CORRUPTION THAT STEMS DOWN TO YOUR VERY DINNER PLATE

We know that many of our politicians are corrupt, there’s nothing new about that. But have you thought to take a look at all the smaller things around you?

Things like the powdered milk that you take in your tea everyday?

Or the 2 minute noodles that you feed your children?

Maybe the gel toothpaste that you use each morning and each night?

The mineral water that comes to your home packed in hardened plastic?

The oversized cows that you buy before Eid?

Are we consistently travelling towards becoming more and more artificial day by day?

Just a thought.

Cheers!

TOO MUCH LOVE IS KILLING YOU

You’re sitting in their dining room.

“Have some Sprite beta,”

“No Aunty, I’ve stopped drinking cold drinks”

“Allaaa beta, Aunty keh rhi hain to peelo” says my mother

“Aunty, actually cold drinks have too much sugar na,”

“Acha, ye baat hai to mein diet mangwa leti hn” says Aunty getting up from her chair

“Beta! Look you’re making Aunty get up” says my mother with threatening eyes

“NHI, NHI AUNTY, I’ll drink it…. Akhir kaar, aap ke sprite ko kon mana krskta hai?”

My mother looks at me, subtly nodding her approval

And I’m forced to chug down what I know – is poison.

How much poison do you consume because of love?

BRAIN FOOD

While all edibles will sustain your body, there are some foods that are especially beneficial to your brain while some balance your hormones.

We’re focusing today on the types of food that can help fuel your brain.

Whole Grains (Aid in focus)

In order to remain to steady and focused the brain needs a steady supply of juices (glucose in the bloodstream)
Whole grains maintain a stable secretion of glucose into your blood, making you alert during and throughout the day.

Suggestions of usage: Be your own chef! You can start off by using whole grains for the rotis’ and loaves you bake at home. Try beginning youur epic journey here.

2. Fish (Keep your brain tip top)
Since your body cannot produce EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids), they must be acquired through your intake.
And it just so happens that nature placed the most beneficial of omega-3 fats in fish as EPA’s and DHA’s (types of fatty acids present in fish) in their active forms. For a healthy heart, brain and joints these fats are essential.
In fact low DHA levels have been suggested to raise the risk of the Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss. While a balance presence of these fats has been linked to low stress levels.

Suggestions of usage: There’s no shortage of desi ways to cook fish. Just google it!

3. Blueberries (May help boost short-term memory)

Research conducted at Tufts University in the U.S indicated that the intake of blueberries may result in better memory and stopper the occurrence of short term memory loss.

Suggestions of usage: Put it into your cereal! Mix it with your weetabix, cornflakes and porridge, that way you can eat it daily. Of course, these are seasonal fruits so you might not always be fortunate enough to have them.

4. Blackcurrants (May help reduce anxiety and stress)

The vitamin, vitamin C has been demonstrated to reduce stress and anxiety. And one of the very best natural carriers of this vitamin is the blackcurrant. Others include citrus fruits and broccoli.

Suggestions of usage: It’s expected that you might not find these in the fruit market of Pakistan. But if you’re abroad, you should definitely add this to your daily salads.

5. Nuts (May prevent the slowing of the brain)

A good intake of vitamin E may help to prevent minor cognitive impairment. Nuts are an excellent sources of vitamin E (others include green vegetables, olives and brown rice).

Suggestions of usage: You can find nuts in any season in Pakistan. Admittedly, they aren’t very cheap, but they are worth it. A tidy trick that many health conscious households have started doing is that instead of serving their guests nimko, they have bowls of raisins mixed with almonds (badam), peanuts and walnuts.

DISABLED BECAUSE OF DIET?

Is the reason why so many people in Pakistan are disabled… Their diet?

Is it true?

Mr. Shafiq Ur Rehman, the president of Milestone (a Movement for the the Population Welfare Development) says –
“At least 20 million people in Pakistan have disabilities, making that 10 percent of the country’s population,”.

10 percent of the population is huge

My question is, where are all these people going?

Because based on my experience in Karachi. Every single day I see.

One handed beggars.
Stunted men riding special tricycles with a bowls to collect money from pedestrians.
Children with deformed ankles dragging themselves from signal light to signal light.
An enormous amount of beggars characterized with hermaphroditism, a condition where one has both male and female reproductive organisms.
People with dwarfism (A genetic disorder of bone growth, the most common cause of disproportionately short limbs) if not begging at signals, then placed as restaurant doormen.
Blind men standing at the entrances of mosques.

I personally feel that the that the number of disabled on the streets is disproportionately large.

When I was young, I’d put this question to people who I thought to be older and wiser than me and they’d come up with phrases like-

“It’s the mafia, they cut off people’s limbs and put them to work.”

“These people have been born into begging families and they come up with innovative ways to beg”

“They’re just pretending. They’re not actually sick, it’s just – it’s just make up”

The above logic I think, is stupid. We can’t have so many willful beggars on the streets… Let’s explore another angle – their diet

Information from the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (2012-2013) shows that only 18 percent of our population is given necessary immediate breastfeeding, and only 38% of infants receive exclusive breastfeeding.

Insecurity of food is widespread, it is prevalent in approximately 40-50% of families in certain provinces, especially in Balochistan, Sindh, South Punjab and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.

According to the National Nutrition Survey 2011,
one-third of all children are underweight
Nearly 44 percent are stunted
15pc are wasted, half of them are anemic and almost one-third of these children have iron deficiency anemia.

Taken from https://www.dawn.com/news/129691

We’ll look more into this matter in the coming blogs. What do you think? Think Imran Khan’s talk on malnutrition in children was what our nation needed all along?

Let us know below!

We took much of our data from this link ->
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/pakistans-disabled-population-demand-due-rights-and-jobs-1.2135022
It’d be sick if you read this too 🙂

Our Story

My Papa had diabetes…

And although we had a cautious lifestyle, a routine checkup revealed that something was wrong with me…

My lifestyle wasn’t quite right and soon it seemed I’d have diabetes too. And the cautious lifestyle of my Papa, who regularly injected himself with insulin, wasn’t helping. There was something in our diet that was taking our lives downhill, since Diabetic Diet was not a thing then!

 

I didn’t want to live the rest of my life with insulin injections. It was as if I saw my life turning into my Papa’s. So I began my research. And discovered that our so-called
“right” diet…

Was so absolutely wrong.

The chickens we ate were unnaturally grown at a disgustingly fast rate. And meat?