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Monday, August 22, 2016

Rosh's Food Diary





I've been asked many times how I keep in shape, what is my diet like and what is my work out routine so I thought it would be easier for me to detail it here.

To deal with the second question "what is my workout routine" my answer is, I don't have one. I don’t like going to the Gym and I don't like playing sport (I prefer watching it). The main activity I do every day is walking. I live around one hour outside Central London via train, so every day involves walking to the train station, walking up and down the escalators (yes I am one of those commuters), battling with the London Underground commuters and then finally completing a 10-minute walk from the station to my office. I have recently downloaded an app called "Pacer" which records how many steps you make per day and on average I make 10k steps per day.

I do however believe a massive part of why I am able to eat what I want and when and remain at a stable weight, I shift between 58kg and 59.7kg, is due to having a very fast metabolism and I am talking Bolt like speeds. I eat a lot, I eat often and my portion sizes are huge. Friends and family are always in awe when they see me approach with my mountain of food to devour it and then be hungry 2 hours later, which brings me perfectly on to my food diary. 

Now I eat at least three meals a day: Breakfast is a must, I cannot leave the house without eating (sometimes I even eat again when I get to work). I always have a big lunch and as you will see I eat dinner very late.

Rosh’s Weekly Food Diary

Monday
7.30am: breakfast smoothie containing two brown spotted bananas (I always eat my bananas like this because in my opinion they are sweeter), handful of frozen fruit including blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and blackberries, 250ml filtered water, a quarter avocado, a splash of soy milk and then sometimes I add peanut butter this makes about 750ml  aka one  serving (lol!).

10am-11am: Hunger has kicked in and I’ll either have one of them old skool Mr Peanut Bars or goodies I find in my snack door maybe some shortbread or Oreos

13.30pm-2.30pm: Lunch is mainly carbs based because they are my favourite food group, pasta, spaghetti, mash potatoe, jacket potato I love them all.

4pm: Snack time, I try my best to bring in fruit but usually this time it's two handfuls of the big sized Balsamic Vinegar and sea salt Kettle Chips.

8.30pm- 10pm: Dinner time as I commute and spend time writing these lovely blogs for you all, I usually do not get time to make and sit down to eat my dinner until around 8.30pm the earliest. For example, now, as I type this post, I am halfway through a Jacket potato cheese and beans


Tuesday

7.20am: Three quarter slices of watermelon, a handful of blueberries and one banana.

10am: I have some of my homemade iced coffee  with a wedge of Costco Lemon Drizzle cake.

2.15pm - 3.15pm: my best friend’s mum Susan made me the best veggie Shepard’s pie with Quorn mince the night before and I accompanied this with a side salad.

8.30pm – 9.45pm Dinner: King Prawn noodle stir fry with Sweet Chilli and Garlic sauce.


Wednesday

8.00am: I was running late to catch my train so quickly grabbed a banana. I like to eat my bananas when they start developing little brown spots, imo they taste sweeter.

10am (work) Breakfast: A bowl of Tropical Fruit Granoloa with soya milk.

13.30pm-2.30pm: two cheese rolls filled to the brim with homemade prawn mayonnaise and half and avocado side is of course my favourite Kettle Chips.

4pm – 5pm: Five mini cookies (brought in by a client) and a glass of soya milk

9.30-10.30pm: Dinner is the iconic Jacket Potato with cheese and beans.


Thursday

7.30am: A nectarine, handful of blueberries and a banana, 500ml of filtered water

11.00am: Leftover homemade Iced Coffee and four shortbread biscuit fingers

13.30pm-2.30pm: My nans dinner from Wednesday usually fried fish, potatoes, green beans and a side salad of boiled egg, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and cress.



8.30pm-9.30pm: Fried Mackerel and wholegrain brown rice

Friday

7.30am: Fruit loaf with butter and cheese

11.30am: A iced Doughnuts and more Iced Coffee (guys this is honestly so quick, easy and cheap to make)

13:45pm-2.45pm: Mini Fish and Chips with loads of vinegar put on first and salt second, not salt first and vinegar second this is very important.

8.30pm-9.30pm: Homemade Nachos topped with guacamole, salsa, red onion, cherry tomatoes and mature Cheddar cheese

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Between meals as I previously mentioned in my skincare post drink around 1.5ml + of filtered water every day. I find it much easier to do this by bringing a refillable bottle to work instead of reminding myself to buy bottled water every day.

So as you can see from my lengthy food diary, I snack a lot, but most importantly I always eat breakfast which mainly consists of eating fruit on an empty stomach. Eating fruits on an empty stomach has many health benefits including cleansing your stomach in preparation for your next meal and helping to regulate your weight. In my opinion the main benefit to eating fruits on an empty stomach is once digested fruits help your body to become more alkaline. The more alkaline your internal system, the less acid present which in turn helps to prevent the development of illness and disease. For more information, watch, FoodInc, and Vegecated they are available on Netflix.

