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.
Through December I’m is doing a 2 for 1 deal on my wild edibles playing cards. $10 + shipping gets you a couple card decks and an eBook. Visit: http://wildediblecards.com
I’m hosting a private retreat for Kickstarter backers who pledge $2,500+
If you choose to invest in my movie (I Want Abs) at this level, you (+ a guest of your choosing) will be invited to spend 4 days / 3 nights with me and my crew in a beautiful mountain cabin in Oregon (see photo preview below). During this retreat I will show you a few of my favorite ab workouts, feed you the best organic food, make you fresh green smoothies, take you foraging, and introduce you to my film crew and trainers. I GUARANTEE you’ll have fun, rest, and get healthier! In addition to the actual retreat, your contribution will get you listed as an executive producer in the credits of my film. If you would like to attend, choose the last reward in the reward section. You can also email me for more information about this retreat.
August is a great month for collecting wild edibles and making green smoothies out of them.
In honor of that fact, I’m having a green smoothie / wild edibles sale. Right now I’m offering a 2 for 1 movie deal with bonus eBooks. 15 bucks gets you the following:
1.) Powered By Green Smoothies (movie)
2.) Common Weeds And Wild Edibles Of The World (movie)
3.) Powered By Green Smoothies Recipes (eBook)
4.) Wild Edibles Cheat Sheet (eBook)
All products will be delivered instantly in digital form!
Sale lasts from August 3rd – 9th. Click the link and ENJOY: https://gumroad.com/l/HUcTY
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.
My new movie “Common Weeds And Wild Edibles Of The World” is here! Those people who know me know that I enjoy foraging for free food. I believe that wild edibles are extremely nutritious and should be collected and consumed regularly by everyone. To ensure that people collect edible plants in a safe and responsible manner, I produced this film.