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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.

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  

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  Pine Nuts   Callout for listener feedback if there is something you want  to hear about or want more info on let us know.

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Justification and Complacency

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 Justification and Complacency

  I am more than aware of the naysayers that continue to tell me how unattainable the save the whale and keep the rain forest ideas are, When you stand up and make a point that the production of meat is far more “expensive ” than sourcing plant based nutritional needs, the slaughter or manufacturing of the animal is only one aspect of the story. Training and Race reports ========================= First of the xcountry series at buderim, http://bit.ly/1icU6Tt 6 & 3k results not official but 1st for sonya 3k and 2nd for me 3k Hills, distance, speed, Form is an important element of barefoot running.   Ingredient of the week ========================= Cranberries     What’s on and what’s happening ============================ Disappointing results with xero shoes for Russell Awesome results from blood check up. Next event going to be June 7th & 8th to be held at the Yaraba conference centre http://www.kumbartcho.org.au/kumbartcho-about.html Sonya’s Quote of the week ========================== Queen of tarts
“Can one person positively change the world YES when each of us ( as individuals) do what we can to be the best we can be, It impacts on those around us and has a wider ripple effect.  One positive thought acted on by one individual, can and does impact the world “
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Justification and Complacency 

I am not one to raise the vegan flag and swat somebody over the head if they choose to eat meat or find a sense of convenience in buying a Big Mac or having a fish and chip takeaway. Indeed the irony of a circumstance that is in my life is my youngest daughter “don’t call me a kid anymore” year 11 teenager has got a “do want fries with that” job at the local fast food outlet. If you have children you soon realize that all the dreams and aspirations you had for them can quickly take a beeline out the back door as the innate complexity of the individual spectrum of humanity that they are becomes manifest. So…. Do I have to find a place for justification that my daughter works in a place that I know has many attributes of what I see as a ailing society attached to it. Is it my place to say to her she cannot work there as it offends my sensibilities and certain parameters, no I do not think so and I do not have to justify why I think she can or cannot work there, though at the same time I do not give in to any complacency on the issues that arise. A point of contention that I labour with, is one of our ability to accept and justify our positions from our knowledge learned,  our thoughts ingrained in us by prior association, as well as other inputs that are given to us through the advertising elements that surround us. Without the application of mindfulness this combination can persuade us of the inability of  our lives to gather the courage to be able to step out of the norm, and deliver to ourselves a life that is unique and fulfilling. When you look at a change you want to make in your life, or the voice you want to be in the world When the chatter in the back of your head starts telling you to forget it, it can not be done. By default you make the voice of the easy, convenient, stand in line thinking, all the more powerful in a world that needs more people to start sticking their head out of the window and shouting I am mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. I am more than aware of the naysayers that continue to tell me how unattainable the save the whale and keep the rain forest ideas are. If you stand up and make a point that the production of meat is far more “expensive ” than sourcing plant based nutritional needs, the slaughter or manufacturing of the animal is only one aspect of the story.

If I am on the side of Plant based nutrition.

I can justify my stance against the degrees of suffering experienced by animals at the slaughter house or at commercial farming practices. In the same instance the protagonist across the table  seeking to justify the point of view for animal consumption, can do so based on criteria that is validated in their opinion. So it becomes an argument of opinions, though each party may seem to have great evidence for the affirmation and validation of their idea to be the most truthful. It is at this juncture that justification may give way to a complacency of acceptance.

When life is said and done, we all want to live on the side of going toward pleasure and away from pain.

So when there is more of the need to enter into an existence or circumstance that has an aggravation ( pain) attached to it, choices can be quickly made to become complacent about certain attributes; seeking to temper the quality of justification requiring a more rigorous and or more inconvenient solution. I personaly dont need to be right about something and prove my point. I do not want to enter a contest of who is right and who is wrong. You can find an opposing position to most points of view or point of contention. Getting caught up in the need for justification to be a right or wrong issue is fraught with many biased thinkings that complacency can creep into. Complacency could be seen as the surrendering of an ideal through lack of resistance for the sake of convenience at the same time as justifying your actions to alleviate any conscience qualms. The need to be mindful about what is the thought process you are making decisions based on, is more of the element I would encourage to be the justification/ complacency base of your actions, not if it is right or wrong issue.  

