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  • What is a Codependent Relationship?

    Today on Ask Cahlen I will be answering the question, “What is a Codependent Relationship?”

    I have a lot of personal experience with Codependency, and I’ve mostly come out of my tendency to fall into it, so I’m glad to…

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  • Healthy Vegan Survival Dinner

    Let me show you how I grind rice, lentils, vegetables and spices into a fine powdered mix which can be quickly cooked in camp for a delicious hot and hearty meal. It’s also light and compact in my backpack…

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    • Good article. Rated. Give quinoa a chance as well. It’s quite healthy and nutritious.

      • Funny you mention quinoa, I’ve actually been thinking about switching that in for the rice. Thanks for reinforcing the thought!

    • Awesome article! I like that you have inserted healthy advice in almost every paragraph, like info about turmeric, arsenic in brown rice etc.

      I would also add garlic and ginger to the mix.

      Wish I had read this 3 years ago when me and my girlfriend lived half a year in our campervan. But I bet this can still come in handy these days when our baby disrupts our meal plans 🙂

      Btw, do you know for how long you can store the powder? Days, weeks, forever?

      • If you can keep everything sterile throughout the process and vacuum seal everything with oxygen absorbers, it can last for 2-25 years, just like the dehydrated emergency kits you can purchase.

      • I’m happy you found the health information valuable. I will strive to continue this future articles.

        Both garlic and ginger sound perfect! I need to track down a good organic source.

        I agree with @mineyourmind, this food will last a very long time in the air tight storage container I use. Months at the minimum, but probably years.

    • Organic food?? I want to try it…how the teste.

    • I am getting set up to do the exact same adventure as you. I’ve built my own e-bike and li-ion battery packs and am building a camper for my bike as well to travel across America. It will be complete with solar of course and I already live mostly off-grid and rather than being a consumer, I scavenge for a living and have mostly divested from the system.

      I use dehydrated emergency meal kits for my backpacking food, but never thought about grinding it into a powder. Thanks for that great idea. My meals will cook in a fraction of the time now.

      • I’m encouraged to hear you’re on a similar adventure! I resonate very much with your profile description. How long have you been living divested?

        • For about 8 years now I haved lived in an 18′ camper, fully off grid(when not at my home base, where I’m plugged in) with solar and a woodstove. I barter my skills for board and a place to park my camper and make a living scavenging not only metals and electronics, but building materials and even food, which has helped me to build a years worth of emergency supplies. I built my woodstove 100% from scavenged item’s.

          So, because I’ve adopted an older couple to care for( and they me), I have no bills and all meals are provided for me, so I consider myself to be 85% divested from the system and since I disagree with how the gov. Uses the peoples money, I don’t pay taxes other than minimal sales tax( I shop mostly online, where many times tax is not collected) and the gas tax.

          I take care of everything for the couple I care for, from plumbing to automobile maintenace to anything they need done and can’t do themselves, so I’m hardly freeloading. I’m a jack of all trades type.

          I plan to live on the road after my host couple pass.(they are 80 years old) I have traveled the country for months at a time primitive camping and scavenging(scrapping) to fund it very successfully quite a few times. So I’m physically, mentally and materially ready for such an adventure.

          • We definitely have a lot of similarities. I live in the road, and have several places I stop along the way to assist with general maintenance, office work, video production and website design in exchange for food and shelter. The rest of the time I live in my truck in the wilderness with solar and a propane stove I threw together.

            I’ve only been doing this a year or so, and started because I was no longer willing to support the system. I hope to get completely out very soon, meaning no government or bank accounts.

            I’d love to learn about your scrapping process. Do you have other content beyond what you share on this site?

            • I don’t have content elsewhere, but I’ll start writing about the art of scavenging. I don’t like to write really, so I don’t put out blogs very often.

              I will say this, your location(N.M., Nevada and Arizona) are not good states to make money this way.

              I was able to scrape by in Colorado, but the scrap yards are greedy. For example, when I was scrapping Colorado they were paying$45 a tonne for steel, Wyoming was paying $75, but in Omaha, NE they were paying $145. So location matters.

    • Yes, organic is the best! I’ve checked out your profile. You write very good articles.

    • perfect post, this is very interesting, thank you

    • Some good ideas Cahlen, but I differ on the oil and salt. They negatively impact our endothelium layer, the lining of our circulatory system. You can learn about that and other science backed factoids relating to living long healthy lives at:
      The distinction between opinion and ‘good’ science is an important one.
      Have you determined the savings on cook time between ground up rice and lentils versus whole grain?
      Also, always source California central valley rice for minimal arsenic levels. Lundberg is what we use, but no more than once a week.
      More on that at Dr. Greger’s site too.

      • I haven’t done any official comparisons of the cook times yet, but I’d guess it’s about twice as fast.

        I use Lundberg Rice from California as well! I order it in the big 25 pound bags.

        Dr. Greg’s site looks very in depth. His information on arterial health seems out of date at first glance, but I’ll have to spend more time going through this to come to a solid conclusion about that. Maybe he’ll change my mind!

        • Ya never know. He sure helped with our food health awareness.
          I’ll probably do some cook time tests. We eat mostly rice/lentil/curry and cornbread for back country, and a way to reduce cook time would be a positive.

    • Travelling dinner wow amazing @cahlen

  • Exploring the Gila National Forest

    A friend has been recommending I explore the Gila National Forest in New Mexico for awhile now, and I finally got the chance. I’m glad I did because there was so much to see! Come along as Jeremiah the…

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  • Cahlen Lee wrote a new post 7 months ago

    Old Cemetery near a Nevada Mine

    After spending the night in the abandoned Delamar Mine in Nevada, I came across an old cemetery while driving out. I had been wondering just how old the mine was, and figured the headstones would help solve that mystery.

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  • Collecting Rain Water in a Mongolian Ger

    We’ve been living in a Mongolian Ger for a little while now and are loving this more minimalist lifestyle!  Since there is no plumbing we do have to get creative about things like using the bathroom.  In this post…

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    • I have not seen how you direct your smoke out from the Yurt. Getting the smoke flavor in your water can be noxious. I doubt it would filter out with the Berkey.

      • The stove has a chimney going up through the center roof ring of the Ger and then up through the metal roof above, so it never comes in contact with the water.

        • OK, good luck with that! I’ve spent years trying to solve the roof catchment smoke issue and finally gave up when I found a sweet water karst spring up the road. Seems like as the rain falls through the smoke it picks up the flavor. Or maybe it’s just the creosote particles on the roof that wash off into the holding tank. Either way, some sort of 1st stage filter on your tank inlet ain’t a bad idea to keep mosquitoes and heavy particles out. Also, if you want to get serious you can develop a diverter valve to allow flushing the roof after a dry spell. These comments come from 30 years of living in the AK rainforest heating and cooking with wood, with the stove going most all the time. Looking forward to seeing some garden development articles too!

          • Interesting that the water picks up so much of the smoke. The tank we used was filled earlier in the year before the stove was heavily used, so that might account for the lack of taste.

            The owner of the farm does most of the gardening, but I do produce her YouTube videos if you want to check those out:

            By the way, the video in this article was filmed last year. I’m going back through my videos from early and writing articles about them until I catch up to now. I’m away from the farm in the Winters now to live nomadically until the weather improves up North.

    • An interesting concept.

    • Very interesting blog! I like this style, the nature, your videos. Thanks for sharing!

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