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The ABCs of Detox

By Karim Waheed

Feeling stuck with your weight loss efforts? How about trying a detox diet? When it comes to losing weight and building the body of your dreams, detoxifying can be as critical as the training itself.

Why detoxification?
Our bodies are constantly under the mercy of harmful chemicals found in the foods we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and so on. This waste build-up makes losing weight and maintaining good health difficult. Luckily, opting for a detox diet can help us get rid of much of the waste and blast through weight loss plateaus, thus paving the way to developing a more sculpted and lean body.

A detox diet is geared toward helping the body clear waste from the colon and other internal organs. By doing so, digestion improves and our bodies become more efficient at soaking up nutrients and eliminating waste.

How to begin
As with any training programme, you must start slow and build gradually. If it's your first time on a detox programme, you need to be extremely careful. Overdoing it can lead to fatigue, mental and physical burnout and eventually a painful setback.

A detox diet must be simple, straightforward, and easy to follow. Any diet that's too restrictive will be hard to abide by, even for a short period of time. Think big but act small. Start with a one-day detox per week and build on that. And as you get more experienced, you can shoot for a full week detox or more.

What not to eat
Giving up on junk food can be tricky. Nevertheless, if you want to get the maximum out of your detox programme, you need to make some sacrifices. Of course, the sacrifices are temporary, but in the long run, you'll discover that they were worth the trouble.

Cut out fizzy drinks such as soda; any food that contains wheat like bread and cookies; processed food, especially if it contains sugar, fats, salt; foods with high glycemic index, like sweets, honey, chocolate and any form of sugar.

What can you eat?
If you feel that you're left with no options, remember that there are plenty of healthy foods that can help keep you well nourished so you can get the most out of your detox programme. To make it far with your new eating plan you need to learn how to delete instant gratification and keep your eyes on the prize. Don't get blindsided by old habits and cravings.

Rev up your liquid intake. Substitute all drinks with water, lemon juice and tea [without milk and sugar]. Make sure to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day, thus you can keep your body well hydrated throughout the cleansing period. Not only that, proper hydration is critical for flushing out toxins.

Consume vegetables in all forms and colours. The more varied the colours, the better the detox will be. Here are some of the foods you can eat when detoxifying: dried fruit [unsweetened, in limited amounts], guava, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, garlic, beets, dark leafy greens, rice [especially brown/red rice], oats, lentils, beans, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seed, peanuts and peanut butter. Try to be moderate with oil.

What matters most is your speed of implementation. Start with at least one full day of detoxification. No need to be perfect, just get the whole process started and you'll feel encouraged to continue once you see results.


Let there be light… to blind others with

By Ehsanur Raza Ronny

Good headlights can help you live up to 50 feet longer. What on earth does that mean? Imagine driving on the highway and you notice a bike approaching from the other end. You have enough space to pass, right? Then suddenly another light five feet away from the first one lights up. It's now a tractor. Or truck. Or a tractor towing a truck. It's now something equally Goliath to your David. And you are in its path. With really good lights, you would probably see it earlier. Sometimes, seeing is living. True story.

So you want to make your car's ordinary lights brighter. Plug in a set of HIDs or High Intensity Discharge lights. In layman's term, it means light so bright that it causes oncoming car drivers to discharge high intensity anger in the form of curses. Choice Bangla curses. But it's all cool if YOU are the one with HID.

What is HID?
It's a new fangled bulb that's brighter, sharper and reaches out farther. HID comes as a kit. There are usually two bulbs, wires, relays and two ballasts that do what the name says which is kind of confusing but rest assured that you need it. These are available everywhere and prices usually start from around Tk 3000. Good HIDs cost at least twice as much.

Nothing cheaper?
You get what you pay for. There are 'HID look' lights. These are regular bulbs coated with a blue tint. Effectively less output than your usual light. It's like wearing sunglasses at night. Looks cool but impractical.

Will it fit?
HIDs need a projector lens to really work a straight beam that will cut into the night. But you can fit it into your regular light housing but it will cause glare to oncoming drivers. They will curse you.

Will it be fancy enough?
Regular bulbs are halogen bulbs that give off a slightly yellowish colour. HIDs on the other hand give a fancy range of colours from yellow to purple. This range is measured in Kelvin (K). It's a colour temperature. Apparently colours felt they were hot stuff and needed their own scale of temperature.

Here's how it works. The lower end of the colour temperature spectrum gives off a dingy yellow colour like in fog lights. This is something like 3000K. 4100K is the closest to natural light, bright and white. Above that it starts to get bluish. Common colour on the market is 8000K, a ghostly bluish light. Beyond 8000K, the world starts to get purplish. Blue lights are fatiguing to the eye and reduces the field of vision. White to yellow are what you want. It'll help you see more, see farther and for longer. So for once, bigger (number) isn't necessarily better.


