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Tender Coconut Water A Super Drink For Weight Loss And Much More


Tender Coconut Water A Super Drink For Weight Loss And Much More

Tender Coconut Water A Super Drink For Weight Loss And Much More

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” — Henry David Thoreau

This year’s winter gave us more chills than ever before. Extreme fluctuations in climate are the nature’s way to tell us that we have to face the consequences of our actions. Winter is over (almost) and we can feel the presence of summer around us especially in supermarkets where they are stocking up all kinds of drinks in huge quantities.

It’s really sad that we have more options of unhealthy colored sugar-water easily available than healthy drinks. Even the so called pure fruit juices sold in tetra packs are not at all close to the real deal. If we really want pure juice we’ll have to squeeze it ourselves but do we have the time? I doubt that.

After ‘Green Gram’ and ‘Super Foods’ post I think we should discuss about a super drink especially for the summers. I am a big fan of Tender Coconut Water not only because it helps us lose weight but also has other health benefits. I don’t think there is a need to mention how wonderful it tastes and how refreshing it is on a sunny day. I always prefer a nice big green tender coconut over any bottle or can, don’t you?

Benefits of Tender Coconut Water:

1. It’s loaded with Goodies: It is rich in Vitamins and Minerals like Vitamin B & C, Calcium, Potassium and Glucose. If you work out a lot then instead of drinking high sugar and calorie so called energy drinks you should try Tender Coconut Water. It will recharge you with above mentioned vitamins and minerals and it’s healthier.

2. It good to Shed Some Unwanted Weight: It is a natural, low-calorie, refreshing drink than can be a healthy alternative to any other sugary drink. Tender coconut water contains strong digestive enzymes that strengths our digestive system and helps us lose weight.
It also detoxifies the body and benefits the metabolism as well as immune system. So if your stomach gets upset while you are vacationing on a tropical paradise have plenty of coconut water and you will feel better without any medication.
It’s has diuretic properties that can help reduce swelling and edema or water retention. Tender coconut water is easily available everywhere even in cities far from coastal regions so don’t wait to have it till you go for a holiday have it as often as you can. I am sure you’ll love it.

3. It’s good for the Heart: Regular intake of tender coconut water helps regulate the blood pressure. It helps to lower the high cholesterol level in the blood system. Regular intake also improves the flexibility of arteries and veins as it increases good cholesterol.

4. It fights against Ageing: Tender coconut water is alkaline in nature which helps balance body’s PH level. It is loaded with minerals and vitamins and has amazing hydration properties that recharges and refreshes tired cells working as a natural anti-aging agent.

5. It can be a great after workout drink: In World War II British and Japanese injured soldiers were given coconut water when saline solution was in short supply. When we lose a lot of energy or get dehydrated or many be go for a vigorous workout then we need to reload the depleted cells and muscles and coconut water can work for it. The high level of potassium can also cure muscle cramps and the minerals and vitamins can rejuvenate the body.

6. It’s Amazing for expecting ladies: Most women unfailingly drink coconut water during pregnancy as per the advice of elders. This advice is shared from one generation to another because of its many benefits some of which are mentioned in this post. I would like to highlight the benefits during pregnancy below but as I always insist please check it with your doctor before trying anything new.

Coconut water is a natural, diuretic, antioxidant drink loaded with minerals, calcium, vitamins and much more that improves the immune system of the mother and baby.

It has anti bacterial properties that protect the mother and baby from infections.

It is believed that having regular coconut water will help the baby to get a glowing skin.

It helps the mother with uneasiness that happens during pregnancy especially indigestion, bloating, acidity and gas.

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6 Reasons Why A Workout Class will Make You Exercise Regularly


“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

Seeing Life through new eyes: the epicness of Yoga
6 Reasons Why A Workout Class will Make You Exercise Regularly Vanessa Marie Hernandez / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

Few months back working out 5 days a week was a big part of my fantasy world. I tried lots of home exercise DVDs, some motivational books also few exercise machines where the manufacturers planned the marketing better than the actual product. I wasted a small fortune on gyms and never actually spent much time there. It was funny that the receptionist never remembered me when I walked in after months of gap but she called me regularly for the renewal of my membership.

Nothing absolutely nothing was helping me workout regularly. I lacked motivation, energy and enthusiasm. It all changed when I enrolled for a yoga class nothing fancy just a good teacher teaching in her own living room.

