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Figure Skating day

Friday, February 10, 2012

I had so much fun today. My confidence at figure skating is growing. I'll never be as good as my daughter who is already working on several jumps after just a couple of months of lessons. But my balance is getting better and I'm working some leg muscles and core muscles that don't get much of a challenge when I run, especially glutes, so it's a good form of cross-training. I always really enjoyed figure-skating as a kid but we did not live close enough to an ice rink to go very often and I never had lessons. Now that my daughter is getting lessons I get to watch and learn along with her. Today I've started working on one-foot spins and the waltz jump. I can tell that my balance is getting better with backwards crossovers in both direction and also with using inside and outside edges when skating backwards. As my confidence grows I bend in the knees better which results in much better movement. The other day my daughter took some video which helped me to see what I need to work on.
Some of my experiences from balance in horseback riding and running transfer to ice skating and that helps a lot. Fortunately there are a lot of free videos to learn from on youtube that I can look at to help me along as well.
I'm getting used to having much more energy in the late afternoon and early evening so I did not even think about it much. I have to assume that it is due to a wheat free diet since I did not change anything else.

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ONUTHIN125 2/12/2012 1:20PM

    emoticonSounds like fun! emoticon emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 2/10/2012 10:08PM

    Oh what fun!

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FRAN0426 2/10/2012 6:53PM

    I skated a lot outdoors growing up and loved it. It is a wonderful exercise, and enjoyment rolled into one. My daughter took lessons and was in a skating club (all indoors ) for several years---so nice you can work on your skating and learn along with her. Keep up the good skating.

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DEC2DEC 2/10/2012 10:10AM

    I'm glad you're having fun. I would love to skate again some day. I did it as a pre-teen and LOVED it.

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FREELADY 2/10/2012 7:40AM

    You inspire me to try this again!

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    Good for you! I love skating, but not the cold, so I choose to rollerskate. There's nothing better to me than leaving the stress of the day on the skating floor, or in your case, ice. Best wishes to you!

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/10/2012 6:08AM

    Not only great exercise but enjoyable as well. It's wonderful to skate.

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LISEIGHT 2/10/2012 5:17AM

    Wow, that sounds amazing! Fun and workout all in one! Well done you for doing something as an adult that too many would consider only for kids! I am not surprised you feel energised from it: you are mixing the grace of dancing and sliding with physical exertion, fun, and fresh air! Good on you!

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"Playing God" documentary - a few thoughts

Thursday, February 09, 2012

I'll start by saying that this topic is really messing with my mind and my emotions. There are a lot of questions that it raises and it's hard to find any answers. I usually am fairly good in separating my emotions from my convictions on an issue but with this stuff it gets very difficult.
After I watched the first 5 minutes of "Playing God" I was already wondering if should finish watching it. The topic seemed overwhelming and it is for me. Of course the "head in the sand" approach does not ever work, in fact, it is the most dangerous approach to take in the long run whenever we are dealing with uncomfortable and/or possibly dangerous realities.
So I decided to take this slowly and do more research.
For now I want to share some thoughts about the first topic in "Playing God", the one about transferring the gene of a spider. This gene is responsible for making a particular amino acid which enables the spider to make a safety thread which is stronger than any other known material and can save the spider's life at a time of threat. The gene that is responsible for this amino acid is transferred to goats that produce it in there bodies and it is harvested from their milk and made into silk. The goats look totally normal on the outside. Here is the difficult part: I like goats, I've owned them before, and I'm trying to figure out how I feel about these goats being used to make silk. The animals in the video were well-taken care of, well-socialized to humans and trained, gently handled and kept in a humane enclosure. I'm sure they lead a better life than most animals used for large-scale milk production or meat-production. But I'm not sure that their babies could safely drink their milk. There is something very unnatural about this.
Humans have used animals for their own benefit since the beginning of time and sometimes one could see that as a symbiotic relationship. Meat animals exist because people eat meat and I'm not a vegetarian. As long as the animals are humanely raised and slaughtered and have a good quality of life in a natural environment I can accept that their life is not perfect because neither is that of any living creature.
Few farm animals these days are naturally bred, fed and raised. But something about this is different. It almost feels more wrong because the difference in these animals is so subtle, invisible to the eye and possibly invisible in it's long-term effect. If I saw a goat with legs and tail of a dog or the head of a bird I'd somehow be less concerned because it's easy to recognize.
The small stuff is a lot more like what I just talked about in the book "Wheat Belly" - small changes that have huge implications we are not aware of and may not be aware of for a long time to come.
In the meantime the video showed how almost anybody can manipulate genes easily these days with minimal lab equipment and virtually no previous education or experience. Inserting these genes into humans only takes a syringe and very minimal anatomy knowledge and there are experiments under way to insert non-human genes into humans.
The question is if there is any way to say that the potential risk is justified because of the potential good that is possible. What is the best possible thing that could happen? Solving the problem of major diseases like cancer? What's the worst possible thing that could happen? The destruction of our planet? I don't have any of the answers. I hope somebody does. The only thing I think I can do is to listen to the only one who has the right to play God - God.

