7 Dec 2016

Health Foods - Introduction

Hello Healthizens,
As discussed in the previous post about Health Foods.
Let me introduce you with our (our ideas and their efforts) method of cooking.

Method of cooking - Satvik methods of Ayurvedic cooking.
Points to consider while placing the order
1) We believe in strict hygiene and maintaining food quality,  hence all items are prepared only after taking bath and doing Puja.
2) She herself makes everything at home, no contributions of domestic help,  hence complete purity and hygiene of the food are guaranteed.
3) Uses the best quality of healthy ingredients ( roasted seeds,  flax seeds dry fruits, seasonal vegetables - basically all foods that are power packed with Nutrition)
3) Can cook a wide range of foods, and focusses on seasonal foods.
4) Order to be given 5 days in advance as everything is made to order and specification. Order to be collected as soon as we inform you about the dispatch.
5) Uses mantras and chanting which usually should be done while cooking the food (especially when it's Ayurvedic cooking) which makes the food spiritually better to eat.
6) Only cow's ghee or unrefined virgin cold pressed oils (as the recipe demands) are used for cooking.

Charges are on the premium side and will be disclosed when you contact us. Courier charges extra.

Please do let me know if you are interested in placing your order.

Current items which would be available in 5 days are

New items to be introduced very soon.

We believe in packing Nutrition in every food and hence we would not focus on calorific density of foods.  We would mention the ingredients used in the recipe and focus on their nutritional values too!
So what are you waiting for?  If you feel HEALTH is your prime goal for yourself and your family..  Pre-book your orders.

For placing the order you can contact us on
Facebook profile - Nidhi Shukla Pandey
M 8871443331
Email nidhi0583@gmail.com


6 Dec 2016

Customised order of Health Foods

Hello Healthizens,
Hope the winter season is keeping you fit and fine!

Since long I had been searching for a person who would be passionate towards cooking healthy and cooking all meals keeping in mind 3 things.
1) Thinking of all good things that the food could do to the person who consumes it I. E. - enhancing the chemical composition of the food.
2) Making it nutrient dense I. E.  Enhancing the nutrition quotient of the food.
3) Taking the name of your God while making it.  I. E. Enhancing the spiritual quotient of the food.

I have finally found 2 persons who do this.
And yes we are taking customised orders for foods that we think are nutritious and healthy for you!
Our first batch of GOND KE LADDOO is successfully delivered.
Do contact us if you feel you want food items that are prepared keeling in mind only one thing - HEALTH .
Small batches prepared ON ORDER to preserve the health quotient and delivered as soon as possible!

Contact details - nidhi0583@gmail.com
M 8871443331

25 Oct 2016

Vitamin D - Part 1 (Co-authored by Jennifer Dhuri)

Vitamin D - The sunshine vitamin!

It is said that sunshine is the best medicine Have you thought why? 
Sunshine gives us vitamin D that helps maintain strong bones, but there's a lot more to Vitamin D than meets the eye. It is an often-overlooked, under-consumed nutrient that plays a major role in your overall health and performance.
Why are we getting to hear so much about vitamin D deficiency since past some time? And the duration and frequency of the discussions keep increasing day by day!
Well, According to a study in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, 2015 about 75% to 100% Indians in various age groups of the population is deficient in vitamin D.

Lets start from the basicsVitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which belongs to the  family i.e.: A, D, E, K. It is produced upon exposure to sunlight, with the help of your Skin, Liver, Kidneys and the Parathyroid gland. To get your daily dose of vitamin D - the best time is around sunrise till 2 hours later. After that, the sun could get harsh for your skin, but anytime sun exposure is better than having no sun exposure!

Probable causes of deficiency

1) Low dietary intake of vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C.

2) High fiber (especially in meal replacers) and phytate intake that depletes vitamin D levels,

3) Reduced exposure to sunlight (either due to not being in the sun or due to excessive use of sun-screen ( to look one tone brighter!), or umbrella to stay protected fom sun-tan, or due to ‘purdah’ or burqa’ practice,

4) Excess use of air-conditioners while in the office or while travelling, 

5) Zero or Low fat intake – as vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, lack of fat in the diet leads to less or no absorption of it from the diet,

6) Dark skin produces significantly lesser amount of vitamin D than fairer skin,

7) Lack of direct sunlight in population dense areas and lack of sunlight due to sun-films used in the cars and office windows,

8) More intake of Tea and Coffee which leads to decreased absorption of Calcium, Iron and vitamin D from the already low vitamin D diet,

9) Obesity - A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that vitamin D is less bioavailable in obese people,

10) Leaky Gut - Vitamin D is absorbed in the small intestine in the presence of fat. A leaky and inflamed gut, Crohn's disease, Irritable bowel syndrome or symptoms, Chronic constipation, Celiac disease and such intestinal disorders can interfere with absorption of vitamin D,

11) Genetics - Slight differences in genes, can impact the proteins and enzymes that help the body utilize vitamin D. These slight genetic differences have been linked to Hashimoto's and thyroid cancer.

12) Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) & hypothyroidism.

13) Low 25OHD levels are associated with insulin resistance, ovulatory and menstrual irregularities, lower pregnancy success, hirsutism, hyperandrogenism, obesity and elevated cardiovascular disease risk factors in women!

14) Lack of physical activity – any physical activity when done is a good exercise for your bones, ligaments and cartilages. Decrease in amount of physical activity leads to stiffness of bones and hardening of ligaments & cartilages.

15) Crash dieting/ FAD diets and Self made diet plans – without knowing the consequences of following crazy diets, people put their bodies in a state of shock and then after some time they find out their bodies have become deficient in certain trace minerals and hence are deficient in vitamin D too!

This is also a reason as to why consulting a Diet consultant is so important!

16) Stress – Vitamin D is produced in the body and it looks for Vitamin D Receptors (VDR), without VDR’s vitamin D will not be utilized. Our body when in stress produces the hormone ‘Cortisol’ which depletes VDR capabilities in the body, hence making vitamin D unavailable to the body! 

This article has been co-authored by Jennifer Dhuri who runs a page - Jennifer's Nutrition and Diet Solutions (Jenniferdhuri@gmail.com)

In Part 2, we shall be discussing about the Symptoms, Fortification and Supplementation.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
Fb - Nidhi Shukla Pandey
For Online Counselling - nidhi0583@gmail.com

M - 8871443331, 07554233984

21 Oct 2016

Case study - Female 50+ Age

Hello Healthizens,

There are a few cases which need to be discussed either because of the carelessness that they exhibit related to their own lifestyle or routine.. or the precision with which they are keen on following their routine.

I got a client yesterday, and I was completely bowled over by her dedication to fitness and clean eating!

Here are the details

Female, Age - 50+, Looked Very happy and content and her reason to coming to me for consultation was to know and understand - What might be the probable flaw in her diet.. due to which she is not getting desired results.

Her routine - She gets up at 5:15 am. Drinks and eats a few things, goes for morning walk of 4 kms and then does yoga on her own for 1 hour.
Has a decent breakfast.
She has a sedentary Lifestyle and is a working professional.
She manages to squeeze in time to drink buttermilk 1 hour before Lunch.
Has a very balanced meal for Lunch.
After coming back home, and having her evening tea, goes for a relaxed fitness cum fun activity.
She tries to finish her dinner by 7:30 pm and Sleeps by 10 pm.
When asked about outings - I was happy to know that outings are not more than thrice a month and that too either buffet breakfast or Luncheons!
( I am always a fan of people who prefer Luncheons and Breakfasts and of course High Tea!)

I even happened to ask her

1) Why did you come for consultation before Diwali and that too when the festive and wedding season is approaching?
To which her response was - Since the festive season is coming, I want to know where all possibly could I go wrong and how would I maintain my stamina and energy levels during all this hustle bustle. Also I have a few weddings in the family, so I want to look even more toned with a clean skin tone!

This lady completely took me over by her dedication to Fitness.
It took me a few minutes to ponder over the contents of the daily diet and find out where exactly might be the flaw...
After a few minor corrections, I have advised her to come for a followup after some time.

A few things that keep ringing in my mind and she affirmed the fact, which inspired me to do this writeup are

1) There are NO EXCUSES TO STAY FIT! You sincerely need to make efforts and you need to be consistent with that!

2) There is no age limit to fitness - You can getup at any age and decide - Okay I have had enough of bed rest and sick leaves from my precious days of happiness, now I want to become fit!

This was my effort to make you motivated for at least the entire festive season!

Nidhi Pandey

12 Oct 2016

Start a good routine TODAY!

