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When I started working for I Say Organic in 2013, never did I think that two years later I’ll be launching its first flagship store in Delhi. I always thought how fun it would be to have a store, with a healthy juice bar and some vegan snacks to complete the full circle of what we do here. But, somehow it never felt relevant with an e-commerce platform.

Fast forward to 2015, we launched our first store at Select City Walk along with a take away juice and snack bar. Having worked in fashion retail before, it was exciting to launch one of Delhi’s first all organic stores. It was a real test for us to see what the market really thought of buying organic food and whether Delhi was ready for something like this.

In 2016 we made a strategic decision to move to a new location in South Point Mall and January 2019 marks two years of us running the store in Gurgaon.

When we first launched, we were only retailing I Say Organic branded products and soon after realized when a customer walks into a store, they are looking for all options available. A customer’s retail experience is not complete till they have seen every category and every product catering to their needs.

Interacting with customers through a store has really helped us strengthen our product range. It gave us a direct insight into what consumers of organic food are really looking for and why the ones on the fence, have not started buying yet.

In the last two years we moved from selling just I Say Organic branded products to a multi brand and multi category store. We realized to give a consumer a full experience we had to evolve into a space that offers not just organic food but a consumer’s full healthy living and wellness needs. We are so thankful to over 40+ brands that work very closely with us to help us complete the range. So thankful that my day is incomplete without the the delicious sea salt mason chocolate, dream body wash by Rustic Art, Kesari Hair Oil by Gulnare Skincare, Beeswax Wraps and cheeses from Darima Farms.

The biggest challenge of having an offline store is customer experience. Filling up shelves with products that are in demand is the easy bit. Things we all take for granted- staff training and visual merchandising is the key for complete store experience.

Lastly, thank you for believing in us and your continued support! We are what we are because of you and as we move into our 3rd year our focus for the next phase is to tighten our services, look and launch deliveries from the Gurgaon store - AND of course, we promise to keep filling up your kitchen with our yummy, fresh certified produce..

- Aakanksha

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A healthy cheat meal. It’s happened. It’s true.

Our kitchen is constantly trying to innovate with flavours and ingredients, to create products that don’t just make the palette happy – but “treats our body like a temple” as well (we like to call such products “holy good”). In the kitchen, we utilize our organic goodies to produce non-refined, non-artificial, all clean processed foods. Earlier this year, we introduced Pomegranate Molasses – a middle eastern favourite.

Pomegranate Molasses is a healthier sweetener used for marinades, drinks, in stews – and in dressings! It’s reduced pomegranate juice, with bits of jaggery and a dash of lemon.
The additional benefits of this ingredient are multifold – high in vitamin C, good for digestion, anti inflammatory…and the taste it brings to your dish is nothing less of gourmet, exotic!

We recently had this salad for a Sunday lunch and it made the table super happy!
Low cal. High nutrition. Full flavour – this Quinoa and Veggie salad is super wholesome, super easy and super yum. It also leaves you feeling gooood!

Ingredients

½ cup Quinoa
1 cup water

Salad

1 cup baby spinach or regular spinach

1 cup sliced green beans
1 cup green zucchini, batonette cut

1 cup sliced tomatoes (partly remove the pulp)
2 tbsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp ghee  or olive oil


Dressing

4 tbsp Pomegranate Molasses
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped garlic
Few leaves of fresh basil
1 small lemon; juiced
salt, pepper
Dried Italian herbs (optional)

The process

The Base
Contains Quinoa, fresh sliced tomatoes, stir fried garlic spinach, pan charred zucchini, par boiled beans

1. Prep the Quinoa ~
In a hot pan, put 2 tbsp ghee or olive oil. Add the quinoa. Roast it till it gets a slightly darker colour. Pour enough water to cover the grains; cover and let it steam. The water should evaporate fully. It may take 6-8 minutes. Check. The texture you’re looking for is “fluffy with a bite”.

