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Don’t Rush your Breakfast, Don’t miss it too!

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Have you woken up in the morning without actually feeling hungry? If you give it a good thought, or pay attention to it in the next few days, you will realize that you never really wake up hungry. That is puzzling, isn’t it?

When you are asleep, you are fasting. So ideally you should be hungry the minute you wake up. But that doesn’t happen, and we will tell you why. The answer is because our body’s metabolism already feeds us in the morning. While sleeping, we are fasting; and fasting is a high-fat meal of our own adipose tissues. Fasting leads to weight-loss, which is because you are burning your own fat. Surprised?!  There is more!

Fat-burning is most intense in the morning, because we haven’t eaten all night. So when we wake up, we’re already eating a steady diet…of fat. Furthermore, our bodies give us a shot of cortisol in the morning as we wake up. Cortisol increases gluconeogenesis (the process by which our liver creates glucose), so that we can maintain normal blood sugar when we’re not eating anything.

The morning cortisol explains why we’re not hungry immediately upon waking: not only are we already burning our own fat for energy, our liver has already gone to work making glucose for us! Hence, when you wake up, you’re not really fasting, but feasting on your fat!

This explains why we feel so stuffed even after a small bowl of cereal or fruit or toast bread. All said and done, breakfast still remains the most important meal of the day. Studies have proven that:

-People who skip breakfast are more likely to be obese than the ones who don’t.

-Breakfast reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

-Those that eat breakfast tend to consume fewer calories during the rest of the day.

-High-energy foods in breakfast improve memory and concentration.

-If you have breakfast less often, your body starts picking more fats and fewer nutrients.

So how to you get yourself to eat a healthy breakfast while you are in a rush to begin your day, and when you are not even that hungry? You need something that doesn’t have lot of preparation time, something that you can even take with you on the go and something that doesn’t bore you with the same taste over and over again.

Switch to breakfast cereals. Cereals don’t just mean Corn Flakes. There are various kinds of cereals and if you don’t have a sweet-tooth, there are many savory options that you can try out too. Here is a list of health foods that not just tastes good but is extremely good for your body too:

Pristine Organics Organic Breakfast Cereal: Beginnings Mixed Millet – This cereal is extremely rich in dietary fibers.  Make a tasty snack with Beginnings by mixing chaat masala, amchur and little oil or just add honey for a sweet and healthy snack. You can also have Beginnings with milk and sugar to taste or with chopped Fruits or fruit juice. You can buy it from Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/151LNCC

Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Plus Granola: High in Omega acids and no trans-fats, this granola cereal is the perfect marriage between the whole grain goodness of flax granola, healthy pumpkin seeds, and delicious rolled oats with a cinnamon flavor.  Eat it with hot or cold milk. It is made of healthy whole grains and is 100% organic. Order it from Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/147lbQB

Nature’s Path Optimum Slim, Low Fat Vanilla: If you’re on a diet, breakfast is even more important for you. Believe it or not, the right kind of breakfast will help you in losing weight! Try the Optimum Slim cereal that is packed with fiber, protein and whole grains to fill you up and keep you going. This balanced diet based on natural whole foods gives you everything you need and little you don’t. Ensure that you don’t reach out for an unhealthy snack by 11 am by having Optimum Slim in breakfast with hot or cold milk. Buy it from Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/17iKLGk

Corn Flakes: The Vitamin E in corn flakes is equal to 4 almonds, taking care of 6.5% of your RDA. Corn has the ability to improve overall nourishment. Corn being rich in carbohydrates keeps you energized for the day yet makes a light breakfast. It is only wise to take corn as corn flakes for one of your meals to break away from the monotony of rice or wheat. So why not order organic corn flakes from Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/19M4Yop

Honey Stars: Made from Amaranth, Soybean Oil Extracts, Rice, Whole Wheat, Jowar and Honey that is sourced from the forests of the Himalayas, the 24 Letter Mantra Honey Stars will be an instant hit with your kids and you will be sure to love it too. Get this organic breakfast delivered to you by Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/147lta9

Fresh Fruits were and always remain a healthy breakfast choice. But fruits get digested very easily and they may leave you hungry after a while, hence just eating fruits isn’t enough. You could also include dry-fruits in your breakfast, though they are also not a full meal in themselves.

You can whip up a smoothie using yogurt or milk and fresh fruits as well and pack it up if you’re not hungry while preparing it. You can also make it at night and store it in the refrigerator.

