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The Cost of Health Food

When planning ahead, as in planning a budget, remember that better food is worth the money.  There is a law of diminishing returns, meaning, there is a point where the difference between very good food and perfect food is not worth the extra money.  However, the higher quality of food you eat, the less you will spend in the future on medical care.  And medical bills are a major hassle.

I see typical American food as being very low quality.  To get good, fresh food, one must spend more and spend more time seeking it out.  But it is worth the extra time and money if you really consider the consequences.  Eating good makes your whole life better, improves your quality of life in other words, so it really is worth it.

It’s a strange culture where most people are sick and overweight, and yet, the models and actresses keep getting skinnier and less healthy looking.  American values seem to be distorted.  There seems to be a sense of misplaced perfectionism.

The point of a philosophical lifestyle is to age with integrity and to last a long time.  Looks are important to a degree, but no one’s perfect, and no one should be expected to be.  We are perfectly ourselves.

I feel good, and I think I look pretty good considering how little effort I put into my own health.  But I see the room for growth and I aim to work out more and be more proactive in my nutrition, and get into meditation and more socializing.  The prognosis for me is good.

I really hope values in America keep changing, and people get less ambitious and more into health, strength, and longevity.  You have to know from a young age what is really important in life and what is not so important.  If you don’t have a basic education, then you will be helpless in the face of the capitalist system which is designed to drain you.

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Longevity is Merit

The longer you survive under the sun, the more value or worth you have.  In addition, the better you age, the more beautiful you are.  In this crazy society, most people are ready for the scrap heap by age 30.  And it’s all because of ignorance of the basics.

I keep saying this in my blog, but it is true.  Eat less calories, less carbs, and more water, and you will be better off.  There are people in this world who profit off your ignorance and misery, and you don’t want to let them win the game of life.

America has become a youth culture.  And this is not a good sign.  Youth is vanity, when you’re young you are just figuring yourself out and don’t know much, life really begins at 40, it doesn’t end there.

There are some practical ways to age more gracefully.  First is to eat a lot of high fiber foods.  If a food has a lot of fiber in it, it means it is unprocessed and natural and therefore good.  Second is to incorporate movement into your daily routine.  Don’t be sedentary.  Third is to be more calm and serene and slow down.  The more you speed up and hurry, the more stressed out you get and you actually sabotage yourself by getting worked up.  If you slow down and pace yourself, everything will work out better.

So that is my view on longevity.

My View on The Martial Arts

To begin with, I am just analyzing the relative merit of martial arts as physical education.  I’m not talking style vs style.

Right off the bat, I think karate is great for the youth.  It not only teaches them how to punch and kick really hard, but teaches them how to stand up for themselves, believe in themselves, and never quit.  These are all valuable qualities in life.

There is a lot of good karate out there but there is also a lot of fake karate out there.  Remember what Mas Oyama once said, ‘without sparring, karate is essentially a kind of gymnastics.’

I don’t think MMA is good for people, young people in general.  It teaches them all of the bad qualities of man and none of the good.  I would go further, but I won’t, because I know people who train and teach MMA.

Aikido is a special martial art.  It is ideally suited to physical education, and it teaches defensive principles.  Aikido is essentially a stylized version of weapons grappling, wrestling with weapons.  It is useful for police and military, and for people who aren’t fast and aggressive enough for karate, kickboxing, and MMA.

Also, weapons martial arts like Kali and Escrima are very good.  These are the best for military training.

Whether you do karate, MMA, aikido, judo, or weapons training doesn’t matter, as long as you learn the principle of self control and self restraint.  In the end, karate and hatha yoga has the same end, more mastery over the self.

But in the west, hatha yoga is seen as being for girls, since they are more flexible and peaceful to begin with.  Martial arts training is the un-learning of violence, not the fostering of more violence and aggression and ego.

Once you can do the technique with skill and grace and effortlessness, then you are the expert.  Sports are about winning and losing, but in objective reality, there is only the living and the dead.  And it’s always preferable to be alive than to be dead.

What Can You Do?

The world is completely fallen and depraved.  Nothing is right with it.  It’s just an illusion.  What can you do, you who consider yourself a good person?  Let me throw my two cents in and make a few suggestions for improvement.

Good people don’t take sides.  Good people are in the world but not of it.  Good people don’t care to watch TV news or read about what is going on in other parts of the world.  It’s all bad and it’s all depressing.  Good people have integrity, they have character, and scruples.

If you really are a good person, and not one of the 7 billion who just say they are but really are corrupt and fallen, here’s a few suggestions for you.  I’m only trying to help.

First of all, you vote with your dollar bill.  How you spend your money shapes how the economy and geopolitics moves.  If you continue buying cornfed beef and chicken from a factory farm than you are voting for more factory farms.  If you are too poor to afford quality beef and chicken, than that’s a different story.