2. Par boil the beans in mildly salted water. These should become al-dante in 4-5 minutes. You can check with a fork or a nibble (don’t forget to cool the bean  with your mouth before you pop it in your mouth. Burnt tongues are no fun). Once done, strain the beans and allow them to cool.

3. While this happens, take a pan, put a tsp of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Place the cut zucchini skin side up, we want them to get pan-charred. Flip the side in a minute.
Alternate. Zucchini is 95% water, which means you don’t add any extra drops of water to this pan! The zucchini is done when the flip side of the skin is slightly charred. This should not take more than 6-8 minutes. Empty the zucch in a bowl. We’ll use the same pan to..

4. Stir fry some spinach!
Add a tsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of finely chopped garlic. Add the baby spinach, stir lightly. Sprinkle a bit of salt. Stir. Spinach should be cooked in 3-4 minutes.

The Dressing
Preparing this dressing takes 2 minutes, or less. But once you taste it you’ll wonder, how?

5. Whisk in the molasses & the oil in a bowl. Add salt and pepper, chopped basil leaves and garlic. Whisk. Add in half a lemon juice first. Whisk, taste. Depending on how tart or sweet you like your dressing, you may want to add more of the lemon juice and/or molasses. If you like it more vinaigrette-y, add in some extra olive oil.
Whisk till all ingredients have submitted to a big group hug. The dressing is ready to meet the veg!

6. Mix all the elements in a bowl. We started our base with the quinoa so that the flavours of all the warm foods put next stick to the grains.

The “cherry” on top
Flax, Pumpkin Seeds and Walnuts

Sprinkle these super seeds and nuts on top of the salad for that extra flavour, crunch and #thegoodstuff.

This salad is power packed with protein and fiber. It’s rich in antioxidants, amino acids and is gluten free. The use of a natural sweetener (the molasses) in place of sugar helps make this a healthier salad than it already is and makes it diabetic and vegan friendly.

Try it at home soon and tell us how it went in the comments below. We would love to know what you did differently and what you liked about this munch.

There is so much you can do with a jar of molasses. We will be sharing more recipes soon. Stick around : )

Buy all ingredient at www.isayorganic.com

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On World Vegan Day 2018, we got our #veganrepresent and CEO, Founder of I Say Organic to share a few words Have a read. Share your comments with us!

I turned vegetarian when I was around 4. I have no recollection of the incident that triggered this in me, but it’s a commonly heard story of a kid who gets shocked upon first finding out that meat is a sacrificed animal. Often when I share this story, someone would say, oh yes the same thing happened to me, and I didn’t eat meat for a few weeks but then I got over it. In my case, there was no going back, because when I first said I don’t want to eat it, my father also decided to join team-veg. My mother was already vegetarian – same story, gave it up also around when she was 4. So thereon, there was no meat in the house, and hence no lure to go back.

My favourite food growing up was paneer, and I ate paneer in almost all meals. Anytime I would be asked what I wanted in dinner, shahi paneer is all I would say I wanted. I could eat it everyday. My friends used to call me Peppy Paneer because I loved that pizza from Dominos so much. 

From as far back as I can recall, my primary reason for being vegetarian was compassion. I went for higher education to Canada and then the US, where being vegetarian wasn’t hard, but at least then it could get boring, eating the same options at the same places for almost 6 years. In no way was being vegetarian at that time healthy, because I was hardly cooking at home. My entry into organic was my entry into healthy eating. I was always trying to eat healthy earlier, but I didn’t really know how to go about it. I tried to take informed decisions, but I wasn’t aware how food labels can trick you, and I more often than not didn’t make the wisest choices though I thought I did.

My interest in environmental sustainability was growing while I was in university, but it wasn’t to the point where I was thinking about the footprint of my food. But this interest combined with an interest in development got me to move back to India, where I thought I’d do something in renewable energy. But I ended up getting interested in organic farming, initially because I thought it was a great intervention towards making farming profitable, but I got rooted in it upon realizing that it is perhaps as big, if not more, a solution for climate change as well.

