Saturday, 8 September 2012

What's Your Take On Diet?

I have found out, like religion, diet is a touchy subject. Everyone has their opinion on what they believe is reasonable and what is deemed as absurd. In many social events, you would find people who adhere to strict diet having to explain their choices of food while those who don't become defensive of their own choices too. And it seemed like one person is trying to judge another. But at the end of the day, what everyone is trying to find, is a sort of acceptance without prejudice. Now, I'm not talking about people who are in the middle who are conflicting with what they know is the right thing to do and what their tongue is still finding difficult to give up. Because at the end of the day, the battle between us and the food choices we make lies with the tongue.

I believe in good health. I believe that people should take diet as a necessity. True, it is an expensive venture but so are other things, clothes, cars, houses and even some unhealthy foods. You need life and good health to enjoy all those things anyway. So which should take priority amongst these?. What you would find more expensive, are the hospital bills to sort out any health-related issues. Would it be much easier if you hear it from the doctor's mouth instead? Believe me, I have seen people with obdurate hearts who had vowed that they can never let go of certain foods, transform to religious leave-eating mammals because they have been given a second chance to life.

A lot of times, when people hear the word 'DIET', what springs to mind is skinny and impossibility, particularly if your body has stored up a lot of fat in all parts of your body and not just in the wrong places. But the fact of the matter is, it is not only people with fat who need to change their diet, you might be very skinny and not healthy. So health is the main reason why diet is necessary. With more exercises, you can achieve good health and maintain a good weight.

When you maintain a healthy diet, you might not necessary loose weight, but you would be loosing a lot of fat, and if your body is composed of a lot of fat, then when you loose it, there is bound to be a lot of weight loss as well. But tell me anyone who doesn't feel good about loosing a bit of weight. A lot of times, we find words to shield us and fade off any form of reference to our weight as a defense mechanism, even though we know deep down that we don't feel good about it. And please, cut the cultural myth about Africans liking fat frames, you'll find out you are the still the only one on that boat. A lot of people are making changes to maintain a healthy lifestyles, unless you have decided to go on a suicide path of irresponsibility to the point where your body would be overtaken by any form of health risk such as heart attack, diabetes, stroke, cancer, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity etc.

I know it sounds a bit harsh but its the home truth. Why don't you start with little changes first and see the huge difference that would make. Stick to what works for you, whether it is low-carbs diet, or no-carbs or both carbs with a lot of fruits and gym, just do something that brings an inner joy and newer you!

Monday, 30 April 2012

My Secret Recommendation To Happiness

The past few months that I have last posted on here have been the most fruitful ones ever. Fruitful in the sense that I learned a lot about myself in leaps and bounds that I never imagined I could possibly can. And this has made me come into a sort of sound maturity to help me and others through any difficult situations that may arise in future.

But before I begin to sound smug or like someone who has got life all figured out, I would say that I haven't got the slightest clue to life as there are limitlessness lessons to learn from it every time. It deals you a lot of blows but you've got to learn to fight back. You will fall, but don't stay down for long. If I did, I wouldn't be sharing this with you.

I'm sure you are as anxious to know about this 'secret recommendation to happiness' as I'm in getting it across to you in simple language. And my journey to this discovery didn't start smooth. It had been a rough ride. Yes, rough ride. It was bumpy, lumpy and it’s got a lot of potholes too. Who says life is an easy road?

When we experience success, we feel good about ourselves but when we are faced with failure, it is often accompanied by a feeling of depression. When this happens, we begin to blame ourselves for what went wrong and then we feel sorry for ourselves for days, weeks, months...Trust me, when you are in this state, nothing makes any sense. Even few encouraging words from people or the love from family only lasts for a space of time before we relapse again. But how do you bring yourself out of this state of depression and unhappiness?

It is no different from how I felt when I went through some setbacks and rejections for a particular period in my life. I pulled through by first acknowledging my feelings and the reason why I felt what I felt. Then comes the shocking remedy called gratefulness. There, I have just let the secret out. I began to be grateful for the setbacks and rejections that came my way, because if they hadn't, I wouldn't have been able to discover a lot about myself. I wouldn't have been able to know my weakness and how best to work hard at making it my strength. And all of a sudden everything else began to add up. I'm a strong believer in the biblical principle which says 'in everything, give thanks.' It is so true and it eases a lot of burdens and pain we carry in our hearts.

When you are grateful in everything, it opens up a lot of positive energy within you and it makes you reason differently and where will you go in life without positivity? Being grateful is the most difficult thing to do when you are in a mess or when you are in so much pain. But that is also where your victory lies. So when you find that moment of sanity and you want to break free, search within yourself and find a reason to be grateful. And know this that you are never alone in your pain, there is always someone who had been in a similar situation before or even worse. So look inside and count your blessings, you'll be surprised what you find and the peace you derive from it. I'll leave you with this quote 'true happiness is hidden in a grateful heart'.

Monday, 2 January 2012

A Positive Swagger :D

Its the beginning of another year. 'Oh Kenny, like we don't already know that, I hear you say.' But hang on! Its just not like any other year for me. This time, it's different and special. Yes, special. I just feel excited and positive about this year already. But why? I also don't know. I just have an inkling that its going to be a good one. And I'm beginning to believe it in my bones.

Perhaps, it could be because I have chosen to sing a new song. A song of positivity. Another reason could be because of a happy family event coming up in a few month. All of these are just beginnings of good things to come and before I know it, I would be counting all my blessings.

Happiness is a mental state characterized by positive emotions. So why not be positive about life? It is so easy to be happy but a lot of times, we forget how to be. Or sometimes we think our happiness lie in someone or in things. And by things, I mean money, cars, clothes, security, you name what your things are. It is only when we get those things or the someone and you still have that compressed face or the sulky and wishy-washy mouth, then do you start to question why everything seems to be going wrong for you. Oh poor me. Does that not sound too familiar? You need to stop it! Stop it!!!

Ok, I'll go softer on you now. The power to be happy is within you. The answer is right inside of you. I know it sounds more easier said than done. But at the end of the day, what have you got to loose? As a matter of fact, you have got a lot more to gain. What is the point of being negative when you could be experiencing intense joy through positivity. And if things don't turn out the way you hoped through your positivity, at least you have saved yourself a heartache or severe health issue. And this doesn't mean things wouldn't turn out good eventually. It always does in the end and then we wonder why we almost killed our self with worry.

This year, I'm making a mental shift. I'm leaving the boat of negativity and jumping on the ship of positivity. I have got my positive swagger on. Is anyone coming along with me? Happy New year, everyone!