Improve Your Health and Fitness

Over aeons of time, our bodies have adapted to cope with survival in a harsh environment. Although we achieved civilization thousands of years ago, our bodies have not evolved to adapt to this change. If we imagine ourselves back in the distant past we would have eaten less sugar, salt and fat in a year or more than we now eat in a week or less. We would have eaten a diet of meat and fish, mostly vegetable matter, fruit, berries, nuts, seeds and roots. We would only have drunk water, and may have sampled the splendour of honey. Foods would be rich in fibre, some protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals, but low in sugar, salt and saturated fats. We would have been in almost constant motion; playing, working, foraging, preparing food, but rarely staying still. (I think that it is important to remind ourselves that our body is designed to be active, but that we often think of exercise as formal, vigorous, structured pursuits. It can be easy to persuade ourselves that going swimming or playing football twice a week is enough [and so we have an excuse for driving to work and to the local shops]. And although it is great to do these things, we can stay fit and healthy without a gym membership, just by doing everyday movements; walking, cleaning the house, and gardening, and yes I shall say that well-worn phrase- leaving the car at home.)

Don’t think that our person from the past would have been feasting on jumbo mammoth steaks Flintstone-style all day long either. Meat may have been in scant supply for much of the time (have you ever tried to catch a rabbit?) and women and children spent a large amount of time foraging for nuts, roots, berries and vegetable matter. Everyone would have been involved in acquiring food, and all methods of obtaining food would have used large amounts of energy; you have to cover wide areas to provide enough food for a family. Even when farming became a way of life huge amounts of energy would have to be invested in producing the fruits, vegetables and animal products. Animals too would have been reared on a diet of more complex foods rather than modern high-energy processed feeds. It is thought that their meat would have been much less rich in saturated fats and so healthier for the people consuming it.

Food production would have been part of every day life, unlike today where food arrives pre-packed, smothered in cellophane, produced days, weeks or months ago in a factory hundreds of miles away, glazed with wax, identical in size and colour to its neighbour, lacking any aroma, and likely to be lacking in nutrition. Our imaginary person would have experienced real, largely unprocessed food, and a varied seasonal diet (no strawberries at Christmas for Ms Caveperson). It is likely that they would have a relationship with what they had produced. If you ever grow your own fruit and veg you will understand how exciting it is to watch things grow, then how good it feels to harvest and prepare them. People would have wasted nothing- all parts of every fruit, vegetable or animal would be used for something, almost nothing was unusable; today in the UK one third of our food is thrown away and wasted, out of every 2 bagged salads purchased today, one will go in the bin (sounds familiar?).

Another aspect of our imaginary person’s relationship to food is the social aspect. People would have produced and processed the food together, celebrated harvests and abundant times, and eaten together as a family or group. Children would help the adults, and learnt how to grow and prepare food ensuring that they would be able to look after themselves as adults. Meal times may have been the only time when the extended family would be gathered together to swap the day’s news, gossip and stories. This way people eat more slowly, and eat less allowing their body to feel full and satisfied. Food would have produced social bonding and been a central and essential part of social life.

Life would have been hard, and still is for many people today who have to provide their own food, and so I don’t want to over-romanticise this imaginary person. However, I think that this person from the past is a useful tool for understanding what our eating and activity profile should be more like if we wish to be healthier and happier. There would have been no slouching on a sofa in front of the TV, no Chicken Dippas, micro-chips, and definitely (and thankfully) no Pringles. Our imaginary person may not even recognise these things as food.

Underneath it all we are still cave people, our bodies and brains have evolved to take nutrition from simple whole foods, we thrive on human contact and still feel the need to eat together and share food, and our bodies are healthier if we exercise consistently. We need a diet rich in whole foods, in raw foods, and home cooked foods. We should pick foods which are low in sugar, salt and saturated fat. If you are doubtful about the validity of a food, ask yourself how far-removed it is from its natural state, could you make it yourself, would it have existed a hundred years ago or more? If the answer is no then the chances are that it is not very healthy. We need to explore the excitement of foraging for food, growing it and preparing it, we need to rediscover the simple pleasures of podding peas, chopping fresh herbs, picking blackberries, and making pickles and jams.

