101 reasons you should be blogging too

This being my 101st blog I wanted to write something special. I think by now I have a little bit of experience in the blogging world. All day today and yesterday I’ve been squeezing my brain over the precise points. But here goes.

  1. It’s cool 
  2. You get to have a website to refer people too
  3. It’s free ( or very very affordable if you’ll want to buy an URL) 
  4. You get to write. 
  5. You get to be better at writing.
  6. You get to express and be creative.
  7. you’re imagination expands.
  8. You become better at titles.
  9. You get to brag ( a little ).
  10. You get to connect with amazing like minded people.  
  11. You get hated at ( and learn to accept being hated at at times ).
  12. You get great messages and comments from people around the world.
  13. you get introduced by other people ( through blogs) and that’s just awesome.
  14. You can make an income out of it ( But I don’t make a dime out of it, I do cause I love it)
  15. You can do from anywhere in the world
  16. There are no rules to blogging .
  17. You can  grow through your blog.
  18. You get to put your name out there.
  19. You get to market your business .
  20. you can market your Youtube channel. Here’s mine 
  21. You can market your second Youtube channel ( In my case). Here’s my other one
  22. You can become an author someday 
  23. You make your parents proud 
  24. OR make them hate you ( a little maybe. Depending on the content)
  25. You get to write about your passion
  26. You don’t depend on your friend, family or country to read it. The world is your oyster.
  27. You can get things off your chest. In code 😉 ( Like shakespeare) 
  28. You can move people 
  29. You can spread awareness about something that matters.
  30. You can make people happy
  31. You can make people angry
  32. You can make people cry ( tears of joy/sadness/shame)
  33. You can make people laugh
  34. You could make people like  you 
  35. You could make people hate you 
  36. You could make people enjoy your company ( through the blog )
  37. You could connect with someone from the other side of your world and end up being best friends
  38. You could make this your full time job if you wanted to 
  39. More people will follow you on social media
  40. You can find fame
  41. You learn more as you research more stuff to write about 
  42. You can reinvent yourself 
  43. You can talk about whatever you like. And theres no to stop you from doing it. You have the keys to your blogging gate.
  44. You can meet amazing new people 
  45. you can meet your heroes 
  46. You get to learn taking better pictures for your blog ( if you’re into that stuff)
  47. You learn to be more articulate 
  48. You learn to create a website
  49. You can get your message out there
  50. You can post whatever you want, unedited, uncut and uncensored.
  51. You can blog wearing your underwear only if you want.
  52. You can blog in your sportswear 
  53. you can build a community 
  54. Your confidence will build as you build better content 
  55. You can inspire 
  56. Your mind will expand
  57. You will learn to be more open to what others have to say because you discover that you can say pure nonsense sometimes.
  58. Your tolerance to trolls increases.
  59. Your tolerance to spam increases.
  60. Your tolerance to stupid increases.
  61. Your tolerance to hearing the other side increases. 
  62. You can write enough content to write a book
  63. You’ll get A LOT more email.
  64. Blogging is cheaper than therapy 
  65. You’ll begin to discover who you really are
  66. You’ll like yourself just because you’ll realise that you’re offering the world great insight 
  67. You’ll get nice emails
  68. You’ll look forward to emails again 
  69. You’ll learn what makes a good blog
  70. You’ll learn what makes a poor blog
  71. You’ll learn to care less of what people think 
  72. You’ll learn to think outside the box
  73. You’ll learn to challenge yourself.
  74. You’ll learn to be more disciplined.
  75. You can end up helping somebody
  76. You can end up saving somebody
  77. You can end up loving somebody
  78. You can end up hating somebody
  79. Y0u’ll know what people really think of you sometimes 
  80. You’ll know who your supporters are
  81. You’ll know who your haters are.
  82. You’ll know who just doesn’t care.
  83. New opportunities will arise 
  84. You can showcase your accomplishments
  85. You get to spread a message for free to the world 
  86. You can start having people holding you accountable for a challenge you’d like to do 
  87. You can be sponsored to do something you love
  88. You can tragedy into comedy ( like death for examples, which happen to be one of my favourite topics)
  89. You can turn comedy into tragedy ( You don’t want to be that person though)
  90. You can speak your mind 
  91. Blogging is perfect for introverts 
  92. Blogging is perfect for people who are stage shy
  93. Blogging is perfect for people who stutter 
  94. Blogging is perfect for extroverts ( if they feel the need to say even more)
  95. You can share topics that are dear to your heart.
  96. You can share topics that make you completely cringe.
  97. You can learn to make lists this long
  98. People will call you for advice 
  99. People will thank you at times
  100. You can indirectly send out a message about a taboo subject that is normally not talked about in certain societies 
  101. You may just get rich by doing what you love.

