Local Food Systems food security in a Cooling climate

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Local Food Systems food security in a cooling climate

I am observing in my area of the world that this is the coldest snap we had for a long time which goes against the much-publicised warming trend.

If you take time to follow other independent reports you can quickly see enough data backed reports indicating that the conversation of climate change due to human interaction does not live up to the rhetoric when compared to actual scientific data.

The impact this going to have on local food systems and food security is the ability for a community to have local food sources that are not dependent on central distribution agencies becoming crucial when there is a massive and continued interruption in commercial quantities of food stocks and the distribution chain.

Instead of blindly relying on a commercial and convenient source of produce, by supporting local growers or better still ….. growing your own food …… it enables you to have a local food system with as much chance of food security as you possibly can provide for with your role in making choices that protect your self-sovereignty and your choice of lifestyle.

Using organic and sustainable agricultural practices, a local food system can provide real food security to an area.
Sustainability of a local food system is always a preferred option than choosing convenience and cheap as a buying decision.

The ability of a local food system to have a viable and sustainable role is to encourage local growers by supporting them in whatever way you can.

The discussions about climate change and food security can be had in the context of not only local organic farms near me but local sustainable farms, local climate change and local food security.

This allows individual ideas without needing to buy into what could be seen as an agenda to fashion dialogues that are biased to actions that have an end result of control and inhibit the ability of an individual to exert there own self -sovereignty and lifestyle choices.

Conditions will always change it is just the nature of climate and all the influences that act on it to dictate the way it performs and natural cycles are by far the more powerful influences.

Part of the conversation about sustainability is your personal preparedness for these changes. It’s not in the consumer’s interests to be worried about self-sovereignty and sustainability when the marketing message is all about convenience cheap, time payments, and keeping up with the Joneses.

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Another great reason to drink more coconut milk

5 Reasons to Drink More Coconut Milk

 

Getting cows milk out of your diet is a sensible thing to do for a lot of reasons so what is an alternative.

Coconut milk is a type of creamy liquid that can be extracted from mature coconuts. It is often used in tropical mixed drinks, as well as being an alternative to cow’s milk, goat’s milk or soy milk. Coconut milk is very nutritious and can help you in numerous ways. It is very nutritious with vitamins and minerals like protein, manganese, copper, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Consider these five reasons for drinking more coconut milk on a regular basis.

It Helps Your Immune System

If you are someone that gets a lot of colds, flus, and other infections, you probably have a weakened immune system. Some people have immune system issues due to diseases like autoimmune disorders, while others simply need to add more nutrition to their diet. Coconut milk contains multiple nutrients that can help boost your immune system, including capric acid, antimicrobial liquids, and lauric acid. You can start fighting bacteria and viruses by drinking a glass of coconut milk every day.

You Can Protect Against Heart Disease

Heart disease is one of the major killers of Americans, especially women. Unfortunately, it is also one that doesn’t have a lot of symptoms before it’s too late. By eating and drinking nutritious foods and drinks, you can protect yourself from heart disease and hopefully avoid a heart attack or other cardiac event. Coconut milk is one way to do this, due to its fatty acids. These are medium-chain acids that will kill organisms found in your arteries, which lead to heart disease. This is one of many reasons to start drinking it regularly.


Your Weight Loss Efforts Are Improved

Coconut milk might be a bit higher in fat than other types of drinks, but it can also help burn fat. If you are trying to lose weight, you want to work on building muscle, which will then help to burn more fat. You can do this by getting some of those handy triglyceride fatty acids in coconut milk. These will help to increase the energy in your body, which can then provide nutrients to your muscles. With better muscle mass, you are growing stronger, burning fat, and feeling more energized. It is an excellent way to improve your weight loss efforts.

Coconut Milk Contains Electrolytes

Another great reason to drink more coconut milk is because it is an excellent source of electrolytes. These vitamins and minerals will keep you hydrated when you are suffering from the flu or other illness, have diarrhea, or spending a lot of time outside in hot weather. It can also help if you are planning on exercising more than normal, which requires more electrolytes. Dehydration can be very serious and should not be messed with under any circumstances.

You Can Improve Your Hair and Skin

You might have already known that coconut oil, when applied to your hair and skin, makes it soft and healthy. This is also true when you drink coconut milk on a regular basis. The nutrients in coconut milk can condition your skin to help with cracking and keep it silky smooth. Your hair becomes less brittle and more manageable.
Try a glass of coconut milk in the morning with your bowl of oatmeal for a healthy breakfast, or enjoy the milk in the afternoons with your snack of fresh fruit and yogurt.

