. Offer a Favorite Food or Drink

Children sometimes can’t express their hunger and thirst. Hence, they depend on breastfeeding.

Make a habit of giving substitute food once every two hours, with intermittent provision of warm water.

Offer them all the healthy foods of different colour at different time; this will make them want to try them.

Try not to feed, let the child experience the texture and try to eat by themselves. Though it might look untidy at first, they will eventually enjoy choosing and holding food on their own.

 

Few more tips for tackling the fussy toddler

–          Don’t encourage them to fill on liquid food alone.

–          Do not force them to eat.

–          It is not a hard and fast rule for them to clean the plate. Take it slow.

–          Let them play with food.

–          Mealtime should not put pressure on them.

–          Be creative while preparing food for them. It is like an adventure for them to try new tastes.

Above all, Family mealtimes are best way to encourage a child to eat. Kids learn from their parents.

I would love to know what you did to feed your fussy toddler, do share.

Do You Know Why Organic Food for Babies – Is The Right Choice

organic food for babies
organic food for babies

Should I opt for Organic food for my baby?

This is one question I am often asked. As a Parent, you would always want to give your baby the best in everything.

And Food tops the list

Food lays a strong foundation for the physical and mental development of the children.  That is why choosing the right food for the babies is a critical factor.

This is exactly the soft point that corporates use. Yes! Many baby food companies try to capture your concern for your kid and make money.

Now! Why would I say so?

Foods for children need to be fresh, locally bought and organic. If you buy packed food, none of these criteria are met.

Nowadays, parents are cautious about their babies’ health and they are ready to spend a bit more. But is it worth the money spent?

Why Organic Food for babies?

One of the most important points you need to take care while adding solids to your child is if the food is safe?

Colourful packages, huge promotion and easy availability has made many brands popular among moms.

However, you need to understand one basic thing -Packed food has not been produced a day before or a week before.

It must have been prepared at least a month or a few months before it reaches your hand.

This food, that you are ready to give your child, has to be preserved from getting putrefied. So something has to be added that is not good for the natural living things that will grow on that food.

Is that safe for your baby?

Organic Food Vs Conventional Food

Now that we have come to the idea that local food is good, let’s check on the difference between organic food and conventional food.

The main difference between Organic food and conventional food is the chemicals involved during both the production and processing stage.

Production of conventional food involves the use of many chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones and other types of chemicals.

Though these chemicals are certified to be safe when used under a certain level, the end consumer does not really know about the side effects when used in the long term.

Organic food production eliminates the use of these chemicals during its production.

I would like to inform you here that because of the persistence of chemicals in the environment, no food is 100% chemical free.

However, organic food certainly has the least amount of chemical residue when compared to Conventional Food.

Scientific Facts to Support the use of Organic Food for Babies

Studies have shown that many of the chemicals used in conventional food production leads to breast, colon, brain, lung and ovarian cancer and much more fatal diseases.

If not fatal, they are sure to disrupt the hormones by mimicking oestrogen or testosterone.

So, we know that use of Organic food helps us reduce the risk of chemical toxicity.

But do you know that kids are more vulnerable to the effects of chemicals than adults?

Babies are more vulnerable to chemical exposure because their brain and body are at a very crucial stage of development.

Also, babies tend to eat lot of certain foods like bananas and apples and hence, they are more exposed.

With continuous exposure to chemicals, babies have an increased risk of neuro-development damage, in particular.

Studies also found out that such children also have chances of developing immune system disorder.

Organic Food For Babies – The Best Choice

Consumption of Organic food by babies reduce their exposure to pesticides. Children who ate conventional food had lot of chemicals in their system.

In a study, it has been found that when these children were switched to Organic food, the chemicals in their system drastically reduced in a day and disappeared in a week.

Selecting Organic Food

The first thing to do while selecting an organic food is to check the ingredient list.

This will tell what is really inside the package. Some manufacturers add water and flour to the food and hence, they are of no good in terms of nutritional value.

The best way of giving organic food is to

–          Buy directly from a local farm or farmers market.

–          Buy whole grains and make your own baby food.

–          Local food is best for babies, befriend a farmer.

–          Enquire about the food while buying. Do not hesitate to ask them whether it was produced in an organic manner.

–          If you are buying packed organic food, read the food labels (I would say avoid such foods)

Overall, providing organic food that is fresh is more beneficial to the health of the babies!

 

Mindful Living and Positive Life – Easy Steps to Start This Year Positively

Mindful Living and attracting positive vibrations are the words that you would be listening from SIM this year through!

Practicing mindfulness has become a part of me, from getting up early in the morning to going to bed, I practice mindfulness.

Mindful Living and Positive Life
Mindful Living and Positive Life

I have always believed in the universal energy that surrounds us!

Yes! It is my belief (of course, shared by a large portion of human) that pure energy surrounds every soul in this universe, connecting and coordinating you.

