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Tag : Wellness (49)

From Oil Age to Soil Age

John Thackara / 21 November 2016

In 1971 a geologist called Earl Cook evaluated the amount of energy ‘captured from the environment’ in different economic systems. Cook discovered then that a modern city dweller needed about 230,000 kilocalories per day to keep body and soul together. This compared starkly to a hunter-gatherer, 10,000 years earlier, who needed about 5,000 kcal per day to get by.

That gap, between simple and complex lives, has widened at an accelerating rate since Cook’s pioneering work. Once all the systems, networks and equipment of modern life are factored in – the cars, planes, factories, buildings, infrastructure, heating, cooling, lighting, food, water, hospitals, the internet of things, cloud computing – well, a New Yorker or Londoner today ‘needs’ about sixty times more energy and resources per person than a hunter-gatherer – and her appetite is growing by the day.

To put it another way: modern citizens today use more energy and physical resources in a month than our great-grandparents used during their whole lifetime.


Deep Nutrition — Eating the way we used to eat

Peak Moment TV / 30 November 2016

“Nature knows Best,” says Cate Shanahan, M.D. “Just eat the way people used to eat….” For their book Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, she and her partner Luke researched early American cookbooks and worldwide cultures with intact cuisines. They came up with four ways people who live off the land eat, no matter where they live.

Looking and working towards the future

Food Matters Coalition / 29 November 2016

PrintBased on your April 2016 Conversation about Food Matters community input we will be focusing on the following broad directions:

  • Support to our members and partners in their work to increase the population’s food literacy including food skills – both in the schools and in the community. This can include supporting existing initiatives, sharing information, and learning about the various models of community food hubs.
  • Advocating for and working towards a strong community garden network – defining community as it may be appropriate – municipal land, private land, at schools, community areas, communal living spaces, etc.
  • Doing what we can to advocate for and support our members and partners who work towards decreasing food insecurity through decreasing poverty.

To more clearly define our work for the next 12 months we need to know who is interested in being actively involved so we can be sure to take on only what we can realistically handle. If you, or a representative from your agency or group, or someone else you know would like be actively involved with the Food Matters Coalition Steering Committee, please let us know by January 13, 2017.

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Families urged to let kids play in nature

Transition Brockville / 13 October 2016

kids-in-woodsIt’s time to get our kids away from their screens and out into the great outdoors. That’s the message Lois Dewey will bring to the next presentation by Transition Brockville, on Sunday, October 23.

Dewey, Healthy Communities Partnership Coordinator at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, says today’s children are much less active than those of a generation or two ago. They spend a great deal of their time looking at electronic screens and don’t get outside much. “But research now shows phenomenal benefits of going outside and being active in nature,” Dewey says.

Children who spend time in nature are more likely to have healthier social behaviour, improved self-esteem, resilience, ability to learn and concentrate, as well as environmental awareness and stewardship ethics. Time in nature decreases stress and anxiety, depression, diabetes, hypertension and many other health problems.

Dewey will present that research and the Healthy Communities Partnership’s Nature for Life program, designed to encourage parents and grandparents to get kids out into the natural world, exploring it and developing a connection with nature that will stay with them all their lives.

Establishing that connection with nature is a key goal of the worldwide Transition movement. When people realize that humanity is intimately connected with nature – not somehow separate from it – they understand the value of working with and protecting the natural world, rather than opposing it.

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This single change to your diet can save calories and cash

Globe and Mail / Leslie Beck / 19 April 2016

Bring you own lunchPacking your own lunch allows you to get more protein, whole grains, fibre, vitamins and minerals and less of the things you don’t need, such as excess calories, refined starch, sodium and added sugars. Doing so also prevents you from giving in to cravings when you hit the food court or drive-through.

The benefit: Eating the right foods in the right portions will make you feel energetic and alert, not lethargic and bloated, in the afternoon.

You’ll also save money if you pack your own lunch – not surprising, I know, but the savings may be more than you think. According to a 2012 national poll conducted by Visa Canada, 61 per cent of Canadians buy lunch at least once a week – many do so at least three times a week – and spend between $7 and $13 a meal. That adds up over the course of a year: Spending $10 on lunch five days a week, for example, means $2,500 not sitting in your bank account.


5 ways nature boosts happiness, according to science

treehugger / Melissa Breyer / 18 March 2016

nature-happyAnyone who has ever stepped foot in the forest or dipped a toe in a lake likely knows this, but nature is a happy-maker. With its fresh air and soothing appeal to all the senses, it is a sly mesmerist who can erase stress and instill wellbeing in a manner of minutes. Maybe you’ve gathered this on your own, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to get it. But if you’ve felt these salubrious effects, you are not alone. In fact, there is loads of research revealing that nature has profound effects on our mental states. Here are just a few of the studies confirming that nature makes us happy!


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The Transition Framework

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

— Transition U.S.
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