Monday, August 12, 2013

Barefooted in Cool Climates

This winter in the southern hemisphere I have purposely done two things. Firstly I have not worn shoes and socks as a matter of course. In the last three months I have worn shoes and socks on five days only. Secondly I take my daily walk barefooted at least four days a week. The other times I wear a pair of five finger running shoes. This is the first time in winter I can recall that I haven’t had cold feet on going to bed or during the day. What I have noticed is that my feet still get warm and sometimes sweaty or cold and wet if it is raining, but they dry off quickly and stay warm.
So my feet are warm. The other thing that always happened during winter was that my heels were rough and had cracks that were often sore and uncomfortable. This winter they are smooth and have no cracks. I rub them each time I shower with a loofah. I found it took a while to get rid of the rough skin, but now it is gone and doesn’t look like returning. 

The other benefit of walking barefooted is to feel the ground, the textures and the warmth and to be grounded.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

This is an article that appeared in The Age newspaper in Melbourne 7 April 2013 by Melissa Davey. This is the link
The article is as follows....

Monday, February 25, 2013

One Year On From Open Heart Surgery
Most mornings I walk three to four kilometres before breakfast. I like the early morning air which at the moment is mild and dry as there is a prolonged dry, hot spell of weather here in Melbourne. Today for me is a special day in that one year ago I underwent open-heart surgery for a double by-pass graft. Thinking back, I am so grateful for so many things in my life, least of all being able to exercise. A little over a year ago walking was not a pleasurable experience. Even a short walk on flat ground of 100 metres or so would let me know that blood circulation to my heart was seriously compromised. I would experience shortness of breath and mild pain in my arm and chest. Not much fun.
How different is it for me now. I can walk at a pace of about 5 km an hour on flat ground and uphill without as much as having any sign of breathlessness or discomfort whatever. That is so good. Maybe it is diet, fresh air, sunshine, mostly raw fresh fruit and vegetables and exercise with some love and passion in life that  helps. 
I’m particularly grateful to my extended family and friends who gave wonderful support before, during and after my stay in hospital.
Recently I had the opportunity of being a member of the support team for two very good friends, Alan Murray and Janette Murray-Wakelin in their quest to run around Australia. . 
There are a number of extraordinary aspects to this quest. They live on raw whole foods only, fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts. No cooked or processed or animal products whatsoever. Each day they run a marathon, 42.2km in about 6 hrs, come rain, hail or shine, and they have had all the above and more. 
A couple of other things about them is that Janette is a breast cancer survivor of some 10 years and more and both are over 60 years of age. Their website is  .
Upon joining the crew which was for me an unexpected call, I was confronted with a couple of possible challenges. Early morning wake up, 4:15A and start running about an hour later, early to bed around 8P. Then there was the food, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Was I going to have any detox symptoms as I had not followed a strict raw food diet with the odd black coffee, glass of wine or beer and sometimes bread and on rare celebratory occasions, birthday cake. 
Fortunately the symptoms I had were minor and transcient, a headache that occurred after a couple of days that I was only aware of if I had the time to think about it. The other thing I hadn’t experienced for sometime was was sleeping out under the stars. This was one thing I was so pleased to be able to enjoy.
Each day was similar to the previous one except for changes in scenery, weather and location. During each day we met up with some wonderful people, often curious to know what was afoot. Of course the team were eager to enlighten them. 
Wake up was around 4:15A each day, get ready to run, pack up some of the camp, then start running around 5:15A. During the first week I would pack up the camp and prepare to move. Ping and Maureen, the other crew members usually followed later. After Francine joined and Ping and Maureen left we would usually travel together.  
By around 6:30A I was on the move, albeit not too fast. I only had to travel 12 to 14 km before the first stop at around 7A. This was usually at a rest stop for travellers. 
Would set up for the runners to arrive, often preparing a green smoothie for them to start with. The van was equipped with a large heavy duty battery and an inverter. Charging for the battery was from the car but more from the solar panels mounted on the roof of the van. This was sufficient to power the blender and the juicer along with the computers, light and fridges. Sometimes the charge ran a bit low but sunrise soon changed that. 
After the first stop  of about half an hour, the runners were on their way again. 
Next stop was again 12 to 14 km further on. The runners usually made this at around 10:30A. For the crew it was a leisurely drive as there was no rush. Another rest spot, most times beside the road or just off on a side road. 
A few times when there was rain and wind the runners were not only wet but also cold so the stops were closer together to allow them to dry off, warm up and temporarily have dry clothes. 
More fruit, often just one thing, watermelon, rock melon, oranges, bananas, pineapple or whatever was ripe at the time. 
The last stop before finding a camp for the night was usually at around 36km for the day. 
Sometimes the recharge included avocado, olives and sundried tomatoes as well as more fruit. After this stop the next one was the stop for the night. 
Fortunately there were lots of side roads adjacent to the highway where a reasonably quiet camp could be made. If we were on the coast a diversion to a beach site was preferable. 
This was great for a swim and a wash, a walk along the beach and the salt air. 
Occasionally a caravan park was at the end of the days run. Hot showers and clean clothes, what luxury. More often than not the owners were very accommodating and glad to have us a guests.
We had the occasional visit from friends who lived nearby or were passing through. I had one evening where I was able to visit my dear friends Deb Field and Jerry Jackson. So good to visit friends at home, special time.
Apart from variations in the weather and the landscape, each day had a similar pattern to it. 
After 16 days on the road my tour came to an end. I bid farewell and headed south to Sydney. 
Maybe there is some truth in the adage that if you do something for a fortnight it becomes a habit. What I found was that I’d been driving at about 60 kph most of the fortnight towing the van. Seemed so strange to get into Brad’s car and head south toward Sydney. Soon realised that highway driving was 100 plus not 60. The first hour was a bit of a challenge endeavouring to maintain speed. The next thing was sitting there for so long without a break. Half an hour had been a long stint over the last few weeks. However with persistence and hindsight I knew I could make it. 
I’m so grateful to have the health and been able to experience the last month or so. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Oil Pulling - a technique for cleansing the mouth and the body

