Thursday, November 21, 2013

Healthy child. Healthy nation.

         “ It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Our children , our future, our vision.
Children are the most precious treasure of a Nation.Not only our nation, but children are the future of every nation across the world. There are the generation who can go ahead in future make this world a better place to live.Hence it is very important we,the neighborhood ,parents and schools must lay a strong and immune foundation for these kids.
They can learn,they can make others learn. Innocent and fragile they are the ones filled with enthusiasm of doing something for the country. If brought up in a healthy environment , and strong immune system they can do absolute wonders !
All parents want the best for their children and hope to help them develop good social and life skills. However, kids don't come with a set of directions. Effective parenting skills are learned, not inherited. Never has there been a greater need for parent education.
Health issues:
Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. If current trends continue, today’s kids could be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. Parents are the most important essential decision makers when it comes to the nutrition, physical activity and health needs of their children. As a parent, you want the very best for your child. Every parent does.
1.Fast food made friendly:
We all love fast food , don’t we? But they come with a lot of risks ! We cannot risk our children getting obese and unhealthy so why not try friendlier form of fast foods. Grilled food and whole wheat burgers. Or vegetable topping sandwiches with Dabur chyanwanprash bread spread and healthy jams!
2.Physical activity is fun!
Make cleaning, washing and vacuuming fun, let the kids join you !esfsefsef
3. Be the change !
If you wish for your kids to grow healthy and strong then lay a good example to them by living up for it . You should take the first step. They are surely to follow your footsteps. :)
4. Limit Screen-Time !
Excessive watching of TV lead to a sedentary lifestyle and excessive snacking, which increase risks for obesity and cardiovascular diseases.
5. Let them look into a positive mirror.
Build your child’s self value. It would not be hard to praise when he/she does something good. A child appreciated is the child who feels loved and feels valuable.
6. Rewarding your child boosts his immunity !
For kids rewards serve as effective motivators that encourages them to behave a certain way or perform to a specific level. Kid’s don’t like to hear what they can’t do, tell them what they can do instead. Keep it fun and positive.
7.Child’s Self confidence plays a vital role in his health progress.
Support your child’s efforts towards achieving healthy habits..You could praise her for every positive step forward. When you praise your kid for trying a new vegetable they may be more likely to give your next new healthy food a fair chance.
Everyone likes to be praised for a job well done. Celebrate successes and help children  develop a good self-image.7
8.Make way for Healthier cooking.
You can trade fattening ingredients for more healthier substitutes. Reduce the use of oil and butter in baked goods, and use olive oil instead of vegetable oil. Olive oil has a lower content of unhealthy fats, is more natural, and even provides some health benefits.
Indians tend to use more ghee while cooking food, it only leads to health problems.Spicier food for kids must also be avoided. I feel Green vegetables instead of fattening snacks like bajji and pakodas must be considered by Indian moms.
9. Do not smoke ever!
                      “Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate”
Say no* to smoking !
10.Healthy snacking :
Healthy snacks = Healthier kids.
Instead of soda or juice, put a habit of water or fat-free milk for your child.
Avoid buying chips or heavy calorie chocolates and desserts  for your kids as snacks.
Instead of cookies or cake,,encourage your kids to eat a sugar free ice pop or unsweetened, fat-free yogurt for a light snack.
Happiest kids are the healthiest kids!
Kids are happy when they have good parenting bond, when they are given attention, when they are praised , when they left to play outdoors, and lastly when they have healthy body and sane mind.
It is our duty to foster inner confidence, success and happiness among kids.It is only then when our kids will grow strong and immune and fight any physical or mental disability.
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Hence it is essential that a child is given the right immunity building foods.
Hailing from a village my mom has a million traditional methods of making a body stronger.
Indian mom’s or mothers for the fact are the ones who lay a strong foundation for building a strong and healthy upbringing and body of a child.
Mothers are no doubt the greatest hope for our children!
I thank my mother for what I am today. A few ways she brought the bigger change was by the fact we all can connect too.
“Hello mom.. I was about to call…”
“Had your food beta? , when will you be back, I cooked your favorite dish with minimum oil the way you like, and don’t even think of eating outside!”
yeah that’s how my mom starts a conversation ALWAYS. Did you have lunch, dinner wha wha wha ! <I LOVE HER DAMN I LOVE HER> Don’t we all love are moms?
So yes it sums up that one of the most important factors other than the ten secrets I penned down above is a mom, who worries for her child’s health and does her best in the given situation to bring up her child in a happy,safe , healthy environment *GRAND SALUTE* to all the mom’s out there!
One of the missions by my mom included forcing raw organic milk down our throats until we were begging we would behave and she would stop with the torture.<Ahh mom’s > *squishy hug*
Can you believe she still makes salads which are drool worthy . For example this . Tell me who would say no to Such a salad !
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Things my mom did to contribute in making her children healthy and happy which once followed by our children would lead to an  immune India.
  • My mom used to lecture us about the beneficial bacteria the raw milk contained until it registered in our brains that raw milk would our  immune system and reduced allergies.
  • I grew up drinking tulsi and green tea, which I think should be the only tea our kids to be allowed to drink!They build immunity to a great level.
  • I have been using Dabur Chyawanprash for like 7 years now.My mom always made a note to see a bottle of Chyawanprash was empty within a week. We were four siblings altogether so yeah she was always successful at that . ^_^
It is a very effective immunity builder.I haven’t stopped it even though I am not a child anymore.Coming from a reputed brand it is a great health supplement.It helps in building immunity.  It is hard to find immunity building products that taste good but Dabur beats all. My mom used to feed this to us with bread every sunday and with milk every night before we dozed of to sleep. I have personal experience and could recommend to everybody. It has been very effective on my behalf. I recall ingredients like Amla, Pippali and Kesar being a part of dabur’s products.
  • I think I remember her telling coconut oil and coconut would give us  energy to beat evil and villains  Hahaha. What she had meant to say was it would strengthen our immunity system.She used to make delicious smoothies and barfis with coconut oil *yummy* > THAT! Yummy and delicious food that would build immunity is what our kids need.
  • My mommy dearest would buy us those huge colored water bottles to take to school. She instilled the habit of drinking huge amounts of water (MOMS ! They know every lil bit thing, take care of every single thing) LOVE ! )She used to say water is our friend *sweet mom is sweet*
  • Being a south Indian are breakfast consisted of idlis and dosas , fermented food also help in building immunity of a child’s body. But my mom is a genius <all moms> she used to feed us idlis when we were just 1 year old . *SMH*
Immunity building begins at home, so our parents made sure no one was allowed to smoke or consume tobacco at my home <My granny is an exception:P)  , we avoided trips to polluted cities and preferred trip to our village on summer vacations.
Processed food and foods with artificial colours and flavors was avoided at my home.  My mom would never starve us, so silly no mom would ever starve her children. Nor would she control over eating from our part <skip the festivals ;) > . My dad always kept negatives at bay ensuring we were happy and content in whatever we did. He made sure his and mom’s infinite love kept us happy, content and healthy to the maximum .
This post is for Immune India contest held by Dabur India on Indiblogger .


