when to buy organic and when to save your money

Happy New Year!  I hope you have had a great start to the year so far, and are thinking about how you can make changes this year to result in a better you for 2018.

Throughout my health journey, one of the biggest thorns in my side has been organic food.  It can be incredibly expensive depending on where you live.  I once paid $12 for two organic chicken breasts on a quick trip to New York in 2015!  The great news is that not everything you eat needs to be organic.  Being smart about which foods you buy organic can help you get healthy without breaking the bank (more…)

floor-based living and why you should be doing it

I visited Pakistan for the first time in 2015.  My husband’s family is from there, and we were spending ten days split between the luxury of their vacation home in Lahore and the simplicity of my husband’s childhood home in Sialkot.  While the Lahore house had WiFi, air conditioning, modern plumbing, and window screens, the Sialkot home gave us mosquitoe bites, intense heat, and traveller’s diarrhoea.

One thing we didn’t have to worry about though were the toilets.  They were all standard toilets you would see in any bathroom in the UK.  No toilet paper, but there was always a hose handy for you to wash up afterwards.  I had heard about these squatting toilets which are common in many Asian countries, but thankfully had not been exposed so far.  I mean, who wants to use the bathroom squatting?  What if you fall back?

Until we went to my husband’s aunt’s house. I had to use the bathroom and I spot it, the squatting toilet. Nothing to hold on to or keep me from falling into my own waste. I squatted, expecting the worst. What I experienced was the most thorough bowel movement of my life! I probably lost weight and everything. I spoke about it at length to anyone that would listen for weeks after.

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getting organised: bullet journaling

With 2018 right around the corner, many of us use this time to reflect on our achievements and come up with a plan of action to make the next year even better.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about bullet journals.

What is a Bullet Journal
A bullet journal is a way to organise your life.  It is completely customisable to your needs, allowing you to write down to-do lists, goals, reflections, doodles, and much more.  I like to describe it as putting your brain on paper.  In today’s digital age, there’s something very therapeutic about writing things down rather than typing them.  Your bullet journal can be practical, a work of art, or something in between.

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100 things challenge: learning to live with less

“Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy.  In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.” – Dalai Lama

I previously talked about three books that changed my life, one of them being by Eckhart Tolle.  In this book, Tolle writes extensively about letting go of the ego in order to feel fulfilled.  The ego, as he describes it, is our thoughts and our sense of self in our own mind.  Unfortunately, we live in a society where most people live solely in their own minds and unleash their negative feelings on the world.  When we realise that we are not solely a product of our thoughts and feelings, and let go of the bad experiences, resentment, hurt and suffering, we can truly be enlightened and happy.  This doesn’t mean that we ignore negative feelings, but we look for the positives and the life lessons, and use this to move forward.  We take every experience with purpose in order to be able to free our minds and see the bigger picture.

In the same way that we need to let go of the “stuff” that is cluttering our minds, eliminating physical possessions and living with less can also help us achieve an enlightened state. (more…)