Choosing jeans as a wheelchair user is often not straightforward. Traditional jeans are not designed for people who are seated so there are some things for designers to think about and things for wheelchair users to consider when selecting the most suitable pair of jeans.
This video shows a typical day in London for me. I start with a healthy breakfast prepared at home & then we take the picture of the day for my Instagram close to our London flat. You will see me take a push to our local shops, visit our gym to go swimming and finish off the day in a wonderful Persian restaurant with my husband not too far from where we live.
Some many assume that it’s difficult to keep your weight in check while in a wheelchair, but losing weight actually revolves heavily around your diet. Of course, staying active and exercising is a key component, which is why I always try to get to the gym each week, but nutrition is the main factor.
There’s a common saying that you can’t out-train a bad diet, and that’s why I focus on eating a healthy diet. Other than being dairy and meat-free, I try to keep everything as balanced as possible, because that’s what allows me to perform at my best. In fact, I don’t eat this way to lose weight, I eat this way as it benefits my body.
Ultimately, you should only attempt to lose weight if you truly want to. If you don’t, then be happy with yourself and love your body, because beauty comes in ALL shapes and sizes. These tips are just to give you some help for improving your diet if you wish…
Pasta is loved by millions across the world, including myself, but excess carbohydrates are stored around the body as fat. So, to keep your carb intake low, then you can make some delicious vegetable pasta with courgettes. Slice it into strips, spiralise it in a pasta machine, and cook it. Then, just top it with your favourite sauce, and you’ll have a lovely meal.
It’s no secret that a lot of people hate vegetables. However, vegetables are a terrific source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, which will allow you to maintain your good health. Therefore, why not try to consume all of the goodness from vegetables in liquid form instead? You can add vegetables, and accompany them with fruits and other things to improve the flavour.
Banana Ice Cream
Ice cream is one of those things that I love to snack on while watching a great movie or a binge-worthy TV series. Although, traditional ice cream is full of fat, and isn’t recommended for a healthy, balanced diet. But, there are ways to increase the nutritional value of ice cream, and a way that I love is to make my own banana ice cream.
Fruit for Dessert
There’s no denying that having a dessert to finish off your meal is popular, but devouring a chocolate sponge or a sticky toffee pudding won’t do your weight any flavours. So, why not substitute those common, unhealthy desserts with a scrumptious bowl of fresh fruit? You’ll get the same sweet flavours, but without all of the fat!
One of the best ways to satisfy your appetite, and curb any tendencies to snack in between meals, is to enjoy a hot soup. When it comes to soup, its extremely quick and easy to make, and you can choose whichever ingredients you desire. For instance, you could have a basic tomato soup, or you could choose to fill it with tons of different vegetables.
Use these tips for your diet, and they’ll help keep your weight at a level you’re comfortable with. But, remember, you should always be happy and confident with your body no matter what!
In a world where everyone is running after perfection, it becomes difficult for many people to have a scar on their body. With high demands for perfection in women these days, having scars can lead to an inferiority complex in them, making them feel worthless and want to hide their scars. They start avoiding the crowd and feel insecure in public. They lose all sources of empowerment. A person’s physical health can very strongly affect his/her mental health is something the society needs to understand. It can affect their everyday working and routine and can be strong enough to destroy their relationships.
Behind the scars is a project on which Sophie Mayanne started working in April this year. It started as an editorial for Petrie Inventory in August 2016. Even as a child, Sophie was always fascinated by what made us all different from each other, and she started getting interested in peoples scars. She believed them all to be different, a part of peoples identity and a mark that differentiates them from all others. Sophie took this project as a platform to share her view of “more natural, more real.”
Her work has gained a lot of appreciation and acceptance from people around the world. It has given many people the courage to show their scars for the first time in public and to accept them. Many people now contact her to be photographed and be a part of the project.
One should have no shame in themselves. Scars are a part of our body, they define us, our past and tell our story. Our scars should be the celebration of our lives to understand that we went through something and made it through alive. They tell the world about our fight and our struggles, about the storms we have faced in our life, what our history tells us and how we succeeded. It shows how we didn’t give up in a stressful condition. It shows that we are happy and we should be happy and at peace with our own body.
Sharing our scars with others helps others realise that it’s not something uncommon. It’s a part of being human. It gives them courage. It might help them help themselves. As, many people undergo mastectomy for breast cancer, after which many of them take years to get along with their routine life. While they should understand that their scars show their fight, it shows their success. They should be proud of it. We should stop criticising other people on their physical appearance, help them face it and shouldn’t make them feel alienated. We should come out of that falsely created sense of perfection, created by the fashion industry, film industries, and social media and accept the realities of people around us.
We can accept others and their difference only after we have accepted our differences and appearances. And as women, for others to accept us and respect us as we are, we need to respect ourselves first, which includes our scars. We need to take pride in them because, like many other things, they define us and serves as a marker of who we are.
Take a look at my youtube channel with all the making of my pictures as part of this project.