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Here’s how to make your pet’s life easier while travelling

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New Delhi, March 12: If you are planning to travel with your pet, keep dog wipes, water bow, food treats and essentials handy to make the trip memorable for you and your furry friends as well, say experts.

Rashi Narang, Creative Director at Heads Up For Tails, and Amol Sharma, Founder at PetSutra, have listed essential tips:

* Avoid feeding your pet food or water right before you set out. The moving vehicle may induce vomit if your pet has just eaten. Give your pet water frequently but in less quantity. This will keep them hydrated.

* If it’s a road trip, make a pit stop every few hours to let your pet step out of the car and attend to nature’s call, if required. It will also help them get some air and relieve nausea.

* Do not overfeed your pet and keep food restricted to only basics. Keep a few treats handy to satiate your pet’s urge to eat/out of turn hunger pangs.

* Carry portable or foldable food and water bowl for your pet as they do not occupy any space and have negligible weight. They are also easy to clean up after meals and can easily fit into your hand bag.

* Carry plenty of dog wipes to wipe off your pet’s face and paws that may have caught on dust/dirt due to being in the outdoors.

* Since it’s nearly impossible to carry your animal’s bed with you during travel, you can carry a rolled up mat instead which works as a good substitute to bed and ensures your pet has his own space to rest.

* Carrying basic and necessary medicines is important as you may not always find suitable emergency medicines for your furry friend at your place of travel.

* Being crated is as important for pets just as seat belts are paramount for human safety. It is safest to have your pet crated to avoid a missile kind of launch in case of sudden braking. Plus, if your pet moves around too much, it could be a big distraction for the driver.

But in case you are too adverse to the idea of crating, please ensure that the pet is in the rear section of the vehicle with someone along with it.

* In case you are flying, there are certain norms of transportation followed by airlines which need to be adhered to, but try to ensure you too are boarded on the same flight. Most cabin crews are aware if there are pets on board and they can be of help.

* While choosing an accommodation, ensure it is pet-friendly. It’s always good to take your animal for a quick walk when you reach the destination. This would help reduce anxiety. But yes, do yourself and others a favour by carrying a potty scooper and some disposal bags. It reflects very poorly if you litter the entire place.

* Carry some accessories such as a collar and leash, your pet’s favourite toy and a wearable tracker.

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Eating high-carb diet can help lose weight

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Here’s how a high carb diet may help lose weight. (Photo Credit- Shutterstock)

New York, Sep 25: Struggling hard to shed those extra kilos? If so, foods high in carbohydrates — found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes — may help you reduce body weight and fat as well as improve insulin function, suggests a study challenging previous beliefs.

It is because these complex carbohydrates are naturally rich in fibre — a nutrient found in plant foods that adds bulk to the diet without adding extra calories.

The study, led by US-non-profit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, showed that a plant-based, high-carbohydrate diet can help with weight regulation and body composition and reduce the risk for Type-2 diabetes.

“Fad diets often lead people to fear carbohydrates. But the research continues to show that healthy carbohydrates — from fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains — are the healthiest fuel for our bodies,” said lead author Hana Kahleova, Director at the organisation.

In the study, published in the journal Nutrients, the team included nearly 100 participants for a 16-week randomised clinical trial and placed participants in either a plant-based, high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet group or asked them to maintain their current diet.

The plant-based diet group avoided all animal products and added oils and limited fat intake of 20-30 grams per day. There were no limits on calories or carbohydrate intake.

The control group maintained their current diets, which included meat and dairy products. Neither group altered their exercise routines.

The results demonstrated that total carbohydrate intake did not change in the control group, but increased significantly in the plant-based diet group, both as absolute intake and as a percentage of total calories.

At the end of the trial, body mass index, body weight, fat mass, visceral fat volume, and insulin resistance decreased significantly in the plant-based diet group. There were no significant changes in the control group, the researchers noted.

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Wardrobe staples for women over 50

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New Delhi, Sep 24: Go for a minimalist wardrobe with classic clothing to give you an array of looks, while maintaining your comfort factor, say experts.

Bhavya Chawla, Chief Stylist at Voonik.com, and fashion Designer Reynu Taandon, give out few style tips for women over 50:

* Invest in saris that are firm yet light in weight. Cotton, linen and silk blends are good options. Classic patterns such as indigo prints, ikats look lovely.

* In kurtis, silhouettes should be slightly structured, either straight or A-line. These should be worn with ankle length pants or even palazzos. Add scarves or stoles to add a dash of elegance. These should be in interesting prints and colours to uplift the look.

* You can pick a pair of dark, mid-rise denims that have a slightly tapered or straighter hem. Add two-three tapered pants in black and another colour for occasions like work to dinner to your wardrobe.

* Invest in classic style tops in neutral colours that can be teamed up with statement accessories and scarves. A smart structured jacket is a must have for office goers. A couple of shift, A-line dresses in solid colours and smaller patterns is a great addition for outings.

* Kaftan look is so cool and it is an easy to wear option for woman who needs to get ready in five minute. Ethnic kaftans or kaftan kurtis online are the best option.

* Keep it simple; stay away from bling also, classic pieces should be the core of your capsule wardrobe to cater to each of the occasions in your life.

* Buy bras that really fit, and consider “shapewear” when needed.

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Shoes that every girl must have

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New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) When it comes to shoes, there are endless designs, styles, and possibilities. But these five types of shoes should be owned by every fashionable girl, say experts.

Alisha Malik, Vice President Marketing and creative face of Mochi Shoes and Accessories, and Nehpreet Kaur, Design and Creative Head, Femina Flaunt, have shared a list of must-have shoes:

* Nude pumps are the ultimate go-to shoes. Up your game with pumps, the ultimate choice when you can’t think of what will go with your outfit. Formal meetings or parties, you can never go wrong with heels. Not only do they add a touch of class to your outfit but they also take away the monotony of monochrome in your look.

* Nothing feels as comfortable as a pair of sneakers. Most of the time, it will match with anything you wear. For those days when you just want to relax, ensure that you have a pair of sneakers in your shoe collection.

* Loafers have taken street style by storm and are frequently spotted on models and actresses while they’re out and about. This menswear-inspired shoe has replaced the ballet flat as the quintessential run-around shoe. They are fuss-free and extremely comfortable for the feet.

* Boots are essential to any woman’s wardrobe. There is no debate about them, they complement every outfit. You can choose a pair of boots with a slight heel to dress up a look, or go with flat boots for a more comfortable, yet cute look.

* There are wedges for almost any occasion, from bridal to party to casual. They are the most versatile pair of heels for long duration events.

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