Hello Healthizens,

Did you know...
A bad routine or
A Bad diet without exercise or
A good diet without exercise or
A bad diet with exercise
 could give you -
1) Low Hb levels,
2) Low serum calcium and magnesium,
3) Low bone density,
4) Vitamin b12 and D deficiency,
5)  Acidity and accompanied cardiac issues and blood pressure and diabetes issues,
6) Frequent headaches,
7) Painful cycles,
8) Irritability,
9) Ligament issues,
10) Back pain,
11) Frequent bouts of illness,
12) Severe mood swings,
13) Lethargy and exhaustion,
14) Constant craving for good food and rest
15) FAST AGEING of skin,  bone and joints and BRAIN TOO!!!
this is just the tip of the ice-berg...
Stop thinking start doing..
Start a good routine for yourself and most importantly for your children. Consult a good dietitian today!


Nidhi Pandey
M 8871443331

29 Sep 2016

Happy news for people from Army background

Hello Healthizens,

Wish to share this new initiative for people from Army (Defense) Background.

For 40 days of counselling opted, you get 40 days of counselling session honorary i.e  Free counselling for 40 more days.

This applies to
1) Army officer themselves
2) Their wife or children
3) Their parents.

This initiative is taken with reference to WORLD HEART DAY which is celebrated on 29th September every year and with reference to Surgical Strike done by the Indian Army.



13 Sep 2016

Joined as a Diet Expert for Nutrelahealth.com

Hello Healthizens,

Wanted to share a great news!
To write about health has always been a passion.

This passion has taken a step forward in the form of getting associated with a brand of International repute - "NUTRELA"  in online venture "Nutrelahealth.com" in their Panel of Experts as a Diet expert.

I would like to thank Nutrela for giving me this opportunity for voicing my opinion to an even larger audience.

I have posted my first blog on their portal and here is the link to it - Choice to stay Healthy! Do drop in your valuable comments.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
Fb - Nidhi Shukla Pandey
For Online Counselling - nidhi0583@gmail.com
M - 8871443331, 07554233984

Health Tip No 28

"Stay away from mobile for atleast 8 hours in a day."

Constant exposure to mobile phone screen and is radiations accompanied with Wifi radiations has an adverse effect on
1) Eyes
2) Brain Cells 
3) Facial skin
4) Nerve network in the fingers especially thumb, wrist, elbow, shoulders and cervical region.
5) Changes in hormonal secretions leading to abnormalities in the sleep patterns.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
Online Counselling - nidhi0583@gmail.com
M - 8871443331

12 Sep 2016

Client testimonial - Tanishka Varma

Hello Healthizens!
Just wanted to share the success story of my client

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
For Online Counselling - nidhi0583@gmail.com
M - 8871443331, 07554233984

3 Sep 2016

Association with Radio Orange (91.9 FM)

Hello Healthizens!

I am very happy that the much awaited National Nutrition Week (NNW) 2016, a week where dietcians all over India try to spread awareness on Nutrition through different ways and means - has arrived. 
It is celebrated every week from 1st to 7th September.
It was initiated by the Food and Nutrition Board in 1982.
The theme of NNW keeps changing every year.
Theme of 2015 was "Poshak Aahar Desh ka Aadhar"
Theme of 2016 is "Lifecycle approach for better Nutrition".

Healthizen's blog is happy to announce that we are getting associated with
RADIO ORANGE 91.9 FM, currently operating in Akola and Nagpur.

They shall be showcasing 7 tips for 7 days of the National Nutrition Week in the form of posters.

Let me also tell you that they come up with very interesting creatives!

Do give us the feedback.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

30 Aug 2016

Honorary Workshop For Slum Children (Girls)

Hello Healthizens!

Staying healthy is important for every individual irrespective of any caste or creed or financial status.

Taking this point forward , I conducted a session for slum children (girls) of Kolar Colony in association with Aksharika Education Foundation run by Ms. Anusha Uikey

The points discussed in the session were.

  1. What are the foods that you should eat to increase your brain power.
  2. What are the foods you should eat to increase your Haemoglobin level.
  3. What should you avoid eating and why?
  4. Why is water intake important?
  5. Why should you workout - skipping, running, jumping or playing normal games in which physical activity happens.

The focus was low budget nutritious foods as they have budget constraints.

Happiness is what comes when you see  bunch of girls very sincere to attend the session and even more happy to give answers!

A few pics of the event - 

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Hitavada Raipur 26th June (Sunday)

22 Jul 2016

Newspaper Mentions - 4

Hello Healthizens,

Taking into consideration, the recent row of suicides in the city, myself and a friend who is a Psychologist decided to take a session exclusively for students.

