When we think of a healthy lifestyle we’re mostly thinking of the physical aspect of health which means keeping our body healthy and free from illness, however, your mind is just as important as your body when it comes to overall health and well-being, so in this post we are going to share with you some of the simple ways that you can keep your body and mind healthy so that you can enjoy an overall great lifestyle and even perhaps reduce things like anxiety and depression from playing a role in your life.
Cutting back on alcohol:
Not only is alcohol a very unhealthy thing to drink a lot of for your body and causes a lot of physical issues, but it’s something that’s quite unhealthy for the mind as well due to the fact that alcohol is a depressant it can really caus a lot of issues for someone who suffers from things like depression or anxiety and can also trigger these feelings and make them worse, so if you’ve been thinking of giving up alcohol or at least cutting back, then this is definitely something to consider.
It’s important to realise that you may experience things like sober weight gain in the beginning, but this is just your body’s way of adapting to the change and it will balance itself out over time, and the positive aspects of course of giving up alcohol are overall weight loss, which can be good in some cases, decreased anxiety, increased energy, better sleep, and better skin amongst others.
Eating a balanced diet:
Food plays a major role in health and wellness, not only for the body, but for the mind as well, so making you sure that you’re eating a diet that is rich in nutrients, vitamins and that provide you with the energy that you need through the day as well as try and avoid bad diets and things that promise unrealistic results because your body responds best to balance and eating in a way that works for you.
There are many physical and mental health benefits to meditation that have been proven over the years, so if you’re finding that your life is particularly stressful or you would just like a way to relax, then meditation is definitely something worth trying.
Meditation is something that there’s no right or wrong way to do it, it’s just about basically being able to be present with your thoughts and calm them so that they’re not overtaking your life. You can try out things like guided meditations for issues such as not being able to sleep or just being able to practice meditation if it’s something you’ve never done before and you’re having trouble quieting your thoughts.
We all know that getting regular exercise is something that’s important for a healthy lifestyle and even if it’s just a 20 minute brisk walk per day, it’s better than not doing anything – especially if you’re sitting for longer periods throughout the day, which certainly isn’t healthy, so making sure that you’re getting regular exercise, not only for your physical health but for your mental health too.
In one word if I have to describe this place, it would be AWESOME! Enfield Bikes, Good Food, and A Great View, what more can you ask for, still if you want more, Enfield Garage Cafe organizes regular events to keep you amused. The Sunday Stories especially is a very popular weekly event that happens at Garage Cafe.
Overlooking the Baga creek, this cafe is a part of the Enfield showroom and this makes it even more interesting. They have indeed a huge space which looks very inviting to spend long hours chilling there. In fact, I could simply carry my laptop, breathe in the fresh air, enjoy scrumptious meal and drinks and keep looking with drooling eyes towards the numerous Enfield bikes parked there.
Well, the food here is straight up basic, something that probably everyone can enjoy. Nothing fancy, but super delicious! We tried the following:
Spinach and Mushroom Crepes– super-thin crepes with a creamy filling of spinach and mushrooms- I really liked it
Buffalo Mozzarella and Pesto Pizza– this is definitely a must try, my sonny boy enjoyed it the most
Beef Stew– I thoroughly enjoyed dipping the bread on this flavourful stew with such tender pieces of beef. The meat was really very good. Simple recipe, great taste
Pan Seared Prawns– Have to be my favorite from the afternoon, subtle flavors but delicious
I found the place moderately priced and given the fact the portion sizes are quite good, I think it is affordable. The average cost for two people would be Rs 1200/-.
I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at this beautiful cafe and loved everything about it. Do let me know about your experience if you have already visited or will visit now after reading my blog 🙂
House # 560, Villa Rodrigues, Arpora-Baga Creek Road, Arpora, Bardez, Goa
The jacu coffee, first produced by a farm in Espírito Santo. The jaguar, who has nothing, is a big bird that loves coffee. Most coffee growers see it as a plague. But like the civet, the jacu understands to select the best grains, and also leaves a “present” in his excrement. Today, a pot of 250 grams of roasted coffee beans can be found for 150 reais.
