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ORGANIC FARMING: What people think VERSUS what it really is (In layman terms)

Most people today are concerned about being healthy, saving the environment, encouraging sustainable practices and this rising level of awareness, is so good to see. Children are being taught in schools how to conserve resources, how to give up polluting habits and these too are good indicators of a possible cleaner and healthier future IF the momentum thus started gains enough traction. One of the main areas to help achieve a lot of things stated above is today called organic farming and I personally feel that the more information that the general public has the more informed decision they will be able to make on this important trend for a healthier and sustainable living. On the topic of ORGANIC FARMING most people I meet think that crops grown without the use of chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers are Organic. Add to that is the belief that crops grown using cow dung are organic. There is no distinction if the dung is of a young cow or an old cow, whether the dung belongs to a female Read More »

EAT MORE – WEIGH LESS

The 1st thing that needs to be understood is the difference between:- 1)  Zero Calorie foods, 2)  Negative Calorie foods, 3) Empty Calorie foods Except Water there is nothing else that you put in your mouth that is Zero calorie food. Having settled that issue once and for all, let’s look at the other two issues. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that there are some categories of Negative calorie foods that provide lesser calories to the body then the calories the body uses to process them. The trick is the jargon used in the labeling of these processed foods that fool many consumers. Empty Calorie Foods.Many packaged and processed foods contain empty calories which have little or no nutritional values instead they give your body mostly solid fats and added sugars which lead to weight gain & nutritional deficiencies. These are the foods to be avoided or had in moderation to maintain health and body weight. Items to be avoided  include Bakery items, Carbonated, sports and energy drinks, fruit juices containing added sugar, Read More »

Ted x Talk : Trust in Evolution not Revolution

There are 5 basic principles to growing organic food. The first is unpolluted water. The second is unpolluted air. The third is you need no traces of pesticides and fertilisers in the land. The fourth being good neighbours and the fifth being desi seeds, you cannot use hybrid seeds for organic farming.’  Join in Niharika Bhargava as she talks about what exactly is Organic Farming and what is not in her TEDx talk:

“It is health that is the real wealth”

To be healthy one needs to practice healthy habits. A healthy habit can be defined as a lifestyle that benefits one physically, mentally and emotionally. These habits contribute to the overall well-being. Healthy habits like eating well, exercising, avoiding harmful chemicals and toxins, sleeping well,  minimizing stress and maintaining hygiene are keys to promoting good health. Exercising being one of the major contributors to a healthy lifestyle also helps in improving the sleep quality, reducing stress, maintaining healthy weight and promoting longevity. Yoga, being the ancient form of exercise that originated 5000 years ago has gained popularity in the modern age as well, as it offers major health benefits- physical, emotional and mental. Yoga benefits each person differently. Many find that it helps them to relax, others find themselves feeling healthier and more energetic. Yoga benefits every aspect of our bodies inside out. Yoga as a lifestyle means far more than performing difficult poses or practicing deep breathing techniques. Rather, it is a philosophy about all aspects of how we live life. The ancient yogis Read More »

Homemade pickles V/S Factory Produced Pickles

Why Home Made Pickles Are Healthy For You. Till a few decades ago, grandmothers/mothers made pickles using seasonal fruits and vegetables at home by purchasing all ingredients locally. That is why in India we have such a variation in the way pickles are made of the same fruit/vegetable across India. If we just take Mango pickle in oil, you will find the recipe of making this pickle is different in every state and they taste slightly different too. That is because India has many agro-climatic conditions, every region has a different variety of mango that is used to make pickle and the spices and oil differ too depending on which region you are in. Pesticides and fertilizers were not in use and food adulteration was unknown (except the milk man adding water to the milk). They got organically grown fruits and vegetables, spices were un-adulterated and the oil was pure, shakkar was the preferred sweetener and vinegar was still being made from fermenting fruits in the village itself. It was these pure ingredients, which gave Read More »

Ancient secrets of human survival, how did people keep their food before the invention of refrigeration? Pickles – The survival Food

Before the invention of cold storages and refrigerators food was consumed within a few miles of where it was produced and consumed within a very short time of it being harvested. Grains, Rice, Lentils could be stored but fresh fruits and vegetables had to be consumed at the earliest. At that point of time people ate fruits and vegetables that were Local, Seasonal and Fresh. The main challenge that existed was the weather. In cold regions nothing would grow in the winter and in hot regions nothing would grow in the scorching summers, then how could a mother/grandmother feed her family fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Over the years, to solve this problem, humans worked on the art of food preservation, to be able to feed the family nutritious food even during the worse weather conditions and thus the art of pickling was born. In colder regions in the summer months they would salt the meat, sun dry the fish, sugar the fruits (Jam & Marmalades) and put vegetables in vinegar (Western style of Read More »