This Irish Life Podcast 22 – Grow Your Own Organic Food -Part 1 of 3

The boys havin da craic, chatting about the best ways to grow food in your home and garden. In the world of today we have somehow become brainwashed to think that it is okay to eat large amounts of rubbish, processed, dead food that travels half way across the world to our local supermarket and then we buy it and eat it. Most of this food is covered in pesticides, herbicides and who knows what else before it reaches your local store. They are often sprayed with chemicals to preserve them, keep their colour and prevent them rotting too fast. This is madness and so far from our natural state of being. This approach to food makes us sick and keeps us sick. Growing your own food leads to a range of benefits from health to money, to lifestyle and positivity, this is a must-consider for anyone looking to live a better life. Running through the super-importance of soil and what to plant in. How to plant. What to plant. When to plant. The best tips for quick learning. Plus of course a Bollox Alert that may surprise you, a Hot Topic that is curing cancer and plenty of banter….

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This Irish Life Podcast – Top 5 Health Tips

Here are 5 simple tips that can be applied in order to increase how healthy, strong and happy we are as people. They are simple but we often overlook them.

  1. Diet and lifestyle choices dictate how good or bad you feel physically and mentally. If you choose the eat a diet that is nutritionally rich in vitamins, minerals, omega oils, clean proteins, clean carbohydrates and water you will feel amazing and rarely be ill. Plus, if you practice fasting for 12+ hours a day you will have a body and mind that functions optimally, correctly, predictably and reliably in most cases. It also has a nurturing effect on gut health which will bring further balance to the body. The more clever you are with these choices the better you feel and longer you live a healthy, happy and strong life. ORGANIC nuts, seeds, vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits, berries are the most nutritionally dense foods that the human body can absorb with maximum efficiency. Plant- based foods are best. Animal-based foods do have benefits but they also have many negatives too so choose wisely.
  2. Exercise or any type of physical exertion has an extremely positive impact on physical and mental health. Weight training, aerobics, running, walking, yoga, pilates, martial arts, plyometrics, stretching, compound exercises will add a new dimension to life and energy. Building a routine is key and staying hydrated, with adequate levels of nutrition are important for the body to derive max benefit for these activities.
  3. Hot & Cold Shock promotes healthy body and mind, supports healing, lengthens life-span and balances/resets immune responses from the brain. The chemistry changes that occurs within the human body down to the cellular level is positively influenced to a high level when exposed to extremes of hot or cold. Increases in norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin plus the knock-on impact this has on the endocrine system and autonomous nervous system are amazing to say the least. These extremes can be achieved using saunas, ice/cold baths or showers and cyrotherapy.
  4. Being the ‘Real-You’ makes life easier. Find yourself. Wear your heart on your sleave. Be the full ‘real you’ but don’t trust anyone that hasn’t earned your trust before. Don’t apologize for being real, talking facts and being the person you are in full. Forget what other people think about you. When you choose to battle, pick your battles wisely and rarely. Stay happy and grateful. Know yourself, know your place, know your strengths and know your weakness.
  5. The way you think affects the way you feel. The way you feel affects the decisions you make and thus the course of your life-path. Being positive and thinking positive will lead to more positive outcomes and more positive encounters with more positive people. Likewise the opposite is true of negative/worry/anxious thinking. As much as possible (in this crazy world!) – think happy, try to be happy (even when you feel like being sad) and be kind and positive. Wim Hof breathing and conscious deep-breathing can be a quick way to get the brain chemistry thinking happy fast. Meditation & visualization of varying types is also very effective. Plan out your goals, map-out the happy life you want to live and then go live it with energy and enthusiasm. Appreciate what you have and strive for more.

These tips are based on what we have learned and observed through our own experience and research. We have spoken about much of this on our podcast This Irish Life if you are interested in this kind of thing.

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The Benefits of Heat Shock – Podcast 20 Clip-it-Up.

 

Live longer, age better, heal faster, feel great and much more…… Get to the sauna fast guys and girls.

