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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Posted On January 13, 2019 by Team iCynosure.

The date is set, the card is selected, the wedding dress is picked and the accessories are coordinated. Now all you need is the right pair of shoes to dazzle on your big day. But you have no idea where to start, except that traditionally brides preferred to match their wedding shoes to their wedding dresses. But that is so very passé now. In 2019, brides are paying attention to their footwear more than ever, and experimenting with different shoe silhouettes and styles.

Just like every aspect of your wedding ensemble, there are many options in wedding footwear but most of the time brides end up picking glitter pumps or heels for their celebrations. For my wedding in 2007, I alternated between a pair of super cute ankle strap heels and super stylish gold glitter pumps, and both had the same magical effect on the overall look. However, today if you are wondering what kind of heels you should opt for, for your wedding celebrations, I’m going to share with you, the best options you can choose from.
Without a shred of doubt, one of the best silhouettes in high heels is the Stilettos, however not the most comfortable if you aren’t used to wearing it. But if it is your choice of heels I’d suggest to pick a colour to either to compliment or contrast your dress and make them both stand out. 
The most ideal wedding heels that can easily add 3-4 inches to your height and make you look taller are the pumps. Go for this heel if you want toffee a little air under your feet. Though pumps are available in numerous shades I'd definitely recommend silver glitter pumps that will compliment any dress. 
Ankle Strap 
A perfect pair of heels that offers more stability with a strap around the ankle making it super comfortable not only to walk in but also dance in are the ankle strap heels. I'd keep in mind to get a pair with straps that are small to medium in thickness, so they don’t bite and cut into your skin.
Kitten Heels
The perfect choice of heels if comfort is more important to you than style, would be the kitten heels. The silhouette makes you look as cute as a button and the comfort is top notch making them a perfect companion for the entire celebration. I'd pick ones with beautifully crafted heels in various forms to make it more endearing. 

Now that we have the type of heels you want sorted out, here are some tips to make picking one easy.

1. Get a style you have worn before and are comfortable in. Don’t experiment with heel height.
2. Pick the right size and wear them in for a few hours before the D-day.
3. Opt for comfort, stability and style, precisely in that order.
4. Bring a spare pair of shoes and keep them under the bridal table, in case you need to change.
5. Keep a footwear survival kit handy; with band-aids and gel inserts.

Finally, always remember, it is your wedding day and what you wear is a matter of personal preference. Pick whatever your heart desires to make your perfect wedding ensemble and just remember to have fun. 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Posted On January 09, 2019 by Team iCynosure.

I first noticed her in the Dibakar Banerjee’s ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye’ which released in 2009 where she played a supporting role of Dolly. In the movie, she is able to humanise the quirky character with her multi-dimensional facets. However, her breakthrough performance came in later with Anurag Kashyap’s crime drama  ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ where she played a pivotal role of Nagma Khatoon, exceptionally pulling off a role of a 16-year-old girl, who matures into a 60-year-old woman through the course of the duology. I am talking about Richa Chadda, considered today as one of the finest performers in the Indian entertainment industry, with immeasurable talent.

Over the years her ease in front of a camera has been appreciated with some extremely noteworthy performances; as Bholi Punjaban in the Fukrey franchise, Devi Pathak in Masaan and Zarina Malik in the TV series Inside Edge.

The three-time award winner is set to dazzle audiences with her new film - Cabaret, a ZEE5 Original. The thriller directed by Kaustav Narayan Niyogi and produced by Pooja Bhatt for Fisheye Network Private Limited follows the life of a girl from Jharkhand, who begins her journey with dreams of making it big in the world of dance but ends up as a cabaret dancer. As I watched the film’s trailer, there were a few things that got me excited which I have listed below: 

Engaging Storyline
Trust Richa to choose a script that has an engaging narrative. Going by the trailer of the movie, Cabaret shows incredible promise of being a thrilling ride through the dark corners of mystery and deceit. Being set in the entertainment industry, the movie also shows another side to the showbiz and sees Richa burn the dance floor with her scorching presence and dance moves. 

