Posted by: herrootsrundeep | February 16, 2014

Equador–specifically, The Equator in Equador!

Equador--specifically, The Equator in Equador!

“Equador” was the country specifically picked to be named after the equator, because, even though the equator runs through 16 countries, none are so biodiverse and have so many bionomes and terrestrial changes as Equador has. In Ecuador, there is actually a volcano on the equator with a glacier on it! Plus, you can also see here in this picture, land at sea-level.

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Posted by: herrootsrundeep | February 16, 2014

Land of 360-degree views

Land of 360-degree views

Ecuador has 360-degree-views no matter where you are. The Andes is actually comprised of two mountain ranges in Ecuador! So, you see in this picture the green slopes–but beyond you see another mountain range–and these are 10,000– 16,000 foot mountains, some with glaciers on them!

Posted by: herrootsrundeep | February 15, 2014

Making a “Bee” bead necklace, “Abeija”

The unending patience and talent is ever-present whenever you are in the presence of an Equadorean…they do not know how to get mad or angry! They are calm, and such a picture of “Bloom where you’re planted”! They love their country with a beautiful sense-of-place. They do not make very high wages, but their cost-of-living is low: gas is $1.40, diesel $1! Their is no hunger, food is in abundance–and everywhere!

Posted by: herrootsrundeep | February 15, 2014

There is no hunger in Ecuador!

Everywhere you look in Ecuador there is food–in abundance, and very, very inexpensive. The Farmer’s Markets are held everyday! Ecuador is a locavore’s paradise. Even if you do not find a fruit that you want at the particular farmer’s market that you are at, you might find it growing on the side of the path on your way home!

The Ecuadorean people are the most contented people I have ever met–and the nicest. Most of them do not have cars, but some do. However, in the city, there is not alot of cars honking and no angry people. When they do honk their horn, it is only to say “I’m here” or “I’m behind you”, never in anger. You never hear a cross word spoken. Everyone respects everyone else. And they do deserve respect; honestly, they walk up and down mountains just to get their produce and crafts to market–and they are there, day in and day out. They are not a very tall people, they are truly “people of the earth”;  everyone lives close to the earth–there are gardens beside houses in the city! Mostly they grow Maize, also called hominy, or white corn. The kernels are bigger than our sweet corn kernels–and they are white–and oh so good! They sell them as snacks at all the markets, and also to take home to cook.  I have never seen su h a resourceful people. They really put everything to use.  Plus, they really appreciate their heritage:  they have set up the guild system, sort of like our co-op, where everyone in the town has the same craft, and they teach it to their children–and the markets are open everyday, so everyone has the same opportunity to sell their goods; one town might be known for their leather goods, and all the children grow up working with their parents, so then they become as talented as their parents–and the craft never dies. And because the town is known for that one particular craft, everyone goes there when they need that particular item. Another town might be known for its beadwork–and everyone in all of Ecuador know to go to that one town for beadwork. We went there–and a lady made a necklace for me right there as I was watching.

Posted by: herrootsrundeep | February 15, 2014

“Forty shades of green”

When I close my eyes now, all I see is green, green, green mountains! (these are not “hills” :)))

This time of year, farmers take a deep breath–this year we took a deep breath in a country where the average elevation is 10,000 feet! You see, the important thing is to “know your farmer”; I already know my dairy farmer :)), my egg farmer :)), my beef farmer :)), my veggie and blueberry farmer :)) so we thought we would meet our avocado farmer, coffee farmer, and Moringa farmer.  Ecuador is a land of very steep mountains–and very deep valleys. When I close my eyes now, I see green mountain ranges, definitely “40 shades of green”.  Hmmm, maybe that is why one of the people we met in one of the “Sacred Valleys” said he would like to move to Nova Scotia next! I thought “he must’ve known how much we love Nova Scotia!” :))  

Posted by: herrootsrundeep | February 15, 2014

Volcano erupting as we fly over

Volcano erupting as we fly over

Amazing and mesmerizing–as the country it is in–Ecuador! One thing you learn quickly in Ecuador is that it is not easy to get around, because, here, the Andes is actually two mountain ranges– so as soon as you get over one 16,000-foot mountain, there is another one to cross! So, we flew from on city or town to the next-which allowed us this photo opportunity of seeing a 16,000-ft volcano erupting :))

Posted by: herrootsrundeep | February 15, 2014

Ecuador–where the people are as beautiful as the land!

