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About sulyeman

I am a 38 year old man from long island, new york. My youth is evidence of time, well, spent.

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.

 

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Don’t Be Orthorexic

What I mean by this statement is, don’t obsess about healthy food.  Less food is healthy food, and the merchandise at a fancy health food store is merchandise just like the food at a typical supermarket or deli.

What I encourage in you, gentle reader, is that the best, most nourishing food you will get is home cooked food.  If you’re too busy during the week to prepare your own food, bulk prepare everything on Sunday and ration it out for the coming week.

Better yet, learn to eat out in a conscious way.  I know I talk about dairy and grain on this blog as being less healthy, but in reality, people have supported life on bread and cheese, or rice and yogurt, for thousands of years.

Don’t be orthorexic, don’t neglect entire food groups, and don’t starve yourself.  The real trick is to see food as fuel for your body, not as a reward for good behavior.  You’re not a kid anymore, and you can’t reward your latest accomplishment with an ice cream sundae.

I know my words seem paradoxical, but the words of Tao are always paradoxical, that’s why they are true.

My suggestion to you is to forget everything you know about nutrition and just eat to fuel your body.  And whatever you do, don’t bother other people with your abstentions.  Nobody wants to hear about you, they want to hear about themselves.

Promoting Myself

My mission is to help people lead better lives.  Whether it’s acupuncture, or art, or music, I want people to feel some consolation.  Recently, I joined a website that helps professionals get clients.  Soon after, I got an email saying I was chosen as one of the best in my area.

So I wrote this post just to show off that I earned a badge which tells people how popular my services are.
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Remember, it doesn’t take one needle or one touch to effect a change.  It takes intent, and my intent is to educate the world about health so they won’t be slaves to the medical system.

Worst of the Worst, Dairy Products.

The first nutritional advice they gave me at my acupuncture school, was, don’t eat dairy!  And the real trick is, the worst part about it is certainly not the fat, nor the sugar, but milk protein.

I know I talk a lot about yogurt and kefir on this blog.  And butter too, which has really been exonerated from being a pernicious, dangerous food.

But it’s not the milkfat which is the problem.  On the other hand, butter and ghee is healthy for the most part.  And it’s not the lactose, or milk sugar, which really hurts people.  You should know that lactose is a disaccharide and causes tremendous problems while being in the human body.

It’s the milk protein.  It is allergenic, creates problems like inflammation in whatever part of you is vulnerable, and is ultimately the worst.  Things like milk and cheese, while being really tasty, are ultimately a cause of great problems.  And the countries that consume the most dairy products have the highest rates of osteoperosis.

I feel like much of my problems, being mental or physical, are inflammed by drinking milk and eating other dairy products for pure indulgence.  Mistakenly, people in the west think milk, sugar, and bread are staples when the opposite is true.  They are the worst foods imaginable.

The best substitutes for cow’s milk is coconut milk, almond milk, and I’m gonna go out on a limb and even say rice milk.  Rice milk is one of my favorite foods even though I rarely have it because I drink the whole container on the first day after the grocery haul.

The one thing people who study Chinese Medicine are told is, dairy is bad.  That is the message of this post.

If you are interested…

If you are interested in a short read and a condensed primer on healthy lifestyle in the same vein as my blog, I just published a small ebook today.  It summarizes in 7 short chapters a lot of knowledge and experience and observation.

I finally got around to publishing my book, which I named, ‘Sport and Physical Culture’.  Originally, I wanted to call my book ‘Taoist Nutrition Made Easy’ or some other title relating to my Chinese Medicine education, but didn’t want the association with either religion or medicine.

This is a brief summary of wholistic lifestyle for anyone, if you want to improve your health and well-being.  In very few pages, I cover topics like nutrition, exercise, sport, sexology, psychology and even zen.

I know I am not a doctor, but rather have a degree in Acupuncture and also digital design.  I’m qualified to write this book because I have the knowledge and the desire to teach people how to go from sickness to health.

Consider looking at the sample chapter and see if the book has something to offer you.

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Sport and Physical Culture

The link above is to my About Author Page, the one below, to Amazon to sample and purchase the ebook.

