I’ll let you in on a horrible habit of mine, I have a tendency to buy books… read the first couple of chapters and let them collect dust on my bookshelf. That’s all going to change! I would love to read at least 50 books by the end of 2014.
I do have a kindle (I’m a techie…sue me) but there’s nothing like holding a book.
I finished reading “A Street Cat Named Bob” within three weeks. The story was an absolute delight, I fit the prototype lesbian who loves cats. Especially ginger cats.
James Bowen, the author and parent of Bob the cat, takes us through this wonderful journey on how they met and subsequently how they saved each other.
James is a recovering addict, one evening he finds a scrawny cat by one of his neighbor’s flats. No one claimed the cat and James took him in. What was suppose to be a temporary living situation turned into an unbreakable bond.
James named the cat Bob and their tale begins…
Even if you’re not an animal or cat lover, this book really touches the heart. One of these days I hope I get to catch a glimpse of James and Bob. Maybe Bob can paw-print my copy of his book! Of course I would love an autograph from James too! ;)
Here in the UK, we woke up to some devastating news yesterday morning. The body believed to be Mikaeel was discovered, I didn’t get the news until early in the afternoon when I saw Sunny & Shay’s tweet.
I was at the bus stop and let out a scream… my tweet back to Sunny & Shay pretty much summed up my emotions at that very second. “No!!! Omg :( #RIPMikaeel”
A group of us took out our cell phones and exchanged small talk on what we were reading. Some people called their love ones, some people started weeping and others were in disbelief.
I’m 30-years-old, perhaps my motherly instincts are kicking in. I think looking at his picture and following the story, I saw the children in my life that I love dearly. I’m pretty sure most of you must of felt the same way, especially my friends who have kids. Children are a blessing.
When it came to crunch time…hundreds of people all around Scotland offered to help be a part of the search party. It reminded me that when it comes to a child’s well being, whether we are connected to the child or not, it’s important to step up and help. It could be your child next…You would expect the community to respond in the same way.
Before I got to the bus stop, I took my usual way through Hayes Town. I heard a little boy crying like there was no tomorrow. The guardian had him cornered against the wall. I can’t say if she was ready to smack him but it sure looked like it.
I definitely didn’t want to invoke more fear, but I got a little closer and told the guardian…”Don’t you dare lay a hand on that child.” She shot me a dirty look and walked off with him.
You can say…Petz it’s none of your business. I personally don’t believe in hitting, my mother never hit me. All she had to do was use this tone of voice and the look. I knew I better behave or no Nintendo.
But once someone strikes a child in public or in-front of me, you bet I’m going to make it my business.
But my point is as a society we need to pay a little more attention to these types of situations. They could be benign and just be a guardian/child having a growing pain. Or there could be something more sinister and we should raise our voice for the child.
RIP Sweet Angel. xxx
Took a break from the gym yesterday, wasn’t in the right head space, which should be all the more reason to work out. But said something stupid and paid the price. But the rest was good for my muscles. Today I was back at it, surprisingly I’m picking up the pace with my walking. Compared to 7 miles, I made it to the gym in 5 1/2 miles.
How’s your juice fast going? (assuming some of you reading this are juicing)
My motor for the duronic came in today, I had this fear I might break my landlord’s blender. I’m happy I have my juicer back. Hopefully this motor will last.
I’m decided to take advantage of the cold weather and ended up walking 14 miles. Technically the gym from my house is 1.8 miles… but I took the long route, which was nice. At least it didn’t rain, my legs are killing me though.
Had a good gym session, got my body fat measured. I’ll be keeping track of the stats and post them my day 90 post. I’ve even considered doing this for 100 days.
I’m feeling the positive benefits slowly coming into place. I’m much more calmer and not feeling so sick and down. Honestly it would make my day if I got a job before the new year. I know something will come through…
Right now I’m enjoying a nice spinach/tomato/garlic juice. It’s like pizza in a bottle lol.
Surprisingly the Stockley Park Virgin Active Gym doesn’t make juices, they make smoothies instead, which is fine with me. I wasn’t too happy with the concentrate apple juice added in though. It kind of made me feel queasy, you can just tell between fresh juice and box juice.
But the gym is great, unlike Ealing they got a very nice spa area too. That’s always a perk, I might take advantage the spa this weekend.
I like this area better… the U4 is quick and efficient and fast compared to the E6. It’s right by my door. For what it’s worth, I’m saving money. I miss working though, have a couple of interviews lined up this week. It would be the best Christmas present to get a job. Thanks for all your warm thoughts and wishes.
I’m finally settled in my new place, got the internet up and here I am! The bad news though, the duronic motor burnt out. Had to get creative today and just squeeze juice from a lemon and an orange. Drank a lot of water too.
Anyways as luck would have it, I found a replacement motor, for now I’m just going to have to use my housemate’s blender.
I entered the lastminute.com contest where the winner will get to travel every weekend on lastminute’s quid for a year. Over £50k worth of travel time.
Even though… I don’t have my job yet, I figured this would be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with my free spirited self.
As far as I can tell over 185,000 entries have been submitted so far. I’m truly living by the company’s name, I produced this video last night.
Even if I don’t win, at least I’m glad I attempted. It’s been awhile since I put myself in front of a camera. It’s definitely a positive sign that I’m feeling better about my looks and regaining my high level of self esteem.
My goal is after I find a job is to travel at least once a month and to share my adventures with all of you.
If you want to be spontaneous as well, go to www.lovelivinglastminute.com to enter the lastminute.com Spontaneity Champion competition. With up to £50k to spend on a year of spontaneous travel and experiences. Let’s all #bespontaneous!
