Let’s Make Gardens from Our Cities

Even really green cities in Germany with a lot or parks, wood and green are not really nature and people friendly. Especially for kids and old people, they are even dangerous. And it is really not so complicated to change this – just consider the following simple ideas:

1. City centre cars free

2. Make green grass lanes for walking on the streets and plant some flowers and trees at every street.

3. Use the roofs of the buildings. These can be used for gardens and food growing and for student rooms. And of course for collecting rain water and producing electricity from the sun, the wind and the difference of the temperature between the building and the air.

4. Put a beehive in every garden and seed a lot of colourful flowers.

5. Use the walls of the buildings to create hanging gardens and produce our own food.

If we just let our creativity fly, we can create even better ideas and change our cities completely.

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Small Gardens for Big Food Production

One of the things I especially like in Germany are the small gardens which are almost everywhere in the cities. These are some places where you can buy or rent a little land and make your own garden. It’s a great concept, which is very seldom in other countries. It can be a really good business to apply this concept outside Germany. People will be happy to have such gardens in the city and to have much greener cities.

On the other hand, Germany is a rich country and many people live in houses in the city and have small gardens around their house, as it is more typical for villages than for cities.

In both cases people in Germany normally use this small gardens for some green grass, some flowers and maybe some trees and bushes. I think that we can make much more from these gardens. They can be used to produce food. Local, organic food from your own small garden. And the most important point is that when we produce our own food, we produce it with love, which makes its quality much better. And we eat it immediately after we gathered it.

These gardens are too small to provide their owners the full amount of food they need, but they can still provide a great percentage of it. Thus we will not need so much mass food production, we’ll have even greener cities, we’ll save the bees and we can show our kids what it means to grow your own food. This is a core value for the humanity which we do not give our kids anymore, as our parents gave it to us. This is a core value that will definitely make the world much better.

So, have you already started to plant for food in your garden? Or if you don’t want to do this, why not give your garden to someone else, so he can do it? Or can you imagine making a platform where you connect people who have gardens, but don’t want to use them in such manner with people who don’t have, but want to have? You can not only earn some money, but also help the whole society a lot.

We Are Water

The human body, everything alive on the planet and the whole planet itself consist mostly of water. It is always said that water is the foundation of our existence and this is true. Nevertheless, we still know not enough about water.

We are water. And water is weak and patient and good. You can do what you want with water – move it from one place to the other, change its physical state, separate it and so on. So, it seems to be weak and to be easily formed and it seems never to mind when we do all this with it. But water is not weak if we look at a bigger scope and see how it changes our lives and the whole planet with the years. It is just patient and lets the time almost stay, but alter many years it turns out that water is stronger than everything else and goes even through rocks. And it is good, it gives life, it creates life, it saves life, it is the life and the creator.

We are water, so we are as the water is – we seem to be weak, but we are strong. A good example is the hunting man, with no claws and running slow, but with great endurance and patience so that at the end the animals have no chance. And we can be really patient and it is good for us to be patient. And we are good. We can’t be bad, when we have water as our foundation. And we are the life and we are the creators as well.

But still, what is the magic in the water? What is really important about the water is not only its chemical constitution, but also its structure. The water has memory and can build different structures according to its memory. Thus was first practically observed by Dr. Masaru Emoto, who takes pictures of water crystals. In this way he can observe the structure of water in different situations. For example, if we tell the water some specific word, than it changes its structure according this word. The same with the emotions, places and everything else. Water absorbs every kind of information. Words like love, peace, gratitude and so on create very strong water structures, which look very beautiful, symmetric and harmoniously on the photos of the crystals.

The water goes through our entire planet and captures the information it meets on its long way. It does this through its structure. And it not only captures it, but also has the capability to change it. When it evaporates from the ocean and falls down as rain it purifies itself and creates the nicest possible crystals. One special place where this happens is the Roraima Area. Roraima means in the local language “mother of all waters”. This is the most pure and original water. It has in it only the information about the creation and love.

We are water, but we are drained out. We are thirsty. More than 70% of the people drink insufficient amounts of water. For one kilogram body mass, we have to drink at least 30ml water a day. Because we do not do this. Because we drink no water, but a lot of soft drinks and coffee which dehydrate the body. More about this from Dr. Batmanghelidj and his books “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”.

