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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.’

 

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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.

Fancy Feast

Not everybody around the world lives in such abundance like here in America.  In poor countries, your lucky to eat anything.  You don’t get to be picky.  The point is, we should be grateful for what we have and not overthink nutrition.

Don’t be too picky when selecting food and don’t spend too much.  No matter how advanced the human race gets, vegetables will always be man’s main food stuff.

There is an observable trend in the West that people are trying to be healthier.  But remember, at the end of the day, its all about calories in and calories out.

Also, people in the USA tend to overdo animal foods like meat and milk.  Previous generations didn’t gorge themselves day in and day out.  They also did natural farming and gardening before the invention of the term, ‘organic’.

There is no reason to eat ‘health food’ because it’s just too complicated.  Eat less often and less in between meals, and your body will recuperate.  That’s the reality of the situation.

Jumping on the Bandwagon

After a long time of oscillating between low carb dieting and some form of veganism, I have decided that the vegan diet makes more sense than gaining and losing weight on Atkins, Paleo, or Ketogenic.

Don’t get me wrong, there are good animal foods to eat, but there is an inverse relationship between animal foods in the diet and overall health.  The more plant based you are, the better off you are.

The problem with my journey to veganism is that I wasn’t doing it right.  Most vegans don’t eat a lot of vegetables.  They eat mostly grain.  Fructarians eat mostly fruit and seed like they did in the Garden of Eden.

Beans and vegetables don’t taste that good and to make them more palatable, you have to add salt, fat, and condiments.  Fruit is fine the way it is, and whole grains like brown rice and quinoa give you strength.

I am still not completely vegan, I eat eggs everyday and sometimes even a bit of chicken, but most of my diet is essentially fruit and brown rice.  Remember, it is more healthy to be underfed than overfed.  When you are eating very few calories, your body can make up for the deficiencies with air and water.  When you eat too much, you become sluggish and the extra food in the intestines putrifies and makes your body toxic.

There are a lot of advantages to being plant-based.  Number one, the food is cheaper, because high protein foods are expensive.  Secondly, its more hygenic and convenient because meat has to be cooked before it goes bad.  This is a big hassle.

It’s best to be an opportunist with food.  This is the way man was in previous civilizations.  Most of their diet was plant food and on rare times and holidays they slaughtered animals and ate meat.  Still, even with the convenience of animal food everywhere, one’s diet should be mostly whole grains and produce.  Human biology hasn’t changed that much since ancient times, only industrial methods of agriculture and the corrupt media have.

So as you make your way through this world, just remember, both science and religion agree that the original man was an eater of fruit and seed and not just protein and starch.

On the come-back trail…

I haven’t posted in a couple of months or so because I kind of ran out of things to say and new things to offer.  But now that I am back in the game, I might as well share what insights I have attained.

First of all, it is not so important to be strict with your diet.  Ultimately, it’s about calories in and calories out.  The easiest way to reduce calories is to reduce sugar.

I noticed over this passed time that perfect diet is not really necessary.  As long as you are watching portion size and timing of meals, it’s not really necessary to bother people with your dietary restrictions.

The only two really heinous food groups are dairy and grain, and yet, there are exceptions.  People literally could live off of bread and cheese, and in some countries around the world, they actually do.  But a real healthy diet includes a lot of protein and a lot of fiber and is low in sugar.

Also, I’ve noticed that it’s not easy to eat protein foods all day and never eat anything sweet or starchy.  Carbs should be part of your diet, it’s just choosing the best carbs is the trick.

Vegetables is man’s primary foodstuff, and on a low carb diet, it’s easy to neglect them.  Also, high quality cooking fats are important.  Olive oil and butter come to mind.

So as I continue my health and recovery journey, I will try to strike a balance between exercise and a doable version of the low carb (or Bi-Gu) diet.  Grain really is the first junk food, and health increases when you stop eating starchy grains.

Where have I been?

I haven’t been posting anything in the past month or so because I’ve been concentrating on my music.  As each new song gets written, I feel my musical ability gets stronger.  I also feel I’m running out of things to write about in the field of nutrition.

In my own personal wellness journey, I’ve come to the realization that self acceptance is important.  Your health isn’t always determined by the number on the scale.  Also, I realize I am not a kid anymore so I don’t need to look like a youth.

 

The Origins of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine used to be called, ‘Taoist Medicine’ but they changed the name to avoid any religious or spiritual connotations to the science of it.  Really, it all comes from The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine.  Huang Di as the Chinese call him was a Taoist adept and sought immortality.  In the first chapter somewhere it says, ‘to live forever, one must eat a diet free of grains,’ or something to that effect.

Chinese Medicine is Taoist Medicine, and although no one ever succeeded in becoming immortal, besides in folk legend, many have led better lives with greater health and vitality.  That is the promise of TCM and the wholistic lifestyle, a longer life with less pain and illness.

The first thing in changing your life so that you increase longevity is not just to reduce carbohydrate, but to reduce grains like wheat, rice, and corn.  These foods are just empty filler and feed cancer and raise blood sugar.  There are benign starches, like quinoa and sweet potato and beans, but that’s a different story.

Nutrition is the beginning.  Changing your life for the better also includes external exercise, internal exercise, meditation, psychology, rest, hygiene, etc…

The Taoist masters wanted to live a long time.  I do too, because I’m not banking on the afterlife.  The more wholistic health knowledge you have the better off you are.  And the first thing in turning your life around is changing your diet.  That is why the subject of this blog is Taoist 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.

Living in Harmony

The way to last a long time is to not wear out.  And you do that by doing whats required of you at the right time.  Do a little bit every day, that is the Taoist way.  Excess leads to disease and disaster.

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, ‘if you would be happy, you would do what you should, not what you want.’  That means do what is right for you to do, not necessarily what is most indulgent or gratifying.  I myself like to neglect exercise and eat too much, and in the short run this feels good, but in the end it will bear bitter fruit.

To be happy, think about how the present moment will influence the future.  Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.  If you work harder now, the future will be easier, and if you are lazy now, the future will be very difficult.

A lot of the diseases we suffer from are diseases of neglect.  Falling into a good routine or habit is actually a good thing.  Wake up the same time every morning, eat at the same times every day, do your job with zeal, and spend quality time at home during the proper times.  Don’t become obsessed with one particular thing.

One of my problems are, and you may notice this if you read my blog, is that I obsess about the perfect diet too much.  And the causality is quite clear.  Diet is the one thing I seem to have complete control over in my life, and food gives me great pleasure.  But obsessing about which foods to eat is pointless in the end, and a grave waste of time.  As long as you have enough to eat you are doing fine.  I’m not thin but i’m not morbidly obese either.  I can sit, stand, and walk, and praise Jah.

So when it comes to being physically healthy, and living in harmony, examine your own habits.  Diet and exercise is a big part of it.  This is something you have control over.  Don’t blame genetics, environment, or chance completely, take responsibility for your state of health.

When you have an illness, there are only two possible outcomes, either you will cure yourself of the disease, or you will die from it.  Sometimes just learning to be healthy and living with whatever problems you have is good enough.