I remember the day I checked out the yoga class. I went when a class was in session and ladies of all sizes, shapes and ages where sincerely following the teacher. It was a peaceful session and the stretches they were doing looked very difficult for my untrained body. I had doubts about joining the class as I didn’t want another failed attempt but something in me said don’t think jump in and Thank God I did.

Why my Yoga Class Helped me Exercise Regularly? …. Because

1. Teacher: A great teacher can make you believe in yourself. A good teacher will not blame you for your condition but show support and will guide you to find solutions. A teacher you can depend upon. A teacher you can look forward to learn a lot from. Find a teacher who cares more about his/her students then making money and you got your first reason to work out almost every day.

2. Discipline: When you join a class you agree to maintain some kind of hourly schedule. You know you have to be in the class on time and finish your workout in a set period of time. It does not give much freedom to reschedule and hence we forget our dirty habit of procrastination. It brings some discipline to our life when we need it the most.

3. Accuracy: Any good teacher or trainer will tell you that the accuracy of doing every workout matters more than repetitions. When it comes to Yoga it is important that you stretch in a proper way to avoid any sprains or any other injuries. If you are trying to work out on your own you will find it difficult to keep a check your exact form while doing the exercise. But under a teacher you are corrected immediately. If you are having trouble to do any particular exercise you can get some tips and tricks from the teacher. A good teacher will also help you with easier alternatives of exercises till you body gets more used to the concept of exercising regularly.

4. Classmates: when you think of joining some particular class see if you can relate to the students who are already taking the class. Do they have similar goals? Are they tiring to resolve similar issues? This will give you the assurance that the answers you are looking for can be found in that class. It will also assure you that you are not the only victim of mother nature or father time. Everybody has their own battle to fight for. It is motivating to workout with your classmates then working out in front of some life less DVD Player.

5. Motivation: In a class you get to see other people just like you fighting their own battle and this encourages you to conquer your own. When you see others winning you get motivated and when you see someone giving up on their goal you can become their strength. In the process you will soon realize by helping others with their goal your inner strength multiplies.

6. Going With The Flow: My first couple of days in the class I tried to match other people’s pace and felt like I was doing everything wrong. Soon I understood to go with the flow and not think too much about it. This is one of the few places where I clear my mind and stop thinking. I follow the leader blindly. I find it very relaxing and refreshing. Just flowing with the flow makes the whole workout feel effortless.

I hope these reasons are good enough for you to get searching for a good class.

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5 Ayurvedic Cleanse Recipes to Re-Ignite Your Body’s Digestive Fire

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5 Ayurvedic Cleanse Recipes to Re-Ignite Your Body’s Digestive Fire J I G I S H A a.k.a Nitin Badhwar / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

The dawn of New Year brings lots of hopes and promises. First day of every New Year for all of us encourages fresh start and our body very much deserves one. Our body has been constantly working for us and our stomach takes up a lot of strain in the holiday season Durga Puja, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the night we test its limits the New Years Eve.

I am not against celebration on the contrary I love all these festivals but from this year I want to help my stomach and entire body unwind and refresh so that it can pass through the coming year stronger and healthier. I am interested to make some changes that will help reduce the body age as we leap in yet another year. How am I going to do this? Two words – Ayurvedic Cleanse.

1. Cleansing Water –

Recipe: 1 Tall Glass of Water, 1 tsp Lemon Juice, 1 tsp Honey, Mix all ingredients together

Have this cleansing water every morning to flush out toxins and removes excess fat.

2. Cleansing Tea –

Recipe: 2 Cups of water, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds

Boil the seeds together till the water is reduced to 1 cup, strain and have it instead of your morning coffee or tea. If possible have it twice a day.

3. Green Tea –

Add Tulsi Leaves also known as Holy Basil to your green tea after your meals. Tulsi leaves is considered very important in Ayurveda as it has stress hormones reducing properties. It can control stress or lifestyle related disorders.

4. Green Moong Soup

Recipe: Soak Green Moong overnight then pressure cooker it with little oil, 1 onion, 2 chopped green chillies, 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp red chilli powder, salt as per taste. Water enough to make thick soup. You can add any vegetables to it or any garnish to keep it interesting.

For deeper cleanse of your body replace all your meals with the healthy and filling Green Moong Soup. Try doing this on the less busy days as this change may make you feel weak. If you feel too weak just have some brown rice or brown bread with your soup. You can be on this cleansing diet for maximum 7 days or just for a day. Go as your body suggests.

If you are pregnant, under heavy medication or have any serious medical condition please take advice of your doctor before trying this or any other diet.

