OnePlus 5 Launch: Time, Live Stream, Price in India, Specifications, and More You Should Know

The OnePlus 5 launch event less than two hours away, so fans will finally get a look at the device they have been waiting for since the OnePlus 3T launched late last year. The Internet has been flooded with recurring leaks and official teasers for the smartphone, so the OnePlus 5 specifications and features are pretty much known to anyone following the smartphone industry. A rival to iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8, the smartphone is expected to cost a lot less than the competition but offer a powerful user experience. Here’s everything you need to know, including the OnePlus 5 price in India, specifications, design, and features, ahead of the launch:

OnePlus 5 launch event time, live stream

As mentioned above, the OnePlus 5 launch time is 12pm EDT (9:30pm IST), and the event will be live-streamed from the official US website. OnePlus is organising a pop-up event on June 20 in New York, while similar pop-up events will be hosted in Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Berlin on Wednesday. Registrations for the smartphone opened in China on June 14, and 5.27 lakh people signed up for the sale in five days.

The OnePlus 5 India launch is on June 22, with pop-up events scheduled to be hosted in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru over the next two days. At these pop-up events, fans will be able to experience the device and will have the option to purchase it on the spot, though number of units available will be low. Amazon India is also hosting an app-only ‘Secret Doors’ contest that provides fans a chance to win the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5 price in India

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The OnePlus 5 price in India has been tipped more than once in the recent past, with a seeming consensus of Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, and Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant. As for the OnePlus 5 India launch, it’s scheduled to happen at 2pm IST on Thursday, June 22, at an event in Mumbai. While it’s officially been confirmed to be an Amazon India exclusive, it’s also to go on sale at 4:30pm the same day.

Both EU and US pricing of the smartphone have also been tipped, said to be EUR 550 (roughly Rs. 39,900) and $479 (roughly Rs. 30,800) respectively, thought to correspond to the 128GB and 64GB variants.

OnePlus 5 specifications
As for the OnePlus 5 specifications, the company has confirmed a few things itself. It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC – while Amazon India’s source code gave a top clock speed of 2.3GHz. The company also says it will sport a camera built in partnership with DxO, and a horizontal dual camera setup has also been confirmed.

 

The smartphone is said to include a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display – though a QHD display has also been rumoured in the past – with a range of DCI-P3 colours to ensure colour accuracy. As we’ve already mentioned, 6GB and 8GB of RAM variants are expected, with their corresponding 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options.

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In terms of optics, OnePlus 5 will sport a dual camera setup at the back that has a 20-megapixel sensor with f/2.6 aperture and a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture. At front, the smartphone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel sensor. The company told The Verge that it doesn’t have the resources to develop bezel-less phones, and thus directed its efforts on building a camera that rivals the best in the industry. The company says the OnePlus 5 camera is “the highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today.” There’s a portrait mode, and software is the reason behind 80 percent of the success it has achieved in the optics.

OnePlus 5 has been tipped to house a 3300mAh battery and come with NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 support as well. In a series of tweets, the global Twitter handle of OnePlus has teased few more features like “always connected”, which could be a hint at dual-SIM support on the smartphone. In another tweet, the company teased improved Dash Charge capabilities of the OnePlus 5. It wrote, “charging ahead.”

OnePlus 5 design
The company itself has confirmed the OnePlus 5 design, and it appears to to be similar to that of iPhone 7 Plus, with the same horizontal dual rear camera setup to boot. It’s also been confirmed to sport front-facing fingerprint sensor. OnePlus has also called it the “slimmest flagship smartphone” from the company. In yet another tweet, the company again teased the phone’s dual camera capability. Carl Pei, OnePlus Co-founder, also teased bokeh effect in an image said to be clicked with the upcoming flagship. Pretty much the entire design was revealed during a TV ad.

OnePlus 5 customer service
Days ahead of the launch, the company released a YouTube video that focussed on the customer service fans can look forward to when buying the OnePlus 5. The video, that has been viewed 3.8 million times so far, claims customer satisfaction of OnePlus buyers is 86 percent, and Net Promoter score of 74 percent. Other consumer-centric services provided by the company include free pick up and drop facility, one-hour quick repair, and the provision to check cost of parts on the official website, among others.

