My thoughts, observations and inspirations.
Well I am 20, living in the beautiful city of Edinburgh and studying art and design at college. I created this blog with the primary purpose to document my exploration into the realm of astronomy and science, after looking up in wonder just wasn’t enough for me. I also hope to just express my general thoughts and perhaps even pieces of my artwork.
Summer seems to be here at last, which is apt because I’ve really been making the effort to get healthy recently, changing my diet, cutting out sugar, drinking loads of water, the only element that’s been missing is exercise which is just as important (and that’s where the basketball ball comes in).
I’ve seen such a dramatic difference with my diet change, better skin, more energy, and it simply just makes me feel good because I’m doing something positive for myself. Cutting out processed foods as much as possible is the first step, and sugar which you will find in nearly everything on the super market shelf is also not an option when on the path to good health. Another pointer is don’t be fooled by ‘diet’ or ‘sugar-free’ drinks, they often contain nasty chemical sweeteners that are probably worse if not just as bad than actual sugar.
Sugar is literally addictive so I understand if you feel like cutting it out isn’t an option but there is healthy alternatives, many health food shops and even some supermarkets sell delicious snack bars made with 100% cold pressed fruit or you can get chocolate sweetened with Xylitol which is natural. You’d be surprised though, once you start getting healthy and come to the realization that the food you thought you loved wasn’t food at all and was actually damaging you then the transition becomes a natural one. I wouldn’t think twice about going back to my old ways yet I still have a little soft spot for chocolate but I can cure that with some sugar free cocoa on a very rare occasion. I used to eat several chocolate bars a day so I’ve come a long way, its interesting how your taste changes though, now I don’t get sugar cravings the way I used to and can take pleasure in treats like peanut butter (with no sugar in it of course, only natural ingredients) dates and nuts.
This has been a journey but I wanted to take it that one step further, exercise is crucial its great for circulation, toning up, sweating out toxins but it has also been known to lift moods, which I have experienced personally as someone who suffers from occasional bouts of depression. For me its something to do with feeling connected with my whole body and the ability to push myself to see how much I can achieve. Set small goals, often. Another thing that exercise can help is my asthma, I’ve suffered from it most of my life, incredibly my diet change stopped me from needing to use an inhaler everyday but I still get out of breath and wheezy, but with some regular exercise I should be able to strengthen my lungs!
This all led me to choosing a sport which happened to be basketball, I’ve always loved it so it made sense to try and find the best basketball balls out there. There’s surprisingly quite a few things to consider when getting hold of a basketball ball, how much you are willing to spend, what size, colour, material. When looking for the perfect one I stumbled across this awesome website that had an excellent selection of basketball balls and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to kick start their new healthy lifestyle with basketball.
The other bonus of basketball is that its something you can do yourself or with other people, if practicing dribbling gets boring you can always get a hoop for cheap which you can also find on the basketball ball website.