Bill Maher on Food

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Part 4 – What does GMO even mean, for me and for the world I live in?

What does GMO mean for you and who is affected by them?

Lets first look at who is most effected by GMO’s.   As a general rule of thumb, we know that corn, soy, wheat and cotton are now modified.  Given that a majority of the foods that are pre packaged in a grocery store that use these same basic ingredients in an ever increasing number of formulations and permutations; from cookies to pasta, bread, crackers, chips, oils, flavors, sweeteners, Et Cetera!  Basically if you eat anything that is pre packaged and contains one or more of those ingredients; corn, soy, wheat or cotton, you are affected!

Currently 70 percent of the foods in a supermarket are genetically modified…   And now the veggies are going that way as well.

The only real defense you have, and as time marches by this turns into “had”, is buying foods labeled “organic”, this is not a reliable defense as the term organic is currently going through some changes by the FDA and USDA and may no longer keep you safe from GMO as one of the primary tools used by Monsanto is the relative sameness of GMO and their natural counterparts.  In other words, the FDA is all for agreeing that a GMO corn exhibits enough general characteristics, and shared traits, that there is essentially no difference between the two, ergo, nothing further need be done.  It’s all good!

That’s weird, because corn A creates its own insecticide [BT Toxin, ruptures bugs stomaches] and corn B does not.

Speaking of corn, reminds me of potatoes, which always make me think of fries which invariably leads to me thinking of McDonalds and then, oh hey, did you know the president of McD’s sits on the Monsanto board of Directors…

Interesting…

Cancer and other fun health problems…

The reports for the carcinogenic effects of GMO’s is beginning to become overwhelming.  Scientists from around the world are finding more and more instances of cancers, food allergies, internal system failures, birth development/disabilities, etc., that all seem to point back to Monsanto.  Well, not Monsanto directly, but to GMO foods, which, currently Monsanto makes 70-90 percent of them globally, so, yeah, points back to Monsanto.  Monsanto’s own scientists urge further testing and I want you to guess what Monsanto’s response to all this has been…

C’mon, guess!

Give up?  Ok, I’ll tell you.

An increase in the speed at which new strains of GMO foods can be brought to market, by working with the FDA to ensure smooth transitioning of products as quickly as possible.  Much of this started with the Bush Sr. Presidential administration and was further enhanced by the Clinton administration.  One of the platforms for Mr. Bush’s election campaign was – DEREGULATION.

Let us not forget  to mention the huge amounts of disease related to the spraying of the “necessary” chemicals on the crops and the contamination of land and water.  RoundUp for instance has a long list of health problems associated with it use.

These plants, so you know,  have been engineered to work with RoundUp…  Now that my friends is weird, unless of course you think the human animal works better on a diet of complex chemical poisons

It should be noted by those of you who do not understand the whole situation with plants, they absorb everything in their environment.  Water, minerals from the soil, etc.  This is what makes plants so necessary in our lives, without them we would not have natural vitamins and minerals.  The cows and pigs you eat would not have any life to then give to your burgers and bacon, though of course the amount of actual plant mater is becoming less and less, they are actually eating primarily a mix of corn and, oddly enough, the recycled remains of other cows and as I was surprised to find out recycled remains of dogs and cats from animal shelters.

True story, but it is for another article, in the mean time look it up for yourself, rendering plants is  a good place to start.

Due to this proclivity of plants absorbing things, one can easily then make the inference that spraying copious amounts of herbicide or insecticide and in most cases both, will not bode well for the human eating said plant as these chemicals do not break down easily if at all.

A study done of roundup showed that after 30 days, it had degraded by 2 percent of its original spray potency.  This of course does not make for good eatin!

-Loss of natural diversity which is crucial to long term survival of species [Ireland potatoe disaster]

One of the many forerunners in the current debate over GMO foods and the subsequent seeming takeover of the global food supply by Monsanto is the inherent loss of bio diversity.  One of the worst recorded effects of loss of diversity and its relation to humans would be the Irish potato famine.

In looking at the Irish potato famine we see some a most startling comparison to what is currently happening in the United States and slowly the rest of the world.  Simply supplant The English Government with Monsanto and play the story through! – insert Irish potato famine wiki link

I digress.  The way land use and rights were set up in Ireland relating to their governance by the crown and the systems in place of the British Gov’t, it came to a point where the only crop capable of being grown a plenty with which the peasant farmers could survive upon was the garden variety potato.  Through an ever increasing demand by the land owners of the farmers, both in output of crops and for money for land leases, the farmer had no choice but to survive off potatoes and water.

At the height of this, there was a blight, in this case a fungus which ruined the potato, the result was a 20-25 percent decrease in the population of Ireland.

The similarities are so shocking and I hadn’t even drawn them until writing this article!  Imagine if all the imports of food to the US stopped what would you have left over from the US commercial farms considering that 70 percent of the farmland is growing GMO wheat, corn, soy and cotton.  Really think about it, because it is through not thinking that history always gains a foothold to repeat itself.

Imagine another scenario, imagine if we find out that this GMO food is truly damaging to the body, i.e., another 5 years of study until finally we feel we MUST pay attention.  Imagine if this food suddenly turns upon itself, or nature turns upon it, a blight upon the clean sheet of nature and God, shunned by the land itself and turned to dust.

While I speak poetically, it is already happening with Roundup resistant weeds.  Nature is turning, so to speak, against Monsanto.  More on this in a bit.

Loss of natural insects

Another very dire consequence of Monsanto and GMO products which is generally accepted by the scientific community, that Glysophate, or as braded and sold, RoundUp, is directly responsible for the loss of Bee’s.  As you may or may not know, if we were to lose the bee’s, food as we know it would end, this is a simple and unalterable fact of nature.  No food, no HUMANS.

And it doesn’t stop with RoundUp, the country of Poland banned the growing of a corn strain,  MON810.  Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki, says that the pollen originating from this GM strain may actually be devastating the already dwindling bee population.
What is even scarier is that instead of striking at the root cause, the chemicals, Monsanto seems to want to now do what it does to fix anything, modify the cause and not focus on the problem.

Monsanto recently acquired the company Beeologics.  This company has been studying ways to help prevent bee colony collapse and identify the reasons behind it and was generally considered experts in the field by the USDA.

The USDA who also happens to own the terminator seed patent and is currently chaired by a former Monsanto employee.

What can we expect now that this company is owned by Monsanto?

Oh God…

One aspect of GMO use and that which is supported by the US Governments inclusion on the patent, is that of the Terminator seeds as mentioned earlier.  Currently Monsanto products are planted in over 200 million acres worldwide and the number is growing at an exponential rate.  Once a farmer is using Monsanto products, logistically it is EXTREMELY difficult to begin growing conventionally again.

That being said, why would you need guns when you could simply withhold food?  Monsanto is always there at any natural disaster to provide “Relief” to the affected country, many countries accept it some make moral statements such as Haiti and burn the seed on the docks.  I say ‘make statements’ as they end up planting it anyway!

At the current rate of consumption, Monsanto is definitely headed to being the number one seed supplier globally, and that they are aligned with all the other seed owning pharmaceuticals around the world, one could reasonably argue that they are already firmly in control!  What better weapon, again as I stated in the beginning of this, the last time I have seen a project  so very vile in nature and grand in scheme is the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, although that time it was water and it was only South America.  Now we have a real world threat that pertains to the WORLDS FOOD SUPPLY!  Who amongst us will fill Bonds role I wonder?

One place I did not expect to find Monsanto was the meat isle and ‘surprise surprise’ it seems Monsanto has it in for meat eaters as well as vegans!

