Travelling internationally has certainly helped me learn a lot about nutrition because different cultures have so many different foods! ⦁ Healthy foods are better than vitamins in the drug store. Forget an apple a day, vitamin manufacturers would have you believe it’s important to take daily vitamins to boost your health. And a surprising proportion of Australians do. Data from the last National Health survey (back in 1995) showed that up to 30% of Australians had recently taken vitamin or mineral supplements – mostly for preventive health reasons. More recently, the 45 and Up study of more than 100,000 Australian adults [...]
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Most adults would know they’re meant to eat two or more serves of fruit and five or more serves of vegetables every day. Whether or not they get there is another question. A recent national survey conducted by health organizations and international travel agencies reported 45% of Australian women and 56% of Australian men didn’t eat enough fruit. And 90% of women and 96% of men didn’t eat enough vegetables. This figure is worse than for the preceding ten years. ⦁ International travel is good for your soul; healthy food is good for your body. Men had on average 1.6 serves [...]
As well as our physical health, the quality of our diet matters for our mental and brain health. Observational studies across countries, cultures and age groups show that better-quality diets – those high in vegetables, fruits, other plant foods (such as nuts and legumes), as well as good-quality proteins (such as fish and lean meat) – are consistently associated with reduced depression. Meanwhile, studies have shown that international travel may cure anxiety, insomnia and depression. ⦁ Healthy food is so healing. Unhealthy dietary patterns – higher in processed meat, refined grains, sweets and snack foods – are associated with increased depression [...]
Lifestyle design experts in NYC state that when you are physically relaxed and mentally satisfied, you don’t want to eat sugar anymore. This effect can be achieved via international travel, positive relationships and physical exercise. ⦁ Should you stop eating sugar? Not long ago, fat was the evil dietary villain. Before that it was salt. Now the sugar-free diet has exploded onto the health and wellness scene – and seems to have topped many people’s list of New Year’s resolutions. Sugar-free diets encourage people to avoid table sugar (sucrose), sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup, refined flours, condiments, soft drinks, [...]
It turns out that body language is a part of culture as well, according to my key learnings from international trips over the years. Different cultures, different body language: People from different cultures use different body language which can cause conflicts, tensions and misunderstandings in the workplace. For example, in some cultures, the physical distance between two individuals is small when they are having a conversation. Yet in other cultures, the physical distance between two people is much bigger when they are talking to each other. If two staff members are from two very different cultures in which body language is [...]
Scientists and economists are beginning to consider the serious economic and environmental consequences if we fail to reduce global carbon emissions quickly. The most expensive thing we can do is nothing. The cost of global warming: damage to property and infrastructure is real. Sea-level rises, floods, droughts, wildfires, and extreme storms require expensive repairs of essential infrastructure such as homes, roads, bridges, railroad tracks, airport runways, power lines, dams, levees, and seawalls. Disruptions in daily life related to climate change can lead to loss of work and school days and can harm trade, transportation, agriculture, fisheries, energy production, and tourism. Heavy [...]
A cow on overage releases between 70 and 120 kg of Methane per year. Methane is a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide (CO2). But the negative effect on the climate of Methane is 23 times higher than the effect of CO2. Therefore, the release of about 100 kg Methane per year for each cow is equivalent to about 2,300 kg of CO2 per year. Let's compare this value of 2,300 kg of CO2: the same amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) is created by using 1,000 liters of petrol. In a car using 8 liters of petrol per 100 km, you could [...]
Interestingly, I always go overseas for Christmas holidays and do something different each year. For most people, there is probably a tendency around Christmas holidays to fall into the groove of repeating the same activities every single year just because that is the usual way they have always done as a tradition. Sometimes family traditions like Christmas lunch can be stressful, especially if you really dislike that particular aunt who has to join the Christmas lunch. As a sentimental person, I like good traditions. A great tradition sprinkled here & there is great. However, repeating the same activities each year even [...]
Contrary to popular belief, most people that I met in the UK are actually quite extroverted. I guess that’s because the way I communicate with them influenced the way they talk. I ask people questions which give them permission to open up on an emotional level. Kevin Smith once said, “People have 3 fundamental needs – food, intimacy and the need to express themselves.” In reality, many people are unwilling to open up due to various reasons. They are worried about your reaction. They are introverted. They fear being judged. But I have a simple way to get other people to [...]
Having been to many different countries, I’ve realized that there are two categories when it comes to cultures: 1) high-context culture, e.g. most Asian countries and some Eastern European countries; 2) low-context culture, e.g. most western countries. Therefore, I’d like to talk about my observation during my international trips and experiences. International travel observation: In a high-context culture personal relations and goodwill are highly valued, whilst in a low-context culture performance and expertise are highly valued. International travel experts and workplace coaches contend that employees and managers from a high-context culture might focus more on building relationships with each other and [...]