This is an exquisite way of possibly cleansing the mouth and the whole body of excesses of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other parasites and their toxins. Not only will it help remove these but also other toxins like traces of heavy metals and pesticides and other ‘ides. The ideal time for oil pulling is first thing in the morning before you have had anything to eat or drink. Anything that has found a cosy place in the mouth overnight is in for a shock. Instead of a nice drop of clean warm water to wallow in and then be washed into the warm confines of the stomach, a little pure virgin cold pressed coconut oil is encountered. All the more disturbing for the inhabitants of the mouth should the oil be laced with a few drops of oregano oil or clove oil. There are a couple of reflexes that may be encountered, the swallow reflex and the gag reflex. Persevere and you will overcome both of these and be able to swish the oil around in you mouth for up to twenty minutes or so before spitting it out. After you have finished, it is as well to swish you mouth out with clean water a couple of times, again resisting the urge to swallow.
Well may you ask, ‘What and how much oil, what kind of oil, what can I do while swishing this stuff and any number of other questions.”
Here it is, so simple:
First thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything!
Do the following:-
Take one tablespoon of cold pressed virgin oil. (I like coconut oil). Some find it easier to scape out the solid oil from the jar and allow it to liquify in the mouth.
You may like to add two drops of oregano or clove oil. This is great for compromising bacteria and fungi.
Then just spoon it into you mouth and swish it around. By the way if you have a denture or plate, then best leave it out. Don’t swallow the stuff. Spit it out when the time is up. Best to spit it somewhere other than the sink as the oil will solidify and could block the drain. Then swish you mouth with water a couple of times and spit that out. You may also feel you need to brush you teeth. If you do, maybe keep a separate brush for this and clean it well when you finish brushing.

