Are we just slacktivists???

Researching the idea of social activism drew me to really self examine myself and my “social activism participation.” slacktivismBeing active on various social media sites, I feel it essential for me to really be self aware of my participation in this type of activism. I came across the term slacktivism, and after doing some serious research thought to myself…..”am I a slacktivist?” “Am I part of the trendy, shallow, effortless group of people who say they are social activists, but in reality are slacktivists?” “If so, is slacktivism a bad thing?

In order to answer my questions I first had to define Slacktivists. Simply put slacktivists are people who participate in feel good measures that support a cause that requires minimal personal effort.  The key here is MINIMAL effort. By clicking a link, wearing a bracelet, sharing a post or signing an online petition, many people feel that this is enough to support a cause. Is it? Do these minimal actions really do anything to support issues in our society.  Or do they just allow social media users to pretend they are activists, when in reality they care…but don’t really care enough.

I came across an article “The Death of Slacktivism” which really clarified a slacktivist to me.  Those more interested in appearing socially conscious than actually doing something to get involved is becoming a norm in today’s society.  People don’t really seem to want to get their hands dirty, or make a big stink about social issues, but they want to show their support that if someone wanted to go that direction, they would be there in spirit. I truly feel that gone are the days of bra burning and sit-ins, and more are the days of wrist bands, go fund me pages, and online petitions.

I struggle with the idea of slactivism because I think it may make things worse. I truly feel that words don’t matter as much as actions when it comes to supporting a cause. One can not, and should not just be an activist on social media, but be an activist in mind, body, spirit and actions. I feel that slacktivism is creating an issue with true support for causes. Slactivism hinders the importance of in person, boots on the ground activism, that truly makes a difference.

How often are emails ignored from activists trying to support a cause. Hashtags, social media comments are read, but really what is done?

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Not much. Sure it may make society a bit more aware of issues that are occurring, but really are issues more “band wagons” that people jump on, just to “be involved”.  Are a lot of the issues presented just gimmicks? Hashtags created by people who really won’t follow through with anything. Our natural instincts want us to help others… so does this satisfy our natural need? Or is this just a huge problem with slactivism? 

Am I saying slactivism doesn’t work? SORT OF!!! Slactivism raises online awareness of topics, but it really doesn’t get stuff done. Today’s society of tweeters and bloggers must stop hiding behind their screens and start making a true difference through actions…not shares.

Check out my poll, I am interested to see how people see themselves. Slactivist or not??

Until next time…..

 

 

What the heck are macros????

So apparently calculating “macros” is a MUST now in the eating and fitness world.  So what the heck are “macros”?  Well I have done a lot of reading and have come up with this simple explanation….

Macronutrients, or “macros,” are the building blocks of nutrition. The typical person knows and refers to them as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Macros are the nutrients you need in large amounts, because they provide the body with the calories it needs to function. Understanding macros can help lay a solid foundation for a balanced keto diet.

Carbohydrate + Protein + Fat = Total Calories

It is recommended by the health professionals that we have been following for many years to eat the following daily percentages of macros:

Carbohydrate: 45 to 65 percent

Protein: 10 to 35 percent

Fat: 20 to 35 percent

A person eating KETO eats the following daily percentages for macros:

Carbohydrates: 3 – 5 percent

Protein: 24 – 27 percent

Fat: 72 – 78 percent

WOWZA…. what a difference.  Well this is what the KETO WOE is all about.  Extremely reduced carbohydrates, moderate protein and high fat intake so the body is forced to burn fat as an energy source because it is depleted in carbohydrates.

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Source: antranik.org

So off I went to calculate the necessary macros I need for the KETO WOE and weight loss.  Up to this time, I was guessing…. but now things are about to get serious.  There are many different sites that you can google to calculate your macros, but I found this one to be the easiest.

