Die Top 10 der Superfoods

Für eine ausgewogene Ernährung sind Superfoods eine ideale Möglichkeit fehlende Vitamine, Mineralstoffe und Antioxidantien zu besorgen. Besonders bei Vegetariern und Veganern sollten sie ein fester Bestandteil der Ernährung sein.

Was genau sind Superfoods?

Der Begriff Superfood wird heutzutage häufig für Werbezwecke verwendet und verspricht den Verbrauchern allerlei Wunderwirkungen.

Es existiert keine rechtlich eindeutige Definition, welche Lebensmitteln als sogenannte Superfoods benannt werden dürfen. Allgemein beinhaltet es alle Lebensmittel, die besonders viele wichtige Nährstoffe, Vitamine und Antioxidantien vereinen.

Welche Kriterien sollte ein echtes Superfood erfüllen?

  • Ein echtes Superfood ist möglichst naturbelassen und ökologischer Erzeugung
  • Es liefert eine überdurchschnittlich hohe Menge an bestimmten Nährtstoffen, Vitaminen, Mineralien und Antioxidantien
  • Ein Superfood ist im Gegensatz zu Nahrungsergänzungsmitteln ein vollwertiges Lebensmittel

Woher kommen Superfoods?

Dabei spielt es keine Rolle welches Ursprungsland das Superfood hat. Es gibt zahlreiche heimische Superfoods, die eine hohe gesundheitsfördernde Wirkung auf uns haben.

Durch ihre antioxidativen und entzündungshemmenden Eigenschaften können Superfoods zu therapeutischen Zwecken bei Krankheiten helfen und ein wichtiger Bestandteil für die Heilung sein.

Superfoods heilen..?

Dabei sollten sie vielmehr als vorbeugende Maßnahmen und in ausreichenden Mengen eingenommen werden, damit es erst gar nicht zu Krankheiten kommt.

“Deine Nahrung soll deine Medizin und deine Medizin soll deine Nahrung sein.” ~ Hippokrates

Die Top 10 der Superfoods

Beeren: Charakterisiert durch einen sehr hohen Anteil an Antioxidantien, die den Körper vor oxidativem Stress schützen und freie Radikale im Körper bekämpfen, sind Beeren wie Brombeeren, Himbeeren, Heidel-und Johannisbeeren extrem wichtig für unsere Gesundheit. Auch die neu entdeckten Aronia- , Acai- und Gojibeeren sind wahre Kraftpakete im Hinblick auf den hohen Nährstoff-, Mineralien- und Vitamingehalt.

Samen: Ein hoher Nährstoff- und Ballaststoffgehalt, hochwertiges pflanzliches Protein, was vom Körper optimal verwertet wird, Omega 3-6-Fettsäuren, die die Normalfunktion des Herzens, der Augen und des Gehirns unterstützen- das uvm. bieten Chia- und Hanfsamen.

Grünes Blattgemüse: Neben sekundären Pflanzenstoffen, Vitaminen, Mineralien und Spurenelementen liefert uns grünes Blattgemüse einer der wichtigsten und wertvollsten Bestandteile unserer Nahrung: Chlorophyll, das u.a. beim Aufbau neuer Blutzellen hilft. (Blog Chlorophyll) Dazu gehören z.B.: Grüne Salate und Spinat, Wildpflanzen (Brenessel, Löwenzahn), Kräuter (Basilikum, Petersilie, Oregano, Melisse), Gräser (Gerstengras), Blattpulver des sog. Wunderbaums Moringa, Kreuzblütler (Grünkohl, Brokkoli, Weisskohl, Rosenkohl, Blumenkohl, Rucola, Senf). Zusätzlich sorgt der ausreichende Verzehr von grünem Blattgemüse für ein basischen Haushalt im Blut und reduziert somit das allgemeine Krebsrisiko.

Algen: Chlorella gehört zu den Mikroalgen und hat den höchsten Anteil an Chlorophyll aller bekannten Pflanzen. Es besitzt neben vielen wertvollen Nährstoffen eine stark entgiftende Wirkung. Auch Spirulina bietet viele gesundheitsfördernde Substanzen wie Chlorophyll, Eisen, Kalium und reichlich Vitamine. Zudem ist es eine zusätzliche Quelle von wertvollem pflanzlichen Proteinen.