If you can feel the vibration and attract it towards you by careful practice of mindfulness, you sure are going to be a happier and more positive soul.

Mindfulness, Vibrations and The Science Behind

In 1905, Einstein cleared myths revolving around vibrations.

He cleared the air around energy, saying – Energy can never be created nor destroyed. It flows within matter in this universe and can be interchangeable. Energy is Interconnected.

So basically your soul has energy that can be added to or removed from.

Wow! doesn’t that sound great! It does to me.

And when you think of your fellow being as a form of energy all you think of is whether it is positive or negative to be associated with that form of energy.

How Do You Make Yourself A Positive Person

Now that you are clear that you are energy, you need to know how to make that energy positive.

well, if you ask me I would say this is the simplest thing you can be doing in your life, yes! Believe me, becoming a positive person is simple – It starts with giving.

Start Giving To Get

Mindfulness and Happiness
Mindful Living and Positive Life

You attract what you Give! The more of what you give – You Get

If you want joy – Say Thank You

If you want health – Bless others

If you want wealth – Enjoy what you have now!

Be happy to get more happiness.

the rule is simple, you need to collect positive energy to get rid of any negativity in you.

This acts similar to the law of attraction of a magnet, when the magnet is stronger you attract more and hence to make the magnet within you stronger you need to collect more positive energy.

How to Get Rid of Negativity

Suppose you have a bad day. You begin getting worried, and keep thinking – why is my day so bad?

You would be attracting more negative vibes into you and the day would effectively become even worse.

How should you actually deal with a bad day? How should you attract positive vibes

#1 Recognize the Button to Your Self Love Mode

Self love is the first step towards positivity. The vibrations within you are a manipulated by different feelings such as love, anger, compassion, depression and so on.

If you can recognize the vibes you are going through it will become easier to get back to Self Love Mode.

try and recognize that moment when you exactly begin regretting or getting angry with yourself. If this is done you are half done.

  • Now sit in a chair, close your eyes and slowly give a shape to the feeling.
  • The shape can be anything, of any colour
  • slowly mold that into a happier feeling – make a mental picture of making the sad you to happy you.
  • you can bring a mental picture of a happy photo of yourself.
  • This is your button to self love mode and with practice you can bring it in a moment and change your feelings.

This practice when done regularly can make a great difference in driving away the negative vibes from you and filling the void with positive vibes.

#2. Play With Your Sub-Conscious Mind

Your subconscious mind is what drives your conscious mind. Make sure to assure your subconscious mind that you are happier, your happiness is growing daily and you are becoming a better person.

Do the following practice every morning when you wake up and before opening your eyes say to yourself

  • I am happy today
  • I have a lot of work to complete
  • My family is happy today
  • Make a mental picture of your family surrounded by your blessing

This practice will save you and your family from any negative vibrations.

#3 Acknowledge You Emerging Spirituality

As the days move you will attain a better understanding towards different vibes and you will know what is happening around you in terms of vibrations.

As you go through this journey, learn to acknowledge what you are going through and how you are bettering at it. Say thank you to yourself and enjoy being more spiritual.

This proactive step will let your subconscious mind know that you are resonating with higher energy and will let the energy flow in the right direction.

So here we are with the #HappySunday linky party! Go ahead and link your favourite posts. The following are the rules, I would like each participating member to follow the rules for better results.

  1. You can add up to two posts per week
  2. Add my super delightful badge(code below) in your post.
  3. I would be commenting on all posts and sharing them.
  4. Use the hashtags #SIM #HappySunday when commenting and sharing for better reach.
  5. Comment on the post of the host and one post above your post.
  6. Link ups are about sharing and commenting so please do as many as you can.
  7. Every week one blogger would be featured as the blogger of the week. He/She would be featured in twitter and in our 4k membered facebook group SimpleIndianMoms.
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2016 A Round Up And Gifts I Recieved

2016 has given me wonderful gifts that I would be cherishing for life.

To start with I had great increase in my blog views and this boosted me towards blogging more.

Top 5 Posts of 2016

5 Kickass Reasons Why You Should Go Organic Immediately

Why You Should Go Organic
Why You Should Go Organic

I am basically and Agriculturalist with a Masters degree in Agricultural Microbiology and pursuing my PhD in the same. I have always wanted to stay close to nature and chemicals have been my big NO-NO.

This post was more scientific and I have made it important to educate everyone who want to learn about why one should go organic, rightly.

I have included scientific reasons and the increasing diseases due to chemicals in food.

Paleo Diet – Myths and Truths You Should Know

A facebook group changed my basic idea about paleo diet, I have begun researching more about paleo Diet off late. The first post on paleo diet gave me more than 1000 hit the first day.
This post went viral and the way I blog changed from that day.

I live in Chhattisgarh, I have been here for 10 years now and have a deep attachment to the people here. It is more home to me now and I strive to make the travelable places of Chhattisgarh as a series this coming year.

