There is a trend of veganism on the rise. The days of there being no choice of a vegetarian option and vegan substitutes being unavailable are rapidly diminishing. The taunts of surviving on rabbit food are slowly being replaced with some awe at your endurance for being on the sixth month of your dietary change.... Continue Reading →
5 Ways to Explore New York City from Your Couch
New York City is the world’s concrete jungle awash with equal parts glitz, glamour and grit. It’s the metropolis that’s always awake, the backdrop to numerous movies and features on thousands of peoples bucket lists. Recently the city has become an epicentre of the COVID-19 crisis and like the rest of the world; it has... Continue Reading →
A Comprehensive list of British Asian Diaspora Films
This list encompasses movies only on the British Asian diaspora within the UK so there is no Slumdog Millionaire or colonialism tinged flicks. Disclaimer #1: ‘Comprehensive’ here means ‘ever-growing’. I am sure I have missed several out, so please let me know if I have so I can add it to the list!
Blindian (Black & Asian) Intercultural Relationships in Film
Blindian: A person of mixed Indian and black heritage; A couple where one person is black and the other is Indian. #Blindian Project: An amazing social media project which aims to shatter stereotypes across social media and celebrates blindian relationships. I watched the film Mississippi Masala a short while ago. The movie may sound unfamiliar... Continue Reading →
Improve the Environment and Your Wallet – Reusing the Desi Way
Biscuit tins and margarine tubs may hold its traditional products initially, but to a large Asian minority offer familiar surprises of samosa’s, sewing supplies or other household wares. Many of our parents saw the multipurpose nature of such packaging and the potential savings they could make by not buying a matching set of plastic containers.... Continue Reading →
Dyscalculia – The Lesser Known Developmental Disorder
You might be wondering what this vampire like word means, like so many other people. Dyscalculia is a learning disorder that can often be co-occurring with ADHD, dyslexia or dyspraxia. The DSM-5 defines Dyscalculia as a specific learning disorder, an impediment in mathematics, evidencing problems with: Number senseMemorisation of arithmetic factsAccurate and fluent calculationAccurate math... Continue Reading →
The Psychological Impact of Having Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that you can find out more about here. It can affect psychological functioning in many ways, both before and after diagnosis. Anxiety, depression and fatigue are commonly reported prior to diagnosis for many reasons including: Malnutrition and vitamin deficiency Damaged gut villi cannot properly process and assimilate a number... Continue Reading →
What Is Celiac Disease?
What Is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease is a genetic disorder which can be difficult to diagnose. It often appears in childhood but can be misdiagnosed for autism. When it onsets later in elder people, it can be mistaken for deterioration from old age. It can be confirmed by a small intestinal biopsy. It is an... Continue Reading →
What is Trichotilomania?
The Anguish Of It It’s tense, stressful. You’re feeling panicked, all too aware that you’re sitting on your hands to prevent further pulling. You shift side to side in your seat nervously, whilst resisting moving your palms away. You try distracting yourself, and try to think about something else, anything else. Eventually, you can’t take... Continue Reading →
4 Ways to Blast Gymphobia
Stepping into a gym for the first time can take a great deal of courage for many of us. We may fear looking foolish, be self-conscious or think we may not enjoy it. We may have no idea what any of those machines do or how they work, but there was a first time for... Continue Reading →