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Cabbage soup diet helps in fat burning and weight loss 

Disclaimer: Weight loss and diets are subject to your health and wellness plus the amount of workout. Don’t opt for any dietary supplement or strict diet plan without consulting a nutritionist. 

This is a true story of a (famous) guy from Karachi named Abdul Majid.  Yes, he’s the famous comics by Majid walay Majid bhai and he’s kind enough to share his journey when I asked in response to his absolutely incredible transformation from 84Kgs to 73kgs in just 60 days. That’s an incredible 11Kgs gone with cabbage soup diet.  

His daily meals for 60 days:

Breakfast 

  • 4 egg whites and 1 yolk
  • Half slice of brown bread

Lunch

Green salad with 1tsp olive oil dressing 

Dinner 

Cabbage soup everyday. 

His story:

Majid explains that he was in depression and overeating due to it before Ramazan. Then his friends motivated him to join a boot camp where his trainer encouraged him to go for cabbage soup diet (please consult a dietician before going for such diet). 

Majid started workout and diet side by side this June. He followed the diet plan mentioned above for 60 days and the results are quite motivating. It is also important to remember that exercise is a must to keep yourself fit alongwith diet. 

Here’s the recipe of fat burning cabbage soup that he uses to make daily. This soup recipe is believed to melt thighs btw. 

Picture provided by Majid Khan

Recipe source Allrecipes

Ingredients

  • 5 carrots, chopped
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 large head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cut green beans, drained
  • 2 quarts tomato juice
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 10 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth

Instructions:

Place carrots, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, peppers, and celery in a large pot. Add onion soup mix, tomato juice, beef broth, and enough water to cover vegetables. Simmer until vegetables are tender. May be stored in the refrigerator for several days.

PS: This is a set recipe for diet purpose. Any modifications might change its nutritional values but Majid didn’t add onion soup packet. You can add an egg instead in the end. 

Have you been on diet? What’s your secret to a healthy weight loss? Do share. 

Follow him @comicsbymajid of Twitter to know more. 


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Of gol rotis and being #NotAFailure as a housewife

وہ کہتے ہیں کہ مرد کے دل کا راستہ اس کے معدے سے ہو کر گذرتا ہے اسی چکر میں ہماری عورتیں ساری عمر کچن میں محنت کرتی ہیں کے جانے کب دل تک رسائی ہو جائے.

Gol rotis have always been the standard for potential marriage proposals before the doctor bride craze. Women have always been under the radar for their cooking skills be it before marriage or after marriage life. Rishta aunties always use to ask, “khana wana bna leti hai?, silai karrhai aati hai?”. 

Recently I saw a tweet in which a newly wed doctor bride whatsapped her sister a picture of loki asking, “Ammi se poch isay bnatay kesay hain?”. It was kinda cute too but at the end of the day what we want from a woman is just good/cooked food and that too on time? 

I had an interesting tweet conversation about making gol rotis and the surprising part is men replying that they can make gol rotis too. 

There is much more to a woman than the food she makes for her family despite the traditional standard of perfection set for a woman. National Food’s recent ad campaign focuses on importance of sahulat for women to get sometime out making memories with family. The idea of #NotAFailure hits me right in the feels as I can so relate to it and I see it creating a good dialogue over social media. Love such ads which prompt healthy discussion. Specially the line when she says, “Kitchen main ghanton na lagaon tou kiya main fail hogai?”. 

I have been self employed since my college days as being from middle class you need to start earning as soon as possible. Being the eldest among my siblings and my forever love for food made me interested in cooking from school days. Whenever amma has cooked something I don’t like, I use to make my own portion of timatar rice or at least fries to have. When mom gets ill, I have to cook for the whole family and then I realize how important it is to have sahulat while cooking. Abba realized that I have problems in cooking for the whole family as my spice measurements weren’t perfect back then. He decided to help me with Spice mixes of National. I found my fairy God mother of cooking in the form of spice mix. Now I don’t have to worry about masala measurements and go again and again to amma asking ab kiya daalon? 

It’s been two decades now since I began my foodie kitchen journey. I have then stepped into professional life and then kids happen. Now is the time when I need sahulat the most and I have no shame in admitting that I rely on packet ka masala the most now. Specially the khandaan famous Qorma has its credit to National Foods. Sssshhhhh don’t tell my khandaan. 

No harm in finding yourself some me time or family time by getting an escape from kitchen while availing sahulat once in a blue moon. No need to miss on the Cricket matches you love because you have to cook for the family while they all are watching it Live. Either order food away or pre cook using spice mixes. Don’t miss out on the extra time ever. Never. 

Reh gai gol roti tou guess karain uskay liaye konsi sahulat hai? 

Give your life Flavor ka Daily Dose coz #LifeNeedsFlavor 

Every moment of life deserves to be cherished and I am the type of person who never believed in planning. I like to live it in the moment and enjoy it to the fullest but sometimes you need to boost up a little. Like when you’re with friends the energy is totally different as compared to when you’re with family or colleagues. Fun times needs to be celebrated differently and what better than lays. Instant mood upgrade guaranteed. 

Recently I went to a road trip from Karachi to Northern Areas of Pakistan for the first time with my two kids. The experience was surreal. It has its ups and downs and my mood swings too. Trust me with kids a road trip can be so much fun or a mess. There’s no other way around. Thank God I had an ample stock of lays with me throughout the journey to keep kids munching on while enjoying the ride. Uptill Babusar Top from Karachi there’s no dearth of Lays too. They’re available at every gas station and shop which is remarkable. Afterall life needs flavor and a road trip is incomplete without fighting over the last lays chips in the bag. 