Did You Know A Butterfly Controls Your Body

Thyroid Gland
Thyroid Gland

Thyroid is a problem that is becoming more common nowadays. Young and old are being screened positive for thyroid imbalance.

This post had good response and I found it interesting that so many people actually wanted to know more about thyroid hormone.

Child Day Care Safety – 6 Ways To Check Employee Identity

A childcare center in Navi Mumbai was something that clenched my hear and made me wonder how much safety our children have in this country.

This post was received well with moms around the world and I had people personally calling me to tell about the research I did on the safety of children in India.

Gifts I Received This Year

This year real fun in terms of gifts I received too. Many leading companies found SIM really interesting. I was showered with so many products and I was happily receiving hamper after hamper.

I also enjoyed receiving secret santa gifts from blogger friends and Loved sending some too.

Gifts Of Simple Indian Mom
Gifts Of Simple Indian Mom

I Sent gifts to my Santees too, in fact I sent tussar from Chhattisgarh, which is a specialty here. We give tussar shawls to special guests and I chose exactly that to send my Santees.

What To Expect From SIM

COming Year is going to be great in terms of content, promotions and linkys. I have planned special content for my readers and lots of giveaways too.

keep in touch for all the goodies and greater knowledge.

I am linking this post with everydaygyan.com

Everyday Gyaan

 

‘I am also writing this post towards #Blog&Celebrate contest by Novemberschild

Natural Care For Your Baby’s Tender Skin – Baby First Baby Oil

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As soon as your new born is home, you settle down setting the right schedule for his/her health and nourishment. Baby skin care is a very important part of this schedule.

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The new born is in a well-nourished environment inside your womb, and skin being the largest organ of the body is protectively soaked in the nutrient consommé.

After birth the skin requires similar nourishment.

Chemicals and Baby Skin Care

Not long ago did we come across a leading baby care products company shunning out of public eyes due to the cancer causing chemicals present in its products.

Such chemicals when present in creams not only cause irritation, dryness, chafing and rashes but also make your baby’s skin prone to other serious diseases.

Hence the best choice for your Baby Skin Care is natural oil, which is void of any mineral oil enrichment or added chemicals.

Baby First Baby Oil

Baby First Natural Baby Oil
Baby First Natural Baby Oil

Baby First Baby Oil is FSSAI approved – meaning it has been cleared for human consumption. This was the only reason why I agreed to review the product in the first place.

Baby First Baby Oil is natural extra virgin coconut oil that has been carefully extracted from coconut milk.

The extraction process is a total cold process and hence ensuring that the basic structure of oil is not tampered with or changed in any manner.

Lauric acid and Vitamin E

Extracted from rich coconut pulps in the coconut precinct of Kerala, The Malabar coast, Baby First Baby Oil is a rich source of Lauric acid and Vitamin E.

Lauric acid is present in mothers milk and then in coconut oil.

Yes you have read it right! Nature has provided coconut oil the nutrients that are present in mothers milk.

Lauric Acid and Baby Skin Care

Lauric acid present to an extent of 50% in Baby First Baby Oil – is in fact a saturated fat and plays an important part in building the immune system of the baby.

It helps in keeping the baby’s skin soft and supple and also healthy. It does this by acting against

·      Viral Infections -including common flu, swine flu and common cold, viral fever, Herpes and cold sores.

·      The transmission of HIV from mother to baby

·      Bronchitis, Gonorrhea, Yeast infections and Protozoan infections.

·      Fungal infections and so on

 

Vitamin E for Baby Skin Care

Vitamin E present in Baby First Baby Oil is a wonder vitamin, especially for your Baby’s skin. It has great health benefits such as

1.    Acts As A Moisturizer

Vitamin E moisturizes baby’s skin and helps in keeping is soft. Being an oil soluble vitamin, vitamin E forms the topmost layer of your baby’s skin when applied. This prevents drying of skin or rashes due to other infections.

2.    Lightens Skin

Vitamin E acts on the sin collagen and the free radicals, this helps in maintaining a lighter tone of the skin and improving/removing dark spots.

3.    Helps in Hair Growth

Vitamin E contains antioxidants and improves blood circulation in the baby’s scalp. This helps in better hair growth.

Health Benefits Baby First Baby Oil

Baby First Baby Oil is non-sticky and transparent oil. It is 100% Natural and does not contain any kind of chemical preservatives, fragrances or colours.

Being Fssai certified, it is safe for use of baby, even if the baby happens to mouth his/her hands or feet, there is no harm done to the extremely soft interiors.

Baby First Baby Oil moisturizes the baby’s skin and locks the moisture on the skin longer than any other skin product and also restricts the access to infectious microbes.

This helps in keeping the baby’s skin healthy and free of dirt or germs. The skin begins glowing with health.

Baby First Baby Oil also works as a hair oil and takes care of the health of baby’s hair from the roots. It also prevents dandruff and other fungal infections on the scalp.