Honest Performance
Even though it seems the easiest thing of a filmmaking journey, it is evident the amount of hard work that Richa would have put into attaining the perfection that a script as original and raw as Cabaret demands. Being the first time Richa dons the role of a dancer, Cabaret shows how flawlessly she can perform, portraying the innocence of the village belle to the shrewdness of a cabaret dance to utter perfection. The character development can be seen distinctly through the trailer and Richa beautifully plays it with a high believability factor. 

Overall Styling
The overall look and feel of the central character lends authenticity to the film and enables the viewers to move with the story, which is clearly evident in Richa’s costumes and make-up. The trailer of Cabaret shows the emphasis the team has put into the overall styling of the film as every facet of the movie has a rich glitzy feel to it which is needed for a film dealing with the entertainment industry.

Check out the trailer to know about the movie yourself.

What in the trailer excites you to watch the movie? Do let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, 
~ Heena

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Posted On January 02, 2019 by Team iCynosure.

RV came into this world kicking up a storm and I was overwhelmed with emotion and anxiety. My second brush with motherhood was fairly simple as compared to the first time when #PrincessHeer arrived, I knew what to do and what not. I also knew particularly what I needed and what I didn’t. While it’s easy for new parents to figure out what they need for their newborns, it’s pretty tricky for friends and family to know what to gift when visiting the newborn. Sometimes they think they have picked the most ideal gift which actually turns out either to be completely useless or gifted in multiples.

So this time to negate the unnecessary, I created a unique online gift registry that brings together unique baby and kids products from over 35 brands under one roof. These products are perfect gifts for every occasion including birthdays, baby showers, and more. As I created a registry for RV, I browsed through different websites, selected products and added them to my wishlist; which then I shared with my friends and family in just a single click. And voila, I received the most appropriate and useful things that would ease my motherhood journey.

Do you want to know what products I picked for my little man?

Diapers are the most obvious gift for a newborn, however, only a few people I know think of diapers as an appropriate baby gift. Maybe the rationale behind it is that diapers don’t last, and one wants to gift something that stays forever. This issue is now resolved with eco-friendly, reusable cloth diapers that not only keep the baby happy and healthy but also keep the environment safe. Reusable cloth diapers from brands like SuperButtoms have now become the most appreciated and useful gift for new parents. I received a dual pack of Superbottoms Plus Uno that are perfect to start diapering, as they are a sustainable, rash-free option for babies up to 3 years of age. The diapers are the slimmest cloth diapers available in cutest prints, that work as a 3-in-1 product; re a diaper, a pocket diaper and a swim diaper.

The one thing that I learnt with #PrincessHeer was that no matter how cosy a swing or bouncy seat is, she always wanted to be cuddled in my arms. And no matter how much I loved doing it, it became impossible for me to go about my daily routine while carrying her. So I particularly wanted a fuss-free, hands-free baby carrier that ensured maximum comfort and luxury for RV. Of the many national and international brands available I picked the Yoga Carrier from Cookiie Pie Co. for its silhouette which helps a baby nest against your body in the most natural way. The Yoga Carrier is the easiest way to soothe a baby during sleepless nights and tiring days, with its supportive waist belt and cushioned under thigh guard. The Yoga Carrier is a practical gift for new parents that can be used until the baby weighs 20 kgs.

I was surprised with just how many types of baby blankets are available in the market today, making it extremely difficult for new parents to figure out what exactly would be appropriate for an infant. The main job of a good baby blanket is to provide the newborn with positive sleep associations helping him to fall asleep without too much fuss, and keep him calm and reassured. The Dro Sto blanket that I received, is a gorgeous piece in a lightweight and breathable fabric perfect for swaddling, tummy time and everything in between. The blanket allows RV to sleep easily and peacefully, without heating the body even in a warm climate. The blanket is available in lots of fun colours and exciting characters, and be rest assured that there is a Dro Sto blanket that can match any nursery. The Dro Sto blanket is so snuggly, soft and cushiony, that I wish they made it in full sizes for adult-kids like myself to feel amazing.

