Body shaming is never OK

LisbonWe cannot escape it! Endless talks in media to have the ‘perfect’ body — being skinny, but not a stick; being curvy in the all the right places; no stretch marks or bumps. It’s like we are being forced and conditioned to hate our bodies. At this point of time loving our bodies seems aberrant. But what we don’t realize is that body-shaming is making us sick, not motivating us to do anything and pushing us towards depression (okay maybe ‘depression’ is a strong word, but you get what I mean).

We are constantly told to change our appearance. Even articles in magazines write about hiding our ‘imperfections’. The entire concept sells us the lie that by shaming ourselves we will be motivated to take action, lose weight and feel better. And it’s not just happening to people who are fat. Skinny people are body-shamed too. Criticizing yourself or others because of some aspect of physical appearance can lead to a brutish cycle of judgment.

So what is the pathogen for body-shaming? Criticizing your own appearance, through a judgment or comparison to another person or vice-versa. Expressing genuine feelings rather than physical criticism can be a great first step. There’s a thin line between constructive criticism and being plain harsh. Identify it! Find people who celebrate their body and make you feel positive. It’ll help you deal with body image issues more than you think. Find something you like about yourself (for the love of god). There’s a good chance you love your new hairstyle or eyes, despite your struggles with your body image. Don’t stop at one. Find some THINGS.

In an interview with WebMD about loving your body, Christina Hendricks stated: “Even now, it’s never been a focus in my life. I’ve always been fit, I’ve always been active, and I’ve always been healthy, but I’ve just tried to live my life the way I live it. It’s nice that I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about it lately, but I’m just doing what I normally do.” Having gone through body shaming myself, I’ve realized that it takes a second to get bothered about every comment. People tell you, you should avoid negativity, even if it’s staring you in the face. However it’s easier said that done. So take baby steps. Maybe you’ll feel stronger with balanced eating. Nothing and I mean NOTHING beats that.

Note: Body shaming imposes mental, emotional and physical pain. Let’s avoid it!

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Pack your bags and give the academy a RAIN check

“Life is a beautiful thing. 

Pack a bag, make a playlist.

 Watch the world. 

Don’t speak. Just listen”. 

Famous words by my future boyfriend John Mayer (denial is a better way).

1474382035_luggageFeeling inspired? I know I am. If you’re tired of a 9:00-6:00 job, if you’ve been feeling like work is a prison, if you think you’re in a rut and if you’re done with thick travel guides that barely give you any information, then this one is for you. 9 DESTINATIONS with just the kind information you need. So bring out your knives as I serve you the ‘perfect weekend getaway plan’ on a silver platter.

Agra

Distance: 211 km from Delhi

Travel Time:  Around 3 hours

Get lost in the history of India and peep into the lives of Mughal emperors. Agra which is one of the most famous cities in India is known for being birth place of one of the nine wonders of the world. The Taj Mahal which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz, is a work of art and not to be missed while you’re in the city. Local sweets are another thing to add to the list. Take some time out to try the delectable ‘Petha’, an Indian sweet made of ash gourd vegetable is available in different flavours and colours. So take the chance to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Amritsar

Distance:  477 Km from Delhi

Travel Time:  Around 7 hours

1474382276_movie-02Why: Also known as ‘the jewel of Punjab’, the city is full of historical sites and delicious food. Amritsar houses the famous Golden Temple, one of the most sacred pilgrimage spots for Sikhs. It is called the Golden Temple because of its iconic golden dome. Visitors are expected cover their head while they’re in the temple premise. Make room for a giant glass of meethi lassi’ in your stomach and traditional juttis in your suitcase.

Alwar

Distance:  165 km from Delhi

Travel Time:  Around 3 hours

Why: Situated within the grand Aravalli hills, the Siliserh lake is a ‘must visit’ when you’re in Alwar. Put your headphones on and get lost in the beauty. Take a short trip to the Government Museum and explore the lives of Rajputs and Mughals. Entry fees is 5 rupees, and believe me it’s a bargain.

Lansdowne

Distance:  236 km from Delhi

Travel Time:  Around 5 hours

Why: Surround yourself with oak and pine trees as you drive up to Lansdowne. This place is the perfect destination for a road trip as the entire stretch from Delhi to Lansdowne is covered by the National highway. The cantonment town is full of eateries so don’t stop yourself from splurging. The local markets are yet another attraction of this peaceful place. Escape the heat by driving up to Lansdowne and enjoy the pleasant whether.

