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Transformation #12-Mindful Eating

The Power of Mindful Eating: How It Changed My Life for the BetterThe Power of Mindful Eating: How It Changed My Life for the Better

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Mindful eating has transformed my life as someone who used to eat a lot of sugar. It’s been a journey, but today I feel healthier, happier, and more in tune with my body than ever before. In this article, I’d like to share my experience with mindful eating, how it’s helped me overcome binge eating and sugar addiction, and its benefits to my mental and physical health.


My journey with food and how it led me to mindful eating

I’ve always had a sweet tooth. As a child, I would beg my parents for candy and chocolate. I continued to indulge in sugary treats throughout my teenage years and adulthood. However, my love of sugar soon turned into an addiction. I always craved sweets, and I often binge on candy, cookies, and ice cream until I felt sick.

At first, I didn’t see a problem with my eating habits. I thought it was just a harmless indulgence. But as time passed, I began noticing the adverse effects on my health. I gained weight, my energy levels were low, and I struggled with mood swings and anxiety.


The problem with sugar and binge eating

It wasn’t until I started researching the effects of sugar on the body that I realized just how harmful my eating habits had become. Not only does sugar contribute to weight gain and obesity, but it’s also linked to a host of other health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Binge eating, too, can have severe consequences for both physical and mental health. It leads to weight gain and other health problems and can also cause feelings of guilt, shame, and low self-esteem.


What is mindful eating, and how does it work?

Mindful eating is a practice that involves paying attention to the present moment and being fully aware of the food you’re eating. It’s about tuning into your body’s hunger and fullness signals and eating in a way that nourishes both your body and mind.

To practice mindful eating, you need to slow down and savour each bite. Take the time to notice your food’s texture, flavour, and aroma, and pay attention to how your body feels as you eat. This can help you become more aware of your eating habits and make healthier choices.


My experience practicing mindful eating during the Covid pandemic

I started practicing mindful eating during the Covid pandemic when I struggled with anxiety and stress. I realized that my eating habits were making things worse, and I decided to make a change.

At first, it wasn’t easy. First, I had to learn to resist the urge to binge on sugary treats and retrain my brain to crave healthier foods. But as I continued to practice mindful eating, I found it easier and more natural.


The benefits of mindful eating on mental and physical health

The benefits of mindful eating are numerous and far-reaching. Not only can it help you lose weight and improve your physical health, but it can also have a positive impact on your mental well-being.

For me, one of the biggest benefits of mindful eating is reduced anxiety and stress. By tuning into my body’s hunger signals and eating in a way that nourishes me, I feel more relaxed and centred.


Saying goodbye to fast food and embracing a low-carb diet

As I continued to practice mindful eating, I found that my taste buds began to change. I started to crave healthier foods, like fruits and vegetables, and I began to lose my taste for sugary treats.

I also started to say goodbye to fast food and embrace a low-carb diet. This helped me lose weight, improved my energy levels, and gave me a greater sense of overall well-being.


The impact of mindful eating on my hair and skin

Another unexpected benefit of mindful eating has been the impact on my hair and skin. By eating a healthy, balanced diet, I’ve noticed that my skin is clearer and more radiant, and my hair is stronger and shinier.


Tips for practicing mindful eating

If you’re interested in trying mindful eating for yourself, here are a few tips to get started:


·       Slow down: Take the time to savour each bite and fully experience your food.

·       Tune in to your body: Pay attention to your hunger and fullness signals, and eat in a way that nourishes you.

·       Avoid distractions: Turn off the TV and put away your phone while you eat.

·       Listen to your cravings: If you’re craving something sweet, try satisfying it with a piece of fruit or dark chocolate.


Overcoming challenges and staying committed to mindful eating

Like any new habit, practicing mindful eating can be challenging at first. But with persistence and dedication, it can become a natural part of your daily routine.

To stay committed to mindful eating, it’s essential to be kind to yourself and not beat yourself up if you slip up. Remember that every meal is a new opportunity to practice mindfulness and make healthy choices.


Conclusion: The transformative power of mindful eating

In conclusion, mindful eating has truly transformed my life for the better. By paying attention to the present moment and being fully aware of my food, I’ve overcome binge eating and sugar addiction and improved my mental and physical health.

