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Top 10 Things from your Kitchen for a Healthier You

This is a different post, isn’t it? Since when have I written about food, or advantages of eating healthy. Although I dearly love food, I believe I have never expressed that on the blog here. Goes to show that there is something new to share after two years of blogging! Onto this Top Ten Tuesday which has been in the making for a long time. It is about the Top ten things in your kitchen that can make you healthier and happier. It is almost a lifestyle post, and I think that consciously caring about your well-being takes little time but brings huge rewards.

  • Turmeric
    Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. Curcumin boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor, linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of brain diseases. Curcumin leads to various improvements that should lower your risk of heart disease. Turmeric can help prevent (and perhaps even treat) cancer.
  • Coconut
    Coconut oil contains fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties. populations that eat a lot of coconut oil are healthy. coconut oil can help you burn more fat. Coconut oil can kill harmful microorganisms. Coconut oil can reduce your hunger, helping you eat less. the fatty acids in coconut oil are turned into ketones, which can reduce seizures. Coconut oil can improve blood cholesterol levels. coconut oil can protect hair against damage, moisturize skin, and function as sunscreen. The fatty acids in coconut oil can boost brain function in Alzheimer’s patients. Coconut oil can help you lose fat, especially the harmful abdominal fat.
  • Dates
    Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are a rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C. It helps improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers and different kinds of amino acids. Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose, and fructose. To get more advantage add dates to milk and make it a very nutritious snack. Dates are very low in calories and are extremely suitable for health conscious people.
    Dates are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. It helps people suffering from constipation. Soak dates overnight and take it along with water to have added advantage.Dates are excellent for alcoholic intoxication. Cures abdominal cancer.
  • Dark chocolate
    Are you among those people who love chocolates but are overcome by guilt even after having a small bar? (Basically 99% of the human population over the age of 12!) Here’s some SWEET news for you! Chocolate Reduces risk of diabetes by 31%. Chocolate Decreases risk of strokes by 20%. 40 cups of cocoa a week enhance your blood flow. Chocolate boosts your working memory speed by 30%. Chocolate lowers risk of calcified plaque in the arteries by 32%. About 45 grams of chocolates keep exhaustion at bay.
  • Almonds
    Natural, unsalted almonds are a tasty and nutritious snack with plenty of health benefits. Eating about 23 almonds a day is an easy way to incorporate many crucial nutrients into your diet. Almonds are rich in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Additionally, almonds are a significant source of protein and fiber, while being naturally low in sugar. One 23-almond serving packs 13 grams of healthy unsaturated fats, 1 gram of saturated fat and no cholesterol or salt. Of all tree nuts, almonds rank highest in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin content by weight. There are 160 calories in 23 almonds. While many of these calories come from fat, it is primarily the healthy unsaturated fats and not the unhealthy saturated kind.
  • ALMONDS
    According to the FDA, eating 1.5 ounces a day of most nuts, like almonds, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Almonds are rich in magnesium, which is critical in preventing heart attacks and hypertension.Nuts, like almonds, are also beneficial for maintaining a healthy weight. Almonds may also promote gastrointestinal health and even combat diabetes. The high fiber content of almonds gives them prebiotic properties, which contributes to health in the gastrointestinal tract. Prebiotics are non-digestible food substances, which serve as food for the good bacteria in the intestinal tract and help maintain a healthy balance.
  • Carom Seeds(Ajwain)
    Carom is a prominent Indian herb that, apart from being used in cooking, comes loaded with many health benefits. Check out these unbeatable benefits you must have carom every day. Cures acidity, Treats constipation: carom seeds when consumed with lukewarm water help in treating constipation. Relieves asthma: a concoction of carom seeds helps in expelling mucus from the body and eases the condition of acute asthmatic patients. When consumed with jaggery, it effectively treats bronchitis. Subsides renal pain: the concoction of carom seeds helps in subsiding renal pains that may be due to an infection in kidneys or even liver. Eases a toothache: mix 1 teaspoon of carom oil with equal amount of clove oil. Floss your teeth and gums with this mixture to cure mouth odor, tooth ache or decaying.Treats skin ailments: make a paste of carom seeds apply over skin eruption, pimples, boils. This paste can even render relief to eczema patients. Regulates PMS: soak carom seeds overnight and grind finely. Drink this to regulate scanty or excessive flow during PMS. Lightens facial scars: mix carom seeds powder with curd to be applied over acne scars. Follow this remedy consistently for 10 days and scars will start getting lighter.

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Have a Blog

Last night, I had a very weird thought strike me- what would I be without my blog? How would my life be different today? How would I express myself?

These questions were different from the food-related ones that normally float around in my mind 😉 I believe that when I started my blog, it was just going to serve as a motivation for me to write more. And that it still does! I set goals for the posting schedule and mostly stick to them which gives a regularity to my writing. And going diverse – poems, write-ups, haiku, creates a beautiful mix I think. So for today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I am listing down all the reasons why you should have your own blog.

Almost all of the people reading right now would already have a blog, probably more accomplished than mine. But you can find out why I write for my blog. Also, this can be directed towards new writers. Continue reading “Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Have a Blog”

Top 10 Ways to be Patriotic

When you think about it, we are who we are because of our upbringing and our surroundings. And the country we live in plays a significant role in how we perceive situations and associations with groups of people. When you grow up with different ethnicities, religions and languages, we come to respect each person for their individuality and what they bring to the table. So I believe that acceptance is one of the most important part of being patriotic- that we can welcome all people with open arms.This and more in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post. This will be how we can be patriotic.

