Posted in Happiness & Inspiration

Relax your Mind

“If you don’t control your mind, your mind will control you.” – Unknown. That is pretty easy to understand but it is often not practiced. If we overthink anything, those thoughts occupy our mind and then dictate our behaviour. Overtime, that can lead to an anxious state of mind.

If thoughts restrain us from doing the next best thing that we want to do, then we need to analyze our thoughts. We need to check if our thoughts are actually rational and if they are inhibitors to our confidence or growth. Fears of any kind, thinking about failures and any other irrational or negative thoughts will just lead to a negative mind, which doesn’t make us feel any better or healthier. We can make ourselves happy by not paying any attention to the thoughts that do not make us feel good. That is one easy way (if not the easiest) to control our mind. It is as simple as that but it just needs to be regularly practiced in order to relax the mind and stay positive. Always remember that if some thoughts do not make us feel good, then those are not healthy thoughts and we need to let go of them as soon as possible and move forward. – Yuvika

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Posted in Food & Health

Work it Out

At some point, most of us have procrastinated for working out and there are times when we just need a nudge to get our body moving. I am going to share a very simple yet important reason to give you that motivational nudge.

Blood circulation is of course an important system of our body. It helps to distribute nutrients across our body. It is important to get active and turn up our heart rate with some exercises that work for us. Working out also helps to maintain our body muscles and after all, heart is a muscle as well. For a good heart health, we need to maintain a healthy workout routine. There are of course many other factors that contribute to our heart health and many other benefits of exercising but I just wanted to share a quick motivation to give you that push. Note: It is also important to maintain your body’s water balance as you workout. Drink enough water to prevent dehydration and maintain a water balance to avoid water intoxication. Have a healthy workout!

Please note that I am just sharing a motivational message and you may want to consider a consultation with your health care/fitness professional for the right workout for your body.

Posted in Food & Health

Cook, not Burn

QUICK COOKING TIP: Foods rich in water-soluble vitamins should be cooked gently and not exposed to high heat in order to retain their nutritional value.

It is important to cook food at an appropriate temperature. Foods rich in Vitamins B and C should be cooked gently as these water-soluble vitamins have a low stability to heat. Next time you are cooking with broccoli, green leafy vegetables, potatoes or other food items rich in water-soluble vitamins, make sure to cook at low to medium heat and for the appropriate amount of time in order to avoid the loss of their vitamin value.

©️2018 Yuvika @Big Life. All rights reserved.

Posted in Food & Health

Did you know?

QUICK HEALTH TIP: As always, it is best to avoid processed foods.

Did you know that processed foods made with trans fats are bad for your body’s cholesterol balance and eventually bad for your heart health?

Did you know that one processed cookie made with trans fats is usually the maximum amount of trans fats that you should be eating in a day?

Check these articles for more information:

https://www.livestrong.com/article/501704-recommended-intake-of-trans-fat/.

https://www-m.cnn.com/2018/05/14/health/trans-fats-who-2023-intl-bn/index.html

https://www.dairynutrition.ca/nutrients-in-milk-products/fat/natural-trans-fats

Source:

Andrews, J.M. “Recommended Intake of Trans Fat.” LIVESTRONG.COM. October 03, 2017. Accessed May 14, 2018. https://www.livestrong.com/article/501704-recommended-intake-of-trans-fat/.

Posted in Food & Health

Green Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

1. 1 cup boiled quinoa (makes two servings)

2. Greens – Kale, Parsley and Lettuce – all finely chopped

3. Tofu cubes – soft tofu

4. Your favorite yogurt based dressing

5. Extra virgin olive oil

6. Salt

7. Black pepper powder

8. Cherry tomatoes – optional (3-4)

Method:

1. Mix all the greens and tofu with any yogurt based dressing

2. Add quinoa to the above mix and then add extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper

3. Note: quinoa should be at the room temperature

Try and share your reviews 😋

©️2018 Yuvika @Big Life. All rights reserved.

Posted in Food & Health

Yum Dip

Keep cool this summer with my super-quick and refreshing, Yum Dip.

