Monthly Archives: November 2013

Creating social circle

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You may be well aware that having sincere friends is a foundation for having more success, possibilities and overall well-being. It is a well-researched fact that making friends as an adult is more difficult than when you were a kid. As adults, we require to be more prudent and proactive about it.

If you find it hard to meet new people and make friends, then here are tips that you can use:

Evaluate what type of friend you desire to have.
To save yourself time, do a little planning. Begin by activating your mind and focusing it on the right people you want in your life. This will make it easy for you to spot them. All you have to do is a make a general list of hobbies, attributes, or qualities that you desire your future friends to have. This list does not have to be definitive; it’s just a guide for your mind. You can start by listing attributes like “interesting, fun, productive, honest, ambitious, healthy and so on”.
Go to places where it is easy to mingle with people.

Do not expect to make friends in public venues. Instead, go to places where it’s very appropriate and easy to walk up to anyone and introduce yourself. Some places even encourage it, such as charitable or cultural events, conferences, trade shows, etc.
Search for a local community.

This is probably the fastest manner to make new friends: explore a local community that is about something interesting to you, and that holds regular social events for the members. Begin attending their events and then offer to help the organizing team. They will be happy you enquired and give you some small errands. It will make them wander about your generosity and usually they will gravitate towards you.

Find commonalities with the potential friends.
If you have something in common with a new friend, it will make you more nearer to each other. Things in common can be similar opinions, habits, stories or experiences. To speed up this process, look for similarities with the people you meet as you talk to them, inform them about common experiences.

Show your weak side, in the initial stage of friendship.
People in politics tend to abuse this technique; because it works a lot. They will tell you about how they cannot resist French fries, or how their wife wears the pants in the house. But you, as an honest person, do not have to make this up. All you need to do is disclose something funny or quirky about you; any imperfection will do. This is a way to show to the people you meet that you are human like them.

Stay in touch.
Usually people lose friends because they forget to stay in touch, especially in new friendships. If you cease to stay in touch, you will not be in their radar for long. Few of them will keep reaching out to you as well, but it’s better to take charge. Take one hour, every week, and do nothing but reach out to people via email. The key here is to do it every week, which will your social life growing and going for a long time.

Introduce your friend to each other.
It is very difficult to start a social circle from scratch if you do not focus one on groups of friends, as opposed to individual friends. I recommend that you begin introducing friends to each other, even if you only have a couple, and even if you are just getting to know them. This group-effect will make them want to call and make plans way more likely. This means that you will have ample of time to concentrate on other areas of your life.

Introducing people to one another becomes your primary way of adding substance to other individual’s lives, and just makes your plans more interesting and fun.

These techniques will get you started. If you want to have a great social circle, it is better that you learn about friendship and how it works, as it is not really taught at school.

Stay healthy!

Kiran

6 Dietary guidelines to decrease stomach acid

Stomach acid is generally caused due to unhealthy eating. Most people suffer from acid reflux or stomach acid after a heavy and spicy meal.

Besides, heartburn or acid reflux is also very common in smokers, pregnant women, heavy drinkers, those who are overweight, and those aged between 35 and 64 years. Is you have been constantly troubled with acid reflux, then follow these simple dietary guidelines by Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain, Certified Holistic Nutrition Therapist, SNHS, UK. Certified Health Coach, IIN, US, to decrease stomach acid and lead a healthy life.

For more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/6-Dietary-guidelines-to-decrease-stomach-acid/articleshow/24474982.cms

Healthy reasons to quit smoking

Most people are familiar with the adage ‘smoking kills’ or cigarette smoking is injurious to health’. But, in spite of being well versed with the consequences of smoking, we find it hard to quit.

If you plan to take up smoking, either because of a stressful lifestyle or peer pressure, think again. Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain, Certified Holistic Nutrition Therapist, SNHS , UK. Certified Health Coach, IIN, US, gives us reasons to ditch the butt and embark on a healthy lifestyle.

Reasons to Quit Smoking

For more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health/Healthy-reasons-to-quit-smoking/articleshow/22328060.cms

Honey & cinnamon water recipe

If you have been trying to lose weight for awhile, but haven’t seen any results, then try this honey & cinnamon recipe, which promises to help you burn calories, shared by Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain, Certified Holistic Nutrition Therapist, SNHS , UK. Certified Health Coach, IIN, US. This honey & cinnamon recipe will also help boost your metabolism.

Ingredients:

2 tsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1cup/ 237 ml water

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Use cloves for good health

Cloves are a very common spice, which is widely used in Indian cooking. It is renowned for its rich aroma and flavour.

Cloves also have great purification and protection properties in them. Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain, Certified HolisticNutrition Therapist, SNHS , UK. Certified Health Coach, IIN, US, tells us how this this tiny spice can boost our overall health.