Soon after starting I Say Organic, I found out about how the dairy industry operates. And sadly what I found out was that dairy animals are treated no better than animals for meat. At that point, there was really no way for me to continue consuming dairy. Milk and paneer were so culturally ingrained in me that I had never even thought about looking into the ethics of the industry. But after seeing the reality, I couldn’t justify consuming any animal products to myself, mostly emotionally.

People often ask me about the negative health implications of being vegan, if I’m able to eat a balanced diet, not get deficient, and generally be healthy. After so many years and a lot of research, the answer is a screaming YES. BUT. I also like to add, that at least in my case, it is secondary. Even if being vegan wasn’t healthier or even health enough, in the current scenario of how the food industry operates, I would still choose to be vegan, and supplement my diet. Or I would have looked for (or worked on creating) cruelty free options. But I don’t have to worry about any of that, because, guess what? Being vegan, I know experientially, is healthier. It doesn’t mean every vegan will be healthy, not if they are eating fried vegan burgers in refined flour vegan buns everyday. But I’m convinced a balanced whole plant based vegan diet, is healthier than a diet that relies on animal products. There is a lot of science based evidence available easily through online articles and various documentaries. There are also contrary opinions. I’m no expert, but based on whatever I have gathered, the evidence and research that is pro-vegan resonates with me. Maybe I’m biased, but I’ve also felt healthier and fitter since going vegan. Of course, being vegan is not the only thing that has made me healthier. But it’s been one of the major factors.

The one other thing which made me go vegan, was finding out about the quality of milk in our country. From hygiene issues to adulteration (with detergent, urea, soda, and other fun stuff) to diseases in animals to the presence of pus (as a result of overmilking) to the overuse of antibiotics and the use of hormones (animals are often injected daily!). All this is inhumane, but all of this also ends up in the end product. So hypothetically, even if eating dairy was healthier, eating this quality of dairy can’t be! My intent is not to scare someone or gross someone out, but since I’m writing about my reasons to go Vegan, I can’t not talk about this.

It took me a while to convince myself that being Vegan was healthier, and more natural for humans. And the reason was Vitamin B12. There are no vegan sources of this, and it is vital for us. So in the middle, I thought, it must not be natural for humans to be vegan, and I started consuming some dairy, from sources that were providing good quality stuff complying with organic standards. But I continued reading about it and asking other vegans. It turns out, a lot of Indians (who are mostly non vegan!) are deficient in B12. There are many reasons for this, and I’m not going to get into them. So now I happily supplement B12 (you can find vegan supplements!) and continue being vegan. The other thing I supplement is Vitamin D, which everyone should (90% Indians are deficient apparently).

Lastly, for anyone who is considering going vegan, I’d like to say that it’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed by it. To leave food we’ve always eaten and love is very hard. Some people are able to just give it up one day, but for some it takes a while. When I first “converted”, I went cold turkey. A few months later, I started missing pizza. So I would allow myself one pizza a week. Then I realized how hard and irritating it could be to try to be vegan when eating out. So I made a rule that at home I’ll be 100% vegan and will make exceptions when eating out if the place had no options, or if I was tempted. Slowly I reached a point (after 4-5 years of the initial switch) that I felt I couldn’t go on eating any animal product. And for the last 1.5 years I have been fully vegan, except that I medicinally consume wild forest honey. That is temporary and once it’s served its purpose I’ll give that up too.

Someone recently asked me – what’s one concept that has dramatically changed your life. And I said Veganism, because it lets me live a life that is in sync with my values.

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Today being World Mental Health Day, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and reflections on this topic, and from my experience at I Say Organic why I think it’s important for organizations to work towards enhancing mental well-being and what they can do.

I find “Mental Health” to be such a heavy term! My first reaction when I hear it is not a very positive one. I imagine someone in despair, having a breakdown. When I read “health”, “wellness”, “fitness”, then my mind creates positive imagery of healthy food, nature, yoga, people exercising in a gym etc. But adding “mental” to the equation changes it altogether. It’s definitely a reflection of my belief system, which has been shaped by my experiences of usually not talking about it. I haven’t asked around if this is the usual reaction people have when they hear this term, but I feel it’s probably quite common.

