Take a break, it’s Chai Time! 31

Chai time is family time, Chai time is me time, Chai time is chat time, Chai time is relax time and so on…..

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that tea is one of the best mediums to ooze out entire stress for all age groups- from tired Dads to exhausted moms, from stressed out college goers to nervous interview candidates, from guests at home to grandpas and grandmas, from you to me…..Chai is all time rescuer.

So, thought of putting an honest effort to bring some fun into all chai lovers by listing few flavors to brew up the cold winter. Why to keep on having same ‘adrak wali chai’ daily, when there are so many flavors to relish? Here it goes-

1. Chamomile Tea

Derived from the chamomile flower, it is known for its anti-aging effect, has vital antioxidants, helps to curb down stress, anxiety and insomnia. What more you can ask for? So, get beautiful with a cup of tea!

2. Green Tea

With most of the celebrities promoting it, this tea needs no introduction. First brewed in 2737 BC, the tea has gained accolades from corporates, models, and health conscious people. It is indeed extremely useful for those who are looking to cut down their weight and get a flatter tummy. As it increases the body’s metabolism, resulting in melting the fat, dream of getting an hour-glass shaped body becomes reality. Invest in this tea; you will not regret it!

3. Tulsi Tea

Well, the health benefits of holy Basil/Tulsi is unhidden. Tulsi has been used since ages to cure various health issues. Be it cold, cough or stomach ache, just add few leaves of Tulsi to your brewing tea and see the magic happen!You also have plenty of Tulsi tea options available in the market. Just go for it and get better immunity and a healthy life.

4. Kashmiri Kahwa Tea

The very famous Kahwa tea from Kashmir has many more fans than SRK, across the globe.  But believe me, this tea is a  blend of green tea with saffron, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom – a perfect amalgamation of health and flavour! The taste of this tea cannot be put in words; you need to sip it hot to experience it. So, what are you waiting for?

5. Darjeeling Tea

When it comes to black tea, you cannot miss Darjeeling Tea. It is also known as the ‘champagne of teas’ because of its mesmerising taste and golden colour. This tea is cultivated in Darjeeling but is very popular amongst the tea lovers who are spread across the globe.

As winter has come in, it’s time for you to snuggle yourself in the blanket with a hot cup of tea. Enjoy this season with any of the above flavours and experience the tea in a never before form. Don’t forget to tell me your favourite one!

Happy Sipping!!!

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Life Changing Lessons From Krishna! 334

Have you ever been at a crossroads, confused about which direction to take… wondered if you needed to quit or continue, leave or stay, do or not do, act or just wait till things tide over? Being in doubt is a common phenomenon, more often than not, it’s an everyday experience. We’re constantly questioning ourselves even in small simple acts… we’re playing out these mini wars in our mind. Aren’t we??

Today on the holy day of Krishna Janmashtami, I would like to take this opportunity to share few awe inspiring teachings from Bhagavad Gita. Trust me, this helps!

No wonder Bhagavad Gita, continues to be looked upon as the “manual of life”. It is not only a sacred book for Hindus but also used by many organizations for better management and is even included in the syllabus of some business schools.

Here are few teachings from the Bhagavad Gita and Krishna’s life and on a deeper thought, you can use them to resolve your own uncertainties, doubts, fears, and confusions.

Think with a calm mind

The first step to gaining clarity on any situation is developing a clear, calm and collected mind. This takes a lot of effort. One way is meditation, another is by distancing yourself from the situation – not physically but mentally – where you look at it as an outsider and have a bird’s eye view of it.

Don’t give in to stress

Get rid of excessive worry, don’t take on more than you can cope with and add enough me-time in your day to help you de-stress.

Give up on results

Most of our decisions get affected because we wonder about their outcomes and consequences. But when you realize that you have little control over the final outcome and when you don’t focus on the gains, your efforts will be filled with more meaning.

Treat everyone equally

Treat everyone with the same lens of impartiality. Caste, color, religion etc are all man made.Spiritually speaking, there isn’t any difference between anyone. We are all one.

