Number 1 Easiest way to eat healthier…..

Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper – Capt. Joe Ledger an asskicking fictional character in a work of fiction by John Mahberry on how he stays in relative good shape.

 

Joe Ledger series
Joe Ledger series

Super Inexpensive Super Foods!

superfoods

tamarindTamarind -Tamarindo=]

Not so easy to plant, trees take ten years to grow… BUT, they are super cheap to buy, either in the actual pod form which are fun to pull apart or the pre-separated tamarind pulp.  Taste is nice and sweet, but not overly sweet, loaded with vitamins and nutrients, considered medicinal.

Great with lime juice and some cayenne.  This is one of the primary ingredients for the sauce in Pad Thai!

quinoaQuinoa –

Grows like a weed, seriously, it grows so easily, try some in your backyard, you cold be pleasantly surprised!  Young plants, from 2 to 8 inches can be used whole in smoothies as a super food.

As they get larger, use the leaves and compost the stem, once they start to seed, all the ninja vibe has gone to that part of the plant so wait till they are ready to harvest and eat.

Once harvested, clean them, or buy store bought and then cook as you would rice, but they take about half the time!

Considered a complete protein, meaning it has all the necessary amino acids, alkaline, no one really has an allergy to it that I know of, chap to buy and again, easy to grow!

amaranthAmaranth –

Again, grows like a weed, young plants, from 2 to 8 inches can be used in smoothies as a super food.  as they get larger, use the leaves in salads or as a steamed dish which tastes great with a little tamari/soy/braggs and pepper, or whatever you would normally season your steamed veggies with, once they start to seed, all the ninja vibe has gone to that part of the plant so wait till they are ready to harvest and eat.

The seeds can most effectively be eaten by popping them.  They will resemble tiny popcorns but are spheres.  hey have little to no taste and can therefore be added to ANYTHING you wish to supercharge with vitamins, minerals and protein.

Allow your skillet to get very hot, add a few hand fulls of seeds, they will be tiny, cover and check often.  Add to anything.  Depending on the country, you can buy pre-popped amaranth extremely inexpensively.

Parasite Cleanse Tea

amoebas

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Here is our Parasite Cleanse tea.  You can make as much or as little as you want per day and it keeps well over night, just re-heat in the morning.

Make new batch every two days.

Do not use for more than 5 days at a stretch, give 5-7 days in-between uses as it contains wormwood family and is POTENT.  Take an equal amount of leaves, allow to simmer for a bit, then yum it down…..tastes like serious medicine.

Left is EPAZOTE

And the ESTAFIOTE

050Himalayan Basil – from the Himalayan Mountains, hence the name

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Leaves from Clove tree

neem

To the left is NEEM, cure all plant from India, good for everything, seriously, grows fairly easily, put one in your yard if you have one, if you dont, ‘start one out from seed in a pot, when big enough – put one in a local park, no one will know…

I didnt add a picture of garlic as I assumed you would have that one covered, put in some cloves…042 043 044 neem 046 047 048 049 050 051 052

Papaya Breakfast Bowl

papaya bowlYou know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?:)
What you consume in the few hours after you wake up regulates a bunch of your bodily functions so you can help boost your metabolism, increase your stamina, promote a good hormonal balance, strengthen your immune system, etc, etc by making the right choices… or complicate stuff by making the not-so-right ones.

Today I’m having a papaya bowl, it reminds me of having breakfast with Tina in Mysore, India, after an intense yoga class. We all end up so tired that passing the jaggery across the table feels like such an effort! All happy to be there, making friends, deepening our practice, but Oh-My-God!! you end up tired!! Much more the reason for breakfast being so important=] in circumstances like that, after a hard workout your body is really depending on some good fuel for replenishing and rebuilding.

2 cups fresh ripe papaya in cubes
1 heaping teaspoon Vitamineral Green
2 teaspoons bee pollen
2 teaspoons hemp seeds
1 handfull Goji berries

It’s that simple!! Fresh fruit is always good. Some people worry about the sugar content in fruits and limit their intake for this reason. If you have any medical condition like diabetes, some hormonal unbalances, etc, you might need to regulate your diet and learn about some fruits being better than others for you to eat and which quantities, but if everything is good, you’re healthy and stuff, then go for it!! Fruits are HEALTHY, filled with tons of nutrients. And for the sugar, just try to eat them whole or in a smoothie so you keep their fiber giving time for your body to digest them and absorb the sugar little by little. Avoid drinking fruit juices, without the fiber the sugar goes straight to your blood stream and that’s when you could be submitting your body to an unnecessary and not so healthy effort.

Plus, if you add some more fiber and some protein like seeds and green powders like on this papaya bowl to your plate you transform healthy fruit into a SUPER healthy food=] Today I used Vitamineral Green from Health Force Nutritionals.. we have written about them in the past, they are THE PEOPLE when it comes to raw, vegan, super nutrition. I love their stuff and as far as I know there’s nothing better out there, but you can use any other green powder in hand or sprinkle some spirulina.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Nuts…

roasted brussel sproutsBrussel sprouts are one of the healthiest veggies you can eat. I love green food and if it has leaves even more!
Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, brussel sprouts belong to the same family as cabbage, broccoli and kale, all of which are veggies that are low-glycemic, highly nutritious and because of their high antioxidant content can offer protection from colon, prostate and endometrial cancer. Plus, they are so versatile and easy to prepare, like this recipe that can be done in 10 minutes!

To prepare about four servings…
About 16 brussel sprouts, little more, little less depend how much you eat=]
1/2 cup pecan nuts chopped in rough chunks
1/2 cup dried cranberries, you can also use other berries if you like
2 tablespoons homemade pesto (you can use your own or try the one below!)

Simple…
Cut the brussel sprouts in half and marinate with the pesto for about two hours… if you’re in a hurry you can skip the marinating and go straight to the roasting, but if you have the time it definitely makes a difference. Roast on the grill or in a roasting pan placing the open half down first until slightly golden, turn to the other side and add the pecans and cranberries to roast with the sprouts just for a few seconds. You want the flavors to blend but don’t over cook the berries and nuts for they can taste bitter! and that’s it! serve them as a side with other roasted veggies, maybe some quinoa or what ever or by themselves, they are that nutritious and tasty can be a meal on it’s own!

For the pesto I usually keep it simple and fast by filling about half of the blender with basil, four to six garlic cloves, little sea salt, little pepper and about two cups of virgin olive oil. Once blended you may add more basil or oil until you get the consistency you like… mine is always thick and super green!! if you want to vary a bit you can always add cilantro, parsley or other herbs and get creative=]

Fundamentals of my fast – How, Why, etc.