At COFFEELIFIOUS you will find all types of coffee and its grinders.
From the same Capixaba farm that arose the coffee of the jacu, comes also the coffee of the cuíca. Unlike the jacu, the cuicca is a mammal, and, with good will, it resembles the civeta there in Asia. The difference is that, instead of defecating, the cuícas spit the coffee after biting the beans.
Ahh, and do not forget that there is also a line for the care of the beard with a more than special smell of coffee . It is something that can not go unnoticed and the most fissured can stay all day enjoying a well-groomed beard and an unmistakable fragrance.
It gets its name because it is grown in the city of Kona, Hawaii. The local climate and the volcanic soil of the region are conducive to the cultivation of this exotic variety of arabica. If you are a fan of good gourmet coffee, then Kona coffee will be an unforgettable experience! For some people, this is the best coffee in the world!
Types of Coffee Roast
Roasting is one of the most important steps in making gourmet coffee. The good roast is one that highlights the best characteristics of flavor, aroma, and acidity of each type of grain. The roasting curve is defined by the time the coffee bean is at each temperature. It interferes with the aroma, taste, body, acidity, finalization, balance, in short, almost everything can be worked along the toast. The same gourmet coffee beans will have very different characteristics depending on the roasting point used.
THREE LEVELS OF ROASTED COFFEE BEANS:
Accentuates acidity and aroma with softness of taste. It softens bitterness and body. Light toast preserves more aromatic oils (grains remain dry), but enhances the acidity of the beverage while producing less-bodied gourmet coffee.Ideal for espresso machines.
Balance point between various characteristics like acidity, aroma and bitterness. It usually accentuates the body. However, gourmet coffee begins to get less full with darker toasts. Ideal for cloth strainer or paper filter.
Coffee less acidic, more bitter and less full-bodied. Darker toast makes gourmet coffee more bitter which can be mistaken for “stronger” coffee. However, the very dark roast can “burn”, accentuating much the bitterness and practically eliminating the acidity and the body.
TYPES OF GRINDING:
Using the proper grind for the type of preparation is very important so that you get the best taste of your gourmet coffee. Below are the types of existing coffee grinding:
Sprayed:Very thin thickness, used for Turkish coffee, because the powder is added in the water and is not filtered.
Slim:Ideal for filtered coffee (paper or cloth) of thermos flask or electric coffee maker.
Average:Used for espresso. As the espresso is extracted under pressure, it is necessary that the grind is thickened so that the coffee leaves at the appropriate concentration.
Thick:Used in Italian (Moka) and French (French Press).
Removing bikini line hair is always a task and thinking of a painless way to do so is an even bigger task. I dread getting waxing done down there, but still, that had been the only way I was using to get rid of the bikini line hair. Waxing although painful but at least leaves the skin feel soft and also the regrowth process is slow as compared to using a razor or an epilator.
Shaving might be the most common method but it is risky as it can cause bloody cuts & razor bumps. Shaving the most delicate area can create micro-traumas. Most of the women also experience abrasion followed by ingrown hair.
Waxing has its own drawbacks if used on sensitive areas. Pain and skin redness along with loss of skin suppleness & elasticity are the major side effects. Skin infection and allergic reactions are also common with waxing sensitive areas.
The biggest disadvantage of using epilator is in-grown hair. If epilating at sensitive areas, there are possibilities of slight swelling along with redness and inflammation. Another big disadvantage is the pain of using an epilator on the sensitive area.
Hair Removing Cream
A normal hair removal cream is meant for removing body hair around arms & legs. Using it on delicate areas can result in burning & skin darkening as it may contain chemicals which are harsh to the sensitive area of bikini line
Bikini Line Hair Remover Creme
But just recently I came across this amazing product, Everteen Bikini Line Hair Removal Creme. Finally a much-needed product for your cleaner & smoother Bikini Line from the Intimate Care Expert “everteen”
Everteen Crème Hair Remover Bikini Line is specially designed for sensitive skin areas like bikini line and underarms. It is formulated with 100% natural chamomile extract. With “ No Harsh Smell” formula of Everteen, your bikini line gets soft & gentle cleaning with no itching and no irritation. It effectively removes hair without any skin burning and provides you soft & smoother bikini line.
