Llanelli Food Assembly

Food Assemblies represents a movement spreading throughout Europe: huge in France, where it began; expanding rapidly in Belgium, Spain, Germany, Italy and England and being pioneered in Wales—including in Llanelli (sign up here)!

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Real Meal Revolution

25024383Professor Tim Noakes is a South African Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town. As qualified as it’s possible to be from a scientific point of view, he has also participated in over 70 marathons and authored Lore of Running, Challenging Beliefs and Waterlogged. Since moving into the sphere of dietary nutrition, Professor Noakes

…has dedicated his life to opening people’s eyes to the myth of low-fat eating and the nutritional and environmental crisis it has now left us in.

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Effortless Healing — Joseph Mercola

Most of what I learned from the highly-qualified, informed, committed and seemingly indefatigable, Chicago born-and-bred Dr Mercola came via his website, Mercola.com—with 25 million monthly visitors, “The World’s #1 Natural Health Website” —and its email newsletter.

After digesting Dr Mercola’s daily emails for the best part of a year or more, I came to recognise and understand the basic underlying health and wellness principles that he espouses. They supported, enhanced and considerably expanded upon what I had already learnt from The Primal Blueprint and Nutritious Traditions.


Dr Mercola’s dietary, nutrition and lifestyle principles can be accessed online, as a nutrition plan, but probably more succinctly and accessibly, via the book, Effortless Healing, which presents them as:

9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight and Help Your Body Fix Itself.

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Nourishing Traditions — Sally Fallon


We refer to this as our “Yellow Food Bible.” Sally Fallon is President of the Weston A Price Foundation. Weston Price was a dentist who travelled the world and observed traditional, indigenous groups and their diets:

“Whilst the diets of these peoples differed in many particulars…(they all) ate fats, meats, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains in the whole, unrefined state…(and) some raw foods… Almost every member…enjoyed superb health…free of chronic disease, dental decay and mental illness; they were strong, sturdy and attractive; and they produced healthy children with ease, generation after generation.”

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Primal Blueprint — Mark Sisson

14783599 This is where I began my LCHF journey. I gave it a try because it came highly recommended by readers. I thought at the time:

Ok, but why go so over-the-top with the front cover claims? “Effortless weight loss, vibrant health & boundless energy” it claimed. Tone it down a bit, I thought!

Then I tried it. Wow. Practically everything Mark Sisson claims began to happen. More energy. Less irritation and indigestion. Weight began to reduce, without any calorie-counting. People began asking me what I’d done to produce the changes they could see in me. I was so thrilled with the results that I bought several copies as gifts, for family members and friends. Continue reading “Primal Blueprint — Mark Sisson”

‘Real Food’ Resources

Reading my introduction to real food and farming and how beneficial I’d found it to be, a friend wrote:

I find this genuinely inspiring…if I wanted to start moving towards this kind of eating, can you point me to any good resources for a simple start, please?

In response, over the course of the next five days, I’ll provide an introduction to four books and one website, each of which I have researched and referenced personally, to some degree or other, in my own nutritional and lifestyle transformation. All of these resources are aimed squarely at the popular market, whilst presenting advise based on the latest scientific understanding of nutrition and physiology. They are: Continue reading “‘Real Food’ Resources”

On this day…

img_0319On this day, 30 years ago

The day a plane landed in Red Square, Moscow. 

An 18 year-old, inexperienced pilot, Mathias Rust, later deemed “psychologically unstable and unworldly in a dangerous member,” evaded the entire Soviet Air Defence system to land on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, adjacent to Moscow’s Red Square.

His action has been credited with directly leading to the biggest turnover in the Soviet military since Stalin’s purges 50 years earlier, playing a peculiar part in the detente that led to the ending of the Cold War.

Extraordinary story.

The Integrative Potential of Scripturally-based Discipleship

Between 2003 and 2008, I returned repeatedly to Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation on the southern borders of the Sahara desert. On each occasion, I was invited to present a series of missional, discipleship seminars, to two Burkinabé constituencies.

  • Rural-based, Pentecostal missionary-pastors and bible-school trainees associated with church-planting movement, Assemblée Evangélique de Pentecôte
  • Urban-based university students and young office workers associated with national youth movement, Mouvement des Jeunes Serviteurs de Dieu

On each occasion, informal feedback from participants suggested that a significant spiritual dynamic was taking place among participants during the seminars.

Between 2009 and 2013, building upon my experience of contextual leadership training, in conjunction with Fuller School of Intercultural Studies, I completed a programme doctoral research, exploring the missiological dynamics underlying my interactions with Burkinabé leaders and learners.

My research employed the perspective of contextual missiology to address theological education and discipleship in the context of Burkina Faso. My conclusions were based upon a qualitative analysis and evaluation of Burkinabé leaders’ and learners’ insights, attitudes, perspectives and hopes regarding incumbent forms of training and praxis.

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