 

 

Know the history behind International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day, or commonly referred to as Yoga Day, is observed every year on June 21 since its inception in the year 2015. Yoga itself is a very old practice that is followed in India since time immemorial. Its origin can be traced back to Lord Shiva, who is also called the Adi Yogi (first guru) and is known as the teacher to all the yogis in the world. However, today, the need for a nation that practises yoga on a day-to-day basis was felt by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, himself.
The idea to observe June 21 as Yoga Day was first proposed by the Prime Minister during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014. June 21 is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. He has stated:

“For us in India, respect for nature is an integral part of spiritualism. We treat nature’s bounties as sacred. Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change and in bettering our well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

Historic Moment

The draft of the proposal was presented by India’s Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji in UNGA in December 2014. It was a historic moment for UNGA as the draft received a very healthy support from its member states, the maximum that had ever been witnessed in its history. Of the total 193 members of the UNGA, the proposal was approved by a consensus of 177 co-sponsoring countries. “Little did I know the kind of unprecedented response our proposal would receive,” Modi said during his speech at the very first International Yoga Day celebrations at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi.

Modi stated the reason for proposing 21 June for the date as the day being the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere (while being shortest in the southern hemisphere). The day is known as summer solstice and has special significance from the perspective of yoga. Summer solstice is known to mark a transition to Dakshinaya. This transition is considered supportive to yoga practitioners as Dakshinayana is considered as a period of natural support to spiritual practices. Post the summer solstice, the first full moon is known as Guru Poornima.

Besides this, it is also believed that Shiva started imparting the knowledge of yoga to the rest of humanity on this very day. It was the day when he became the Adi Guru (first guru) of yoga.

The adoption of this resolution by UN was supported by many yoga practitioners and several spiritual leaders in India. They included the founder of Isha foundation, Sadhguru, and the founder of Art of Living, Ravi Shankar, who appreciated and fully supported the move. Ravi Shankar said that yoga was almost an orphan before that and an official recognition by the United Nations of a dedicated day for Yoga can substantially help spread the benefits of yoga to the entire world.

The first International Yoga Day was celebrated all over the world on 21 June, 2015. The day was celebrated at Rajpath and the arrangements were made by Ministry of AYUSH. Narendra Modi and dignitaries from 84 nations participated in the celebrations and performed 21 yoga asanas.

India holds 2 world records on Yoga Day already

The celebration that happened at Rajpath has established two Guinness world records. The first one was for being the world’s largest yoga class as it featured 35,985 people and the second one was for having maximum number of participating nationalities, that is, 84.

During his speech at the celebrations of International Yoga Day in 2015, Modi stated, “From the Upanishads, comes the idea of Yoga to transform human consciousness through control of body and senses through constant practice. The body is the vehicle for the realization of the Supreme Being.”

Yoga’s aim is not only to heal body but to purify all three: Mind, body and soul. It facilitates a connection between ourselves and Mother Nature, taking us closer to our real selves. Emphasising on the problems that we suffer from in the modern era and how yoga can be a cure-all for them, he said, “The problems of modern lifestyles are well known. People suffer from stress related ailments, lifestyle related diseases like diabetes and hypertension. We have found ways to control communicable diseases, but the burden of disease is shifting to non-communicable diseases. Young people who are not at peace with themselves seek refuge in drugs and alcohol. There is ample evidence that practicing yoga helps combat stress and chronic conditions. If the body is a temple of the mind, yoga creates a beautiful temple.”

Online Classes for K-12 Students: 10 Research Reports You Need to Know

From Advanced Placement courses offered by state-run virtual schools to credit recovery classes delivered via third-party software, supplemental online education courses have exploded in K-12 education.

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To help policymakers, administrators, educators, parents,and students make sense of it all, Education Week published an overview explaining the many varieties of online classes now available to K-12 students. It’s part of our new special report on the state of classroom technology, which you can read here.

