How to Have a Healthy Thanksgiving 4Gratitude is a dish best served daily but as for the rest of Thanksgiving fare, it is a great thing that the holiday only comes once a year or we would all be obese. Baked goods, fried foods, sugar and fat. We gather around and eat until our pants pop. Would you like time with your family yet long for something a little less stressful on your body? Here are a few recent articles that offer some tips to for a Healthy Thanksgiving. Here are some tips from Glamour.com: “Nuts: They’re your friend, says Martica. Limit yourself to one serving (about a small palmful) before the big meal, and she points to research that says you’ll eat less food later. Green veggies: They sound healthy, but creamed spinach or a rich green bean casserole? Not so much. Instead, think outside of the box when it comes to green veggies. Focus on simple preparations and maybe even do something unexpected. “One year I brought sauteed artichokes and kale to Thanksgiving,” says Martica. Turkey: “It’s really healthy,” she says, noting our favorite fall bird’s nutritional rap: low in saturated fat and cholesterol and a good source of folic acid. So don’t be afraid to enjoy some. But keep serving sizes in mind. “One serving of turkey is the size of a deck of cards. And save 50-60 calories by choosing white meat without skin.” Gravy: Use Martica’s logic for salad when it comes to gravy. “Think of gravy like you would salad dressing,” she says. “Do you need to slather every lettuce leaf with creamy dressing, or can you make due with a tablespoon and just spread it around?” Cranberry sauce: Time to get culinary, says Martica. “Store-bought, canned kinds of cranberry sauce,” says Martica, “often have lots of calories and corn syrup.” Better bet? “Make it from scratch with less sugar and add fruit juice instead.” Her favorite technique is to reduce the cranberries down over the stove with a little sugar and fruit juice such as pomegranate or orange juice. Mashed potatoes: They have a bad reputation, says Martica, but they shouldn’t! “Potatoes are high in vitamin C and high in fiber.” But, instead of loading up on cream and butter when you make them, mash them with a little olive oil and salt and pepper instead, and you’ll have a much healthier dish of spuds. Eggnog: Yes, it’s pretty rich, says Martica. “But it also has a lot of nutrients, like protein and calcium.” So don’t deprive yourself of your (and my!) favorite holiday treat. Just have a half cup, says Martica, which will save you 200 calories. Then, cut with a little skim milk. “It’s always best to dilute it a bit.” Pie: Put simply, choose apple or pumpkin. Apologies to pecan pie, but it’s a dieter’s death trap, says Martica. And, skip the whipped cream and ice cream. Pie is delicious without the trimmings!” More tips come from ShelbyStar.com: “Stuffing. Prepare stuffing with whole grain bread. Cook the stuffing separate from the turkey. If you add the turkey drippings, be sure to skim off the fat. You save fat calories and provide whole grain goodness. Mashed Potatoes. Using chicken broth instead of butter will lighten up the texture of mashed potatoes and make them fluffier. Using broth instead of butter eliminates most of the fat from a mashed potato dish. For a creamier texture, add a little low-fat or fat-free half and half or buttermilk. Vegetable Tray. Add some new vegetables to those boring celery and carrot sticks by including jicama, snow peas, grape tomatoes, scallions, mushrooms, orange and yellow pepper strips and other varieties of produce. Serve with a balsamic vinegar-based dressing instead of a mayonnaise-based dip.” My advice: Skip baked desserts and fried foods and don’t overeat on the rest. Or if you are vegetarian like me, consider volunteering at your local soup kitchen or food bank and skipping the feast altogether. Image Source: Glamour.com
How Indian Massage Can Make a World of Difference 2Author: Tania Penwell Indian massage can be your solution for looking gorgeous, smelling splendid and feeling on top of the world! Read this article to find out how this ancient art of touch can help you in your complete rejuvenation. Touch is the most basic mode of communication between two human beings. Due to the fact that massage involves this magic touch, massage promotes health---both psychological and emotional. How? Massage improves circulation, supports neurological functions, helps in digestion by providing gas relief and strengthens overall immunity. Massage act as stimulant for the skin receptors and the nerves and triggers off the 'feel-good' hormones, especially the endorphins. This helps the nerves and muscles relax. Massage also helps alleviating pain simply by refusing to receive pain signals from brain. The end result is: you get a feeling