Genetically altered pigs and cows, this, to me, displays a lack of basic humanity  to the core.  And yet, coming from a company that has dealt with scientists from the Third Reich to creating the first nuclear weapon, no, we needn’t even go there, though it is true, no, we need to again, look in the mirror.  Look at what humans have allowed themselves to be capable of.  Slavery of our own species exists to this day, anyone who buys a diamond wedding band has partaken in it!  Sex Slavery, Child Labor Slavery, Indentured Servitude, slavery is so far and wide, the slavery of animals is only just now beginning to pique the interest of the public.  In fact, it has become such a tipping point that may states are now providing criminal penalties for people caught or suspected of taking slaughterhouse video depicting the treatment therein.  Of course, many people simply refuse to watch it and continue about business as normal, for after all, that is the way of the masses.  To remain ignorant in such times is truly a bliss that is hard won.  It is a daily choice in order to remain ignorant and unchanging.

I will leave you now with a teeny tiny bit of homework before we head into the homestretch for this article…  Take a look at these two web pages and tell me what you think.  I want especially the meat eaters to take a look, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIKE BACON!

http://www.newsham.com/products/terminal/ebx/

http://www.newsham.com/products/

By the way, “Terminal” represents the pigs that will become your food.

Part 1 – Monsanto and how we allow this to happen by way of our Children…

If you Eat Food, Please Read…

This is written for those of you reading who eat food.

You are what YOU eat.

All facts  and situations written about below may be found in multiple locations on the internet, the real world [farmers, scientists], your supermarket and of course, books.

While this article is mean to display the dire need to have our food put back into the hands of the common man, the UN-conventional/commercial farmer and individual growers seeking to feed their family, please do not for a moment think that I am not in awe of what this company, Monsanto, has created, and with the zeal they display in their slow yet steady march for control the Global Food Supply.

My awe does not sway my opinion however, they are batshit crazy in their aim.

In fact the depth and breadth of what is happening with this single company has been recently paralleled in the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, where the villain SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion – Amazing how close Mr. Flemming was when it came to the irony government) sought control of the water supply of South America and ultimately the rest of the globe.  Be it water or food, the result is the same is it not?

If anyone person or group of people were to control the water or food supply, they would in fact control the world… wouldn’t they…  Do you understand this basic fact?  Its very important that you see the connection.

You are what you eat and if you stop eating, you will die.

Many of you reading this do not even know this company exists and yet you use the products of this company on a daily basis and in the course of many of your lives, you use them ALL DAY.  Odd that you wouldn’t even know of this company, and for those of you who do know this company, I assure you that whatever you know is a tip of the iceberg.  Whatever you think, hasn’t been thoroughly thought through, the ramifications of this company’s impact on your, OUR lives and that of the planet are so cloaked in shadow and circumspection that until you spend a week or so contemplating to the true genius and then, the breadth and scope of what is happening, you may not feel the need to spring into action of any sort, and I guess that’s the point.

I say all this as I am continually learning about this company and I have realized that I shall never know the true depth of this corporation.  I dare say that many of the employees, even the heads of entire divisions do not have a clue.  The size is simply too large, its reach now fully encircles the globe.

For those of you who know about the Monsanto corporation, you may find yourself asking, “Why reinvent the wheel [plants] when you can be spending all this money [hundreds of Billions] on figuring out the myriad problems we are currently faced with?”.  To now knowingly add further problems, I say knowingly, as the very procedures and rights of trial by jury are in fact now rigged to ensure that they are all circumvented for sake of speedy delivery to market, what motive could there possibly be other than that of profit.  In a world where our government is constantly toting profit over people, what are we to discern from their collusion with this entity?

And let us hope that the lust for ever increasing profits is their only aim.  For truly, an endeavor such as this could have much more dire consequences than fattened bank accounts.  You, the consumer, could find yourself living in a most deliberately changed world one day and you will have nothing to say but “meep”.

No one likes to say meep.

I used to always hear in my sales training, it is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission, if you see a golden opportunity, go for it.  I would say Monsanto is doing just that to a degree beyond the scope of reality, and perhaps that is how they manage to fly under everyone’s radar, the scope is simply too grand in design for it to even register in the average persons brain.

But then, what can one expect from a company that seeks to patent the very food you eat?

First we have to look at ourselves and why it is possible for this to even be happening.  Then we need to understand the growth, or history of the company in order to fully understand the magnitude and reach on a global scale, from there we can enter into conversation and conjecture, finally closing with a very real look at the actual results they have achieved and if it is actually the boon to mankind they try to represent or if indeed it is a extremely large can of shinola which we will all be eating from sooner or later.  Literally.

How Did we get to this place in time where a Single Company is poised to take control of the “Food Supply” of the planet?

We Seek Complete Control of the Worlds Food Supply – purportedly said by a Monsanto official (with no evidence of the officials name or at what point it was said), which should not even be bothered to be re-recorded here if not for the company’s current direction and history.

While this may seem very ostentatious indeed, and surely for the person who struggles to pay bills on a daily basis,  the full extent of this madness will undeniably be lost in the details and the fact that it doesn’t seem to be an immediate threat, even more so.   The very idea that any one company could position themselves to own the worlds food supply is madness at best.   And yet it is due to our own lethargy in action which allows for this to be occurring.

Especially when we consider that fact that most children in school do not know the names of vegetables, nor do they know how they are grown, nor where they “come from”.

We aren’t even getting into proper nutrition yet!  Proper nutrition being proportions, vitamins and minerals, exercise, all that further makes us, well, us.

As most children do not know the names of common vegetables nor the reasons to eat them, we can then therefore assume, since the foremost teacher of a child is its parent, that the parents do not have grasp on the import of food.  Further, it is obvious that for the most part, the schools we send our children do not see the need to educate humans on what it is to be human.

You are what You eat.

This is a key element in Monsanto’s ability to do what it is doing, and for most of the major food brands to sell food that is decidedly not food.  Food, being by definition that which fuels the body, is now largely anything but.  These days the average food is more a chemical intruder that must be processed out of the body with all haste possible.  One need only look at current health statistics for confirmation of this fact.  Silly me, we need only look at what the average school passes off as “breakfast” or “lunch” to get the idea of just how miserably we are failing the FUTURE OF OUR SPECIES.

The human body is made up of trillions of cells.  Each and every cell/system in the human body needs a certain amount of vitamins, minerals, water, fat, sugars, proteins, carbs, etc. to run correctly.  If it does not get what it needs, you will get some form of sickness.  As you are a human being who is not genetically modified, your food must be of the most organic form possible with the widest variety available to you so that you may get all you need.  Every step away from ORGANIC and NATURAL makes it a bit more difficult for the body to function correctly as now it must deal with unnatural elements and chemicals which are nothing but trash to be taken out.

Hanks to the current food system in place, we must even be wary of Organic and Natural, in fact, did you know that the USDA now requires a minimum of 94% organic ingredients in order to label something 100 percent organic.

Wait, what?  Yes, you read correctly.  Our system has been whipplsnapificated by the very people you rely on to keep you safe.

It is easier for a thief to steal when they are not found out.  And if the ignorance of the theft and what exactly is being stolen in the first place can be made generational, all the better for a long term theft on a global scale.

As the education of our children is so very key, and that you may not believe in the true disparity between what we think children know and what they actually know, I now turn to a TedTalks video with Jamie Oliver.

Mr. Oliver is a World Renowned Chef and Activist and has a British accent which we all know makes all the difference for our puerile American ears.

When you see this video, you will be shown in the lower right hand of the screen, “What to Watch Next.” .  I invite you to watch the ones by Dean Ornish, and Mark Bittman.  If you do not take a moment from time to time to educate yourself on food, how do you ever expect your diet to change for the better?  Surely by now most of you believe that we are what we eat…. No?

