Tuesday, 22 May 2018

We make these memories for ourselves

A Selfie is a golden memory not just of the people in it but also of that place and time which is captured forever with us. This reminds me of Ed Sheeran’s song, Photograph,
“We make these memories for ourselves,
Where our eyes are never closing,
Hearts are never broken,
Time’s forever frozen still...”

When it comes to selfies, every selfie clicked on my phone has a special memory and place in my heart. But when it comes to best selfie, I feel that “all giggles” selfies are the best selfies. They’re candid, pure and brings joy whenever you look at them in future. 
This reminds me that I am always at my selfie mode when I meet my sister on weekends. It’s just that she perfectly matches my level of craziness that we always tend to click perfect selfies with weird and at the same time, happy faces. I feel that’s because she’s the only person with whom I don’t feel self conscious about my looks or anything at all. 

We are always on a selfie spree, be it in market, at relatives, on vacation or in our room too. To sum up, I would say that we don’t need any particular reason to click selfies. It has become a hobby since the time I got my first phone. Wait a minute.. No! I guess it’s been since my father got his first smartphone. Since then, we’ve been clicking selfies with weirdest faces and then laughing together by making fun of each other’s faces in those selfies. 
Though the picture quality wasn’t used to be quite good at those times and I remember there wasn’t any front camera too, so you had to turn your phone screen facing backwards to click a picture without even knowing how it may turn out. But with time technology has grown exponentially as now the only thing you need to put in to click a good picture is a good pose and rest can be sorted with Mobiistar phone’s front, dual selfie camera that captures a 120° wide-angle shot. So you can capture your parents, uncles, aunties and their kids too in the same frame. Isn’t it like the best thing ever? 

Thanks to technology that now anyone can upgrade their Selfie experience to a whole new level by using the Selfie camera of Mobiistar. In case you’re wondering how to buy it, you can follow this link to buy Mobiistar on Flipkart.

Recently, when I was browsing through my phone’s gallery, I found nothing but my sister in all of my selfies. She has taken literally a big room in my gallery and I never feel the need of deleting any of them because it makes me smile helplessly in the times of stress. I guess that’s the cheapest stress reliever I would find anywhere, Isn’t it?

Coming to the point, I had so many selfies that are so close to my heart and are my favorite equally. So, it’s impossible for me to shortlist just one. But I have a few of priceless ones that I would always keep protected in my gallery. 

The one where we pretended that
 we're enjoying 'Holi' on Social Media.
The one when I turned 23 and all she gave
me was excuses for not buying any gift.
The one with good filter but pathetic faces.
The one where she was pissed that I'm getting good lighting.
The one with puppy faces because, Why Not?
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Sunday, 22 April 2018

#DefinitelyPTE, Your One Stop Solution

Being a Punjabi, I feel it’s our janam-siddh-adhikaar(Birthright) to go abroad for studies or work as you would literally find an array of Punjabis wherever you go. 
We Punjabis have grown up listening to only one thing which is ‘ek baar bahar chale jao toh life set hai.’(Once you relocate to abroad, your life is sorted)

But jokes apart, it’s not at all as easy as it sounds to go abroad for higher studies or for work purpose. There are innumerable unforeseen challenges that you encounter once you venture into this journey of moving to abroad. So, either one can prepare oneself for all those hurdles and hassles or they can choose a hassle free way out. I’m sure anyone would go for the second option, but does this option actually exist? I would have said no, but thankfully I came to know about PTE academic which changed my no to a big YES as #DefinitelyPTE is one of the best and painless ways to clear your way out to moving abroad. 

I feel many people including me are either unfamiliar or doubtful about the steps, requirements and validations of the whole process of moving abroad, one of which is passing a widely accepted and renowned English test. PTE academic is one such computer based English Language Test that helps thousands of aspirants to demonstrate their proficiency in English language for universities, work or immigration purposes. 
PTE Academic comprises of 3 parts that is Speaking & Writing, Reading and Listening with each question assessing one or combination of several language skills.

