An open letter to my friends: Your perfume is killing me!

Posted on August 27th, 2015

Dearest Loved Ones,

Your perfume is killing me. I mean it almost literally.

An open letter to my friends: Your perfume is killing me -

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It’s also affecting our friendship. I can’t hug you, and so you might have noticed my stepping back when we meet up.

I can’t risk dining with you in a confined space and so you might have noticed I’ve been suggesting we meet for a walk instead.

Actually, I probably haven’t always been so subtle. I’ve probably hurt your feelings a bit. This is because perfume, for me, is like a whack in the noggin; I strike out to protect myself.

I’m so, so, so sorry.

I’ve toyed with this a while: how to let you know that I just can’t cope when you wear fragrance (perfume, Read more

Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit

Posted on August 6th, 2015

I gravitate to reads about walking. Especially those that extrapolate the connection between mindful reflection and walking. Hence today’s review of What I’ve Just Finished Reading.

A History of Walking, by Rebecca Solnit

Wanderlust: A History of Walking, by Rebecca Solnit

Background to why I read this book: Walking and reflection sustain me through my angst and anxiety. My current theory:

Walking works to the same pace as reflection, thus the former ekes out the latter.

So much in life works too fast for discerning reflection. Most of what we do frazzles us. Walking brings us back to a dignified, even, expansive space.

Hand-writing (journal writing) does the same.

US-based writer Rebecca Solnit touches on these themes in her dense and often feminist treatise on the purposeful stroll. Nicely, I read it during my clinic stay in India, which prescribed no movement apart from a little gentle walking. I found the book in the clinic “library”. Of course I did. It was exactly what I needed to read. Life works like that.

The gist you need to know about: Wanderlust is a series of essays that esoterically explores random Read more

Intermittent fasting for food addiction? Let’s discuss.

Posted on July 28th, 2015

I’m a cautious fan of intermittent fasting and have previously shared my thoughts on the best way to go about it. But I picked up on something in an interview with American integrative doctor Chris Kresser recently that stoked the fasting fire a little.

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As something of a side note to his ramble about how he personally flirts with this particular food fad, he mentions the spiritual aspect of intermittent fasting:

“Where for some people who can get a little addicted to certain aspects of food or certain types of food or our relationship to food starts to feel a little bit out of whack, then intermittent fasting can be one way of resetting that.” He goes on:

“(Intermittent fasting) can really set you free from some habitual patterns around food.” 

I reflected on this a bit. I personally have rigidity around a few food issues. I get anxious when a meal is not a proper meal. And I’ll eat a heaping meal even if I’m not hungry. I struggle to respect my appetite. To manage this Read more