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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.

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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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Back in the Saddle…Once Again!

I’ve been thinking over my path in life.  And I’ve been thinking that maybe my whole second degree in graphic design was a mistake.  My original education was in acupuncture, TCM, and a sound foundation in both eastern and western medicine.  Changing to commercial art in my 30’s might not have been the right decision.  My main problem with doing acupuncture or any other aspect of wholistic medicine is that I can’t stay on my feet more than an hour or so, I get back pain.

Rather than try to avoid the problem by getting a career field in something in front of a computer, I should do the opposite and confront my shortcoming in physical health.  So instead of running away from the problem, I am going to solve it at it’s root.

I should be doing more yoga and veganism and spend less time infront of the computer.  The computer is a useful tool for reaching many people, but it should not be the main thing in work, play, or anything else.  It is just technology.

More of my life and career should be involved in yoga, health, veganism, and educating people who’ve essentially been lied to by the government, the media, and big business.

It would be a pity to stop posting on this blog after a good 2 and a half year run.  So I just wanted to let the people who read this blog know, I’m back in the health business.

The Real Reason Why The World is Suffering

And the real reason why veganism is pointless.

And that would be overpopulation.  Simple as that.  You see, hundreds of years ago, especially before the industrial age, people were simpler and lived mostly on family farms or in cities surrounded by fruitful land.  They took eggs from chickens they themselves owned and took care of, and drank milkproducts from healthy cows they took milk from naturally.  They could also go to a nearby stream and catch a fish that wasn’t totally toxic with mercury.

The age of enlightenment and the industrial revolution created new technologies that made life much, much easier for humans.  Labor saving devices, from agriculture to telephones to large ships that could cross oceans in style, developed at this crucial time.  And yet, technology ruins everything.

Everybody wants the same necessities and even the same luxuries.  We are all equal in suffering.  But create a world where there are billions of people all wanting the same thing, and you have a recipe for chaos.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to eat eggs, cheese, butter, or the meat of any animal.  We’re now omnivores just like the humble dog is.  So going vegan really is pointless.  It’s too late to save the environment.  And keep in mind, the earth will endure long after humanity dies out, the environment will be there, but the earth won’t be supportive of human life.  So we’ll all die.

You are not responsible for anyone but yourself, but i’m sure if you’re normal you care about your family too.

Every human being loves privacy and a space of his own.  It is something inborn in us.  But create too many people, and suddenly, the standard of living plummets through the floor.

More people means more trouble and a lower standard of living.  We can’t reverse this trend, because only a madman like Hitler would kill people just because they are useless or undesirable.  That’s just not moral, just, or humane.

Not everyone needs to reproduce, and if you are in a state of wealth and independence to have children, try to limit your family to two or three offspring.   Think about yourself, think about your children, and think about the children of the human race and how the future will be for them.

The lacto-ovo vegetarian diet has been proven by all forms of science to be the ideal human diet.  And don’t be afraid to be an opportunist and eat fish from time to time.  The main idea is to lessen your carbon footprint and leave the environment healthy for your future generations.  That is all you can do as a human being in the modern age.

Please consider this thought.

 

Don’t Be Orthorexic

What I mean by this statement is, don’t obsess about healthy food.  Less food is healthy food, and the merchandise at a fancy health food store is merchandise just like the food at a typical supermarket or deli.

What I encourage in you, gentle reader, is that the best, most nourishing food you will get is home cooked food.  If you’re too busy during the week to prepare your own food, bulk prepare everything on Sunday and ration it out for the coming week.

Better yet, learn to eat out in a conscious way.  I know I talk about dairy and grain on this blog as being less healthy, but in reality, people have supported life on bread and cheese, or rice and yogurt, for thousands of years.

Don’t be orthorexic, don’t neglect entire food groups, and don’t starve yourself.  The real trick is to see food as fuel for your body, not as a reward for good behavior.  You’re not a kid anymore, and you can’t reward your latest accomplishment with an ice cream sundae.

I know my words seem paradoxical, but the words of Tao are always paradoxical, that’s why they are true.

My suggestion to you is to forget everything you know about nutrition and just eat to fuel your body.  And whatever you do, don’t bother other people with your abstentions.  Nobody wants to hear about you, they want to hear about themselves.