New parents receive numerous clothing items as gifts, but not once have I heard or seen baby footwear given as gifts. Believe it or not baby socks, booties and shoes are essential for every newborn as they help regulate a baby’s temperature. In fact, I’ve personally experienced that fussiness decreases as soon as RV’s little feet are covered and warm. Since I didn't want to leave it to chance I added a few products from Aviv a brand that specialises in custom-made handcrafted baby footwear on my must-have list of baby products. The brand Aviv works with local artisans supporting cottage industries to offer luxuriously soft, super flexible, thin-soled baby footwear made with carefully chosen materials to keep your little one's feet protected. The brand offers a ton of colours and patterns for both little girls and boys that will help your little one stand out in a crowd. Not only are the shoes a perfect keepsake, but the brand also offers bags for toddlers and tooth pouches for kids as well, all perfect to create lasting memories.

A rocker or a bouncing chair is an absolute lifesaver for a new parent, and I know this as #PrincessHeer had colic and it was the most perfect way to help her lay in a reclined position to help reduce reflux and also allow for a soothing rocking motion. After intense scrutiny, I picked a good quality rocker from Little Olive rocker for its ergonomic design and premium quality material that is suitable for a newborn. The rocker not only keeps the baby engaged during playtimes, but it also offers a great position in the initial days of feeding and also serves as a great option for a baby to sleep in. The Little Olive rocker not only cradles little RV in comfort and provides optimal support for his back but also soothing massage-like feel with the vibrate function to keep him safe and engaged.

What do you think? Are these products perfect gifts for a newborn or do you think there are other products that would make ideal gifts? Leave me your suggestions in the comments below about what would make ideal gifts for a newborn; or some interesting episode when you received gifts for your little ones.

Until next time,
~ Heena

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Posted On December 30, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Obesity today has been recognized as a worldwide epidemic, and it continues to rise at an alarming rate. It is a major health challenge not only as it leads to premature mortality but also is the root cause of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and more. Obesity in the last few years has been directly attributed to the change in dietary and lifestyle habits; which results in an imbalance between the intake of energy and use of energy. With a more sedentary lifestyle and a decrease in physical activity, the excess energy is accumulated as body fat thereby changing the body dynamics with the most common underlying abnormality - human obesity.

To win the “battle against the bulge”, people have spent unaccountable sums of money, but the effort to lose weight has been in vain. As the pounds pile on, weight management becomes more difficult through dieting and exercise; and then people tend to look at other avenues like surgery, liposuction, etc to combat the abnormality. However continuous research conducted over the last few decades by many firms including DuPonthave shown how dietary modifications can help manage the equation between energy consumption and energy expenditure thereby ensuring healthy weight management. 

Of course, the best option for weight management would be a sensible diet combined with exercise, however, a significant number of research studies show that a high protein rich diet enables greater weight and fat loss. Protein plays a major role in many bodily functions, including building bones, muscles, cartilage and skin; producing blood, enzymes and hormones and repairing body tissue. 20 amino acids make up the protein that is needed by the human body, of which only 11 are produced within the body while 9 must be supplemented by food. The best sources of high-quality protein are meats, fish, eggs and dairy products, which have all the essential amino acids that the body needs. Some vegetables and fruits also punch in a fairly high level of protein while dairy products provide the necessary amount of protein. However, research shows that the Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score of Soybeans is the most optimum making it the best source of plant-based protein available to humans.

Dr. David Allison and Dr. Mark Cope at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Dr. John Erdman at the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana conducted review based studies on soy and obesity and found that soy-foods help to battle weight by promoting fat loss. Clinical trials also reinforced the results that soy consumption enables weight control as:

1. Soy Proteins is plant-based and thus naturally cholesterol and lactose-free. 
2. Soy Protein helps feel fuller for longer, thereby decreasing calorie intake. 
3. Soy Protein has a low-glycemic index, thus maintains a normal blood sugar level. 
4. Soy Protein helps control heart health during weight loss.
5. Soy Protein minimises loss of bone mass during weight loss.