Children in French schools in France, that’s a country over there, to the right of the USA on a map, where French fries came from, these children were asked to draw a chicken in a country wide sampling of basic education.

They drew a roast chicken in a pan.

Can that really be accidental, are we merely forgetting to educate children in basics…?

That people have a basic overall lack of knowledge, not to mention a near complete lack of how their bodies work in relation to everything; many do not have the slightest clue about digestion or what makes muscles work.  It is simply known that something makes the muscles work the fingers to pull back the pop top of the soda and peel off the wrapper of the microwave jiffy meal.

Many people do not see the importance of chewing food properly, the most fundamental process for your ENTIRE digestive process, and a “secret” to longevity in every centenarian I have ever read or had the pleasure of seeing interviewed by the weatherman, what was his name…?

They have a body, but feel completely helpless should anything go wrong.  This is due to a fundamental lack of knowledge about one of the most important things you will ever “have” in your life, your body.

I know this may seem like I am covering the same ground in myriad ways, and I am in fact doing so as I truly hope at least one of you will leave this article with a new plan forming…

In this lack of understanding it is the smallest leap to seeing how easy it is for a person to then not understand why nutrition is important, it merely becomes a word that may or may not fit their socioeconomic status.  What I mean is that the word itself is a tool to be used.  Many do not feel that nutrition is within the allowable constraints of what they consider their lives, it is above their “paygrade” and hence they eat accordingly.  Fast foods, pre-packaged chemical GMO mixes made with all the love one would expect of serial murderers.

To help you understand what I mean with socioeconomic class eating, as we go up in class structure, we see better meals, but this isn’t due to the people themselves necessarily.  This is a byproduct of having more money and a slightly better education.

The places they go and shop have generally better products, or at least a greater diversity of products.  There is more “TIME” at the family level and meals begin to take on at least the guise of the “traditional” home-owning family.  Namely, one in which a family meal is considered important.  In trying to keep to the ideal of this mental family image, the meals will naturally tend to be slightly healthier than the fast food of the family in the economic status below.  This is a sweeping generalization and should be read as such.

Now, as with anything, from cars to literature to education, as we move up the rungs of the socio-economic ladder, we see the quality and ingredients used,  increase at a near exponential level.  Of course, food follows suit.  One only need go into any “high end” grocer to see the difference between a Whole Foods Market and the Walmart food section.

Let it be known that Whole Foods has also agreed to sell GMO foods.

It should be noted that much of what I am writing is a generalization.  That at all levels there are those who fully understand the impact of diet on health and eat accordingly. 

It is through a general lack of education in the fundamental idea of diet and “what to eat”, makes possible the subjugation of food, after all, once you have the person eating subjugated, the next step, naturally, is subjugation of what they eat.  Its what is done in prisons, in third world countries, it is through the withholding of foreign aid, Henry Kissinger was very good at this, it is through control of food you control people.  First you must gain a basic control f the people or they wont let you control their food.

That’s the beauty of America, give the citizens remote controls and you have them… hook, line and sinker.

One of the most deplorable examples of this general lack of education/control, is the simple fact that anyone may grow a garden and yet so few do.  Many languish in the idea that they are doomed to poor food quality, when a bit of sweat, some seeds and a modicum of education will allow for such a bounty as to be near magical in nature.  Yet, we see very few people doing this, especially those of the lower economic status, those who would benefit MOST, do it least!?  This is 100 percent due to education and nothing more.

Of course in many places you will hear and read stories of people being fined by cities for having vegetable gardens, most recently there is a family in Florida who is under the gun.

The overall system of educating humans has been, in my estimation, subjugated towards an end goal of serving the state and not the individual.  Of course, not the state that people are led to believe they are voting for.

Now we must look at the history of the company that is making the most use of this lack of generalized education of not only the body but the nature of eco-systems and the planet whole.

Please continue to Part 2 for the remarkable and extremely scary history of this corporation, after you read it, ask yourself, why would I choose the makers of pharmaceuticals, plastic, nuclear weapons and astro-turf be the best provider for food for myself and family….?

Your, “Jolly Quick How to Guide for Becoming Vegan Almost Overnight.”!

This is the quick start up guide to help you become an instant vegan allowing you to begin enjoying the benefits of better health while you still have the healthy fear of god in your heart after seeing your doctor and getting back your test results… or, you are just ready to do something different in order to get different results=]  We have tried to make this as simple yet comprehensive as possible allowing for the greatest ease at transition.  NOTE! THIS AS WITH ALL ARTICLES WILL BE EVOLVING, which means we will add more as we learn amd time permits! We are here for you!  Of you read this between sep. 21 and 28, I probably did not link the other articles I refrence, please seek them out, after the 28th, this will be an easy read=]

You will be setting a new baseline for your diet, and it will take a time to get used to what being really healthy in relation to your food choices feels like. Please take a momnet and at the very least watch the video contained in the “Shifting Baselines and Wastelines” article as this will become a bit easier to grasp.

Basically, to sum up the shifting baseline, Please give yourself the time, and know that as the brain works, your self image is going to be out of whack as is your notion of what you do and do not need in relation to food. Many of you have never even fasted, you do not know what it is to be H U N G R Y, you think you know as when your little tummy rumbles you rush to closest McDonalds, but, I assure you, you are waaaaaaaaay out of step with reality.  You can start this change by doing a fast, juice, Master Cleanse, smoothies, what have you.  Help your stomach shrink back to a respectable size and learn to respect food and how much you actually need, further, this will be a time where you can put the world into perspective.  There are people who dont have water from day to day and you’re able to drink water, veggie and fruit juices all day and you’re having trouble. Time to reset amigo, seriously, if there were a Zombie Apocalypse right now you’d be the whiny one, and you know what happens to the whiny one.

New Concept Number One in your new Vegan lifestyle:

Know that we consider it to be a more favorable move on your part if you start doing your own cooking so you can fully understand the gravity and depth of this change and better enable you to speak with whomever you may need to ensuring you are happy at restaurants, bars, hanging with friends, not uncomfortable at a bar b q… etc.  If you do not know how to make vegan food, why should you be un-pleased if no one else knows how to make it for you?  If you learn to cook, i.e. To follow recipes which is what y do everyday, a recipe is a ritual.  You have a million rituals that you tap into daily, this one will help save your life and the lives of your loved ones.  Just read the instructions and BOOM, food that tastes good.  As with ANYTHING, the more you do it, the better you get.  Imagine being good at feeding your OWN body good food!  WOW, its like so f’ing novel man….  Seriously, learn to cook and this will be a breeze, rely on others and it will get serious fast.  TRUST US!

What is Vegan, am I even reading the correct article!

Vegan means letting go of things you have been raised to believe you need in exchange for the things that scientists (not on government or dairy/meat industry payroll) and evolution tell us we actually need.  If you are one of the people who immediately point to your TWO, your ONLY TWO incisor teeth and immediately preach on about how you were meant to eat meat, I assure you that if you compare your ONLY TWO “KINDA SHARP” teeth to an animal that IS a carnivore, you will be quickly put into your place, right along with Cows, Elephants, Gorillas, Rhinos, The Brontosaurus or whatever name is being bandied about by scientists in thier ever interesting attempt to re-wipe all the dinosaurs from the planet and all the other animals that DONT EAT MEAT. Many of you have taken a dog captive and named it pet, perfect, open its mouth, if it’ll let you and compare…. D’ya see what Im sayin, you are NOT MADE to be a carnivore, check out this other article as well – when I find it=]

Now, as to dairy, surely by now you have noticed that none of the animal kingdom, save for humans, drink milk after the formative years.  I believe Arnold said it so eloquently, ” Milk is for babies, beer is for men.”.  While this may come off as chauvinistic, it is after all Ahhhnoold, it has wisdom to it.  So much in fact that all of it, the entire statement rings true if we dissect it.

