1. Uppu (Salt)
2. Uppinakai (Pickles)

3. Chutney Pudi (Chutney Powder)

4. Kosumbri (Green Gram Salad)

5. Kosumbri (Bengal Gram Salad)

6. Kayi Chutney (Coconut Chutney)

7. Beans Pallya (Fogath)

8. Gujje Pallya (Jack Fruit Fogath)

9. Chitranna (Lemon Rice)

10. Happala (Papad)

11. Sandige (Crispies)

12. Kadubu (Steamed Rice Cake)

13. Anna (Rice)

14. Thovve (Dal)

15. Sihigojju (Raitha)

16. Saru (Rasam)
17. Uddinahittu (Black Gram Paste)

18. BadanePodi (Brinjal Pakoda)

19. Menaskai (Sweet And Sour Gravy)

20. Goli Baje (Maida Fry)

21. Avial (Vegetabel Mix)

22. Gatti Baje (Ladies Finger Pakoda)

23. Gulla Koddel (Brinjal Sambar)

24. Chiroti Milk (Sweet)

25. Gojjambade (Masalwada Curry)

26. Kayi Holige (Sweet Coconut Chapati)

27. Vangi Bath (Vegetable Upma)

28. Bharatha (Sour Ginger Gravy)

29. Paradi Payasa (Sweet)

30. Mosaru (Curds)

31. Majjige (Butter Milk)

Friday, December 18, 2009

30-Minute Holiday Workout

30-Minute Holiday Workout

7 Exercises to Work Your Whole Body!

-- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor
Think you have no time to fit in fitness on this holiday? Think again! These seven exercises can be done almost anywhere, and you don't need any equipment at all—just a chair. By quickly progressing from one exercise to the next, you'll keep you heart rate up and speed through three full sets of each exercise in about 30 minutes flat.

If you don't have 30 minutes in the morning or evening, then keep this list of exercises with you. Steal a few minutes where you can—your body will still benefit, even if you split up your workout throughout the day.

30-Minute Holiday Workout
Aim for 15 repetitions of each exercise, then move to the next exercise. Repeat the series two more times.


15 reps

Stand with your feet wider than shoulders, toes pointed forward.

Inhale and bend your knees to slowly lower your body as if sitting back into a chair. Keep your weight in your heels and your back as upright as possible. Make sure your knees don’t cross the plane of your toes.

Exhale and straighten legs back up to the starting position to complete one rep.

Forward Lunges

15 reps

Stand with your feet about 6 inches apart, toes pointed forward.

Inhale and step forward with one leg and lower your body to 90 degrees at both knees. Your weight on your heels and your knees should not cross the plane of your toes.

Exhale to push up to the starting position to complete one rep. Repeat all reps on one leg, then switch to complete one set.

Calf Raises with Chair

15 reps

Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, lightly holding on to a chair for balance.

Exhale and lift your heels to rise up onto balls of feet.

Inhale and slowly return to start position to complete one rep.

Triceps Dips with Bent Knees

15 reps

Sit tall on the edge of a sturdy chair or step and wrap your fingertips over the front edge. Place feet on the floor in front of you with knees bent. Lift hips and butt upward and slightly forward, balancing your weight evenly between your heels and your hands.

Inhale and bend elbows about 90 degrees to lower your body toward the floor.

Exhale and press up until elbows are straight, but not locked to complete one rep.

Modified Pushups

15 reps

Come down to hands and knees, with hands about shoulder-width apart and knees in line with hips. Keep your abdomen tight and your spine in a neutral position.

Inhale and bend your elbows and lower your body towards the floor.

Exhale and push up so that your arms are straight, making sure your elbows aren’t completely locked to complete one rep.


15 reps

Lie facedown, arms and legs outstretched, head in line with spine.

Exhale and lift left arm and right leg off floor. Inhale and lower.

Repeat on the opposite side to complete one rep.

Bicycle Crunches

15 reps

Lie on your back, hands behind ears, legs extended.

Exhale and crunch up, twisting your body so that your left elbow reaches towards your right knee.

Inhale as you transition and switch sides/legs.

Repeat on opposite side to complete one rep.

Source : www.sparkpeople.com
Most people believe that all exercises are good, safe and effective. After all, it's all exercise, and that has to count for something, doesn't it?

The truth is that some of the machines in gyms aren't safe at all (especially for people who have common muscle, joint, and health problems). Certain exercises require a bit more know-how than the average person possesses. And other exercises are downright wastes of your time.

But before we examine some of the most controversial exercises, I want to make it clear that every exercise on this list isn't always unsafe or ineffective for everyone. What you should do—or avoid—depends on your goals, fitness level, health history, workout schedule, and other personal issues. An article like this can't replace your own efforts to identify your goals and needs. That requires you to do some research on your own, talk to your medical professional about any pain or physical limitations you have, and learn how to exercise with proper form and technique.

So what makes an exercise risky? Here are a few red flags to look out for:
  • Any unusual or “unnatural” movement pattern in the exercise
  • Any movement that causes pain or discomfort in any way
  • Any movement that enhances muscular imbalances that are already present
  • Any movement that requires joint flexibility that is above and beyond your range of motion
  • Any exercise with risks of injury that outweigh the potential benefit of the exercise itself
That said, the following exercises pose high risks and are generally considered contraindicated (if not controversial) by reputable fitness organizations and experts.

Think Twice Before Trying These 5 Moves

1. Behind-the-Head Lat Pulldowns
In the “old days,” people were actually taught to pull the bar behind their heads when doing a lat pulldown exercise—and many people still do that today. Bad idea. The problem? Only people with extremely flexible shoulder joints can do this behind-the-head movement safely, and even they have to be very careful about not hitting the back of their necks with the bar. In addition, almost anyone who spends their days deskbound is likely to have rounded shoulders or poor posture—a symptom of poor shoulder flexibility (among other things), making this exercise a no-no.