Oh and lastly but most importantly, do not forget to love yourself. I know it can be hard, there are countless times I have been on the verge of a total meltdown having seen #bodygoals pictures splashed all over social media, but I have to remind myself that it’s my imperfections that make me unique and beautiful. Learn to prioritise your happiness and watch as what you want, may it be to gain/lose a few pounds, secure that dream job or a respectful relationship quickly materialize.

Please feel free to ask me any lifestyle questions in the comment section below or by emailing me at roshsrambles@hotmail.co.uk

Love,

Rosh xx





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Monday, August 15, 2016

Rosh Does - How to make a Starbucks Iced Coffee for less







Yesterday, I vowed to stay up until the early hours of the morning (02.25am UK time) to watch Mr Usain St Leo Bolt take Gold in the 100m Rio Olympics Final. After celebrating what we all know was an inevitable win I finally got to bed and started drifting asleep around 03.00am, bearing in mind my alarm clock for work goes off at 6.25am (yikes!).

I knew I would be seriously lagging this morning and so as Andy Murray was still piling the pressure on del Potro, I made a quick, cheap and delicious iced coffee. 

Here is my easy to follow recipe:

What you will need

Ingredients

Two tablespoons of dried soluble coffee granules - I used Carte Noire
500ml of cold, preferably, filtered water

Milk, to taste - I used Soya Milk

Sugar or Sweetener, to taste 

Ice, to taste



Instructions

  1. Add two tablespoons of dried coffee granules to a clean glass jar or tall glass cup
  2. Add 500ml of cold filtered water, using a spoon stir the mixed liquid until most of the coffee granules have dissolved
  3. Cover the top of the jar or cup with clean film and refrigerate overnight (which is what I did) or for at least 5 hours.
  4. Having let the cold coffee brew, place a sieve over a clean bowl and place two sheets of paper towel in the sieve.
  5. Pour the brewed liquid through the sieve and let the coffee drain until all the undissolved coffee granules are caught in the kitchen paper.
  6. Add sugar and milk to your desired taste – I added two splashes of Soy Milk and three tablespoons of Fairtrade cane sugar to mine.
  7. Serve your iced coffee with two extra ice cubes and voila you will have a tastier imitation Starbucks Iced Coffee at a fraction of the price. This recipe fills around two and a half regular sized mugs and costs less than 50p to make compared to the £1.95 price tag for a tall Iced Coffee .

Enjoy!

Rosh xx
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

South East Asia blues


This time three years ago, I found myself planning for a three-month trip across South East Asia having being successful in a serendipitous application to volunteer abroad. A bit of background, my three uni friends and I were literally all in the library doing an all-nighter during exam period and a spam email popped up with an application to teach abroad. On a whim we all said let’s go for it and see, little did we know that 3 out of 4 of us would be accepted. One month later we were applying for Thai Visas and packing to have what I can only describe as the best experience of my life to date.

With my travellers backpack full to bursting and after our two connected flights from London Heathrow Airport to Bahrain and then a flight from Bahrain to Bangkok we had arrived. Hungry, tired and extremely confused since none of us had bothered to check out what do to once we'd actually landed in Bangkok, we looked towards the Travellers bible: Lonely Plant Thailand for guidance. The Holy Guide pointed us towards Koh San Road: aka 'The Backpackers Ghetto'. After wondering for around 1 hour we found a cheap hostel, offloaded our backpacks and started exploring.

We spent around two weeks travelling before we headed to our schools to start teaching. I taught English to the whole Prattrom (Primary) for six weeks with classes often consisting of around 25+ students. I won’t for one second say that after 6 weeks of lessons with me my students were fluent in English, however, what this placement did teach me was how to be comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings, how to deal with challenges and how life really is about stepping outside of your comfort zone. What the students and teachers later told me is that they loved this programme because they were able to learn from me as well as teach me a few Thai phrases: Sawadeeka means hello and Saba di mi means how are you. I am happy to say to this day I still keep in contact with many of the teachers!


Me and some of my students (don't watch the miss match clothes please)

Me and the native teachers 


After my teaching programme I travelled for another 2 months with friends and my cousin Bianca (check out her Instagram btw she’s an incredible fashion stylist). We visited:

Thailand
Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Chan, Koh Phangan, Koh Phi Phi, Pai

Vietnam
Ho Chi Min City, Pai, Krabi, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hanoi

Cambodia
Koh Rong, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Phonm Phen

The food and drink were incredible, tasty and cheap, everything out there was freshly made and it really made a difference to my overall health and wellbeing. My hair grew to the longest it’s ever been, my skin was glowing and due to the constant Vitamin D my serotonin levels were through the roof.