After plugging in all my numbers, height, weight, gender, body fat percentage and activity level, I received my macro circle. I was given 3 choices, depending on what my goals were.  I chose the second option, simply because I want to loose weight, in a healthy manner and be able to maintain what I am doing in the future.

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source: Ketodiet-Buddy.com

So the goal to be on the KETO WOE is to eat…..

CARBOHYDRATES – 4% or 20 grams

PROTEINS: 24% or 113 grams

FATS:  72% or 151 grams.

I can do this… I will do this.

Stay tuned for next week to see how a week of tracking my macros, and trying out some new recipes goes.

Turning my body into a fat burning machine…..

Oh what an interesting couple weeks it has been.

Tackling Thanksgiving and two October birthdays (my oldest son Thomas turned 10 and my youngest son Nikolas turned 6)

has been quite challenging, but I SURVIVED and was successful.

My family hosted Thanksgiving supper and I was surrounded by temptations from pies, to potatoes, to stuffing and booze….lots and lots of booze.  But I managed.IMG_2017-10-15_20-44-52.JPG… I enjoyed the meal my husband prepared, and still remained within my carbohydrate allotment for the day.  I said no to cake, potatoes and stuffing.  I replaced the pumpkin pie with a keto pumpkin mousse loaded with cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, monkfruit sugar as a sweetener, pumpkin and of course the essential spices.  I am not going to lie, I am a pumpkin pie junky…the crusty, the pile of whipped cream and all the spices make a perfect pie. It was extremely hard not to sink my fork into the massive Costco pumpkin pie that my sister brought for supper, but I didn’t touch it. I have to actually admit that the pumpkin mousse was pretty friggen delicious.  I even shared it with my family who agreed it was yummy. I call that a success!!!

For the past 2 weeks I have really been focusing on measuring my ketones so I know if I am burning the fat. There is a science behind burning ketones, and the ultimate goal while on this WOE is to be in ketosis.  To find out if I am in Ketosis, I have to pee on a stick…. you heard me…. pee on a stick.  An easy and affordable way to find out if you are in KETOSIS and therefore burning fat rather than carbohydrates is to…. PEE on a KETOSTIX. So off I went to my local Shopper’s Drug Mart to purchase KetoStixs. I was pleasantly pleased to see the results…. IMG_2017-10-15_20-35-15.JPG

I’m in KETOSIS. I’m a fat burning machine.  My body is using fat for energy rather than carbohydrates, like the majority of people use.  I am thrilled!! I am doing something correctly. My portions of fat to protein to carbohydrates is correct and I am burning fat for fuel. YAHOO!!!

Now in all honesty I am not really measuring what I am eating, I am just eating, high fat, moderate protein, and extremely low carbohydrates. But whatever I am doing is working, because I am in Ketosis, and truth be told my clothing is fitting differently.  I have had to move my belt loop in an entire hole – soon to be two holes, and my pants are starting to get extremely saggy.  Something is happening…. but I have not stepped on the scale to confirm.  I think I am going to wait…. wait for a bit to see what the scale says. I do know that even though I am not measuring my food I am eating way less and I am not hungry, not at all  hungry. I eat only 3 times a day…. possibly only twice if I feel it necessary. That is all.  I don’t get hunger pains, growling stomach, feeling of fatigue or “hangry” like a used to get.  My body is full… for longer.  Still new to the KETO WOE, I am cautious and skeptical, but for now I am thoroughly enjoying my meals of meat, butter, and greens.

Until next time….

 

Identity, integrity and our digital footprint….

When addressing digital identity it is essential to not only evaluate my digital identity, as an educator, but also and most important educate my students and children on how to make a positive impact through their own digital footprints.

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source: Thinglink.com

I think the most important idea around our digital identity is ensuring that we ourselves, take care of our own digital footprints, because the sad reality in today’s world is that if we don’t take care our our own footprint, someone else will take it upon themselves to do it and it likely won’t be very pretty.

