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Introducing My Music to a New Audience…

I’ve been playing the blues guitar for over twenty years.  Only in the recent years, urged by a peer, I decided to start recording and writing and releasing music.  Below is a link to a page where you can here my current album on CDBABY and all the tracks on it.

I am in the process of writing a new album with new material.  Rock on.

If you click above, you can hear all my newer album, purchase songs or albums, and get a feel for my sound.  The newer album, Odds and Ends, features a more mature sound as well as a throwback to some oldies.

A new blues album is in the works, but as always, I will be writing and drawing all the while too.

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Comfort Food

Let’s all be humble and eat food that makes us happy, regardless of whether we believe it’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for us.  In reality, all organic material is food for another creature once it’s spirit leaves and it is dead.  This even goes for raw fruits and vegetables.

I never liked or got addicted to sweets and baked goods.  Good on me.  But I always like greasy and salty food.  One of my favorites is fried chicken, from KFC or homemade.  It’s all good.

Early this morning, I followed a video recipe on an udemy course about cooking eggs and I created a Spanish Torta.  It came out wonderful, and I only ate a third of it for breakfast.  A Torta is like a pie made out of egg, potato, and onion, all common ingredients.

As we grow older, let’s not forget to treat ourselves once in a while and not obsess about healthy food.  What is life if you don’t enjoy it?

Considering Keto

I know I dont usually jump on any bandwagons, but I’m starting to consider the ketogenic diet.

And not for weight loss, athletic performance, or a six pack of abs.  I heard that the ketogenic diet reverses many disease processes in the body such as brain disease, autoimmune disease and even infectious disease, like STDS.

After all, Dr Sebi cured people of AIDS and his whole spiel was starch free diets.

I’m not a huge fan of pasta and fruit, they satisfy sweet cravings, and I love meat with lots of fat and salt, but I eat one way and not the other because of guilt.

We are brainwashed into thinking meat and fat is bad and sugar and starch is nature.  But this brainwashing only started in the mid 1950s.

Read diet books from a hundred years ago, and they ENCOURAGE butter, eggs, beef, chicken, and bacon.

So maybe I’m a victim of propaganda too?

 

What I Do For Myself

Heres what I’ve been doing lately for myself.  I think there is something to learn from a man like me.

First of all, most of my food is from Trader Joe’s.  Awesome store.  Good healthy food that isn’t expensive.

I eat more protein, because protein gives you strength.  Things like chicken thigh, chicken sausage, tuna, egg, lentils, etc…

I also eat more grain.  Pasta from rice or wheat and quinoa especially.  Pasta takes away hunger quickly.

I eat a lot of vegetables and drink a lot of juice and black coffee.  I know juice is full of sugar, but not empty sugar.

I should eat more fruit and spices.  Need to learn more.  Maybe I’ll study more about healing fruits and medicinal food spices.

I’m good with avoiding junk food like baked goods and sweets.  But I drink coca cola.  Very moderately.

At night I sneak in some walnuts or an apple.

So overall I am doing well.  Not perfect but well.  I consider myself lucky.

What Has Really Changed

Not much of human nutrition has changed in the past 10,000 years.  Nothing at all.  In past civilizations, people ate lamb, chicken, cheese, butter, and egg with glee and the environment was not in danger.

What has changed in the past 50 years, starting midway through the twentieth century, was HOW we grow our food, be it plant or animal.

The factory line production method was applied to farming, agriculture became big business, and not only pesticides began to be used but farmers became rich enough to lobby politicians as an interest group.

This was a devastating change for everyone.  Seeing animals as machines and not living beings we symbioticly live with is dangerous.  Farmers are encouraged in their trade manuals to see the pig as a machine not a mother of children.

Human nutrition has not changed.  We became omnivores over the millennia.  But human greed and the devil known as capitalism ruined everything.  And all out of the fear of not making enough money.

It is the economics that are ruining the planet, and people like Donald Trump stand accused.  All they care about is profit margins.

Theres nothing wrong with eating or wanting to eat animal food.  Lions kill other animals.  But man is steward of the land.  His responsibility is to take care of God’s creation and not deplete it.

People in the bible ate milk and meat too, by the way.  That was the custom of semitic shepards.  Are we any better?

So dont blame the ordinary man for the evil of corporate america.  You’re a human being, eat what you want to eat.

Say live and let die.

 

 

 

A Letter to Amanda

On my previous post, ‘Maybe Veganism is Overrated?’. someone wanted to post something protecting veganism and saying my criticisms are in vain.  Instead of just approving the comment, I will write my response here.  This is how civilized people disagree, with words and not physically.

First of all, while veganism can be healthy, and vegans are usually skinny (often too skinny, like the actors in hollywood) it is not necessary for human health.  In fact, for real human health, you need the mixed diet of a hatha yogi.  That means eating mostly plant food, like grain, vegetables, and fruits, supplemented with egg and fish and even meat.