If you’re struggling with your eating habits, I encourage you to try mindful eating. It may take some time to get used to, but the benefits are well worth the effort.

So why not start today? Take a deep breath and savour the first bite of your next meal. You always need to find out where it might take you.

Transformation #11-From Entertainment to Education: The Many Benefits of Listening to Podcasts in My Transformation Journey

Unlocking New Horizons: How Podcasts Helped Me Learn Unique Topics Directly from Experts

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As the world went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I found myself with a lot of free time on my hands. With limited options for entertainment, I turned to podcasts as a way to pass the time. Little did I know that this simple decision would change my life forever. In this post, I’d like to share how podcasts have played a crucial role in my growth journey by providing me with access to expert knowledge on various topics without having to incur the costs associated with traditional classes or the risk of failing through trial and error. I will also highlight the significance of podcasts in my daily life and how they have helped me to broaden my horizons and deepen my understanding of the world around me.

Podcasts as a Personal Therapist, Mentor, and Resource

One of the things I love most about podcasts is their versatility. Depending on your needs and interests, you can find a podcast that serves as a personal therapist, mentor, or resource.

If you’re struggling with mental health issues, some podcasts focus on mindfulness, meditation, and self-improvement. If you’re looking for career advice, some podcasts feature interviews with successful professionals in your field.


Whatever your needs and interests, there is a podcast out there that can help you grow and learn.



The Benefits of Listening to Podcasts

Listening to podcasts every day can be empowering. It provides an opportunity to learn valuable insights, receive free coaching, and gain new ideas. It can also be a source of motivation and inspiration. Listening to podcasts in the morning helps to set a positive tone for the day and gives me the confidence to tackle new challenges.

Furthermore, listening to podcasts can be a form of self-care. It allows you to take a break from the stresses of daily life and focus on your personal development. It’s like having a personal therapist, mentor, or life coach that you can access for free whenever you need it.


Learning Unique Topics Directly from Experts

Listening to podcasts has been a game-changer for me when it comes to learning about my favourite topics. I mean, have you ever stumbled upon a podcast about something super niche like AI, relationships, politics, or startups? Because I have, and let me tell you, it’s been a total game-changer for me.

The experts on these shows have taught me so much, and I’ve gained a much deeper understanding of these topics. When it comes to technology and startups especially, listening to these experts’ chat feels like you’re getting insider knowledge worth way more than any book or course could ever offer. They’re not trying to sell you anything or teach you something for a grade; they’re just two people shooting the breeze and sharing their hard-won wisdom. It’s real talk, and it’s precious.

And honestly, some of the best parts of listening to these podcasts are the moments when you hear your favourite experts just chatting and being themselves. It’s like you’re a fly on the wall of their conversation, and you get to learn from their stories and experiences. The lessons I’ve learned from these podcasts have helped me so much in my personal, educational, and social life. I am still determining where I’d be without them!


The Empowering Effects of Daily Podcast Listening

Listening to podcasts every day can be empowering. It provides an opportunity to learn valuable insights, receive free coaching, and gain new ideas. It can also be a source of motivation and inspiration. Listening to podcasts in the morning helps to set a positive tone for the day and gives me the confidence to tackle new challenges.

Furthermore, listening to podcasts can be a form of self-care. It allows you to take a break from the stresses of daily life and focus on your personal development. It’s like having a personal therapist, mentor, or life coach that you can access for free whenever you need it.

Different Types of Podcasts and Their Benefits

there are so many different types of podcasts out there, and each one has its own dope benefits. Like, interview-style podcasts are great for getting inside the heads of experts and hearing about their experiences and insights. 

 Personally, I’m into podcasts where two experts just shoot the breeze on topics I’m already familiar with. But when I’m trying to learn something new, I like the narrative style that takes me on a journey. When it comes to relationship stuff, I’m all about solo experts dishing out the advice or an interview style where they share their experiences and wisdom.

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My Top Podcasts

Here are some of my favourite podcasts that cover a diverse range of topics. If you’re new to the world of podcasts, these shows might be a great starting point:


      • Tabaghe 16When it comes to podcasts, my all-time favorite is Tabaghe 16, hosted by Soheil Alavi. On each episode, he and one of his friends, who are usually tech industry leaders in Iran, meet on zoom or in-person, in Soheil’s 16th floor apartment in Toronto to dive deep into discussions about startups, technology, and daily life habits.

