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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.

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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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Raw Food Barefoot Symphony

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The Raw Food Barefoot Symphony 

We are a carbon lifeform with an energetic component that is as finely tuned to our environment as is a individual instrument in an orchestra.

Raw Food Barefoot Symphony

 

This week we have our

Race Reports and training

We discuss how we have started the training regime into first peak, for our competitive running season

Ingredient of the week

Sonya tells us how evil oats are

What’s new what’s happening

Decisions on new purchases IE blenders, somebody blew ours up……….again.

Ongoing work editing the release of videos and PDF’s from the  weekend’s Raw Food Barefoot adventure content

Topic of the week

I wanted to say a few things relating about the last weeks topic of being the expert

It is always you find yourself in  a quandary when you find yourself researching a topic and you get opposite poles of points of view.

Each one claiming their correctness and viability of argument, and you have to find the element of “truth” to stand with.

It is not my intention here to tell you that we have the answers and everything we say is true and correct.

What I hope I can say is

“yeah I looked at that, and of the answers that I found this one worked for me “

It is far too easy to use an urban myth or a “truth” that has been around so long that it’s become a truth just by the fact it gets repeated so often.

What started me on this topic was conversation on alkaline foods for PH balance of your blood.

Foods don’t influence our blood pH as a singular element

There are certainly circumstances in which the blood is more acidic than it should be, and this does have serious health consequences.

However, you more likely find this state of acidosis is caused by pathological conditions such as chronic renal insufficiency.

I have seen enough information to feel pretty confident that your blood pH is hovering around a comfortable 7.4. by more inputs than whether you choose to eat a salad or a burger at a meal.

I am not a medical person and I do not diagnose anything or claim to have any great insight

What I do recognize is when information is being slanted to fit some message that the dispenser is trying to coerce you to believe, even if it may be with the best of intentions.

This Balance i see distorted with enzyme theory, the 100% rules, cooked food = death rants.

We are complex pieces of art put together in an organic compound with an energetic component that is as finely tuned to our environment as is a individual instrument in an orchestra.

Trying to explain it with an energetic structure that may make sense, I use the analogy of an orchestra playing a Symphony  together

If the third violin goes out most likely the player sitting next to him is going to pick up on it quickly and will subtly compensate,  reacting in some manner, but tuba player at the back is not going to know about it.

The compounding effect of the one instrument left untuned will eventually impact the tuba and the rest of the orchestra.

It would end up being an unholy racket of disharmonious waves of the energy/ vibration as one player tried to compensate with the other while still trying to play music creating an experience very different to a harmonious symphony sound.

This where balance and sensitivity come into play the more of your decisions that are made from a consciousness and sensitivity of the totality of what makes up life, the easier it is to find the balance needed to tune in to the symphony of your life as a beautiful sound.

Learn to play your own Raw Food Barefoot Symphony

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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

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Mindfulness and Equanimity

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Mindfulness and Equanimity

 

During mindfulness meditation we observe everything that passes before our attention, yet not get caught up in our thoughts – instead,  staying aware of what is going on in the present moment,

Introduction

Race reports and training

Mental imagery

Ingrediant of the week

Almonds

Whats new and whats on

this wekend event, trip to lake wyvenhoe

raw food barefoot athlete

Topic of the week

Mindfulness and Equanimity

Acknowledge  your thoughts and then just let them pass by.

The breath is used as an anchor to the present moment, but, apart from that, no attempt is made to direct the attention.Mindfulness, oak

Equanimity is a fundamental skill for self-exploration and emotional intelligence. Mindfulness has no dogmas nor commandments. Mindfulness is about exploring reality and how to relate to it in a harmonious manner ie minimizing suffering and maximizing deep long-term Equanimity

It is a deep and subtle concept frequently misunderstood and easily confused with suppression of feeling, apathy or inexpressiveness.   Equanimity comes from the Latin word aequus meaning balanced, and animus meaning spirit or internal state.

How to Develop Equanimity

Developing equanimity involves the following aspects: Intentionally creating equanimity in your body attempting to maintain a continuous relaxed state over your whole body as sensations (pleasant, unpleasant, strong, subtle, physical, emotional) wash through.

Creating equanimity in your mind in each moment to be present inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness mindfulness and equanimity right here and right now.…

This means attempting to let go of negative judgments about what you are experiencing and replacing them with an attitude of loving acceptance and gentle matter-of-factness

By noticing when you drop into states of equanimity and by exploring the state, you are training your subconscious to produce the state more frequently when feelings are experienced with equanimity, they assure their proper function as

Correct motivators and directors of behavior as opposed to distorting behavior.

Equanimity plays a critical role in changing negative behaviors Equanimity frees up internal energy for responding to external situations.

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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.


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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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Mindfulness, Meditation, and Behavior

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Mindfulness Meditation and Behavior

Topics of podcast today timestamps @ 6.00 Ingredient of the week 14.50 direction of content 15.00 Raw food Mythology 16.00 Kayak trip what’s on what’s new 18.00 Raw food Barefoot adventure meetup 20.00 Sonya discusses recipes 21.00 play with your food 22.30 Mindfulness and habits

Race Reviews/ Results

Ingredient of the week

Whats new , whats going on updates

Topic of the week

 

Ingredient of the week

Dates their important role in raw food nutrition and recipes.