Milk is for children, their mothers milk, not formula or cow milk, milk from the mothers teat.  As a boy becomes a man, his needs (and we are still being male chauvinistic, this applies to women as well, duh.) change to reflect what good quality beer can offer, the powers of fermentation and supplying the gut with quality bacteria to break down food.  Of course if the man has too many, he has then destroyed any helpful benefits and a whole new world of drunken disillusionment opens and then all bets are off.

Further, you will notice that animals do not drink the milk of other animals.  While, yes, there are rare occurrences where a kangaroo will be raised by an Orangutang, but these are rare, for most humans it is common. Ever wonder why so many people are lactose intolerant? Thats the bodies way of saying WTF?

What you will be letting go of :

Essentially anything that comes from a “face” so to speak.

Specifically:

Meat –  includes fish and insects, you cannot believe how many people separate fish into some category that isnt considered meat. “What the hell is it then”, I find myself wondering. It has a spine, bones, blood, veins, breathes oxygen… the whole works and yet, people put it into this category that defies logical explanation. Insects have been offered to me a few times as a suitable replacement, and I have nothing against them, but, for your new diets intents and purposes, they are not vegan either.

Dairy from an animal, is not vegan. From ANY animal. For instance, chihuahua milk would not be vegan.

Cheese from any animals milk or dairy would not be vegan- chinchilla cheese, is not vegan.

Now you have a basic idea of what vegan is, I almost forgot, honey isn’t Vegan either, from a face remember, also the bees are dying thanks to the Monsanto company, so, thanks for choosingna diet that doesnt include killing bees. If you are unaware, if the bees go, so does natural food. Just a thought based in one hundred percent sobering science and fact.

Many of you are into labels, we are not. Labels are stoopid and are merely a way of rationalizing thought patterns that may or may not be beneficial to your life. We can discuss that later, for now lets looks at the different ways you can go deeper with being Vegan.

We are not sure anyone recognizes these labels outside of this article, and if they ever are taken into the daily labeling game, we will claim copyright infringement and stop the madness=]

Vegan Spotting Guide-

Vegan – doesnt eat anything that comes from an animal, anything with a face, I know we covered this, but it needs to be your mantra as you will try to con yourself in these formative months. Unfortunately a lot of junkfood and candy is Vegan, you would be surprised just how many overweight and unhealthy Vegans there are. Eating potato chips all day is not the point. Just sayin. This is still a vegan for the rest of you upper echelon Vegans, so no looking down your nose at them, thats not the point, everyone helps everyone else up the ladder to health and world peace…. Understand? Usually you will/may still go batshit crazy when meat is smelled and is thoroughly confused at restaurants.  It has been 6 good solid years for me and I still love the smell of meat…  I just dont eat it.  I control me, you understand?

A more refined Vegan – reads labels, drops long unnatural sounding chemical names, artificial colors and flavors, heavy metals, refined salt and sugar and finds him/herself thinking of becoming a do gooder more often. Will usually be outspoken and tries to convert everyone. At this point they may shy away from any public gathering where meat is served wholly condemning everyone involved as murderers. Social life will falter at this point, if this thought process is kept for too long, person will become a “crazy old Vegan”. Avoid this, the process will happen, just avoid it as best you can as it helps NO ONE. Least of all you.
at this phase, person becomes demanding at restaurants and may get kicked out for impromptu protesting when the local Hot Dog shack wont serve Veggie Dogs, not they dont want to, they just dont have them. Try to not take things personal during this process. Chances are, if you do take a lot of stuff personally, you may want to shed light on other areas of your life as there may be some wonky stuff going on the as well.

A still further refined Vegan – understands impact of conventional farming on human health and therefore goes organic, and/or grows veggies in garden/farm. At this point you will learn as fully as is possible about the company Monsanto. This will result in an abject terror of grocery shopping and of food in general. You suddenly realize that the company responsible for PCB’s, Agent Orange, DDT, Terminator Seed Technology, genetically combining trout genes to tomatoes and hiding the fact that round up kills more bees than anything currently known to man or nature is probably not the best company to be given the charge of saving the world from its current food shortages. Further, they should definitely not sit on the Supreme Court, the FDA, the Agricultural arm of the US or the EPA. And yet, sigh….. Basically at this point you will start to understand what is really going on. You may even quit drinking, though for me it was the opposite=]

Global Vegan – gets organic and local when possible, fair trade, thinks about the world as a whole, one giant organism, not separated by race, creed, color, religion, political preference, geo local, many at this stage may ditch voting and in some instance quit paying taxes,mafter all, 60 percent go to the war machine andmrhis does not fit the Global Vegan ideals. Mind you, Im not sure what the proper tags and titles are, Im just helping you understand how you can go about your shopping and helping to identify some new thoughts or feelings that may be surfacing.

Veganinja – reads labels only when feels the need for something processed, otherwise eats local organic produce and minimal super-foods from far away places and of course they are fair trade. Usually do not drink, nor partake in any drug, would consider themselves “straight edge”. This is advanced and usually comes with geographic restrictions. For instance it is very easy to do in Hawaii and, surprisingly a large fairly cosmopolitan city such as New York. Go to Pampa, Texas, good f’ing luck, there you can be happy if Dominos doesnt hang up on you when you say, “no cheese on that pie.”

Those are some ideas for when you step into the stores and markets near you to buy the ingredients for your meals. Mix n’ match, do a little study to learn what the various ideas are about and what the corresponding titles such as Fair Trade mean.

Food Exchanges –  

These are items in your food purveyors aisles which will help make the initial transition a breeze, or at least that is the idea, many people make this harder than it has to be. For instance, saying how horrid soy milk is, meanwhile, the FDA keeps raising the amount of hormones, antibiotics and the levels of blood platelets and pus that are allowed in their “tasty” milk… Try your best not to be a moron and you’ll do fine.
These meat and dairy imitations really do a wonderful job of doing better then what they are patterned after. The look, feel, texture of many meat and dairy products, is cunningly reproduced and made healthy.  Be sure to read labels, you don’t want to be getting mega doses of isolated soy protein as it isn’t good in grandiose amounts.  Turns out nothing is really…

cHEEZE – Daiya, one of our favorite cheeses as it melts to the point that it stretches!  It tastes great, interesting, the fact it melts is more important to me just then than the taste… very interesting… no?  This is a good crossover food, but do know that it is NOT HEALTHY, not even a little bit.

Made with seemingly quality ingredients, works for Pizza’s, grilled cheese sandwiches, nachos, quesadillas, whatever you would use cheese for.  Mozarella, Cheddar and Spicy Jack are the three shredded flavors and I believe that by next year you will have cheese by the block available and possibly even Brie…  WOW and nothing has to die for you to have it.  Thats impressively rad.  Again, not actually healthy and has heavy metals, still waay ahead of conventional cheese, not sure how it wold stack up to organic free range happy cow made cheese, I would place my money on the actual cheese as it wouldnt have the heavy metal, which, while great for music, bad for body.

mEAT – Seitan is best when homemade and the best recipe I know of comes from the Vegan Community, Gentleworld. Tofurky makes deli slices, hot dogs, sausages and they taste great. There are more companies coming online with great stuff going on, so poke around, go online, educate yourself for a change=]

mILK – There are so many dairy substitutes that are magnificently healthy and the tastes leave conventional milk in the dust.  Choose from: almond, rice, hemp, soy, oat, hazelnut, coconut and others Im sure.  They work the same as dairy in all aspects and are simply much healthier.

bURGER PATTIES – tempeh, gardein, homemade bean patties. Easy peasy, and when you compare to most conventional meat, you’ll probably have more meat content in the Vegan ones than the actual meat..Ha! That was a joke and at the same timea sad testament to our current times.

lINKS – tofurky and this other company do a great job, what is their name…..?

