Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Plattershare --- Homechef meet in association with Farmz2Familiez and Dhyaana Wellbeing Cafe

Few days back I have received an email from Kirti about the first Plattershare homechef meet in Bangalore in association with Farmz2familliez. I am going through a busy schedule, but I checked my calendar and blocked the date as I was very much excited to meet Kirti as well as all the Bangalore based homechefs. Scheduled meet was on 3rd of February at 10 am. The venue sponsor was Dhyaana Wellbeing Café. The location is totally different than any normal café. When I reached the venue, I received warm welcome from Plattershare team. After that, we (homechefs) are introducing each other, it was pleasure to meet those people whom we met in a virtual social media platform and now meeting them physically is really an awesome experience.  My Saturday started on a positive note!

Dhyaana Wellbeing Café, Indiranagar


A Group Photo Image courtesy: Plattershare

A warm detox drink was served to welcome us. I just loved the taste of it and keen to know the recipe of it. After the initial introductory session. We were taken inside where two more surprises were waiting for us. Plattershare cofounder, Kirti gave a short and sweet introductory speech and after that one of the founder of the event sponsor F2F, Srilatha told us more about Farmz2familiez.

Earlier I was part of the Belly Nirvana Program and used their batter which really very good. Anyone can use these batters instead of market available fastfoods and prepare tasty recipes for the kids as well as adults. Click the link to know what all healthy options you can prepare with simple idli/dosa batters.  They have Multigrain Batter, Adai Batter, Appam Batter, Idli/Dosa Batter, Multi Millet Batter, Medu Vada Batter. These batters are not availabale in the Supermarkets as they are preservative free. You can visit their website and place a order or avail them through Daily Ninja or Doodhwala App.

Dhyaana café chef is showing the detox drink preparation

Two live cooking session was arranged for us. Chef of Dhyaana shared the recipe of the detox drink which I was really keen to know. All the daily spices including turmeric powder, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, julienne ginger, fennel seeds, green tea leaves  are being used to prepare this lovely detox drink.

Plattershare homechef and content partner Rajaeswari is cooking Carrot Adai Bites

Yummy Bites are getting ready


Ready to be Gobbled

Next session was the live demo of making Quick Carrot Adai Bites using F2F Adai batter. Plattershare homechef and content partner Rajeswari Annamalai gave this live demo and we tasted these delicious bites. She had used a creamy tomato-mint-cashew chutney as a spread on those small adai circles. The chutney really compliments the adai.

A must selfie, not an expert though
Chit-chats

After the cooking session, we had a wonderful session where we actually learnt about healthy wellbeing. Mr. Gopi Krishnaswamy from Dhyaana Wellbeing studio talked about healthy wellbeing and how to develop that. He talked about the difference between wellness and wellbeing. He made us realize that to be aware of each and every small thing we have and be grateful for that. Our busy lifestyle has made us mechanical and we have forgot to be thankful for getting the opportunity to live each and everyday. His session really gave us calmness to our mind. We also learnt about mindful eating. Post the session we had a bowlful of comfort food followed by a glass of cold iced tea.

Comfortable Meal after a good session

Finally we received gift hampers from F2F and plattershare. I really love those thoughtful gift hampers.

Thoughtful Gifts

We all said bye to each other and hoping to meet them once again. I headed towards home  with a bunch of good memories! My heartfelt thanks to Plattershare, Farmz2Familiez and Dhyaana Wellbeing Café.


