Monthly Archives: December 2016

Karma, and how it applies to health.

Karma literally means action, but has deeper connotations.  Karma means every action you take accumulates somewhere and will come back to you.  This obviously applies to health and fitness as every rep counts in changing the way your body looks and feels, and everything you eat or drink has an effect on your longterm health.

Think of how you will be in ten or twenty years.  Your body will have replaced all it’s cells with the building blocks of life from the food you consume over the years.  Slowly, insidiously, you become what you have eaten, but also, what you have thought and said and done.  If you stop and think and become more mindful, you might consider taking different actions now that will have different consequences in the future.

One donut or coca cola wont kill you, but think of the gradual effect it has on your body after years of daily consumption.  Just like money, food comes and goes, and your body does its best to extract nutrition from what is in your intestines.  Put natural plant and animal foods there, and everything will run smoothly, and you will age gracefully.

But bombard your own digestive system with junk food, or empty carbs, or dull, rotten food, or even overly salty and spiced food, and you will be sowing the seeds of misery for the future.  Remember, the human body doesn’t come with an instruction manual, and most people treat themselves very poorly.

I know life is a free for all after high school, but really there is a reward for doing the right thing.  You suffer less in the end.

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Departing from Vegetarianism

The thing I noticed about high protein, low sugar diets is that they work.  There’s no underestimating the effects of sugar restriction on your bodyweight, it actually works.  I guess high fiber, high starch diets are eaten in third world countries by necessity, not by choice.

While animal agriculture is ruining the environment, the underlying truth is that overpopulation is ruining the human race’s lifestyle, and all people basically need the same things.  I don’t suggest the entire human population become vegan, it’s just not natural, and it’s probably not sustainable.

The answer to the protein dilemma is variety.  Don’t get all your protein from one food source all the time.  Nobody in the western world (this may be a blanket statement) is suffering from protein deficiency.  It is probably the most overconsumed nutrient next to sugar.

There’s no reason for the western man to be vegetarian or vegan unless he is Buddhist, and is against killing.  I find myself being practical and utilitarian in that I choose the soup that I like based on what is available, not by some pretentious ideal.

Eat what is natural, simple, and easy based on the circumstances.  It is only in a world ruled by the media that people don’t know the basics.  Obesity is a crime upon yourself, and you have your own self to blame.  Don’t blame genetics or the authorities.

But the answer to killing or not killing animals is do what though will.  We’re not the only species that eats both plants and animals, so don’t take sides.  Obviously a diet of hot dogs and hamburgers will lead to diseases both mental and physical, but the real trick to being sane and healthy is moderation.  And this is a discipline that can be learned, but cannot be taught.

 

Making Progress

I find that the closer you get to a plant based diet, the better off you are.  Most of what I’ve been eating lately has been soups of various kinds, beans, lentils, vegetables cooked in butter, and hard boiled eggs.

The weight on the scale is gradually reducing, and I feel less hungry and less bound by the desire for food.  Since my last update, I’ve been eating more protein in the form of eggs and beans/lentils, and less sugar, from favorite foods such as fruits and rice.  The one common thing to all diets is vegetables, man’s choicest foodstuff.

I eat sushi from time to time, and I might even crack open a can of tuna, but this isn’t my usual fair, and the taste of animal flesh is getting a little bit stale.

I look around me and see I am in remarkable health and longevity as compared to the ordinary human being, and without sounding conceited, my face glows with the light of attainment.  I really think other people are missing out on the real meaning of life, and instead are spending too much time working and taking care of their children.

While I may not have a lot of money, and I dress in simple clothes and drive an economy sedan, I have an inner sense of contentment that is better than millions in the bank.  It’s a shame to die at 70 or 80 without having spent most of your time in leisure and tranquility.

Free time is the biggest commodity there is, and I have tons of it.  I like to write, and record my blues guitar music, cook great vegetarian food, and sometimes I even exercise!

Meditation is very important, I suggest everyone start doing it.  It really helps you focus on what is real and gives you confidence to live your life.  Meditation is the stepping stone to the rest of your life, and that is what it is doing for me.