Consuming a couple of cloves can help to cleanse your body from harmful toxins and microbes. This will help to boost your health.

For more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/Use-cloves-for-good-health/articleshow/25548587.cms

How To Raise Self-confidence

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Having high self- confidence, does wonders in every aspect of your life. Research has proven that people with greater level of self-confidence are more healthy, successful, and enjoy a more accomplished life.

I will give you 9 confidence building techniques that will help you build self-confidence:

1. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

One of the most effective techniques that will help you immensely towards achieving self-confidence is to stop comparing yourself with others. It is troublesome as in reality; you only view a small part of how that person really is. Everyone sees, feels, thinks and learn things differently.

Always remember you are the only person with your ability, it may not be some sort of super-human power you have but the possibilities in you and the way you do things will be endless and different to everyone else, no two fingerprints are the same. Just remember that!

2. Always Make Eye Contact

Most people are majorly afraid of how other people will judge them. By making eye contact you tell yourself that you are unafraid, worthy and confident.

A simple trick that works is to look between their eyebrows in the center of their head, this is less intimidating for you and it works!
At first many people have to force themselves to make eye contact but it can become a habit very soon and it improves your self-confidence.

3. Exercise & Healthy Eating

How you look also is the number one cause of poor self-confidence. Improving your physical appearance can help tremendously and exercising is the best way to go about it. It makes you look better and feel great.

Do you know that 70% of weight loss is diet based. So find a diet that works for you and follow an exercise routine that makes you glad!

4. Dress Sharp

Have you ever heard the saying “when you look good, you feel good? There is a lot of truth in this statement. When you dress smart, it has a positive psychological effect that can favor your confidence level.
Research has proven that dressing sharp can immediately increase your confidence levels.

5. Compliment Others Often

Think positively as it will allow you to see good in people and compliment on their strong points. As chances are that you will get a sincere compliment in return that will boost your confidence levels. But go easy on the compliments though, you don’t want to come across as a groupie.

6. Help Those Less Fortunate

Helping other who are less fortunate is the best empowering feelings you can experience. Those who do social-work have incredibly high self-confidence, self-esteem and a great outlook on life.

As Tony Robbins puts it: “The secret of living is giving”.

7. Face Your Fears & Don’t Fear Failure

This is the major reason for low level of confidence in millions of people. Our fear control our actions. When you fear something you feel weak that is second to poor level of confidence. In order to overcome this you have to face your fears.

Learn to never fear failures. As couple of fears never define your destiny! Everyone in life fails numerous times. Bouncing back is what it counts!

8. Carry ‘Confidence’ With You

Easy tips to boost your confidence level:

• Use your hands to explain things, this helps to draw your crowd a clear picture of your explanations.
• Speak clearly and with a reasonable volume.
• Don’t cross your arms as this shows insecurity.
• Be conscious of your posture

9. Fake It, Til You Make It

This saying talks volumes. If you are in an uncomfortable situation, apply tactics of the confident peoples (they can be confident person, movie stars, or someone that you have felt comfortable around before)

These will become your own habits within no time and it will definitely pay off.

Stay healthy!
Kiran

HOW TO LIVE LIFE FULLY?!

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My tips to live a happy life to extremes.

• Keep young by spending time with children.
• Embark at adrenaline packed activities like bungee jumping.
• Plan a surprise party.
• Snog a stranger.
• Perform something on stage in front of others.
• Reach your career peak by 40.
• Get a promotion.
• Rescue someone so you are hero for a while.
• Get a degree.
• Pass your driving test.
• Move away from home to an unfamiliar place.
• Meet strangers.
• Keep children on a straight and narrow.
• Travel alone.
• Drive a really fast car.
• Have a pet.
• Earn money more than your age.
• Start a family.
• Save money for your grandchildren to enjoy.
• Be married for more than 20 years.
• Learn a new instrument.
• Blow money shopping.
• Go on safari.
• Take a challenge.
• Volunteer for a charity.
• Book an impulsive last minute holiday.
• Visit all Britain’s historical landmarks.
• Treat every day as its last.
• Lose 6 kg weight at first.
• Help your family when they are in need.
• Be well thought of by family and friends.
• Learn a new language.
• Go outside more.
• Travel to atleast 25 foreign countries.
• Find true love.
• Try all types of foods (only halal for the muslims)
• Make time for family and friends.
• Use money for fun rather than a rainy day.
• Concentrate on what you have instead of what you don’t have.
• Be true to yourself.
• Payoff all debts.
• Work to live rather than live to work.
• Experience different cultures.
• Enjoy little comforts.
• Take two holidays a year.
• Stop worrying what other people think about you.
• Stop worrying about money.

