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Cool colors like blue and green are popular in Zen bedrooms.
Painting the room a calming color is the first step toward creating a serene Zen bedroom. Think about the colors of nature — the blues of the sky and the greens of the water, the warm golds of the sand and the sun. Stay away from bright tones and busy patterns. Use crisp white or light colored bedding, as simple as possible when it comes to patterns or textures.
Decluttering is an essential part of creating a Zen bedroom.
Spend nothing at all on the next step of decorating your Zen bedroom by simply removing the clutter from the room. Not just the clothes on the back of the chair or the stacks of magazines on the floor by the bed. Take absolutely everything out of the room and bring back only the barest essentials — the items that mean the most to you, that make you feel calm and peaceful.
Accessorize your Zen bedroom with nature.
Bringing in elements of nature is the next step in decorating your Zen bedroom. Once again, this is an inexpensive step. Shop at thrift stores for simple, unusual pieces of glass or pottery, woven baskets and storage pieces. Fill the glass and pottery with seashells or pretty stones. Store your junk in bamboo or woven boxes, baskets or chests. Create unusual wall hangings from twigs.
Symmetry and balance — the elements of Zen.
Decorating your Zen bedroom symmetrically represents the balance in life that is part of the practice of Zen. Use two matched pieces wherever possible in the room. Place matching or very similar night stands on either side of the bed, each holding identical lamps and similar accessories. Hang two pieces of matching art over the bed. Prop two matching pillows up against the headboard.
Let the light into your Zen bedroom.
The final step in decorating your Zen bedroom is light. Cover the windows with only the barest of window treatments, or no curtains at all if possible. Add light to areas of the room that may benefit from natural light through the use of reflective surfaces or mirrors.
Rashers of bacon and ham are on the list of processed meats now thought to be as carcinogenic as tobacco.
The shock findings come from a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
It is expected to list processed meat as a cancer-causing substance, while fresh red meat is also expected to be regarded as bad for health, it is reported in the Daily Mail.
The classifications, by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, are believed to regard processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans”, the highest of five possible rankings, shared with alcohol, asbestos, arsenic and cigarettes.
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has warned for several years that there is “strong evidence” that consuming a lot of red meat can cause bowel cancer.
It also says there is “strong evidence” that processed meats – even in smaller quantities – increase cancer risk.
One possible reason is that the compound that gives red meat its colour, haem, may damage the lining of the bowel.
In addition, when meat is preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or by adding preservatives, cancer-causing substances (carcinogens) can be formed.
Studies also show that people who eat a lot of red meat tend to eat fewer plant-based foods that protect against cancer.
The WCRF advises that people can reduce their bowel cancer risk by eating no more than 500g (cooked weight) per week of red meat, such as beef, pork and lamb.
It also says people should eat processed meats such as ham, bacon and salami as little as possible.
Foods like hamburgers, minced beef, pork chops and roast lamb are also regarded as red meat.
As a rough guide, the WCRF says 500g of cooked red meat is the same as 700g of raw red meat.
Processed meat is meat which has been preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or by the addition of preservatives.
Examples include ham, bacon, pastrami and salami, as well as hot dogs and some sausages.