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Does Selling Need To Be Sexy

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Does Selling Need To Be Sexy

If we ask  do different genders react to sexualized advertising? The question should be why does the need to be sexy have anything to do with worth or value no matter what the age or gender. Promoting thigh gap as a marker of following a 100% raw food diet…. what a load of……….BS  Race reports and Training Run in with dog owners, Easing in to harder stuff. Head Space commitment for soya and the off road marathon, Ingredient of the week Pepita seed  Whats on and whats happening Ordered new xero’s,  we hit 10.000 downloads for the podcast Peter Kuros, Pose method, Spina Bifida   Topic of the week

                Does selling need to be sexy

  This question may not seem to have a lot to do with Raw foods, Barefoot running or mindfulness but it does. When telling some body they need to change their lifestyle, by getting up early for exercise, stop eating comfort food, get more sleep, this discipline is not a sexy sell In a recent magazine advert I saw a the lingerie model with long, tousled blonde hair and lips painted come-hither red. Her gaze is seductive as she shows off her breasts, saucily shrouded in a see-through bra. This model is Jacky O’Shaughnessy, she is 62 years old — and the tagline for the underwear advertisement in question is:

                             ‘Sexy has no expiration date.’

For the company that hired her, American Apparel, the casting of Jacky for their Facebook promotion was a good call. Everywhere you look there are women making the effort to prove ‘sexy has no expiration date’. The question should be Why does the need to be sexy have anything to do with worth or value no matter what the age or gender This a disturbing trend I see in certain elements of health especially in the raw food movement raw food rotten worm with one particular element  promoting thigh gap as a positive marker of following a 100% raw food diet                                           …. what a load of….. BS There is a fine line between appreciating and objectifying men and women, should we use sex to sell  health and awareness. As with all things, there’s a time and a place for everything and it’s no different for using sex to sell. Granted that in any environment clamoring for market attention, a product or service could benefit from adding a sexy element to an advertisement, However, keeping the audience in mind is using sex to sell more about your audience than it is about the product or service. If we ask , do different genders react to sexualized advertising? then it brings into focus, when speaking about a healthy diet ; what is the dynamic that encourages people to listen to the message of whole foods and a healthy way of life. Is it the stud muffin shot of opportunists like the rawbrahs … yes that is a true internet name, it is a trio of  boys selling six pack abs on a pseudo “raw Food ”  slick marketing platform with the tag of “redefining all health systems” Or is it a scantily clad thigh gap, plastic enhanced girl like Freelee…again ..yes another internet name.. …  being held up as the positive interpretation of a raw food healthy life style. I actually have a lot of time for anybody who stands up for their beliefs such as Freelee  and are prepared to walk the walk and change the message when it becomes apparent change is needed to be addressed. What I don’t agree on is the sexualizing and debasing of a message of health and vitality. Please get a grip, we have a lizard or reptilian brain that responds to certain primal urges, food is one.                          Sex and reproduction is definitely another. This underlying, pre-programmed disposition to respond to sexual imagery is strong,  being  used for over 100 years in advertising. Sex, no doubt about it, is a strong selling tool but it’s the wrong kind of attention, and won’t lead to long term acceptance or realistic expectations, so generally truth and a realistic message ultimately lose out. SO I would be more inclined to say Does selling need to be sexy is not true. With all the aspects of a healthy life style in place, an increased sense of virility, sexuality and vibrancy can be a positive result at the end of the day. The non sexy message is that to get to this result and to experience the benefit of your healthy lifestyle it comes at the cost of discipline, sweat, and mindfulness of your actions not just from if the idea is seen as Sexy  

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Frugal Raw Mindfulness

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  By being frugal and mindful are we contributing to the resistance against living a consumer marketing driven, cash cow life. I hope that is an obvious resounding yes. In this weeks podcast Races and training Sonya has started her lead in to the Mt Mee Marathon one of the toughest of road marathons in Queensland. I am still sitting on the sideline with a leg injury from last weeks park run. Unshoe get another thumbs down for our latest purchase from them. Ingredient of the week Chia seed Whats on and whats happening Heading down to Sydney.. 19th to 21 st Manley to be precise so if there is any listeners who want to catch up for a run, hit me up on twitter @ watzzupsport  or facebook page Topic of the week

               5 tips on Frugal Raw Mindfulness

 

Know your budget

  Being frugal means: Caring about your money, and trying not to waste it like paying your bills late when you’d get a discount for using direct debit buying in bulk foods when they’re on sale. Use your local library instead of buying every single book new. Cutting out things which are convenient but over priced IE. takeaways .

