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Hot Topics / Re: Matt Monarch Waffles!
« on: February 21, 2013, 02:27:10 pm »
   Here's something that might interest you.  I am an amputee, left below knee.  ( I'm the guy who created Oscar's legs).  I have a very delicate fit within my leg. 

Hi Van,
Fascinating. One learns something every day!
Can I ask what is the name of your prosthetic limb business?
Kind wishes, J

for what its worth, start with the heart and take things from there.
Who knows what you may find appealing down the track! ;)

General Discussion / Re: New Zealand
« on: January 15, 2013, 09:19:38 am »
Hi Vucanelli
suggest you speak to fellow forum member 'Alive' who is a Kiwi.
Kind wishes, J

Health / Re: Just tested positive for herpes
« on: January 07, 2013, 03:05:41 pm »
Beautifully said - but would it still be contagious?

Hi Demorican,
not sure if you are referring to my comment, or someone elses.  -\
However, personally I would not be having sex (protected or otherwise) while the sores are present. I would allow the skin to heal and favour other means of intimacy and sharing for that time.
The sores will heal.
If you are near the sea, saltwater has great restorative qualities.
Kind wishes, J  :)

Health / Re: Just tested positive for herpes
« on: January 07, 2013, 09:17:30 am »
for what its worth, excuse my ramblings, but....
In my opinion, 'cure' is not always what takes place, or is not necessarily always the best goal.
Searching for 'cures' often increases inner conflict about ones situation, rather than fostering a more peaceful (less stressed) inner landscape.
I find with many health situations (illnesses, maladies, etc), its not so much as being cured, as rather the organism falls into a harmonious accord.
Moreover, quite often folk with serious conditions like cancer, (who end up surviving and living into old age) are not 'cured' as such, but rather the cancer has gone to sleep, is inactive.
Personally, I dont see herpes virus as something one can 'cure,' in the sense that it is eradicated from the body forevermore, but rather it becomes inactive, or is not required by the body, as part of the overall homeostatic processes of the organism.
One can also view maladies such as herpes as something to be conquered, wiped out, killed, etc, or one can accept (it) as part of the inherent wisdom of the body, and honor its role (even if it might not fit into roles we may think are integral to the functioning intelligence of the body).
Eating sound foods, getting plenty of natural therapy (sunlight, wind, fresh air, starlight, salt water, lakewater, spending time amongst trees, plants, on the seashore, in gardens, in the hills, fields, forests, etc with exposure through the skin) and working to increase mindfulnesses of the grandeur of the moment now, is a fantastic way to navigate through any illness, facilitating healing the dis-ease it causes to ones mental state, and initiating overall harmony in the organism.

General Discussion / Re: Shoes roundup
« on: January 06, 2013, 06:39:22 am »
I've been wearing some vibram KSOs and my feet(both heels and front) get sore from walking or running on paved roads, which is pretty much everywhere. And I'm definitely not overdoing it. I don't go for long runs in them or anything like that. Most of the time I just wear them to the store or things like that. I basically have to wear my thicker sandals most of the time now. I'm considering buying a shoe sole at a store and cutting it to fit inside so I have some more padding.

It seems like this problem would exist with any barefoot shoe.

I liked the vibrams mainly for their toe design which doesn't squeeze the front of the foot into an unnatural pointed shape like most shoes do. My toes have been obviously straightening out, the only problem is with the bottom of my feet getting sore. I used to run barefoot on grass when playing soccer as a kid and never had any problems. I'm pretty sure it's because of the hard paved roads and sidewalks everywhere. Odd that the guy running barefoot for miles on concrete in central park in that video doesn't seem to have the same problem...

