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Everybody loves a good charity event. On a regular basis they are regarded as a wonderful experience, they get a lot of press coverage as they represent something worth supporting and being involved with.

You also see people of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities and socio- economic backgrounds participating happily.

Marathon, street runners  in spring day

At each event there are many parties are involved at different levels: there is the effort of the organizers and sponsors in materializing the whole operation from scratch, there is the effort of the charities that are desperate to fundraise in order to finance their good causes, the actual participants also contribute by gracing the event with their presence and paying a fee and finally you get to see their respective families and friends offering their deepest warmth and love to encourage the endurance, strength or speed prowess.

From this angle absolutely everything seems set in place for success and things fit together to complement each other’s role perfectly.

cancer awareness  cycling race or competition. ride for a good cause and charity

Therefore I wonder (after witnessing so many of those charity sports events) how is it possible that all too often I see people exerting themselves whilst displaying a complete lack of knowledge about sports technique, nutrition and hydration?

Easily one can tell the wise from the fool! Some can’t even breathe correctly or position their own bodies in an optimal way to reduce physical effort and maximize overall performance. These people basically don’t have a clue about what they are doing! They are nothing but sad, tragic characters! All too often they endanger themselves and others by injuring themselves, tripping and falling their way into the emergency services when that could easily have been prevented in the first place.

painful running injury

It is simply remarkable, surreal and unbelievable that the trend of eating clean has really taken up in the UK in the recent years !It is also singular to learn what has is generally classified as clean eating in the first place.
The fact that somebody decided to label the habit of eating fresh, healthy ingredients, cooked from scratch in a simple way as eating clean is something I still struggle to come to terms with.

preparing food
In many countries out there (developed and less developed) that is only part of daily living and nobody even considers fuelling their own body system in any other way.
In Italy for example, the Slow Food movement has advocated for the consumption of local traditional dishes, seasonal fresh produce for the past 30 years, yet only recently the Brits discovered the beauty of that meaning…thanks to the US health freak induced influence.
I still remember the shock and gasps that I innocently caused to my fellow housemates when I first arrived in the country. This for simply cooking healthy meals from scratch every day, eating fresh, seasonal ingredients each time…even though I was studying and working as working but earning a pauper’s wage!

Woman in the kitchen
I guess for them I was an alien who refused to be addicted to their toxic lifestyle, junk food, take away curries and cheap lagger. The level of suspicion, rumours and prejudice triggered by my delicious smoothies and healthy meals was such that I started to regard their reactions as pure envy. They simply did not know how to cook and they did not know how to eat either!
Studies have proven that youngsters in London regularly enjoy eating out ( which does boost the leisure economy) because they do not know how to cook! In many cultures, cooking and eating in a balanced way itself are a true form of art that people dedicate themselves to and aim at constant self- development.

I suspect that concept will take a lot more time to sink in the minds of the fattest nation in Europe. Right now the bloggers and vloggers are doing the government a huge favour by educating, inspiring and guiding the national population towards a healthy diet and balanced lifestyle.

Heart shaped display of green, red healthy foods
God knows that alone will save a lot of grief to the NHS obesity black list of patients. I only hope the trend will become far more than just a trend. It needs to remain part of people’s subconscience in order to change their personal attitudes, behavior and lifestyle on a longer term basis.
Those who have taken the first steps towards positive change now need to stop being lazy in order to motivate themselves to cook regularly from scratch and program their brains so that this becomes the new way forwards after leaving behind the toxic habits of the past.

Only recently I spent a weekend afternoon locked up in a gorgeous, spacious, clean kitchen at a local community centre.

I know this is not every body’s  “cup of tea” nor a generally accepted idea of how best to spend your free time on a lovely summery weekend.

Nevertheless, I must admit it that I adventured into it as taking a step into the unknown and it turned out to be the most surreal, amusing and lively experience that I have had.

The entire concept of this cooking course revolved around the idea of local residents taking part in a multicultural cooking course where each session is led by competent culinary members of a certain ethnic group to teach you how to prepare tasty dishes healthily.

During those few hours I spent there I worked in a team with another man and got along just well mucking in every single task with free spirit.

It was also surprising to see people of all nationalities, ethnicities, religions and age groups all gathered in one place with the shared appetite for cooking different types of dishes from other cultures.

Thankfully, all the products and materials used during the session were already provided free of charge.

To my amazement, this also revealed itself as an unusual way to familiarize yourself with people in your local area who you always see but never speak to. By the way, it is an excellent way for men to impress women with their cooking skills in the kitchen.

Overall it was educational, relaxing, constructive, entertaining, healthy socializing and at times even hilarious!

Do try to get involved in such projects if you ever get the chance and let me know the outcome.

1- Eat your greens

They help to lower cholesterol, keep your gut healthy and alkalise your system.

 

2- Buy organic

It ensures you get fee range products, plants and animals are raised naturally, free of chemicals and full of rich nutrients.

 

3- Eat eggs

They are the underrated superfood and do not affect your cholesterol. They also contain 8    essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins.

 

4- Consume good fats

Eat those fats that have not been refined (avocados, seeds, nuts, fish and butter) and are rich with essential fatty acids, vitamins A,D and E.

 

5- Choose wholegrain foods

They are a natural source of fibre, carbs, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. They also keep you filling full for longer and eliminates the need for snacking.

 

6- Avoid the white foods

The processed white bread, pasta, sugar rice are all the bad carbs.

 

7- Cut down on sugar

If you overindulge in the empty calories you increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, tooth decay.

 

8- Prefer to enjoy a fruit than juice.

At least a fruit is natural energy with glucose, lots of fibre and no chemicals or e-numbers.

 

9- Reduce salt

Right now it is the biggest killer in the country. Not only it makes your blood pressure rise, you increase the risk of cardiac disease, stroke and dehydration.

 

10- Do have some chocolate

Save the best for last…consume the dark chocolate with 60% or higher cocoa solids.

You will realize it is low in sugar, high in antioxidants, magnesium and also improves blood pressure. Just remember to enjoy chocolate in moderation.