ModestMira

A blog about one's journey, written by Mira

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Why Vegan?!



The most common question asked when you hit them with the 'Oh I don't eat meat, I am vegan.' It either goes two ways- the immense shock that strikes their faces which follows 'Oh my god why? What made you want to be Vegan?! I could never give up my chicken' or the inquisitive look which follows 'Oh really, that's interesting.. do you feel like it's made a difference?'. I am going to be honest I prefer the second question lol!





But I am getting ahead of myself here and let's rewind a little on why I made this "drastic decision" (as some may think). There are quite a few reasons why I made the decision but the biggest one of all was due to health. In my family health conditions have been a major topic, with my dad having Multiple sclerosis (MS), my mum being diagnosed with breast cancer (she has now got the all clear) and myself with Lupus. Though like any human you question 'why?' Why is it we're struck with such illnesses, to be honest when my mum was hit with the news of breast cancer that was the last straw for me and my family. We have never been a big fan of western medicine again due to past experiences etc so we started doing our own research on how how we can battle this horrible disease. Everywhere we searched and read up on it all pointed us to herbal medicines but also the VEGAN diet. So further dwelling into the research of veganism and hearing other individuals with similar stories, and how they turned to the vegan diet which to some degree cured them. We all then knew what the next steps were to take.







Our research did stem from the documentaries which you can find on netflix called 'What the health' and 'Cowspiracy'. I really do recommend anyone to watch this as it really does open your eyes to a lot of hidden issues within the food, dairy and meat industry.
Though one of the many disturbing things I found from research was that Cancer and meat had a direct link- experts concluded that "50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases risk of colorectal cancer by 18%..' What was even more scary is that studies and WHO (World Health Organization) found meat contained compounds called 'CARCINOGENS', which are grouped in the same category as; tobacco, asbestos, pesticides etc.. Which can also cause cancer. Research also concluded that 'Countries with a higher intake of fat, especially fat from animal products, such as meat and dairy products, have a higher incidence of breast cancer..' (Find more here). 





But such foods were not only directly linked to Cancer but other health conditions such as Diabetes type 1 and 2, Obesity, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure and the list goes on. The further I was going into the reasons why not to eat meat and dairy products the more off putting it was getting. There was just so much to it such as agriculture, environmental issues, animal cruelty and AGAIN the list could go on. To be honest after all of this I just felt the surroundings around me was just going round and round. Altogether I thought meat and dairy products are in such high demand due to consumers like us...what type of person am I to be contributing to these factors?! 




They say 'you are what you eat' and quite frankly I believe that- we actually don't know what we're consuming and putting into our bodies. Animals are being mistreated inhumanely and injected with all sorts of crap that we are then buying and putting into our own bodies. (find out more here). 



Therefore I was looking at a lifestyle not so much a diet but a way of life which didn't involve engrossing in such acts. That's when everything started pointing towards veganism. As much as I have incorporated this in my diet I do plan to incorporate it other aspects of my life such as fashion, beauty and overall lifestyle. 
When choosing to make this decision me and my family didn't just go straight into it we slowly started integrating it into our way of life. We completely cut off meat and became vegetarians for like a month and then slowly moved onto completely cutting off from dairy related products too. 


However, when making this commitment we also made the decision for there to be health benefits to our choice. Meaning reducing or eradicating any health conditions we may be dealing with- such as myself who has lupus, I will take certain vitamins and supplements which has incredibly made a difference. My mum also, we all went vegan when finding out my mum had Cancer. I kid you not when my mum started a plan where she would intake ginger shots, turmeric supplements and raw juices on a daily basis- her tumour started shrinking (this without western medicine). My mum did still go ahead with a Mastectomy but all praises to God she has the all clear. 




I could go on further with all of what I found and reasons for Veganism and by no means am I saying I am perfect because I am vegan. I'm still on a journey of learning and trying to better myself but I just wanted to make others aware of what truly is going on out there. I really do encourage to not just read what I have written I actually want you to go out there and research this yourself. This being more of a start off point and I have left some links of articles on this post so give it a read. There is actually so much I have left out but I didn't want this post to be overwinding.






I do hope this has helped you or anyone and you find it of some interest! Please do leave your thoughts below or on Instagram which you can pretty much catch me on most of the time!