Rishikesh

Distance:  228 km from Delhi

Travel Time:  Around 5 hours

Why: Bring out your walking shoes and sports wear cause it’s time to go to Rishikesh. Adventure seekers get ready for rafting and trekking cause June-July are the best months for river rafting. The packages also include cliff diving and camping. Rishikesh is an ideal choice for a weekend getaway for those seeking tranquility. Keep your evenings free for sitting infront of the bathing ghat and enjoy the amazing sight of the evening  aarti while the temples chant hymns and pilgrims offer prayers.

Jaipur 

Distance:  269 km from Delhi

Travel Time:  Around 5 hours

Why: Also known as the pink city because of the colour of the stone exclusively used for the construction of all the structures, Jaipur is the best place to visit if you’re in the mood to educate yourself about culture and arts. The celebrated past of Jaipur comes alive in the palaces and forts that were the residence of the royal families. Jaipur Literature Festival’ which is one of the largest free literature festivals, takes place in Jaipur in the month of January. Variety of goods available in stores, makes Jaipur an excellent place to shop. Some of the most popular items are bangles, silver jewellery, clothes and textiles.

Mussoorie

Distance:  340 km from Delhi

Travel Time:  Around 7 hours

Why: Looks like I saved the best one for the last. A walk along the Mall road is an order when you’re in Mussoorie. The Mall road is one of the major attractions of the city and known for shops that sell tibetan jewellery and glass rings. Kempty fall, which is one of the most popular spots in Mussoorie, is every nature lover’s dream come true. The falls, situated mid way between the Dehradun-Mussoorie path, are amazingly thrilling and beautiful to look at.

Now that you have a tailor made guidebook, all you need to do is put some stuff in a bag and take off. Remember that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Spend this weekend on the road. Happy travelling!

Please note: Travel time can vary depending on the means of travel and traffic.

A little part of Italy in the heart of Delhi

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Courtesy: Zomato

Located on the first floor of PVR Plaza Building, H Block, Connaught Place, Caffe Tonino is the perfect place for Sunday Brunch. The ambience of the restaurant instantly puts you in a good mood. Shades of yellow bring a smile to your face and the wooden floors make you feel comfortable and cozy. The staff is welcoming and attentive and the service at the café is very prompt.

Caffe Tonino offers a range of Italian pastas and salads that go with a variety of cocktails available in the drinks menu. For starters, one must try the Antipasti della tradizione con verdure, which is a platter of sundried tomatoes, grilled eggplant, marinated artichokes, tomato mozzarella basil, crackers and some more Italian goodness in small portions. The platter is an excellent choice for 2 and it leaves just the right amount of room for the main course. For lunch I would recommend a Pizza bianca, a thin crust pizza loaded with gorgonzola cheese, mushrooms, thyme, mozzarella and caramelized onions (wasn’t a fan those), along with some Penne Arrabbiata in spicy tomato sauce. End your Italian affair with some Tiramisu, a coffee flavoured Italian dessert that’ll knock your socks off.

Overall, Caffe Tonino is a great place if you’re looking to get away from the crowd in the inner circle of Connaught Place or craving some authentic Italian food.

Lean is in: Healthy winter meals under 30 minutes

They say ‘you are what you eat’. Well, if that were true, I’d be a cheese cube. Winters are here, which means it’s going to be harder than the usual to drag your lazy ass to the gym . Heres a few suggestions that’ll help you boost your immune system and keep that gorgeous figure intact this season. 

Start your day with a healthy breakfast as it truly is the most important meal of the day. Not only does the right kind of breakfast kick-start your brain but it also helps you slim you down. Start the day with a protein bar. While choosing your brand, make sure you go for the one that has nuts and fruits instead of fat and sugar. If you’re looking for something that’ll keep you full all morning, then yogurt is the best option for you. There are a millions things you can add to your low fat yogurt but if you’re looking for healthy options go for berries and fruits. Not only do they add more flavor to the yogurt but they also prevent you from getting bored of eating the same plain yogurt every morning.