PARASITE CLEANSE TEA USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH FAST – HERE – like you should click on the word here…=]

The fundamentals of my fast are pretty simple and will save those of you not interested in details of my life.  This initial part is just to give you an overview of what I am doing and a basic understanding of why.  As the fast progresses, I will be adding pictures, my daily intakes and general experiences.  Please enjoy and drop me a line with any questions!  Aloha! For starters, when fasting, we have to look at the long term effect, in a fast you will be purposely denying your body nutrients and intake of energy in the form of food.  By doing this, your body will begin to cannibalize itself for the necessary “stuff”, to go about its daily business. This “digging deep”, into ones own personal body allows for release of many accumulated toxins as these are most easily found in our fats, just as with the animals you eat should your dietary flow take you in that direction, toxins are in fat. So by burning through this layer and many others, we release long held toxins, as you can imagine the results are usually beneficial – after a time. If you are detoxing, then you must realize that your body must now get rid of said toxic material, this will be through the skin, lungs [breath], and eliminatory orifices or the male and female respectively. As the toxins are removed, they will travel through the various organs to be separated and moved on various courses.  This will in turn give you a variety of symptoms or perhaps none at all. You may feel chills, dizzy, dis oriented, flu like, ill tempered, foul, angry, sad, etc. You will also at times feel great. Just know that this is normal and if you never allow yourself to go through it, the cleansing, at some point there will be problems, it is simply how the body works. After having taken myself down to the essence, I will then begin to rebuild.  This is a very exciting part as you essentially get to choose how you will re shape yourself.  Thankfully I have landed at an extremely organic and very well thought out/led farm by the former creator of Seeds of Change, Gabriel Howearth, he didn’t sell out, I heard the story. To be here when I emerge from my fast will be to take in some of the most nutrient dense foods available in the Baja peninsula and perhaps this region of Mexico. I will be as strong as I was, but now stronger as what I rebuild all the muscle and bone with will be high quality ingredients, this will be my new basis.  As I continue riding my bike and accumulate “layers” or “strata” or non organic and in many cases toxic material, the very same I seek to lose now by fasting, the effects will not be so detrimental as my new base layer will be ninja. Forty days is a heckuva time though, poco a poco, to the last. It is always necessary to plan the rebuild phase of any fast to be commensurate with what was churned up and discarded.  One must also be careful to not harbor cravings lest a binge happen and the whole process be thrown for a loop, simple consideration of ones actions will do, that and a modicum of responsibility. There are many fasts to choose from.  Master Cleanse, tea cleanses, mono food cleanses, parasite, liver, all kinds of cleanses. Do your research and plan accordingly.  For the first few days you will be feeling pretty sketchy, but hey, its to be expected, you are doing an epic detox right=]

13-2-13

The date is written in the traditional style of the rest of the world, day, month, year.

The only thing separating me from what I truly wish to be is me, that much I get…

How to stop myself from being myself is a whole different issue, I may not even be wording it right.

Today marks the first day of my fast.  My intention with this si to go for a full forty days as this seems to be the requisite number of days as put forth in many places as many people have used this number of days.

I had a grapefruit for breakfast, I chewed gingerly as my back right molar was still a bit sensitive from the cavaton, my cavity mas grande and drank a tea from Pau DÁrco, Nashishia, lemon grass, a little Tulsi – Indian Holy Basil, and some Nettle.

I restarted the fire from the night before, am writing, have tea, have the Natural Home and Garden magazine that contains my sketch of the garden and the list of all that is planted there.  I got through the alphabet and then switched to A1, A2, A3… and so on all the way to A34.  I honestly dfo not know if aI am any closer to the completion than when I started or by some chance if I have started in a way that will now require twice as much work as I must simply start again lest trying to understand the confusion I set down to paper as I wondered round the Labyrinth deciphering my own handwriting and that of three others, included in the mix is Gabriel who’s own handwriting, understandable and regrettably leaves a bit, for me, to be desired, that and his frequent deviations from what he said is his required way of denoting a tag…

I love it!

Howearth is his name, Mr. Gabriel Howearth, and howfitting for a man who knows so much that he could easily be considered a gentleman who has forgotten more than we shall ever know, sort of thing, and yet he, somehow manages to retain and recall such a vast trove of knowledge that it begs the question, “How?”.

Gabriel just recently informed that today is Ash Wednesday, to atone for the sin accrued in the time since Fat Tuesday.

The day of fasting.

How convenient and telling.

The fast is for a few reasons which I originally set out to record here, for my own clarification an aid in intention and vision setting, after all, I am on what would be described by some as a profound quest for vision.  I have not endeavored on a greater journey in my life, and I say this after quite a time of endeavoring on many different jounries, some, at the start, I had no idea how I was going to simply get from Point A to Point B.  And now I do not even truly know what to do about starting and yet I am in Day 1 right now.

Absolutely amazing…. I watched Deadman in parts… again.

Every night and every morn, some to misery are born

Every morn and every night, some are born to sweet delight

Some are born to sweet delight

Some are born to endless night

Hokahey Willaim Blake, it suits you.

I have been thinking that I royally screwed up with Diana, that I lost something that is irreplaceable, ever.  I know that there are things like that, Love is one fo them, no matter what happens, I find I don’t give this enough thought when I am in its thralls and even less when I find that the flame is now a guttering spark.

Its only later when I realize, if I only wold have done this, that, and the other, and all would have been in acordanced to the vision I have for myself.

And then I think of all the times I did do this that and the other and yet, still, my vision was not in accordance with my life.

So I began to wonder, and then at times, it does work out when I seemingly am not trying and other times it will work out when I try my hardest.

And then there are those times when…

So here is my life, it’s fairly sprawled out before anyone who bothers to look, of which I know of a very few, assuredly in this world and day there must be a few more, I like it, my life.  I say this in retrospect, and of course with the afore mentioned filter of shoulda coulda woulda, the story of how it all woulda been bettah, and yet, I love it all the same.

I suppose this is as close as I can feel to being a parent without having had a child, loving my life for all it has been when I think of it, though I imagine there are parents who when they think of their children they are filled with regret anger, perhaps, shame for some, who knows, I know I have felt all those things about myself, and do still on a near continual basis.

Which is why I’m fasting.

I don’t recommend this for everyone or anyone, afterall, Im me, so I really don’t recommend as who am I?  I come off many tmes, I think, in other peoples estimation as a pushy character, I assure myself I am not, but then, isn’t it all relative and in the eye of the beholder.

