Saturday, August 30, 2008

Nice huh???

Still thinking of a good topic to the mean time....jst enjoy these powerful quotes....more quotes to come soon


Sometimes it's better to put love into hugs than to put it into words.

U DoNt fAiL iF U fAll,U fAiL iF U dOnT TrY tO GeT uP.

Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down...

"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice..."

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Nintendo Wii Fit

Wii Fit is a video game developed by Nintendo for the Wii console. It is an exercise game consisting of activities utilizing the Wii Balance board. The balance board measures a user’s weight and centre of gravity. The software can then calculate the user’s body mass index when told of the player’s height. The game has roughly 40 different activities, including yoga poses, push ups, muscle workouts, aerobics and other exercises.

Moreover, it is such a wonderful game and a lot more fun than going to the gym. So you are anyone like me, who hates the gym atmosphere then Wii fit is the one for you.

GI Diet

Before we think about why the idea of GI is valuable when you are watching your health or your waistline, we need to know what GI actually means.

The glycaemic index is all about what happens to your food once it’s left your fork. When you eat carbohydrates (such as bread, potatoes, pasta, cereals and sugary foods) your body digests it and converts it to glucose, which can be used for energy. As the carbohydrates get converted to glucose, the glucose level in your blood rises. GI is simply a ranking of carbohydrate foods based on the speed at which they raise blood glucose levels after they have been digested.

Eat the following food often – they are your best friends:

• Grainy breads such as multigrain, soya, linseed and softgrain white.
• Porridge and muesli
• Raw vegetables
• Fruits especially apples, pears, strawberries and peaches
• Basmati rice, sweet potato, couscous
• Beans – choose from baked beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils
• Lean meat, fish and poultry – eat egg, quorn, tofu and nuts if you prefer vegetarian meals
• Nuts – have a handful a day to help manage your weight and lower your blood cholesterol levels.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My first cake

I am so excited to share the picture of my first ever icing cake, I baked this for my husband as a surprise gift for our 12th Wedding Anniversary. Surprisingly, it tasted lovely and my hubby was quite pleased with the results...for me, am over the moon, since then I have baked chocolate cake and guess came out soft and fluffy.....damn, I cant believe I have had a secret baking gene in me and only jusr discovered it. Results, I am going to start baking classes next month, looking forward and cant wait now. Sindhu's Cakes and does that sound for my bakery shop...lollls.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Aduki – The Weight Loss Beans

Aduki beans are small, reddish-brown beans with a white ridge along one edge. Cooked, they have a sweet, nutty flavor. They originated in China but are also popular all around the world now for its health benefits. Adukis are one of the highest protein and lowest fat varieties of bean. They contain high levels of potassium and fiber, as well as B vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin, and minerals such as iron, zinc, and manganese. According to traditional Chinese medicine, aduki beans benefit bladder and reproductive functions and the kidneys, and are therefore used to treat problems such as urinary dysfunction and bladder infections. Aduki beans are rich in soluble fiber, which speeds up the elimination of waste from the body, promoting regular bowel movements and preventing the body from absorbing harmful substances. Soluble fiber has also been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) in the blood, this amazing bean is also called as the Weight Loss bean, helping you to get rid of those excess fat. One cup of cooked aduki beans has as much iron as 4 ounces of lean steak, more folate than a cup of cooked spinach, and about as much protein as 4 tablespoons of peanut butter.

FIBER 12gm
IRON 4.6m.g
POTASSIUM 1,224m.g
ZINC 4m.g
VITAMIN [B.sub.1] (THIAMIN) .26m.g
FOLATE 278mcg

Basic Cooking Instructions:
Soak 1/2 cup of beans overnight in ample water. Drain and simmer in 2 cups of water for 40 minutes to an hour. Alternatively, pressure cook the soaked beans in 2 cups of water for 5-9 minutes at high pressure. If you don't have time to soak the beans, pressure cook for 15-20 minutes. Once boiled, it can be used in Casseroles, stir fries, Chilli con carne with veggie mince.

If you have never tried Aduki, why not try making it, you will love the taste, and also extra benefits come with it too.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Fancy a cuppa? Try Green Tea

Green tea is made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis, that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originates from China and has become associated with many cultures in Asia from Japan to the Middle East. Recently, it has become more widespread in the West, where black tea is traditionally consumed. Many varieties of green tea have been created in countries where it is grown that can differ substantially due to variable growing conditions, processing and harvesting time.

Over the last few decades green tea has begun to be subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting regular green tea drinkers may have lower chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer.

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
• Lowers Cholesterol level
• Helps with weight loss
• Loaded with Antioxidants
• Can help prevent tooth decay

Why not introduce green tea as part of a healthy diet, drink green tea after every meal for a month and see the amazing results.

Relaxing Reflexology

Reflexology is a gentle healing art which dates back to ancient Egypt and China. It is the holistic understanding, study and practice of treating points and areas in the feet and hands that relate to corresponding parts of the body. Reflexology can act as a form of pain control. There are two ways that reflexology can do this. Firstly by encouraging the body to produce endorphins, this is the body’s own natural painkiller. By stimulating the pituitary gland reflex during the reflexology treatment it increases the amount of endorphins released into the body.

Reflexology is suitable for all ages and throughout every stage of life. This gentle therapy may bring relief from a wide range of both acute and chronic conditions.
Reflexology has been shown to be effective for:

Stress reduction
Improves blood and lymph circulation
Revitalise energy
Back Pain
Weight Loss
Hormonal imbalances

Before your reflexology session you will have a consultation with your therapist to discuss your treatment. If you have a foot injury, blood clots, thrombosis, phlebitis or other vascular conditions, please speak to your specialist or GP before you have reflexology.

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