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Mike Blue

mike-blueMike Blue is an escapee from the work-earn-consume hamster wheel. He has been on the road living a simple, minimal life since June 2014 and currently calls a big blue bus named Rosie his home. That bus, which provides transport, a place to sleep, cook, contemplate and write is adrift somewhere in Sumatra, Indonesia. There is no plan and no map but a driving desire to not be bound by the status quo, to live outside of the consumption society and live in a way that prioritises physical and mental well-being, integration with the natural world and human community and creativity.

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The Consumption Cleanse – Food (Non-Fiction, Self Help, Diet)

consumptionGiving up 13 consumption habits in 13 weeks for a better life and a healthier planet

Society suggests that in order to live right we need to go to school, get a good job and earn lots of money, buy a nice big house and plenty of ‘stuff’, work until retirement and then…I suppose die. What nonsense. The idea of escaping this work-consume-sleep cycle resonates with many who are aware of it. But the question of how to actually escape from that cycle is where it gets a bit murky. The escape from this endless and unsatisfying cycle all starts with addressing consumption, as it is excessive consumption that drives most of us to work. This same consumption also underpins much of our own and the planet’s physical ailments. By creating conscious consumption habits, we can lighten the load on the planet and our bodies at the same time as liberating financial resources so that we can head towards a better work-life balance. And maybe towards no work at all!

The consumable that is the most beneficial to address at the individual level is food. It will have the most immediate impact on your budget, your belly and your brain. But this is not just another diet book. Nor is it another book about how to save the world. The Consumption Cleanse is a no-nonsense, research-referenced and achievable roadmap to the mindful consumption of food and beverages. The author has peeled back the marketing spin and corporate hogwash that is wrapped around many of our common foods to reveal the truth about what we eat. Together with these truths, the cleanse comprises the results of his self-experimentation, extraction plans and food-replacement suggestions in relation to 13 of our most commonly consumed food categories.

The Consumption Cleanse will enable you to take your first steps off the life-destroying consumer hamster wheel.