Uses Of Baby First Baby Oil

Baby First Natural Baby Oil
Baby First Natural Baby Oil

Baby First Baby Oil can be used for the following purposes

1.    Baby Massage Oil

Massage your baby with Baby First Baby Oil in gentle circular strokes. The antioxidants and lauric acid in the oil will induce blood to rush to the skin thereby energizing it.

A good baby massage will help in physical and mental development of your baby. You can expect your child to sleep for at least 3 hours after his/her bath.

2.    As Moisturizer

Baby First Baby oil can be used as a moisturizer to your baby’s skin in any season. In summer, it drives away the extra sticky feeling, in monsoon it acts as an antifungal cream and in winter it prevents drying of skin.

3.    As Hair Oil

Baby First Baby Oil can be used in your daily routine to induce hair growth. Enhancing quicker hair growth and maintaining the health of the hair from the root is also taken care of.

Pricing

The pricing of Baby First Baby Oil is minimal compared to the many benefits it bestows. Priced at 99 INR per 100 ml I would say the manufacturer is more concerned about providing healthy baby skin care than the returns.

My Take on the Oil

I have always wanted to use and recommend natural and organic products that are co friendly and do not cause any harm. In that sense, Baby First Baby oil qualifies as it is extracted by total cold process and from coconut milk as extra virgin oil.

If you are a person who loves the natural smell of coconut oil you sure are going to have the best of your days. There is no added fragrance or color.

When you look for your baby’s skin care product the first thing that will fall to your eyes are paraffin and other chemicals. Baby First Baby Oil has no such preservatives.

I would say as a parenting consultant and an organic lifestyle enthusiast I would strongly recommend Baby First Baby Oil for baby skin care.

5 Quotes To Inspire You This Weekend-SIMs #FridayQuotes

Simple Indian Mom is coming up with her SIMs #FridayQuotes – Yes! this is the latest feature of SIM. Weekends have always been special for me.

During school and college days I used to plan for the innumerable play times and weekend scheduling every Friday evening.

These days Fridays mean, end of work for me and beginning the planning of family time (Dangal Today of course!)

Thus what more than some inspiration to wean away all the unwanted depression from work and the office stress that the atmosphere as well as people around you give.

Life needs a little bit of inspiration to begin with everyday, and here comes the Sims #FridayQuotes for you, to enlighten your weekends.

Infact this post is inspired the prompt given by everydaygyaann

Todays quotes are inspired  from Maya Angelou – American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. Her series of seven autobiographies is one huge inspiration to women of all ages.

That One Smile -SIMs #FridayQuotes

The power of smile can never be over-stressed. From the time a new born is able to recognize your face till the time the eyes are finally shut, smile brings a positive change.

SIMs #FridayQuotes
SIMs #FridayQuotes

If you have only one smile with you, give it to the people you love

Should You Care The People – SIMs #FridayQuotes

People will come and go, some even stay long. Caring for people around you becomes easy if you speak less, listen more and stay calm. You would be making them feel just -right!

SIMs #FridayQuotes
SIMs #FridayQuotes

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Should You Worry What People Think -SIMs #FridayQuotes

I for one have never minded what people would be saying for my actions or how they would react. I strongly believe we have this one life to live for ourselves not to satisfy the many around us.

Do what you want to- there will always be some who do not agree with it.

SIMs #FridayQuotes
SIMs #FridayQuotes

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

Believe in People – SIMs #FridayQuotes

You do not have to dig into other peoples minds to know who they are or what they are up to. Believe the person, it doesn’t hurt to believe.

SIMs #FridayQuotes
SIMs #FridayQuotes

When someone shows who they are, believe them the first time

Find Your Zen Mode –  SIMs #FridayQuotes

If you can’t move away without bending down to hold a falling baby, you have moved towards a better you. Caring for others and your environment is the need of this hour.

SIMs #FridayQuotes
SIMs #FridayQuotes

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

Next week again lets check on some more quotes, some more inspirations.
I am linking up with #FridayReflections

Everyday Gyaan

How To Overcome GERD (Acid Reflux) – Naturally

GERD or Acid Reflux is becoming a common health issue among the Teens and Twenties these days. When I was young, I very rarely used to complain of heart burn of mild tummy ache.

All my mom would do was to get a concentrated concoction of ajwain prepared and give it three times a day.

Swish! Would go off my pain!

However these days – heartburn, acid reflux and GERD seem to be the major problem one seems to face.

GERD stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease which is a result of acid reflux.

GERD (ACid Reflux) How to overcome naturally
Natural Treatment For GERD Acid Reflux

Under normal circumstances, the food travels from mouth to stomach and not the other way.

However in people with GERD, the acid in the stomach is travels up the oesophagus and irritates the oesophagus walls causing pain.

Medical Treatment for GERD

There are various treatment options for GERD.

Every physician opts first to Lifestyle and Diet changes.