Vegan Lifestyle Benefit

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When you are considering changing lifestyle, whether it be through conscious choice or an illness.

Which unfortunately many people especially as they get to that 40-year-old age mark generally come to the realisation that they have to do something to preserve their health.

It’s easy to believe that you bullet-proof three your teens and 20s, or 330s as you approach your 40s you’re too busy with career family juggling life to really noticed the decline in your health and well-being.

It’s when you come to the realisation that until your health is taken care of all those things that you were trying to build and create mean little, and cannot be enjoyed.

The trap then is to make a lifestyle change with big leaps into many alterations that will cause you to abandon it with the tag that it’s too difficult.

Our admonishment in this post and video is as you progress do so slowly and confidently small steps, good habits and consistency will win the day

 
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Mindful ways to deal with Mental health issues

Mental health issues

 

These are more common than the attention to getting help is given @kylives A secondary result from a multi year recovery that I had from a parasite on my brain was a long running and at times a debilitating struggle with depression. A young friend of ours has a youtube channel dedicated to bring awareness to suffers of Mental health issues  and the roads to recovery. He and His lovely Lady Abby spent a weekend with us sharing our stories and with Sonya and I introducing them into simple wholesome tasty vegan fare. As well as a kite flying episode,and a parkrun we got to visit a waterfall and video an interview with me on the subject matter of clean eating, Mindfulness and being okay with what is.

5 Ways to Manage Mental health issues / Depression

Depression is a state of mind that everyone goes through at least once in a lifetime.

Failures in life, the death of loved ones, serious illnesses or other personal problems cause depression in millions of people.
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common depressions can be managed by doing some simple things on your own.

Here are 5 most effective ways to manage depression in your life.
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Exercise

Exercising for 15-20 minutes or going for a brisk walk for about half an hour will do wonders in improving your mood making you feel better.
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The reason behind this is the release of the hormone serotonin.

Walking also helps in releasing oxytocin, and is known to free the mind of worries and anxieties.
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Set small goals

People who are depressed may feel that they cannot accomplish anything in life and are nothing more than failures.

This negative self-image can be mitigated by setting small goals which can be achieved.
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With these small accomplishments, the depressing thoughts will slowly fade away.

Setting goals like doing the laundry or cooking a meal are good enough to begin with.
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As you start meeting these goals, confidence levels start building and you can find depression taking a back seat gradually.
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Switch to a healthy diet

there is ample evidence that eating healthy foods can lift one out of a state of depression.

Foods containing folic acid (avocado and spinach) and omega-3 fatty acids are good anti-depressants and regular consumption of these can help to a great extent in fighting depression.
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Combat the negative thoughts

You need to confront the negative thoughts. Running away from them will pull you deep in the dungeons of depression.
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Mindfulness

You need to think what is causing the depression and what’s the best that you can do to get out of the slump you’re in.

Many times, self-analysis and being the observer can eliminate negative thoughts which in turn will boost your low morale.
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Get help

If you feel that doing any of the common things is not helping you come out of your depression,

It is okay to speak up phone a help line or seek a psychotherapist for help.

prescribed doses of antidepressant pills can help you come out of the depression.

However, as these medications have certain side side effects one use them as short term treatment

Wim Hoff and Patrick Mckeown sports performance breathwork

Wim Hoff and Patrick Mckeown sports performance simulate high altitude training, breathwork

The Wim Hof method is popular for its connection to engaging the body at a parasympathetic level with the breathing techniques.

Patrick Mckeown speaks to simulating the High altitude training decreased oxygen adaption.

I have been using both and adapting the best principles for sports performance as a barefoot runner. Using exercises based on the iceman pushups and the breathing exercises from the oxygen advantage program.

I am using an ascending set based on starting with an easy set after full the wim hof method breathing technique,then running 15 steps on no breath, stop take 5 breaths based on the nasal breathing technique, from the patrick mckeown the oxygen advantage. Repeating the 5 breath work, hold the 6th breath then run 2 other reps increasing each rep to 25 then 35 steps.

I then repeat this 3 times with same breathing exercise but increasing steps. I put this in as part of a longer run and jog out until I am recovered.

Last Raw food Barefoot Athlete Podcast

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Last Raw food Barefoot Athlete Podcast

Hey Crew,

We decided that as educators of a lifestyle we have seen benefit many people and their lives….including ours, the title of the show did not accurately represent the total message that we want to share.

We are building out a new site at www.thefreeradicals.com.au where we want to still spread the word of the advantages and benefits of a plant based lifestyle.