Hi MK,
for what its worth, I would shelve the vibrams (or equivalent 'barefoot' shoes) for the time.
Let your feet get to know the concrete more intimately still. I find the feet need time to adjust, to relate directly to the terrain sans any rubber at all.  ;)
 As they start to be more intimate with the ground, they will naturally relate more efficiently, gently, yet with great assurance.
I am a longtime Vibram wearer, I spend much time completely barefoot on all terrains.
For me it did take some adjustment, an acclimatisation, a courtship period with the ground if you will.
But it was definitely worth it, as my regular comments here about my biomechanical improvements attest to.
Just last week I took a guest on a 4 hour hike in the mountains through rocky terrain, completely barefoot. Folk passing on the trial, looked at my non-shoe status with horror, but then - ha! ha! - I looked at their chunky, heavy boots in a similar manner. ;D
Kind wishes, J

Off Topic / Re: Extraterrestrial races
« on: January 05, 2013, 06:54:53 am »
for what its worth,
visions of (and encounters with)  alien or extra-terrestrial beings are commonplace during shamanic journeying and stages of kundalini awakening.
How we define  'real' or 'not-real'  is dependent on perception.
And individual perception - depending on all manner of factors (trance, entheogens, meditative techniques, fasting, neurological 'abnormalites'  including so called 'awakening', solitude, nature, etc, etc) -can morph and encompass 'realities' that from other perspectives, seem quite impossible, even nonsensical.

Health / Re: Binge eating
« on: January 02, 2013, 06:09:31 am »
Hi Paleonewb
some good advice from Eveheart, Alive and CK, regarding healing effects of eating raw food.
Another factor that for some folk impacts heavily on binge eating is when some aspect(s) of life is not in a harmony of sorts: relationship, career, finances, some under-lying stress, etc, and is causing dis-ease.
It is not uncommon that when ones relationship with this situation is resolved, (and one is then at ease) the binge eating is no longer an issue.
Kind wishes, J :)

General Discussion / Re: Switching to Meat, Habit?
« on: December 24, 2012, 05:28:50 am »
So I've been off and on the Paleo diet for a while, at least a few years.  But I can never manage to stay on it.

I would consider my exercise level "high."  And I crave carbs a lot more than meat.  However, I do feel a lot more vital when I eat more meat (I'm also an ectomorph that has NEVER had weight problems.  Only problems gaining weight).

Eating a steak or a grilled chicken breast isn't bad, but it does take some will power to make and eat.  Whereas making and eating a bowl of macaroni and cheese is something I have no problem doing (it's delicious).

I guess my question is, will eating more meat and veggies be something I eventually crave (like mac and cheese)  or is it more of a habit that I'll have to form?

for what its worth, dedicate yourself to a month or so of eating nothing but raw meats, fish, eggs, vegies, nuts, fruits, etc, and if you can get past the inevitable cravings of  cooked, processed foods, (as foods and associated automatic taste/neuro chemical associations are reduced ) the answer should resolve itself with greater clarity.
Kind wishes, J  :)

Instincto / Anopsology / Re: Instinctive raw eating in practice
« on: December 17, 2012, 03:34:04 am »
Yes Wattlebird, I had a fabulous time staying with you and your delightful family, exploring a bit of the incredible landscape, seeing heaps of new types of wildlife, lots of swimming in warm water, going for walks, eating instinctively...  adds up to a unique and very healing experience :D

I am thinking like you Adora, that it is a good idea to be aware of our carb weaknesses and moderate the amount of fruit we eat, to provide the best healing environment for our bodies to rebuild themselves. Recently I am enjoying lots of cucumbers, some apples and the occasional NZ grapefruit.

Hi Alive,
I am about to go for my morning walk soon - after a few days of sun - in the mist. Will head out somewhere along the headland, dragging my hand in the bushes and trying to avoid? a tick bite ;) That last one sure made for some interesting change downstairs with its loving? kiss!  -[ :o They sure know how to work their way to the most tender bits. :)
Yes, am enjoying cucumbers too at present. Fortunate that they are available at a great price!
Kind wishes, J

Instincto / Anopsology / Re: Instinctive raw eating in practice
« on: December 17, 2012, 03:23:59 am »
Wattlebird, I am there. It will be 2 years of hard work and prayers, but your invite makes it all much sweeter. Thank you.

I'm enjoying being zero carb. I would still like to explore instinctive, but with zero, or low carb treats like seaweed and fish. Not sweet fruit. Is that possible/healthful IYO?