Dates A quick powerhouse packed in a tiny portable package.as the date is full of dietary fibre it works well as a bulk laxative Dates help and protect the colon mucus membrane as well as binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.

Due to their easy digestibility they are a quick source of energy making them excellent for athletes. Dates are alkaline and help in neutralizing acidity.

Used in un-cooking it has many applications as a sweetener and a binding agent to hold ingredients together. Because dates are full of soluble and insoluble fiber they are able to fill you up and keep you regular, ideal as a snack.

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Behavior

A number of studies have demonstrated that systematic mindfulness training, as well as brief meditation practices in novices, can influence areas of the brain involved in regulating attention, awareness, and emotion

Another key element of mindfulness is the cultivation of equanimity, or non-reactivity.

Specifically, mindfulness meditation teaches one to pay attention to and acknowledge both one’s inner experience and the outer world, without necessarily reacting.

The ability to simply observe and accurately sense thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations – without having to change them, or act on them – can be instrumental in breaking habitual behavior patterns that can harm one’s health, such as smoking a cigarette when feeling stressed, eating comfort food when feeling sad or “empty”, or turning to alcohol or other substances to “numb out” when feeling overwhelmed. One key element of mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to the present moment, on purpose (Kabat-Zinn, 2003).

Clinical studies have found 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation training (MBSR) gave an increased ability to orient one’s attention to the present moment.

Other clinical studies found that 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation training significantly reduced ruminative thinking in persons with a history of depression (Ramel et al., 2004).

Together, these studies indicate that mindfulness appears to involve reshaping ways of thinking that engender improved emotional well-being.

Mindfulness scale development research has found that people with higher natural levels of mindfulness – irrespective of formal meditation training – report feeling less stressed, anxious and depressed, and more joyful, inspired, grateful, hopeful, content, vital, and satisfied with life

Research further suggests that people with higher levels of mindfulness are better able to regulate their sense of well-being by virtue of greater emotional awareness, understanding, acceptance, and the ability to correct or repair unpleasant mood states

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), or MiCBT

Overall, it appears that focused, concentrative meditation practices can increase one’s ability to maintain steady attention on a chosen object, like the breath or another person, whereas open awareness meditation practices can increase one’s ability to flexibly monitor and redirect attention when it becomes distracted (Lutz et al., 2008a).

Based on these findings, not only is it possible to train the mind to change the brain, but, in fact, one’s ability to do so may get stronger as one gains meditation experience.

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Organics or Natural

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Organics or Natural

Our training and race reviews are a bit thin as we have not been very active at races of late, though Sonya gives her review of the version of Unshoe racing flats she is using now.

Ingredient of the week this week is Cashews a very versatile nut with lots of uses in the kitchen.

The topic we discuss this week is The distinction between Organics and natural.

The organics or Natural landscape can be a confusing place to understand.

With the vast number of symbols, certifications and labels it can be difficult to understand.

How do we as consumers really understand the similarities and differences between organics or Natural

What are the differences

Is there Similar qualities? how do you think about organics or Natural, as a consumer it will depend on the different levels of knowledge regarding organics or Natural .

The buying decision will be driven by different consumption patterns and should be made on factors ranging from price and comparability to authenticity and any environmental impact.

With a minimal involvement in the world of organics the distinctions between organics or natural can make the buying decision difficult and that is what part of the message here is about It does not have to be difficult to have a healthy lifestyle.

The most common confusion is the origin versus attributes, related to production and processing.

“Organic” is seen at to be what happens to food at origin (e.g., the farm, the plant, the animal), while“natural” can be described as to what happens (or doesn’t)in terms of production and processing after the farm gate.

Generally the use the term “organic” can relate to farming practices the simplest form organic means “grown without pesticides.”

Absence of pesticides, is the one large distinction, organic can also mean a variety of other things.

Raw food lifestyle

Organic is also understood to indicate an absence of herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics as well as genetically modified foods.This is all connected with the growing process and are applied to whole foods (e.g., fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, etc.). These properties are strongly associated to mean organic than as to natural.

When you are looking to an ideal of natural that would mean that the food and beverages you buy are healthy, whole, real, and minimally processed.The term ” natural” can be understood to be what happens to the food after it is grown, by referring to the introduction or absence of processing steps.

The perception is “No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives” has more to do with natural than with organic distinction.

This again is the perception about the term natural being connected to production and processing.

While you can associate “natural” with an ideal of minimal processing, it does not mean that the word “natural” ensures that foods and beverages live up to the definition you may seek.

Natural means wanting less processed,natural products to be healthy. unfortunately there are many products out there labeled natural that are clearly not a healthy choice.

All products labeled natural,that are high in fat, sugar and/or sodium should be understood as being unnatural, regardless of the words on the package.

A Healthy choice should be a product with a short, recognizable ingredient list with nothing artificial, no preservatives, additives or fillers.

The closer you can get to having your food nutrition come from a place that has minimal additives and maximal impact for sustainable agriculture the better off we all will be.

I have behind production time again as the technical gremlins still plague me, though it is getting better.

If you have been following along for a while you will have seen how the blog design has changed.

This is not what I want to end up with, it is something I had to throw up to get the site to work, I will be working to get the design easier to navigate.

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