To junk or not to junk?

I ALLOW JUNK FOOD IN MY HOUSE AND MY KIDS EAT WHATEVER THEY WANT!

I was talking to one of my old friend few days back and she told me this. I was surprised to hear this. As far as I remember her from our childhood days, she was always very conscious of what she ate and I never saw her bringing any junk to school. Now the question was, “why and how?”

WHY?

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Dealing with diabetes the ragi way!

Deepa Gandhi has a M.Sc Mphil in (Food and nutrition) and a Diploma in Food management from Milwaukee USA. She currently resides in Bangalore.

In this blog post, she writes about the need for including Ragi in our diet and how it is a must for diabetics.

In today’s modern, hectic and unhealthy lifestyle, people around us suffer from one health disorder or the other. We are well aware of the consequences of the lives that we are leading, but we are caught in a situation wherein we can do nothing to change it. With growing competition and race for wealth, money and career growth, we have put our health in jeopardy.

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Ragi- The magical food!

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Diabetes is a condition in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is not enough, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both.

Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), extremely thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia).

It is a long term condition which requires proper monitoring and care.

Are you always asking yourself, “What can I eat?” It’s time to stop worrying and thinking! If you have diabetes, it doesn’t mean feeling deprived. You just have to learn to balance your meals and make the healthy food choices.

Once you understand the benefits of eating a healthy diet, you can relax and eat variety of delicious food items and snacks.

Ragi is one such magical food item which can work wonders for people with diabetes as it helps in lowering of blood sugar levels.

It is commonly called as Finger Millet. It is cultivated in Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and a few others.

It is also recommended as food for infants of six months and above because of its high nutritional content, especially iron and calcium.

As a diabetic, one often worries about healthy snacking. You can easily have snacks made of ragi to keep sugar under control.

Ragi has been found to reduce the risk of Diabetes because of its high content of dietary fibre. It has a higher amount of fibre compared to any other grain and that is why it slows down the process of digestion, lowering blood sugar levels. It also has a low glycaemic index that makes it an ideal snack to prevent cravings and help to maintain blood sugar.

There are many other health benefits of Ragi-

  • Helps to lose weight
  • Good source of proteins
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Keeps acidity under control
  • Good for bones

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Back to school nutrition tips

Its back to school time for kids and again we mothers are worried about what to give our kids in school. Food is usually on the top of the list when thinking of going back to school. What will my kids take for lunch and snacks? Packing a healthy lunch and yummy snacks can be easy with a little changes here and there.
Here are a few tips-