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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

Fructarianism: An Ancient Science

There are many forms of vegetarianism just like there are many forms of animal based diets.  There’s the traditional lacto ovo vegetarian diet, there is pescatarianism, veganism, raw foods veganism, etc…

Fructarianism is about eating things that are botanically fruits or fruit related crops.  Since most of the plant food we eat is fruit, botanically speaking, it’s not that exotic a diet.

Fructarianism doesn’t have to be complicated.  Nutrition doesn’t need to be complicated.  This is basic knowledge. A baby should be instructed in what to eat and not eat.  And an animal doesn’t need a nutrition lesson, they know instinctively.

In the garden of eden, Adam and Eve the original couple, were instructed to eat every fruit and fruit that contains seed.  This is fructarianism.  If you read the bible, after the fall from grace, man was cursed to eat bread that he would work the land for, and then meat was introduced to the human diet and mans lifespan was shortened to 120 years.  Whether you’re a bible believer or not, this allegory is a pretty accurate description of how human diet evolved.  Our closest animal relatives, the chimpanzee and the gorilla, are fructarians who eat fruit and seed all day.  Since they can’t cook anything, they spend countless hours chewing on fruit and bamboo.  Since we have technology, we can cook our food which speeds up food preparation and improves digestion.

When we say fruit, we think of apples and bananas.  But anything with seeds therein is technically a fruit.  That includes tomato, cucumber, lemon, eggplant, all peppers (both hot and sweet), squash, corn, beans(which are high protein seeds), quinoa, etc…

The Bengalis of India consider fish to be ‘fruit of the sea’ so they still call themselves fructarians.  And eggs are fruit of the chicken.  The unfertilized egg of a chicken is its ‘fruit’, since eggs are the fruit of the womb.  Even a firstborn child is called a firstfruit in the bible.

So really, when you understand botany, science and nutrition, eating healthy shouldn’t be so complicated.  Eat what God, Nature, and our own biology dictates, and you will be in robust health.

In my life, I weaned off animal foods and a high protein, low sugar diet gradually.  And I’m glad I did.  Meat and milk is not good for anyone out of infancy or childhood, and the Atkins diet is only a temporary solution. And in the long run, low sugar dieting causes insulin resistance, liver derangement, hypoglycemia which eventually evolves into diabetes itself.  One Doctor can’t reinvent the rules of nutrition, get rich, and go unchecked.  Man was meant to live on starch rich fruits, vegetables, legumes, and tubers and supplement his diet with whatever he could catch.  We need starch, sugar, and fiber, and grain or starchy vegetables like basmati rice or sweet potato should be the foundation of the diet.  Our brains are made of fat but run on glucose.

This means we need a steady supply of glucose to keep our brains running optimally. Starch is simply chains of glucose which slowly break down into ready to use blood sugar.  Man’s ideal food.

The reason why fish is good for us and an ideal supplement to a fructarian diet, besides Bengali expressions, is because they concentrate high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids in their flesh from consuming algae all day and night.  If fish fat had the same make up as cow fat, they’d be too stiff to swim and die at the bottom of the ocean.

And eggs make sense because they are fruit of the chicken’s womb, contain the ideal protein for human nutrition, and would be easy to acquire in nature which means they’ve been part of the human diet for a long, long time.

The sugar restriction diet is a fad and a gimmick used by bodybuilders and athletes to make weight for competitions.

Dont believe the hype.

 

Fearing for others as you fear for yourself,

Do not kill or cause others to kill.  The Buddha, a Nepalese Prince originally named Siddartha Guatama said that 2,500 years ago.  Be humane.  The world of thought and knowledge is advancing quickly, especially due to the internet, social media, and the sharing of previously withheld information.

The cattle industry, which supplies us with meat and milk, is ruining the environment faster than anything else people are doing, including transportation.  You have a say, you vote with your dollar bill.  How you spend your money shapes geopolitics.

There is no need to feed a population of 7 billion people with dung-covered steak and cheese.  If everyone ate like an American, there wouldn’t be enough food.  If everyone was somewhat vegan, there’d be a dinner and a half for every man, woman, and child.

Animals are sentient.  We can’t live without fighting and killing, even taking a shower or stepping on an ant is killing.  But we can reduce our karmic debt and our carbon footprint by eating less meat and milk products, less chicken, and more fish, eggs, sweet potatoes, corn, beans, and vegetables and so on.

I sincerely believe that when it comes to food and medicine, America is worst of the worst.  Just take a trip to Europe, Israel, or India, or Japan for that matter, and you won’t see decrepit people in their thirties and forties and beyond.  Their governments aren’t lying to them.  Their governments aren’t robbing them.  Their governments aren’t murdering them.

