Improving yourself within a month

  1. Detoxify your speech. Reduce the use of cuss words. Be polite.
  2. Read everyday. Doesn’t matter what. Choose whatever interests you.
  3. Promise yourself that you will never talk rudely to your parents. They never deserve it.
  4. Observe people around you. Imbibe their virtues.
  5. Spend some time with nature everyday.
  6. Feed the stray animals. Yes, it feels good to feed the hungry.
  7. No ego. No ego. No ego. Just learn, learn and learn.
  8. Do not hesitate to clarify a doubt. “He who asks a question remains fool for 5 minutes. He who does not ask remains a fool forever”.
  9. Whatever you do, do it with full involvement. That’s meditation.
  10. Keep distance from people who give you negative vibes but never hold grudges.
  11. Stop comparing yourself with others. If you won’t stop, you will never know your own potential.
  12. “The biggest failure in life is the failure to try”. Always remember this.
  13. “I cried as I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet”. Never complain.
  14. Plan your day. It will take a few minutes but will save your days.
  15. Everyday, for a few minutes, sit in silence. I mean sit with yourself. Just yourself. Magic will flow.
  16. In a healthy body resides a healthy mind. Do not litter it with junk.
  17. For one month, eat home cooked meals.
  18. Keep your body hydrated at all times. Practice drinking 8–10 glasses of water.
  19. Make a habit to eat at least one serving of raw vegetable salad on a daily basis.
  20. Take care of your health. “He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything”.
  21. Life is short. Life is simple. Do not complicate it. Don’t forget to smile.

Mask your Blemishes

Lemon is known for its healing properties, be it beauty or health. It is very effective in helping remove blotches as it works as a bleaching agent. Squeeze half a lemon and mix the juice with one beaten egg white.

Leave it on your face overnight or, if you are in a tearing hurry just 15 minutes would do. Rinse your face with warm water. Lemon is also best had with warm water in the mornings. It not only helps digestion, it also increases your metabolism.

Stock Up On Yogurt

Yogurt helps clear blemishes, thanks to the zinc it contains. Try the non-fat or low sugar varieties. It offers more calcium than milk and is good for menopausal women.
Use plain yogurt as a facial mask as it will work wonders for you. It also soothes an itchy scalp. Apply it, wrap your hair in a towel and rinse after 15 minutes. Mix plain yogurt with lemon juice for soft hands and feet.
Do this regularly.

Cool Cleanser

Grape juice makes an excellent cleanser for any skin type, be it oily or dry. Simply split one or two large grapes, remove pips and rub the flesh over face and neck. Keep it on for a while. Rinse off with cool water.

Drinking grape juice will also work wonders for your skin. Since they are available round the year, it is the simplest home remedy for a cleanser.

Healthy Fast Food

Oily and spicy food are taste best but they are unhealthy. Various other ingredients can be used to make fast food healthy. They are:

  • Samosa: Make it with atta and bake it.
  • Bhelpuri: It is healthy, so go for it.
  • Chole Bhature: Add a bit of masala to chole, add some amla for colour. Eat it with kulche instead of bhature. Make the kulche with atta and bake them.
  • Tikki: Add lots of lots of veggies.
  • Golguppa: Good to be eaten.
  • Namkeens: Opt for roasted namkeens.
  • Pakoras: Spray oil on the batter and grill your pakoras. It will give a tandoori effect.
  • Raj Kachori: The fried outer cover is thin so no worries. With dahi and other ingredients its healthy.
  • When ordering a pizza, go light on the cheese and get vegetable toppings that provide some nutrition.
  • If you are grabbing a sandwich or burger, ask for a whole wheat bun.
  • Skip soft drinks. Drink water or milk.
  • Avoid fatty sauces like mayonnaise, Opt for ketchup, which is low in low in calories and has nutritional values.

8 top foods for healthy eyes

Want to keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp? Here’s a selection of foods to help maintain excellent eyesight.

  1. Fatty fish

Rich in omega-3, fishes like tuna, herring or sardine nourish the cell membranes of nerve cells, including the retina, and prevent the onset of eye diseases linked to aging.

  1. Corn

A great source of lutein and zeaxanthin, essential pigments for eye health, this ingredient protects against AMD (break-down of the eye’s macula) and can be eaten in salads, cooked or raw. Consuming five to six grams per day of these pigments is said to be one of the best ways to prevent cataract.

  1. Blueberries

Known to improve night vision, blueberries contain Vitamin C and anthocyanins-components that boost visual acidity and help alleviate eye fatigue.

  1. Broccoli

This green vegetable, as well as its entire family of cruciferous vegetables, are rich in pigments and antixiodants and contain a high level of vitamin C that protects the retina and the crystalline lens from UV rays as well as free radicals that are harmful to vision.

  1. Carrots

Carrots are full of beta-carotene, an antioxidants precursor of vitamin A and rich in pigments that protect the retina, especially against cataracts.

  1. Clementines, oranges and mandarins

These three foods are rich in Vitamin C. They contain antioxidants that protect the cornea and crystalline lens if the eye and help prevent cataracts.

  1. Spinach

Rich in pigments, beta-carotene and vitamins, spinach is a super food for eye health. It protects against loss of visual acuity and UV rays. It should be a staple if your kitchen ingredients and consumed several times per week.

  1. Eggs

Thanks to its numerous antixiodants including vitamin A, this food is renowned for its protective qualities. It helps protect against aging-related macular degeneration, a disease of retina.

Salty curry cure

If your curry has become too salty, place a raw peeled potato in it while it cools – it will absorb extra salt.

Hair Happy

Changing weather conditions take a toll on your hair, making it dry, frizzy and brittle. Make your hair shiny, bouncy and smooth by following these easy tips.

  1. Massage your scalp with warm oil to restore the moisture. Mustard oil helps in tackling dandruff and hail fall. Olive oil mixed with almond oil is excellent in providing nourishment to scalp and hair.
  2. Load your diet with fruits, hard cheese, vegetables, whole grains and omega 3 fatty acids. Daily intake of vitamins, minerals, proteins and iron helps in rebuilding the loss of tissue in the scalp and strengthens follicles. Drinking plenty of water also helps to keep the hair well-conditioned.
  3. Use tepid water for washing your hair. Avoid hot water as it robs your scalp of natural oil, causing dry hair and dandruff.
  4. Avoid over-use of blow-dryers, curling irons, or flat irons, as artificial heat harms the cuticles, causing frizzy hair.

Here are some recipes to make your hair glow:

  1. Apply grated cream of green coconut for nourishment and conditioning.
  2. Bananas make a wonderful hair mask when blended with an egg, three teaspoons each of honey and milk, and five teaspoons of olive oil.
  3. Soak fenugreek seeds overnight. Grind the seeds into a fine paste the next morning and apply it to your hair. Wash off with a mild shampoo after 15-20 minutes.
  4. Mix one mashed avocado with a teaspoon each of olive oil and honey, and then apply it to your hair. Leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes and then wash it off.

Blink Blink

With number of hours in front of computer, mobiles and TV constantly increasing, it is imperative that we take care of our eyes and sit in correct posture. To have a perfect eye power, follow the 20-20-20 rule. It means that every 20 minutes, you should take your gaze off your computer and look at another object that is 20 feet away or more and stare at it for 20 seconds. Complete the entire 20 seconds since this is how long it takes your eyes to relax after straining. Think of it a ‘rest break’ for your eyes.

Also, some studies suggest that wearing reading glasses while watching TV and using computers helps protect eye from strain.

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