Water!

Water is a macro nutrient, which means that we need it in large amounts to live. However, water is the only macro nutrient that isn’t an energy food source. We should be drinking about 2 liters a day more than that in warmer climates due to the fact with the heat your body sweats, and you will need to replace it.

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Body Functions That Work With Water:

  • It helps with the production of saliva since water is its main compound.
  • It maintains the right body temperature by releasing sweat from skin pores to you down, which also helps with fevers.
  • It’s a protection for your spinal cord, tissue and joints water helps lubricate and keep body cells together.
  • Water works with fiber to its mix with body waste to help you rid of it and, it also prevents kidney stones.
  • Keeping dehydrated will give you a boost with daily tasks.
  • It assists digestion and nutrient absorption.
  • Improves blood oxygen circulation and fights off illness.
  • It aids in cognitive function and improves your mood.
  • It aids in keeping bright skin and prevents overall dehydration.

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Ways To Increase Your Water Intake:

  • There are apps to remind you to drink water.
  • Add spices and favors in your water to add taste.
  • Eat fruit and vegetable since they are water-based.
  • Drink before and after bathroom visits because we lose a lot of liquids like that.
  • Have water on hand everywhere you go.
  • Dilute sugary drinks with water and ice to decrease your sugar intake.
  • Snack on salty stuff and give herbal teas a try!

 

OK, that’s all I have for you today and don’t forget to keep drinking water.

Alex

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Teaching On The Road

I believe that there is more to education than sitting on a desk and learn. So, when I saw this story, I knew I had to share it with you. When Bionca Smith had unpaid bills up to her head, couldn’t make rent in time, she says quits to her job and starts to teach her 10-year-old son on the road. The single mum dreamed about travelling the world and seeing the hidden gems of this world. After she wrote a post on Facebook, she realised that the only one stopping her was herself.

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When she was 20, she had her son Carter. She had everything her heart desires apart from the mountain of bills but, something still wasn’t adding up. Her job took her quality time from son; he was getting bullied and having a hard time with reading. After thinking about her childhood, she says “Growing up, I wasn’t allowed out of the driveway, and we never travelled,” she says. “My biggest dream was to see a beach.” While in school, she had been mercilessly bullied for her acne: “Kids would throw things at me. I was afraid to raise my hand, afraid to try to make friends.”

They gave their house lease and decided to travel in the next 30 days, which made it feel very real all of a sudden. Since she knew that she had to home-school but did really know how to do it, she researched and found an online school called Connections Academy so that her son can have online lessons and have access to teachers while she was his coach at home.

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How did they end up in Thailand? Simple they spun a globe and Thailand landed under their finger. After like the culture to discover and it was affordable to them. After a few weeks, Bionca found a 1989 Ford Econoline with a kitchen, a toilet, a shower and two beds for $4,900 which became their new home. Everywhere they travel they try to volunteer such as “We feed the homeless, work in animal shelters, clean up beaches and campgrounds,” she says as a way to give back to the community they are calling home for that time being.

Alex

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Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper #1) by Alice Oseman

My thoughts after reading Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman. This is the first graphic novel I ever read, I mean they’re expensive to buy, and I’m not sure if libraries have them to borrow at least where I live. I managed to get my hands on an arc. Therefore, the panes weren’t coloured, but from what I saw from the sample at the back, the art in this volume is bright and beautiful. The topic of consent is precise here, which I don’t see a ton in books.

I like that Charlie Spring didn’t make a big deal out of coming out at school or more to the point he was outed even if he was getting bullied about it. Then we have Nick Nelson who is in year 11 at Truham Grammar the same school that Charlie goes to but he never really talked to him but heard rumours that he is gay. Then, one day they have the same class, and they start chatting, by the way, is it an American thing that students from different years have a class together? That kind of confused me.

When the rugby team needs players, Nick persuaded Charlie to join the team. Even if Charlie never played rugby or showed any interest in it, their friendship grew, but you need to read the book if you want to know what happens in the end. I gave this graphic novel five out of five stars. It was a great experience and can’t wait to read more like the format of this book.

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Alex

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was tagged by my friend Hannah @ HannacondaBlog so thank you and guys please go follow her. I guess, it’s time to get this party started!

RULES:

1. Use the sunshine blogger award logo

2. Give thanks to the blogger that nominated you

3. Answer the 11 questions given to you

4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions

Hannah’s Questions:

  • What is the one hobby that you cannot live without?

Hand down, writing and reading.

  • Apparently, at least around where I live, it is blasphemous to like Nickelback. What are your thoughts on their music?

They’re decent.

  • What is the one book that you would throw into the fiery pits of hell?

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook right now.

  • Do you think trigger warnings are useful? Should they be included in books/reviews/synopsis etc?

Yes, just in case your reader get triggered on certain topics.

  • What is the weirdest movie/tv show/anime that you have ever seen?

Below Her Mouth (movie).

  • At this very second what would make you the happiest in the world?

Learning about someone doing good in this world.

  • A lot of readers have a TBR pile. That pile may be a mental list, physical, digital or something else. Do you have a TBR pile? How big is it?

It’s on Goodreads and my list on there is 70 plus books.

  • If money wasn’t an issue, what is the one place that you would want to travel to on a week long vacation?

The UK.