Other instinto's opinions are also welcome. I realize that ZC is not what GCB advocated, but for me, for now it's helping me recover/rest/heal from carb addiction. Instinctive eating helped too, I had definite stops. I just feel like ZC is best right now, and I want to incorporate instinctive relationship with the ZC foods I am eating.

Hi Adora
since later reading GCB instincto teachings (I came at this from another angle) I respect his work enormously.  For what its worth, I cant speak for GCB, but from my point of view from a meditation/spiritual background, one starts off with a particular teaching - some guidelines if you like - then after much work and understanding how and why the guidelines are in place and their implications, one discards the guidelines. Not because the guidelines are wrong, but rather because in the early days one needs particular concepts and frameworks to follow to get ones head around, to give something one to follow. As ones practice continues, and if it continues with dedication for a long time, the guidelines start to fall away, as clutching at 'mind' concepts diminishes, and what has always been there, but has been obscured, starts to shine through.
Then, theres not so much to follow anymore.
So I guess what I am trying to say in a long winded way, is if sweet carbs (fruit) - for whatever reason doesn't work - so be it. For what my opinion is worth, no need to be dogmatic about it, rather use the framework of Instinctive Eating, if you are so drawn, as it relates best to your situation.
And furthermore, life is not static, it is transient, changeable, and so who knows what further changes, there may or may not be in the future.
Kind wishes, J

Instincto / Anopsology / Re: Instinctive raw eating in practice
« on: December 16, 2012, 12:53:46 pm »
Wattlebird, that picture is so cool. If I ever get to Australia, would you show me how you scope out dinner for the beautiful blue sea?
:)Hi Adora
we recently hosted fellow forumite 'Alive' at our place and we thoroughly enjoyed his company. I trust he too would vouch for the great time.
Should you ever venture to Oz, I would love to show you the tasty delights of these seas. Plenty of different types of seafood!
The name of the big shellfish in the picture is still not known, though it was with mixed emotion (and a squeal from the shellfish) but with gratitude that I ate him anyway.  ;)
Kind wishes, J

and further for what its worth, I find that as well as yoga, barefooting in natural terrains: rocky coves, sandy beaches, fields, parks, rivers, hills, gravel pits, etc is superb wholistic conditioning.
Firstly, one is compelled to shift the awareness into the feet and so one slows down the often usual mind-commentary that takes one away from being present.
 In addition, in order to walk in a variety of terrains one needs to walk correctly, which happens naturally of its own accord as one devotes more time to the activity. In short it hurts both the feet and hips, knees and lower back if one doesn't walk gently in accordance with ones own unique biomechanics.
Modern shoes with thick padding and built up heels promote heel striking and 'mindless' thudding about, whereas when one is barefoot the first point of contact is much further up the foot.
Also, in order to navigate ones way through various natural terrains (or urban ones too) a flexibility in the entire lower portion of the body develops, as associated muscles and joints are spontaneously conditioned as the feet and ankles morph, flex and adapt to the terrain.
In time, the entire lower body becomes more flexible and movement 'strong'.

General Discussion / Re: What kind of water do you drink?
« on: December 12, 2012, 04:05:47 am »
Hi DaBoss,  :)
Yes, though generally fat in some form is eaten with the meats, rather than just large amounts of lean meat. Personally I have observed that when larger amounts of fatty meat is eaten, the amount of urine is reduced, by comparison to when larger amounts of fruit and/or vegies, or if lean meat is eaten without a decent fat component.
Kind wishes, J

General Discussion / Re: What kind of water do you drink?
« on: December 12, 2012, 03:53:26 am »
Further to the water matter, and for what its worth, if one eats according to senses and bodily responses, and at times eats quite plant-centric intakes, with decent volumes of fruit and vegies as I do, the amount of additional water drunk may be very small indeed, because the water content of the plant matter is already considerable.
The clarity, and volume of urine provide good indicators.

Display Your Culinary Creations / Re: Packed Lunch
« on: December 07, 2012, 05:27:52 am »
Different approaches for lunch:  Sometimes during the cherry season, I stopped under a wild cherry tree and climbed on the top of the truck to have my lunch of wild cherries. 