Soy Protein is a low-fat source of high-quality protein that when combined with exercise and a healthy diet, makes an excellent 'partner' in a successful weight loss as well as a weight management plan.

Have you included Soy in your diet? Let me know in the comments below if you think Soy Protein actually helps in weight management. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Friday, December 28, 2018

Posted On December 28, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

The most certain thing about life is change and change is risky; which makes every stage of life a risk. Whether you are walking up a path to work, or fulfilling a dream of travelling to a new country, or driving a new car along a scenic highway, or getting blood work done; you are at a risk. And the only way to minimize every risk you may encounter is through the security of insurance. 

What is insurance? 
Insurance is an agreement between a company and an individual where the company provides financial compensation for loss, damage, illness, or death to the individual in return for a specified premium paid on a periodic basis.

Why is insurance essential?
Insurance is essential to provide financial security and protection during an unexpected situation, Considering the innumerable risks and the rising costs to cover these risks, it is advisable to get insurance to lessen the financial burden.

Which types of insurances should one get? 
Insurances are of many types, however the most common are:

Life Insurance 
An insurance that offers financial compensation to the insured individual in case of disability or to the family members in case of death of the insured individual. The most common ones are term insurance and whole insurance. A term insurance covers an insured person for a specific length of time while a whole insurance coverage is for the entire life of an insured person. 

Health Insurance
An insurance that will help tide over the expenses related to medical treatment and hospitalization in case of a health scare. It is advisable to opt for specific health plans like cancer insurance plan in case of a family history of that disease to cover the financial worry.

Vehicle Insurance
An insurance also known as auto insurance, car insurance, and motor insurance; protects vehicles from financial loss in case of accidents, damage, theft or natural disaster like fire, floods or landslides. 

Travel Insurance
An insurance that compensates for any financial liabilities arising out of medical and non-medical emergencies such as cancellation of flights, hotel accommodation, theft, etc. during travel within or outside the country.

Property Insurance
An insurance also called home insurance, that provides coverage against risks to property due to man-made damage, theft or natural calamities like fire, weather, earthquake, etc. It not only offers financial protection to the property, but also the valuables inside.

Less common types of insurance plans include bond insurance, accidental death insurance, loan protection insurance, casualty insurance, flight insurance, deposit insurance (FDIC), kids’ insurance, and many others.

How to buy Insurance?
It is simple to buy insurance in India. First understand what is needed, get the details of all the available options. Compare the options and pick the right plan. Pay the premium and be secure. 

It is advisable to have insurance, especially life insurance and health insurance. While vehicle insurance is mandatory in India, others are not. Most people prefer to pay a little bit of money every month and stay worry-free while a majority they have nothing to worry about. The most sensible thing to do is to protect yourself without paranoia, pick the right insurance instruments as per your lifestyle and enjoy with a relaxed, peace of mind. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Posted On December 28, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

If you are looking to achieve a long-term body transformation and instant satisfaction from a single activity, then yoga might just be the way to go. Yoga works alongside meditation to promote wellness and to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle and self-healing. Depending on the type of yoga you do, you will be able to strike different poses while doing some breathing exercises. The main aim of yoga for beginners is to make your body and mind stronger while promoting awareness and harmony.

Benefits of Yoga
Yoga allows your body to relax, thus reducing chronic pain, especially one associated with your lower back. It also alleviated arthritis, headaches, and the carpal tunnel syndrome.

Yoga is also the right exercise routine to help reduce your blood pressure and insomnia. Other physical benefits of doing yoga include increased flexibility, improved muscle strength, muscle toning, increased energy, better vitality, improved respiration, balanced metabolism, helping with weight loss, promoting cardiovascular and circulatory health, enhanced athletic performance, and protection against injuries.

It is also worth acknowledging that yoga has many mental benefits for beginners, especially when it comes to stress management. Yoga can also help you attain a better body and a healthy mind. You could practice yoga because it provides you with a better coping ability to stress while promoting positive living.