  1. Loved the colourful pictures in between! Beautiful post! All the best Api :D

  2. Creative and nicely written. All the best.

  3. A very well presented post. Loved every aspect of it.

  4. So agree with the points esp. The rewards one... I have seen so many parents gift their kids with smart phones, kindles and what not... And then they complain the child does not move around nor studies :(
    All the best for the contest! :)

    An Active India... A Stronger India

    1. So true Seetha :/ Parents are hell bent to spoil their own kids, gifting them smartphones !!! Hell we would be gifted a candy bar when we did something good. Times have changed I guess . *sigh*

  5. Nice Pics & relevant points:)
    Moms know best! Lucky! :)
    Best wishes for the contest!

  6. Nicely said with creative usage of pics and facts Najm. A contender for the top prize.
    Would appreciate your candid comments on my post at

    1. *cough cough* I couldn't get past top :P Thank you for appreciating my work Saket. ATB to you too :)

  7. A certainly contemporary post.... :) Liked the idea of making kids do the household chores !!

  8. Very Lovely Post Najm..With pretty decent facts and Points..Good luck for the contest.. :D

  9. Lovely post Najm, loved it :) a word of advise for you :P put the share widget on the left or righthand side it impedes in viewing the article

    1. Hahaha. I'll try putting the share buttons some other place later, for now I am a little too busy to shift them :P
      Also Thank you for reading and liking my post :)