For those who want to dig deeper, here are the reports and research studies that have shaped what we know about the still-murky field of K-12 …

 

Eye care facts you must know

Don’t blame the computer always
We live in an age when you cannot do with staring at the computer screen, or your smartphone. Ophthalmologists suggest the best way to avoid computer vision syndrome is to give your eyes a rest frequently. Constant staring can lead to eye strain and can blur your vision temporarily. Looking into the distance once in a while can help too. Doctors suggest that closing eyes for a few minutes after every 20-30 minutes, can help to lubricate and moisten your eyes.

Your glasses do not weaken eyesight
Just because your glasses need to be changed every few years does not mean that they are weakening your eyesight. Glasses only make you see better. The changes happen only as you age.

Make-up debris can injure eyes (Thinkstock)

Make-up debris can injure eyes
You need to be careful when you are volumising your lashes or applying kajal in the waterline of your eyes. Experts say that the make-up debris that gets trapped under the outer layer of the eye can cause eye issues. There are remedies say doctors and you could also use antibiotic drops.

Smoking damages your vision
Quit smoking, because it simply increases your risk of macular degeneration. And that is one of the leading causes of blindness. The harmful after effects of smoking include damage to the small blood vessels of the retina and optic nerve. This kind of damage to internal parts of the eye can cause loss of eyesight.

Wearing lenses overnight is a big no-no
Even if your lens pack states that it is good enough to be worn overnight, you should never do it, say eye doctors. Caring for your lens in the right way is crucial, or it might lead to loss of eyesight. One must soak lens in disinfectant solution overnight, touch them only with squeaky clean hands and store them in a clean case.

Vision loss is inevitable
At some point in your life you will definitely need to wear glasses, contact lenses or get an eye surgery done. Studies however have found that spending more time outdoors, among nature could help one to have better vision.

Here’s everything you need to know about buying the right leather shoe

Leather shoes can last for quite long if they are maintained well. Check the texture, insole and lining of the shoe before buying, say experts.

Ishaan Sachdeva, director at Alberto Torresi, and Tabby Bhatia, director at Voganow.com, share the following tips on how to go about buying leather shoes:

* One of the easiest ways to check the authenticity of leather is through touch. By pressing the texture of the leather – if it is real, the texture would seem wrinkled and pulled. Also, genuine leather gives more of a natural and swanky touch.

* Shoe fitting is the most important factor to be considered while buying leather shoes. A leather shoe – if made by an experienced craftsman — will not only fit you well, but seem like second skin. A good fitting shoe will last longer as the chances of it getting wrinkles or the shoe getting out of shape are ruled out.

Follow aesthetic and visual sensibilities while shopping for leather shoes. (Shutterstock)

* The insole and lining of the shoe also plays an important role. A perfect pair of shoes should have an extra padded insole. An extra layer of cushioning between the feet and the shoe makes the grip comfortable and sturdy. Genuine leather on the insole and lining helps the shoes last longer and also eliminates the chances of bad foot odour.

* Another important aspect of leather shoes is its fragrance. Leather shoes have a rich fragrance which is typical of leather and cannot come from fake leather. Also, genuine leather does not have odour of chemicals or plastic.

Genuine leather on the insole and lining helps the shoes last longer and also eliminates the chances of bad foot odour. (Shutterstock)

* Examining the details of the sole is also considered to be an essential element before investing in the shoes and can be an important quality indicator. There are varied types of soles ranging from rubber, leather sole, to extra light weight sole for longer walking hours. It is recommended that the soles of the shoes should be stitched to the upper surface rather than glued..

* Follow aesthetic and visual sensibilities while shopping for a pair of leather shoes. If the pairs are handcrafted or hand painted, one should analyse the finesse in terms of colour finishing and stitching details. The stitching should be neat and barely noticeable.

Leather shoes can last for quite long if they are maintained well. (Shutterstock)

* Check if the shoe has any kind of plastic coat or an extra unreal shine on it, which on the touch can make you feel that there is a layer between your touch and the material of shoe. This shiny coat applied to the leather shoe loses the shine with growing usage, and eventually not only peels off, but takes the colour coat with it – reducing the shoes’ life to one season.

