Are the Microwave Ovens scaring you off?

When used according to manufacturers’ instructions, microwave ovens are safe and convenient for heating and cooking a variety of foods. However, several precautions need to be taken, specifically with regards to potential exposure to microwaves, thermal burns and food handling.

The design of microwave ovens ensures that the microwaves are contained within the oven and can only be present when the oven is switched on and the door is shut. Leakage around and through the glass door is limited by design to a level well below that recommended by international standards. However, microwave leakage could still occur around damaged, dirty or modified microwave ovens. It is therefore important that the oven is maintained in good condition.

A peculiarity of microwave cooking relates to the thermal response of specific foods. Certain items with non-porous surfaces (e.g. burgers/pizzas/pooris/parathas) or composed of materials that heat at different rates (e.g. yolk and white of eggs) heat unevenly and may explode. This can happen if eggs or chestnuts are cooked in their shells.

Food cooked in a microwave oven is as safe, and has the same nutrient value, as food cooked in a conventional oven. The main difference between these two methods of cooking is that microwave energy penetrates deeper into the food and reduces the time for heat to be conducted throughout the food, thus reducing the overall cooking time.

Misconceptions-

To dispel some misconceptions, it is important to realize that food cooked in a microwave oven does not become “radioactive” and cause cancer.
Nor does any microwave energy remain in the cavity or the food after the microwave oven is switched off. In this respect, microwaves act just like light; when the light bulb is turned off, no light remains.

It’s a common myth that microwaves cook from the inside out. In fact their waves don’t actually penetrate foods very well, which is why you get cold spots in thicker foods and need to let them rest after microwaving to allow the heat to disperse for even cooking.

Microwaves do leak some radiation, but before you panic, read on. To put things in perspective, your laptop, cordless phone and cellphone all leak electromagnetic radiation, too.
Just stand away from the oven while its running and you will be fine.

How does microwaving affect nutrition?

Microwaving is one of the most healthful ways to cook vegetables because it cooks them quickly and without a lot of water, much as steaming does. Multiple studies have supported this, including a 2010 study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry that identified microwaving as the best cooking method for maintaining the color and cancer-fighting phyto-chemicals in all green veggies.
To “steam” a vegetable in your microwave (one of my favorite techniques), just wash it and pat it dry, place it in a microwave-safe bowl, cover tightly and microwave it for the same amount of time you’d steam it — four minutes for a cut-up head of broccoli, for example. The result will be bright green, crisp and nutrient-rich.

Beware!

Takeout containers, foam trays or any plastic storage or grocery bags not specifically designed for microwave use can melt and leach into food. So use plastic containers only if they are explicitly labeled microwave-safe. It’s best to look for a label on paper plates, too.
Thick, non decorative glass, wax paper, parchment paper and white (un-dyed) paper towels are all fine in the microwave.
Also , try to use the oven to heat leftovers or fresh foods . Try not to make it your main cooking method. In the long run, you will fare well

The bottom line

Microwaving can be a healthful, convenient way to cook. Just be sure your appliance is in good repair and use a microwave-safe container. The biggest health risk involved is probably the foods you choose to microwave. Rather than use it for heating hyper-processed salty meals and snacks, try it out with more healthful items, such as fresh vegetables.

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The Diet and Life Plan For Energy

The Energy Diet & Life-plan!

Small changes can go a long way. Change three habits and feel better instantly. Move on to more once you are ready.

‪#‎Eat‬ regular, nutritious meals. Make sure you have three good meals a day including healthy protein foods each time. Try to have a colorful diet which includes at least three different fruits/vegetables in a day.

‪#‎Drink‬ plenty of water. It will help digestion and make you feel energized.

#Eat enough but never overdo. Too little or too much food can hamper energy levels as the blood flows change to digest food each time you eat.