We have been trying this out for the last few weeks. Staying in the sauna for periods of 20-30 minutes, short 1-2 minute break, and back in again to get to a total of an hour. The longer you can stay in without a break the better. It is intense but totally a great buzz during and afterwards with multiple health benefits for body and mind. Finishing off with a few cold showers for about 5 minutes while doing Wim Hof breathing (of course!). #thisirishlife 

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This Irish Life Podcast 20 – The Benefits of Heat Shock

The boys havin’ da craic, chatting about Bikram Yoga, it’s benefits, some scientific findings and how Shooz is getting on since he tried it. Plus some amazing information about the power of heat to heal and balance the body, and some extra cool super-tips to keep the body and mind super-charged, youthful and excited!

The Vegan Question

My journey to better health has finally placed me face to face with the elephant in my room – eating the flesh of dead animals and drinking the milk that has been taken away from new born calves.

I never really paid too much attention to it before. In the past, I had seen the videos and watched the conditions within which our our meat is raised and killed. Whilst I have no doubt that the barbaric clips and pictures that circulate the internet, shared by passionate vegans and animal rights activists may not be the norm (or maybe they are) it still didn’t push me to stop eating meat. Only recently did I come face to face with it again and this time it did get my attention.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was the dairy industry and how the cows are constantly impregnated to keep the milk flowing and that their newborns are constantly taken from them and denied the milk and the love of their mothers time and time again. I think the reason it hit hard this time was because my daughter (our 3rd child) was born 9 months ago and I watched as my wife breast-fed her and bonded in the early days.  The comfort it provided and love that emerged is a powerful thing. Flash over then to the millions and millions of confused and afraid new-born calves, born every day into slavery.  They are treated like nothing but emotionless machines by the world but behind it all we cannot deny that they crave that love and bond that should be their birthright to share with their mother. Yet we look on unmoved by the injustice. We put the milk in our tea, in our cereal, we enjoy cheese and butter and we even feed our own young with the milk that was denied to these vulnerable new born animals.  The days of hunting wild animals for survival have gone. The need to eat meat and drink milk to survive are gone. This is not survival in the wild, this is mass slaughter and mistreatment of those who cannot protect themselves. We have enslaved, tortured and disrespected the natural order by what we have done and for me the time has come to accept my part in it. Every time we consume animal products we condone this this treatment that takes place behind closed doors. We are brainwashed to think it is our right to do it, we shut our eyes and open our mouths, always pretending that the food we eat isn’t what it really is.

The ridiculous fact of the matter is that this suffering is unnecessary and unjustified, animal products are not healthy; plant based foods are what the human body is designed to be eating and they can provide us a full profile of nutrients, vitamins and minerals (with the exception possibly of adequate plant based sources of vitamin B12 from what I have read to date). Today this is widely understood and accepted and we now have the platform to cultivate this approach for future generations. It will be healthier for us, for the animals, and the planet.

For me, the fact that plant based foods could provide me with my full daily nutrition is what originally lead me to increase the amount of these foods in my diet and it encouraged me to find replacement sources of protein to substitute for the meat and dairy I was consuming (particular for protein after a workout). Now, in the cold light of day I am even more encouraged to eliminate animal products because it will positively impact on the level of suffering that is inflicted upon the animal world. We condone a world of death and deprivation whist looking the other way. We then eat the dead and steal the food of their babies for ourselves, I for one have decided to no longer participate in the madness.

It may not be easy to eliminate it completely but it is a process. As long as I am trying, my conscience is clear. As I said, I have been trying for a while to replace meat with plant-based sources for nutritional and health reasons so right now my animal product food consumption is limited to my dinner and 2 organic free-range eggs in the morning. The eggs may need to stay for vitamin B12 but the meat in the dinners will be replaced with lentils and legumes. Milk is limited to my daily cappuccino but this will have to change too.

The time has come for the madness to end. In an age where scientific fact proves unequivocally that a meat-free and dairy-free diet is most healthy we must each do our individual parts to put an end to the suffering that lurks around every corner. Time to wake up.

 

The value of drinking water

The value of drinking water has been underestimated for a long time and it is only now that this understanding has re-emerged. The value of water is just one of the areas that should be researched on the journey to optimum health.