There are numerous claims that simple lifestyle and diet changes have shown significant improvements in GERD patients.

If this does not work then the patients might be prescribed medications for acid reflux or for some rare cases even surgery.

It depends on the severity of GERD.

Medicines like Antacids, Acid Reduction medicines, Medicines to strengthen the Sphincter muscle are given to get relief from GERD symptoms.

If medications fail, then surgery is opted. Surgery to strengthen the muscles of Sphincter, Barrier Creation and Scar tissue formation is done to stop the reverse movement of stomach acid.

As medicines are only the last resort to GERD, it is better to deal with GERD naturally.

Tips To Overcome GERD Naturally

  1. Change in Diet

    Acid reflux is usually caused by the type of food one eats and the amount of food intake. Less food in the stomach means less acid reflux. Scheduling the dinner four hours before bed time is recommended. GERD patients should modify their diet to manage the problem. Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts of GERD Diet.

   Do’s

  • Raw Foods

Raw Foods contain enzymes that fight GERD symptoms. But these enzymes die when the food is cooked. Hence, it is advised to increase the intake of raw fruits and vegetables.

  • Real Apple Cider Vinegar

It calms down the stomach and makes digestion easier. Taking a spoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water gives quick relief for acid reflex problems.

  • Aloe Vera

As Aloe Vera calms down any kind of burning sensation, it provides relief from the burning sensation in the oesophagus.

  • Baking Soda

Baking soda is an antacid and helps in stopping acid reflux. It can be taken by adding it to a glass of water.

  • Adding food rich in fibre and protein to the diet helps in fighting GERD.

   Don’ts

  • Avoid acidic fruits like tomatoes and lemon.
  • Avoid intake of orange juice, cranberry juice and lemonade as they would cause reflex.
  • French Fries, Mashed potatoes and onions cause GERD.
  • Stop drinking Wine, coffee, liqueurs and tea.
  • Anything that is oily, creamy and buttery will aggravate GERD.

 

  1. Intake of Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps inn protecting the oesophagus from being destroyed by the stomach acid. Spend more time in the sun and take Vitamin D supplements.

  1. Exercise More

Organs function effectively when there is more oxygen supply in the body. This can be achieved only by exercising. When the body is kept active and fit, it is easier to eliminate GERD.

  1. Quit Smoking

Smoking is one of the main factors for getting acid reflux. Quit smoking and feel a big positive difference in GERD symptoms.

Want to have a peaceful sleep? There is an amazing device, the Acid Reflux pillow that helps in slanting the body upwards and raises the head above the chest level. The pillow helps to keep the acid reflux towards the intestine instead of throat. Try all the above natural methods and see a god change.

Vertical Gardening – Basics Rules You Should Know To Use Vertical Spaces

Vertical Gardening has become the latest fab, and not without a reason.

With flats becoming the fab and malls becoming new gen markets, farms are becoming corporate making organic foods and organic vegetables have gone non existent.

Vertical Gadening - Basics to Grow Your Own Veggies
Vertical Gardening – Basics to Grow Your Own Veggies

I have always stood by organic food and growing your won food for your consumption, and many times I have been asked where can one grow food in an apartment?

The answer is simple – Go for Vertical Gardening.

Advantages of Vertical Gardening

There are a number of advantages of Vertical Gardening, such as

  • Easier monitoring of your food that is being grown by you,
  • Lesser space requirement,
  • Easy plucking of veggies when they are ripe and ready for picking
  • Easy pest and disease management.
  • The harvest waste from a vertical garden is also minimum.

Rules You Need to Know For Vertical Gardening

There are certain basic rules you need to know before going for vertical gardening. These rules make sure that what you sow will actually reap benefit to you.

Rule #1 Choose the Right Direction

Choose the wall which gets abundant sunshine. If you are in a place that is surrounded by high rise building, you need to carefully make a study.

The wall or the terrace area need to receive good sunlight for at least 4 hours during day.

There should be enough air circulation and also make sure there is enough space for plant growth.

Rule #2 Choose Right Plant

Vertical Garden
Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening can be made using shelves, Hanging baskets, trellises or wall mount pre-made structures.

What is important is how well you know the characteristics of the plant and its root.

Suppose you want to grow tomatoes, choose varieties that grow high (you get a number of such varieties off late- IIHR Bangalore has come up with great varieties)

Also make sure to follow the season wise planting pattern to get the best yield of your vegetable vertical gardens.

Rule #3 Understand 3 Dimensional Cropping

After you have carefully chosen your plant, make sure to separate them into

  • underground
  • low height
  • Medium height
  • Tall

This will help you to easily choose place to plant these veggies (and flowering plants if you want)

For example, this winter you can plant potato in the lowest layer, greens as shrub crop, vining tomatoes as tall crop and beans as hanging trellises.

The taller vining varieties of tomatoes are great if you are ready for trellising them.