Act with conviction

Before you undertake any action, think about how strongly you believe in it.

Believe in Friendship

Love your friends irrespective of their status, caste and creed; it teaches us to help them in their bad times and not to mention the help; it teaches us to watch the back of a friend.

Believe in Yourself and the Almighty God

Have faith in yourself, believe in your talents, finally to believe in the supreme power i.e. The Almighty God”.

Listen to your Conscience

Our conscience never lies to us, it is unbiased and sometimes very rude when the truth is bitter, it is for the same reason why most of us refrain from hearing its voice.

Never give up on what you love

Krishna had a deep love for the flute, and he never stopped playing it just because of his commitments. Even during times of war, it was by his side.Hobbies and passions can breathe new life into us when we’re overwhelmed.

Being of service to our fellow man

No matter what, being of service to mankind is considered as being of service to God.

Selfless, unconditional love is the key

Not only did he bless those that offended him but he also practiced unconditional love while offering ‘mukti’ (enlightenment) to his devotees. His Life was all about divine love.

Taking One Day at a Time

Do not worry about past or future, just do your karma in present. It’s easy to get bogged down by challenging circumstances but staying mindful and in present can make things much easier.

Last but not the least…..

Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru mam evaishyasi satyam te pratijane priyo ‘si me!

Be aware of me always, adore me, make every act an offering to me, and you shall come to me; this I (Krishna) promise, for you, are dear to me.

Happy Janamashtmi !!

God bless!

How not to be a Sugarholic !!! 1283

Do you find it difficult to get out of the bed or start your unless you have had your tea or coffee?

Do you feel a sudden energy dip at work around 11 am?

And around 4 pm do you feel the urge to have a sweet snack like a muffin or doughnut and you feel without which you can’t keep going with the day???

Welcome to the Sugarholic club!!!

Most of us don’t realize that we are addicted to sugar in various degrees in different ways. Let it be a packet of your favorite biscuit or that dark chocolate bar which you think has no added sugar. Sadly, sugar in taking is addictive it makes us its slave. So, every time you eat a little amount of sugar in any form, it increases your energy levels for a certain time limit of 2-3 hrs. and after that, your blood sugar level takes a tailspin and your body again starts to crave more sugar.

Follow these tips listed below to break this vicious cycle.

1.Accept the fact that you are a Sugarholic or that you thrive for sugary food items.

2. Setup a tentative date from when you will avoid food containing sugar. Make notes on post it and stick it around on refrigerator, kitchen, work desk and wherever you store items like cakes, muffins, biscuits, etc.

3. Adopt the habit to write down everything you eat and drink the whole day – you will be shocked to see that most of the things food and drinks you consume contain a high number of artificial sweeteners, which are harmful to your health.

4. Make sure that you have a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning. Skipping breakfast is one the biggest reason for binge eating which usually involves easily available food like muffins doughnut, biscuits, chocolate bars, the list goes on. The habit of having breakfast will help curb your sugar cravings.

5. Whenever you that sugar craving drink water, you can add berries, lime, mint leaves to your water bottle this will enhance the flavor as well as detox your body, as lime and mint are good for digestion. Always try to carry a water bottle with where ever you go, especially when you go out for shopping or outings.

6. When you feel that your body needs the sugar boost, try having a handful of unsalted, roasted mixed nuts immediately. This will instantly kill your sugar cravings!

7. Start drinking herbal teas like green tea with lime throughout the day – with of course without sugar! : p

8. Try to have a banana first thing in the morning, banana is a power fruit packed with essential vitamins and minerals necessary for the body.

9. Before buying processed or can food make sure you check the ingredients. Most of the food we consume nowadays like bread, pasta, potato chips, cookies, muffins carbonated drinks, etc. all contain the high amount of sugar. Your motto should be to avoid them.!

10. You must have noticed, you feel the urge to have sweets after meals. To stop this start chewing sugar-free gum as soon as you finish your food. This will also aid in digestion.

 

Please keep in mind that you cannot go cold turkey and give up sugar in one day take it one day and one step at a time.!