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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.

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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Running with headphones good or bad

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Running with headphones good or bad

The common comment I hear is ” when I am in training for my Marathon I need something to help me through all those K’s ” Stop it then, don’t do it, I have no connection with you.  For me Marathon running is for people who have other goals and aspirations, other than achieving a level of the fitness that I aspire to. Marathon running is an event not a sport, same as Ironman triathlon. Good morning, Good evening, Good afternoon, wherever you are on this bright blue bubble in space we call our world Training and races Mt Mee Marathon,   Hills, distance and speed Ingredient of the week Desiccated Coconut What’s on and what been happening Developing relationships for the next RBAW Essential oils, Kombucha TEA making, Minimalist Shoes Topic of the week

Is It Dangerous to Run With Headphones

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 It’s a dangerous practice and doctors have definitely seen an increase in the number of runners who had accidents while wearing headphones, so the question is running with headphones good or bad Results There were 116 reports of death or injury of pedestrians wearing headphones. The majority of victims were male (68%) and under the age of 30 (67%). The majority of vehicles involved in the crashes were trains (55%), and 89% of cases occurred in urban counties. 74% of case reports stated that the victim was wearing headphones at the time of the crash. Many cases (29%) mentioned that a warning was sounded before the crash. Conclusions The use of headphones with handheld devices may pose a safety risk to pedestrians, especially in environments with moving vehicles.

Pros for having earphones on 

Music can sometimes make running feel easier. Studies find that music reduces your perception of how hard you are running by about 10 percent. An external stimulus such as music can actually block some of the internal stimuli trying to reach the brain—such as fatigue-related messages from muscles and organs. When these messages are blocked, this reduces a runner’s perception of effort, so you feel like you can run farther, faster.

Cons for running with headphones

One big problem is that listening to music can remove you from the other sounds that running produces, such as breathing and foot strike, which are essential cues.

They give you feedback on your effort.

Running while listening to music also removes you from the environment you’re in, which can be unsafe. And in races, it makes you oblivious of other runners and you can’t hear the directions being given by officials. WHO NEEDS MUSIC Serious athletes tend to be associators, which means they focus intently on internal cues such as breathing, heart rate, and muscular tension. This type of athlete tends to not derive as much benefit from external stimuli such as music. Then there are “dissociators.” Your average active person falls into this category. For these people, music can be a motivational force. Dissociators will seek it to distract them from the boredom often associated with exercise.

So why do you run

  For me I like to run and listen to my body and sometimes I go and just run, just like the saying “sometimes I sit and think sometimes I just sit” The ability to be at peace and be calm is something we’ve lost in our culture; we’ve lost it in favor of multitasking. I would agree that listening to music, podcasts or audiobooks during running is a form of multitasking. When In the “flow state,” which is complete immersion in the task at hand, time almost seems to stand still. You’re enjoying what you are doing, you feel at one with yourself. This is why I am a proponent of a barefoot raw food lifestyle stripped down simplicity The common comment I hear is ” when I am in training for my Marathon I need something to help me through all those K’s Marathon running is an event not a sport, same as Ironman triathlon. Marathon participation around the world is booming in recent years. Given the numbers supported by data, it’s obvious that running the vaunted Marathon distance is quickly becoming the de facto goal for many beginner runners. The intention to get of the couch and start a new life based on activity, healthy eating, and mindful decisions is something to be encouraged. Though, endurance events are not a long term viable choice in many aspects for the vast majority of punters. I am not going to make myself popular with the hard core marathhoners and Ironmen tattooed contingent, but they are just another money/ time sucking event. Being events that has very little to do with health and fitness, and more to what it has to do with obsessive indulgence and buying the latest and greatest toy that the consumer marketplace has on offer. I am not saying that you should not set a goal to compete in a ironman event or run a marathon, climb Mt everest, or firewalk Just understand your reasons why you want to be involved, for health and fitness or purge yourself of demons and dragons that there are better ways to slay.

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Newbies Bare foot Transition 4

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Raw Food Bare Foot Mindfulness 

It has been a very busy week or so in the realm of all things Raw and Bare foot. Sonya’s transition to a natural form movement running is going well and she shares her experiences on this weeks show. I have been having a few technical difficulties getting the show into Itunes  for some reason, it used to be an automatic process but it seems to have gone of the rails somewhere at the time of publishing this post, so I hope you are able to listen by streaming or downloading from the website player. The Raw Food Bare Foot Adventure weekend clinic is announced and the variations of delightful dishes to present are getting larger so I have been having to taste test many treats….such a hard life 🙂 I try not to make the information sound like raw food, or going  bare foot is the critical path to life’s success, though I totally believe nutrition based on an unprocessed plant based regime, with energetic connections to the earth and a life conducted with mindfulness training is a most wonderful platform to life from.    

Newbies Barefoot Transition Part Three

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Sonya continues her Newbies barefoot transition to natural form running, increasing in confidence, form and performance. The decision to change from a shod runner to a barefoot natural form running is a challenge if you are used to getting your runners high from lots of distance under the feet. To embrace a safe  Newbies barefoot transition you have to cut back on the distance and focus on form listening to your body tell you when to go longer and harder. All elements of barefoot running are healthy and are not  fad induced concepts. Whenever your body has adapted to something, it will have the patterns set out like a computer program, this includes incorrect adaptations. When you take of your shoes as part of a newbies barefoot transition you have to relearn the natural form running skill you have taught your body to ignore by running in shoes that have cushioned heels and do not allow for natural movement.    

Newbies Barefoot Introduction

This series of podcasts is the chronology of the transition to barefoot running or natural form movement of a Sonya Carr who has taken a challenge from a marathon Madam to a 5K quickie her aim is learning The finer points of barefoot transitioning Learning natural form running or as it’s called barefoot running can take some time and can be as complex or easy as you make it. In the vernacular of the minimalist running movement, barefoot running has a different context to the actuality of running with no shoes. The transition from a shod runner to what I call a natural form movement needs to be done with a degree of mindfulness and body awareness.
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Listening to the body and what its demands are, give you the best return on a training advice. If your feet are too sore to run then don’t run simple as that. Consistency and simple demands on your body will return you a better result then you not listening to what your body is telling you and you overdoing everything. Newbies Barefoot Introduction

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

Minimalist Runner Race Interview

  Great conditions for the Mount Mee Marathon http://theruninn.com.au/page/5/Mt_Mee_Classic.html I am not targeting any distance over 10 this season so I opted for the 10k race still enough hills to make it fun and challenging. Unshoes at Mt Mee Marathon This audio has a fellow minimalist runner talk about his journey into barefoot running
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As always feel free to leave a race report or question in the comments……always keen to hear from fellow followers of sole Hey the minimalist running scene is alive and well and not hijacked by corporate marketing and more unnecessary land fill product. Justin is one of the minimalist runners keeping it real making his own footwear and still getting good times on the clock as a runner barefoot running

Raw Food Styles And Bare Foot Ethics

I have had a bit of fun with trying out a quick podcast from my Iphone, sound quality not so great but passable. I have to admit it is a darn sight quicker doing it this way, the app just  makes it very quick to get everything posted to the blog and Itunes recycled minimilist runners
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As always great to hear your comments and thoughts. If you have any questions let me know Welcome to another episode of my podcast. Quick and sometimes not so quick opinions, observations,interviews, and tips around a barefoot, raw food athletic lifestyle.