Malvengewächse: Dazu zählen Baobab und roher Kakao. Die beiden Superfoods versorgen den Körper mit reichlich Vitaminen, Mineralien und Antioxidantien. Neben ihrer Heilwirkung setzen sie zusätzlich Endorphine im Körper frei und sorgen somit auf natürliche Weise für gute und belebende Stimmung.

Kurkuma, Ingwer: Diese beiden Gewürzknollen sind wahre Arzneimittel unter den Superfoods. Mit ihren zahlreichen Inhaltsstoffen wirken sie gegen zahlreiche Krankheiten. Kurkuma ist ein sehr wirksames Antioxidans, hilft nachweislich gegen Krebs und schützt viele Organe im Körper. Seine Wirkung wird erheblich durch die Beimischung von schwarzem Pfeffer erhöht. Ingwer kann durch seine entzündungshemmende Wirkung besonders gut als Vorbeuger gegen Muskelkater dienen.

Maca: Maca wird in Südamerika vorrangig als natürliches Aphrodisiakum eingesetzt. Im Sport wird es häufig verwendet um die körperliche Leistungsfähigkeit zu steigern. Es enthält über 60 verschiedene Vitalstoffe und enthält pflanzliche Sterole, die eine hohe Ähnlichkeit mit Testosteron aufweisen

Kürbiskerne: Kaum ein anderes Lebensmittel wirkt sich so positiv auf die Harnwege, die Blase und die Prostata aus wie Kürbiskerne. Sie liefern u.a. den meisten Anteil an Zink aller pflanzlichen Lebensmittel und mit nur 50g deckt man 50% seines täglichen Magnesiumbedarfs.

Moringa: Bei Moringa handelt es sich um ein Pulver, das aus den Blättern des Meerrettichbaumes gewonnen wird. Moringa enthält über 14 verschiedene Mineralstoffe wie Eisen, Zink, Mangan und Calcium, einen hohen pflanzlichen Eiweißgehalt und essenzielle Aminosäuren, welche eine wichtige Rolle für Konzentrationsfähigkeit und Sauerstofftrabsport im Körper spielen.

Acerola-Kirsche: Die Acerola-Kirsche ist neben der Camu-Camufrucht einer der besten Vitamin C-Lieferanten, die wir in der Natur finden können. Vitamin C ist für zahlreiche lebenswichtige Vorgänge in unserem Körper verantwortlich. Es ist u.a. ein wichtiges Antioxidantionsmittel, ein Regulator der Hormonausschüttung, es verbessert die Eisen- und Calciumaufnahme und vieles mehr.


Die heilige Kakao-Zeremonie an Neu- und Vollmond

Der Tag neigt sich dem Ende und Alle erwarten gespannt die kommende Vollmondnacht und die lang ersehnte Kakao-Zeremonie, uns miteingeschlossen. In der Atmosphäre knistert es und 200 Menschen versammeln sich langsam um das riesige Lagerfeuer.

Eine Gruppe von Menschen, herangereist aus den verschiedensten Teilen der Welt und alle mit den unterschiedlichsten Intentionen für die bevorstehende heilige Nacht.

Wir sitzen zu diesem Zeitpunkt bereits seit drei Stunden in unserem Tipi, umgeben von Schwestern, Brüdern, modernen Schamanen. Alle mit einem Ziel vor Augen: Einen Trank aus der heiligen Kakao Bohne zu fertigen, der 200 Seelen bei der kommenden Vollmond- und Kakao-Zeremonie das Herz öffnet.

Wir sind Kakao Schamanen

..zumindest nennen uns die Leute so, doch einen Trank für 200 Menschen haben wir noch nie gebraut. Wir verspüren leichte Anspannung, während der Trank mit einem großen, von der Rinde befreiten Ast langsam im Uhrzeigersinn verrührt wird. Haben wir genug Kakao? Stimmt das Kakao Gewürz Verhältnis?

Das singen von Mantren, heiligen Liedern, Wörtern und Silben, entspannt die Zubereitung und zollt dem Akt den nötigen Respekt. Ein Ritual so alt wie die Menschheit selbst. Wir beruhigen uns. Kakaoduft überall.