The Alternative: You can still work your lats without the risk of behind-the-head pulldowns by pulling the bar down in front of you. Sit with your spine straight, abs pulled in, and then lean your torso back slightly, keeping your spine straight. Pull the bar down towards your chest, but not below your collar bone.

2. Squats or Leg Presses with Deep Knee Bends
Whether you’re doing basic squats on your own or using a leg press machine, it can be very dangerous to bend your knees too deeply. The Problem? When your knees bend too deeply, your spine cannot maintain proper alignment. When that happens, the pelvis tilts and the lower back begins to take over, increasing the risk of strain to your lower back muscles or damage to spinal discs. In addition, bending your knees too deeply can injure or damage your knees, especially if you have knee problems.

The Alternatives: Squats and leg presses are generally safe and effective when done properly. But you should never bend your knees or hips more than 90 degrees during these exercises. Here's an example of proper form when doing a leg press machine, but this can apply to squats with a barbell, and the sled machine, too.

3. Seated Leg Extensions
This is a very popular exercise for targeting the muscles on the front of your thighs (quadriceps). The Problem? This exercise poses major risks to the knees. Lifting heavy weights in this position (with all the resistance focused at your ankles), is not what the knee was designed to do. If you have any kind of knee problem, or use a too much resistance during this exercise, you can easily run into big trouble.

The Alternatives: Simple squats and lunges, with or without added weight, will work your thigh muscles naturally, safely and effectively. If you want to expand on these exercises (to develop explosive force for sports like soccer, basketball, or volleyball, for example), try sport-specific plyometrics. If you can’t do lunges and squats because you lack the leg strength, start with simple ball squats or modified "mini" lunges, and only lower yourself part way, gradually increasing your range of motion as you get stronger.

4. Inner and Outer Thigh Machine Exercises
These machines are pretty popular in most gyms. Both involve sitting with your knees bent in front of you. The adduction machine is designed to target the muscles of the inner thighs, and the abduction machine helps target the outer thigh muscles. The Problem? Using your inner and outer thighs to lift weight while in a seated position puts you at risk of straining these relatively small muscles and aggravating lower back and hip problems. In addition, your inner and outer thigh muscles are designed to support movement, not to be prime movers like they are in these types of exercises.

The Alternatives: The best way to target these muscles safely is with body weight exercises, such as standing adduction, standing abduction, lying adduction and abduction exercises, Pilates exercises, or similar movements that use resistance bands or the cable cross machines. Always start with a weight you know you can handle, and add resistance gradually.

5. Upright Rows
In this exercise, you stand holding a barbell or weight in the center, with hands close together, and bring your hands up under your chin. The Problem? Upright rows are controversial because the movement can compress the nerves in the shoulder area, impinging the shoulder.

The Alternatives: Instead of standing to perform an upright row, try bent-over rows, bending forward 90 degrees at the hip, holding weight down beneath your shoulders with hands slightly more than shoulder width apart, then lift weight straight up towards your chest until elbows and shoulders form a straight line. You can also try front or lateral shoulder raises, using a modest weight, so that you don’t need to lean back or use momentum for assistance.

Source : www.sparkpeople.com
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

How to reduce dark spots on ur skin

Choose and Lose: How to Lose Weight on Any Diet

By Whitney Provost
When it comes to losing weight, everyone has an opinion about what works best. Low fat, low carb, or Mediterranean style—you've probably heard stories of people dropping major pounds by following one of these diets. The truth is you'll lose weight on any diet as long as you take in fewer calories than you burn. Keep reading to find out which diet is best for you.
Smiling Foods
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health studied more than 800 overweight adults over 2 years, and researchers found that as long as people made healthy choices, the percentage of protein, carbs, and fat consumed didn't really matter. All the study participants (divided into groups eating low fat, high fat, high carb, or high protein) lost about the same amount of weight when they ate fewer calories than they burned.
The bottom line: The diet you choose should make you feel good, keep you satisfied, and limit your cravings for unhealthy foods. So how do you decide what plan will work for you?
  • Try balancing various amounts of lean protein (poultry, fish, and lean beef), complex carbs (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains), and healthy fat (nuts, olive oil, and seeds). Find the combination that makes you full and energetic.
  • Keep a food journal of what you eat and how you feel. Over time, you'll start to see patterns emerge.
  • If you're a Team Beachbody member, you can visit the Eat Smart section of the Web site and choose from three different pre-populated meal plans (Balanced, Low Carb, and Active Lifestyle), or custom design your own according to your preferences.
When you decide what kind of diet to follow, here's how to get the most out of it:
  • Low-fat diet. The amount of fat you eat varies according to the diet's creator. The Ornish Diet, designed by cardiologist Dean Ornish to help people reverse heart disease, recommends that you eat 10 percent of your calories from fat. The American Heart Association, on the other hand, considers low fat to be up to 35 percent from fat. A low-fat diet should consist of lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans and legumes, and little meat. It is not an excuse to eat mountains of pasta or processed carbs (like fat-free cookies or crackers), as these will spike your blood sugar, make you hungrier, and add a lot of unnecessary calories.
  • Low-carb diet. Plans like Atkins, South Beach, and the "Paleo" diet claim that by cutting carbohydrates your body will have to dig into its fat stores for energy. That is often true, at least at first, until your body adapts to the decreased energy from carbs and rapid weight loss slows. Plus, if you chow down on artery-clogging bacon, butter, and steak every day and don't choose heart-healthy protein and fat sources (like lean meats, nuts, and olive oil), you can develop other health problems and nutrient deficiencies. Watch out for saturated fat in foods like whole milk, butter, and meat, and be mindful of portion sizes when you're following a low-carb diet. You might find it hard to sustain a low-carb diet over the long term because you have less energy and feel tired a lot. If that happens, just switch to another diet plan.
  • Mediterranean SaladMediterranean-style diet.This has gained popularity over the last few years as a healthy, balanced approach to eating. It emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, unsaturated fats from nuts and olive oil, and lean protein like fish and chicken. You don't want to overdo the pasta, cheese, and alcohol on this diet because these calories add up quickly. This is a moderate-fat diet that offers a variety of choices and will suit many different tastes. You'll find that most Beachbody® nutrition plans follow guidelines that are similar to a Mediterranean-style diet. It's easy to get all the nutrients you need to sustain a healthy, energetic lifestyle with this method of eating.
When you've found the diet that suits you, you may notice that your weight starts to drop without a lot of effort. You'll be more satisfied and less prone to cravings, which will help you be consistent with your plan. As long as you stick to your diet and combine it with a workout program that also fits your preferences.
A simple method to convert raw rice into boiled rice..
Just transfer the sedired amount of raw rice(like long grain or any variety) into a pressure cooker safe vessel.
Steam it for 5-7 min without adding the weight and without adding water in that vessel. Do add water at the bottom of the cooker for steaming. It will turn into par-boiled rice (puzhungal arisi). it should steam for 5 min (meaning the steam should come out for 5 min..so it might a few 2-3 min more for the cooker to heat up

