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Considering Keto

I know I dont usually jump on any bandwagons, but I’m starting to consider the ketogenic diet.

And not for weight loss, athletic performance, or a six pack of abs.  I heard that the ketogenic diet reverses many disease processes in the body such as brain disease, autoimmune disease and even infectious disease, like STDS.

After all, Dr Sebi cured people of AIDS and his whole spiel was starch free diets.

I’m not a huge fan of pasta and fruit, they satisfy sweet cravings, and I love meat with lots of fat and salt, but I eat one way and not the other because of guilt.

We are brainwashed into thinking meat and fat is bad and sugar and starch is nature.  But this brainwashing only started in the mid 1950s.

Read diet books from a hundred years ago, and they ENCOURAGE butter, eggs, beef, chicken, and bacon.

So maybe I’m a victim of propaganda too?

 

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What I Do For Myself

Heres what I’ve been doing lately for myself.  I think there is something to learn from a man like me.

First of all, most of my food is from Trader Joe’s.  Awesome store.  Good healthy food that isn’t expensive.

I eat more protein, because protein gives you strength.  Things like chicken thigh, chicken sausage, tuna, egg, lentils, etc…

I also eat more grain.  Pasta from rice or wheat and quinoa especially.  Pasta takes away hunger quickly.

I eat a lot of vegetables and drink a lot of juice and black coffee.  I know juice is full of sugar, but not empty sugar.

I should eat more fruit and spices.  Need to learn more.  Maybe I’ll study more about healing fruits and medicinal food spices.

I’m good with avoiding junk food like baked goods and sweets.  But I drink coca cola.  Very moderately.

At night I sneak in some walnuts or an apple.

So overall I am doing well.  Not perfect but well.  I consider myself lucky.

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Strictness and Results

There’s no need to be strict.  It doesn’t get you anything extra.  The general thing is to not overeat and not to underdo movement.  Being overly strict, especially diet, makes you irritable, irrate, and alienates you from other people.

The best dinner is fish and quinoa/brown rice and some vegetables, like a salad.  Start the day off with protein and coffee so you will have strength for the day.  It’s a cliche, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Don’t skip breakfast.

If you are a bodybuilder or an actor who needs a six pack of abs to function, then you need a low carb diet with no sugar or salt, and a lot of weightlifting.  But if you are normal, you just need to be moderate and sensible.

A buffer of unhealthy food keeps your immune system strong, your addictions and cravings in check, and keeps your sanity.  Be moderate, be humble, be humane.

The result of life is bodily death.  The journey is the reward, and the chaos is the fun part.  So enjoy food a bit, don’t be too strict and don’t be overly uptight about results.

Breathe in, breathe out.  Relax.

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.

Don’t Believe in Diets…

Because they don’t work.  A mostly grain based, produce heavy vegan diet would be best, but since very few have the discipline to do this, and it’s simply not convenient to live in modern society and cook all your own food, I suggest just learning a lot about nutrition and what works for you.

Obviously, if you know anything, the cattle industry is ruining the world.  Chicken and Fish is fine, but too much protein and salt will cause problems down the road.  And all restaurant merchandise is overly greasy, salty, and laden with chemicals.

The best diet is the one that keeps you slim and healthy, spending less on food, and not worried about what to have for dinner.  Nutrition hasn’t changed that much over the past 10,000 years.  Not at all.

If you are obese or diabetic you already have a serious health condition.  Try to educate the young on nutritional science before it is too late for them.  All I am saying is Keto and Paleo and Raw Foods Fructarianism is all a huge mistake and part how the propogandist media (and social media) betray you and confuse you on purpose.

The three worst food types are dairy, sugar, and gluten, and even then there is a time to every purpose under the sun.

For a normal to slightly overweight person, grains and vegetables should be their best friends.  And there seems to be an inverse relationship between animal foods in the diet and health.  Those are two principles you can rely on.

 

Arroz con Pollo

This delightful Spanish term means, ‘rice with chicken’.  It is a classic dish, in Latin American cooking as it is in every other type of cooking.  In fact, you can eat anything with rice, rice is the ultimate cereal crop because it is so easily digestible and has a thousand uses.

I seem to eat some variant of this often, and all the different restaurants and ethnic cuisines offer their version of it.  It’s a classic.

What I’m trying to allude to in this post is that many people get by just eating light protein and some starch, like rice, which is an excellent source of easily digestible starch.  And this works for a long time, but without some variety of vegetables and to a lesser extent fruits, trace mineral deficiencies may rise up if it goes on too long.

Eat a varied diet, and your dietary regimen goes far beyond what you had for dinner last night, or looking forward to tonight.

 

The Bare Minimum to Get Your Health Back

I am going to run down my basic advice for a beginner, someone who is obese or perhaps slim but never exercised or ate right.

The first thing is sugar restriction.  The Low Carb Diet is the beginning.  Start by reducing sugar and starch to the bare minimum and read the book, ‘Dr Atkins Diet Solution for a New You’.

After two weeks of low carb dieting, start walking.  Walk 20 minutes daily or build up to it by doing every other day and your stamina will increase.

The essential knowledge is calories in calories out.  You have to be in a caloric deficit to lose weight.  You have to eat a lot of protein to have big muscles.  Simple as that.  The main thing in the initial phase of this lifestyle is vegetables, both starchy and non starchy, and protein.  I don’t recommend getting protein from dairy products.

Get protein from fish, eggs, sometimes chicken, and oftentimes lentils and chickpeas or similar legumes.

Once your weight returns to normal range, add a bit of sugar and starch back to the diet.  Good sugar is like fruit and honey and good starch is like sweet potato or even regular potato.

Get into the habit of knowing your own body.  Increase sugar when you are doing good and decrease sugar when you are overindulging.  It’s a lifestyle not a quick fix.

But man’s choicest foodstuff will always be vegetables, protein is essential, and grain is essentially cheap filler (which has it’s uses).  Dairy is the worst, but there are exceptions.

So there you have it.  The dumbest of the dumbies can get this, let alone you, gentle reader and my fellow bloggers on WordPress.  I’m not a doctor, but I am an athlete, martial artist, acupuncturist, and yogi.  So I know what I am talking about.

And if you would like a brief (and cheap) summary of all my wholistic health knowledge, go to http://www.amazon.com/author/lioravni to look if you like my ebook.  It’s a lot like this blog.  Only condensed into one convenient book.

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.