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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?

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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

A Highly Caffeinated Nation

America is.  Part of our day to day health problems, like dehydration, constipation, headaches, migraines, and irritability stem from drinking too much coffee and not enough water, juice, and lemonade.

We have to be up by 6am and at work by 9am, or else we are not worthy of having a home, being fed and clothed, and raising our own families.  I’m being facetious, the system is rigged.

All this coffee and caffeine keeps us up and alert, but it is not natural.  And it lays the foundation for heart and nerve disease later on and ultimately stroke.

Someone is watching the rat race with glee and sadistically enjoys watching humanity suffer.  But I dont.  Get educated in youth, work hard during your youth, and elevate yourself to a position where you can make your own schedule and not overly caffienate yourself just to keep up with the competition.  Relax, breathe, move slower.  You’ll get more accomplished that way.

 

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.

 

Exploring New Options

I’m always looking to learn new things and explore innovations.  The day you stop growing and learning, is the day you might as well be dead.

I want to make money from my writing because money is power and freedom in this twisted society.  I need money.

I noticed here on nativefitness.org that posts about food get a lot of attention but more introspective, philosophical posts go hardly noticed.

I happen to like the more philosophical posts more, and taoist thought shapes my whole worldview.

One of the main themes of Tao is that nature is perfect and neutral, but the world of man is fallen and corrupt.  Right is not right, so is not so.

These words of tao are words to live by.  But instead of being a hermit on the mountain retreating from society, better to be a health journalist telling people the right way to live, knowledge they used to know but have forgotten.

Lonely is the Night

When you find yourself alone.  Often I have thought about concepts like justice, real love, destiny, fate, the meaning of life, natural vs artificial, etc…

What is truth? Man doesn’t live in reality.  He lives in subjective reality, which means he creates the outside world from the half truths and perceptions of his mind.  God and God alone lives in objective reality.  You cant make this stuff up.  Fiction has to make sense.

Maybe I and many like me, need to lower our expectations.  Maybe life after high school or college isn’t about naked, drug fueled orgies.  Maybe it never was nor will be.

I could have been so much more.  Many people feel the same way.  But maybe there is some sense to what the taoist sages have always been saying.  Humility is the abiding and chief practice of the sage.

All Actions are Motivated by Self Interest

Its sad but true.  Just the way we are designed, with a mouth and an anus, means I must eat my food and you need to get yours.  When you swallow something, it’s in your stomach and no one else’s.

This nature makes inclined to be selfish and greedy, since I cant feel your pleasure nor can I feel your pain.

But the real meaning of life is to go from selfishness to generosity, and the mechanism is altruism and selfless action.  This is the meaning of the gita.

The more you help others, the better their opinions of you become, and they may repay your generosity sometime in the future.  This is logic.  And it makes sense.

So dont wallow in greed, anger, pride, and delusion.  Help someone in need and they may repay you later.

Help wanted.

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.