Promoting Myself

My mission is to help people lead better lives.  Whether it’s acupuncture, or art, or music, I want people to feel some consolation.  Recently, I joined a website that helps professionals get clients.  Soon after, I got an email saying I was chosen as one of the best in my area.

So I wrote this post just to show off that I earned a badge which tells people how popular my services are.
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Remember, it doesn’t take one needle or one touch to effect a change.  It takes intent, and my intent is to educate the world about health so they won’t be slaves to the medical system.

A Happy Middle Ground…

I think I’ve finally come to a conclusion about what diet is best for me.  For a long time, I did low carb dieting which was only effective in the short run, since every time a lost a few pounds I’d go back to carbs and gain the weight back.

And since studying LifeFood, I’ve been misled that veganism is the answer.  There is a lot of videos on Youtube about veganism and how to go vegan.  But I find neither two branches of veganism, one is raw vegan and the other starch based vegan, is right for me.

The best diet for me is essentially a low carb vegetarian diet.  You don’t have to get all your protein from meat and milk, and neither should you eat starch all day or eat fruit all day like a gorilla in the jungle.

High protein, High fiber, and low sugar is always the answer, but not all your protein has to come from meat and milk.  There are plenty of vegetarian sources of protein, and there’s also eggs and dairy in the middle.  Almost everyone ingests eggs since it is the ideal protein and they put it into everything in the food processing business.

While some people believe dairy is junk, and largely it is, there are some good dairy products like yogurt and kefir.

But what I am trying to communicate is high protein, high fiber, and low sugar is doable by everyone, regardless of where you get your protein.   There is no such thing as a protein shortage in people who eat regularly, but there is almost no excess when it comes to protein.  More protein means more muscle and energy and strength.

I am satisfied with my current diet, mostly eggs and beans and vegetables, and I still eat yogurt often.  And I’m not against eating meat, but one should see beef as an occasional blood tonic, and other meats as a scarcity food.  Fish was good in the past, but now with the environment polluted, toxicity is a problem.

Humans didn’t evolve to eat other animals.  In the Garden of Eden, man ate fruit and seed.  After the fall, they started eating starchy grain.  And meat entered the human diet later, and man’s lifespan was greatly reduced.

So really, there is no one diet or lifestyle that fits everyone.  I’ve just finally found the right regimen to keep me normal bodyweight, spending less money, and satisfied with what I eat.

 

 

The First Shall be Last…

And the last shall be first, and the meek shall inherit the earth.  This is a quote from the Christian Bible, Jesus said it to his followers in the sermon on the mount.  And it has tremendous import for this generation, and even this article, which is essentially here to tell you that beans are a essential food.

What Jesus was trying to say, is that the ones who are wealthy, famous, handsome, and young now, will not enjoy the world to come.  The downtrodden, the lost, the outcasts, the rejects, they’re the ones who will be comforted by the messiah and the end of days.

Similarly, in any situation, the sage/rishi/wise man goes to what the masses leave behind, because a sage knows what is popular and loved now will be laughed at in future times.  Don’t change your beliefs to fit in.  Be a rugged individual.  Believe what you want to believe.

I wrote this post thinking of an analogy.  Beans are considered low, humble plebian food, while something like sushi or tempura is considered fine stuff that is worth extra money.  But that’s not the case.

Even in diet, the sage goes to what the masses leave behind.  Beans are essentially vegetarian meat, since their protein content is so high, and they include a lot of fiber and complex carbs and trace minerals too.  In one Taoist manual it says, ‘of the five grains, the bean is the most nutritious.’

Nowadays, I got tired of defining myself as a low carb dieter or an aspiring vegan, or anything in between.  Labels are just tools to oppress you, they’re neither accurate or effective.

The ultimate comfort is knowing that the rich and famous are enjoying their consolation now, and the end of days will prove to be a good thing for good people, and a terrible visitation of wrath on the wicked, the worldly, and the materialistic.

So keep eating your beans and vegetables, enjoy meat and sugar and salt in moderation, and never give in to the majority rule.  The masses are asses, and the usual thing in this world is mob rule.