Tuesday, August 28, 2018


If you love nuts as much as we do, you might have some questions about them. Is it bad to eat too many of them? Which kinds are actually legumes?
Can you survive on a diet made purely of nuts?
  • The unsaturated fatty acids, fiber and protein in nuts help lower high cholestrol, reduce blood clots(which lead to heart attacks), and improve the lining of our arteries, they also keep us full for longer periods of time and provide a good dose of Omega-3s.

Almonds are incredibly popular tree nut. Highly nutritious and extremely healthy
A 1 ounce (28 grams, or small handful) serving of almonds contains (1):
  • Fiber: 3.5 grams.
  • Protein: 6 grams.
  • Fat: 14 grams (9 of which are monounsaturated).
  • Vitamin E: 37% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 32% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 20% of the RDA.
  • They also contain a decent amount of copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and phosphorus.
This is all from a small handful, which supplies only 161 calories and 2.5 grams of digestible carbohydrates.
  • Almonds are a fantastic source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect against oxidative stress, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer. The powerful antioxidants in almonds are largely concentrated in the brown layer of the skin.
  • Almonds are high in vitamin E, which protects your cell membranes from damage.
  • Almonds can assist with blood sugar control, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.
  • Magnesium decreases stress on blood vessels, promotes oxygen flow and decreases free radical damage to the heart.
  • Flavonoids: In almond skins, there are 20 potent flavonoids that work together with vitamins C and E to produce antioxidant action.
  • Copper: As with manganese, it is essential to the body's metabolic enzymes.
  • Fibre and protein: One-quarter of a cup of almonds has more than four grams of fibre (which helps your digestive system work efficiently) and 7.62 grams of protein.
  • Eating almonds reduces hunger, Lowering your overall calorie intake.
Avoid IF:

You have kidney problems. Almonds are high in oxalates, which can cause problems with the kidney and gallbladder and interfere with calcium absorption.


Walnuts are a wrinkly, globe-like nut that is the fruit of the walnut tree. They grow in a hard shell, which when opened reveals the walnut. This is then split in two and hence you will be familiar with seeing them as flat segments. Walnuts are usually eaten raw or roasted.

  • Nutritional value of walnuts
Like all nuts, walnuts contain good fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), but they are also a good source of the essential fatty acid omega-3. They also contain iron, selenium, calcium, zinc, vitamin E and some B vitamins.

  • Walnuts good for the brain

Walnuts contain important phytochemicals as well as high amounts of polyunsaturated fats which do offer potential benefits for both brain health and brain function. Omega-3 plays a part by helping to reduce oxidative stress in the brain, but also by helping to improve brain signalling and neurogenesis, which is the creation of neurons.  
As well as the good fats, other important nutrients such as vitamin E, folate and ellagic acid all found in walnuts also contribute to neuroprotection and memory function.

  • Walnuts boost mood
Omega-3, found in walnuts, is important in the development and function of the central nervous system. There has been positive research and clinical evidence to indicate that omega-3 fatty acids could well play a role in certain mood disorders.

  • Walnuts good for heart health

The Journal of Nutrition reports that consumption of walnuts may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and that walnut oil provides more favourable benefits to endothelial function, which is the lining of the inside of our blood and lymphatic vessels. There has also been research into whole walnuts and how they can improve cholesterol levels and markers for inflammation, which is also connected to a reduced risk of heart disease.
A study by the British Journal of Nutrition found that those who consumed nuts more than four times a week reduced their risk of coronary heart disease by as much as 37%.

  • Walnuts help with weight loss

There has been some evidence to demonstrate that consuming walnuts in the place of other foods does not cause weight gain even though they are energy rich, offering a great snack alternative for those looking to manage their weight.
  • Walnuts good for the digestive system
A recent animal study has shown that consuming walnuts can enrich the gut microbiome and increase particular good bacteria strains, which could offer benefits to humans with more research.

Pistachio, commonly famous by the name ‘Pista‘ in (Hindi,Gujarati,Marathi,Punjabi) also known as ‘Pistha Pappu‘ in Telugu is from Western Asia but it is mostly also available in the Mediterranean region. The nutrient rich pistachio is a nut. Actually pistachio is a fruit, but the the outer shell of the fruit is removed and the yellow coloured seed kernel is usually eaten as it is edible.