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Noise Goes on Toss When You Choose Bose

Sitting quietly next to the window and staring at the sky on a lazy afternoon took me back to the memories of my past self! Life has changed a lot. A college girl turned into a professional, got married and later became a 'Mom'. It was a long journey and a roller coaster ride. I was an independent career focused girl however, motherhood changed my focus and the little angel is on the top of my priority list. I remember I was a hard-core music lover. Those college days I had a small FM radio which used to give me relaxed mind after morning to evening busy college schedule. Later my father gifted me a Walkman which was my companion for a longer period. Later I joined corporate job and purchased a mobile with mp3 player. After a hectic day it used to sooth my mind and I used to relax.
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Since I became a mother I am surrounded with lot of things.  I slowly started my professional career as a work from home professional. However, sometimes I do miss my solitude and musical relaxation. Many a times I put my earphones to listen the song but hardly I am able to finish it without any disturbances. Little angel watch Television and her cartoon characters  yell badly, I put a pause to my music and ask her to tone down the volume. Angel takes out her toy basket and her toys do speak or make sounds (I only purchased them 😐😐), again one more pause to my music. Angel goes out to play in corridor with her friends and you know outdoor plays cannot be quiet. When she goes to school I have 'n' number things to do --- taking client calls, finishing my writing projects, arranging things and other household chores. At times it happens while working I really forget to check some important messages. So no time for music and melodies during my working hour because once I enter into the musical world I may forget many things for that I may have to pay penalty later. 
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Recently my eyes got stuck into an advertisement while searching something else in the internet. I saw a Future Ready wireless headphone Bose QuietComfort 35 II which is Google VPA enabled. I could not overlook it and move on to the next page because my mind got a spark by seeing the features of it. It again revived my dormant wish to enjoy the musical moments of past without affecting my present schedule. Without wasting my time I started researching about Bose QC35 II, so that I can have one in my possession soon. 

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I am amazed by each of the feature of Bose QC35 II.  It has Google assistant built right into the headphones, so while listening to music I can receive texts and manage other daily tasks with my voice. I do not have to look into my smart phone. Pressing the action button I can start a conversation with my assistant. With Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology it cancels the outside noise and that's how I can detach myself from the noisy environment and enjoy my music. Building material of the headphone is so good that I can wear it for a longer time. In my busy schedule I often miss to charge my electronic gadgets frequently. Thanks to Bose QC35 II , it has up to 20 hrs of battery life. It has awesome sound quality which is an important criteria for a headphone. Google enabled VPA is an additional feature which would be very helpful for me about reminding certain tasks. Now with Future ready Bose QC35 II I can be the boss of my solitude musical moments. To know more about it don't forget to read this.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

'E'-at healthy 'E'-liminate Vitamin E deficiency and 'E'-njoy Life

I am sharing an  Exciting Enlightening Ecstatic Tale of Vitamin E...

After a bright sunny day, a wonderful soothing evening will start! The Sun is all set to go down and the Moon has started the preparation to come up on the sky.

Behind the scene...

After a tiring day Mr. Sun is heading back to home and Mr. Moon is going for the night shift. Almost everyday they meet at this time and have little chit-chat. Today was also not exceptional.

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Mr. Moon: Hello, Mr. Sun, How was your day?

Mr. Sun: Ya you know..how hectic my schedule is throughout the year...Today was also a busy day..

Mr. Moon: Yes! Everyone always eagerly wait for you...Moreover, these days people are very health conscious and you give something to them...oops I forgot the name..'vit vit...'

Mr. Sun: Buddy, its Vitamin D....

Mr. Moon: Oh! yes... I am not so advanced and these days I am forgetting most of the things because of my Age.

Mr. Sun: Hmm...I understand...

Mr. Moon: Hey what happened? Why are you sounding a bit low? Any problem?

Mr. Sun: Not really! But I don't know...People enjoy my presence but they are also concentrating on something else....

Mr. Moon: What do you mean? They are not giving importance to you...

Mr. Sun: No.... I am suspicious about their (human being) behaviour and  I think there is something else they are talking about these days😓.... Buddy, can you do me a favour and find out what is it? Because you (read your soothing moon light) can easily enter to the bedroom where at the end of the day people (mom-daughter, sisters, friends) discuss their secrets!

Mr. Moon: No worries dude! I will find out ..now I am getting late, will catch up soon!

After few days...

