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Phytonutrients – eating colourful

Healthy eating is probably one of the most discussed topics in the past 2 decades. The media and scientists constantly come up with new things to avoid and other things to do. Additionally, we have been taught about vitamins, antioxidants, 5-a-day and many more, which became words most of us understood and know. In recent years, some of you might have heard about a new term in healthy eating – phytonutrients, also called phytochemicals, which according to Wikipedia “are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants. The term is generally used to refer to those chemicals that may affect health, but are not established as essential nutrients.”
But what does it mean for our diet? It means that it is recommended to eat a balanced diet based on fruit and vegetables. In the UK, the NHS recommends to eat 5-a-day, which is based on a suggestion from the WHO (World Health Organisation) to eat at least 400g of fruit and vegetables each day. The 5-a-day project is widely spread and you can find labelling on many products in supermarkets and even in some restaurants. However, according to the BBC the average for the UK is about 2 to 3 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, which is still considerable short of the target. In the US, the National Cancer Institute suggests to eat even more plant-based food and recommends 5 to 9 portions a day to prevent diet related diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some types of cancer, and diabetes. According to the movie Food Matters, some nutritionists believe that the most common diseases that amount to about three-quarters of all death are based on an unhealthy lifestyle and could be healed by turning to a health and balanced diet. But the pharmaceutical industry does not want us to know as there is no money to make from healthy people.
Additionally, Nutrilite Health Institute looked at the intake from fruit and vegetables in regards to phytonutrients and recommends to eat colourful to get the best out of your fruits and vegetables intake a day. To make it easier fo the consumer, they grouped most fruit and vegetables into these 5 colours: red, purple, white, green and orange. Please find below a list of examples for each colour group:

Red Fruits & Vegetables

  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Red Apples
  • Pomegranate
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Tomatoes

Purple Fruits & VegetablesVegetables by rightee, on Flickr

  • Black Currants
  • Eggplant
  • Plums
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
Green Fruits & Vegetables
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Green Beans
  • Soy beans
  • Green Tea
  • Green Peppers

White Fruits & VegetablesVegetables by jackol, on Flickr

  • Pears
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • White Kidney Beans
  • Horseradish
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions

 Orange Fruits & Vegetables

  • Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Lemons
  • Passion Fruit
  • Oranges
  • Carrots
  • Papaya

For more information about the phytonutrients and the health benefit of each group, please visit Nutrilite. If you are not sure if you are eating enough fruit and vegetables in the correct balance, please visit Nutrilite.com/color to make a free online ‘Daily Phytonutrient Snapshot’. Really great tool and I promise that it will surprise you.

But how can we eat even more fruit and vegetables when we are not even managing 5-a-day? Is it possible to have a busy, but healthy lifestyle? I can recommend to use plant-based vitamin supplements that will give you vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients additionally to your healthy and balanced diet, but it has to be said that it is no substitution, merely a little aid to make it easier for people who have a busy lifestyle.

Let me know, what you think about the subject. Are you eating your 5-a-day or even more? How do you make it fit into your lifestyle? Are you taking supplements?


Friends of glass

Here we go it is 20 minutes to midnight and I still have not started my post. I was thinking for the past hour about what I can share with you from today  and I has an interesting little story that I wanted to share with you, but then I got hooked on that little facebook game from friendsofglass.

During my time studying at Oxford Brookes University I had a little part-time job helping out to promote friendsofglass and their campaign. During this time, I learned a lot about the power of social media and about glass. Additionally, I met a lot of really interesting people online and offline.

Some of my friends on facebook and some followers on twitter might have already seen the game as I posted already about it. However, I thought it definitely is worth a blog post as well.

First of all, I like share a few things about friendsofglass. It is a non-profit organisation and initiative from FEVE, the European Container Glass Federation, and should raise awareness about glass a packaging material. As you might have noticed, plastic, tetrapak and other packaging materials have taken over from glass for many products. However, glass has some amazing benefits that should bring it back to fashion. One of the main reasons glass should be used more often is that is can be 100% recycled and over and over again without loosing any its characteristics. Check out a list of some more reasons why you should use glass wherever you can. Additionally, you might have read in my recent post about plastic bottled water that there is some serious health risks from drinking out of plastic bottles as chemicals can leak into the water.

But back to friendsofglass and their creative stuff they come up with. Check out the amazing facebook game that they have on their facebook page. The aim it to  recycle 5000 virtual bottles by inviting 4 of your friends to join you in drinking some water out of a bottle, then passing it to your chosen friend and create a cycle that will allow you to finish the bottle and recycle it. It is cute and has very cool graphics. Just love it! So, please join to cause, drink and recycle.

Another great stuff is Hank – The singing bottle. Check out the video here:

Leere Flaschen/empty bottles

Image via Wikipedia

All in all, I think it is great stuff for a really good and important reason. If you have a twitter account please join #tweetrecycle, just let the world know how much you recycle in the real world and have fun tweeting to other people who like to do their bit in reducing out impact on the environment, bottle by bottle by bottle. Have fun and next time you are in the supermarket shopping think twice and look for glass packaging as an alternative.

This cause or campaign shows what can be done with social media to get people interested. Make it fun, interesting and use all the tools that are available (video, platforms, games, interactive maps and so on). Do you already use social media to that extend for your business? Do you have a cause that you are supporting? Or do you just like to share your insights about the use of social media in your area of interest, please let me know!

