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Setting realistic goals at the start of the year is a great way to ensure that you will keep your resolutions throughout the year. Did you Know that Walking is considered the best exercise? and can be done almost anywhere without special equipment!

Big-Win series offers you a new tip every month to support you to incorporate healthy behavior into your everyday life.

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Walking is free,

Walking can be done anywhere and is suitable for all fitness levels, yet it’s something so many of us overlook as a great form of exercise. By walking just 1.5 km or about 30 minutes a day you can promote weight loss, boost your mood and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Getting Started is the hardest part

30 minutes of walking 5 days a week is all that is needed to achieve great health benefits. If 30 minutes sounds daunting – Do not worry! You can break it down to 10 minutes of three short walks a day and get the same results.

What is holding you back? The sooner you get started the sooner you will notice the difference in your mind and body.

Going Green:

If you live in a built up city it can be hard to find fresh air and open spaces to walk in.

Green spaces and parks are more common than you think.

Use mobile apps to help you to locate the most accessible parks . Take Gurugram for instance, a city not particularly famous for its parks but even here there are 3 pieces of paradise you can go to for your recommended daily walk . Aravali Bio Diversity Park; Leisure Valley Park and Tau Devi Lal Bio Diversity Park

Getting  Social:

The Best thing about walking is you can do it with friends and catch up on all the news and gossip. It does not cost a thing, you already know how to do it and it can also be an excellent way of meeting new people. There are many dedicated walking groups that you can find on the web that will match you up with your desired social group.

Do not wait any longer. Get your trainers on and go for a walk. This will help reduce pollution and  your health. If you don’t believe me just ask Science.

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Your walking clothes should be a comfortable fit and of course, allow you to move freely.  Do remember to get yourself a good pair of shoes with arch support.

You can check out our other stories in the Big-Win Series

 

 

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The Gemini is born between the 21st May to the 21st of June. They are adventurous in their fashion choices because of their open mind and desire to experience everything.

They are sociable, communicative and ready for fun, with a tendency to suddenly get serious, thoughtful and restless. They are fascinated with the world itself, extremely curious, with a constant feeling that there is not enough time to experience everything they want to see.

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Gemini’s changeable and open mind makes them excellent artists, especially writers and journalists, and their skills and flexibility make them shine in trade, driving and team sports.

The Gemini is a versatile, inquisitive, fun loving sign, born with a wish to experience everything there is out there, in the world.

This makes their character inspiring, and never boring. This can be seen in their fashion choices. You just need to look at Marilyn Monroe and Angelina Jolie to get an idea of what we are talking about. Jolie finds the time from her busy schedule to be a Human Rights Activist and a Philanthropist.

Gemini’s fashion style is eclectic as they are unafraid to try new and varied looks. The Gemini is as comfortable in a biker jacket as she is in conservative work wear. You will never find a Gemini who doesn’t stand out! She can make any style work for her.

The Gemini knows how to accessories and will never be caught in any specific signature look. She can take simple everyday pieces and turn them into a head turning look.  Mix and Match is something to learn from a Gemini.  

Gemini hate any kind repetition, whether it be in fashion or work.  They are not suited to pushing paper.

Gemini  tend to choose careers that provide a social outlet and a lot of variety.

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Versatile beyond compare, the Gemini is always looking for the next exciting thing on the horizon.
Go on!  Gemini continue to be  enterprising the world needs your energy and creativity.

Just in case you missed your Star-Style check out Taurus; Aries; Pisces; Aquarius

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This Month’s resolution: Drink more water to get the Big Win. While it may not sound as the most exciting New year resolution, it can be the most rewarding.

 In one drop of water is found all the secrets of the ocean

Khalil Gibran

Little steps can have a great impact in achieving a healthy lifestyle.

This is our third story on this monthly series  that aims to help you develop and adopt a positive lifestyle change to achieving the Big Win. We all know that drinking water is  essential for us to stay alive but did you also know that-

drinking water can improve metabolism, prevent fatigue, help you detox and reduce stress.

So what is stopping us? Here is how you can embrace this habit?

Drinking 8 glasses of water is doable enough but our busy schedules make us forget, we substitute beverages for water and of course too much caffeine. The easiest thing is to listen to your body and drink water when you are thirsty – but it is easier said than done so here are a few tricks to make you fall in love with your water.