Bran bars, Courtesy- Onecaketwocake

A crunchy salad is an ideal option for lunch and even though there are a zillion options that you can choose from, there’s two easy recipes that’ll fill your stomach, keep you healthy and make your lunch exciting. Black Bean and Corn Salad is number one on my list. All you need is a salad bowl, beans, corn, avocado, bell pepper, tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro. Throw in everything in the bowl and mix. Prepare some lime dressing, and pour it over the salad. Stir salad to coat vegetables and beans with dressing, and serve. Fruity Pasta Salad is another delicious option and makes for the perfect on-the-go lunch. For pasta salad you need boiled whole wheat pasta (any kind), pineapple chunks, low fat mayonnaise, chick peas, salad greens, cheddar cheese and some balsamic vinegar. Mix all in the ingredients in a large bowl and serve. Those who are looking for a healthier option, eliminate cheese from the recipe and use canned pineapple after draining the chunks properly instead of using a fresh pineapple.

As far as the last meal of the day is concerned, it is important to keep it light because you don’t do a lot of activities after dinner and your body fails to burn the carbs you consume. Nothing says winter like a bowl of piping hot soup. Lucky for you, I have 2 recipes that fit the bill and reduces hours of slaving in the kitchen.

Lentil Soup-  Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add some sliced onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in garlic, oregano, and bay leaf; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve stir in spinach, and cook until it wilts. Add some vinegar and salt and pepper for taste. Add a piece of whole grain bread to your dinner.

Lentil soup, Courtesy- chow.com

Chicken Noodle Soup- Pour some chicken stock into a pan and add the chicken, ginger and garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, partly cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken to a board and shred into bite-size pieces using your hands. Return the chicken to the stock with the noodles, corn, mushrooms, half the spring onions and the soy sauce. Simmer for 3-4 minutes until the noodles are tender. Voila! you’re done.

Cold pressed juice: Staying fit just got juicier

Are you tired of feeling bloated and hungry at the same time? Do you feel like you need a pot pie to get through the day? Are you feeling lethargic and lazy from your unhealthy eating habits? Did I mention I’m talking about myself? If you’re anything like me then you must be wondering how to stop? Diet plans can not only drive you insane, they can also lead you to gaining more weight than shedding some. However, I have discovered a modern solution to all your eating disorders. COLD PRESSED JUICE TO THE RESCUE!

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Juice it Up! 

Cold-press method of juice extraction provides a minimum mixing of air with the juices which results in very slow oxidation or decomposition. It involves grinding and pulverizing vegetables and fruits, before applying excessive pressure through a hydraulic pump to squeeze out every drop of juice. The process uses lowest possible levels of heat. The tremendous pressure exerted by juice press gently and completely extracts the natural fruit sugars, vitamins, enzymes, trace minerals, and other vital elements. Cold-pressing juice is a method of juicing that enables juice to be bottled and maintains a 72-hour shelf life.

While the concept has gone viral in the US, it is still trending in countries like Australia and India. So why should you pay a little extra and go for cold pressed juice instead of the normal juice you make in your kitchen? JustPressed has an answer for you. The company, that also represents India’s version of cold pressed juice, believes that these juices are much healthier and here’s a few reasons why you should pay extra bucks to get them. According to the company, cold pressed juices contain certain amount of Superfoods that provides your body with much needed nutrients.

Turmeric – Renowned for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties, this helps in weight management, healthy digestion and nourishes the skin.

Chia Seed – A concentrated food containing healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, proteins, antioxidants and fibre.

Spirulina – A cyanobacterium, this is one of the richest and one of the most complete food source in the world. This has very high protein content and improves overall health.

Wheatgrass – A powerful detoxifier and has beneficial enzymes which are good for enriching the blood.

Dates Rich in several vitamins, minerals and fiber which are necessary for a balanced and a healthy diet. Dates promote muscle development and combat anemia and digestive disorders.

Lemongrass With great anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, this also has an amazing flavour. This is a great detoxifier and is very effective for pain relief and a sore throat.

Honey Anti-inflammatory, honey is anti-bacterial, boosts memory and provides a wide array of nutrients.

These are not the only type of Superfoods that are being used in cold pressed juices. The trending drink also contains a delicious mixture of fruits and vegetables like carrot, apple, beet, lemon, coconut meat, almond etc.

Time for a Little Detoxification 

Some of the reasons why you need a juice cleanse is because your body needs a break from digesting food. Through cleanse, you can increase your energy levels and release toxins. And the best part about cleanse is that it reduces bloating. So what do you need for a juice cleanse? All you need to do is order some of the mouth watering cold pressed juices and have them 3-4 times a day. Remember, while doing a juice cleanse you can’t have solid food if you really need to flush out all the waste from your body or lose extra kilos. You can also get them delivered to your doorstep from Justpressed.in. No more excuses ladies, staying fit just got juicier.