I Ayurvedic centre they do encourage having two tsp of Pure Ghee a day in your soups. Make sure the Ghee or Clarified Butter is pure and made of Cow’s Milk.

5. Moong Dal Khicari:

Recipe: Pressure cooker – 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) or sesame/ sunflower oil, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp mustard seeds, turmeric, fresh grated ginger root (optional), Rock salt as required, 2 pinches hing/ asafetida, 1 cup rice, 1 cup split mung dal (yellow or green, or whole mung beans soaked overnight), 4 cups water.
Add vegetables if you prefer.

This light Khicari if made watery enough for your stomach is like spending a day in the spa. It can give your stomach the much needed rest and can help it wind down and refresh. After your Green Moong Soup Diet days you can get your stomach back to regular foods by replacing your meals with this Khicari for a day or two.

Extra Tips:

1. To flush out toxins have as many healthy liquids like buttermilk, water, green teas, fruits and vegetables juices. Take these in large quantities and avoid coffee, tea and sugary sodas.

2. Go for light exercise like walking or any other workouts during your cleansing days.

3. Try to Meditate or Visualize Positve thoughts in the morning and through out the day.

4. You will find it very relaxing to get an Ayurvedic Sesame Oil Massage during cleansing days.

Happy New Year and Thank you for all the love and encouragement you guys have shwon to The Vibrant Writer Blog. May this New Year bring you more of Health, Wealth and Happiness.

6 Super Foods for Weight Loss and Much More


As promised in my last post this article is a list of superfoods that are helping me to get close to my healthy weight without starving.

6 Super Foods for Weight Loss and Much More

6 Super Foods for Weight Loss and Much More

My post Green Gram or Green Moong: A Superfood for Weight Loss and Much More is one of the most read posts on this blog and that inspired me to find out more super foods that can help us slim down in a healthy way.

1. Sprouts (Green Gram, Mat Beans, Green/Black Chickpeas): If you have read my post on Green Gram then you will know why I love this nutrition packed little wonder. Lately I have found a way to make my almost daily Green Gram Soup more nutritious and filling. I just add more healthy beans like soaked or sprouted Black/ Green Chickpeas and/or Moth Beans/ Mat Beans/ Matki.

Recipe: Soak Green Moong, Mat Beans, Green/Black Chickpeas overnight (Sprout them for additional nutrition).
Pressure cooker it with little oil, 1 onion, 2 chopped green chillies, 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp red chilli powder, salt as per taste. Water enough to make thick soup.

As if that was not healthy enough I threw in a small bunch of fresh spinach in it. I did not even cut the leaves just washed and added it to my soup. You can add dry Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi) or its fresh version. Fresh Coriander leaves and some vegetables like cabbage, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, carrots or any vegetable that you would love to taste in this healthy soup. This soup will keep you full while improving you metabolic rate. The good bacteria will perk up your digestion.

2. Nuts: People trying to lose weight avoid nuts assuming they are fattening. The nuts like walnuts, almonds, pine nuts even the humble peanuts are loaded with the good fat that our body actually needs even when we are trying to lose weight. Nuts (not more than a handful) are good snacking option as they are high in protein and they make us feel full. Ayurvedic doctors suggest having overnight soaked almonds first thing in the morning to ignite our fat burning fire. Now isn’t that a delicious way to lose weight.

3. Apples: I love all fruits but apples are one of my favorites. I can never resist a big juicy red apple and that is not a bad thing unless you are Snow White. Like nuts apples are also the perfect snack. Apples are loaded with soluble fibers called pectin. Pectin reduces the amount of sugar and calories that’s absorbed into the bloodstream. It reduces cravings and prevents spikes in blood sugar that leads to fat storage. I don’t understand people who peal of apples and eat only the white part. All the goodness is in the beautiful colored skin please don’t throw away the nourishment. It’s a crime against nature. Just wash it nicely if you are worried about pesticides and sink your teeth in.

4. Vegetable Soup: This is another healthy and filling soup option which you can use to replace you meal. This soup is much lighter and watery compared to the thick and creamy sprouts soup mentioned below. Light vegetable soup meal can be a good option if you feel bloated from last night’s heavy meal. For lunch or dinner have a big bowl of soup made of vegetables like Bottle gourd, Cabbage, Bitter Gourd, Carrots, Tomatoes and any vegetables you like. Do not add thickening agents like corn flour or any other soup mix to this soup. It will help you flush out toxins and fat from your body only when it is light and watery.

