Monday, July 19, 2010

Home Remedies for Weight Loss

Diet is a change in behavior, when you want to lose extra weight you have to change your lifestyle by changing the food intake behavior and exercise. You have to organize and plan your day in order to lose weight.

Weight Loss Home Remedies

Home remedies for weight loss support your efforts in losing extra pounds. These are simple and natural means to lose weight.

1. Include plenty of cabbage in your diet. Eat cabbage as a salad or added to other food. Try to replace one meal with a cabbage meal.

2. Drink three cups of green tea daily to deal with the extra weight. Green tea is an herbal fat burner that has many other additional health benefits to.

3. Mix one teaspoon of honey to half a cup of lukewarm water and half a cup of lime juice. Drink on an empty stomach in the morning.

4. Eat two red tomatoes every morning for breakfast for a few months. This will cut extra calories from your diet.

5. Avoid adding too much salt in your food as it may be a factor for increasing body weight.

6. Mint is very helpful in losing weight. Chutney of green mint with some spices can be taken with meals. Mint tea is also beneficial.

7. Spices like dry ginger, cinnamon, black pepper etc. are good for loosing weight and can be used in a number of ways.

8. The leaves of Indian plum (jambula) are considered valuable in getting rid of excess body fat. Soak a handful of jambula leaves in water and keep them overnight. Drink this water next day in the morning, on an empty stomach. Do it for about a month or so, to get result.

9. Consume plenty of fluids. This helps to eliminate the undigested foods effectively.

10. You must have at least one bitter vegetable (like bitter gourd, drumstick etc.) per day. This helps in the proper metabolism of fats and do not allow them to accumulate in the body.

These are only some of the home remedies for weight loss and are not alone sufficient to lose weight. I exercise regularly too and I walk sometimes. Hand in Hand the progress in made towards fat dissolve (I'd call it) and since I am on it, I sure would wanna share it with you all what exactly it is that will make me fit and healthy in the long run. Gym when discontinued adds up double the weight and that is the biggest set back of it. So walk more and burn that way.

Here is a very low calorie meal plan that is designed to loose weight in a short period of time. It has few natural sugars and fewer, though sufficient, complex carbohydrates. It also contains very few desserts. If you feel hungry on this diet, you can eat raw vegetables seasoned with mustard, lemon juice or vinegar in between meals.


a. 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt

1/2 grapefruit

unsweetened herb tea

b. 1 soft-boiled egg

1 slice whole wheat toast (dry)

6 ounces fresh orange juice

Unsweetened herb tea

c. 1/2 cup fruity oatmeal (unsweetened)

1/2 cup skimmed milk

Unsweetened Herb tea


a. 1 cup Gazpacho with 2 ounces cubed tofu, tossed with soy sauce


1 apple, pear or orange


b. 1/2 cup Tuna salad


1 apple, pear or orange


c. Vegetable Pita Pocket

1 apple, pear or orange



a. Broiled Chicken breast

Steamed Artichoke with lemon juice

Grated Carrot Salad or Watecress and mushroom salad

b. Fish Teriyaki (31/2 ounce serving, or Poached Filet of Sole with Tomatoe Puree)

1/3 cup brown rice

Steamed spinach or broccoli

Tossed green salad with Low-fat vinaigrette


c. Stir-fried tofu and vegetables

1/3 cup cooked bulgur

Frozen apple Yogurt


Happy Weight Losing!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

7 Deadly Hair Sins

Confessions of the Sinner - Read and Learn

I’m a bit obsessive when it comes to my hair. Even so I admit that I have done many things that has damaged it. Here’s a list of the crimes I have commit to my crowning glory!

1. Comb wet hair. My hair has always been weak, but hair is at its weakest when wet and combing it increases hair breakage. However, if you must, use a wide tooth comb as it’s gentler on your hair.

2. Elastic bands. Tying my hair is one of the biggest hair crimes that I have committed. This causes the most damage to my hair. Working out, bad hair days, and no time to do my hair attributes to why I tie my hair, but I now try and keep it loose more often, or opt for a clip. Best tip for this is to not tie your hair too tightly.

3. Flat ironing when wet or without prior blow drying. I have learned to always blow my hair before ironing it. I have a BaByliss Wet n Dry flatiron this has done the most damage to my hair. My hair became dried out and the masses of split ends that I had more than doubled in number. In order to minimize the damage I had to make an emergency trip to tip my ends and get a hot oil treatment. Also ensure that you use a heat protection product before adding heat to your hair.

4. Not treating hair prior to swimming. I don’t swim with a swimming cap, regardless of how I put it on, my hair always gets wet so I go without it. Whether it is salt water, or chlorine, your strands may end up a bit coarse. Always put a treatment on prior to swimming to protect your hair and follow the swim with a good shampoo to minimized the damage.

5. Chemical treatments. I can’t remember the longest time that I have not gone without some form of chemical treatments. Whether it be dye, or straighteners, my hair has gone through its fair share of chemicals, especially in the form of box dyes. I had always attributed my hair breakage to weak hair, however, after a sabbatical from using dyes on my hair I have realized that it caused my hair to break, after I had dyed it again. So I have switched to using henna dye. Yes its messy and limited color options (natural henna is red), but I choose to keep my precious strands. So it’s best to keep your chemical treatments to a minimum if you don’t use natural products.

6. Too much product. After hearing the wonders of silicone by family, friends and hairdressers, I had decided to try it out myself. However instead of using it, I abused it. Although I was only using a blob, I used it every day, which caused oil to build up in my hair. Even washing it couldn’t remove the masses of oil, which made my hair flat, and almost impossible to style. After taking a much needed sabbatical, I now use it sparingly, once a week or at most twice. So take it easy with any product, you may end up with the opposite effect of what you desired.

7. Allowing a friend to cut my hair. HUGE mistake, but the only excuse is that I was in high school, and we all do something stupid at least once as a teenager. I ended up with a skew fringe that took forever to grow out and had to be hid behind hair bands and grips. So always go to a good hairdresser to get your hair cut, especially if it’s bangs or a fringe.

After committing all these felonies, all I can say is, thank goodness I could cut off the damage and patiently wait for my hair to grow back again.

Be careful girls, Hair is the biggest beauty asset and it has to be pampered not left to ruin. Yes we like to style and try out new stuff but make sure it doesn't kill. Any other sin you commit or did you can confess here :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped into a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just a few inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. He was so unperturbed. So I asked, 'Why did you do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!!'

This is when the taxi driver explained what is called,

The Law of the Garbage Truck:

He explained that a lot of people, perhaps, are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, frustration, anger, disappointment and excessive greed. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and left with no other option, sometimes they'll dump it on someone else, and that could be you as well.

When they do that just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Try not to take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, home, on the streets or elsewhere.

The bottom line here is that most of the successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up with regrets in the morning. So, Love the people who treat you right & pray for the ones who don't!

Life is 10% of what you make it & 90% of how you take it!

Have a blessed, garbage-free day!