A World With No Labels

imageI wish the world didn’t have any labels. If there were no countries, we would just call our world ‘Earth’, we would just call all living things ‘creatures’, so we’re all equal. We wouldn’t place names we can’t pronounce on people with health issues, because they’re just fine. We would stop judging people based on appearance and start discovering each other. We would view the killing of anyone to be unjust, not based on where they live. But the world wouldn’t  work without labels because humans like to give labels to everything, in order to feel more secure. Humans work on a basis of ‘good’ and ‘bad’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘ugly’, ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, hence one of the first things you psychologically do when watching a movie is give these labels to the characters. But how are we as humans understanding each other if we all label things differently?

Labels may be a way to be more ‘civilised’ (another label), to put rules in society in order for us to live ‘correctly’ (not do ‘bad’ things). The government has the label of ‘power’ because without it, we’d be so barbaric. But guess what? We already are barbaric. I feel that ‘society’ is built upon image – people with black suits and glasses who look smart, it’s nothing. If we lived in a lost world with no labels, in my opinion, it would be a much better place, rather than to live in a civilised world that isn’t civilised in any way. A world where smartness is labelled upon the person with a PHD or someone who can use big, complicated words is superficial. A world where innovation means manufacturing new weapons that can kill more people with as little effort as possible is wrong. A world that does have money but chooses to spend it on being so technologically advanced rather than to feed its own people and then complain of an ‘economic breakdown’ is barbaric. A world where people are so ignorant of each other, they create barriers between each other due to race, religion, sex, gender, age, colour, whatever is not civilised.

But I was wrong, I used ‘world’ in every sentence above and it’s not the world, it’s individual people. In fact, it’s not the individual people but it’s their individual choices because we’re all born innocent. I sometimes seem ‘anti-human’, but I know the world is full of beautiful souls (sounds cheesy, but true) and I love them. I just want to see more unity, warmth, understanding, care, tolerance and above all, love because every one of us has the energy to do that. It’s those little things you do when you go out and help someone who’s lost, give up your seat for someone, give charity (not to ‘overcome world poverty’, but to be the cause of someone smiling), and to greet people with pretty smiles.

We are so lucky!

imageI feel so blessed as I honestly have everything I want. Sometimes it strikes an inner fear of losing what I have. I could have been located in war zones, unsafe, hostile places with hardly any human rights. Do we ever forget that we’re actually so blessed? Yet, I just want to be really humble and when I think that I’m so blessed and get these little butterflies from inside, I think “it’s too much for me” and I start to feel guilty as there is so much power in my hands.

Then, I get people who think I’m waaaay too lucky, a girl with a nice house, rich, beautiful, has cool, young looking parents and no siblings (always a plus). And I’m like wait… Half these things are not even true. They say “your life is so perfect, I wish I had a mum or dad like you” “I can’t believe you wear make-up, you make me feel so ugly because you’re already beautiful” “I want your life, I want your body”. All these comments make me feel so guilty and I’m constantly being labelled upon how I superficially look like. You should actually be me to really know what my life is like, but then I think, wait, maybe they’re right. My life really is perfect, and if anyone looks in it, they wouldn’t find a flaw. In fact, the only flaw in any life is the person, because the person is the one who chooses how to see their own life.

Everyone on earth gets something if they actually seek something. We all come to this life with a certain amount of gifts and blessings, whether it’s a piece of bread or a giant palace. Don’t look at what others have, not because you can’t properly judge their lives, but because you should be busy enough with yours. No matter how much you compare yourself to someone, nothing will change, but the time that passes away in which YOU could have changed something in your life. Time is not just money, time is energy, time is growing, and time is learning. It’s all about the actions you take, if you want money, Google ‘how to start my own business’ NOW, if you want to change the way your body looks, stop researching and start moving your body. If you want to become an inspiration, live genuinely and honestly and seek to improve yourself, not others. Because the truth is, everyone’s an inspiration, and I learn something from every single person I’ve met and always will.

I didn’t make this blog so I can be labelled as an ‘inspiration’, or to ‘change lives’, I made it to express my inner feelings as I grow. I am a normal person who isn’t perfect, who makes mistakes, and can be mean (sometimes). So in no way should me or my life be labelled as ‘perfect’. Yet, I am thankful for myself and everything I have.