There you have it folks. 101 points on why you should be blogging, or at least typing on a screen on a notepad to get you started on a great journey.

Thank you all. You made this blog special. Now do yourselves a favour and shine.

How to reverse type 2 diabetes with sugar

You read that right! Sugar! But not the sugar you have in mind. The sugar that is converted is what I’m talking about. Sugar from carbs.

Well, let me start this post off by saying that I’m no doctor (obviously). BUT

I do follow the studies and work of several doctors and that’s where I’ve gotten this information from.

Diabetics have a list of food that they’ll have to stay away from. And carbs are the enemy!!

I agree to some extent. Cookies, doughnuts bread maybe!? All of that can be bad for any kind of person and not just diabetics. But how about rice? fruit? Oatmeal?

 And also please not that I’m talking about Type-2 Diabetes, not Type-1 Diabetes, aka Juvenile Diabetes.  They are different diseases.

ok now back to carbohydrate and diabetes. Carbohydrates are not the cause, and have never been the cause of diabetes.  If that were the case, then cultures that eat a diet made up of mostly high-fiber whole food carbohydrates would have high rates of diabetes.  That’s not the case.  And when people from these cultures move to a Western country & start eating as we do–their rates of diabetes rise.

Let me talk a little about Dr Neal Bernard  who has been reversing diabetes for years now and has been successful. His dietary approaches to diabetes is quite simple.

1. Begin a Vegan Diet: Avoid Animal Products
Animal products contain fat, especially saturated fat, which is linked to heart disease, insulin resistance, and certain forms of cancer. These products also contain cholesterol and, of course, animal protein. It may surprise you to learn that diets high in animal protein can aggravate kidney problems and calcium losses. Animal products never provide fiber or healthful carbohydrates. A vegan diet is one that contains no animal products at all. So, you’ll want to avoid red meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, and eggs.

2. Avoid Added Vegetable Oils and Other High-Fat Foods

Although most vegetable oils are in some ways healthier than animal fats, you will still want to keep them to a minimum. All fats and oils are highly concentrated in calories. A gram of any fat or oil contains nine calories, compared with only four calories for a gram of carbohydrate. Avoid foods fried in oil, oily toppings, and olives, avocados, and peanut butter. Aim for no more than 2–3 grams of fat per serving of food.

3. Favor Foods with a Low Glycemic Index

The glycemic index identifies foods that increase blood sugar rapidly. This handy tool allows you to favor foods that have much less effect on blood sugar. High-glycemic-index foods include sugar itself, white potatoes, most wheat flour products, and most cold cereals.

4. Go High Fiber
Aim for 40 grams of fiber a day, but start slowly. Load up on beans, vegetables, and fruits. Choose whole grains (try barley, oats, quinoa, millet, whole-wheat pasta, etc.). Aim for at least 3 grams per serving on food labels and at least 10 grams per meal.

To put these guidelines to work, focus on the New Four Food Groups. Choose unlimited amounts of grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Modest amounts of nonfat condiments and coffee are also fine.

Grains: pasta, rice, high-fiber cereals, corn, oatmeal, couscous, bulgur wheat, millet, barley, rye, etc.
Legumes: beans (black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, white, etc.), peas, split peas, lentils, nonfat soy products
Fruits:  olives, pineapple, and watermelon. Bananas, apples, grapes, pears, peaches, oranges, melons, grapefruit, kiwi, and berries, among others, are all good choices.
Vegetables: all, except white potatoes. Examples include tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, collards, squash, green beans, bok choy, sweet potatoes, and artichokes.
A note on vitamin B12: Those following a diet free of animal products should take a B12 supplement of 5 micrograms per day. Any common multiple vitamin will provide this amount.

If you’re really serious about changing your life and ditching the insulin shots, you can buy his book here. All of this clinically researched. It’s not studies done by some Naturopath or  Homeopath. Real doctor, real patients and real clinics.