Knowing all of this about water, we’ll definitely try not to pollute it and to make it accessible for everyone. But nowadays water is polluted and not threaten in the natural way. Before it comes to us and before we can drink it, it go through many processes. Bottled water is full of dangerous substances and it is better not to drink it. Water directly from the tap is better, but it is often contaminated with fluorine (it is very dangerous for the body – check the film “The Hidden Agenda: The Fluoride Deception“) or chlorine and it just losses its structure in the pipes. Possible solutions for this problem are some special filters which help to restore the original structure or water. There are two Austrian companies (Grander Water and EWO) who produce such filters, which function very well and improve a lot the quality of tap water. Even the taste changes! If you are not up to filters, you can buy a good glass-bottled spring water with Dr. Masaro Emoto’s chrystals from St. Leonhards.

Afterwork Fitness from Heidelberg to Königstuhl with Chia and Vibram

Yesterday I’ve decide to meet some friends in the beautiful old city of Heidelberg. Heidelberg is situated directly on the Neckar River and between the hills of Odenwald. I have one very favourite route there – it’s a very steep stairs path from the old castle to Königstuhl – the highest peak above Heidelberg. this path is called the Himmelsleiter. It means in English – stairs to the sky. There are more than 1200 stairs and they are so steep, so they definitely look like stairs to the sky. Here is the path and from here you can get more information in German about it.

So, as you can understand, I couldn’t miss this place ;). And I decided to combine it with even more pleasure – I’ve ran up and down the path. Recently I’ve discovered the power chia seeds which the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico use in order to have power to run hundreds of kilometres in the mountains. As you may already know, I like to run and walk barefoot, but it was still too cold for me, so I’ve chosen the Vibram Five Fingers KSO model. It was very easy to run down with them, because I’ve felt every single stone. I’m not quite sure if the chia seeds worked for me, but I’m going to experiment with them further. I had to eat additional stuff. I suppose I’ve ate not enough from them and it was some 8 hours earlier, so they couldn’t help me a lot.

But never the less – if you like to have a short, but a really nice fitness experience, visit the Himmelsleiter. You will be happy with your decision. I was even luckier, because there was a magnificent sunset at Königstuhl. And down from the castle gardens, there was again a nice view above the red roofs of the houses of Heidelberg. Moments that last seconds, but that you never forget!

The Long Way to Heathy Food Habits and Happiness

At first all the rules I follow:

1. no chemicals in food
2. organic food
3. regional food
4. no meat and animal products
5. seasonal food
6. raw food
7. don’t mix food types, eat apart
8. no processed food
9. eat slowly with appreciation, love and happiness
10. don’t eat too much (no more than 1,2 per day)
11. eat 3-4 times a day in regular times – breakfast after 9, lunch before 13, dinner before 19.
12. collecting food from the nature, buying directly from the producers or from some good regional organic stores.

About four years ago I’ve read an article about all those chemical additives we consume with our food. The so called Es. There are some lists with them in Internet, for example this one. I was scared from this information. Let’s take E252 (potassium nitrate) as an example. This is one of the most common preservatives. You can find it almost everywhere. And it’s deadly by very small amounts. You are sure not going to die from the food which contains it, but it definitely contaminates you.

Another great example is the orthophenylphenol (known also as 2-phenylphenol and o-phenylphenol), used as a preservative for oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits. They just smear it on the peel. And it is instantly absorbed by your hands and goes in the blood. And you can’t wash it away. When I read about it I used to work in a chemical company, so I asked about this substance and they told me that we work with this chemical in our company as well, but it is very dangerous, so when more than 4mg of it comes contaminates some area, everyone is evacuated till they clear the spot. And we eat absorb this with our hands! And it comes into our mouth as well.

So, as you can easily understand, I’ve decided to stop eat anything that has some chemical additives in eat. And I started for the first time in my life to be interested in food and what we really eat. As a next step I’ve discovered the organic food. It’s much more delicious and has no chemicals in it. So it is much healthier as well. But soon I’ve discovered that this is not enough as well. You may eat organic, but if it comes from a greenhouse or from the other end of the world, then it is definitely not ecological. So my next step was to start to eat as much as possible regional food.

