Stop eating and start meditating

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Many people meditate for a variety of reasons, whether it is because they are stressed at work or simply because it helps them to enjoy everyday life. One of the popular reasons in today’s world for meditation is because it has been proven to help people lose weight. The weight certainly isn’t going to drop off after every meditation, but it is known to help greatly over a set period of time. If you know of friends and family members that meditate but you haven’t ever thought about doing it yourself, now is a good time more than ever to jump on the bandwagon. It’s a common fact these days that people are eating more and more junk food, with no thanks to the variety of different foods that are getting released onto the market on a daily basis. It’s important to stay focused and not eat everything in your path, and to do this, meditation helps greatly.

What is meditation?

Meditation is more or less designed to not only make people feel better about themselves, but it is also proven to keep people in line when they are craving for food. It helps people think about things in more detail, for example with food, people will think about how the food got to them, all the hours people have laboured in fields and factories to provide for their own families just to get the one bit of food in front of you. It helps people appreciate the little things in life and is proven to provide stress release on a variety of levels. Meditation helps people transform their mind, and when it comes to food, it helps them realize they don’t need to eat loads to fund their eating habits, they look at eating completely differently and that is one of the many ways meditation works.

Do I need to be religious to meditate?

This is a common question when people first begin to meditate and the simple answer to that is no – you can be as religious as you want and meditation still works wonders. All you need to do is grab a towel and yoga mat, then find a quiet place and relax, no temples or churches required. You will find that a lot of people who aren’t religious at all still meditate and they still find it works for them, and it can work for you too. Meditation was originally used by Hindus in the 5th century, and was later used by Buddhists – so it just goes to show that even though it was originally used by the people that are much more religious, it doesn’t mean you have to be religious at all to perform what some people describe it as an “art” taken advantage of by millions worldwide.

How can meditation benefit your weight loss?

Meditation is all about keeping yourself in control of your emotions. If you have an addiction, such as eating food, meditating can greatly help by keeping you in line and on top of your addiction. You will find that by meditating the right way will help you in terms of not wanting to eat and obviously not eating as much is going to greatly increase your chances of losing weight.

How much weight can I lose from meditating?

Of course, meditation offers absolutely no guarantees in terms of losing weight, and it certainly can’t guarantee a certain amount of weight loss – but it is proven to help people looking to cut down on junk food. Meditation is only going to help those that believe it will work, and it is up to the person meditating to keep fit and exercise as much as possible to make them feel even better – meditation is only going to work as much as you let it.

In conclusion, by meditating, you don’t have to completely stop eating, but meditating whilst you are looking to lose weight is going to greatly increase your chances and you will find you will lose weight a lot quicker than just exercising alone. You will still need to eat healthy and well, just not as much food as you usually consume on a daily basis – meditation is there to cut the cravings out so you don’t feel you need to get your daily fix of unhealthy food consumption.

The Beginings of Indian Food

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Indian cuisine is internationally popular thanks to its wide range of dishes that provides a variety of foods from sweet deserts to extremely spicy curries. Many people eat curries in restaurants around the world thanks to the Indians that have managed to take their variety of foods worldwide and setup shop in different areas. You will find that no matter where you are in the world, you will be able get an Indian takeout as and when you please. Indian cuisine has been doing the rounds in a variety of countries for years and it is one of the most popular types of food around thanks to its diverse dishes that can be made with hundreds of different recipes.

Indian food might be well-known for their spicy curry dishes, but they are also well-known thanks to their ability to make some of the most delightful appetizers around. You will find a lot of Indian restaurants make some of the tastiest of deserts and some of the best side dishes to go with any Indian meal. Indian dishes are made with a variety of ingredients from spinach and cinnamon to vegetables and other herbs – so you can be sure you are going to taste a variety of ingredients with every mouthful of food.

When the British first came to India during the days of war, they were surprised to see that different parts of India cooked the same food, but differently – so differently that it would often look completely different even though it was classed as the same dish. India is a very big country with a population of 1 billion so it’s easy to see why many of the same dishes are made in a variety of ways up and down the country. A lot of Indian dishes are vegetable based because they were the ingredients that were easy to get hold of back then, many locals would grow certain vegetable patches and then swap their vegetables with other locals around their town so everybody was catered for regardless of their tastes.