Hmmm, maybe I am an asshat afterall=]

Well, I know that this will help me see many things, I will burn down to layers of being, I’m speaking literally and figuratively here, that have not been looked at since birth.  I will literally shed through a process of self imposed cannibalism of sort on my own body, I will burn in the ovens of my cells grasping for more shit to burn for energy, the Krebs cycle, more ATP, I will go on a cellular level to the very core of who I am physically.  I hope youre following me so far, this is just the science of the corpeal body, next we have mental and spiritual, all of which are going to be whapnoodled.

So, there I am burning on a physical level that which I had been, that which I consumed made me, now I burn it, literally albeit on a microscopic level, I burn that which I was and from the ashes, a Phoenix of my choosing will arise.

A 40 day fast is just the beginning, I don’t plan, on the physical sense to simply tear down my physical body without a very solid rebuild plan!  Look where I am, as a vegan I am in the Halcyon fields of Glory.  I have organic everything all day, in 40 of them.

So my physical rebuild will be a grapefruit on day 40, a couple on 41, 42 gets some water mix greens, aloe and limon and slowly but surely I will tunr on my digestive system.

Now, as my digestive system came to an essential shut down, all the chemical process and machinations which make us, us, it freed up many essential amino acids, it freed up a whole lot of energy in essence for some serious healing work, as I continue to drink water, the body will go into an ever increasing conservation mode and this process will slow but never end as mentioned earlier, something[s] will be found to burn for keeping me alive on cellular levels, un needed things, my dna will literally register this event and adapt, as will it register the subsequent influx of organic raw ingredients and do a massive rebuild, making, hopefully a more, hmmm, perfect, kinda works, me.

Fasting as it seems to me is about taking care of the one doing the juggling and not that which is being juggled.

Im by no means a fast fanatic, my longest being 6 and half to seven days, more like 6.  I may never fast again, who knows, but for now, this is the plan.

The point of the fast is to go very slow, this will serve as my first full scale halt and re-evaluation of my round the world ride.  My funds are quite low from what they were at starting, I have made progress and yet, not as much as I had reckoned on making, I have not felt that time was wasted anywhere, and yet, perhaps, it was not so wisely used either?

Now is the time to run the tale of tape, all the way back to adolescence, see what the grand design has come to be, see what is me.

Many things need to be re-arranged in order for me to be at my most, I guess that’s it, to be at my most.

It is very much my intention to cycle the planet, though I will admit that I have had some strong leanings towards making this a pedaling and sailing adventure.

It is after all my life first and foremost, whatever has been made real to the world via the website is a fraction of what is me.

I have intent, both near, mid and long term.  My near term goal is most always some vague notion of personal growth, long term is an orphanage where the children are taught everything and anything, from Kung fu and Ninjitsu to advanced Euclidean Geometry and trans rational thought in a parallel shift axis universe with fundamental expulsion creativity theory.

Mid term goal is to have an epic adventure around the world by bike and boat where I help wherever I find myself, ending with finding a spot to settle grow good organic food, surf warm waters all year, or most of the year and be surrounded by a small community of good people and god willing, a wife to help me run the orphanage.

Now I am learning what needs to be taught to change the world, but I guess I started that at birth=]

Yup=]

Day 1, ash Wednesday – three grapefruits, lots of water and tea.

Day 2 – again, lots of water, Pau Dárco tea, later Chamomile tea.  Did Qi Gong in the a.m, planted lots of seeds and practiced acupuncture on Gabriel.

Now its 3am and I cannot sleep even a little bit, heart broken, I thought it would go away after midnight of the 14th, but, still here, just bummed out, heartbroken on my own shortcomings really…  Jeez, and I still have 38 days to go…=]  And I just saw a mosquito fly in front of the aquarium glow of my computer screen, sigh…  Al Green time…

Day 3 – Energy is returning in a major way, when I am weeding and stand however I get to ride the wave of some extreme dizziness, maybe coke flashbacks or something…  Potted up 30 rare types of Aloe and did some Bamboo transplants, totally beat.  Planted the rest of the Labyrinth garden and am now looking forward to some nice chill nothing time=]

Lots of water and still teas, not that I am tired of water, it’s just that we go through drinking water so quick that I use the tap to make the teas and help keep the peace.

One of the teas I like is simple Neem with Himalayan Basil, you can feel it doing things inside.  Neem is a cure all plant and is widely used in India as a tea along with cinnamon.

Day 4 – My sleeplessness continues, I am so tired and sluggish and yet as soon as I lay down, my eyes pop open and I stare at the ceiling until just before the sun rises when I really start to get sleepy and then, the sun rises.

Day 5 – Tea of the day was Neem, Episote, Nashia, and Cassia [the seed pod looking thing], had an overall chill day, Katia blew up big time in the a.m., a lot of very heavy stuff going on, but hey, that’s life and I am finally, surprisingly in a place to control it!  Never woulda thought…  Anyway, it looks as though I can be of service here while I am service to myself, so why not, this is a very rare place, it needs help, perfect!

I made a lot of chopsticks out of rare bamboos today to give to the visitors as gifts.

I feel energy in my body a lot better, my acupuncture sessions with Gabriel are getting more intense as I seem to be able to feel more whats happening inside him.  I definitely feel the energy, just not the physical strength, getting skinnier as well, Im going to look like Gandhi soon=]

Day 6 – typing, looking forward to meeting the creators of Maca Magic, Im supposed to be moving a mature palm tree, gonna use the fasting card on that one, still not sleeping, I even did a sitting meditation for over an hour last night prior to bed to get myself in that super chill zone, hit the pillow and eyes sprung open, I don’t know what it is, further I don’t know where I get the energy to go through the day, maybe Im sleeping somehow in there, no clue.

Day 7 – had a Green Juice, made sure to run it through a coffee filter so it was pure, still kicked off my digestive system, so no more of that.  Had a bit of Maca tincture, holy cow, that hit me like a rocket, wait for that until I am eating again=]  Passed out while peeing, one minute I was watering a tree, the next I was bouncing off it and finding myself on the ground wondering what the F?

Later that night while adjusting the fire I was stung by a Scorpion, so I got to get some of the medicine from the magic creatures=]

Day 8 – 0 energy, like none.  Too tired to even walk, what does this mean, I am DETOXING, which is great.  I have decided to only do a 14 day fast so that I do not lose all my muscle tone.  I spoke with Mr. Howearth and he totally agrees, he said that should I do a 20 to 40 day fast, I would be looking at 3-4 months of recovery time, not into that at this point, I have some cycling to do and a world to save!

Day 9 and 10 will be written about when I have my notebook with me, they were pretty tame and included not a whole lot and tea.

All in all the fast was a success, the only part that wasn’t successful and that should be looked at by YOU is how I came off the fast.  You didn’t think you just start drinking mocha fraps and eating burgers did you, goodness, you need to take time!

