Tuesday, 19 May 2020

#Women #Health & #Fitness Series: 5 Detoxifying Immunity Drinks for Healthy Weight Loss

One grave mistake that Indian women do is taking  utmost care of everyone in their families apart from themselves. As a result both her physical and mental health goes for a toss over a prolonged period of time.

They are ingrained with the chalta hai mentality in matters pertaining to their well being right from their childhood but times are changing now for the good and she has realised if she first takes care of herself and stays fit both mentally and physically, she will be in a better position to take care or her family appropriately. 

This is mental health awareness month and I feel our mental well-being depends a lot on our state of physical well being. When I suffered from endometriosis for over a decade, I felt so low mentally, wept in silence and asked God to give me death over the excruciating perennial pain. Today I feel it was how so naive of me, I suffered for the wrong diagnosis by someone else and gave away my peace and happiness. Today, I am in a much better zone taking matters pertaining to my health in my own hands and trust me I am doing better. To create awareness, in my women health series,  I have written on, 

and today I foray into fitness because our strong fitness is our natural gaurd towards all diseases. 

A strong immunity is a need of the hour along with ideal weight if we are far away from it. In these testing times when we are confined inside our homes due the fear of the pandemic, things in our kitchen can help us loose weight in a healthy manner without any fad diets and give us the desired fitness level. 

The first step towards healthy weight loss is detoxifying your body of all the toxins entrapped in it. In this post, I share the recipes of 5 such natural detoxifying health drinks for ourselves and our body which has a magical impact on our gut and also strengthen our immune system along with bringing about healthy weight loss. 

You need only a few minutes to make any of these and all the ingredients are available in your kitchen. 

Always remember water is the zero cost magic potion our body needs and if you can infuse this water with natural herbs and traditional Indian spices even Ayurveda has recommended, you are doubling the magical effect.

🌟Asafoetida-cumin seeds Infused Health drink( Hing-Jeera drink): I begin my day with this without fail. All I do is take two glasses of water and add a pinch of asafoetida and half a teaspoon of cumin seeds and boil it for five minutes. Then strain it and consume it lukewarm. Both of these aid digestion and reduce bloating and are superfoods for our guts. Cumin seeds are also rich in iron and may help in a lot or health conditions like diabetes and to lower cholesterol. I keep sipping it between my morning workouts too and it tastes good. 

🌟Ginger turmeric lemon infused herbal tea: in mid morning, around 11:30 a.m. I take this divine tea which is full of healing properties. It works wonders as it has anti inflammatory properties and abundant vitamin C. When you are done with your work, grab a mug of it and relax, I bet you will feel so refreshed. To make this boil half a inch of grated ginger and grated raw turmeric in two big cups of water and boil till water is reduced to half. Strain it and add lemon juice. It is a super immunity booster drink and don’t forget to give it to your entire family.

🌟Carom and Fennel Seeds, Cinnamon Infused Health Drink(ajwain-saunf-daalchini super health drink: Half an hour post my lunch and dinner I drink a mug full of this health drink because carom seeds have powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties and fennel seeds relieve water retention, constipation and indigestion. Cinnamon too is a power herb which aids healthy weight loss. To make this homemade health drink, boil half a teaspoon of ajwain or carom seeds and half tea spoon of saunf or fennel seeds with a stick of cinnamon in 1 glass of water for 5 minutes and strain it. Consume it lukewarm.

🌟 Fresh Wheatgrass Juice is a power drink: Wheatgrass is very high in Nutrients and Antioxidants and makes a super impactful detoxifying drink for weight loss too. You can make it fresh or buy it as concentrated wheat grass juice or powder available in several medical or grocery stores. Ideally have it early morn to have best results. Being stranded here in Vadodara I could only get a packet of its powder from Big Basket  and make a juice every morn by mixing one big teaspoon with a glass of lukewarm warm in a mixer. Juice made from fresh wheatgrass shall be the best. 

