Why Gluten is So Bad

First of all, many people have Celiac’s, Crohn’s, Colitis, and IBD.  They shouldn’t have wheat products.  Also, the wheat crop absorbs a lot from the ground, which was probably favored in ancient times, but now wheat crops absorb almost 18 times as much toxins from the soil as other cereal grains like rice and corn.

A good alternative is rice.  Rice is easy to grow, harvests are big, both white and brown are good, and they fuel your activity and warm up your body.

Corn in it’s natural state isn’t that bad, but that crop erodes the topsoil very quickly.  The only reason corn is number one is because we fatten up chickens and cows with it.

Quinoa is good.  Gluten free, pseudograin, high in complete protein, fiber, and starch.  It is the ‘mother grain’,

Sweet Potatoes will always be one of the best starchy staples.  Nuff Said.

Even beans and lentils can be seen as both a protein source, and a starch source. It also has fiber in it and is a great substitute for meat if you are vegan.

So really, in this day and age, wheat should be put aside and other staples should take the forefront.

 

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Don’t Believe in Diets…

Because they don’t work.  A mostly grain based, produce heavy vegan diet would be best, but since very few have the discipline to do this, and it’s simply not convenient to live in modern society and cook all your own food, I suggest just learning a lot about nutrition and what works for you.

Obviously, if you know anything, the cattle industry is ruining the world.  Chicken and Fish is fine, but too much protein and salt will cause problems down the road.  And all restaurant merchandise is overly greasy, salty, and laden with chemicals.

The best diet is the one that keeps you slim and healthy, spending less on food, and not worried about what to have for dinner.  Nutrition hasn’t changed that much over the past 10,000 years.  Not at all.

If you are obese or diabetic you already have a serious health condition.  Try to educate the young on nutritional science before it is too late for them.  All I am saying is Keto and Paleo and Raw Foods Fructarianism is all a huge mistake and part how the propogandist media (and social media) betray you and confuse you on purpose.

The three worst food types are dairy, sugar, and gluten, and even then there is a time to every purpose under the sun.

For a normal to slightly overweight person, grains and vegetables should be their best friends.  And there seems to be an inverse relationship between animal foods in the diet and health.  Those are two principles you can rely on.

 

Arroz con Pollo

This delightful Spanish term means, ‘rice with chicken’.  It is a classic dish, in Latin American cooking as it is in every other type of cooking.  In fact, you can eat anything with rice, rice is the ultimate cereal crop because it is so easily digestible and has a thousand uses.

I seem to eat some variant of this often, and all the different restaurants and ethnic cuisines offer their version of it.  It’s a classic.

What I’m trying to allude to in this post is that many people get by just eating light protein and some starch, like rice, which is an excellent source of easily digestible starch.  And this works for a long time, but without some variety of vegetables and to a lesser extent fruits, trace mineral deficiencies may rise up if it goes on too long.

Eat a varied diet, and your dietary regimen goes far beyond what you had for dinner last night, or looking forward to tonight.

 

In Touch with the Cosmos

If you really think about it, life is very deep and rich and yet at the same time tragic and comical.  Not only have humans gone through generation after generation, slowly accruing empirical knowledge, but so have the animal kingdom and plant kingdom too.  The fish we eat today are multitudinous descendents of fish our ancestors ate thousands of years ago.  And the same thing for the potatoes and wheat grains and vegetables and whatever else.

It shows you our genetics is a secret link to the past, and that man is heaven and earth in miniature.

Another thing one must realize is that to eat meat, eggs, and fish, you have to kill animals.  Cute, fuzzy warm animals.  And being vegan is just avoiding the problem, since you can’t live without killing.  Even taking a shower or using pesticides (natural or synthetic) is killing.  We are at once one with creation and yet since we have fallen from grace, we must kill or be killed.

Thankfully, man is the apex predator, but that doesn’t mean we are all safe all of the time.

What I am trying to say is, any subject of human endeavor can give you deep insights into the human condition, even the most basic subject, nutrition.

The Bare Minimum to Get Your Health Back

I am going to run down my basic advice for a beginner, someone who is obese or perhaps slim but never exercised or ate right.

The first thing is sugar restriction.  The Low Carb Diet is the beginning.  Start by reducing sugar and starch to the bare minimum and read the book, ‘Dr Atkins Diet Solution for a New You’.

