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5 Healthy Food 'Myth' Busted April 13, 2013 15:20

1) Veggie Sticks: Veggie sticks claim to be a great alternative to vegetables, but they often have as many carbs as potato chips. They are actually a puffed mixture of cornstarch, potato flour, vegetable puree, salt and sugar. So while they might be healthier than fried chips but certainly not healthiest. 2) Fat-Free Yogurt: Like many ”fat-free’ products, this often contains high amounts of sugar or sodium to make it taste better. This is especially true of yogurt that is fruit-flavored, because it usually contains artificial sweeteners. A good key word for yogurt is ”light,” meaning it has fewer calories, sugar and fat. The best choice is zero-percent plain yogurt, to which you can add your own fruit. 3) Multigrain Bread This can be deceiving. ”Whole grain” and ”whole wheat” are excellent options, but ”multigrain” can be something quite different. ”Whole wheat” and ”whole grain” indicate that the entire kernel is used in the bread. ”Multigrain” indicates that more than one grain was used, but in most cases, only part of the grain, thereby removing some of its nutrient content. 4)Tuna Salad Tuna is an extremely healthy food item, full of healthy fats and lean protein. The trouble is that when you order it in a restaurant in prepared form, it usually includes large amounts of whole fat mayonnaise and sometimes even salt or sugar. Ordering tuna ”dry” is a better option, if available. 5) Sports Drinks Sports drinks claim to be excellent hydrators and necessary for recovery. While they are great for games and tough workouts, sports drinks are often consumed unnecessarily during the day or after light activity. Since they are high in sugar, they can pack on the pounds when consumed at the wrong time. (With inputs from the web)

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One step for an active you April 10, 2013 11:38

It is not just for pregnant women to reduce their tiredness and swelling in feet, barley water is suggestible; in fact, the researchers have declared the good quality of barley water for an overall good health of us; This season is prone to increase too much of thrust in us... in order to control the same and remove all the dust and impurities from our body, drinking a glass of barley water every day is the best medicine. Barley water helps to stay away from Type - 2 diabetes, makes our body to stay away from gastric problems, makes us active and healthy, helps to get rid of constipation problems and makes us stay fit this entire season. No matter how much quantity of butter milk, water, coconut water we drink, we tend to suffer from over heat being generated within our body and the same being the tendency of the season as well. barley water keeps our body temperature levels very much in control in order to fight the heat and beat the heat, this season... So, soak barley seeds in water, boil the water and after it gets warm, filter the barley seeds and drink barley water for your better health...

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A good change for a better April 09, 2013 11:32

Our life style has definitely changed from just taking care of our family and ourselves and working only for earning some money. Today, irrespective of our marital and social status, our career has definitely become our priority along with our family, partner and kids and other responsibilities and we are affectively able to manage all these at the right time, even though we are taking a bit more stress than regular. Of course, the good thing is we are even able to manage excess stress than normal. With the changing life style, it is not just we but our families have also changed and altered their mindset in our favor. According to the recent survey done, working professionals admitted it is majorly because of their partner's and family's support, they are able to not only work more and earn more, but also thinking about growing high in their career, irrespective of the gender and marital status, thinking about taking up the job or profession, that requires a lot of travelling. It is good to hear, particularly in our Country, employees are ready to take more stress at workplace, but the only concern is we are not getting paid as much as we work. Of course, this is a debatable topic where neither employees nor employers are satisfied with the result of this discussion. And kids who have working parents are turning to be independent and responsible in major families, taking care of themselves and completing their work including the home work, without any dependency. And yes, it is agreed even by the parents, no matter how busy they might be, they need to keep a check on their kids day to day activities and thought process, to ensure growth of their kids to be proper as well. With more organizations providing flexible work timings and work from home options as well, it has become easy for us to manage every responsibility in our life with an ease and happiness, of course welcoming certain amount of stress as well.

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Be a champion each day April 06, 2013 11:12

Mistakes made by us, with a complete innocence might cost a lot when it comes to our career as well. In order to avoid the same and succeed in our career and work place, we need to avoid doing these mistakes as well; A well planned day, well executed work completed a successful day in our lives. So, a day before, let us plan what are we supposed to do the next day at work, on priority basis. Generally, the first 3 hours at work place are considered to be really active and we tend to work with energy and enthusiasm, so let's complete and difficult or important task first and then concentrate on other works. If we end up thinking how to start the day, after we resume to the duties, every day, almost half day is wasted in the thinking process. So, let's love our work and execute the same with lots of energy and enthusiasm. In the working culture of getting a job done or doing a job, by executing the flow of work in the form of mails, writing a mail or series of mails has become a part of any job, today. Similarly, replying to the mails got as well. But, analyze the priority factor in the mails as well and reply to only those that are really required to be answered at the earliest and the rest can be answered at a scheduled time for mailing... this way, your daily work flow will not get disturbed. Its not just work all the time... and you neither need to be serious while working. Once you really start enjoying the work, you will be so active that your sense of humor will also take a major place while you are working. You will end up creating a lively atmosphere at work with your presence and complete the work with more enthusiasm. Never ever take the office work at home and end up not completing office work and household work as well. so, complete office work at work place, spend quality time with your family and loved ones and complete your day by all means.