🌟 Lemon Honey Holy Basil (Tulsi)  Health drink: There are times of a day when all of us feel drained and lack energy, some may even experience low blood pressure symptoms. For such times, boil 4-5 tulsi leaves in water, then as it cools add lemon juice and a tea spoon of honey. You will feel an instant lift. Lemon is extremely rich in Vitamin C and honey has natural antibacterial properties while tulsi aids in Respiratory Ailments and may relieve symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, colds, congestion, coughs, flu, sinusitis, sore throat, and similar ailments.

Apart from these put some cucumber lemon slices and mint leaves in the water you drink and let them be there for a couple of hours. Have this flavoured refreshing water rather than just having it plain for all its numerous health benefits.

Consumption of the above will ensure you have your mandatory 8-10 glasses of water per day and not only are all the toxins removed, your body will experience a super boost in its immunity and energy. Cleansing your body with the above will bring along healthy weight loss and increase in your strength. Overall you will feel much more happier and healthier which will further ensure your sound mental health.

 If you have any queries feel free to reach out to me any moment and I will be more than ready to help based on my own personal experience. I have been consuming these drinks from February this year and am already roughly 12 kgs down in less than 12 weeks. I am sharing the tips on my YouTube channel too. Sharing a clip below. If you like do like and subscribe so all my new videos in this series will get delivered to your inbox. 

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

What can we do to ensure our sons don’t take the wrong path? Bois Locker Room Controversy (Kids Mental Health Series)

I had a sleepless night when I first read about the Bois Locker Room Controversy. As a women, I was full of angst against these young adults and admonished them for tarnishing and objectifying girls but as a mom I was further devastated as to why the kids are growing up to be such beasts who talk of raping gals like having dinner. Unfortunately,  all of them are from prestigious schools in South Delhi and come from respectable families. Then what went wrong and where?  How have these youngsters become so mentally sick? Yes, it is a kind of mental sickness and one would never know when some of them step into a heinous crime against women. 

What as parents can we do to ensure our sons don’t take the wrong path? 

1. Talk, Talk, Talk to your sons: Be open to talking with your sons from time to time on all that is happening around you appropriately. Communication aids in widening their perspective which may often get limited to what their friends and peers say and they assume that’s the normal. I spoke about this to my son yesterday telling him about this incident and allowing him to ask as many questions he wanted until he was sure what has been done by these boys is grossly wrong. He will be in his tweens in just a few years and I felt this is the right time to start his exposure so that he forms a firm mindset as he grows up. Have a similar talk with your daughters too, give them the mental power through your routine pep talks to raise their voice if they come across anything like this.

2. Teach them to respect girls: Like you teach your son all other good habits, teach them to respect women. Gender Equality needs to me imbibed in them at the basic root level right from when they are very small. Let them equally mix up with boys and girls their age and accept it naturally that they are equal. Don’t let them join only boys groups in class or stay with such boys who  mock or spit venom against the opposite sex. This company shall destroy your innocent child in a few years. Let your son stay clear of such friends.

3. A firm no to Social Media: Teens brains are not mature enough to process and filters all the right and wrong information that floats on Social Media. Let them please remain away as far as possible from it. As their disclaimer too says it is not for them. Nor you need to give your children a phone until absolutely necessary. If you have to keep a tab on it. Parenting is not an easy job, let’s be a little alert, it helps. Our supervision is mandatory in their growing years to set them on the right path if they loose track. The earlier we correct them, the better it will be for them.

4. Timely Sexual Education: You remember that proverb, curiosity kills the crow, that is what happens to many of our children and no I am not at all justifying their actions. Unfortunately, there is no culture in India to impart them with timely sex education which means they are prone to getting right and wrong information in tits and bits from here and there and weave may be an entirely wrong impression of sex from it. So until it happens in schools, we as parents can age appropriately apprise our little ones about it. Every mom and dad know how and when to tell their children about sex, all they need to do is come out of their comfort zone.