One thing that may happen in the beginning is you will be eating so erratically you will miss out on many important vitamins and minerals. You’ll become the fabled “sickly Vegan”! Here’s an easy set of guides to assist you in avoiding that title being added to your name…

Necessary vitamins and minerals consumed via food –

nutritional yeast – Huge in B vitamins which are of unparalleled import, lacking them you will begin to exhibit Alzheimers like symptoms. Has protein, fiber and tastes great on anything you would sprinkle with cheese. Pizza, popcorn, beans, rice, everything, salads, it all goes great with nutritional yeast. Eat a few tablespoons a day and you’ll be doing swimmingly.

dulse flakes – High in protein and apparently almost every trace mineral known, amd a great source of – vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and iodine. It also contains essential enzymes like pyruvate carboxylase, which helps produce energy from sugars. Much better than synthetic replacements. When you become a robot, eat synthetic, until then, go as natural as you can.

chia – unsure whether this is a super food or just some seed used to make little clay animals sell on infomercials. Used by the Mayans, Aztecs and the Tarahumara for endurance, sustenance and power before long runs, like the Tarahumara running 450 miles… Non fucking stop! FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY MILES NON STOP ON CHIS AND NON GMO SOON TO BE ONLY GMO CORN POWDER.  W. O. W.

The Mayans and Aztecs used it for more up to date purposes like being able to kill more people in battle due to its ability to be such a rad powerhouse of a food. Contains Calcium, phosphorus, maganese, potassium, Omega 3’s, fiber and protein, mainly used to make you a ninja, all contained in a 1mm shell.

hemp – used to make paper, Henry Ford made car bodies and the fuel to run them, scientists now figure that we can make everything from this plant, including MEDICINE. You’ll be eating the seed which will come pre-cracked as heaven forbid you plant it. All of it will be imported from less moronic countries that don’t have … Blah blah blah, you’re eating it because it has the following for you:
Omegas 3,6,9! Vitamins A, C, and E and a truckload of protein, more than meat, by miles or kilometers depending on where you reside.

Consumed in super foods –

chia – see above and see Dianas article.

maca – (also see article) In addition to sugars and proteins, maca contains uridine, malic acid and its benzoyl derivative, and the glucosinolates, glucotropaeolin and m-methoxyglucotropaeolin. The methanol extract of maca tuber also contained (1R, 3S)-1-methyltetrahydro-carboline-3-carboxylic acid, a molecule which is reported to exert many activities on the central nervous system.
The nutritional value of dried maca root is high. The average composition is 60-75% carbohydrates, 10-14% protein, 8.5% dietary fiber, and 2.2% fats. Maca is rich in the dietary minerals calcium and potassium (with low content of sodium), and contains the essential trace elements iron, iodine, copper, manganese, and zinc as well as fatty acids including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acids, and 19 amino acids.
Further, Maca contains selenium and magnesium, and includes polysaccharides. Maca’s reported beneficial effects for sexual function could be due to its high concentration of proteins and vital nutrients, maca contains a chemical called p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which reputedly has aphrodisiac properties. One of the reasons this is important to you is that is an adaptogen, your body can makes many different kinds of “building blocks” from it, and it helps to balance hormones, one of the reasons it may also be a sexual booster. With many of our diets today, we are simply out of whack. Think how easy it is to throw off a car by adding such small amounts of water to its fuel. Now look at your diet, WTF right….

cacao – raw – In doing research on this, I see why Diana wrote an entire article on it and you cannfind it here in our Superfoods series.  Know that eating raw chocolate may be the best thing you can do for your body, mind and spirit.  Antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, Omegas, Phytonutrients, etc etc etc etc….

mate – raw – aside from antioxidants, the things that help reverse all the ill effects of daily life in the world amd are key in slowing the aging process and maintaining overall system health, it has theobromine!  This is the same chemical found in RAW chocolate.  When heated it becomes caffeine, when raw it is pure smooth sustained energy.

Spirulina – see article

Chlorella – see article – Dios Mio, it isnt written yet!  For now, know it is a superfood, can help you be ninja, has protein and such a vast array of other things that are good for you it deserves its own article… which we will write very shortly=]

Consumed in pre made formulas, pills, powders etc.-

Healthforce Nutritionals – this is the only company we really will plug as they have thought of nearly everything all the way down to the packaging. Depending on how your stuff is packaged it can be degraded due to offgassing from the plastic used. You see, it ALL matters. Any company who is willing to talk about why they package stuff the way they do is fine by us. The label represent what the company thinks of you. Remember that. Big colors, fancy design, touting “X grams protein per scoop”, this is all bullshit, as healthforce says – Hype is Nothing, Substance is Everything. Dr. Jameth Sheridan

Further guides

The idea of eating fruit by itself, is widespread over many cultures from Pennsylvania Dutch to Ayurvedic medicine in India.  Of course there are always exceptions, but since many of y didnt even know the rule, you can do your own further research to get to the bottom of that.  A brief overview tells us that fruit is broken down so quickly by the body that in waiting in the stomach for other food to be processed it actually starts to ferment and become rancid losing all nutritional value and beginning a breakdown of the other food as well.

read labels – If you eat blindly what is put infront of you, you do for your body what you do for your life by not questioning.  Only the luckiest will do well living without asking.

Going to Restaurants –

Learn to use your menu as a list of ingredients they have specifically ready for your use in their kitchen.  Be prepared to speak to your server like a human and leave a decent tip.  If it doesn’t come out exactly, don’t screw it up for the rest of us by acting the ass.  Lastly, if their chef cant or many times wont do it, they suck and should leave the kitchen.  If you mean to tell me you’re gonna kill an animal no problem and chop it up into bloody pieces of bone, flesh and fat, but I order all veggies and you have beef [get it, beef! hahaha], Get OUTTA HEAH!  You will come across this as many chefs actually fear veganism, no idea why.  Not my problem, it only becomes my problem if they are rude to me and then I solve it.  Never let it ruin your day, be quick to simply stand, thank your waiter and move on.  Help to teach the ignorant amongst you with peace and ninja skill, not temper tantrums and anger.  Be the ninja you wish to see in the world.  Eventually you will become so adept that wherever you go will will be eating vegan no problem.

Going to Bar b Q – I write this specifically as you cannot imagine how often this comes up as a reason to continue eating saturated fats and killing animals, boggles my simple mind it does.  So read on please, I have a few ideas to help you, yes this is all in bold because it comes up that many damn times!

Bring your own everything and share, next time, people will come prepared I promise, its happened so many times, my food is always gone and there is plenty of everything else, cause the vegan is da bomb!  You need to learn to actually cook.  You will learn to male a sauce, to allow your veggies, shrooms, faux meats marinate and then you will grill to perfection as with any meat.  Goodness, what is chicken but a vehicle for sauce, and in this day and age a way to get your prepubescent son or daughter catapulted into puberty at the age of seven!

Here is a simple one so good it’ll curl your nostril hairs…

Cube peppers, onion, mushrooms, asparagus, eggplant.  Let it soak overnight in olive oil, a wee bit ‘ lemon n lime, sea salt and pepper.  Grill.  Watch people literally swoon.  Bow out as a hero and go on to saving the planet.

Adding raw to charge your diet –

Raw avo pie – see recipe

Raw hummus – I still have some difficulty getting this one to be right on, if you master it, please share your secrkrit.

