Hindu Mommy

November 19, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving everyone !

Filed under: Food/Health Related,General Stuff — hindumommy @ 8:26 pm

I will be offline for the next two weeks…Happy Thanksgiving to everyone


…And for vegetarians like me, who don’t do the “turkey and thanksgiving” here are some vegan friendly thanksgiving recipes from VegKitchen


November 14, 2006

Indians and Diabetes

Filed under: Food/Health Related,India — hindumommy @ 11:11 pm

A lot of articles have appeared in recent months on the rapid rise of diabetes among Indians  . The latest is an article from Rediff which has given India the unwanted honor of being  the diabetic capital of the world

So now that all of us are scared and terrified about this modern day killer, how do we take care of ourselves?.

Diabetes cannot be completely prevented since the primary cause for diabetes is genetic susceptibility due to our “thrifty” gene.  (Our ancestors developed this “thrifty” gene as a survival mechanism to store fat and tide them over famines – but unfortunately for us today the gene seems to have survived even though most of us have more than enough to eat 😦 )

Lifestyle changes do help – Eating healthy, exercising regularly and maintaining close to ideal body weight will help tremendously but is not a “magic bullet answer” that works for everyone.

Rosiglitazone – a newer oral glucose lowering drug has been suggested as a miracle drug that could slash diabetes cases.

But Rosiglitazone being a newer drug, there is no data on the possible side effects due long term usage of the drug. Also since it’s a more expensive drug I don’t think a lot of Indians would be able to afford it even if it was readily available

OK – so diet and exercise can help but any other miracle cure that we can actually use?

Yes – something really simple and something that’s a regular part of most Indian traditional diets.

Just eat atleast two cups of home made yoghurt (curd)

According to this article in the Hindustan Times , curd can slow down the progression of diabetes and lower bad cholesterol. A diet supplemented with curd can also delay the onset of glucose intolerance, hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia. Eating curd slows down the progression of diabetes, lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol.

For most South Indians, a meal is never complete till they’ve had curd rice at the end of the meal. I’m glad of this tradition now because it’s gotten me into a habit of eating yoghurt daily

Definitely some good news for the three crore diabetics in India.

October 8, 2006

Now spinach is good….BUT carrot juice and lettuce are bad

Filed under: Food/Health Related,Parenting — hindumommy @ 9:00 pm

 …so when can we start eating again without worrying about falling sick?

Maybe we just start feeding our kids french fries and Cheetos (atleast we can be sure they are free of trans-fats) followed by chocolate (which is high in anti-oxidants) 😀

Green leaf lettuce packed under the Foxy brand has been recalled from stores and distributors in California and several other Western states, according to the grower, the Salinas-based Nunes Co. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about carrot juice from a California processor that could be contaminated.


Dora says “Eat more veggies”

Filed under: Food/Health Related,Kids,Parenting,Preschool — hindumommy @ 8:06 pm

In an earlier post about junk food ads, I had asked the following question

How about Sponge Bob talks about broccoli or celery for atleast a quarter of the time that he shills for sugary cereal

Talk about strange coincidences. Today I went grocery shopping and was pleasantly surprised to see Dora (not exactly SpongeBob – but close enough) on top of the produce section.

g_homenick.gifThis is courtesy of the first fall Educational campaign by Produce for Kids.

The mission of Produce for Kids is to bring the produce industry together to benefit kids in support of Children’s Miracle Network

Their website provides a fun, interactive way for children to learn why fruits and veggies are good. They also have excellent recipes, and tips for parents for getting children to eat more of the good stuff.

The Produce for Kids is currently sponsoring the Healthy Kids Club for kids aged 5-15.

Vamanos ! Go fast to your local grocery store or online to Produce for Kids 

You may soon be dancing the “We did it – We did it” dance when your kids eat healthy without putting up a fight ! – Yay!!

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