This is my last post for the year. A lot of things happened during this semester, both good and bad. I’ve had my high points and low points. Sometimes, the final destination is not the most important one, it’s the journey there that matters the most.
I want to tell you about my journey. During the time in which I was posting, I tried to lead a healthy lifestyle; I tried to make myself better and stronger. I don’t know if I succeeded, only time will show. But I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned about me, about the people around me, about my friends, about what it’s like to be a blogger, a journalist, a cameraman, an editor.
Let me tell you what I learned from my friends.
“…the Macedonian cuisine has good and bad parts. We eat a lot of meat and vegetables, and we prepare them using lots of oil and seasonings. I am not saying that our food is not healthy, but there are too many things that should be excluded from our meals…” – Gligor
“Every time I go home, I make my mother cook my favorite healthy meal which is sesame chicken with rice. I love it and I eat it a lot.” – Natalija
“My favorite healthy dish has to be baked fish. I am from Ohrid in Macedonia. It’s city near to the lake. That is one of the reasons why I eat baked fish every time when I go home. The fish is always fresh.” – Emilija
” It cost less and that is one of the advantages of being vegetarian. If we think about how many people in Africa and other poor countries don’t have the money to buy food and we throw food every day. Meat is food which goes bad really fast.” – Ralitza
“I like eating bio food, the taste is almost the same, but you know that you’re consuming something that is good for you in a long term.” – Nelly
“I miss my home a lot but I love eating Shopska salad.” – Ulkar
“The worst thing is that I feel sick when I see a cup of tea now, which is unfortunate because I used to love tea.” – Mariana
“I don’t take pills. When I don’t feel good take vitamins and drink tea. It is better for you to rest more and eat light food instead of putting chemicals in your body.” – Yoana
“I don’t have a favorite meal. I love to try different things in different restaurants. But there is only one staple on my menu – Cheeseburger.” – Bojan
What I learned as a journalist:
I learned how to create a blog with WordPress and how to make it more interactive by putting pictures, slideshows, videos, audios. I’ve learned how to express my personality through my blog, how to take interviews and write weekly stories on it.
I’ve learned about SoundCloud, Zite, Flipboard, Pinboard, Pinterest and how to use them. I’ve learned how to record audio, how to edit it, how to make mp3 files and then upload them to my blog. I was taught to use software like Audacity, Premier and Windows Movie Maker. I learned more about Facebook and Twitter, how to connect them to my blog, how to use them correctly and why they are important for any journalist. I learned how to shoot a video using the “5 shot” method, how to edit them and how to make them more interesting.
I learned how to make presentations about my blog in front of an audience and how to tell the truth doesn’t seem as scary as it used to. Don’t get me wrong, I am still very nervous, but not as much as I was in the beginning.
Wow. Now, when I’ve written down everything, it looks like I’ve learned a lot.
I started this blog with the question – “What can you do to live a healthier life?”
I found the answer – you can do a lot of things. Through my investigations I found out a lot of things, about which you can read here, that help us be healthier, better and stronger.
I hope that it was helpful t somebody and I want to finish this blog with the same quote that I started with:
The Dalai Lama, when questioned what surprised him most about humanity, he said:
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
All of us love food which is tasty and can be found on every corner of the city. Fast food restaurants which have franchises all over the world are a family’s favorite place to go to.
When a person goes in a foreign country and they are wondering what to eat, the seemingly perfect solutions could be McDonald’s, KFC, BurgerKing and etc. Personally, I have heard a lot of stories about the fast food restaurants. We all know that they are not very good for our health but nevertheless we go there. I am not an exception, I love fast food. There was a period in my life when I was eating McDonalds four or five times per week. After those meals, I felt awful and I got a strange feeling as if I had been putting poison in my body which is slowly killing me. Weight gain and depression are some of the many negative effects that result from consuming fast food. The food which is served in the fast food restaurants is rich in trans fat, which increases the level of cholesterol in the body.
The most dangerous aspect of the fast food is that it has an addictive nature. Fast food has high sugar levels which make you euphoric, which leads to increased cravings for it.
One of my friends, Bojan, can be classified as a fast food addict. His favorite restaurant is McDonalds. When he travels he always visits McDonalds. He has been in the McDonalds restaurants in Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Italy and the United States.
“I don’t have a favorite meal. I love to try different things in different restaurants. But there is only one staple on my menu – Cheeseburger.”
His addiction began when he visited a McDonalds restaurant for the first time. At that time he was eight years old and he went there with his parents.