Salads, forgot that could be a meal didn’t you…

Smoothies – see lots of recipes

Sprouts – super easy…  Soak beans, or whatever is being sprouted for 24 hours, drain, rinse, put in collander with a lightly smaller bowl below to catch excess water.  Cover with towel and rinse morning and night.  About three days till sprouts happen.  Keep them growing or refrigerate.  You can even sprout rice.  You can then dry it at a heat of 115 and below, or in the sun, grind it in a blender when completely dry, and presto, sprouted raw flour for making raw tortillas for the hummus!

initial detox phase

Now you Vegan!   OOOONGA BOONGA, YES! BEAT YOUR CHEST AND YELL AT THE MOON!  According to current scientific data, vegan is what we were for a long time, meat came in much later and as a result of lack of food…  Bet you dont know that, but them, how much have you really thought of the situation back then.  You think of back then in today’s terms.  You see hunter with spear, fire, etc.  That was late on the scene friend, in the beginning it was foraging, if they did find an animal it was usually half dead or already dead, had to be eaten raw and most people woulda just got really sick from it and maybe died.  Just saying, I didn’t make it happen, I just listen to the people who get paid to wax poetic with their conjecture on what may or may not have happened.  Based on their credentials, your ancestors were vegan.

So, you’ll need to be drinking lots of water the first couple months… make sure you really do, very important time. I’m talking 3-4 liters a DAY.  Start your day off with two large cups and go from there.  The more natural the water the better.  You are made from water.  The stuff coming out of the pipes in your home has so much shit in it it barely resembles water any longer, heck, it has chlorine, they, the people that make stuff to purposely kill others because of differences that are skin deep, use it for chemical warfare, but since its in water all of a sudden its good for you?  Who writes this stuff, who males it up and how do they find the package to get you to believe it!?!?  Did you know when you bathe in city water (assuming it is your average US city and not some high tech, advanced city in the remoteness of Sweden or what not), you are soaking in heavy metals (pipes to bring water to you), antibiotics and medicines of all sorts, industrial waste (know where flouride comes from, not the natural one that in tiny doses is good for you, the other two kinds found in your water – waste from Tin production, its a toxic waste, literally, by the EPA, but its, again, its ok in your water all of the sudden? Think about this long and hard, someone is literally getting away with murder for profit and you’re it, oh, and your innocent defenseless children who rely on you for wisdom, knowledge and protection),  what else, chlorine a chemical weapon, look it up, chlorine gas, Hitler, Nazis, in your water and your pool.

Go for clean water,  as I rode across the US, one thing hit me, and it hit me just NOW, so thanks for this article, natural water supplies ACROSS THE USA are being shut down, concreted and padlocked in the front of public safety concerns.  Be angry, you are made of water, someone is taking away the only water worth drinking. Do your best.  You will get one body, it is made of water.

Your body will be slowly cleaning all the saturated fats from your veins and arteries, all the vessels responsible for carrying blood. You may even notice your vision and thinking clear up during this time as those are the area with the smallest vessels. As we know, the smallest veins and vessels get clogged first and the ones that have the most noticeable affect you will be able to, quite literally see, are the eyes and mind.

You need as much water as possible to clear toxins.  Water is the taxi, it is the way that the bad will come out leaving room for the good.  Again you see the importance of clean, REAL water.

Give yourself time, if you do this right, you will feel sick, sometimes tired, you’ll get flashbacks of drugs you did in high school, understand you are undoing years of eating that are hardcore for the body. The reason you look as you do is due to your body digesting food.  Can you imagine how much effort it takes to break down different foods, especially highly acidic (BAD FOR YOUR BODY) meats and dairy, then extracting what it can, and then, getting rid of it, and then fixing the damage it did going through…?

Give yourself time to get into this new way of living.  You ate heavy duty for thirty years, give yourself AT LEAST 3-6 months to re-stabilize, drinking copious amounts of water as you go!

To keep in fridge/kitchen as often as possible – these dishes last a while and are corner stones and are super easy to make or fairly inexpensive to purchase:

peanut butter – slightly acidic, so the Vegan Ninja gets almond butter.

hummus – (recipe – Aye carumba, need to write this as well for you=) can be used as a dip for veggies/chips, with bread, by itself

pesto – (recipe) same as above, depending on recipe can have many different properties.

HEALTHY – cookies, chips snacks, again, read really close – H E A L T H Y.  This is meant as a treat, do not rely on these foods!  You can find yourself being a super muncher in no time, and too many carbs will lead to an imbalance.  Further, if you are not going Organic and non GMO, you could be really blasting your body.  Remember this, most of what you buy pre made has corn, this year, in November 2012, Monsanto will begin mass production of GMO corn into your everyday drinks (corn syrup) and foods (so many different variations of corn it is shocking).  You have been advised, do what you feel is right and know that independent scientific study has shown rats getting tumors twice as big as them in as little as 90 days.  Rats are used because they mimic the human body so perfectly, but are smaller so ten years can be as short as 30 days…. Y I K E S!!!

Fresh vegetables of a variety of colors with a larger amount being dark leafy greens.  They have protein, vitamins, minerals, make you strong like Bear and quick like fox.  Beware the source, conventional farming gives you huge veggies with little nutritional value and most are becoming GMO to boot.  sigh….

More to come for this section, feel free to email us with good ones and think outside the box!  A banana blended with some raw agave makes a great sandwich with almond butter on some nice mutli grain bread.  You can have the pickiest kid, they will be stoked on this stuff as will you, you who is nothing more than a fully grown picky kid=]

Lastly, for now, have you ever wondered why these companies don’t want you to know that the food is GMO?  Why they spend literally millions of dollars to push lawmakers to decide in their favor… Ever think about that stuff, ever wonder why, ever think about if you are what you eat and someone doesn’t want you to know what you’re eating, well, what does that say about them, and the overall situation?  These are just thoughts for you to ponder.  We are stoked for you no matter what you do.  You are always welcome at our table, you wanna eat meat, fine, want GMO corn, sweet.  We care about the conversation and who you are.  You’re life is fleeting as are all of ours, if we have a chance to meet, all the better for us both.

Aloha friends, happy eating, send questions, say Aloha and above all, always ask questions and protect the youth.

NINJA!

This is the quick start up guide to help you become an instant vegan allowing you to begin enjoying the benefits of better health while you still have the healthy fear of god in your heart after seeing your doctor and getting back your test results… or, you are just ready to do something different in order to get different results=]  We have tried to make this as simple yet comprehensive as possible allowing for the greatest ease at transition.  You will be setting a new baseline for your diet, and it will take a time to get used to what being really healthy feels like.  Please give yourself the time.  Know that it is better if you start doing your own cooking so you can fully understand the gravity and depth of this change and to better enable you to speak with whomever you may need to ensuring you are happy at restaurants, bars, hanging with freinds, not uncomfortable at a bar b q…

What is Vegan, am I even reading the correct article!

Vegan means letting go of things you have been raised to believe you need in exchange for the things that scientists (not on governement or dairy/meat industry payroll) and evolution tell us we actually need.

What you will be letting go of : Essentially anything that comes from a “face” so to speak.

Specifically:

Meat, includes fish and insects, you cannot believe how many people separate fish into some category that isnt considered meat. What the hell is it then, I usually wonder to myself, it has a spine, bones, blood, veins, the whole works and yet, people put it into this category that defies logical explanation. Insects have been offered to me a few times as a suitable replacement, and I have nothing against them, but, for your new diets intents and purposes, they are not vegan either.

Dairy from an animal, is not vegan. From ANY animal, for instance, chihuahua milk would not be vegan.