Second of all, don’t believe in gurus.  That includes teachers, doctors, experts, and karate senseis.  They’re all fake.  They’re so fake, they fake it as they preach to you.  If you get a piece of knowledge from somewhere, test it out in the real world and see if it works for you.  Experience is the best teacher.  You learn by doing.

Next, find cheap entertainment.  That means, new movies in a theater, the latest hip hop album download, and the latest bestseller are all a monumental waste of time and money.  The Library is a treasure trove of accumulated knowledge.  The whole world is in the library, every subject of human endeavor imaginable.  And it’s all free to you.

Next, religion is a hoax.  We’ve been so brainwashed by our upbringing to believe in the mythology of mesopotamian semites that the real meaning of religion has been lost.  Judeochristian theology and sweet Jesus doesn’t have a lot to offer the modern man.  Of course, there are universal principles that every holy man of every tradition knows, the truth is universal.  The shortcut to wisdom, happiness, contentment, and peace is personal meditation, personal philosophy (obviously building on the established ancient masters), and a discipline called lovingkindness, which is even greater than the discipline of Brazilian Jiujitsu.  Everybody should meditate, and everybody should be acquainted with the wisdom of the masters, but above all, kindness and affection is the real cure.  Man cannot live without love.

Finally, to conclude this brief and incomplete list, don’t listen to the critics.  Get tough.  I’m sure you have criticized others based on distorted half truths, so don’t get angry when they use half-truths against you.  Nobody is 100% good or 100%evil.  Every human being is a mixture of good and bad, dark and light, male and female, etc…  People are very kind towards their blood relatives but shockingly cruel against people, animals, and other living beings that are not related to them.  If only we could see ourselves as one soul in a cosmic ocean of souls, how different the world would be!

As long as the world is fallen from grace, and suffering and evil the prevailing quality of life, the most you can do is find the cure to your own misery.  Help other people and you will help yourself.  A selfish person can’t be happy in this world.  This is the realm of the unhappy ones.  Like it says in the Gita, ‘nourishing one another, you will be nourished in turn…but he who takes from the Gods and gives nothing back, is a thief.’

Street-Corner Blues

I only know long island, because that is where I live and I don’t travel much.  But walk down any main road in new york, and you will see a 711, a dunkin donuts, and/or a starbucks.  Someone is selling cheap dairy, sugar, and grain, and someone is consuming it with glee and someone is profiting off of this exchange.

Don’t blame the Pakistani guy at the counter of the 711.  Don’t blame the truckdrivers for needing a cup of strong coffee to stay awake at the wheel.  And don’t blame the young men and women who work at Starbucks.  They’re not that rich, and they’re just facilitating you ruining your own health.  It’s a neutral act, not an evil act.

It’s really business, media, and politics to blame.  Some people are profiting off your ignorance and misery.  They want you to keep eating junk and keep getting sick and keep going to the medical doctor to get pharmaceuticals, which in turn makes you more hungry, tired, and obese.  This system is rigged.

In fact, all of this society is designed to defeat you, the good simple man.  It’s designed to drain you slow, to rob you, to beat you down.  And the only cure is to work hard every day, spend less than you earn, and not be so materialistic.  Less is more.  Money is the root of all evil.  If you are not content to be on a fixed income, get an education and find a line of work you enjoy.  Work isn’t work if you enjoy it.

Holy men and yogis leave the world of men because it is so evil and worthless.  But rather than being a monk on the mountain chanting ‘hare krishna’, it is better to be in the world but not of it.  I don’t want to be a celibate monk living off of alms.

I want to work and marry, because power and pleasure feels good.  And joy is the meaning of life.  It’s that simple.

The Law of Diminishing Returns

Less is more, not more is more, silly!

A little bit of something is better than a lot of it.  It’s obviously better than nothing too.  The Buddha said, ‘moderation destroys all sorrow.’  By being moderate, you enjoy what you want but you don’t wear yourself out getting more than you need to experience this new thing.

A perfect diet won’t get you anywhere.  It creates more problems in acquiring it than having it solves.  There comes a point in dieting when you must start exercising, to cap things off.  The Law of Diminishing Returns.

To take this analogy further, into an example, why marry a supermodel, when you can just date an ordinary looking woman?  What extra benefit do you get from a high priced woman?  The point is to do the bare minimum and let God take care of the rest.  An average woman in a short term (like a few years is short to me) relationship is better than acquiring a supermodel.  A little bit of something is better than too much.  Less is more.  The Law of Diminishing Returns.

The same applies to exercise even.  If you overtrain, you do more harm than good.  Just push yourself past your comfort zone and then rest.  That is the way to grow constantly.  Even huge bodybuilders (won’t name any names) don’t age well because they can’t keep up that intensity of training their entire lives.  And time gets the best of you.  Just do easy exercise, day in and day out, and grow old with no need to be restored to perfection.