Make jugs of naturally flavoured water using fruit, veg and herbs—
Here is the recipe to make a refreshing drink:

To make the infusion, you can start with cold water or, for a stronger flavor, with hot (not boiling) water, as this will help extract flavor. Set the water aside until cool and you can chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving, or add some ice cubes.

Here are some of my favorite combinations:

  • Slices of orange, lemon and lime with fresh mint sprigs
  • Lemon and cucumber
  • Pineapple chunks and slices of fresh ginger
  • Dried rosebuds or rose petals—you can use fresh, but the dried have a more concentrated flavor
  • Fresh or dried lavender

Water responds to our thoughts, energy vibrations and emotions and the energy in its environment. So next time you go to drink a glass of water, give it a little love and feel how it nourishes your body and soul.
What healthy lifestyle choices have you adopted this year? Please do share your experiences with us in our comment section.
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Ready for your next vacation or getaway? Wandering Foodie suggests a Thai Adventure.  A new place that’s culturally stimulating and relaxing at that the same time.

If you are looking to escape to a foreign, exotic and affordable land there is no greater place than a Thai Adventure. Full of great food and many opportunities for new experiences.

If the pristine white beaches and the relaxing atmosphere don’t win you over the food and people will. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places on earth, but there are endless sites, attractions and excursions for any type Foodie or Wanderer

Thailand has over 1,500 miles of coastline, and just off many of these are some of the best dive sites in the world.

So go get your Adventure hat on and try diving to explore prime spots under the sea,

visitors are surely bound to find at least one that catches their eye.

Elephant sanctuaries are great for tourists who are animal lovers and for the more spiritual over 40,000 Buddhist temples found across the Land of Smiles.

The more adventurous can go for  a day on one of the country’s many rivers and go white water rafting. There are also trails to be trekked, waves to be surfed, jungles to be zip lined through, and more in Thailand.

Do Not leave without trying the Thai Food. There are plenty of options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Som Tam

In fact Thai food is so delicious and diverse that visitors should never have to eat the same dish twice.
Visitors will find that the cuisine changes as their location does, keeping your food options interesting as they venture from one city to the next.
Do not miss!

Som Tam:
This dish combines all five tastes; sour, hot, salty, savory and sweetness and mixes it together. In English this dish can be translated to ‘green papaya salad’. You can order a veg and a no-veg version.

Throughout cities in Thailand, this dish is one of the staples of street food cooking and dining. It’s fresh, easy to prepare, and tastes wonderful. There are again many different variations for this meal, some including fermented fish sauce or salted preserved egg.

Pad Thai:

I’m probably not supposed to play favorites, but this dish is definitely my favorite.

Pad Thai is the epitome of simple ingredients creating dazzling flavor. It’s fresh, light and exotic. This dish of thin rice noodles stir-fried with egg, tofu and shrimp, and seasoned with fish sauce, sugar, tamarind, vinegar and dried chili has subsequently reigned as the favourite Thai cuisine. And vegetarian versions are always available.

The clothing for your Thailand trip can be very relaxed apart for when visiting temples. Do remember to be cover your shoulders and knees. It is always safe to dress comfortably and in a culturally respectful way.

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Are you a fan of travelling and discovering new places? It would be great to hear from you. Do share your favourite locations in our comment section.

 

 

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Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of love. Taurus star style show her appreciation for luxury and nice things in life. There Wardrobe is filled with things that reveal her love for great craftsmanship and elegance.

Cate Blanchet Quintessential Taurus Woman

Taurus are never afraid to show off the femininity and to capture the curves of the feminine body so the Taurus Star style inclines them fill their wardrobe in all the different textures and fabrics fabrics. This summer’s floral look is particularly favorable to the Taurus woman as she can adorn her self in her choice of floral dresses and accessories.

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Some of the female Taurus fashion icons are Audrey Hepburn, Cate Blanchett, Cher,  Dianna Agron, Grace Jones, Jessica Alba, Katharine Hepburn, Penélope Cruz and Renée Zellweger.

Taurus Career:Those born under the sign of Taurus people tend to be practical, steady and reliable with organisation skills second to none. Any career concerned with money or the land  is ideal including banking, investment, property, or Farming, landscaping, gardening, or environmental engineering.

Taurus in Love:

The Taurus woman is in touch with their feelings. The Taurus can be a hopeless romantic looking for that

love of a lifetime.