While you are swishing the oil around you may find it best to sit quietly and read or listen to something or just to have some quiet time.
Just remember this is not prescriptive, make it fun and have fun doing it.
You may find that there are lots of side effects to this activity. Don’t worry about things like whiter teeth, healthier gums, cavities disappearing, no bad breath, better sleep, clearer skin, and many others. They just come with oil pulling. Just enjoy the pleasant outcomes.

This note is for interest only. It is not suggesting that you replace or add any foods, herbal remedy, treatment or other approaches for any ailments without consulting your doctor and having his/her consent.
©Graeme Ward 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Salt Covenant

The Salt Covenant

The salt covenant consists of drinking one litre of water first thing in the morning to which has been added 1 tablespoon of sea salt, not rock salt. If the body has a balance of salt then this has the effect of flushing out the colon soon after drinking. However if the body is lacking in salt, this flushing effect does not occur until such time as the body has a sufficient reserve of salt. Once this level has been attained then the covenant helps to clear out toxicity and also helps with keeping discomfort and disease away.
Because of the mobilising of toxicity, nausea may be experienced but this will soon pass. The effect is sometimes sudden so it is as well to be near a toilet. Hence it may well be that it is best undertaken at a time when schedules are flexible and you don’t have to rush of to work or meetings and etc.
Initially the covenant may be taken daily, then as your body is cleansed then this may be reduced to two or three times a week, to weekly, fortnightly and etc. Just as you feel necessary. 
The amount of salt on the water is not prescriptive, it is only an indication. A little more salt or more water may be in order so that it is palatable. Remember to have fun.
This note is for information and educational purposes only and does not in any way purport to be giving advice particularly of a medical nature. If you intend to to undertake the foregoing then you are advised to seek professional advice regarding the content and its effects upon the individual.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Open Heart Surgery

It is now almost six months since I had open heart surgery and two by-pass grafts.
Prior to this I had a heart attack 8 years prior. At the time the cardiologist warned me that come what may I would be back in hospital in two to three years time for by-pass grafts in five locations. There were five places in the cardiac artery where there were severe blockages. A bit daunting to say the least. 
I changed my lifestyle dramatically after that. The resulting outcome was that three of those blockages disappeared completely along with the deposit at the site of the stents as did some other minor artery deposits. 
There was two blockages which didn't clear up and these had the by-pass grafts. 
Most days I walk at least 45 minutes and there is always an uphill climb involved. I am so grateful that I can do this without any feeling of breathlessness, chest pains or weakness. 
So different to the time leading up to surgery when I had to think seriously about walking up a flight of stairs because of the potential discomfort I would experience. Fortunately for me I have not experienced any of the numerous complications that some are afflicted with after such a procedure.
Now I am concentrating on improving my health and fitness by continuing to following the seven principles I’ve referred to elsewhere. The medical procedures associated with open heart are very invasive and as such have some effects that take some time to recover from. 
There is significant shock that the body endures just with the physical mechanical part of the operation and then having to repair the tissues that have been cut and otherwise damaged. 
Then there is also the immune response to any potential bacterial invasion to be overcome. 
I can recall the first few times that I had any idea of what was going on while in intensive care. Seems that there was always a nurse holding up two vials of morphine and asking did I have any pain. I don’t recall experiencing pain, soreness and discomfort. 
The pain management drugs together with the other blood conditioning drugs take some time be totally eliminated from the body, I’m sure. 
However following a whole food diet of mostly raw fruit and vegetables has certainly been worth while in the recovery process. I’ve still a way to go yet before I feel I am strong and fit and able to go back to work. 
The best thing at the moment is that I do not suffer from any debilitating after effects.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Breaking a Fast

Breaking a fast slowly

(Some minor editing of this page was done 6 November 2017.)
This is the most critical part of your juice fast. Breaking your fast is harder than fasting. Your digestive system is now sensitive and needs time to reactivate.