What does all this have to do with diet and exercise and healthy living? The reason we want to be healthy is to fully live our lives. We all need to find the balance between living in the present and enjoying the blessings we have right now and wisely investing in the future for our sake and that of the next generations.

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PAPAMIKIE 2/10/2012 3:43PM

    One has to keep in mind that we have been manipulating gene for hundreds and hundreds of years, and that nature (part of Godís process) alters genes all the time. Generally if the changes we make are too extreme, the process fails. When we cross a male donkey stallion (called a jack) and a horse mare we get a mule and when we cross a stallion horse crossed to a donkey jennet we get a Hinnie. Both male and female mules have all the correct "parts" but they are sterile and cannot reproduce. A VERY few (about 1 in 1 million) mare mules have had foals, but these are VERY, very rare. No male mule has ever sired a foal.

Zebroid is the generic name for all zebra hybrids. The different hybrids are generally named using the portmanteau convention of sire's name + dam's name. There is generally no distinction made as to which zebra species is used. Many times when zebras are crossbred, they develop some form of dwarfism. Breeding of different branches of the equine family, which does not occur in the wild, generally results in infertile offspring. The combination of sire and dam also affects the offspring.
A zorse is the offspring of a male zebra and a female horse. This cross is also called a zebrula, zebrule, zebra mule or golden zebra. The rarer reverse pairing is sometimes called a horbra, hebra, zebrinny or zebret. Like most other animal hybrids, the zorse is sterile
So in both example our mucking about results in an end of the line, that is animals that can not create off spring.

This results in a requirement in the natural order of things of gradual progression.

We runners know that most running injuries are caused by too much too fast, so I teach Chi Running which has built into gradual progression.

The difficulties about the kind of genetic manipulation being done directly is that it can have huge benefits, could cure cancer, diabetes, etc and it could equally cause things that are just as bad or worse.

It seems to me that God put into the system a wonderful process that allows adjustment to the system, but that mostly this process happens at a reasonable pace, and with checks and balances that we do not really understand. However, the process has allowed for various pandemics and other events that radically change the situation of life on earth.

The big questions is if we as human are wise enough to assess which changes are we should be making.

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DEC2DEC 2/10/2012 10:08AM

    Humans scare me. We are sooooo dangerous to this planet and its inhabitants. I truly -- sincerely -- pray we never conquer the issues keeping us from long-distance space travel. We don't need to infect any other world.

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/10/2012 6:11AM

    Not only does the subject disturb me but to me it's more disturbing what this sort of manipulation is doing to the commercial food supply, the earth, the water ways and much more.

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/10/2012 1:32AM

    I'm disturbed by this video too but not surprised. I think in reality these things have already been going on for quite a few years. Remember Dolly the sheep? Cloned animals are now in the food chain, whether we like it or not. I think the basis of a lot of research could be used in evil ways, eg to treat the mentally ill or those who don't 'fit' into society....they could call it behavoiur modification and it would sound very 'reasonable.'
Re the goats, what about humans who drink goat's milk and eat their cheese?
With all man's research and studying, it is a fact that more people are dying today of food related diseases and conditions.
Every so often a new epidemic is predicted...quickly we are told it has now become a pandemic!! These things frighten the people int getting shots as a preventative measure!! We know that 'Tamiflu' was a huge big Pharma plan and now there are countries who have huge stock piles of the stuff....yet the avian flu that would to be killing hundreds of thousands of people never arrived!! I would guess that some people got 'flu' as normal at that time of year but they were given the shot.
I'm just demonstrating how the people can be manipulated and controlled. But maybe that's another subject?

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    This is so chilling... "But I'm not sure that their babies could safely drink their milk. There is something very unnatural about this." And how will they keep track of the goats who now have this trait? HOW? Oh my...

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NDTEACHER1 2/9/2012 8:06PM

    Sadly, too often men have a way of messing anything up because they find an evil or dangerous motive for discoveries. They do want to be God, to disprove his existence but that is not possible. It is fascinating information but at the same time I find some of it very disturbing.

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Running improving slowly

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I only had time for a short run of 3.3 miles today before it got dark. Average pulse was 134, average speed was 4.4 mph. I really did not feel like running today because it was wet outside and I felt a little tired. I'm glad I went anyhow. If eliminating wheat/gluten is helping my body than I might see some more significant improvements in the next few weeks.