 

World Cuisine: Know the Difference Between Continental Food and Oriental Food

Different cuisines prepared in different regions across the world have stories to tell about its place, tradition and culture. From Chinese to Continental, Lebanese to Japanese and Indian, all of them have a taste of their own. We all love to savour delicacies from around the world, especially since they are easily available in India now. However, there’s always been a confusion between continental and oriental food, generally mistaken as one kind. According to Chef Irfan Pabaney from The Sassy Spoon, Mumbai, “the major difference between these two kinds of food lies in the regions they are prepared in. Continental food is made in Europe and Oriental food covers the Southeast Asian region.”

Read on as we give you a lowdown on the difference between continental food and oriental food.

World Cuisine: Know the Difference Between Continental Food and Oriental Food

What is Continental Food?

Chef Irfan tells us, “Continental food is something that is prepared in the continent of Europe. Essentially you won’t see Chinese and Indian cuisines in a Continental platter, just Mediterranean and French food.” Continental food refers to the delicacies consumed in European countries. The French, Italian and Spanish parts of Europe, all do ‘continental’ dishes which focus more on olive oil, wine, garlic and various herbs and spices.

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What is Oriental Food?

According to Chef Irfan, “Oriental food belongs to the Southeast Asian countries which include Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, etc.” The Oriental part of Asia covers a big chunk of Eastern Asia encompassing a wide range of culinary traditions. The Orient can stretch up to Philippines, Korean, Thailand, Indonesia, Mongolia, Japan, Vietnam and regions covering most of China. Oriental food generally uses dried ingredients like dry apricot and dry plums, while continental food does not use any of it.

Unlike oriental food, continental food has lesser amount of vegetables, but nowadays vegetables have become common in both the cuisines. Foods like baby corns, sundried tomatoes and lotus roots were never used in Continental dishes but now chefs don’t hesitate to use them while cooking.

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Celebrity Chef Siddharth Talwar gives us a quick glance at the major differences:

By Definition: Oriental food is Asian style cooking and Continental food is European style cooking.

Spices and Herbs Used: Oriental food uses lesser amounts of spices and herbs, while Continental food uses generous amount including rosemary, thyme, et al.

Staple: Oriental food uses a lot of noodles and rice, while meat and steaks are included in continental dishes

Sauces: Sauces are used as a part of the dish in the case of oriental food, while in continental food they are used as seasoning or condiments

Some Examples: Oriental food includes Peking Duck, Cantonese, Schezwan Chicken, Gka Prow Gai, Baked Thai Chicken and Sushi platter among others and Continental food includes pastas, steaks, pies, and other bakes.

Now that you know some of the differences between oriental and continental food, you know what to order next!

NEET 2017: Stage set for CBSE to declare results, know how to check

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is all set to declare the results of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), which was taken by 12 lakh students aspiring to join medical and dental colleges across the country.

The process of declaring the result was set in motion after the Supreme Court on June 12 gave a go-ahead to the board by staying a May 24 interim order of the Madras high court, which restrained it from publishing the result.

The top court said it was inclined to grant a stay on the high court’s order, which was indirectly “diluting” the schedule for NEET-2017 earlier fixed by the apex court.

CBSE NEET results

A vacation bench comprising justice PC Pant and justice Deepak Gupta directed the authorities to proceed with the process of announcing the results, subsequent counselling and admission as per the schedule fixed by the apex court.

However, the bench said the result declaration, as well as the subsequent counselling and admission through NEET 2017, would be subject to the decision of the apex court in the matter pending before it. It also asked the high courts not to entertain pleas in the matters relating to NEET 2017.

The bench posted the matter for hearings after the summer vacation.

The CBSE moved the Supreme Court on June 9 seeking an immediate stay of the Madras high court order. The board also sought the transfer of petitions on NEET 2017 from various high courts to the apex court.

The petitioners demanded before the high court that NEET 2017 should be cancelled and a fresh exam with a uniform question paper be conducted. They claimed that different sets of question papers were used at various places, though a common syllabus had been announced.

The school board released the answer keys of the examination on June 15 and candidates were given time until 5pm on June 16 to challenge the keys. On June 13, CBSE displayed the images of OMR answer sheets and responses to the questions marked by candidates who appeared in the exam.

According to the schedule of the exam, the CBSE was expected to declare the results on June 8.