Cheese from animal (any) dairy would not be vegan- chinchilla cheese, not vegan.

more refined vegan – reads labels, drops long non natural sounding chemical names

still further refined, understands impact of conventional farming on human health – organic, or grows veggies in garden/farm

global vegan – gets organic and local when possible, fair trade

veganinja – reads labels only when feels the need for something processed, otherwise eats local organic produce

food exchanges to make the process easier from pre made items

cHEEZE – daiya

mEAT – seitan

mILK – almond rice hemp soy

bURGER PATTIES – tempeh, gardein

lINKS – tofurky

Necessary vits and minerals  consumed via food –

nutritional yeast

dulse flakes

chia

hemp

Consumed in super foods –

chia

maca

cacao – raw

mate – raw

Spirulina

Chlorella

Consumed in pre made formula –

Healthforce Nutritionals

Rules ideas –

fruit by itself

read labels

Going to restaurants –

use menu as kitchen, if chef cant do it, they suck and should leave the kitchen.  youre gonna kill an animal no problem, but i order all veggies and you have beef [get it, beef! hahaha], Get OUTTA HEAH!

Going to Bar b Q –

Bring your own everything and share, next time, people will come prepared I promise, its happened so many times, my food is always gone and there is plenty of everything else, cause the vegan is da bomb!

Adding raw to charge your diet –

raw avo pie

initial detox phase –

now your vegan, drink lots of water, first couple months, make sure you really do, very important time.

Over all Body health with a focus on being fit!

portion and plate growth through the years

To be the change you wish to see in the World, you actually have to change what you do until you are the representation of what you feel is best for the world.  Speaking is great, it helps to put your ideas in focus, you still have to act, with no action, your words are full of air, with action, your words are full of iron, they become real.

Here are some basic and fundamental ways to effect this change.  As you are what you eat, we will start with the essence of your life, your food!

Food-Label1.  Start reading labels, you need to know what you are putting in your body, you have to start caring for yourself, very important sentence, many people say they care for themselves, but we know people are full of good intentions and words, not so much actions, you must act out your good intentions for the world to become a better place.
You start with yourself
You are what you eat
Start eating good organic wholesome for you meals made with thought and caring using the best possible ingredients and tools available and the world will become a better place.  Take time to look into how your food, that you eat is currently made.  Do you know where it comes from, who makes it, how it is made.  All of these questions are very important, why, because you are what you eat.  I know people that will only buy thier drugs from certain people due to wanting to know whats inside it, but then they eat fast food.  Morons!

2.  Drink more water.  You are made of water.  Scientists, the same people that figured out your car, getting electricity to your computer, and the computer you are reading this on, agree that you are between 70 and 80 percent comprised of aqua.child drinking water from a pipe
Everything in you is made of water, even your nostril hairs have water, as you move through life, moment by moment, you dirty this water at a cellular level, simply being alive you dirty your “bathwater” so to speak.

Clean water at continual intervals throughout the day.  Starting the day, first thing in the morning, keep it by your bed even, two large glasses of just water. This will detox your body and help every aspect of who you are, keep the cleanse going by drinking water throughout the day.  On average you want, AT A MINIMUM, one gallon per day.  Do not kid yourself and rationalize coffee, sports drinks, soda, tea, etc. to be water.  Water is Water, and even in this day it is a scary prospect.  Compare any bottled water to a spring or a clean well, there is a world of difference.  Learn, investigate, be healthy.

Further – The vehicle you drive requires specific amounts of various fluids or it will break down.  Why then is it hard to believe that a human body would not demand AT LEAST, the very same when it can heal on its own and is waaaaaaaay more complex than anything man has created?

no excuses3.  As you are a human, you will rationalize everything that comes through your senses in order to allow you to remain comfortable even in the face of habitual activities that can lead to demise.  Rationalizing is the same as making excuses, though rationalizing is a pre-emptive strike, where as excuses are usually used after the fact.  Either ay, the end result on life quality is shockingly apparent once you take the time to step out of “your life” and look honestly at it.

Lead your life by using your gut/heart, and brain before falling prey to the joys and wonders of your senses.  If you cannot bring your own senses under control, who will?  Who will be your keeper in this life if it is not going to be you?  Who will be responsible for the personal choices you make on a moment by moment basis that in turn create who you are.  Everything that happens, does so because of what choices you make every moment of the day.
This is the human condition, accept the inherent responsibility and thrive, deny it and suffer, only you will live out the consequence of your actions in the end.

4.  Have you ever heard, “Ritual saves, Routine Kils.”?  It is in healthy rituals that we find joy, beware that you confuse yourself and linger in the shadow of ritual named routine, this will bring misery as it slowly builds a prison without walls around your mind.  If you do not fully understand, the best I can do to paint an example is the following:

You are in a new country, having a cup of coffee with freinds on a vacation.  You suddenly wish you had your three shot espresso, organic soy latte with two tablespoons of organic raw cane sugar at one hundred and twenty degrees and the person behind the counter need only see you to make it.

While it is all relative, the above represents one small way that routine can damage new experience.  It causes this damage by taken you out of present moments and wishing for others based on habits you formed as they allowed you to cope with your life.  The habits are so narrowly defined that they become a routine or program that you follow on a regular basis.  When you do not follow this routine, you become unhappy.  When you lose the present moment, you lose the meaning of why you are here, when that happens, you miss the point, lost the plot.

No longer is a cup of coffee a delight, which I may add is a delight that many will never enjoy and it has only happened recently to male it available to the masses when once it was reserved for Kings and Queens.  Do you see?
Ritual – I like a good cup of coffee
Routine – I like a good cup of coffee as long as it is from such and such and made with this and that and served so and so.  Oy!calvin and hobbes slave to routine

5.  When working towards losing the fat, go easy on yourself and pay attention to your portion size, remembering not to use your plate or bowl as a guide.

Plates, since just the sixties, have expanded nearly 2 inches, or 33 percent, causing people to eat over TWENTY TWO percent more!!!  But it doesnt stop there, with the advent of Genetic Modification of Organisms [GMO’s], everything centered around your plate,whether you are vegan or not, has exploded in size over the years. As size has grown, quality has plummeted!
Your hamburger is 23 percent larger than the one your dad ate as a kid, the soft drink – 52% larger and that bag of chips, 60.  Across the board things are getting bigger, its called value sizing, you feel like you get more for your money and since all other food places are doing it, everyone feels they have to do it, largely based on you.  Since we as people dont take the time to educate ourselves, we fall prey to this marketing and drive the demand.  When your parents were growing up a handful of Spinach provided all major nutrients and vitamins, now it would take a bushell, a bushell weighs 20 pounds.  WOW.

We make fun of the “hoity toity” people eating thier high faultin’ meals at an exhorbident cost and they get those “tiny” portions of meat, and only slightly larger portion of veggies and some carb.  Never realizing that they are eating sensible protions with high end organic/non gmo food driving the fare onto plates that are the rightly sized with the focus being paid to the balance of energy provided by the different – QUALITY – parts of the meal.  Your stomach, if you havent stretched it all to heck, will be full with roughly, ROUGHLY, a fist to two fists of food.  So, you make a fist and that is how much food you want in your stomach.  Depending on what you do, i.e., if sedentary doing minimal physical activity, you will need closer to one fist and if you are super active, more than 4 hours a day, perhaps you will be closer to 2 fists.  So this high end over priced meal is actually following age old wisdom, not only in the ingredients used, but in the actual portion size!portion and plate growth through the years

Many of us meanwhile would rather eat a value meal from mcDonalds, which now according to certain lawsuits floating around are a veritable cess pool of lies and disease waiting to happen.  Your burger may be 23% bigger, but now it conatins only 33 percent meat, of which very little is actual beef so much as  it is the organs and sinew and other… Ah, things that unless processed with a very powerful grinder would be unedible in the sense that you would have a lot of trouble chewing it, and the rest is wierd synthetic fillers!
The actual beef that is in there, has been jacked up on antibiotics to take care of the nasty things that grow when an animal made for eating grass is instead fed grains and the processed remains of its brethren, of course it also has plenty of hormones and the cow itself many times is actually GMO!  AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHGGGGGGGRRRRRRR.  The same thing is happening to your plants vegans, so be quiet, this isnt the time to be drawing straws, there is a serious problem afoot!

