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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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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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