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Review of February 2020

I'm going to try and do a monthly review of anything I've found interesting or anything we're doing which I've found to be positive. This won't all be about plants and food but just general stuff that others of similar interests might find useful. I would love to hear from you if you would like to see more (or less!) of anything so feel free to drop me a mail!

What we've been listening to

On the Rich Roll podcast - the David Sinclair, wants to cure ageing episode (10th Feb). We found this episode really interesting and informative and whilst I don't necessarily agree with some of the concepts covered, it is clear that David really knows the science behind ageing. Our key takeaway was around stressing the body and not letting the body get too comfortable. In an age where the majority of us seek more comfort at home, at work, travelling etc... maybe we should be looking to get out of our body comfort zone more?

What we've been reading

How not to diet by Michael Gregor, MD. This book is really informative but it's technical and not an easy read. I find myself reading and re-reading sections but there is a great deal of information in there, some of which I will be applying when looking at nutrition guidance.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari. I'm only about half way through this but it's pretty mind boggling to think how the next few hundred years might pan out on planet earth. There is a lot of information in here around artificial intelligence and how it may/will be used in the future including how it could enable us all to live a healthier life. Great right? Well, yes but there are also considerations about bio-hacking and the wealthy becoming almost superhuman compared to the rest - check it out and see what you think!

What we've been doing

The basic premise from David Sinclair and also covered by Michael Gregor is how we increase our healthy lifespan, not living longer but also quality of life. I won't put the science here but I did want to cover what we've already started putting into practice this week:

  • Intermittent fasting - only eating between 10:30am and 6:30pm (16 hour fast). I thought I was going to really struggle here given how much I love food but I've felt really good this week doing this; more alert, lighter, better sleep. I'm going to continue this over the next few weeks (week days only) to see if I continue to see these benefits.

  • Cold therapy - cold showers and spending more time at a mild cold temperature. The cold showers are really hard at first but the feeling afterwards is great! I won't do this everyday but will definitely try to do this a few days a week to give the body a little shock/wake up. On some days we've also kept the house at a lower temperature (approx 15C-16C), this was quite hard but it saves some money, the environment and the feeling of getting the fire on in the evening was heaven!

  • HIIT exercise - this is something I love to do anyway but it's nice to see it covered as something that can prolong a healthy lifespan.

Our allotment - we got an allotment at the end of last year so we can start growing our own organic veggies! We cleared it back in January and the deluge of rain has meant we haven't been able to do a lot else since. Although we haven't grown anything yet, we have been given some produce from other holders and it's been nice to see the real community spirit of people helping each other.

What we've been eating

What haven't we been eating!? (well animal produce obviously) but other than that our homemade vegan cheese - we're still trying to perfect this one but we've got to a point where we have a good tasting spreadable cheese. I've tried a few of the vegan cheeses available in the big supermarkets and didn't like them at all. I've had some really nice artisan vegan cheeses from independent companies and whilst they were great, they were not cheap! I'm hoping to get my vegan cheese to a really good level and then possibly do a workshop/cheese and wine evening so watch this space!

I already post a lot about what we're eating on Instagram so won't put too much else but feel free to message/email me for any recipes.

What we've been watching

The Joker - obviously it's nice to see Jaoquin using his platform to help support the message for the animals but we also genuinely loved this film and his performance. I won't say too much as I don't want to spoil it for anyone but if you're like us and you like darker films then this could be for you - this isn't your average comic book villain type of film.

Yes Theory - this is on YouTube. We're probably a bit older than their average viewers but I do like their approach to life - that we should be seeking discomfort more - often the things that are the most rewarding for us are the things that push us out of our comfort zone. They also seem like a nice bunch of people, which helps :)

The Stranger - this is on Netflix. We got hooked, against our better judgement and wished we didn't... it's one of those where you want to know the big secret but then end up disappointed by it. I wouldn't bother but if you do watch it, see if you agree or not!