  • Healthy Heart

Pistachios help in reducing bad cholesterol, LDL and increases good cholesterol, HDL in the body thus preventing heart diseases. It also increases strength of the nerves making heart stronger.

  • Anti-inflammation Properties

Pistachio benefits include the presence of vitamin A, vitamin E and anti-inflammatory properties reducing the inflammation in the body caused due to any problems .

  • Prevents Diabetes
60% of the daily required phosphorous is present in a cup of pistachios which can prevent even type-2 diabetes. Also phophorous in pistachios
helps in breaking down proteins into amino acids resulting in glucose tolerance.

Pistachios’ Skin Benefits

Natural Moisturizer

Pistachio oil is an excellent natural moisturizer. It happens to be naturally infused with demulcent properties which tend to have highly hydrating and smoothening effects on the skin. You can consider substituting your regular moisturizer with Pistachio oil in order to get that smooth and silky skin .

Fights Aging

Did you know that Pistachio is highly beneficial when it comes to ageing? They contain a variety of potent antioxidants that tend to neutralize free radicals, a chief culprit behind premature aging and in ensuring soft & silky skin for a longer time.

Gives Skin Natural Glow

Pistachios contain a considerable amount of essential fatty acids which are vital for maintaining a healthy, glowing complexion. Including green apples in your routine diet help you ensure a robust, radiant skin all the time.

Maintains Skin Health

Being a rich source of vitamin E, a fat soluble antioxidant, Pistachios play a vital role in maintaining hale and hearty skin. They protect your skin from sun damage, thereby reducing the odds of skin cancer and sunburns .

Improves Vision

Pistachios help promoting healthy vision and are highly recommended to those struggling with any vision related issues .

Pistachios’ Hair Benefits

Similar to skin, pistachios have much to offer for hair care as well:

Stimulates Hair Growth

Thanks to being the host of various hair benefiting fatty acids, pistachios stimulate the growth of healthy strands .

Makes Hair Strong

It is also an excellent treatment for strengthening the locks.

Increases Flexibility Of Hair

A hair mask using pistachios deeply nourishes and moisturizes your hair while improving the flexibility of hair fibers. In addition, it is also a great remedy for treating split ends, dehydrated and colour damaged hair.

Fights Hair Loss

Biotin deficiency is among the key factors contributing to hair loss. Pistachios contain considerable amount of biotin and their regular consumption may help you combat hair-loss effectively.

Pistachios: How To Select And Store Them?

  • Pistachios are available in many different forms such as unshelled, shelled, salted, roasted, etc. It’s is always advisable to settle on raw, shelled pistachios rather than processed and salted ones as they lose large nutritious values while processing.
  • Also make sure not to pick the pistachios having some cracks other than the natural cleave or having rancid smell.
  • Stock up the shelled pistachios in a sealed, airtight container and unshelled in a cool, dry place. You can also freeze or refrigerate pistachios for almost one year.

Cashews have a buttery, sweet, and salty taste, an unmistakable shape, and they are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. They grow on cashew nut trees, which are native to subtropical climates. Raw, unsalted cashews are often used in vegan recipes as well as in Indian cooking. Many of us eat cashews after they have been roasted and salted, which turns them into a delicious snack.

Blood Health

The copper and iron in cashews work together to help the body form and utilize red blood cells. This in turn keeps blood vessels, nerves, the immune system, and bones healthy and functioning properly.

Eye Health

We’ve all heard that carrots are good for your eyes, but it might come as a surprise that cashews are too! They contain high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, which act as antioxidants when consumed regularly. These compounds protect the eyes from light damage (which can turn into blindness in the elderly), and can even help decrease the instance of cataracts.

Weight Loss

According to Harvard research, two servings of nuts a day is helpful in fighting against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Replacing animal fats and proteins with the mono-and polyunsaturated fats found in cashews is an excellent way to manage your weight and reduce the build-up of fat and cholesterol in the heart.
What About the Fat?