I have been using this product for quite some time now and thankfully without any painful process, I get a clean bikini line, no rashes or after effects and my skin feels very very smooth.
Everteen creme hair remover bikini line effectively removes hair around tender bikini lines leaving skin soft & smooth.
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You don’t have to hire an expensive venue for your wedding reception. In fact, lots of people in the past have been able to plan a gorgeous wedding simply in their backyard. If you have plenty of space in the garden and backyard area of your home to host a couple of hundred guests, then there is no reason why you should not consider this as an option. It’s the perfect choice if you fancy doing a DIY wedding and want to keep the budget down so that the whole day works out very affordable. After all, you won’t have to hire out an expensive venue, which is something that usually eats up most couples’ wedding budgets.
If you do decide to go ahead with a backyard wedding in your own home, here are some useful tips that can help the day be a big success.
Some people tend to not bother hiring a wedding planner when they are organizing a wedding in their own home. However, that can be a mistake as there will be so much still that you need to plan yourself. For instance, you will need to book a wedding band, photographer, and also arrange a flower delivery. Working with all of these different vendors can be quite complicated, and some people find that it is a lot to juggle. If you hire a wedding planner, though, they will be the man in the middle between you and your vendors. You simply need to choose who you want to book and then the wedding planner will deal with them, even on the day itself.
Prep Your Backyard Well
You will no doubt want your backyard looking as good as it has ever looked as this will be the backdrop to all of your wedding photos. You won’t be able to quickly prepare it overnight, and it is something that you need to start taking care of at least a couple of months in advance. If you plant some new flowers early on, you can be sure that they will be blooming by the time your wedding rolls around. It’s also worth giving your garden lawn some TLC as well. If there are any dark or bald patches in the lawn, it could need re-seeding and watering. It might also be worth going to your local garden center and buying some lawn feed. Once you’ve treated it, it should be looking greener and fresher in just a few weeks.
Hire A Marquee
You will without a doubt need to hire a marquee. This will provide you with an outdoor space where you can set up some tables and chairs so that your guests have somewhere comfy to enjoy the wedding breakfast. It’s worth getting a few different quotes from marquee companies so that you can figure out which one will provide you with the best marquee for your budget. Another great thing about having a marquee out in the garden is that it can protect you and your guests from strong sun or any rain that may try to dampen your day.
Nature has given us hair all over our body and although the hair is for protection, facial hair, or hair on legs and arms do affect our cosmetic appearance and hence we adopt many methods of hair removal. From waxing, threading, to hair removal creams and laser reduction, we use many methods and often find them tiresome because most of these methods have to be done periodically and are somewhat painful too.
But now with a revolutionary product like NEUD, you can say goodbye to unwanted hair permanently and that too without any pain. NEUD helps in permanent reduction of unwanted hair and is completely safe to use. It’s just like a simple cream that one can apply at body parts where you want to get rid of hair and with continuous use, there is a significant reduction in the hair. It can be applied on face, legs, arms, and even bikini line. Over a period of time, the need for hair removal or waxing becomes redundant as NEUD stops the growth of these unwanted hair.
How Does It Work
NEUD Natural Hair Inhibitor restricts the activity of enzymes at hair follicle level so that hair growth is retarded. NEUD Natural Hair Inhibitor is not a depilatory cream and it does not remove hair, so it has to be used in combination with a hair removal method.
NEUD acts directly on the hair root and hair shaft so that the enzyme responsible for hair growth does not function. Therefore it is mandatory to remove hair before applying NEUD so that NEUD can penetrate deep into the skin. After removing hair ( by HRC, Waxing, Shaving), the skin pores are opened which makes way for NEUD to penetrate into the skin and restricts the growth of hair. The procedure of applying NEUD after every hair removal session has to be repeated. After each session of hair removal followed by NEUD natural hair inhibitor, your hair will grow slower and thinner leading to the stage of permanent reduction.
NEUD can be used by both women and men and has no side effects.
