• In April, we started a series that will help you get a makeover by the end of 2011. Each month, we will be focussing on different ways to enrich and enhance your life. Last month, the mantra was 'For Mind & Body:Take one afternoon "off" every two weeks'.

    This May, focus on: Factoring 5 superfoods into your meal plans

    Nutritional research seems to throw up new findings daily, but if they have been consistent on one thing, it is that the fibre and iron content of your food is directly related to your mood and energy levels.

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    'Foods can really "up" your energy in three ways: by providing the body with sufficient calories, by delivering stimulants such as caffeine (in limited quantities, good for a short-term energy boost), and by pushing the metabolism to burn fat more efficiently. As for mood, the best foods are those that stabilise blood sugar and trigger the feel-good brain chemical, serotonin,' says an

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  • All about Easter Easter isn't just about one day of feasting. Here's the Easter "calendar"...

    Ash Wednesday - This marks the beginning of Lent* (a period of fasting and sacrifice, that symbolises the 40 days Jesus Christ spent in the desert, fasting and praying for the sins of mankind); church-goers receive a symbolic cross mark of ash on their foreheads.

    Palm Sunday - It is the Sunday before Easter and the day that Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem (after fasting on the mountain for 40 days). Locals welcomed him by laying down their cloaks and waving palm fronds.

    Maundy Thursday - The Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar was insecure that everyone was following Jesus Christ and his teachings. The Jewish high priests felt he had blasphemed traditional laws and so they conspired to crucify Jesus Christ.

    Good Friday - This is the most solemn day observed by Christians all over. On this day. Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross.

    Easter Sunday - It is said that Jesus Christ was resurrected from

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  • Even if you've got a top-of-the-line stovetop, an electric chimney and a
    fire extinguisher in place, your kitchen may not be all that safe. Here are
    some tips to help you make it danger-proof...

    • Stow away a first-aid kit and
      a fire blanket in one of your cabinets.
    • Ensure that there's a
      distance of at least 3ft between your cooking range and refrigerator.
      Electricity and fire never mix well.
    • Never allow electric cords to
      trail on the countertop or the floor. There may be wet ingredients or water spills that may trigger short-circuits.
    • Do not climb on countertops
      to reach overhead lofts. Use a step-stool instead. It's a safer, easier
    • Store your knives with their
      sharp edges inside a wooden knife block (you can find these at any quality
      departmental store).
    • Check fortnightly for any
      breaks and cuts on electric cords.
    • Clean up wet spillages
      instantly; always allow the floor to dry before walking on it.
    • Avoid using multiple plugs
      and extensions cords - they overload the circuits
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  • By Payal Puri

    Health and happiness may be the foundations for a good life, but factor in today's life realities - relationships, money, parenting, schools, in-laws, career, commuting, competition - and being happy seems a utopian dream, something to postpone for the "future".

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    But this is no longer an option; not when strain and fatigue are telling on your everyday life; on your productivity and your mood. It's happening to every single one of us. As we navigate difficult personal and professional terrain, keeping our physical and emotional balance has become trickier than ever. We argue more, cry more and stress more. We're more anxious, irritable and short-tempered. And we often feel like we aren't doing things that we should; things for which we no longer have the energy.'

    There are no easy solutions to life's big issues, and we do not claim to have them for you. What we do have, instead, is a tangible

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  • Conditioners are like cold creams or moisturising lotion for your hair. Just as you need moisturisers to keep your skin soft and glowing, you need conditioners to keep your hair soft and shiny.

    'Everybody needs conditioner. Use just a little, but do use it, even if you have oily hair. There are special non-greasy conditioners in the market formulated for oily hair types,' says Pune-based hairstylist and salon owner Fazila Ashar.

    Why use conditioner?

    'Every hair root has an oil gland. Each hair on our head stands separately because the oil from the gland coats each strand. When the oil from the natural oil glands is not able to reach and cover the whole length of the strand, hair becomes dry and damaged, leading to hair fall. That's why you need conditioners to nourish the entire strand, from root to tip. Especially for treated hair - whether you have got them permed, straightened or coloured - conditioner is not optional, it is an absolute must,' says Dr Shehla Agarwal, a Delhibased

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  • Five real-life couples share stories of how they found true love the second time round. Read the FIFTH and last story and get inspired.