Nach fast vier Stunden ist es vollbracht, der Kakao ist fertig. Es fehlen nur noch wenige Zutaten und wir sind bereit für das große Spektakel. Um das Lagerfeuer werden schon lautstark spirituelle Lieder gesungen und dem bereits sichtbaren Mond gewidmet.

Alles kommt zur Ruhe. Die Blicke sind auf den unübersehbaren Kessel gerichtet, mit dem wir in langsamen Schritten Richtung Lagerfeuer gleiten. Wir atmen noch einmal tief durch und initiieren den heiligen Trank.

Kakao im Blut und unser Herz öffnet sich

Das Feuer brennt lichterloh, nun auch in unseren Herzen. Die Nacht beginnt und der Kakao entfaltet seine magische Wirkung. Mein Herz tanzt und mein Körper bewegt sich zu den lautstarken Bässen der unzähligen schamanischen Trommeln.

Die Nacht hat nun begonnen und die Kakao Zeremonie hat sich zu einem ekstatischen Tanz entwickelt, geführt von donnernden Drums, begleitet von 200 Herzen, die im selben Takt schlagen.

„Das ist also Magie“, flüstert mir mein Verstand zu. „Nichts Unbekanntes“, singt mein Herz und übernimmt das Steuer. Wir singen und tanzen als ob es keinen Morgen gäbe und in diesem Moment, sind wir unsterblich.

200 Menschen verschmelzen miteinander, verschmelzen mit dem Boden unter ihren nackten Füßen und verschmelzen mit dem strahlenden Mond über ihren Köpfen. We are one.

Heiliger Kakao – Speise für Könige und Götter

Wie alt die Kakao Bohne tatsächlich ist und seit wann diese als Speise von Menschen zu sich genommen wird, wissen wir nicht wirklich. Die ersten Berichte über Kakao Zeremonien reichen bis zu 4000 Jahren vor unsere Zeit. Zu diesen Zeiten war die Kakao Bohne nur den Königen und Adeligen vorbehalten. Unter den Mayas und Azteken war die Kakao Pflanze und die daraus gewonnene Nahrung auch als „Nahrung der Götter“ bekannt.

In Kakao Zeremonien wurden schon immer heilige Lieder gesungen, Trommeln und Rasseln gespielt und andere spirituelle Riten praktiziert, um letztlich den Geist des Kakaos zu Rate zu ziehen. Cacao Mama, der Geist, der in der Kakao Bohne innewohnt und unser Herz öffnen soll.

Oftmals finden die Kakao Zeremonien an Vollmond oder Neumond statt. Diese eignen sich sehr gut, da die Energie des Mondes uns leitet und Intentionen an Vollmonden oder Neumonden mit dem Kakao bestärkt werden können.

Spirituelle Pflanze mit heilenden Kräften

Alte Mythen besagen: Wenn die Erde aus dem Gleichgewicht gerät, steigt der Geist des Kakaos aus dem Regenwald empor und geleitet uns wieder ins Gleichgewicht. Cacao Mama öffnet unser Herz, lehrt uns wieder Barmherzigkeit, Güte, Mitgefühl und Liebe für alle Lebewesen auf Erden. Kakao ist keine psychodelische Pflanze wie andere Heilpflanzen, die gerne von Schamanen zu Heilzwecken verwendet werden.

Sie ist vielmehr eine Pflanze, die uns sanft in Resonanz mit unserem Herzen bringt und uns unsere persönliche Wahrheit offenbart. Sie leitet uns gefühlvoll zur Tür, schiebt uns jedoch nicht hindurch!

Sie schenkt uns die nötige Energie und offenbart uns auch die Schattenseiten der Wahrheit. Ihre Kraft liegt darin uns auf die innere Arbeit vorzubereiten und uns den Weg zu zeigen. Ob wir diesen Weg der Heilung und der Erforschung weiter erkunden, liegt letztendlich in unserer Hand.

Was macht die Kakaopflanze mit meinem Körper?

Es gibt zahlreiche Studien und Beobachtungen zu der heilenden Wirkung der Kakaopflanze. Das in der Pflanze enthaltende Theobromin kann zu therapeutischen Zwecken zur Behandlung von verschiedensten Erkrankungen genutzt werden, wie z.B.:

  • Bluthochdruck
  • Schlafstörungen
  • Depressionen
  • Herzrhythmusstörungen
  • Asthma
  • Nierenerkrankungen
  • Migräne, Kopfschmerzen
  • Trägheit
  • Demenz
  • Arteriosklerose
  • Angina

Kakao macht glücklich

Darüber hinaus enthält die Kakaopflanze viele weitere Wirkstoffe, die für unseren Körper eine wahre Wohltat sind. So ist die Pflanze reich an Antioxydanzien, Flavanolen , Tryptophan, guten Fetten und Proteinen.