No Side Effects
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Not easily available offline, but has a great online presence.
I thank Dr. Jayashree, Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at BirthRight By Rainbow Hospitals, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, for helping me write this blog. Dr. Jayashree’s qualifications are manifold – MBBS, Diploma in Gynecology and Obstetrics (DGO) and Member and Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG, FRCOG). Her advice has helped me write this blog.
“In the end, it is all a question of balance”
Balance is the key to everything. It basically dominates what we do, what we think, what we say, what we eat, what we see and what we feel. The balance of life requires high awareness which, in turn, helps the individuals to grow.
“Are you a working woman or a housewife?”
She said “I am a full-time working housewife. I work 24 hours a day. I am a mom, a wife, a daughter and a daughter-in-law; I am an alarm clock, a cook, a maid, a teacher, a waiter, a nanny, a nurse, a handyman, a security officer, a counsellor and a comforter. Besides, I don’t get holidays, medical leaves or half days. I work throughout the day, and nights are not spared as well.
I’m on duty all hours of the day and all days a week. The remuneration I get for it is through an eyebrow raised, “What do you do all day at home?”
This is a mouthpiece answer of thousands of homemakers who juggle the works throughout their life. But on the other hand, I strongly feel that all women are multitasking – be it working women or stay at home women.
It is undeniable that the roles and responsibilities of women at home are clearly defined and those are inescapable for women irrespective of their position and dignity in the society. When God created women, he made the physiology of the women supportive of the reproduction process and nurturing. But as the modern lifestyle and modern culture started taking over, it began to demand its own share from every woman’s life. As a result, women have taken steps to delay the reproduction process which is creating the hormonal imbalance. Additionally, the impact of processed food and lack of physical activity, along with the never-ending stress are also leading to the increased production of testosterone component. As a result, the whole denial process of reproduction is inevitably contributing to the disturbances in the balance of the universe. Nevertheless, the right balance creates the right environment for human survival.
So, where and how women can help themselves to create the balance?
Modern life is moving faster than the speed of light and women have incessant pressure on them to pace up perpetually. At the same time, women need to be extra conscious to prioritize their health and work to strike a balance between physical and social wellbeing.
Here are a few tips which could be handy for women:
Physical activity from the early stages of life
Avoid processed foods
Maintain 6-7 hours of sleep routine, preferably between 10 pm to 6 am.
Avoid electronic gadgets. Focus on in-person bonding and face-to-face communication rather than social media networking.
Include some less occupying activities in your daily routine. These activities shouldn’t demand much mental and physical exertion.
Accept the help from family and spouse whenever offered. You could also ask for help without hesitation. Employing help could contribute to good mental and physical health.
Self-pride is important to every human being, especially women who are stressed due to multitasking. Whether you are a working woman or not, take good care of yourself and take pride in what you do.
No guilt, please! Among all the challenges women face, the biggest one is the balancing act of being a mother and being a working professional at the same time. There is no need to feel guilty about leaving your kids while going to work. Take your family’s support whenever necessary or search for robust day care centres.
Make health checkups mandatory. Being a woman doesn’t mean your body can take in everything and still stay strong. You should go for yearly health check-ups and help make sure your body is working perfectly fine to take on the world, if necessary.
Being a woman is not easy. It takes determination and dedication to breakthrough all the tough hurdles the world has built for us in every path of our lives. We need to present ourselves decorously, prioritize yourself and be the woman everyone looks up to!
Millets or Ragi is a great option when considering healthy food because it is packed with nutrients and is gluten-free. Pancakes are my favourite form of breakfast and I simply love gorging on them, but when choosing healthy options, we often feel that we will have to give up on such indulgences. But not anymore, all you need to do is experiment a little and tada, you can have your pleasures without feeling sinful about it.
