Boost your health with these snacks

It goes without saying that your diet has a significant impact on your cardiovascular health. To start, if you want to maintain your heart healthy, you need to limit your consumption of meals like red meat, greasy fried foods, and high-sugar snacks. Fortunately, there are a tonne of delicious, heart-healthy substitutes that are also excellent for your general wellbeing. You don’t have to permanently stop eating snacks!

Here are some health options with their benefits.

1. Apple

Fiber is one of the best nutrients to consider when it comes to heart health, and fortunately, munching on a crisp apple is a great way to increase your intake of it. According to experts, apples are a fantastic source of fibre, which can lower cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease. However, this crisp fruit also has plenty of antioxidants, which can shield your body from cellular damage and lower your chance of developing certain ailments, such as cardiovascular disease. This fruit’s heart-healthy advantages don’t end there. Although we can’t confirm or reject it, eating an apple a day can undoubtedly improve your health!

2. Walnuts

When it comes to delicious and nutritious heart-healthy snacks, nuts are yet another wonderful choice. According to experts, omega-3 fatty acids, in particular those found in walnuts, “have been shown to lessen the incidence of heart disease.” These crispy sweets “are also a fantastic source of antioxidants and plant-based proteins,” just like apples. They can be consumed by the handful or added to a variety of recipes. For a bonus that is great for your heart, try adding walnuts to your porridge or incorporating them into banana bread.

3. Pumpkin Seeds

Thanks to all the amazing nutrients they contain, pumpkins are beneficial for your health in a variety of ways. It turns out that their seeds are also beneficial, particularly for your heart health. According to experts, “Pumpkins are a wonderful source of magnesium, which aids in relaxing blood vessels and lowering blood pressure.” These seeds provide significant amounts of iron and zinc in addition to magnesium, which the author claims is “important for keeping a healthy heart.” You may purchase pumpkin seeds at the supermarket, but it’s preferable to use the entire fruit by roasting the seeds with salt after cooking some pumpkin. Yummy!

4. Dark Chocolate

Fortunately, dark chocolate has more health advantages than just a tasty pleasure, especially when it comes to your heart. Experts say that flavonoids, which are abundant in dark chocolate, have been demonstrated to decrease blood pressure and enhance blood flow. A small amount of dark chocolate every now and then can assist improve your heart health and sate your sweet taste. Of course, you shouldn’t indulge excessively in chocolate. “For the maximum health benefits, buy dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa.” Please do note!

The best method to ensure that your heart is healthy in the long run is to follow a balanced diet, engage in regular exercise, and visit your doctor frequently to discuss any potential problems. However, it never hurts to enhance your snack game, and incorporating these choices into the mix is a terrific idea.

Exploring the Jungle

We recently had the opportunity to visit Simlipal for a short trip. Simlipal National Park is situated in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. Honestly, we were not expecting too much from this trip, but we were pleasantly surprised by the abundant nature and simplicity of the place. I don’t know how many of you have heard the name of Simlipal, but the forest area is one of the largest in India covering 2750 km (1,060 sq mi)

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Simlipal, which is adorned with lovely flora and wildlife, gets its name from the Simul Tree of Bengal. The Simlipal region, which is proud to be the largest wildlife sanctuary in India, was a crucial component of the Tiger Project in 1973. In terms of both faunal diversity and biological diversity, the Simlipal National Park is a gift from nature. Simlipal, which borders the Santhal Tribal village, offers us a full ecosystem that is favourable for flora, animal, and human habitat. This region is a traveler’s heaven since it is filled with plateaus, meadows, rushing rivers, waterfalls, and lush forests. It is nothing less than a gift from nature.

In addition to having the highest concentration of tigers, the Simlipal National Park is also home to elephants, leopards, Sambar, barking deer, hill mynah, more than 300 kinds of birds, and 60 different species of reptiles. Most of the trees in this area are Sal and Simul trees. Simlipal is the epitome of nature’s beauty with its National Park.

Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are..

We stayed at Lulung, Aranya Nivas which is one of the finest jungle resorts here. Parked at the banks of Palpala river, the resort offers beautiful view & services. Rooms at Lulung Aranya Nivas are laid out well, and simply and tastefully furnished. There are vast green spaces enclosed by the forest. Experience comfort, luxury, wildlife beauty as you will be cuddled and pampered by nature. This is a no network zone and they do not offer wi-fi also. We gained a lot from this digital detox. We walked, cycled, trekked, saw waterfalls, dams, played with kids. It was a refreshing change from the routine life and forced digital detox helped in rejunivating the minds.

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Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Bali

Kecak, also known as tari kecakilolahhe in Indonesian, is a type of Balinese Hindu dance and music theatre that originated in Bali, Indonesia, in the 1930s. Since its inception, men have performed it almost exclusively; the first women’s kecak ensemble established in 2006.

We had a chance of watching this incredible performance this time when we visited Bali. The set up is against the backdrop of gorgeous setting sun in Uluwatu Sea Temple. The most interesting fact about this show is that there is no music. All the sounds are created by the performers. I was amazed at their lung capacity and the enthusiasm never dropped.

Watch the amazing performance on my Youtube channel here – https://youtu.be/B5g9qQXcLgQ

The clips in my video includes the parts of Hindu epic Ramayana. You will see the scenes of Sita sending Ram & Lakshman after Gold Mrig and Ravan Kidnapping Sita. Jatayu tries to save Sita but gets killed. Then comes Hanuman and the best part of the show when they capture hanuman and set his tail on fire. He escapes and sets Lanka on fire.

The Kecak Dance of the Uluwatu temple is a pioneer in drawing a sizable part of tourists from all over the world among all the major traditional arts, theatre, and dance in Bali. One of Indonesia’s most recognisable glimmers of its rich cultural past is the Kecak Dance of Bali. It is a type of classical Hindu dance that is based on the tales from the well-known epic “The Ramayana.”