To longevity, a better living and your health.

What depresses me

I see people constantly getting themselves into depression, but I can’t speak to any of that. I do know how to get my self depressed though. It’s pretty basic and straightforward. I don’t really have to try and that’s the scary part. It’s scary how much easier I can get depressed vs be happy.

We live in a cynical world right now where we can easily be lured into sadness and misery. I get depressed by simply letting go. Done.Stress, shame, failure, lazy, the whole package. Who ever came up ” Just let it be” should have been more specific because that is some damaging advice. Didn’t the Beatles coin that?

Letting it be is one of the worse advice I’ve ever gotten because that’s what leads to my downfall. Living each day with the flow and with what it brings is what makes me  very very sad. Doing what’s scheduled for me and not scheduling myself saddens me. Not exercising saddens me. Not reading saddens me. Not writing saddens me. Not creating videos saddens me. Not praying on time saddens me. Not watching videos saddens me ( No, I don’t mean pointless social media videos). Not having a plan for my day saddens me. Not eating as well I can saddens me. Not seeing a sunrise for a long time saddens me.

Then I spoke to a lot of people and apparently I’m not alone. I ask, ” so what do you have planned out?” And I usually get replies like:

  1. just working (not really since we’re talking but let’s let it slide)
  2. just chilling
  3. just hanging out ( the ceiling?)
  4. busy with family
  5. watching tv
  6. playing with my phone
  7. nothing much

I’m not saying that those of the above things to be doing is bad or depressing. All I’m saying is that most people let themselves go and that troubles them. It troubles me when I don’t have any plans, goals or self made schedule. When all I do is work work work sleep repeat, constantly being on my phone, constantly making up plans in my head and not putting anything down on ink to schedule, not thinking anything new for myself, or creating is what really depresses me.

When we give in to social media, tv and soulless work is when we start to lose who we are and become part of the herd. Or the part of the braindead society.

I don’t what to lose you by saying so much and being repetitive. I will write a follow up post on what gets me out of depression and why maybe you should try it because we are so much a like you and I. You know. Human.

Destined for greatness or at least think we are. Maybe we should act like it every once in a while till its scheduled for life.

 

One of the ways to know if you’re empty

You seem to be missing something in your life. It’s a little more than something.

You have a tendency to take initiative. Not the kind of initiative we all want you to take though.  You walk in to a supermarket, buy groceries and you get over priced. You don’t tell the cashier , you ask to see the manager. You tell him how absurd this was and how you’ve  never received such service from a supermarket and threaten to report this as theft.

You walk out of there extremely hungry. You were in action mode, so you need food to replenish. You go to the nearest Italian restaurant because you feel like having pasta with meatballs on the side. You order just that. Your order arrives and one meatball is on the pasta while the rest are on the side. You stare at the food with surprise. The waiter asks if anything is wrong. You say “No, and smile” . You were too shy and embarrassed to say anything. You take a picture of the food, post it on social media, tagging the restaurant saying how late the order was, and how they got your order wrong and say that  you’re never going there ever again.

You go to school to pick up the kids. One of them tell you that they were bullied by this one kid in class and you happen to know their family. You call your friend, make up a version of the bullying and tell her how their kids aren’t being raised in a proper household and ask of her to call the mother and tell her this incident and how the whole school are talking about her children’s behaviour.

You later ask your father to speak to the principal so he can punish the kid who did that.

You later then go to the mirror, take a look at your face. There’s anger, shame, pride and a lot to give.

You then seek for healing. At least that’s what you should be seeking.

Seek peace. Seek insanity. Seek love. Seek life. Seek giving.

A disease that will take you to your grave

I sit and write this post partly from my grave. Just partly.

When I was 8  years old my only ambitions were to have as much fun as I possibly could. That was pretty much it for me till I was 17 maybe. I was then pressured to think of some career aspiration. No one told me I had to but I was asked that question a lot, so I’d automatically answer ” Computers” . Whatever that meant. I guess I kind of made it since I’m typing off one. A beautiful one if I may add.  I just said computers because my father was an IT person  and I’ve been around them all of my life. But knew nothing about them really. He didn’t really like anyone touching his stuff. Let alone a teenager playing with his precious computers. He’s just like that with his stuff and I understand. Some people are very sentimental with their possessions.