Recipe: Cut vegetables in big cubes,
If you like your soup spicy add some green chilies,
Pressure cooker them with enough water to make light soup (1 or 2 whistles maximum),
Add salt, pepper powder and any other seasoning as per your liking,
Smash the vegetables and have the soup.

5. Red Lentils: The Red Lentils or Masoor Dal is rich in protein and loaded with fiber. They help us stay full for a longer time. Just one cup of this rich legume provides about three-quarters of our daily recommendation of fiber. Like the sprouts soup you can add vegetables like spinach, bottle gourd, pumpkin, drumsticks, dry fenugreek leaves, or any other vegetable in this rich thick dal and trick your loved ones to eat their vegetables. Well that’s what I have started to do with my husband.

6. Watermelon: Another fruit that I can crown as one of my favorites. Watermelon is a delicious fruit that also contains ‘glutathione’ that strengthen the immune system. It is a rich source of the vitamin B complex, vitamin C, beta carotene and folic acid. It is a natural Diuretic that helps reduce edema. A filling big bowl of freshly cubed water melon can be a good snack option and it has negligible calories.

So don’t starve yourself eat healthy, eat at regular intervals and maintain a cutoff time. Drink a lot of water and sleep well. These foods work for me but I would insist you take advice of your doctor before making any drastic changes in your diet.

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10 Reasons An Ayurvedic Sesame Oil Massage Makes Us Strong and Beautiful.


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Massage therapy is an important part of Ayurveda because it has many benefits like it helps strengthen and balance our whole body, improves blood circulation and vitality, and rejuvenates our skin. Massage tones up our nervous system, influences respiration and nutrition. It speeds up the elimination of toxins from our skin, lungs, bowels and kidneys.

It helps improve metabolic process and tones up the body hence help in weight loss. Of course I don’t need to mention the good relaxing and refreshing feeling that we enjoy after a proper ayurvedic massage. Sesame oil is the preferred oil for an ayurvedic massage and it does help us become strong and beautiful because it is packed with nourishing minerals and vitamins that our body soaks like a sponge when we use it for our warm oil massage.

Sesame Oil massage once or twice a week if not daily can provide amazing benefits for our health. If you are interested in losing weight and making your body stronger I recommend you learn the art of self massaging. I must warn you it is quite a workout but also completely worth it. You can gift yourself a much needed pampered massage from professional Ayurvedic Message Centers like Ayurwoman Ayurveda Clinic.

Indians take baby ayurvedic massages very seriously but once we grow up we overlook on the benefits of this traditional treasure our ancestors were so fond of. The benefits mentioned below can remind us why we need to make this treatment a part of our busy life.

10 Benefits of Warm Sesame Oil Ayurvedic Massage:

1. Sesame oil mixed with herbs is used for daily ayurvedic massage for babies upto 2 to 3 years. These massages are an important part of their development. The baby’s ayervedic daily massage plays a vital role in developing his/her bones and making the baby’s body firm and strong. This massage is nothing less than a ritual and a learned and experience masseur is hired to make sure the baby gets full benefits from the massage.
It is important that the product used for a baby is authentic herbal or ayurvedic like Dabur Lal Tail.
Dabur lal tail is highly preferred for decades because it has the right mixture of herbs mixed in sesame oil to make the baby grow faster and stronger.

2. Sesame oil is high in copper, manganese, calcium, zinc and magnesium. It boosts bone mineral density and bone health. Regular massage can provide relief from arthritis.

3. Sesame oil is loaded with antioxidant, vitamin E and Sesamol this delays the aging process regular massage can make us look years younger.

4. Sesame oil gets deeper into our skin thanks to its high viscosity. This helps to nourish the skin from within, repairs damaged skin cells and gives it a healthy glow.

5. Sesame oil is a natural sunscreen. It prevents sun tan when applied to the exposed parts of your body before heading outdoors.

6. Sesame oil is rich in fatty acids making it highly beneficial to repair dry skin, cracked heals, dry knees and elbows. It turns dry and dull skin into soft and smooth.

7. Sesame oil works effectively to cure hair conditions like hair loss, dandruff, dry scalp and premature graying. A scalp massage along with your body massage can improve blood circulation in scalp area making hair shiny and strong.

8. Sesame oil gives a cooling and relaxing effect to body and scalp and reduces stress, tiredness and pain.

9. Sesame oil massage done properly on abdomen can improve digestion and provides relief in case of constipation, gas or indigestion.

10. Sesame oil massaged on joints and swollen areas help in reducing pain while making the joints and bone stronger.

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