EAT HEALTHY WHILE AT WORK

3472371310_402a7f0cc5_o copyIt’s 11:30 am. You’re at office and you are feeling hungry. You need something quick and convenient. Perhaps you’re late for work and you haven’t had breakfast. You probably lead a very busy life, and can’t always sit down to enjoy a healthy and relaxing meal. And for a variety of reasons, you may be inclined to buy and eat one of the many unhealthy snacks on the market. 

Or it’s mid-afternoon, your energy is flagging and you need a fast pick-me-up. You feedeg copyl drained and you reach for a “pick-me-up” for some re-found energy. Here you want to substitute a healthy bar for an unhealthy snack. Sounds smart? 

Well, if you think this is your story everyday, then let me tell you that you are not alone since this is essentially the same story for all office goers. Most people feel like eating something every 3 – 4 hours to avoid becoming too hungry. 

Now, the problem is with so much of work pressure and less time, it can be hard to determine what to eat during the long gaps between the meals. What’s more, there are so many snacks available in the market that you get confused which one to choose. There are our traditional snacks like samosa, kachori, western snacks like wafer, french fries and so healthy foods like chocolates, etc. Also, there is variety of bars available to kill the hunger. 

nuts copyHowever, in a perfect world, I would advise you to forget all about these bars and just stick with healthy foods. That’s still the best policy to follow most of the time. But it’s not always practical-or realistic. 

You can’t carry a banana in your pocket all the time. You have to switch to something handy like bars. But, the marketing of these bars is very intentional and very slick. In fact, the industry spends millions of fund to advertise these bars every year. Many of these bars are so loaded with less-than-optimal fats and loads of sugar that they aren’t any better than eating a candy bar. 

Hence, how to choose the healthy one?sc0115d copy

The good news is I have found a bar that is filling, nutritious and delicious! For starters, unlike so many of these other bars, Horlicks NutriBar is loaded with a smart balance of multi-cereal bar is enriched with iron, 11 vital nutrients, fiber and is only 113k cals and truly promotes optimal health. It’s a nutritional powerhouse!

 For a smart worker like you, the bar also fits you with all the following essentials: 

  • Great taste, otherwise you wouldn’t eat it
  • 11 important vitamins
  • Multi cereal for the healthy support of your digestive system
  • Smarter fats, with no trans fats
  • Rich in Iron
  • Only 113 Calories
  • Consistent with the precepts in the ‘Take Care of Your Health’
  • Excellent value for your money without any compromise with your health

So, the next time hunger strikes you between meals, choose healthy, nutritious Horlicks NutriBar. Happy Munching!

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SNACKS ARE SUPPLEMENTS, NOT SUBSTITUTE

In many cases, the eating habits of such professionals lead to changes that make them consume not so healthy foods like chocolates or local snacks like french fries, samosas, etc.

Higher in fat, and calories v/s healthy snacking options like fruits – such snacks when consumed everyday may lead to overweight & obesity, the mother of all chronic illnesses and loads of health complications in the long run. I wish I could get a readymade healthy solution. Are there any healthy options?

Fruits are always the best option. But we can’t carry fruits all the time. You can keep a banana in you pocket. Now, in this situation, healthier snacks like cereal bars are the best option which also provides natural fibres. Such bars are good fillers and are lower in fat v/s commonly eaten fried snacks. To satisfy hunger pangs and reduce the temptation to over eat, a leading cause of obesity, healthier options like fruits, cereal nutrition bars may be some of the options to be consumed between the two meals.

Enjoy snacking!!!

HEART TO HEART

I guess it was only a matter of time. It was only inevitable that I would get to the heart of the matter sooner or later. Well! The heart of the matter is that India is staring a ‘heart disease epidemic’ in the face. What is worrying is that Heart disease is increasingly affecting young people and women.

According to Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman – Cardiac Sciences, EHIRCL and founder of Heart to Heart Foundation, “As of now, Heart disease is the ‘Number one’ killer disease in India. This is singularly unfortunate particularly because heart disease is upto a great extent, preventable. Sadly, the awareness levels in the country as far as heart disease is concerned are appallingly low. It is to address concerns like these that the ‘Heart to Heart Foundation’ has been created. The avowed intention is to arrest the relentless march of heart disease through preventive, curative and rehabilitative measures.”

The foundation seeks to involve government, professional and social bodies across the board in helping evolve a strategy aimed at reducing the overall burden of heart disease. Multi – pronged interventions aimed at beating heart disease will include:

  • Raising awareness through mass media education programmes
  • Making advanced treatment options available and affordable to the needy and the poor.
  • Training citizens in the basic life – saving measures. (Known as the “ Beat Heart Attack” initiative)

Dr Ashok Seth affirms, “It is my hope that endeavours like this one will go a long way in helping blunt the deadly thrusts of the ‘number one’ killer disease.”