While we discussed foods that we know are healthy eats for breakfast, let’s look at some breakfast items that are a strict no-no:

-A healthy serving of orange juice is about as much as you can squeeze out of one orange. So say no to canned juices.

-Avoid anything that is deep-fried, processed or too greasy.

-Cereals with lots of sugar.

-Pastries…they are loaded with everything that will make you put on weight.

-Too much cheese.

-Processed foods.

They say well begun is half done. Similarly, a good morning breakfast will keep your day good too. No matter how much the rush, don’t miss out on this meal of the day. And as clichéd as it may sound, remember to Eat Your Breakfast Like a King!

 

About NaturalMantra.com

In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our online e-commerce provides the largest selection of  natural, organic and eco-friendly products in India making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all at one place delivered to your door! Not every product makes it to NaturalMantra.com but the ones who do make it through our selection criteria.

We love hearing for you and encourage you to leave us a comment and connect with us here:

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Wah Chai! Why is Tea such a good morning beverage!

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The incredible goodness of your morning cuppa tea!

You love your hot morning cup of tea don’t you? It picks you up, wakes you to possibilities of a brand new day and is really good for your health as well. Do you know, Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water and for a lot of people it’s a way of life.

Drinking three to four cups of tea is recommended and can be great for your health. It replaces fluids and contains flavanoids with antioxidant properties. So what can be a healthier tea than organic tea?

Types of Organic Tea and Benefits

 

Many conventional tea plantations are converting to organic after seeing the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The conventional way is non-sustainable, leads to soil erosion and disease, and the pesticides are a health hazard for the workers who pick the leaves. The naturally-grown tea is said to provide a fuller and richer taste, which is healthier for consumption.

What is tea?

Tea is the dried and processed leaves of a species of plant called Camellia sinensis. The infusion of these leaves in hot water is what makes up tea. There are four main types of tea – White, Green, Oolong and Black.

The difference between these teas is in the harvesting and the drying process. The darker the tea, the more processing it has undergone – this strips away some of the beneficial nutrients.

White Tea is the rarest type of tea, made from the young leaves that are picked before the buds have fully opened. White tea undergoes minimal processing, keeping it close to it’s natural state.

Green Tea. The health benefits associated with green tea has made it a very popular drink worldwide. This milder type of tea is made from only the leaf bud and the top two leaves. The leaves are simply withered and then roasted or dried.

Oolong Tea is a traditional Chinese type of tea, somewhere in between green and black in oxidation.

Black Tea is the most popular variety of tea. The leaves undergo a complex fermentation process which reduces its antioxidant content, is generally stronger in flavour and contains more caffeine.

 The Benefits of Tea

Medical research is finding the healing benefits of tea. It is suggested that it may help to prevent everything from tooth cavities to Parkinson’s disease. Tea also contains antioxidants and trace amounts of various nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium and the vitamins A, C, E and K. In general, consumption of tea may prevent or improve conditions such as arthritis, bone density, heart disease and cataracts.

 Organic tea has various benefits:

White Tea builds up the immune system in the fight against viral and bacterial infections and helps prevent tooth decay, and helps to fight and kill cancer cells.

Green Tea has a positive effect on almost every organ in the human body; the antioxidants help to prevent toxins that build up from unnecessary oxygen, helps prevent cancer by blocking compounds with polyphenols, reduces blood pressure and cholesterol, and increases HDL (good cholesterol), among many other healing properties.

Oolong Tea has anti-oxidant properties and reduces the risk of high blood pressure and Black Tea relaxes and expands arteries, decreasing your chances of a heart attack or stroke.

What are Herbal Teas?

Herbal teas are not actually teas. They are referred to as infusions or tisanes, and are a simple and effective way of extracting the goodness and flavour from the aerial parts of herbs. Tisanes can be made with fresh or dried leaves, soft stems, flowers, seeds or roots.

Often herbal teas are consumed for their physical or medicinal effects, especially as a stimulant, relaxant or sedative. They may also contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

There are some precautions to be observed when enjoying herbal teas:

Avoid all strong herbal teas during the first three months of pregnancy.

Do not exceed the recommended measures of ingredients or frequency of drinking.

It is recommended that before you consume any amount of herbal tea you do a “taste test” to ensure that you do not have an allergic reaction to a particular herbal tea.

Some popular herbal teas are Chamomile, Ginger, Peppermint, Rooibos  and Echinacea. They all have proven good effects on health, well-being and healing.  

