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Diaper Rashes – Your Wipe’s Fabric Is the Cause.

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Being the mother of a newborn baby is a joy to behold. From carrying your baby in the womb to holding it in your arms for the very first time, you get overly attached to your baby. The fragile bones and the paper-thin skin makes you exceedingly protective. All you want to do is take good care of your baby and make sure that the baby is in the best of its health and spirits. To ensure this, you go to extreme lengths. You baby-proof the house, buy the best quality of food, the softest of clothes and get all the vaccinations.However, amid all the hassles of raising a baby, one often tends to forget about diaper rashes that cause extreme discomfort.

Diaper Rashes

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The skin of a baby is paper-thin and extremely delicate. Thus, only the softest and purest form of fabric should be used when it comes to your baby. You’ll be shocked to know that the diapers or the wipes that you use may be made up of abrasive materials like polyester that are toxic to your baby’s skin. These diapers or wipes, whenever used, act as an irritant and cause immense discomfort to your child.

The solution to this problem, as clinically proven, is very simple. Use pure form of water to wash/clean your baby. You may even use cotton balls soaked in pure/clean water to wipe your baby.

However, this method is highly inconvenient and cannot be sustained.

Thus, to tackle this problem and make it easier for you, I’d like to introduce you to Mother Sparsh Baby Water Wipes.

Mother Sparsh Baby Water Wipes – As good as cotton and water.

Mother Sparsh

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These baby wipes are a revolution in the childcare industry. The Mother Sparsh baby water wipes are India’s first water-based wipes. These wipes are made up of 98% water.

Being made up of 98% water, these wipes provide the utmost care to your baby’s delicate skin. Wiping your baby with the Mother Sparsh Baby Water Wipes is equivalent to wiping your baby with cotton and pure water. These wipes are made by keeping the same concept in mind. They are just a way more convenient and preferable way to wipe your baby.

Due to the convenience factor, these wipes are widely preferred over the traditional age-old method of wiping your baby with cotton and water.

Dermatologically tested

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The Mother Sparsh Baby Water Wipes are dermatologically tested to prove that these do not cause any kind of rash or allergy to the baby’s skin.

These are made up of 100% biodegradable plant fabric and are environment-friendly. Not only are these the best options in the market when it comes to baby wipes, but the brand “Mother Sparsh” also encourages environmental sustainability.

0% Polyester

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Unlike the rest of the diapers and baby wipes available in the market, the Mother Sparsh Baby Water Wipes have 0% polyester. These are made of velvet-soft plant fabric with 98% water. Thus, these are hypoallergenic i.e. unlikely to cause an allergic reaction to your baby’s skin despite the repetitive use.

The polyester present in the diapers or wipes that you use acts as an irritant to the ever-so-delicate baby skin. Thus, “Mother Sparsh” came out with these water-based wipes that have 0% polyester and are the perfect choice for your baby.

To give your baby the best care possible, opt for the best baby wipes in the market – Mother Sparsh Baby Water Wipes; As good as cotton and water.

To buy the Mother Sparsh Baby Water Wipes – Click Here.

Healthy Ingredients – #Godrej Food Trends 2018 Contest #GFTR2018

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With the ongoing Godrej Food Trends 2018 contest, the best bloggers in the country are going head to head for the title. With hundreds of entries flooding in, the competition is gruesome. Everyone wants to be victorious. However, this contest, unlike any other, is not just about winning. As much as I understand it, it’s about creating awareness among the people in our community. India, being the nucleus of the food realm across the world, is the birthplace of innumerable food fanatics. Moreover, the Indian food is infamous for its rich cultural diversity and tantalizing flavour. Thus, there is a dire need to create awareness among the food fanatics about the ongoing trends in the food industry.

To do this, the Godrej group, in association with Vikhroli Cucina, came out with the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018. This report serves to be the reservoir of all the expected food trends in the year 2018. It gives us a deep insight into the trends that are anticipated to catch on this year.

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The Godrej Food Trends Report 2018, along with the Godrej Food Trends Contest is a peerless initiative taken up by the Godrej group to quench our undying thirst for “What’s next in the food industry and where it’s headed.”