5. Let them learn to differentiate between right and wrong: In today’s world, boys are equally susceptible to getting harassed, molested or sexually abused, so we have to teach them clearly to differentiate between the right or wrong whether it is done to them or to others they know. The earlier we start giving them this knowledge the better and I reiterate candid communication around it really helps.

6. Have time for your progeny: This I believe is one of the biggest culprit of these times when we parents have got so busy in our worlds that we prefer giving kids materialistic pleasures instead of right values which requires our time. If you can’t rear your child correctly please don’t bear them. Please try to be around your teens and young adults to guide them, to listen to them and have some fun with them until they feel comfortable to speak their hearts out to you. 

7. Get them professional help at the right time if the need be: Most importantly if you notice abnormal behavior in your son please don’t dismiss it as age appropriate, seek help from a professional who will be the right judge. One of these kids left unattended may grow up into a psychopath and effect so many others.

It is the need of the hour for all of us to raise mentally strong kids and in this Mental Health Awareness Month, I am trying to bring to you some thought-provoking topics around the same. Hope you find them worthy and relatable.

This post is a part of a year long #Causeachatter initiative on Blogchatter where in I will be penning on Women and Kids Mental and Physical Health and Fitness exhaustively.

Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my four published ebooks here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny and Empowered Women Empower Women

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

5 Key Tips to Secure #Kids #MentalHealth (Mental Health Awareness Month Series)

Tips to secure kids mental health

Care for our kids’ physical and mental health is our primary concern during these extremely testing lockdown times. Our kids are locked indoors for over forty days now with no physical outdoor play, no meeting and having fun with their friends at school and no outing to granny’s home or to a weekend getaway. Even if they don’t speak which they don’t normally no matter they are introverts or extroverts, this situation does cause stress in them and it becomes our duty is step in to aid them secure they remain mentally strong. They are tiny innocent delicate buds and we need to protect them and equip them against any rough weather. This is Mental Health Awareness Month and here I bring to you 5 key tips to secure our children’s sound mental health.

1. Become their best buddy and venture in the balcony or the terrace with them: Exposure to sunlight is vital for our precious little one’s mental and physical growth as sunlight contains Vitamin D. No schools and not fixed routines may make the kid a lazy bum who likes clinging to his iPad. This needs to be thoughtfully changed as we become and behave more like a friend to our kid. Wake our child early at the time of sunrise and spending half an hour with him in the balcony or on the terrace just walking or skipping or doing yoga or just gardening shall give a very good energetic yet peaceful start to his day.

2. Connect them on video calls with their friends and people they love: Humans are social beings and nothing uplifts their spirits like chatting with a person they love. This is true for us and even more for our little minions. Let the kids’ experience the human connect by doing a video call with their best buddies. They can choose to do a lot of activities together too and have fun. I take an online creative writing session for my kid and all the students of my academy twice a week where they connect, chat, giggle and write a lot of creative pieces and share with all. You can organise a similar online play date. It really leaves them all in cheerful spirits and is extremely gratifying. The happy hormones secreted in their bodies during these fun chats help the kids de-stress.

3. Give them some great books to read: I have always maintained that books are our best buddies. A good book can transport our kid to the world of the protagonist almost instantly and make him enjoy his flights of fantasy, delving in newer territories. Reading is a fantastic hobby which prevents our brain from getting time to get any negative thoughts about the difficult situation we are in. Read with your kid at least an hour a day, this way both of you will stick to your priceless reading routine. Do discuss what he read and have a fun discussion around his favorite character.

4. Enjoy Quality Family time full of cuddles: The biggest blessing of these testing times are we are getting a lot of quality time with our family and let’s please make hay as the sun shines. Dedicate fixed hours when you are free to have fun together as family. Play board games, watch a movie with popcorns, enjoy some water play in shower or pillow fight have loads of fun together and build sweet memories each day. Remember to flood your little one with cuddles and snuggles as often as you can no matter how old he is. Kids feel very special when they get a peck on their cheeks from their parents. 