The next “problem” was meat. I used to adore meat. A meal without meat was not a meal for me. I ate at least two times per day meat. But soon I’ve discovered many good reasons to stop:

1. It’s not healthy, because it is death stuff and contains the information of death, so the body must fight against meat in order to survive. So it does not give you energy, but takes you energy away
2. We kill all those animals
3. In the Bible it is written that we have to eat all grasses and fruits which give seeds. But how can we survive then? Well, even a lion managed to survive eating only grass. I’ve read a story about a lion, which ate its whole life only grass and lived for many years.
4. The biggest part of the crop production comes for the developing countries and goes directly for our slaughter animals. And the people in these countries have no crops to eat and die from hunger. That’s a bad distribution because of meat consumption.
5. On the other side, people in the developing countries want to eat meat as well, because we always say that meat is cool. And they decide to have their own cows in the desert for example. But for the production of one kg of cow meat you need 16 000 litres of water. And they don’t have so much water there. A local crop does not need so much water.
6. The cows are the biggest producer of greenhouse gases which create the global warming we all already can feel.

I suppose there are some more reasons not to eat meat, but this is enough for me. It took me two years before I can stop. I started to eat less and less and before two years I’ve stopped completely (I still eat meet when I’m doing CS and I’m invited for a dinner or if I want to try something local when I travel. But these are some special cases and they are really seldom).

I wanted to try to stop even all animal products. The only animal products I used to eat where eggs, cheese, yoghurt and honey. I had no problem to stop the first two of them. Actually, exactly as with meat, when I’m travelling I always try some regional cheese, bread, wine and honey. These are the products which can tell you most about the culture of a country or a region. Stopping the youghurt does not worked, because I’ve started to develop some kind of allergy, because I had not enough bifidus and lactobacillus bulgaricus bacteria supply, which are both very important. So I started again with yoghurt. Shortly, I’ve discovered that rosa buds and leaves as well as hips are a good alternative, so I’m trying this now. I still eat honey because I could not find till now a good natural substitution for it.

After stopping meat and animal products I’ve started to eat mostly seasonal food. It is quite difficult actually. I’ve went even further and started to eat only raw food. That’s complicated as well, but it’s really great. The taste and the energy you obtain are much more than by cooked food. If you already think that this list is long enough and there are no other things to improve, you are not right. 😉

I’ve started to eat apart. This means that I’m not mixing different kind of foods together. This gave me again a great feeling of freedom and energy. But still, you can do even more. It is not only important what you eat, but when you eat it, how much you eat and how you eat it. Nowadays I eat no more than 1,2kg per day, eat slowly and with full appreciation and love towards what I eat. And with happiness that I always have something to eat. I eat 3-4 times a day, normally the following diet: for breakfast crop seeds soaked in water with some honey, as a second breakfast some nuts, for lunch fruits and for dinner vegetables. And shortly before going to bed some tea and a little honey. It helps a lot to sleep well.

Eating times are also very important. The body regenerates the digestion organs and system between 5-9, 13-15 and 19-21, so these are bad times to eat. To eat after 21, shortly before going to bed is not good as well.

The last step was to stop with processed food at all. This means to stop with oil, vinegar and wine. Oil is very easy to substitute – you can always take some olives or the seeds you press. Vinegar can be substituted with lemons ot with different fruits (mostly apples) who start to be little unsound. Wine can be substituted of course with grapes, but also some other fruits like aronia or even with a lot of different herb teas.

As a conclusion I can say that I feel much better, I have much more energy, I am always in a good mood, I think faster, I achieve more in my job and I am happy. Good that I’ve started this experiment. It became the normal eating style and gave a completely new perspective of life, a better one.

At end, you may ask how I manage to find the products I need. The first thing I do is self collecting from the mother nature. The second is to buy directly from the producers, mostly directly from the field. And my last choice are the local organic stores. In the choice of the stores I’m always strictly orientating myself by proving if they are part of the Bio Kodex. In Karlsruhe I’m buying from Füllhorn Biomarkt and Sonnenblume Durlach. A good source of further information is Schrot und Korn.