When it comes to choosing an English entrance exam, the first priority should be its recognition and acceptance. What’s great about PTE is that it is widely accepted among thousands of institutions covering 100% of Australian, New Zealand and Irish universities, 96% of UK universities and a growing number of universities in Canada and USA including some of the most prestigious institutions such as Stanford University, Harvard University and Imperial College, London. These high-end names are no longer a dream if you have decided to clear PTE with flying colors.
Second priority is the ease of preparation for the same. Thankfully, Pearson offers an ample of resources for practice and preparation online at pearsonpte.com/prepare. Here one can find free preparation materials including practice tests and videos. Additionally, they also provide PTE Preparation Courses, books and study packs to prepare online.

Along with this, PTE Academic also have some fringe benefits over other competitive English Tests:

Flexibility of Registration
One of the best things about PTE is that it offers registration upto 24 hours in advance. This is quite helpful as one may not be able to register 4-5 days prior to exam date since you are not sure whether you will be available on the respective date or not, but due to this extent of flexibility, you may not worry about the registration. Plus, you can register for any day of the year as the test is available over 365 days a year, covering 200+ locations worldwide out of which over 25 test centers are within India itself covering easily reachable cities like Chandigarh, New Delhi, Bangalore, to name a few. 

100% computer based, no bias
This 3 hour single sessioned test is checked completely by computer without any human interference so there’s zero chance of bias. Hence, only the deserving ones get through this test.
It also offers an optional 10 minutes break so you can take rest and the ones in hurry may opt to continue without any break.

Fast and better delivery of Results
Once you appear for the test, results are available within 5 business days via secure score report website with score validity of 2 years. Also, the test is scored on a scale of 10-90 with detailed breakdown of skills, thus giving you an accurate outlook of your abilities.

Seriously what more can you ask from an English entrance exam? #DefinitelyPTE is a one stop solution to your dream goals.
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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Travel: The reason behind my salvation

It’s been rightly said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness.”
You can only get redemption when you’re out of your four walls of confinement. I never knew travel could do wonders like getting you out of depression, enriching solace and peace, finding the lost pieces, solving your tangled puzzles and answering your soulful questions until I myself experienced it and let me tell you there’s nothing better than the feeling of caressing the natural beauty of world. Though my love for travel is inexplicable but I have tried to put it partly into words. So, here’s a piece of poetry as a tribute to my travel diaries:

The murmuring of birds and whistles of winds,

The blue blooming buds and animal footprints,

Hushed my ever anxious heart with their calming imprints.

The gushing waterfalls like loosend up strings, 

The foliage leaves of fall with their own set of wings,

Made me drool over their charm and lull whispering.

The highness of mountains, the depth of seas,

The seduction of fountains, the spell of trees,

Charged fire in my veins, infused thrill in my knees.

The morning dew drops with blissful butterflies,

The dancing of crops and beguiling sunrise,

Initiated love in the air, said my brightened up eyes.

Nature exploration turned my dull soul delighted,

Which was earlier, fearful, hesitant and blinded,

But relishing the taste of travel, eventually made it open minded.

When they inquire my travel inspiration,

I promptly point at nature’s creations,

For they are the reason behind my salvation.

For they are the reason behind my salvation!

I’m sure, like me, you too can find your salvation in traveling. And for your travel ventures, Lufthansa has brought to you their #SayYesToTheWorld campaign where you just have to tell them why you say yes to the world and you stand a chance to win a trip to Europe! Exciting, isn’t it?

I will surely try my luck, I hope you try yours too. For more information, do checkout this url.

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Saturday, 31 March 2018

When I said yes to the world!

Growing up in a joint family, I have always had a lot of spoons to feed me which made me a very dependent and reserved child because I used to rely on my family for anything and everything. I always had support wheels on my cycle of life so I had never gotten a chance to fall and stand on my own or perhaps learn from my mistakes. I mean who would want to make friends if you already have a bunch of your cousins in your school? Yes, as much weird as it may sound, I didn’t make any friends in early years of my schooling as I was always surrounded with my cousins whenever I needed a friend. Little did I know that being independent is very crucial for self confidence and self development.

This fact hit me hard when a School trip to South India was announced covering Bengaluru(also called Bangalore), Ooty, Mysore and Coimbatore. This was a dream vacation for a child belonging to North India who had never traveled more than 100 miles until then. The only problem with this dream tour was that it was only limited to 9th grade students and none of the guardians were allowed with children. Of course all of my cousins were either elder or younger to me so they weren’t allowed to go as well. I being a quiet and reserved girl I was, was not willing to go without any company. At the same time I was also very curious to travel the other side of country with all my fellow classmates. Thankfully, my parents agreed to pay a hefty amount of 11k bucks to school which was indeed hefty at that time. I still remember how nerve wracked I was in the beginning but gradually I made up my mind to venture into the first experience of living independently.