Mr. Moon: Hey Mr. Sun ! I got some info for you...Come in we will sit and discuss over a bowl of  Broccoli soup and some crunchy almonds!

Mr. Sun: Ah! I knew you will find it out... But we could have discussed this thing just over a cup of tea or coffee, why this combo of soup and nuts😦

Mr. Moon: The combo is the answer of your question...

Mr. Sun: Tell me clearly...

Mr. Moon: Apart from Vitamin D, they (human beings) are concentrating on Vitamin E too. This broccoli soup and almond nut have plenty of it... Don't worry , your importance has not decreased, just that they are concentrating on other important nutrients too to be fit and fine...

Mr. Sun: Oh...is it? Anyway, I am relaxed 😇😇 and this soup and nuts are good combo.....I will include them in my diet chart...Find out more info about this Vitamin E and pass it on...

 Unlike other vitamins and nutrients, Vitamin E is also an important vitamin which is crucial for our health. Vitamin E is known as Tocopherol. It is a fat soluble vitamin and play a key role in human health.

Everyday our body get exposed to the various pollutants. We are exposed to the smoke, dust, chemicals and many other things. Due to the exposure to the pollutants, free radicals are formed in the cells. These free radicals can damage the cells and this affects different parts of our body including hair, skin and other organs. Aging is also a factor which generates free radicals in the body.  Accumulation of free radicals generate oxidative stress in our body which makes us feel tired and also result in other health problems.

Vitamin E is known as an antioxidant. Antioxidant is a substance which helps to stop oxidation. In living organism antioxidants are capable of preventing oxidation of cells and thereby prevent cell damage. Vitamin E also helps to delay the aging process. It helps to keep the immune system stronger against all the microorganisms. Vitamin E is found to be beneficial for treating certain conditions including cataract, asthma, skin issues, aging, respiratory infections and many more. Vitamin E is the secret behind many youthful skin which are smooth and flawless. Vitamin E acts a protective shield on the skin's surface and thereby locks the moisture. A dry irritated skin could  indicate the sign of vitamin E deficiency.

A common problem of hair fall we all experience nowadays. Vitamin E can help to improve hair growth with hair loss. Vitamin E enhances the blood flow in the scalp which helps to improve hair health.

Every problem has a solution and so the vitamin E deficiency has. It is important to include vitamin E rich food sources in your daily diet chart. Here are the list of foods which are the natural source of vitamin E:
  • Vegetable oils (e.g.: sunflower, corn and soyabean oils.)
  • Nuts (e.g.: almonds, peanuts, hazel nuts, etc.)
  • Seeds (such as sunflower seeds)
  • Green Leafy Vegetables (such as spinach and broccoli)
  • Egg yolk, margarine, cheese, wheat germ, oatmeal, avocados, olives etc. are also good source of vitamin E.
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Apart from the natural source, vitamin E supplements are also available. Vitamin E supplements are often recommended when human body is not able to get enough of this vitamin from their regular diet.  Topical application of vitamin E is also beneficial for skin and hair. Evion Supplements are well known brand of vitamin E products. It is a leading manufacturers of vitamin E in India. #Evion is the India's no. 1 doctor recommended vitamin E. To know more about #Evion, please visit: www.evion.co.in/

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I try to include macro as well as micro nutrients in my everyday diet. I prefer having nuts, broccoli, spinach, oatmeals, cheese, egg which are good source of vitamin E.  Whenever I am having a busy schedule of work I always try to keep hands full of nuts (especially almonds) in a bowl so that I can munch while working. I add few stir fried broccoli florets in our daughter's roti roll or add them into our noodles or soup. I found a very good way to eat spinach is to add few chopped leaves of spinach in the dal (lentil soup). 

If you are suffering from hair fall or skin problems, do consult with your doctor who can explain about the reason behind it and solve your problem prescribing suitable medicine including vitamin E supplements. 

'E'-at healthy 'E'-liminate Vitamin E deficiency and 'E'-njoy Life