Most People Won't - Will You?

Elle Luna works in her studio, where she paints, draws, and experiments

Elle Luna works in her studio, where she paints, draws, and experiments

In this fantastic interview with artist and designer Elle Lune, you find out how attitude can have a big impact on the outcome. 

So I was using Uber all the time in San Francisco, even though I hated the design. And then I went to the Crunchies awards ceremony and at a post-ceremony event, where I was in a ball gown, I saw the CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, sitting at the bar. I was three whiskeys deep at this point and I walked up to him and said, “I use Uber all the time and I absolutely hate the app. I think you should bring me in to fix it.” He replied, “Oh, yeah? What are the three things you’d fix about it?” I said, “I’d redo the logo, redo the entire app, and change the rating system.” I think there was something about being in a dress that empowered me to say such things (laughing). And do you know what he said? He said, “Be at the Uber office at 9am on Monday.” I told him I couldn’t do it alone and he said he’d have a team for me.

I thought the offer was bogus, but I went to Uber’s office on Monday at 9am, laughing to myself, and Travis led me back to a project room with two other designers — they were from outside of Uber and he had flown them in from New York! We took on the Uber app and redesigned it in three weeks. In fact, one of the guys he flew in from New York, Shalin Amin, ended up staying on full-time. The app is gorgeous and last night it won the Fast Company 2013 Innovation By Design Awards for the transportation category, beating out Mars Rover and Tesla.
— http://thegreatdiscontent.com/interview/elle-luna

Most people want to be fit, most people aren’t.

Most people want to be the best version of themselves, most people aren’t.

Most people have dreams they want to fulfill, most people won’t.

Everyone wants to quit something, build something, be something, do something. Most people won’t.

How many things have we wanted? How many opportunities have we craved? How many broken things have we wanted to fix?

And how many of those have we shrunk from. Hid from. Or, excused away.

We’re not alone.

Most people won’t. Will you?

 

With all our love,

The Blackheath Studio Team.

How Can Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

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Water, water everywhere, but do you drink enough?

First of all, let's cover some basic facts. There is a lot of advice out there for how much water we should consume on a daily basis. We take our guide from The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). They recommend a daily intake of 2.5 litres for men and 2.0 litres for women, via food and drink consumption. Of this, they suggest that 70-80% of daily intake should come from drinks and the remainder 30-20% to come from food intake. Now, you're either already good at drinking the required amount or you're rubbish. 

So a few tops tips from us: 

Have a glass of water first thing when you wake up
Carry a water bottle with you, 
Have a litre bottle of water at work on your desk,
Take a glass of water to bed.

Basically, improve your access to water by always having it at arms reach. Try it! It works! Before you know it, you'll be easily knocking back the recommended water amount, no problem.

Just drinking the right amount of water brings these benefits:

  • Healthier skin
  • Healthier teeth and bones
  • Healthier joints
  • Improved digestion
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Increased metabolism

So what's next?

Research is starting to uncover how much of a useful tool water can be for fighting fat. During a hypocaloric diet (a diet where you burn more calories than you consume), overweight participants who drank a glass of water 30 minutes prior to the main meals lost more weight than those that didn't. On average participants lost -1.3kg over a 12 week period. The idea behind it is drinking water prior to meals reduces the energy intake from the meal. By being conscious of your water consumption and matching it to your body needs, you can gain significant benefits. Just by drinking water! Have a look at what you're drinking on a daily basis. Take a daily diary if it helps. Then use our tips above to achieve a healthy, glowing you. 

Interested in finding out more? Check out the UK's Natural Hydration Council.

 

With all our love,

The Blackheath Studio Team.

#FridayFeast - Awesome Coconut Prawn Laksa

This healthy classic Laksa is packed full of flavour and nutrition. It's simple and easy to cook. You can cook in batches and store in the fridge for up to a week. Best cook the noodles fresh when needed (they only take a few minutes). It's such a versatile dish and you will want to cook it again and again and add your own touches as you go. 

