COVID-19 had a major impact on our eating and drinking habits. When the pandemic first hit us, none of us knew that we will begin to take our health so seriously and prioritise it over anything else.
Our lifestyle has evolved completely. A lot of us have switched to healthy foods and drinks, practising inner wellness and indulging in physical activities. All this for a healthy and disease free living. Agree?
Recently, when celebrity nutritionist Kavita Devgan was one of the panelists at the launch of Tetley Green Tea Immune, I asked her to share some quick tips for a healthy living. Read on.
The Right Guide To Consume Green Tea
Because of its health benefits, green tea has become one of our favourite beverages today. Many have got addicted too. Talking about green tea addiction and the right way to make it a part of daily diet, she said, "No addiction is good. Addiction means you can’t do without a food/drink and if you try you get withdrawal symptoms. Moderation is the key, even with foods that are good for us. Same applies to green tea as well. About 2-3 cups of green tea everyday is a good target, and will deliver the required goodness to the body too."
Ways To Make Green Tea Taste Better
Green tea is one of the most popular health drinks today but many find its taste boring. I asked the nutritionist if there is a way we can make it interesting. She said, "It is an acquired taste but once you get used to it, there is no going back. There are lots of ways to make green tea interesting and to mask the slightly bitter taste that people find disagreeable. You can add some honey to it." She further shared that a lot of green teas in the market are now available in different variants like mint, lemon, ginger and can be picked as per taste preference.
Foods That Help Boost Immunity
I further asked the nutritionist what are some foods and drinks that can help boost immunity. Celeb Nutritionist, Kavita Devgan said, "Turmeric water, turmeric milk with a pinch of haldi, green juices (vegetable juices), amla, carrot and lemon juice, jamun sherbet, chicken soup."
During this time of the year when the weather is changing a lot of us suffer from common health issues like fever, cold and cough. The expert shared some tips to prevent them. She said, "Focus on building your immunity. Eat a balanced diet, sleep enough, exercise regularly, stay near your optimum weight and include immunity boosting foods on a daily basis. my top foods for Immunity are tulsi leaves, black pepper, garlic, onions, turmeric, carrots, lentils and green tea."
Keeping A Check On Physical And Mental Health
Many of us are still working from our homes due to the pandemic and it has somewhere hit our physical and mental health. I asked the nutritionist what routine should we follow to bounce back to normalcy. She said, "My suggestion to everyone is to keep a check on the food they re eating, don’t let go. Similarly somehow weave in movement in the day. For example do extra housework to burn some extra calories, keep your circulation going and also release some feel good endorphins. Some other tips are: Playing hide and seek with your children, gardening, doing an online dance/aerobics/yoga class, going up and down the stairs… Also take care of your mental health actively. Don’t let social isolation and difficult times get to you."
Tips To Promote Inner Wellness
Today, many are talking about inner wellness but how to practise it? The expert said, "For inner wellness I focus on living a holistic lifestyle. Holistic living actually is a way of living where you are completely aware of what is happening inside and outside the body, where you are in control of what you are putting in the body (obviously good stuff), how much and what kind of exercise are you doing and how low you are able to keep the every day stress meter. Secondly I have always kept a clear focus on prevention (far better than waiting for disease to happen and the opting for treatment). Holistic living I feel is all about practicing prevention naturally. That’s why haldi milk traditionally was drunk at the onset of winters, and sheera and other warm foods were regularly made every winter evening."
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