Though I had plenty of classmates in this trip but still I was all alone and independent as I didn’t have any great friends neither was I the teacher’s favourite. This was the first time I had to step out of my comfort zone and I am glad I made that decision. It eventually turned out to be one of the best memories of my life where I made some best of friends and foes. I learned to take care of my belongings when on vacation because no one else will. I learned how great and helpful strangers could be, also I learned not to blindly trust them. It surely made me a lot more prudent spender as I had to manage all my expenses(shopping+eating) in the money that was given to me by my parents as I didn’t have a debit/credit card back then.

I went to this trip for the exploration of beautiful spots but I certainly ended up exploring my true self. It made me open minded towards many aspects and subjects of life which where literally a “no-no” for me, one of which was traveling without a company.

Not to forget, I also made some fairly foolish mistakes which I shouldn’t have made but then it was necessary to make me a better person. It was necessary to do mistakes as I learned how to make amendments which I had never experienced before. It was indeed a great deal for a child who was completely dependent on her family to live without them in the opposite side of country for 11 whole days. But, to be honest, I did not feel the need to ask for any kind of help from them throughout these days which made me very proud of myself. This trip certainly made me self assured, it made me feel good about my self which was very important for a self-critical, unconfident, shy and introverted girl.

I am glad that all of it happened, I am glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and said yes to open-mindedness which was undeniably saying yes to the world. I learned that all you need is a step to initiate and the entire world is yours to embrace.

I love how Lufthansa has taken the initiative to serve as an empowerment to your travel dreams. Yes! you heard it right, just say yes to the world and Lufthansa will open the doors for you by supporting your travel with their "#SayYesToTheWorld" campaign. For more information, do checkout this url.


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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Water is finite, value it!

The elixir of life, the basic neccessity of a living being, the stablizer of weather, the beauty of nature, the first medicine to mankind, so many tags for just one name, Water. But do we actually value it enough?

That’s the biggest question of the hour and remains so since quite a long time. That’s because ignorance in water conservancy has always been constant from our end, the only difference between then and now is that water scarcity situation has become much more alarming and threatening.

Someone has rightly said, “No blue, No green.” Green signifies life, growth and development. If there’s no blue(water), there’s definitely no chance of green(growth) as water plays a major part of driving our nature and its habitants. I don’t think anyone needs to be explained what water does for us, it’s quite evident to everyone how important water is for us. However, despite knowing all, we tend to take water for granted, sometimes unknowingly and other times deliberately.

How many of us get so busy in adoring ourselves in mirror of our bathrooms that we almost forget that the tap is still on?
And how many of us prefer showering instead of using water buckets?
I see many hands up, one of which is mine too.

I once read that our mind constitutes of three parts, conscious mind, sub-conscious mind and the last is unconscious mind. The conscious mind comprises of all the present thoughts that are concerned to us, followed by sub-conscious which contains thoughts that are somewhere remembered by us but we don’t think about them frequently. And lastly, the unconscious mind has thoughts which are almost forgotten and very difficult to recall. We have a tendency to neglect and overlook things that are not reminded to us time and again as the thoughts gradually travel from our conscious to unconscious mind. So, it’s very important for all of us to remind each other about the goodness and greatness of water so that we never overlook the unnecessary usage, “wastage” of water and try to conserve it for our coming generations as much as we can.

The most important and alarming fact about water is that “water is finite”. Though it is renewable but that solely depends upon our practices and water management.

We as individuals can easily contribute towards water conservation by taking small steps towards saving water in our everyday lives. One such remarkable contributor to water conservation is Livpure which has taken the initiative of introducing the wonderful and innovative concept of #CuttingPani inspired by the cutting chai culture of Mumbai, encouraging people to ask for only needful amount of drinking water and thus promoting the efficient use of water. I have already signed the petition for adopting #CuttingPaani initiave. I hope you do your part by clicking here.