We know what we need to to for good physical health, but when it comes to the mind we don’t know. Our inherent belief is that the normal is for people to be mentally healthy by default, and it should take no effort to get there. That should definitely be an ideal to strive towards. But in order to create that type of world, where the lifestyle inherently conditions and equips everyone with the tools from birth that will lay the foundation of a healthy mind, we need to start taking some steps today. I think the majority today have very limited awareness on the subject and have never been exposed to why to and how to have a healthy mind, or perhaps have only ever attended a talk or a workshop at their schools or workplaces.

I’m not an expert on this topic, and I am only talking from my personal experience. I prioritised my mental health around two years ago, when I realized that it was something I needed to make a conscious effort towards improving and maintaining. Sometimes I think the greatest blessing of starting a company for me was that the stress of running it started getting to me so much, that I realized I had a lot of self-work to do in order to create my “dream” life that is in sync with my values of peace and harmony. I was fortunate that I got the right guidance at this high-stress time to nudge me in the right direction, before more damage could be done. What I have realized in the last 2 years that what works for me is to have a regular practice of reflection and introspection, time allocated to doing nothing or not having an agenda, and creating space and time for slow living and silence.

I realized that my misery was largely caused by the pressure I put on myself for the impact and results that I wanted my company and my work to create, and just being in that chase without any time to stop, pause, and reflect. I started trying different techniques like gratitude journaling, free flow writing, meditation, silent introspection, visualizations, and incorporating whatever was resonating into my daily routine. I also decided to try and integrate some of these into the culture at I Say Organic to create a culture that is target driven and result oriented, but without the unnecessary stress, and high on learning.

Regularly reflecting on what I was doing well, what I needed to do better, what I needed to start/stop/continue doing, etc. turned out to be really powerful for me – in keeping me balanced with respect to results, and at the same time more motivated and action oriented than before. So my first goal became to get the team into the habit of reflecting regularly. I had seen the burn out in some members in the team who started with a lot of enthusiasm, which had started dwindling, leading to low energy in the office. While I wished to create a space that inspires and challenges people, I feared that the opposite was slowly happening. After I started seeing the shift these practices created for me, I felt integrating some of these into the culture would start moving us in the direction of creating the kind of workspace I imagined.

The first requirement for a group to reflect together is that they feel safe to share openly and are not judged at all. This took some time. It was quite hard initially for me to lead these meetings where the team shared. As the one facilitating I had to take a step back and just listen. When I operated from my usual role of CEO, I could sense people found it hard to be fully authentic and sometimes get defensive. When I operated as a coach, it was easier to get people to think deeper and come up with realizations of what they can do better, what they need to change etc. It was and continues to be confusing to don these two roles. Sometimes I feel I should be the CEO holding people accountable, being a taskmaster, but I’ve slipped into being the nice empathetic mentor. And sometimes the opposite. But I’m learning to balance the two.

The result of creating a safe space to share openly is not only that people get to express their challenges and get guidance. It is also that sharing feedback, even critical feedback, becomes so much easier. When people share criticism from the point of view of how it impacts them and makes them feel, it is so much more constructive than when it’s shared in a blaming and accusatory way. Funnily, being consistent with these weekly sharings has increased the level of accountability in the team. At the same time, I feel it has made people feel more connected, more empathetic, and in sync with the purpose of the company.

The other important tool has been to structure the sharing by giving the team a framework to follow for reflecting and sharing, and giving equal importance to what they did well and what needs to improve. In the worst week, as the one facilitating the meeting, I find it important to bring out the positive things that happened, and likewise in the best week, it is also important to bring out what need to be better. I remember that in a series of these meetings many people (including me) were quite critical of how things were being done, and that was during one of our highest sales periods this year. Some people were quite taken aback, as they were expecting that the meeting was going to be really positive and only appreciating everyone. But the concern raised was that we had no idea why we were doing so well, and that worried many that this was not going to last long. Sharing such concerns authentically, and not giving in to my fear of disappointing someone or bringing down someone’s morale, has created strong bonds between people, and has dramatically increased my confidence in the team.