Then I went to university to study business. Most people who don’t have a clue what they want to do with their lives but want a degree, go for a business degree. At 19-20 I believe was when I first heard of triathlon and saw some people logging in crazy amounts of kilometres/miles. I went on my first 7km run and I was in so much pain and out of breath but loved it. I’ve been a runner for as long as I can remember but my furthest run was 3k. So I was hooked and was so impressed with how swimming, cycling and running could be one sport. I then decided I was going to be PRO. I was 19-20. I’m 26 now. That’s not going to happen now. I don’t want to anymore. Priorities  have changed  and so have aspirations but that’s beside the point. At 19 I said someday I’ll be pro but never really took the steps.

At the age of 21 I said someday I’ll do my masters in California, probably at Cal state long beach. I don’t have any desire to study at any universities anymore. I think they’re all a waste of time, money and you could be doing a lot more with your life then getting into debt to then get a job to pay the debt for 10 years ( if I’m lucky) . It’s all a scam.That’s besides the point though. At the age of 24 I wanted to publish a book. I’m 26 now and I’m swamped with work. There’s still hope for that now though. But that’s beside the point. I think I could have at least published 2 book by now. Self publish that is.

At  the age of 23 I wanted to start a Youtube channel and share my experiences with the world.  I told myself I’ll someday be a huge Youtube success and i’ll be influencing a lot of people to get fit, start their own business, be minimalists, eat more fruits etc..I started at 25 and at 26 I took it serious. I now barely have a 100 views.

I’m saying too much but not really making sense. Right?

“SOMEDAY is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.”

When is someday okay?

Someday is okay when you are already working towards your goals and are taking the required steps to go bigger or even take the next step. A good example I can use about myself is I’ll someday get the Sony rx100 iv or the canon g7x or even the canon 70D to make beautiful videos BUT i’m currently already filming and making the best videos I can with what I have. That someday is valid. If I die today. I take the disease to the grave and not the other way around. I die leaving behind videos that had room for improvement. And what doesn’t?

Don’t someday your dreams. Don’t take all of that to the grave with you.

I want to go to the grave as light as possible.

 

 

 

I have something 1% of the population have

Let me first tell you a story about someone who also has the same condition I do but will remain anonymous. Here’s a little incident where what she had backfired on her.

This is directly from her:

I’ve worked in a call centre as a stutterer for 2 months now. Vocally, I’ve been fine. Smashing out KPIs, bonding with callers, rarely blocking and never stuttered. Today was my last shift there. First call of the day and I absolutely butcher my verbatim greeting. I stutter on every word and forget my call flow. I literally choke and gag on the phone in disbelief. Call lasted 4:35, a number I will never forget in my life. I could tell by the callers tone that she was in disbelief as was I. Without thought or doubt, I logged out, picked up my bag and left.

I guess it was the most embarrassing moment of my life. I don’t know if it can be topped but it was severely awkward. 

What is the best way to emotionally heal from something this severe? I’ve had some bad moments, but I was working in a call centre for a major company. It was horrible. 

Ok, back to me. She then mentions that it could have been because she got drunk on Friday, she doesn’t know then. Here’s the thing. Maybe it’s cause I was tired. Maybe because I was stressed, maybe, maybe,maybe maybe maybe maybe maybe maybe. Something that never leaves my mind. MAYBE.

She is now emotionally suffering and so are many hundreds of us. I don’t think anyone can who doesn’t stutter could ever relate. Ever. Here’s what I want you to imagine. You’re talking and suddenly a word won’t come out. It’s just stuck. B b b b b b b but why? Caussssssssssssssssseeeee we’re the 1%. Even science has brought us only this far with stuttering (or stammering ) . Now try attempting to say it by squinting,  or moving, or turning away, or raising your voice, or even pausing ( oh but wait if I pause people will notice) or but completely stopping taking a deep  breath closing your eyes, opening them to an audience waiting with deep anticipation about what could be the next word. Yeah, good luck trying to know how it feels.

In today’s class I walked in after 13 hours of work. Now this is a class I actually enjoy teaching. Yes maybe cause I’ve had a long day. Maybe because….or maybe..You know the drill. My mouth just went on lock down. My breaths were short. I was on pause through out the entire class almost. I later apologised ( with stutters ) about why today’s class isn’t as always.