Ecuador--where the people are as beautiful as the land!

Ecuador–Land of a-Maize-ing beauty

Posted by: herrootsrundeep | January 3, 2013

Energy, Vit. D Synthesis, & the Sun!

Okay, so for 23 yrs, people have been asking me why I have so much energy. I have tried to decipher it, over and over. Is it the amount of water I drink, is it that “energy begets energy”, and the only time I sit down all day is to write this blog. Now, finally, I think I know! Yes, it is related to how much sun I get, 365 days a year. But, the key is, the lack of melanin in blonde hair! Hair color is the pigmentation of hair follicles due to 2 types of melanin: eumelanin and pheomelanin (the latter being the only one I have).
Natural lighter hair colors occur most often in N. Europe. The haircolor gene MC1R has at least 7 variants in Europe, giving the continent a wide range of hair shades. Based on recent genetic research carried out at 3 Japanese Universities, the date of the genetic mutation that resulted in Blond(e) hair in Europe has been isolated to 11,000 years ago. This evolution of light hair is related to the requirement for vit. D synthesis and northern Europe’s seasonal deficiency of sunlight. Lighter skin is due to a low concentration in pigmentation. This low amount of pigmentation allows more sunlight onto/into the skin to trigger the production of Vit. D. In this way, the high incidence of light hair in northern latitudes are a result of the light-skin adaptation to lower levels of sunlight. In the total picture of “evolution”, this allowed the northern Europeans to get as much sunlight as possible from the little sunlight that they did get, lowering the incidence of rickets. Rickets is caused by vitamin D deficiency, and people that got it didn’t live too long. Now, it is true that natural blond(e) hair in adulthood is rare, only 2% of the world’s population is naturally blond(e). The vitamin D-synthesis phenomenon doesn’t occur in unnatural blond(e) hair. Vitamin D is necessary for energy production. Calcium and vit. D intake are influential in modulating energy metabolism. Together, they increase body fat oxidation after meals, and are supremely important in getting every bit of energy out of every bite of food you eat. So, when you combine drinking 3 glasses of milk a day that comes from local farms (milk that travels loses vitamins at exponential rate), and the increased amount of vit. D synthesis, this leads to supreme human energy metabolism.
Vit. D plays multiiple biological roles: calcium metabolism, body-fat metabolism, plasma-triglyceride and cholesterol metabolism, which means high Vit. D levels help your body use the fat you eat for energy, rather than storing it. People with high Vit. D/Calcium intake have less brown fat, and consistently, have a high energy expenditure and Oxygen consumption. Metabolism describes all the chemical reactions that take place within the tissues. It involves “anabolism”, the building of small molecules into large molecules to create all of the substances that are needed by the cells. Metabolism also involves “catabolism”–the breaking down of large molecules into small molecules so the cells have energy they need to do their work. So, who is going to go outside to go skiing now!
I have always been told that sunscreen blocks vit. D absorption, so for all my farming life I have not used sunscreen until a few years ago, when I met my dermatologist, who now comes to the farm to make sure I use sunscreen! I have extremely white skin, whether I use sunscreen or not, I guess proof of the fact that I don’t have much pigment in my skin or hair, which turns out, is “why I have so much energy”.

Posted by: herrootsrundeep | March 22, 2012

Carpe Cre’am!

Seize the Day and eat some  cold  Ice Cre’am!  Anyway, I knew it was going to Bee hot today, so I figured I had better run before the heat, which means  “before daylight”.  So, praying for some limitless grace–I found some ::))

I have been running to go “to” places, to the post office, to the  farm, to feed calves, to my parents’, to my sister’s, and, in Hawaii, to get coffee, to get bf, to get lunch. So, this morning, I ran for the Health-of-it, and it was freeing–and freedom, and so much more fun, and I had so much more adrenaline.  It meant so much more to me because it was on land that I took care of, and nurtured. When I run to the post, I am always picking up garbage on the side of the road, etc.

another piece of grace I received: when i took Lily to Bxeekeeping class we went by the realized t was so

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