The first day I had a grapefruit.

The second day a green drink and a grapefruit and then at night one too many bananas.

Now, on the second day I am already overboard.  You need to go slow and steady when you come back into this.  A few days of just green drinks made from organic greens, by the fourth day you are now adding in some miso soup WITHOUT SOY, soy is kind of bad news and we will discuss this later in some other article, for now trust me, if it isn’t a naturally fermented soy product, like organic soy sauce or Tempeh, you don’t really need it and are better off without it.

You want to give yourself a slow ramping up of at least as many days as you actually fasted, so if you fasted for 5 days, you would come back to regular food over five days.

I was eating hot sauce and bean by day 5, I fasted for 10, I am a bad boy indeed!

Seriously, the results and benefits from the fast come from the total package, both the fast and the slow return, you return to quickly as I did, you will be lucky to achieve good results.  Lucky for me I’m lucky=]  Next time I will adhere strictly to this regimen.

Fasting is one of the oldest known ways to cure disease both of the body and the mind, of course, with fasting, it must be done on purpose, NEVER IMPOSE THIS ON ANYONE.The fundamentals of my fast are pretty simple and will save those of you not interested in details of my life.  This initial part is just to give you an overview of what I am doing and a basic understanding of why.  As the fast progresses, I will be adding pictures, my daily intakes and general experiences.  Please enjoy and drop me a line with any questions!  Aloha! For starters, when fasting, we have to look at the long term effect, in a fast you will be purposely denying your body nutrients and intake of energy in the form of food.  By doing this, your body will begin to cannibalize itself for the necessary “stuff”, to go about its daily business. This “digging deep”, into ones own personal body allows for release of many accumulated toxins as these are most easily found in our fats, just as with the animals you eat should your dietary flow take you in that direction, toxins are in fat. So by burning through this layer and many others, we release long held toxins, as you can imagine the results are usually beneficial – after a time. If you are detoxing, then you must realize that your body must now get rid of said toxic material, this will be through the skin, lungs [breath], and eliminatory orifices or the male and female respectively. As the toxins are removed, they will travel through the various organs to be separated and moved on various courses.  This will in turn give you a variety of symptoms or perhaps none at all. You may feel chills, dizzy, dis oriented, flu like, ill tempered, foul, angry, sad, etc. You will also at times feel great. Just know that this is normal and if you never allow yourself to go through it, the cleansing, at some point there will be problems, it is simply how the body works. After having taken myself down to the essence, I will then begin to rebuild.  This is a very exciting part as you essentially get to choose how you will re shape yourself.  Thankfully I have landed at an extremely organic and very well thought out/led farm by the former creator of Seeds of Change, Gabriel Howearth, he didn’t sell out, I heard the story. To be here when I emerge from my fast will be to take in some of the most nutrient dense foods available in the Baja peninsula and perhaps this region of Mexico. I will be as strong as I was, but now stronger as what I rebuild all the muscle and bone with will be high quality ingredients, this will be my new basis.  As I continue riding my bike and accumulate “layers” or “strata” or non organic and in many cases toxic material, the very same I seek to lose now by fasting, the effects will not be so detrimental as my new base layer will be ninja. Forty days is a heckuva time though, poco a poco, to the last. It is always necessary to plan the rebuild phase of any fast to be commensurate with what was churned up and discarded.  One must also be careful to not harbor cravings lest a binge happen and the whole process be thrown for a loop, simple consideration of ones actions will do, that and a modicum of responsibility. There are many fasts to choose from.  Master Cleanse, tea cleanses, mono food cleanses, parasite, liver, all kinds of cleanses. Do your research and plan accordingly.  For the first few days you will be feeling pretty sketchy, but hey, its to be expected, you are doing an epic detox right=]

13-2-13

The date is written in the traditional style of the rest of the world, day, month, year.

The only thing separating me from what I truly wish to be is me, that much I get…

How to stop myself from being myself is a whole different issue, I may not even be wording it right.

Today marks the first day of my fast.  My intention with this si to go for a full forty days as this seems to be the requisite number of days as put forth in many places as many people have used this number of days.

I had a grapefruit for breakfast, I chewed gingerly as my back right molar was still a bit sensitive from the cavaton, my cavity mas grande and drank a tea from Pau DÁrco, Nashishia, lemon grass, a little Tulsi – Indian Holy Basil, and some Nettle.

 

I restarted the fire from the night before, am writing, have tea, have the Natural Home and Garden magazine that contains my sketch of the garden and the list of all that is planted there.  I got through the alphabet and then switched to A1, A2, A3… and so on all the way to A34.  I honestly dfo not know if aI am any closer to the completion than when I started or by some chance if I have started in a way that will now require twice as much work as I must simply start again lest trying to understand the confusion I set down to paper as I wondered round the Labyrinth deciphering my own handwriting and that of three others, included in the mix is Gabriel who’s own handwriting, understandable and regrettably leaves a bit, for me, to be desired, that and his frequent deviations from what he said is his required way of denoting a tag…

I love it!

Howearth is his name, Mr. Gabriel Howearth, and howfitting for a man who knows so much that he could easily be considered a gentleman who has forgotten more than we shall ever know, sort of thing, and yet he, somehow manages to retain and recall such a vast trove of knowledge that it begs the question, “How?”.

Gabriel just recently informed that today is Ash Wednesday, to atone for the sin accrued in the time since Fat Tuesday.

The day of fasting.

How convenient and telling.

The fast is for a few reasons which I originally set out to record here, for my own clarification an aid in intention and vision setting, after all, I am on what would be described by some as a profound quest for vision.  I have not endeavored on a greater journey in my life, and I say this after quite a time of endeavoring on many different jounries, some, at the start, I had no idea how I was going to simply get from Point A to Point B.  And now I do not even truly know what to do about starting and yet I am in Day 1 right now.

Absolutely amazing…. I watched Deadman in parts… again.

Every night and every morn, some to misery are born

Every morn and every night, some are born to sweet delight

Some are born to sweet delight

Some are born to endless night

Hokahey Willaim Blake, it suits you.

I have been thinking that I royally screwed up with Diana, that I lost something that is irreplaceable, ever.  I know that there are things like that, Love is one fo them, no matter what happens, I find I don’t give this enough thought when I am in its thralls and even less when I find that the flame is now a guttering spark.

Its only later when I realize, if I only wold have done this, that, and the other, and all would have been in acordanced to the vision I have for myself.

And then I think of all the times I did do this that and the other and yet, still, my vision was not in accordance with my life.

So I began to wonder, and then at times, it does work out when I seemingly am not trying and other times it will work out when I try my hardest.