DSC_0136I’m alright, but I feel empty, I feel like something’s missing. I had a tough time at school during exams, exam after exam, I’d go home, empty my mind and input new information in it. But after it’s all finished – I kind of miss it. I miss actually doing something or taking over a task, and going to school for the right reason. After it’s over, I actually feel cold as everyone who’s close to me is somehow far away. My bonding with people I love isn’t as strong as it usually is. I feel vulnerable but in the safest place on Earth. I watch the news and cry at innocent people suffering, who are so strong and experience the toughest of memories and I think “I could have been born there”. Why am I so lucky? I have everything yet I feel empty. A lot of things are kind of at the same time – ultimate decision making on what I’d like to study next year and I have no idea what I want to do in the future. Everyone’s telling me something different, “take English”, “maths is too hard”, and all I want to do is be like the good old days, where I just leave school, work, and rise up. But now, I have to have qualifications. But what? I have aims. I want to help people and make a positive impact on people’s lives, sounds so cliche, I know. But, I seriously, believe more than anything that I will do something highly successful. Not because I’m so self indulgent, but because I have a real, powerful drive to do so. My emotions drive me like a rocket, they enable me to succeed, be strong and ensures that nothing gets in my way. Persistence, but also stubbornness is the most powerful tool for success, the most successful people in history ‘failed’, yet their success came out of stubbornness and an inner passion to achieve. Since the World Cup is on, in my eyes, the difference between a great player and a normal player is one that can dribble the ball from one end of the pitch to the other and score a goal due to their aims being energetically aligned with their body and inner power that makes them unstoppable.

What, if anything, makes you so persistent, or stubborn that you’re so unstoppable?

 

I think I know what I want to be when I’m older…

I don’t know what to call it, but I want to almost ‘politically’ change the system of food available for us to buy. The government always tells people to eat more fruit and vegetables for our health, but fruit and vegetables filled with artificial sprays, fertilisers, pesticides, and a load of other ‘stuff’. So when you turn to organic foods, because logically, you want the natural stuff God made, without any addition, it’s expensive. So if the government spent a little more on the quality of the food we eat (promoting more organic foods), they may gradually spend less on health care because people will have more quality health. In fact, I think that if developed countries spent less on military services, and more on people’s well being through good food, it could drastically change the health of individuals. For example, the US spend $663 billion on the military, according to the Department of Defence and apparently one week of US military spending can get rid of world hunger. What I’m trying to say is money is not a problem, but where we put our money is.

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Some people don’t think it’s too important to consume organic. I’m sorry, but artificial additions to the food nature provided us is creepy. It’s not only creepy, but it may spike certain allergies to people or be the cause of health issues that may show up later in their lives.

 

I started reading about raw milk because apparently the milk we drink is ‘dead’, due to the pasteurisation that kills all the good nutrients, that makes it essentially a liquid with sugar dissolved in it. Raw milk also has soooo many benefits, (I put a link about it below) and it’s illegal in some places. Really? What’s going on with governments? But then I read that raw milk is safer when it’s organic and from jersey cows because they are the older breeds who don’t have a certain mutation in their cells that most new breeds have. So I searched online for organic, raw jersey milk and it was £3 a litre plus a delivery charge. That’s crazy, I can’t afford that. At the same time, milk is one of the most consumed substances on the planet, so investing in some good milk is important.

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Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/035216_raw_milk_photos_prison_food.html

Benefits of raw milk:

http://chriskresser.com/raw-milk-reality-benefits-of-raw-milk

Lately I have also been researching indigenous foods because back in the day, indigenous tribes had health that enabled them to bath in cold water in winter and they had amazing physical strength all because they depended on nature. Their knowledge was able to sustain ecological food systems and take care of their family 7 generations ahead. As colonisation came along, their health started to decline because they were introduced to overly processed and refined foods and the produce of healthy indigenous foods that could benefit the whole world dropped. For example, millet (a hign protein grain that helps to lower cholesterol) growing by the Kondh tribe in India has dropped 63%, from 500,000 hectares to 200,000 hectares in 2008 for a government subsidised rice programme offering refined white rice. As far as I know, that would happen because developed countries want white rice, why on earth would they want the healthy millet?! Now the Kondh community suffers from even more malnutrition. It’s not their fault, they want the food they relied on for thousands of years. Ironically, while the modern, Western diet is being inflicted on indigenous tribes, the indigenous foods and diets are being recommended by dieticians.

