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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.

 

 

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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.

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.

 

 

 

Why Gluten is So Bad

First of all, many people have Celiac’s, Crohn’s, Colitis, and IBD.  They shouldn’t have wheat products.  Also, the wheat crop absorbs a lot from the ground, which was probably favored in ancient times, but now wheat crops absorb almost 18 times as much toxins from the soil as other cereal grains like rice and corn.

A good alternative is rice.  Rice is easy to grow, harvests are big, both white and brown are good, and they fuel your activity and warm up your body.

Corn in it’s natural state isn’t that bad, but that crop erodes the topsoil very quickly.  The only reason corn is number one is because we fatten up chickens and cows with it.

Quinoa is good.  Gluten free, pseudograin, high in complete protein, fiber, and starch.  It is the ‘mother grain’,

Sweet Potatoes will always be one of the best starchy staples.  Nuff Said.

Even beans and lentils can be seen as both a protein source, and a starch source. It also has fiber in it and is a great substitute for meat if you are vegan.

So really, in this day and age, wheat should be put aside and other staples should take the forefront.

 

The End of an Era

Things are shifting in my life and career, and I feel the end is near for this blog.  2019 is almost here, and in April 2019 I will have the choice of spending another hundred dollars to keep the domain name or let it revert to nativefitness.wordpress.com which is much bulkier and less easy to remember.

The thing is, I’m tired of talking about nutrition.  It’s not that complicated.  Protein and Vegetables.  Fruit and Honey should be seen as a side.  Dairy and Grain is the worst.  At the end of the day, it’s calories in and calories out.  If you understand this, you can eat garbage and still be lean and in robust health.

I want to focus on creating visual art and writing about it to explain it to the audience.  I have to let go of my TCM education.

I dont want to leave all my followers, readers, and fellow bloggers here on wordpress.

I just want to tell them that I have a new website http://www.lioravnidesignwriter.com and I post on a new blog within the site, I keep people up to date, and I have a Works page where people can preview or purchase my art designs.

Believe me, you don’t need my nutritional advice, and this blog will never go away, it will just remain under a longer, unwieldy domain name.

See you on the flip side.

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.

 

Back to Basics

As I incorporate more exercise into my daily regimen, I notice that food takes a back seat to most things.  If you exercise regularly, eating a perfect diet seems undoable and even unnecessary.

I simply dont have time to prepare my own food and perhaps this is a blessing in disguise.  The basic thing with trying to lose weight is to count carbs and calories.  This is essentially the Atkins diet.  There are variants of the low carb approach like ketogenic and paleo, but they make you go out of your way to eat certain foods and not eat other types of food.

If you exercise a lot and really understand sugar restriction, you don’t need much more knowledge.  All food is atkins food, it’s just on a low carb diet you emphasize some food groups and diminish others.  You don’t need to buy all your groceries at Whole Foods or eat at special needs restaurants.  Atkins food is real food.

So as I continue getting better with age, I will emphasize exercising regularly and not be so picky about food.  Just remember, Protein and Fiber are the two most important nutrients, and starch and hydrogenated fat are the worst nutrients.

That means you should emphasize the protein in any meal, eat a lot of vegetables of all different colors for fiber, and use a high quality cooking fat to make it interesting.  Some carbs are better than others, and it is impossible to live without some form of sugar and starch on a regular basis.  I find that adding some rice to a meal, or eating an apple as a snack is a good way to incorporate some good carbs in your diet.

Without some good carbs in your diet, and being overly strict with counting carbs, one might feel depleted and tired, and sugar cravings may arise.

When you are a young child, you can eat anything and not get fat from it.  Kids have faster metabolisms and have more energy in them, so they move around a lot.  As you age, your metabolism slows down, and you are too preoccupied with responsibilities like work, school, and taking care of your own children.

So dont obsess about the perfect diet or be orthorexic.  Incorporate some light exercise into your daily routine and don’t overthink nutrition.

Home Cooked Food

To me, there is nothing better than the satisfaction you get from cooking and eating your own dinner.  Cavemen did the same thing thousands of years ago, and it still rings true to modern man.

One of the big reasons home cooked food is better than restaurant food is that when you make food yourself, you know exactly what ingredients are going into it.  The biggest difference between home cooked food and restaurant merchandise is the quality of the cooking fat.  The quality of the cooking fat can make or break the healthiness of a meal.

