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Living without a car

We are a 1-car family, and my wife and kids were away for a few days last week and so I was left without a car. Years ago I lived alone and had no car, and got used to doing all my food shopping by bicycle, every other day, wearing a rucksack. It was really no hassle back then, so last week I shopped by bicycle again and I was reminded just how easy it is.

I found that I can easily shop for 1 days worth of food for myself and my family, just by wearing a small rucksack and cycling to my local farm shop. It took me less than a half hour to get there, shop and get back.

Since then, I have been thinking how we can be blinded by the convenience of our cars, when actually many day to day activities are surprisingly easy without them.

Maybe you could try it some time. Try shopping for yourself or your family for a day or two, by bicycle (or walk!) and carry your food home in a rucksack. It’s exercise, so it’s good for you, and it’s obviously better for the environment, and it might help you to see that sometimes there is an alternative to driving, for local journeys, and it helps you get fit too!

Fresh air and rock climbing

I was lucky today and managed to arrange a day out rock climbing (my #1 favourite pastime and in my opinion the best sport in the world!)

A friend and I went to a great place called Wintour’s Leap near Chepstow in South Wales, and we even enjoyed some blue skies and warm sunshine.

Rock climbing is an excellent ‘primal’ form of exercise…combining fresh air and time spent in a natural environment, with muscular exercise, and usually some walking to get to and from the rocks. And it is plain great fun, I love it!

Nuts!!

I love nuts, and eating nuts is one of my top choices of snack options. I love Brazil nuts, but I am not supposed to eat too many of these because they have a very high ratio of omega 6 (bad fats) to omega 3 fats (the good ones). One of the best nuts to eat are walnuts, which have a much better ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids.

I’m away from home on a family holiday this week (Aug 2012), staying in a beautiful converted barn with walnut trees growing outside the front door. I have never thought about how walnuts grow before, so I love having these trees right outside the door. They look like horse chestnut trees, and the walnuts grow looking like green ‘fruits’.

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Finding healthy food options away from home

One of the hardest things about ‘being on a specific diet’ is eating out. We all know that it is easier to eat right at home, when all you need is in the fridge or the cupboard, but when you are out, it can be a real challenge. As a parent of young children, when we take them for day’s out, I often find myself in places where the food choices available are poor, terrible or worse.

MotherNaturesDiet is all about simplicity, and it’s a lifestyle not a temporary eating pattern, but all the same, finding suitable food choices out and about can still be a challenge. On a recent day out with my family, I took boxed chicken and egg salad and it was great. I had 1 whole large chicken breast and 1 egg, in a lunch box full of green salad. The chicken is free range, organic, eggs the same, and I threw a handful of sprouted black-eyed peas on top.

This was natural, healthy, nutritious and tasty and filled me up for hours. Excuse the poor pic, it was raining and I was getting funny looks from the next picnic table along, for photographing my salad!! 🙂

The Common Sense Caveman

Well, people keep calling me ‘Caveman Karl’ – it was not my choice, but as I am often talking about “caveman would have done this, or eaten that” I guess the name is obvious.

It was my son’s birthday today and I took this pic while we were out…it seemed appropriate!

 

Britain’s widening waistline

Holiday treats and the changing acceptable standards of Britain’s waistlines.

August 2012: OK, OK, I had an ice cream! Damn, what a confession!! I am on holiday, and I have to make the best of the shops that are available, and I have to treat my kids like normal kids, and that means going to the beach and buying ice creams! Normally, I don’t partake myself, but I did today and it was very yummy!! Oh well...just one sin...

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Herbs

A while back I recycled 2 old car tyres and put them to good use for growing my herbs.

I love to throw heaps of fresh basil and coriander into my cooking, and I have quit chewing gum, breath mints and toothpaste, so I grow mint to make my own mint drinks and just to chew the leaves.

The slugs had the basil in no time, the whole lot was gone in 48 hours, but everything else is thriving. I’ve got plenty of coriander, lemon balm, oregano, parsley and TONS of mint. I love nibbling on mint leaves…and parsley…both good for teeth and breath! The parsley also goes well in juices and smoothies, and is full of goodness. The mint and parsley are even hardy enough to grow through autumn and into winter…only the really cold frosts will finally beat them.

 

Over-eating

I have over-eaten at dinner time the last two evenings. As I continue to learn how to cook on this Aga, I slow roasted a shoulder of pork the other evening, served up with tasty green veggies and it was yummy, but I ate too much and felt full all evenings afterwards.

Then last night the BBQ was delicious and I ate too much, and felt stuffed afterwards.

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Persistence pays

This week [Aug 2012] I am – as we all are - completely inspired by the Olympic athletes thrilling us all with their medal-winning performances.

We sit and watch these superstars perform, and we see their moments of glory – 10 seconds of sprint, 12 seconds over hurdles, a long or high jump, a massive throw or several fast laps of the track, but in these moments of glory too few of us truly understand and appreciate the immense effort that it has taken to get to this brief moment when all the magic happens.

Winning Gold

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Age and sleep

This week has been extremely busy, and although I am used to working long hours, I admit to feeling a little weary. I get up at about 6 every day, and I either train early or start work right away, and I pretty much keep at it til about 7pm. So 12 to 13 hours of work, only stopping to eat and exercise, then I spend an hour or so between 7 and 8:30 eating and chatting with my kids and putting them to bed, then I work again from 8:30 until about 11 most nights. I get to bed around 11:30, maybe read a book (about nutrition or exercise or disease prevention, of course) for a few minutes, and then sleep around midnight. No two days are the same, but that's a typical average kind of day.

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