Nobody should be obese.  Nobody should be diabetic in their youth or middle age.  The vegan diet, as well as the knowledge of yoga, vedanta, and ayurveda is the fountain of youth and should be common knowledge to everyone.

There is an inverse relationship between animal food in the diet and robust health.  Remember that.

Even if for no other reason than compassion for furry, gentle, kind, helpless animals, you should eat more plant food and eat less animal food.  We are all sentient creatures.  We want to live no matter what and no one wants to die.  Remember that.

 

 

 

The Most Sensible Diet

First of all, one of the original advocates of the vegetarian diet where the early Hebrews.  Kosher Laws, or Kashrut as known in Hebrew, go back to the Torah as to which animals are clean to eat and which are not.  The Torah is uncanny at how ahead of it’s time it was in dietary laws, hygiene, and sanitation.

Meat of any kind symbolizes death and decay.  Dairy products of any kind symbolize new life, since babies eat dairy.  And according to the rabbinical literature, fish and eggs are Parve, or spiritually neutral.  Anyone can eat fish or eggs and still consider themselves vegetarian.

The Kosher Vegetarian, while being somewhat strict since they keep kosher, partake of plant foods and fish and eggs, and dabble in dairy products.  In this era, this seems ultramodern, but the Ancient Hebrews had already thought of this before.

And it’s not that different from what the East Asians have been doing for a long time sheerly out of necessity.  They eat a lot of grain and vegetables, but that wouldn’t be enough without supplementing the diet with fish, seafood (both plant and animal), eggs, and so on.

So there really is a connection between the Jews, who are an Asiatic race, and the Chinese, beyond what they eat on Christmas.

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.

Comparing Different Proteins

Protein is of primary importance.  While no one who eats regularly is really deficient in protein, the more you eat protein, the stronger and more energetic you feel.  In this essay, I will try to give my view on the best protein.

Beans, peas, and lentils, and other legumes like peanut, are actually really good.  They’re vegan, so no one was injured in their production, they’re cheap, and they’re easy to store.  The downsides are the gasiness one might get from eating too much of them, and the general boredom from getting all your protein from them.

Seeds are a good source of vegetarian protein, but it’s not wise to eat more than a small amount per day, since they’re loaded with fat and calories too.

Quinoa is a pseudo-grain that is actually a flower seed but cooked and eaten like rice.  Quinoa is the best plant protein, containing an optimal balance of all 8 essential amino acids.  The problem is it doesn’t taste like anything.

Then you have the mighty chicken egg.  This is the optimal protein, the best one for human nutrition.  Even vegans sometimes don’t mind compromising their standards and eating an egg or two.  They’re that good.

Then you have dairy, like milk, cheese, and yogurt.  I find that these aren’t the best proteins in the world for a slew of reasons.  For starters, cheese is loaded with salt and fat.  Milk has lactose in it, a sugar that causes digestive discomfort and diarrhea.  Yogurt is good protein, can be found in low fat versions, and has less sugar in it because the fermenting bacteria have eaten away most of the lactose.  But i’ve come to the conclusion that the egg is superior to the dairy product in most respects.  There’s no downside to eating eggs, besides animal rights you might say, but there are tremendous downsides to eating milk/cheese/yogurt.  Some science indicates cheese has opiate effects and is therefore addictive.  Other scientists say that the protein in milk is inflammatory and can lead to autoimmune disease.

The fish is the best animal to eat.  I’ve never seen an old fish.  The reason why fish never get fat, old, and wrinkly, is because they are constantly swimming, eat a sea vegetable and smaller fish diet, and the fat underneath their skin is fluid, not solid like lard.  That makes for a healthy animal and a healthy dinner.

Then you have meat, and it doesn’t matter if it’s chicken, duck, cow, pig, sheep, or goat, or anything else.  Meat can be really good or really bad depending on how the animal lived and how strong and healthy it was.

So really, there’s no point in writing this essay, it’s all common information.  My suggestion is to always go lower down on the food chain rather than higher up.  This is better for everyone, you included.  Animals are above birds, birds are above fish, fish are above unfertilized eggs, eggs are above beans and seeds and quinoa and so on.  The lower down it is, the less toxic it is.  The most toxic animal is the human being, because we are the apex predator.

Human beings in the western world often have a choice about what they’re eating.  With a proper education, one can live quite well.

Philosophy, Religion, and Diet

In this era, anything goes.  But some people still adhere to dietary laws as entailed by their religious views.  Observant Jews don’t eat pork, shellfish, or meat and dairy together.  Muslims don’t eat pork or drink alcohol.  And most of the religious traditions of the Indian subcontinent advocate a lactovegetarian diet.

Veganism is growing in the USA.  The biggest reason people do it is because of sympathy for the animals and also environmental concerns.  Veganism is not a religion.   But if one examines history, it is the Ancient Hebrews who first considered vegetarianism a lifestyle choice.