In restaurants, they use cheap fats and vegetable oils in order to maximize profit margins.  You can practically smell the soybean oil when you walk into a typical Chinese restaurant.  And who knows what they use in a diner or fast food joint.  Really, capitalism ruins everyone’s day.

The best cooking fats to use at home include ghee or butter, olive oil, coconut oil, and there are other lesser known oils that go rancid very quickly.  Refined vegetable oil is crap and a big influence in many diseases.

The reason we like fatty foods is because fat is sweet and contains the most amount of calories per gram.  A successful hunter or shepard naturally wanted the food with the most nutritional and caloric density, because in olden times food was scarce and people weren’t confused about what to get at the grocery store.

But back to home cooked food.  Not only can you use a higher quality cooking fat when you prepare your own food, but you can use higher quality ingredients, or even give or take layers of preparation.  Frozen vegetables and canned beans are a big time saver.

In the end, cooking quality food may be no cheaper than buying shoddy restaurant food, but the non fiscal advantages are a distinct improvement.  When you cook and eat better, you get the satisfaction of preparing your own food.  Also, you eat healthier food, which when repeated over and over again, will save your health and save you money on medical bills as you get older.   Another example is that you set a good example for your offspring, who will take on the eating habits of their parents which they’ve learned in youth.

The disadvantages are that it takes time and effort to cook, but really, is anything worthwhile easy?  Once you empower yourself with knowledge of nutrition and cooking, and you have the right tools of the trade, I see no reason why not to prepare your own food.  That restaurant/diner/deli/fast food stuff is poison and it’s only benefit is that buying ready made food is convenient.

So ultimately, you can choose between health, satisfaction, and doing the right thing, or convenience and cost.

Real Food

What’s the real justification for eating meat, or for eating anything in general?  Religion, Science, and Reality.  Man is the apex of evolution and creation and every plant and animal is for our use.

I know animals are cute and compassionate, and no one in their right mind wants to kill one.  But man was created to be steward of the land, and some animals are for food, while others are for pets, others are for work, and still others are best left alone.

Veganism is for hippies and I don’t imagine the world becoming vegan.  It’s just not possible.  The reality is, the world produces enough food to feed 10 billion people, yet there are only 7 billion people on earth.  And still, over a billion people are hungry around the world.  This is all because of political corruption and the mal-distribution of wealth.

The ketogenic, or, low carb high fat diet is best.  There are essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, but no essential sugars.  The human being can adapt to glucose or ketones depending on the situation.  It’s only in these artificial times with artificial agriculture, business, politics, and media that starch is abundant and the evil capitalist at the grocery store charges you too much for every type of protein food.

Fish, Seafood, Eggs, Butter, Green Vegetables, Yogurt, are some of the best foods.  Eating all the grain, sugar, and fruit you want is a recipe for disaster, and trying to be vegan has caused me to gain weight not lose weight.  Don’t believe anything until you’ve experienced it for yourself.  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

But the whole ketogenic vs vegan debacle comes down to a larger issue.  And it touches on the meaning of life and the nature of our times.  If killing animals is perfectly natural and right, and so is warfare and self defense, then nonviolence is just a philosophical idea, and violence is part of the human experience.  This leads me to believe that we are not living in paradise conditions, which should seem obvious to anyone.

If you don’t believe in God or morality, then rock on with yo bad self.  But I believe in the Creator, and that he doesn’t want us to live in these barbaric times.  This leads me to wonder if judeochristianity is right and there was a Golden Age when man lived in harmony with the animals and ate only fruit and seed, and that there will be a return to Grace someday.

This shows you how through moral reasoning and faith, there is some merit to judeochristianity.  It says in the second book of Enoch, a book not included in the official bible, that in the restored paradise, humans will only eat fruit that resemble dates that provide complete human nutrition.  Once the messiah comes, there will be no more need for killing, warring, and fighting.  That is a great hope.

Real food is food that sustains and nourishes life.  Most people today don’t just eat to support life, but to calm down and lower anxiety and indulge in pleasure or feel loved.  This is very unhealthy.  Food is fuel, and one must adapt to live off of what is best for you in this current situation.  If you have a choice, live off of ketones not glucose, thats the way people lived before the advent of agriculture.

It doesn’t matter if you are Jew or Christian, we weren’t supposed to live in these evil times, and without a hope in the resurrection there seems to be no mercy.  There’s no justice in the real world, and since I don’t want to die, the most I can hope for is to survive doing what needs to be done.