#CuttingPani reminds me of an incident where my mother taught me to always bring empty glasses and a jug full of water for guests so I could serve them only the needful. I have followed the same practice since then, little did I know that indirectly I am too contributing towards saving our irreplaceable resource, water. If we all follow and spread the ethics of saving water by taking little initiatives like #CuttingPani in our daily routine, a lot of water can be saved for other necessities of life and for our younger ones too.

You can also check below links to read about some ways of saving water and educating young minds:
  1. 5 Ways in which leftover water from your glass can be used
  2. How to make use of water saved by #CuttingPaani
  3. Ways to educate children about conserving water at home
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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Get Future Ready With #BoseQC35

Growing up as a kid, I have always heard about Bose as one of the biggest brand names when it comes to speakers or headphones. It has always rightfully been regarded as the king of sound which earlier used to make me wonder the reason behind it. I had seen my friends craving to have Bose headphones for it had the best audio quality, they said. I was always skeptical about all the hype for Bose that’s been there since years. Recently, when I came to acknowledge about some startling features of the Bose Quiet Comfort wireless 35 II headphones, it left me nothing but awestruck. 
Bose QC 35 II has been top rated and listed among the best over ear headphones of 2018 by top media and tech websites like CNET, Lifewire and TechRadar. Its world-class noise cancellation and integrated Google VPA (Virtual Private Assistant) features have taken the world to a next level in terms of technology and sound quality. The extent of ease has crossed all the boundaries as now you can handle multiple essential tasks with a single dedicated action button on these headphones. It can play music, receive texts, make calls, set reminders, surf the internet, forecast weather, work as a navigator, teach as a professor and entertain as a friend... And there’s much more for you to explore once you get your hands on it. 

The most exciting thing that I find about QC35 II is its bluetooth wireless capability, so you’re not bounded to wear those messy wires every time you need headphones. At first I was worried on knowing this as I doubted the battery life of the headphones, but subsequently I came to know that the battery charge lasts for as long as 20 hours. Moreover, when your battery finally runs down after ample of usage, a minor 15-minute charge gives you 2.5 hours of battery which is UNBELIEVABLE!! But for people like me who are always running short of time can keep the plug in cable as a backup plan which will keep my music playlist playing unstoppably. You can also manage connecting and switching between devices using their App which is absolutely free. 

Finally, I have known why people chant praises of ‘Bose’ gadgets. However, the skeptical kid inside me still sometimes challenges Bose with some set of questions to which the awestruck fan inside me have spot on answers to justify the brilliance of Bose. A similar conversation happened between my past and present self which was as follows:

“So you’re saying that these headphones have so called ‘noise cancellation technology’, huh?”, inquired my past self.

“Ahan!”, my present self followed.

“What if I’m travelling to Nangal from Chandigarh to spend weekend off at home and I put on these headphones during my commute. Will they be able to cancel the huge noise of horns, running wheels and yelling of people?” 

 “There’s a reason why they belong to Quiet Comfort series, it’s because these smart headphones are capable of cancelling all levels of noise. And you can adjust the noise cancellation level depending upon the background noise via the action button, as simple as that”, I answered while brushing off my shoulders.

“Well, that’s what I presumed, by the way. But what about the wear and tear? You know how fragile these things are. And in our experience, no headphones have lasted longer than an year until now. Do you have an answer for that?”

I smiled instantly and boasted, “FYI, these headphones are specially built with impact-resistant materials such as glass-filled nylon and corrosion-resistant stainless steel which make them durable enough so they can easily last much longer than your resilient skepticism.”

“Whoa! that sounds cool. But you’ll probably have no answer to my next question.”

“Bring it on Miss Skeptic”, I replied promptly.

“For people like you who carry two phones due to multiple sims, can they connect both their mobiles at same time?”

“Of course, why not? You can easily connect the headphones to two devices simultaneously via NFC. When one of them rings, headphones will automatically detect which one is it and you can easily answer that call. Anything else miss resilient skeptic.”

“Well, I must say that’s quite interesting! But despite all the uses and features that QC35 offers, you still cannot use it all day. Over ear headphones are so uncomfortable to wear for long time. Will you be able to avail all the benefits with such discomfort?”

“LOL! You don’t have to worry at all about that because they’re not just ordinary headphones, the headband of light-weighted QC35 is wrapped in Alcantara®—the soft covering material used in yachts and high-end automobiles to provide extra softness for all-day listening. Not to forget that the plush ear cushions are manufactured from a synthetic protein leather which creates a heightened level of comfort for you so you would hardly feel like you’re wearing any headphones”, I said while raising my collar
with pride. 