 

Why do I say this? Well comments and recent news articles about digital identity thefts have really got me thinking about our society and our digital use and identity. No matter how much technology frustrates me, and is scary, it’s here and I have to embrace it. I will admit, I am a Facebook and Instagram frequent flyer; a lot of spare minutes I find myself reaching for my phone, checking Facebook, watching live posts, or scrolling through Instagram. I keep up with what people eat, wear, when they hit the gym, and what they are doing with their lives. A great way to keep in touch with so many people around the globe, I also find myself wondering why I am wasting so much time on these sites and apps. Well the answer is, I have to… I have to not only keep up with what is going on, but also ensure that I am not being misidentified in our social media world.

As an educator and a parent, it is my duty to, through positive role modelling, show young people that their digital identity is essential in today’s world, and that there is a way to have a positive digital identity, while still frequenting social media apps like twitter, snapchat, and Instagram.

A strong message that must be communicated is that of integrity. As Sapna B. stated in her blog post, a key word in the definition of digital identity is the word PERMANENT. What students are posting online are permanent and can be permanently damaging.

Michelle Clark, explains digital footprints and our digital identity through her TED talk and emphasizes the impact on our personal livelihoods.

Michelle also explains that when we make our lives public, it’s hard to keep a secret. I believe this is a message that must be emphasized for our students and children.
Students in today’s society are looking to create their own identities through social media and the digital world. Social media is influencing this drastically and because of this, truthfulness must be stressed. We can’t hide from the digital world, but we must understand the impacts, both positively and negatively, it can make on our world and our futures. This link, created by POWTOON explains 5 ways to make a positive digital footprint.


Until next week….

Is 90% of what is learned in schools today irrelevant??

A common message seemed to exist in this weeks’ reading and my research… ‘what we are learning now in schools is likely irrelevant and that knowledge is obsolete.’ This is very disturbing to me as an educator dealing with student engagement and motivation in schools.

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Dave Perkins‘ video interview suggests that we need to “rethink how the curriculum is organized”.  There also must be an emphasis on what’s worth learning.  As educators we are constantly bombarded with curriculum and outcomes that must be legally covered per grade level for students, but is this the correct way to organize education for students?  Is this limiting teachers to teach within a “box” and not allowing them to teach relevant information to students, that will be utilized and that will engage them?

 

As Professor Dave Perkins states… “Curriculum is one of the most resistant fronts of education”.  This is supported by Michael Wesch’s suggestion that it is essential to ask a student what it’s like being a student today and what is important for them to know.  Curriculum doesn’t take this into consideration.  They are outcomes that students must meet without students’ input. Is this curriculum actually valid to know in the eyes of a student? How do we as educators prioritize what must be taught for the engagement of the students, and what will benefit them on the “real world”, and wast we have to teach. What do others think?  Does curriculum limit and narrow educators in allowing students to develop knowledge deeply and relevantly?

Pavan Arora suggests that we must teach creativity…. we must teach how to access, assess and apply knowledge in our lives. Is this even possible within our parameters of curriculum, budget, privacy issues, religious restrictions, mental health issues, socio- economic issues and so much more. What does one do when so many students fear to take risks and be creative? How much adaptations and assignment variations can occur within the realm of teaching content? Can creativity really be taught when there are so many barriers?

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This week truly brought many questions of how?  I look forward to comments #eci831.

Keto WOE begins…. it was rough

Ok, so I will let you know about my Keto journey thus far. I dove right into the WOE a couple weeks ago and let me tell you the first week was AWFUL.  I had purchased “The Keto Diet” by Leanne Vogel at Costco because I had watched some of her youtube videos and really enjoyed how she approached the WOE. After reading this book, and checking out her website, I jumped right in!!

Before I share how my first two weeks have been, I want to give a brief explanation of what Keto eating is. The goal of the Keto way of eating is to get into Ketosis.  Ketosis is beneficial for many health problems but most importantly for obesisty. The diet forces the body to burn the fat and not to burn the calories.  In order to achieve this, you must consume over 60-70% of healthy fats in your diets, such as avocado, raw nuts, coconut oil eggs and butter.

