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WHAT IS A HEALTHY DIET?

GUEST POST by Sarah Eve Matthews

We’re all different, so why should there be one diet that serves all of us? What’s healthy for you might be different to what’s healthy for the next person or what I consider healthy for myself. Is anyone ultimately right on what is healthy?

These days, research that’s done on a product is often funded by the same company that developed the product. Results are biased and can be very misleading. Who can we trust? How do we know what’s best for us? Who should we seek for the answers?

I believe the answer is to listen to your own body. Do you feel sick or sluggish after eating certain foods? Do other foods give you energy and make you feel good? Do some foods give you a boost then leave you flat? If we can learn to respond to what our bodies are telling us, we’ll get better at understanding what healthy is for us.

Medical food journal, The Lancet, published a global study regarding obesity rates. It stated that in Australia, nearly 25% of children and 63% of adults are obese.

We’re becoming a fast food nation – really fast. People eat out regularly, creating a new generation of people who think it’s the norm, rather than the occasional treat. When I was growing up in the 70’s, it was a rare thing to have take-out. I remember having fried chicken twice, fish and chips on a Friday night and roast chicken a few other times. That’s a time span of over 12 years. For many people, that’s the norm for a week or just a few days.

One thing I hope we can all agree on is that fast food is indeed junk food and not something to be considered healthy. But it’s not just fast food that’s junk food. Packaged and processed food (full of numbers) can be found anywhere in the supermarket – including the so-called ‘Health Food’ isle. A quick glance at the ingredients on the packet will tell you if it’s real food or just an attempt to sell you an over priced, sugared, high fat, high sodium item that’s low in nutrition. Drinks can also be full of sugar and chemicals (in amounts we wouldn’t normally consume).

So what is healthy for you? Educate yourself, listen to your body and read the labels before purchasing packaged food. Decide whether what you’re eating is nutrient dense or a food imitation made to satisfy a craving.

How does food make you feel? Do you have the energy you need to function? Are you drinking enough water? Only you can answer these questions and only you can give your body the right fuel it needs.

Through research and experimentation, I have discovered that for me, a plant based wholefood approach is the way. It makes me feel great, gives me plenty of energy and helps me maintain a healthy weight.

Sarah has a YouTube channel called Vegan Style Cooking which focuses on recipes for a wholefood plant based diet. She’s currently working on a recipe and guidebook for this type of eating. She overcame significant health issues and lost weight through diet changes, meditation and yoga. Now, she hopes to help other people by sharing her journey and recipes via https://www.youtube.com/c/VeganStyleCookingwithSarah

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  1. Oh I remember the rare take-away food nights in the 70’s and early 80’s! A hamburger from the local, or fish and chips… junk food isn’t necessarily the easiest option, though. Simple food can be tasty, nutritional and quick to prepare.

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A Love for Cyberpunk

Guest Post by Christian Cölln

The first thing that comes to mind when I think about cyberpunk is the 1982 movie Blade Runner by Ridley Scott. Its iconic style shaped my view of this genre and influenced numerous books, TV shows, movies and video games.

But what makes this movie special? When it first came out, it was poorly received. Now, it’s a classic of science fiction and the prototype of cyberpunk. Many critics regard it as one of the best sci-fi movies ever made.

You could say it was ahead of its time. Its dark and gritty style revolutionized the genre and was a contrast to the more optimistic, even utopian, movies of earlier decades. Blade Runner’s depressing world is dominated by huge corporations. Everything looks dirty and gritty. So-called Blade Runners hunt down rogue androids, called replicants, who were originally produced as work force for the Off-World colonies. They’re not allowed on Earth. The punishment is death. And in the middle of it is our lone hardboiled hero Rick Deckard played by Harrison Ford.

At this point, I should confess that I haven’t read much cyberpunk, not even Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the book Blade Runner is based on. Believe me when I say I feel horrible about this.

In my defense, I’ve watched a lot of cyberpunk movies such as Minority Report, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Strange Days and the 2012 version of Total Recall. That was more than enough to spark my interest in this genre. In fact, I fell in love with it. As a writer with a fascination for crime thrillers and science fiction, cyberpunk is the perfect playground to let my imagination roam and tell my stories.

I don’t claim to be an expert, especially when it comes to literary genres and their trademark elements, but I do love movies and everything sci-fi. So I’ve picked up a few things over the years.

There are a few themes which are distinctive of cyberpunk. It deals with social, economic or ecological problems and reveals a dark glimpse into our immediate future, populated by powerful mega corporations, hackers and artificial intelligence. There’s a heavy focus on technology and the atmosphere has a certain noir feel to it, also typical of detective novels and crime thrillers.

However, don’t confuse cyberpunk with the post-apocalyptic genre, where basically no proper society exists anymore, or stories like The Hunger Games, where you have a dystopian society of some sort. Cyberpunk could feature a normal democracy or a society run by a conglomerate. But it’s generally no dystopia.

The creative possibilities for writers of cyberpunk are pretty much endless. Once you’ve decided on a setting, you can tell all kinds of stories. I’ve just started to explore this genre, but there’s so much more to discover. I only know that I love every second I spend in these intriguing and highly fascinating worlds.

 

Christian Cölln is a German wordsmith with a passion for books and movies. He’s haunted by a wild bunch of characters who won’t leave him alone until he’s told their story. Besides the occasional short story and poem, he’s primarily working on his first novels Bloody Tears, Lost Dreams and No Man’s Land.

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Review: The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

Guest Post by Steve Daykin

Jen Campbell must have had a lot of fun compiling this book. The Bookshop Book is a labour of love; it’s part travelogue, part guidebook. Campbell writes of all the weird, unique and sometimes bizarre bookshops and the equally weird, unique and sometimes bizarre people who work in them.

I don’t know if Campbell actually travelled to the hundreds of shops she describes in her book. Nevertheless, she has produced a handy book to stow in your own suitcase if you’re packing for a trip to Europe or North America. It’s a kind of guidebook.

The Bookshop Book is an eclectic mix of interviews with bookstore owners and employees, customers, authors about bookshops, their role as community hubs, and much more. We hear from those who love bookshops and those who dream about them. Those who work in them, and some who live in them and some who do all of these things.

Some people do plain eccentric things, like Marta Minujin, who built a 25 metre high tower of books in Buenos Aires with 30,000 titles of all languages. She called it the Tower of Babel.

We hear, too, from famous authors, like Bill Bryson and Audrey Niffenegger.

The Bookshop Book contains the secret for success for bricks and mortar bookshops trying win in a world of e-books and online retailers. It’s a secret so powerful yet basic, and which many retail outlets – be they bookshops or others – appear to have forgotten. And it’s this: be interesting, and give meaningful customer service.

 

Steve loves reading, writing, excellent coffee, good company, new and secondhand bookshops, libraries, and much more besides!

Find Steve online: twitter.com/Steve_Comet 

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