Listening to all the bang on answers, my old perception finally had to come to terms with my present love for QC35 and got enlightened with the brilliance of Bose. 
QC35 II headphones are by far the best of their kind and hopefully will unveil much more features as their App advances in near future. 

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The Big Switch: It's never too late by John thomas

“The Big Switch: It's never too late” by John Thomas is a motivational novel that inspires young minds to always follow their dreams and never give up. Every employee of private sector working “9 to 5” (pun intended) would surely relate to the protagonist’s character and the instances mentioned in the novel. The story starts on a happy note turning the life of Keith’s character upside down and then again ending on a positive note. 

It highlights the unfair ethics followed in most of the jobs nowadays, where only the people who are in good books of managers like Mathur end up being satisfied and rest are disregarded, irrespective of the amount of efforts and hard work put by them throughout the year. However, not all managers are biased and rude, some people like Ramesh can be kind and friendly too and the same is depicted in the novel. Same is the case with Maya and Kyra’s characters which are totally opposite to each other. Ramesh and Kyra’s introductions in Keith’s life evidently change Keith’s attitude towards perceiving his life and decisions. My favorite character in the novel is of Brijesh as he is one of those loyal friends who always stay by your side and are the only ones that cheer you up after you long tiring day at work. It’s really interesting to watch Keith’s life taking new paths with every turning page and how his frowning character moulds and grows gradually into a much mature and composed personality.

Personally, I could totally imagine myself in Keith’s character as he struggles between his personal and professional life. It infuses positive energy and enthusiasm to listen to your heart and keep believing in it until you succeed. 
The most inspiring thing about this novel is how everything falls right into place with time after enduring all challenges that life throws at you. The troubles and demoralization that Keith faces would have left anyone hopeless but it is quite stimulating to see him get out of the difficult situations as a true winner. One would definitely feel happy after reading the ending part and this would leave a constructive impact on readers. 
The thing which sets this book apart from others is that Keith doesn’t live his childhood dreams but instead finds new interests like football and writing and devotes his entire self towards it.

The theme of the novel is a little cliched where a frustrated individual finally decides to enjoy his life and take risks which eventually turns good for him. The book is not a page turner as you would gradually sense what’s next so it is quite intuitive and similar to various success stories of people who took risks and found their actual calling.

This book is a must read for people who are disappointed with their careers or love relationships. It guides you to choose what’s the best for you when things aren’t going your way.
It is not the kind of book which portrays suspense, twists or drama. It is quite instinctive and would not leave your jaws dropped but definitely the apt one for happy ending lovers.

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Monday, 22 January 2018

Combat Eczema With Evion

Vitamin E is certainly one of those elixirs that serve numerous benefits to mankind and I am fortunate enough to have witnessed a lot of them, if not all. One of those was my mother’s fight against eczema using the goodness of vitamin E supplements as a weapon to combat the stubborn rash.

It all started almost an year back when my family shifted from a well settled house in an urban city to an outworn government quarter in a small town as my father’s job was transferred to that place. This affected us to a huge extent. Everyone in my maternal family tree has very sensitive skin that is very much susceptible to environmental changes, including me and especially my mother.

The cracked walls of our rental home welcomed a lot of dust particles and insects to enter in the kitchen, bathroom, dining area and almost every corner of the house even after taking so many corrective actions. Consequently, this infected my mother’s skin and it started reacting in an unpleasant way. She started having rashes, redness and dryness in her skin which were clearly the signs of eczema. I have seen her struggling with itchiness and discomfort in that period of time which was very disheartening.

We took a lot of medication which did calm the rash, but all of that was temporary and did not help in long run. Finally, my uncle who happens to be a pharmacist, advised us to try Vitamin E supplements to cure this ailment of hers. She started using Evion 400 mg capsules by applying the oil present in the capsules, directly to the affected skin.
Evion Supplements are known to hydrate and nourish the skin, thus healing the inflammation of skin.
Luckily, we started seeing the results earlier than expected, soon my mother was relieved from the stubborn rash and redness. Since then, she uses it everyday by mixing few drops into her daily moisturizer before application. Honestly, I was not aware of what wonders Vitamin E could do before this incident. It definitely motivated me to avail the benefits of Vitamin E in my daily life to see the long term results especially in my skin, hair and nails.

