Considered by many as the “father of portuguese nutritionists”, the doctor Emilio Peres said that “we are what we eat” - a sentence that highlights the importance of a healthy diet. Yet this sentence holds more to it. What this famous affirmation tells us is that everything (really everything) that enters our body in the shape of food is going to have an impact in our lives: from the obvious health and wellbeing, our (good or bad) mood and also our joy of living. Yes, what we eat affects our mood more than you can imagine. In this sense - and with respect to happiness - the term “diet”, that for decades has been associated to being in good physical form and even to health, is not really the most indicated word to choose: nobody is very happy when on a diet. Nobody vibes at a miserable plate of steamed broccoli and fish. Not only is it not living, it does not envision happiness. The times change, the theories are perfected and new tendencies arise in defense of our health (and, of course, joy of living). More than a diet, Clean Eating is a way of being in life. It advocates that having a Clean regime is to eat food that is real, farm to table, away from chemicals, pesticides, Es and colorings. Simply the best food and nothing else. To choose Clean is to favour quality over quantity. It is about thinking - without obsessing about it - about each food you place on your plate. To eat Clean is about favouring nourishment over the verb to eat. It is about bringing awareness to how food is prepared, guaranteeing that everything you will ingest has its function and that it does not contain anything that can be harmful to your health and well being. It is to know that none of the elements on your plate are there in vain. Here are some of the fundamental principles of Clean Eating: - Choose (whenever possible) “real food”: food that is not processed or refined; - Eat balanced meals, like healthy and nourishing snacks (the opposite of fast food); - Favour plant based protein, like beans, pulses, and high protein content grains like quinoa, barley and buckwheat; - Adopt a “limpo” lifestyle, practicing physical activity, sleeping enough at night and controlling stress in a healthy way. Connect with the people you love the most — Talk, laugh, share a meal, go for a walk... and keep a foot in nature everytime you can. - Avoid (the best you can) refined and processed foods, conservatives and additives. Eat natural and wholegrain foods. More importantly, a healthy diet should be balanced, nutritious and full of self love. If you are constantly worrying about what you eat or if you have become aware that what you eat is interfering with your day to day activities, take a step back and think again. The most important thing actually is that you feel good. And truly happy.
The fear of "missing out" - on an incredible party, on that TV series we are all talking about, of the news two minutes ago, or even of a work meeting - has invaded our lives as a virus that is aggravated by social media . A phenomenon that should be limited to childhood, FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) brings to the surface what, as early as 1982, the singer Antonio Variações already suffered from: you are only well where you are not, only if you want to go where you do not go. The reality is that we have never been so aware of what we are not doing. But why this almost child like dissatisfaction (according to Psychology, the fear of exclusion begins around eight / nine years and ideally disappears after adolescence) so present in adulthood? According to the psychologist António Tomás, the psychic phenomenon that can generate serious cases of anxiety has to do with the feeling of exclusion, which in turn is related to issues of poor self-esteem, as well as insecurity on the part of the patient (truly) suffering from FOMO. "It is an idyllic form of life, where one seeks the maximum happiness possible. Constantly. Moreover, a person who is everywhere at all times becomes a slave to an unmanageable schedule that results in serious anxiety. " Common to the person suffering from FOMO is also the idea of wanting to please everyone, feeling that by adhering to everything that presents itself, is being part of a group. Worst of all is that you often forget what you genuinely want and like to do - like staying home on a rainy Friday, reading a book, and eating pizza. Where intimately it actually makes sense to waste time and energy because, actually, "going everywhere" requires industrial doses of vigor, good will, and joy. The question is: if this phenomenon has been with us for a while, going back to the times of Antonio Variações and beyond, why is it only now that the acronym FOMO, established in 2000 by the American marketeer Dan Herman, has been gaining ground? "Of course, social media contribute a lot to the boom of this disorder," says Antonio Tomás. The present world offers us a range of possibilities like never before. We are aware of everything that is happening around us whether we like it or not. If FOMO has always existed, social media have made it viral. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are the "mosquitoes" that distribute the "virus" FOMO, from which we can hardly escape. We always have our head in a place that is not ours. It would be good to remember such commandments as the maxim of Carpe Diem (seize the day) and even some New Age literature that defends, wholeheartedly, that the secret to happiness is to be in the here and now. Although social media hold the best of intentions, allowing for better and easier connectivity between people, the lack of control in their use has only made the life of every human being absolutely miserable. Appearances deceive. And then disappoint.