A Happy Middle Ground…

I think I’ve finally come to a conclusion about what diet is best for me.  For a long time, I did low carb dieting which was only effective in the short run, since every time a lost a few pounds I’d go back to carbs and gain the weight back.

And since studying LifeFood, I’ve been misled that veganism is the answer.  There is a lot of videos on Youtube about veganism and how to go vegan.  But I find neither two branches of veganism, one is raw vegan and the other starch based vegan, is right for me.

The best diet for me is essentially a low carb vegetarian diet.  You don’t have to get all your protein from meat and milk, and neither should you eat starch all day or eat fruit all day like a gorilla in the jungle.

High protein, High fiber, and low sugar is always the answer, but not all your protein has to come from meat and milk.  There are plenty of vegetarian sources of protein, and there’s also eggs and dairy in the middle.  Almost everyone ingests eggs since it is the ideal protein and they put it into everything in the food processing business.

While some people believe dairy is junk, and largely it is, there are some good dairy products like yogurt and kefir.

But what I am trying to communicate is high protein, high fiber, and low sugar is doable by everyone, regardless of where you get your protein.   There is no such thing as a protein shortage in people who eat regularly, but there is almost no excess when it comes to protein.  More protein means more muscle and energy and strength.

I am satisfied with my current diet, mostly eggs and beans and vegetables, and I still eat yogurt often.  And I’m not against eating meat, but one should see beef as an occasional blood tonic, and other meats as a scarcity food.  Fish was good in the past, but now with the environment polluted, toxicity is a problem.

Humans didn’t evolve to eat other animals.  In the Garden of Eden, man ate fruit and seed.  After the fall, they started eating starchy grain.  And meat entered the human diet later, and man’s lifespan was greatly reduced.

So really, there is no one diet or lifestyle that fits everyone.  I’ve just finally found the right regimen to keep me normal bodyweight, spending less money, and satisfied with what I eat.

 

 

The First Shall be Last…

And the last shall be first, and the meek shall inherit the earth.  This is a quote from the Christian Bible, Jesus said it to his followers in the sermon on the mount.  And it has tremendous import for this generation, and even this article, which is essentially here to tell you that beans are a essential food.

What Jesus was trying to say, is that the ones who are wealthy, famous, handsome, and young now, will not enjoy the world to come.  The downtrodden, the lost, the outcasts, the rejects, they’re the ones who will be comforted by the messiah and the end of days.

Similarly, in any situation, the sage/rishi/wise man goes to what the masses leave behind, because a sage knows what is popular and loved now will be laughed at in future times.  Don’t change your beliefs to fit in.  Be a rugged individual.  Believe what you want to believe.

I wrote this post thinking of an analogy.  Beans are considered low, humble plebian food, while something like sushi or tempura is considered fine stuff that is worth extra money.  But that’s not the case.

Even in diet, the sage goes to what the masses leave behind.  Beans are essentially vegetarian meat, since their protein content is so high, and they include a lot of fiber and complex carbs and trace minerals too.  In one Taoist manual it says, ‘of the five grains, the bean is the most nutritious.’

Nowadays, I got tired of defining myself as a low carb dieter or an aspiring vegan, or anything in between.  Labels are just tools to oppress you, they’re neither accurate or effective.

The ultimate comfort is knowing that the rich and famous are enjoying their consolation now, and the end of days will prove to be a good thing for good people, and a terrible visitation of wrath on the wicked, the worldly, and the materialistic.

So keep eating your beans and vegetables, enjoy meat and sugar and salt in moderation, and never give in to the majority rule.  The masses are asses, and the usual thing in this world is mob rule.

 

 

My View on Paleo

This seems to be a controversial dietary subject, since it touches on more topics than just weight loss.  It involves understanding history, what the human race is designed to eat, and the effects of a grain based diet in the long run.

Of course, Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor advocated a grain-free diet to those seeking immortality.  And since land was so scarce in China from ancient times to present, dairy was never a big part of their diet.

