Eyesight Challenge week 4

So now I’ve just got to keep it up & continue to develop this…

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Eyes week 3…

Week 3's update. Later than planned due to new year celebrations….:)

Published in: on January 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Eyesight Challenge 2 Weeks

2 and a bit weeks in…

Eyesight Symptoms

Here's some of the symptoms I've experienced after removing my glasses and trying Bates Method exercises.

30 Days Eyesight Challenge – 1 Week in

I made some progress 1 week on…

Published in: on December 12, 2011 at 11:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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My Eyesight History

For anyone who's ever had any difficulty with their eyes, here's a case history filled with fun…

Published in: on December 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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My New 30 Day Challenge

OK so my last 30 day challenge ended a little soon in success. So I've got time for another one before the event (http://30days2change1thing) starts for real. Here it is…

Published in: on December 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Three Sacred Principal's of Food #diet #health

If you've done any research at all on the subject you'll have heard a lot of conflicting advice on diet. One expert will tell you meat is bad because it's toxic, another grains because they don't digest, another fat in general because it messes with your ability to process sugar, another fruit because it's too sugary…To misquote an old saying: 'for every 3 nutritionists you'll get twelve different opinions!' They're usually wrong but this article is different! Here, at long last, you will finally hear the truth!

Principal number 1 – Individual Responsibility For Your Own Unique Body

The responsibility for eating correctly rests firmly with your good self. This is not something you can just hand to someone else (like a doctor for example…). True, doctors can provide you with information via blood tests etc. Also, a nutritionist will have far more information on which foods commonly have which effects on people.
But ultimately, only *you* get detailed feedback every time you eat something and every day as you feel the long term effects of a diet. So *you* have to make the decisions. And the solutions will be unique because your genetics and past eating habits will determine the weak points in your body that you have to be gentle with. For me it's complex carbs. I abused my digestion when I was young and have to be careful with them. Still I value them for the slow release of carbohydrate energy they give – and with a lower water content than fruit.
You have individual needs and you are the best placed observer to figure out what they are!

Principal 2: It's Not What You Got, It's What You Do With It!

Some will tell you that particular foods are intrinsically bad – like grains or animal products or fruit or cooked food n general… This is not so. Whatever your opinions on the science or your observations on your own body, the fact is that humans have been surviving in all sorts of environments and all sorts of diets for hundreds of thousands of years and often in far better health than the average burger munching (or even health conscious) westerner. However, they did it by growing and preparing the food properly. Meat was wild or naturally reared, often eaten raw but not always. Grains and nuts were always soaked/fermented. Seriously, proper preparation makes all the difference between nutritious food and poison.

The thing about preparation is it's not so important how much of it you do. However, it *is* important the reason *why* you are doing it. Eating fruit/veggies raw and in their natural state is great but not if you're doing it out of laziness to avoid cooking. Similarly, cooking or juicing or whatever to increase nutrient availability or make something more digestible or even more palatable is great… …preparation to titillate and addict the consumer is definitely not.
Source food properly and prepare it intelligently and you won't go far wrong. However, principal 2 is superseded by principal 1. Your individuality is more important.

Principal 3: Eat like it's a Sunday afternoon on a three day weekend!

There's no hurry! You can't eat properly if you're depressed, anxious, stressed, over excited etc. In this way, your whole quality of life effects the quality of your digestion. A peaceful, fulfilling life leads to a peaceful, fulfilled tummy. Meanwhile, try to be as peaceful and gentle as you can with your food and it will pay you handsomely in return. Principal 3 is supeseded by the two previous rules although I'd point out that if you're calm and rational and peaceful all the time you'll probably be implementing the first two anyhow!

Notice I haven't given you anything prescriptive here that says 'eat this' or 'don't eat that'. That's because proper eating is a journey. You'll rarely fix anything overnight – just learn and improve as you grow as a person! Happy eating folks!

Published in: on November 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Take off your shoes and smile #barefoot

If someone offered to give you a free foot massage anytime you wanted, you'd be pretty made up right? What if you could have your feet carressed and pressed and invigorated to your heart's content for free anytime you want?

 

Yes it really is that simple, just take off your shoes! You'll be amazed and delighted at the different textures and sensations you'll experience. Damp sand moulds to your foot like putty while grass is beautifully soft and tingly. Concrete gives you a really good scratching for those itches you didn't know you had! (seriously)

 

The next thing you'll notice is that like reflexology, it awakens nerve pathways and pleasantly fires up the rest of your body too when. The bland inner surface of your shoes/socks never did this for you.

 

Then you realise the circulation in your feet is improving from the massage you get. In fact, you'll be surprised how warm they stay. In my experience and that of a few other barefooters I've spoken with, it helps to make sure you keep your body nice and warm, then your improved circulation will get that warmth to your feet. Obviously everyone has their limit but prepare to be pleasantly surprised at yours.

 

Then next and not so joyfully you'll notice you can't get about as easily as when you were shod. This is usually because your walking technique has deteriorated from wearing shoes all those years. Think about it: for the vast majority of our evolution we've been barefoot and for the vast majority of human history we've been either barefoot or in simple shoes. Nike trainers are a recent (and I would argue lamentable) invention. Most shoes have heels that change the angle of your foot to the ground and many soles are thick enough that you can bash your feet clumsily into the ground and get away with it (sort of). Suddenly with no padding you have to walk softly – not lazily or grumpily – otherwise it'll hurt. In this way, barefooting not only improves your posture but also your demeanor. You simply have to be in a peaceful cheery state of mind or you're gonna bash up your feet!

 

OK so some places/people won't accept you barefoot and some ground is too rough or mucky for you and yes, sometimes it does get cold… But right now I'm in the process of exploring those boundaries (also with the aid of minimal footware such as vibrams/vivos/huararches) because the more I take off my shoes, the more I think it's difficult to be at my best without fresh air and a nice massage for my feet every single day!

Published in: on November 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm  Comments (1)  
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My first competitive 10k in #vibrams #running #barefoot

Empoli (my adopted home town) had a race on Sunday and I dropped in with my vibrams on a whim. Didn't see anyone else in anything other than trainers. Got a few stares. I'll wear huaraches next time, that'll really get'em going 🙂

10k in 48mins ish. Went off waay too fast. The only other competitive run I've done was 5k and I started far too slow then. I spent that race just running past people. This time was totally the opposite & a tad depressing! But I didn't cave in which felt good. I just realised I wasn't going to hang onto the group I was with and so shifted down a gear and basically just cruised the second half. Now I have a better idea how far 10k actually is I reckon I could go much much faster…

Best thing was that I felt like my form held up really well throughout. I remember I was all over the place by the end of my 5k last year. I felt pretty graceful right to the finish here. I'm now approaching the speed I used to go in normal running shoes again (has taken nearly a year…) but I can do it for much longer and much more often. I don't feel there's the same danger of injuring myself either plus much more potential for improvement.

Target for next time is to break 40mins! But if I don't I'll just smile and enjoy how lovely it feels to glide along with babysteps and head up looking around me.

In the evening I saw my first film in Italian. Didn't understand much but it was Pirates of the Carribean 4 so it didn't matter:-). Missed Johnny Depp's hammy voice tho!

Published in: on May 31, 2011 at 12:16 pm  Leave a Comment