‪#‎First‬ thing in the morning or in the early afternoon take a good quality multivitamin that contains B vitamins, zinc and magnesium. These are all important for energy production in your cells.
Always Have your Breakfast. Make sure you have a mid–morning and mid–afternoon snack. This is essential to maintain high energy levels. High–energy snack options include fruit, 10 to 15 nuts, paneer, soya yogurt and berries, eggs ,bananas, groundnuts etc

‪#‎For‬ an instant energy and health boost aim to eat plenty of foods which are rich in antioxidants. Add a variety of these foods to your meals and snacks today.

‪#‎Give‬ your digestive system a break. Your digestive system uses up a lot of energy so giving it an easy ride for 24 hours will help to give you more energy. Avoid foods that your body finds difficult to digest. These vary according to each individual but there are some common foods that the body can find hard work such as fried food, red meat, spicy food, raw onions, dairy products, wheat products, raw cabbage and beans.

‪#‎Re‬–energise with a great night’s sleep. Between 10pm and 1am is when you will have the best quality sleep so tonight get into bed at 9.30pm and aim to get up at 6am.

‪#‎Sit‬ in your favourite room on your own in silence for at least 30 minutes. Do nothing, just sit and enjoy the quiet. Focus your attention on how your body feels and your breathing as opposed to spending this time thinking.

‪#‎Complete‬ a 10–minute breathing meditation. Sit cross–legged or lie in a comfortable position with your eyes closed. Slowly breathe in through your nose and out through your nose, relaxing as you exhale. Keep your focus and attention on your breath. When a thought arises, just observe it and then let it float away like a cloud in the sky before bringing your attention back to your breath. Ideally you should start with five to 10 minutes and over time aim to build up to 15 to 30 minutes.

‪#‎Spend‬ time with nature. Go for a long walk in a forest or by the sea with a friend or with your partner. These places are very calming and rejuvenating for energy levels. Try to be aware of all your senses.

‪#‎Take‬ action on a big goal in your life. Choose one of your big goals and think of three things to do that can move you closer towards it. Make sure you do one of these things today. This achievement will spur you on and you’ll reach your goal in no time.

‪#‎Look‬ back on your life and make a list of all your achievements. Think about the challenges you have overcome and your successes. This is a great way of putting you in a positive, energized frame of mind.

‪#‎Make‬ a list of your top seven goals for the future. At this stage you don’t need to worry about how you are going to achieve them. Think big and try to work out what you really want to achieve from life. Write your seven goals down on a notepad and look at them daily.

‪#‎Go‬ to bed one hour earlier than you normally do and get up one hour earlier than usual. Spend the first hour of your day de-cluttering your home and then take all your clutter and old clothes to a charity shop.

Feel the energy coming back!!!

The Benefits Of a Saatvik Diet

What Does a Saatvik Diet do for us?

Food is a dynamic force which interacts with the human on the physical body level, the mind emotional level, and also the energetic and spiritual level. The study of nutrition is the study of the interaction with and assimilation of the dynamic forces of food by the dynamic forces of our total being

In Ayurveda the emphasize is on a Sattvik diet for healthy living, particularly for keeping our minds clear, happy and at peace. The original Sattvik diet was devised for the development of higher consciousness.

Sattvik foods are foods that are abundant in Prana- the universal life-force that gives life to all sentient beings in both plant and animal kingdoms. a Sattvik diet means not only vegetarian food, but food rich in Prana ‘life-force like organic fresh fruits and vegetables. it requires avoiding canned and processed food, and foods prepared with chemical fertilizers or sprays. It also means properly prepared fresh foods. Foods prepared with lots of love will add to their Sattvik quality.

The ancient Ayurvedic criteria for foods to be considered Sattvik were quite simple: foods were grown organically on good rich fertile soil; foods were to be of attractive appearance, and be harvested at the correct time of year. Foods should be whole foods full of life-force and enzymes and be as close as possible as they are in their natural fresh state.

Today, we need to add to these criteria for Sattva several other modern concerns. Sattvik foods should be grown without pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, hormones, irradiation or anything unnatural. Modern use of refinement processes and chemical additives, besides actually adding substances to our foods, depletes foods of their Prana ‘life-force’ and hence renders them heavy, impotent and lifeless.

