Screw Mindful Eating, I want food!

May 8th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

So it’s Day #2 of this thing and I’m freaking hungry! To be fair, I think I’m doing it wrong. It’s 5:20 p.m. or thereabouts now and all I’ve had for the day is 4 slices of toast with a bit of butter. Add to that the fact that I’ve now been waiting about an hour for this potato to boil and I am not happy.

Ok so my experience so far:

1. Taste is a big part of eating, and I miss all my seasonings, salts and sauces.

2. I love to snack! Hadn’t realised how much until today.

I may be a bit crabby right now too seeing that I slept less than 4 hours last night. Last minute courseworks without food are not fun! Usually that’s the time when I’d binge on all sorts of snacks to keep me stimulated. Instead all I had was hot water and a random rice meal at about 3am.

It can only go up from here though right?


Note: Title comes from this earlier post.

Mindful eating and ‘living below the line’

May 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Now this is a bit exciting. For the next 5 days all I’ll be eating is £1 of food per day!

In case you’re wondering why, I’ve decided to do the ‘Live Below the Line’ challenge (with support!).

This essentially is 5 days of eating conservatively to try to glimpse what it’s like to live without (predictable) food. It’s a massive awareness campaign across the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand where over the week funds will be raised to help those affected, and the fundraisers will hopefully be able to empathise with them a bit more.

I won’t be doing this for quite these reasons though. I’ll be taking it up more as a personal challenge. I doubt I’ll have a problem with hunger since my eating patterns are erratic at best anyway (I hope). The challenge for me would more be the discipline of planning out my meals and keeping within the foods I buy at the start. If you know me at all, you’d know that this sort of thing is terribly inconvenient to me, especially given that I have two coursework deadlines this week, both for which I have yet to properly start.

 

More than this though, I’ll be using this challenge as an opportunity to try to understand the real meaning and value of the food we eat. We’ve become a society of unconscious eaters, where food is simply scarfed down between/during other activities without paying much attention to what it is we’re eating. We’ve lost touch with the essence of our food, with all its subtleties and nuances. I’ll be trying to practice more ‘mindful eating’, a technique described here. I’ll be focusing more on what exactly I eat and how I ingest it. It’s an exercise in awareness that I’m quite excited to try out.

It’s supposed to have the bonus effect too of helping us to realise that “as we practice this regularly, we become aware that we don’t need to eat as much”. This could be handy for a week of living on less food than normal.

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We’ve become so busy that we no longer take time to stop and actually experience life around us. The picture above offers the metaphor of a meditating buddhist monk in the middle of a traffic jam in Bangkok, and it feels almost exactly matched to where I’m hoping I’ll get to.

Now before you think I’m missing the whole point of what ‘below the line’ is all about let me just add this. I do my fair bit for charity in other areas so I’m not that bothered about the fundraising aspect this time (and I’d rather not pester my friends again just yet). As for the ‘glimpse into how they live’ side, I feel that we’ll still have far more conveniences than those who really live like this. What does need work right now though is my mind, and so I’ll happily use this as an opportunity to experience how we can be comfortable with what we might have, and learn to appreciate whatever little we might find ourselves with at any time either now or in the future.

Image: Flickr vice1

Happy to share it with you…

May 5th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” ~ George Bernard Shaw.

Came across this quote recently through a friend and it got me thinking again about the nature of these things.

There are so many things in life that are limited, that have a fixed amount or quota, and that are diminished as we use them. It becomes almost standard to think that everything we use or share can eventually be lost.

It’s refreshing to remember sometimes that there are those things in the world that do not play by those rules. It’s fortunate too that these are the things that are often most precious to us, case in point: our ideas.

 

Remember:

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. Similarly, an idea loses nothing when it is shared.

To Campus London we go

May 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Got to say, I am excited about this one. In a couple of minutes I’ll be off to Google’s Campus London for NACUE’s sclp2012. It’s one of the newest co-working spaces in the area that’s sat right near the middle of Tech City. If you knew me at all you’d know why I’d be so excited about this!

#London #TechCity #SiliconRoundabout #Hub #Incubator-ish #TechStartup #Google

…just to name a few.

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I never do anything on the train…

May 3rd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

… and I always sit by the window.

Lovely, fleeting British weather

May 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

When Value ? Money!

May 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Finally getting down to a bit of courseworks now. Just jotted down as many ideas as I can on a blank .doc trying to remember what “was personally interesting to me” over 3 months ago. It’s for a learning log. Some not so bad ideas actually, and they’re appropriate enough that you could believe I learnt them within that module (which I probably did).

One I quite like is the idea of splitting value from money. Just for some context, the module was Social Entrepreneurship. As part of it, we’re shown how these sorts of ventures can’t be judged on just the cash they generated, and if we did do that, most of them would appear to be horrible businesses. Instead, we’re meant to find where value is generated by the business in other areas.

It’s fun just realising that at the end of the day money is not really money, it’s just a representation of the value we put on it. The trick is now to find other ways to assign that value to show the social and environmental worth of the venture. Monopoly money anyone?..

Getting it started…

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Procrastination

I’ve been meaning to get this going for a while now. Not sure how fitting it is though that the reason I’m doing it now is to avoid having to do courseworks.

As I’m already here, I might as well blab a bit about procrastination. At first I thought it was a little ‘writer’s block’ I was having, but then I realised to have that you actually have to attempt the thing. 

Why is it that when I’ve got something like this to do suddenly everything else that’s normally boring becomes attractive? Must say, I’ve been super productive at cleaning out my room, updating my twitter with loads of useful links, clearing out some TED talks I’ve been meaning to watch, and even started back reading recreationally. On this point, Frank Chimero’s ‘Shape of Design‘ is a must-read for anyone into creating stuff.

O well, might as well get back to that piece of coursework now. O joy. 

But wait, maybe I should just straighten out my posterous theme first…