Healthy Hack

One simple hack that will get you healthier.   
Here’s one super easy and effective way to get healthier and that is ………*drum roll*……… Don’t buy unhealthy food for your home 😊😄! 
Boom! Done! You’re healthy! 

Let me emphasize a little more, what you keep around you is what you go for, so how about having some healthy foods around you all the time. 

If you’re going to buy an unhealthy snack, then buy it, eat and get it over with but do no under any circumstances take it into your home.
Here are some guidelines you can follow to NOT getting any junk to the house : 

1) As mentioned above, eat your unhealthy snack outside the house: when you crave something and it’s driving you bizarre, then buy it, eat it and keep it away from home so it doesn’t stay there for you to look at again.
2) Do not bring back unhealthy leftovers: if you ordered a Molten chocolate lava cake for your cheat meal, and you happen to eat half only, good for you, throw the rest. More good than harm has been done ( I, in no way advocate throwing out food unless it’s damaging and the food contains minimal to none nutrients) . If a birthday was celebrated at home and you happened to have a huge remainder of the cake, then by all means “sharing is caring” . (Note: only serve a slice per person)
3) Avoid the mega sale dessert bargains that always happen to be there weirdly! : Please don’t think efficiency but instead think diabetes, obesity, lethargy and non nutrient dense at all. 
4) Buy this instead: what I mean is for every unhealthy food you avoid, try and substitute it with a healthy alternative. (E.g canola oil instead vegetable oil, fruits instead of candy, water instead of soda etc)

 
   

Hope this post helps! Here’s to a healthier you! âœ‹đŸ»

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What good is in here that I cannot presently see? 

I lied in bed in despair, scrolling through Facebook and Instagram, not knowing what to do next, stressed out and just feeling “bored”. Who’s familiar with the bored selfie?  We see it a lot, at least I do. 

I was miserable and just felt like there was a dead end, now I could go on and feel like this for a long time (as I did at times)  wobbling in my own web of ideas and creating a negative neurological pattern. 

That wasn’t helping anyone, it was effecting me negatively and unconsciously effecting those around me. So as I sat there helplessly, I gave myself a second of sanity and asked myself, ” what good is in here that I cannot presently see?”  and that simple question just made me feel instantly good. What good is there? Here’s a few I came up with:

  1. I’m healthy 
  2. I’m alive 
  3. I have people who love me 
  4. I can walk/run 
  5. I can write 

And suddenly just like that, my thought process flipped to this positive chain of “feel good” and “constructive” thoughts. I put away my phone and indulged in the feel good thoughts, put myself together and wrote this down. 

We sometimes feel like we’re trapped and there’s no way out of this misery etc etc but as cheesy as it sounds ” there’s light at the end of the tunnel” . A nice sunny view where we appreciate what we are/have and where we make this world a better place by providing  light rays of hope and positivity in the hope to light up someone else’s path and maybe turn their tunnel into a shorter one than ours or for us to look back at the tunnel and say “I’m not going back there ” 

   

 We are what we think and we eventually become our thoughts, so let’s try and create an amazing pattern of thoughts that we can live by everyday to its potential and that we can try and see everyday as an opportunity and seize it, grab it and smother ourselves in it. 

I end this post with gratefulness and I hope this can create a ray of light ( or a tunnel of light) that you can grab on to.  

“What good is here, that I cannot presently see?”  A question to ponder over.

What is Veganism and who are vegans? ( A brief history too)

What is Veganism and who are vegans?

Most people in this day and age do have an understanding of who vegans are, but this post is for those of you who aren’t fully aware of the term. Be enlightened.
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Vegetarianism can be traced to Ancient India and Greece, but the English word vegetarian came into use in the 19th century to refer to those who avoided meat. The Oxford English Dictionary attributes its earliest known use to the English actress Fanny Kemble, writing in Georgia in the United States in 1839. Vegetarians who also avoided eggs and dairy products, or avoided using animals for any purpose, were referred to as strict or total vegetarians.
But the term vegan was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson when he co-founded the Vegan Society in England, at first to mean “non-dairy vegetarian” and later to refer to “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals. Interest in veganism increased in the 2000s; vegan food became increasingly available in supermarkets and restaurants in many countries, and several top athletes in endurance sports, such as theIronman triathlon and the ultramarathon, began to practise veganism and raw veganism.
Under the vegan umbrella today we have a lot of sectors and the most common ones are:
  1. raw vegan ( those who eat only raw fruits and vegetables with the occasional nuts and sees)
  2. High carb vegans : Those who consume a diet high in carbohydrates such as fruits, rice, pasta etc
  3. fruitarian : these vegans consume only fruits as their staple but some may say mostly fruits and some vegetables or fruits nuts and vegetables but fruit being the dominant food.
  4. Raw till 4:  this is where you eat raw foods till 4 or lunch time and then you can have a cooked meal.
  5. Ethical vegan: The term ethical vegan is often applied to those who not only follow a vegan diet, but extend the vegan philosophy into other areas of their lives, and oppose the use of animals and animal products for any purpose. Another term used is environmental veganism, which refers to the avoidance of animal products on the premise that the harvesting or industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.

