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Body

Use the stairs instead of the lift – even for just 1 floor. Do this ALL day EVERY day

Mind

While walking up the stairs, imagine that you are climbing a hill somewhere interesting or exotic – perhaps the path in Positano, Italy or a hill in New Caledonia or the stairs in the Empire State Building. Who is climbing with you? Is it a person, people, animals or something even more fantastic? Check out the video of some pretty fantastic stairs below.

Being

Make a connection with someone today, even if just for a moment or two, by sharing a simple smile. In the street, at work, in the lift, and especially if someone passes you on the stairs - lift your eyes and give them a smile. Allow yourself to feel that you have given something of value and, if they smile back, that you have received something of value.

Did You Know?

Brain Facts: How many neurons in the brain? Answer – 86 billion


For years people have said there are 100 billion neurons in the brain, but there was never a genuine source for this. Dr Suzana Herculano-Houzel in Brazil decided to do a reliable count and worked this out in 2009. It didn’t really become widely known until she did a TED talk in 2013. It’s still a lot of neurons and with an average of 10-20,000 synaptic connections for each neuron, which means there is a lot of activity going on in our brain!

 

Body Facts: Strange, but true!

  • The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet or 9 meters.
  • Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
  • The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue.
  • A sneeze can blast out your nose at more than 160 kph

 

Healthy Eating

Freshen up your breakfast cereal with handful of nuts and fruit. The fruit can be fresh or dried. Be inventive to suit your taste. (Be mindful of any food allergies or other personal health issues e.g. it may not be good to eat nuts if you suffer diverticulitis). Buying the ingredients separately is much more fun than a pre-prepared pack, but you’re really rushed, that’s better than not doing it.

Here’s a suggested ‘nutty’ recipe:

plain almonds
pumpkin seeds
walnuts
sunflower seeds
dried goji fruit
fresh blueberries
(easy to find at the local supermarket.
We lightly chop our nuts in a dicing machine to make it easier
on our teeth)

You can add a teaspoon of psyllium husks
if you want some extra roughage.
Add a little yogurt and/or a little skim milk.

Yummy!

Food For Thought

More than 2/3 of obese people live in the developed world. Despite there being enough food for everyone on the planet to eat, there is still an enormous imbalance. While some throw away food, others go hungry. Still, it must be recognised that poverty as an expression of food availability has changed dramatically since the industrial revolution.

200 or so years ago nearly 5/6ths of the world population was unsure if they could find their next meal. Today only 1/6th still suffer from this life threatening problem. Progress has been amazing, but the picture is not necessarily as rosy as the figures show.

1/3 of obese people are in developing countries. That is around 115 million people. All too often the calorie rich diet is caused by the developed world dumping second rate food. Turkey tail and mutton flaps are high fat meats that are rejected in the richer overseas markets. In Tonga, which has an obesity rate of 77%, healthier protein options such as locally caught fish were between 15% and 50% more expensive than mutton flaps. Fiji went to the dramatic action of banning these products only to be threatened with a complaint to the World Trade Organisation!

There are great things being done, but there is still much to do. Social change starts with the beliefs and ideas of the people. The Healthy Living News doesn't have to get directly involved in world politics to create healthy change, we can begin with ourselves and let the ripples flow. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want in the world”.

What You See Is What You Get

Exercise is good…

But don’t overdo it!

Walking up stairs – what stairs?

 

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