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Living an Eco-lifestyle

“It is far too much hassle to recycle, reuse, repurpose. Recycling is difficult!”

The recycling process requires so many steps:

Selecting and saving specific items from what would otherwise be thrown out with the trash.
Then it requires storing those items until the next recycling drop off excursion. Or arranging for someone to collect the selected items ready for recycling.

Keeping in mind these items are scavenged from the trash. And that such items need to be kept dry, in a sense almost be looked after, from when rescued from the trash, until placed in the recycling bin, or collected by the recycling service provider.

No wonder most people express the following sentiment. “Phew, what a rigmarole: to recycle is a pain, an overhead and takes a concerted effort.”

What I describe above is a reality, so the question is, “Why would anyone want to do it?”
What would be the reason people would want to recycle?

There is also the notion of repurposing. It is just much easier to throw things away, not hoard them and when wanting something, to just go to the store and buy it new. This is so much easier.


Some say: “As far as I’m concerned, recycling, repurposing, reusing is for other people. Please don’t complicate my life with such talk. Life is difficult enough! ”This is what we, the recycling, reusing, repurposing community, experience every day.


So why do it?

There is a bigger purpose at play. When looking holistically at living an eco-lifestyle, many things come into play. For various reasons, such as not wanting to waste, being frugal, wanting to be less dependent on the rising prices of electricity and water, wanting to cut out as much dependencies as is practical and wanting to reduce home maintenance cycles and home maintenance costs. The aforementioned are the main reasons, though not exhaustive, which spark living a green and eco-lifestyle.

The aforementioned is also how it started
for Debra, my wife and for me, Emmanuel

We took the concept further and developed a residential green and eco-friendly home, including the latest smart technologies. In this home, we focus on low maintenance, easily renewable products. We focus on using as little of the environment as is practical, and reducing our dependence on the utility service providers as much as we are able to. We developed the project within a certain budget and still have a way to go to complete it.

From the modest beginnings of recycling, to living in a green and eco-friendly home, we decided to make this information available via Radio #LiveGreenSmart. The most interesting aspect of this process has been the research we do and the various many things we have learnt and are still learning.

The more we research, the more information we find. And as we continue to research and evolve, we continue to share these resources on our website, our radio station, and our social media platforms. Our aim is to be your Peace of Mind Focused, Eco-Lifestyle resource, which includes information, innovation, products and unique advertising opportunities.

When researching eco-products, this is where the latest, unbiased, comprehensive and engaging resources are made available that arm you with the knowledge and peace of mind to make informed decisions. Our vision is to be the community where living a green and eco-lifestyle is made easy, breaking down the process so that no matter your budget and your pace, you have the steps to benefit from the information provided.

Our community encourages eco-suppliers to showcase their eco-products, creating a place where knowledge, products and support holistically contribute to your existing or new eco-lifestyle. This is our contribution to living a green and eco-lifestyle. The origin of Peace of Mind Focused, Eco Friendly Living!

Eco-healthy Eating

I used to say, I’ll eat anything which doesn’t eat me first. Not sure why though, I suppose it sounded like bravado. I ate most foods and consumed alcohol, and smoked cigarettes and cigars. I knew I didn’t like this lifestyle. I constantly took something for heartburn, and indigestion and lay awake many nights feeling the after effects of the combination of bad eating, the drinking and smoking.

In 1992-4 this changed. I stopped smoking and stopped consuming alcoholic beverages. I became a vegetarian. My food intake consisted of vegetables, fruit, cheese and eggs. For fluids I had tea and coffee – mostly with full cream milk: Fruit juices and the occasional fizzy drink, very little water.

After several years I visited a dietitian and found that I was not eating enough protein. With her guidance I adjusted my food intake and added peanuts, nuts and beans.

The dietician encouraged me to eat fish – when switching to vegetarian I cut out meat, poultry and fish. I now eat fish occasionally.

I snacked on chocolate, crisps, fresh chips. Pizza and veggie burgers found its way into my eating habits. I enjoyed these as take-aways, very easy. No cooking or cleaning required.

What I found was, I slowly and steadily gained weight and the heartburn returned. My cholesterol count increased, and I needed to watch it. And I took several courses of homeopathic cholesterol curbing medicines.