Lastly, I realized how important it is to keep the purpose, the “Why” alive. I saw in myself that when I was just looking at performance and targets, that took a backseat in my mind. And when the mind wasn’t conscious of the Why, it wasn’t happy. Daily tasks start seeming like chores, and naturally some sluggishness sets in. For me, regularly journaling helps keep the why alive. In some form or the other, it comes out. In the team, I try and use every opportunity to connect our work on the daily basis with the why. And the weekly meetings are a great place to do that!

How does this link to mental health? It’s one of those things I feel is more intuitive for me currently and I don’t have any solid evidence for it’s impact. I just feel that when people are openly expressing what’s working or not working for them, are able to share feedback openly, and are able to hold each other accountable for their own commitments and learning, combined with a routine of regular introspection, it puts the mind to ease. I find in my team that people deal with stress better, don’t hesitate to bring out conflict, get to thinking of solutions better, and handle failure better. I feel encouraging learning is the key, both in times of failure and success.

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Avni Kaul, Guest Editor

Everyone needs different amount of water to lead a healthy life depending on one’s general health and the level of activity one indulges in the place of residence or away from it.

HEALTH BENEFITS

A human body’s most important survival need is sufficient water. Water is needed by every cell, tissue and organ to work properly. Water helps get rid of body waste. It maintains the body temperature. It lubricates and cushions joints and other sensitive tissues. Dehydration caused by insufficient water in the body can lead to draining of energy making one feel sluggish and tired.

WATER REQUIRED

About 3.7 litres of fluids a day for men and 2.7 litres of fluids a day for women are recommended for an average healthy adult living in a temperate climate. It is important to replenish the fluids one loses through breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements from food and beverages including water. Generally, eight glasses of water every day vary from one individual to another.

WATER NEEDS ARE INFLUENCED BY VARIOUS FACTORS

EXERCISE

The water requirement fluctuates according to the level of exercise one undertakes. It is important to keep oneself hydrated by drinking water before, during and after workout. A sports drink or a protein shake should be taken if the exercise lasts longer than an hour so that minerals or electrolytes lost through sweat are replaced.

ENVIRONMENT

Dehydration due to sweating in hot and humid weather or at high altitudes need to be looked into.

OVERALL HEALTH

Ailments like fever, vomiting, diarrhea, bladder infections and urinary tract stones require those afflicted to drink more water than usual or in extreme cases, drink oral rehydration solutions.

PREGNANCY OR BREAST FEEDING

It is important for pregnant women and those breast feeding to remain hydrated at all times. That is why their fluid requirement goes upto 3 litres everyday.

OTHER SOURCES OF WATER

Many fruits and vegetables like watermelon and spinach provide sufficient fluids to the body. Milk, juice, tea, even coffee and soda keep us hydrated but water should be preferred over all of these because it is free of calories, inexpensive and easily available. Sports and energy drinks should be consumed only after an intensive workout.

CONCLUSION

It is important to stay hydrated all the time to prevent the onset of various ailments. The urine should be colourless or light yellow ideally. If it is not, then water consumption should be increased. Drink water before, during and after exercise. Also drink water or any other low calorie beverage with every meal and between meals too. Sometimes, thirst is confused with hunger pangs. Having sufficient water at regular intervals is the most effective way to maintain good health. So, here is to drinking more water. Cheers!!

Avni Kaul is a nutritionist and certified diabetes instructor. You can find out more about her out here.

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Yesterday we celebrated World Environment Day – the talk on which was echoing everywhere. On the streets, in offices, in government buildings, in the UN, in schools – everywhere! But what we feel is most important, is the instinctive echo within self.

We are the environment and  whatever we do mirrors around us. Every time you pull out an extra sheet of toilet paper or leave the AC on for longer than needed, it impacts the environment. Being eco-friendly is all about being aware, being mindful. That’s what we wish to implement within the organisation as well.