I really enjoy this podcast because Soheil and his guests have such candid and insightful conversations. It’s refreshing to hear experts and thought leaders share their knowledge and experiences in an unfiltered way, and I find their discussions to be engaging and enlightening.

But what really sets Tabaghe 16 apart is the personal touch. The hosts are not afraid to share their own struggles and experiences, making it relatable and inspiring for listeners like me. It’s a podcast that not only entertains but also educates and empowers, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in the tech industry or entrepreneurship. 

Overall, I highly recommend Tabaghe 16 to anyone looking for a podcast combining expert insights and personal anecdotes. So tune in and join Soheil and his friends on the 16th floor for an unforgettable listening experience.

  • Lex Fridman Podcast: 

Tune into this podcast for fascinating conversations on science, technology, history, philosophy, and the nature of intelligence, love, consciousness, and power.

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 • The Joe Rogan Experience: 

 This podcast covers an eclectic mix of topics, including comedy, pop culture, politics, and philosophy.

 • How I Built This: Join this podcast to hear interviews with successful entrepreneurs and innovators about their journey to success.

• Inner peace: For those interested in self-improvement, psychology, self-consciousness, and personal growth, this solo podcast is definitely worth a listen.


I hope these recommendations inspire you to explore the world of podcasts and find some shows that resonate with you!

Finding the Right Podcasts for You

It might take some time to find the perfect ones for you, but trust me; it’s definitely worth it!

To get started, think about your passions and what you’re curious about. You can also browse “top podcasts” or suggested podcasts from Spotify or Castbox apps or chat with your friends and family for recommendations.

When you’ve found a few podcasts that spark your interest, hit that subscribe button and tune in regularly. And don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try out new podcasts or explore different topics – you might find your new favourite! Remember, the more you listen, the more you’ll discover!


Conclusion: The Endless Possibilities of Podcast Learning

As I reflect on my experience of listening to podcasts during the pandemic, I see it has been a life-changing journey for me. Through the power of podcast learning, I have broadened my horizons and gained a deeper understanding of the world around me.

By listening to various podcasts, I have been able to explore new ideas, perspectives, and insights in a non-biased format, which has expanded my knowledge in ways that I never thought possible. The daily dose of motivation and inspiration from my favourite podcasts has given me the push I need to achieve my goals and has helped me make every single moment of my life productive.

I encourage everyone to give podcasts a try and experience the endless possibilities of podcast learning for themselves. Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge, gain inspiration, or pass the time, there’s something out there for everyone. So, put on your headphones, hit play, and unlock new horizons with the power of podcast learning. Trust me; it might just change your life!

Transformation #10-Avoiding Toxic People

My Own Experience: How I Learned to Recognize and Avoid Different Types of Toxic People

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As I sit down to pen my experience, my mind wanders back to when I realized the power of courage and overcame the guilt of being entangled in toxic relationships. It was a life-changing journey that taught me how to identify and avoid different types of toxic people. Growing up, various personalities surrounded me, and it was difficult to differentiate between good and bad relationships. As a result, my emotional and mental well-being was negatively impacted. It took me a long time to recognize and understand the different types of toxic people and their behaviour. In this post, I will share my personal journey of recognizing and avoiding toxic people. In addition, I will offer tips and tricks that worked for me and recommend books, podcasts, and videos that helped me in my journey of personal growth.


Recognizing Toxic People: Different Types of Toxic Personalities

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Navigating through life, I met various individuals with toxic personalities. Toxic people come in all forms – some are overt, while others are more subtle. The different types of toxic characters that I have encountered include:


·      The Manipulator: Manipulative individuals use deception, coercion, or intimidation to control others. They have hidden agendas and will stop at nothing to get what they want.

·      The Victim: Individuals with a victim mentality often blame others for their problems and refuse to take responsibility for their actions. They seek sympathy and attention, and their presence can be emotionally draining.


·      The Narcissist: These individuals are self-absorbed, lack empathy, and have a grandiose sense of self-importance. They are attention seekers and will go to any lengths to obtain validation.