Ingredients

  • pack of king prawns
  • vegetable oil for cooking
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 3-inch ginger, peeled and crushed
  • 3 tablespoons or laksa paste or yellow curry paste
  • handful of noodles for each person (use what size you want)
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 tin of coconut milk
  • chilli flakes
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Peel the prawns
  2. Heat a wok over a medium heat, add the vegetable oil, the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Saute for about 10 minutes stirring often, until soft and cooked. 
  3. While the veg is cooking, heat up a separate pan and water for the noodles. Add the noodles once boiling and depending on which size you're using, cook for desired time, about 3 minutes and then drain.
  4. Add the curry paste to the onion, garlic, ginger and chili and fry everything for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Now add the chicken stock. Whisk the contents together to combine.
  6. Make sure the heat is still consistent. 
  7. Taste and add seasoning 
  8. Drop the shrimp in and the cooked noodles for a further few minutes until cooked. 
  9. You're done. Serve and share with others. 
  • Prep 10 minutes
  • Cooking time 20 minutes

5 Tips For Staying Healthy For Longer

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It's inevitable as we get older, the risk of health conditions increases. Reaching our 40's, 50's and 60's offers us a perfect time for reflection. So we spoke with older citizens and asked their advice on what they do to stay fit for longer. Their advice boilded down to these 5 easy to follow tips. They are non-technical, simple steps to help your future self. 

Stay active

It's a no-brainer, that by being more active keeps you healthier for longer. Use it or lose it. The average lifestyle consists of largely being inactive. We spend 8 hours in bed, an hour sitting on our commute, 8 hours at work sitting, another hour sitting on our commute home, no doubt more hours sitting on the sofa during leisure time. It's a very bad lifestyle and very easy to become accustomed too. So here's our top tip from speaking to our wiser citizens. Swap out inactive activities for active ones. Walk to the shops instead of driving. Walk up stairs instead of getting the elevator. Use a standing desk at work. Get out in the garden. Little tweaks to daily activities will mean your body gets the regular exercise it needs. 

Eat well

What you put in, you get out. Eating healthy is part of the keeping fit body mix. Unfortunately, we fall into the trap too often of convenience and lose track of what we're eating. By not preparing meals and not knowing what we're consuming is like spending digital money on e-commerce sites like amazon, we went to buy one book but ended up spending £100s on book bundles, a gift for a partner and household goods. So here's our top tip from speaking to our wiser citizens. Don't 'bulk buy and check out' on your body too. Keep track of what you're eating. Keep it simple, fresh and well balanced. Often it comes down to simply being prepared so we don't have to reach for the first convenient solution. 

Cut out the crap

You're older and wiser. But you still do the things you know you shouldn't. Giving up on bad lifestyle choices like smoking is the single biggest thing you can do to improve your health. This is the time to give up anything you know you shouldn't be doing but still do. So here's our top tip from speaking to our wiser citizens. If you're finding it hard to quit, you're probably in denial. Look to get support, there is plenty out there. If you're still struggling, come and speak with us and we will do our best to help.  

Manage stress

Mindfulness has become fashionable recently. You can even get apps on your smartphone to help guide you. When we're constantly influenced by external factors, these can all add up to negative stress levels on our wellbeing. We all handle stress differently and have different thresholds for it. So here's our top tip from speaking to our wiser citizens. Make time to have fun. Have a way to relieve stress, perhaps physically. Scream, shout or maybe zen out. Whatever works for you, find it and stick to it. 

Get checked

Sometimes health problems can creep up on us. As risk increases, it's important to take the time to get checked out. The health service fully supports regular check ups if you're not already doing so.  So here's our top tip from speaking to our wiser citizens. Don't delay, get checked up today. The immediate cost is your time, but the long-term reward is a healthy future. Getting regular checks mean you can identify early signs of problems and take the necessary steps to combat them. The early bird does indeed get the worm in this instance. 

I hope you enjoyed our no-frills, non-technical tips from our wiser citizens. We certainly enjoyed getting their well-tested advice. So there it is, 5 simple tips to stay healthier for longer.

 

With all our love,

The Blackheath Studio Team.

How Do We Spend Our Time?

How do you spend your time?

Yesterday we discussed how Tim Peake will spend at least 2.5 hours a day training aboard the Internation Space Station. Data gathered from the American Time Use Survey allows us to look at how the average American spends their time during a 24 hour period. 

Waking up

Between 6:30am and 7:30am, most people wake up, head into personal care such as showering and brushing teeth, and then head to work, eat breakfast, relax for a bit, and do housework.

Lunch hour

From noon to 1:00pm, you see a lot of movement from work or housework to eating and drinking and then back again. Many also take the time to relax.

Getting off work

As you might expect, once the clock strikes 5:00pm, people head home to prepare and/or eat dinner.

Winding down

Between 10:00pm and midnight, people wind down for the day, shifting from leisure to personal care and eventually going to sleep.

How we spend our time, like our decisions help to define us. If you think you need a little bit more active time, then we can help. We'll show you what you need, how to do it and give you the plan to help you keep at it. Sometimes we all need a little push in the right direction. You can quickly and easily book online so what are you waiting for?

Data from ATUS.

 

With all our love,

The Blackheath Studio Team.