The process of burning fat is due to the reduced consumption of carbohydrates, and with this low intake in sugar, the body has nothing else left to burn but the fat. Being in the state of ketosis produces ketones by the liver and it uses the fat.

The primary objective in a proper ketogenic diet is to force the body into a metabolic state.  This is accomplished with lack of sugar, and not lack in calories.  The body will get used to this diet so when you lower the intake in carbs and increase the fat intake, the body will turn towards the ketones and they will become its’ energy source.

There are several advantages of a ketogenic diet and the 3 main ones are listed below:

  1. promotes weight loss
  2. fights cancer
  3. protects the brain

So what the KETO gurus suggest is your carbohydrate intake at the beginning should be only 20g of carbohydrates, which, let’s be really is NOTHING.  Carbs are in a lot of foods, healthy foods that I eat such as fruits and veggies, so limiting myself to 20 grams is extremely challenging.

I began my Keto diet stocking my fridge full of these.keto food list

How difficult it was to limit myself to these? I began… day 1 with a meal full of meat and eggs and a large cup off coffee with HWC (heavy whipping cream).meat I didn’t mind this start to the day…not really missing the typical slices of toast that would accompany this breakfast. My day continued, eating lunch and then supper. But then something happened.

AWFUL!! is all that I can say…because soon I was suffering from the KETO flu.  When I read about it, I thought it was silly, but let me tell you it was real. Oh my gosh, so real, and so painful.  I had a severe headache, stomach ache with a nauseous feeling.  This lasted for 3 days…. 3 solid days that I actually missed an afternoon of work because I could’t shake it.  You see the Keto flu is the body detoxing from carbs…. oh the drug we call carbs. My body was in shock….and was crying for me to eat carbs.  The first couple days I barely ate, because I couldn’t..  I just wanted to sleep, and the sight of any food made me sick.

But…. it only lasted 3 days, then POOF, it was gone.  My head was clear, I was wide awake, and felt amazing. I made it through the difficult stretch which was great.

I also met with a trainer at the gym and asked her to do my measurements, weights and before photos. I can’t believe I am goign to share this, but I feel it essential in my journey and accountability, so here it goes….

This is where I am beginning…

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I am hoping that within the next 3 months these numbers change, and that this WOE becomes the norm for me.

My largest challenge now will be Thanksgiving. People say things become habits within 3 weeks of consistency, and I will just be entering three weeks at Thanksgiving. I am hoping that I will be able consume the items that fit into this WOE and not overindulging, because I do not want to go through that keto flu again.

I wonder if anyone has any tricks to keep me on track? If you do, please sent them my way. I appreciate all the love and support.

Cheers to everyone…. I will KETO on!!!

 

Our Duty to Educate…

Online behavior is such an essential skill in today’s society. As educators it is our duty to assist students in becoming positive digital citizens. People assume that in so many aspects, children can just do things, that they just pick things up, but in reality everything must be taught. From the very beginning;  first steps, first words… children must be taught how to properly and safely function. This includes using social media in their lives.

Who hasn’t heard of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn (to name just a few). My mother, a 73 year old Polish immigrant, part of the traditionalist or silent generation, speaks extremely broken English, knows the various social media apps that exist in today’s society… but this doesn’t mean that she knows how to use these resources correctly, safely and without issue. Because of this unknown, it is essential that students of all ages are taught constructive online behavior. This must occur through modeling from educators.

When one refers to students, I feel they automatically think of young people, learning in schools, but often adult learners are forgotten. It is so important to not only address the generation z’s but also the baby boomers or any other generations that would be learning to use social media apps. Human characteristics are similar no matter what age, and it is essential to educate everyone to “think before they post”.  What are  your thoughts about our duty as educators?

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