At I Say Organic we understand the many ways in which our functionalities can affect the environment and our endeavour is to do our best to help conserve nature. Over the years we have improved our ‘functioning’, be it to conserve energy, to reduce wastage, to reduce our carbon footprint on the environment and yes even if we are not perfect right now, we are trying sincerely to be mindful.

Little things like ensuring only what’s needed is being used in the organisation, be it -

Water to wash utensils,  electricity, tissue papers for various uses etc. We don’t encourage the use of paper or plastic cups and instead have a cute little pantry that allows people to have their own cutlery and feel at home Our water is sourced through the RO instead of a water dispenser, encouraging the team to use their own personal bottles.

Looking at the bigger picture, I Say Organic undertakes the following to do as much as we can to make this earth beautiful and pure.

Conserving Energy 

To honour our commitment to the environment our entire warehouse is solar energy powered. We have 27 KW of installed capacity which generates 36 megawatts every year and helps power 50% of our electricity requirements.

This helps us in reducing our carbon footprint on the environment on an everyday basis!

Using Eco Friendly Packaging Material

We have introduced compostable trays made of sugarcane fiber (manufactured by Chuk!), for some of our produce.

Our cotton tote bags are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic grocery bags. We are in the process of minimising the use of plastic slowly and steadily wherever we can.

Our fresh produce is wrapped in brown paper that has natural inked print

Waste Management 

We try to minimise our wastage, daily. We foresee extra produce coming in (in comparison to our demand) and use that to produce handmade, hygienic and delicious edibles like snacks, breads, condiments, beverages etc in our in house kitchen.

We also believe in, and like to give back to nature! Our fruits and vegetables that don’t get utilized in the kitchen are sent to nearby, local farms, to make natural, organic compost. Post cleaning the grains and pulses, the remnants (skins) are utilized as food by several cow sheds.

Transport 

We wish to utilize our vans to the fullest to ensure we don’t do double trips and waste resources. Our delivery slots within the city ensures that we utilize time and fuel to its optimum capacity while trying to serve the best to the customer, in their desired time frame.

..and since we are speaking about eco-friendly initiatives, we thought we could write about this thing we do as well..

Organic Farming!

Oh yes. Going organic is the simplest way to be more environment friendly! The practice uses lesser water and natural resources and keeps the air, land and water bodies pollution free. What’s more, organic farming is essentially a closed loop system – you use and recycle  the same resources every year. There is no wastage in organic farming. It also provides the healthiest, purest form of food – keeping you, a part of the environment, healthy as well

At I Say Organic, we are still striving to do a lot of things right when it comes to sustainability and the environment. There is a long road to go. However, we feel that doing little things on an everyday basis and remaining mindful of our own actions is a great step (taken everyday) towards a better environment.

This World Environment Day, we decided to adopt some air purifying plants within the office.
Have a look here!

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World Asthma Day – a time when people are made more aware of Asthma and how it can be prevented/managed with the support/lifestyle changes available. There are bunch of initiatives undertaken every year by the government to prevent and control the disease -
  • Free check up camps across cities
  • New Asthma clinics and pharmacies
  • Asthma awareness posters and banners put up in public places
We speak about the disease and it’s causes every year in hope of reducing our risk towards this chronic disease. Yet, the statistics show us the sad state of affairs.
According to WHO about 235 million people suffer from the disease worldwide and this number is expected to increase by 100 million by 2025.
While medicine and treatment will help control the effects and manage the disease well, there needs to be a simultaneous lifestyle shift as well. Some things you can do yourself as prevention- we believe that, like all changes, this one should begin from home. Start small, but start now.
  • Follow a regular fitness program (Consult your physician before doing so if you suffer from asthma)
  • Try to control your weight. Obesity makes it difficult to control the symptoms
  • Manage stress. Try meditating or some simple deep breathing exercises
  • Avoid using scented candles at home
  • Open windows and doors regularly for better ventilation
  • Adopt air-purifying plants and keep them in your house, building or the entire society!
As we all know Asthma is more of a lifestyle disease. Most of the initiatives that are suggested will be a step in the right direction for the environment as well. Lesser pollution would mean better air to breathe. Taking small steps like conserving electricity or trying to carpool whenever we can or simply turning off our car engines when we’e standing at a red light would go a long way in solving some of our woes. The issue is, we all know this – but we all need to start practicing it now.

