Monthly Archives: August 2015

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder


The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is so true but it is also in the eye of the beholder’s beauty herself or himself I would suggest. This leads me on to whether it is good to have simple or complex procedures done to improve your looks as your beholder thought you were beautiful but do you think you are beautiful?

I think that is the key point here.

Today surgery of the cosmetic variety is not only more popular than ever before but more attainable and more accepted in today’s society. And some people believe that cosmetic surgery is a science. The simple fact is this kind of surgery is simply about improving the appearance by changing the body. Some people think this is wrong. The view was it may cause heart attacks and can we really trust these people who want to operate on us?

Is it possible to actually make us who we want to be through cosmetic surgery?

My own opinion is, if people want to do this and have the money, then they should do it and be aware of the  potential consequences.

All the Cons

For myself I think it can be a little crazy but cosmetic surgery or dental work is great if done in moderation to enhance and not rebuild. A good example of this is teeth whitening, a non invasive procedure that brings happiness to a lot of people including me!!! I have personally used in the Doncaster area of the UK and it worked out great. That is another procedure with lots of pros and cons according to the press, but in my experience go for it, it really works well.

Before my conclusion, here is a short video “Life Is Beauty-Full Cosmetic Surgery Documentary”


I think in conclusion

Cosmetic surgery is so personal a decision but it has to be made with the right information from the right people or it could go badly wrong and we have all seen some of the horrific examples of it going wrong. I don’t think this kind of surgery is the wrong thing to do, you just have to be really careful as you only have 1 body…

We are all insecure in our own way and some of us our outward persona is everything and it has to be the best it can be to support the person. It really lifts people, quite literally.

Many of us have female friends who are self conscious about the size of their breasts and this is a very strong feeling, so some get breast augmentation or reduction and they say they feel like different people. There are many examples of small cosmetic procedures that change people’s lives in their own words. This cannot be a bad thing, just positive for the recipient.

Especially in a burns victim’s case or a mastectomy, these are quite obviously fundamental and have to be carried out.

We have hair colour change, ear piercing, there can be nothing wrong with that

The issue is when people become obsessive and things take a turn for the worst, as they can change their whole look and it affects them mentally and their friends and family’s attitude towards them. So you have to be aware of how far to go. It needs to be regulate somehow, but this is not possible i don’t think.

People sometimes need to be protected from themselves.

So the answer above “it depends” is a valid argument, it really does depend on the person, there are examples i have discussed that work and some that do not, it is down to the person, it really does depend.








Healthy Eating

healthy eating

A diet regimen is based upon foods highly rich in starch like pasta, potatoes, rice and bread; with a lot of vegetables and fruit; some rich protein foods such as  fish, meat  and also lentils; some dairy foods  and also milk; and not way too much  sugar,  fat or  salt, will provide you all the nutrients you will need.

When it concerns a healthy and balanced diet, having the right balance is the right way to achieve your goal. This means eating  various foods in the best proportions, and eating the right quantity of food and beverage to accomplish as well as preserve a healthy body weight.

Most adults in England are obese or overweight. That indicates that numerous people are consuming more than we need, and should eat much less. And it’s not simply the food: some drinks could likewise be high in calories. A lot of grownups have to eat and drink less calories in order to slim down, even if they currently eat a well balanced diet regimen.

Food groups in our diet

The Eatwell plate reveals that to have a balanced and healthy  diet regimen, individuals need to try to consume:

  • Some dairy foods and milk.
  • Starchy foods,like rice, bread, pasta and potatoes
  • Fish, meat, beans, eggs, and other non-dairy protein source.
  • A small quantity of drinks and food that are high in sugar or/and fat.
  • Plenty of vegetables and  fruit.

Always try to select a variety of foods from the 4 main groups of food.

Many people in the UK drink and eat too many calories, too much sugar, salt and fat,  and a few vegetables, oily fish, fibre and fruit. Read our page on comprehending calories.

It is vital to have fat in your diet, but you really do not need to consume any food from the “drinks and foods”, high in sugar and/or fat” as part of a healthy meal.

Vegetables and fruits: are you doing your five daily?

Vegetables and fruits are a crucial source of minerals and vitamins. It is recommended that we consume at least 5 varieties of vegetables and fruit  daily.

There is proof that individuals who consume at least 5 varieties of vegetables and fruit  daily, have a low rate of heart diseases, cancers and stroke.

What’s more, consuming 5 portions isn’t as difficult as it seems. Just one banana, pear, apple or another same sized fruit is 1 portion. A slice of melon or pineapple is 1 portion. 3 full tablespoons of vegetables is another portion.

Having morning cereal with a sliced banana  is a fast way to get 1 portion. Swap your tangerine for your mid-morning biscuit, and also adda salad to your lunch. Try to have dinner with a portion of vegetables, and dried fruit  onsnack in the evening to reach your 5 daily.

Read the NHS Five a day page for more pointers on ways to achieve your 5 portions of veg and fruit.

Three healthy meals – quick YouTube video


Starchy foods in your diet

Starchy foods are supposed to make up around 1 third of all that we consume. What this means is that, we are to base our meals on these foods.

Potatoes are a great choice and a rich source of fibre. Make sure to leave the skins on wherever possible in order to keep in more of the vitamins  and fibre. For instance, when having jacket potato or boiled potatoes, consume the skin also.

Try to choose whole-meal or wholegrain varieties of starchy foods, like whole wheat pasta and brown,brown rice, higher fibre white bread or whole-meal. These foods contain more fibre (aka “roughage”), and usually more minerals and vitamins than the white varieties.

Read more in our starchy food column.

Fish, Meat, beans and eggs: all great sources of protein

These foods are all great elements of protein, which are vital for the body to repair and grow itself. They are likewise good sources of a range of minerals and vitamins.

Meat can be a very good source of vitamin, mineral and protein, including zinc,B vitamins and  iron. It’s also 1 of the main sources of vitamin B12. Try to consume lean cuts of skinless poultry and meat whenever possible to reduce the fat. Make sure to cook your meat thoroughly. Learn more by reading our column on meat.

Fish also is another vital source of protein, and consist of many minerals and vitamins. Oily fish is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Aim for at least 2 portions of fish weekly, including 1 portion of oily fish. You can select from canned, fresh or frozen, but do not forget that smoked and canned fish are sometimes high in salt.

Pulses and eggs (including seeds, beans and nuts) are also good sources of protein. Nuts are very high in fibre and a great alternative to junk foods [snacks] high in saturated fat, but they still contain high levels of fat, so consume them with care. Learn more from our pages on pulses,eggs and beans.

Dairy foods and milk: avoid full fat varieties

Dairy foods and milk, such as yoghurt and cheese are great sources of protein. They contain calcium, which assists in keeping your bones strong and healthy.

To begin to enjoy the benefits of dairy foods without consuming too much saturated fat [Healthwise], consume semi-skimmed, 1% skimmed milk or fat, as well a scottage cheese or lower-fat hard cheeses, and low fat yoghurt.

Learn more by going through our page on  dairy foods and milk.

Eat less sugar and fat

Most folks in the UK consume too much sugar and fat.

Sugar and Fat are both elements of energy for our body, but whenever we consume many of them we eat more energy than we are burning, and this could mean that we are putting on weight. It can result in obesity, which raises our risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke and  heart disease.

Are you aware that there are various types of fat?

Saturated fat can be found in foods like sausages, cheese, pies, butter, biscuits and cakes. Most folks in the UK consume too many saturated fat, which can elevate our cholesterol and put us at an increased risk of heart diseases.