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28th May

Hello!

This has been an interesting week. It was a tiring weekend as we had to complete moving all our things from the rental and handover the keys. However, it felt good to have moved everything to the new house. It somehow feels more homely now.

After almost 6 months, I finally went to campus to teach a session. It felt absolutely amazing to take an in-person class after weeks of virtual learning. The connection with the students is so different when you can learn interactively. Meeting colleagues and feeling like I'm a part of team was a lovely experience. Work from home can get very lonely at times.

Quote for the week: "Encourage everyone you meet with a smile or compliment. Make them feel better when you leave their presence and they will always be glad to see you coming."- Joyce Meyer

Podcast recommendation: 5 signs of Disordered Eating by Alison Barkman. This is an excellent podcast to listen to if you have been wondering if you or someone you know may be struggling with disordered eating. Along with identifying it, Alison discusses how take the first steps towards recovery from it and not let food rule your life. You can listen to the podcast here.

Book recommendation: We are all weird by Seth Godin

We Are All Weird is Seth Godin's cult classic on celebrating (and marketing to) the individual, now repackaged and relaunched Face it. We're all weird. So why are companies still trying to build products for the masses? Why are we still acting like the masses even exist? Weird is the new normal. And only companies that figure that out have any chance of survival. In this book, Seth Godin shows you how.

Health Information: Did you know you can be allergic to Quinoa? It's pretty minor for most people and you may not realise it is quinoa causing you trouble. I doubted but didnt know it for over a year! I used to eat quinoa every alternate day for almost 6 months. I was constantly bloated and had bouts of blood pressure variances. I kept attributing it to my sensitive body. In between I didnt have quinoa for almost a year and then one day decided to have it. I instantly felt unwell again. That's when I realised that quinoa was the culprit all along!!

All this sudden talk about quinoa because it happened again. I got myself a chicken and brown rice salad for lunch yesterday. I had checked the description to make sure there wasnt any quinoa in it. It was one of the best salads I have had. Within a few hours, I was slightly spaced and my stomach bloated to almost twice its size. I just couldnt figure out what it was. I blamed it on the coffee and the 2 hour train journey. Today morning I suddenly remembered quinoa and checked the website to see the menu. The decsription which I had read didnt say anything about quinoa but then the detailed fine print list had quinoa in it. I should have checked the fine print. I just didnt expect them to miss a major grain in the description.

If you have had similar experiences after having quinoa, please take it off your diet. Because its usually classified as a 'mild' allergy, its not a well known allergy.

That's all for today. Hope you have an energising and restful weekend! See you next Friday!

Anjali

P.S: Well, I wrote this up almost 7 hours ago but I forgot to press send. That is a sign of how distracted I am dealing with the after effects of quinoa!

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