And then there are those times when…

So here is my life, it’s fairly sprawled out before anyone who bothers to look, of which I know of a very few, assuredly in this world and day there must be a few more, I like it, my life.  I say this in retrospect, and of course with the afore mentioned filter of shoulda coulda woulda, the story of how it all woulda been bettah, and yet, I love it all the same.

I suppose this is as close as I can feel to being a parent without having had a child, loving my life for all it has been when I think of it, though I imagine there are parents who when they think of their children they are filled with regret anger, perhaps, shame for some, who knows, I know I have felt all those things about myself, and do still on a near continual basis.

Which is why I’m fasting.

I don’t recommend this for everyone or anyone, afterall, Im me, so I really don’t recommend as who am I?  I come off many tmes, I think, in other peoples estimation as a pushy character, I assure myself I am not, but then, isn’t it all relative and in the eye of the beholder.

Hmmm, maybe I am an asshat afterall=]

Well, I know that this will help me see many things, I will burn down to layers of being, I’m speaking literally and figuratively here, that have not been looked at since birth.  I will literally shed through a process of self imposed cannibalism of sort on my own body, I will burn in the ovens of my cells grasping for more shit to burn for energy, the Krebs cycle, more ATP, I will go on a cellular level to the very core of who I am physically.  I hope youre following me so far, this is just the science of the corpeal body, next we have mental and spiritual, all of which are going to be whapnoodled.

 

So, there I am burning on a physical level that which I had been, that which I consumed made me, now I burn it, literally albeit on a microscopic level, I burn that which I was and from the ashes, a Phoenix of my choosing will arise.

A 40 day fast is just the beginning, I don’t plan, on the physical sense to simply tear down my physical body without a very solid rebuild plan!  Look where I am, as a vegan I am in the Halcyon fields of Glory.  I have organic everything all day, in 40 of them.

So my physical rebuild will be a grapefruit on day 40, a couple on 41, 42 gets some water mix greens, aloe and limon and slowly but surely I will tunr on my digestive system.

Now, as my digestive system came to an essential shut down, all the chemical process and machinations which make us, us, it freed up many essential amino acids, it freed up a whole lot of energy in essence for some serious healing work, as I continue to drink water, the body will go into an ever increasing conservation mode and this process will slow but never end as mentioned earlier, something[s] will be found to burn for keeping me alive on cellular levels, un needed things, my dna will literally register this event and adapt, as will it register the subsequent influx of organic raw ingredients and do a massive rebuild, making, hopefully a more, hmmm, perfect, kinda works, me.

Fasting as it seems to me is about taking care of the one doing the juggling and not that which is being juggled.

Im by no means a fast fanatic, my longest being 6 and half to seven days, more like 6.  I may never fast again, who knows, but for now, this is the plan.

The point of the fast is to go very slow, this will serve as my first full scale halt and re-evaluation of my round the world ride.  My funds are quite low from what they were at starting, I have made progress and yet, not as much as I had reckoned on making, I have not felt that time was wasted anywhere, and yet, perhaps, it was not so wisely used either?

Now is the time to run the tale of tape, all the way back to adolescence, see what the grand design has come to be, see what is me.

Many things need to be re-arranged in order for me to be at my most, I guess that’s it, to be at my most.

It is very much my intention to cycle the planet, though I will admit that I have had some strong leanings towards making this a pedaling and sailing adventure.

It is after all my life first and foremost, whatever has been made real to the world via the website is a fraction of what is me.

I have intent, both near, mid and long term.  My near term goal is most always some vague notion of personal growth, long term is an orphanage where the children are taught everything and anything, from Kung fu and Ninjitsu to advanced Euclidean Geometry and trans rational thought in a parallel shift axis universe with fundamental expulsion creativity theory.

Mid term goal is to have an epic adventure around the world by bike and boat where I help wherever I find myself, ending with finding a spot to settle grow good organic food, surf warm waters all year, or most of the year and be surrounded by a small community of good people and god willing, a wife to help me run the orphanage.

Now I am learning what needs to be taught to change the world, but I guess I started that at birth=]

Yup=]

Day 1, ash Wednesday – three grapefruits, lots of water and tea.

Day 2 – again, lots of water, Pau Dárco tea, later Chamomile tea.  Did Qi Gong in the a.m, planted lots of seeds and practiced acupuncture on Gabriel.

Now its 3am and I cannot sleep even a little bit, heart broken, I thought it would go away after midnight of the 14th, but, still here, just bummed out, heartbroken on my own shortcomings really…  Jeez, and I still have 38 days to go…=]  And I just saw a mosquito fly in front of the aquarium glow of my computer screen, sigh…  Al Green time…

Day 3 – Energy is returning in a major way, when I am weeding and stand however I get to ride the wave of some extreme dizziness, maybe coke flashbacks or something…  Potted up 30 rare types of Aloe and did some Bamboo transplants, totally beat.  Planted the rest of the Labyrinth garden and am now looking forward to some nice chill nothing time=]

Lots of water and still teas, not that I am tired of water, it’s just that we go through drinking water so quick that I use the tap to make the teas and help keep the peace.

One of the teas I like is simple Neem with Himalayan Basil, you can feel it doing things inside.  Neem is a cure all plant and is widely used in India as a tea along with cinnamon.

Day 4 – My sleeplessness continues, I am so tired and sluggish and yet as soon as I lay down, my eyes pop open and I stare at the ceiling until just before the sun rises when I really start to get sleepy and then, the sun rises.

Day 5 – Tea of the day was Neem, Episote, Nashia, and Cassia [the seed pod looking thing], had an overall chill day, Katia blew up big time in the a.m., a lot of very heavy stuff going on, but hey, that’s life and I am finally, surprisingly in a place to control it!  Never woulda thought…  Anyway, it looks as though I can be of service here while I am service to myself, so why not, this is a very rare place, it needs help, perfect!

I made a lot of chopsticks out of rare bamboos today to give to the visitors as gifts.

I feel energy in my body a lot better, my acupuncture sessions with Gabriel are getting more intense as I seem to be able to feel more whats happening inside him.  I definitely feel the energy, just not the physical strength, getting skinnier as well, Im going to look like Gandhi soon=]

Day 6 – typing, looking forward to meeting the creators of Maca Magic, Im supposed to be moving a mature palm tree, gonna use the fasting card on that one, still not sleeping, I even did a sitting meditation for over an hour last night prior to bed to get myself in that super chill zone, hit the pillow and eyes sprung open, I don’t know what it is, further I don’t know where I get the energy to go through the day, maybe Im sleeping somehow in there, no clue.

