Kiran Sawhney

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Sun, Vitamin D, SAD

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When I was a young kid, most of my afternoons, after coming back from school, were spent on the terrace of our house, basking in the sun. Mom would keep hot meals ready for us and we would enjoy vegetable pulao, hot and fresh, with curd and pickle. We would do our homework there and sometimes I would sleep with my grandmom, there, till the time it was evening, and sun had gone down. Mind you, we were very unaware of sunscreens and all, at that time. Yet, we had the best possible skin, hair, nails and health.

Similarly, at night we did not have AC. We would sleep on the terrace, in cool breeze, gazing the starlit sky and listening to my grandmom’s stories. We would wake up when the Sun started hurting our eyes. At times at night, when it started raining, we would quickly have to get up, fold our sheets and run down, with our pillows in hand.

Such things are unheard of now. I have not seen any of today’s kids ever experiencing this. They would not compromise their AC rooms and sun would not disturb them early morning because the rooms are covered with heavy drapes. They would mock, if you tell them to have an afternoon meal at the terrace.

Recently, I spent two months in US. I noticed how weather was a general topic of discussion amongst everyone there. Plans for the weekend depended on weather forecasts. We seldom discuss weather in India. It is October in Delhi. Yet it is not winter. I still enjoy nice beautiful sunshine. In US, I was freezing in the month of May, June. In India, I am wearing a nice floral skirt even in October. Now I think, India has the best weather. Yes we do have polllution, but we also have SUN.

Do you know that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a mood disorder, is caused by the lack of light in winter? It is a specific type of major depression. It can appear as the onset of major depression in the fall (September through November) and the symptoms abate in late winter to early spring (March through May). Also, the frequency of SAD can vary depending on the amount of sun in relation to the geographic location. The lack of Vitamin D may contribute to chronic fatigue and depression.

The benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is critical to the proper formation of the skeletal structure. Its purpose is to maintain blood levels of calcium in the correct, normal range and to tell the body to absorb more calcium from food as needed.

Osteoporosis is strongly associated with low Vitamin D. Maintaining normal storage levels of Vitamin D in your body helps keep bones strong and may help prevent osteoporosis in elderly, non-ambulatory individuals and post-menopausal women.

Food sources of Vitamin D include: Milk, which is fortified with Vitamin D. However, it is important to know that dairy products such as cheese, yogurt and ice cream do not contain Vitamin D.

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October 26, 2008 at 10:57 am

Probiotic Milk

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Another good and healthy option to drink, is probiotic milk. Though, there is Yakult also, in Indian market, I love Mother Dairy’s. It is called Nutrifit. Mother Dairy is available in two flavors- mango and strawberry and I personally like mango. My teenage boys who used to refuse to drink their glass of milk in the morning, now happily have their “daily boost of immunity.” It is packed with billions of friendly bacteria- LA5 which help to make you strong within. It is fermented probiotic milk drink. It contains milk, sugar, water, mango/strawberry pulp, stabilizers and probiotic culture.

Each 100ml bottle contains energy 74 kcal, protein, 1.8g carbohydrate 15.0g, fat 0.8g, calcium 80mg.

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September 26, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Probiotic Milk

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Another good and healthy option to drink, is probiotic milk. Though, there is Yakult also, in Indian market, I love Mother Dairy’s. It is called Nutrifit. Mother Dairy is available in two flavors- mango and strawberry and I personally like mango. My teenage boys who used to refuse to drink their glass of milk in the morning, now happily have their “daily boost of immunity.” It is packed with billions of friendly bacteria- LA5 which help to make you strong within. It is fermented probiotic milk drink. It contains milk, sugar, water, mango/strawberry pulp, stabilizers and probiotic culture.

Each 100ml bottle contains energy 74 kcal, protein, 1.8g carbohydrate 15.0g, fat 0.8g, calcium 80mg.

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September 26, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Dieter’s Delight

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Buttermilk or Chach

One thing that I can swear on as a part of your drink is buttermilk or chach by Mother Dairy. I highly recommend this to all my clients who are wanting to loose weight. At times, when I am out and really thirsty, I just put a straw in a packet and have it chilled while shopping. This is a better option than having aerated drinks which are full of empty calories.
A packet costs only Rs. 10/- and is easily available at all Mother Dairy outlets. In 100 ml, there are 36 kcal 1.8g protein, 2.7g carbs, 1.9g fat and 80 mg calcium.
It contains milk, water, milk solids and lactic culture.
Have it chilled. You do not need to add anything else. It tastes good as it is. But some of my friends tell me that they spice it up by adding little salt or coriander or roasted cumin seeds etc. I like mine plain.
So switch to chach from fizzy drinks.

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September 24, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Dieter’s Delight

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Buttermilk or Chach

One thing that I can swear on as a part of your drink is buttermilk or chach by Mother Dairy. I highly recommend this to all my clients who are wanting to loose weight. At times, when I am out and really thirsty, I just put a straw in a packet and have it chilled while shopping. This is a better option than having aerated drinks which are full of empty calories.
A packet costs only Rs. 10/- and is easily available at all Mother Dairy outlets. In 100 ml, there are 36 kcal 1.8g protein, 2.7g carbs, 1.9g fat and 80 mg calcium.
It contains milk, water, milk solids and lactic culture.
Have it chilled. You do not need to add anything else. It tastes good as it is. But some of my friends tell me that they spice it up by adding little salt or coriander or roasted cumin seeds etc. I like mine plain.
So switch to chach from fizzy drinks.

Written by kiransawhney

September 24, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Dieter’s Delight

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Buttermilk or Chach

One thing that I can swear on as a part of your drink is buttermilk or chach by Mother Dairy. I highly recommend this to all my clients who are wanting to loose weight. At times, when I am out and really thirsty, I just put a straw in a packet and have it chilled while shopping. This is a better option than having aerated drinks which are full of empty calories.
A packet costs only Rs. 10/- and is easily available at all Mother Dairy outlets. In 100 ml, there are 36 kcal 1.8g protein, 2.7g carbs, 1.9g fat and 80 mg calcium.
It contains milk, water, milk solids and lactic culture.
Have it chilled. You do not need to add anything else. It tastes good as it is. But some of my friends tell me that they spice it up by adding little salt or coriander or roasted cumin seeds etc. I like mine plain.
So switch to chach from fizzy drinks.

Written by kiransawhney

September 24, 2008 at 3:50 pm

MAC Cosmetics

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Beauty and fitness go hand in hand. If you are looking for some extremely good make up products, I would highly recommend MAC. MAC Cosmetics is one of the most popular cosmetics companies in the world. MAC regularly releases special limited edition collections and also creates some of the most popular cosmetics products around.

They have a range for lips eyes, face, skincare, nails brushes, fragrances etc.
My personal recommendations- their lip glass, specially the long wear, then their eyeshadows and coloured eye liners, mascaras, eye pencils, blush ons, and an array of brushes.

If you are lost in their store, do ask some of their very helpful makeup artists to help you choose the right products.

These are the products and shades that were put on my face. Loved them all.

The store and their display is very eye catching too.

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June 17, 2008 at 5:08 am