Although I have tried making pancakes using just the organic ragi flour, and then experimented by adding some cocoa powder to it, to give it the chocolaty flavor, then I found a perfect product to meet both my needs. The Slurrp Farm Millet-Chocolate Pancake Mix is an ideal choice for a person like me who wants to keep it healthy and chocolaty 🙂
1/2 cup millet flour
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp sugar free
A pinch of cinnamon
A pinch of salt
Butter for cooking
Add the dry ingredients – millet flour, salt, cinnamon powder and sugar-free – to a bowl
Mix well until combined
Now add the milk and eggs to this
Mix gently until combined
Heat a pan and spread some butter
Pour about 1/4 cup and let the batter spread to form a thick circle
Cook on both sides until golden brown
Add more butter as needed
Best served warm but keeps well for about 2 hours
To make it like a proper breakfast, I serve it with a few slices of banana and berries and add some honey on the top.
Hope you enjoy the recipe, do let me know in comments how did it turn out for you
Art in its any form, literally draws me and pulls me to it. Creativity is something that I imbibe in myself and have a great appreciation for. Be it performing arts or static, I have huge respect for artists who vent out their innermost emotions through their art. I sometimes try to do that myself through my writing or my paintings and even through my cooking.
Although I don’t follow too many artists in particular when it comes to paintings, what I do like is doing researches on various categories like portraits, object paintings, nature, modern art, nudes etc. and then try and study nuances of each artist. Francis Newton Souza has been one artist whose work caught my attention on various occasions. Especially when I started living in Goa, I learned more about him and his work, since he was a Goan too. The way he depicted local Goan life through his art was really commendable. His bold use of colors like dark pink and orange in many of his paintings is something I greatly admire.
To see more of his work and learn more about his journey, right when he started, I visited the Sunapranta, Goa Centre For Arts, which has an on-going exhibition named “Souza In The ’40s”. The exhibition showcases not just the noteworthy artworks by Souza but also unveils his rawness by displaying his early sketches and drawings.
The subjects covered in the paintings of Francis Newton Souza comprise of still life, landscapes, nudes, icons of Christianity, local Goan life etc. One of his most recurring and celebrated themes was that of the conflicts in a man-woman relationship. The women who ascended his canvases were often bold and challenged the thought process of their observers. The figures that gave life to his paintings were deliberately distorted and revealed an uninhibited, realistic style.
Attitude and Early Life
Souza was a rebel and non-conformist, and his views reflected the style of his painting. Through his paintings, he often condemned and criticized the hypocrisy of the Church, the atrocities of the rich and the repression of sexuality in a country like India, which otherwise boasted of Khajuraho. At the same time, there was a visible influence of the folk art of Goa, the Renaissance paintings, landscapes of the 18th and 19th century Europe, etc.
His rebellious attitude had its seeds right from his school days. He was enrolled at St. Xavier’s High School in Bombay, and he was expelled for depicting nude images on the walls of boy’s restroom. Though he claimed that he was only correcting the already drawn images, he was expelled on the grounds of drawing pornographic images. He then attended the famous Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay, and yet again expelled for taking part in the Quit India Movement.
Souza was not able to sell most of his work in India until after his death. In 1957, his painting ‘Man and Woman Laughing’ sold for a record price of Rs.16.84 crore at the Saffron art auction, held in New Delhi. At a Christie’s auction in 2008, his painting ‘Birth’ created a record for being the most expensive Indian art ever sold in an auction till date. The painting was sold for a whopping 2.5 million USD. When the same painting was resold at Christie’s in 2015, it fetched over 4 million USD.
Sunaparanta-Goa Centre for the Arts is a non-profit education based arts initiative of Dattaraj V. Salgaocar. The Centre is located in the beautiful Altinho hills of Panjim and offers spaces for exhibition galleries, workshop spaces, an open-air amphitheater and also a pretty and quaint little cafe called Al Fresco
The center takes lots of initiatives to promote and help emerging artists and also hold workshops for other enthusiasts to learn many different types of creative skills.
I had a great time witnessing artworks by such a renowned artist and thoroughly enjoyed the calm vibes of Sunapranta. Do keep a watch on all the events that the center holds and make the most of it.