Day 7 – had a Green Juice, made sure to run it through a coffee filter so it was pure, still kicked off my digestive system, so no more of that.  Had a bit of Maca tincture, holy cow, that hit me like a rocket, wait for that until I am eating again=]  Pased out while peeing, one minute I was watering a tree, the next I was bouncing off it and finding myself on the ground wondering what the F?

Later that night while adjusting the fire I was stung by a Scorpion, so I got to get some of the medicine from the magic creatures=]

Day 8 – 0 energy, like none.  Too tired to even walk, what does this mean, I am DETOXING, which is great.  I have decided to only do a 14 day fast so that I do not lose all my muscle tone.  I spoke with Mr. Howearth and he totally agrees, he said that should I do a 20 to 40 day fast, I would be looking at 3-4 months of recovery time, not into that at this point, I have some cycling to do and a world to save!

 

 

Ayurveda on a daily dose… Rise and shine!!

With a background in yoga it has always made sense to me following Ayurveda as a great health guidance. Specially in times like today when we have so much available information, sometimes is hard to know what to do, how to best take care of our health. My advice is: do your research! Read, learn, investigate, ask, but most than all, experiment. Discover what your body needs and wants, how it works. Your body is different than mine, different than any other, so it has very individual and personal needs, only YOU can know what YOU need to be healthy…

That being said, Ayurveda works for me precisely because it relies on understanding each entity as unique, each living creature as one of a kind and in constant transformation. So not only you are different from anyone else, you are also different today, this morning, than you were yesterday or will be by this evening. Then it becomes obvious, you need to pay attention, to be here right now and live this moment. For taking care of your health, you must pay attention to how you are feeling moment by moment and act accordingly. Then, Ayurveda relies on habits, on the daily life; what a better way to prevent instead of fixing, even more, to make sure we’re allowing our body to express itself fully, letting our life energy flow freely.

Here’s an easy basic morning routine that will help balance your body and promote self awareness…

Wake up early, before sunrise!

From 2 am to 6 am it’s vata time in terms of energy in the atmosphere. Everything around and inside us begin to wake, to move and it’s a good idea filling yourself with this refreshing energy. Go out, breathe the morning air, fill up your lungs, your eyes with the peaceful dawn.

Drink 2 to 4 cups of luke warm water with a little bit of lime or lemon.
This will not only hydrate your body but also stimulate your internal organs, flush your kidneys and promote cleansing of the bowels. Lime juice is highly alkaline and filled with vitamins and minerals too.

Splash your face with fresh water to rehydrate the skin, remove accumulated heat from the eyes and stimulate your nervous system. Move your eyes around, from side to side, up and down, gentle circles and so forth.

Brush your teeth with natural toothpaste, avoid chemicals and harsh ingredients and scrape your tongue to remove toxins and stimulate your digestive tract and taste buds. The tongue is a good indicator of your whole digestive tract, pay attention to the appearance your tongue, any accumulations on the surface, any weird colors or shapes. You can find tongue scrapers in most health stores or you can use a spoon, scrape about ten times from back to front until you have removed any thick yucky stuff. Then rinse your mouth with warm olive or sesame oil, swish the oil around for two, three minutes and spit, don’t swallow! With your index finger gently massage your gums to stimulate and lubricate the tissues.

Now massage your ears and keep on massaging the rest of your face. You can do a dry massage but if you have the time is a good idea using a little oil that will nourish your skin and lubricate the tissues to a cellular level. For the face light oils like almond, sunflower or camelia are great. Then move on to the scalp, coconut oil is great for the hair. In Ayurveda there is an oil blend called Brahmi oil that is wonderful for the head and hair and that helps to clear the mind, relax the senses and induce meditation. Then massage the rest of your body. Sesame, coconut, olive and sunflower oils and all very good options. Stay away from mineral oil and artificial fragrances, I like to get my oils on the food section of the supermarket, feed your skin with natural food=]

Finish with a bath or shower and a fresh, whole, healthy breakfast. Remember breakfast is the most important meal of the day so don’t skip it! However keep it light and of easy digestion; a smoothie is always a great idea, a green juice too or if you want something more consistent how about some muesli or granola with almond milk….

Beginners guide to Barefoot Running or, Ninjas on Patrol Mother Nature Style

Running on the beach a few days ago afforded me with much insight into the idea, as I see, behind running and how to be more efficient with it.

Further I was shown the more intelligent side of myself as when we got to the end of our first phase of running we were met by a military serviceman who was stationed there specifically to turn away everyone as the military was having a live fire event.  It got me thinking that given the lassez faire attitude so easily and readily adopted here in Mexico, there are good odds for potentially unexploded ordinance, ergo, no more running through this particular set fo dunes for me…. The philosopher Seneca and the naturalist Darwin would be proud.  But that was last week, this week, I pushed the odds and was greeted by the familiar sound of whumps and pops as they continued training this week, I decided to use the gift of adrenaline wisely, a true gift, you have almost no control over its release save through your diet and once it hits the bloodstream, you use it or lose it, there is no putting it back in the glands, as with nitrous in a car, its going out the tailpipe regardless of what you do with it.

My point is this, up till now, running was a love of mine that took a lot of energy and left me with aches and pains, the lower back, ankles, knees (remember those spots!), I did it because I loved it, now I still love it and IT CAUSES ME NO PAIN!

Please, read on….

Running…

As best I can now tell, running is a very complex controlled fall and if you use the act of falling as your source of energy, keeping the muscles engaged as part of a shock absorption and rebound unit, things become much easier and more enjoyable with the potential for longer easier runs.  Imagine that, using something as it is intended and getting better results!  No wonder we dont do it right!  Ha!  Just kidding, we have largely be trained to run as we do based on the lack of education from our parents and through the learned behavior brought on by our shoes which we will speak to later.
First, the form.  The form is the key, think of your body as a machine made from a vast array of simpler machines, fulcrums, pulleys and so on.  In anything form is the key isnt it, and I think that perhaps when I watch the runners in the Olympics, I am set back by how they look simply because they move with form, whereas up until now I had very little.

