Monthly Archives: February 2016

No Sugar #5

No Sugar #5 - Episode 51 of The Slow Home Podcast

Well, crack open the chocolates and give me all the lollies! Our no-sugar experiment is over!

Actually, I have no real desire to dive face first into a bowl of sugar – despite what I thought when we started this experiment.

In this episode, Ben and I talk about the past month’s experience of eating virtually no processed sugar, how we feel now and what we plan on changing now that we’re out of the experiment phase.

We also answer a couple of questions about the kinds of foods we ate regularly over the past month and I’ve included a list of ideas below, to give you an idea of what a typical days food looked like for us. 

We also talk about the next Slow Home Experiment and what we’re taking on in March. Initially we’d planned to do a month of limited screen time (specifically getting off any type of screen from 9pm-9am every day and for a 24-hour period over the weekend). But we realised over the past month that running a new company and front-loading our work for April means this experiment would just set us up to fail.

So instead, we’re going back to a change we started in January but fell away from as things got too busy – daily yoga!

We’re really excited about this one and hope you follow along with us! Adriene Mishler – the delightfully awesome lady behind 30 Days of Yoga and Yoga With Adriene – has given us the OK to use her videos as the basis of the experiment, so if you’re keen to play along with us you can find a link to her videos below. 

Until then, enjoy the pogpast!

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A typical days food for us over the past few weeks looked a lot like this:

Breakfast:

  • green smoothie (a cup of greens, almond milk, nuts and seeds, rolled oats, cacao powder, coconut oil or avocado, half a frozen banana)
  • Greek yoghurt with oats, nuts (raw cashews, walnuts, almonds), seeds (flaxseeds, chia, pepitas, sunflower seeds) and berries

Snacks:

  • Sarah Wilson’s raw snickas slice
  • Carrot/cucumber sticks with hommus or nut butter
  • Cheese

Lunch:

  • Salad wrap
  • Fermented dosas with veggies or salad
  • Leftovers
  • Quinoa with roast veggies, olives and goats cheese

Dinner:

  • Abundance bowls (grains, veges, protein, dressing)
  • Fish with salad and sweet potato chips
  • Lamb/sauteed mushrooms with corn, avocado and tomato salsa. Wrap.

Show Notes

The rules of the Yoga Every Day experiment:

  • Complete one yoga class/video or practice every day for the month of March
  • That’s it! They can be the Yoga With Adriene videos we follow or a different set of classes – whatever works for you.

Why we might find it easy:

  • We’ve previously started the 30 Days of Yoga Challenge and got to about Day 20 before we fell off the wagon
  • I’m a huge yoga fan and enjoy the energy it gives me, so I don’t think I’ll need too much motivation to get up each day.

Why we might find it hard:

  • The same reason we found it hard to complete the challenge last time – time.
  • Early-rising kids might ask for our attention before we’ve finished our practice.

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The slow startup

It’s been a big couple of months here at Pogpast HQ. With Ben finishing up at his job and us starting the new company, the kids both starting school and launching Jackrabbit.FM, there’s been a lot going on.

Not that any of it has been bad. On the contrary, really. It’s just… different. And it’s taken us a bit of time to realise that a different lifestyle means, well, a different lifestyle.

We’re still working out how these changes fit in with our goal to live a slow, simple life but the first month has shown us there are going to be pros and cons to this new situation. It’s obviously been something a lot of you have been curious about too, as we’ve received many questions about slow living, self-employment and the workload involved in starting a new company.

So in today’s hosts-only pogpast (Episode number 50! Happy Golden Pod-iversary…?) we start by answering a couple of listener questions about our newly self-employed status. After that we answer two really excellent questions I know a lot of people struggle with:

  1. When simplifying life and buying less stuff, we’re often told to buy the best quality we can afford in order to make our purchases last longer. What happens when we become overwhelmed by the choices on offer and find ourselves paralysed by the options? How do you get around this desire to find “the best”?
  2. I’m following along with the Slow Home Experiments and appreciate that you’re only taking on one change at a time, but will you continue those changes once the month is over? And how do you stop that from becoming an increasingly overwhelming amount of change as you continue to add new or different behaviours every month?