The Paleo diet means eating protein, vegetables, fruit and nuts, and rejecting dairy and grain and artificial sugar.  Seems simple on its face.

This diet is by nature lower carbohydrate but is not necessarily slimming since there is no mention or restriction on calories.  Just like rice and milk or bread and cheese can be bad, so can overeating on the Paleo Diet.  And it’s not a clear license to eat as much Beef, Bacon, and Seafood your heart desires.

Eating the milk or milk products is not a natural thing after one is weened off mother’s milk.  The one best dairy product that everyone should incorporate into their lifestyle is Kefir, which is also called acidopholus milk or simple cultured milk.  If you can handle dairy and need more probiotics in your regimen, that is the one type I suggest is good for you.

Grains were invented by agriculturists by hybridizing older crops into what we see today.  Corn is number one around the world but most of it is for fattening up livestock.  Rice is number two around the world because it is so easy to digest and harvests are big.

The Paleo diet is not only good for getting to normal bodyweight, it also reverses disease processes in the body and fuels better athletic performance.  Unlike Atkins or Ketogenic, this diet talks about food groups, the desirable and the undesirable, and not counting anything.  Atkins is about counting carbs and calories and keeping protein intake high.  Ketogenic diet is about lowering protein intake on an already low carb lifestyle and eating more fat from good sources.  Fat feeds the brain.

But I find that Paleo is the easiest to do, since you don’t have to think too much.  Cavemen didn’t have wonder bread and coca cola and a lot of pizza to eat, and had they eaten that stuff they wouldn’t have lived long enough to sire humanity in its current form.

The main thing is calories in and calories out for weight loss, so in theory, all food is clean and should be eaten as sparingly as possible.  But for overall health and longevity and for reversing diseases Paleo is quite good.

 

 

Tai Chi and Chinese Medicine

When I was in TCM school, they often said, ‘If you don’t practice Tai Chi, you won’t be able to practice TCM’.  What does that mean?  Well, if you only have a didactic, theoretical knowledge of Chinese Medicine, you won’t be able to help anyone.  And if you practice acupuncture, herbs, or massage without exercising in the right way yourself, your treatments won’t be that effective, and you won’t last long in this career.

That is one reason why Tai Chi was taught side by side with the other aspects of Chinese Medicine.  Back then I was like others not seeing the value of slow motion solitary martial art.  But now that I am older, I see how Tai Chi is more important than giving a treatment itself.  If you don’t know how to stand, walk, move, breath, and control your balance, you won’t last very long as a wholistic health practitioner.

Not only the practitioner should be a practitioner of the physical arts, but so should everyone else if they knew what was good for them.  Physical Arts like Tai Chi, Yoga, and Qi Gong will keep you fit and able bodied your entire life.  Most of these crippling diseases in the west are the end product of a disease process that started in the person’s youth.

So whether you want to be a wholistic medicine practitioner, or simply want a long, disability free lifespan, do more than dieting and learn a Physical Art.

How Important Exercise Is

When it comes to the whole fitness debacle, one must realize that a perfect diet is not everything and not even feasible or practical.  If you lead an active lifestyle, eat mostly vegetables, and don’t spend too much money on food, you will be fine most of your life.

When you exercise rigorously, you will find several changes in your life.  First of all, you wont have so much time to prepare food yourself unless you cook in batches on the weekend for the week ahead.  Also, if you exercise regularly, your appetite will increase, especially for starch.  Higher levels of activity and fitness require higher complex carbohydrates in the diet.

When you exercise a lot, your body warms up and a lot of toxins are purged through the sweat, heat, and breath.  What I am trying to say is, even if you are health conscious, exercising more and worrying less about diet will help you.

Usually, when people are busy, exercise is the first thing to be neglected. Exercise, especially strength training, increases your metabolism by building the size and density of your muscles.

So if you really want to get and stay healthy, don’t over obsess about diet and do some regular exercise.  Maybe find a sport you both enjoy and is age appropriate for you.

At the end of the day, the old saying, ‘less is more’ is the answer.  Intense, regular exercise can burn away excess sugars and other toxins so you wont have to be perfectionist in diet.