5. Take care of their nutrition and maintain schedules:Treat the lockdown days like the prolonged summer vacations for the kids. All the life skills you had planned to teach them, can be taught now in the fun way. Involve your kid in cooking to the extent relevant to his age. This will distract him from his screen time and also he will enjoy eating what he himself has cooked with mom and dad. It is imperative that the kid eats a healthy balanced diet and they may get bored so let them decide the dish of the day they wish to learn and savour it proudly later. Maintaining discipline in their daily schedule shall help them greatly and we have to enforce it with a lot of warmth and care. Appreciate their being so fab and watch how wonderfully disciplined they can be.

6. Spend gadget free one hour before sleep time talking to them: This bed time routine was taught to me by an eminent pediatrician long back and I have always followed it. Get into your kid’s bed with him an hour before his sleep time far away from electronic gadgets and spend that one hour hearing his little heart out, talking about just anything, telling them a story and gradually kissing them to sleep. I know you will be tired as hell yourself but this time shall be vital for both of you and shall strengthen and deepen your bond. The kid  shall develop a faith in his parents and feel secure that come what may, his parents are there. This belief is so vital for him to stay mentally strong no matter how tough gets the going. 

This post is a part of a year long #Causeachatter initiative on Blogchatter where in I will be penning on Women and Kids Mental and Physical Health and Fitness exhaustively.

Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my four published ebooks here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny and Empowered Women Empower Women

Monday, 4 May 2020

Why the #BlogchatterEbook Carnival is the leap of faith you must take?

Me holding my book which was first published in Blogchatterebook Carnival 

Hello rock stars! I am so proud of you for you have completed one of the most demanding challenges of the blogging world and that too in the most difficult lockdown scenario. Pat your back you have accomplished no mean feat and deserved some party and rest over the weekend😊.

But now that you have taken ample of rest, it’s time you take the next giant leap of faith of your writing career by publishing your month long hard work as an e-book and trust me there can be no better way than to release it in the coveted #BlogchatterEbook Carnival. This is my fifth year in it and hopefully they will be releasing my fifth ebook this year. When I look back at my journey I really feel I have come a long way from where I began in 2016 and became a part of the coveted Blogchatter Community.

An exclusive webinar of Blogchatter with their Community 

Below I enumerate why you must sign up for this one of its kind ebook carnivals because I believe once you are convinced, the rest of the technical aspects won’t be an issue but to tame your brain, to take the plunge is the real bet at the moment. Also, even if you haven’t done AtoZ but are sure you have done beautiful blogposts on a set theme, you must sign up for this carnival.

1. It’s a beautiful feeling to see your work published: First and foremost you should publish this ebook for yourself. It is truly an out of the world feeling. It shall be available free for 2 months on Blogchatter website and you will hear a lot of lovely reviews about your work. There can be no better self esteem booster than this.

2. Worthy addition to you bio, enriches your portfolio: A published ebook author shall look extremely impressive in your bio as you pitch yourself as it shall offer a lot of credibility to your body of work. In a matter of 15 days from completing AtoZ you will become an author from blogger which in itself will be commendable.

3. It is your first step towards your ultimate goal as a writer: As avid readers and writers most of us have one time or the other dreamt of writing our own book and see it in print. This can be a dress rehearsal of that dream of ours, a truly worthy step in the right direction.

4. You get to taste waters, genuine reviews will aid you edit and refine your work: Honestly until you know all the processes involved in getting your book published, you will wander in the unknown territory clueless. In Blogchatter e-book carnival you have mentors who can guide you at whatever step you are stuck(I am one of the mentors so feel free to shoot out as many questions as you want to me anytime). Also they allot reviewers to your e-books so you are apprised of all that goes in the making on a book and after. 

5. Your e-book can later be published on amazon KDP or as paper back: By the end of 2 months when you book is read by so many in this admirable Carnival, you can make further relevant edits and additions to your manuscript based on the feedback and if you feel it is worthy you can self publish it on Amazon KDP or even in hard copy form and enjoy the royalty for your work. 