They are looking for a stable, loyal partner who’s affectionate and classy.

Taurus woman can be very determined, there’s no use telling a Taurean  she) is obstinate.  In the taurean’s  mind, she’s not stub­born at all. She’s patient.  She’s not hardheaded-she’s just sensible and firm.

The Taurus woman’s funny bones are tickled by broad and slapstick comedy.  Taurus humor is warm and earthy, playful. These people are seldom, if ever, really cruel or vindictive. But They are not afraid to call a Spade a Spade!

Go Taurus Girl continue to be Honest, Elegant and never be afraid to Speak your Mind the world needs to hear you!

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Sleep is the closest thing to Fountain of Youth. The skin and body both need sleep to keep you at your Best. Sleep is a good one to add to your list of goals for the year.

Have you decided to make a positive life style change as part of your New Year resolution? 

Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on 1st January can help you reach whatever it is you strive for and remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.

 While You snooze Your body boosts blood flow to the skin, which means you wake to a healthy glow.

Skin makes new collagen when you are sleeping, preventing sagging. This leads to plumper skin which is less likely to wrinkle.

WARNING!! When the body is sleep deprived it makes more of the stress hormone cortisol; Linked to problems like: depression, anxiety and weight gain.

In spite of being aware of the need for sleep we fall into the unhealthy cycle of sleep deprivation. The obstacle to good sleep are numerous but lets join in the good fight to give sleep its place in our list of priorities.

Here are some tips for breaking the cycle of sleep deprivation:
  • Where possible, remove disturbances from the bedroom. You may be sensitive to noise, temperature, or light and preparing a proper sleep environment can make a big difference.
  • Don’t treat your bed like your living room.No watching TV or websurfing while in bed it confuses your mind as to whether the bed is a place for relaxation or engagement.
  • Do something boring.If you are lying in bed unable to sleep, it is best to get out of bed and do something boring like sit quietly in the living room until you feel drowsy enough to try sleeping again.
  • Be consistent. Sleep quality is best when your body does it at the same time each night in a well-established circadian rhythm (day/night cycle).
  • Sleep is not like money. You can’t run short of it all week and then make up for it by getting “extra” sleep on the weekend.

Getting your beauty sleep isn’t an old cliché — it’s a must for having skin that glows.

 

 

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Aries is the Fashionista of the Zodiac. There are many shining stars but the star style of the Aries is beyond compare.

You are an Aries if you were born between March 21st and April 20th
The first sign of the zodiac, Aries is fire sign, symbolised by the Ram. In a couple of words, the personality of the Aries woman is energetic and passionate. You will never find an Aries woman who is worn out or shy.

The iconic style of Sarah Jessica Parker makes the top of the best dressed list time and again. She is the true embodiment of the style statement of the Aries woman.

Aries: Star Style

Aries women – you live to do things. You won’t settle for sitting on the sofa all day; your personality traits show you would much rather get up and do something with your day.

You are very fashion conscious and your independent streak makes you a trend setter – You are confident to sport the French girl aesthetic – which is a mélange of sophistication and tom boyishness; for example a classic Breton shirt with a Beret; with a motorcycle jacket for a masculine yet fitted look.  You will never go out of style or trend being bold enough to pair a flirty dress with a boxy tuxedo jacket.

Unafraid to try unusual or bold fashion. Having said that, you love simple and comfortable clothes

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You are the fashionista of the Zodiac. You love to have fun with fashion and won’t shy away from bold looks.

Your spontaneous and unpredictable side keeps your friends and family on their toes. They love having you around as you never let things get stale or boring. Well, you also do not like to be told what to do. You are independent and prefer to do things your way rather than being a blind follower.

In spite of being brave and fearless you are incredibly sensitive in the matter of the heart. Very loyal to the ones you love and keep relationships together.

 

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Go ahead be amazing and conquer the World!
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Why has The enigmatic destination of  Morocco always attracted people seeking adventure from all over the world?

The North Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea ensures a diverse climate full of beauty giving the inspiration to set off on adventures. Each city and terrain of this North African country is vastly different and provides a source of delight both to the wanderer and foodies. Inviting to explore its culture, ancient medinas, endless deserts and beautiful coasts.