Candidates can check their results on cbseresults.nic.in after they are declared.

Steps to check the results:

1) Go on cbseresults.nic.in

1) Click on link for NEET 2017 results to visit the login page

2) Enter required details

4) Result will be displayed on the screen

5) Take a printout and download it on your computer for future reference

 

11 Things People With Eczema Want You to Know

What do you think when you imagine eczema? A red rash, dry skin? Or perhaps even an issue that mostly impacts kids? But what many people don’t realize is that eczema can be a painful, devastating condition. According to the National Eczema Association, 30 million people in the United States are currently living with some form of eczema. There are different types of eczema, so there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. The most common type is atopic dermatitis, which can occur in people from allergy-prone families, and is related to an underlying immune reaction that affects the skin.

People with the condition can experience flare-ups at any time—sometimes for no reason at all—although eating the wrong foods, coming into contact with an irritating substance, or experiencing a bit too much stress can increase the likelihood. What’s more, the symptoms often go beyond red, dry, itchy skin; eczema can disturb your sleep, impact relationships, and wreak havoc on all parts of a person’s life. Chances are, you already know someone with eczema. Here’s what they want you to know about their day-to-day struggles.

“I’ve been going through a particularly rough flare-up of my eczema for the past several months. I think the biggest misconception about the condition is that it’s ‘just a rash.’ I feel like people don’t take it seriously; even when I look up research on it, most is just targeted to children.”
—Kate, 24, Houston

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The condition is more than just cosmetic

“In very bad cases or flare-ups, I can’t sleep and have no appetite… Physically, people don’t understand just how bad it can get. I shiver in the dead of summer because my weeping skin can’t hold my heat in. I can barely move my arms because every motion reopens a raw crack in the skin.”
—Dawn, 31, Los Angeles  

Dry, itching skin can keep you up at night

“Eczema is the breakdown of the barriers that protect and seal your skin. Sufferers of allergies may know what the rash feels like, or someone who has brushed against poison ivy would understand the sensation of eczema. Also, since your skin barrier can’t really hold in moisture, dry, itchy skin is a constant battle. The discomfort of the itching and dry skin can lead to poor sleep, since you may, even subconsciously, scratch all night in bed.”
—Phil

Bad eczema has nothing to do with poor hygiene

“Before my diagnosis, I did not know how complex and varied eczema is as a disease. I also did not know how difficult it is treat, and how this difficulty stymies many doctors. Bad cases of eczema don’t simply arise from poor hygiene or skincare routine. It has more complicated causes, and hence, more complicated solutions.”
—Dawn

 Since eczema is so hard to treat and individualized, suggestions do not help

“If you are a stranger trying to offer tips to someone with eczema… remember that I’ve spent a boatload of time, energy, and money trying to deal with my condition. I’ve read everything online, gone to numerous doctors, and tried all sorts of medical and DIY remedies. Trying to suggest that I try this one brand of lotion, or take a cold shower, can be infuriating. It actually trivializes what I’ve gone through.”
—Dawn

“This condition is chronic, and in addition to the external suffering, it can be taxing on your mental and physical stress levels. I’ve gotten many looks of concern, or heard comments from people I’ve attended school and worked with; this does drag on your esteem every day. I also wish people would stop insisting I see a doctor. If I am having a bad skin day, I know about it. I really don’t need the confirmation that my external appearance matches my internal agony.”
—Phil

Eczema is sometimes related to food allergies

“My eczema is closely related to my celiac disease and food allergies. For example, if I eat gluten and then get exposed to the sun, I will develop diarrhea, headaches, and a bad rash on my arms. When I was in my thirties, my allergy doctor diagnosed me with celiac disease and I also tested positive for many food allergies. If I avoid gluten and other foods that I’m allergic to, I get fewer rashes.”
—Janet, 67, Portage, MI

People with eczema are diligent about their self-care habits

“There are so many factors I’ve identified as my ‘triggers’ for my eczema, and I work hard to avoid them. Some of these include stress, food and seasonal allergies, too much alcohol on the weekends, dehydration, a poor diet of processed foods, and vitamin D deficiency.”
—Phil  

