A healthy lifestyle is the key to curb diabetes

 

Today is World Health Day. Today is the day when we spread awareness and take pledges to lead a healthy life. But why dedicate just this one day out of the 365 days of the year to the importance of health and well-being? Let’s make healthy living a part of our lifestyle, and defeat the various ailments lingering around us. We’ve put together for you some simple lifestyle practices that would help you deal with diabetes, one of the most widespread diseases in today’s age. And we hope, when we meet you same day next year, you would still be following these.

Check what you eat to beat diabetes

Be careful about- what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat. All these factors have a direct effect on your blood sugar. The right way is to eat only as much as your body needs. Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. Choose lean meat and non-fat dairy over foods with high fat and sugar content. Also, watch out your carb intake as carbohydrates ultimately convert into sugar in your body. Stay away from binge eating. If you are overweight, try to shed away at least 5-10% of your current weight, and we promise your pancreas will thank you!

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Go and get moving!

Exercise helps you lose weight by building muscle and burning calories. Make it a point to exercise 20-25 minutes at least 3-5 times a week. You don’t really have to join a gym or do cross-training. Just do simple stretching and strengthening that makes you sweat and breathe a little harder. You may accumulate your daily exercise quota in bouts of 10 minutes each. Run up a flight of stairs, hop out for lunch, or take your dog for a walk. Just find activities that you really love. Having an active lifestyle is all that counts.

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Mindfulness Matters

Stress and anxiousness can play havoc with your blood sugar levels. When you are stressed out, you may forget to workout, eat right, or take your prescribed medication. Practice the art of mindfulness to find relief from stress. Turn one routine activity into a mindfulness exercise. Be present to the sensations of water while in the shower, or the tastes in your mouth while brushing your teeth. Practice yoga and meditation, and indulge in hobbies that relax you. Begin with 10 minutes of mindful breathing session every day, expanding this to 35-40 minutes over time.

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Quit Smoking

Smoking and diabetes is a dangerous mix. If you have diabetes and you smoke, you are at an increased risk of premature death. With diabetes, your chances of having other health problems like heart diseases, kidney ailments, stroke, eye diseases, nerve damage etc. also increase. And if you smoke, you have an even greater chance of getting these problems. So do whatever it takes, and stop smoking.

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Watch your alcohol

Drinking alcohol can make your blood sugar levels go either too high or either too low. So, if you choose to drink, better not overdo it. Some drinks may even be higher on carbs, which you need to take into account while counting your carbs.

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Bringing about these small changes in your lifestyle could be your big step towards keeping a check on the rising tide of diabetes. So this World Health Day, while the world addresses the diabetes challenge, let us resolve to lead a healthier life for our own sake.

NO BAKE WAYS TO SPEND SUMMER DAYS

In summer’s wake, don’t make the mistake to bake. Instead, counter the heat with a treat that’s not oven-tweaked. Okay, we totally get that it’s not the right time to rhyme! But we don’t lie when we cry that we do try but God knows why this habit refuses to die. So sorry for the trouble, and before it becomes double we’ll just begin with the dishes everyone wishes to savour in summers. For in summers, sweat and heat take away all the fun in the kitchen and since lengthy dishes drive you mad, everyone considers baking bad!

Chocolate Chips Cookies

 This cookie is something every rookie can make. Here’s what it will take:

Butter                             ¼ cup

Milk                                ¼ cup

Sugar                              1 cup

Chocolate chips           ½ cup

Peanut butter               Optional

Oatmeal                         1½ cup

Vanilla                            1 tbsp

Once all this gathers, let’s arrange them in the way it matters.

  • Put oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chips and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  • Combine butter, milk and sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until boiling. Let boil for 1 minute.
  • Pour hot mix into the oatmeal mix and stir well. Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper and let harden before eating. Freeze to harden faster.

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Butter Pecan Toffee

Biscuit is the secret behind this toffee. Read to find out what you will need.