Venue: Shilpakala Academy
Date: 13-21 April
Time: 4 pm to 8 pm

Shakti - will be addressing the concept of feminism both conceptually and as a perspective through which theatre, both tradition and contemporary, can be informed so as to give it a broader perspective. The workshop will be jointly conducted by leading Feminist activist Kamla Bhasin (India) and US based dancer and choreographer, Ananny Chatterjee.

Workshop Fees: Taka 600.-
Contact: kanchendzonga@gmail.com
Mobile: 01747687654, 01713040814

Ride for Athletics - Coach Moore's a Rickshaw Puller
Venue: Gulshan , Baridhara
Date: 13 April
Time: 8 am to 6 pm. Starts in Barihadara (8:00-11:00) then moves towards Banani (11:00-1:00) and back around the Gulshan 2 area (1:00-3:00), ending in Barihadara (3:00-6:00pm).

Coach Moore is pulling a rickshaw on 13 April to help promote athletics in Dhaka and to raise money for the Canadian Trillinum School athletic department. Coach Moore is a physical education teacher originally from San Francisco, California, USA. He moved to Canada in 2007 signing with the Moncton Mets baseball team. The Canadian Trillinium School is a new international school in Dhaka that has all of its teachers being Canadian certified and uses the province of New Brunswick's curriculum.

Colours & Contrast
Colours & Contrast, an online fashion house started its journey in November 2010. It was founded by designers Zereen Khan and Jesmin Mannan, focusing on creating unique clothes for the female fashionistas in Bangladesh. Their latest collection includes kameezes, saris, kurtis and also accessories like fashionable sandals, purses and handbags.

This Baishakh, Colours & Contrast brings you the “Baishaki Fiesta” to celebrate the festivity in a different way. To top it off, they have an exciting offer with every purchase: buy one and get an accessory absolutely free!

This exhibition is for the whole month of April and for details contact their Facebook fan page: facebook.com/ColoursnContrast. For further information, contact 01711426757 and 01712092332 to place your order and take delivery.

"Ok World"
Date: 13-14 April
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, Dhanmondi, Apr 13, 2012
Saffron Garden, Gulshan, Apr 14, 2012
Time: 5:30pm onwards

A collaborative Norwegian initiated jazz project is coming to see the colours of Bangladesh, at the start of the new Bengali Year. The band is led by Shri and Bugge whose collaboration started already in 2003 with the project Ragatronic. With OK World, they will focus on highly energetic rhythms and beautiful bass and piano melodies.

Having soloist Flamenco and guitarist Josemi along with some of the most amazing percussionists in the world, this will be a treat indeed.

Partners: The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Rikskonsertene (Concerts Norway), LiveSquare - this is part of the 3-year long music cooperation between Bangladesh and Norway.

Entry Free For All

By Tanziral Dilshad Ditan


Sprite launches its refreshingly clear campaign

Coca-Cola Bangladesh has introduced its largest ever marketing campaign for the clear lime brand, Sprite which is branded as a refreshing drink with fresh ideas and an edgy approach. The campaign has embarked on a new communication 'Sherokom Clear'., first of its kind 360-degree campaign for Sprite in Bangladesh, which builds on the idea of 'fresh minds think better'.

Speaking about the new positioning, Debasish Deb, Country Manager, Coca-Cola Far East Ltd., said, “Being synonymous with a no-nonsense, honest and cut-through attitude, Sprite has been successfully inspiring the youth to think fresh even when the odds are stacked against them. Through the 'Sherokom Clear' campaign, we wish to inspire moments of freshness even in such situations, and celebrate the ingenuity of our youth.”

Uttiya Mukherjee, Creative Director at Unitrend said, “The new communication focuses on building a stronger connection with youth, who prefer Sprite because of its unmatched thirst quenching ability and its refreshing perspective. 'Sprite Sherokom Clear' endorses the youth's ability to think with a high degree of clarity in order to deal with the varied adverse situations they face. The youth today have the ability to be at a disadvantage, and yet find their way out using their wit, humour and fresh thinking.”

Besides the current TVC, there is also a second film in the campaign that has already been released since last week. The campaign idea will also be amplified to better reach out to the youth through an array of touch points including innovative bus branding, retail activation, radio spots, print ads, consumer contests and on-ground activation in key youth hangouts.

To encourage those who can exhibit the Sprite Clarity and Freshness, the company will be giving away 60 Digital cameras and other goodies.


Readymade, fashion wear brand Lubnan has recently introduced a new line of attractive designs in short panjabis and fatuas for the upcoming Baishakh. Handloom cotton, endi cotton, embroidery on endi silk and karchupi have been used as embellishments for the panjabis and fatuas. White, maroon and red are emphasised.


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