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How to handle Jealousy.. April 01, 2013 17:13

Right from 'puraanaas' to people around us, irrespective of the life style, education and the behavioral traits, may be at the work place or at home amongst our loved ones itself, may be in a reality show or in a serial that is being aired on Television, one common behavioral trait we see in people and many times notice in us as well is 'Jealousy'... It is so very difficult to appreciate others for what they are and us for what we are instead of comparing two different life styles... isn't it??? But, is this the kind of mind set we want to live in? Is this the kind of thought process we let our next generation possess, learning from us? Is it so difficult to appreciate others with clean heart and live a peaceful life? The only thing we are lacking in is practicing this positive way of living, getting carried away by our thoughts, behaving according to the actions of our mind. As a result, our fickle mind and thoughts are controlling us, instead of we controlling it... Now, the question is, how can we get rid of 'jealousy'??? Not even for a fraction of second, how can we succeed not being 'jealous'??? Simple, love yourself, your life... if you really not willing to accept certain things in your life, instead of comparing the same with those who possess, change your life as you want... but think before doing so, in order to not to repent later… instead of wasting a valuable minute in your life, thinking about the best of others and trying to destroy their peace, think and make your life to be the best... Life is more than just being ‘jealous’ and knowingly or unknowingly screwing up others and our happiness with 'jealousy'...

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The art of managing your mind March 29, 2013 17:51

Self confidence... a major tool that will either make our life successful or make us remain worthless in our own eyes. In today’s competitive World, at a major extent, we are witnessing the importance of possessing self confidence, letting that reflecting in whatever one does and achieving the impossible with self confidence filled determination to accomplish the goal set… But, at times, we are attracted towards inferiority complex, put aside our positives, start comparing our lives with other successful people around us, right from looks to behavioral traits to personality and what not… When we are very much aware of the fact, no two can be alike and each one ahs got their own personality, now it is up to us, how we will transform our thought process and personality in a best possible way, change our life style into rewarding, even then, why we will lose our self confidence??? The major reason being, we believe others and situations more than our selves… we strive to achieve something but seeing the hurdles coming in the process of achieving our goal, we are attracted to the hurdles and lose confidence in the power within us to overcome any tough situation and stand as a winner, in turn leaving our goal then and there and we proving to be a failure in our own eyes… How we need to cope up from this kind of mind set and inculcate self confidence within us, irrespective of all the situations? The secret is, instead of comparing respect people around you for what qualities they possess… if you want to then there is no harm in transforming your personality by learning other’s best qualities and implementing the same in your life… but, don’t forget your individual self and respect yourself the way you are first… Don’t just set up a goal… think and question yourself, how much it is important for you to accomplish your wish… once you are convinced by the answer, then the goal is half accomplished.. The rest will be fulfilled with your determined work and self confidence in you…

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Let everyday be yours March 25, 2013 19:28

Yoga, exercise, taking a break from work, going out for a coffee, talking with friends, we do everything and anything in these, almost every day to manage our mood swings and to keep away from reacting to any situation that will provoke to be a hurdle for our peace of mind. With all your efforts and do's for a peaceful day, here are quick acts that could make you chill, no matter what; When you know there are certain situations and things that are absolutely not in your hand and the decision of those happening or not happening should either be left to the time or taken by other person, it is better to not live in an fantasy world, think about these, but to just leave them then and there. If they are bound to happen they will, otherwise, your life does not stop, not even a single second will stop. Though sounding philosophical, you opting this thought process and getting on with the situations will definitely help you to have control on your emotions and situations, emotions or people not being able to rule you. After all, what more satisfaction could be for you rather than you being a master of your mind, body and soul... Fix certain time limit for everything... keep your everyday busy... even your weekends, unless until you absolutely feel not to do anything, indulge in some activity... you will definitely feel better and the more your day is busy, the more your mind and actions are occupied to complete the task and the less time you have to think about anything else... Goals, aims, ambitions and wish... life is not possible without these... you also have your set of wish list and strongly feel certain things to happen in your life, despite of knowing life and situations are unpredictable... trust your wish, strongly believe they will happen... the more pure and strong your trust is, the more possibility of you getting even the impossible, possibly...

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Are you being a right parent? March 19, 2013 19:03

Is your kid is either busy on computer or studying because there is no other option to avoid or playing video games??? Is this the only life style or daily routine of your kids? Then there is reasons to worry… you are the one to inculcate the habit of healthy life style in your kid, so observe these behavioral traits in them; If your kid is watching T.V. or will only be able to complete studying for that day when the T.V. is on then make sure this behavior in them has been inculcated only by you. Either you yourself are a T.V. buff or do not mind your kid watching T.V. and studying. Start reducing the time taken in watching T.V. first and ask your kid to concentrate on one job at a time, you yourself practice this and let your kid witness the same. Your kid will definitely change his/her behavioral trait soon. Let not your kid choose watching T.V. or playing Video games as a stress buster… make them concentrate on playing games, spend time with you and share what all they have done or come across on that day. This way, you can build rapport with your kid and have a check on what your kid is doing and what situations they have come across on that day. Playing video games might be a best option for kids. But this will definitely increase the amount of stress in them. As you are aware, anything in excess, of course stress is not advisable to any age group. So, be aware of this and keep a check on what your kid is doing and for how much time to ensure your kid’s happy childhood.