Being an active health and fitness blogger with a zeal to satiate my food fanaticism, I often found myself going through the insightful Godrej Food Trends Report 2018. Although I have written an article on the Trends in the Indian Food industry, I wanted to shed some light on another noteworthy trend – Healthy Ingredients.

The Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 highlights a variety of trends.

A few of the trends are listed below.

  1. Food Trends
  2. Restaurant Trends
  3. Trends in The Home Kitchen
  4. Beverage Trends
  5. Health and Nutrition Trends

Of all the trends, the trends regarding the health and nutrition caught my eye.

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HEALTHY INGREDIENTS

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The Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 provides a thoroughgoing insight into the expected trends regarding the ingredients being used in the food that we so rapturously gulp down.

With several health problems like obesity, heart problems, diabetes etc. on the rise, people are becoming more and more health conscious. The average joe wants to be eating healthy to sustain a healthy lifestyle. As the people get more health conscious, there will be a change in the quality of food they consume. The attention will shift from the unhealthy junk food to natural, organic whole food. Thus, there will be a paradigm shift in the food industry as more and more healthy ingredients will be incorporated in the food that we consume. This is what the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 highlights.

  1. Local Millets

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According to the report, everyone in the expert panel (100%) claims that local millets like Jowar, Bajra, Kodo, Amaranth, Ragi etc. will be the craze in 2018. With people getting more and more health conscious, the adoption of local millets will be on the rise. Moreover, we as a community need to be aware of the importance of incorporating our locally grown diverse food crops into our food. Not only will it help our farmers but will also ensure the lifelong sustainability of our diverse culture and rich food.

What are millets?

Millets are basically small-seeded hardy grasses that can be easily grown in dry areas. These are rich in nutritional content and are non-glutinous. Millets are easy to digest and are a better source of nutrition than wheat and rice.

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Apart from the several health and nutritional benefits, there is one major impact of incorporating millets in our diet. The integration of more and more millets in our diet will help a lot of underprivileged farmers and will put them out of their misery. A lot of farmers in India grow millets as they can be harvested in a matter of 65 days and do not require much water. Thus, if millets were to become the preferred cereal grain in India, a lot of farmers will be benefitted. We, as individuals should strive to help and give back to our community as much as possible. I will definitely incorporate millets in my diet from now on. Not because the health benefits are off the charts, but because we need to stick to our roots and not forget our own.

Here is a list of 25 healthy recipes that will help you incorporate millets in your diet – Click Here.

Moreover, if you need any information about millets, here is a blog I stumbled across that has in-depth knowledge of millets available in our country. Feel free to check it out.

https://millets.wordpress.com/

 

  1. Moringa

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About 67% of the panel believed that Moringa, also known as the drumstick tree, will be the rage in 2018. Moringa is a widely cultivated species that is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is grown in the foothills of Himalayas and in several other tropical and sub-tropical regions. Its leaves are used as a vegetable in many regions. Moreover, Moringa is widely available in powdered form. The powder is nutrient-packed and has innumerable health benefits.

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Health Benefits of Moringa

  • It is rich in vitamin A and C.
  • It is jam-packed with minerals.
  • It is rich in amino acids that are the building blocks of protein, thereby Moringa helps in muscle building.
  • It helps prevent diabetes.
  • It lowers the bad cholesterol level in the body and prevents several heart-related problems.
  • It helps in the suppression of gastric trouble in the body. It is anti-inflammatory.

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These are just a few of the health benefits of Moringa.

Species like Moringa are the agricultural jewels of our country. However, we are not even aware of such species. It is because of such initiatives by Godrej, that we the people are made aware of such crowned jewels.

To buy Moringa powder from Amazon – Click here.

  1. Cold-Pressed Juices

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Cold-Pressed juices are the healthier alternative to the normal juices available in the market. The difference is in the manufacturing process. A cold-pressed juice is not prepared like the normal juices that available for consumer consumption.

Instead, these are prepared using a different method.

These juices are prepared by pressing fruits and vegetables with a hydraulic press. The immense pressure gets the fruits and vegetables to release juice that is then collected and packaged in bottles.