The condition can really impact your social life and work

“This [recent] flare-up has caused a severe lack of sleep, frequent panic attacks, and a general spike in anxiety since my body is under this constant stress. The eczema has also affected my social life because I don’t really want to be seen when my skin is so torn up. If I didn’t work from home as a publicist who works remotely, I don’t know how I would have maintained a job.”
—Kate

Most people with severe eczema have tried it all

“I’ve tried it all: wrapping my skin in saran wrap, oatmeal baths, sleeping in leggings and long sleeves. I only use ‘all clear’ soaps, shampoos, and detergents. I even cut out gluten, just in case. I have seen several dermatologists, most of whom look at me for five seconds and say, ‘Oh, you have eczema,’ and then hand me some ointments, none of which have worked for me. I’ve been on several medications that either don’t show enough progress or seem to cause eczema flare-ups once you go off them.”
—Kate

Some treatments can may make eczema worse for sensitive individuals

“I have eczema on my hands and feet. Often, my flare-ups are related to what I consume or an allergic reaction to an ingredient. Mine tend to happen when I consume gluten products, especially rice and pasta. I’ve become vegetarian, which has reduced my outbreaks. Also, it’s important to be careful with topical solutions because they tend to have steroids or alcohol in them, and those can sometimes can make your eczema worse.”

 

10 Things You Need To Know Before Trying The Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet has been quietly developing a cult following online. Maybe you’ve heard about it, or maybe you haven’t. The main thing you need to know about “keto,” the popular nickname for the diet, is that it’s high-fat, moderate protein, and low-carb. Many people who have tried the diet say the results are unbelievable. It’s known to help with more than just weight loss, too, and has been credited to helping with diabetes, Lyme disease, epilepsy, and anxiety.

 

If you’re interested in trying the diet, here’s what you need to know first.

1. SAY GOODBYE TO CARBS.

‘Cause you can’t have ’em! Technically speaking, you will have carbs — about 20 grams (of net carbs) per day. The source of these carbs will be vegetables, probably. But the point of this diet is to get your body to stop running on carbs. So prepare to trade in pizza, bread, pasta, and even quinoa for salads, olive oil, avocado, and meat. BUT, before you say, “hell no, I won’t go,” know that you can have some of your favorites, like bacon, ranch dressing, and even butter.

Wait, is butter a carb? Kidding!

2. FAT IS YOUR FRIEND.

Fat is your new fuel. You’re going to need lots of it: roughly 90 grams per day, depending on your body and weight loss goal. Finding sources of good fat isn’t too difficult, though — just reach for some almonds, macadamia nuts, and avocado.

And forget everything you’ve heard about fatty foods and don’t even think about buying anything that’s low-fat; that’s the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve here.

3. IT’S GOING TO SUCK AT FIRST.

Think about it: Your body has to adjust to starchy carbs going MIA. You’ll probably experience something that people refer to as “keto flu.” Basically, when your body is going through the transition into ketosis, you’ll feel some flu-like symptoms—mostly headaches. But don’t worry, it won’t last too long.

4. BUT THERE’S BACON!

Bacon will get you through. Of course, having bacon every day isn’t a healthy choice, but having it at brunch will make you feel like you’re still a human while your friends scarf down waffles, home fries, and toast.

5. YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT HALF-ASS THIS.

If you think you can just eat keto-friendly foods and that will be all it takes, you’re in for a real surprise. The truth is, you have to weigh everything you eat so that you can calculate everything you eat and keep track of your macronutrients. You’re going to have daily goals of how much fat, protein, and carbs you should eat, and if you don’t reach them, you won’t see any results. In fact, if you start stuffing your face with all the bacon and cheese you can get, you might actually gain weight. So don’t cut corners.

6. YOU’RE GOING TO BECOME OBSESSED WITH READING LABELS.

As part of the diet, you’ll have to check for net carbs (total carbs minus dietary fiber) on food labels constantly. It’s not really a bad thing, but get ready to be the person who says “there’s way too many carbs in that!”

