Vegan, Vegetarian, Meat Eater…

One of many things that I can’t stomach is putting labels onto people, their actions and other happenstances. True, labeling has been put in place to set a direction of a topic, however many of us will have their idea mostly formulated hearing just the certain word. Especially these three terms in title are very hot merchandise. When one proclaims being vegan, most of us are going to have a reaction based on the past experiences and information gathered to that term, therefore we don’t look beneath the surface to discover many layers of the person standing in front of us, but we tend to judge the book by its cover. So I do not proclaim myself to be a vegan. I just eat everything, that does not contain milk, eggs, coloring’s coming from insects and anything that had been breathing and living creature. This to me is very creative, fun and sustainable way how we could take care of ourselves as well as of our environment. Let’s have a look at a bigger picture.

The biggest contributor of drastic climate changes in recent years is down to animal agriculture. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than combined exhaust from all the transportation. Greenhouse gas emissions from transporting the livestock contributes by 13 percent. Fact is, that methane is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2 and has a global warming potential 86 times than that of CO2 on a 20 years time frame. Now, a single cow produces between 250 – 500 liters of methane per day. The same industry uses lots of water – half of a kilogram of beef needs 7 thousands liters of water, and yet we have third world countries where people are drinking unclean, contaminated water or hardly any at all.  Animal agriculture contributes to species extinction in many ways. In addition to the monumental habitat destruction caused by clearing forests and converting land to grow feed crops and for animal grazing, predators and “competition” species are frequently targeted and hunted because of a perceived threat to livestock profits. The widespread use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers used in the production of feed crops often interferes with the reproductive systems of animals and poison waterways. The over exploitation of wild species through commercial fishing, bush meat trade as well as animal agriculture’s impact on climate change, all contribute to global depletion of species and resources.

These few facts are just a raindrop in ocean of mad practices, cruelty and 0 consideration about consequences. What legacy are we going to leave to future generations. Are we going to continue to support our own exploitation by huge concerns, politics and lobbying, to have convenience resulting in catastrophe, over searching for right information and freedom. Can we muster enough hunger in us to change. One person at a time, for a grater good. Only time will tell. So this is a fraction of what the term ‘vegan’ means to me. What about you? Do you care enough?

 

Peace & Love

Becoming Conscious

Autumn has slowly crept in, but it seems that summer is not ready to give up. Air is fresh and crisp with sun beaming through the bright sky. I cannot help myself but slip down the memory lane and remember last month, when we set out for an amazing journey to Poland. Me and my girls, Julia and Livi. The weather was splendid as well as the surroundings and company of our friends and family. Every day was packed with action. We stayed in Poznan for about a week and then traveled to Kamionek. Small village with magnificent trails to run or ride, situated on the side of Kamieniec Lake. However, it was utterly different experience that I’m very grateful for. Part of our family living there is running their own, sustainable, organic farm. Being able to help around and experience the nitty-gritty from first hand was eye opening and real.

Before leaving for our family journey I had made a decision, that I’m going to start Plant power diet at the very instant of our return back to UK. Now, me and my wife have stopped eating meat few months ago. Even though we experienced setbacks, like going to a party and eating odd slice of chicken or pork, we still kept eating fish and dairy. It wasn’t until I started to do my research and came across a book by Rich Roll, titled ‘Finding Ultra’, that made me consider and really deeply think to go all the way. Give up meat, fish, dairy and anything that was produced or came as a by-product from animals.

I’m three weeks in and feel amazing! I feel having more energy, recover faster after physical activities and being more productive. Plus, being completely honest, I find it very satisfying to know that my money do not support this chaos and atrocious actions by producers farming on the LARGE scale. Exploiting not only us, but more importantly our environment. On the contrary, I rather support small, sustainable farms and businesses, which control all the produce from the seed to the plant. What goes into to soil to feed the plants and therefore the quality of the final product.

What do you think about replacing meat produce and diary with plants? Do you agree that we can shift the consequences of industrial actions as well as ours by simply becoming conscious consumers and choose, where we spend our money and what we get in return?

 

Cheers & Love

 

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CH4NG3

I have just recently returned from a conference in Nuland, Netherlands. The journey itself had been a tad treacherous as we traveled by car and due to snowing conditions there was a lot of surprises along the roads – accidents, burned cars, traffic jams, rough seas – basically almost everything one would expect from proper adventure. It took us roughly 10 hours one way, not counting 2 hours spent on ferry from Dover to Dunkirk. Plenty of time for thought collection and catching up with email, right.

Somewhere on the road in Belgium I got into discussion via Instagram with a friend about change. As Albert Einstein once said, ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ The truth is that many of us are living this insanity. It’s ego altogether with comfort, which holds us back from openness towards new experiences and gaining fresh knowledge, which would be applicable and beneficial in order to create desired change.  The fact is that it takes strong emotional encounter that breaks the pattern as all of our actions that we do are either to avoid pain or to gain pleasure.

Such a pattern breakers can be illness, loss of a close person, getting fired from a job, bankruptcy, anything that pushes us over the limit to say ‘I won’t live this way anymore!’ At the end of April 2011 my world have changed forever. Our daughter Olivia was born and I decided that I shall not bullshit myself anymore. I realized that I want to be a person who is going to be setting the right example. I want to do what I talk about, which became one of my purposes. We live in the world where most of the people tell others to do what they have never done themselves. Ludicrous hypocrisy, which I do not want to be part of.

