First Impressions Last

” I influence anybody who is able to get through the chaos of my “First Impression”.

First Impression is what a person thinks of you when one meets you. It is an event of one person meeting you and forming a mental image of you. The key to create a good impression is to present yourself appropriately. Whether we are aware of it or not we always have some facets on display that talk about ourselves to the strangers.

You will never get a second chance to make a great first impression. You might have the statistics saying that the first impression is formed in 30, 60, or some few seconds. Just forget the numbers. You need to put your act together in the blink of an eye, if you want to make it count forever.

WHO ARE YOU? WHAT ARE YOU SELLING? ARE YOU GOING FOR A JOB INTERVIEW? IS IT YOUR FIRST PRESENTATION FOR THE CLIENT?  YOUR FIRST MARRIAGE PROPOSAL? YOUR FIRST CAMPUS INTERVIEW? First impressions are created everywhere. Even when you meet someone in the park or restaurant for the first time. That is why it is important to know what are the aides in making a good positive impression for the first time.

Four elements which help in forming a positive First Impression are Clothing,  Grooming, Body Language including Etiquette and Vocal Communication. These are the four elements which describe one’s inner self and if used effectively can make a lasting First Impression. What matters most is that one should know the art to use it.

Psychologists call it “Thin Slicing”. Within seconds you are judged about almost everything, from status to intelligence to personality.  When the world is moving so fast and is surrounded by many talented competitive individuals, it is important for one to know how to sell oneself at the first instance.

Learn and know the science of creating a positive “First Impression” at the World Of WoW!!

Know the art and play it to action.

A Small Change, A Big Difference

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“Think Before You Speak” But do we think before we wear? We are so busy with our professional and personal lives that we mostly ignore the way we dress up. But remember as every word counts while speaking similarly every dress up counts in today’s competitive world. Here is a story about one of our clients Kusuma. A story about her  journey of transformation with World of WOW.

A competent IT professional, Kusuma had accomplished success in both her professional and personal lives. Working with a multinational company Kusuma had traveled all around the world and had tasted triumph in the true sense of the word. She always made her parents proud and herself proved to be a doting mother. She was really happy with how things were going around for her on a personal and professional front.

Kusuma had never given importance to dressing up since childhood. She always relied on her mother in that aspect.She never did realize that there is going to be a transformation in her life after she had an interaction with Shruti from World Of WoW. She took some theoretical sessions with Wow and discovered that wardrobe selection and dressing up can be a different experience altogether. She was surprised to see a whole new gamut of dressing tricks and tips. She came to know what wrong she had been doing for 3 decades till now.

 

She once decided to put those theories into practice and asked Shruti to help her dress up for a presentation she had to give in her office. With the help of Shruti she was all set being dressed up for her presentation. And then that was the day that made her not only happy but she felt a sense of added self confidence in her. Not only her team members, but people whom she didn’t know at all came up to her and complimented her on how she looked so different and good.

There were clothes in her wardrobe which she never saw before or wore before. WoW’s particular selection and changes on her wardrobe not only saved her expenses but saved her time too. The combination of same clothes in a different style made her look totally different.

Both in her professional arena and in her personal life she started getting a lot of attention. The result was a happy, self confident and a new transformed
Kusuma.

Kusuma is very happy that she had a chance to get connected with the World Of WoW.

A Lite Mithai This Diwali

With lots of fun going on around this time of the year, we are sure that you all are enjoying the festivals to the fullest. The preparations for “Diwali” have begun.

We are not only excited about the fireworks but are also delighted about the yummy food we will be having on this particular day. Lots of namkeen, chatpata snacks and new dishes.

But for every Indian, a festival treat is incomplete if there are no sweets. You may have numerous dishes on the table but no meal course in a festival is complete without a dessert or mithai. Hold on, are you thinking of skipping the dessert??? Don’t.

For all food and health lovers, here is a sweet recipe which will save you from taking the guilt trip” after eating it. Yes, a mithai good for the taste buds and for the
health too. The Bulgur (Dalia) Kheer.