After two weeks of low carb dieting, start walking.  Walk 20 minutes daily or build up to it by doing every other day and your stamina will increase.

The essential knowledge is calories in calories out.  You have to be in a caloric deficit to lose weight.  You have to eat a lot of protein to have big muscles.  Simple as that.  The main thing in the initial phase of this lifestyle is vegetables, both starchy and non starchy, and protein.  I don’t recommend getting protein from dairy products.

Get protein from fish, eggs, sometimes chicken, and oftentimes lentils and chickpeas or similar legumes.

Once your weight returns to normal range, add a bit of sugar and starch back to the diet.  Good sugar is like fruit and honey and good starch is like sweet potato or even regular potato.

Get into the habit of knowing your own body.  Increase sugar when you are doing good and decrease sugar when you are overindulging.  It’s a lifestyle not a quick fix.

But man’s choicest foodstuff will always be vegetables, protein is essential, and grain is essentially cheap filler (which has it’s uses).  Dairy is the worst, but there are exceptions.

So there you have it.  The dumbest of the dumbies can get this, let alone you, gentle reader and my fellow bloggers on WordPress.  I’m not a doctor, but I am an athlete, martial artist, acupuncturist, and yogi.  So I know what I am talking about.

And if you would like a brief (and cheap) summary of all my wholistic health knowledge, go to http://www.amazon.com/author/lioravni to look if you like my ebook.  It’s a lot like this blog.  Only condensed into one convenient book.

Back in the Saddle…Once Again!

I’ve been thinking over my path in life.  And I’ve been thinking that maybe my whole second degree in graphic design was a mistake.  My original education was in acupuncture, TCM, and a sound foundation in both eastern and western medicine.  Changing to commercial art in my 30’s might not have been the right decision.  My main problem with doing acupuncture or any other aspect of wholistic medicine is that I can’t stay on my feet more than an hour or so, I get back pain.

Rather than try to avoid the problem by getting a career field in something in front of a computer, I should do the opposite and confront my shortcoming in physical health.  So instead of running away from the problem, I am going to solve it at it’s root.

I should be doing more yoga and veganism and spend less time infront of the computer.  The computer is a useful tool for reaching many people, but it should not be the main thing in work, play, or anything else.  It is just technology.

More of my life and career should be involved in yoga, health, veganism, and educating people who’ve essentially been lied to by the government, the media, and big business.

It would be a pity to stop posting on this blog after a good 2 and a half year run.  So I just wanted to let the people who read this blog know, I’m back in the health business.

The End of an Era

Things are shifting in my life and career, and I feel the end is near for this blog.  2019 is almost here, and in April 2019 I will have the choice of spending another hundred dollars to keep the domain name or let it revert to nativefitness.wordpress.com which is much bulkier and less easy to remember.

The thing is, I’m tired of talking about nutrition.  It’s not that complicated.  Protein and Vegetables.  Fruit and Honey should be seen as a side.  Dairy and Grain is the worst.  At the end of the day, it’s calories in and calories out.  If you understand this, you can eat garbage and still be lean and in robust health.

I want to focus on creating visual art and writing about it to explain it to the audience.  I have to let go of my TCM education.

I dont want to leave all my followers, readers, and fellow bloggers here on wordpress.

I just want to tell them that I have a new website http://www.lioravnidesignwriter.com and I post on a new blog within the site, I keep people up to date, and I have a Works page where people can preview or purchase my art designs.

Believe me, you don’t need my nutritional advice, and this blog will never go away, it will just remain under a longer, unwieldy domain name.

See you on the flip side.

The Real Reason Why The World is Suffering

And the real reason why veganism is pointless.

And that would be overpopulation.  Simple as that.  You see, hundreds of years ago, especially before the industrial age, people were simpler and lived mostly on family farms or in cities surrounded by fruitful land.  They took eggs from chickens they themselves owned and took care of, and drank milkproducts from healthy cows they took milk from naturally.  They could also go to a nearby stream and catch a fish that wasn’t totally toxic with mercury.

The age of enlightenment and the industrial revolution created new technologies that made life much, much easier for humans.  Labor saving devices, from agriculture to telephones to large ships that could cross oceans in style, developed at this crucial time.  And yet, technology ruins everything.

