Friday, November 18, 2016

Going Healthy

This week we wanted to give you a little bit of a break from all the sad news around. We know you already care about women empowerment and development in Africa simply because you are here on our page, so we know your heart is in the right place. Now let's talk about ways to make sure your body is too.

Recently here at the UK office we have gone on a bit off a health kick,  going to the gym, cutting down on biscuits and eating fresh produce. We want to emulate what people in Africa do best,  eat and live on fresh produce. It has been hard but we’re getting there,  we want to update you about the few lessons we learned:

On eating better:

  • Oreos have tons of calories.
This might not be a revelation but we found it so incredible that sometimes the tiniest of snacks can pack enough calories to throw us off course on our diets. We have learnt that maybe it’s better to have tons of delicious grapes rathen than 2 sad, old biscuits.  We have learnt a lot of lessons from the women on our projects and one of them is going back to basics and eating fresh produce.  Please see the infographic below on what 100 calories look like.

  • Home cooked all the way.
OK,  this has been hard as none of us here is a chef,  but cooking at home gives us control of ingredients and makes us aware on exactly we are eating.  Making meals at home and bringing them in means healthier AND cheaper meals for the whole week.

Consider this,  a little bag of plantain chips here in the UK will set you back £0.70. Ok, that’s not too bad but you can buy 3 whole plantains from the market at £1.00 and you control the cooking process. So instead of frying them you can bake or boil your plantain for a lighter option.

On using natural products:

  • No chemicals.
I  have always used coconut oil for my hair and skin but since I started working at Ripples we have been introduced to black soap. I am not about to overestimate the effect of these in my life,  skin feels baby soft.; and the eye-opening experience at my first experience using shea butter.

  • Replacing old habits.
I love eating cake myself . They have a special place in my heart and tummy so I am always keen to find ways to make my cake eating habits less unhealthy. A friend recently introduced me to vegan brownies and they were delicious coconutty parcels of joy so I have attempted my own non vegan version with coconut oil. There are tons of ways to make food healthier like  swapping cream for yogurt in cooking or biscuits for nuts.

All in all! We have learned one thing,  natural is always better whether that is in food or healthcare.

If like us,  you are attempting a healthier more natural regime  there are a couple of things you can do now.
  1. Get yourself some fresh vegetables and fruit.  
  2. Go to our Akomi page to check our natural range of skin care.
  3. Smile! It’s not all doom and gloom. If the women on our projects can give us a big smile so can you!

Jellen Olivares

Ripples Foundation Web Developer

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