Understanding the 3 dimensional cropping helps in providing the right space for each crop. You also know the shadow patterns of the plant and hence can place them effectively on your terrace or wall.

Some efforts look big, yet when you begin they seem so simple and leave you in awe as to why you have not chosen to do them right from the time you heard about it.

Growing your own organic veggies is one such effort – you love it as your proceed.

 

 

 

 

Baby Delivery – Planned Vs Emergency C Section

C Section has become very common off late. However there is a difference between Planned vs Emergency C Section.

Planned Vs Emergency C Section
Planned Vs Emergency C Section

When it comes to having a baby, there are all sorts of things to keep in mind right from conception to delivery.

While some of the things cannot be interfered, some can be controlled by doing the right things.

For a healthy pregnancy a woman may get too many advices from

  • what to eat,
  • how long to walk or exercise,
  • how to sleep and so on.

Despite doing the best during the course of the pregnancy and wanting to have a normal vaginal delivery, things do not turn alike for everybody.

There happens to be one or more reasons determining the way delivery is done. While no woman would consciously opt for a C- section, there are few cases when things go out of control.

This is where a planned c section becomes an emergency c section.

When C Section Is Planned

The broader question is would anyone plan to have a C section. Yes they would if they have one of the underlying issues.

1.       Had a previous delivery which had to be an emergency C section

2.       If one carries more than one baby

3.       If the baby’s head has not been set (usually the head section of the baby should be at the opening of the vagina)

4.       If the baby has a complication that could make vaginal birth risky

Excluding the above and some other medical reasons there are some women and families which opt for planned C section for several reasons that are not medical.

Planned C Section – Issues

It is important for them to know the issues that come along with a planned c section.

1.       Planned C section may lead to several futuristic problems for the mother and child. This is because when an emergency C section is scheduled in a hurry, it gives the baby the time to go through the regular labour stress and make it come into contact with bacteria from the mother. This is the good bacteria which is responsible in imparting immunity to the child. In a planned emergency, the mother does not get the pain nor does the child get the bacteria which helps in developing immunity. This is a big loss for the baby.

2.       Children born through a C section delivery can be exposed to various allergies, breathing problems, increased risk of obesity, high risk for diabetes.

3.       These children may have low immunity leading to several other health issues which arise only because they have been delivered through a c section.

4.       As for mothers, recovery from c section could take much longer than vaginal delivery. Besides, C section is a major abdominal surgery and there is risk of secondary complications arising during recovery such as excess bleeding, pain and blood clots.

5.       In addition every child birth post the c section in most cases would be another c section and with every c section complications may increase leading to poor health of the mother.

It is therefore important for people to take informed decisions before rounding up on a single method of delivery. It is always better to try to get a normal delivery and only in case when things go out of hand should one accept for a c section.

Online Laundry – Fighting Every Woman’s Worst Nightmare

Washing heaps of clothes is every woman’s worst nightmare. It gets worse when you have kids at home because their day is incomplete unless they stain the clothes. Sometimes the kids won’t even tell you if their clothes get dirty due to the fear of getting busted.

However, later it becomes really hard to get the stain off the clothes as they dry and leave an imprint making it difficult to remove.

Online Laundry - Fighting Every Woman’s Worst Nightmare
Online Laundry – Fighting Every Woman’s Worst Nightmare

 

Most of the times, washing stained clothes in washing machine or manually also does not help. The clothes have to go through 3-4 washes to get rid of the stain marks. Washing them so many times continuously can harm the clothes in many ways like fading colors or may also cause shrinking of clothes.

 

Even trying home nuskas does not help sometimes. Most of the times, we do not even know which is the right remedy and with little or no knowledge we go with the suggestions that we get from our friends and family.

 

The problems related to stains seems to be never ending and the only solution to this never ending task that I can see is opt for an online laundry service in Bangalore.

 

The rise of online laundry sites and apps has made it a lot easier for all the homemakers out there. Now I can sit back and relax without worrying about this daunting task of washing clothes. All the more, even my hubby can rely on online laundry whenever I’m not around which is again of a great help as I do not have to stress about returning back to see is a huge pile of clothes lined up to be washed.

 

Switching to online laundry service has been a great experience for me and has vanished the worst of my nightmares and I’m sure once you try it, you will feel the same. So, now worry no more and enjoy you laundry days care-free.

Miraculous Benefits Of Coconut Oil Akin to Mother’s Milk

Do you know that Coconut Oil is the healthiest oil on Earth? In South India, we begin any goog deed by breaking coconuts. Poojas are not complete without coconuts and after Pooja, coconut is broken and given to everyone as Prasad.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Mother Nature provides all the living beings with fruits and vegetables that are rich in nutrients so that we live a long healthy life. One such blessing is the coconut.

It is known as the “Tree of Life” for its healing property.

Before and during world war II, coconut oil was used as a medicine to lessen lot of medical conditions like cough, constipation, skin infections, toothaches, earaches, malnutrition and so on.