Everybody wants the same necessities and even the same luxuries.  We are all equal in suffering.  But create a world where there are billions of people all wanting the same thing, and you have a recipe for chaos.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to eat eggs, cheese, butter, or the meat of any animal.  We’re now omnivores just like the humble dog is.  So going vegan really is pointless.  It’s too late to save the environment.  And keep in mind, the earth will endure long after humanity dies out, the environment will be there, but the earth won’t be supportive of human life.  So we’ll all die.

You are not responsible for anyone but yourself, but i’m sure if you’re normal you care about your family too.

Every human being loves privacy and a space of his own.  It is something inborn in us.  But create too many people, and suddenly, the standard of living plummets through the floor.

More people means more trouble and a lower standard of living.  We can’t reverse this trend, because only a madman like Hitler would kill people just because they are useless or undesirable.  That’s just not moral, just, or humane.

Not everyone needs to reproduce, and if you are in a state of wealth and independence to have children, try to limit your family to two or three offspring.   Think about yourself, think about your children, and think about the children of the human race and how the future will be for them.

The lacto-ovo vegetarian diet has been proven by all forms of science to be the ideal human diet.  And don’t be afraid to be an opportunist and eat fish from time to time.  The main idea is to lessen your carbon footprint and leave the environment healthy for your future generations.  That is all you can do as a human being in the modern age.

Please consider this thought.

 

Hedonism vs Stoic Discipline

‘Do not go to the pot for every thirst, and do not go to the doctor for every ache.’  Benjamin Franklin wrote this in ‘Poor Richard’s Almanac’, a book of wise proverbs he wrote himself.  And it still applies to life today.

Hedonism means to indulge in anything you want, and to do it until it loses it’s fun.  Discipline, or Stoicism you might say, is the opposite, denying yourself pleasure and luxury in order to be more tough.

Obviously, moderation is the best way between these two extremes.  And everyone gravitates more towards hedonism and less towards spartan-like discipline.  It’s just easier to indulge.

I often say in my writings, ‘less is more’.  And it turns out I’m right about this. There is something in philosophy called, ‘the law of diminishing returns’.  What that means is, everything is fun when it’s new, but the more you do it, the less valuable it becomes.

And after a while, even fun things get boring if you do it too much.  That’s why less is more.

But obviously human beings lean towards pleasure and away from self-denial.  It’s just natural to be that way.  How this relates to diet and fitness is that the more indulgent you are with food, the heavier and less conditioned you will be.  Indulge too much, over a long time, and you will come down with the chronic, degenerative diseases that plague the modern man.  This is a simple demonstration of karma in life.

So while a healthy dinner might be chicken and brown rice, everyone wants chicken in a gravy with tomatoes, salt, sugar, and who knows what else, over white rice.  And who knows what else they’re eating throughout the day or night.

The point is, indulgence will make you softer, and discipline will make you harder.   An athlete has to discipline himself in every way, not just diet, to perform at his best.  We should all take a lesson from competitive athletes.

Less is more.

Diets Don’t Work

Don’t define your eating style as one way and one way only.  Neither low carb, ketogenic diet is really built for the long haul, and neither is veganism.  It’s temporary action which builds temporary results.

The main thing with diet and exercise is, we’re all unique.  In fact, you don’t have to define yourself in general.  No matter how many words you use, you’ll always be missing something and your theory won’t be accurate.

The basic premise a severely overweight person needs to know is that calories in vs calories out is the main thing.  You have to be in a caloric deficit to lose weight.  The easiest way to reduce calories is to reduce sugar.  And if you keep protein high at every meal, your muscles won’t atrophy as you reduce in weight.  My idea of high is like 30 grams at each meal, nothing crazy.

You should also plan your day around regular meals at regular times.  9am, 12 noon, and 5pm is the best.  Sometimes you can sneak  in the mysterious fourth meal at night.  Try not to graze all day long.  That’s not good for your blood sugar or your pancreatic enzymes, which are limited.

In Spain, as in many European countries, people eat and drink light during the day, and on the way home from work, they stop by the food market or farmer’s market to buy what they will cook that night.  This is truly natural living, to integrate work, sleep, rest, play and eating into one cohesive lifestyle.

Americans are not so lucky in that sense.  They don’t get to have a leisurely, harmonious life.  It seems like their priorities need working on.  But I digress.