Thanks to #Evion- India's No.1 Vitamin E Brand, for being our knight in shining armour.

If you too are facing any skin inflammatory issues, then please give it a try! For more information check out http://www.evion.co.in/
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Saturday, 20 January 2018

The A, B, C of Vitamin E

Let’s begin with the A, B, C of Vitamin E,
Unlocking the biggest doors with this fruitful key,
Did you know Vitamin E could act as an antioxidant?
Empowering your muscles, skin and hair to a vast extent.
When painful menstruation is about to knock the door,
Don’t you worry, just take a dose few days before,
Vitamin E will take care of alleviating those painful cramps,
So you could dance, jiggle and twirl like a real champ.

Giving revival to skin that’s dull and dead,
Is a cup of tea for Vitamin E, the doctors said.
Do you have some painful memories that left stubborn scars?
Then vitamin E could serve your wish made at the shooting stars.
It heals and hydrates the affected area,
So you could see your skin getting merrier!
Be it the signs of aging, acne or sunburns,
Vitamin E aids all your skin concerns.

From lightening the dark spots to soothing the stretch marks,
The goodness of Vitamin E earns everybody’s good remarks.
Even some obstinate eczema and psoriasis,
Have to run away when Vitamin E bosses.
Having beautiful long nails is no longer out of way,
As Vitamin E fosters your nails day by day.
Now let’s see what’s in store for the frizzy and damaged hair,
Oh look, it’s Vitamin E again, all set to banish your despair!

It even cures the scary premature balding,
By nourishing and thickening, and stopping the falling.
It also boosts and upgrades the muscle strength,
By keeping all the fatigue at an arm’s length.
It is disguised in different covers and shades,
Like Almonds, Spinach, Broccoli or Kale.
Supplements are available to compensate the deficits,
My personal favourite is Evion, for it has numerous benefits.

Its lustrous capsules are extremely inexpensive,
Though their uses are surely extensive.
These can be applied directly or taken orally,
So you could avail all the benefits pretty fairly.
When someone asks, what’s the secret behind my glowing skin,
I always hail the green capsules of Evion for this win!

I'm sure now you too, are well aware of the benefits of Vitamin E. #Evion - India's No.1 Vitamin E Brand, has never failed to get appreciated for the Vitamin E goodness filled inside its products. Evion supplements are widely recommended by many doctors and medical practitioners. 
Personally, I  started using it after I heard its benefits from my friends, colleagues and my roommate too. I also saw its recommendations in many videos on YouTube which encouraged me to try its products and I have been using them since then. I have seen an evident change in my skin and hair. I definitely recommend it to everyone who are struggling with any kind of skin conditions or hair problems. To know more about Evion Supplements, do checkout- http://www.evion.co.in/

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

How to recover from Bulimia Nervosa?

For all those who don’t know what Bulimia Nervosa is, it is not a Harry potter spell!

And not at all funny. It is indeed a serious eating disorder where people tend to binge which is followed by purging. That means, people suffering from Bulimia eat excessive food in short period of time and then try to avoid gaining weight by getting rid of eaten food in various ways some of which are fasting, vomiting and eating laxatives, etc.

My encounter with Bulimia happened almost 4 years ago when I had lost about 15 kg in just nearly 3 months because I was mocked for being overweight earlier in my college days and I used to feel lack of confidence and humiliated because of it. I studied and researched a lot about calories and daily food intake and got very fearful of gaining weight after that.

I am a big time foodie since my childhood days and not just that, I have a habit of ingesting anything and everything either when I’m under any stress or when I’m angry or upset or just bored. And I don’t have a control on that once I start hogging, I would eat the entire packet of bhujia at once and then cry about it afterwards because I used to feel so guilt stricken after that.
Once I lost weight and gained knowledge about calorie content in everything, this fear of gaining weight and habit of hogging started haunting me throughout my entire day, I started thinking only about food all the time.

What would I eat next? 
What should I eat so that I don’t gain weight but it should satisfy me completely? 
Should I wait until evening to eat next meal or I should eat now and skip dinner? 

And the list of questions was never ending...