Cashews contain a lot of vitamins and nutrients, but they also contain a lot of fat. The good news is that these fats are mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
When substituted for saturated fats and eaten in moderation, mono- and polyunsaturated fats can help improve heart disease as well as reduce the risk for stroke and prevent weight gain.
Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats also contribute vitamin E to the diet. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is great for promoting positive cell growth and overall health in the human body.

Saturday, August 18, 2018


Fatigue, instability, mood swings and awful cramps are a given during your period but you’ll be surprised to know that what you eat can actually affect how you feel during your period. Turns out, getting the right nutrition especially in these 5 days can counter muscle pain, uncomfortable bloating, headaches and inconsistent digestion. Even though it might seem totally legit to binge eat, you’ve got to take the hard road and make wiser choices. To help guide you along the way, here is a list of what to eat during periods and foods to avoid during period.

Avoid: Alcohol

Please go virgin when it comes to alcoholic drinks while on your period (yes, even if you had a really difficult day). While alcohol may reduce cramps temporarily, there are too many negative effects for you to ignore—despite the temporary relief it may give you. It can cause your period to become irregular and also increase oestrogen levels in the body, worsening period symptoms. Just one more consequence if you’re not convinced: its diuretic nature increases your water retention levels, making you appear more bloated. Why not try a watered down lassi or some coconut water. All of these alternatives will keep you hydrated and are recommended period foods.

Avoid: Caffeinated drinks

Turn down the volume of coffee—one of the main drinks you need to avoid during your period. It increases blood pressure and heart rate leading to tension and anxiety attacks and in turn, worsening the PMS symptoms.

Instead, have green tea, tomato and carrot juice or any type of soup.

Avoid: Processed foods

Frozen foods, fast foods, bacon, pickles, canned soups, papad etc. come with unknown ingredients and preservatives that aren’t the best foods during your period. They can interfere with hormones and amplify PMS discomfort.

Instead, have homemade meals, lots of salads and veggies, and heart and tummy warming foods like khichadi and porridge.

Avoid: Foods high in fats

Fatty foods influence hormones, lead to cramps and can make you feel gassy. Given the fact that your skin is already sensitive during these days, incorrect food choices during your period can make this issue worse and cause it to become even more dry and dehydrated. Ideally, you should try and avoid fatty meats, burgers and cream based desserts.

Instead, choose whole wheat bread, dal chawal, porridge, salmon and lean meats etc.

Avoid: Dairy products                                         

This might come as a surprise to you but dairy products like milk, cream and cheese aren’t recommended. They are high in arachidonic acid which can act as a trigger for menstrual cramps.

Instead, choose buttermilk and toned milk—both of which are recommended period food.

Avoid: Fried foods

This goes without saying—most fried foods like chips, snacks, biscuits etc contain trans-fats or hydrogenated vegetable oil. All of these can increase oestrogen levels and can worsen your mood swings.

Instead, choose roasted snacks, crunchy veggies such as carrot or cucumber sticks.

Avoid: Refined grains

Bread, pizza, cereals, and tortillas should be avoided as they lead to bloating and constipation.
Instead choose, whole grains which have a low GI index and will not only keep your digestive system on track but will also keep hunger pangs at bay. Homemade chapattis and brown rice are best.

Avoid: Foods with a high salt content


Canned soups, bacon, chips etc should be avoided because they are high in salt. The hormone responsible for menstruation already causes water retention and a high salt diet will cause a gassy, bloating feeling.

Instead, opt for simple dal-chawal with yoghurt or toss up a salad.

Be mindful about what you’re eating and eat in moderation—especially when you’re on your period.

Eat: Leafy greens


This may be the last thing that you feel like stuffing your face with to distract yourself from those god-awful cramps, but greens likes spinach and kale are extremely important when you’re on your period because they contain heap loads of iron which is something that you’re in desperate need of while menstruating. So, toss a quick salad or make yourself some veggie lasagna to get those greens into your diet.

Eat: Chocolate


Raise your hands if you did a double take when you saw this. Does this not make the struggle of having your periods worth it? You can eat (dark) chocolate completely guilt-free! Dark chocolate is great because it contains lower levels of sugar, and is also full of magnesium, a mineral that regulates your serotonin levels and will prevent you from terrorising your family and friends with your mood swings.

