Wealth on a plate

first_imgIntermittent fastingWith increasing success in helping drop sugar levels, better insulin working, rapid drops in cholesterol and triglycerides levels, getting people to eat in shorter windows of time has me stoked and pushing the plate for lesser food in lesser eating time windows. For centuries, we did not have food,Intermittent fastingWith increasing success in helping drop sugar levels, better insulin working, rapid drops in cholesterol and triglycerides levels, getting people to eat in shorter windows of time has me stoked and pushing the plate for lesser food in lesser eating time windows. For centuries, we did not have food on our plate in excess of one meal per day. Man survived and managed. We are gluttons today. I recommend that people begin to explore an eight-hour eating window. No more. Keep 12 hours between dinner and breakfast. Reduce carbs in your diet and add more fats. Good fats will help you remain full longer. Choose your protein wisely. Less is more. You will reduce your carbon footprint by eating more efficiently and become slimmer. Teff is the new super grain. Photo: ShutterstockTeff grainAs a sports nutritionist I have researched teff flour extensively. It is my choice of super food in 2019. I love it as it is high in resistant starch, a newly-discovered type of dietary fibre that can benefit diabetics, help lose weight and improve gut health. About 20-40 per cent of the carbohydrates in te. are resistant starches. Since I work with many elite athletes we are constantly looking to improve the energy in their meals for their performance, this works well. Oats need to move out as instant cooking oats are devoid of fibre and have a high glycemic index. Teff is the new age answer to a slimmer waist line and since I am a gluten free maniac, I just love an early morning teff porridge.advertisementOne meal fast for the lazyFast for an entire meal in a day and replace it with water. Say skip a dinner once a week. The human cells will begin to go into spring cleaning mode. While I do recommend a water fast for the novice, there will be veterans who can do a fast minus water as well. This dry fasting does have its scientific merits. I do recommend any new eating strategies be practised under guided advice and after getting a blood test done to monitor if that this new age idea actually works or harms you.Nutrigenomicsthe science of genes and your dietNutrition-based gene testing will be the new fashion statement to eating right in 2019. By discovering that my body does not process coffee, milk and gluten and removing these foods from my diet may have limited my choices, but it has altered my brain waves, sleep and energy patterns for the better. If a person can discover all their vitamin and mineral genes receptors readings, then the need for a multivitamin becomes obsolete. For example, a vitamin D and C deficient gene that do not work seem to have a correlation to lowered immunity. All a good nutritionist has to do is boost those foods, or recommend a good food supplement and changes are evident in weeks. Today people are happy to modify their behaviour and are open to accepting advice that will enrich their health.By Ryan FernandoRyan Fernando leads India’s largest team of nutritionists practicing at the Qua Nutrition Clinics across the country.last_img read more

Kargil seeks to shrug off its war zone tag claim place as

first_imgLeh: Keen to shrug off its “war zone” tag, around 500 families in Kargil are looking to the Centre to pump funds and promote the region as a tourist destination internationally after the move to accord it Union Territory status.During the tourism minister’s three day visit to Leh last week, tour operators and hoteliers from the region appealed to him to focus on Kargil, which they claimed is still living in the shadow of the 1999 Kargil war between India and Pakistan. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Even 20 years after the war, if you type Kargil in a search engine, the first result that pops up is Kargil war. That is so unfair to the people of the region whose mainstay is tourism. Because of the war zone tag, we have never realised our potential of being a tourist destination despite the region having various places of interest,” said Ashraf Ali from the All Kargil Travel, Trade Association. The Kargil war lasted for nearly three months, killed more than 500 Indian and nearly 400 Pakistani soldiers, and ended with India pushing back Pakistani fighters to the other side of the LoC successfully. While Pakistan called its operation to take over the control of Indian posts along the LoC as Operation Badr, India called its offensive Operation Vijay. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWith the Narendra Modi government according Leh and Kargil Union Territory status on August 5, both these previous districts of Jammu and Kashmir hope to come out of the shadow of violence associated with the Valley. However, for Kargil, the focus is now to ensure that it gets its share from the union government and is not overshadowed by Leh, which, they claimed was now the Centre’s darling. “In all the discussions that are going on, it is Leh and not Kargil that is in focus. We have the Aryan Valley, the Suru Valley, Drass, Zanskar Valley which could be promoted as tourist destinations. Also, we have three Buddha rock carvings which are the last such carvings after the Bamyan statues were destroyed in Afghanistan by the Taliban. These statues have been left unprotected and unpreserved,” said Md Hasnen Rangyul, a hotelier who was part of the delegation from the region. While Kargil gets around 1.25 lakh tourists every year, it is usually treated as a “transit camp”, they said. Kargil is placed midway between Leh and Srinagar and thus used by tourists as a resting point before their onward journey. “All we get are tourists who stay the night at our hotels and leave the next morning after breakfast. That’s not tourism, its like treating the region as a transit camp. Around 3000 foreigners from Japan, Korea come to Kargil to see the Buddha carvings and also enjoy the apricot blooming season. We want the government to promote us internationally and include us in its various circuits,” said Ali. However, surprisingly, it is Bollywood that is giving them some solace, specially Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. While parts of Johar’s earlier film, Kalank was shot here, it is ironically a film on Capt Vikram Batra who was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest and most prestigious award for valour, for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War, which is giving the region some succour. “The entire team is shooting there for months. So, as this news comes, we want to tell the international community and the domestic tourists to come to Kargil and stay here. We have around 30 hotels, beautiful peaks which are covered with snow for 12 months and people who are immensely hospitable. Kargil’s area is 15000 sq km, bigger than Kashmir Valley and is as beautiful,” appealed Ali. The government on its part has promised equal distribution of opportunities and funds for Leh and Kargil, assuring the stakeholders in both the regions that the focus is on boosting tourism. Come November 1, when the PM is expected to announce the modalities for the two regions as UTs, Kargil will be hoping it gets enough to resurrect and reinvent itself as one of India’s prime tourist destinations. PTIlast_img read more