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Getting tires??? Easily??? March 18, 2013 15:21

Are you getting tired easily these days? are you unable to concentrate on your work and retain the same energy and concentration levels till the work is completed? Then it is a time to change your life style and daily routine by following these tips; If you don't drink water for some hours, your body is prone to de hydration and as a result, you will end up getting tired. At least every one and a half hour, drink 1 - 2 glasses of water to avoid this problem. Your mobile can be your companion and the one without what you cannot imagine living. But this definitely causes unwanted tiredness in you. According to the recent researches, it is evident that at least more than 20 percent of population will wake up with a call/sms/alarm of their mobile. At this scenario, the mobiles are definitely beside them when they sleep. The radiation in the mobiles will cause a disturbance to the sleep Harmon and as a result due to lack of proper sleep, we easily get tired during the day. So, it is better to stay away from your mobile while taking rest and you can use watches as your alarms, to stay active all the day, as you were before...

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Be a real winner March 16, 2013 18:57

For you to rise in your professional career and win the heart of one and all, every time, it is not just the 'to do list' but also certain guidelines you should follow to be a real winner; You are done for the hectic day at work. Just before leaving the work place, your boss asks you to complete, that 'last moment' work and then leave for the day. Never express your inconvenience and impatience in your face. At times you need to complete the task, but you also have an option to ask your boss if you could complete the work as a priority the next day. So, handle things in a matured way rather than letting your face being the index of your mind, every time. Just like eye contact is important at the time of interview, so it is at every day of work. at times, we tend to ignore to look at our colleagues or even superiors when they are speaking with us, assigning some work to us. But this behavior is considered to be extremely offensive to the other. So, maintaining eye contact with one and all is a better way to behave. Its not just your speech but your body language also talks a lot about your personality. The way you present yourself, look at the other, the way you express yourself with your body language and your expressions, hand movements, everything is important for you to present yourself right at work place, be a true winner.

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Don't worry... be happy March 13, 2013 16:29

What is the use of worrying all the time that you are stressed out? Instead try and come out of stress to lead a peaceful, happy and fun filled life; It's not just power yoga that helps your body to be fit, but power nap of 10 to 20 minutes will definitely work wonders for you to get rid of stress and gain energy, instantly. During the day, if you are stressed out, don't' end up doing the work with the same mind set but take a break and a power nap for some minutes. You will definitely find the difference. In order to satisfy our hectic life style, despite of knowing the importance of our meal to be taken on time, we skip either our breakfast or any other meal during the day. But this will have a major negative affect on your mind and body as you will have a tendency to get tired and lose your calm self easily. So, never skip any meal no matter how busy you are. At the same time include fruits, nuts and lots of veggies in every meal of yours for you to be active during the entire day. It's not just food taken or your life style, but also your thought process that makes a major difference of you to lead a peaceful life style. So, let not any thought dominate your mind and be calm and composed. Try being in an active and healthy atmosphere, no scope for negativity filled discussions, let fresh air touch you, walk for a while take the natural sun light and watch kids ka photos, comedy clippings... these can definitely help you stay active, happy and stress free.

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Importance of etiquette at work March 06, 2013 19:13

Banks, insurance companies, hotel industry, soft ware companies, and media companies, no matter what genre you are in, professional etiquette has become mandatory in today’s world of survival. But how many of us are maintaining the same? Does dressing up well and, managing to perform well at work alone can be considered as professional etiquette? Let's have a basic idea; It’s not just your behavior with your colleagues but how do you behave talking over phone also matters a lot. Some have a habit of talking louder when they are speaking with their colleagues or even over phone. Try to keep a check on this habit and if you cannot avoid speaking louder over phone, better find a lonely place for yourself to speak over phone rather than disturbing other’s peace of mind, letter your personal matters known to one and all. Other annoying habit is choosing some ring tones that are really not applicable at work place. Let your phone ring tone be simple and regular... if at work or in a meeting, do not forget to keep your mobile in silent or in vibration mode at least. If you are speaking to your colleague and the other pardons you for a moment when he is getting a call or he has got some work, don’t ignore this and end up speaking continuously. It is good to stop for a while and let other finish off with their work first, so that you can continue your discussion. Do not take frequent breaks if you are supposed to complete some work for that day. Many have a habit of taking 10 minutes break and end up resuming back to the duties some 30 minutes later or going out for lunch and coming back to work say some 30 minutes later. This behavior is definitely not acceptable. If your colleagues, peers ask for any information, of course official, respond to the same immediately. And it is better to go with a spell check while you are putting anything on a paper or on a mail... Maturity, punctuality, understandability, patience and ability to handle multiple things with an ease can bring you to put in your best etiquette.

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