Got this info from the comments section of one of the food blogs...sorry for not making a note of the blog name...
Monday, June 29, 2009

Cut Onions without tears :D

If you use onions to cook from time to time and is annoyed with the whole onions making you cry then here are a few cool tricks that you can do to stop your eyes from crying when you cut onions.

Why do Onions make your eyes watery?

when cutting through an Onion, the onion cells get cut too which releases a gas that reacts with water and creates sulfuric acid which causes irritation. The eye then releases water to dilute the acid which makes the eye watery.

How to prevent your eyes from watering when cutting onions

  • The most effective way is to run the onion under water before cutting it. So peel the onion and run it under water before you chop it.
  • Use a sharp knife (sharp knife cuts the onion cells cleanly and hence less juice is released from the Onion)
  • Use salt or bread crump on the knife.
  • Put the onions in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before cutting them
This useful information was shared by my gud pal Baldev...Thanks Dev :)
Also click this link and take a print out of it and have it handy


The Benefits of Slowing Down & Chewing More

-- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator
In this era of fast-paced everything, even the act of eating a meal has become something we can do on the run. Breakfast comes in bars, lunch can be eaten while speeding down the highway, and dinner is merely an accompaniment to the evening news, squeezed in between other pressing activities. Invariably, when eating plays second string to everything else, every meal becomes “fast food,” as in eaten-very-fast food. If you find yourself wolfing down your meals in a hurry, you’re actually shortchanging yourself in more ways than you might think.

It turns out there’s a reason food tastes so good. You’re supposed to enjoy it—slow down and savor it, not just get it to your stomach as quickly as possible. Chewing your food thoroughly is actually the first step in the complex process of digestion, and if you glaze over it, just chewing the minimum amount of times necessary to get the food down your esophagus, you’re actually compromising this process. And it’s a mistake many people make.

If you try to imagine swallowing a whole piece of pizza, it’s easy to see why chewing is necessary. But besides breaking up your food into manageable chunks, there’s another good reason to put in the effort and chew. The saliva that coats your food as you chew actually contains digestive enzymes that begin to digest your food before you even swallow it. The enzymes alpha-amylase and lingual lipase begin digesting carbohydrates and fats, reducing the amount of work for which the stomach will be responsible. And it isn’t just a nice gesture. If food fragments are swallowed un-chewed, not only do nutrients remain locked in the fragments, but these fragments create an environment in the colon that is conducive to digestive distress—bacterial overgrowth, gas, and bloating.  
For food particles to even leave your stomach though, the “gates” of the stomach, the pyloric sphincter, must open. Conveniently, chewing also aids in this process, signaling this event. And speaking of signals, just seeing your food causes your brain to send signals to the pancreas and stomach to secrete digestive acids and enzymes that are essential to digestion. And the longer your food has contact with your taste and smell receptors—the longer you chew each bite—the stronger these signals become. Strong signals mean more digestive molecules, less indigestion, less acid reflux, and superior nutrient absorption.

Chewing your food thoroughly and eating your meals more slowly has another benefit. It might shrink your waistline—and not just because you’ll have less bloating and indigestion. Eating more slowly gives your body a chance to tell your mind that it’s full, so that you stop eating before you go overboard. In a preliminary study presented at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity’s Annual Scientific Meeting in 2004, study subjects ate less when they were instructed to eat more slowly.

Here are some practical tips for chewing more thoroughly and eating more slowly:
  • Give yourself enough time to eat—at least 20-30 minutes just to eat the meal, plus additional time to prepare it.
  • Don’t eat amidst distractions, like the TV, computer, or while driving.
  • Be fully present while you eat. Notice the smell, temperature, texture, color, and subtle flavor differences of each food you consume.
  • Take smaller portions, taking a break before refilling.
  • Put your fork down after each bite.
  • Eat mindfully, chewing each bite as many times as necessary to pulverize any texture.
  • If you’re eating in a group, be aware of the speed at which others are eating. Challenge yourself to be the last to finish.
Besides all of the physical benefits, perhaps the most pleasant benefit of all is that, if you allow yourself to slow down and chew, you’ll enjoy your food much more.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Best Ab and Inner Thigh exercise

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Swine Flu Info from youtube....