We’ve put together a list of some Super foods {You know where to get them ;)} that will help you combat the disease too!

Broccoli
This green, exotic cousin of Cauliflower contains Sulforaphane which helps the body to fight against respiratory inflammation caused during asthma.

We’ve picked out some fun ways to add Broccoli to your diet. Some of these recipes look super fun to try. (Link - https://www.thekitchn.com/20-ways-to-eat-more-broccoli-tonight-237483)
If you’re a 90s kid you will be aware of the benefits of spinach due to the famous cartoon series “Popeye”.

Well, it could be said that spinach plays a similar role for asthmatics too! It is a good source of Folic acid which is found to be deficient in patients suffering from respiratory allergies.

 Add Spinach to your diet to ensure you’re healthier to be able to ward off Asthma.
It could be considered as one of the best natural remedy for asthma. Flaxseed oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3-fatty acid.

This has the capability to reduce the production of leukotrienes which are the major factors responsible to trigger inflammatory responses in case of asthma.

Flax Seed oil is extremely versatile. It can be used in place of other oils in dips, salad dressings and sauces. You can also add the oil to your smoothies or eat the seeds raw.

Turmeric
Remember how are parents kept talking about turmeric and it’s benefits and we kept running away from it? Turns out they were right (mostly how things turn out).

Turmeric, the ayurvedic wonder, has a pigment known as curcumin which renders it the medicinal properties. Curcumin helps in alleviating the pathological changes in asthma.

Turmeric is again quite versatile- it can be sprinkled on your greens to add some flavour or a dash of turmeric can bring colour and mild flavour to a pot of plain rice.
Kale is part of the cabbage family. A recent report that was conducted showed that members of this family carry anti-inflammatory properties and thus prevent the lungs from damage in case of asthma.
Kale is a great addition to your salads or you could even add it to your smoothie or fresh juice.

Avocado
This superfood has multiple reasons to be in your diet. Here is another one – Avocados contain an antioxidant called glutathione, which guards your lungs against airway stress and tissue damage. On top of that, they’re packed with heart-healthy fats, which can lower bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol levels.

There are some food items that you should avoid as much as you can as they’re triggers for the disease:

  • Skip fast food
    An international study of nearly 2 million children observed a link between fast food consumption and asthma risk
  • Avoid foods with artificial ingredients in the form of flavourings and chemicals
  • Try and skip wine, dried fruits as they contain sulfites, a preservative that can trigger asthma attacks. Instant potato snacks and soups also have the same preservative.
We did a quick vlog for our followers thanks to Jai Dhar, founder of Nirvana Being. He briefly speaks about Asthma’s major impact on kids and the precautions one should and can take for these school goers. Have a look here - https://www.facebook.com/ISayOrganic/videos/1680108335377646/

Share your tips and tricks with us to combat the disease. You can write to us at hello@isayorganic.com with the subject “Beat Asthma” or simply tag us (@isayorganic) on your desired social media platform. We would love to feature you!

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Last week we celebrated World Happiness Week (International Day of Happiness)! We realized all of us often ask the same, basic yet the ultimate question - How to be happy?
What does it take.. what can we do?
It can take an entire lifetime to ideally understand what “happiness” is. It depends on what happiness means to each individual. But that basic feeling of contentment is something we all can get – with just a little bit of guidance. To set us in the right direction and make us understand the simplicity behind being happy, we invited Nithya Shanti to conduct an interactive session with our viewers.
For those of you who are not familiar with Nithya – he is an ambassador of conscious living and is famous for the healthy dose of humour and light -heartedness in his life’s teachings. 
We’ve picked out some of the best moments from the interaction. It was so beautiful (yet practical) that we couldn’t help but document it!
“I create my own suffering”