of complete relaxation---both in your body and mind. With tensions and stresses gone, you gain back the keenness of your senses. How Indian Massage Therapy is different Massage takes different approaches in different parts of the world. The Indian massage therapy or the Ayurvedic massage has been practiced since antiquity. Massage has always received a scientific perception in the writing of the Scholars of ancient India. This traditional Indian technique was based on Ayurvedic Doshas and Marmas---the pressure points in the Western reflexology. Here are some basic points: The focal point in Ayurvedic massage technique is: different pressure points of the body. As a healing agent, Indian massage involves the use of different types of touch and pressure or flowing movements. Ayurvedic massage is applied to the skin in a way so that the tissues underlying it are relieved of muscular tension and pains. This form of massage may involve either particular parts of body---as for example, Indian head massage---or full body massage. Indian massage often involves the use of different types of aromatherapy oils---hot or cold. All of these result in relaxation of the body and promote a sense of overall well-being. Indian Massage---an experience of lifetime In the interior of India, you will get to see people receiving massage in the corners of the streets for a few rupees; although they often lack formal training, they have acquired the art as a part of community tradition. But for a life changing experience, you should visit a luxury Indian spa where trained and experienced masseurs will offer you traditional Ayurvedic massage for a holistic rejuvenation. Here are some of the varieties of Ayurvedic massage you can experience in the different parts of India, especially in the Spa Resorts in Kerala, in southern fringes of the peninsula. Panchakarma treatment The gentle process that promotes deep cleansing without discomfort. This is a massage technique that helps eliminate toxins from the body accumulated in areas like the lymph, circulatory, and immune systems. Abhyanga Massage The fastest toxin expelling technique - this is a luxurious full body indulgence with medicated oils containing herbs and ingredients that pacify the unbalanced Vata, Pitta, and Kapha energies. Ayurvedic Head Massage The technique that ends mental fatigue - this massage is done with oils containing herbs that pacify the nerves and stimulate the brain for better functioning. This massage can be your ultimate solution for getting rid of emotional fatigue, confusions and for enhanced clarity of mind. Full Body Steam Expelling toxins with the help of steam - this is a full body massage technique, much different from ordinary sauna; here the steam contains vapors of detoxifying and balancing herbs. However, the head and neck areas are excluded in this massage. In addition of relieving body from toxins, it also moisturizes and dehydrates the skin giving it a baby soft glow. Shirodhara The ultimate stress reliever - this amazing technique involves trickling of a warm stream of mixture of cooling and balancing herbal oils and medicated ghee over the forehead in a continuous flow. To enhance the effect, the treatment is carried on in a quiet, soothing atmosphere. If you happen to suffer from any one of these: chronic neuro-muscular disorders, hypertension, insomnia, depression, anxiety, headaches or restlessness---- Shirodhara is the technique you must give a try to get rid of these menaces for once and for all. For generations, Indian massage has been trusted for having a powerful effect on the mental and emotional well being of the individuals. Come and experience the difference yourself! About the author: Tania Penwell provides information on Indian massage and other types of massage for Savvy Cafe - your guide to living life to the fullest! Buy the Book: Indian Head Massage: with Fold-out back cover - the massage routine in full colour photographs
Ayurveda for Womens Health 8by Juliet Cohen Ayurveda has been widely recognized as a system of natural health care congenial to the health needs of women. All over the world more and more women are turning to herbal medicine so that they have more control of their bodies throughout their lives. Vedas are the ancient books of knowledge, or science, from India. They contain practical and scientific information on various subjects beneficial to the humanity like health, philosophy, engineering, astrology etc. There are six types of Ayurvedic treatment: Massages, Dhara, Kizhi, Vasthi, Eye treatments and Panchakarma. Ayurveda for womens health helps women to find their own body rhythm, which is closely linked with nature and its changes resulting in lasting solutions to their health problems. Due to the fact that women