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Best Oil for Your Cooking

Knowing what cooking oil to use is like knowing what baby name to choose. With so many options, where do we even begin? 
Canola: Nutritionists recommend staying away from canola oil whenever possible. It has been linked to vitamin E deficiency and heart disease, plus it goes rancid easily. But if it's all you have lying around, it's pretty all-purpose, and most commonly used in baking and sautéing.

Olive: Ideal for salads, Mediterranean and Italian dishes (like pesto), and of course bread-dunking. Some recommended olive oil brands include: Carapelli, Whole Foods 365 brand, Berio, or the giant Kirkland brand jug from Costco, which should last you months.

Grapeseed: A bit pricy, but keep in mind, grapeseed oil lowers cholesterol. Use it when you'd use olive oil, and since it has a higher smoke point, it's also good for frying and sautéing. (And the super special bottles will involve an elephant spout.)

Peanut: Not the best one for you (lots of monounsaturated fatty acids in there). But when the time comes for stir frying and deep frying, throw a little in there.

Sesame: The vitamin E-rich oil adds a nice smoky flavor to foods, especially in meat and chicken. Make sure to keep it in the fridge. Usually the darker the oil, the more sesame-y the taste.

Soybean: It's in so many packaged goods (margarine, salad dressings, and mayo), odds are you're digesting it right now.

Walnut: The FDA is pretty pro-walnuts. They have said that "supportive but not conclusive" evidence shows that "eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts a day ... may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease." So go for it oil form. Throw walnut oil into salads or finish off a fish dish.
Whether in Rome or at home, do as the Romans do: Make olive oil a staple. If you already eat the Mediterranean way, you know that the oil not only tastes good but that it is good for you. It's an amazing source of antioxidants, capable of dousing inflammation, defending cells from menacing molecules, and more. Here's the latest on this superhero food.

Olive oil's cancer-preventing powers are lab legends. Which substances get the credit? Polyphenols, for one -- these potent plant antioxidants protect against cancer-causing cell damage. But it also looks like the oil's monounsaturated fat has anti-cancer effects, which means olive oil packs quite a one-two punch! Some people-proof: Check the lower rates of breast, ovarian and prostate cancer among Southern Europeans -- whose diets flow with olive oil -- compared to their northern neighbors.

There's virtually nothing better than the big "double O" when it comes to your heart. Olive oil ups good HDL cholesterol, lowers bad LDL, and reduces other harmful blood fats (triglycerides). And that's not all. It also reduces inflammation, another contributor to cardiovascular disease.

Speaking of your heart, how's your blood pressure? If it's not below 120/80, you need to get it there. And yes, olive oil plays a role. It can help enough to reduce the need for daily meds. Those potent polyphenols appear to dilate arteries, which brings blood pressure down. (Always choose extra-virgin olive oil, by the way -- its minimal processing preserves the maximum number of antioxidants and heat-sensitive vitamins.)

"Great taste, less filling" -- that light beer slogan rings true for olive oil. While ounce for ounce, all oils have the same calories, olive oil has a fuller flavor so less is needed for tantalizing taste. Plus research shows that overweight people who eat a diet with some fat -- including olive oil -- are more likely to shed pounds than those who slash fat. Why? Oil's rich flavor makes it easier to stick with the program.

If you're prone to headaches and wary of overdoing ibuprofen, try routinely dressing your salad or crisp-tender veggies in extra-virgin olive oil. It contains oleocanthal, a natural compound that, like ibuprofen, blocks pain-producing and inflammatory substances -- but without the risk of stomach upset. While daily oleocanthal doses aren't the painkiller's complete equal, they could lower your risk for heart disease, cancer, arthritis and possibly Alzheimer's. Quite a trade-off.

Source :  http://food.yahoo.com/
Air conditioning in cars cuts out more than 80 percent of germs, fungal spores and particles from outside air, providing a boon for people with respiratory problems or allergies, German scientists say.
In a study released at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), a Hannover Medical School team monitored air quality in three cars between five and 10 years old that had been fitted with air conditioning.
The microbiological quality of air showed "an enormous improvement," ranging from 80.5 to 88.7 percent, when the air conditioners were on, the researchers say.
The scientists stress, though, that the test was carried out on cars whose air conditioners had been properly maintained and whose air filters had been changed regularly.
The team recommends car users examine their air conditioning systems as soon as they smell any suspicious odour.
The three cars were a 1998 Volkswagen Passat station wagon that had notched up 110,000 kilometers (68,000 miles); a VW Polo FSI saloon, also called a sedan, built in 2003 which had travelled 10,000 kms (6,000 miles); and a 1997 SEAT Alhambra van, with 175,000 kms (110,000 miles) on the clock.
The research is to be released on Monday, the penultimate day of a four-day conference in Helsinki gathering more than 8,000 experts in virology and microbiology.
Thanks for sending across the information Gays :)
Friday, May 8, 2009

Mother's Day Special

The modern Mother's Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis as a day for each family to honor their mother,[ and it's now celebrated on various days in many places around the world. It complements Father's Day, the celebration honoring fathers.
This holiday is relatively modern, being created at the start of the 20th century, and should not be confused with the early pagan and Christian traditions honoring mothers, or with the 16th century celebration of Mothering Sunday, which is also known as Mother's Day in the UK.
In most countries the Mother's Day celebration is a recent holiday derived from the original US celebration. Exceptions are, for example, the Mothering Sunday holiday in the UK.
It is celebrated in the United States each year on the second Sunday of May.