As you meditate and do some breathing exercises, you are likely to improve your mental health. It is the right routine, therefore, if you would like to achieve mental clarity as well as calmness. Your focus and ability to concentrate will be sharper since yoga not only creates body awareness but also relaxes your mind. With body-awareness and self-awareness, you will be in a better position to detect any physical and mental problems and be able to come up with early preventive measures.

Why Glo
Glo provides online yoga lessons for beginners conducted by renowned instructors across the world. The benefit of the online yoga classes is that they help you to do yoga from wherever you are and at the time of your convenience. With the best online yoga classes at your palm, you will be ready to take the steps necessary to change your life for the better.

There are thousands of classes available for all levels of training. The length of each class varies between 5 and 120 minutes. At Glo, you will get to enjoy world-class yoga classes at pretty affordable charges that are unmatched by any of the other competing studios.

Glo has the best online yoga classes for all individuals ranging from beginners to runners, cyclists, professionals, prenatal mothers, travellers, men, and women.

There are classes aimed at strengthening you while at the same time helping you promote your stability both physically and mentally. Furthermore, there are specific yoga classes that achieve calmness where your body and mind get to relax for wellness.

If you would like to develop flexibility by achieving the new inversion that you have just learned, bending over until you touch the toes and many other activities, you could take advantage of Glo's free trial.

The instructors working with Glo are highly experienced and fully certified. This means that each of the lessons will meet your needs adequately. It also means that you will benefit from the best online yoga classes that will help you advance gradually to gain physical and mental fitness.

If you would like to participate in the best online yoga classes for beginners, then you need to try out Glo today to enjoy the best yoga benefits. You can take advantage of this online presence to maintain the health of your body and mind.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Posted On December 12, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Motherhood is overwhelming and can leave you at a loss of what to do next. Bringing home a tiny person, who you are completely responsible for can be extremely intimidating. But do not worry, motherhood is a learning process and your child will be your greatest teacher. Seven years ago when I was expecting Heer, I was so carried away with the entire pregnancy and motherhood experience that I missed out on taking a few moments to sit back relax and make some of those moments into precious, everlasting memories. However the second time around as soon as I got to know I was expecting, I made a list of things I wanted to do as soon as the baby arrived. Here are three things that I'm doing to remind me of RV's early days.

Hand-Painted Portraits
I love taking pictures of my babies but under the ton of digital images, it is going to be impossible to pick one and gaze at it adoringly. So instead of just letting it slide, I picked a gorgeous, even though imperfect picture of RV and Heer sharing a precious moment and sent it to PortraitFlip to be converted into an original hand-painted portrait. PortraitFlip is an online portal that converts photos into paintings with a range of custom finishes in oil, pencil or charcoal, acrylic and watercolours. I choose to get my precious cherubs painted in watercolours for a baby portrait that will adorn the walls of my home, showing raw emotions between the siblings that I can always hold close to my heart.

3D Casting
Every time I touch RV's tiny hands and feet, it fills my heart with love and care. I have a surge of emotions running through me, a feeling that compares with absolutely nothing else and I wish time stood still so I could live this forever. But that's not going to happen and in a few years, I won't even remember how tiny he once was. The chubby hands and feet that I so loving hold and caress will outgrow my arms and will be lost in the mundane of life. So to preserve this preciousness forever I've contacted a 3D casting artist to create a replica that will capture every single little detail of the hands of both my offsprings and give me something to cherish forever.

Breastmilk Jewellery
I absolutely love my jewellery and if I could make it exceptionally special with something as precious and personal as breastmilk, I would absolutely go for it. After some research I came across the brand that specialises in Breast Milk Jewellery and browsed through the product options and finishes available, zeroing in on a gorgeous yet simple ring. Once I finalise the design with the vendor, I will send in the required quantity of pumped breastmilk to have a keepsake, of the personal moments I shared with RV.

