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The Dixit diet plan has gone viral in India. But does it actually work?

In 2012, Dr. Jagannath Dixit noticed that he was putting on weight. Dixit, a medical doctor based in India, has been teaching in state government medical colleges in Maharashtra for decades. Like any true scientist, he began experimenting—testing out a variety of diets with mixed results. “The result of these experiments was that I would

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How to throw an epic wine tasting party

We are fast approaching the holiday season, and so now is the perfect time to think about holiday entertaining. Consider hosting a wine tasting party for your next gathering. Wine tasting is a fun elegant way to jazz up any party, whatever the season. So go ahead and send out the invites and follow these simple

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Recipe: Aloo gobi

Ingredients 1 head cauliflower cut into florets 2 Idaho boiled potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 2 tablespoons oil 1 teaspoon butter ½ teaspoon cumin seeds ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds 1 tablespoon sautéed ginger 1-2 green chilies diced 2 tablespoons cooked tomatoes 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional) 1 teaspoon salt For garnish: a

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Recipe: Low-carb cheesecake

If you have adopted a low-carb lifestyle or need to keep your blood sugar low, you can still enjoy a nice dessert by making a few conscious choices to substitute some ingredients with healthier options. High blood sugar levels are known to cause inflammation in the body that can lead to diabetes and other health

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Understanding prediabetes

Prediabetes is a health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is also referred to as impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that one out of three Americans now have prediabetes—over

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The Spice: Pod bless tamarind

There are the ingredients that feel steadfast and pleasantly one-dimensional, but the more exciting ones might be the kind that are a bit more cryptic, able to sneak into any dish and feel perfectly natural. In that latter category is where I’d put tamarind, which I’ve shoveled into my mouth via South Indian tamarind rice,

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Recipe: Spinach and onion pakora

Serve these crispy fritters with cilantro and tamarind chutneys. Ingredients 2 cups gram flour (besan) 2 packets frozen chopped spinach, thawed ½ teaspoon garlic, sautéed ½ teaspoon ginger 2 medium onions, diced ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon turmeric 3-4 jalapeños, diced 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) 1 tablespoon roasted

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Yes, you can chill red wine. 

Yes, you can chill red wine. There, I said it. We are in that transitional period, where it is warm enough that we still want to sip on something cool and chilled, yet we see autumn just around the corner, and want to transition to a wine with a bit more weight. So go ahead and pop

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Recipe: Low-carb fish & chips

Fish and chips is one of my favorite comfort foods, one I can never seem to get enough of. I was fortunate enough to live for a few years in New Zealand, where fish and chips was a available as a Friday night special at many local restaurants. (So yes, I always looked forward to

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