India’s online poker giant Adda52.com is organizing country’s biggest live poker tournament series, Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) in Goa from 7thto 11thFebruary 2019. This 5-day mega tournament is an effort by Adda52.com, India’s largest poker site and Deltin Royale, the biggest floating casino in India to provide a platform for the best poker minds to participate and win from a prize pool of more than 1 Crore. Adda52 does not limit the players to have a poker experience online; in fact, it extends it to a live environment with tables, dealer, fellow players and the sheer environment.
The poker enthusiasts will get to sharpen their skills on the tables and put their best strategies to test against the best in the country. This edition of DPT features 5 popular categories of poker tournaments – 15K Deep Dive NLH, 3-Seat GTD Main Event Satty, Adda52 High Roller 65K, 35k Main event and 15K Bounty.
During these enthralling 5 days, several popular poker pros including renowned Adda52 team pros Kunal Patni, Nikita Luther, Tarun Goyal, and Minissha Lamba are participating in some of the events. The event is expected to be a grand success building on from the success of the past editions of the DPT.
During a press conference held today, 9th Feb, Nikita Luther, Kunal Patni, and Minissha Lamba shared their experiences of playing the game of poker as professionals and what it takes to be a poker player in our country.
The poker circuit in India has grown remarkably in the past couple of years for both online and live games, and tournament poker (live poker) seems to have taken the spotlight. Speaking about the growth of poker in India, Mohit Agarwal, Founder & CEO of Adda52.com said, “Live and online poker complement each other quite well. While live poker gives the old school charm of playing poker on the table, the constant accessibility of the platform and volume of players available at any point make online poker super attractive. Apart from the money on offer, the skills, knowledge and expertise that come while maneuvering one’s way in the game and competing with extremely talented poker Professionals (Pros) is something that every poker player aspires to and enjoys. Tournaments like these focus on the growth of live poker in India and raising the bar to international standards. It is overwhelming to see how the player base for poker is rapidly increasing every year.”
Mohit also shared in-depth knowledge of the legalities involved, the ecosystem of payments and companies profitabilities while also addressing the fact that the platform and poker gaming is still not native to our country and is still considered a very unconventional career choice, but it is definitely growing for the better.
Poker is generally surrounded by misconceptions around the nature of its game – amount of skill required, amount of money needed to play, impact on day to day life and so on. Speaking about poker myths, Roland Landers, CEO, All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) said, “By taking in to account the patience, perseverance, concentration, mathematics knowledge to calculate odds etc. a player needs to possess, Poker justifiably is a game of skill. With continuous practice, one can only improve in the game. There are a lot of people who play for leisure while there are some who have taken it up as a profession. Anybody and everybody can play this game. Money at stake is not the prime criterion as much as the intent is.”
Talking about the legality of the game, it is quite safe and secure to play poker for real money in India. Legitimate poker websites like Adda52.com provide safe and secure platforms for an amazing poker experience online and extend the same experience to the live tournaments such as DPT.
2019 will be an important year for the poker industry, in terms of both the online and live poker events. The country shall see the development of the game as a mainstream skill-based/mind game, played by almost all sections of the society from the youth to businessmen to women to celebrities. Throwing some light on the 2019 plans of Adda52, Mohit added, “The goal of our team is to develop the game as a skill-based game played by all, just like chess. Adda52 wants to create maximum opportunity for players to experience the game. Several live and online tournaments like the DPT Xpress, are in progress for an eventful year ahead for all the poker lovers.”
After the press conference, we headed to the Deltin Royale Cruise to witness the poker tournament live and also experienced an evening filled with some great entertainment at the sky bar.
Adda52.com, owned by Gaussian Networks Pvt. Ltd., is one of the most popular skill-based games in the country today. Founded in 2011, focuses on providing seamless gaming experience to the poker lovers. Technology has been the backbone of this online gaming company. iTech, a world leading testing and certification laboratory for Online Gaming systems has certified the online game to be fair with a reliable and resilient system. Adda52.com is the only site to have received such certification for the system alone. The Random Number Generator (RNG) by Adda52 has also been evaluated by iTech Labs and has been certified to meet the relevant industry standards. Award-winning technology has been used to make the game accessible across platforms, be it website, app or mobile browsers. This makes it the most secure online poker game platform for the gamers and provides its users a safe environment to enjoy the game.