“It was an amazing experience. We went there after my parents picked me up from school. At that time I ate my first Happy Meal. I still remember how delicious it was and I also got a toy out of it. I can’t remember, what I liked more – the toy or the food. I still have the toy actually. It’s Buzz from Toy Story and it has been sitting on a nightstand beside my bed at home for ages. “
Even as he grew up and became more mature, Bojan did not give up on McDonalds.
“For me, it’s home away from home. I know that anytime I go there, I will have my Cheeseburger. And every trip there will be a reminder of my first time with the family. Trying something new. The first time I went to McDonalds, none of us had heard about it, but we gave it a shot and we tried it. Since that july, McDonalds has been a staple in my diet.”
This summer, on Work and Travel, Bojan had the opportunity to work in his favorite restaurant.
“When I heard that McDonalds gives their employees a discount on anything they order, the first thing that popped in my mind was – Where do I sign up? I turned down a more lucrative opportunity, just so that I can work in McDonalds, I ate McDonalds for lunch and dinner and I felt fulfilled.”
According to Bojan, the only thing that Blagoevgrad needs, in order to be the prefect city is McDonalds. He goes to Sofia almost every week just so that he can take a bite out of his favorite burger.
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Eating right is hard, eating right when you are sick is even harder. Fall is my favorite season but it is also the season of prevalent flue What should we eat when we catch a cold? By choosing the appropriate food to eat when you are sick and by resting you can recover faster. Healthy food can make your immune system stronger and reduce the chance of getting sick in the first place.
My friend Yoana was catching a flu pretty easily when she was little. She had to stay at home and not go to school on many occasions. Although, most of the children would have been happy to stay home, she wasn’t.
” I hated it, I had to lie in bed and take pills that were leaving bad taste in my mouth, but I couldn’t do anything about it.When you are little the decisions aren’t yours to take.”
We all know that taking antibiotics when you are sick is both good and bad. Every pill has side effects and sometimes is hard to tell if a particular pill is helping you feel better or making you feel worst. Some people prefer to take homeopathic medicines or cures from the nature like herbs, for example.
“I don’t take pills. When I don’t feel good take vitamins and drink tea. It is better for you to rest more and eat light food instead of putting chemicals in your body.”
Antibiotics can’t distinguished between the bacterias that are “good” sand the bacterias of the virus that are in your body. The antibiotics can disrupted the nature of your body.
The worst thing that can happen if you take antibiotics often is your body to became resistant to them. Also, antibiotics are not completely metabolized by the body. It is dangerous to take pills, so every time you do, please, first talk with your doctor.
This is video of Yoana, watch it, please.
Foods that will make you feel better, faster:
Fruits and vegetables are always good for you, eat as much as you can. Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and lemons are rich in vitamin C. Vegetables that have antioxidants (nutrients which will help you recover) are broccoli, spinach, carrots and potatoes.
Fluids are inseparable part of the recovery process. They hydrate your body and help take the toxins out of your system. I suggest you warm fluids like chicken soup (for not vegetarians) or vegetable soup, herbal teas, hot low-fat milk . Other fluids that will make your body feel better are water, of course, fruit and vegetable juices.
What to eat when your stomach hurts?
If your stomach aches, eat toasted bread and drink herbal tea with honey. A toast won’t cause acid reflux and will make your tummy feel better 😉
They are easily digestible and absorb stomach acid. They also go very well with tea and are delicious.
It is easy to digest and doesn’t remain in the stomach for long periods of time. I recommend brown rice.
Bananas contain potassium which you will need if you are dehydrated.
A spice that is good for your stomach is the cinnamon. You can put cinnamon sticks in boiling water like a tea or you can add it to toasted bread.
Ginger is popular treatment for nausea and calms upset stomach.
What to eat when you have a sore throat?
It is perfect choice when you are sick not only keeps you hydrated but hot soup is excellent option when you have sore throat. Most of the people prefer chicken noodle soup but equivalents are lentil soup, bean soup, spinach soup and any other type of healthy soup.
Eating honey has a lot of health benefits for your body. You can add it to tea or hot milk, it soothes a sore throat and it is delicious.
It slides down the throat easily, it is soft and easy to digest. A perfect combination for a hurting throat is yogurt with honey.
What to eat when you have fever?
You should eat creamy foods which are easy to digest like yogurt.
Foods that contain high values of vitamin A and C
like citrus fruits, nuts and sunflower seeds.
When you have fever you should drink a lot of fluids because your body is getting dehydrated more rapidly. Soup, juices, water, smoothies will help you stay hydrated.