No rigid rules, labels or dogmas.... just REAL food, for your body, mind & soul!
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 ; )