I cannot stress enough that everyone has to travel at some stage in their life, it does not have to be for as long as I went for but it is a must. You will come back with new memories, lifelong friends and for me a different outlook on life. What travelling really taught me is just to go with the flow, for example sometimes we'd be stuck on an overnight bus for hours on end, sleep deprived, sweating and reeking due to not having showered in two days but once you see that golden beach or clear blue water you immediately forget about the mountain you had to climb to get there. And that's how I now look at life no matter how shit life gets, I always convince myself to think positively and look towards the end goal. Everyone is on a journey, it does not matter how long it takes you to get there as long as everyday your taking the steps in the right direction. 



Koh Phi Phi Don

Halong Bay in Vietnam



I met so many people whilst travelling, I had an amazing time and my travel diary is hilarious. I am looking forward to creating more memories abroad in the upcoming years. Where next? Probably back to South East Asia, so that I can travel, Bali, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.


Here are some of my top tips for those of you looking to travel South East Asia:


  • TIP: Street food is so much tastier and cheaper than the restaurants. Don't listen to all the horror stories about easing yourself in we literally waited two days, if that, before we devoured about two plates each of street food and we were fine. 
  • TIP: Take a bum-bag and always travel with your passport and money.
  • TIP: Be prepared to wait, journeys rarely run on time. 
  • TIP: make sure you when travelling to Hoh Chi Min City that you have Vietnamese Dong BEFORE you arrive in Vietnam, as we found upon arriving that there was no Western Union or bank that would accept GBP travellers’ cheques. 
  • TIP: Night buses aren't easy, be prepared to be sweaty, dirty and sleep deprived especially since everyone is on a budget and goes for the cheapest bus tickets. 
  • TIP: Beware of the metered taxis
  • TIP: Baby wipes and hand sanitiser are lifesavers


Where would you like to travel next? 

Love,

Rosh xx









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Monday, August 08, 2016

Interning- Is it worth it?

Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights
Hello fellow blawyers (blogging lawyers), aspiring lawyers, and the rest of you kind souls that have taken the time to read my post, welcome. So you want work experience in International Human Rights Law but you've never been given the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, because you don't have experience, sound familiar? Then this post is for you.

From September 2014 to October 2015, after having navigated a three person interview, I had secured my first ever internship I was officially a Legal Intern at The AIRE Centre a Human Rights charity that specialises in utilising European Union Law and the European Convention on Human Rights in order to protect individual rights and civil liberties.

I have never felt more comfortable in a position as I did with this charity. From my interview, to my first day at the office everyone was friendly and made me feel welcome. I even had the opportunity to speak with the founder of the organisation on my first day! 

During my time at The AIRE Centre my area of focus was primarily in the rule of law in the countries of the Western Balkans. I specialised in areas of fair trial, detention, torture, and discrimination assisting in the capacity building of Judiciaries and legal reform processes. I have drafted European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) case summaries for publication on The AIRE Centre‘s Human RightsLegal Bulletin, this database is a legal tool used by clients such as Judges, Legal Practitioners and experts from the Balkans to help them understand and apply the ECHR by making case law, summaries and overviews of the convention available in local languages. As part of the internship, myself and other interns had the opportunity to visit the European Court of Human Rights, we sat in the Grand Chamber in FG v Sweden, we had a personal talk from Ledi Bianku Albanian ECtHR Judge and due to the timing of the trip we visited the Strasbourg Christmas Markets. On top of my trip to Strasbourg, as I was an intern on the Western Balkans Project, I had the opportunity to travel to Belgrade for an annual ECHR seminar where the legal research I had conducted and the training materials I had contributed towards, having been authorised by my Legal Supervisers, were used as learning material for Serbian Judges, Practitioners and Lawyers.

There are always concerns about the exploitation of interns aka coffee makers, photocopying personnel or as one article stated, an Associate's personal dry cleaning assistant, but I am thankful that my time at The AIRE Centre did not fall into any of these categories. My internship at times was challenging, very hands on and I learnt a lot about the need for countries to work together in order to build a society that is safer and more conscious to the human rights of its citizens.

After struggling for nearly four months to find my first relevant work experience I genuinely believe this internship helped me to secure my current job as a Paralegal within a law firm that specialises in global criminal law, public law & human rights. I developed my legal research skills as well as the ability to summarise complex legal arguments into easily digestible written pieces.

So to all you fresh faced graduates, to those of you who are currently unemployed or are seeking to find that first time internship in order to pursue a career in law stay positive and stay patient your opportunity might just be round the corner! For the latest legal internships have a search on Charity Jobs or visit The AIRE Centre's recruitment page they're currently recruiting for a Western Balkans Intern.

Wishing you the best of luck- please leave a comment or get in touch if you have any questions.

Love,

Rosh xo




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