These little things will be a perfect reminder of how ‘Miracles Happen’, and an acknowledgement of how I overcame my fears and struggles with determination to have a family of my dreams.

Have you preserved the memories your children’s birth in any way? If so please share with me in the comments below and I’d love to explore them.

Until next time,
~ Heena

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Posted On December 06, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Oriflame The One Colour Obsession Lipsticks Swatches & Review

A woman’s obsession with beauty never ends, however slowly but surely women have started appreciating the diversity of beauty, rather than being confined to the beauty standards set by the fashion industry and society at large. This positive change has helped brands experiment and launch products that cater to the diverse customer base without inhibition. Today brands are being bold and launching a range of varying shade options for colour cosmetics so that every woman can find a perfect match for herself.

Colour cosmetics like foundations, concealers and pressed powders are easy to match, however lipsticks can be pretty tricky. Lipsticks tend to look very different on different women due to the undertone of the skin, and the guesswork of whether or not a shade will suit a particular skin tone or not, makes it a gamble. This makes picking the best shade for your skintone extremely difficult. However, the One Colour Obsession lipsticks from Oriflame resolves this issue with the launch of it’s PopShock tones infused with ChromaLoad Technology to give colour intensity that looks appealing on every skin. The lightweight formula provides a weightless gel-crème finish that melts on contact and gives a luminous look and locks-in an eight-hour moisture. The colours available in the range are:

35155 - Nude Appeal 
35156 - Peach Passion
35157 - Pink Possession
35158 - Magenta Mania
35159 - Coral Craze
35160 - Tempting Orange
35161 - Red Rage 
35162 - Red Fever
35163 - Purple Power
35164 - Cherry Crave

Oriflame The One Colour Obsession Lipsticks Swatches & ReviewThe one makeup product that I wear almost every day is the lipstick and I love to experiment with various shades, but my go-to remain peach and nude. Many a times I pick up lip shades that end up looking different on my lips vis-a-vis the packaging or digital images, and I am so disappointed. So when I was sent the new range by Oriflame, I assumed that a shade or two would actually work for me, but to my greatest surprise the Colour Obsession lipsticks have upped my lip game. All the ten shades are a win, for their amazingly bold colours that convey intensity and confidence.

I loved the way all of the shades felt and looked on my lips with its super velvety formula and strong the colour intensity. I fell in love with Peach Passion right off the bat as it smoothly glided on my lips instantly moisturising them while adding the amazing colour. I wore it on a hectic day and I pretty much sailed through the day without a reapplication. I had a friend borrow the shade and it looked a bit different on her, but still absolutely gorgeous. The formula does seem to have a perfect mix of under layers that actually look great on warm, cool and neutral skin tones. Nude Appeal is my dream nude shade, the shade is a notch lighter than my natural lip colour, but better, and Red Rage is definitely the most flattering classic red I've worn in a long time.

Whatever your favourite shade is, you must try the Colour Obsession range for a great look and a much greater feel. So go break the colour rules, pick the Purple Power or the Tempting Orange,  because makeup is ultimately all about feeling beautiful and empowered. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Posted On December 05, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

A Mother’s Guide To A Soy Protein Enriched Diet

Children today are living in a very different world compared to what we grew up in. The changes in the family, community and personal dynamics have taken a toll on their physical health, mental stability, spiritual conscious, intellectual strength and social compatibility. Children around you no longer face just the evil of nutritional deficiency but also suffer from the problem of excess, especially where food is concerned with larger intake portions and lower activity patterns. The solution to this problem is pretty simple, yet difficult to implement as people are unaware of how to make healthy food choices, control portion size and indulge in mental and physical activities. 

In a recent workshop organised by DuPont Nutrition & Health, I was brought abreast with the benefits of soy and how it is an effective dietary protein that can easily be incorporated into children's diets. The Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) that ranks protein on the basis of essential amino acid profile and digestibility; ranks soy Protein as 1.0 which is the highest score attainable similar to that of dairy and meat. According to a study conducted by the Soy Foods Association of North America, apart from being a tasty alternative in children’s meals, soy provides essential nutrients like calcium, zinc, iron and folate for growth and development, fibre which boosts absorption and digestion and enables a higher protein intake with decreased saturated fats for overall wellbeing.