The key is eating lightly, over a period of four days, and transitioning gradually onto a new, planned and more healthy regular diet. Going back to your previous diet will return you again to where you were! What's worse is, it is a shock to your system and can be disastrous and may cause stomach cramps, nausea and weakness.

Continue with the juice and add whole food snacks.

Breaking your fast requires self discipline. After 14 days or more you know that is something you have a lot of! Eat small amounts to gently wake up your digestion whilst continuing to drink juice. Gradually increase the amount of raw fruit and vegetables as you go along. This can be the start of eating smaller, more sustainable meals.

Only eat when you feel hungry, not necessarily at meal times. Take salad and fruit snacks with you to work so you are not tempted by the cafe's, food courts or lunch vans. Remember that hunger is often mistaken for thirst, so keep up your water/fluid balance of 1 litre per 22kg of body weight.
Eat half as much as you want, but twice as often to gently reawaken your digestive system. Don’t overload it. Go slowly, chew your food well and don’t mix too many foods.
Most of all, take care not to overeat! After fourteen days or more of fasting there are so many new flavors you want to try. Change to using smaller plates, bowls and utensils and make each new mouthful a meal in itself.
Over eating and overloading your hibernating digestive system will make you feel sluggish and tired and even nauseous. You will really notice this after the energy you have experienced fasting. If you have over eaten you will find it harder to wake up and get going of a morning.
You can easily put the weight that you released straight back on. Remember you have not eaten solid food for two weeks or more. The aim is to maintain the wonderful feeling of control that you have developed during the fast and carry it forward into permanent changes in your eating habits.
The following protocol is not meant to be prescriptive and it is your choice whether you include animal products in your long term eating patterns.  
Transition foods can include light foods such as fruit, salads, veggie soups, spinach and other green vegetables, and small amounts of sauerkraut to stimulate digestion. Simple vegetable meals low in starch. Salads and soups. No meat, fish, eggs, cheese, milk.
Day 1
Keep drinking 1 litre of juice per day either as a meal or throughout the day as a snack. Have some raw ripe fruit for breakfast, this may be around mid-day with a small raw veggie salad or a green smoothie for later in the day before dark. Take care not to over eat. Eat apples or other fruit between if you need to snack. Make sure you keep your water balance (1L/22kgs).You’ll probably find that you’ll need very little food to fill up on.
Day 2
Same as day one. Be vigilant of how you feel and observe how your gut is working. If you are at all constipated, lots of water and maybe a green juice, (Bit like a cow in spring). Add vegetable soup for dinner in place of a salad or a green smoothie. Eat apples or other fruit between meals.
Day 3
Same as day two. Plus small quantity of dates or raisins preferable soaked. Add a small bowl of well cooked brown rice with chopped steamed vegies in it. Low starch vegetables such as spinach and other greens. Drink 1 litre of juice.
Day 4
Same as day three. Slowly add soaked nuts, legumes, seeds. Still drink 1.0 litres of juice or more.
Day 5
Move into a 10 day period during which your diet is 80% raw uncooked whole foods. You can eat as much as you want of this. Fresh raw ripe fruit and vegetables. You could enjoy fruit salad for breakfast and a salad with each of the other two meals if you are following three meals a day. The 20% cooked part of your diet may include whole grain bread, pasta, brown rice, cooked beans, lentils, cooked vegies, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, squash. Moderate quantities of nuts, beans and bean sprouts.
Continue juicing each day. There are other juice recipes around that can be used in place of or added to cabala.
Try not to go back to your old addictions and cravings. There is a whole world of fabulous energy giving whole food nutrition just waiting for the new you to explore! If you do go back into your old habits don’t beat yourself up, you know that you have the tools to recover.
This note is for information and educational purposes only and does not in any way purport to be giving advice particularly of a medical nature. If you intend to to undertake the foregoing then you are advised to seek professional advice regarding the content and its effects upon the individual.