THE BULGUR (DALIA) KHEER

1/4 cup of Broken Wheat (Dalia)

2.5 cups of Low Fat Milk

1/2 tsp Cardamom (Elaichi) Powder

2 tbsp Sugar

A Few Saffron (Kesar) Strands

For Garnishing

1 to 2 Rose Petals, Few Shredded Pistachios
Method

Wash and soak the bulgur wheat in ½ cup of water for 15 to 20 minutes.
Drain and discard the water. Cook the soaked bulgur wheat in milk. Once the dalia is cooked, add sugar. Cook it for some more time, till the sugar melts.

Remove from heat and allow it to cool.Dissolve saffron in 2 tablespoons milk and add the saffron and cardamom powder to the cooked mixture. Mix well.

Serve chilled garnished with shredded rose petals and pistachios.

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Enjoy this guilt free Mithai/Dessert at home even if you skip a dessert outside.

Have a BEAUTIFUL, LIGHTED and SAFE DIWALI!!!!!!

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PCOS and Weight Gain: Understand the Relation

PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a health problem affecting 1 in 10 women at chidbearing age.Women in PCOS have a hormonal disbalance and metabolism problems,
affecting their overall health and appearance. It is a common and treatable case of infertility.

As per research, PCOS and Weight Gain have consistent interconnection. PCOS produce too much of male hormone(Androgen). Due to an excess of Androgen women face side effects such as menstrual instabilities, excessive hair growth, acne, weight gain and production of ovarian cysts. PCOS also creates insulin resistance, a condition in which it becomes difficult for the body to metabolise energy. This is the main reason why people with insulin resistance gain weight so easily and find it more harder to lose it. And then it goes together,the more the women gain weight the more they increase their PCOS problems.

Loss of Awareness
In most cases women are not aware that they are suffering from PCOS. They fail to connect the dots and even the people they seek help to like Gynaecologists for irregular periods, dermatologists for acne etc. are not able to detect it properly. And then to complicate things, there is no one simple blood test or scan that enables a PCOS diagnosis. So one should be alert and should not rule out PCOS as an option if there are some related symptoms to it.

How to tackle

Research suggests that hormones that control appetite and hunger are not controlled properly in some women having PCOS. This means that some women having PCOS are more prone to gain weight and have difficulty in losing it. Hence the best way to control PCOS is weight loss. Weight loss will not cure PCOS but will definitely help. Weight loss can restore the normal function of ovaries and result in normal hormone release. This further facilitates improvement in symptoms of PCOS like excess hair growth, acne or scalp hair loss.

Practices
Weight loss can be achieved through a good and healthy lifestyle. There are three important things women should practice to control their weight in PCOS condition.
1. Regular Exercise
2. A nutrient dense diet
3. Stress Busters

Exercise daily. Include weight training, High Intensity Interval training, Squats and Push ups in your workout program. Eat lots of vegetables, have lean meat and drink lots of water . Do things that help you in relieving stress, like practice yoga, dance, travel or listen to music. Sleep well. Stick to the rules.

With a defined healthy lifestyle control your weight and keep in check the symptoms of PCOS.

Drop a size of your Jeans in 7 days. 7 day detox diet to destress your body and mind.

What is a Detox diet?

The purpose of a detox diet is to take the load off the organs that detoxify the body – the liver, kidneys and bowel – while at the same time supporting and
improving their performance. If you want to fast track your health, give your body a break, or just want to detox follow this for 7 days.

Detox diet helps you to shed some extra kilos which you might have piled on during the weekends, functions or festivals.

How to start?