The benefit of the Cold-Pressed Juice is that it is free from any preservatives. It is the raw form of juice that is directly obtained by pressing your favourite fruits and vegetables. No added ingredients, no added preservatives. That is the USP of a cold-pressed juice.

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These juices are usually expensive due to their preservative free, all-natural manufacturing process. However, with the present trends, we have seen that people are willing to pay a premium for healthy alternatives. Thus, I too believe that cold-pressed juices will be the new hype in 2018.

Here are a few DIY cold-pressed juices that you can try.

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  1. Probiotic enriched products

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Not all bacteria are bad bacteria. In fact, we all have millions of good bacteria in our gut. The bacteria present in our guts help us digest food and improves our digestion process. The bacteria in our gut are an absolute necessity if we want to have a good digestion process and stay away from problems like constipation.

Mostly all health problems are caused by a faulty digestion process.

That is the thought behind incorporating bacteria in several food products.

Probiotics, as the name suggests, are good bacteria.

“Pro” meaning Pro-life and beneficial to us and “Biotics” refers to bacteria.

Thus, several products are enriched with good bacteria to help us accentuate our digestion process. These products have innumerable health measure and are a rage among consumers.

Natural probiotics include yoghurt (dahi), buttermilk (lassi), pickles etc.

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If you want to know more about probiotics, here is the link to the ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PROBIOTICS.

 

  1. Indian Super Foods

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India is the country of that first started using plants and herbs for medicinal properties. We gave birth to Ayurveda – the traditional system of medicine. Thus, our country has a rich heritage when it comes to superfoods. However, we are oblivious to such foods and are often keen on foods imported from abroad.

Most of the people living a healthy lifestyle incorporate foods like quinoa, kale, avocado’s etc. in their diet and they end up overlooking the Indian superfoods that are readily available.

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But, as the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 suggests, more and more people are willing to invest in our own culture and stick to our own roots. Thus, the Indian superfoods will definitely catch everyone’s attention in 2018.

For more information on Indian Super Foods, feel free to check out Rujuta Diwekar’s book – INDIAN SUPERFOODS: CHANGE THE WAY YOU EAT.

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Here is a list of a few Indian superfoods.

  • Ghee
  • Amla
  • Curd
  • Turmeric
  • Ragi
  • Jau
  • Jackfruit
  • Coconut oil

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“Note: “This post is a part of the Godrej Food Trends Blogging contest hosted by Fashionablefoodz in association with Vikhroli Cucina and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. Godrej Food Trends Blogging contest, Fashionablefoodz or Godrej is not responsible for any kind of Infringement caused.”

Trends in the Indian Food Industry #Godrej Food Trends 2018 Contest #GFTR2018

The Indian food industry, unlike any other, serves to be a mecca for food fanatics not only in the nation but around the globe. According to the latest statistics available at the Indian Brand Equity Foundation (ibef.org), the Indian industry will be valued at a whopping US$ 65.8 billion by the end of this year. Moreover, with the sixth largest food and grocery market in the world and the food retail market expected to hit US$ 895 billion by 2020, the Indian food industry stands tall among the rest, rightfully claiming its place like a behemoth.

You will not find a tongue in the world that is not tantalized by the idea of devouring any of the numerous mouth-watering dishes that our country has to offer. Be it the infamous chicken tikka masala, the flavour-packed biryani or the mighty masala dosa, just to name a few. Heck! I’m salivating just writing about these. The diverse culture and the flavourful cuisine, always packed with a punch, is the quintessence of the Indian food industry.

It is self-evident that an industry of such magnitude will captivate the eyes of every food aficionado across the world. Thus, to satiate the never-ending curiosity pertaining to the Indian food industry and what it has to offer in the years to come, the Godrej group came out with the “Godrej Food Trends 2018 Report”.

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This report has been curated by the finest experts in the food space. Many established food and health professionals, nutritionists, chefs, gourmet writers and bloggers have contributed their esteemed insights to this report.

“The goal of the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 is to share useful data with the larger food fraternity.”, says Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, Managing Director, A Perfect Bite Consulting.

