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Is a Raw Foodism Diet Optimal

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Is a raw diet optimal

 

My question is, where is the evidence for this extraordinary claim?  Is a raw diet optimal this claim is constantly repeated by the raw foodism movement  but I have never seen anyone provide 100% scientific evidence that would substantiate the claim.

We  share a bit about our personal journey and what led us to  embrace the REM lifestyle design.

Sonya shares her cancer story and health concerns.

I introduce you to the RAT LUNG  Worm a  parasite that decided that my brain was a good place to inhabit

Rat Lung worm parasite

Race report and training
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Flat tyres, bunyaville trail park run both  got 1st spot

Long, hills, speed, all part of the mix. Still around only at 35 k a week but quality work. Mixed with bike we are building strength .

 

Ingredient of the week
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Buckwheat
What’s on what’s happening
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I thought I would mention a product I thought looked interesting especially for a wet condition use.  Being a keen Kayak enthusiast there is more than one occasion I have wanted some sort of footwear that could cope with sharp rocks, barnacle type of condition.

 

If any reader has used the Sockwa range let me know what you thought. 

Sockwa X8 

http://www.sockwa.com/   The X8 is BREATHABLE.

The fabric is a custom blend of an odor-free, moisture wicking lining  The outer layer of the fabric is also breathable, and has great abrasion resistance.

I have not used them as they are just out so no review opportunity but they look like they could be useful as a minimalist choice.

Sonya’s Quote of the week
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The universe supports my lifes purpose sending me everything I need to make it happen

Topic of the week
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For me the whole discussion started with and involves several raw foodist guru people and their disciples claiming that a raw diet is optimal and the claims, raw foods also avoid the toxins you get from cooked foods, forgetting that certain raw foods also have a toxic level.

I am not in any argument that it is optimal to include as a prefered choice raw plant based foods and a substantial amount of fresh fruit in the diet, but there is no reason or evidence that exclusive raw foodism is optimum for humans

My question is, where is the  evidence for this extraordinary claim? The claim is constantly repeated by the raw foodism advocates but I have never seen anyone provide evidence that would substantiate the claim that it is the  optimal diet.

Now before you get to thinking that I do not believe that a raw food lifestyle is not an optimal design what I am saying is, I don’t think raw foodism as a scientific ideal is 100% provable.

But that is not what A raw food lifestyle is about.

If you want to live on fruit, go ahead and try it, but i do not think you can make the definitive claim that it is the optimal diet, for all humans in every circumstance.

There is plenty of evidence that people living on raw diets have better health and longevity, though I have yet to see it as a 100% scientific result, that it is so superior than to people who live on whole foods plant based diets that include some cooked foods.

In fact there is evidence is that present day humans NEED to use some cooked food in certain circumstances to thrive because of poor availability and quality of produce, due to depleted soils

Biological definition of frugivore

Science tells us that humans have a genetic legacy as specialized frugivores, the biological definition of frugivore, i.e. an animal that specializes in eating botanical fruits, which include legumes, seeds of grasses (grains), nuts, and seeds.

There is a lot of research into the ” theory ” of the evolutionary path of our ancestors utilizing tubers available to them as a food resource.

These are a non-fruit plant food but they have a nutritional profile practically the same as fruits. Hence, they are an easy transition in evolutionary terms.

A fruit-eater doesn’t need any radically new digestive equipment to move from specializing in fruit to concentrating on tubers.

Indeed if the theory is to be taken as gospel truth that our ancestors only ate sweet juicy fruits plucked from a tree, would put human ancestors subsisting primarily on fruit in direct conflict with chimpanzees.

Living on the modern fruits is difficult enough — that’s why almost no one achieves it, that’s why raw foodism ideology sees people end up eating ” sneaked “cooked food or doing “raw till 4” or having a ‘back up plan’ or seeking “super foods” or eating a lot of fat.

The outcome I see of this are people who give up the idea of raw food nutrition and slide into bad habits through ” guilt” and ” failure” of not being able to conform to the expected 100% Raw Foodism Ideal.

Sure, anyone who is dedicated enough and wants to ‘prove’ that raw foodism is the best Ideology, can find a way to chow down the amount of modern soft fruit required to meet caloric and sugar requirements.

Using a blender to make high calorie smoothies is not an evolutionary leap forward, though it is a tool to avail yourself of the positive elements of a raw food lifestyle.

The cooked food / raw foodism  argument is dependant on a few issues and what you are you are comparing it to.

Per calorie, dates have a similar nutritional profile to rice.

Bananas are fairly similar to potatoes.