Mark your diary and select a week when you don’t have to attend any functions, birthdays, weddings, or any special meal outing. Prepare a list of things which you
need to buy and stock up. Throw away or donate all the junk in your fridge and kitchen. Some people might experience a cleansing reaction in the first few days of
detox including headaches or loose bowel movement. This is due to the sudden withdrawal of certain foods. These symptoms should subside in 24 to 48 hrs.
Things to avoid:

Cigarettes
Alcohol
Dairy (Except 1/2 cup of unsweetened yoghurt in a day),
Sugar, syrup, honey, jams, jellies and artificial sweeteners
Coffee
Grains: Wheat(Bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), Oats, Rye, Rice
Dried Fruit
You can enjoy:

Fruits: Any and all fresh fruits.
Vegetables: Any and all fresh vegetables.
Meat: Red meat or Chicken without skin (limit to two servings per week)
Legumes: Cooked or soaked ( Chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans)
Eggs
Olive oil preferably extra virgin
Nuts: raw unsalted almonds, walnuts
Seeds: sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds(Unsalted)
Green tea OR Black tea
Water : Min 3 litres

 

DETOX PLAN FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS:

Morning lemon juice: This is an old method but a goodie to kick start your day. It helps in digestion and cleanse your system. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a
cup of hot water and drink it first thing in the morning in an empty stomach.

Exercise: During detox make sure you exercise in an empty stomach. Don’t do much intense workout, however you need to do at least 45 mins of cardio – running,
jogging, walking, swimming, and cycling can be done.

Raw food: Try to consume raw food or cut down the cooking process. raw food contains more enzymes and nutrients. Try having fresh salads, sprouts, par boiled veggies.

4. Karma cleanse: Apart from cleaning your body, It is very important to detox your mind. Try to mediate for 15 mins daily. If you don’t know how to meditate, try
belly breathing. Place your palms on your lower belly, breathe through your nose and feel your belly rising and then slowly exhale and allow the belly to drop.

5. Drink at least 3 litres of water daily.

6. Try to do a steam bath or sauna thrice a week. It will detox your skin and will keep your rejuvenated.

Caution: DO NOT detox if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, elderly, have high blood pressure, are underweight.

What is my Body Type?

Like every vegetable has a shape and is cut in a particular manner for a particular cuisine, similarly humans have different Body Types and Shapes,that have to be taken care of differently. Why it is important to know one’s body type??? What if one day you realize that the body which you always wanted to have and admired was the wrong type for you. As if that body was a dress you would never fit into, because your body is totally made of a different format.

Know what is Somatotype

No, it is no potato or tomato science. Somatotype is the science of classifying or categorizing a human physique. Fitness consultants with the help of Somatotype guide their clients about their particular body type. They help them in enhancing and beautifying it in an appropriate way. Different food, different workout, different clothing, different metabolism, yes they are all different for different body types.

When you know

When you know your body type it gets easier for you to understand what to eat and what not to eat, how to exercise and rather how much to exercise, which areas to target in your body during workout and many more.

After you know

You feel more confident about yourself. You will not only love your body but will stop judging and envying other body types because you got the mantra to define and maintain your own SHAPE and TYPE.

KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE AND ITS SOLUTIONS: By WOW on October 21st at Tea Trails Bistro, HSR Layout, Bangalore.

Diet Smart This Festive Season

India is lighting up and dancing to the tune of Festivals. This is the time when you let go your soul and mind free to enjoy the best of the season. Lots of  gaana bajana, sweets, delicious cuisines, decorations and lovely attires.  The time when you dress your best, eat your best and enjoy your best. But do you question yourself regarding how to control your diet and avoid putting on those extra kilos. Don’t worry you can still be a festival gourmet and can keep those kilos in check by following some simple tips and tricks

1. Small Portion Size

Eat delicious but have small. Do not fall into the trap of overeating. Do not stuff your belly with overflowing food. Have small portions and enjoy them blissfully.

2. Eat Slow

Eating slow will make you feel full with small portions. It is a well known fact that the brain takes around 20 minutes to signal your tummy that its full. Chew your food 32 times. Chewing slow and more will make you feel full and weigh less.

3. Caffeinated Products and Sweetened Stuff

Not a total “NO” but not too much. Enjoy the sweetened stuff, but don’t let them make you sweat a lot in the gym after the festivals are over. Keep chanting it everytime you see them, “its bad for me”!

