When we think of retreats, an image of a tranquil scenery pops up in our minds. Yet, we do not need to go anywhere if we let our minds rest and pay attention to our breath. Returning to our breath is a retreat in itself.
My transition to vegetarian/vegan wasn’t overnight. It took about 3 months for me to make the decision to finally switch. And I find it extremely fun because I can experiment with foods I have never tried before, what with all these constraints.
Life can be broken down into days, and days into moments and moments into micro moments. I’ve decided to use this concept in goal setting. Instead of being fixated on a particular goal, I want to chase the feel-good effect after pursuing a particular micro moment.
The prevalence of diabetes has become more alarming in Singapore over the past decades. It has increased from 4.7% in 1984 to 10.5% in 2015 which is around 1 in 10 Singaporean adults, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). This statistic has made Singapore the 2nd highest proportion of people with diabetes among developed nations, after the United States of America. A study that uses a demographic epidemiological model of Singapore has forecasted the prevalence to continue growing and reach 15% in 2050[i]. These numbers are terrifying but not surprising as Singaporeans are getting less physically active and eating more high-calorie diets now. The consequences behind the statistics are even more worrying. Left untreated or poorly managed, diabetes can lead...
Looking at how women are portrayed these days on magazines, movies and media, it is almost impossible to be unaffected by it. We all forget one thing as we go on a quest to look our ‘best’, or when we try to fit the mold of societal beauty standards. Who is this exactly for? Yourself, or the world?