ModestMira
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Monday, 2 July 2018

Note to self- No matter what always be grateful




So this post won't be the usual let's talk fashion sort of post. Though this topic is something I have always wanted to write on as I feel it's something we all seem to forget about. Especially in this day and age where everyone's life is blasted on social media or well what they want you to see. We analyse other people's life on the internet and think 'Oh wow why can't I be doing that?' or 'I wish I could get that..' etc. Yet we forget to see the what's right in front of us and how truly blessed we are already! You may not be the richest, the smartest, the funniest, the prettiest and the list can go on but believe it or not if someone could see what you did have they'd be wishing they had it too. It's human nature but also we need to learn to be grateful for the little or big things we already have in life.




Something I have learnt over time is things, people, money, you name it, comes and goes. We need to live for now the present- be thankful for what we have right NOW. This sort of mindset has really helped me over the years and I'll be honest, it's still something I am working on as I do tend to forget to live in the now quite often. So this is just as much as reminder for myself too.

So before writing up this post I thought it would be a great idea to actually share with you guys a few things I am grateful for. I feel this technique is something everyone should do before they start their day. I mean I've been through some dark times in my life and I never knew how to go about it and how to drag myself out of the pit hole until I started reading self improvement books (and of course my faith).
My brothers always use to suggest I should take up reading self improvement books and I would always brush it off. Until one day I decided to pick one up called 'How to win friends and influence people' from my brothers room, I sat there and was thinking okay let's just give it a go. Now they are my favourite genre to read! One of the biggest mentions in these books that I have read is to always show GRATITUDE. Gratitude is one of the best characteristic a person can have! Even if your right now isn't looks so great, showing gratitude for the little things you have going on in this time just shows how strong of a person you are.

Something I always say life is full of balance with bad times comes good and with good times comes bad. That's balance of nature and testament of character. 



1. FAMILY & FRIENDS

Now I know this is your typical thing to say when someone asks what you're grateful for, but in all honesty my family and friends have been an absolute rock to me. The people I have surrounding me have been my backbone. No matter what I'll forever be thankful for being blessed with the mother I have- my literal role model. My siblings even though they can be annoying little shits, my biggest supporters no matter how crazy my ideas are. My bestie Zainab if you follow me on insta she's the chick forever in my insta story- known this girl for over 10 years. People say you find soul mates in your partners but I honestly believe you can find your soulmate in your best friend. We've been through thick and thin together and I couldn't/wouldn't ask for a better person to go through all the goods and bads with. A one in a million she is! I also have so many other close friends that I am truly blessed to have around me and couldn't be more thankful for!





2. HEALTH

As much as my condition Lupus use to get me down especially around the time I was diagnosed. I am thankful for the fact I am able to still walk, talk, hear, see, touch etc.. As others may not be so fortunate. I still have the ability to follow through with my aspirations and goals and fight for what I want. Not that having any sort of disability or impairment would give you any less of chance to achieve this too, but we should still be grateful for having that extra ability and strength to go for this. Having my father who is battling the disease MS and has now fallen bedbound and unable to do the littlest of things. It has made me realise that time is a precious thing and most importantly it can go just with the click of a finger- this being your health too.



3. LESSONS I HAVE LEARNT SO FAR

Over time I have had some really difficult times and I have also had some amazing moments in life so far. However bad it has gotten for myself, till this day I would never want to change it. The most difficult times is what has truly made me the person I am today, making me stronger, wiser and has bettered my character. I considered such times as lessons/challenges, something to go through and learn from. If that lesson was to reach me again I know how to handle the situation with knowledge and experience. No matter how hard it can get I KNOW it won't stay like this forever and it is only here to better me and the people around me. People enter in and out of your life for the same reason to better you and themselves in some way. When I look back there are certain people that have left my life and have never looked back, I would always think why would they do such a thing. Feeling some sort of self-blame or self-pity when in fact they just weren't right for my NOW in life. They didn't fit any part of my present and future and maybe I didn't fit in there's and that's life. The people who are truly meant to stay will grow with you. So I'm forever grateful for the lessons I have learnt so far and the ones that are to come- it's part of growth. 




