Cow’s milk bad for humans

As a kid growing up I got told to eat dairy products for my bones, by my parents but also by my school teaching the food groups and dairy was one of them. This combined with the fact that everyone I knew consumed dairy meant that I never really questioned it but I ask you to question it right now:

How can the milk of another species be good for us? Milk that is designed to help them grown and put on body mass. 

Scientific studies show that milk consumption has been linked with higher chance of hip fracture. Click here for the scientific study.

And another study shows that: “High milk intake was associated with higher mortality” . For women risk of cardiovascular disease was increased as well as cancer.

A common myth is the that we need milk for calcium, this is simply not true. Up until recently there were Asian cultures that consumed no dairy products and their health was better than western population. We simply don’t need the milk of another species and the only person that benefits from this myth is the dairy industry. We can get all the calcium that we need from plants.

Ok so not only is milk bad for our health but it is also bad for cows. Cows are like humans in that they only produce milk if they have a baby calf so in the dairy industry the calf is removed from its mother in the first couple of days and if you want to have a good cry google baby cow being taken from mom. Or simply click here or here for a mum chasing her baby.

click here for a video on when the mom get reunited with her baby.

If a dairy cow gives birth to a male he gets killed for meat and if its a female then she will be raised to be a dairy cow but if she doesn’t yield enough milk she will also be killed. Her mother will also get killed at four years old when her natural life span is 20 years. Reason for getting slaughtered 16 years prematurely is because they get treated horribly and often go lame or they simply don’t produce as much as they did before and they are no longer profitable.

Mental Health Month

 

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Hi everyone!

I saw somewhere on Instagram that it was mental health awareness day and month but I can’t find it anywhere on the internet. But I haven’t been feeling so well emotionally and my brain is a little empty and not inspired so I thought I would compile my previous mental health blog posts I have done this year.

My Thoughts Don’t Define Me  – Nearly exactly a month ago, about how my period gives me major blues.

Mental Wellbeing Tools Series – Movement – tips on how we can look after our mental wellbeing with the theme of movement and how I incorporate in my life.

Nourishing Habits Journal – this one is a short blog post with a nice reminder from Mike Medaglia book.

Mental Health Awareness Week – here I provide lots of links and numbers for when we need to talk to someone that maybe isn’t a friend or family. I also recommend a very good TED talk.

Overcoming Fear and Incorporating Nourishing Activities into our Daily Life – Funnily enough the blog post is lot less convoluted and its title. Here I talk about what I learnt from one of my favourite mental health books.

I look forward to making more mental health blog posts in the future and I hope you take away something from them. Let me know if there is anything in particular that you would like me to share 🙂

 

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Lino printing makes me happy

Hey!

As an artist and a maker I am always assessing where I should be focusing my efforts, shall I make more art, more t-shirt or find biodegradable stickers?!? This can be very tiring and often I don’t think its very efficient. I have to remind myself that I can do anything I want but not everything. Recently I have been thinking about how much I enjoy lino printing and how sometimes I get swept along what other people are doing and forget about what I love to do so I have been thinking about doing an etsy shop that is solely selling my lino prints. Not completely sure about it yet but I think it might be a good idea as I feel that my lino prints have a slightly different style to my other art.

Also I don’t think I mentioned here but I am going to start doing a series for a little linocut dog called Moss. Moss stays the same but its surrounding change with each new print. dog in nature

Moss number one is already on my etsy store!

Let me know if you have other ideas on where Moss can go to next!

 

 

 

 

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Who made my clothes?

For nearly two years I have quit fast fashion, the only times I caved is when I worked in Oliver Bonas and bought a pretty pair of socks and when I needed new bras.

Before two years ago you would have been able to spot me in toyshop, Zara and other shops nearly every week hunting for those bargain sales. What changed? I watched two documentaries: the true cost of fashion and the minimalists. One taught me the price to others from my thoughtless consumption habits and the other the price to myself. So instead I started shopping around my own wardrobe and found I had more than plenty.

Read my previous blog post about the two documentaries here. 

Now apart from the two blunders I had, I buy second hand or ethically made.

Let me know the changes you have made 🙂

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Reusing JARS

It’s zero waste week! Don’t get caught up in the consumerist side of zero waste (blog post about this here), because none of the most zero waste things you can do is to simply buy less.