Recognizing Toxic Behaviours: Signs to Look Out For


Recognizing toxic behaviours is critical in avoiding toxic people. Constant criticism, manipulation, gaslighting, bullying, and belittling are some behaviours to look out for. Toxic people often exhibit controlling behaviour and try to dominate others. They lack empathy and are self-centred. They blame others for their mistakes and lack accountability.



The Impact of Toxic People on Mental Health


Toxic people can significantly impact an individual’s mental and emotional well-being. Being around toxic people can lead to anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. As a result, an individual may experience constant stress, feel drained, and be exhausted. Toxic people can also cause feelings of guilt and self-blame, leading to a loss of self-worth and confidence.



Coping with Toxic People at Work, School, Family, Friends, and in Personal Relationships


Dealing with toxic people can be challenging, especially if they are family members, close friends, or coworkers. However, it is essential to set boundaries and communicate assertively. It is crucial to understand that you cannot change a toxic person, and it is not your responsibility to fix them. Avoid engaging in their toxic behaviour and practice self-care. Seeking support from a trusted friend, family member, or mental health professional is also crucial.


My journey to Finding Courage and Overcoming Guilt


During my transformation journey to becoming Roj, I used to feel guilty in front of toxic people. However, I eventually realized that I was not responsible for their behaviour and could not change them. I found courage and strength in setting boundaries and removing myself from toxic situations. I learned to prioritize my mental and emotional well-being and started engaging in self-care practices.



Experimented Tips and Tricks to Avoid Toxic People


Here are some tips and tricks that I experimented with to avoid toxic people:


  • Identify toxic people and their behaviours and avoid engaging with them.
  • Surround yourself with positive people who uplift and support you.
  • Practice self-care and engage in activities that bring you joy.
  • Set boundaries and communicate assertively.
  • Offer compassion, but don’t try to fix them.
  • Remember, you aren’t at fault.
  • Don’t expect change!
  • Understand the cycle!

Recommended Videos, Books, and Podcasts That Have Helped Me on My Journey: 

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Eliminating Toxic People from Your Life: When It’s Necessary

While trying to avoid toxic people is essential, sometimes it’s necessary to eliminate them from your life entirely. This can be a difficult decision, but it’s essential to prioritize your well-being. For example, if the person is causing you more harm than good, it may be time to say goodbye.


Living a Happy Life Without Toxic People: Conclusion


Toxic people can have a profound impact on your mental health and well-being. It’s crucial to recognize toxic behaviours and set boundaries to protect yourself. Remember that your mental health should always come first. Don’t be afraid to eliminate toxic people from your life if necessary. By surrounding yourself with positive and supportive people, practicing self-care, and trusting your instincts, you can live a happy, healthy life free from toxic people. Ultimately, the only way to win with toxic people is not to play.


Smith, J. (2022, March 15). The Mental Health Effects of Toxic People. Wanderdolls. https://wanderdolls.com/the-mental-health-effects-of-toxic-people/

Saint Twenty. (2022, June 20). Types of Toxic People to Ditch. Retrieved from https://sainttwenty.com/2022/06/20/types-of-toxic-people-to-ditch/

Transformation #9

From Materialism to Mindfulness: My Transformation Journey towards Paying for Experience 

This leg of my journey towards transformation is particularly special to me because of the revolutionary changes it has brought deep within me. It’s the culmination of all the past steps that I have taken to get here, and that’s why I hold this stage of my journey in high regard. It has helped shape me into a better version of myself. In my younger days, I was notorious for spending all my earnings on expensive brands and fashion labels. I was a shopaholic, believing that material possessions would bring me contentment and happiness. But as I progressed on my transformation journey, I realized that investing in materialism no longer gave me the satisfaction I sought. I wanted to explore new experiences and invest my money in creating memorable moments. While I still indulge in branded products, I’m way more mindful of my choices now. My focus is on creating experiences and memories that are worth cherishing!


Changing Mindset from Materialism to Mindfulness

My journey towards paying for experience started with a simple shift in my mindset. I began questioning the value of material possessions and their effect on my life. I realized that the pursuit of materialism only left me feeling empty and unfulfilled, and I wanted something more meaningful.

I started reading books and articles about minimalism, mindfulness, and the benefits of investing in experiences. I learned that adventures bring us more happiness than material possessions, creating lasting memories we can cherish forever.