Kosher vegetarianism is a very sane, moderate view of diet.  Meat symbolizes death and decay, while milk and dairy products symbolizes life and growth.  Fish and Eggs are considered Parve, or spiritually neutral.  A kosher vegetarian eats plant foods, dairy products, and is not against eating fish or egg.

In the east, amongst people like the Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus, and Jains, lactovegetarian is reccomended.  Some Bengali vegetarians consider fish and seafood to be ‘fruit of the sea’ and therefore still eat it.

And amongst the Taoists, no food is taboo.  It’s about eating the right portions and proportions of food relative to each other.  Christians too say any food is clean to eat.

My view is to do what is best for yourself.  Don’t tell people about your eating habits and don’t bore them with your list of abstentions.  I like dairy products, so I’m not giving them up.  I do what is best for myself.

I believe meat, fish, and eggs was originally natural and good, but capitalism, consumerism, and overpopulation ruined everything.  Applying the factory line production method to agriculture was a grave mistake by humanity.  Animals are not machines, every animal, from insect, to cow, to dog, to monkey, to man has sentience.

In this era, it’s not hard to go to a supermarket and get anything you need, all year round.  I live in a part of the USA where there are few natural disasters.   Veganism and Vegetarianism is a vote for the environment, for animal rights, and reverses many diseases.  Only in this country is it easier to get restaurant food with animal foods in it than without.  I’ve decided to stop going to restaurants, unless its for a slice of pizza or vegetarian sushi.

I think kosher vegetarianism is the most sane way to go as far as diet.  Dairy is very nourishing, in some cases too nourishing, and fish and eggs should be an option for people who don’t have the time or inclination to prepare their own food.  The main thing is to eat what’s available and not obsess about diet.  But in this crazy society, even the nutrition textbooks are wrong, let alone the media and public perception.

At the end of the day, gaining or losing weight is about calories in and calories out.  But also at the end of the day, looks and weight don’t matter so much.  You don’t need the body of a bodybuilder to be healthy.  And a six pack of abs means nothing.  Judge your health by how you feel, how long you live, and the state of health you’re in.

As an aside, remember that years upon years of weight fluctuation on the atkins/paleo/ketogenic diet causes insulin resistance and liver derangement.  A doctor can’t invent a crash diet that violates everything we know about nutrition and get away with it.  Bodybuilders and boxers use the low carb approach before contest because it causes a rapid decrease in water weight.  Don’t think the atkins diet is a lifelong diet.  No one in Asia, Africa, or South America is adhering to this philosophy, because they have no obesity problem.  They eat a lot of fiber and walk a lot.

 

Worst of the Worst

There’s a lot of bad, unhealthy, low-quality foods out there.  There’s hydrogenated fat, there’s high fructose corn syrup.  There’s refined wheat flour.  The list can be quite long depending on your beliefs about nutrition.

But one of the worst foods for you is dairy products.  Of course, everyone likes creamy, milky, sweet, bland food.  But I’ve been hearing the anti-dairy facts since 1998, when I began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine.  And the facts are clear.

Dairy products are the worst foods out there.  Milk, Cheese, Cream, Ice Cream, etc… are all mucous-forming and yin-tonics in a yin-heavy world.  There are dairy products that aren’t that bad, like plain yogurt and clarified butter, but even they aren’t good for everyone.  There’s a lot of merit in going dairy-free.

The alternatives are so much better for you.  That includes rice milk, coconut milk, and almond milk.  There’s no question that the milk of a different species should not be consumed, especially after weening off your mother’s milk in infancy.  People who drink cow’s milk are the minority around the world, not the majority.

There are other things one should avoid in dieting.  Things like excessive sugar, which is acidifying, and also gluten, which brings with it a lot of toxicity.  Even starch can be bad, depending on what food you eat.  But dairy is all the way junk and should not be seen as essential to the human diet.  Because it isn’t.

And this goes without mentioning farmed meat, everything from beef to lamb to chicken to whatever barnyard animal you slaughter.  There was a time when people lived on family farms and slaughtered their own animals.  These were active people who lived on the land and healthy animals that lived somewhat normal lives.

There’s so much toxic food out there, and it’s easy to make bad decisions.  But one basic decision that can influence your life for the better is to go dairy-free.  Find substitutes in your cooking that taste similar, and you will get acclimated to the substitutes and not cow udder secretions.  Almond milk is good in coffee.  Tofu is good in stir-fry.  Tempeh makes a good meat substitute.  And coconut milk is good in curries and smoothies.

You’ll be better off if you go dairy-free.  So do it.  Even if you indulge in cheese or ice cream once in a while after going dairy-free, your taste buds will change eventually and you will notice what dairy really is.  The baby-food of a bovine, not essential nutrition of an adult human.