I have lived with this for as long as I remember. I may have been failing classes due to this. I don’t know. What I did about it was “Nothing”. I have almost never backed away from an experience, an opportunity or from a conversation. I have a good poker face though. When I stutter know that you’re talking to me. Know that I have come out of character and you’re now dealing with me in mind and body.

I come back home to a house I’m responsible for, to health, to family that love me. What’s the worse that has happened?  It’s all good. Reception is just a little off sometimes but apart from that its all good. I make my living by talking.  Can you imagine, the stutterer makes his living through education and entertainment.  For anyone struggling with any difficulties in life. Please. Please. Don’t back down. Go out there and make it your strength or at least your living. Oh and laugh about it. It’s kind of hilarious sometimes.

I will now go to bed, and I wake I’ll get dressed and go to tomorrow’s class.

Oh, also after class I went to the bathroom and found blueberry and chia stains right in front of my teeth.

TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT hmmmmmmmmmm *takes breath*
T H A N K  Y O U for reading

 

Everything you need to know about happiness

Happiness.  Something we’re all looking for. Everyone is in the search team and so am I.

You know the cliche ” stop looking for happiness, stop looking for love” . That’s just wrong. You cannot and must not stop looking for happiness. I mean please. What are we living for then?

I spent tons of money to fill the empty gaps I had, tons on “adventure trips” to later come back to the same s***hole I call a life. What was I doing wrong? I was buying the latest gear, was on the latest trends and even watched the latest ” supposedly” good movies. I hated the movies people liked a lot of the time. Interstellar yuck. Or how about Mad Max! Really?  People boasted about how good it was I just had to watch it. I was so disappointed. I did love every minute of the Revenant though and the Son of Saul. Not many people agreed with me. Star wars was kick ass. Spectre was by far one of the best bond movies yet. I guess all the trends aren’t that bad. The difference was that I had to decide for myself what I liked and didn’t like.

I researched long and hard: ” How to be happy” . There are so many answers out there and the one that made the sense to me ( after applying it to my own life ) was to look around.  I looked around and realised that this was enough to keep me to content. Maybe not psyched happy but content.

Once I was happy with I had or at least accepted them, I fell a burden fall of my shoulder. I no longer had to be a prey to public opinion. I go to say what I like and disliked. What I’ll follow and what I won’t follow. Part of contentment was also accepting other as they are. Accepting their opinions, crappy or not. Most of the movies I watch and books I read are pretty crappy to people, but I think they’re masterpieces. So I guess it works both ways.

Contentment is everyday.

  • Improving your relationships. Everyday try and do something nicer for your loved ones. The loved ones to you. Not the ones are who suppose to be your loved ones. Everyday try and surprise yourself and the ones you love with a little something. It pays off double.  And that right there is happiness.
  • Improve your competent in something you love. What do you love? What makes you smile? What makes you bounce?  What makes you laugh? What interests you? What makes you a better person? What makes you of better service? Do that everyday. Just a little. I read a little everyday, practise gratitude a little, run, move, swim, bike, lift a little, create videos a little and write a little. When I’m done I’m bouncy, happy, smiling, laughing, better, and a more interesting person all around.
  • Improve your freedom. What’s holding you back? What’s keeping you imprisoned even though you’re free. I was once a prisoner of certain foods. I then slowly set my self free, and now total freedom. It’s so liberating. I was once a prisoner of people pleasing. I’m now free to share what I think without being afraid of judgment. I was once a slave to a 9-5 job that had me tied from a lot of the things I love, but I’m now free of that. Everyday I work on my freedom. I was once in an imprisoning relationship where I felt trapped, now I’m free and it feels good. Sometimes this very laptop that provides me with the tools to better myself, inspire and be creative can hold me prisoner. I’m working on that.
  • Improve self love. What don’t you love about yourself? Work on it. Don’t just accept it. Improve. There’s always room for improvement. The whole ” Love whoever you are” is just bogus. You need to be on perfecting your flaws. No one is ever going to love you enough. That’s why you should always choose yourself. I love you though reader.

Contentment is happiness. That’s all there’s to love. You may go do a little bit of it now.

*Drops mic*

 

 

Proteinoholic

So this post isn’t very original. I copied it. But

But I think its educational, important and a must read.

Here’s a conversation happening between a doctor ( Dr. Garth Davis ) and a patient.