M - O - T - H - E - R

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Essentials of a First Aid Kit box

Cotton Roll small packet x 1 roll
Roller Bandage 15cm x 3 roll
Roller Bandage 5cm x 3 roll
Micropore Plaster x 1 roll
Burns Cream 'Silverex" Ointment x 1tube
Betadiene Solution x 1 bottle
Washproof Band-Aid x 5 pcs
Paracetamol 650 x 5tabs
Ibubrufen x 2tabs
Muscle Relaxant Gel/Spray x1 no
Betadiene Cream x 1 no
Thermometer x 1 no

The above medicines will be useful for

* first aid for bruises and to prevent bleeding wounds
* Burns Cream for treatment of Burns
* Paracetamol 650 for Adults to control fever, pain etc.,
* Thermometer to check the temperature of an adult/child.
* Muscle Relaxants for immediate relief from muscular sprains etc.
* Ibubrufen for any body aches / tooth aches etc.,
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I still remember how excited I was already when i was kickstarting my 9th month of pregnancy...Though I knew that my lil one was perfect n was calmly waiting for the mentioned due date, I wish the clock cud tick much more faster...was it the curiosity to see my lil angel...or was it the boredom of carrying the weight and the uncomfortableness i was put into...I bet it was the first one :) well, though things were perfect with my pregnancy, i did nt want to take chances and readily packed up my essentials...no one can predict future...so no harm in being ready for anything anytime...nways, u have to get ready with ur delivery essentials one day or the other before ur due date...so y nt get ready with it rite now...This blog is dedicated to Aarthi, a gud friend of mine, who is expecting her baby next month...Hope and pray that she be blessed with the best...Below is the list of things which you might need during your delivery and after child birth...

For Momma:
1. If you are using any massager currently to soothe off ur backpain, then dont forget to add tat to ur packing list.
2. Your camera/videocam
3. Couple of books to read
4. Your dress preferrably nightgowns which has the easy zip option for breastfeeding (You might need this after delivery)
5. Slippers/Socks (Dont forget your socks...You will feel chill soon after delivery)
6. Address/Telephone book
7. Toiletries, which includes ur hairbrush and hairband.
8. Lip Moisturizer
9. Your own pillow(if you want to)
10. Nursing Bra and Pads
11. Sanitary Napkins (usually this is provided in the hospital but juz to be on the safer side)
12. Last but not least, your insurance documents.

For the Baby:
1. Some baby clothes (3 or 4) (You might want to save the best when you bring the baby home)
2. Make sure you get ready with ur diaper bag right away. This would be useful during your baby's first travel in car to home. You should pack it with 3 diapers, wipes, feeding bottle, pacifier (a must - u need this to calm down ur excited baby during his first carride). Don't forget to carry back the extras like thermometer, bulb syringe in your diaper bag.
3. If itz winter, make sure you carry suitable clothing for the baby
4. Blankets (2)
5. Baby booties,cap and mittens (if itz wintertime)

Time to move....Happy preganancy and enjoy your motherhood :)
Friday, April 10, 2009

HPV and Cervical Cancer

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Have listed this under Parenting/Pregnancy category cos I think itz every Mom's responsibility to teach their daughters about this.....

Many infants and children die each year from choking. These deaths can be prevented if parents and care givers watch their children more closely and keep dangerous toys, foods, and household items out of their reach.

If you are the parent or care giver of an infant or child under 4 years old, follow these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the chances of choking.
At Mealtime
* Insist that your children eat at the table, or at least sitting down. Watch young children while they eat. Encourage them to eat slowly and chew their food well.
* Cut up foods that are firm and round and can get stuck in your child's airway, such as
  • hotdogs -always cut hotdogs length-wise and then into small pieces
  • grapes-cut them into quarters
  • raw vegetables-cut them into small strips or pieces that are not round
* Other foods that can pose a choking hazard include:
  • hard or sticky candy, like whole peppermints or caramels
  • nuts and seeds (don't give peanuts to children under age 7)
  • popcorn
  • spoonfuls of peanut butter
During Playtime
* Follow the age recommendations on toy packages. Any toy that is small enough to fit through a 11/4-inch circle or is smaller than 21/4 inches long is unsafe for children under 4 years old.
* Don't allow young children to play with toys designed for older children. Teach older children to put their toys away as soon as they finish playing so young siblings can't get them.
* Frequently check under furniture and between cushions for dangerous items young children could find, including:
  • coins
  • marbles
  • watch batteries (the ones that look like buttons)
  • pen or marker caps
  • cars with small rubber wheels that come off
  • small balls or foam balls that can be compressed to a size small enough to fit in a child's mouth
* Never let your child play with or chew on uninflated or broken latex balloons. Many young children have died from swallowing or inhaling them.
* Don't let your small child play on bean bag chairs made with small foam pellets. If the bag opens or rips, the child could inhale these tiny pieces.
If you're a parent, grandparent, or other care giver, learn how to help a choking child and how to perform CPR in case of an emergency.

Source: www.kidsource.com
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Calories in Indian Food

Here is the calorie chart of Indian food, so keep a track of the calorie intake and adopt healthy eating habits.