This report is a culmination of the top food trends that are expected to catch on this year. Points like the rise of the local/indigenous Indian ingredients, environmental accountability, hyper-local sourcing of seasonal food and practices like mindful eating have made it to the list. These trends, among many others listed in the “Godrej Food Trends Report 2018” have already stirred a conversation among the food enthusiasts about the future of food in India.

Allow me to shed light on the trends in the Indian food industry, as listed in the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 under Restaurant Trends.

 

Restaurant Trend Forecast 2018

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  1. Food inspired by ethnic ingredients/regional Indian cuisines

With the Indian food industry on the verge of blowing up and conquering the heart and souls of the gastronomic gladiators, people are recognizing the importance of incorporating ethnic and indigenous ingredients in their food. Be it the food inspired by locally grown ingredients or the rich cultural diversity of our nation, the culmination of the two is adding to the variance in food available in different regions. Thus, a massive 67% of the people backed this trend.

Imagine several restaurants being set up across the nation that promotes and serve the local ingredients and the rich cultural diversity of the region. People come to dine in and witness the vibrant and flavourful food prepared/inspired by the fresh ingredients that grow all around them and pays tribute to the prolific diversity offered by the region.

I do see this trend to be catching on soon.

 

  1. Health-inspired menus

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The Indian food is often associated with food items that are considered unhealthy/not good enough when it comes to the nutritional point of view. Be it the deep-fried samosas, or the Ghee ka Parantha (rich in bad saturated fat) or even the desserts that are loaded with processed sugar, people end up consuming unhealthy food daily.

However, with the imminent rise in awareness among the Indian community, people are being more and more concerned about the food that they consume. Presently, the Indian demographic is inclining towards adopting a healthy lifestyle. There is a huge uproar in the community regarding the endorsement of a healthy lifestyle. Everything ranging from the nutritional content of the food (the macros – protein/carb/fat) or the consumption of only natural, organic food is at a rise.

The restaurants too, understand the need to develop a health-inspired menu that not only satiates the taste buds of the ravenously hungry food fanatics, but also takes care of their health. Such health inspired food menus will help encourage the Indian demographic to adopt and sustain a healthy lifestyle. This “all aboard the health train” trend better catches on among the restaurants and not just end up being a dark horse in this race.

 

  1. Pop-up Restaurants

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Pop-up restaurants are a huge hit abroad and it is a trend that seems to be taking on in India too.

These are makeshift restaurants that are set up for a day or two. The promotion is done mainly through social media sites or blogging.

These often have a theme and are an absolute crowd-puller. Imagine walking past an empty store one day and witnessing a pop-up restaurant established at the same place the very next day. Wouldn’t you want to go in and feast on the variety of food being offered? Of course, you would. You might even rave about it to your friends. In this era of Instagram and Twitter, such pop-up restaurants often end up trending and turn out to be a massive success. We all have witnessed how crowded it gets when a food truck comes around with mouth-watering bites to eat.

A pop-up restaurant called the “The Secret Chulha” is often set up in Pune, Maharashtra. Here is a look at their menu.

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Next time you’re out for a stroll and stumble across a pop-up restaurant, be sure to check it out and be a part of this rocketing trend.

 

  1. Mindful Eating

Creating awareness amongst ourselves about the importance and benefits of adopting and sustaining a healthy lifestyle is of utmost importance. People need to be conscious about the food that they so hurriedly ingest. Our bad eating habits have resulted in most us being obese and unfit. Thereby resulting in the majority of population being either underweight/malnourished or overweight/obese.

According to the Times of India, India is 1st in the underweight population and among the top 5 when it comes to the overweight population.

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Thus, we need to ride the wave of adopting a healthier lifestyle and engage in mindful eating. This includes partaking all natural and organic foods and staying away from junk and processed food.

The restaurants too, on seeing that there is an opportunity to create a niche in the Indian community and serve all organic and healthy food, are willing to adapt and ride the wave, thereby encouraging the concept of mindful eating.

We need to be calorie conscious. We need to be aware of our macros. And we need to deviate towards all organic food and stay away from junk and processed foods.

Only then will this trend catch on and “lead to a greater demand for products and services that encourage mindful eating”.

