A feeling of anguish, distress and guilt empowers me. My fast is for a measly 19 hours, where I begin and end each with the equivalent of a feast and I complain of starving. These are the daily struggles faced by millions of people throughout the world. Each of my fasts are comparable to a drop in the ocean of the angst felt by my fellow brothers and sisters in need of our compassion.
As the day draws closer to dusk, I often refer to myself as “starving”, my mind is frequently consumed with selfish thoughts, I have forgotten the primary aim of fasting. My fast is water for my dehydrated soul. An awakening and gratitude for what I have, and many others pray for, a way to empathise with the less fortunate and compassion for those in need of our help. It isn’t about me at all, it is about creating an awareness of others, what I can do for them?
Hello You! You’re 15 years old, sat in science, staring at that Bic fine pen and wondering at what point would it be acceptable to stab that idiot (boy) in the eye, the one who keeps flicking rubber at you. Don’t. Ignore him, he probably fancies you, but doesn’t know how to tell you. I…
I don’t want to abandon sugar entirely for the rest of my life, life is for living and I don’t want to give up everything I enjoy. Research suggests it takes 21 days to form a habit, to ensure I have tried my best at exercising restraint by limiting my intake of sugar, I am going to partake in a sugar free month. At the end of the month I will update you on how my sugar detox went, what I noticed and what it has taught me?
Benefits of a sugar detox
Younger looking skin. An increase in sugar levels leads to glycation – a process which hinders the repair of collagen . Research suggests that reducing sugar prevents premature wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity.
Improved energy that lasts throughout the day. Increasing your sugar intake results in a rapid surge of energy followed by a crash. Whereas increasing protein and fat intake means steady energy throughout the day.
Bye belly fat and hello weightloss. Visceral fat around the abdomen accumulates overtime due to an of increase insulin throughout the body. Reducing sugar can help reduce pounds and subsequently reduce infuriating stomach fat.
It’s Mother’s day soon. I ordered flowers for my Mum, because tradition has it that Mums get pampered on this day. I took a moment to think about our relationship and how it has evolved over the years. Our relationship is complex. We’ve had our fair share of ups and downs, and haven’t always seen…
I am on an unending pursuit of finding the perfect foundation for my skin. I have tried many foundations and been unsuccessful in finding ‘the one’. For this reason, I often forego foundation altogether, or use a tinted moisturiser.
I’m not fussy, I just know what I want. Makeup, in my belief can be a fun way to express yourself. I like my makeup to be simple, dewy and fresh looking, rather than matte, thick and cakey. I want foundation that looks like my skin, but then again better. I don’t want to feel like I am wearing a lot of makeup. It’s also tough to find a foundation for Asian skin with yellow undertones. Some foundations can make you look ashy due to their pink hue, oxidise to an orange colour, or it can be so yellow based that you can look slightly jaundice.
‘Keep your face towards the sunshine and all the shadows will fall behind you.’
The reason I picked this quote was because optimism is integral to personal growth. My interpretation of ‘Keep your face towards the sunshine’ is that you should look towards a bright future, focus on the positive things and keep moving forward. Your former worries, uncertainties about the future, pessimism and any negativity that is weighing you down, deserves to ‘fall behind you’ just like ‘shadows’ and the past.
Possibly one of the most relevant quotes of today, reinforcing that as human beings we have the right and choice to say “No”, without being emotionally manipulated and made to feel guilty. It is important to remember that you do not owe anyone an explanation, rationale or apology for saying “No”. Growing up I have always struggled with saying “No”, often worrying what the person on the receiving end would feel like, what they would think of me? Ironic isn’t it? I should be worrying about what I think of me and how I am feeling? By saying “Yes” to things I do not want to, why am I putting additional stress on myself?
Today I have chosen a quote from Rumi, a very famous, 13th century, Persian poet. They say he is the master of metaphors and it is easy to see why. Through this quote Rumi offers two different ways of approaching the same situation, with each yielding different outcomes.
This quote means so many things to me and I hope it has the same effect on you too.
When angry it is not uncommon to be reactive and raise your voice, whether or not you feel your opinion is correct, great points become masked by actions. The reference to ‘thunder’ in my opinion is your reaction; impulsive, (negatively) impactful and forceful in nature.
As you all know I absolutely love food, I live to eat rather than eat to live. But food and I have been been making and breaking up since I remember . I used to joke about having bulimia with amnesia. I would binge hard and forget to purge. I know eaten disorders are no joking matter, but neither is compulsive eating. I often wonder whether my need for finishing what was on my plate stemmed from childhood. You know when your Mother insists you finish what is on your plate, because in third world countries there are children dying. Now, at 30 years old I can go from being super hungry to super full. I never get that satiated feeling that people often talk about.
Today is World Downs Syndrome Day (WDSD)! It’s a global celebration and you know I’m partial to a good old celebration (party). To show my support I am wearing an odd pair of brightly coloured socks (and they’re on display!). Why different coloured socks you ask? The idea behind this is that the socks symbolises…