Creating connections through the outdoors.

Posts tagged “healthy-living

Eating Nature

Check out this cool concept from Seattle:

Edible Forest Free for All

I’ve been really busy lately, so it has been difficult to get in a longer post.  Don’t worry, I’m not “Getting Cold Feet”.  Look for a new post later this week!

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Medication for Your Daily Work-Out

This basically says it all, and remember to take daily!

I don’t believe that we are overmedicalized on the above, but check out this video on the topic:


In My Neighbourhood

The 100 mile diet…So this is a new trend.  Well, not really new.  It has been around for a couple of years, but the concept behind it is to only consume things that come from within 100 miles of where you live.  Ok, that wouldn’t be so bad for me.  I currently live in Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island and there are so many great foods and goods produced locally (Including beer!!!).  I would have to give up a few things though, like my morning coffee…

Wait, I don’t want to give up my morning coffee.  Just thinking about the withdrawal gives me a headache.  And what about those who produce the coffee?  If all of us in North America, and Europe for that matter, gave it up, where would they make their living?

This past weekend was the “Hometown Tourist” Weekend in Ladysmith and it got me thinking about just how much the local area has to offer.  There is so much benefit to experience all that is around me.  I have taken the time over the past little while to try to find all of the little spots and events that are in my neighbourhood.  It is amazing what I have managed to find, including little secluded spots to relax and the swing pictured to the right.

I am not saying that we should live entirely local and not travel outside to other places or consume things that come from elsewhere.  Those people make their own wellbeing off of the exports that we purchase from them.  If we stopped living globally and all lived entirely locally, there would develop an entire new set of problems.  Problems separate from the transport, production, pollution and free trade of goods. I feel that instead we should take from the following quote:

“The best way out is always through.” ~Robert Frost~

We need to discover our own area first before heading out and experiencing the outside world.  Even though it may seem a little selfish, take care of yourself and your own area before you try to take care of others.  It will make things so much easier and make you and your neighbourhood so much healthier.  We need to take care of ourself and live locally.  However, we cannot stop thinking globally.  There are many others who rely on our current habits for their own wellbeing.

This Friday, June 15 is Nature Play Day, so get outside into your own neighbourhood and play in nature.  There are so many things to do.  Like I have said before, be creative, take some risks and find someplace close to home that you haven’t seen before.  I will be in nature this Friday in my neighbourhood!


Redundancy: The Redundant Nature of Being Redundant

Lets start things off be defining the word ‘redundancy‘.  Here is what the dictionary has to say:

re-dun-dan-cy [ri-duhn-duhn-see], noun

1. the state of being redundant

Hmmm…

Interesting that this is the first thing that comes up.  Let’s see what else our great knowledge has to say:

2. superfluous repetition or overlapping

Ok, that seems better.  It explains a little more.

So why am I talking about redundancy and being redundant?  Recently, I have realized that we are being told the same thing over and over and over again.  This comes in different forms, but the message behind it is very similar each time.  This is especially true when it comes to our health.  The mainstream media and professionals all over the world, as well as our general knowledge, are telling us that we need to be making changes in the way we are living our lives.  How many different ways can people tell us what we should be doing?  How many creative ways can we pass on basically the same information?  There are problems when we hear the same thing over and over again.  The main one is that we begin to ignore the message and just end up sticking with our current habits.

We all know that the outdoors are good for our health and keeping active has a lot of positive benefits including helping with mental clarity.  Those three articles basically are saying the same thing, just in a different way and using different studies.  The outdoors and keeping active is good for us and society as a whole.  I have said this all before, so I am not going to go into too much depth.  What I am going to say is that we all know changes are needed, and a constant reminder can have a negative effect on making those changes happen.  We tune out when we feel as if we are being nagged.  What can we do to make sure that positive changes do happen?  I don’t have an answer that will work for everyone.  Creativity is what is needed.  That, along with a flexibility that can be adjusted for different people with different personalities and overall needs.

Instead of trying to drive the point of health home by a constant reminder and guilt-tripping, I think we need to put things through a different lens.  We need to try looking at things differently.  I say, let’s experiment, what is the worst that could happen?


And the survey says…

So I want to be healthy and happy.  What do I need to do?  I should start by eating healthy.  Ok, to do that, I need to avoid processed foods, fast food, foods with lots of sugar, red meat, some types of fish, and saturated fat.  Well maybe I don’t need to avoid saturated fat if it comes from certain sources.  Wait a minute, my diet should be low in carbs, high in protein, and vegetarian, no vegan, but I can have meat once a week and fish is ok.  Is it?  I can’t eat too much fish now because it is being overfished.  Before I forget, I can treat myself to the occasional “junk food”.  Is this going to cause me to lose weight?  What if I want to gain weight?  I am supposed to eat more meat now, and include superfoods (What is the effect of Kryptonite on these?).  Should all of this be organic or local?  It should be both, but if I need to choose local is better than organic for the planet, and organic is better for my body.  Now I also need to make sure I drink lots of water and for best physical performance I should calculate how much I need based on a number of factors.  Diuretics are bad, but coffee and tea are good.  Ok, I have my diet figured out, I think.  Oh, I can also drink alcohol because it will make me smarter.  However, I can only drink so much.  Red wine is the best, but other kinds of alcohol are good too.  Isn’t alcohol also a diuretic?  This one is for sure, I shouldn’t smoke and I should exercise regularly.  I need to reduce the amount of time I spend sitting, take at least 5000 steps a day and exercise for at least 30 minutes.  I also need to spend time relaxing and not doing anything.  Now, to be happy I should have a bucket list, not compare myself to others, and have a job that is fulfilling and challenging.  I can’t work too much though, but I should work until I am 67 years old.  I should quit my current job and do something that I enjoy.  No I shouldn’t.  I enjoy what I do, mostly, and it allows me to do what I enjoy to do.  I need a routine, or is it that I need to be spontaneous?  Too much technology is bad, I need to disconnect, but it is also good to stay connected, to help reduce stress.  I can also use it as a tool for work and learning.  Now what I also need to do…

THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!!  I’m going to just do what I enjoy: Go outside, live a balanced lifestyle and treat myself accordingly.

Trying to follow all of the studies that come out these days can cause us a great deal of extra stress and worry.  They are also always changing and new ones are coming out every day.  I can’t keep them straight and why should I try to?  Life is more enjoyable when I just live with balance.  April is stress awareness month, so do something you enjoy and don’t worry if you treat yourself occasionally.  Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.  Studies are not all bad.  They give us insight into things we may have forgotten along the way.  However, they are not to be relied on.  I do know this for sure and have done my own study to prove this: The outdoors is good for me.  How do I know?  Going outside helps me relax, keeps me active and is enjoyable.

This weeks idea:  Do your own study.  Go outside, treat yourself and relax.  See how it makes you feel.  As with any study, write down your results and share them with others.  This should be the only study that you follow (The following video has some pretty good advice too)!


Relax, Just do it!

April is Stress Awareness Month and this past Monday, April 16 was Stress Awareness Day.  Since I am working everyday this week (I do work outside!) and don’t want to stress about writing, I am just going to give you this one link:

10 Health Benefits of Relaxation

The post on Stats and Studies will come next Wednesday, April 25!