Everything You Need to Know about SnapChat

What You Need To Know Before You Sign Up for SnapChat:

  • Snapchat can change their privacy policy at any time.
  • Snapchat collects any information that you provide, including but not limited to, your username, password, email address, age, phone number.
  • Any messages (such as photos, videos, captions, and/or chats) are temporarily stored on Snapchats servers, as well as on the device of the recipient. Messages are then deleted from the server and recipient device when it is viewed.
  • Snapchat cannot prevent others from making copies of your messages (e.g., by taking a screenshot
  • As for any digital information, there may be ways to access messages while still in temporary storage on recipients’ devices or, forensically, even after they are deleted.

SnapChat Do’s and Dont’s:

  • Do share your most exciting moments with trusted friends… Don’t share your life with ambiguous internet strangers.
  • Don’t register for SnapChat with your given legal name if you’re going to share anything you wouldn’t want a future employer/ all of the Internet to see.
  • Do share pictures/videos of you doing exhilarating and enlivening activities; Don’t share your location with your whole list of followers.
  • Don’t take screen shots of your friends’ embarrassing or incriminating photos if you don’t want them to take screen shots of yours. SnapChat was created for non-permanence.
  • Don’t take photos of you doing incriminating activities and broadcast them; socially broadcasted data is never completely deleted.
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The Macrobiotic Diet

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This week I had the pleasure of reading ‘Zen Macrobiotics‘ by George Ohsawa – an essential guide for anyone desiring to follow a more healthful diet while being both mind and body conscious. The macrobiotic diet is meant to heal the human body by providing the exact nutrients that it is craving. By ascribing foods that are either less ‘yin’ or less ‘yang,’ the macrobiotic diet avoids the problem of unhealthful acidity within food. The main staples of the macrobiotic diet are grains and vegetables which supposedly make the task of achieving a more natural order of life less daunting.

 

Ohsawa’s Macrobiotic Foundation states, “Living within the natural order means eating only what is necessary for one’s condition and desires, and learning to adjust in a peaceful way to life’s changes. Learning the effects of different foods allows one to consciously counteract other influences and maintain a dynamically balanced state. The resulting freedom from fear and the new sense of control are two of the most important benefits of a macrobiotic practice.”

There are seven distinct diets outlined in Ohsawa’s Macrobiotic plan, but the most commonly used and critically acclaimed is Diet Number 7. This diet requires a very regimented amount of grain foods for a duration of 10 days. This is supposed to cleanse the body, giving it a completely “clean slate,” allowing practicers of Zen Macrobiotics to then choose their own regular diet plan and to feel completely healthy and rejuvenated.

There have been many studies conducted about the health benefits of following Ohsawa’s Macrobiotic Plan. But I encourage you not to take my word for it, do some research yourself. You’ll thank me later.

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How Reading Benefits Cognitive Function

In January 2012, neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene published a study elucidating the impact that reading has on the brain. His analysis of 31 Brazilian adults who had learned to read from childhood, 22 adults who learned to read at an adult age, and 10 who had never learned to read was performed by implementing functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure brain function while the test subjects responded to oral language, written language and visual tasks.

Both the occipital and the parietal lobes of the brain are essential to human cognition. The occipital lobe is where the brain processes visual information and the parietal lobe is where the brain processes verbal information like words and thoughts. The imagination in a reader is activated, causing readers to be able to formulate visual stimuli which exercises the occipital lobe which has a large impact on decision making.  The parietal lobe is strongly associated with the temporal lobe in the process of reading, and thus causes a great increase in writing skills since the temporal lobe is responsible for information storage and overall comprehension.

Reading obviously causes mental stimulation which will in turn help to improve over all brain function. By exposing you to new ideas, word formations or mental images, your brain creates new neurons when reading. Creating new neurons in the brain exponentially increases your over-all comprehension since each neuron is likely to branch and attach to form associations and “judgments”/understandings of the world around you.

Reading a challenging book is one of the best time investments you can make because of the mental stimulation you will endure. I strongly encourage you, if you don’t do any other form of self-improvement today, to pick up where you left off in that book you started months ago and send your brain for a spa-day.  

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Using Himalayan Salt Lamps

In the incredibly polluted environment in which we live, I’m always looking for ways to improve the quality of my consumption – especially when it comes to my air. An inexpensive and relatively simple way to drastically improve your indoor air is by using Himalayan Salt Lamps. 

Salt attracts moisture from the air. The H2O molecules rapidly evaporate due to the heat from the light bulb inside the lamp. Negative ions are generated through the evaporation process and thus the air is improved. 

Negative air ion is generally a molecule of oxygen that has gained an electron. Negative ions in the air attract particles of pollution and give them a negative charge, making them seek an electrical “ground,” and causing them to fall to the floor where they cannot be inhaled or absorbed through our bare skin. Thus, we would ideally be surrounded by negative ions constantly in order to protect our health.

Using a salt lamp can reduce airborne bacteria, fungi, mold and viruses along with vastly reducing asthma and allergy triggers by creating an environment in which it is difficult for these pathogens to thrive. 

These lamps are also believed to reduce the toxicity of the electromagnetic frequencies emitted by our personal electronic devices and can assist in reducing the electropollution and radiation from the computer. 

If you think your mood and your health could stand to improve, you can buy your own personal Himalayan Salt Lamp off of Amazon here

Natural Alternatives

The foods we eat are very often chosen as a direct result of “cravings.” But because of our over-exposure to the media and the inevitable commercial conditioning that we face because of it, it is almost impossible to determine what your body is actually telling you it needs. Trips to the grocery store should never be completed while hungry – shopping rule number one. Trips to the grocery store should always be premeditated and planned out according to meal preparation that you are willing and able to complete. Steering clear of processed foods is always a great way to ensure that you are feeding your body good fuel. Organic veggies, non-hormone treated meats, drinking only water and teas, getting the proper amount of vitamins whether through food or daily supplements – all incredibly important to your immediate health and essential to preventative health care as your body continues to age.

One really smart thing that grocery store Whole Foods has done is eliminate any product from shelves that contain any of these ingredients. Your body is a machine designed to function on only the best fuel. In order to maintain maximum function, it is essential to avoid adding degenerative materials into our system. Eat thoughtfully, comrades, I urge you.

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The Benefits of Cooking with Coconut Oil

One of the most challenging things about sticking to a premium fuel food regimen is deciding which are the best ways to cook both veggies and meat. Most women live in constant fear of consuming too much oil, thus ruining an otherwise healthy meal. But as of late, I have discovered a wonderful secret which has changed my life in the kitchen forever – coconut oil is a guilt-free oil.