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Posts Tagged ‘health’

NaBloPoMo – Day 12

Posted by Sowmya:) on May 12, 2014

How do you balance good nutrition and good taste?

The simple answer to this question would be ‘I don’t’. But I am making continuous effort towards finding tasty and healthy recipes. It is hard to incorporate healthy but not tasty food into your lifestyle. You can do it for a brief period of time but it cannot become a lifestyle choice.
I have achieved the low hanging fruits ie. adopted low fat versions of curds and milk, replaced sugar with nothing or honey wherever possible, avoid heavy or high fat food during the second half of the day, reduce rice, etc.
But to actually replace butter,cheese,mayonnaise, coconut is an issue I am trying to deal with.

In this regard, I discovered the low fat version of Baba Ghanoush, the middle eastern dip. It is easy to make and healthy plus tasty. Yippee! My journey towards healthy lifestyle with tasty recipes continues….

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Top 5 Vague justifications

Posted by Sowmya:) on May 2, 2014

We all get free advice and some of us dole them out too in scoops and dollops. I don’t have so much problem with the advice as I have to the reasoning or justification behind it. If you can give me some reasonable explanation I will listen to you. I may not act according to your advice but I will understand where you are coming from and I may be able to formulate a thought as to why that would work for you but not for me. Or I would accept it if it does work for me. But vague justifications are most irritating. Some of the most popular ones are –

1. It’s good for you.
What does that even mean? Is being good for me not a basic consideration and all options which are not good for me automatically rejected? All options that are to be considered have to be good for me. It’s a given. That cannot be the be all and end all of your advice. Not happening.

2. It’s good for health
That one is as vague as vague can get. Good for health? Do you mean it is good for my eyes or stamina or energy? Maybe liver, lungs, heart? Don’t you think that is one important piece of information you need to provide? If I have a good heart condition with no problems whatsoever, then don’t I have the choice to reject some yucky albeit edible stuff?

3. It’s good for the baby
That is one freaky piece of advice. You come at the most vulnerable time for a woman and scare the hell out of her, with best intentions of course. Then you proceed to tell her some mumbo jumbo with the damning suffix -“It’s good for the baby”. Not fair. Not fair at all.

4. You will thank me in 25 years
Agreed, I plan to live a long and healthy life. But, you are telling me that I may realize the benefit of today’s action only after 25 years? Honestly, does it make sense at all? And no, giving an example of a mother taking care of her child’s health is not done. Think something more original.

5. I have seen life / I have more experience
Sure you have. But do you realize how much the world has changed in the last five years? Do you think either of us know how it will be even 2 years hence? Your experiences may or may not have relevance in today’s scene then how can I take that as a basis to decide my tomorrow? Seriously, think about it.

And a bonus one inspired by my cousin-
6. We never asked our parents and did as we were told
Sure! That would have resulted in obedient children but not much of progress. We can not move ahead and discover and invent new things if we keep listening to the past. Good reason?

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