Replacing Sugar

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The body breaks down carbohydrates slower than sugar itself. One gets a sugar high from sugar and a sugar low as energy levels deplete faster than sugar substitutes. A ‘moderate’ intake of refined sugar can be an acceptable part of a healthy diet. Too much sugar in the diet can contribute to various health problems.

The process of where sugar binds with protein until they become non-functional is called glycosylation. All our cells in our bodies contain some protein but when protein attach to sugars they cannot function effectively.

Collagen makes up about 25% of our bodies protein content and when damaged from glycosylation or when oxidation occurs, it breaks down the collagen making skin lose its elasticity and skin becomes more vulnerable to sun damage. The skin becomes saggy, dehydrated and eventually wrinkled.

Large quantities of sugar compromise our immune function resulting in a rapid increase in insulin production and bruised capillaries. It also leads to production of more sebum in the skin that contributes to acne as well as inflammation throughout the body.

The good news is that sugar can easily be replaced with fruit and vegetables. A great way to start the day is to drink first thing in the morning, a warm glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a touch of honey and a teaspoon of olive oil to neutralize overnight acidity levels. Drink this every morning, cut down on the sugar, up the exercise and fresh air. Drink plenty of water and you’ll see a difference in your mood, health and skin! One life, live well and enjoy!

MSG Truth

Why does my noodles taste like chicken when there is no chicken inside the packet? My mom asked me the other day what does MSG stands for. I quickly checked my phone: monosodium glutamate. Used in the food industry as a flavor-enhancing amino acid and used in processed, packaged and fast foods. It is an excitatory neurotransmitter and neurotoxin.

Carol Hoernlein, former food process engineer and food scientist created

  •  MSG tricks your tongue into making you think a certain food is high in protein and thus nutritious. 
  • The food industry is trying to confuse the issue by focusing on the “fifth” taste sense they call umami. 
  • Free glutamic acid is detected by the taste buds as a simple way to signal the presence of protein in a food, just as there are fat receptors to detect fats and receptors that sense carbohydrate or sweet flavors. 
  • The purpose is to help us discern real food from inedible matter.  It changes your perception of not simply taste but the nutritious qualities of what you put into your mouth. 
  • MSG stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin.  The blood sugar drops because of the insulin flood.  You will be hungry again, soon.

Thanks to Carol, I am no longer a MSG consumer. Life is precious and with one life comes one body. I say no to MSG! And you?

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Alexander the Great

Alexander The Great by Kirsi Salonen

……….On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his 3 final wishes:

1. The best doctors should carry his coffin

2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones…) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery, and

3. His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see!!

One of his generals, surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.

Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that, in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal…

I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth…

I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty-handed and we leave this world empty-handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is TIME.

The lesson for life:

We do not take to our grave any material wealth, although our good deeds can be our travelers’ cheques.

TIME is our most precious treasure because it is LIMITED.

We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more TIME.

When we give someone our TIME, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back.

Our TIME is our life!

The best present we can give others and ourselves is TIME.

May we have plenty of TIME and may we all have the wisdom to give it away and LIVE until our TIME has come.


A Skill Set Called Leadership


Each one of us are able lead. According to my dictionary, a leader is a person who leads or commands a group, organization or a country. If we all have leadership potential and abilities, then why make leadership training and requirements so complicated? Being a leader is not about power or controlling others, it is about installing direction and influencing others to follow that direction.

Research shown that these are the skills and qualities required for a successful leader in today’s world:

A leader must have…..

  • Vision 
  • Discipline 
  • Integrity 
  • Dedication 
  • Magnanimity
  • Humility 
  • Openness 
  • Assertive
  • Creative
  • Fairness 
  • Sense of humor 

I didn’t go into detail with the above skills as I believe that each person is unique and can add its very own description according to his or hers personality, strengths, way of life, etc. A great tool to support you is to practice self-awareness and practice leading yourself in your daily life. What I found useful is you can only tell others what to do if you are living that example. So practice what you preach and live authentically.

To summarise: “If you combine the above set of skills and qualities, create your own life story and ambitions and add your unique personality, you’re destined for success and others will follow. It is up to you, the individual to step out of the crowd and become that leader ;-)”

Why Do Magazines Still Print?


We live in an online community where social media is the ruling party and technology is synchronised into our fast paced lives: we feel naked without our smartphones and we hardly communicate face to face. It is an online world! So why do magazines still print and selling the ”old fashioned” way?

I went off to the shops and asked a couple of people browsing magazines. The most significant answer: ‘‘Buying magazines is a habit and I’m so tempted! The cover is luring me in and while I browse, I’m subconsciously aware of my interests and what is useful in my life. Next thing, it is in my trolley.’’

The magazine people say they keep their clients happy by communicating the perfect life. ”How to be…”. It is almost like filling the gap.’’

My point: If it is all about filling the gap, then why not move to the online community and ditch the paper for good. After all, our trees are suffering….check this out:

Now is a perfect time for the printing industry to move over and join the online community permanently. Find a way to use digital advertising in shops. Readers can browse and buy the online access via their smart phones. Just an idea!


Fashion, The Truth

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In our fast paced world, we need affirmations on how beautiful we look. We compete with latest fashions, socialize with our trendy peers and we hastily page through our fashion magazines where we daydream of how perfect we would look like: ‘If only I …’

The truth: ”Fashion is an illusion that creates an urge or desire within ourselves of what we can never be.”

Fashion is a business. It is a façade to keep us away from who and what we really are. We compare ourselves to super models and create huge expectations resulting in lack of confidence and stuffing ourselves with whatever is in our fridges.

We need to learn how we want to communicate to the outside world. Explore how you can enhance your natural features, what compliments your beauty and what works for you.

We can make it our business to look good. We can take the power back because we are the driver of our own lives. The good news is that the world has enough for everyone and everything. Our planet will be in perfect harmony and equilibrium as there will be no waste.
It is worth communicating your own style to the world and be the individual you are. Apply this view in all aspects of your life and you will live with confidence, happiness and authenticity, wherever you go.

How hard is it to follow instructions

How do I follow instructions and how do I feel about following them? As a matter of fact, it is hard to follow instructions, especially if it is not your own. I say that following instructions equals to that of being controlled. Lets explore.

Control is the power which serves to check, restrain, or hinder. Personally, I do not like being controlled.  For example, when I took my first flight all excited and curious, I was confronted with the intense feeling of being controlled: signs, passport control checks, security checks, safety checks, baggage checks, etc. I was ordered and controlled from one to the other. Following every instruction until I arrived exhausted, with a significant lack of enthusiasm for my return flight.

Are these instructions meant for our highest good?

Instructions or being controlled by an entity all serve a purpose. My above airport scenario unquestionably confirms: safety first.

Once the outcome of a specific instruction is known, a conscious decision to follow it or not seems obvious, with the correct attitude to match. I say that, is the hard part.

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