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Tag: Grounding

STRAWBERRIES & MOVEMENT

STRAWBERRIES & MOVEMENT

We’ve been out picking spray free strawberries for the freezer. At the same time it’s an activity that involves lots of nutritious movement. All the squatting and kneeling is great for a pregnant lady like me Opposite chair and couch sitting, it facilitates and encourages […]

FAMILY FEET IN FROSTY GRASS

FAMILY FEET IN FROSTY GRASS

This has been a little morning ritual the last months. It’s a great way to wake up and to get grounded. It feels a little wild and crazy 😜 We get a better feel for the weather and what the birds, Icelandic horses and other […]

HOW MY NECK PAIN HAS DIMINISHED (part 5)

HOW MY NECK PAIN HAS DIMINISHED (part 5)

NATURAL MOVEMENT

In the previous posts, I share how our lifestyle-changes within nourishment, toxic free home & personal care and meditation & sleep have improved our vitality and health problems including neck pains that I’ve had for years. If you haven’t read part 1, part 2part 3 or part 4 yet, I recommend that you read those first.

In this final part, I’ll talk about how natural movement has helped me reduce tensions and pain in my neck. Natural and ancestral movement is about moving as our human body has evolved to move. It’s also about being less sedentary and moving the whole body instead of isolated parts like just your fingers on the keyboard or restricting your feet and toes in traditional shoes 😉

When we as a family learned this, we started walking more either bare foot or wearing minimal footwear and carrying more; like for example our shopping and our three your old son instead of using a stroller or driving the car. We also reorganised our home, selling our couches to facilitate more movement rather than accepting a sedentary lifestyle full of furniture that creates a development-crippling environment, that inhibits our natural movement. Additionally, we’ve installed a standing desk and ditched our bed pillows when sleeping. At the time our son was very young and we asked ourselves ‘why had we become so attached to sleeping with pillows?’ Why is it that as we got older we sleep with pillows, when babies and young children do not? Just like walking bare foot and wearing minimal footwear, we chose to transition over a period of time to become accustomed to, and build up strength in under used areas of our bodies.

Movement is much much more than exercise, every movement or position that you place yourself into will impact your body shape and adaption. This is why we need a greater variety of movement and positions during our day. You should think about “movement” on a cellular level impacted by loads, squeeze, pull and push from external and internal forces. I also think “movement” when my body and vascular system contracts when I go for a dip in cold water in the winter.

Now that you’re thinking about this, you can perhaps start finding ways to organise your own home and daily activities in ways that will support moving more and in a more natural way. Think about how you move, sit, stand, sleep etc and find ways to combine or “stack” your activities. So that you can incorporate more movement when you for example, do gardening and squatting forage for food when walking in nature, play with your kids and achieve more exercise and walking while carrying groceries by leaving the car at home when you go shopping.

Below, I list my ideas how you can get more natural movement into your day.

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Natural movement

Greater variety of movement

Walking

Balancing

Squatting

Carrying

Lifting

Crawling (foot-hand, knee-hand)

Hanging in our arms

Throwing

Floor-sitting

Barefoot

Minimal footwear

Gardening

Practical work around the house

Foraging

Processing your own food

Squatty potty

Furniture/ couch free living

Standing desk

Winter bathing or cryotherapy

 

LESS/AVOID:

Sedentary

Traditional footwear

Couch-sitting

Chair-sitting

Sleeping with pillow

 

Learn more about natural movement in NUTRITIONAL STACKING FOR YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENTMAKE EVERYTHING FROM WALKING TO DANCING MORE ENJOYABLE and HOW TO MAKE SITTING MORE NUTRITIOUS

Learn more about how to reorganise your home to facilitate movement in IMPROVING OUR HEALTH BY SELLING OUR COUCHES

 

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MINERALS, GROUNDING & VITAMIN D

MINERALS, GROUNDING & VITAMIN D

The reason that you feel so relaxed and balanced after spending time at the beach is because your body becomes replenished with vital minerals from the salt water. It’s better than a bath with Epsom salts The salt water and sand will also ground you […]

MINIMISING MY ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT

MINIMISING MY ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT

Earthy colours seem to be the choice this afternoon My minimal and grounding sandals from Earth Runners and “all natural” hat and backpack. The only parts not biodegradable are the plastic clips and bottom part of sole of the sandals and plastic beads on the […]

FEELING REWILDED

FEELING REWILDED

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My first time winter bathing. What a view and how exhilarating!