Can you believe people actually avoid fruit in an attempt to lose weight? There has never been a single credible study showing that fruit consumption leads to weight gain, and yet this concept is as prevalent as any nutrition dogma. I have treated people for obesity for years and I can tell you, nobody is coming to see me because they ate too many apples or grapes. Why do people think fruit leads to weight gain? The quick answer from my patients is because of the carbs.

When I ask my patients what their downfall is, when it comes to weight loss, they unanimously blame carbs. Their diet log will read: eggs-and-bacon breakfast sandwich, Subway sandwich and chips for lunch, and a pork roast with potatoes for dinner. When asked the part of that menu that is causing them to gain weight, they blame the bread from the sandwiches, the chips, and the potatoes. It is always the bun, never the hamburger. Now don’t get me wrong; there is nothing healthy about chips, loaded with fat. The sandwich bread is likely bleached flour with little, to no, nutrient value.

However, the vast majority of the calories are coming from fat and protein. Pizza and donuts are considered carbs despite the fact that they contain as many (or more) calories from fat as carbs.

Here are two examples. The first is for a Pizza Hut six-inch Personal Pan Meat Lover’s Pizza (admittedly one of their more calorically dense and fat-heavy options). Of the 850 total calories, 430 come from fat. That’s 51 percent. Another hundred calories come from protein, leaving 320 calories from carbs.

Second, a Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donut. According to the company’s website (updated September 2014), a single donut delivers 190 calories, 100 of them from fat. That’s 53 percent. Carbs account for 84 calories (44%), while protein comprises another 6 calories (3%).

Widespread Misconceptions About Protein, Carbs, and Fat
Here’s a recent conversation with a patient, a woman from Ghana, that really highlights the misconceptions about diet and weight loss. She has lived in the United States for many years, and during much of that time, struggled mightily with obesity. She has seen endocrinologists, dietitians, and trainers. She has done the Atkins diet several times and most recently went to a doctor who prescribed Belviq (the newest prescription medication targeting obesity). She sees a registered dietitian and a trainer regularly. Despite the meds, the medical oversight, and her sincere and steadfast efforts, she still has a body mass index (BMI) of 40, which classifies her as morbidly obese.

And as you’ll see, she already knows everything she needs to make smarter decisions. It’s only the proteinaholism that blinds her to the truth:

ME: So what do you typically eat for breakfast?

PATIENT: Usually eggs of some sort and a protein.

ME: What do you mean by “protein”?

PATIENT: Well, it could be chicken or bacon or sausage.

ME: Hmm, those aren’t really protein. I mean, some of those choices have more calories from fat than protein. So really, you could just as well say, “I have eggs and some fat for breakfast.”

PATIENT: (Chuckles) Never thought about it like that.

ME: So what’s for lunch?

PATIENT: Usually salad with a pro-um,

I mean fish or chicken.

ME: OK, do you snack during the day?

PATIENT: No. My issues really are at night, when we eat more carbs from our traditional diet from Ghana. We eat lots of yams and stews. Lots of starches.

ME: Interesting that you view that as your bad meal when to me it’s your best. Have you visited Ghana recently?

PATIENT: Yes. Funny enough, whenever I visit Ghana I lose weight. That is the only place I lose weight.

ME: What do you eat there?

PATIENT: Lots of yams, yam stews, lots of maize (corn), fruit.

ME: Are there lots of obese people in Ghana?

PATIENT: Not at all. In fact, when I am there I am one of the biggest.

ME: So do you see what I’m getting at? In Ghana you eat lots of starches and fruits, and people are thin and you lose weight. But come to America and eat American “health food,” and you gain weight. As I look at your diet history, you have always tried diets that focus on high protein. You told me you try to eat lots of protein and it has never worked long for you. Yet you have completely avoided a diet that you enjoy and have lost weight on.

PATIENT: Well, I thought fruits and starches made you fat, and we need more protein. That is all I hear.

In Ghana, the obesity rate is 5.5 percent, slightly higher for women (7.9%) and slightly lower for men (2.8%), compared to America’s 34.9 percent rate of obesity. Higher rates of obesity were found among those who live in the more Westernized portions of Ghana and eat less fruit. Also, those who had not completed a secondary school education were much less likely to become obese than those who graduated from secondary school, high school, and college. This suggests that with higher earning power came the ability to buy meat and other rich Western fare. The Ghanian traditional diet was the one most closely correlated with normal weight and is high in beans and starches, including maize, yams, fruits, and cassava roots (Biritwum, Gyapong, et al. 2005)[1].