We are responsible for our own happiness and suffering. We need to take responsibility for our emotions and actions. (The power of this statement is immense, when we take control of our emotions - we become unstoppable)

“Step over here where it’s always cool” 
In the present moment, life is just the way it is. We complicate it with our expectations of how it should be. When we align ourselves with our circumstances, even if we are suffering we will find calmness. (With so much competition around us, it’s hard for the mind to stay quiet and content. But what we forget is that we create our own problems, our own competition – while being our biggest competition ourselves! Sometimes, there is no hindrance but just the ‘mind’. Breathe, calm down, stretch – think clearly. Step over to where it’s cool.)
Nithya also suggested some simple meditation techniques that we can practice everyday. A little snippet..
Power of Pause
For 10 seconds in the day just drop everything and be more present. Concentrate on your breath and your environment and see the difference in your mood! (Instant mood changer – it slows down the pace of your mind and helps you concentrate on the present, on nothing – but everything. It helps block the noise!).
5 Minute Miracle of Love

We all have challenging situations or relationships in our lives. By directing positive thoughts and energies towards these situations - be it a person, a thing or a moment – for 5 minutes, we could help in improving the outcome. (It’s hard to concentrate initially or even have loving thoughts towards an unfavourable situation, but keep trying slowly and the thoughts flow.)

Nithya’s teachings are relevant, insightful and incredibly practical for implementation in our busy lives. Just take that time out for yourself and see yourself becoming more content, aware and in the long run, happy.
Catch the entire conversation here - https://bit.ly/2pKVh90

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Celebrating International Day of Happiness with Avani Parekh, Director of Empathy at SHEROES. We asked her to share a few words on “happiness” with us. Have a read, relate, smile & spread the love! 

Today on World Happiness Day I am sure all of us are thinking “Crap! I am still not happy – what’s the secret to a life full of happiness?” and then we sit down and wait for some intergallactic gyaan to fill our minds with the secret sauce of happiness.

Well my friends, I have been waiting for such gyaan to come for a long time and sadly, it’s never made it to my frequency (or maybe I am on the wrong station).

Since I had been waiting for so long to be happy I decided to make a few changes in my life to see if I could hack my happiness quotient and stop waiting for it to happen to me. These are the things I tried:

1. Radical Gratitude

I say thank you for EVERYTHING – like literally everything. Thank you for my knees, thank you for my parakeets, thank you for the money I have to buy these pani puris, thank you that I still have hair on my head, thank you for this extra junk in my trunk ….

How did this help? All of a sudden I was in a position to appreciate more things and I saw MORE things to appreciate. The more grateful I was, the more grateful –worthy things happened to me. Cool, eh?

 2. Grow Where You Are Planted

I have goals for my life that are in process. I want to have a hot body. I want a high paying job. I want to be an author. Right now, I have none of those things. Once I decide to make the best of the situations that I was in and give it my all, no matter what I saw that things began to shift. I was performing better at work, my body responded better to dietary changed (more organic, please!), and I felt more at peace because I knew that no matter what, even if I wasn’t at my goals I was enjoying the ride.

3.I’m Okay, Even If I Am Not Ok

Happiness is not an absolute destination that you stay at forever. You may have moments of joy, interspersed with feelings coming from life happening around you all the time. Once I took the pressure off myself to be happy, I stopped judging the times I felt angry, upset, lethargic, or confused.  Allowing myself to feel those feeling freely was liberating, as then I realized that they are a natural part of me and I should let them be. Once I stopped resisting them and making myself bad for feeling anything other than happy – the other feeling passed more quickly and my gratitude practice could bring me back to a state of joy. Most recently when I was passed up for a consulting position I wanted I tried to brush off the feeling of disappointment – once I just let myself feel down – I was able to quickly process the sadness and get back to I’m ok-ville.

I hope that these three tips from my life give you insight on how you can get to your own place of happiness a bit easier. On this day of celebration– let us all move towards happiness using these tools and find the happiness quotient that works for our lives. Happy World Happiness Day!

Avani Parekh

Director of Empathy, SHEROES

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