Trust me it’s a beautiful feeling when your phone pings of the message that your royalty is deposited in your account every time someone buys a copy. Also I want you to hold a hard copy version of your book and smell the fresh print. It is an out of the world feeling I can’t describe to you in words.

These 4 Blogchatter e-books of mine are now available on Amazon

Imagine where this leap of faith will land you in just a few months, so go for it guys. Sign up for #Blogchatterebook carnival by clicking here today as the last date is just around the corner and prove to yourself and the world that yes you can!

Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my four published ebooks here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny and Empowered Women Empower Women

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Zillion thanks my precious little: My 26th letter to my future Grandchildren documenting lessons from COVID-19 times

{This is the 26th post of the series where I will be writing 26 Letters to my Grandchildren about life and lessons during these tricky COVID19 times. Letter12 , 3 , 56 , 78 ,9 , 10 , 11 ,1213 141516 , 17 , 181920 ,21222324 and 25 can be found here}

30 April 2020
4:21 a.m. 

My lovely little sweetheart, 

Do you love writing? Writing is a beautiful way of expressing ourselves irrespective of whether we are an Introvert or an extrovert. Many a time in life we are stuck in situations which make us retrieve in our shells and shun all communication with the outside world. But that’s not the right thing to you..even in that situation writing a diary and maintaining notes to self-help in a big way. Communication has immense power no matter what form you choose but learn to communicate. When we can communicate our feeling clearly not only do we feel lighter in our hearts, there is also a great chance to get the desired support from the person in front of us, who can do nothing if we are quiet and not communicate with him in verbal or written form.

This is my 26th Letter to you and I thought I shall be able to encapsulate our #COVID19 journey for you in these many but it seems the pandemic has us in its grips for a little longer so I will keep writing to you to give you the real updates of our battle until it ends.

I personally very strongly believe in the power of communication both written and verbal. It gives me immense strength to choose the right path in a situation and fight the circumstances with all my might. A zillion thanks to you my child for being that source of inspiration for me. Writing these letters to you every day gave me a bigger purpose for the lockdown days than to just firefight and survive. I felt a deep responsibility to let you all the future citizens of the world know what we went through thus my own problems became minuscule in front of them. Here, I communicated through the power of my pen which is considered mightier than a sword and vented my heart to you, my little angel.

I imagined you and then weaved all that you will like to know about the pandemic, the lessons we had learned the hard way, and what all you must refrain from falling in a similar trap because of the havoc human beings cause in Mother Nature. I wrote a lot of tributes in these letters so that you can learn to value the sacrifice of others who place our lives above theirs. I also spoke up what attributes we must possess in order to be worthy human beings generally concealed as one trait per letter so that it gradually sinks in your little mind and you are not flooded with excessive information which doesn’t aid you to grow. I really wish you read these letters one day my little love and find some value in them for yourselves as I have weaved my heart and soul in them for you. They come straight from the heart and I leave you no wealth other than these. 

If there is one trait I will like you to learn from me, it is writing. Have a diary my child, write in it every day, whatever comes in your heart, everything. It shall help you get rid of all the worries and as you write you will start seeing the solutions of your problems and it shall show you new avenues you would not have imagined as when you write you are focusing your thoughts on a certain goal while penning about it. Who knows soon you fall in love with this art and become a writer yourself enlightening the world with the power of your pen. But even if you do not, write for yourself, child it is a very beautiful medium of communication whether with self or with others.

I believe writing has the power to bring out the best in us, give us a purpose and aid us to remain in control of who we are. This is the lesson for today my child, even if the going gets very tough, find your anchor in penning your worries on a piece of paper and give it out to the universe with a pure earnest heart with a request to help and trust me the universe shall conspire to help you proceed towards your goals no matter how small each step is but it shall be in the right direction.

To see you steering forward in the right direction always was my aim in these letters beta. I really hope you are able to extract some values from these.

