To sugar or not to sugar

By Maasi Muna

My new year resolution which was to lose weight dawned onto me one fine day, I believe a little too late since the year was already half gone, but as the saying goes “better late then never”! Hence I decided to begin nonetheless and it’s mid-June and I am still going strong. I started out with my detox water which i wrote about a while back, and which is still working out great, but what to do with my sweet tooth?
Well, in order to curb my ever-increasing cravings I have started to binge on fruits like watermelon, plums, peaches and apricots. Summer does offer the best of fruit, hands down! It really has helped a lot with my cravings.

Everything seemed hunky dory and life finally started to move in the perfect direction but only for this one teensy problem. I just can’t possibly have unsweetened tea and tea is something I can’t possibly live without.

Brown sugar (Crystallised)
I decided to tackle this problem by started using brown sugar, readily available in grocery stores all around the country.

But as I was adjusting to brown sugar, a friend pointed out that there is not much difference between white & brown sugar and that I should use Gur (Urdu). Gur is a country-made sweetener boiled in open pans with minimum of molasses. It contains 50% sucrose & all the vitamins & minerals, which are not present in white & brown sugar.

GUR  (The traditional rock form sugar)
GUR (The traditional rock form sugar)
Shakhar (Urdu) is also a kind of brown sugar but with 86% sucrose & is found in powdered form. Brown sugar contains 86% sucrose but is crystallised. Personally, I like the taste of brown sugar, and Gur needs getting used to.

So all you lovely ladies out there start switching to brown sugar or shakhar and then gradually switch to Gur, which is the best there is! These are both so much better then white sugar, which has 99.9% sucrose. We owe ourselves to eat healthy & exercise regularly & also inculcate these healthy habits in our kids. It’s better to start young because the habits formed in childhood stay with us throughout our lives!


Detox water, a must try!


By Maasi Muna

One of the best ways to feel and look healthier, not to mention lose a little weight along the way is to drink plenty of water— ideally 6 to 8 glasses of water on a daily basis. However, instead of just drinking plain water, you can add a few things to it that will not only enhance the taste, they will also flush all the toxic materials out of your system.
And I happen to have just the recipe for you to start with it!


2L water (preferably mineral)
1 Medium cucumber
1 Lemon
10-12 Mint leaves

Allow the mixture to sit in the fridge overnight and drink all of it up the following day. Cucumber prevents water retention, mint leaves promote digestion and lemon clears the digestive system. It also helps in weight loss!

I started this regimen about a week ago; the results are worth the effort! My appetite has decreased, no more voracity for deserts, feel energetic throughout the day and there’s definitely less bloating.

Do try it and let me know if it worked for you!