Friday, June 11, 2010

Father's Day & a very creative guest post

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Father's Day is a day honoring Fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 55 of the world's countries and on other days elsewhere. It complements Mother’s Day , the day honoring mothers. (courtesy: wikipedia)

In countries of Hindu tradition, the western-inspired Father's Day is celebrated on the new moon day (Amavasya) during late August or early September, to fit the existing Hindu worship of fathers. This is common among countries with Hindu majorities like in Nepal.

When I think of Father’s day, this beautiful poem which I came across a while ago comes to my mind (author: unknown)

What Makes A Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,

The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,

Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad

If you are looking for giving a creative gift this year, here is one idea from a very creative guest who has willingly shared his ideas and creativity with Brindavanrecipes.

About the guest Author;

Matt is obsessed with neckties and runs His longest streak of consecutively wearing a tie is 2 years and 5 days! (Don't worry they were different ties) He loves life, his family, his heaven, and his sports (golf, basketball and college football)."

Not Your Ordinary Father's Day Ties

It may surprise some of you to hear what I am about to say, but it must be said. Not all guys want a tie on Father's Day. GASP! I know, I know, it sounds crazy... and I certainly am not one of those guys, but apparently it's true.

Listen to what Joseph Hurtado has to say, "there are only two types of men: those who hate ties, and those who grudgingly accept them as part of the job."

Blasphemy as far as I am concerned, but if you're Mrs. Hurtado you may want to think twice about getting Joseph a tie for Father's Day. How about baking him a delicious necktie cake instead? I don't think many men could resist that. Here are some sweet examples for you to consider! (Congrats to the cake artists who created these!)

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A guest post on Diabetes & Healthy eating- by Patricia Harris

Most of us are aware of "Diabetes" which is a chronic (lifelong) disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood & its effects. A healthy balanced diet is such an important factor in controlling and managing this ailment. I want to thank Patricia Harris for sharing some insight on diabetes & healthy eating with Brindavanrecipes.

We would appreciate your thoughts/comments/any stories you would like to share in managing this disease and tips that will help others.- Thanks.

Background on the author

Patricia Harris writes for the
. Her personal hobby web log aimed at ways to eat healthy in order to avoid and manage diabetes.

If You Really don't Keep away from Type ii diabetes Now, Probably will Hate Yourself Later.

Type 2 diabetes is easily the most common kind of diabetes. Many Americans appears to have been diagnosed with diabetes type 2 symptoms, and much more are unaware they're at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others.

Type 2 diabetes is much more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians along with Pacific Islanders, in addition to aged people.

In diabetes type 2, either one's body won't produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for your body to use glucose for energy.

Once you eat food, the body reduces all the sugars and starches into glucose, that is the essential fuel for the cells in your body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into your cells. When glucose accumulates in the blood rather then going into cells, it can result in diabetes complications. You've the capability to boost and protect your overall health. With proper nutrition and physical exercise and making good life style choices (like not smoking), you can feel better, stronger, and healthier, and can decrease your risk of diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart problems and heart stroke.

What is actually Healthy Weight?

There's a good way to discover in case your current weight puts you in danger of developing serious diseases. Go to and consider the Body Mass Index (BMI) test.

The outcomes will help you decide if you need to give consideration to your weight. Better You consume, The Better You experience

Below are a few basic guidelines to help you and your family make healthier food decisions.

  • * Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit.
  • * Choose wholegrain foods over processed grain products.
  • *Try brown rice rather than white. Substitute whole wheat grains bread for white.
  • * Eat fish “ three times a week.
  • * Select leaner cuts of meat like those that end in "loin."
  • * Remove the skin from poultry and turkey.
  • * Eat non-fat dairy
  • * Drink water and calorie-free non-carbonated beverages.
  • * Use liquid oils for cooking rather than solid fats.
  • * Reduce high calorie snacks like chips, cookies, cakes, and regular frozen goodies. Find baked chips and reduced calorie snacks. Or have a bit of fruit instead.
  • * Watch your serving sizes. Even a lot of "healthy" food could potentially cause fat gain.


  • * Compare labels of similar foods, then opt for the one with smaller amounts of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
  • * Adults should consume lower than 2400 mg. of sodium everyday. If you have high blood pressure, it is best to prefer even less.
  • * Try adding spices and herbs within your cooking to substitute for salt for enhancing flavor.
  • * A bit of Workout Goes further Anything that gets you up and moving is wonderful for you.

Here's what it could do:

  • * Reduce your risk of developing diabetes type 2
  • * Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke Lower hypertension and cholesterol
  • * Reduce blood glucose (sugar) levels if you have diabetes, that may lower your risk of developing diabetes-related complications
  • * Alleviate stress *
  • *Allow you to slim down
  • * Provide you with more energy
  • * Help you sleep better *
  • * Build stronger bones and muscle mass

You don't need to visit a gym, play sports or use fancy equipment. Of course, you must discuss with your medical professional prior to starting any exercise regimen.

For those who have Diabetes. Maintaining a healthy diet and staying active are more important if you have diabetes. Well-balanced meals may help keep your glucose (sugar) level as near to normal as possible. Being active also helps you reduce blood glucose.

In case you increase your physical activity levels, you may be able to take less insulin or diabetes pills. For anyone who is very inactive, have heart disease or perhaps history of foot ulcers, talk to your doctor about safe exercise for you. Check your blood glucose before exercising. If it's under 100 mg/dl, eat some fruit, crackers or have a glass of milk or juice.

Check it again after exercising to learn how your blood glucose reacts to workout. Bring a snack if you'll be active for some hour.