Papaya has more vitamins per calorie than sweet potatoes.

In a modern world sweet potatoes are both affordable, widely available and contain a substantial amount of both micro-nutrition and calories, they still need to be cooked lightly but are a far better choice than french fries.

I am not advocating for one moment that 100% raw foodism is the “optimal” ideology to live your your life by, or am I decrying the ethos of  !00% raw food selection

What I am emphatically endorsing is understanding a balanced Raw food lifestyle that has all the positive elements you get, from eliminating highly processed,  foods from your diet, applying exercise and mindfulness through understanding the REM lifestyle design.

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Raw Marketing Your Passion

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Raw Marketing your passion

 

When you look at your passion and play with the idea “is there a business opportunity in it”,

The evil specter of commercialization raises it’s head from what could be fundamentally, an idle moments fascination for either yourself or others mildly interested in whatever your passion takes the form of.

 

Race reports and training
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Run up to the heads at manly, swim,

ferry Ride manley

5k, easy runs for me, hills, distance and speed for sonya

 
Listener question  How to stay Barefoot during Winter
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As I have limited experience of cold weather barefoot running

I got a bit of the cold weather running info from a Blogger

Bob Neinast over at http://ahcuah.wordpress.com

CIVD stands for “Cold-Induced Vasodilation”, and it describes what the body does when your extremities get cold.
What happens is that, when exposed to cold, the body restricts blood flow to your extremities.

However, if your body core temperature is maintained (that is, you are otherwise dressed warmly), your body, after a bit of
time, will send extra blood to those extremities to warm them back up.

It takes about 8-10 minutes for this warming to happen. The body then cycles this cooling/warming. After a while in the warm state, it will restrict the vessels again and your extremities will get cold again.

This cycle can happen a few times before a steady-state is arrived at.

This response can be conditioned. some people do respond better to conditioning that others. Practicing in the cold can speed up
the vasodilation response.

It is also the case that the body adapts. If, as winter approaches, you keep going barefoot, your feet will acclimate and will
get better and better at tolerating (and even relishing) colder temperatures.

Even wet conditions alone can be a bit of a challenge, because your feet absorb the water and get soft. When soft, they don’t
protect as well against much of anything.

 

Ingredient of the week
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flaxseed

What’s on and what’s happening.
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Start of the xcountry series,

New venue for next Raw food barefoot adventure event, Laughter Yoga, Australian essential oils demonstrations, Raw chocolate recipes, barefoot running clinics foot care and strength techniques

Sonya’s Quote of week
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The Future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The Paths to it are not found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination,”

 

Topic of the week

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I had been struggling to find a subject as the topic of the week as we have been away with our heads in business mode and out of the head space for content production.

Rawbarefootathlete & QueenofTarts

Maybe note the term content production I have just used

This was a buzzword among the participants of the event we attended, being as it was focused on marketing products using online
direct marketing models.

So what has this got to do with raw food barefoot running or mindfulness.

So many times when we take a look at a business opportunity, or should I just take a step back and say, when you look at a
passion and play with the idea “is there a business opportunity in it”,

The evil specter of commercialization raises it’s head of what could be fundamentally, an idle moments fascination for either
yourself or others mildly interested in whatever your passion takes the form of.

For us, we can wax on lyrical about the benefits of unprocessed food and the energetic intent of your mindfulness of actions
but does it pay the bills.

Marketing Your Passion

Indeed should it pay the bills, is there the need for a proactive stance against the side of our food chain that is depleting the ocean of its fish stocks, turning vast acres of land into arid wasteland through the overuse of chemical farming.

Causing unheard and censured cries from animal farming practices.

DO you honestly believe the mainstream news sources and consumer driven information channels.

Is everything rosy in the world of the western or even larger developing nations.

Is the motivation to put your head above the parapets to start saying “perhaps the emperor has no clothes” only to be based on a
commercial reality.

By doing that are you relegated to the fear monger and consigned to the fringe element and dealt with, like the family relative
that is a bit embarrassing at the party because they don’t talk about the latest soap opera and are known to turn up with no shoes
and just eat from the fruit bowl.( just saying )

Are you willing to put up with the naysayers of conscious living, IE there has never been a society of raw, non animal product
eating peoples. You need to have B12, what about heme and nonheme iron, what about your omega 3 and 6 and so on and on.

Content production is the lifeblood of all advertising and marketing.

Each and every day we are marketed to, every ad that reminds you to get a vitamin pill or laxative, dwarfs the message of prevention before cure.