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 of a small tomato finely chopped
  2. 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
  3. 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
  4. Handful of Cilantro – finely chopped

Method:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl – start with ranch, mayo, cilantro and then add in the tomato.

Enjoy with your favorite snacks. You can relish this with tortilla chips, wings or any other snacks that you want! 😋

Note: make sure to taste your ranch dressing and mayo before mixing because you may want to avoid ingredients that are more on the sour side (usually some varieties of ranch vinaigrette dressing and avocado oil mayonnaise are a little too sour). In that case, just use a regular variety of ranch and mayo.

©️2018 Yuvika @Big Life. All rights reserved.

Posted in Holidays & Environment

Earth Day Everyday

Celebrate Earth Day Everyday

Here are some of the things that I have incorporated into my day-to-day lifestyle because Earth day is not about being eco-friendly for just one day but always. I:

  • Use a glass water bottle whenever I need one and I do not use a plastic water bottle, even if it is reusable.
  • Use stainless steel straws and do not use any plastic straws. These straws are washable and come with a cleaning brush to clean them from the inside as well.
  • Do not use plastic containers for storing food or for packing lunches, just glass containers.
  • Do not use paper kitchen towels when at home, just fabric kitchen towels.
  • Always turn off the tap water when I don’t need water in between brushing, washing dishes or cleaning.
  • Use fabric shopping bags and not paper or plastic ones.
  • Do not buy anything with toxic or micro-plastic glitter (cosmetics, scrubs, mugs, etc.) because when the glitter goes down the drain, it contaminates the oceans and is eaten by the fishes.

“Treat the Earth well. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Proverb (Unknown)

©️2018 Yuvika @Big Life. All rights reserved.

Posted in Happiness & Inspiration

Mindful Word Exercise

How to engage your mind and overcome negativity or anxiety? Here is one simple way for doing this – Mindful Word Exercise. (Note: not tested on anyone, just my idea.)

  1. Think of a positive word and write it down. Let’s call it our main word. For Example – MODEST.
  2. Let’s look at each letter of our main word – M, O, D, E, S and T.
  3. Now, let’s write down a positive word starting with each of these letters. For Example – Mature Mind, Original, Decent, Elegant, Simple, and Temperate.
  4. Finally, let’s just take some time to be mindful of our thoughts about each of these positive words.

Here are my thoughts. Being modest has no age limit. A mature mind and an original self bring out decency and temperateness, which are simple yet elegant.

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©️2018 Yuvika @Big Life. All rights reserved.

Posted in Food & Health

My favorite pre-workout snack

Sharing the recipe of my favorite pre-workout snack and sometimes, this is also my instant breakfast.

Almond Banana Toast

Ingredients:

  1. One slice of any multigrain bread
  2. Banana
  3. Almond butter

Method:

1. Toast a slice of any multigrain bread on both sides.

2. Spread some smooth almond butter on one side of the slice. Tip: I personally like the smooth almond butter but you can try the crunchy almond butter if you like that one.

3. Cut some banana (usually less than half) into slices and gently cover the toast with banana slices.

4. You can have the toast like I have it in the picture or you can fold it and easily have it on the go.

5. Sometimes, this is also my instant breakfast along with the leftover banana.

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©️2018 Yuvika @Big Life. All rights reserved.

Posted in Holidays & Environment

Happy Baisakhi

Happy Baisakhi 🙏

Some quintessential words for Baisakhi:

  • Bravery – to combat injustice
  • Amrit – the holy nectar
  • Infinite bounty – of crops, generosity and prosperity
  • Sukh – peace
  • Ardaas – prayer to the One Creator
  • Khalsa – pure and genuine
  • Harvest – reaped after the harmonious hard-work of the nature and the farmers
  • Ik Onkar – One with everything/One CreatorC13D6604-EB1F-410B-895C-75246B0BB502.jpeg

©️2018 Yuvika @Big Life. All rights reserved.

Posted in Happiness & Inspiration

Saturday Motivation

When nobody is around you, remember that the Creator is omnipresent.

When your trust is broken, trust the process.

When you see no help coming, help yourself.

#Faith #Believe #WorkHard #BePatient #KeepGoing #Achieve #StayMotivated

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