Monthly Archives: March 2017

Quinoa: A Real Superfood

Everyone’s talking these days about ‘superfood’.  There are dozens of superfoods being discovered or rediscovered.  And I can say with a reasonable degree of medical certainty that the majority of them are crap.  Food you eat in small quantities from time to time won’t influence your overall health that much.

But there is one food that truly will make you stronger and healthier if you eat it every day, day in and day out.  Quinoa is a pseudograin that substitutes for rice, or even bread and pasta if you want it to.  Quinoa has twice the protein of brown rice ounce for ounce, and is full of fiber and other good things.

Quinoa comes from South America where the aboriginal indians used to call it, ‘the mother grain’.  It is the best source of plant protein.  All 8 essential amino acids are in there in proper proportion.  Quinoa is the egg of the plant kingdom.

So my advice to you, gentle reader, is to stop eating starchy grain like rice, bread, and glutenous pasta and replace all that starch with quinoa and pasta or bread made from quinoa flour.  Given enough time, you will see results in your overall health.  And that’s a good thing.

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An Army Marches On It’s Stomach

This is a quote from Napolean Bonaparte.  It has deep implications.  In the literal sense, an army of soldiers requires a lot of food to keep it going.  That is why in old days, young soldiers would shack up with farmers in the countryside and eat them out of house and home.

But it means something else too.  Nutrition is the first thing in health.  Even a strong, energetic athlete would be weak and depleted without the proper amount of food.  An Army Marches On It’s Stomach.  Deep.

The most important nutrient in physical strength is Protein.  The word was coined by the scientist who founded the nutrient, and it means, ‘of primary importance.’  We are made up of proteins, amino acids to be more precise, and eating a high protein diet makes you strong and muscular. This goes for both plant and animal foods.

You also need a lot of B vitamins for strength, since those are what act as catalysts in the chemical reactions in your body to produce energy.  Strength isn’t just muscularity, it is energy and speed too.  I think a great source of B vitamins are the leafy greens.

So you see, we are what we eat, and if we eat right, we will have the strength to do whatever we desire in our heart, whether it be fighting or healing or loving or just plain philosophizing.

A New Look on Paleo

Of course, the atkins approach is the best way for an obese person to lose weight in the short run and get into a healthier lifestyle with less processed foods in their diet.  But as I examine myself and my own health journey, I notice that all this grain and sugar, even whole grain and natural sugar, is preventing me from getting to my goals.  Something has to change.

The Paleo Diet is a simple concept.  Let’s eat the way primitive people eat, since they didn’t have all the chronic, degenerative diseases that modern man has.  Of course, there is a lot of variance between populations of cavemen in antiquity and aborigines in the modern day.  There is no one Paleo Diet.  But the basic premise is to remove the foods that are intrinsic to modern civilization and see what happens.

Dairy is not natural to consume after infancy.  Beans and Grains are cheap filler hybridized by agriculturists in previous millenia in order to be an easy way to meet the caloric needs of a growing population.  White sugar is a drug.

These days, people eat way too much, not too little.  They’re dying from overnutrition, not malnutrition.  They’re wrinkly faces indicate that they’ve eaten too many calories in too short a time.  Too lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

I guess all this bias I’ve learned in favor of veganism is just leftist propaganda, as if I wasn’t inundated with enough right wing propaganda from the mainstream media.  Meat, eggs, and fish is not only good for you, it’s great!  I shouldn’t be afraid or ashamed to eat animal foods, there’s nothing wrong with it.  We are the apex predator, not a species of chimp or gorilla shitting in the woods.

Atkins diet is one way to lose weight, but it is temporary.  With the Paleo Diet, it goes by what food groups you eat, day in and day out, and doesn’t bother with counting anything.  The foundation of the diet should be meat, eggs, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts, and not much else.  Don’t restrict carbs at all, do what you feel.

So I know what I am going to do, moving forward, with summer coming up soon.  Hopefully I will get into optimal health and shape by beach time.

 

The Whole Fitness Debacle

A lot of people are confused about how to get in shape and stay in shape.  They’re looking for answers, unless of course, they don’t care about fitness and longevity, in which case they’re dying slow.

So I’ll just tell you.  Of the whole fitness equation, diet is 80% of it, if not more.  This isn’t an exact science, but it is safe to say with a reasonable degree of medical certainty that nutrition is the cornerstone of good health.  You are what you eat.

The ideal diet is a balanced one with all four major groups represented, including protein, whole grains, fruit, and vegetables.  Of course, in the real world, it is not easy to eat a perfect diet.  That is where sugar restriction comes in.

Sugar restriction is the best way for a fat, out of shape, inactive person to drop a lot of pounds in the short term.  It’s the best.  Just eat lean protein from a fairly healthy animal and some low starch vegetables and you’re good.

When you’re weight returns to a normal balance, start adding fruit and whole grain and other good carbs to your diet in small increments until you find the threshold of carbs where you can eat sugar and not gain the weight back.

Exercise is very important, for things like muscle tone, energy, fitness, mood regulation, and feeling good about yourself.  But don’t fool yourself.  You can’t out-train a bad diet.

Fruit is for People

No matter what dietary approach you take, and there are a lot of them, fruit is good for you and should not be omitted from the human diet.  We’re supposed to eat fruit.  Fruit is good.

You see, fruit contains seeds in it, that’s kind of the definition of the term.  A lot of vegetables we eat every day are actually fruits, such as tomato, cucumber, eggplant, and hot pepper.  Not just that, but actually high sugar, low sugar, and starchy fruits such as orange, blackberries, and banana are good for men and dogs alike to eat.  The tree or plant that produces the fruit wants you to eat the fruit, so in nature, the bird or reptile or mammal or whatever later drops the seed of the plant through the feces.  I know, not pleasant to talk about on a nutrition blog but the facts are the facts.

All these low carb diets and their variants are telling people to restrict fruit intake and it’s just not right and not a long-term solution.  Whole fruit has fiber in it as well as sugar, so the glycemic load is mitigated.  Not only that, but fruit is a natural, unprocessed food that is sweet so it’s easy even for people who don’t usually eat healthy to incorporate into their diets.

There are other foods that are essential in the diet, like whole grains and an adequate amount of protein, but the point of this post is that fruit is human food and it’s not wise to avoid any of them on purpose.