My little one is a fan of masala lays while elder one likes to have French cheese flavour. My daily favourite is Lays salted and for a gathering of siblings I prefer special edition flavours. We seldom get together for tea time, probably once a week and the time calls for special fun filled flavorful evening. So we like to munch on new lays offerings and then discuss life and happenings. Such memorable discussions we had over a cup of tea and Lays. The most consumed flavor so far is yougurt and herb in our meetings. Soon to be beaten by new launches I guess. 

While treating guests on special occasions, I like to serve some wavy Lays or salted ones because of their presentation and different taste profile. During a movie marathon at home, we love to munch on a combo of Salted and French cheese lays with few dips like salsa, garlic mayo etc. There’s a flavor for every moment of life.  

Wondering which flavour we’ll go for our next fun filled meet up? Lays has introduced two new flavours,  Mexican Paprika and Thai chili and both are tempting me. Can’t wait to try them and pick my favourite. What’s your daily dose of Flavor for a life boosting experience? 

#AchayiBarhneDo – A meaningful TVC 

As a mom I know the struggle of raising kids and teaching them to be empathetic towards their siblings or friends. We are living in a digital age where such sensitive messages needs to be conveyed rather subtly to young minds so that they can learn the need of inclusivity. With Achayi Barhne do themed ad, BlueBand Pakistan has done a commendable job.

My kid paid attention to the message despite being so young while watching the ad. She was intrigued that why the kids started to play like that. I think I couldn’t have taught her what she has gained from watching it. That’s the power of visuals and storytelling. 

Blueband’s new TVC revolves around inclusivity theme where a bunch of kids can be seen showing empathy towards a differently-abled friend of theirs. Afterall, disability is not inability.  They all showed unity by playing volleyball one handedly so that their differently-abled friend can feel the fair play. Much needed message, not only for kids but us adults too who often forgets that such people around us need our support more than our sympathy. 

The reaction of the mom watching all this from far was as similar as mine while watching the TVC for the first time. I wanted my kids to be raised like that. I want them to be empathetic and kind. All the reasons to keep spreading goodness around. 

Hats off to the team behind the scenes for executing the message beautifully. Keeping the brand identity intact. In the end it all sums up, Achayi Barhne do aur bachon ko bhi. 

Best Iftaar Deals to have in Dolmen Mall 

Dolmen mall is like a dream shopping place in Karachi because of all the amenities and the hospitality it has to offer with discounts and deals. During Ramazan it is a blessing to have a food court to break your fast after hectic shopping spree. The best part about the DMC food court is being kid friendly with well placed seating. 

Dolmen Mall’s Food court has variety of options. You gotta choose from 32 cuisines available and that’s kidna amazing. I always got confused what to order and what not to. It is better to always keep in mind what you are going to order before landing there. Dolmen’s Facebook page helps a lot to decide before hand.

For Iftaar deals this year, the choice is unlimited. From casual food court to sophisticated Cafe dining, Dolmen has it all for everyone. Here are my picks from the best iftaar deals available this year.

KFC and chachajee iftaar Dolmen mall

Chachajee Iftaar

Chachajee offers desi menu and for iftar their thaali is just too good. It is like a mini iftaar cum dinner thaali. All in one kinda spread that too just for Rs 699. You can easily share the platter with a friend which makes it affordable iftar deal. 

If your appetite is like me, you can easily gulp down this thali alone. Yes! I can have it all. 

KFC Iftaar

Who doesn’t love fried chicken? It is my escape from ususal pakorra iftaar during Ramazan. I rrecommend KFC iftaar if you’re going tondolmem with siblings or family as their iftaar deals is great to share with 4 people.

Dunkin Donut

When it comes for best value for money iftaar deals, DD is my favorite. A classic DD meal for Just Rs 500 is the best iftaar deal in town. O’ So yum Omwich, pizza, donut and drink makes Dunkin Donut Iftaar a winner. 

Dolmen Mall Restaurant/Cafe Iftaar

Cafes are a welcome change from casual dining experience at Food court. Cafe Zouk to Gloria jeans and upscale bufffet of Hakka chine, Dolmen has some cool options. If you’re into Pakistani fine dinning then Zouk is the place to go and if you’re a fan of Chinese and Pan Asian cuisine then definitely Hakka Chine Buffet is worth every penny. Lals ki iftaar is always a pleasant experience too.

Gunsmoke Iftaar 

If you’re still confused what to eat or how to have a filling meal at Dolmen for less, then my bet is on Gunsmoke. Go there, order their soup and salad combo and enjoy all you can fill salad and soup lol. I loved Gunsmoke for this offer but during you’ll get it free with every meal. Fruit bar is also added for free in iftaar. So it is a good deal if you’re in mood of burgers and steak.

Special mention for Your Sweet Tooth

After all the iftaar deals sharing there’s one thing that you don’t want to share at all. This chocolate shake from Cosmopolitan is surely a must have. Oh and just in case you don’t know Cosmopolitan and Tiramisu recently opened up at DMC. 

Magnum and Cinnabon are also for 10% off. So it is a happy iftaar for sweet lovers. 

Have an idea about all the awesome Iftaar deals available at Dolmen Mall this year from this album and pick your favorite. 

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