I have a friend who, whenever the subject of social media is mentioned, proclaims wholeheartedly and with a certain tone of superiority: "I don’t have any of that." "that" meaning Facebook and Instagram. The argument invariably sets in, with the counter opinion (my friend's irrefutable stance) to win by ten to zero. But this friend of mine is the exception to the rule. According to figures published in Dinheiro Vivo, only in Portugal there are about 800 thousand people accessing Instagram (via smartphone), which, to date, continues to lose to Facebook, the leader of social networks. With regard to the community of the excluded, opinions are divided: there are some who consider ridiculous this position of those who say, that they are out of the networks - in reality, there is in that attitude a certain tendency to be different from the coolest in any way you can; those who find it prehistoric to be admittedly out; or those who think that this type of absence is unnecessary. The truth is that used in moderation, social networks can very well be an asset in people's lives: "In both professional and personal environments, if used with limits, the Internet is a useful tool for life. A good sense and notion of how to filter are, however, essential. "The words are from the psychologist António Tomás who confirmed to me, right at the start of the conversation, that despite the many benefits of the digital world, not everything is a bed of roses. As in life in general, balance is paramount. Nick Bilton, a columnist for The New York Times, for example, recounts in an article published in 2014 that one day, why talking with Steve Jobs about the launch of the first iPad, he asked: "Your kids should love the iPad, right? "The response of the then co-founder, president and chief executive of Apple provoked silence. First to the journalist, then to the other readers: "They have not used it," he said. "In our home, the use of technology is limited to the maximum." "Like drugs and alcohol, the abuse of social media causes an addiction that is a result of the feeling of feeling things continuously," warns Antonio Tomás. "When you break up with this habit of gratification that arises, for example, through the numbers of likes you receive, or the obsessive tendency to be in constant contact with the world, there is a breakdown in the dopamine levels [one of the happiness compounds released in the brain]. Like drug addiction, whenever we get a new message or any alert, our brain gets a boost of dopamine. "Novelty thus becomes addictive. Taking a break from the digital world - especially in cases of addiction - is not only positive but absolutely necessary. American Forbes has pointed out in an article the 30 reasons why a digital detox should be done. Among them: living life in its fullness without the constant distractions of the notifications; read, walk, sing, dance and do what you feel like; take more time for yourself (how many times, at bedtime, does it get you an hour scrolling through Instagram instead of resting?); breathe deeply; to become more productive (not procrastination provoked by Instagram); because everyone is doing it (#digitaldetox); create a new and healthier relationship with technology; see things more clearly and make better (and more thoughtful) decisions. Finally, to remember that being in the present moment is, even, the most important. Most likely, once you watch a sunset without the urgency of having to share it digitally, you might never again have any doubts about the question: "Are you sure you want to switch off?"
We live life always running around. This is a fact that does not surprise anyone. We run, always in a hurry, always without time. The only thing we still have time for is to complain about the lack of time. We want more hours on the watch, because those that the universe has given us are simply not enough. The problem - one of the many - of this modern and urban life that society has drawn us into, is that we are the ones suffering the consequences. Not time, nor the clock, they remain perfectly tuned. Running naturally like a river that embraces the sea. The consequences of modern, urban, and, more than ever, digital life (which has exponentially increased the levels of acceleration of the pace in which we live), begin to become obvious and, increasingly, unavoidable. There is talk (much talk) of depression; Almost everyone has suffered already from at least one anxiety attack; terms, such as burnout, begin to gain ground. The perfect machine that is the human body starts to fail us. Not because it is not prepared for everything, but because it is not ready to live at a pace that is not its own. Like the one we are constantly submitting ourselves to. Thus, it becomes obvious and urgent to stop to think. Stop so that firstly there is a reflection and then a reconnection with the natural rhythm of things. And this rhythm is that of Nature. The reality is that throughout history, humans have spent more than 99.99% of their time in a natural environment. The bodies have adapted to Nature in the course of millions of years of evolution, making man a being of Nature. That is why when we get in touch with Her, in a forest, in a park or in a garden, we feel relaxed. This is because the human body (and human genes) are made to adapt to Mother Nature. In it, humans finds a space where they feel at home. And this is probably one of the best and most efficient responses to the diseases of the 21st century: Nature as medicine; Nature as a space for reconnection; Nature for healing. Because if one day they told us that to stop was to die, today the world shouts to us that to stop, not only is not to die, it turns out to be vital to our survival.