I’m the type who hates cold water. You can ask my lovely hubby and he’s going to be very surprised when I tell him that I went in the water three times. He’s in Vancouver working at the moment. He’s going to be a little jealous, I think 😉

I’m intrigued and I’m going to sign up for the winter season. Haha! How exciting

 

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NUTRITIONAL STACKING FOR YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT

NUTRITIONAL STACKING FOR YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT

This is another activity that involves nutritional stacking with natural movement, spending time in nature and grounding/ earthing as well as natural sunlight that strengthens our circadian rhythm and boosts our vitamin D levels. On top of that, we’re moving nutrients from the nutrient rich […]

EARTH RUNNERS IN CROATIA

EARTH RUNNERS IN CROATIA

Being grounded with my Earth Runners on holiday in Croatia. It’s like being bare footed or a great alternative when the conditions are not for being bare footed. I’ve had these sandals for almost a year now and they help me stay grounded and in […]

FORAGING – WILD FOOD AND MOVEMENT

FORAGING – WILD FOOD AND MOVEMENT

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Now that we’ve moved to the country side here in Denmark, we’ve been foraging more wild plants. Dinner last night included Dandelion leafs (Taraxacum vulgare) and Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria umbelliferae) in the summer salad and Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) used for dairy free pesto.
 
Foraging equals nutritious wild food, movement, natural light and spending time in nature.
 
Wild foods are more nutrient dense as we’ve literally bred the nutrients out of much of our modern produce in an effort to make them sweeter. Wild foods also comes package free and locally grown. Also, you avoid the food being “wasted” for human consumption. Depending on where you live, look out for roadside spraying and car exhausts.
 
Movement by walking, bending down, squatting and reaching with your arms. Yesterday, I also walked barefooted. I walk barefoot when possible as shoes, some more than others restrict your muscles, bones, ligament and cells in your food to more. When walking barefoot I also receive negative charged electrons from the Earth’s surface equalising the accumulated positive charge in my body from pollution and free radicals.
 
Spending time in nature is also crucial for our wellbeing and research supports the theory that our relationship with nature is a fundamental component of maintaining good health. In a public health context, exposure to nature has been used as therapy for short-term recovery from stress or mental fatigue and faster physical recovery from illness. We evolved outdoors and amongst nature for most of the last two million years of our species’ existence until recent times where we’ve moved into a largely indoor environment.
 
You can find the recipe for the nettle pesto below. I used three cups of stinging nettle leaves and macadamia nuts but you could use two cups of nettle leaves and one cup of basil leaves and other “oily” nuts. Don’t forget to wear gloves when handling the stinging nettles but when the leaves are chopped up fine they won’t sting. I also recommend that you pick the youngest leaves.
 
INGREDIENTS
3 cups Fresh nettle leaves
3-4 Garlic cloves
¾ cups Macadamia or pine nuts
¼ cups Extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp Sea salt
1 tbsp Lemon juice
 
DIRECTIONS
Place all ingredients into your Thermomix, food processor or blender and mix to desired consistency. Add more olive oil if needed.

 

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WHOLE BODY MOVEMENT

WHOLE BODY MOVEMENT

Are you getting outdoors, bare footed and moving naturally as we’ve developed to do for millions of years? Balancing bare footed strengthens muscles, ligaments and joints in your feet which travels further up your legs, knees, hips, back and neck, creating better posture and mobility. […]


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