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These are the main types of vegans out there today!! And I myself am an advocate of this life style and have really benifitted  from eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables, and I suggest you all give it a go and see how fantastic how you feel 🙂

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And there you have it! 🙂

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Happy reading.

The power of FRUITS

The power of fruits compel you, the power of fruits compel you, the power of fruits compel you
ok! just kidding, they don’t possess you 😉

Fruits! Wow, I can’t even begin to type, I’m all hyped up about it already. Well, I will obviously be posting a lot about fruit so let me start with a brief introduction to fruits.
Fruits are the super foods of nature, the candy of nature, the sugar to our veins, the apple of our eyes..can I get any more romantic!? The health benefits of fruits are endless, I will mention only a few out here..so why fruits?!

Fruits are nature’s wonderful gift to the mankind; indeed, medicines packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and many phyto-nutrients (Plant derived micronutrients). They are an absolute feast to our sight, not just because of their color and flavor but for their unique nutrition-profile that help the human body free of diseases and stay healthy!

  1. Fruits are low in calories and fat and are a source of simple sugars, fiber, and vitamins, which are essential for optimizing our health.
  2. Fruits provide plenty of soluble dietary fiber, which helps to ward of cholesterol and fats from the body and to get relief from constipation as well.
  3. Fruits contain many anti-oxidants such as poly-phenolic flavonoids, vitamin-C, and anthocyanins. These compounds, firstly, help human body protected from oxidant stress, diseases, and cancers, and secondly; help the body develop capacity to fight against these ailments by boosting our immunity level. Many fruits, when compared to vegetables and cereals, have very high anti-oxidant value, which is something measured by their

    “Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity” or (ORAC).

  4. Anthocyanins are flavonoid category of poly-phenolic compounds found in some “blue-fruits” like blue-black grapes, mulberries, acai berry, chokeberry, blueberries, blackberries, and in many vegetables featuring blue or deep purple color. Eating fruits rich in blue pigments offers many health benefits. These compounds have potent anti-oxidant properties, remove free radicals from the body, and thus offer protection against cancers, aging, infections, etc. These pigments tend to concentrate just underneath the skin.
  5. Fruit’s health benefiting properties are because of their richness in vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients, anti-oxidants, which helps the body prevent or at least prolong the natural changes of aging by protecting and rejuvenating cells, tissues and organs. Their overall benefits are manifold! Fruit nutrition benefits are infinite! You are protecting yourself from minor ailments like wrinkling of skin, hair-fall, and memory loss to major ailments like age-related macular degeneration (AMRD) of the retina in the eyes, Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancers, weak bones (osteoporosis)
etc., and the list of fruit nutrition benefits simply never ends!

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    Not to bore you anymore with all this stuff I googled!! Fruits have simply changed my life, my energy, my stamina and the way I look at them.

    Have you ever had fruit for a meal?! and by a meal I mean a MEAL MEAL(Not one banana and 2 apples or a bunch of grapes..that is not a meal but a snack) the kind of meal that leaves you full. Not many people have experienced that, and it’s a magical experience. Have you tried a meal of 10-20 bananas, 5 papayas maybe?, 5 kilos of mangoes?. I know these numbers sound bizarre to you, but do you know since fruit are low in calories, that one meal i’m talking about maybe be less than a big mac meal?! So is a big mac bizarre!? Yes it is..Don’t go near one or any fast food meal for that matter.

    The next time you don’t know what to have for lunch/breakfast/dinner
Think fruits!!

    I’ll end this post with a question I’ve already asked. Have you ever had fruit for a meal?

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This was taken in Istanbul, they call them Vitamin shops there! I could’t agree more.

This is how my fridge looks like

This is how my fridge looks like

Was having watermelon as I sight see!! Stopped almost at every stall ^.^

Was having watermelon as I sight see!! Stopped almost at every stall ^.^

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