Dreams – do you still have them?

This is a topic that is really close to my heart and I would like to share my thoughts on this one with all of you.

Due to my business I get in touch with a lot of people and we very often talk about the future and dreams. However, on many occasions this subject is quickly done with as people either don’t want to talk about their dreams and the future or maybe they don’t dream anymore and have given up the hope to get out of the day-to-day rat race in the corporate world. Sometimes, I even have the feeling that many people lost hope of a better life with less stress and pressure at work, more time for family and friends and enough money to enjoy the things that are important to them. I especially feel bad when I hear young people who are not able to tell me what they would like to do or achieve, what they like to do with their lives or aspire to. I know that not everybody knows what they would like to do in their life and there might be even some people who don’t care about achievement and the rest fo their life. However, I  think this is only a minority and most people have a talent and are good at something, but might not often get the chance to discover it and do it.

Let’s explore some reasons that might have an influence on this hopelessness of some people. Most people had dreams when they were younger. For example, if you would asked children at the age between 3 to 6, definitely before they go to school, what they aspire to be when they are older. Most certainly you will hear very exciting things like such as: fire fighter, astronaut, pilot for boys and princess, singer, dancer or actress for girls. (I just gave these examples to illustrate something and they are many more answers.) These children are still dreaming and don’t think about if it is possible, they just think it would be nice to be that person or do a specific thing.

Then, when these children start growing up and going to school they will slowly be caught by reality and they wishes become more realistic or disappear at all. But why? Is it because nobody really wants these individual high-flyers that go for their dreams and live them? Do teachers praise very often or really help you to find your talents in school or do they rather try to put you into a uniform way of thinking? Is it because your friends and other people that are important to you might give you that awkward look and tease you when you were sharing your big dreams with them? I think quiet possibly reasons, that people will put their dreams aside and rather get any kind of job after finishing school that gets you money to pay your bills instead of doing something that you really want.

I truly believe that every person has a talent, but might not get the chance to find out and be able to explore it. Unfortunately, it is reality for many people these days that they have to do a job (which is an abbreviation for Just Over Broke) to pay their bills only and that day in and day out for the rest of their life.

Additionally, parents play a big role in the personal development of a child, especially when it comes to dreams and future plans. Unfortunately, not all parents give the overall support and encouragement a child might need to find that thing they are good at and the talent that lies in everybody and most importantly to turn into something that you can live from (either a job or your own business). We all heard these phrase at some point from our parents: ” Don’t you want to learn or do something proper!” and ” Make sure you get good grades in school and then you can go to university and get a better job!”. It might not be true for everybody and not so often in these days, but In one way or the other we have been pushed from our teachers and parents into a life that more than 90% of people have: go to school, maybe university, then get the next best job, change jobs and careers and do this for the rest of the life until you might be able to retire, which for generation will most likely not be possible if you do not start doing something about it now (but this is another subject). Is this really what an average life shall look like?

Maybe we all just need a bit of praise, encouragement and a chance (mostly time) to find out what we want and want to do, maybe have talent for and a way to make money with it. Some people even say that when you work for somebody else, you help them make their dreams come true instead of living your own. Does that mean that we all should have our own business? Why not, when you want to achieve your dreams?

When I look back at my childhood I feel very lucky, because I was able to explore a lot of different things when I was child. I think I changed my sports about a dozen times, before I found my passion for water polo. Then, still being in school and working part time I found that I would like to have a career in hospitality and now I recently found a business that I can enjoy and strive in. Most of it came together because I have the best mother in the world who always supported me and never told me that I cannot so something, but rather encouraged me to try and find ways to make my dreams come true. Thank you for that and I hope that everybody has someone in their life that will encourage them on a daily basis, praise them for what they are good at and support them to achieve their dreams as crazy they might be.

I will continue to live my dreams as I have done in the past and I know that I can share this with many other people who I will meet in future. Hopefully, I can help them to achieve their dreams as well. One thing I know for sure that helping people to achieve their dreams will ultimately make my dreams come true.

Thank you for reading this far and I would like to hear from you and your thoughts on this subject. What is about your dreams, that you have or had, when you were a child? Do you remember when you had an idea or a dream and other people talked you out of it? Are you making your dreams come true? Let me know what helped you to do so.

My first blog post

Here we go! Finally, I managed to put together my first blog after being involved for quiet some time with social media. It seems like quiet a bit of a challenge to write a post per day for the next 365 days and I am already late as I have not posted anything last night, but the idea only really came to me late last night…..no excuse though!

Actually, I have to say that I am looking forward to the next year for a very special reason as it will be life changing with many things to come and do. Some fo you might wonder why I am talking about the start of a new year in September….. for my home business, that I started with my girlfriend about the same time last year, the business year just started yesterday. We tried many different things and made it work at some point or the other and managed to make a bit of money on the side, but still not enough that you can talk of a proper business. Now, that the new business year started we want to take the business more serious and will take you with us on our journey for the next 365 days of starting a small business and developing it into something big and great by helping people help themselves. In my opinion, the best business in the world if you can give something to people and become succesful by making other people succesful and their dreams come true.

Talking about dreams – one of my favourite things I do – the next big dream is just around the corner to move to our own little flat by March 2012. There is still some time to go, but we are on the right track and will make sure that more money is coming into our products to afford something really nice next to the river Thames and in our prefered London area of Canada Water and Rotherhithe.

So, join us in our journey here on this blog!

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