Eat: Bananas


If you’re looking for a healthy pick me up, you can stop once you see the bananas on your kitchen table as they contain high levels of potassium and B6 vitamins. They’re great if you just need a little push to get out of bed and start the day. These components not only benefit your mental health, but also regulate bowel movements and decrease the amount of water you retain, making you feel less bloated. Pick up a banana and get munching. If you don’t care for its taste, blend it in as part of a smoothie.

Eat: Salmon

If you’re someone who is accustomed to the feeling of tiny little knives piercing your stomach, otherwise effectively synthesized in the word “cramps”, try having a salmon breakfast bagel to alleviate the monthly pains. Salmon contains copious amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, a substance that contributes to relaxing the muscles in the body—it’s practically a godsend for reducing cramps. If you’re a vegetarian or just not a fish person, other foods that contain a lot of Omega 3 are flaxseeds and soybeans.

Eat: Yoghurt


We know we said no dairy, but this is the one exception, so why not have a partay with some parfait? Yoghurt is full of calcium, so it can help fix the mess that is your calcium levels when you’re on your period. It has been said that maintaining a good calcium balance can significantly reduce PMS symptoms like bloating and moodiness. If you’re set on the no dairy rule, a good alternative to yoghurt is almonds or lentils.

Eat: Whole grains


Whole grains are a safety net to make you sure you don’t fall into the deep dark hole of binge-eating. If you’re guilty of stuffing yourself with huge amounts of food during your period, any form of whole grains are a great snack—they leave you feeling full and satisfied for a long time, making it less likely that you’ll find yourself three quarters of the way through a bucket of chocolate ice cream at 2am. They also contain B and E vitamins, which combat the fatigue and depression that you often face on your period. Grab a bowl of oatmeal or some pasta if you’re looking for some long-term sustenance.

Eat: Watermelon


As soon as you feel the temptation to combine the brownies, ice cream, and anything else even remotely sweet you can find in the fridge into a massive sugar mountain, stop, and instead reach for some watermelon. We get this seems like an almost impossible task, but just start with trying. Watermelon is filled with nutrients and vitamins that help reduce feelings of tiredness and weakness, and also contribute to lessen any bloating of the stomach.

Eat: Nuts and seeds


Go ahead and substitute that candy mix on your coffee table with some trail mix! Similar to salmon, nuts have a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids that act as a savior when it comes to dealing with the monstrosity of cramps. Why not bring some walnuts to the office and munch on them throughout the day, or sprinkle some chia seeds on your morning smoothie?

Friday, August 17, 2018

Indian Bridal Hairstyles

The day of wedding is a special day in the life of every women and it is quite usual that she will be ready to cover the extra mile to look her best on this special occasion. The hairstyle always plays a very important role in the overall appearance and hence it is really important for the bride to get the right hairstyle that matches with her face as well as her dress and accessories.
Two things that every bride-yo-be frets over are hair and makeup. When it comes to wedding day hair, there is such a wide variety of options that one tends to getoverwhelmed. Shoud I leave my hair open? Or should I go for an elegant updo? Will my hair get messed up if I leave it loose? How will it look in th photographs? These are a few of the many questions that brides worry about when they deciding on their wedding look.Well, I'm here to relieve some of the tension! I have compiled our few picks of Indian bridal hairstyles that you can peruse at your pleasure before making your decision. So let's get right into it! 
It is best suggested for the brides to be, to try out different wedding hairstyles before the final day of wedding, to find out the one that suits her best. This article will provide you with a detailed collection of different wedding hairstyles particularly for the Indian brides. Check out the collection to pick and try the best ones from the lot.

1. Jewelled Hairstyle

It is one of the simplest hairstyles and gives a classic look. You have to gather your hair for create a bun, and then secure this part by using spray and pins. Add accessories to create a gorgeous look. On your wedding day, you may choose this hairdo for beautifying yourself.