In the 1960s, there came a weak theory from nowhere saying that saturated fats in products like butter, coconut oil, egg and milk increased the bad LDL cholesterol and should not be consumed by humans.

These gave rise to the production of refined vegetable oils that was much cheaper to produce. With the refined vegetable oils replacing the healing coconut oil and other saturated fats, diseases became more prevalent.

Learn How to Choose Healthy Cooking Oil

Now, with experts knocking down the refined oils as dangerous, Coconut Oil is back in the shelves as a super food.

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

In Countries like India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and other South East Asian countries, coconut oil is a main ingredient in healing and maintaining health. Coconut is mainly helpful in

Weight Loss and Weight Control

As coconut oil is a low-calorie fat, it helps to reduce/maintain weight in the mid-section, both in men and women. It also helps to control the blood fat levels inn diabetics.

Boosts Metabolism

Coconut oil are shorter chain fatty acids. So, they do not end up in the blood as fat but instead are used as a power supply to the body.

Heart Disease

The myth spread by the Westerners that coconut oil increases bad LDL cholesterol is not true. As regular use of coconut oil helps in reducing blood fat, it is good for the heart.

The other areas where coconut oil is used are for indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Dental care, healing and Topical use.

Coconut Oil is as Good as Mother’s Milk

Having discussed all the above health benefits, one might think of what makes the coconut oil so special?

Why in India, is Coconut celebrated as the divine fruit and used in all the rituals?

It is because Coconut Oil is good and powerful as mother’s milk. Both have common nutritional elements present in them.

When a baby is born, mother’s milk is essential to boost his/her immune system.

Breast milk is full of nutritional elements and one element that is so dominating is the Lauric Acid. The same is present in abundance in Coconut Oil.

Lauric Acid

Lauric Acid is good not only for the babies but for grown-ups too. Other than mother’s milk, lauric acid is found in lesser quantities in butter.

It is found in abundance in Coconut oil and palm kernel. Coconut oil becomes the hero because it contains very large amounts of Lauric acid than any substance on Earth.

Lauric Acid is a powerful fatty acid that is antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal. As it is a monoglyceride, it destroys lipid-coated viruses like the influenza, HIV, measles and a lot of pathogenic bacteria.

It also helps in the absorption of A, D, E and K vitamins.

There is much more to Coconut Oil

Other than Lauric Acid, coconut oil has

Capric Acid: Capric Acid is a medium chain fatty acid with antibacterial and antiviral properties. It can fight viruses, bacteria and Candida yeast.

Caprylic Acid: Another element found in both breast milk and coconut oil, it is a saturated fatty acid that promotes health. It is used in treating fungus in intestines, create a positive impact on high blood pressure, and used in the treatment of Crohn’s disease.

Consumption of Coconut Oil

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a friendly oil and can be used for frying, baking, sautéing and so on. Its aroma can be best enjoyed in any food form.

Unlike other oils, it does not break down during cooking and hence, it therapeutic powers remains the same.

Breast Feeding and Pregnant women can take coconut oil to increase the quality of their breast milk. But it is not restricted to them alone.

Adults or children, irrespective of their age can consume 10-20g (2-4 teaspoon) of coconut oil every day to reap the benefits of nature’s best gift to humans.

Himalaya Herbals Gentle Baby Wipes – Review

As soon as the baby is old enough to use baby wipes, the first thing that comes to your mind is how safe are these baby wipes for your kid. Well, I for one would suggest you that using baby wipes has to be done after serious consideration of the contents that goes into the making of these.

Characteristics of a good Baby Wipes

himalaya-gentle-baby-wipes
himalaya-gentle-baby-wipes

Some of the important things you need to check for when choosing baby wipes are

  1. Gentle to skin

New Born have the softest skin, thus it is important that the baby wipe to be gentle on this soft skin. If you are a parent who uses baby diapers regularly for your baby, it becomes necessary to use baby wipes in between diaper changes and for cleaning the baby.

  1. Extra Moisture

Some extra moisture would help to clean the baby after baby poos; you really would not want to scrub your baby right. Just a gentle swab must be enough to get the job done. The extra moisture also makes sure that the skin does not get dry and irritable.

  1. More Herbal Ingredients

Herbal extracts and herbal products make sure that there is no side effect to your baby’s skin. Natural products do not cause rashes or allergies on the skin of your baby. For infants, herbal extracts ensure safety.

  1. Less Chemical Components

The lower the chemical components in the baby wipe the better for regular use.  A handy pack of baby wipes is easy to carry and reduces the mess that occurs when diapers are to be changed. The ones loaded with chemicals might cause damage than goodness to children.

Himalaya’s  Gentle Baby Wipes is exactly what is explained above. It is very gentle on the babies skin and has lotus extract and Aloe Vera extract. This makes the skin of the baby soft and smooth. Aloe Vera also keeps the skin fresh.