Title - "Diet & Depression"
Date - 16th July 2016
Student Strength - 10
Age range - 8-17 years.

These are the Newspaper mentions of the same -
1) Coverage in City Bhaskar 18th July, Bhopal edition.

2) Coverage in HITAVADA , Bhopal edition, 19th July.

3) Coverage in City Bhaskar 20th July, Raipur edition. Content is the same , names and photograph are not published.


With this I would like to once again emphasise that EATING HEALTHY DOES AFFECT YOU MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY BOTH.
So what are you eating today?

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
Online Counselling - nidhi0583@gmail.com

M - 8871443331

27 May 2016

Newspaper Mentions - 3

DB Post Date - 27/05/16, Page No 4

Beat caffeine the desi way

 Written on - 23rd May 2016

Are you addicted to caffeine?
Caffeine addiction is very important to know if you are already addicted to it! More important to know if you are on the way to get addicted to your daily dose of caffeine ! Coffee contains caffeine, but did you know that Tea also contains caffeine, and in some cases in more amounts than coffee, but a lot of caffeine gets lost in the tea leaves that we throw after straining the tea!
Caffeine gives you a kick - True! But it also gives you Insomnia – a very prominent reason for the onset of depression, lesser water levels in your body by dehydrating your intestines thus making you feel constipated, increases your blood pressure over a period of time, accelerates ageing by formation of wrinkles, causes urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and trace minerals which lead to osteoporosis, also causes acidity which can be a reason of foul odour coming from your mouth! And if you are addicted to having it daily for few years, it also interferes with the mineral absorption of the food that you eat if you combine your meals with a cup of coffee and so on!
Lets try to beat Caffeine using desi remedies
So if your cuppa coffee is so disastrous for your health what should you choose! Lets start with our list -
1)   Black tea – Any tea preparation that is mild does not contain milk acts like a detoxifying agent and helps your body fight off those free-radicals! So what other types of tea can you take – Lemon tea, Tulsi ginger tea, Elaichi tea, Lemon grass tea. Basically change the flavourings of your tea daily to get a good feeling and to get a change in anti-oxidant agents!
2)   Chew an elaichi – Since it is a great source of vitamins A, B, C, Niacin, Riboflavin etc – it acts as a blood purifier and removes toxins from the body. It also helps in cleaning up free radicals and thereby delay the process of ageing! (Females are you listening!). It also promotes oral health and enhances your appetite by release of digestive juices in the required amount!
3)   Have lemon water – Lemon water whether it is plain or it has sugar, black salt, rock salt, sugar, honey black pepper etc added – works wonders for your skin, mental health and physical health since it is loaded with vitamin C. Vitamin C energizes you instantly, helps in making the arteries clean, cleanses your kidneys, helps in removing dark circles, nourishes your scalp, is good for your eyes, strengthens the liver and so on!
4)   Chew on Amla – Amla is widely available in dried forms - sweet, salty, sweet+salty, spicy etc. Do you know that Amla contains approximately 20 times more vitamin C than oranges! Amla promotes redensification of bones, is good for skin, hair, nails and all tissues especially connective tissues, prevents hyperlipidaemia, improves eye-sight, improves immunity improves muscle health, makes liver health better and so on.. Too many benefits for a small piece of sweet and spicy Amla. Moreover it would also makes you feel good as we all have had any of these amla variants sometime back in our school days – so the feel good factors also comes in!
5)   Chew on Ginger or add 2 drops of ginger juice to plain water  - Ginger chews (sweet, salty, spicy etc) are a good thing to keep chewing in between your work hours to reduce stress, enhance secretion of gastric juices, dissolve the clots in your arteries, cleanse your kidneys, relieve you from bloating, fills your body with anti-oxidants, promotes weight loss etc. However if you are on blood thinning medicines, please do discuss with your doctor/dietician before you start this.
So all you caffeine addicts, next time you think about your cuppa coffee try these 5 options and upgrade your nutritional profile and get healthy And Yes if you donot feel like having any of these  a glass of water works wonders to re-energise you – Try that too!

