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Social Implications Of A Raw Food Lifestyle

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Social Implications Of A Raw Food Lifestyle

Generally it is not you that is the one feeling awkward.

It is most likely the host, and other guests as there are very emotional-ties to how we see the partaking of food.

We continue to be swayed by the calls of multi national corporations to bundle every aspect of our lives into labels of convenience.

Less hassle, save time, instant, and all the other advertising material that beckons us to partake in the unsustainable level of oil based farming that is offered.

Training and Races,

Injury woes, Mt mee,Racing flat blowout, bunyaville forest run,

Bike ride on the river,

Ingredient of the week

Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds drawing

What’s on and What’s happening

June 7th 8th next raw food barefoot adventure

frugality in motion, sold car, spending at $190 per week,

weekly ks to be under 200k, created podcast pop filter,

casting out more clothes and things that are superfluous

Topic of the week

Social Implications Of A Raw Food Lifestyle

You may be thinking that it seems awkward to be only eating a raw food at family functions and the like, and yes it can be, but generally it is not you that is the one feeling awkward.

It is most likely the host as there are very emotional-ties to how we see the partaking of food.

This is an area I wish I could spend more time on and that is the emotionality to what we perceive as foods we need to feel satisfied with.

For most people the smell of a certain food is most likely to invoke a memory of some event that is either pleasant or unpleasant, to most, it is of a pleasant time.

The smell of a cooking B-B-Q brings back good times with family and friends perhaps, the taste of a chocolate ice cream when you and the love of your life strolled along the beach.

When in social gatherings I often get called on to defend the question of where do you get your calcium, with the assertion that to get the amount of iron you need I would have to consume kilos of Spinach and so on.

This comes up quite regularly when you are in a social circumstance,

Where as I can speak to the issues with authority and science. by far and away I will realize the question is not about a fear of not getting the correct dietary balance.

It is more so how people feel about being restricted to what at first would seem to be, a diet no longer full of the taste sensation they grew up with and the memories imprinted on the journey that is with them.

I am not one of the opinion that “cooked” food will kill you, there is enough debate and science to realize the 100% raw is not the benchmark of a healthy lifestyle.

If you feel you would benefit from reintroducing cooked items perhaps for social reasons or to stave off constant hunger, ( which can be more based on thoughts than actual nutrition needs) experiment with adding one food at a time.

The hidden cost of a desire to be social

The hidden cost of a desire to be social and to to not make people around you feel uncomfortable, has to be dealt with on your own personal level

Unfortunately  as a culture, we  are straying away from the basic understanding that fresh fruit and vegetables in our lifestyle are one of the most important element in a bodies ability to thrive.

The component of “convenience”  foods is steering us away from being cognizant of farming and consumer practices that are environmentally unsound and ethically questionable.

We continue to be swayed by the calls of multi national corporations to bundle every aspect of our lives into labels of convenience.

Less hassle, save time, instant, and all the other advertising material that beckons us to partake
in the unsustainable level of oil based farming that is offered.

Oil based farming inefficiencies, especially for grain, and cattle ,should be addressed as long term problems rather than short term gains for cheap and overused foods.

Possible results involved in staying with a thought process of dietary and energetic actions that have seen health and environmental decline all in the name of convenience, will continue to see the balance that needs to be reached for sustainable and healthy lifestyles erode even more.

It is all part of a system that you can choose not to encourage and bring to the attention of your social connections, by way of your mindfulness of the ramifications on our health and your deliberation to look at other choices.

 

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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.

Ya gotta get Ya meat you vegan “expletive”

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Ya gotta get Ya meat you vegan “expletive”

This is a tamed down comment that has been left on my youtube channel.

Unpleasant for sure but the greater unpleasantness is the sad ignorance and blatant lies that evolve around the myth of “needing” meat to survive as a species.

In this dialogue is the ” Vegan ” label and all that it suggests in people’s minds.When does being a “vegan” start to mean activism and unbending attitudes.

Introduction      

Race reviews and results

Not much to report as we have had a weeks break doing other things

Ingredient of the week

Maple syrup

Whats On / whats happening

The 1st Raw Food Barefoot Adventure Feb 8th and 9th 2013

Link to The Weekends Itinerary  REM Lifestyle Design

REM Lifestyle design

 

Topic of the week

” Ya gotta get Ya meat you vegan F##ktard “

I have observed and experienced the single mindedness of an observance to an Ideal, being as destructive as the original thought meme it was opposing.