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PAPAMIKIE 2/9/2012 2:03AM

    My daughter was diagnoses with a sensativity to wheat/glutean. It made a huge difference, but she eventually convinced herself that it made no difference and when back to eating things she should not (according to her specialist). She shows many of the same symptons as she had before she changed her diet, but has convinced herself that it is other things causing her to be tired, cranky and general a bit off.

Give it a good try and keep track of the differences

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HJFOGARTY 2/8/2012 10:14PM

    way to go - that is so great! stay strong and you will improve quickly - continue to take care of you - you are a great inspiration!!! happy running!

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Playing God documentary - Food for Thought

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Here is a link to watch this for free:


Would like to know what you all think. I have now finished watching this and hope to blog more about it later today. This video is about more than mixing genes of different species. This is about the developing field of synthetic biology (which means essentially "creating life").

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MARTHASPARKS 2/8/2012 11:14PM

    Thanks, again, Birgit! Everything that you share is so thought provoking.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/8/2012 2:04PM

    I've finished watching this. It's even scarier than mixing genes from different animals species (as if that were not bad enough). At the end there is mention of synthetic genes being inserted into humans. I hope to write a blog about this later today (if I can get my head wrapped around it). The term for all this is synthetic biology.

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    I don't disbelieve any of it...over here they have already crossed a lizard gene with a strawberry, so the strawberries stay firmer longer I believe. Gross!!
They have truly broken into God's laboratory!!

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KENDRACARROLL 2/8/2012 12:54AM

    Thanks for the link. I bookmarked it & planning to watch it this weekend.

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/7/2012 7:20PM

    Wow, does this strike a cord. Let's also take a look at how Monsanto and some others are doing the same to our phood supply. I will watch this this weekend.

When man messes with the natural laws there are consequences. Unfortunately we the people pay the price.

I commend you for posting this. Thank you!

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Feeling great, no soreness from long run, chocolate almond cookies

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

In spite of running 13 miles total yesterday I don't have any sore muscles and went ice skating for 2 hours today. I also walked dogs for about a half hour.
As far as food I'm getting more in the habit of eating raw. If I cook vegetables I stir-fry them in healthy oil, usally virgin coconutoil for only a few minutes. I'm going to start using my raw cookbooks and videos more.
Dinner tonight was mostly vegetables with very little protein and fat so I decided an hour after dinner I was hungry for some more protein and fat. I had a bowl of full-fat yoghurt with blueberries.
I also think that I may be somewhat lactose-intolerant since I don't feel very good after drinking milk, but don't have any trouble with other dairy products at all. I may give raw milk a try tomorrow to see if that makes any difference.

I've ground some almonds into almond meal in the food processor and made some raw almond chocolate cookies by adding 100% Ghirardelli chocolate, a little milk and coconut crystals as sweetener, We enjoyed them but no cravings to finish the plate, we just had two each. emoticon

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JENN03275 2/7/2012 6:16PM

    Wow, wish I could fix in that exercise. The veggies and cookies sound yummy.

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KKINNEA 2/7/2012 5:00PM

    Wow, the cookies sound good!

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/7/2012 12:37PM

    Thanks for the comments. I like to stir-fry all veggies that I don't eat raw in coconutoil and add seasonings like garlic, hot pepper, lemon juice and sometimes a little raw honey. I also like a little sesame oil for seasoning. Since I use coconutoil almost exclusively I get it by the gallon once a year from tropicaltraditions.com but there are other online sources as well. Since virgin coconutoil is a healthy saturated fat it will keep for a long time (at least two years) without going rancid and that makes it a great emergency food supply as well.
Of course anything that is sweet or salty and has a lot of fat can still be addictive for some people to eat so use in moderation. One to two tablespoon of coconutoil for a large frying pan full of veggies is what I use to make enough for 3-4 people.

Comment edited on: 2/7/2012 12:38:29 PM

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HEALTHY4ME 2/7/2012 8:14AM

    WOW do you ever get the exercise in!!! I am hoping that once I get my brace for my knee I can start walking longer! Cookies sound great, I put dates, coconut, almonds and 2 tsp melted coc. oil in food processor and rolled into balls and yes I can eat 2 and be fine!
hugs have a great day!

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MAGGIE101857 2/7/2012 6:21AM

    Running and skating?? Awesome!!!

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QUEEN_REINA 2/7/2012 4:44AM

    Stir fried veggies in coconut oil sounds TOO delicious! How much coconut oil did you use, I want to try it! I have GOT to learn more about eating raw. Where do you get the virgin coconut oil?

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TAMPATINK67 2/7/2012 12:44AM

    "cookies" sound amazing!

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