Every time we allow our minds to be made up by the marketing medium that has the $ return as its absolute for the baseline of
its effectiveness, we allow self justification of the ethics and outcomes that our lifestyles represent.

By marketing Your Passion  of a more conscious message of lifestyle energetics, that calls for a more mindful and deliberate activation of
self, independant of the established way of thinking.

It delivers to you the ability to be more authentic in your decision making and see better outcomes in your life.

Is raw food the panacea to all ills… no of course not…..

Is the ability to run a marathon barefoot the hallmark of youngevity and fitness…..no of course not….

Is it a positive thing to cultivate the ability to take an objective view of the message you are being subjected to by your thoughts and the subconscious patterns that marketing sets up in you …of course it is

Commercial Validation 

By choosing to engage in the commercial validation of an idea and having to risk failing on the harsh cobblestones of the
marketplace, whereby perhaps proving to others an inauthenticity of the message.

Is this better than having the belief in an ultimate truth in the message that you champion, yet standing by whilst entrenched farming, health and consumer practices flourish, making them by default, apparently the correct and authentic methods.

It is at the junction of individual awakening and shifts in human consciousness of the message of planet first, that the consumer
driven needs of convenience and separation then can become one of acceptance that things need to change and the pendulum swings.

REM lifestyle design 

 

By embracing the REM lifestyle design you put yourself into the best position that your given present moment situation can return for you.

Starting with the mindfulness exercises of observation of breath to ground you to a present moment reality, taking stock of your
energetics surrounding your movement and physiology.

By applying a consciousness to the real nutritional value of your diet you can clean,motivate and rejuvenate allowing a positive change in you and those about you.

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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.

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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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Testosterone, Breast Cancer, and Slippery Suckers

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Testosterone, Breast Cancer, and Slippery Suckers 

On my journey  I have read many things, experienced many trials and have been at time at a loss at times to make my life work like it’s “supposed” to.

That’s why subjects like Testosterone, Breast Cancer and slippery suckers are part of the podcast today

It would perplex me as to why some things work in peoples lives and other people suffer great train wrecks.

 I would see magnificently trained athletes consuming enough alcohol to poison a small town, successful business people contemplating suicide all the while outward trappings of success glitter around them.

There is no one answer to what is the best way to find equanimity in your life, we are all individual in our make up and experiences.

When the realization hits you that change has to happen; how ever it comes upon you. What is the chance for you to find the mindful state of equanimity I will point you toward, if you continue to live out of your old you.

Operating with the REM Lifestyle design gives you a stable platform to work from no matter what point you are at in your life. If things are going good they can get better. If its all going to shit, it will be a bumpy ride ; but I have been at some low points in my own life.

I know by understanding the combination of the REM lifestyle and living it, you are better equipped to thrive gaining mastery over whatever your challenge is.

This is why I am passionate enough, to tell any one who resonates with any desire to recognize change is needed, you are what you eat, if you are not moving your dying, and by way of your thoughts, goes the way of your life.

REM Lifestyle Design

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REM Lifestyle Design

Rem lifestyle design

 

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Throughout the life of all of us, there are many challenges.

As you grew, so did your responsibilities; you are not the same… you… as when you breeched into this world.

So what is so very different now, from the you first starting out.

There would be a strong possibility that the way in which you interpret the thoughts that are part of the present who that you are, and how you manifest those thoughts into the world have taken many a twist and turn.

Presenting the who you are, and what you want from this life takes courage.

Courage that is sorely tested, often unavailable, yet there, hidden, laying dormant. Waiting for the pivotal moment when change is no longer  something that has an horizon you view toward, but pressing, now, urgent, inescapable.

Many times the damage is done before the teens, harsh words and consequences of actions by others, who are acting out their own thoughts that have been imprinted on their own neural framework.

These thoughts are not controlled or understood, echoing the voices they themselves were subject to.

Never before in the history of man do we have such an opportunity to explore for ourselves what is presented as the truth.  We do not have to hold true thoughts dispensed through others as they speak their truth as they see it.

The challenge put out to you, is to make decisions based on mindfulness of your actions in your life as you know it.

It then becomes the challenge as to what reminders of this internal thought process you to listen to.

At this point there are many twists and turns that could be taken in the process of exercising control of your thoughts/life.

The knowledge of your actions/ thoughts being totally in your control is something that eventually becomes part of your psyche and second nature if all three things of the Rem lifestyle design are brought together.

The basic intention for the observance of the Rem lifestyle design is to understand three basic tenets of a necessary balance enabling you to form a stable platform to live  from.

This enables you to cultivate equanimity in your life, enhancing the quality from whatever is your present moment reality.