Calories in Fruits per 100 Grams
Calories in Apple 56
Calories in Avocado Pear 190
Calories in Banana 95
Calories in Chickoo 94
Calories in Cherries 70
Calories in Dates 281
Calories in Grapes Black 45
Calories in Guava 66
Calories in Kiwi Fruit 45
Calories in Lychies 61
Calories in Mangoes 70
Calories in Orange 53
Calories in Orange juice 100ml 47
Calories in Papaya 32
Calories in Peach 50
Calories in Pears 51
Calories in Pineapple 46
Calories in Plums 56
Calories in Strawberries 77
Calories in Watermelon 26
Calories in Pomegranate 77

Calories in Vegetables per 100 Grams
Calories in Broccoli 25
Calories in Brinjal 24
Calories in Cabbage 45
Calories in Carrot 48
Calories in Cauliflower 30
Calories in Fenugreek (Methi) 49
Calories in French beans 26
Calories in Lettuce 21
Calories in Mushroom 18
Calories in Onion 50
Calories in Peas 93
Calories in Potato 97
Calories in Spinach 100g
Calories in Spinach 1 leaf
Calories in Tomato 21
Calories in Tomato juice 100ml 22
Calories in Cereals per 100 Grams
Calories in Bajra 360
Calories in Maize flour 355
Calories in Rice 325
Calories in Wheat flour 341
Calories in Breads per piece
1 medium chapatti 119
1 slice white bread 60
1 paratha (no filling) 280

Calories in Milk & Milk Products per cup
Calories in Butter 100gms. 750
Calories in Buttermilk 19
Calories in Cheese 315
Calories in Cream 100gms. 210
Calories in Ghee 100gms 910
Calories in Milk Buffalo 115
Calories in Milk Cow 100
Calories in Milk Skimmed 45
Calories in Other Items
Calories in Sugar 1 tbsp 48
Calories in Honey 1 tbsp 90
Calories in Coconut water 100 ml 25
Calories in Coffee 40
Calories in Tea 30
Sky News
Piping Hot Tea Can Give You Cancer: Study
Researchers found drinking tea with a temperature above 70C inceased the risk of oesophageal cancer eight-fold.
But if you let your cuppa cool for five minutes it should be safe to drink, experts have said.
The cancer warning was issued after a study in Northern Iran where tea is often drunk piping hot.
Golestan Province has one of the highest rates of throat cancer in the world despite its residents not smoking much and drinking little alcohol.
Researchers studied the tea drinking habits of 300 people diagnosed with the cancer and a group of 571 healthy people from the same area.
Nearly all drank black tea regularly, consuming more than a litre a day on average.
What emerged was that people who drank tea at higher temperatures were far more likely to get oesophageal cancer.
The study - published in the British Medical Journal - found no link between the amount of tea drunk and the cancer risk.
David Whiteman from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research said there is no cause for alarm.
"These findings should not reduce public enthusiasm for the time honoured ritual of drinking tea," he said.
"Rather, we should follow the advice of Mrs Beeton, who prescribes a five to 10 minute interval between making and pouring tea.
"By this time the tea will be sufficiently flavoursome and unlikely to cause thermal injury."
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Agathi Keerai Benefits

  • It is bitter in taste
  • This has to be taken occasionally
  • This is not advised during medication, since it will reduce the power of medicine
  • It is an antidote for poisons
  • It is cooling
  • It is good for fever
  • It is a laxative
  • It helps in digestion
  • It is a tonic
  • It cures insanity
  • It is a very satvic food
  • folk medicine

Agathi keerai is very good when mixed with milk and boiled and then made into curd and that made into
buttermilk if taken twice a day all female related problems can be solved..:White discharge,Vaginal discharge with odour,Over heat.Crushed leaves are applied to sprains and bruises of all kinds.A tea made from the leaves is believed to have antibiotic, anthelmintic,antitumour and contraceptive properties. The bark is considered as a tonic and an antipyretic, a remedy for gastric troubles, colic with diarrhoea and dysentery. A bark decoction is taken orally to treat fever and diabetes. Juice of flowers put in the eyes is said to relieve dimness of vision. The leaves also have medicinal value and are reported to cure night blindness in cattle.  The root is a well-known medicine for malaria.Leaves and flowers are used as poultices. The principal medicinal effects are due to the trees astringency, hence it is used against inflammation, venom and other poisons, bacterial infections and tumors. Root juices are used for poultices and the leaves are applied for rheumatism, swellings, bruises and itching. For systemic disorders, decoctions are taken internally. Root resin, mixed with honey, is taken orally for phlegm and root juices are taken as an expectorant. Sinus congestion is reduced by taking a flower decoction.

Source : www.indusladies.com
Monday, March 23, 2009

Simple Exercices @ home

Here are some resistance training exercises that you can do using just your own body weight:
  1. Pushups- standard, on knees, feet propped up on a chair, leaning on a wall, upper body propped up on a couch, etc. There are even more variations by changing body placement and hand-width.
  2. Crunches- feet on floor, lets bent in air, legs straight in air, bicycle crunch, full sit-ups, oblique crunches, plank.
  3. Lunges- walking lunges, stationary lunges, side lunges, reverse or front lunges.
  4. Squats- feet together, feet shoulder-width, feet wide, back on wall (holding wall sit), holding extra weight (dumbbells, water jugs, etc), one-legged squats (advanced!)
  5. Bridges- lie on your back, legs bent, feet on floor. Lift hips toward ceiling, squeezing glutes the whole time. Challenge yourself by keeping one leg up in the air.
  6. Cardio- climbing your stairs, running/walking/jogging outside, hiking, jumping rope (or just jumping period), kickboxing routines, fitness videos, biking, etc.
As you can see, there are SO many options you can choose from, even with the smallest amount of resources. All of the exercise demos in the Fitness Resource Center are exercises you can do at home.

Investing a little money in a good resistance band, Swiss ball, and/or pair of hand weights will allow you to do a wide variety of exercises from home.