2. Understand Your Goals

  It’s about valuing your money by translating it to life expenditure,  spend on the things which you really want. You wouldn’t say “no” to having more money in the bank, without having to work extra That’s what understanding frugality can bring you – even if you’re of a low income. frugal is not desperate or poor You earn hundreds of thousands, and still end up with financial problems if you’ve got no idea about how to control your spending and what controls your impulse to spend. “The way to wealth depends on just two words, industry and frugality.” (Benjamin Franklin) – 18th century Being frugal isn’t some 21st century idea. It’s been known in many forms as a way to live a happy, rich life. The conspiricist in me wants to shout out ” Beware..Beware ” about the consumer driven lifestyle that the modern western world wants you to believe is the accepted and best way to to lead a live full             of ” success and hapiness”

3  Expand your creativity.

  Frugality Doesn’t Mean Being Cheap, not all of the motives that keep people from overspending are positive Cheapness is different from frugality, Cheapness is when you have enough money but you still Buy shoddy, low-quality goods – that can cost you more in the long run. Take time and refuse to spend money on things which you don’t really or think you “need” , take time to examine how else could you get it. Take time to examine other ways to get what you want without just handing over your cash.

4 Reassess Progress

  I know people who just can’t bear to spend their money on, anything at all. That’s not what I am talking about. People who understand the idea of being frugal have a number of motives that help keep their spending under control. Some people are forced to live pretty spare lives for a number of reasons, let your reason to be mindful of your income in, income out, be based around getting the best purchasing power for things that are important to your health and well being. Being not tied to a consumer spending dictate, then you are not in any way being cheap, but you are allowing yourself  not  to get caught up in the accepted and consumer driven marketing messages that bombard us all. Which, is why I find it so baffling that some people take this route of, takeaways, having the latest electronic gadget, buying  glossy magazines, purchasing fashion statements,  yes, how you spend your money is up to you, but when those decisions are governed by marketing dictates I don’t think it’s much of a choice. After a short time you can quickly replace the sound of money fluttering away with the sound of ka.. ching money/ life energy saved.

5 Celebrate

  For me the idea of going on ” holiday” does not have a great deal of appeal as a celebration, same as having an extravagant meal out once a month is not how I would celebrate. I would more, buy one great quality item instead of three cheap versions, preferring to relish in the idea that I do not have to “work” just to feel as if I am swimming against the tide. What ever it means to you to celebrate,  frugal living is about examining what you want out of your life, being mindful and resourceful enough to make it happen. A couple dollars saved here, and a few dollars invested there will not lead to a life of deprivation; it can be a start for a platform that you can view greater possibilities from. Tying the frugality message back in to the Raw food Barefoot podcast is the ethos of the REM life style design that encourages an uncomplicated simple raw food nutrition, understanding the energetics behind your actions and being mindful of the actions you take. We take our message every where we go because it is what we live, are we rich “no”…….. do we have unlimited resources “no”…… by  being aware of what we have do we live a happy life ” yes “. By being frugal and mindful are we contributing to the resistance against living a consumer marketing driven cash cow life I hope that is an obvious resounding ” YES “. Sonya’s Quote of the week “You may not see the fruit of today’s work but you have seeded a lifetime of knowledge”

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Raw Food Barefoot Adventure

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Raw Food Barefoot Adventure

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What makes an expert ?

