Monthly Archives: March 2015

Naukasana– For strong abdominal muscles and a flat tummy .

This yoga posture has been named after the shape it takes – that of a boat.

yogaHow to do Boat Pose (Naukasana)

1.Lie on your back with your feet together and arms beside your body.

2.Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, lift your chest and feet off the ground, stretching your arms towards your feet.

Your eyes, fingers and toes should be in a line.

3. Feel the tension in your navel area as the abdominal muscles contract.

4. Keep breathing deeply and easily while maintaining the pose.

5. As you exhale, come back to the ground slowly and relax.

Benefits of Naukasana (The Boat Pose)

  1. Naukasana strengthens the abdominal muscles.
  2. It helps to remove belly fat.
  3. It improves digestion.
  4. It tones and improves the health of all organs in the abdomen especially the liver, pancreas and kidneys.
  5. It strengthens the muscles of the arms, thighs and shoulders.
  6. Naukasana stimulates intestinal peristalsis.

Googly in your bowl

spot lightIt’s the world cup season and everyone is afflicted with the world cup fever. With special cricket menus to cricket stars dishing out their favorite recipes we have seen it all these days. So we at Herbs at Work too decided to soak into the cricket fever and decided to present our thoughts with a little Googly !

There are lots of things that we are used to doing in the usual way coming from the good old days. But a little twist in our eating habits and voila ! So this article – Googly in your bowl is about replacing a traditional food item with slightly new one – such that it not only appeals our taste buds but also results in a healthier you.

Broccoli – The Wonder Green

Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large, flowering head is eaten as a vegetable. Broccoli resembles cauliflower, which is a different cultivar group of the same species.Below are the few benefits of eating Broccoli:

  1. Cholesterol reduction: Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.
  2. Reducing allergic reaction and inflammation: Research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. Broccoli even has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well know as an anti-inflammatory.
  3. Powerful antioxidant: Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, other powerful antioxidants.
  4. Bone health: Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis..

Add broccoli to your wonder diet.This wonderful veggie , apart from being a cancer combatant, goes a long way in protecting you from air and vehicular pollution.

Here’s a simple Recipe as prescribed by renowned celebrity chef Tarla Dalal herself . Broccoli and Baby Corn Stir Fry Broccoli and baby corn together make an interesting combination because they complement each other in appearance as well as taste. The cashewnuts add an element of crunch to this exciting mixture of vegetables.

tarla dalal

Ingredients

1 cup broccoli (parboiled)

1/4 cup baby corn , sliced diagonally (parboiled)

1/4 cup onion cubes

1/4 cup capsicum cubes

1/4 cup french beans , cut diagonally (parboiled)

2 tsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)

1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 3/4 cup water

of sugar

7 to 8 cashewnuts (kaju) , lightly fried

2 tbsp oil ,  salt and freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste

1. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan, add the garlic and stir fry over a high flame for a few seconds.

2. Add the onions, capsicum, broccoli, baby corn, French beans and stir fry for 2 minutes.

3. Add the corn flour paste, sugar, salt and pepper and simmer till the sauce thickens.

4. Serve hot, topped with the fried cashewnuts.

This can be an easy option for your child’s tiffin box too!

What’s your “Me” time?

Coming back from the gym – all sweaty and after a rigorous exercise; yet it felt energetic, adrenalin high and in general happy. Well, beyond the obvious scientific reasons of exercise, heart pumping blood circulation et al; one of the main reasons that those days are some of the best days is because I was completely recharged- as a battery! Those 20-30 minutes is like a time off – time off from all sorts of thoughts like kids, homework, grocery list, office assignments etc. Whether taking a walk outside in the open or walking on the treadmill it was only my smartphone with favorite songs as good company. It was as if-  I was in my world but slightly out of it for me timejust 30 minutes. It was… my “Me Time”

With work time, partner or family time and social time all demanding our attention; we are constantly juggling our day-to-day responsibilities. Finding as little as 15-30 minutes a day of uninterrupted, relaxing “me” time is challenging at best. “Me” time allows us to De-stress, unwind and rejuvenate. Taking time for yourself allows you to renew, heal, and create reserves of energy and peace. So how can we make sure that with all these activities going on around us , we are able to prioritize ourselves first?

Here are some tips that can prove helpful in the process.

1. ME” is individual – it includes doing something that YOU like doing. It could include one of your hobbies or executing one of the goals and resolutions (after all weight loss, healthy living is a universal goal and have been in our list for quite some time) or it could be as simple an activity as looking at the sunrise and sipping a cup of hot brewing coffee!

2. Make yourself a Priority – First please realize how important it is .Look at it through another lens – taking care of yourself will make you a better parent and partner. You’ll    be more fun to be around and more responsive to your family!

OK, so you’re convinced. It’s time to take time for you. Now, when can you fit it in? Don’t wait for the time to just magically appear. It won’t.

3. Schedule Your ‘Me’ Time – it is as important as the pediatrician’s visit, the office conference call or your meeting with the interior designer. Treat it just like any other appointment. Many of us are efficient project managers in our work lives; but not so well in our personal lives. You have to build in battery recharge time. Maybe starting with at least 20-30 minutes a day is a good idea at first. And yes while you’re building into your schedule, promise yourself that you won’t waste it.

4. Don’t think of what’s coming up nextMany times while we are executing routine; we end up “planning our day”. Planning the day ahead is a good practice; but waiting for a few minutes won’t cause any harm or upheaval in the schedule. Just be present in that moment – no matter what is happening around you.

There is always that cupboard which will need to be cleaned, or a grocery list seeking your attention but for those 30 minutes – all this and more can wait.

While talking to a few friends – there were a myriad of activities available that could be considered : 

  • Sit on the porch with a cup of coffee and the newspaper. Or a cup of coffee and no newspaper. Just watch the clouds go by. No phone or calendar allowed.
  • Pet your pet. Focus for 5 minutes on cuddling with cat or dog. You’ll both feel better.
  • Put on your iPod and hit shuffle. Then just sit and listen.
  • Read one chapter of a book you’ve wanted to make time for. Keep a basket in your office or living room with a good book, magazine, crossword puzzle, or other short escapes.
  • Find a nearby park and go for a brisk walk.
  • Putter. This doesn’t mean cleaning the house or organizing your kids’ clothes. Instead, it means doing little things at home that you enjoy, like trimming the rosebush and putting together a bouquet for your office or kitchen.
  • Schedule a class that you’ve always wanted to take just for fun.

Remember these “ME” time activities are so positive that they make you feel good about yourself and contribute to building a happier you.