Time Involved: At least 20 minutes, 2-3 days per week

Body Benefit: Strong muscles on a tight budget
Nutritional Value :
  1. The herb comprises rich amount of vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin) vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).
  2. This will help you to convert carbohydrates into glucose
  3. To improve the functioning of your nervous system.
  4. It has also good amount of vitamin K.
  5. It has an excellent source of minerals i.e. calcium, magnesium, sodium, manganese and zinc.

Medicinal Value :

  1. In India the roots, stems and leaves has been traditionally used as an herb for treating acute and chronic diseases for thousands of years.
  2. The indigenous Siddha system of medicine recognizes Vallarai as ‘Kaya Kalpa' or ‘elixirs of life'.
  3. Many of the ‘Ayurvedic Rasayana' preparations use Vallarai as an important ingredient.
  4. The traditional physicians of ancient Indian have recognized the plant's ability in healing chronic wounds, varicose vein, stomach ulcers, skin disorders i.e. eczema, psoriasis or leprosy, dreaded viral infections i.e. hepatitis and syphilis.
  5. The herb has ability to balance your excessive BP to near normal level.
  6. It is highly recommended as a de-worming agent.
  7. The herb is also prescribed as an expectorant since it clears phlegm from your respiratory system.
  8. It is a tonic and has ability to tone up your muscular tissues.
  9. It improves hemoglobin percentage, RBC, serum cholesterol and blood sugar in your blood.
  10. It activates fast growth of your hair, skin and even nails. It is identified as an excellent brain and nerve stimulant.
  11. It is believed that this herb improves brain function and the mental ability as well as improves memory and learning performance.
  12. You are able to overcome easily all your negative effects related with fatigue and stress.
  13. The herb has potentials to improve I.Q. among children. It is also recommended for mentally retarded children.

Source : http://www.healthmad.com/Nutrition/Health-Benefits-of-Gotu-Kola-brahmi-or-Vallarai.410475
Came across this article...sharing it cos felt it was gud...

Now that you're on the weight LOSS side of things, did you know that there's a BIG culprit out there that often causes many moms to eat more than they should and hence GAIN weight?
What is it?
It's Phantom Hunger (in other words, hunger that is NOT real!). 
Although it FEELS like hunger and you feed it, it is really FLUID that your body is after. That’s right, you are thirsty, but misinterpret it as hunger!
Now it's not news that obesity is a problem in our society today. But with all of the weight loss products out there, we have to ask ourselves what's really going on because we keep getting fatter?
One of the key contributing factors is that we have lost touch with our hunger and our thirst. We eat to numb, reward, distract, and excite ourselves, rather than to fuel our bodies. That is why getting in touch with our thirst, hunger and reasons for eating is a mandatory step to losing and maintaining our ideal body weight. 
So the next time you feel hungry, ask yourself why?  Are you hungry OR thirsty? 
In general, the majority of us need to concentrate on drinking MORE fluid in a day. On average, the body uses about 12 glasses of water every day, so you need to replace it with at least 8 glasses of good quality water daily. 
Other good fluids are fruit (preferably fresh and watered down) or vegetable juice and/or herbal tea.  Fruit juice is the one you have to be most cautious of because of the high sugar concentration.
How many glasses of water are you drinking per day? 
Here are 4 Great Tips to help YOU Stay Hydrated
1. Always carry a bottle of water around with you (in your car, at your desk, etc…) and sip it throughout the day that way - you’ll be much more likely to drink and get your quota.
2. UP your daily water intake (more than 8 glasses) if you exercise, drink coffee or tea (both diuretics), or if the weather's hot.
3. Drink between meals and not WITH your food (water dilutes the digestive juices and slows the absorption of nutrients).
4. And finally, add a squeeze of lemon to give your water a fresher taste – that is if you don’t like the taste of water (lemon will also act to increase your metabolism - yippee!).
Stay Hydrated!
'Address proof card'

Many working peoples often shift their houses. For them, it is difficult to produce an address proof issued by Govt with latest address.

Our India post (post office) has come up with a solution.

Now you can get an Address proof along with your photo from India post. Since the ID proof is issued by India post which is a central government

Organization, it is similar to Govt ID cards like Driving license, Voters ID etc. It can be used for opening bank accounts, for getting telephone/internet Connections etc.

The total cost for getting this ID card is Rs.250/ (Rs.10 for application and Rs.240/- processing fee).

Inform everybody. This is very useful

For more details the candidates can enquire the nearest post office.

All frequent travelers….

R u searching for train availability? ?? Here s an easy way to find Seat availability of all trains in a single hit….
Found this site useful – Train availability calendar – Authorized site
http://www.cleartri p.com/trains/ calendar
If you (or your kids) were born in Chennai, you can download your (your kids) Birth Certificate in PDF format or print it directly from this site:
Laudable effort from the Chennai Corporation. Hope others follow suit. Some brokers will be jobless now and the associated bribery among officials reduced.
Note: DOB Year Limit is 1950.
Death Certificates are also available for download in the same site.
Remember all the punishments teachers pose on students in India...yeah, this post is regarding one of those famous punishments, "Thoppukaranam"...who knew that such a detail lay behind it all these days...after c'ing the below video i'm sure you wil agree that ancestors sure had a reason in whatever they said and followed...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

God's Pharmacy

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

15-Minute Abs Workout


Prepared By: William P. Kopp 

A. R. E. C. Research Operations 
TO61-7R10/10- 77F05 

Ten Reasons to Throw out your Microwave Oven 

From the conclusions of the Swiss, Russian and German scientific clinical studies, we can no longer ignore the microwave oven sitting in our kitchens. Based on this research, we will conclude this article with the following:

1) Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term - permanent - brain damage by 'shorting out' electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].

