Thursday, May 27, 2010

Meat & Vegetables

Lots of kids don't want to eat their
vegetables. With taste buds all over
their little mouths, vegetables can
seem bitter, or spicey or just gross.
I for one could not stomach raw
tomatoes because they reminded
me of garbage. Mushrooms tasted
like dirt, and olives were just
crazy gross.

But when you get to be an adult,
veggies start tasting better and better.
Onions become a staple of flavor.
Artichokes seem delicious. And
things like sliced cucumbers and
avocado are a delicacy.

So many men are really into their
meat. My brother in law won't eat
vegetables, only meat. And he likes
it spicey... which comes from hot

Think of it this way. When you go
to Subway, the breads are good,
and you order your favorite meat.
But what really excites you is having
the plastic-gloved clerk load up
your sandwich with fresh veggies.
You know exactly what you want
when you walk through the door.
And it's the veggies that give your
sandwich the awesome flavors.

"Lettuce, tomato, green peppers,
yellow peppers, jalepenos, cucumbers."

Raw vegetables are alive. When you
chew a piece of red bell pepper, or
onion on a burger, you're eating a
living organism. This does a number
of good things for you.

The people of Okinawa live longer
than anyone on the planet. When I was
there, I asked a bunch of them why.
Almost every time, the answer was
that they eat a lot of seaweed, and
small amounts of pork. Each of them
seemed to think the small amounts of
pork is very important.

I don't recommend vegetarian or vegan
diet. The reason human brains have
so developed is because of eating meat.
2 million years of protein has turbo-charged
our cerebrums. Conversely, our early
ancestor Australopithecus was vegetarian,
and became extinct about 2 million years

The point of this blog is merely to suggest
a ratio of meat to vegetables.

Try to eat mostly vegetables and small
amounts of meat. In fact, you can probably
eat all the vegetables you want (although
corn is pretty high on the glycemic index).
Eat fruit, but remember that fruit is generally
more sugary than veggies. And eat some
meat. Okinawans recommend pork. Sometimes,
my body craves beef; so I'll eat lean beef,
but not too much of it. Eating fish seems
to help me lose body fat. I eat poultry, but
try to keep that in check also.

Go buy a nice red or orange bell pepper
and eat it like an apple.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Down 14-Pounds In 3-Weeks

I'll tell you how, but first I want
to tell you:
A. I am the master of losing weight
B. I'm not done yet
C. (this is important) I am in no
better "shape" now than I was
three weeks ago.

So, how do I lose body fat ?
It's 95 percent diet. Yes, you
do need to exercise if you want
to lose body fat; however, your
unyielding willpower must be
absolutely focused on what you
put in your mouth.

First (and this is not an advertisement),
when I want to lose body fat, I buy
three bottles of caffeine-free HydroxyCut.
The name sounds terrible, seemingly
implying that this product is comprised
of harsh chemicals and such, but
it's not. It's mostly green tea extracts.
I take two pills when I get out of bed,
wait an hour, then make an omelette
with two eggs, green onions and maybe
some mushrooms or red peppers. I take
my GNC vitamin pack with about
three ounces of juice.

I have weened myself off lunch. You
can do it too; you just need to eat dinner
a little earlier. Drinking water all day
helps a lot. In fact, other than juice with
breakfast, I don't drink anything else.

Some time around 3:00, I take two more
pills. The around 4:00, I make a great
salad. First iceberg, then spinach, then
either broccoli slaw or cabbage slaw,
then cucumbers, red peppers, fresh
cilantro, (sometimes Roma tomatoes)
two tablespoons of light dressing,
plenty of gorgonzola, several shakes
of real bacon bits, some dried berries,
dried coconut, sun-dried tomatoes,
several dashes of green Tobasco,
and lots of black pepper. I like to
give myself four or five Whoppers
for desert.

If I get hungry later, I eat a can of
white tuna, or sardines in hot sauce.
Protein in small quantities is the
name of the game.

Some nights, around 9:30, I will eat
a small bowl of Raisin Bran with
1% milk. This is a sugary snack, but
seems to help keep my bowels moving.
I don't eat very much of it either.

As far as exercise, I do follow a
regimen of approximately 60-minutes
each day--
but I'm doing Tai Chi and calisthenics,
not lifting weights or beating my brains
out somehow.

This is why I say I am in no better shape
than before. I have lost body fat, but
I am negligibly more capable than I was
three weeks ago. In fact, I took a "before"
photo with my belly hanging over my
pants, and it doesn't mean a damn thing.
Three weeks ago, I was in the best shape
of my life, and I still am.

Friday, May 14, 2010

You Are Born Of Energy

When you're green, you're growing.
When you're ripe, you rot.
So what is the difference between
growing and rotting ?
Growing is cultivating energy.
Rotting is the loss of energy.

Pinch yourself.
Go ahead and do it.

At the molecular level, your
skin looks like this:
What you see is matter.

But at the atomic level, matter
is comprised of atoms which are
mostly energy, and very little "stuff."

When you are dead, your body
lies motionless-- a lump of decomposing
matter. When you are alive, you
have energy; you move and breathe
and make decisions. In fact, the
human brain is so vast and complex,
it is rarely denoted or connoted as
simply a mass of "grey matter." It
is the movement of electro-magnetic
energy that makes it "a mind."
The body is exactly the same.

So why do you think about your body
as a mass of carbon-based matter ?
This is simply what you've been taught.
Most movement and exercises are practices
based on the concept of matter.

But when you practice Fu Tai Chi, you are
learning a completely different basis for
movement. Forget that you have bones.
Forget that you have muscles. Forget that
your earthly form is constructed of matter.
Instead, think of your body as a circuit of
energy with an awesome battery in the center.
Because it is.

The Chinese call life energy "chi." Practice
of Fu Tai Chi (and Chi Kung) cultivates energy.
Western doctors and trainers dispute the
existence of chi because they can't see it,
touch it or measure it. But they have the
same dilemma about death: what does
a living person have that a dead one
doesn't ? Energy. Chi.

When you're born, you breathe deeply.
As you get older, your breaths become
shorter and shorter. When you die,
you don't breath anymore.  Air is chi.
Wind is condensed chi. A tornado is
a powerful issuance of chi.

When you practice Fu Tai Chi, you learn
to breath in a sophisticated way that
cultivates and stores energy. When you
develop these skills, you eliminate
illness. You can do more in a day.
You will live longer and healthier.
And you can use the chi for many
different applications such as speed,
power, grace, accuracy and endurance.

Matter doesn't really matter.
Develop your energy.