Monday, 31 July 2017

World Breastfeeding week 2017

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

WBW2017 theme is 'Sustaining Breastfeeding Together'. Evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding is already available to us.

Breastfeeding is essential for your baby. Why? It provides a child with all the anitbodies and nutrients she or he needs to stop from getting ill in the future.

Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is 6 months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years or beyond.

Keep watching coming with a week full of posts on #breastfeeding lactation foods, weight loss, nursing mothers nutrition etc

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Fenugreek and fever

Fenugreek (methi) leaves in fever

While recovering from fevers, the most important aspect is fluid replenishment and liver strengthening…..have coconut water (will give electroytes n natural sugar), mosambi juice, limu pani with a dash of rock salt (will increase appetite).

To improve altered taste, consume methi leaves in form of vegetable, add it to dal, khichdi or paratha.

#fever #viral #hydratewell #fenugreek #methi #shilpsnutrilife

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Eat a lot of seasonal stuff

Eat a lot of seasonal stuff especially fruits and veggies

Although nowadays we get all fruits and vegetables in all seasons, their nutritional content is at its peak during its season.

Other benefits
1) Lesser use of toxic chemicals, poisonous pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified seeds .(added during growing harvesting and for storage)
2) Good for your Health since it has not been transported from long distances hence the freshness of the fruit would be at its peak!
3) Easy on pocket.
4) Every seasons' fruits and vegetables are designed by Nature to suit the season (summer, winter etc) and hence their nutritional status would be better than the non-seasonal ones, infact all the nutrients they are rich in is at its peak, eg- Amla rich in vit C, plums rich in Vitamin A.
5) In season foods taste better than non-seasonal ones! Try it yourself.

Although Seasonal food can be boring sometimes, but its Pros definitely exceed its Cons

A common observation says:
Mangoes, Watermelon, MuskMelon, are very sweet and taste the best during Summers.

Similarly Guava, Sapota (Cheeku),Orange, Sweet lime, Water chestnut(Singhada) taste best during Winters.

Corn (Bhutta), Litchi, Peaches, Plums,Jamun taste the best during Monsoons.

(There can be many more fruits that can be added to the list according to geographic locations)

So be judicious and choose more Healthy and Nutritive foods i.e. Seasonal foods.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Can we get our junk lifestyle right

CAN WE GET THIS RIGHT.......................

Our digestive system has undergone very little change over the past several thousand years, yet our diet has changed so rapidly that some think our stomachs are unable to keep pace with it. And therein lies the root of many modern-day nutrition and diet related issues.

Just think about it - did our grandparents diet included a double cheese pizza,burger with a large soda and fries? Did they drink cups after cups of coffee to bust stress? Were they dependent on canned and processed food choices at the local supermarkets? Did they go days without having fruits and vegetables in their meal? We, on the other hand, routinely indulge in these supremely unhealthy food habits.

It's evident that we compare poorly to our grandparents generation as far as food choices are concerned.

Clearly, when it comes to healthy living, going back to the basics may not be a bad idea.


Organic or no (leafy vege)

Organic or no (leafy veges)

How to know if the greens we buy are pesticide free or organic
If you see a few holes in the leaves of the greens you are buying, pick up the bunch; it means it is not heavily ‘pesticided’ .

And one very important tip to follow with greens is wash them well and after washing give a final rinse of salt water for five to seven minutes. This helps remove germs and residue.

#shilpsnutrilife #organicvegetables

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Organic fruit and vegetables

Organic or No (fruits and veges)

How to know if the fruits and veges we buy are pesticide free or organic

Many a times my clients ask me how to know if the foods we buy are pesticide free or organic.

Although this may be a difficult task in itself however here are a few things to look

Appearance If it is oddly unusually shaped uneven like no two items are identical eg no two leaves of the same mango tree will ever look 100% alike. Similarly, each apple, mango or even grain will always look different from another. Their colour, shape, structure will never be uniform. There will, for instance, be different shades of yellow in your moong dal instead of the uniformly bleached yellow of the regular packaged dal.