2) The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.

3) Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods.

4) The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual [long term, permanent] within the human body.

5) Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.

6) The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens.

7). Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumors]. This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America .

8) The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.

9) Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.

10) Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.

Source : www.chennaimoms.com

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Stress happens. No matter how organized you are, how good your systems are, or how friendly your work and living environments are, stress can find a way to poke its ugly head in from time to time. What can you do? Turn to a convenient Stress Buster – a small, simple activity that clears your head and calms you down. When you feel a stress attack coming on, it’s the perfect time to turn to one of these busters and kick that stress out the door.

Here are 7 of our favorite Stress Busters, but feel free to develop your own:

1. Take a walk
Want a break from the office? Does your house feel like an insane asylum? Slip out the door and let your feet take you somewhere. Not only will walking give you the opportunity to clear your head and take a break from that hectic situation, but it’s great aerobic exercise, too.

2. Call a friend
We all have someone whose voice alone perks us up. Give them a buzz, even for a few minutes. Whether with a joke or a funny story, or just by listening, they will likely put a smile on your face and calm you down. Besides, what are friends for?

3. Write in a journal
Expressing our feelings could be the best way to deal with stress. Keeping a journal is a way to capture those feelings at any moment. You don’t have to worry about what others think or say, just let your pen do the work. By the time you’re done, those feelings will be on their way out of your system.

4. Play a board game
Remember these? Maybe there are a dozen stashed in your closet, waiting to be dusted off. Monopoly probably should be saved until you have a few hours to spare, but quick kids’ games like Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Connect Four, or even Twister are always good for a smile.

5. Work up a sweat
Have some pent up frustrations? There’s no better way to get rid of them than by exercising. Pop in a workout tape, hop on your bike or grab your jump rope. You’ll be too busy working up a sweat to worry about what’s stressing you out. Picture the stress leaving your body through your pores.

6. Plan something fun
Is there a trip you want to take but never had time to get it together? Or a dinner you’ve always wanted to make? Now’s the time. Not only will you take your mind off things, but you’ll be spending time eagerly anticipating a great getaway or meal later. It’s a win-win situation.

7. Take a hot bath
A hot bath will initially give your body a kick, which in turn will give your mind a kick too – and then it’ll slow both down. Add bubbles and a few candles and you have the ultimate soothing atmosphere. A rubber ducky is optional.

Source : www.sparkpeople.com
Monday, March 2, 2009

Cellulite and Stretch Mark busters

Hi Pregnant Mom,
As your pregnancy progresses, do you find yourself noticing some extra cellulite? What about stretch marks?

Unfortunately, if you think you had cellulite before, it will only get worse with pregnancy (especially IF you don't take any preventative measures). BUT don't panic, if you do get it, it IS temporary and it WILL get better post-pregnancy (I can vouch for this personally!). In the meantime do your best to decrease your chances with my tips below...

Why Do We Get MORE Cellulite?

During pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone levels are high. As a result, pregnant women have increased fatty deposits, water retention, and a weakened fiber structure.

And when the fats, fluids and toxins are trapped deep in the skin, the connective tissue thickens and hardens, giving the skin a lovely cottage cheese appearance.

BUT, don't despair, there ARE some things that you CAN do now to ensure "quick and easy removal" after delivery.

Here are 4 Proven Cellulite FIGHTERS:

1. Drink lots of water - water cleanses the digestive system and flushes toxins and waste out of the body (very important!).

2. Eat a moderately low-fat, low-sugar, high fiber diet with emphasis on fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

3. Avoid salty foods as much as possible. Salty foods increase water retention and make cellulite appear worse.

4. Be physically active (if you can!). Physical activity plays a HUGE role in circulation and flushing the toxins out of your body - do make time for this!

By the way, if you don't already know, the two most effective ways for women to get rid of their body fat and cellulite and get back to pre-pregnancy shape are breast-feeding and exercise, so make sure to check out my post-pregnancy weight loss program to fast track your way to an awesome body!


Stretch marks are probably one of the MOST common skin problems that pregnant women face.

During my pregnancy, I religiously massaged my body with cocoa butter cream every morning after my shower. I also inherited some good genes - my mother didn't have a stretch mark problem with any of her three pregnancies! So, I am happy to report that I got through my pregnancy completely stretch mark free.

So Was It The Cream Or The Genes?

Unfortunately for some, most research nowadays points directly to the genes.

Although I do believe our genes play a big role, I also STRONGLY believe in following a daily workout routine for your skin! And believe you me, even knowing that I have good genes and that I came through my pregnancy without a mark, I WILL absolutely keep up the same skin care routine with my next pregnancy!

To be on the safe side, here are my TOP 3 Tips to Prevent Stretch Marks:

1. Start a DAILY routine of gently massaging your body (breasts, abdomen, and buttocks) with a good cream.

The problem with creams is that it's hard to know WHICH cream to use. If you've ever wandered into a store to try to find the ultimate "stretch mark cream" - you might find yourself a little overwhelmed with the choices! I prefer the good old fashioned Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter or Vitamin E. 
2. Eat a well balanced diet - some studies show that nutritional deficiencies (especially deficiencies in Vitamin E, C, Zinc, and Silicon) play a role in creating stretch marks.

3. Drink LOTS of water - this will help to keep your skin soft and supple (add lemon if you don't like the taste - but DO drink it!).

Because of all the demands that pregnancy puts on your skin, do yourself a BIG favor and take care of yourself NOW! Do NOT wait until it's too late, you'll be filled with regret like so many other women out there! 
Source : http://www.pregnancywithoutpounds.com
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