WINNER’S DIARY

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Be Yourself.
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You are the only “you” on this planet. Cash that. You are inspiring, creative, intelligent and capable. Spending any energy trying to copy someone else is totally absurd. Nurture who you are by focusing on yourself. Be at ease, spend more time meditating and becoming the best version of yourself. It’s a process. So let yourself grow. Never stop growing.

Follow your passion.
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When you love doing something, you are more likely to create a sustainable life as happiness is infectious.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
― Winston Churchill

If one door doesn’t open, probably it’s locked, instead of finding ways to break down that door, try another door.

Pay heed to your instincts
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“Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.”
― Agatha Christie

Pay heed to your intuition. Jot it down. Think about your aim. Pick or base your action upon your intuition. Never worry about the gain, just follow your intuition.

Work work work.
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No one is going to do the work for you. Find the ease. Work efficiently. Use what you need. Rest what you don’t.

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
― Jimmy Johnson

Be good to people.
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Amelia Earhart:

No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.

Avoid critics.
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When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.Unknown

Never be worried about other’s opinion about yourself. Focus on your intention and do the work.

Practice patience.
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Things might not (and usually don’t) happen in the timing that you want. In such situations, patience is your strength.

“He that can have patience can have what he will.”
― Benjamin Franklin

Allow space for things to turn out different than your plan. Different might be a lot better, so broaden your perspective.

Look after yourself.
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Your health is a responsibility that is completely in your control.

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” Buddha

Make time for practice, stimulation and relaxation. Take long walks. Read good books. Take baths. These activities are crucial to your success and your health.

Give up complaining.
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If you don’t like how something is, change it. We can’t change everything, but we can do quite a bit about our circumstances when we drop the complaints.

“Never tell your problems to anyone…20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them.”
― Lou Holtz

You have to like where you are in order to get where you are headed. Get comfortable in who you are and work from there.

Enjoy yourself.
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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
― Helen Keller

So be your jolly-self and enjoy every moment of your life.

Stay healthy!

Kiran

The Principles of Intuitive Eating

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Eating intuitively is based on the principles that we have hunger signals and food preferences and the best way to go about is to become aware of them.

The pioneers of the intuitive eating are Gwen Shamblin, author of The Weight Down Diet, and Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole, authors of the book, Intuitive Eating. Although this approach has been used mainly for weight loss, it’s also a general philosophy for eating.

One of the primary reasons people have lost touch with what our bodies really need is because the standard American diet (trend –setters for rest of the World) is full of chemicals, processed foods, sugar and damaged fats. Proponents believe the following factors contribute:

1) Being caught up with diet fads.
The value of intuition in eating is lost in our knowledge and science-driven world. Animals instinctively know everything they need to live and they do it. We have the same instincts, but it gets lost in what we are told we should eat by friends, researchers, celebrities, magazines, talk show hosts and diet gurus.

2) Making weight loss your sole focus.
The weight loss industry in the United States is a billion dollar industry. It can harm your confidence, your wallet and importantly your metabolism. Many dieters develop ailments from being on the wrong diet, such as poor concentration, joint pain, headaches, dark circles under the eyes, depression, anxiety, weakness and fatigue. They can deprive your body of essential nutrients.

3) Chronic stress or illness.
Many people under chronic stress lose their taste for food. They view food as fuel or they lose sensitivity to hunger signals. In addition, prolonged stress can destabilize blood sugar levels causing mindless cravings and a constant urge to eat more. Plus, chronic stress maybe involved in IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or cause bloating gas, and pain regardless of what you eat.

How to improve your intuitive ability
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1) Begin by paying attention to how different foods make you feel.

• What foods make you bloated, uncomfortable, or cause pain?
• What foods make you edgy or anxious vs. content and calm?
• What foods make you tired or unable to concentrate?
• What foods give you energy?
• What foods leave you satisfied?

2) Reduce the amount of sugar and junk foods in your diet.

a. Use a herbal sweetener. The herbal sweetener Stevia can be used to add sweetness to any dish. Certain brands are better than others—if you try a brand that taste quite bitter, keep looking.

b. Healthier sweeteners. If you use sugar, try mixing unrefined blackstrap molasses with just enough honey to make the molasses taste less bitter. These natural sweeteners like honey and molasses are still forms of sugar, so don’t go overboard on these thinking they are okay.

c. Try spice with a sweet flavor. The spices cloves and cinnamon have a sweet taste, even though they don’t contain any sugar. Try making Chai, or adding cinnamon to desserts, sauces and drinks for a sweet flavor.

d. Substitute fruit and then gradually decrease. If you have a sweet tooth, try to slowly substitute the sugar in your diet with fruit. Fruit contains sugar but also has antioxidants, phyto-chemicals and fiber. Gradually taper the fruit until you are at a level that feels right to you.

Stay healthy!
Kiran