Happy springtime! As foraging season approaches, I want to offer you some important / straightforward advice that will keep you safe and happy and, at the same time, ensure that your foraging adventures are respectful to the plant life that you encounter. The following excerpt comes from my wild edibles book.
Simple Rules for Foraging
Did you know that donkeys kill more people than airplane crashes each year? On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens annually. Texting while driving killed 6,000 people in the United States alone in 2011. About 450 Americans will die this year by falling out of bed (Jenkins 2011). Life is full of risks. Harvesting wild edibles presents some inherent dangers as well. Nature is unpredictable. Wild plants do not come with nutritional labels and should be approached with a degree of caution. But foraging is no more dangerous than the million other activities you engage in daily. If you are patient, attentive to your body, willing to educate yourself properly, and able to resist the temptation to eat everything you see, I’m confident that eating wild food will impose no major risk to you. Most of you will find foraging to be extremely pleasant, fun, and healthful. In this section, I would like to discuss a few simple guidelines that should be considered prior to eating new food, whether it is wild or not. Following these rules will greatly minimize your chances of experiencing any negative reactions.
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Last Sunday, I decided to put my “I Want Abs” training to the test by competing in my very first triathlon. A triathlon is a three-part sports discipline comprising swimming, cycling, and running. Because the three sports are contested as a continuous event without a rest, my fitness coach and I thought this would be a great way to test my overall endurance.
Since I Want Abs went live, the following three questions keep pouring into my inbox: “What’s up with the beard Sergei?” “Why are you in a Speedo?’ and “What kind of workouts can I expect to see in your movie? Here are the answers to your q’s.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! A few months back I decided to cancel my project “I Want Abs” because I didn’t think it would make its funding goal. In the months that followed I hired a camera crew, met a couple incredible personal trainers, and set out to get fit anyway.
While getting in shape I learned some very cool things. I can’t wait to share these things with you. Check out my new project page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sergeiboutenko/i-want-abs-0
Much has been written about the importance of exposing children to nature. Books such as Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv, illustrate how exposure to the outdoors is crucial for the physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual development of children. This is not true of the internet, television, and video games. In this blog post I want to remind you about the importance of nature time and push you to spend more time outside with your children, brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends.
The plain and simple truth is that children need regular exposure to the natural world. Such exposure leads to reduced stress; increased happiness, self—worth, and motivation; and improved physical fitness, balance, coordination, and even brain development.
One of the best reasons to add wild food to your diet is the simple fact that many of them are leafy green vegetables. Adding more fresh greens to your meals will dramatically improve your health. After years of research and countless experiments on myself, I have concluded there is no substitute for a diet rich in leafy greens. It’s true that we are all unique. We come from different backgrounds, have distinctive constitutions and blood types, and require different practices to achieve the same results. Yet I have never met a person who did not benefit from eating fresh greens.
Your brain catalogs everything you see in images. According to Samuel Thayer, author of Nature’s Garden, our eyes capture billions of pictures over the course of our lives. When you come in contact with an object repeatedly, such as a banana, your brain collects more banana images, and your familiarity with bananas becomes further refined. Like a computer, your brain creates a folder in which it saves the information it receives about a particular banana, as well as bananas as a whole. This folder is called a “search image.” Over time, as you continue exposing yourself to bananas, peaches, and pears, your brain makes more search images, and you become great at differentiating one fruit from another.