Lets look at over all form:

You want have your back straight, upright, shoulders relaxed, arms loose and slightly bent at the elbows.  If you take a martial art, you know this, except your arms will be protecting your body and not relaxing by your sides.
The hips are the key to my inspiration.  At first I didnt realize I was doing it, then I noticed it, but did my very best to let the motion be, and just keep doing its thing, and then I got it.
I was using them in a side to side motion, but really picking up my entire leg from the hip or dan tien area.
The dan tien is the area in chinese medicine/martial arts that is the seat of your power, one of my students Carlos who is a very good salsa dancer and instructor told me that his teacher taught him to move fomr this area, so we begin to see the strain that ties good movement to this area, so now we apply it to running for you!
In a nasic sense we can view the hip leg area in car terms.  For me, the hip represents the cam shaft, the leg the connecting rod and the piston is the foot.Four_stroke_engine_diagram
If you are not familiar with cars this will be lost on you, here is some wiki love to help you with the picture…
The movement comes from the hips, almost as though you are “sallying” back and forth.
In Baguazhang Kung Fu we have the same movement for the legs with the fixed posture walking.  The entire leg is lifted from the hip and then moved forward and placed, all the time the movement coming from the hips.  This is an extremely slow movement as it is a moving meditation exercise yet, the priciple applies.
Try it, try walking from your hips, of course you can allow for the leg to move from the knee and the ankle will flex, but this will happen due to you being completely relaxed in those areas, they will naturally move.
Many times we actually run in part from the musculature of the knee, I used to do this, it feels natural especially with the way shoes are made.  The thick, shock absorbing soles allow you to feel better running with a heel strike.
This may feel ok due to the padding, it is in fact an incorrect use of the machinery we call the leg.  I call your attention to prosthetic legs used for sports like the Olympics, where does the strike come from in the prosthetic, the front or the back?

oscar_ristorius_leg_prosthetics
if it made sense for the HEEL to be the point of impact, i.e., if that was the anatomically correct way to run, wouldnt it then make sense that the point of impact would be in the back and not the front as we see pictured?  I use this as one example and also would like to bring your attention to the kinetic chain, this is described in detail in another article here.

Essentially, the kinetic chain is how energy travels through the body.  If you move rightly, there is no problem, you use the machine as intended, move incorrectly, you begin to break down your machine at many points eventually resulting in medical problems.

The forefoot is flexible and made up of a chain of bones and muscles, made to flex, the heel is a solid extrusion of bone with a ball at the end.  It is completely inflexible and if it wasnt for the thickness of your shoes, I assure you, your gait would naturally begin to take and make use of the forefoot strike.

The Forefoot Strike.

Forefoot_Midfoot_Hindfoot_diagramIf you look at the forefoot pictured, you will see the two balls of the feet are perfectly situated to absorb impact using the network of ligaments and tendons, the small bones can absorb a lot of shock and distribute it evenly and in such a way as to dissapate said shock at each foot strike.  The toes are there for a vast array of fine tuning the movements, many times they will not be put into play.  In the beginning, as you learn the nuances of your new running machine, you may find that you are sore and get cramps in various parts of your feet.
With time this will pass, it is only becuase you are literally re learning how to move, as when we learn most things we become tense, your feet will especially become tense and tired very quickly during this initial stage of learning to fly.
The forefoot will come into contact with the earth and the heel will begin to collapse the foot downward as it too comes to the earth.  It will never touch, only for the briefest of moments and it will not be a starting point for your forward motion.  REMEMBER, you are not using your heel for anything in your new stride.  It briefly graces the earth and is off again.
So how do I move forward if Im not pushing off with my heel or pushing off from the knees!?!
Youre falling.  We all have heard at times, perhaps you have, thatnwalking is nothing more than controlled falling.  This is totally correct, and once we start utilizing our bodies as the machines they were created to be, we will notice this effect in an almost exaggerated way.  Therein lies the beauty!
So much energy is lost in running by simply using the wrong muscles to make forward propulsion, where I am suggesting you use the power of gravity from the fall coupled with a fulcruming action with every step.  Your energy loss drops to a third of what you most likely have been using.
Here we are, picture this…
At the start – Your leg is essentially a machine arm that has three MAIN points of movement:
Ankle
Knee
Hips

The ankle and the knee you Do Not need to focus on except to keep them relaxed and loose.  Movement will come from the hips and yes, this will feel wierd at the beginning, thats Ok, when you first learned to walk it was wierd as well, embrace the wierd.
As you pick up your foot from the hip, the knee will naturally break as it responds well to gravity and is a joint that goes back and forth, if you lift the upper leg, the lower will swing as the foot follows gravity downward.
You move forward due to your upper body being erect, spine straight, tail tucked, mass centered over your hips and slightly forward, this is how you control your speed, the more forward you lean your upper body, the more aggresive your forward motion will be.
Your hips will begin to “piston” , in other words, if a person were looking at you from the back, or I guess the front=], your hips would look like a see-saw when viewed from the side.
As you progress with your training, and do PLEASE remember to give yourself time, you will notice that you will begin to find rigid postures for your legs, i.e. That at times it will make more sense for you to use a minimal amount of energy to ensure that yournlegs are moving only at the hips and at the ankle, the knee is nearly locked and you are now operating a more advanced running machine.  If this happens embrace it!  I only write about it so you know that in my idea, it is totally O.K., it just took me a while to get to that point, you got there quicker… SWEET!
When striding, I find I can really kick out a jam, float over sand, even loose sand and it will feel and seem very ninja.  Many times, with loose sand as that is my primary medium of late,   I will hit three to four big strides, one or two small ones, two to three big ones a small one, back and forth, its such an amazing feeling to use this machine correctly.

Imagine, you have heard that we only use 10 percent of our brain right?  So imagine that through learned behavior and modern technological comfort the same is happening to your body!  You are literally being led to your own destruction physically.  And I do not feel I wax poetic.  One need only look at shoes to see whats what, as a human gets older, their shoes usually have thicker and thicker soles and padding until it looks as though they are walking in bumper cars, assuming they are even capable of doing so, many times we see walkers and even carts on people that if they took time to re use thier bodies correctly would begin to move right.
How many older generations in the very poor countries do you see with carts and walkers?  Not many, why, many times, I believe, it is due to thier lack of being able to afford nice shoes, they instead must make do with flat sandals usually made from recycled tires.
The most popular shoe craze right now is the minimalist footware explosion, currently being led, again, in my humble opinion by Vibram and Luna sandals.  Both of which are made of a thin, flat piece of hard rubber for the sole and minimal upper if any.  In the case of Lunas, they are modeled after the Tarahumara style sandal, this is an indigenous population of Indians in Northern Mexico who are known for thier ability to run mind boggling distances.  Another argument for minimalist shoe wear is the prescribed shoe wear of martial artists, yes, I am speaking about the Bruce Lee shoes.  That is minimalist footwear!  And now a word on the Tarahumara…  Thier footwear is called Huaraches=]

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

2 TarahumarasThe word for themselves, Rarámuri, means “runners on foot” or “those who run fast” in their native tongue according to some early ethnographers like Norwegian Carl Lumholtz, though this interpretation has not been fully agreed upon. With widely dispersed settlements, these people developed a tradition of long-distance running up to 200 miles (320 km) in one session, over a period of two days through their homeland of rough canyon country, for intervillage communication and transportation as well as to hunt.[2]

The Tarahumara also use the toe strike method of running, which is natural for barefoot running. The long-distance running tradition also has ceremonial and competitive aspects. Often, male runners kick wooden balls as they run in “foot throwing”, or rarajipari competitions, and females use a stick and hoop. The foot throwing races are relays where the balls are kicked by the runners and relayed to the next runner while teammates run ahead to the next relay point. These races can last anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days without a break.