Both of these are really great questions that go right to the heart of slow, intentional living, and we very much enjoyed being able to sit down and mull them over. Hopefully you enjoy listening! 

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No Sugar #4

No Sugar #4 - Slow Home Experiment

Turns out we don’t do math good. Last week we said we were nearly done with our no-sugar Slow Home Experiment, but there’s actually another full week to go. Whoops!

Despite my distinct lack of mathematical prowess, we are now just a week away from finishing the first Slow Home Experiment of 2016 and this week Ben and I talk about how we’re feeling.

We also discuss the fact that I’m pretty damn sick of talking about food and really, really don’t want to become that boring person at the dinner party who doesn’t shut up about their new diet.

Another thing that has been very interesting and quite unexpected are the reactions of other people when we talk about cutting out sugar. We talk about that a little in today’s show too, as some of the reactions have been… interesting… even when we’re talking about making these changes in a very experimental, personal, non-judgemental kind of way.

I also answer some questions that look at my much-loved weekend nap tradition and whether I plans on keeping up the changes as we move in to next month’s experiment.

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Everyday slow living for the “normal person” with Ellen Ronalds Keene

Everyday slow living for "normal people" with Ellen Ronalds Keene - Episode 48 of The Slow Home Podcast

One of the most common requests I’ve had for the podcast (apart from more singing from Ben) is to talk to more “normal” people. That is, people who don’t work online, haven’t written a book or aren’t teaching others how to slow down and simplify. And I totally get it.

For the vast majority of people who listen to the podcast, those who are balancing work, family, friends, health, home and external commitments, the added tasks of slowing down and simplifying can seem incredibly overwhelming. While listening to people who have already worked through some of the process is helpful – we get to benefit from their experiences and insights – it can also feel a little disconnected. A little like, “Well, that’s great, but it doesn’t actually apply to me.”

I mentioned this a while ago on the pogpast and received an email from the utterly delightful Ellen, who volunteered to come on the show and talk to me about her ongoing work to simplify and slow down.

Ellen is a high school teacher who has battled a variety of health issues over the past few years, and when she shared some of her story with me I knew I had to share it with you too.

In this episode we talk about her decision to slow down and the impact it had on her work, her colleagues, her family, her health and her home. We look at the questions she faced and the challenges she has already worked through, as well as the simplifying projects she is currently in the middle of.

It was really wonderful for me to talk to someone who is right in the thick of working out what slow living is for them, and I know that Ellen’s experience and insights (and this is one incredibly insightful lady – I found myself making notes of some of the killer tips and advice she shared!) will be super valuable to you – wherever you are on the slow living road.

Be sure to give Ellen some love in the comments and over on her blog too, as it was a really brave choice to come on and share her story with us. Thanks Ellen!

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No Sugar #3

No Sugar #3 - Episode 47 of The Slow Home Podcast

We’ve passed the halfway mark on our first Slow Home Experiment and we’re feeling pretty damn good. Of course, it does help that we’re now over the cravings and the low energy!

In this episode Ben and I talk about the different foods we’re craving and how we’re feeling – both mentally and physically. Ben’s looking so incredibly well (makes me wish we’d taken Before and After photos actually) and we’re both amazed by the energy we’ve got right now.

Ben also looks more at the habitual side of the experiment and why we’ve both managed to make these changes (relatively) easily. It turns out my recent episode with Gretchen Rubin had a big impact on him.

Admittedly, we both agree that this month has seen us take on a few too many changes all at once (which really does go against my advice of small, consistent changes as opposed to big, sweeping, occasional shifts) and that’s something we’re going to keep in mind over the coming months as we try out other Slow Home Experiments.

Have you been playing along? How are you finding the experiment so far?

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