Dt. Madhulika gandhi

Nutritionist in Salt Lake City, Kolkata, Kolkata, India

http://madhulika.zest.md

About Me

I believe taking care of your body is very important as it is the only place you have to live in . Staying  healthy and fit, will automatically make you a more confident, happy and independent person. It will shape you and your life. Eat well be well eat better feel better. I graduated in finance  from st. xaviers college kolkata, and then became a Chartered Accountant from The Institute of chartered accountants of india . But my consciousness about health and fitness was so much that out of passion and interest  i took up a course on dietetics in VLCC Institute there after. I enjoyed the course so much because it taught me good food, good health and good nutrition is the key to our overall wellbeing. I stood first in all my semesters, it was so interesting  that I professionally took it forward and specialised in weight management .

 

My Blogs

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    GROW YOUR OWN SPROUTS

    By: Madhulika gandhi

    Sprouts are very nutritious, as they contain all the elements that a plant needs for life and growth.  The simple process of sprouting brings out many enzymes in germinated seeds, legumes, and grains, making them easier to digest.  It also increases the amounts and bioavailability of protein, vitamins and minerals, transforming them into nutrition powerhouses.  Overall, sprouts provide excellent quality nutrients and, by weight, are the rich sources of an array of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Sprouting grains increases many of the key nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin C, folate, fiber, and essential amino acids often lacking in milled grains, such as lysine. Sprouts is a simple, easy to make and a very cost friendly super food, it can be eaten anytime during the day. 1 bowl of sprouts will make you feel full and at the same time give u satiety feeling. It is ameal in itself. 

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    ZERO TO HERO - LOW CALORIE FOODS

    By: Madhulika gandhi

    Zero Calorie or Negative Calorie foods are those that burn more calories than they contain. They are foods with 25-60 calories per REASONABLE serving. The word reasonable is important , just because a particular food item has almost no calories does not mean that we can consume just any amount of it. The calories keep on adding , REMEMBER THAT. Vegetables like cucumber, leafy greens, red bell pepper,asparagus, mushroom,brocolli , cauliflower,beetroot,tomato are great options . Fruits like water melon, citrus fruits,strawberry, blueberry, apricot are variety to choose from. Include these food in your diet and see the difference.

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    WATER IS A SUPER DRINK- ITS A SAVER

    By: Madhulika gandhi

    Our body is 70 % water so you must be drinking water just not for your skin or thirst but also for your body. Water is the best detoxifier. Some tips- 1 glass of water after waking up helps to activate the internal organs. 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal aids digestion. 1 glass of water before taking a bath lowers your blood pressure. 1 glass of water before going to bed avoids stoke and heart attack.

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    MODERATE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION- is friendly

    By: Madhulika gandhi

    Moderate alcohol consumption has very good efffects in our body- Raise HDL ("good") cholesterol in the bloodstream . Decrease blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease . Lower the concentration of fibrinogen in the blood, a substance that contributes to blood clots  resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes, can improve memory  phenols have a higher antioxidant content which aids weight loss Moderate comsumption would mean 16 ml of alcohol per day.

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    HAVE YOUR IDLY WITH COCONUT CHUTNEY- its healthy

    By: Madhulika gandhi

    Why do we avoid coconut chutney with idly or dosa, For your knowledge coconut in the chutney adds fat to the carbohydrate rich idli or dosa, thereby actually lowering its glycemic index and the rate at which it gets converted to fat. Coconut is rich in medium chain triglycerides( MCT), which helps in digestion and improves metabolism. MCT are used as fat loss and edurance building supplements because they are readily burned as energy and not stored as fat. So eat your idli with the chutney. 

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    LOW CARB OR NO CARB IS A COMPLETE NO NO !!

    By: Madhulika gandhi

    If you care about your health eat your carbs , because in the absense of carbs FAT CANNOT BE UTILISED FOR ENERGY. Carbs help you burn fat, keep your bowels clean, reduce bloating and aids metabolism as they provide all important vitamin B responsible for converting food to energy. Choose slow carbs that retain fibre as their GI is low (The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low GIvalue (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore insulin levels). The low GI foods are jowar, barley, bajra, nachni, legumes,dals,wholewheat.  Remember your body can take high GI food only after exercise when your body needs instant sugar.   

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    HIGH PROTEIN DIET FOR WEIGHT LOSS- GOOD OR BAD

    By: Madhulika gandhi

    If you ask me its a comlplete NO NO. It aids weight loss for sure but you lose other things as well. For protein to work as it is supposed to for growth, repair, maintenance, gene expression, the body should get its supply of carbohydrates and fat. Without these nutrients , protein is a waste. When too much of protein is consumed at one time, it doesnot get stacked away for future use, instead it is converted to fat by process called deamination.  It will just load the liver where it will get broken dowm to glucose Whatever source you choose, veg or non veg or a supplement, without a balanced diet , protein by itself will only lead to irritability, sleeplessness, constipation, mood swimgs and muscle wasting. High protein diet does lead to weight loss- When the body is given only protein and very little or no carbohydrate, the body first gets rid of its glycogen stores (glucose or sugar stored in the liver and muscles) and loses water. After that, it actually attracts the muscle tissue itself, burning the amino acids for energy. The result is muscle catabolismand lean masss loss. Accordingly, regular exercise and a smart use of carbohydrates in the diet lead to protein sparing.

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