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Now, I’m not totally healthy like it seems, but I strongly want us to reconnect to the foods we used to eat thousands of years ago before industrialisation, colonisation or modernisation came because at that time, people were more focused on their health rather than money. That’s a personal opinion. I think that in the modern world, people want to climb this ladder of ‘success’, meaning go to university, get out, find a job, get money, get more money and get a big house, forgetting all about health. It’s all part of the bland, ordinary, constant, and repetitive system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Women Should Lift Weights

womanliftingThere seems to be a common belief that the best exercises ever developed for womankind is cardio (lots of it), squats, and lunges. In addition, heavy weight lifting will turn women into Arnolds. However, if you genuinely want to change your physique, you need to start lifting heavy. Women don’t have the ability to bulk up because they don’t have anything near as much testosterone as men. As well as that, women don’t consume enough calories or supplements and lift heavy on a regular basis.

 

Benefits:

  • Faster metabolism: A study found that the average woman who strength trains two to three times a week for two months will gain nearly two pounds of muscle and will lose 3.5 pounds of fat. Also, your resting metabolism will be higher the leaner you are. If you want to slim down, combining cardio with weight training will help you get to where you want twice as fast compared to cardio on its own.
  • It actually creates definition. Doing cardio on its own will leave you feeling shapeless and undefined. You need muscles to sculpt your body.
  • Stronger: Research shows that moderate weight training can increase a woman’s strength by 30 to 50 percent. Increasing your strength can actually change how you perform your everyday activities, giving you more energy (because your muscles are working, rather than just momentum).
  • Decreased risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and arthritis
  • It puts you in a great mood!

Don’t be afraid of lifting heavy if you dramatically want to change your body! Our bodies are made to lift as well as to run! lifting

 

Why butter is good for you…

butterButter is always seen as the bad guy, due to the cholesterol, saturated fat and maybe the propaganda behind it! However, I don’t label foods as ‘good’ and ‘bad’. I think too much of anything, including the harmless, angelic water can be harmful. Moderation is key with food whether you’re eating carrots, apples, chicken, chocolate, ice-cream or anything else. In addition to that, I always support natural foods and butter is natural, being around for thousands of years and it’s a prime part of many cultures. Here are some of it’s benefits:

  • Full of minerals, including selenium (a powerful antioxidant). It has more selenium than whole wheat or garlic. In fact, it contains a number of anti-oxidants that protect against the kind of free radical damage that weakens the arteries.
  • Supplies your body with iodine and vitamin A, needed by the thyroid gland which helps the healthy functioning of the heart and cardiovascular system.
  • It contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), short and medium chain fatty acids which gives excellent protection against cancer
  • Contains lecithin, a substance that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents.
  • It is shown to help with growth and development, gastrointestinal health, arthritis, and helps protect the immune system.
  • Good dietary source cholesterol.

I noticed that most benefits noted above actually help with weight loss. Antioxidants, vitamins, medium chain fatty acids, all help to pump up your metabolism and of course, your overall health. Fat is not bad for you. Society is blaming natural food labelled as ‘fat’ for global obesity and poor heart function, when over-processed foods and lack of movement is the reason. However, the best butter you can eat is raw, organic butter from grass-fed animals because pasteurization destroys nutrients.

So please, have real butter instead of…
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‘Fake’ butter that can contain trans fats, additives and preservatives.

 

Sources and useful websites:

http://www.thankyourbody.com/butter-evil-good/

http://www.bulletproofexec.com/butter-is-better-for-your-brain-and-now-your-heart/

It’s even beneficial for children with ADHD: http://pennyarcos.hubpages.com/hub/butterforADHDbraindevelopment

What are you really putting on your skin?

1374It is important to realise what ingredients are contained in the cosmetics we use everyday. People usually assume that if a product is on sale at a supermarket or a drug store, it must be safe. However,  The Food and Drug Administration agency does not review or approve the vast majority of products or ingredients before they go on the market. Also, products labelled as “hypoallergenic” or “Natural”, can “mean anything or nothing at all,” according to the FDA.