Doing nothing means you get nothing.  But doing too much means you get an early grave.  When you realize enough is enough, this is abiding contentment indeed.

Battlefield Earth

Violence is the worst part of life.  Any type of violence, be it warfare, self defense, or even killing animals for food.  But we can’t avoid some types of violence, like stepping on insects or killing pests.  Life is a battle, everything in life is a fight of some sort.

The essence of yoga and the spirit of the Gita is to be victorious in life.  To win.  There is nothing better than doing one’s duty with skill and enthusiasm.  If you are a soldier or a cop or a security guard, etc… then there is nothing better than the battle that duty entails.

The spirit of the Gita is to do one’s duty with power, skill, and mastery, and with no thought of results.  Indifferent to success or failure, act with passion and enthusiasm.  This is yoga.

Samadhi, or sartori, or kensho, or zen or whatever you call it is the ultimate attainment.  Once you’ve conquered the self, then you are the champ and no one is better than you.  To learn the folly of violence at a young age is called being precocious not being a coward.  But our society doesn’t understand motives, because they are primitive and ignorant.

So I say, live and let die.  You have a right to defend yourself, but violence is only justified in the preservation of human life.  That is my notion and I hope someone out there agrees with me.

 

The Importance of Cheap Filler…

You might think starchy staples like rice, corn, and wheat are just cheap filler.  But in their low calorie banality is their inherent magic.  You don’t want to eat a strict diet of protein and low starch vegetables all the time, it will get irritating, undoable, and downright boring after a while.

You NEED complex carbohydrates in your diet, and fiber too is one of the most important nutrients, since it cleans out your system.  The energy that moves your body is dependent on sugar, on the Krebs Cycle to be more scientific, and you need glucose from somewhere.  Starch is the best source of glucose, since it is made up molecularly of long strands of glucose linked together.  Starches like rice get digested by the enzymes and turn into a steady supply of glucose, which is fuel to the human body and it’s energy producing system.

Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘to lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.’  What he meant was, the fewer calories you consume, the longer you will live, it’s a scientific fact.  Thin out your diet with starchy grain, and you won’t be bogging down your system with high calorie food all the time.  Less is more when it comes to food, and grain extends the amount of food you’re eating at any one time without adding too many calories.

In the annals of history, people will see that the cultivation of grain was the greatest invention of all time, since that is what allowed so many people to flourish and the world to populate to record highs.  Without grain, the farmers would be unable to support life in cities, and the people who don’t grow their own food.

I know low carb principles work in dieting, but keep in mind that grain is the fundamental ‘human food’ and that it is hard to live without it.

 

 

Karma, and how it applies to health.

Karma literally means action, but has deeper connotations.  Karma means every action you take accumulates somewhere and will come back to you.  This obviously applies to health and fitness as every rep counts in changing the way your body looks and feels, and everything you eat or drink has an effect on your longterm health.

Think of how you will be in ten or twenty years.  Your body will have replaced all it’s cells with the building blocks of life from the food you consume over the years.  Slowly, insidiously, you become what you have eaten, but also, what you have thought and said and done.  If you stop and think and become more mindful, you might consider taking different actions now that will have different consequences in the future.

One donut or coca cola wont kill you, but think of the gradual effect it has on your body after years of daily consumption.  Just like money, food comes and goes, and your body does its best to extract nutrition from what is in your intestines.  Put natural plant and animal foods there, and everything will run smoothly, and you will age gracefully.

But bombard your own digestive system with junk food, or empty carbs, or dull, rotten food, or even overly salty and spiced food, and you will be sowing the seeds of misery for the future.  Remember, the human body doesn’t come with an instruction manual, and most people treat themselves very poorly.

I know life is a free for all after high school, but really there is a reward for doing the right thing.  You suffer less in the end.

Taoist Medicine: It’s not a religion.

I want to write a brief philosophical post on my fitness blog in order to clarify what is really right and what is really wrong.

Traditional Chinese Medicine, aka Taoist Medicine, is not a religion.  It doesn’t talk about an afterlife, a father-like Godfigure who is the epitome of good, nor does it talk about an evil soul ghoul who is the epitome of evil.

Taoist Medicine is a lifestyle.  It doesn’t promise you paradise or a messiah, but it does promise you a longer life with less pain and illness.  And really, isn’t that enough?

I learned in Chinese medicine school that the chi, or breath of life, in you is neutral, you can use it any way you like.  The original Taoist philosophy is based on the works of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu.  Tao is the religion of no religion, and Taoist Medicine is about not getting sick in the first place.

That is what I am striving for with this blog.  Giving away free health advice because we are all entitled to longevity and health, it is our inborn right.

Western Medicine is effective, but not safe.  Eastern medicine is safe, but less effective.  As the old cliche goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  By learning the Taoist Medicine lifestyle, you can learn to live a better life, suffer less, and spot the disease process before it happens, so you can retract from doing what is harmful.