Sending your way all the positive power
Your Granny 


Hi Everyone, thanks for dropping by, this is my fifth consecutive #BlogchatterA2Z as well as global #AtoZchallenge and this year I will be writing ‘26 letters to my grandaughter’ with a special purpose which shall unfold as you read this series. In case you wish to check out what I wrote in the previous 4 challenges here are the links 201620172018 and 2019

Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my four published ebooks here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny and Empowered Women Empower Women

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

You have a responsibility: My 25th letter to my future Grandchildren documenting lessons from COVID-19 times

{This is the 25th post of the series where I will be writing 26 Letters to my Grandchildren about life and lessons during these tricky COVID19 times. Letter12 , 3 , 56 , 78 ,9 , 10 , 11 ,1213 141516 , 17 , 181920 ,212223 and 24 can be found here}

29 April 2020
4:21 a.m. 

My tiny darling, 

Are you a little naughty😊? Well, if you are not, you can be because this is the best time of your life my dear. No phase of life is as carefree and enjoy worthy as your childhood because as you grow up you will have responsibilities to shoulder at your own personal level, at the family level as well as a citizen of your nation and the civilised world. Don’t worry you will not be given them all in a day on your tiny shoulders but as you grow they will automatically become a part of you. 

Today I want to talk to you about this responsibility, my child. A situation like a pandemic(like the #COVID19 one which we are bearing today) is undoubtedly something beyond our control. Since we have contributed by recklessly harming Mother Nature and thus disturbing our ecosystem’s equilibrium devastatingly, we are unable to control its aftermath and even if we have not directly contributed, we are being punished for our deeds. This is the havoc we have caused to the outside world.

We have also caused havoc in our inside world, inside our bodies by eating unhealthy and junk food just to satiate our tongues. Our lifestyles have gone for a complete toss. We have sedentary lifestyles and are glued to our gadgets always. We sleep really late and be up by afternoon. Obesity and so many diseases linked to it are on a rise. Amidst all this, our immunity has been completely ruined. I have never seen my grandparents and parents getting sick but when it comes to us we are not as strong and the situation is only worsening. We have gradually replaced the concept of eating our home-cooked sumptuous Dal-roti-Sabji-rice-salad with pasta and pizzas and what not which lack the essential nutrients our book required to produce the antibodies to fight various diseases and infections.

I am sure your dad’s generation is taking a note as they and then you are our future world and fate of the entire humanity shall depend upon how you take lessons from these times we are facing and take relevant actions. Not only take them but also make them a way of life, an integral part of your lifestyle.

The lesson for today is understanding that you have a responsibility kid. By you I mean you and all your fellow citizens to build a wonderful worth-living disease-free world for yourselves and your progeny as you grow up and I earnestly believe we as your grandparents shall begin our journey for you right now because the sooner the better. 

As per the World Health Organisation this pandemic is here to stay and so almost the entire world is home quarantined and the task of healing the bruises of Mother Nature is already up in a huge way and we wish to continue the same even after these testing times are over. 

We shall also keep working on our immunity by going back to basics like including our traditional immunity drink called Kadha. Also, will continue eating clean even as these times pass to give our bodies the strength and immunity to ward off all untoward infections which all of us must have traditionally inherited from our ancestors but have got ruined by our lavish lifestyles. Not that we will not enjoy now, we shall, by taking a holiday in the lap on Mother Nature and enjoying its chemical-free produce. Sound yum strawberries, what say? 

Through this letter my child, I give you the responsibility to not do what we did and in turn, I promise that we will leave this world a little better for you than it is now but is gradually improving. It appears forced now but the day is not far off when it shall become a habit and way of life for us. 

Sending you the light of wisdom 
Your granny


Hi Everyone, thanks for dropping by, this is my fifth consecutive #BlogchatterA2Z as well as global #AtoZchallenge and this year I will be writing ‘26 letters to my grandaughter’ with a special purpose which shall unfold as you read this series. In case you wish to check out what I wrote in the previous 4 challenges here are the links 201620172018 and 2019

Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my four published ebooks here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny and Empowered Women Empower Women