Butter                                       1 stick

Sugar                                        ¾ cup

Corn syrup                              1 tbsp

Tea biscuits                              20

Toasted pecans (Chopped)  For garnish

Here’s how to make something worthwhile out of this pile:

  • Combine butter, sugar and corn syrup in a saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until brown.
  • Arrange tea biscuits side by side on a large buttered, foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Pour the sugar mixture on top and sprinkle with chopped toasted pecans.
  • Chill until firm; break apart. Your dish is ready to be eaten.

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Peanut Butter Pie

This sweet is a treat you will repeat week after week. Gather the ingredients:

Powdered sugar                         1 cup

Peanut butter                            1 cup

Cream cheese(softened)        225g

Condensed milk                       400g

Whipped topping (thawed)   340g

Graham cracker crusts            340g

Chocolate sundae syrup          20 tbsp

To be muted with the sweetness of this reputed dish, follow the instructions:

  • Combine powdered sugar, peanut butter, and cream cheese in a large bowl.
  • Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.
  • Add milk; beat until combined. Fold in whipped topping.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between crusts; chill 8 hours or until set (a soft texture).
  • Cut into wedges; drizzle with chocolate syrup.

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Golden Oreo Truffles

 Availability of just these 3 things will bring anybody on the brink of ecstasy. Here they are:

Cream cheese (softened)                     225g

Golden Oreos or Regular Oreos           430g

White chocolate                                 340g

Now time to put some effort to make this yummy dessert.

  • Process the Oreos in a food processor or blender. Pulse until crumbs are formed.
  • Beat the Oreo crumbs with the cream cheese until combined. The mixture will be thick and sticky.
  • Roll into 30-35 balls. Place balls on two large plates, a parchment paper lined baking sheet, or a silicone mat-lined bake sheet. Freeze the truffles for about 30 minutes.
  • Coarsely chop the chocolate and melt according to package directions. Working with 1 truffle at a time, coat in chocolate.
  • Top with sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet.
  • Refrigerate truffles for at least 10 minutes so the chocolate sets. Truffles must always be chilled and will stay fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

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So, give baking a miss, and take a brisk frisk, thanks to these crisp ideas. Enjoy your summers not in the kitchen but under air conditioners and coolers; try these simple dishes while we try to make our rhyming stop! Wait! Our rhyming… Make – our – rhyming – stop… We don’t rhyme anymore, guys! We don’t! Those rhymes won’t be repeating in the next meeting. Wait! Oh great!

Making Earth Hour Worthwhile

Isn’t it a blessing when small things yield large results? Like an hour of darkness yielding a bright future or a quick five-minute read of this blog resulting in a fun hour-in-the-dark. So, while the world may end up before problems like the perfect salt-pepper combination find a solution, let’s make sure global warming is not the reason for it.

By pledging your support for Earth Hour organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), you can do your bit for the Planet. By switching off your lights between 8.30 to 9.30 pm tonight, you would be able to do your share for mother earth.

And just to make sure you don’t forget, take the pledge in support of Earth Hour here.

To make it easier for you to stick to this unbreakable pledge, here are some cool ideas that you can apply to make sure your hour in the dark is a walk in the park. (more…)

PREPARE SMART, PARTY HARD!

We are those people who party at everything from birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, job, salary to India defeating Pakistan in a cricket encounter. We don’t even need a lavish one! A plate of food and a friend will do. And with such a lifestyle, anyone can guess we are on constant lookout for excuses to party. Well, how about ‘I got to know these amazing party hacks and I wanted to try them out ASAP!’ for an excuse?

Try these simple ideas to enhance your experience if you are a party lover. And try them out one at a time if you are a party freak! (more…)

Grooming Tips For The Alpha Male

Gone are the days when a man who indulged in the upkeep of his appearance was looked down upon. The image of the modern man is incomplete without a certain level of grooming. Taking proper care of your hair, skin, beard and attire is of utmost necessity. To help you spruce up, here are a few guy’d-lines which will help elevate your status to that of an alpha male: (more…)