There is no such reason I should do such a post, considering the topics that I usually choose. But a few days ago, India celebrated its Independence Day, and that made me think how I could be a bit more patriotic towards my country. Continue reading “Top 10 Ways to be Patriotic”

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Drama Shows on TV

Drama is the spice of life, Or so I say when I’m in *that* mood! The millennials would say that there hasn’t been a perfectly good drama show on television since the Sopranos, but today’s list has the guts to take it on (This is me attempting to be dramatic with the words). In all seriousness, these shows showcase how the drama genre has evolved over the years to birth some very epic shows. From catchphrases to ultimate scenes to award-worthy acting performances, these are the best tv dramas of all time. This in itself is a very sensitive topic of discussion because all of us have our own list of the best shows on TV right now. And I am willing to accept your suggestions and criticisms of my list. This Top Ten Tuesday post will be different-obviously I have listed more than ten, I couldn’t stop. As always, there are honorary mentions because they appeal to a different part of the audience are best according to them. Here we go: Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Drama Shows on TV”

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Short Stories

So, I lied. The list of short stories includes some very good ones that I couldn’t trim the list to include just 10.

  1. This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You
    Jon McGregor (2012)11866341

The best short stories should haunt you for days and weeks. The stories in McGregor’s collection have stayed with me for months on end. They are linked by a unity of place – the fenlands of Norfolk and Cambridge – and by precise, elegant prose that elevates everyday occurrences into small, perfectly rendered pieces of art. As Maggie O’Farrell put it in her Guardian review: “The stories wrap themselves around the wholly disconcerting premise that catastrophes can rear up in anyone’s life without warning.”

2. Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Recommendations for 2017

I cannot even believe that we are nearing the end of the first half of 2017. I am kind of on track with my goal of reading 12 books for the 12 months of 2017. Today is a top ten post listing all the books that have remarkable significance ion 2017. Contemporary stories, breaking the glass ceiling and growing stronger are themes that are ruling the roast. Some I’ve read and some have been recommended to me. Obviously they are thoroughly checked for through reviews and ratings. Read on and leave comments if you’ve read any.
  1. Marlena by Julie Buntin

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Best Horror Movies

The Ultimate List of the Scariest Horror Movies You Need to Watch

The draw of the unknown, the pull of the unexpected, non-scientific draws me to horror movies. To say that I like horror movies would be an understatement. I love them. I can watch them all day long, and not be scared anymore. So much so that I have started watching foreign horror movies as well, just to find the best scares. The list includes a Korean movie I watched that I quite enjoyed, albeit with English subtitles.

Whatever I say in a few words will fall short. This coming from a mere mortal (pun intended), there is one thing you can bank upon is my suggestion of the horror genre. Just a quick disclaimer: These movies are in my list of top ten because they are very scary and/or quite disturbing. If you don’t do well with the heaviest scares, avoid watching these. But, if the grisly the better, start watching them now.

I’ll probably do a list of light horror movies if it is even called that. For the vast majority of people who delight in viewing a film with some suspense but not a lot.

  1. A Tale of Two Sisters (Korean)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Comedy Shows

March madness! Time for the top ten comedy shows of all time. Light, funny and honest, some of these shows have helped cheer my mood on many an occasion. I am a big fan of comedy shows that can find the humor in daily situations and seem kind of practical still. I’ll admit I’ve seen ones that go beyond the scope of possibility and still adored them! 3rd Rock from the Sun was one such show that was heartfelt and light. It is not in the list but in my introduction. Some more shows that will appeal to only a certain kind of audience are Two and a Half Men, Awkward, About a Boy, Broad City, Key and Peele, and Impractical Jokers. Be sure to check them out if you like their descriptions.

As for the list, below are the Top Ten Comedy Shows for everyone.

The Office– The US version was the one I loved. It follows the lives of around 9 people who work in an office and how the situations make for a very funny, relatable series. It stars Steve Carell as the Boss, who is bigger than life, but humane nonetheless.

Seinfeld– Jerry Seinfeld is a comedian who lives in New York and has friends-George, Elaine and Kramer. It has short clips of his stand-up acts and the rest is how his life goes on in the 1980s sort of world. It tickles your funny bones in a true sense!

Friends– Ah, Friends. What can I say about this show that hasn’t been said so many times before? It is about 6 friends who live in New York. They are different on all accounts and yet find comfort with each other. It is very modern and with an effortless appeal. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Comedy Shows”

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Best Romantic Movies

When I told my friend that I was planning a Romantic movies post for the Top Ten Tuesday, she sat up, gave me her most shocked look and broke into the biggest toothed smile ever! She also said that she would be eager to know my favorite romantic movies of all time since my Top 10 Horror shows recommendation were the best she ever saw. And then we sat discussing for the better part of an hour which movies should make my list of the Top Ten.

I will admit, it was hard. After some discussion, I was almost inclined to make it a Top Thirteen post, we had so many good movies. And keeping in mind that it was February and it is wise to indulge in some mushy, good-for-the-heart content, romantic movies seemed to be a good topic. If you have a valentine or not, these movies are sure to make you feel giddy and full of love. Picture-perfect moments are sure to make you hopeful and full of life. That is why every once in a while I end up watching a romantic movie or even a rom-com because they are usually a light watch.

The movies below will be ideal for every kind of viewer. From classic romantic films to modern love stories, I’ve included them all! And because these are my favorite movies, I can guarantee that they will not disappoint on any level. Without any more dilly-dallying, the following are my picks for the best romantic movies:

  1. Love Actually

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