Sogar die glücklich Macher Serotonin und Dopamin finden wir in der Heilpflanze. Diese heben unsere Laune und sorgen für eine höhere Hirnleistung, verbesserte Lernfähigkeit und besseres Erinnerungsvermögen. Hier geht’s zum ausführlichen Artikel in der British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Kakao ist ein Superfood und kann sehr gut in unsere Diät integriert werden. Wer darüber hinaus gerne an einer Zeremonie teilnehmen möchte, kann den nächsten Vollmond ins Visier nehmen. Wir öffnen gemeinsam unsere Herzen, setzen Intentionen, reflektieren unser Inneres und schwingen zu Melodien der Herzenslieder aus aller Welt.


Inspired by clouds

Take your time.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger.

When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Breathe the world.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

— Christopher Morley

Enjoy the morning.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever. I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300.

It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds and this is real.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Free your mind.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Photography is better shared.


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Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

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‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an average student. I wish decisions would have not been so straightforward. Maybe I would have played cricket- the only thing I feel passionate about. Or maybe I would have studied literature (literature drives me crazy). Isn’t that disappointing- me wishing to be bad at academics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

It would mean a lot to me if you recommend this article and help me improve. I would love to know your thoughts!


When you are alone

You will remember the people more than the place.

Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds. When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people.

When you meet fellow travelers, you’ll find they are also filled with a similar sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. Five days of friendship on the road is like five months of friendship at home. It’s the experiences that bond you together, not the place. A rule I followed that worked well: be the first to initiate conversation. I met some incredible people by simply being the first to talk.

Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.

Travel can be affordable.

Long term travel is different than a luxury vacation. The point is to see the world, not stay in a 5-star hotel. During the trip, I stayed on a strict budget. The goal was to spend no more than $33 per day on accommodations. After a year, I was able to spend only $26.15 per day by booking through HostelWorld and Airbnb. When I wanted to meet people, I’d stay in a shared room at a hostel. When I wanted to be alone, I’d book a private room with Airbnb.

Take the cost of your rent or mortgage + food per month and divide it by 30. This is how much it costs per day to live at home. You will find that it’s possible to travel the world for roughly the same amount. Or, if you live in an expensive city like San Francisco, far less.

English is a universal language.

I was surprised how many people spoke English (apparently 1.8 billion people worldwide). Places where English was less prevalent, I made an effort to learn a handful of words and phrases in the local language. Even though it’s passable, I do desire to learn another language fluently. You can only take the conversation so far when all you can say is: “¿Esto contiene gluten?”

It’s possible to communicate a lot without saying a word. For instance, I left my phone at a restaurant in Chile. I pointed at the table where I was sitting, put my hand to my ear like a phone, then shrugged — 2 minutes later, my phone had been retrieved.

Trust your intuition.

I learned to trust that tiny voice in my head a bit more. When you are alone in a foreign country and your phone is dead, you are forced to trust your intuition. Is this neighborhood safe to walk around? Is this person someone I should interact with? Am I heading the right direction? Intuition is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. It’s feels like a sixth sense when you’re able to read between the lines of a situation.

The world is endless. The world’s a tiny neighborhood. My fav people are the ones who can hold two impossible ideas in their heads.


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Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

It would mean a lot to me if you recommend this article and help me improve. I would love to know your thoughts!


Stumbled the concept

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If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. I stumbled upon the concept of margin while reading a post by Michael Hyatt, which led me to design my ideal week.

Richard Swenson, M.D. (who wrote the book: Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives) describes margin like this:

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection. I wasn’t really growing my business in a sustainable way; I was just booking one client after the next. At the time this seemed like a good thing: doesn’t growing my business mean getting more clients?

What if instead of booking up to 100% capacity (which more often than not ends up being closer to 120%), we only booked up to an 80% capacity?