The modified version of this article has also be taken up by DB Post Bhopal Edition - http://epaper.dbpost.com/index.php?mod=1&pgnum=4&edcode=12&pagedate=2016-05-27

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
For Online Counselling - nidhi0583@gmail.com
M - 8871443331, 07554233984

23 May 2016

News paper mentions - 2

DB Post City Plus - 
Mention of the workshop 
Titled - Desi Summer Drinks
23rd April 2016

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
Online Counselling - nidhi0583@gmail.com
M - 8871443331, 07554233984

News paper mentions - 1

DB Post Main edition - 
Mention of the workshop 
Titled - Diet & Depression
17th May

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
Online Counselling - nidhi0583@gmail.com

M - 8871443331, 07554233984

5 Apr 2016

World Health Day 2016 - Beat diabetes

Hello Healthizens,

The main goal of World Health Day 2016 - is increasing awareness about the most widely spreading disease - " Diabetes "
It is not just dependant on - heredity but also majorly on the lifestyle.  
Given below are a few pointers given by the World Health Organisation. 

Title - Stay Super, Beat Diabetes

1) Halt the rise 

More and more people are getting diabetes all over the world.
The increase in sugar levels in major part if driven by Obesity, constantly increasing weight, lack of physical activity (even among children). Avoiding these cases can help in reducing the levels of blood sugar in normal cases. And managing blood glucose levels in range can help greatly to people who are already suffering from it!

2) Eat Healthy Beat Diabetes

A healthy diet - high in fruits and vegetables, low in direct sugar, rich in complex carbohydrates and rich in good quality fats and proteins - helps in maintaining blood sugar levels if you already have Diabetes and also helps in staying away from Diabetes.

3) Be Active Beat Diabetes

Being physically active always matters and always helps!

30 minutes of regular moderate intensity physical activity on at least 4 days a week - can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes. For those who already have Diabetes this level of physical activity helps to maintain their blood sugar levels to the optimum.

4) If in Doubt - Check 

Symptoms of Diabetes include 
a) Thirst
b) Hunger
c) Weight loss
d) fatigue
e) Blurred vision
However many people who have diabetes donot have these symptoms.
If you are facing any one or multiple of these symptoms - consulting a health care practitioner is always advised.

5) Follow Medical advise

There is a wide range of treatments to manage diabetes and control blood glucose. 
These are
a) Eating Healthy foods
b) Being active
c) Taking prescribed medication (And not taking over or under medication)
d) Control blood pressure (by lowering the salt intake)
e) Avoid the use of tobacco

People with Diabetes can live well if they follow a treatment plan - which is a combination of the efforts of their health care providers.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
Online Counselling - nidhi0583@gmail.com

M - 8871443331

16 Feb 2016

Nutrition+Hygiene talk at UPAY FOUNDATION (Nagpur)

Hello Healthizens,

I am feeling very happy to share these photographs!
I had been to Nagpur for my workshop scheduled at DPS Nagpur.
Since I had 1 day extra during the trip I thought of doing something good during that time. 
I searched for NGOs working for the street children in Nagpur and came across this link 

I contacted Mr. Varun Shrivastava the founder of Upay Foundation and fixed up 2 sessions for their FOOTPATHSHALA a unique concept! 
They go to the places where there are a lot of street children and teach them there itself. They are those children who are not able to go to the school due to various reasons. 
The first centre where we conducted the workshop (honorary) 
1) Santra market - The santra market centre was at a very nascent stage and the children had just started learning to read and write. I forgot to click the pics of the talk.For them hygiene was of main concern and they were guided for the same.
2) Bardi - This centre was relatively old and the children did have a basic understanding of health and hygiene which is a major achievement! Before the talk they greeted me saying "Good evening Mam" and also responded to the talk by saying "YES Mam" and "NO Mam" which was like music to the ears! Coming from street children - proper pronunciations and proper way of talking looked like an amazing thing to me!

Points covered during the workshop were:
1) Say NO to Chocolates, Chips, Biscuits and Ice -creams - 
Reason - to avoid stomach related infections and to avoid the unnecessary issues like - dental carries, high intake of empty calories.
2) Wash your hands and face properly before eating.
Reason - to ensure health and hygiene.
3) Eat more of til laddoo, groundnut chikki, rajgira chikki, roasted chana, roasted groundnuts.
Reason - to ensure better level of low cost nutrition.
4) Drink more water.
Reason - to stay hydrated and healthy.
5) Do running, skipping, jogging etc daily in the morning sunlight
Reason - to improve immunity.

The session was of a small duration and the photos are not of very good quality, but the feeling after the talk was out of the world!

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
Online Counselling - nidhi0583@gmail.com

M - 8871443331