What is the best source?

I was out doing some shopping after my swimming for my dinner, was thinking a zucchini pasta wouldn’t be bad (I had already recarbed) so I bought my ingredient. Was feeling pretty good and just walking out to my bike with my stuff. Just as I pass by the florist I see a sign “local, organic apples, 45 cents/each” and I’m like WOAW head’s going circles and I’m lucky I didn’t get a wiplash, lol. I just drop my stuff go there and pick it up. Alright feeling great to the touch, smells like homegrown. I just take a bag and stuff as many as I can into it, was something like 25 and just bought them. Tasted one afterwards and they tasted like NO apple I’ve ever tasted before, they actually tasted lightly sweet, it’s a kind of apple I’ve never tasted before. And it got to ripen before it was picked, how great is that!!! I talked with the florist and found out they do this every year. A shame I didn’t know before the season was always over or I would have bought a lot more, but believe me I will be buying them as long as they have it and be watchful next year. It’s laughable really, the florist got cheaper, local (the organic ones are from chile, the conventional ones at best domestic) and most likely far more organic (I can just feel it on the skin) than the grocery store. So while the grocery stores always have the full range of fruit that we need, we need to remember that it may not be the best source for each and every one of them.

Ok, I gotta dig in before I drool all over my keyboard ❤

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Training must be FUN

When we hear the word training what do we think about? For some it might be martial arts, tennis, biking or some other sport, but for me it has really always been associated with the gym, lifting weights or hitting some machines. During some periods I have been able to temporarily raise some motivation about my training and sometimes even getting some meager results, but for most of my life so far I’ve been postponing the training until “tomorrow”, though at times getting some more days it it has never been consistent. I’ve always blamed myself for that, thought I lacked willpower to get as fit as I really can be. This is as much true as the fact that you can shred overweight by training without having a healthy diet accompanying it. The truth of the matter is that I haven’t really enjoyed it. I always thought that gym was something I had to motivate or push myself to go to, but I realize that when training is fun it isn’t this way. I’ve started swimming now, partly it was my own wish and partly it was a suggestion to improve my mobility issues and I’m having so much FUN every day. Yes true I’m frustrated over how much I lost since my kiddie and teenage years, that was really a reality check slap in the face for me, which I couldn’t explain away unlike the gym so I don’t do as well as I should, but I’m enjoying rebuilding my fitness in this way. I’m going on almost a daily basis and am enjoying researching through videos and other stuff on how to improve my technique to become more efficient, e.g. I learned that a true breaststroke is really mostly underwater and that the core needs to be the main active part in propulsion as if it’s passive the arms need to do too much work and you tire much faster (and you get slower). This kind of research into the mechanics of the sport I have never done on this level before and I’m just having so much fun doing it. So everyone, no matter what state of fitness you are at, if you wish to improve make sure you pick a training form that you truly ENJOY, because that is truly the only thing necessary to improve and get fitter, because everything starts and follows automatically from there.

The progression from cooked to raw

We talk a lot about raw food diets about the “knowledge” why we should eat raw – anthropology, food combining, current research into high fat diets, shedding body weight, etc… and I’ve felt that that has been why we eat raw all along. I’ve started to change my opinion of that tho’. As I’m still finding strategies for all situations I do get a few days every now and then that I have to eat cooked (still high-carb, low-fat) while I’m waiting to get ripe fruit and I’m noticing so many things about it. Whatever it is that I eat – potatoes, rice, beans, corn the same things happen. The first is that I’m finding it more difficult to get all the carbs in, getting 3000 calories, or even 2500 calories on a cooked vegan diet is difficult. I knew that though, recently however I’m easily noticing firstly how tasteless these things really are, and I’m including some moderate use of spices here and also that I immediately notice that my body doesn’t like it. I had a corn-bean stew last night. I hadn’t had any cooked food for months, but I started having that so I said when I first had it, “ok, if I still feel this way after I’ve carbed up and been training for a couple of days I can have it” and even with this it’s the same thing. I didn’t like the taste of cooked corn (even organic) or rather it’s pretty tasteless, so were the beans, after only a bowl I started feeling it in my stomach that this was not something my body wanted. For the first time I didn’t finnish the entire thing and I’m a pretty big eater. I’ve been feeling this with potatoes and rice before, but thought this was ok (actually one of the reasons I did indulge was to find out if it was this way). It used to at least taste good, even though I didn’t get the same results as before. It still tasted ok to some degree, but not the way it used to, but I just felt it wasn’t worth it.

So I should probably make a point about this blog post shouldn’t I. The point is that “information” may get us to start eating raw, but information alone will not get us to keep eating raw, without making exceptions, no matter how much of it we have. To really want to stay 100% raw and plan accordingly we need to feel that we don’t even want to taste this cooked food because we know in a way that we only can if our body tells us that cooked food doesn’t work.