Company to remove pro Maxime Bernier billboards that criticize mass immigration

first_imgTake Our PollAccording to a filing with Elections Canada, the third-party group behind the ads is run by Frank Smeenk, the chief executive of a Toronto-based mining exploration company.The group filed interim financial returns with Elections Canada that show it spent $59,890 on billboards in “select cities in Canada” and received $60,000 from Bassett & Walker International Inc., a company that specializes in the international trade of protein products.Smeenk declined to comment and messages left at Bassett & Walker were not returned.Polls suggest the People’s Party of Canada has around four per cent of voter support heading into the October election, and thus far, Bernier has been excluded from the official leadership debates.On Sunday, Bernier was greeted by hundreds of raucous supporters who cheered his every word as he pitched his case for inclusion in the debates and repeated promises to eliminate the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and corporate subsidies.But at a grocery store down the road from the partisan gathering, some citizens expressed doubts about whether they would support their longtime MP under his new party’s banner.Martin Roy, a resident of St-Isidore, said he worried that casting a ballot for Bernier could pave the way for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to win a second term.“If our vote divides, what good is it?” he mused.Others at the store expressed admiration for the Conservative candidate, Richard Lehoux, a dairy producer supporting the supply management system Bernier has vowed to abolish.Bernier acknowledged on Sunday that the race in his riding could be tight, and said he planned to campaign heavily there ahead of the election.But for fans like Daniel Bouchette, who drove from Quebec City to attend the launch, Bernier’s willingness to take political gambles is among his greatest strengths.“He could have rested on his laurels, sure of re-election, but he had the courage to launch a new party to do things differently,” he said.The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The owner of billboards currently showcasing ads that seek to promote the People’s Party of Canada’s controversial stance on immigration reversed course on Sunday, saying the company would take the material down in response to “overwhelming” criticism.The ads, featuring a photo of party leader Maxime Bernier, the slogan “Say NO to mass immigration” and a call to vote for his party, started popping up across the country late last week. They were criticized nearly immediately as promoting anti-immigrant rhetoric.Petitions have since sprung up calling on billboard owners Pattison Outdoor Advertising to take the ads down, arguing that they violate the company’s own code of conduct.The company released two statements on Sunday, the first of which said that people who have a problem with the ads should take it up with the advertiser, True North Strong & Free Advertising Corp. The statement suggested they reviewed the ad content and it did not violate the Ad Standards of Canada (ASC) code or their own policies.“We take a neutral position on ads that comply with the ASC code as we believe Canadians do not want us to be the judge or arbiter of what the public can or cannot see,” the company said in a statement circulated on their social media accounts.“Should advertising elicit a public debate, we encourage Canadians to voice their opinions directly to the advertiser who placed the message as it is our policy that their contact information must be a legible part of the ad.”But later in the day, the company issued a second statement saying that while the billboards didn’t violate any policy, they would come down nonetheless.“It was never my or Pattison Outdoor’s intention to offend, alienate or in any way insult the public by allowing this ad to be run,” company president Randy Otto wrote, adding that the company would review its advocacy guidelines.Message from Randy Otto, President Pattison Outdoor Advertising. pic.twitter.com/rEYJRndHbL— PATTISON Outdoor (@pattisonoutdoor) August 25, 2019He said that neither he nor anyone else at the company endorses the message of the advertiser.Otto wrote that Pattison will inform True North Advertising Corp. of its decision on Monday, and the ads will come down as soon as possible.At the People’s Party national campaign launch Sunday in Sainte-Marie, Que., Bernier said he agreed with the ad’s message, though noted they were placed by an outside group.He said the current number of immigrants Canada accepts annually – 350,000 – is too high and needs to be scaled back.“For me, mass immigration is 350,000 a year so yes we’re against mass immigration,” he said.The phrase, however, is associated with more than just numbers.Critics of the term often consider it a synonym for opposition to visible minority immigrants on the grounds they pose a threat.Critics of the ad were interpreting it that way. The premier of Nova Scotia called the tone “negative, divisive,” while one Calgary resident who posted a petition calling for their removal said the ads are hurtful to newcomers and don’t recognize their contribution to Canadian culture.The People’s Party of Canada platform says specifically that “mass immigration” is used as a tool by mainstream parties to buy immigrant votes and that it drives up housing prices.The party also says immigration “should not be used to forcibly change the cultural character and social fabric of our country. And it should not put excessive financial burdens on the shoulders of Canadians in the pursuit of humanitarian goals.” Do you agree with an advertising company’s decision to take down billboards that read: “Say NO to mass immigration”?NoYesVoteView Resultslast_img read more