I will rattle off the nutrition knowledge they gave me and started me off in in Traditional Chinese Medicine school 20 years ago:

Eat Soups and Stews.  Don’t eat dairy.  Eat red meat once a week to keep your blood strong.  Avoid too much raw stuff and cold stuff, especially raw fruit and ice cold beverages.  Iced and raw injures the organs of digestion.

This was just the beginning of the journey, but I am glad I started with the widsom of thousands of generations of Chinese people and not the fad diets of con artists.  I later learned about Atkins diet and veganism, two extremes, neither of which really work or are good for you.

The Atkins diet might get you short term weight loss and an increase in energy, but it is mostly water weight you are losing, it will cause insulin resistance later on in life, and you will grow tired of steak and salad all day every day.  Fruit and Grain (like pasta) is essential.

Veganism, the other extreme, will lead you to be extremely skinny, with very little vital power to do anything and lead a life other than obsessing over nutrition.  Vegans tend to be skinny, but they are not any healthier than smart people who are educated in nutrition, and know how to age skillfully.  It is not necessary to be 100% plant based, and it is not right or natural either.

One key thing I want to say is, we can’t live without killing.  The world is fallen, and eating a certain way won’t restore paradise.  As you age and mature, you will learn to be less fanatical, less extreme, and more humble.

Veganism is the fad, the extremism, and the religion of the current era.  But it won’t save the planet.

Maybe Veganism is Overrated?

First of all, I vote with my dollar bill for animal rights, sustainable agriculture, and environmentalism.  But isn’t eating meat, fish, and eggs part of our history, culture, and evolution?

This post is far reaching and deep, so bear with me.  One of the reasons man has such a large developed brain is because he evolved to hunt and fish and cultivate plants, as in agriculture.

If you study nutrition, the chicken egg is the number one protein for human nutrition, and the gold standard by which the amino acid profile of all other protein foods are measured.  Fish is brain food, it contains Omega 3 fatty acids in such abundance that it is hard to develop a brain without it.  And good old beef is full of protein, iron, zinc, and everything else to make you feel strong and hot-blooded.

We must get vitamin B12 from our diet, and plant sources such as seaweed are not in the right form to assimilate by the human body.  All this make me wonder.

There is no life without fighting and killing, like Renzo Gracie, a master of Brazilian Jiujitsu once said, ‘everything in life is a fight, even getting out of bed in the morning!?’  that means we can’t completely avoid it.

Also, be aware that your physical body is mortal, and someday, it will lie lifeless on the ground, without your spirit, and become food for worms, insects, and vultures, who will mercilessly rip it apart.

Dairy product after infancy is totally useless and unnatural, anybody who thinks deeply can see that.  Milk is baby food.  A cow baby drinks cow milk and a human baby drinks human milk.

But without the hunter, the fisherman, and the farmer, the human race would have never made it this far.  Think that one over.

 

 

Art and Music is Therapeutic

I previously made a post on this blog called, ‘Taoism and the creative arts’.  And it still rings true.

Art can be therapy, to make and to see.

And music is better than therapy with a social worker.  Dont quote me on that.

Art has healing power and most people aren’t creative enough, because they dont have time, they dont have training, or they dont have confidence.

Try it.

There’s a new sheriff in town…

And his name is quinoa.  Sure, there are other sources of starchy staples, like bread, pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, sweet Potatoes, etc…. but in many ways quinoa trumps them all.

Quinoa is a flower seed, so it is technically pseudograin not a real grain.  But it is cooked and eaten like rice.  It is whole, contains no gluten, and has more fiber and twice the protein of brown rice.

You can even make it in a rice cooker or as a pilaf on the stovetop with broth and spices.

Quinoa comes from south America, where it is harvested in Bolivia and Peru.  It has the most perfect, balanced plant protein on earth.  It is almost as good as egg.

So I see no reason why you should eat any other starchy staple.

Jugo

The spanish word for ‘juice’.  Juice has gotten a bad rap lately with Atkins, Keto, and Paleo sweeping the nutritionally ignorant nation.  But I assure you, juice, 100% juice or close to it, is good for you, refreshing, tastes good, and will not make you fat as part of an overall grain and produce based diet.

You don’t need to be vegan to be healthy.  But intentionally going into ketosis to induce fat loss is extremely unhealthy and dangerous.  So is eliminating entire food groups, as in Paleo.  These extreme diets are for short term weight loss.

I really don’t care if people stop buying and drinking pure fruit juice, it just means more for me.  But people should wisen up and realize, its not just sugar.  Fruit of any kind has many micronutrients in it, contains tons of potassium, and has no fat of any kind in it.

So drink up, buttercup.