I moved half my stuff to my new place and the other half goes today. I’m going to miss my old room, but looking forward to starting a clean slate. I keep thinking a new job will fall into place. Just stuck with light green juice yesterday and trying to finish off all my veggies and fruits before I move.
Hopefully I’ll have internet access tonight.
Juicing: Day 11
Today started off filled with hope and promise…turned out to be —- don’t know how to describe it, it’s all just a blur. Maybe all of my toxins have finally come to the surface, early this afternoon I got violently ill. i couldn’t even keep water down. I switched off my phone to kill the noise pollution. Deactivated my Facebook. As of right now, I feel better. Taking little sips of water and juice. (physically) But mentally, I think I just need a good night sleep.
Sometimes my mind is like a movie screen, replaying events. The best summer of my life…today everything came crashing down. I didn’t break the fast though, at the end of the day I’m doing this for me. No one else.
This just means a new adventure ahead. I think I’ve reached that point of no return where you cry so much, you just can’t cry anymore. Time to release and let go.
70 more days to go… I’m feeling great…this is the best I’ve felt in a long time. Met up with my friend Maya, went on a job interview and now watching 13 going on 30 (a very cute love story).
I was curious to find out how beneficial the skins of veggies and fruits are to our health. Came across this article from the daily mirror…
Since I’m moving this weekend… I might not be able to blog. Hopefully I’ll check in with you all on Monday.
Skins on Fruits and Veggies
The hairy skin of the kiwi fruit is high in antioxidants and thought to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties, says Dr Glenville.
‘The skin contains three times the antioxidants of the pulp; it also fights off bugs such as Staphylococcus and E-coli, which are responsible for food poisoning.’
HOW TO EAT IT: If regular kiwi skin is too tart for you, opt for ‘gold’ kiwi fruit (£1.99 for four, waitrose.com), which have sweeter, less hairy skins, but with the same benefits. Use the skin if you are juicing the fruit.
Don’t panic — it’s the tough core of the pineapple, not the prickly skin you should be tucking into.
Along with fibre and vitamin C, a pineapple’s real benefit lies in an enzyme called bromelain, which breaks down food and dead human tissues linger in the digestive system quickly, protecting the stomach.
‘The core of a pineapple contains twice the bromelain concentration of the surrounding fruit,’ says Dr Glenville.
HOW TO EAT IT: Press and crush the core and add the juice to smoothies. It can be stringy, but the left-over pulp can also be added to soups or casseroles for extra fibre.
Those neat little florets look more appealing, but there’s every reason to eat the stalks, too.
‘Broccoli stalks can be less flavourful than the florets, but they are notably higher in calcium and vitamin C,’ says Dr Glenville. The stalks are also high in soluble fibre, so you’ll feel fuller for longer.
HOW TO EAT IT: Simply shred the stalks into thin strips and add to stir-fry or serve steamed.
Researchers in Taiwan discovered banana peel extract can ease depression as it is rich in serotonin, the mood-balancing chemical. The skin was also found to be good for eyes, as it contains the antioxidant lutein which protects eye cells from exposure to ultraviolet light — a leading cause of cataracts.
HOW TO EAT IT: The research team advises boiling the peel for ten minutes and drinking the cooled water or putting it through a juicer and drinking the juice.
Garlic skin contains six separate antioxidant compounds, according to research from Japan. ‘Peeling garlic cloves removes the phenylpropanoid antioxidants which help fight the ageing process and protect the heart,’ explains Dr Glenville.
HOW TO EAT IT: Drizzle olive oil over half or even a whole garlic head, then add to your baking tray when cooking a roast dinner or oven-baked Mediterranean vegetables.
Orange and tangerine peel is high in powerful antioxidants called super-flavonoids, which can significantly reduce levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, without lowering the ‘good’ HDL levels.
The antioxidants obtained from the peel were 20 times more powerful than those from the juice, according to a U.S. study.
‘The same goes for all citrus fruits,’ says Dr Glenville. ‘The white pith contains high levels of pectin, a component of dietary fibre known to lower cholesterol and colonise the gut with beneficial bacteria.’
HOW TO EAT IT: Add grated citrus peel to cauliflower cheese or cakes and muffins for a zesty health kick — or throw the whole, unpeeled fruit into a juicer so you get all the benefits.
Pumpkin, butternut and other squashes
All squashes are high in zinc, which helps promote healthy skin and nails, and the antioxidant beta carotene which protects against heart disease and cancer.
‘The skin itself is obviously too tough to eat, but the closer you scrape it against the skin for the pulp — where it’s more of a rich, orange colour — the more nutrients you’ll get,’ Dr Glenville says.
And don’t ditch the seeds, either — these are an excellent source of Omega 6 and essential fatty acids that keep your brain healthy.
HOW TO EAT IT: Wash the seeds in warm water and bake with a drizzle of olive oil for about 20 minutes. Use to sprinkle on salads and soups.
Most people know potato skins are healthy, but few are aware of the reason why. It’s because the skin is a real nutritional powerhouse. Just one fist-sized potato skin provides half your daily recommended intake of soluble fibre, potassium, iron, phosphorous zinc and vitamin C.
‘Pound for pound, potatoes contain more vitamin C than oranges, so are perfect for anyone looking to ward off colds,’ says Dr Glenville.
HOW TO EAT IT: Bake whole as jackets, boil and mash with the skin on, or slice into wedges, toss in a little olive oil and bake for potato wedges.