Our natural instinct is to buy things because we have been sold this idea that objects create solutions. My latest urge was when I finished our Holland and Barracks B12 that came in a plastic bottle and I was like yes now I can buy a glass bottle, almost forgetting that we still had a semi full bottle of B complex supplements!

You can make zero waste  changes with zero money and reusing jars is one of them. They are great for coffee, water, leftovers, freezing and storing dry ingredients or even your homemade deodorant!

For other zero money zero waste tips check out my video :

 

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Zero waste tooth care

One of the first ever zero waste swaps I did was a bamboo toothbrush. For years my mum and I were baffled on why toothbrushes with re placeable heads didn’t exist. So happy that there are now a multitude of different brands that sell eco toothbrushes.

For more on my zero waste bathroom products watch my fun video 🙂

Lamazuna Shampoo at HETU

Laughing bird face cream at MOTHER EARTH shop

face and hair tone spray WWW.READ-THE-LABEL.CO.UK

Mouthwash by Hydrophil from my local ZW stall OUR LAST STRAW

Moisturiser from NEW HAVEN PROJECT

 

Looking forward to sharing more about my zero waste/low impact living.

Also don’t forget that for only this weekend there’s free uk shipping at my teemill store! So get those tees and totes while they are hot!

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Technocentrism

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At university I learnt a term that has really stuck with me. Technocentrism. This is the believe that science and advances in technology are the solution for the environmental problems that we face.

Examples:

  • don’t worry about climate change and carry on with your regular day to day life because we invited renewable energy!
  • don’t worry about coffee cups in the sea because we invented biodegradable cups!
  • don’t worry about all the plastic in general because its recyclable!

The problem doesn’t lie with renewable energy or bio cups, it lies in the fact that these are not complete solutions. In both cases a shift in behaviour has to happen alongside by us humans. For the first one, we have to change to taking public transport more, cycling, reducing our consumption, increase in community projects that increase community resilience and reduce environmental impact such as bicycle kitchens, repair cafes, car pooling, reducing our energy consumption at home, transitioning to a plant based lifestyle. Technocentrism is attractive because it tells us “hey everything is ok, change is hard we know but I’m here to do the work so you don’t have to, carry on buying bags and bags of clothes that end up at the back of the wardrobe, carry on using your big car, carry on eating that pig because bacon tho right? Carry on as you were but now just buy renewable energy and an electric car and ping ping you are going to The Good Place!”

No! we have more responsibility, we the people reading right now from our devices are in a privilege position. We can’t just carry on as we were! Climate change is happening. And who is it going to impact the most (and is already doing so)? The most vulnerable. We have a responsibility. Because we have a big impact and we can make a big difference. So lets not have a technocentric approach, yes we will use technology but that is not the solution, our behaviour is the fundamental structural shift that is needed.

So back to biodegradable cups, yes they are a great invention compared to plastic but in certain situations. At the moment they are still part of the linear economy so if they were to be an aid (and not a solution) to the plastic in our oceans then the companies that produce and profit from them need to provide a service where they take them back and biodegrade them themselves.

Single use bio plastics needs to be the exception to the rule and not the rule itself. Examples were they would be a good solution would be: in hospitals where hygiene is a priority. I can’t really think of any more at the moment.

And my final pet peeve that I didn’t know about until recently. Don’t worry, it’s recyclable! Well yes and no. Full picture: recyclable ok.. but does it get recycled? Only about 9% of all plastics have been recycled. Plastic can only be recycled 3/4 times because its structural integrity is compromised so new plastic has to be added to make it better. So all plastic that has ever been made in these last 60 years still exists and will do so till eternity, now that a toxic relationship we don’t want to commit to! Jokes aside, we really don’t, plastic kills 1m sea birds and 100,000 marine animals EACH year. It absorbs harmful chemicals and then it bio accumulates in fish so then it’s accumulating in people that eat fish. And we are exporting plastic to countries such as India just because well we don’t want to deal with out rubbish.

It’s enough to make you cry over your moules frites. Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium recently calculated that shellfish lovers are eating up to 11,000 plastic fragments in their seafood each year. We absorb fewer than 1%, but they will still accumulate in the body over time. (The Guardian, 02/2017)

So in the following, days, weeks and months, take notice of your behaviours. Where does your money go to? Take note and see the spaces for change. Make a commitment to make a difference with changing your behaviours and then don’t overwhelm yourself, start taking small consistent steps. Soon you’ll look back and see how far you have come.