Pre-tool humans may have used persistence hunting universally to hunt prey. Humans in excellent physical shape, given the time, can outrun quadrupeds, which slow down when fleeing over long distances and lose their ability to pant while running.

This has been thier style running implement for 300 smoe years, the only changes have been the materials used, what once was hand woven or stretched leather, is now more often than not a re-used motorcycle or similar tire.

I trust you have a bit of the idea of the look and feel so to speak of this way of running.  Now I waould like to suggest some ways to make this an easier transition and suggest some good places for you to try out your new form and get positive feedback from nature.

I mainly run barefoot in two conditions, sand and grass.  When my feet are super ninja I can do light to mediam gravel, but for this takes some time to build up to and has really only happened living in Hawaii.

SAND

Its absolutely fantiastic running in sand as more often than not it means there is a beach close by and I can think of no better place to stretch ones legs then by the shore.  Clean air, beautiful scenery and the perfect after run cold, depending on what beach, soak for your feet!

One of the tips I can offer is that if you live in an area which has patrolled beaches, go for the tire tracks and guides.  usually the sand will be firm enough, the tread pattern of the tire will provide light stimulation of the foot and the sand beneath the tread will be like a think one time use form fitting mattress for each step.  There is also a stretch of sand somewhere very near and sometimes in, the edge of the surf zone.  This 3-5 foot band will feel like running in a very thick, one time use, memory foam mattress and will provide you, in both cases, will provide you with valuable foot imprints.  These imprints will tell you a lot about your gait, foot strike, angleation [is that a word] of your feet, the splay, basically everything.  I suggest getting to the beach early so that you may have the fewest possible other footprints to muddle yours.  You want to be able to focus and have quality feedback from mother nature about what you are doing.  After the run, take a look at your starting tracks, your mid tracks and your finishing tracks.  You are looking Sherlock Holmes style, for a forefoot strike, light heel imprint and ninja claw action from your toes on each step.

As much as possible, you want your feet to be pointing straight ahead, too much side to side splaying on the imprint indicates a lot.  If you see this, focus on having your foot land straight ahead.  It may take time to switch from a duck or pigeon type step, thats O.K., start now, slowly but surely and you’ll be fine.

GRASS

I love it, takes me back to the end of my second divorce when I went to Australia to be a lifeguard at my mates waterpark in Ballaratt and forget about it all.  I started my trip in Surfers Paradise and found myself without running shoes.  As there was a large grass footi [Australian Rules Football] directly out the back gate, I decided to just go barefoot.

My life has never been the same since.  The freedom I felt that day was electric and inspirational in a way.  It felt good for the first time since childhood to have a body, that may sound a bit far out, but there it is.  No longer was my bag of bones a restriction, it was a blessing and I rocked it well.

Since then I have really progressed in my running and find there are many types of grass.  When you start you want to go for the lush stuff if you can find it.  The Bermuda, the golf course style lushness, not as short as that will negatively impact the shock absorption factor, but not so long that you are Indiana Jonesing it either.

If youre lucky you will find the type of grass that will give you the feedback we talked about earlier in relation to the sand.  Remember, feedback is key so you can continually fine tune your running and always become more ninja.

As you progress, you can begin to get into tougher and tougher grasses as this will activate different points on your feet and in reality, you want your feet to be as strong as, well, as strong as humanly possible, I mean, it makes sense right!?!?!

Another way to do this and make it fun is ULTIMATE FRISBEE!  I have played in both Hawaii and Singapore and both times barefoot.  The Singapore one was a bit much as I was playing with pros and the grass was more of a dirt field with patches, but it was such a good sore by the time the game was done, well worth it.  Make sure that you are well into your training and can already handle long runs barefoot.  You will end up running back and forth so much chasing that little disc you wont realize the distance you are truly covering and could end up doing some damage.

Remember your tomatoe plant, when you are eating the tomatoes, THEN you think about playing sports barefoot!

TIME

Give yourself a truckload of it and then some.  Chances are you have been pitter pattering all over for the last however long in all sorts of varying degrees of shoeness.  Thick soles, high heels, shitty flip flops etc.  Your gait and style of movement are more than likely wholly suited to the bumber car shoe future.

When you start, try walking for 5 to 10 minutes, three times a week.  At the end of the first week, you may have some soreness.  Using this as a base, AND making sure to inspect your step to ensure proper progression, gradually build your workout.  Do this very slowly as it will be extremely easy to over do it at this phase in training.  You will be re-activating very small, but very strong musculature, tendons, ligaments, bones will be fortifying them selves in this time, a lot will be going on.

So give it time, a great way to do this is find a medium speed growing plant, like a tomoato, plant it and as you see changes in the growth, use it as a rule for advancing your workout.  Many of you havent a clue of the human timeline anylonger as it has been taking a beating with smart phne technology, internet, social media, deadlines, simply being pulled in a million directions all the time with a global system that never sleeps.  The timeline of natural growth has been upset so totally that many of us now need help and guidance to re-learn if you will how to go about making the changes we say we would like to see.

Add in Genetic modification of food, plastic surgery, crash diets, weight loss in 30 days or less pills, etc.  You are being bombarded on so many levels a sense of urgency that it is TRULY a serious task getting your timeline back in order.  Another way to look at it is your baseline.  Please read the article on baselines here.

HEALTH

Many people may never realize the true damage done by imporperly using your feet via the condition called SHOES.  It is amazing what happens when yuo tinker with the kinetic chain in a seemingly easy way.  Would you be surprised to find out that many ailments, knee pain, hip pain, bunyons, planatr issues, low back, back in general, shoulder, neck and even migraine headaches can be caused by using shoes.  Its amazing and its a scientific reality.  I strongly urge you to walk barefoot as much as possible, as we are born is how we are meant to live.  The machine called your body is made, literally to work in certain ways.Through the artifice we call culture or civilization, we are doing harm to this machine on such a broad and sweeping range that it truly boggles the mind when you get into it.  For now we are focusing on the feet.  love them and treat them as the ninja devices they are.  they are perfectly made to be what….. NINJA!

Aloha!