Years ago, my wife introduced me to Sugar Blues by William Duffy. Though this knowledge made an impact, I had not shifted to a healthy eating lifestyle, though I yearned for it and wondered often about such a lifestyle. What fascinated me was his description of looking to find which ingredients and taking his food and snacks with him on meetings and trips.

Early in 2018, I had a cholesterol induced heart attack.Fortunately, the Cardiologist was able to open the artery without invasive surgery.On arriving home, my wife threw her arms out sideways, and said, assertively, lifestyle change!

I cut out anything to do with sugar, and foods and drinks that contributed to cholesterol.My wife made it her mission to cook without these ingredients. In the main I cut out chocolates, excessive cheese and full cream milk, in fact any milk. And no more sugar. We occasionally indulge in a takeaway pizza or Indian food – and I am wondering about cutting these out too. Almost overnight I lost 10 kilograms. Been for regular checkups with the Cardiologist, with a clean bill of health.

During our research and to prepare healthy food, and with the introduction of William Duffy’s Sugar Blues, combined with our eco and green lifestyle, to take this to the further step of eco-healthy eating was a natural progression. We now look for healthy ingredients. Though not straightforward, we find healthy food and ingredients and know the day will come where this would be the norm.

Therefore, we added eco-healthy eating to our #LiveGreenSmart Radio and business model.

Healthy Fasting, Healthy Exercising And Autophagy 

I have always been plump, as a baby, as a young adult, all the way through my adult life.

If I did not watch it, I’d easily gain 5 to 10 kilograms.

In the more recent past, things started changing.

The gist is that I stopped eating foods and drinks I did not enjoy.

The next step was cutting out added sugar, and various foods that contribute to cholesterol, because my cholesterol is high.

Following this, I now regularly walk, though modestly, at least once a week for 30 to 90 minutes.

Notwithstanding these shifts in eating, and exercising, there was still something not quite right.

I’d gain the odd pound or two, and needed to watch my eating.

The last step came when we discovered fasting.

Fasting was unknown to me, and thus I’d never considered fasting to be part of eating.

Two breakthrough moments came as I was researching fasting.

One such breakthrough moment was considering how people years ago at times had to go without food for days.

The second breakthrough moment came, when I researched autophagy, the body’s natural process of self-cleansing and self-healing.

Having initially merely dabbled with fasting, armed with these two breakthroughs I realised the importance of fasting.

During our research we came across different types or periods of fasting.

One such way of fasting is water fasting. That is to stay without any form of food for a period of anywhere from a day to many more days, and during this time to only drink water, tea and coffee – without sugar and milk.

I found this an interesting and novel prospect.

To jump in at a 5 day water fast is not the ideal place to start.

Practicing shorter periods of fasting, to first acclimatize and to familiarize myself with fasting sounded doable.

The shorter periods, as we learnt when starting out, is referred to as intermittent fasting.

The intermittent fasts were not easy. The thought of staying without food was intimidating and overwhelming.

I could not stay without food for so many hours, and especially not without nibbling in-between meals.

After the two breakthrough moments mentioned above, and realizing where autophagy came into the picture and understanding why autophagy is a critical part of our lives, it got me over the hurdles of staying without food, and eventually I overcame the nibbling.

The 5 day fast is an interesting learning experience.

I understood more and my awareness about eating in general evolved to where I’m able to distinguish between emotional eating and hunger.

It became evident that we’re able to easily go without food – as long as we have water – and salt water too, when we feel drained of energy – with the occasional tea and coffee (without milk and sugar).

After practicing intermittent fasting for 14 hours on most days, I slowly started losing the extra pounds I was carrying.

This is an ongoing process and a way of life – and includes eating healthy, fasting healthy and healthy exercise.


I consume wholesome and nutritious foods and drinks, exercise modestly, practice intermittent fasting almost each day of the week and a water fast at least once per year for 5 days. We plan to increase longer fasting, first to twice per year, and then gradually more times. And even to practicing with longer fasts.

As a way of life and it comes down to this: I’m balancing my food intake, with less time required for digesting the intake, modestly exercising regularly, and consequently providing ample time for autophagy to self-cleanse and self-heal.

Instead of the pounds creeping up, they are slightly and slowly continuously reducing.

I feel strong and don’t feel bloated – with this way of life, it is empowering and with confidence I’m able to state that I own my health and I own my body!

Emmanuel van der Meulen