Ha! that's beautiful.
Or during a lowtide walk just recently, forage up shellfish, crack and shell them dripping wet on the rocks (perhaps some sea-urchin and seaweed) and eat with gratitude.
With a bit of planning (or spontaneity) there's always some way we can rustle together some wholesome, delicious foods to ignite the senses and instinct.  :)

Display Your Culinary Creations / Re: Packed Lunch
« on: December 07, 2012, 03:32:41 am »
Off to work with my RP packed lunch - lamb chops, soaked almonds, orange, kiwi  O0

Who knows what society would look like if that was the type of packed lunchbox every kid took to school.  ;)

Instincto / Anopsology / Re: Feasting
« on: December 04, 2012, 01:52:33 pm »
I'd love to eat some raw fresh sea urchin like that.

Hey CK,
should you ever find yourself in Oz, make your way to the South Coast of NSW. We can eat sea-urchin til we stop!
Kind wishes, J

Instincto / Anopsology / Re: Feasting
« on: December 04, 2012, 01:50:28 pm »
Many thanks Wattlebird for teaching me your instinctive eating and mindfulness practices - I had a fantastic time wandering in nature and eating to full nourishment :D

I have been continuing what you taught - to typically have two meals a day, with breakfast late morning and dinner in the evening. With each meal starting with animal foods and eating each type of RAF one by one until content, then applying the same principle to greens, nuts, fruit, and following up with a little salt. Ths is leaving me very satisfied and happy to go many hours before the next meal.

Today's breakfast was at noon and consisted of beef, fish, liver, pak choy, pealed soaked almonds, grapes, bananas, and salt. It's now 6 pm and I'm still not hungry. I've had excellent energy and when taking kids to the park started to climb and swing a bit like a monkey :D

Hi Alive
Would that be a chimpanzee or a bonobo?  ;)
I enjoyed every moment, thats for sure.
Kindest wishes, J

Instincto / Anopsology / Feasting
« on: December 04, 2012, 04:02:57 am »
It was a great pleasure to host fellow RP Forum member 'Alive' at our place for 7 days recently.
Alive, was keen to see the way I tackled 'instinctive eating' and we had a blast: foraging and nibbling on all types of vegetation on our long bush walks, eating many different seaweeds in states fresh from the water to fermenting in the sun on the beach, hunting  ;) for slow-moving shellfish and sea-urchin, as well as dining on a mouthwatering range of local produce, including kangaroo, lamb, beef-tongue and fish (and of course pounds of vegies, some nuts and fruit).
We also did lots of sensory mindfulness work, both outdoors in the bush and indoors, eating  ;) to our hearts content.
Alive was quite amazed with the volume eaten at some meals too I think, though all the exercise in the outdoors sure works up a hearty appetite!
Eating to appetite, and being mindful when senses start to tell us enough is enough, does not necessarily mean eating like a sparrow and sometimes can mean eating a feast fit for a king.
The pics show Alive and myself ready to dine (one of the smaller meals, generally we were too engrossed in the meal at hand to think about taking photos) and a pic Alive took of yours truly enjoying some fresh sea-urchin.
Alive got into the spirit of the trip, eating lizard tail, using acacia sap to heal some cuts and even learnt how to perfect the Aussie salute (waving flies away from the face)   ;D
A bloody good time was had, thank you Alive.

Instincto / Anopsology / Re: How to start
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:04:01 am »
Hello everyone, my name is Simone,

But I have some problems that I hope you'll solve and some questions that I hope you'll answer or rather:
1)My nose is pretty clogged with mucus in recent times (probably for detoxification from new chemical species), and this does not allow me to fully feel the smell of food
2)Apart from organic plants and organic eggs I cannot buy meat and fish for economic reasons
3)I cannot recognize what food my body needs despite the smell, let me explain, I cannot understand the mechanism of  olfactory and gustatory attraction (I would like you to explain to me how to behave during a meal)
4)The fruit must be cut to be able to smell it? In this case, the instinct would make me throw all the food if I did eat only one and I could not afford this cost
5)As for the eggs you must open them to see if my instincts want? You know I can not make me capable of the fact that an egg will have a good smell from the outside