What if we left more room for growth (personal or professional) and stopped being one with “busy-ness”?
I spent nearly a year turning down every new project (and even getting rid of old ones) so that I could reduce my workload, build in more margin, and create what is now Digital Strategy School. It takes time to build margin into your schedule.

What could you accomplish with 20% more time?

Write a book. Create a program. Update your contracts and proposals (which has been on your to-do list for how long..?) Spend more time with your family. Go above and beyond for a client. Learn something new. Actually follow through on the things that have been nagging at you for a long time.

When you design your ideal week, you start to see that the time you think you have is often not in alignment with how much time you actually have.

After designing my ideal week, I had a much clearer idea of how to create a framework for my week that would empower me to feel more focused by theming days of the week, and even parts of the day. SO simple, I know. Some of you have been doing this for ages and you’re already a pro, and some of you who saw my schedule said “woah, that’s so rigid, I need more flexibility!”

Structure enables flexibility.

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. Turns out I’m consistently “in the zone” around 3pm in the afternoon; so instead of trying to tackle highly creative work first thing in the morning (when my brain is barely functioning), I handle it in the afternoon, when I know I’m at my peak!

Creating more margin has been game-changing for my business.
What would be possible for yours?


Time is passing by

CSS selectors all exist within the same global scope. Anyone who has worked with CSS long enough has had to come to terms with its aggressively global nature — a model clearly designed in the age of documents, now struggling to offer a sane working environment for today’s modern web applications. Every selector has the potential to have unintended side effects by targeting unwanted elements or clashing with other selectors. More surprisingly, our selectors may even lose out in the global specificity war, ultimately having little or no effect on the page at all.

Any time we make a change to a CSS file, we need to carefully consider the global environment in which our styles will sit. No other front end technology requires so much discipline just to keep the code at a minimum level of maintainability. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to leave the era of global style sheets behind.

It’s time for local CSS.

In other languages, it’s accepted that modifying the global environment is something to be done rarely, if ever.

In the JavaScript community, thanks to tools like Browserify, Webpack and JSPM, it’s now expected that our code will consist of small modules, each encapsulating their explicit dependencies, exporting a minimal API.

Yet, somehow, CSS still seems to be getting a free pass.

Many of us — myself included, until recently — have been working with CSS so long that we don’t see the lack of local scope as a problem that we can solve without significant help from browser vendors. Even then, we’d still need to wait for the majority of our users to be using a browser with proper Shadow DOM support.

We’ve worked around the issues of global scope with a series of naming conventions like OOCSS, SMACSS, BEM and SUIT, each providing a way for us to avoid naming collisions and emulate sane scoping rules.

We no longer need to add lengthy prefixes to all of our selectors to simulate scoping. More components could define their own foo and bar identifiers which — unlike the traditional global selector model—wouldn’t produce any naming collisions.

import styles from './MyComponent.css';
import React, { Component } from 'react';
export default class MyComponent extends Component {
 render() {
    return (
      <div>
        <div className={styles.foo}>Foo</div>
        <div className={styles.bar}>Bar</div>
      </div>
    );
  }

The benefits of global CSS — style re-use between components via utility classes, etc. — are still achievable with this model. The key difference is that, just like when we work in other technologies, we need to explicitly import the classes that we depend on. Our code can’t make many, if any, assumptions about the global environment.

Writing maintainable CSS is now encouraged, not by careful adherence to a naming convention, but by style encapsulation during development.

Once you’ve tried working with local CSS, there’s really no going back. Experiencing true local scope in our style sheets — in a way that works across all browsers— is not something to be easily ignored.

Introducing local scope has had a significant ripple effect on how we approach our CSS. Naming conventions, patterns of re-use, and the potential extraction of styles into separate packages are all directly affected by this shift, and we’re only at the beginning of this new era of local CSS.

process.env.NODE_ENV === 'development' ?
    '[name]__[local]___[hash:base64:5]' :
    '[hash:base64:5]'
)

Understanding the ramifications of this shift is something that we’re still working through. With your valuable input and experimentation, I’m hoping that this is a conversation we can have together as a larger community.

Note: Automatically optimising style re-use between components would be an amazing step forward, but it definitely requires help from people a lot smarter than me.


Hey DJ play that song

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

Keep me dancing.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

All night long...

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

Play me something for me and my darling, want you to make everything.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.


Me Myself and I

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

First impressions.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.
They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.