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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

5 snacks to rev up your metabolism

Snacking throughout the day isn't the worse thing you could do. Eat when you like if you're watching your weight, but make the switch from fattening sugary foods to foods that will speed up your metabolism. 

making healthy choices

Here are five snacks that you shouldn't feel guilty about indulging in. Don't worry - there aren't any names you've never heard of, or things that aren't available at your nearest supermarket!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Yoga, Zumba, Boot Camp - Which one's for you?

Made the decision to get fit but don't know where to start? With different fitness classes to choose from, it may be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Yoga, pilates, zumba, boot camp, TRX, aerobics - there is something for everyone.

yoga, boot camp, zumba workout

Monday, 26 January 2015

Fashion Detox for the week!

As you struggle to maintain your New Year Resolutions, here's a much needed kickstart!
Begin the upcoming week by breaking out of your comfort zone: ditching out those old clothes you've kept piled up but won't wear anymore, adding fashionable pieces to your wardrobe, and taking control of your health. Out with the old, in with the new- here's our take on Vogue India's weekly fashion detox plan.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Five of the best Gyms in Karachi

Ringing in the New Year with a resolution to become healthy? Try not to be like the 85% of people who do no more than make a couple of gym visits every January. Getting fit is both smart and fashionable -"skinny" just doesn't cut it any more.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Eat Fit - Healthy Eating Options Around Karachi

Pure Health Cafe - Healthy eating in Karachi
Pure health cafe in Karachi offers a flavoursome, nutritious menu that won't pile on the pounds
Eating out doesn’t have to be a calorie-laden minefield. Restaurants all over town offer a wealth of delicious, nutritious choices that won’t hurt your waistline. There are plenty of outlets that appreciate that healthy eating isn’t just about calorie-counting – their menus include good fats, organic ingredients, high fibre elements and fresh natural wholefoods.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Tapal Green Tea flavours tested - Morocccan Mint is the winner

Green Tea - pure relaxation in a cup

 I have to admit I'm passionate about tea - my automatic response to any crisis is to put the kettle on. That's what comes of spending most of your life in either England or Pakistan. But I'm not a fan of what passes for 'normal' tea in either country. I never really got the hang of Pakistani chai - stewed in a saucepan with milk and poured steaming into a cup or glass. The odd cup, sweetly spiced with cardomom is ok, but it's generally too cloying for my taste. I used to drink 'British" tea - in a mug, strongly brewed from a teabag with a splash of milk added - perfect with a KitKat to dunk - but no more. A few years back I switched to green tea and since then have never really liked the taste of black tea with milk.

Proper tea buffs will tell you that milk in tea is sacrilege anyway - and I'm getting to see what they mean - but personally it's green tea not black that floats my boat. I have to admit that I'm experimenting with matcha teas, loose leaf jasmine tea, white tea and the like but for convenience, am quite happy to dunk a teabag. So I was glad to be asked to try Tapal's relaunched green teas.

I found the taste a little thin at first but this was mostly fixed by brewing for a little longer than I do for my usual Twinings teabags. The Elaichi tea was nowhere near as good as you can make by simply adding an empty cardomom pod to your cup but the Moroccan Mint is a winner - it's great as a no-fuss after-dinner 'kava'.

I won't comment on the Lemon version - I've yet to find a lemon green tea that tastes nice - the Twinings one actually tastes soapy to me. You're much better off squeezing some fresh lemon into your cup. I wish Lipton or Tapal would introduce Orange scented green tea here - it works so much better than Lemon.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

5 Simple Yoga Poses - Simple Steps to Yoga Bliss - Part II

5 simple yoga poses anyone can do at home
In the second part of our introduction to basic yoga, expert teacher Salma Mian elucidates five easy poses that anyone can do at home. Start with 10-15 minutes and two poses, focusing on breathing correctly. Try not to worry too much about the timing. Stop whenever you are tired and remember to hydrate before, during and after each session. You can read the first part of the series here.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Simple Steps to Yoga Bliss

Balance your mind, learn to relax, enhance your physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing with yoga. Salma Mian is one of Karachi’s most trusted Yoga teachers. She trained with Sir Wajahat and went on to train further in Sri Lanka with a well-known teacher named Veeda. At the time Veeda was over eighty and yet looked no more than 50. Salma perfected her art in intense one-on-one sessions that would last hours. She continues to upgrade her skills and now offers Hot Yoga after a course in Canada. Salma uses her expertise to guide her pupils, describing each pose in depth, from the breathing to the position of each part of your body.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

The post-Ramadan wellness boost - a lifestyle makeover for those who didn't fast healthily in Ramazan

Published in the Express Tribune on August 18, 2013

KARACHI:  So the healthy Ramazan regime went out the window when you smelled your first pakora. On Eid, the sheer luxury of being able to eat, whatever the time of day, took its toll. Cakes and mithai, sheer korma and samosas filled in the gaps between massive festive lunches and dinners. 

You’d never normally dream of eating karai chicken, nihari, kunna and biryani at the same time but on Eid, anything goes. You tell yourself you deserve a few days of indulgence after a month of fasting, but you know in your heart that every iftari brought its own excesses.
It may have been masked by pre-Eid salon sessions, but chances are the cycle of fasting and feasting has taken a toll on your skin, hair and general well-being, even if you’ve faithfully been popping vitamins. Luckily, a few simple steps can boost your vitality and get your lifestyle onto a healthier track.

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