Fruits, vegetables and grains won't be huge in size. There are, of course, special cases in which people do grow large-sized fruits and vegetables organically as well, but they are not the norm and are difficult to find.

#organicfruitsvegetables #shilpsnutrilife

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Organic grains or no

Organic or No
How to know if the grains we buy are pesticide free or organic

Although a difficult task but this can be checked out –

Insect or worms in your grains are a good thing in a way Keedas (worms) too know that non-organic food is just not edible.Naturally grown sabut daals (like moong sabut, or urad sabut), atta, maida, brown rice, white rice and other grains will get keedas after two-three months and especially in the rains. All you need to do is clean the grain or sun them out like our grandmothers would and still live on with it for quite a few years.

Keedas don't contaminate your food, pesticides do. Similarly, if you see a few holes in the leaves of the greens you are buying, pick up the bunch; it means it is not heavily 'pesticided'. And one rule of thumb to follow with greens is this: after washing them well, give a final rinse of salt water for two-three minutes. This helps remove germs and residue.
#organicfoods #shilpsnutrilife

Rice and Diabetes

Scientists have found that the glycemic index (GI) of rice varies a lot from one type of rice to another. And they have revealed that rice varieties such as India’s most widely grown rice variety, Swarna and Mahsuri have a low GI and are safe for diabetics.

But what is important is the balance between food intake and physical activity. Globally, we are getting fatter, and this puts pressure on our organs. So we need to keep our weight in check by combining low GI foods, sensible eating and being  physically active is essential.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Never eat out of a bag, box, jar or carton

Never eat out of a bag, box, jar or carton

Hey, we all do it. Eating chips or popcorns right out of the bag....

While we are often tempted to dig into a bag of chips or a jar of peanut it is never a good idea.

Research shows that we tend to eat more when given more – up to 25% more. We easily lose sight of how much we eat when we reach into the serving container.

Always put a snack portion in a small bowl or plate and put the bag or container away. This allows you to account for how much you actually eat. There is just something about eating out of a bag that makes you want to finish the whole thing.

#healthyeating #donoteatfrompacket

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Boiling water in monsoon

How Long Should Water Be Boiled to Make It Safe for Drinking?

It is rainy reason and we have all been advised to drink boiled water to remain disease free, Right. But the question arises many a times as to what is the right method to boil water. so here we go...

The most acceptable, easiest and cheapest method of sterilising or purifying water is to boil it. Boiling water kills all microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and other protozoa that cause disease and makes the tap water safe for consumption.

Sterilising water at home by boiling is simple. For this it is essential to bring tap water to a full boil, and let it boil for one to three minutes, thereafter cover it and cool it naturally at room temperature before using for drinking.

Strain the water through a clean, thin muslin cloth to remove any dust or particles, if any, before drinking it.

Remember consume it within 24 hrs of boiling.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Is it right to put your obese child on the so called diet

National Childhood Obesity Week 3rd-9th july 2017

Is it right to put your obese child on the so called diet...

A diet for an overweight or obese kid needs to be planned intelligently wherein his or her growth needs aren't compromised. Please do not force your diet plans on them.

Obesity is not just your child’s problem.  It is a problem that the whole family must be involved in solving.  Your child lives within your family environment.
Chances are, someone else in your family has also struggled with weight or experienced obesity.  They may be able to offer valuable help and support in developing realistic goals for your child.

As a family try to think of problems that you have solved successfully.  This will help you stay positive, and look for other areas that are opportunities for change.

If you need help please connect at

#diabetes #BP
#childhoodobesity #healthyeating #saynotojunk #physicalactivities
#obesekid #lowerIQ #kidseatright

Childhood obesity and obesity in adults - the difference

Is their a difference in obesity beginning in childhood and adulthood.

Nowadays with multiple foods easily available, children and also adults hardly like to eat home food. The dietary habits have shifted from eating fruits, vegetables, whole grain preparation, milk and products to caloric dense (either loaded with fat or sugar) highly processed foods and drinks which just have calories and very less nutrition in proportion to the same.