Traditional diets high in fruits, veggies and starches have worked for thousands of years, and continue to keep people slim and healthy. But our obsession with counting fat, carbs, and protein blinds us to this truth.

The comforting stranger

He walked out the mall looking desperately for a stranger. He then went online and asked someone to help him. He approached me, and said “I need your help and I need you to keep this between us”.

He started talking and then crying a little, I wasn’t sure what was going on. I felt a little confused and lost but I went a long and asked if he wanted a napkin. He nodded, but I wasn’t sure if it was a yes or a no, so I gave him one anyways. He looked up at me and took it a second later and blew his nose but didn’t really bother with the tears.

I said ” We all have problems man, it’s okay”. He took a deep breath and lighted a cigarette. I’ve only met him a few times before, but he spoke to me like he knew me since grade school. He seemed to know so many people and was always around many of them all of the time. I wondered if he told all of them as well. I then asked  ” so what do your buddies think about all this? I’m sure they gave you better advice, ha.”

He told me they had no idea what he’s going through. I was beginning to feel strange and wasn’t sure where we stood in this odd and very brief relationship we’ve had. He then said “I can’t be like that around people I know. A lot is expected of me.”

We talked and talked for hours sharing things we don’t normally talk about everyday. We stopped talking for a long time after that but we never felt like we owed each other anything for that conversation. No feedback . No asking how we were. No misunderstandings.  No judgement. We did have different images of each other though. We knew a little more, but that was all.

Until now I ponder, Why me? Or why him?
Is that what they call a spiritual connection ? Is it why people go to therapy?

I’m sure glad we didn’t have to pay for that one time.

 

Reinvention

The wheel has already been invented and we all know that but it has also been re invented.

It has been re invented more than new ones were invented.

The first computers did not have electrical circuits, monitors or memory. The abacus, an ancient Chinese adding machine, is one of the original computing machines,  used as early as 400 B.C. There goes your wheel.

Famous mathematicians such as Leonardo da Vinci and Blaise Pascal invented more sophisticated calculators using gears and punch cards. Wheel reinvented

In 1876 Alexander Grahamin invented the first ever telephone. Here’s something he wrote in one of his letters.  “I believe in the future wires will unite the head offices of telephone companies in different cities, and a man in one part of the country may communicate by word of mouth with another in a distant place.”

That wheel as we know has been and is still being reinvented. Landlines, mobile phones, smart phones etc etc.

Time to talk about reinvention that we humans can do. This post is mainly being written for myself, because I need to reinvent myself now more than ever. And the reason that I’m writing it to the general public is because it has worked for me over and over again. Over the years I have re invented myself various times and have also seen how people have re invented themselves by reading biographies and history lessons.

Ill be writing a lot more about reinvention as I go. But for now, these are the steps that Ill be taking.

  1. Write. Because I express through writing. I may not be very good at literature but I’m good or at least feel good when I express my self. I write for various reasons, but writing everyday will help me improve my creativity, help others and know more about myself.
  2. Workout. This I have recently bene very bad at. But in order to reinvent myself, I need to be strong enough to do it. Its hard on us. On the body and on the mind. It takes a lot to reinvent, so I need to stat fit while I do it.
  3. Early rise. Waking up early is key to getting a lot more done in your day and just staying ahead of the game. One of my favourite quotes is one by Benjamin Franklin who said: “Early to bed and early to risemakes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”.  
  4. Vlogging. Making videos, short films are something that I’m passionate about. It’s something that has me at the edge of my creativity  and I absolutely love it.
  5. Smile. I always smile. I smile when in pain, whilst facing adversity, when in joy. It makes whatever process you’re going through easier
  6. Diet. Eating the right foods will make your life 1000x better. Just in how you feel, how it digests, how you smell, energy levels, lethargacy etc.  SO, eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.

These are the steps that I’ll be taking in order to reinvent myself. And this is a little of a selfish post. But this is only the beginning. I will definitely be writing more on reinvention and how you can do it. This only applies to me or anyone who has similar interests.

What moves you?  What inspires you? How do you get inspired?  Use this post as a guide to be doing what you love. Start reinventing your wheel.

Now is the time.

Here’s a little video I made on reinvention