  • Everyone has a subjective way of rating their books. How do you rate your books. What differentiates between a 5 star read and a 4 star. Or do you use some other method than star ratings?

Based on how much I can relate to it.

  • What is your favourite binge-worthy show that you would recommend to people?

Pose

  • Is there a famous person where you have to experience everything that they have been a part of? Whether that is an actor/actress, author, musician, director Confess etc

I don’t really have an answer for this one.

 

My Questions

  1. What’s the first graphic novel that you loved?
  2. How old is your blog?
  3. Which blog post you loved writing the most?
  4. What’s one thing you wish for this world we live in?
  5. Shout out one blogger that deserved more followers.
  6. What is your go to drink while you read?
  7. What’s the first book you were ever gifted
  8. If you could choose to be an animal what would you be?
  9. If you had to write a book what would be?
  10. What’s one app you can’t live without?
  11. Name a movie you wish you can unseen?

I Tag

The Belgian Reviewer

Written Word World

Lola Et La Vie

Kiera’s Bookish Thoughts

The Book Raven

By Hook Or By Book

The Bobsphere

ICH LESE

Linda’s Little Library

The Reading Chick

Sereadipity

Alex

Talking About My Last Breakup

Yes, I know that me writing this post might come back to bite me back in the future. A year ago, this month, I went through a messy breakup, and I’m about to tell you how it all went down. What I’m trying to take away from this post is one my thought process which I always do better in writing form and second I have hopes this might give some courage to those who need it.

So, I guess it’s storytime. I was about six months out as a trans, and of course, I had a lot of questions, so I went on a transgender Facebook and asked questions than someone was rude to me and there was one person who defended me, so I messaged him with a thank you. We became friends. Feelings started to fly, and we started dating. I became friends with his mum because she sent me a friend request. We dated for a week, and he dumped me and blocked me. Back in February 2018, he sent a friend request again. He told me that in a few months he is coming to Malta to see me.

We restarted our relationship, and we started making plans of me moving to Uk and get getting engaged and everything was going smooth. I went to get him from the airport; we need lunch, and he locked himself in my bedroom. In the evening, we went out, and he dumped me in pubic saying that he can’t cope with my disability. He lived and slept in my house without paying a cent for that or any of the places I took him to. All he did was moan how annoying Malta is which hurts.

A few months ago, I decided to plan a holiday and thought about going to a hotel close to where he lives, but after I told him about it and the way he reacted I quickly changed my mind, I’m going to Cyprus instead. A lot of healing needs to be done before I even think about dating again.

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Alex

Teddies For Comfort

This is how a young boy started to collect teddies to give to kids that are going through any kind of trauma. It all began when Lorcan and his mum Dolores were watching a show that talks about a children’s hospital in Manchester. Lorcan’s mum explained to him that this girl on tv has just lost her parents in an accident and the police have given her a teddy bear to bring her some comfort.

Lorcan stood up and asked his mother for a bag and went into his room and bagged all his teddies his mum asked him what he is doing and he said that he is collecting all his toys to the kids that need it like that one on TV. As this quote shows, Lorcan thought about all the mums that can’t give teddies to their kids.

“He said mummy remember that teddy I gave you when you were sick? Well, I want to give these teddies away to the other children whose mummies might be sick as well, so that’s where it all came from.’’

From there, the journey started to collect 550 teddies. As his message began to gain speed, Enniskillen Nursery where he attends and Model Primary School where he will study the following year took it upon them to start collecting teddies for the cause of the four-year-old. Lorcan went around the neighbourhood and the neighbours for bears. When they heard the story, the businesses wanted to get involved by creating collecting points where people can bring bags of teddies.

Lorcan is showing no sign on slowing down even if his living room is already full of bears and he is looking for a new home for them. Like his mum said he wants to donate to the PSNI just like that policeman on TV has done.

Lorcan McCafferry with some of the teddy bears he has collected.

Alex

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Post Seeing My New Endocrinologist Thoughts

I wasn’t going to post this; in fact, it took me about a month to get the courage to post this. I’m not doing it for pity or for people to feel sorry for me. I’m doing this because it might help someone else and for me to read as time passes.

I must say that going into it; I felt like I was about to be served a prison sentence or being set free. I went into the room, and the nurse asked me who was waiting with me, and I said, mum and sister. The endocrinologist said good morning and started asking questions. I told him about my PCOS, and he opened my old hormones test and what he saw didn’t match with PCOS, and that was a bit of a shock for me. It’s what we were told I had when I was 15 before I was discharged by the gynaecologist I had.

 

Another issue is my antidepressants (fluvoxamine), which again I was given by a psychiatrist and was discharged by that doctor too. However, he didn’t tell my parents when I can stop taking them being that I was 15; therefore, still underage I had no say in it. Eight years later, I’m still taking them. As I’m learning more about myself, I’m noticing that I feel anxious every time I get dysphoria like they’re best friends or something I won’t have one without the other, which might be the problem here. But again, I’m not a psychiatrist.

When my mum enters the room, she acted very supportively, and that’s not the mum I have to face at home, as you know, my mum is sometimes transphobia. She made the endocrinologist believe that I’m the one who takes my mum out of my life. As you know, I tried so much to tell how I’m feeling, but she is a wall I can’t breakthrough. And her pointing fingers at me hurt, and that’s when I ended up in tears. Luckily as time passes, the relationship with my mum is getting better.

Alex