Beautiful Conway Stewart pens are timeless writing instruments

If you are one of those people who like to take your time and put pen to paper then you will now how important it is to have a good quality writing instrument. Not only will a good quality pen glide whilst you write, it will feel natural and comfortable in your hand as you do so. That is why if you are serious about writing you should consider a Conway Stewart pen. With expertise in pen manufacturing reaching over 100 years you really can be sure of Conway Stewart pens.

Conway Stewart pens first came about in 1905, the business was founded by Frank Jarvis and Thomas Garner. For the next 50 years the Conway Stewart pen company enjoyed much success manufacturing fountain pens in the UK. Unfortunately good luck ran out for Conway Stewart pens in 1975. The arrival of the popular ball point pen meant business all but dried up. But the UK had not seen the last of Conway Stewart. In the 1990s the company was revived and is now once more a successful writing instrument manufacturer. The Conway Stewart pen company now specialises in making highly desirable luxury writing instruments. Conway Stewart pens have now taken their place at the high end of the pen and writing instrument market.

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There are quite a few Conway Stewart pens to choose from. You can be guaranteed that whatever one you choose will make a superb gift. The Conway Stewart pen company has chosen to use a British theme with its collections. Each collection is named after a very famous historical figure. You will discover names such as Nightingale, Nelson, Darwin and Churchill in the Conway Stewart pens collections.

Each collection will often offer the choice of fountain pen, roller ball, conventional ball point pen and pencil. In each of the pen collections you will also be able to obtain different colour themes and effects. Naturally if choosing a fountain pen you can choose from a variety of nibs in 18 carat gold.

Why not take some time out to have a closer look at the writing instruments available in the Conway Stewart pen ranges. Write Here is a great place to start to find out more about Conway Stewart pens. Shrewsbury based Write Here have a fabulous website that really does showcase the beauty of each Conway Stewart pen collection.Write Here are a friendly team too, so feel free to contact them for any specific questions you have or advice you require. Write Here is a safe website to shop too, which means that you can safely use your debit or credit card.

Top 5 Hard Rockmetal Concert Tickets

Having taken a back seat to indie and pop music in the late 1990s, demand for concert tickets to gigs by hard rick and metal acts is once again high and the genre is experiencing a renaissance. Let’s have a look at the Top 5 concert Tickets tips for Hard Rock and Metal.

1. Rammstein – Germany’s highest selling hard rock export bring their famous pyrotechnics and flair for the dramatic to the UK in February. With plenty of time to buy your tickets, make sure you catch these notorious legends of hard rock in Manchester, Birmingham or London.

2. Them Crooked Vultures – Why should you buy concert tickets to Them Crooked Vultures if, like many, you’ve never heard of them? Chances are you’ve heard of Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana and the Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin. Them Crooked Vultures are Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones who, between them, have a hard rock pedigree unlike any other. They’re touring the UK in December so make sure to get tickets to what will be one of the gigs of the year.

3. Deep Purple – A band which has sold more than 100 million records is sure to know a thing or two about selling concert tickets, too. Deep Purple are back and touring the UK. So, if you’re in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham or London, you can be 100% guaranteed tickets for the rock legends will sell faster than the guitar riffs on ‘Strange Kind of Woman’. Don’t delay!

4. Alice Cooper – He’s been selling tickets to sold-out shows for over 50 years. The scratch golfer with the amazing live show comes to the UK in November to wow UK audiences with songs like ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ and the classic, ‘School’s Out’. When you’ve got a fan base as massive as Alice Cooper’s, worrying about selling concert tickets won’t be something he’s used to. So get your tickets today or risk disappointment!

5. Marilyn Manson – His name is actually Brian Hugh Warner. Would you buy concert tickets to see Brian Hugh Warner rock out? The change of name to Marilyn Manson seems a pretty good idea in hindsight! The shock rocker will be touring the UK in December as part of his six-gig King Shot tour.