It has exactly the right amount of moisture and also is safe for the sin of the child. The hypoallergic formula makes is mild and suitable for the baby.

The pleasant smell would in fact allure you and others who are near the baby.

Features: Himalaya Herbals Gentle Baby Wipes

  • Cleanses skin
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Pleasantly-scented
  • Key Ingredients : Aloe Vera, is used in a host of dermatological remedies, a natural skin soother, the plant extract leaves your baby’s skin feeling fresh and moisturized
  • Indian lotus contains natural conditioning agents, which keep baby’s skin soft and supple

 

Fun Facts about Parenting You Are Sure To Smile Reading

Parenting is a serious job and Do we have a doubt about it?

#MommyMoments are mixed with Joy, frustration, and exhaustion from moment to moment.

While all these are on one side, there are few things that are interesting.

But if your question based on the title is “What’s so funny about it?”, then this post is just for you.

I am sure every parent will relate this post to their life.

I am certain this will make you smile, laugh or at the least nod your head in agreement!

Being a New Mommy

Parenting #MondayMommyMoments
Parenting #MondayMommyMoments

You Put Your Child To Sleep

You immediately run towards the kitchen for eating quiet food rather than opening a pack of your favourite snack- Oops! you do not want the baby to hear you munching – and Wake UP.

Child is sleeping on your lap, WOW!  And you realize everything that you want is out of your reach.

Your phone rings aloud only when the baby sleeps.

Why are all the things around you so loud only when the little one sleeps?

Baby Poops Is The Most Important Topic

Everyone you meet – your mom, dad, partner, friend or doctor! ends up hearing you talk about the baby’s poop, it tops your priority list than any other thing in life

You even go to the extent of sniffing the baby’s butt and peek into the diaper so often.

You always think that it is funny to see the baby fart.

You just know your baby is going to poo right after your change his diaper.

Child’s Clothes

Once the child starts moving, dresses are never a good idea.

You take the child’s clothes for washing and find the weirdest things in them. It might be a bread crumb, a silly toy or even stickers!

When they come inside the house after playing, it would seem like the dust and sand in the entire world is in the children’s clothes.

Should all the spilling, soiling and mess happen on the same day the laundry was done or the house was cleaned?

–          Why are the dresses that fits your child alone is too expensive?

Milestones and Growing

You and Your partner are the only beings in the whole world who are excited about the milestone reached by your child, nobody else seem to be bothered.

You start calling your better half as mummy or daddy even in the absence of the child. Quite funny!

You have always wanted your kids to do things independently, but your patience is on the loose when they start doing it.

Few More Fun Facts

There are few facts that are worth a laugh. Here goes the list.

–          After a whole days’ work, you go to bed late and the next day you realize that the more late you go to bed, the earlier the kid wakes up in the morning.

–          The more space you free up, the more the toys multiply.

–          If you take longer time to prepare the best food for the child, it is more likely the child will spit it.

–          When you take the toddler out, he / she is the only one who behaves badly.

–          You want your child to do something for you? The tell your child not to do it 😉

–          If the food is gooey, it will end up in the carpet or sofa.

–          Going on a long drive? Now is the time for the baby to use the bathroom.

 

The list goes on and is certainly endless. What were your fun moments? Do share with us.

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Happiness A Choice Open To You #HappySunday

If you have been following my #HappySunday blog hop you would by now known about my ecourse – Happiness A Choice

The month of November was an eye opener to me along with my Beta Tester parents.

My Modules are based on how to raise happy children. Each module consists of few practices and reassurance on how to mind map your happiness.

Happy Children – Mind Mapping Techniques

Would you want your child to be remotely controlled yet he doesn’t feel as if you are Helicopter Parenting him?

Would you want your child to share everything with you without you being indulgent?

Would you want to become a friend to your child and yet have her take you seriously?

Well, all this can be done with this happy children ecourse.

HappySunday Happiness Ecourse
HappySunday Happiness E-course

Happiness A Choice

Happiness is a choice you can make. Many people keep asking how to be happy, if you think of it is quite easy.

All you need is an open mind to let your negative feelings sink down (if possible evaporate) and fill it with positive thoughts.

I can hear you saying it is easily said than done, well, yes it is easy to say! But, have you tried practicing it.

Our lives today is so complicated and tangled with so many things together that we seldom have time to think of bringing in positivity consciously.

When an effort is however done, it becomes a very easy process.

If you would like to know exactly how to go about this, join my e course.

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#HappySunday Featured Blogger Of The Week

Last there were only four links for the #HappySunday Link Party, I was all set to feature all four of them. However Romila was the first to link up and she always is enthusiastic linking up to blog hops.

Blogging as a community in fact makes you a better blogger. I personally feel reading, commenting and blog hoping has made my site more popular than it used to be earlier. Thanks to MyFriendAlexa Campaign by blogchatter team.

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