    Read the first three stories here:

    5. My happy ending

    I have always loved films with fairy-tale endings and one of my favourite films is The American President. I like these movies not just because of the actors portraying the roles, I like them more because they depict the old cliche love overcomes any obstacle and transcends any divide. Little did I realise that my life would follow a similar path. After a very difficult first marriage that ended in an annulment, I had been determined to not open myself to any man.

    Relationship must-reads: How love can keep you healthy

    In fact, only a handful knew that my marriage had ended in 2001. I then focussed my life on raising my son Miggy, who you could say, was the only man in my life. Thankfully, I was

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  • Five real-life couples share stories of how they found true love the second time round. Read the THIRD story and get inspired.

    Read the first three stories here:

    4. It was meant to be

    It took time, and they went through a lot before they found each other and true
    love. Maithili, a Mumbai-based dermatologist, was divorced from her husband and
    fellow doctor, in 2004. It was a relationship that lasted almost 12 years we
    were married for nearly five years. But the marriage did not work out.
    Friendship, respect and communication are critical aspects of a husband-wife
    relationship. I think we stopped being friends after our marriage. Also, in India, it is
    always a marriage between two families, and equations change, says Maithili. It
    was painful. But in hindsight, I think that this was all destiny, and happened
    because I was meant to meet Nikhil. Looking at the positives Nikhil, a lawyer
    in Delhi, fell

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  • Five real-life couples share stories of how they found true love the second time round. Read the THIRD story and get inspired.

    Read the first & second story here:

    3. Life comes full circle

    When you ask 50-year-old Tejdeep Kaur Menon, the Additional Director General of Police (Sports) Andhra Pradesh, about remarrying she says firmly, I had lost complete faith in my former husband, but never in marriage itself. In journalist Amarnath Menon, 58, she found what she describes as someone more than a soul mate. No less endearing to her is the relationship that he shares with her son Shabad Pratihast, 25, a student at IIM Kolkata. Amarnath never viewed me as just myself. My son has always been part of all his decisions concerning us. The equation is perfect. But someone I really miss in it is my daughter, Bani, who I lost to cancer a few years ago, says Tejdeep.

    Rough times

    Tejdeep Kaur divorced her former husband after an almost

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  • Five real-life couples share stories of how they found true love the second time round. Read the second story and get inspired.

    Read the first story here:

    Christine was 18 (she's now 65) when she married Dr Anirudha Patel, a dental surgeon in London. She had passed her pre-med exams two years ahead of time, and was looking for a job till she joined college. His wife had died during an asthma attack, leaving behind a two-year-old son, Viren. Anu was intelligent and well-read, mature in comparison to the boys I had been dating! Of course he was a bit of a flirt! He asked me out a couple of times, when he proposed, I said yes, says Christine. Despite all odds my mother was bitterly against the marriage.

    I was a brilliant student and she didn't want me to give up my studies for marriage. He was much older than me (I was 18, he was 32). My mother also could not digest the fact that I, being British, was marrying an Indian. There was strong objection from

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  • Diabetes is a disease where the
    body fails to produce enough, or make proper use, of the hormone insulin, which
    in turn facilitates the processing of energy-giving glucose. Without enough
    insulin, excess glucose remains in the blood, raising blood-glucose levels which, over time, damages the heart,
    kidneys, eyes and nerves.

    The three different types of diabetes

    Diabetes type 1: This form of diabetes is a chronic disease
    that is generally found in children, adolescents and young adults but can appear
    at any age. It is also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes.
    In this type of diabetes, the body produces very little or almost no

    Diabetes type 2:
    This is the most common type of
    diabetes, also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or
    adult-onset diabetes. In this case, the body does not produce enough insulin, or
    uses it ineffectively.

    Gestational Diabetes:
    This type could
    develop in women during the late stages of pregnancy and usually

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