Indian food is well-known for its sweet dishes and seeing as half of the Indian recipes are made from sweets and deserts makes this statement a lot more believable. Even if you aren’t a massive fan of spicy food, Indians have made such a variety of dishes that many of them are sweet enough for the people that can’t cater for the hot spices, which is why Indian food is well liked by a variety of people. The Indian war brought a lot of the British and Indians together and that is why so many Indian dishes are found in the UK and in other western countries – it is the much preferred type of food because it provides so much variety, it is actually able to cater for so many people that usually wouldn’t even touch a curry.

In conclusion, the origin of Indian foods came from a long time ago when Indians didn’t have much choice but to put together the vegetables and rice they had available to them. This type of cooking quickly turned into the main source of food in India because curries are very easy to make and consist of a variety of foods that wouldn’t usually be used in other dishes. Indian cuisine is so versatile in the sense a great curry can be made out of very simple ingredients, and it is up to the cook to decide on what goes in them and how complex they are. A lot of chicken and beef was introduced to some curries and that later made Indian cuisine even more popular among the local people.

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Spiced Vegetable Piaf Recipe

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There are thousands of Indian curry recipes available to anyone looking to try something different, but if you are looking for something that is really going to send your taste buds over the edge then the spiced vegetable pilaf could be the curry you are looking for. The spiced vegetable pilaf is rich in protein thanks to the many vegetables that go with it and along with the spicy taste it provides, means you get something that not only tastes delicious but also gives you something to think about. The great thing about this particular Indian dish is that it is very easy to make, and with a bit of imagination it can be a dish that is made to the cook’s needs.

If you would like to know how to make this great Indian curry, have a look at the following ingredients needed to cook it:

  • 200g baby spinach
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 red onions that are cut into wedge shapes.
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 6 carrots that are cut into lengths. You will need about 6 or so wedges.
  • 200g brown basmati rice that is rinsed well.
  • 400g brown lentils that are rinsed and drained.
  • Flaked almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds
  • 400ml of vegetable stock

This Indian curry is well-known thanks to it being very easy to make. Look at the following steps to take to add this curry dish to your household menu:

  1. Firstly, cook your carrots in boiling water for a few minutes whilst the over is preheated to 200C. Your red onions can also be placed in with the carrots for the last minute or so of boiling. Once the carrots and red onions are nicely cooked, drain them, and then put them in a roasting tin and add 4 tablespoons of oil. You can start mixing this lot up with a bit of the cumin and seasoning – roast for 30 minutes. Whilst that lot is roasting, it’s time to start cooking your chosen rice.
  2. Get yourself a large pan out, add 2 tablespoons of oil and heat it up, then add the cinnamon and cardamom for half a minute or so. Your rice should be ready and drained at this point and you can go ahead and add it to the pan for 1 minute. This will toast it up nicely, before adding your stock and 100ml of water. You will be able to let this simmer for around 30 minutes once covered which will give it the great taste once cooked. When the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, you can remove the cinnamon and cardamom.
  3. At this stage of cooking you will be able to pour in your lentils and mix around a bit and adding a little spinach here and there. This is more or less done now and all you will have to do here is put the lid back on and cook over a low heat, stirring once whilst the lentils to their job and the spinach has wilted. Once the above is done, simply stir around again using a fork and tip the cumin roasted veg on top – optionally you can also sprinkle some almonds if you wish.

This Indian dish is one of the most popular and it doesn’t need to be complex to be nice. The great thing about this particular Indian dish is that you can change things around as much as you want and try a few different vegetables to suit your own tastes – the possibilities are endless with this dish. As you can see from above, this dish isn’t hard to cook at all and whilst it might take a few tries to get it to how you want it, it’s very worth doing because it will certainly give those taste buds a kick every time you eat it. This Indian curry is a firm family favourite and you will find a lot of families enjoy making this dish because you can simply cook a load of vegetables and rice and it will feed the biggest of families with ease – it’s very simple and it isn’t going to take hours to prepare.

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