Thank you for listening, I hope you can help me,
Simone  :)

PS: sorry for my english

Hi Simone,
yes, welcome.
For what its worth, meat and fish can often be purchased/procured for little cost.
For example, I have a fellow instinctive eater staying at present and we have eaten heartily. As far as meats/fish go, items like lamb kidneys, liver, heart, beef tongue, marrow bones and less desirable cuts of meat can all be purchased cheaply.
Items such as shellfish, sea-urchin can be foraged for free if you have access to coastline, or alternatively there are many varieties of fish, from small whitebait type to larger open ocean fish, which are not often considered the most desirable fish for one reason or another, but yet taste great, and are not expensive.
As to organic, one can often get quality produce from farmers markets, direct from farmers, friends gardens, foraged yourself and even some supermarkets that is not 'organic', yet is of wonderful quality (and generally cheaper) and so saving money.
One starts to trust in the taste/smell appeal of a food and so whether it is labelled 'organic' or not, may not be so important.
The clogged nose will work itself out as detoxification progresses.
As well as using the senses, also try new foods, particularly animal foods.
Ultimately, in my view, the organism is intelligent, and will not lead us astray if we are aware and mindful observing the responses and attractiveness of certain foods.
Enjoy the journey, one mouthful at a time.  :)
Kind wishes, J

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Re: Vibram Five Fingers: US stockist
« on: November 22, 2012, 01:35:45 pm »
are these types of shoes also good for someone on their feet all day on a hard flooring? i guess i'm wondering if there are circumstances that warrant the thicker, more supported shoes?

Hi Ioanna
for what its worth - after an initial settling in period - I now barefoot (or equivalent) in all terrain, mountain rock, forest floor, gravel, sand, bitumen, etc.
The beauty for me is the feet start 'thinking'- melding, flexing, making love to the ground.
Kind wishes, J

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Re: Vibram Five Fingers: US stockist
« on: November 22, 2012, 12:04:30 pm »
Have you ever checked out Esther Gokhale's posture and movement work?  She talks about the "glide-walking" that traditional tribes do. 

Hi CK,
yes, I am aware of her work.
I have discovered that once I ditched shoes, and walked barefoot (or Vibram) constantly, the natural gait occurs spontaneously.
For me, once padded, heeled, closed in shoes are worn again, the biomechanics get influenced again, and consequently knee alignments and so forth again become comprimised.
Getting the shoes off for good, has provided solutions undreamed of previously.
Kind wishes, J

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Re: Vibram Five Fingers: US stockist
« on: November 22, 2012, 03:30:42 am »
Why do you want Vibram Five Fingers? I tried them a couple years back and found them to be far overpriced for the benefits they offer. I'd recommend Soft Star Shoes instead.
Amazon global does international shipping and they carry VFF. And I don't think VFF are that great.

Hi Eric,
Going barefoot has kept the surgeons scalpel away and allowed me to roam the forests, beaches and mountainside, activities I wouldn't otherwise be able to do. I have a ruptured ACL ligament in knee (injury 28 years ago) and bone on bone contact.
The surgeon cannot believe that the injured knee has not progressively worsened since a check-up some 5 years ago.
Barefooting has changed my walk into a more gentle gait, reduced pain considerably, as well as increased awareness of the earth more directly.
Most of the time I do go barefoot, out in the bush also.
But of course, there are times when the ground is very, cold, (yes, sometimes cold therapy  ;) ) and alternatively I wear Vibrams often when doing stuff in town.
Personally, I cant vouch for VFF enough: I have wide feet and overall the individual toes prove to be most accommodating.
My current pair have been well and truly worn, fixed up with stitching and patched up with bicycle repair patches.
Time for a new pair.

Hi Eveheart,
I shall check out Amazon, thank you.

Kind wishes, J

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Vibram Five Fingers: US stockist
« on: November 21, 2012, 12:24:05 pm »
Does anyone know of any reputable Vibram stockists in America - most importantly - that will ship to Australia?
Help appreciated  :)

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