After our successful launch of the Raw Food Barefoot Adventure weekend Sonya and I had time to reflect on all that led up to the decision to hold such an event. We had all the human frailties going on in our consciousness of fear and judgment, but I realized that I didn’t have to be an “expert,”  it’s just a concept that has been made up and then given a status that is flawed at its best. All we had to do was share what we know.  We did not have to be 100% right, possess flawless enunciation of words, or be perfect presenters. Podcast content : Race Reports and Training we actually did some training this week   🙂 Ingredient of the week Walnuts What’s on and what been happening Raw Food Barefoot Adventure event lessons from our successful Raw food Barefoot Adventure launch REM Lifestyle Design Over the next couple of weeks I will be editing the video we took and will be sending out links to a PDF  with the handouts, recipes, and references sources to material covered over the weekend.   Topic of the week

What is an Expert?

Expert is taken to have a meaning of being proficient and knowledgeable about a certain topic. It doesn’t mean you have to know everything. If you’re teaching something advanced, then you may need to know a bit more, but you will never know everything. Some of the synonyms for expert are: Skilled, Trained, Adept, nowhere does it say infallible or all knowing. I realized that I did have something to say. Just because I could have the thoughts I had nothing to teach people didn’t make it true. None of my doubts were as important as the realization that what I had in my own life had helped me. It was based in good science, been experientially lived and shown to be effective. There’s a reason you feel driven to do what you feel you must do. It’s only a thought that stops you from starting. What if you stopped trying to second guess an outcome and simply took action, could you make a difference if you simply shared what you knew. Take action and see what happens, for us it was to put on our Raw Food Barefoot Adventure weekend If you are passionate about what you want to share, the results will always be a learning. At first it may not go as you would have imagined. Being that you are excited and passionate about your “thing”, you will get to understand it’s all part of a learning curve for what you were meant to do. Part of my early development in understanding thoughts and beliefs was from  Gregory Neville  in his book “Effective Counseling” there I read material that had great impact on me. Understanding that we are here to have an influence upon the lives of people who need to encounter us and we are  not individually the center of the universe. By my decision to do, I am at the right place for my personal growth to occur, not by any willpower of mine, but just by acting within the factors that exist in the universe; we have not caused the events that we encounter in our life but rather these events are the result of other factors in the universe making sure that we encounter the situation we need to grow. We are so very grateful to all participants of the weekend for your decision to attend.  Sonya’s meals were such a hit there is already another uncooking event on the calendar before our next planned event in June As  always If you want a Question answered leave it in the comments or start up a conversation on the facebook page or on the the Mindfulness and the Zest for life Google + community page.

Newbies Barefoot Transition Part Two

This is another audio journal entry of the transition of Sonya from a shod marathon runner to an all terrain bare foot natural form athlete. We talk a little about food, feelings and focus as we share the journey.
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  The journey into barefoot running is is easy and is complex as you want to make it. This corresponding series of the podcast is all about the journey that Sonya is going through and the audio journal of her introduction to barefoot running. Newbies Barefoot Transition Part Two   We are going to expand a little on the content if you have any questions please leave them in the comments area and if you have a couple of minutes to spare….. please head over to the Facebook page and start a conversation there. Do you like the short format or do we make it longer to cover more stuff.

Why Do You Want To Run

Having the ability to run injury free is a blessing I am most grateful about, after a challenging couple of years I finally got through a xcountry series that I have hd to abandon many times because of injury woes.

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After the disappointment of my running gear failing on me I am going to look around for other minimalist footwear options.

Another quick rant and ramble about Unshoes and the 100% raw philosophy that has the fear factor working overtime that if you look at a cooked food meal it will kill you. Understanding the need for fresh local based and unprocessed foods should be the basis of a balanced healthy diet, there is a lot of variables on the pathway to health and an individuals personal journey. Had gear failure today as my running sandals blew out, bit of a shame and inconvenience but hey..shit happens . The blessing of applied mindfulness is the ability let things be just what they are and move on without engaging.

Why Do You Want To Run

Bare Foot Or Minimalist

I love my xcountry or trail running and always take any opportunity to get out on the tracks.
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Like many things its the eye of the beholder that sees the how to describe an event, or pass an opinion on an idea and you will always get better in depth knowledge if you are a participant. So many people want to pass a judgment on things they know little about or have narrow views on. For a raw food barefoot runner the term minimalist means what ? It is a term bandied around a bit same as 100% raw… Silly really Bare Foot Or Minimalist