2. Criss Cross Flower Accented Bun

How To Style
  1. Remove all the knots and tangles from your hair with the help of a wide-toothed comb.
  2. Apply some smoothening serum to get rid of any frizz.
  3. Partition off two 2 inch sections of hair from near your left and right temples.
  4. Comb back the rest of your hair with a fine-toothed comb and tie it into a ponytail a couple of inches above the nape of your neck.
  5. Insert the very end of your ponytail into the hair donut.
  6. Start rolling the hair donut up the length of your ponytail while wrapping your hair around it.
  7. Make sure you keep spreading the hair from your ponytail evenly around the donut, so that by the time it reaches the base of your ponytail, it is completely hidden from view.
  8. When your donut has reached the very top of your ponytail, secure it to your head with the help of U pins.
  9. Now, take the left section of hair that you had left out earlier, cross it over the top of the bun, and pin it under your bun on the right.
  10. Repeat the previous step with the right section of hair.
  11. Insert 4-5 flowers on one side of your bun with the help of bobby pins.
  12. Finish off with a few spritzes of strong hold hairspray to set the style in place.

3. Bumped Up Curls

How To Style
  1. Apply heat protectant all over your washed and dried hair.
  2. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, curl the lower half of all your hair.
  3. Insert a bumpit under the hair at the crown of your head.
  4. Leaving out your bangs, smooth over the hair at the top and sides of your head over the bumpit and pin them in the center at the back of your head.
  5. Spritz on some light hold hairspray to finish off the look.

4. Elaborate Poola Jada Braid

No South Indian bridal outfit is complete without a traditional poola jada. A poola jada is basically a two-piece floral accessory that goes like a crown around the base of the braid and all along the length of the braid. Once adorned, the bride looks nothing less than a queen.
How To Style
  1. Start off by applying smoothening serum to your hair to get rid of any frizz.
  2. Back comb your hair with a fine-toothed comb.
  3. Split your hair into 3 sections and start braiding your hair.
  4. When you have braided till about halfway down, add your savaram to it and split it evenly between the 3 sections of your hair.
  5.  Continue braiding.
  6. Add your jadagantalu when you have braided about 3/4th of the way down.
  7. Continue braiding right till the end and secure with a hair elastic.
  8. Affix your poola jada to the base and length of your braid with the help of bobby pins and U pins to finish off the look.

5. Simple Floral Braid

When it comes to the Big Fat Indian Wedding, flowers play a pivotal role in its every aspect. This beautiful floral hairstyle is testament to that. With just a few curls and some artificial flowers in pastel colors, this simple braid has been transformed into a thing of beauty.

How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with some heat protectant.
  2. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, curl all your hair.
  3. Part your hair on one side.
  4. Pile the front sections of your hair on top of your head and secure them haphazardly with some bobby pins.
  5. Gather all your hair on one side and simply braid it into a side braid.
  6. Secure the ends with a hair elastic.
  7. Attach some artificial flowers along the length of your braid with the help of some U pins.
  8. Pull out some strands of hair from the front to frame your face and finish off the look.

6. Mermaid Braid

How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with some heat protectant.
  2. Roughly run a straightening iron through your hair to get rid of all the frizz.
  3. Part your hair deeply on one side.
  4. Pull back all your hair from the front and pin it at the back of your head.
  5. Gather all your hair onto one side and simply braid it right till the end.
  6.  Secure the ends with a hair elastic.
  7. Loosen and pancake your braid to make it look wider and finish off the look.

7. Shaggy Faux Bob

From being an ace tennis player to being the most stunning bride, is there anything that Sania Mirza can’t do? Here, she has gone a more unconventional route by styling her hair in this faux shaggy bob for her wedding.

How To Style
  1. Apply heat protectant to your washed, dried hair.
  2. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, curl all your hair.
  3. Roughly part your hair down the middle.
  4. Leaving out the first (shortest) layer of your hair, gather all your hair at the back and make a simple braid.
  5. Spritz on lots of texturizing spray all over your first layer of hair and mess it up with your hands to make it look like a faux bob and finish off the look.
7. Gold Floral Bun

How To Style
  1. Apply smoothening serum all over your washed, dried hair.
  2. Sleek back all your hair with a fine-toothed comb.
  3. Tie your hair into a low ponytail a little above the nape of your neck.
  4. Twist and roll your ponytail into a bun and secure it to your head with some bobby pins.
  5. Insert your juda net around your bun.
  6. Use U pins to attach artificial flowers around the top circumference of your bun.
  7.  Spritz on some strong hold hairspray to finish off the look.