4. Be a SuperHost

Host the party yourself and control the food selections. Go for low fat ingredients like low fat milk, low fat curd to prepare sweets. Chole, Paneer, Chicken kebabs and curries can be made without oil and can taste good too. Prepare sweets at home and have more halwa and bake them at home.

When friends and family visit your home with sweets, do not have them all alone. Rather share them with your neighbors and friends too.Exercise daily during festivals and drink lots of water.

Enjoy your festivals by  eating healthy and delicious.

Is Cholesterol really a DEMON??

Cholesterol has been a highly publicised scapegoat for causing heart disease for decades, and many have diligently cut all cholesterol-rich foods (which are often also nutrient-rich foods) from their diets as a result.

Others have opted to take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs prescribed their physicians. Is it the villain that’s it’s portrayed to be, silently clogging up your arteries and putting you at a dangerously high risk of heart attack, one cholesterol-laden egg yolk at a time? The answer is, for most people, “NO”.

Cholesterol in foods isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The body has very important uses for cholesterol: It is found in every cell membrane and is used to make essential nutrients and hormones, like estrogen, testosterone and vitamin D. In fact, cholesterol is so important that our body has figured out a way to make its own supply even if we’re not eating cholesterol-containing foods. Many of the healthiest foods happen to be rich in cholesterol (and saturated fats), yet cholesterol has been demonized.

The biggest factor in cholesterol is not diet but genetics or heredity. Your liver is designed to remove excess cholesterol from your body, but genetics play a large part in your liver’s ability to regulate cholesterol to a healthy level.

Take, for instance, people with genetic familial hypercholesterolemia. This is a condition characterized by abnormally high cholesterol, which tends to be resistant to lowering with lifestyle strategies like diet and exercise.

Further, eating nutritious cholesterol-rich foods is not something you should feel guilty about; they’re good for you and will not drive up your cholesterol levels as you may have been told. It’s estimated that only 20 percent of your blood cholesterol levels come from your diet.

Cholesterol and heart disease.

Cholesterol and fat don’t dissolve in water or blood. Instead, the body packages these two nutrients into tiny, protein-covered lipoproteins that are able to easily mix with blood and transport fat throughout the body.

You likely recognize these lipoproteins at the labs after your blood testss as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and they both travel within the bloodstream to carry out different functions:

LDL is the “bad” cholesterol. It is what links cholesterol to heart disease risk. This lipoprotein transports cholesterol to the rest of the body. It travels to cells that need it, delivers the goods and makes its way back to the liver. However, LDL’s traveling in the bloodstream can get sidetracked, becoming trapped in plaques along artery walls. Over time, this increases our risk for heart disease.

HDL is the “good” cholesterol. It scavenges excess cholesterol from the bloodstream and carries it back to the liver for disposal. Having higher HDL means you’re more likely to dispose of excess cholesterol you don’t need so there’s less of it circulating in the blood.

In general, the lower your LDL and higher your HDL, the better your chances of preventing heart disease and other chronic conditions.

How to Protect Your Heart Health

These are some of my top recommendations:

Reduce, with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugars in your diet. It is vitally important to eliminate gluten-containing grains and sugars, especially fructose.

Consume a good portion of your food raw.

Make sure you are getting plenty of high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats, which may improve your total cholesterol and triglycerides and will likely increase your HDL cholesterol.

Replace harmful vegetable oils and synthetic trans fats with healthy fats, such as olive oil, butter, avocado, pastured eggs and coconut oil (remember olive oil should be used cold only, use coconut oil for cooking and baking).

Include fermented foods in your daily diet.

Optimize your vitamin D levels, ideally through appropriate sun exposure as this will allow your body to also create vitamin D.

Exercise regularly. Make sure you incorporate high-intensity interval exercises, which also optimize your human growth hormone (HGH) production.

Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol excessively.

Be sure to get plenty of high-quality, restorative sleep.

Practice regular stress-management techniques.