Nurturing Thursday: Live with passion

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success ~Swami Vivekananda

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Inspired by Becca’s Nurturing Thursday theme.

For last few days I am all caught up in matters which really need proper attention. It’s all work related but after a very long work day is hard to be productive in evenings. If you have heard the word “GDPR”, you know the whole story.

Anyways hope you all are doing good.

Cheers!

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Weekend 58 – The mountains are(were) calling…

On Saturday, with everything in place we decided to go hiking on mount Ulriken (643moh.)  It was a good decision after all.

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Nattlandsfjellet

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves ~Edmund Hillary

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Nubbevannet (400 moh.)

May your heart like a lake, with a calm still surface, and great depth of kindness ~Lao Tzu

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Fluffy troll weeds on Landåsfjellet

In every season we make interesting memories on mountains. Little surprises wait for us on every corner.

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The geographical midpoint of Bergen lies on mountain 450 moh. The only way to reach this place is hiking 😀

We enjoyed our short breaks for relaxing and chit chatting. The view from every stop was awe-inspiring.

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What a fantastic spot for a cottage

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. ~Theodore Roethke

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From the top looking at the other side

Time to go back! There are hundreds of unpolished stone stairs to hike down. Sherpas from Nepal are building stone stairs by hand with no powertools.

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The major portion of 800 m trail is finished. Sherpas are working on the last section near the top.  This section was very steep, dangerous and nothing to hold on. I really wanted to showcase this specific part but was asked to walk carefully instead of thinking about taking pictures which I promptly accepted. A tourist (lady) fell down and hurted herself badly just luckily air ambulase was not needed.

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We were able to cover a distance of around 10.5 km due to supportive weather with clouds and little breeze.

Fun Fact: Norwegians do not normally greet people they don’t know if they don’t have to. This is true most everywhere, except in the mountains. So be prepared to say hello to everyone you meet when hiking. It might turn into a beautiful friendship, or even relationship.

Did you do anything special on the weekend?

 

Nurturing Thursday: Act not react

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.” ~Paulo Coelho

We all have our problems but why should we spend most of our time in thinking and asking “why me?”. Let’s  stop over thinking and over reacting. Instead how about solving them one by one and spend rest of our time doing what makes us happy.

For Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

तकलीफ़

दुनिया में सबसे ज्यादा तकलीफ़,

माँ-बाप की बेबसी पर होती है।

-रुपाली

Duniya mein sabse jyada taleef,

ma-baap ki bebasi par hoti hai


नामी  शायर की रचना 

 

दिल की तकलीफ़ कम नहीं करते 

अब कोई शिकवा हम नहीं करते। 

-जौन एलिया

 

Sunday Trees – Gulmohar or the flame tree

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The season was perfect to capture the beautiful vibrant Gulmohar trees. Somehow I could not manage to capture more of these.  The image of this beautiful tree is inspired by Becca’s Sunday trees theme.

—NEXT—

An attempt to express my feelings about not using my camera in the way I use it most of the time.

The zest to capture moments was alive.

Eyes were watching many small details everywhere.

BUT

The mind was set on other core things.

The heat was playing role of white noise in most efficient way.

RESULT

Less moments captured.

Many possibilities left unnoticed.

Life wins over fervour for a hobby.

A lesson learned.

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Thanks for reading!

Nurturing Thursday: Resting and Relaxing

It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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For Nurturing Thursday this week.

Not everyone has to go to mountains or to woods. It is your life and so it is your choice 😀 Just make sure that you get proper rest and you relax 😉

 

Sugar – It’s better to put some in the garbage than on your waistline

I shall be writing a series of posts related to health. I shall share what I found insightful.

To begin with here are some quotes:

  • Your body will be around a lot longer than that expensive handbag. Invest in yourself ~ Anonymous
  • YES! getting yourself healthy does cost money. But doctor and hospital visit will cost more ~ Anonymous

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This morning I read an article related to sugar in our food. The important points it includes are

  • Big Sugar has paid researchers to conduct misleading — if not false — studies about the health effects of added sweeteners. It has come up with a dizzying array of euphemistic names for those sweeteners. And it has managed to get sugars into a remarkable threequarters of all packaged foods in American supermarkets.
  • Virtually the only way to eat a healthy amount of sugar is to make a conscious effort. You can think of it as a political act: resisting the sugar industry’s attempts to profit off your body. Or you can simply think of it as taking care of yourself.
  • You may have heard about high-fructose corn syrup.  Many researchers believe that sugar is sugar. But people don’t generally overeat natural sugars. Have you ever inhaled five apples in one sitting?
  • Your rules should revolve around added sweeteners, rather than the natural ones in fruits, vegetables and dairy.
  • Fix your breakfast. It’s the most sugar-packed meal, and it doesn’t need to be. Eggs, fruit, nuts, plain yogurt, plain oatmeal and traditional pita bread are delicious — and free of added sugars. If you’re pressed for time, boil a dozen eggs, refrigerate them and grab one or two in the morning. A sign of a good breakfast plate: It has an array of natural colors.

  • Redo your pantry. Steer clear of staples — like sauces, crackers and breads — with unnecessary sugars.

  • Eliminate soda. Just get rid of it. Soda and sports drinks are essentially liquid sugar.

  • Whip portion inflation. Restaurant desserts are often family-size servings marketed as individual portions. The marble-loaf cake at Starbucks, for example, has more sugar than most adults should eat in an entire day.

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After checking a few more articles I gathered this:

  • There’s also the matter of fruit juice concentrates, which are juices that have been stripped of nearly everything but sugar and evaporated. A lot of seemingly natural foods include ingredients like “apple juice concentrate.” That’s sugar. That will be a lot clearer when the labels are updated.
  • Health experts recommend that you focus on reducing added sweeteners — like granulated sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, stevia and molasses. You don’t need to worry so much about the sugars that are a natural part of fruit, vegetables and dairy products. Most people don’t overeat naturally occurring sugars, as Marion Nestle of New York University says. The fiber, vitamins and minerals that surround them fill you up.
  • When you eat out, think of every dessert as a serving for two. It’s better to put some in the garbage than on your waistline.

A lot can be said and discussed on sugar and health/lifestyle but for now this much is enough. I would love to hear from you, any experience or information.

The links of health post will be mentioned on page: Health

References:

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/11/opinion/sugar-industry-health.html
  2. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/food/bakery/chocolate-marble-loaf-cake?foodZone=9999
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/guides/smarterliving/how-to-stop-eating-sugar
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/upshot/it-isnt-easy-to-figure-out-which-foods-contain-sugar.html
  5. https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/resources/2015-2020_Dietary_Guidelines.pdf
  6. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/starbucks-christmas-drinks-latte-gingerbread-sugar-calories-dougnuts-a8047836.html