As a loose observation of something I saw on the raw food thought leaders blog of Frederic Patenaude was the reference to when does observance to an idealism become a cult mentality.

He proposed that it’s a cult when Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.

That is something you find online if you are not part of the party politics of a forum or group you get deleted. I understand that there are plenty of trolls on the internet that are just haters and dissenters.

It is good house keeping practice to nuke them, such as the hater that left the comment on my youtube channel.

 

Though I left the comment there,  as I am not “trying ” to change anyones mind or operate  with the its my way or the highway type of attitude.

Whenever you hear a raw food expert talk, you can get the feeling that it’s “Their way or the highway.” Everyone else is stupid, but they have the absolute truth.

If you don’t get the results, it’s because you didn’t follow their advice properly. There is no room for compromise or questioning, and anyone who does is kicked out of the group.

As for the questions that arise from the lack of understanding to the nature of nutrition and it sources. The Internet is a wonderful tool  in this day and age you can glean all sides to a story from the data banks and vast repositories of information that is available to us all.

The REM lifestyle design

As The REM Lifestyle suggests, there is more to a balanced life than just the diet and nutrition that goes into our body

This is the area of discernment that I would like my message to resonate with those who I get to influence in any form or manner.

You will not convince a person of something with only skilfull words,  you can only point in the direction of your truth with your words.

You then show commitment and integrity by being a truthful representation of your ideal through your actions.

You may become the lesson that person needed to see.

” Not enough protein in the vegan diet”

As for our angry friend and his assertion that we need meat,  one of the important areas that I do address for those encouraged to lead a plant fueled lifestyle is understanding the role of Vitamin B12.

You often hear that you can only get B12 From animals , if this were the case why is it that B12 deficiencies show up in non vegetarian/ vegan diets. It is a shortage that is found in meat eaters as well.

B12 is an important vitamin. BUT you don’t need to eat animals or their byproducts to get it.

It can be found in certain cereals, soy milk , tempeh, seaweed, and some yeasts.

Bacteria is actually responsible for making B12 and is found in things like dirt.

Where do you think the animals get it from? It’s from what THEY eat. And yes, if you are still concerned about getting your B12 then take the vitamin supplements.

I have used a Vitamin B 12 injection and I commit to to take a sublingual  B12 over a 1 month period per year. Last year I did not.

Results from my last blood tests show me as very good across the whole spectrum.

Another of the most oft asked questions is where do I get my protein.

The healthiest diet is the whole foods plant-based.

The major concern of carnivores is “not enough protein in the vegan diet”.

Major health problems in a western culture IS due to overconsumption of meat!

Every plant has protein in it, especially beans, nuts, grains, Spirulina(sea vegetables).

If you need to substitute your burger Pattie and snags for the soy derivatives,  you may have heard  that this is unsafe especially because they say it can affect hormones and my health drastically.

MDs check in with different soy recommendations (eg. Dr. Mercola vs. Dr. Oz) and some say soy should only be eaten if it is a fermented version.

Many people who are allergic to soy are actually allergic to the PROCESS of soy.

Soy sauce and tempeh are NOT processed the way tofu and soy burgers are.  There are many people who are allergic to soy but can handle tempeh.

I am a fully plant-based lifestyle eater and I use tempeh and tofu on occasion as a store-bought Item.

We will use coconut, almond, or rice milk and make lots of recipes with nuts like cashews and almonds for my protein, again in the understanding that nuts are a high fat source.


chocolate mousse

 

 

Your protein requirements can be found across eating a range of foods.

As you apply your change from where YOU are, you not try to fit somebody elses ideal of what you want to represent

I read a great quote from the Actor Woody Harrelson that summed up a few things for me on the justification people allow themselves for their choices to stray from a plant-based diet

“If you eat chicken, maybe you’re on one level. If you wear a mink coat, maybe you’re on another level. But if you wear cosmetics, cosmetics that are tested on animals, then you’re just unconscious. Really, my message is simple. It’s a message of compassion. In this world that is spinning madly out of control, we have to realize that we’re all related. We have to try to live harmoniously.”

I will leave you with those words, “It’s a message of compassion we have to try to live harmoniously ”

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