I was always so preoccupied with the thoughts of food that it started becoming unacceptable by my parents. I was very secretive about it and I never used to tell about it to any of my friends because I was doubtful what they would think. I didn’t want to get judged as some maniac.
Thankfully, I had never gone to the extent of vomiting to get rid of my guilt of over eating but I remember taking lots of digestive pills right after binging to induce bowel movements and the worst part was the botheration that I felt every time I ate. I used to skip meals, either breakfast or dinner so that I could eat more at tea time. I remember a time when I was on diet and my father had brought my favourite bakery’s biscuits and I was so fascinated by it that I ate the whole packet and then threw up just after that because it was too much for me.

I used to binge eat only when I was alone because I am very shy and I generally do not eat much in front of anyone though I always want to. I was losing weight constantly and I reached a point when I weighed only 40 kg and all my existing clothes had become two sizes bigger for me. That was the time when I realized that I have to stop it right there.
And I actually did. Today, I have a healthy weight and have got control over my eating habits. I have started enjoying eating in a healthier way and don’t feel ashamed of it.

From all the experience that I gained from suffering to recovering from Bulimia, I have come to the conclusion that fasting and dieting are the main reasons why people tend to binge eat because they have been holding their desire to eat food for so long, throughout their day, avoiding all the extra calories that they end up eating a lot more at once to satisfy their hunger which turns to be quite harmful than otherwise eating small frequent meals.

So, here are the 5 tips for people who are in the same boat in which I was few years back:
  • Never starve yourself, it’s never about what you eat, it will always be about the quantities that you intake. Eating small quantities of fast food will never make you gain weight. But if you still feel the need of eating more, you should switch to a healthier diet like eating muesli or oats upma instead of fries or chips. Nevertheless, eating large amounts of muesli or oats or in fact anything can also be harmful. So, you should always practice having small quantities of food at a time.
  • Eating short meals and drinking water frequently is a great way to control your appetite, it keeps you full and hushes your urge of binging.
  • I don’t feel anyone binges purposely or consciously, it is always when you’re out of your consciousness. So the best way to avoid binging is to be occupied with some or the other work all the time as they say, free mind is the home of devil. I personally, stopped binging when I got busy with blogging and studying. I recommend everyone who is suffering from Bulimia to get involved in activities of their interests which can be either physical or mental activities.
  • Practicing yoga and meditation are great ways to deal with stress which is the main cause of bingeing and purging. Meditation always helps you to make your mind free of any subduing thoughts which eventually makes you relaxed. Yoga is another wonderful means of relieving your mind with thoughts of food and getting into a healthier shape.
  • Last but not the least way to fight Bulimia is getting motivation and confidence in your skin. You can either join any motivation classes or look for it on the internet or from any of your near and dear ones. Because at the end it’s your perception about yourself that matters, that actually controls your actions. If you feel confident about yourself, you will never have any fear or hesitation in carrying yourself out in the social world.
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Mushroom Quinoa Rissoto

Italian cuisine is one of the most liked cuisines of every household and so is in my case. So, in the wake of this fact, I’m going to share a very special Italian recipe which is known as Rissoto, with a healthy twist added into it. 

Here, instead of rice, we will use quinoa which offers comparatively more dietary fibre and protein. Surprisingly, quinoa even beats brown rice when is comes to its mineral rich properties, especially Iron and Magnesium. Thus fighting the so called “Iron deficiency” in kids and women with this delightful main course dish.
Not only this, in vegetables, we will use one of the most prominent sources of iron, that is Mushroom along with onions or any veggies of your choice.

Preparation time- 20 minutes
Servings- 2

  • 3/4 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1-2 garlic cloves- finely chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon zest
  • 4-5 Coriander leaves

  • Add water in a pan and set it to boil on high flame.
  • Once the water boils, add quinoa and reduce flame to low.
  • Add salt and cover quinoa with lid for 10-15 minutes or until water get fully absorbed.
  • In a separate pan take olive oil and add onion to let it sauté until the color changes to pinkish brown.
  • Add garlic and mushrooms into the pan and stir well.
  • Now add the spices and salt and stir again.
  • Sauté until mushrooms become soft.
  • Mix this mixture into boiled quinoa and add lemon zest and coriander leaves on top for garnishing.
  • Your mushroom quinoa risotto is ready to serve. Enjoy!

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