Stress signs and symptoms, watch out or it can fail your weight loss plans

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk: Busy lifestyles goes hand-in-hand with stress. And while stress is known to cause anxiety, headaches, insomnia, and exhaustion, among other things, it is also linked to weight gain. So, this may be the reason why you are not losing weight exercising and eating right. Nutrition and fitness consultant Munmun Ganeriwal says in times of stress, our body releases hormones such as cortisol. Effect of stress over time Persistent stress is even worse for your body and can cause abnormal sleep/eating patterns, and cause psychological distress. While acute stress leads to release of the hormone epinephrine (or adrenaline) which shuts … Continue reading Stress signs and symptoms, watch out or it can fail your weight loss plans

Where ‘Great Gatsby’ writer lived, a museum with an Airbnb

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk:  As she sat in the house where Great Gatsby writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, once lived, a visitor contemplated the famous Jazz Age couple.“I tried to imagine how maybe Scott would tell a joke and Zelda would laugh,” said Farong Zhu, a Fulbright scholar from China who translated Zelda’s only novel, Save Me the Waltz, into Chinese. “Everything was very beautiful. I was so excited to be close to the Fitzgeralds, I couldn’t sleep well the first night.” But you don’t have to be a literary scholar to stay in this apartment upstairs from … Continue reading Where ‘Great Gatsby’ writer lived, a museum with an Airbnb

Protect your skin from sunburn this summer. Follow these expert tips

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk: Are you dreading the perpetual sun exposure that comes along with summer? We don’t blame you. The scorching heat can be daunting. However, taking adequate precautions can help avoid sunburn: * Always use sunscreen: Never step out in the sun without applying sunscreen. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going out and try and reapply every two to three hours. It is advisable to use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 and above. * Don’t be lenient when it’s cloudy: A cloudy day can give a false sense of security, but unfortunately the sun … Continue reading Protect your skin from sunburn this summer. Follow these expert tips

Here’s how to store and refrigerate food in the right way

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk: Summers are here and your refrigerators have got some serious work to do. Refrigerating your food correctly is important to ensure that it remains bacteria free and safe to eat.  Here are some important points to be remembered with regard to refrigerated and frozen foods: Cold storage of raw, processed or packaged food should be according to the type and requirement of the food concerned. The temperature of the refrigerator should be maintained at -5°C. The temperature of the freezer should be maintained at -18°C. Food to be kept for refrigeration should be distributed in small volumes to ensure … Continue reading Here’s how to store and refrigerate food in the right way

French omelette-Perfect quick fix meal for any day.

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk: Unlike diner-style omelettes bursting with cheese, meat, and vegetables, French omelettes are rolled, not folded, over minimal filling. Served for breakfast or as a light lunch or supper with a salad, a golden-hued, Gruyere-laced French omelette is elegant and satisfying. Because making these omelettes is such a quick process, America’s Test Kitchen recommends having all your ingredients and equipment at the ready. If you don’t have chopsticks or skewers to stir the eggs, use the handle of a wooden spoon. PERFECT FRENCH OMELETTE Servings: 2 Start to finish: 30 minutes 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 2 pieces,½ … Continue reading French omelette-Perfect quick fix meal for any day.

Brussels is gorgeous during spring. 6 best places to visit

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk: If you want to experience Mother Nature in all her glory, Brussels is where you need to be. Sunbeams pierce the sky while birds chirp, spring has arrived in Flanders.  Here are six of the best locations to discover Brussels: Meise Botanical Garden Just outside of the capital, you can find a green patchwork of plants 18,000 of them to be precise. In the spring, the budding flowers in Brussels’ Meise Botanical Garden provide a colourful spectacle. Tervuren Park A stately avenue dotted with ponds, flower beds and artworks forms the green carpet to Tervuren Park – also known … Continue reading Brussels is gorgeous during spring. 6 best places to visit

Art of making perfect cuppa: Five tea brewing faux pas you need to avoid

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk: Thing with tea addicts is that many of them assume that they are all tea connoisseurs.And, more often than not, there are also customized recipes up a tea lover’s sleeve. But, is there actually a way to distinguish between an arm chair chai expert and a brewing king? Here are a few tips on tea brewing mistakes that one can avoid to get that perfect cup of steaming deliciousness: 1)When to pour boiling water: An amateur’s mistake — pouring boiling water over tea. The recommended way, according to experts, is adding the tea leaves or tea bags after the … Continue reading Art of making perfect cuppa: Five tea brewing faux pas you need to avoid

Get ready for some Versace-designed furniture in your living room

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk: Italian fashion and lifestyle major Gianni Versace is planning to bring in its range of furniture in India to tap the fast-growing luxury market here. At present, furniture is the only product category in Versace’s portfolio that is not available in India. Versace’s furniture is made in Italy and exported to different markets. The home division, which includes furniture, accounts for 10 per cent of Versace’s total turnover. Founded in 1978 in Milan, Gianni Versace SpA is one of the leading international fashion design houses. It designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products, including haute couture, … Continue reading Get ready for some Versace-designed furniture in your living room

Summer holiday packing trick, this is how you can be light on yourself

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk: Flight tickets, check. Visa, check. Now the only thing left to do is get all your fashionable picks together and pack your bags for your summer vacation. However, in the excitement of planning our vacations, we often ignore the essential care our skin and hair need during changing environment. Travelling light is an advantage, so you need items that are compact and portable. Get yourself a spacious shoulder bag and two small, plastic lined cases, for your toilet and make-up. Your beauty aids should be within easy reach, so that you can freshen up your make-up and alight … Continue reading Summer holiday packing trick, this is how you can be light on yourself