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I got into the habit of reading the online newspapers every morning while drinking a cup of tea - The Guardian, the Independent, and the Daily Mail. The Daily Mail was like my dirty little secret - it's so bite-sized and chatty that it is addictive - but like junk food, leaves you feeling sick and with a nasty taste in your mouth afterwards. It's full of nasty stories, perpetuates that horrible size 0/hair-extension/fake tan/fake boobs celebrity culture, and is filled with mean-spirited opinions. It made me feel besmirched !!! And anxious. But I couldn't seem to stop reading it. Then I came across an excellent article in the Guardian (ironically) saying that reading the news is bad on so many levels;

News is toxic to your body : ' It constantly triggers the limbic system. Panicky stories spur the release of cascades of glucocorticoid (cortisol). This deregulates your immune system and inhibits the release of growth hormones. In other words, your body finds itself in a state of chronic stress. High glucocorticoid levels cause impaired digestion, lack of growth (cell, hair, bone), nervousness and susceptibility to infections. The other potential side-effects include fear, aggression, tunnel-vision and desensitisation'.

News makes us passive : 'News stories are overwhelmingly about things you cannot influence. The daily repetition of news about things we can't act upon makes us passive. It grinds us down until we adopt a worldview that is pessimistic, desensitised, sarcastic and fatalistic. The scientific term is "learned helplessness". It's a bit of a stretch, but I would not be surprised if news consumption, at least partially contributes to the widespread disease of depression'.

It also 'kills creativity, wastes time, inhibits thinking, and has a drug-like effect'...

Couldn't agree more! And as part of my new positive, creative, optimistic drive, I'm going to stop reading the news. If anything major happens, I'm sure to hear about it. As the journalist says, it's the slow movements that largely aren't reported upon, which change the world.

(Maybe we should all get together and write a happy newspaper, full of lovely stories and raw foods. That would change the world!).

Food-wise today, I'm drinking a lovely strawberry milkshake, made with fresh almond milk, some organic strawberries I managed to get cheap, and a banana. Simple and delicious. I'll take a flask of green juice with me to the hospital for lunch, and have a big green salad tonight. And will munch on nuts and fruit in between if hungry.

Exercise-wise, will do an abs workout. My tummy is the bit of me that bugs me the most. Never had a flat stomach in my life! I think some of us are just meant to be a bit rounded...

Have a great day all, and don't read any unhappy newspapers ; )


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Comment by Kate Frances on April 15, 2013 at 10:46am

ooh, great! I'll try both the Extreme Health Radio, and the Good News Network. Thanks, guys.

Comment by Janet Carol Ryan on April 14, 2013 at 8:13pm

chiming in with the chorus here - I don't read news (in print or online) however recently, because of FaceBook, I've become aware of how I am affected by the news that comes through that information stream from the little bits here and there that people forward. It definitely has a cumulative negative effect and I am choosing to limit my viewing of these kinds of things.

And, just so you know - there IS a wonderful service called The Good News Network - a website and info stream in which the originator, Geri Weis Corbley combs the news internationally to find good news and she posts it into a weekly best good news stories that I subscribe to. I won't include a link here for obvious reasons, but I believe you can find it easily. Subscription is on a pay what you choose basis (or so it was when she started it some years ago). Uplifting, inspiring and hopeful stories of all kinds - let's spread that kind of news!

Comment by Kamala Raab on April 14, 2013 at 7:28pm

One site that I like is Extreme Health Radio on the internet. They have 2 blogs, articles, reviews and radio interviews. Enjoy!

Comment by Kate Frances on April 14, 2013 at 11:39am

@Gill - wow, no tv! I think that might be the next step for me. I find myself watching repeats of things when I could be doing something constructive instead. Do you listen to the radio?

@djd - I agree, and maybe they would sell more newspapers anyway if the news wasn't always so negative. It's so warped - so many, many good things happen that don't get reported.

@Kamala - Good idea, switching to a blog. I feel like I need to read something online while I wake up! Reccommend anything good? (apart from Rawfood rehab, of course!).

@Lyza - You're so right about the bra thing! I've noticed if I hoick 'em up, everything looks more balanced and my tummy looks a bit flatter! I'm thinking of investing in an M&S posture bra, find I tend to slouch over the computer. Get terrible backache and neck ache if I sit for too long.

Comment by L. on April 14, 2013 at 10:10am

I rarely ever read the news because it depresses me, but I want to read more--just of the good stuff, not the bad (which is what always keeps me repelled).  Same with those stupid ID channel crime shows.  OH I loathe them!!  Masochistic in my opinion.  But I do want to read the news more--just not the bs.  So far my favorite places to get informative, unbiased articles that aren't a waste of time are BBC and NPR.  I don't read anything that sounds like an attack.  I don't want any opinions, just straight facts so I can form my own conclusions.

I haven't had a flat stomach since I graduated middle school.  Even though I've always been on the small side I think I was just meant to have a bit of a bulge right there :P  I've learned to embrace it.  Also what helps my self esteem, with no effort at all, is getting a really good bra.  It balances everything out and makes you look fabulous if you aren't that proud of your stomach.  Takes attention away from that area and elongates your torso more.

Comment by Kamala Raab on April 14, 2013 at 9:01am

I totally agree with you about starting the day with bad news and celebrity gossip! I used to start my day with CNN as my homepage but have changed to a blog that I enjoy instead. I do not own a TV and don't think that I miss much because so much is on the internet if I want it. Sounds like you are doing great!

Comment by djd on April 14, 2013 at 6:26am

I have noticed the same thing, just glancing at the yahoo home page.  Why am I reading this stuff? I ask myself.  I think we need to be somewhat aware of the state of the world and what others may be suffering, but like you said, all the negative opinions expressed--they do not do any good, and Good is what we need.  Being and doing Good will change the world and too bad if that doesn't sell newspapers.  :-)

Comment by Gill Cooke on April 14, 2013 at 5:30am

Great blog Kate! So true - I don't read the news, or watch TV - and I sometimes miss something BIG - but it gets to me eventually. I do tweet and facebook though.  Your strawberry milkshake sounds delish - very summery and uplifting :D Have a good day at work - hope you're not too busy.  Well done for being organised with your juice and salad :D

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