4. ENDLESS AMOUNT OF OPPORTUNITIES

Living in a western part of the world gives us such an advantage to the endless amount of opportunities out there for us. With the use of technology these days too- even though it has its downfall if considered in a more positive light it's such an advantage given to this day and age. We're able to express ourselves in another form and be heard. Not that I wanted this to be a comparison thing but part of gratitude is realising that we should be thankful for what's in front of us as there are others in the world who are less fortunate. Who won't be given the opportunities we do whether that be in a work environment, access to gain knowledge to guide us such as books, ability to read and write, access to food and water, to increase wealth, to follow goals, ability to travel and the list could go on. So I am truly grateful for the ample of opportunities out there for me to go and grab. 





There are so many things to show gratitude towards but I would be here all day, but the aim of this post is to get you thinking of what you're truly grateful for in you life. And if you're going through a rough patch right now just sit down grab yourself a pen and paper and think about what's truly a blessing to you right NOW. Honestly you'll be surprised at how long the list can get and what's actually right in front of you. One other thing I am grateful for and I really wouldn't be in the position I am in right now are all of YOU! You guys have really been such an amazing support base and couldn't have asked for a better bunch of supporters! Thank you so much and I really hope you all stick around to see the rest of my journey.


Love Modestmira

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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Bling it out- them go to accessories





Hey guys!

I know it's been a little while since I have posted on here but the truth is I have so much going on right now I just simply haven't had time to create other content. But on another note how lovely has the weather been?! It just instantly puts you in a good mood as soon as you see the sun shining- oh boi I really am a summer girl! Ay catch me in a hot country living my best life one day let me tell ya!

But slightly going off topic as guessed from the title I thought I would share with you my favourite got to accessories. A lovely gal on my instagram actually commented on my picture putting this suggestion forward, but I lost the comment and couldn't seem to find it to reply. So thanks for the idea gurl and here's the blog post you asked for!

Now if I am totally honest a few years back I wasn't so into my accessories and I would wear the minimalist of jewellery I could. I would just find wearing Jewellery more of a nuisance and I would forever just lose them too (irresponsible mira). However over the last year or so I have really been digging all kinds of accessories and believe it or not stacked myself quite a collection. Which I think will continue to grow- whether that's good or not I don't know, but I do try to put all to use! After all it's all in the details!




EARRINGS

So first things first if you have been following myself for a while you know how big I have been on earrings. So thought it had to be the first accessory item I touch upon! These days Earrings be coming in all shapes and sizes and tbh the crazier and bigger it is the better! Earrings can really make a difference to an outfit and say for example you're wearing a minimal type outfit, bang on a pair of statement earrings it can bring that wow factor back to the look. Making a statement with your ears- that's the way to go hunny. Though keeping it basic with the your earrings can be a look too, in most cases because the outfit is doing the talking.




Earrings used in image- NA-KD FASHION, MONKI, ACCESSORIZE, MAZE JEWELLERY, LA MODA, COLETTE BY COLETTE HAYMAN 



NECKLACES

Layering is really big right now, but layering your necklaces is even bigger. Simply throwing on 2-3 necklaces with an outfit can really bring the look together. It can make the outfit look fuller and add extra detailing. It's so simple too to purchase as a lot of stores do offer necklace sets, though personally I find separate necklaces and put them together so I can mix it around.






ARM CANDY

This is something that I'm still venturing in but gold and rose gold bangles are my new muse. They make anything look elegant, girly and classy. Add a watch in there too and you're honestly good to go- there's a reason why they call it arm candy. My go to watch though is this black Cluse gold framed watch that I was gifted last year and it genuinely gives that mature look to all my outfits.







WHAT'S A GIRL WITHOUT HER GO TO BAGS

Of course I was going to add handbags in to Accessories favourites- erm I mean what's a girl without her love for bags! Just can't get enough of them! Right now Tote/shopper bags have been a thing for me it's just the most conventional things to have as it fits everything in and keeps you looking trendy.
Though if you're looking for something a bit more classy or girly like, cross bags are a go to. You can get different shaped (circle really in), embroidery, metal ring bucket type bags and really your options are as big as the ocean!
I was kindly gifted a few pieces from Colette by Colette Hayman and my utmost favourite piece was this disco ball looking bag. It brings all types of feels to an outfit; trendy, elegant and versatility. Also the brighter the colour you go with your bag accessories these days the better- you want some pop to an outfit bring out that yellow, green or red bag and believe me you will POP!















Modestmira
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