We passionately believe and continue to follow and teach a plant based Raw Food diet, yet it was a roadblock to those who did not get the “Raw Food” aspect of a lifestyle for healthy aging and energetics.

A prominent theme throughout the interactions we have with listeners of the podcast and participants of our events and market days was one of a specific intolerance to the food groups around dairy and wheat products.

As it seems with all things there will be the prophets of doom, the naysayers and sceptics in regards to a shake up or examination of accepted nutritional values.

Yet the results of the dietary and nutritional intake we insist in partaking of, in our western culture and the  consequences that are showing up as we age and even in our young children is alarming.

It has always been our intention to stimulate thought and action in a person to examine their life and see if it fits with their idea of what health and vitality is.

To many people have accepted ill health and disease, lack of vitality as a consequence of aging.

The health  and vitality decline seen as a person ages has been attributed as a consequence of the effect of old age.

There are many factors that play the hand of age related illness. The physical count of how many time we go around the sun on this bit of rock called the earth, is not the only correlation to age related infirmity.

So we still call on you the reader and listener to examine the “truths” and accepted ways of doing things but the need for us to bang the “Raw Food” drum is not as critical to what we perceive as our message to bring awareness to the more invasive and accepted products that have immediate and long term damage to both the environment and your health.

We still continue to be barefoot runners and competitive age group athletes. Our content production for our new podcast and site will be  aimed more at education and alternatives for dairy and gluten  products in recipes and lifestyles.

As well as our commitment to healthy active sport participation we hope to be positive signposts to others by leading a lifestyle full of energetic and mindful living.

If you want to follow along head over to www.remergy.com.au where you can get a free download of 10 never fail easy recipes and ebook.

The concepts of Mindfulness and and energetics are still as relevant to us, as is the issues of consuming as much unprocessed and environmentally sustainable foods, goods and services as we can in the hope of a being part of the rise in consciousness that needs to be taken by humanity for its next elevation to greater possibilities  of harmonious relationships between all facets of life here on this planet we call Earth.

Chocolate Dairy Free Ice Cream

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Chocolate Dairy Free Ice cream

If you are aware of the dairy industry lies you will be avoiding milk based products for many reasons. The least being the fact that intolerance to the milk product itself can cause a lot of problems for many people.

This recipe is so simple and will give you a treat experience that is far better than killing yourself eating dairy fats and calling it a treat.

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Chocolate Dairy Free Ice Cream

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Reasons to start a raw food diet

3 Reasons to start a raw food diet

 

I have not been taking the time to put out the podcast of late so I thought I would post this video I did awhile ago.

We have been really busy with other parts of life of late and sometimes all the good intentions of getting things done do not eventuate.

We are making more of an effort to get recipie videos done and posted to our Youtube channel watzzupsport.

So if you are after any how to stuff head over there.

Campfire Barefoot Chat

Campfire Barefoot Chat

 

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I know the audio is not as good as we can get it but this is recorded by the campfire and we just wanted to get some sort of podcast up and out there.

Not for the sake of wasting your…… the listeners time with no appreciation that you tuned in, but more for us, as we have been changing a few thing’s up of late and we have not been doing the podcast routine which we both enjoy doing.

It is not a case of making sure we get X amount of listener or production value is ace part of our intent is to encourage fellow travelers on this planet experiencing life to make the most out of it you are along time dead as they say.

Life is to be lived and enjoyed each and every day.

The need to take precautions and be sensible about the transition to barefoot running or as I call it natural form movement is is easy and complex you want to make it.

The simple need is to take it slowly toughen the ligaments, muscles and foot pads as you go.

It is a very simple thing with a progression of few exercises you can just make sure that the transition is as smooth and pain-free as you can make it

 

The secret …….if there is a secret……is to take it easy, just be prepared to not try and do the milage that you are used to and listen to your body.

Barefoot running at the inaugural Noosa parkrun saw us collect age group wins and course records. A camp fire podcast chat as we take time out camping by Lake Cootharaba

Campfire Barefoot Chat

Barefoot and Golf courses

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Okay I will admit it …..running on manicured grass and mown tracks is a darn sight more enticing than a gnarly rock strewn trail if you are a barefoot runner.

Training and Race reports 

 

Maleny X-Country event was a cold and challenging course but as far as X-Country courses go is an awesome venue.

Barefoot X-Country running

The wind chill factor I estimated would have got it down to 0 Deg and waiting for the start after dropping the warm clothes was a challenge to say the least.

Heading for the Pentath event so we are keeping the walk run walk 1/2 marathon training finding that we are most comfortable with a 1k run 30 sec walk

Hill finish

 

Ingredient of the week

 

Pine Nuts

 

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