Sattvik foods are nutritive vegetarian foods like organic nuts, seeds, whole grains and oily fruits and vegetables that help build the brain tissue and develop Ojas.

Ancient Rishis have said you take on the karma of the animal you eat
When you eat meat you are ingesting all the stress hormones released when that animal was killed. The hormones released at death are present in the flesh when you eat it. At a cellular level, your body is getting the message that you are dying.

One goal and effect of Ayurveda and following a spiritual path is to raise our vibrational levels .Meat has a very low vibration. On a continuum of lower vibrations, fish, chicken, lamb, beef, and finally pork have increasingly lower vibrations and their energy is very dark, dense and congested. Through the centuries it has been observed that vegetarians have a more refined etheric body and brighter aura. A vegetarian whose etheric body is brighter and healthier will generally heal at much faster rate than those who are not vegetarian.

Mind balance in Ayurveda means modifying the mind from Tamasic (cannot-do) or Rajasic (can-do)to Sattvik state. Choosing those foods and activities that are Sattvik in nature in preference to those that are Rajasic or Tamasic does that. With consistent and dedicated attention to diet, environment and sensory experiences, total mind balance can be achieved.

It often takes discipline and effort to become Sattvik, but the peace of mind, health, strength and immunity that is obtained from this state of mind makes it worthwhile.

Health benefits of sattvik diet are immense. According to Ayurveda, this is the best diet for physical strength, good mind, good health and longevity. It also eliminates fatigue and enhances peace and tranquility. This kind of food is easily digested and can strengthen the stomach, intestine, liver and pancreas. If you are susceptible to diseases such as high BP and diabetes then adopting a sattvik diet can be the best option for you.
Besides, sattvik food can improve the health of your skin and quality of your hair.

Baby Blues and Essential Oils

Postpartum depression, and the debilitating symptoms that accompany it, can be a burden on the beginning stages of child rearing. The first few weeks and months of raising your child should be a magical experience. But the reality is, the effects of postpartum anxiety and depression are a real thing.

A quick disclaimer before we get rolling: While we are going to disclose some natural remedies so we are not offering specific treatments for these symptoms.

If you’re struggling with such unfortunate symptoms you’re certainly not alone. In fact, the statistics for postpartum depression – also known as “postnatal depression” – may come as quite the surprise
• Somewhere between 9 and 16 percent of birthing women will undergo postpartum depression (PPD).
• Among those who have gone through PPD after a previous pregnancy, some estimates show an increase to over 40 percent.

So, you can see, it’s hardly a rare occurrence for a woman to seek postpartum treatment. The reason we point this out is because many women go through a period of self-blame, thinking they are alone in dealing with their PPD symptoms.

Before getting into some natural remedy recovery methods, consider some of the symptoms that are associated with PPD:
• Anxiety, hypertension, and intrusive thoughts
• Withdrawn and irritable behavior
• Guilt, anxiety, fear, and irrational self blame
• Insomnia, uncontrollable crying, and social withdrawal.

If you’re experiencing any or all of these symptoms, there’s no reason to blame yourself. Not only is PPD a common issue, there are activities and home remedies to combat the effects of it.

Effective natural remedies for postpartum depression

Now that you know the symptoms, here are some basic ideas to consider when dealing with PPD:
• Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These are commonly used supplements for treating various depressive symptoms.
• Exercise: Physical activity, in moderation, helps to curb physical fatigue that often accompanies anxious and depressive symptoms.
• Light therapy- where bright lights are used to combat depression
• Massage therapy: According to some research, massage therapy can deliver short-term improvements in both mood and anxiety throughout the postpartum period.

Aromatherapy for postnatal depressive symptoms

What works in most cases is a blend of
• Lavender
• Frankincense
• Orange
• Roman chamomile
• vanilla bean,
• Lavender
• Sandalwood
• Peppermint
Add about 15 drops of the above in a clean glass bottle and inhale it several times a day. Use it in carrier oil for massage and diffuse the blend around your work/living space. It will not clinically cure the blues but will surely lift the fog of depression.