The fat cell theory is one of the mechanisms that explain obesity in children due to overfeeding in early years of life. The fat cells are distributed throughout the body. The depot expands either by increasing the size of fat cell or by increasing their number. According to the theory the percentage of body fat is determined by the number of fat cells which is either influenced by genetic inheritance or eating habits.

The size of fat cells gradually increases if the energy balance is positive. If the energy or caloric intake continues to be high, cell number begins to increase. Once fat cells increase their number seems to be fixed and they cannot be lost even if weight is lost. In general, cells proliferate most rapidly from birth to 2 years of age and during the late childhood and puberty.

During childhood, chronic overfeeding leads to increased number of these fat cells. Fat cells once formed cannot be decreased. In the long run if positive energy balance (you take in more calories than you expend)continues, fat cells would keep increasing in size further leading to obesity in adulthood as well. Thus, good eating habits during childhood are of great importance.

This is the difference in  from obesity beginning in adulthood and childhood.  In adulthood, obesity begins due to increase in the fat cell size and in childhood the number of fat cells also increase.

So please pay attention to what your kids eat, they may not understand now but  will definitely thank you in future for developing healthy eating habits.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Is childhood obesity about weight or future health problems


Is childhood obesity about weight or future health problems

It's about the present and future health problems that come with extra weight. Extra weight puts kids at higher risk for heartdisease, stroke and type 2 diabetes which up until recently was considered an "adult" illness.

Obesity among children and adolescents is emerging as a serious health burden. It’s a time bomb waiting to explode once these children become adults, making obesity one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.

Childhood obesity is associated with a number of health problems such as
-Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus,
-Impaired glucose tolerance that were once confined to adults are now being diagnosed to children.
-Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a syndrome of variable combinations of menstrual irregularity, acne with obesity and insulin resistance.
-Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome,
-Early puberty or menarche, -Eating disorders, skin infections, orthopedic disorders, asthma and other respiratory disorders.

To ensure that kids grow up fit and slim, parents need to be committed to building their health. We can’t collude with our children when it comes to choosing between getting through the daily pile of homework that brings them close to scoring 99 per cent in their finals instead of spending an hour playing badminton in the park outside with them.

#childhoodobesity #healthyeating #saynotojunk #physicalactivities
#obesekid #lowerIQ #kidseatright 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Are you fostering childhood obesity

Are you fostering childhood obesity......The attitude that a kid should get anything he or she wants to eat is a mistake by parents and a huge contributor to rising obesity rates. It is only increasing the chances of their child becoming obese.

Let’s take this into consideration the next time you…

1 Offer your child a second, third, or fourth slice of cake.

2 Allow them to play video or mobile games for hours or watch TV for hours.

3 Demand your child to study all weekend long, without any physical exercise.

4.Encourage eating out atleast once a week as you can't do without it?

5.Weekend outings for you mean visit to mall or to park or playground....

6.Do you carry some junk like waffers, vada, samosa home while returning from work...

7. Is your way of rewarding your kid involve food always like cakes, chocolate etc

8.What else are we doing wrong? What else can we do to ensure our child’s health?

Together, let’s…

Quit Childhood Obesity

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Childhood obesity

National Childhood Obesity Week
3rd July to 9th July

India has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China, according to a study that has found that 14.4 million children in the country have excess weight and its occurrence is increasing rapidly.

The attitude that a kid should get anything it wants to eat is a mistake by parents and a huge contributor to rising obesity rates. It is only increasing the chances of their child becoming obese.

Stay tuned coming soon with a week full of post on childhood obesity.
#childhoodobesity #shilpsnutrilife

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Lychee (litchi)

Health benefits of Lychee(litchi)

The market this season is flooded with this lovely fruit, Litchi. Lychee fruits are low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but rich in dietary fiber.

Research studies suggest that oligonol, a low molecular weight polyphenol found abundantly in lychee fruit. Oligonol has been found to have several anti-oxidant, anti-influenza virus actions.

Litchi, like citrus fruits, is an good source of vitamin C; 100 g fresh fruits provide 31 mg which helps body develop resistance against infectious agents.

Litchi also contains a very good amount of minerals like potassium and copper. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids help control heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.

#AntiOxidant #highfibre  #immunity   #hearthealthy #antiinfluenza