Savor me flavors me hearties…

“Avoid food products containing ingredients that are A) unfamiliar B) unpronounceable C) more than five in number or that include D) high-fructose corn syrup” 

Michael Pollan

Life plant based is delicious. Grow it, pick it,cook it, scoff it…you know the rest of the circle of soil.

Is there anything better than potato and garlic?

Maybe Kale and Lemon which is to oregano-cumin-chilli as peas are to carrots.

Cocoa and pinto beans a foodies wet dream. Perfect burritos or enchiladas!

Raisins and kumura. Stuffed marrow. Stuffed with anything is great living.

Sometimes we’d think too much garlic now we wonder if it is enough …can we taste the anticancer vegetable that we picked from our garden 8 minutes ago?

In the morning eat oats and berries.

For lunch eat mega beans with a small rice or pasta portion.

At dinner eat legumes with leafy greens.

Remember the rule we tell our son:

Berries, beans and leafy greens make you a healthy boy.

Repeat with me – “I don’t need this!”

“Going back to a simpler life is not a backwards step”

Yvon Chovinard (Owner of Patagonia)

Look around your house. Look at every item purposefully. Start from the premise “I don’t need this”.

Possession is not ownership. It a temporary right of use until you die, or you lose it, it becomes obsolete or it is stolen from you.

Truth is we use almost none of our stuff regularly. Keep only the tools that you use several times everday in a million ways.

Rent or borrow the rest. Buy second hand or acquire free and then resell afterwards. As a Bricoleur you can learn to make things work. You’ll find uncommon solutions from all the wrong parts with make do tools. You’ll find ways to do things like get all of the paint for your house free. You’ll stop needing the store. Both thumbs will turn green and your pasty office calves will become cows under the power of the pedal.

Trust me two years of simple living and you’ll hardly recgonise the person you’ll become. Your skills, abilities and your creativity will expand tenfold. You’ll win the choice to keep working and horde money or kick back and live the idle life. Living simply on not very much money at all is a truly sane choice.

Gazumping Cancer Risk: Gargle Garlic!

­­“What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art”

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

A very interesting study by Boivin et al. examined the impact of 34 vegetables on 8 different types of cancer.

The results suggest that eating a mixed plant based diet has dramatic results on cancer cell development, growth and (perhaps) decline. Garlic isn’t a magic bullet, but evidence suggests that eating an array of plants (especially garlic) is the best protection money can buy. Better than pills and much cheaper than treatment.

One of the most delicious and potent anti-cancer agents identified in this study was garlic. The effects reported were so profound (see the tables in the link above) that it is worthwhile ensuring garlic is a mainstay in your day.

Both cooked and raw garlic have equal impact especially if cooked garlic is crushed and left for 10 minutes before adding to a stew or one pot meal. Frying garlic, like frying anything, decreases its nutritional value.

Other simple ways to pepper garlic into your daily yum:

  • Pick the garlic dressing option to go with your salad at lunch.
  • Choose the garlic naan bread with your vegetable curry (hold the cow butter).
  • Pack a garlic laced homemade salsa or guacamole to have with your lunch on the run.
  • Drink a delicious garlic, agave and lemon tea made from fresh strained ingredients instead of a bag of dead leaves.
  • If you are a hard Harry or Harrietta just munch raw garlic cloves, but please don’t forget to adjust your breath afterwards!!

 

Slomo: The one that got away

“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children”
Rainer Maria Rilke

 

This is a wonderful documentary. It tells the story of someone who found their bliss.

I like it for three reasons.

  1. This man has found what he loves and has had the courage to forget money and do it. I’m always drawn to stories about people that make a seismic shift from the prescribed pattern of life.
  2. Through simple living he is able to find the financial freedom to do what he really wants to do.
  3. The combination of being in the zone (flow state) and his visual degeneration is a perfect cocktail to ignore the opinion of others. Many of us would be too self-conscious and too concerned about what other people think to let go and enjoy life this much.

This inspiring 20 minute short film can be found here – Slomo: The one that got away

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The what and who of it?

I’m interested in the fractal nature of life, the entanglement phenomenon and quantum foam.

I ride bikes and plant vegetables. I drink ale and grow my hair.

I’m a father, a brother, a son and a lover.

I’m all of these interests, activities and roles, but that is not who I am.

So who is it that lives behind these eyes?

This watcher of the world?

Saving self speak

“Put your financial life on autopilot as a form of ‘forced’ saving”

Suze Orman

 

Saving money is hard.

No doubt about it.

You say things to yourself when you try to save money. Terrible things like…

“I can’t afford it!”.

You can.

You are choosing not to for the greater goal.

The truth is you should say something like “I choose not to afford it because savings are better!”.

Another cancerous line…”I deserve it”.

Actually you don’t. By crushing your savings for an impulse ‘deserve it’ item you are surviving instead of thriving. You are destroying the power of your money for a short term nothing.

Some might say that this small indiscretion doesn’t matter.

It does.

Your savings are a bucket. If you make even the tiniest crack in the bucket  it will bleed more than one drop. It will leak until it is empty. To release a single drop is as impossible as a sword cutting itself with it’s own blade.

It is hard just to cajole yourself into a savings mode in the first place. S0 stop thinking about your savings as being lost to you. Almost like it becomes someone else’s money. It’s all yours. Saving it gives you future monetary power and freedom. It is your future, food, water, power and shelter. These things are always more important than a saving hiatus holiday or a reward car.

Talk strong and defend your bucket from those greedy merchants that would use their honeyed talk to keep you in corporate slavery the entirety of your life.

What makes you itch?

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it”

Pearl S. Buck

In a previous rant I outed myself as someone that thinks that most modern work  is pointless, easy and dull. Almost all of the people that I know (including our family) does work solely for money.  Alan Watts once said that the most important question for every adult to ask is ‘what makes you itch?’.  He goes on to ask what you would do if money was no object – what is your passion? In finding that Watts says that you will find something that you love. In turn it is likely that you will spend a significant amount of time actively engaged in it and in doing so you will achieve mastery. Mastery in any field brings with it the possibility that you can charge a fee in return for your expertise. You will also be unlikely to deterred by minor road blocks if you enjoy it and have spent countless hours doing it for free. You can listen to this short thought provoking message here.

Figuring out what makes you itch is not an easy business by any means. I have found that we are more easily able to describe what we don’t want. We know in great detail what we don’t want, but we have no clue what it is that we would find so stimulating that we could spend hour on hour in a blissful flow state. I agree with Alan that it is better to live a short poor life doing what you love rather than a long boring life doing stuff for money simply to be able to get up tomorrow to do it all again.