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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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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.

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

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.

 

Another View on Diet

In the end, your bodyweight is largely determined by the amount of calories you consume.  Ask any bodybuilder, and they will say ‘calories in, calories out’.

However, there are multiple methods of eating less calories.  One way is the low carb high protein approach which is effective in the short run.  Another is being vegan, which by nature is low calorie since plant foods are lower in calories.  But I find that the real solution to curing obesity and maintaining a normal weight is to control how much you eat and how often.

You could theoretically eat a diet of fish and chips and be slim just as long as you keep your calorie intake below your calorie expenditure.  This is the best way.  ‘To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

The problem with atkins is that you have to eventually add the carbs back to your diet and then you regain all the lost weight.  Low Carb, High Fat has some merit in identifying which foods are good, quality food and which are just empty calories.

But the easy way is to eat smaller meals with nothing in between meals.  Some people say, skip breakfast, dont eat in between meals, and dont eat after dinner.  In this way, you don’t even have to eat ‘health food’ because all food is good.  You can eat food you really really like and still not be fat if you understand the concept of ‘calories in, calories out.’

 

One More Year

I decided to renew my subscription to WordPress for another year.  This blog is too good for it to go to waste.

I also have concluded that a high carb low fat dietary regimen is not the best or the most natural.  Regardless of who takes credit for it, the sugar restricted diet is the only real way to lose weight and stay normal bodyweight.

I’ve read a lot of books by or about Hindu people in my study of yoga, and what is good for the goose is sometimes not good for the gander.  Veganism is simply not my style.

Also, diet isn’t everything.  The more you exercise and are fit, the less you need to worry about fancy, expensive food.  Shopping at Whole Foods is not necessary, since eating well is essentially about quantity not quality.  If you reduce calories below what you are currently consuming, you will be in good shape.

I write this blog with the same advice you would get from a wholistic medicine practitioner, because I feel health education should be free of charge to everyone.  That to me seems like basic human civility.  Doctors work on basically the same principles as mechanics.  If the patient knows nothing and the Doctor knows everything,  you’ll be taken for everything you got.  Mechanics rip people off because of their client’s ignorance and so do Doctors.

So my solution is to educate people about health and let them make their own decisions.

 

Every End is a New Beginning

While it might be sad news for some, the fact that this blog domain name is expiring soon should not be bad for everyone.  Since I don’t really monetize this blog, I can’t afford to keep it going.

But as this blog name fades away within days, I plan on changing my approach to helping people and helping myself.  First of all, I will stop working for free.  The knowledge contained in this blog is enough to write a good book, and it’s all quality information.

Also, I’d like to get out more and teach students in a face to face type encounter.  Being sedentary and sitting infront of a computer (even for a short time) is not healthy or fun.

I hope those we enjoy my work should keep following my career in writing, art, and music.  Taoism encourages the creative arts, diet and exercise, and the practice of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Kung fu.  Taoist medicine is about empirical observation and the stored knowledge of hundreds of generations of Chinese people.

I’m sure anyone can benefit from my teachings, in whatever form it takes.  I am simply trying to make some good out of my education and experience.  Thanks.