So, when next you feel like pick-me-up, remember the benefits of pouring yourself a good “cuppa” tea! Enjoy the aroma and the goodness!

About NaturalMantra.com

In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our online e-commerce provides the largest selection of  natural, organic and eco-friendly products in India making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all at one place delivered to your door! Not every product makes it to NaturalMantra.com but the ones who do make it through our selection criteria.

We love hearing for you and encourage you to leave us a comment and connect with us here:

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/naturalmantra
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5 easy steps to Go Green

To all our eco-conscious customers, here are some tips to live a green life in 5 quick & easy steps

1. Give an eco-friendly gift with a personalised note to a friend. Unexpectedly. And nope, it doesn’t have to cost a thing.

You can make a sturdy paper bag at home. Here’s a step-by-step video guide.

Or, here is another idea, albeit a little more complex: you can stitch a cloth bag/tote from an old garment and pass it on as a vegetable shopping bag or a tote. A video to help you out.

2. After you eat fruits, don’t throw the seeds into the garbage bin. Throw the seeds where you know a fruit tree will thrive. Throw the peel at the base of a new plant in your housing complex garden. It will decompose and turn into fertilizer for the growing plant.

3. If you are into home-gardening, or have potted plants in your balcony, you can save water and get easy access to fertilizers in the following manner:

You can use remnants of organic and natural laundry as also the discarded water with the dirt and bio-suds to water the plants! 🙂

4. If you have free time at work, search for stories that inspire us to live green and be ecologically conscious. Share them with friends and co-workers. Here are two stories and a few titbits I found to talk about over an office lunch.

5. Celebrate! Call friends over for dinner or brunch during this long week-end that’s coming up. Cook a meal from organic ingredients and locally grown organic produce. NaturalMantra’s guest blogger and an expert chef Megha from i2cook, has contributed a variety easy organic and natural ingredient based recipes.

If you have any more ideas that you think I ought to incorporate into this list, do write to me at ankita@naturalmantra.com or submit them on our Facebook page.

In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our online e-commerce provides the largest selection of  natural, organic and eco-friendly products in India making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all at one place delivered to your door! Not every product makes it to NaturalMantra.com but the ones who do make it through our selection criteria.
We love hearing for you and encourage you to leave us a comment and connect with us here:
Email : customercare@naturalmantra.com


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5 easy steps to Go Green

To all our eco-conscious customers, here are some tips to live a green life in 5 quick & easy steps

1. Give an eco-friendly gift with a personalised note to a friend. Unexpectedly. And nope, it doesn’t have to cost a thing.

You can make a sturdy paper bag at home. Here’s a step-by-step video guide.

Or, here is another idea, albeit a little more complex: you can stitch a cloth bag/tote from an old garment and pass it on as a vegetable shopping bag or a toteA video to help you out.

2. After you eat fruits, don’t throw the seeds into the garbage bin. Throw the seeds where you know a fruit tree will thrive. Throw the peel at the base of a new plant in your housing complex garden. It will decompose and turn into fertilizer for the growing plant.

3. If you are into home-gardening, or have potted plants in your balcony, you can save water and get easy access to fertilizers in the following manner:

 You can use remnants of organic and natural laundry as also the discarded water with the dirt and bio-suds to water the plants! 🙂

4. If you have free time at work, search for stories that inspire us to live green and be ecologically conscious. Share them with friends and co-workers. Here are two stories and a few titbits I found to talk about over an office lunch.

5. Celebrate! Call friends over for dinner or brunch during this long week-end that’s coming up. Cook a meal from organic ingredients and locally grown organic produce. NaturalMantra’s guest blogger and an expert chef Megha from i2cook, has contributed a variety easy organic and natural ingredient based recipes.

If you have any more ideas that you think I ought to incorporate into this list, do write to me at ankita@naturalmantra.com or submit them on our Facebook page.

In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our online e-commerce provides the largest selection of  natural, organic and eco-friendly products in India making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all at one place delivered to your door! Not every product makes it to NaturalMantra.com but the ones who do make it through our selection criteria.
We love hearing for you and encourage you to leave us a comment and connect with us here:
Email : customercare@naturalmantra.com


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Eat food, not poison!

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For your body you best Decide

When you say bye-bye to Pesticide

 

If we ask you what is the most common ingredient that you serve in food, you will say things like – salt, oil, seasoning, spices, water, etc. But unfortunately, you are wrong! With every recipe you make and every meal you serve, the element most commonly present is – Pesticides!