Don’t you agree?

LifeStyle Diseases

The day starts from getting up late. Hurrying to work …my half eaten sandwich (my breakfast!) clutched in my fist. And finally making it to the bus stop barely on time to face an overstuffed bus.

People struggling to manage a foothold, maybe on the cost of other’s feet only. Now comes the real challenge. Braving the grueling bus ride for an hour almost with Delhi’s pot holed roads, traffic jams, red lights (BRT Corridors adding insult to injury !!). Finally reaching the destination (Office) stinking like pig in a complete mess.

Office again sucks out the rest of my energy level by devoting full 9 hrs glued to my computer slouching on my chair. Snacking in between the meals, doing my favourite pass time office bitching leads to regular bouts indigestion & gastric. Thank god to some natural digestives available in the market (I prefer Eno Digesure) I am relieved. Time to leave office and I shudder with the thoughts of bus ride back home.phew..!!

I am a dead bird once back home with a nagging backache….a warm massage of Iodex Double Power from mom ….and i am ready to shoot for work again. I am very sure that many people do face problem like me and I am not an alien in this world of life style probs! 🙂

Holograms can only save us from Fake Drugs !!!

Deepali took an off on last Sunday again. Is it not really bugging when your maid does not turn up on a holiday? Moreover, the excuse that she gave was the same every week. Now, we (me and my room mate) were at the receiving end and decided to ask what exactly was her problem. When she came on Monday we pounced on her with our volley of questions. She said that her 10 years old son is suffering from fever for the last three weeks. “Medicines are going on, but no sign of recovery”, with these words she burst out. We tried to console her but at the back of our mind thought it to be a cooked up story. But, later when she told that she was even ready to leave the job for her son, the matter seemed to be serious.

We decided to accompany her along with her son to the nearest hospital. One of the senior doctors over here was my acquaintance. As Deepali was unable to speak Hindi, I explained the whole thing to the doctor. The doctor asked for the prescription. Deepali being ignorant did not carry the prescription, but instead took the medicines with her. The doctor checked the boy thoroughly and said that he was suffering from a kind of viral fever. Then, he went for the medicines, looked are re-looked them with meticulous attention. The words that followed from him startled us.

“These are all fake drugs”, he said. For a moment we were bamboozled. I got back my sense and uttered ‘Counterfeit Drugs???’ Deepali said, but her husband bought them himself from a renowned store. The doctor replied that the medicine dealers themselves do not know the aspects of difference between authentic and fake drug. Not to talk about the layman. He shows us, “See there is no hologram on the Crocin Stripe. Let me show you an original one.” We compared the two varieties. To our surprise, we found out that except for that ‘Hologram’ everything the fake drug was a complete mirror image of the original. He too prescribed Crocin for the boy but asked Deepali to check for hologram/metallic stripe for authenticity this time.

Within a couple of days the boy was all right and we got Deepali back regularly on service.

The episode came to an end, but I started my research on Counterfeit drugs. After having surfed Internet and read several journals, I found out that a parallel market of fake drugs ran with that of the original drug market. In fact, today the counterfeit pharmaceuticals are flooding hospitals, web sites, pharmacies and street medical stores round the world. Visibly indistinguishable, they pose tremendous threat to the health and lives of people at large.

These fake drugs have found an extensive inroad into the developing world, affecting millions of people and plaguing public health. According to the Center for Medicines in the Public Interest, Counterfeit drug sales will reach $75 billion globally in 2010, a more than 90 percent increase from 2005.

Another report states that Drug-resistant strains of malaria and tuberculosis (TB) are rampant in Myanmar. They are now spreading rapidly towards Thailand. Coming to the India, our country has emerged as the leading distributor of spurious drugs. It has a share of 75% in the total fake drugs supplied all over the world. However, health ministry estimates that only 5% of the drugs in India are spurious.

Much has been written about the problems of the supply of pharmaceutical counterfeits. Common topics include inadequate laws, lack of enforcement, and the absence of criminal penalties for counterfeiters. But there is least discussion on how general public can fight this serious issue. People like Deepali or her child can’t wait till there are special laws formed to combat this problem. So what should the customers do to avoid fake medicine?

The enormous growth of spurious drug industry and its disastrous impact has alarmed the led the genuine drug’s manufacturers. Companies like GlaxoSmithKline HealthCare and Piramal Healthcare to take vital measures to ensure that their consumers get authentic drugs. In India, the spurious drug’s market has grown at a deadly speed. In India, only less than 1% of the drugs manufactured are tested. At present, each of the 26 government labs test 2,500 drug samples annually. ASSOCHAM estimates the market for counterfeit drugs is growing at a frightening rate of 25%.

The only tip to buy genuine medicine is to check for hologram on the foil of the drugs like Crocin, Iodex and Phensedyl.