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  1. Buddha Bowls

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If you spend most of your day on social media, you probably are aware of the breathtakingly aesthetic Buddha Bowls. These are big bowls of wholesome nutritious goodness that will keep you healthy and might even get you a lot of likes on Instagram.

The basic recipe for preparing a buddha bowl is as follows.

  • You start with a grain, be it quinoa or any other grain that you prefer.
  • Add some green leafy vegetables.
  • Top it off with an array of diced vegetables.
  • Finish it off with a protein source like chickpeas.

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These bowls are highly customizable, and you may add anything to them. Avocados and zucchini are among the top choices among vegans.

The internet is flushed with many such recipes considering how big of a trend these buddha bowls are.

Here is a link to a list of 14 buddha bowl recipes that you might like to try – Click here.

To get the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 – Click here.

 

“Note: “This post is a part of the Godrej Food Trends Blogging contest hosted by Fashionablefoodz in association with Vikhroli Cucina and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. Godrej Food Trends Blogging contest, Fashionablefoodz or Godrej is not responsible for any kind of Infringement caused.”

5 Fitness Tips from My Daily Routine – #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #Instacuppa

The everyday struggles of earning bread for the family has resulted in all of us being callous about our fitness. As a result, most of us are becoming indolent and sluggish. We are befalling to be work-shy and end up procrastinating not only when it comes to sustaining a healthy lifestyle, but also in our day-to-day activities. Moreover, with summers just a short distance away, the sluggishness is on the rise. Thus, there is a need to necessitate the incorporation of fitness into our daily routine.

I, being a workaholic, have often struggled with being drained throughout the day and found myself procrastinating and unable to take care of my health. However, I wanted to change my lifestyle to address this issue. I wanted to be energetic and lively. So, I made some changes in my daily routine AND IT WORKED LIKE A WONDER.

People often don’t realize the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Not only does it keep you active, but it also results in you being efficient in whatever it is that you do.

Here are the 5 fitness tips from my daily routine that resulted in a new and rejuvenated me.

  1. Start your day with drinking 2-3 glasses of lukewarm water.

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It’s funny how we fail to integrate something as easy as drinking water in our daily routine. I cannot stress the importance of keeping ourselves hydrated enough. Starting your day with drinking 2-3 glasses of lukewarm water will help detoxify your system and give you a much-required jump start. It’s also beneficial for your skin.

You may use INSTACUPPA to help consume more and more water.

INSTACUPPA is a 100% food safe, FDA approved product which helps you infuse water with all the natural fruits, vegetables and herbs that you can think of.

To know more about INSTACUPPA, feel free to read my detailed post about this product – Here

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  1. Exercise

Firstly, exercising does not mean going to the gym. You don’t necessarily have to go the gym to work out or burn calories.

Maybe go for a 15-20 minute run every morning or a brisk walk in the evening. As long as you manage to incorporate some form of physical activity in your daily routine, preferably something that increases your heart rate by 50% i.e. some form of cardio, you’ll be good. Lack of physical activity will only make you sluggish.

Secondly, exercising daily will not only keep you physically fit, but will also have a soothing effect on your cognizance.

  1. Count your caloric intake

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We need to be aware of the number of calories that we consume daily. Whether you want to shed fat, lose/gain weight or build muscle, you need to know your daily caloric intake and eat accordingly.

I have already written an article on the importance of counting your calories. DO READ my article for to know more everything from calculating your daily caloric intake to using it to lose/gain weight.

To read my article – The science behind weight loss – Click here.

  1. Meditate

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Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to sit alone with your legs crossed and eyes closed. You can learn to meditate anytime, anywhere. Be it on a bus, or while travelling or during a break, just close your eyes and focus on your breathing for 10 minutes. Try it right now. You will be amazed by how calming/soothing you’ll find it. However, solely focusing on your breathing and not giving in to any other random thought process is not that easy and will take some practice. Remember, it’s not just about being physically fit. Your mental health is just as important.

  1. Stay away from Junk Food

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No amount of exercise will result in you getting closer to your fitness goals as long as you eat junk food. You need to keep away from junk food/food that is full of preservatives and shift towards organic and all-natural homemade food. A balanced diet is essential.

This article is written as a part of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com  ,Fashionablefoodz.com, Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused

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