respond well both mentally and physically to Ayurveda, it is sometimes known as a women's health care system. Ayurveda had recognized the importance of the environment in the total health. According to www.allayurveda.com, a dosha is one of "three basic metabolic principles connecting the mind and body and biological humour." Everything in your environment is composed of doshas that interact with your own doshas. Ayurvedic health care also enhances the results of Yoga and it is the best bet for women who wish to stop the aging process. Periodic rejuvenation therapy will keep health, beauty and zest for life intact throughout the years. Ayurveda gives equal importance to mental health for which an ethical lifestyle (sadurutta) is prescribed. Ayurveda is the science of life. Ayurveda is a science dealing not only with treatment of some diseases but is a complete way of life. Strict mental discipline and strict adherence to moral values is considered a pre-requisite for mental health. Herbs are a vital component of Ayurvedic medicine and they fall into four basic categories. Herbs that have pungent, sour and salty flavors stimulate fire; herbs that are astringent (drying) and bitter stimulate vata-air, or the nerve centered humour; herbs that are sweet, salty and sour stimulate or increase Kapha-water, or the mucoid humour. Finally herbs that are pungent, bitter and astringent ameliorate Kapha-water, which means they tend to increase digestive fire, expel and dry excessive fluid build up in the system, including clearing excessive fat from the body, and the accumulation of cholesterol and other fatty deposits in the veins and arteries of the body. About the Author: Juliet Cohen writes articles on homemade beauty recipes and beauty tips. She also writes articles on makeup tips and advice. Buy the book: Contemporary Ayurveda Image Source: http://flickr.com/photos/illbethesun/2108859427/
Home and Herbal Remedies to Reduce Stress 10by Alien [ This post contains affiliate links] Stress can affect our body as much as the food we eat does. Stress can be defined as a state manifested by a specific syndrome that consist of all the non-specifically induced changes within a biological system. Any condition that harms the body or causes the death of a few or many cells is termed as stress.
Some Causes of stress* Hormonal factors * Chronic disease * Overload of work * Feeling of inferiority * Emotional factors * Feeling overwhelmed * Not being true to one's self *Failure to say no *Abusive relationships *Financial burdens Home Remedies for stress: There are variety of home remedies to reduce stress that you can try in addition to stress reducing lifestyle changes. * Yogurt is the best food remedy for stress removal because it is rich in vitamin A, B complex and vitamin D. * Blackstrap molasses is also an effective food remedy. It is a by-product of the sugar refining process and rich in iron and B vitamins. * Alfalfa and sunflower seeds are very effective in the treatment of stress. * Sprouts are an effective because they are rich in calcium. * The leaves of Holy Basil known as Tulsi are very beneficial in the treatment of stress. Chew 12 leaves of Basil twice in a day during morning and evening for preventing stress. * Using various Ayurvedic herbs like Brahmi, Ashwagandha and St.John Wort are very beneficial in the treatment of stress. These herbs can be taken in form of capsules or can be infused in boiling water to make tea. * A hot water bath is one of the more beneficial water treatments in providing relief from anxiety and stress. * Take a brisk walk for at least 45-50 minutes daily for a great stress reliever. * Yogasanas like pavanmuktasana; sarvangasana, halasana, ardhmatysyendrasana, bhujangasana, dhanurasana, yogamudra, padmasana and trikonasana are beneficial in the treatment of stress. * Various yogic kriyas like jalaneti, kunjal, pranayamas such as kapalbhati, anuloma-viloma, shitali and shitkari are also effective for stress. * Meditation is effective in providing relief from stress as it diverts the mind to some good thoughts thus provides stress relief. * Pantothenic acid is important in preventing stress. * Coffee, soft drinks, salt, smoking and alcohol should not be taken as they all deplete B vitamins that are considered necessary for reducing stress. * Regular physical exercise plays very important role against stress as everybody knows that exercise provides relaxation and recreation. * Take one spoonful of honey in warm water or tea to get immediate relief from stress. About the Author: Alien writes for Diabetes blog . He also writes for best cosmetics and skin diseases Buy the Book: Natural Health Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Image Source: http://flickr.com/photos/sluggan/318331432/