In one of our earlier blogs, we had discussed the use of pesticides for getting better crops. In this blog, we will discuss what the alternatives are, and how you can protect yourself from this health hazard.

Pesticides is a generic umbrella under which we will also talk about chemicals used for preservation, antibiotics in meat, PFAs, sulphates, etc. Present day techniques of growing food use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, and genetically modified seeds to maximize the crop yield. Eating food grown with the help of these methods greatly increases your risk of getting indigestion, food allergies and diseases like asthma, migraine, auto immune diseases, obesity, heart disease and cancer.

Now no matter how much they say that these crops are sprayed with fertilizers and chemicals that are under the advised limit that makes it safe for human consumption, we have to remember that these harmful chemicals are entering our body not through one but various sources. When all the pesticides sprayed on them are combined together, the picture becomes a lot more scarier then what is painted before us.

 Here is some more information that will help you take the first step towards the right solution:

  • Pesticides: If the pesticides are strong enough to kill the bacteria and insects on the crop, they are capable of causing you serious health issues too. Have you ever considered putting a dash of insect killer while making salad to make it safe for consumption? If no, then how can you tolerate volumes of chemicals and pesticides on the food you eat every day?!
  • Irradiated foods can cause you cancer.
  • Heating up food in a microwave on a regular basis is shown to have resulted in colon cancer, malnutrition and obesity.
  • Too much of canned food with closer expiry dates can cause metal poisoning.
  • The cola that you so enjoy is sometimes used as a pesticide too. Can you believe that?

Well, this list can go on some more, but we assume that you have taken the hint and will try to avoid all this as much as possible. Now that we have identified the culprits, let’s look at how we can bring them down.

One of the most obvious and simple solutions is to choose organic food. Organic food is grown using natural fertilizers like cow dung, leaves or compost, and using crop rotation to enrich the soil, without pesticides or using natural pesticides like neem oil. It has no adverse effects on our body, yet it gets rid of the pests that could harm the crops. Since they come without the taste of chemicals, the intrinsic flavor of the food is much more enhanced in such crops. Also, what looks good to the eye could be harmful for the body because a perfect looking vegetable, grain or fruit, may be the result of too much pesticide being used during its growth, transportation and storage.

Next, all fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed in running water before eating or cooking. Raw vegetables and fruit can cause parasitic infections if not properly washed. Hydrogen Peroxide is a safe disinfectant which destroys bacteria and viruses with great efficacy and does not leave any toxic residues or bad taste. Potatoes, carrots and other vegetables grown under the ground can be scrubbed clean with a brush. Cut away any damaged, over-ripe or bruised areas in fruits and vegetables as bacteria thrive in such places.

Vegetables, fruits and grain which are eaten without removing the skin, should first be washed in a solution containing a tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide in a litre of water. Vinegar can remove some pesticides present on the surface of fruits and vegetables. It does not however remove the pesticides inside fruit and vegetables. Apples and table grapes are two fruits which are often dipped in pesticide after harvesting to preserve them. Such fruit are best eaten organic or at least should be peeled before eating.

The harmful effects of pesticides and chemicals are not restricted to our bodies. Pesticides persist in the soil too for many years. Some commonly used pesticides are DDT, lindane, aldrin, dieldrin, endrin, chlordane, heptachlor, mirex, toxaphene, hexa chlorobenzene, poly chlorinated biphenyles, dioxins and furanes.

These pesticides poison the soil and water for many years and enter our food chain through fruits, vegetables and grains as well as through meats and fish. These pesticides have a half life of between 40-150 years and hence will persist to even poison our great grand children. This is why most of the world’s population have pesticide levels in their bodies which are 20-1000 times more than what the World Health Organization considers to be safe. As a result the incidence of cancer, allergies and auto immune diseases has sky-rocketed worldwide.

People diagnosed with cancer are strongly advised to switch to organic foods. Some pesticides are similar to estrogens and mimic their effects on the body causing breast, ovarian and prostate cancer. Detoxification of the body to remove the pesticides can allow the body to heal and destroy the tumour.

The purpose of eating food is to give our body nourishment. But when you are consuming a small dose of poison, which will not show any ill-effect on your body right now, no amount of so-called health food will do any good. Think about what you are eating today so that you don’t have to suffer for it tomorrow.