BODIES BY RYAN HEAD TRAINER RYAN DEVEREUX MAIN MISSION HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO HELP PEOPLE FEEL BETTER ABOUT THEMSELVES THROUGH STRONG MINDSET, STRONG BODIES AND BEING A PART OF A GREAT COMMUNITY. IT’S NOW TIME TO GO BIGGER AND CONSIDER HOW WE CAN DO ALL OF THAT, WHILE DOING WHAT WE CAN TO HELP OUR PLANET HEAL. WE HAVE COLLABORATED WITH MEMBER CHRISTIANE REMKE WHO IS ALSO PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS TOPIC AND HAS SO MANY GREAT IDEAS ON HOW WE CAN DO BETTER. SIMPLE LIFESTYLE HACKS WE CAN ALL INCORPORATE WITH A LITTLE CONSCIOUS EFFORT… HOW MANY CAN YOU BRING INTO YOUR WEEK?
“Ignoring climate change is the about the worst legacy we can leave behind for our children.”
Christiane kicks off the conversation with this statement and already, I’m listening hard. Because we all want our children and their children to be afforded the same beautiful planet we have been gifted from the generations before us. It’s the most important job we all need to do. Fortunately, we can do more and many of the things are simple twists to what we already do.
Shop local – Every second suburb has a farmers market (around the corner from BBR is one of the originals at Mount Claremont Primary School), where local farmers bring produce galore. If you don’t already have a go-to, check out this great list which covers most of the Perth options. Christiane adds to make sure you support the spray-free, regenerative, organic farming practices within these markets.
Only buy what you need – A bonus of being on BBR challenges or online programs, you have a meal plan and most of us shop based on what we need for this. The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation research showed 30% of food production never makes it to our place creating enormous waste. We can help by planning meals, shopping for what we need and (this is the good bit) eating it all up.
Start a worm farm or compost bin – For food scraps, worms eat basically everything (onions and citrus peels are out – gives them reflux!) from the fruit and veggie families. Meat and dairy products are also out. This reduces so much waste and requires such little effort aside from popping the scraps in and occasionally take out the mulch and spreading it over your garden.
BYO containers – by now, we byo reusable bags shopping and keep cups for your coffee are pretty standard (if you don’t have one, Rhino will find you…) but Christiane says we can go beyond and bring takeaway containers for your Miss Chow’s fix, always use your own cutlery (say no to the single use chopsticks and sporks) and vote with your buying power and avoid as much plastic packaging in the supermarkets.
Change where you buy your meat – “15% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide come from factory farmed red meat production,” Christiane said. Ouch. Not only this, Christiane said commercially-produced beef is chockas with antibiotics, pesticides, hormones and other pathogens (insert spew-face emoji). This is a tricky one to get around when we’re all trying to up our protein consumption to keep up with our muscle gains. It’s not all bad news though, Christiane says animals are an essential part of regenerative farming and we can make a massive impact by choosing regenerative farmers such as local legends Dirty Clean Food for our meat.
Incorporate more plant-based meals – Christiane fills her plate with chia seeds, hemp seeds, lentils, tofu, miso, flaxseed and nuts – and might we say, she looks absolutely fit and fabulous for it! “Even Donna Hay does a great plant-based cookbook but my favourite is Anna Jones who does sensational recipes,” Christiane recommended. Fortunately, Anna has some great recipes on her website or hit up Christiane for her favourites!
Walk or ride your daily commute – Both Christiane and her husband Stephan are regularly rocking up to class on two wheels, plus they use their deadly treddlies to get to work. (Ed’s note: I walk to and from the train and it’s a fantastic way to switch off from #mumlife and create a third space) Simple way to get your daily cardio in, too – win/win!
Energy use at home – where you can go without flicking a switch do it. Windows open at night to cool the house down to avoid air-con, lights off at night and turn off appliances from charging when you’re not using them.
Christiane has loaded us up with some brilliant hacks, but we love learning more so if you have some please share with us in the comments so we can keep being better in all the ways. As she started, so she finished – Christiane wound up the conversation with one final truth bomb…
“It is more than timely we are having this discussion at BBR,” Christiane said.
“There should not be any more emphasis on ‘personal transformation’ without thinking about ‘world transformation’ at the same time, we are all responsible for the world we are creating.”
We are onboard, Christiane – who’s joining us?