The Negative Effects of Materialism on Our Lives

Materialism can negatively affect our lives, including financial stress, social pressure, and environmental damage. Moreover, when focusing on material possessions, we often overlook the value of experiences and relationships, leading to a shallow and unfulfilling life.

Moreover, chasing the latest trends and designer labels can be expensive, leaving us in financial instability. We also contribute to environmental damage by supporting fast fashion and other unsustainable industries.


The Benefits of Investing in Experiences

Investing in experiences, on the other hand, can bring us many benefits, including personal growth, connection with others, and a sense of fulfillment. In addition, experiences create lasting memories that we can cherish for a lifetime and help us grow and learn new things.

Moreover, experiences can be shared with others, creating deep and meaningful connections that enrich our lives. Whether it’s a weekend getaway with friends or a solo adventure to a new country, experiences bring us closer to others and ourselves.


Solo Travel: A Life-Changing Experience

One of the most life-changing experiences I mentioned in detail in my content post #4 was travelling solo to Qeshm Island. It was a scary thought at first, but I knew deep down that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and explore the world on my terms.

Travelling solo allowed me to discover new cultures, meet new people, and learn more about myself. It taught me to be independent, adaptable, and open-minded, creating lasting memories I will cherish forever.


Discovering Yoga and Meditation: A New Way of Living

In my journey towards paying for experiences instead of material things, I found that practicing yoga and meditation-as I have discussed earlier in my last content post-was, was a key factor in my mindset transformation. Instead of constantly seeking material possessions, I learned to appreciate the present moment and focus on my well-being. Yoga and meditation allowed me to slow down, be more mindful, and connect with myself deeper. As a result, I could find greater fulfillment and satisfaction by prioritizing experiences that enriched my life rather than accumulating more possessions. This shift towards mindfulness and a more minimalist lifestyle have transformed how I live and see the world around me.



Balancing Materialism and Mindfulness: Tips for a Conscious Lifestyle


Living a conscious lifestyle means finding a balance between materialism and mindfulness. It’s about investing in experiences that bring us joy and fulfillment while being mindful of our environmental and societal impact.

Some tips that have helped me in my journey toward paying for experience are:

  • Practicing gratitude: Expressing gratitude for what we have can help us shift our focus from material possessions to experiences and relationships.
  • Setting priorities: Prioritizing experiences that align with our values and goals can help us invest our money wisely and create meaningful memories.
  • Supporting sustainable and local brands: Choosing to support brands that prioritize sustainability and ethical practices can help us minimize our impact on the environment and society. For instance, nowadays, I invest much of my money in Iranian designers’ beautiful and unique designs instead of investing in the worthless fast fashion industry.
  • Being present: Being present in the moment can help us appreciate the beauty of the experience and create lasting memories.

Creating Meaningful Memories: How to Invest in Experiences


Experiences are a great way to create meaningful memories that last a lifetime. Investing in experiences can also help us connect with ourselves and the world. Here are some tips for investing in experiences:

Invest in yourself: Investing in activities that promote self-discovery, such as sports, yoga, or art classes, can help us connect with ourselves and create a deeper understanding of who we are.

Engage with nature: Connecting with nature can be a powerful experience that helps us appreciate the beauty of the natural world and our place within it.

Exploring new destinations: Exploring new places and cultures can help us appreciate the beauty of life, broaden our horizons, and create meaningful memories.

Trying new foods: Exploring new cuisines and local dishes can be a fun and delicious way to invest in experiences, especially in lovely Vancity!, with its diverse culinary scene, offering plenty of unique words gathered from all around.

Embracing a Mindful Lifestyle


In conclusion, my transformation journey towards paying for experience has been a life-changing experience. It taught me the value of investing in ventures and helped me balance materialism and mindfulness.

Living a conscious lifestyle means being mindful of our impact on the environment and society while investing in experiences that bring us joy and fulfillment. It’s about creating meaningful memories and cherishing the present moment.

I encourage everyone to embrace a mindful lifestyle and invest in experiences that bring joy and fulfillment. Whether travelling solo, practicing yoga and meditation, or trying a new hobby, investing in ventures can bring us closer to ourselves and others, creating lasting memories we will cherish forever. So GIVE IT A TRY!!!!!!