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summer season

With the summer season having arrived, food tends to spoil easily. It is important to ensure that the food is stored properly in the refrigerator and not left outside. It is easy to have a case of food poisoning in such a weather.

Here are some pointers as to what to do in case of food poisoning:

If you or your is vomiting repeatedly, stop all solids and liquids. Give time for the digestive system to settle down. Then gradually start with water – about half a glass that should be sipped and finished in 30mins. If there is no vomiting, after another 30mins consume nimbu pani (ors). Again about 100 ml that should be sipped. You follow this with some coconut water after 2 hours. Then slowly and steadily build it up.

If you or your child is having loose motions – again follow the above protocol. In addition, after every motion eat 1 tsp esabgol mixed in half cup of yogurt. Follow this with ors.

In severe cases consult your doctor.

Build up the diet slowly and gradually. Take care and stay healthy. Take the necessary precautions to avoid any such episodes.


Categories Children Diet, Nutrition Blogs



Obesity Shows Negative Impact on Liver Health in Kids

Obesity can influence fatty liver disease in children due to increase in liver enzyme like ALT , finds a new study.

It is indeed true that we are what we eat. Nutrition from a mother to the foetus determines the health of the newborn. Similarly, the eating habits formed early in childhood determine the health of the adult. While it has been known the obesity in children can cause Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, increased risk of cardio vascular diseases etc; new research found that childhood obesity can impact liver health in children as young as 8 years old.

Even children as young as 3 years who have a higher than normal waist circumference had a higher risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver by age 8.

Read the article for more information. Health is wealth and we are what we eat. So let us cultivate healthy habits from an early age to avoid health complications later in life.



Categories Children Diet, Nutrition Blogs


A new study published last month compared children who were born with a birth weight less that 2.5 kgs (low birth weight) with normal birth weight children (birth weight more than 2.5kgs). They found that low birth weight kids had greater risks for the following later on in life as compared to normal birth weight kids:

1. Cognitive difficulties
2. Lower verbal IQ
3. Poorer coordination abilities 
4. Diabetes
5. High blood pressure
6. Cardiovascular disease

It is well known that:

• Nutrition is the key to a happy mother and a healthy child.
• An expectant mother’s diet decides what nutrients the child gets from the fetal to the complete development stage.
• An expecting mother’s medical health and eating habits indicate how her nutrition intake should be customized.

At Kanupriya, throughout your nine months, I will not only help you simplify and understand your and your baby’s nutritional needs, but also differentiate between fact and myth. As your pregnancy progresses, I will guide you with the foods to start including in your daily diet, in what quantity and how frequently.

Ultimately, at Kanupriya, we endeavor to help you and your baby have a healthy, happy and love filled journey. After all your baby deserves the best there is, and so do you.



Categories Nutrition during lactation

How can you increase breast milk supply

Can you increase breast milk supply?

Expectant mothers start thinking of their way of feeding the baby well before they deliver. With a vast majority of health care providers suggesting that breast feeding is the best option, many women worry whether they will be able to produce enough milk or not.

The question I get asked most frequently is:
What should I eat to produce enough milk for my baby?

Some take to the internet to find answers. However, in this day of information over load it is easy to get confused by all the data that is so easily available. Traditionally there are a lot of beliefs regarding foods that aid in lactation.

There are some spices and herbs that have traditionally been used to increase milk production in India for thousands of years. They include methi seeds (fenugreek) , saunf (fennel), jeera (cumin seeds), moti eliachi (black cardamom), ajwain (caraway seeds) some ayurvedic herbs like shatavari, moringa, etc . They are consumed as concoctions made using the powders, boiling the herbs in water or as capsules.

Unfortunately, studies available in the literature are either inconclusive on some of the spices and herbs while there was no data available on others.

My personal take is: If you’re worried about not producing enough milk, consuming one of the traditional Indian herb may be a good idea. It may not necessarily increase milk production, but it may help you relax and calm down. That in turn may very well help in increasing your milk production.

At the end of the day, try to stay relaxed and happy, no matter what. Remember, that even despite all your efforts if you are not able to produce enough milk, there are infant formulas available to take care of your babies nutritional needs. But, only you can take care of your babies emotional needs.