The thought of visiting Berber villages and tasting Moroccan food in the magical Kasbahs sets the imagination and taste buds on fire. Morocco is the culinary star of North Africa. Imperial and trade influence has been filtered and blended into Morocco’s culture. Being at the crossroads of many civilizations, the cuisine of Morocco is a mélange of Arab, Berber, Moorish, French, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean African, Iberian, and Jewish influences.

Moroccan cooking is enhanced with fruits, dried and fresh — apricots,dates, figs, and raisins, to name a few. Lemons preserved in a salt-lemon juice mixture bring a unique face to many Moroccan chicken and pigeon dishes. Nuts are prominent; pine nuts, almonds, and pistachios show up in all sorts of unexpected places.

Got your mouth watering yet? Here are some of our suggestions.

Don’t leave Morocco before trying these dishes:

Mint tea: ‘Moroccan whisky’, mint tea is the drink of choice. It is steeped with a few sprigs of spearmint stuffed into the teapot. It is poured into a tea glass from a height to create a froth called the crown.

Couscous: this is a fine wheat pasta traditionally rolled by hand. It is steamed over a stew of meat and vegetables. To serve, the meat is covered by a pyramid of couscous, the vegetables are pressed into the sides and the sauce served separately. It is often garnished with a sweet raisin preserve, or in the Berber tradition, with a bowl of buttermilk.

B’stilla: is human history on a plate. Combining ingredients commonly found in the Maghreb, spices from Persia and Arabia, traditional Moroccan pastry, and a name derived from Spanish, B’Stilla is the result of a few thousand years of conquest, religious fervor and trade. Layers of a paper-thin pastry coddle a blend of pigeon meat, almonds and eggs spiced with saffron, cinnamon and fresh coriander, the whole dusted with icing sugar and cinnamon.

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There are so many film awards all over world but have you wondered why the Oscars are so important? Lets unfold the mystery!

Why do no award shows matter as much as the Oscars? Let’s analyse this!

Firstly, what are the Oscars?

It is the annual award ceremony of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science.

The golden statue is a Knight standing on a reel of film holding a crusaders sword.

One reason for Oscars being so influential is the fact that it is an American award show; USA is the biggest economy and great military power in the world.

Did you know ? These awards are not even voted publicly but by a select panel of film experts. 

In spite of this the Oscars are universally embraced as symbols of achievement in the global entertainment.

The other reasons that make the Oscars so important all over the world are the fact that it plays a crucial role in the success of the major winners.

In fact there is a significant increase in the box office earnings. There is a great media attention and the award results in higher salaries and better film offers for all involved.

The Oscars are loved as it does promote good Cinema which has a way of reaching everyone and reflects the global society . Even people living in far flung reaches of the earth. It is the world’s most powerful stage where dreams come true for people from diverse countries and cultures.

No one knows who is winning this years Oscars for Best Picture, the excitement is palpable everywhere.  Have you watched any of the nominated movies? We are very excited for the Lady bird.  It will be great to know which one is your favourite.

This year’s nominations have been announced and the Oscars will air live on the 4th of March. Enjoy!

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Dear Pisces,

Do you check your horoscope daily?
Or work out your schedule accordingly?

Or  are you Not a die-hard believer and just  together with friends to giggle over astrology predictions?

Well, in these unpredictable times it can be fun to check out how our signs can guide us. Wanna know what the stars say about the Pisces?

You are the “Old Soul of the Zodiac”; Being the last sign – You are more flexible and comfortable with change than the other signs.
You can “chameleon” yourself to fit into a variety of situations. You are artistic and love the arts and music. Deep in your heart a Pisces-born is an incorrigible romantic. You are very loyal, gentle and unconditionally generous to your partners.

Eva Longoria is your typical Pisces woman, she is confident and flirty at the same time.

When it comes to fashion, zodiac signs can reveal what styles you’re most attracted to and what pieces you gravitate towards while shopping. Pisces even out their artistic flare and reserved mentality with soft, feminine articles of clothing.

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You prefer soft fabrics, such as silk, chiffon and velvet, and glamorous evening looks that are filled with lace. You adore heels in all styles, even if you don’t wear them that often.
By the way floral styles are your true love.

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You need to choose jobs that allow you to express yourself and be true to your creative vision.
Pisces need to have an unstructured environment, creative license, and enough money to pay the bills.  When given the chance to explore and create you will prove to be the most inspired employee.

**YOU GO Ms PISCES EXPRESS YOURSELF!

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