Friday, 24 August 2012


Come join a week full of fun and knowledge…….its free…free…

Highlights of the event

-1st sept 2012 - Seminar on what diet really means – is it eating less or eating right 

-3rd sept 2012 - Weight loss success stories

-4th sept 2012 - Exercise for busy days
-5th sept 2012 - Healthy cooking
-6th sept 2012 - A talk on childhood obesity by pediatrician 
Dr Devang Shah

-7th sept 2012 – free diet assessment, BMI and fat % testing. (with prior appointment)

Android app shilps nutrilife coming soon

Registration for the event is mandatory.
Kindly register through email (,msg or call on 09870404042.
Timings:- 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Venue:- Sai sparsh Maternity and Nursing home, 1st floor, trupti bldg, saibaba nagar, borivali west.

Event conducted by

Founder:- Shilpa Mittal
(M.H.Sc Nutrition)
Merit rank holder
Nutritionist and Diet Consultant

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Nutrition for pre-school children


The ages between one and four are a crucial time for learning  good dietary habits that can lay the foundations for future good health. GOOD NUTRITION AT THIS AGE IS LIKE SOWING SEEDS FOR HEALTHIER TOMMORROW.
Diet directly affects optimal development  of  the body and the brain.
Nutritious food help to form strong teeth and bones, muscles and a healthy body; a good immunity. 

Young children’s need for energy and nutrients is high, but their appetites are small due to small stomach capacity and they can be fussy, too, and it can be a challenge to get your child’s diet right. At this age, children are often good at regulating their appetite. If they’re not hungry, insisting on larger amounts of food can create a battle, which you’re likely to lose. 

Key foods and nutrients

Base your child's intake on the following food groups to help ensure she’s getting all the important nutrients. If the family diet is healthy, children can just have family food. 

Make sure your child has the following, every day: 


Include at least one kind of starchy carbohydrate, such as whole wheat bread, rice, pasta, or potatoes. Young children have small appetites, so high fibre-rich carbohydrates can be bulky and inhibit the absorption of some minerals. Gradually introduce higher fibre carbohydrate foods, so that by the time children are five, they're eating the same fibre-rich foods as the rest of the family. 

Key nutrients:- Carbs which is mainly needed to provide them energy throughtout the day, along with energy they also provide B complex nutrients and also some minerals esp nachni which is rich in both calcium and iron.

Examples:- poha, upma, parathas, khicdi, pulavs, briyani, sandwiches, porridages, bhel, potato chat, tikkis, jowari, corn, nachni 

Fruit and vegetables

Aim for at least five servings a day, where a serving is about a handful in size. Use fruit in puddings, chats and as snacks.

Vegetables can be eaten raw or cooked (serve crunchy rather than very soft to preserve the vitamins and minerals). 

If your child doesn’t like vegetables, try hiding them by pureeing in to soups, sauces, casseroles and pizza toppings.

Key nutrients – Iron, vit A, C, Antioxidants
Milk and dairy foods

Your child should be having the equivalent of about 500 to 600ml of milk and its products a day. Milk can be used in cereals or in drinks,milkshakes, puddings and sauces. Cheese, panir, yoghurt can be given instead of milk. Grated cheese/panir, cheese spread can be used on sandwiches or toast. Try yoghurts as a pudding or snack between meals, served alone or with fruit.
NON VEG – Egg, Meat, fish and alternatives 
Recommend at least two servings of fish a week, one of which should be oily. Use eggs, either boiled, in sandwiches, as omelettes or scrambled.

Pulses and legumes
Try different beans and pulses, such as lentils, baked beans, peas and chickpeas. 

Nutrients- Protein, Calcium, B-12, Vit D, Zinc

BEST FOOD COMBINATIONS- khicdhi, milk+roti, dal+rice/roti, curd rice, dal + roti, idli, dosa, dhokla, uttapa i.e combination of cereal + pulse gives the best quality protein comparable to that of an egg which is considered excellent.

Fats and sugar - Foods to be careful with....

Fatty and sugary foods include spreading fats, cooking oils, sugar, biscuits, cakes, crisps, sweets, chocolate, cream, ice cream and sugary drinks. Don’t give these often, and when you do, make sure they’re in small amounts only. Many of these could affect your child’s intake of more nutritious foods and lead to a less healthy diet Offer them at the end of a meal rather than between meals as a snack.  

Keep total fat intake between 25 to 35 percent of calories for with most fats coming from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, such as fish, nuts and vegetable oils.

To sum it up…..

Most kids are going to have fussy food days (or years)
If it’s up to them, kids will only choose food that tastes good and that they are familiar with. 
Kids have to be taught to think about nutritious eating
Parents are food teachers - kids learn eating habits and food choices from their please look at your food habits first.


Thursday, 9 August 2012



Jai shree krishna

Janmashtami is just round the corner. What better way to celebrate Kanha's birthday than treating Him as well as your dear ones with His favourite of them is panjiri, also it is one of the samagris prepared inorder to feed Yashoda Maiya , for her we do in our house hold for the lady who delivers.

Coriander Powder Panjiri the most common made in almost every mandir n household on this occasion of Janamashtami.

1 cup. Coriander seed powder / Dhaniya powder.
4 Tbs. Ghee.
1/2 cup powder sugar
1/4 cup chopped Almonds.
1/4 cup Makhana.
1/4 cup edible gum / gund optional

Preparation Method:
Heat Ghee in a kadhai, fry Almonds take out when done. Now fry Makhana take out when done. Add Dhaniya powder and fry / roast till smells done, please do it carefully so that it does not get burnt. Now allow it to cool. Add the roasted Almond, Makhana and the powdered sugar . Mix well. Store in air tight container.

In addition to this if you like , you can also fry the edible gum and add to the Panjiri.

Note: This dish can be prepared without Lotus seeds(makhana). Then keep the quantity of sugar equivalent to Coriander powder.

Health benefits of panjiri :- good source of proteins, carbs, essential fatty acid.

Corriander seeds are excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is essential for cell metabolism and red blood cell formation. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

They are also a good source of dietary fiber and rich in phytonutrients and flavonoids.

So what are you waiting for go ahead and enjoy Janmashtami with this wonderful Prasad.


Sunday, 5 August 2012

Nursing mother and weight loss

World Breastfeeding Week 1 - 7 August

Nursing mother and weight loss

A common concern for most of the new mother after delivery is to lose the weight gained during pregnancy….

A good rule of thumb is to take in 200-500 calories in excess of what you needed to maintain your weight before you were pregnant while you are nursing. 
Breastfeeding doesn't make you gain weight - in fact, you use up calories when you nurse, and helps you get rid of extra weight more quickly while you are nursing. You might not realize that you already began your
weight-loss efforts the moment you put your baby to your breast. 

Breastfeeding burns around 300 calories per day, so it can help you begin to lose some of your excess baby weight. What's more, breastfeeding can help stimulate contractions in your uterus that help your belly shrink back to its regular size after pregnancy to help you regain your old shape, too.

Your body stores up fat during your pregnancy to provide the extra calories needed for milk production. It is easier to lose lower body fat (hips, buns, and thighs) when you are breastfeeding compared to the mom who is formula feeding. .

Begin your weight loss program slowly when you are breastfeeding. Increase your activity level.