I would recommend to visit www.ewg.org/skindeep/ which is the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic database. You can search thousands of products to see how safe/dangerous they are from a rating of 1-10 and to also see what effects they have on the human body. If a product you are looking for is unavailable, you can simply ‘Build Your Own Report’ on the top left hand side of the screen. On the website you can also find a user’s guide, myths on cosmetic safety and shopping tips.

Some people would think that a lot of things we consume like over-processed foods or things we do in our everyday lives such as spending hours on mobile phones can cause harm, so why should we care about the cosmetics we use? Firstly, what goes onto your skin enters your body, just like what you put in your mouth enters your body and sources say that our skin absorbs 60% of the products we use. Secondly, further research into the topic of what are the actual ingredients involved will surprise you. Here are just some:

  • Placenta: Human and animal placenta help to condition hair and skin
  • Crushed Beetles: Used commonly in red lipstick and blusher. According to The New York Times, when they are full of cactus juice, the insects are boiled, dried out and crushed.
  • Infant foreskin: Full of antioxidants, natural growth factors and proteins, it is often used in anti-ageing products.
  • Whale vomit:  Often used in perfumes, and apparently present in Chanel perfumes
  • Dynamite is found in exfoliators, natural toothpastes, deodorants and powders
  • Bull semen is used in some European salons to condition hair
  • Rust:  Used for the colour pink in make-up
  • Wool wax: Produces lanolin which provides protection against chapped skin, and provides moisture
  • Fish scales: Gives shimmer and sheen to the product.
  • Chicken bone-marrow: Used in moisturisers for its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Decaying animal fat by boiling animal carcasses to help in the production of  lipsticks, eye shadows and soaps.

It’s not just the ingredients that are used in products, it’s the lack of information contained on the label. I want to know what is in my products, choosing to use it or not is another choice.

Sources and useful websites: 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/13-surprising-and-gross-cosmetic-ingredients

http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/gross-ingredients-in-beauty-products

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4188/Chemicals-in-Your-Beauty-Products-Infographic.html

Taking Risks

Take ‘riskseveryday. Risks can be anything from saying “hi” to a stranger, to talking in front of 2000 people spontaneously or even asking someone out. We all have our comfort zones and the more we get out of them, the bigger they get! I know individuals who can’t walk in a class when they’re late because they’ll get embarrassed in front of “all those people”, or others who refuse to walk in Harrods because they don’t look like they “fit in” and also people who refuse to make eye contact with teachers. Why squeeze in a little tight space when you can get out, explore and discover to widen your comfort zone? I’m not going to get into various reasons to take your risks. I’m going to say to just do it. Without too much thought, just do it. Taking risks is not an ability, it is simply a choice. Expanded your comfort zone? Hey, there’s more to roam!

What risks did you make today?

Consistency

Consistency is one of the keys to reaching your goals – whether it’s a health/fitness goal, a studying goal or just a new habit to get into. How many times do you start something, just lose track of it and forget it? When you started eating healthily and just thought, “Agh…forget it”, or when you wrote that study timetable and never looked at it again.

Why does that happen?

  • Maybe you are not fully focused on your goal. You need to set a strong intention on why you want it and how you are going to get there.
  • Maybe that goal is not actually what you want. Have you fully researched and understood what you are really looking for?
  • Consistency! It can be a habit to get into, you are not just going to automatically eat healthily everyday or stick to that things to do list. You take it step by step. You listen to your body and move at your own pace.

So… if you are trying to adjust your eating, and find that piece of cake staring at you, it is okay to eat it. As long as you don’t make it a consistent habit. Doing those workouts once won’t get you results right that second, so don’t keep looking in the mirror every 5 minutes. It needs consistency, time, and patience. My goal is to develop my consistency!

A new year’s resolution or a new day’s resolution?

A new year can be a motivating,  new start to set goals, and of course, to set that a resolution. However, can’t we set a new resolution every day? If you really want to start something, with strong intention, start from now! Start from today or even tomorrow. I don’t see why a new year will help you determine when to start a new resolution, habit or a goal. Start with strong intention and consistency (stick to your goal – the beginning can be tough), instead of starting with a date. HAPPY 2014 AND A HAPPY NOW!