Either way it comes down to recognition and complete honesty with ourselves. Be humble enough to admit that we are not perfect. Realize our strengths – triple down on them ; realize weaknesses without dwelling into them, because everybody else is  going to do that for us. By starting with us first, we can help others to live better and more fulfilling lives. Making the world a better place small step at the time.

Cheers & Love

 

Mind Your Mind

Have you ever wondered why in a certain moment you react in a specific way? For example, why some of us are smooth conversationalists and some start to profoundly sweat and mumble, when opportunity to talk to other person presents itself. Are people who go through their lives with positive attitude just simply lucky from those who fill theirs with negativity? Hmm, and might that be the explanation for one to savor it’s finger nails?

The gem which either limits us or makes us expand, isn’t a magical formula which had been cast upon us when we were born, but it’s the powerhouse situated between our ears. Ladies and Gentleman, children of any age – that’s our brain. Human brain is a central organ to our nervous system. It consists of the cerebrum(controls all voluntary actions in the body), the brain-stem(regulates central nervous system and also maintains conciseness) and the cerebellum(contributes to coordination, precision and accurate timing of our motor control). Our brain is extremely complicated, however it’s remarkable how much control we can have over it(therefore control over our lives), when we realize it’s our conscious and subconscious minds, which play crucial part of who we are and what we do.

Consciousness is a state of awareness at the present moment. It means to be able to feel, experience and react to situations occurring right now. Subconsciousness, however, is thousands times more powerful than consciousness, because it never sleeps. It is like a fertile soil where what we sow, we shall reap. Keep in mind that weeds(negativity) is automatic. If we want to reap success or happiness, we just need to plant the right seeds, keep watering them and look after them at all times.

Let me give you an example. A new born child, whose surroundings are going to play crucial part to determine what kind of personality it’s going to become. People around him and the happenings caused are going to create behavioral patterns or habits, which later on in life going to determine it’s values, which are going to be a guidance through life. Simply said, if parents divorce and a child stays with mom who is going to continuously repeat that all men are evil, then there’s pretty big probability that the child is going to grow up with no respect and trust issues towards men. On the other hand, if a we take a child at age of two and start to teach him skiing, I bet you you that it’s almost sure thing that by age of 6, possibly even earlier, it’s going to master that skill, if we keep practicing over and over. The difference is that our subconsciousness doesn’t make difference between good and bad input. It’s going to processes any information given and through conditioning it’s going to produce strength of references for the final outcome.

It is pretty straight forward with children as their mind is being developed from the very moment they come to this world. It’s a bit harder for “grown ups”. As the saying goes that ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’, there’s some truth to the statement. Mainly because in advanced stages of ones life, we need to have a burning desire to develop our mind as most of our habits have already deep roots and it takes more effort and self awareness to replace them with new ones. What helps me tremendously is the statement by Earl Nightingale, ‘We become what we think about.’ If we control our thoughts and input that we feed our mind with, we can set our sails to achieve literally anything.

The state of mind and our mental attitude also play great importance in how we feel physically. What we experience mentally affects us physically and vice versa. The two are in such a great harmony that we can use physical exercises to break our negative emotional patterns or the moments of sudden upsets and we can do the same the other way around. How fantastic!

Do you mind your mind?

Cheers & Love

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OPENING

Hello and welcome to the first post of MindFoodz. My name is Tomas Marak and my goal is to add value into this vast digital ocean called Internet by written word. I remember when I used to browse the Web without any purpose or flick through the channels on TV, the most common message of content and programs were bad news. Especially in the current days, when we have everything literally at the end of our fingertips, change in ways that we communicate and consume has made negativity even louder. There’s complaining and cynicism pouring out of everywhere. Pretending and snobbishness calls for admirers as well as arrogance and ignorance are considered for being step forward.

Therefore, I set myself onto the mission by using various platforms for the counter attack – to make positivity louder! And what gives me the leverage to do so? Simply, my own experience. Life. Living it. Tasting it. Most importantly, evolving and learning along with it.

I’m blessed to have two amazing human beings for parents and friends, who raised me to respect, love and value not only other people, but also myself. They invested tons of hours to show me that anything is possible if only I take action and persevere. Those were beautiful days filled with warmth, laughter and pretty anything one could have possibly wished for being a kid. However, in the second half of my teens all of this plummeted down into big dark hole, which shed exact opposite emotions onto our lives. Guess who was the catalyst for all the happening.

Well, making the long story short ; I emigrated to United Kingdom in the very beginning of my 20’s. I wasted so much time to ponder and to look for what I lost, which was my identity, that evaporated into thin air. Gone. Poof. And as I kept silently stomping around I meet a girl who put a chip back on my shoulder. That very girl eventually became my girlfriend, said ‘yes’ to be my wife and gave birth to our amazing child.

Almost four years ago we have developed into something more. A business partners as we set our sails firmly onto our entrepreneurial journey. Being in progress of personal changes, we have noticed revolving imbalance in our community in the way that we think and how we act. Upon what values and reasoning we raise our children, treat people around us and consequently live our lives. Why do we consciously abuse our health by poor choices of nutrition and physical inactivity. Why are we spiritually hollow, when inner peace and gratitude makes us stronger.

My desire is to create a unity and give hope that anything is possible by sharing inspiration through actions and gained knowledge, because we all can live a live filled with joy and purpose. That is what MindFoodz all about.

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