Categories Children Diet

“family meals”

Family Meals Matter: 9 Ways to Gather Families Around the Dinner Table

Indian families have long held the tradition of “family meals”, times when the family sits and eats together. While it has always been said, “a family that eats together, stays together”, new research suggests that not only do together meals help bonding but they also help improve health and general well being of individuals.

While it may be difficult for families to have breakfast and lunch together, a common dinner time devoid of television and mobile distractions is a fun and healthy experience. It is fun when one child in the family decides two dishes to be made everyday, of course with the restriction of junk foods. It helps children be more open to trying new things and caters to different food likings.

The article here illustrates the above and more. Feel free to contact us at Kanupriya for any clarifications that you may have.


Categories Children Diet, Nutrition Blogs

Smart tip for your child

Instead of fruit juices, give them a fruit smoothie. To add sweetness add a banana instead of sugar.

Fruit juices are high in sugars. They lead to a sugar rush in children. It’s especially harmful for hyperactive kids. The fibre is also lost on extracting the juice.

A smoothie keeps the fibre intact, the protein in milk/yougurt ensures that there is no spike in sugar levels.

Recipe suggestion:
Blend low-fat milk or yougurt with frozen strawberries or mango with a banana for thirty seconds for a delicious smoothie.

Categories Children Diet, Nutrition Blogs

Food sensitivity and food allergy in babies


Is Your Baby Sensitive to Food?

Some babies are sensitive to certain foods. Reactions, such as a rash, wheezi

Many parents think that food sensitivity and food allergy refers to the same thing. But that is not true.

A food allergy is a reaction by the immune system that the sees the particular food as a threat. It is almost always an immediate reaction after ingesting the causative food. There are specific tests available to identify food allergies.

Food sensitivities can be harder to pinpoint because they have a delayed response in the body. Unfortunately, there are no specific tests to identify a food sensitivity.

Categories Infertility Diet

Mediterranean diet helps in IVF

New research suggests that a balanced diet comprising of fresh produce, whole grains, pulses, fish and olive oil, with reduced red meat intake could improve the success rate of IVF treatments.

The study found that women who follow a “Mediterranean” diet in the six months before IVF treatment had a 65-68% greater likelihood of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a live baby than women who did not.

What is also interesting is that the study states:

“When it comes to conceiving a baby, diet and lifestyle are just as important for men as for women. Previous work from our research group among the male partners of our study has suggested that adherence to the Mediterranean diet may also help improve semen quality. Taken together, these findings highlight the importance of dietary influences and diet quality on fertility, and support a favourable role for the Mediterranean diet on assisted reproduction performance.”

So, start a healthy diet and lifestyle today .


Categories Everything, Nutrition Blogs, Pregnancy nutrition

Papaya, Pineapple and Pregnancy

Many a times my patients have exhibited hesitation in eating papaya and pineapple during pregnancy, as they have heard from other mothers or pregnant women that these two fruits can lead to miscarriages and/or foetal distress.

Is it then really true that these two fruits should be avoided during pregnancy? To answer this, numerous studies carried out in animal models have shown that eating ripe papaya and pineapple have no untoward effect on pregnancy.

Further, papaya is an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids) and vitamin C. It is also a very good source of folate, and contains good amounts of dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, copper and vitamin K. Eating 1 cup of papaya provides 50% of daily requirement of vitamin C and 30% of daily requirement of vitamin A.

Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also rich in copper, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate and pantothenic acid. Eating 1 cup of pineapple provides 25% of the daily requirement of vitamin C.

And both papaya and pineapple can help in improving your digestion!

Given these benefits, in optimal amounts, pineapple and papaya could provide balanced nutrition for expecting mothers.

Categories Pregnancy nutrition, Recipe

Tea, Coffee….Pregnancy


Women, during pregnancy often complaint to me about them missing their daily tea or coffee as they understand that caffeine should be completely avoided. On this, I would like to state that while women of course need to watch out for their caffeine intake, moderate amounts of tea and coffee may be consumed during pregnancy.

Caffeine is a stimulant and a diuretic that can cross the placenta to the baby. A baby in the womb cannot fully metabolism caffeine leading to changes in the baby’s sleep pattern or normal movement pattern in the later stages of pregnancy. High levels of caffeine intake during pregnancy can result in babies having a low birth weight, that can lead to development of lifestyle diseases in later life. It can also lead to miscarriages. Hence, during pregnancy, it is very important to keep the total caffeine intake to less that 200mg per day.

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