 

 

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My favourite art youtubers!

The lovely Fran! She is just a bundle of joy that makes the most pleasing and just fuzzy feeling videos ever. She also talks about REAL TALK subjects like struggling with feeling like enough.

The woman with the hoody. Robin Sealark. Not only is she hilarious but also very informative and always makes me feel better if I am feeling a bit cruddy about my work.

The woman with silver hair and two cute doggies. Holly Exley. I sometimes get very anxious and having found Holly I feel just that little bit less alone that makes a huge difference. Hearing someone explain the same struggles that you have reduces those feelings of alienation and self deprecating thoughts that just fuel the depression loop. So thank you Holly!

Minnie Small. Just like the other lovely women in this post she has a lot of practical advice and is also super chill.

Anna Akana. Anna Akana has been in my life for a while now and although she doesn’t make art as in painting things or whatever, she makes art through her videos and she mega creative. She teaches me about work ethic, about overcoming struggles and she also teaches me general life lessons that make me feel better and when I’m better my art reflects it.

Annnndd incase you didn’t know I also have a youtube channel and if you’re interested here is my channel —> Qitiji Youtube 

 

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Composting and anxiety

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So for a long time I have know that composting is good because you get lovely rich soil out of it but it is only recently in the last years of learning more about zero waste that I have learnt all the benefits of composting and consequently the costs of not composting.

When our food scraps go to landfill they are normally in a plastic bag or surrounded by plastic bags which means that there is little oxygen so it can’t break down because it doesn’t have the conditions it need to start decomposition. When this happens it begins anaerobic decomposition which basically means breaks down without oxygen. When this happens methane is released which is 30 times worse than carbon dioxide. By composting not only are you not releasing methane into the atmosphere but you are also reducing the amount space used in landfill. Compost can also help with flooding but that’s another blog post for another day.

“Wrap revealed that an estimated 7.3m tonnes of household food waste was thrown away in 2015” (Jan 2017)

In my previous house there was a garden and I asked permission from the landlord to place a composting bin in the garden. However in my new place we don’t have a garden and all the allotments are not very close. So I asked a friend from Reading Bicycle Kitchen (RBK) and he told me that when he used to volunteer at RISC they would let him compost in their rooftop garden.

Why composting and anxiety for the title? Read below an insert from my journal on the 11 July.

Zero waste and social anxiety. A circular economy is not the norm in our society so if we want to live consciously we can’t be passive, living zero waste forces us to ask for how we want things instead of accepting what is culturally the norm (this also happens when transitioning to veganism). Just because culture deems something to be ok, it doesn’t mean we have to accept this, like Earthling Ed says we can’t let culture dictate what is morally ok. In some countries women aren’t allowed to end unwanted pregnancies, in some it’s ok for a man to rape a woman as long as its his wife, homosexuality is illegal in a lot of countries, killing cows and grinding up baby chicks is legal is seemed a standard practice, in other countries they kill dogs. Sorry went off topic a little! Back to ZW + anxiety: it can be very daunting to ask that slightly grumpy bartender for no straw or like today I went to a fair-trade shop that has a garden on its roof to ask if I can bring my compost & the woman seemed impatient and a little annoyed at me so I got muddled & rambled. At one point I wished I hadn’t bothered but I finally got my message across & she gave me the email for the woman that runs the rooftop garden. Success!

I emailed and during the month of July we collected all our veggie scraps and banana skins in the bottom draw of our freezer. I got an email back to say that I could compost with them and some more details. On the second of August I went and again the same lady was there at the front desk and she wasn’t the friendliest, she told me that the woman that I emailed wasn’t in so I showed her the email saying it was ok for me to compost and she let me go upstairs where there is an office and I ran into a woman I used to volunteer with at RBK and another girl was super friendly and showered me around and even told me to help myself to some raspberries!

The rooftop is so pretty that I took some footage to do a vlog which I finished editing today!

 

Let me know how you compost or the challenges you have faced when trying to compost.

Also soon I will do a more comprehensive video on composting options 🙂

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