Since soy is an exceptional 'complete protein' which is extremely good for growing children, the next imperative question to all mothers is 'Are you incorporating soy in your children’s diets?', If not, here are a few simple ways of consuming soy, whether supplement for a child or an adult. 

The simplest form to introduce soy protein in a diet is through soymilk, the best alternative to dairy milk. A cup of soymilk contains about 100 calories and 300 milligrams of calcium. Soymilk can not only be consumes as is but also can be added to milkshakes and coffee, or set as curd. 

Soybean curd or more popularly known as tofu, is similar to cheese in texture and paneer in taste.Yet another excellent source of protein and calcium, tofu can be stir-fried, baked, grilled and used as an ingredient in numerous recipes, both in an appetiser or main meal. 

Unmatured green pods of soybean can be boiled in salt water to make Edamame. The pods can be then garnished with flavours and served as an appetiser. The beans can also be removed from pods to be added to salads and other food dishes. Matured soybeans can also be roasted and served as a snack.

Soy can be cooked, slightly fermented and made into Tempeh that can be added to grains and legumes to be baked into cakes or set as energy bars. Tempeh has a firm texture and an earthy flavour, which becomes more pronounced as it ages. It also has a higher content of protein, iron, dietary fiber and vitamins. 

Isolate is dry soybean powder that is separated from the other components of soybean, making it rich in protein, carbohydrate and fat-free. Isolate can be found in many ready-to-eat food items such as protein powders, bottled fruit drinks, energy bars, breakfast cereals and more. 

#ProteinHealth #SoyIsGood #SoyBetterForYou

There are numerous products with isolate brands available in the market, however, DuPont Nutrition & Health is a world leader in developing innovative soy-based ingredients that enable nutritious and great-tasting food and beverage products. The rigorous quality standards for raw materials, advanced technologies, manufacturing and inventory control ensure that the soy protein products deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and consistency. So when you pick products especially for soy protein, look at the label for the DuPont edge. 

So will you take the leap and introduce soy food and soy protein in your children’s diets? If so how, let me know in the comments below. 

Until next time, 
~ Heena

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Posted On November 27, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

It comes as no surprise that the number of overweight people is growing by the minute in most developed countries around the world. Sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy food choices have contributed to this statistic. However, as people become heavier than before, they will need to make some changes in their regular lives. For example, a normal mattress might seem to sag faster than usual, the chairs in the dining room break easily and so on. This is why top mattress manufacturing companies like Wakefit have come up with mattresses that suit people who are considerably heavier.

Although mattresses for heavy people tend to have almost the same features as those for thinner people, there is a slight difference in the functionality and design. This helps people to have an optimal sleeping experience regardless of how much they weigh.
Tips For Picking Out The Perfect Mattress For A Heavy Person

Tips To Remember While Buying A Mattress For A Heavy Person
If you are on the heavier side, the following tips will come in handy when it is time to go mattress shopping:

  • A heavy person in the mattress industry is considered to be anyone who is weighing over 200 pounds. This criterion will help you decide whether you belong to this category or not.
  • A heavy person will benefit from a double bed mattress that is at least 12 inches thick, as it will not sag easily. The thicker the mattress, the better compression support your body gets.
  • While deciding the firmness of your new mattress, you need to consider what kind of sleeper you are. Experts in the industry recommend choosing a queen size mattress that is around 4 to 7 on the firmness scale for heavy sleepers. However, it also depends on exactly how heavy you are. If you weigh more than 250 pounds, a mattress that rates 8 on the firmness scale will also work quite well.
  • Although you sleep in the middle of the bed during the night, you will probably use the edge of the mattress for support during the day for different purposes. It is essential to pick a mattress that offers good edge support, as it can play an important role in amorous activities as well.
Some Of The Popular Mattress Options For Heavy People
Innerspring Mattresses: These mattresses come with different reinforcement to make sure that the mattress is durable as well as comfortable. If you pick one with a higher number of coils, it will last for a long time if you are on the heavier side. It also helps ease pressure points. You can easily buy mattress online today and enjoy a good night’s sleep without a worry.