7. YOUR SOCIAL LIFE MIGHT TAKE A HIT.

Going out to eat isn’t the easiest thing in the world. There are absolutely keto options on almost every menu, but you’re always going to be wondering, “what kind of oil was this cooked in?” Or “were these chicken wings breaded?” And nights out drinking with your friends? Be careful. You won’t have the tolerance you had before (on the plus side, you’ll save money on drinks) and you might not want to drink at all. Why mess up progress with alcohol?

8. SOME PEOPLE MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND.

It’s hard to explain keto to others. If you want to fully emerge yourself in the diet, you need to a lot about it. And trying to regurgitate all of that info to someone who isn’t on keto can be difficult. People will ask you why you want to deprive yourself of carbs, but you just have to keep your mind set on your goals.

9. YOUR STOMACH WILL THANK YOU.

I don’t just mean your abs — which will feel slim and less bloated. If you have stomach issues, like bloating, IBS, or just chronic food comas, you’ll feel so much better on keto. You won’t eat just to eat, you’ll eat to reach your daily intake goals. For a lot of people on keto, they say they don’t even feel hungry. Imagine that, being satisfied after your meal? #Goals.

10. YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN … THE INTERNET.

If you feel like none of your friends understand the diet, don’t worry about that. Not only can you google all of your burning keto questions, but you can find communities online of other people who are doing the diet. You can share recipes and success stories, struggles, and setbacks. You’re never alone.

 

World Cuisine: Know the Difference Between Continental Food and Oriental Food

Different cuisines prepared in different regions across the world have stories to tell about its place, tradition and culture. From Chinese to Continental, Lebanese to Japanese and Indian, all of them have a taste of their own. We all love to savour delicacies from around the world, especially since they are easily available in India now. However, there’s always been a confusion between continental and oriental food, generally mistaken as one kind. According to Chef Irfan Pabaney from The Sassy Spoon, Mumbai, “the major difference between these two kinds of food lies in the regions they are prepared in. Continental food is made in Europe and Oriental food covers the Southeast Asian region.”

Read on as we give you a lowdown on the difference between continental food and oriental food.

World Cuisine: Know the Difference Between Continental Food and Oriental Food

 What is Continental Food?
 Chef Irfan tells us, “Continental food is something that is prepared in the continent of Europe. Essentially you won’t see Chinese and Indian cuisines in a Continental platter, just Mediterranean and French food.” Continental food refers to the delicacies consumed in European countries. The French, Italian and Spanish parts of Europe, all do ‘continental’ dishes which focus more on olive oil, wine, garlic and various herbs and spices.
pastaContinental food is something that is prepared in the continent of Europe​

What is Oriental Food?

According to Chef Irfan, “Oriental food belongs to the Southeast Asian countries which include Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, etc.” The Oriental part of Asia covers a big chunk of Eastern Asia encompassing a wide range of culinary traditions. The Orient can stretch up to Philippines, Korean, Thailand, Indonesia, Mongolia, Japan, Vietnam and regions covering most of China. Oriental food generally uses dried ingredients like dry apricot and dry plums, while continental food does not use any of it.

 Unlike oriental food, continental food has lesser amount of vegetables, but nowadays vegetables have become common in both the cuisines. Foods like baby corns, sundried tomatoes and lotus roots were never used in Continental dishes but now chefs don’t hesitate to use them while cooking.
thai curry 620x350Oriental food belongs to the Southeast Asian countries​ Photo Credit: Kunal Chandra

Celebrity Chef Siddharth Talwar gives us a quick glance at the major differences:

 By Definition: Oriental food is Asian style cooking and Continental food is European style cooking.
 Spices and Herbs Used: Oriental food uses lesser amounts of spices and herbs, while Continental food uses generous amount including rosemary, thyme, et al.
 Staple: Oriental food uses a lot of noodles and rice, while meat and steaks are included in continental dishes
 Sauces: Sauces are used as a part of the dish in the case of oriental food, while in continental food they are used as seasoning or condiments
 Some Examples: Oriental food includes Peking Duck, Cantonese, Schezwan Chicken, Gka Prow Gai, Baked Thai Chicken and Sushi platter among others and Continental food includes pastas, steaks, pies, and other bakes.
 Now that you know some of the differences between oriental and continental food, you know what to order next!