At around 6:00 PM, the Kecak dance performance begins in the sparse light of the setting sun. A big group of approximately 75 male dancers enter the stage and perform the first five chapters of The Ramayana at varied tempos depending on the atmosphere of the scene. The performance concludes with a magnificent rite that involves lighting up the central torch against the deep, dark sky while gradually singing in unison. The atmosphere is too compelling to pass up the opportunity to experience at least once in a lifetime when the silhouette of the fire against the night sky and the sound of the ocean combine.

Due to the dense jungles that surround the Uluwatu Temple and are home to numerous monkeys and long-tailed macaques, it is imperative to carry food and other necessities in fully covered bags or backpacks to protect them from the animals’ teeth.

Obtaining dancing tickets is not at all a difficult task. One to two hours before the dance starts at around 5:00 PM, you can walk up to the ticket booths without making an appointment. Because to the presence of many guarded routes, wild animals, and extremely steep slopes, the route to the temple may be difficult for pilgrims from the plains. Therefore, it is usually suggested to wear proper shoes and stay away from slippers to reduce any unwelcome incidents and the amount of trouble while travelling to the temple.

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Incredible Rice Terraces in Bali

An ideal vacation to Bali includes strolling along picture-perfect beaches, visiting temples, indulging in delectable cuisine, taking in colourful ceremonies, listening to the roar of waterfalls and taking in stunning scenery. Not many people know about the stunning & mesmerising view of rice paddies. No matter how many you’ve already seen, Bali’s dreamy rice terraces will win your heart.

We arrived at Jaltiuwih Rice terrace around noon and it was raining quite heavily. Though the view was great, the incessant rains were making it tough to step out of the car. We waited for around an hour at one of the lovely restaurants and had lunch in the meanwhile. The rain finally stopped and we were all excited and charged up. A small alley across the paddy fields was inviting us to explore this lovely view closely. We travelled the red route through the rice fields, passing a few farmers and cows that were taking a break in the nearby covered shacks. We eventually arrived at a paved road from which we could capture stunning images of the majestic rice terraces and the distant, dramatic views of Mount Batukaru.

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

A staple cuisine in Bali, rice is closely associated with Balinese culture. The rice growth cycle very much establishes the framework for traditional Balinese living. The Balinese people consider rice to be a gift from God and a representation of life. The three types of rice grown on Bali’s stunning rice terraces—white rice, black rice, and red rice—have been produced by the Balinese people for countless generations. White rice is the most widely available, whereas red rice is considerably more expensive and unusual. My freind bought samples of each type of rice from the local farmer.

Asia is home to many beautiful rice fields, but what sets the Balinese rice terraces apart is the Subak irrigation system, which was even added to the UNESCO list of world historic monuments. The Tri Hita Karana philosophy, which is a part of Balinese culture, is manifested in the Subak system. 

This way of thinking permeates practically every element of daily life in Bali, including Balinese architecture, daily rituals and offerings, and the subak water system. Agriculture crops thrive in Bali’s fertile soil, which is the perfect combination with the island’s humid tropical environment. The subak method, which integrates spiritual, natural, and social aspects, is used to water all of these crops.

Although the Jatiluwih rice terraces are not yet as popular with tourists as Tegalalang is (the eateries and the marked trails indicate they will soon become one of the most popular rice fields in Bali), early access is usually advised. However, you shouldn’t worry too much because, because of their size, you can probably still find some peace and quiet even in the middle of the day.

We still have a few Bali rice fields on our bucket list for our subsequent trip because there are so many beautiful ones that it is difficult to see them all. Particularly the one in West Bali.

Gates of Heaven : Most Instagrammable Place in Bali

You’ve certainly seen photos of this location on Instagram, where the gate and clouds appear to be floating above water in a beautiful mirror-like reflection known as the “Gates of Heaven.” I’m sorry to disappoint you, but there is no pool of water. All of those reflection images were staged using a pocket mirror. A clever local sits here all day and takes the identical photo of each person who who pays and is willing to wait for at least an hour as there is a long queue to get this intagrammable spot picture.

The gate is also referred to in the west as “The Gates of Heaven,” and the entire setting is quite lovely. Approximately two hours from Ubud and two and a half hours from Canggu, the gates and its temple are situated in the eastern highlands of Mount Lempuyang.

Although the complex contains 7 distinct locations or temples, most visitors only throng to the “Gates of Heaven.”

The above photograph shows the temple bang opppsoite of the famous “gate” and the stairs take you up to the temple. The other temples are also quite lovely, so it is absolutely worthwhile to see them as well. You must ascend 1,700 steps to reach the mountaintop location of the steepest one. We did go and offered prayers and must say it was worth it.

Little bit of History

As per wikipedia, the establishment of places of worship around Mount Lempuyang is believed to predate the majority of Hindu temples on the island of Bali.The puras of Mount Lempuyang, represented by Pura Lempuyang Luhur, the highest temple in the area, is grouped one complex of pura which represents the Pura Sad Kahyangan Luhur Lempuyang. The temple groups are considered as part of the Sad Kahyangan Jagad, or the “six sanctuaries of the world”, the six holiest places of worship on Bali. According to Balinese beliefs, they are the pivotal points of the island and are meant to provide spiritual balance to Bali.The temple groups of Mount Lempuyang is also one of the group of temples in Bali known as Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana. Each of the temple in the Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana marked each of the eight cardinal directions. Pura Lempuyang Luhur represents the direction of east (purwa) and the color white. This direction is associated with the domain of Balinese the god Iswara.

Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang was restored in 2001.