Hybrid Mattress: These mattresses have been popping up in the market a lot in recent times. They are often constructed using different layers to offer durability, flexibility and comfort to the customer like a latex mattress. Heavy people will benefit from picking out a hybrid mattress that has a firm layer so that their body gets enough support while they sleep. It is also a good idea to check for good edge support if you tend to sit on the edge for different reasons like tying your shoelaces, putting on your makeup and so on.

Memory Foam Mattress: These mattresses tend to contour to the shape of your body, regardless of its shape. In fact, foam mattress price is also budget-friendly, making it a perfect choice regardless of how much you weigh. So it does not really matter how heavy or light you are. But it is a good idea to invest in a memory foam mattress that has higher density foam as it will not sag as quickly and will last for at least the next eight years. So pick out a king size mattress and enjoy a good night’s sleep for a long time to come.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Posted On November 12, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Wellness is a boon, however, it does take immense effort to keep all aspects of wellness in perfectly proper shape. Wellness is a complete integration of physical health, mental stability, spiritual conscious, intellectual strength, social compatibility, environmental awareness and occupational affinity. Each of these aspects work towards creating a wholesome individual who aces at his own quality of life. However, we must understand that a few of these life-aspects are beyond an individual’s control and hence he must be on top of the aspects that are directly affected by his own actions.

Our regular tendency is to reach out for medicines whenever we have a small ailment. I think this has to stop as I have seen in my personal capacity that medicines could have side effects. I would rather go for health supplements like the ones Setu makes. 

Physical health, mental stability, spiritual conscious and intellectual strength all come from a dedicated lifestyle regime and those who go for quick fixes only end up with prescription slips. I think #MedsCanWait, as I follow a stringent yet simple routine to boost my overall health and still be true to myself. However, I say this with personal experience that extensive life-changing activities are especially difficult to implement and even harder to sustain, but small changes that you resonate with, can be adopted and maintained to make a difference in a long run. 

It's wonderful to know that Health Supplements brand Setu is spearheading the #MedsCanWait movement which encourages people to try health supplements rather than take medicines to improve your overall wellbeing. To read more about this, check out their blog:

5 Unbelievably Easy Lifestyle Hacks To Keep Medicines At Bay

Talking about my personal experiences, one of the most simple yet most negated daily activity of mine is that I forget to drink plenty of water which has an immense number of benefits. Then I wonder why I don’t lose weight! Water promotes weight loss, boosts immunity, increases brain power and flushes out toxins. However, when the necessary quota of water isn’t maintained in the body, it causes dehydration causing toxin build-up which hinders organ function especially liver function. An overworked and unhealthy liver does a sub-optimal job that could be life-threatening. Personally I have found that a daily dose of Setu Liver Lift supplement is a healthier way to repair my liver rather than go for medicines.

How Your Life Can Be Improved By Setu Health Supplements
I have also been neglecting my exercises! I need to understand the incredible benefits of being active; which can be achieved with simple activities like brisk walking or skipping or simply taking the stairs. I’m guilty myself of not keeping up with these routines, as I have too many things playing on my mind like my two children and their well being! But slowly I have come to realise that very little activity makes me the perfect candidate for obesity and puts me at risk for a number of health issues including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases. As I don’t have much time to hit the gymnasium with a vengeance to keep that heart pulsing essential lifeblood through my veins, I go for the next best alternative which is Setu Beat It which are multi-vitamin and mineral supplements. These have really made a big difference in me keeping out medicines and still being healthy in this hectic life!

How Your Life Can Be Improved By Setu Health Supplements
Do you think you can make the small changes in your lifestyle like I made, to better your overall health? If you are committed to improve yourself, then Setu Health Supplements can help you in this endeavours!