6.  Mindless eating is a phrase, that for me, represents our habitual eating of food when we do not need food for one of two reasons.

First and foremost, when we are thirsty, which many of us are as we are living in a state of dehydration brought on many times due to a lack of water intake which is brought on due to our spurious belief that gatorade and all these other sports drinks can take the place of water, not realizing that they actually increase your bodies need for water as they have many constituent parts that have to be cleansed from the body, a process that needs…. WATER!  So we mistake this thirst for hunger.  Always best to just drink a glass of water and see what happens.

My second belief is that in eating many of todays Bigger and therefore Better fruits, veggies, and in many of your cases, cuts of meat and dairy, you end up with a tricky situation of a full belly but deficient intake of what matters – nutrients, vitamins, minerals, all the little no seeums that make the wheels on the bus go round and round.

No matter how big the meal, if it is not made up of quality ingredients, or if in a humble meal if it is not grown in a quality way, you will be full, but left still hungry as this is your bodies way of trying to get what it needs in order to keep your dumbass alive and running around all day everyday.  Despite what you allow yourself to tell yourself is O.K., your body will do what it has to do to fix your continuous input of damage.

It isnt rocket science to look at the increase in the size of plates and how it coincides with the increase in the size of the actual produce and how it coincides with the increase in size of people and at the same time the lack of health in those people and the lack of vitamins, minerals and good for you stuff in the foods.  At the same time we see the increase in petro chemicals, synthetic hormones, broad spectrum anti biotics and other little evils of modern man that are touted as saviors becoming more and more prolific in the simplest foods, and yet, they are the very thing that are destroying you to the point you have to be saved.  Its kind of like your tax dollars being used to blow stuff up in a country and then using more of your tax dollars to rebuild what was destroyed.  In eating s@%$ty food, you allow yourself to become a cog in the machine which is driven by dollars, not health.  If you eat food, you want to have the focus of yourself and every cog in that system focused on health.  Let food be thy medicine and they medicine be thy food.  Hippocrates, the guy that every Doctor has to swear and oath to uphold his wisdom before they go forth and become swept away by greed and pressure from pharmaceutical companies.

7.  Work out.  Do something physical on a regular basis with proper form.  Make sure it covers the joints, bones and muscles of the whole body.  Learn from a person who actually knows what they are doing so that you may do whatever it is properly.  One of the biggest set backs for people is injury in the beginning of an exercise program.  You are now forewarned, ergo, you can avoid one of the largest set backs!  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers say it best – If you dont run, you rust.  Its truly is that simple, lack of exercise will start a negative feedback loop of degeneration, meaning that doing nothing will make you sick and tired.  Exercise on a regular basis will start a positive feedback loop and you will get exponentially healthier and healthier.

8.  Reward yourself with food.  Do not eat to simply eat.  Many people use eating as a form of therapy for a host of issues from personal confidence, boredom, sadness etc.  Having these issues is fine, you are a human, and as a human, you must learn to control what these issues have you doing.  As I personally have trouble when it comes to food intake, many times I will only allow myself food as a reward.  Quite simple, want to eat, do the Batman workout before eating, push ups, pull ups, sit ups.  Takes 5 minutes, you can be doing it throughout the day.  If you have no workout program, this will be one, so it is a step in the right direction. If you already have a program, this will serve to merely make you stronger.  Either way you are a winner.

In using food as a reward, ensure that you have taken the time to learn about quality food and supplementation.  Once you have learned, and your a human, you are what you eat, this should be covered by now as it is essential to your health, health is in turn essential to your quality of life, or where your “trip” takes you.  So take the time to learn, and then give yourself foods as a reward.  They must be foods that reward the body, not the taste buds.
The human tongue has 2 to 10 thusand taste buds, you have roughly 10 TRILLION cells in the human body as a whole.  Do not sell out all those cells for the few that make up the taste buds!

This is an evolving article and will have more as the ideas filter through the bedrock of my mind, of course, if you have any ideas, please share!  Aloha!

Part 15. Foods and Supplements (at a point you will realize they are one in the same:) The Beginners Guide to Bicycle Touring by Pedaling for Peace in 3D with Surround Sound

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There are a literal sea of supplements to choose from, so, we will do our best to stick to the facts about todays technology and what is generally accepted as to what works and what does not.  At the end, we will share our recommendations for what has worked for us, KNOW THIS, we have not tried every supplement there is, we are only speaking on what we know.  Everyone makes the choice that is best for them, and if it doesn’t work, get rid of it, its extra weight!

Your body will operate best when it is fed properly, this includes vitamins, minerals, proteins – to include all amino acids, they are the building blocks of YOU!  When you hear the catch phrase “complete protein”, that means it has all the amino acids KNOWN and can therefore help to synthesize whatever your body needs.

When deciding supplementation you must ask yourself if you, A. Get it in your diet now, and if not, B. How will I do so?  For a vast majority of you, this will be very alien territory indeed.  There are many places to get your information, of course, be very careful where you get it.  If you come across sites that demand you to believe only what they say, tend to stay away from absolutes.  Go for places that seem well thought out, well spoken and open to many ideas.  One such place is http://www.pedalingforpeace.com=]

fruits and veggies power pedaling for peaceThe best way to get all you need is through a balanced whole food diet that uses fruits veggies nuts and grains as the primary source of food.  Meat is fine for those who choose to eat it, though this should be more of a condiment if you will, rather than the main focus of the meal as it is very hard for the body to digest and in many cases it will be coming from a factory farm.  Factory or Commercial large-scale farming is largely responsible for the decline in the nutritional value of food.  It affects vegetables, fruits and meats by producing them on such a large scale and so quickly that they are more food products than actual food by the time the process from start to finish is complete.  Much of the growth, in the case of your meat and dairy, is made possible by heavy antibiotic and growth hormone use.  The antibiotics are used to prevent the diseases caused by the sheer number of animals in such small confined, airless, sunless places full of disease, filth and excrement.  The growth hormones are used to speed the growth of the animals in order that they may be taken to the markets quicker, thereby increasing profit.  With veggies, many of them are now farmed with petro-chemical fertilizers, extremely toxic bug sprays, polluted water all in dirt that you would NOT want your children playing in, yet for some reason you let them eat its products…?

Meat and dairy in and of themselves are more difficult for the body to digest and are better when used in very small amounts as mentioned before, also, please note this is not coming to you due to the fact that we are vegan, this is coming to you as it has been decided by nearly everyone of repute, from scientists, to nutritionists, when it comes to the health of the human body these are facts based on how we are made.

Recent developments beyond the over use of antibiotics and petro chemicals and growth hormones have made eating food, good and wholesome food, the kind you want to eat, much more difficult to achieve.  With the advent of Genetic Modification Progroms (not a misspell), you may not know what you are eating.  A company called Monsanto, in association with the United States Government is at the forefront of this research that has already decimated what we know as food by adding in some cases even human DNA strands to various vegetables in an effort to make a plumper tomato and drought resistant corn.  While this sounds great, it is in fact a detriment to our species as now we have far fewer varieties and there is mounting scientific evidence that these GMO foods are actually very bad for the human body.

While I understand that many of you reading this may be disagreeing at this point, I remind you that as a human, you are one of the single most adaptable organisms on this planet, which, as we will discuss briefly, is a blessing and a curse.

Your ability to adapt is what allows us to enslave others and make them work in mines, nuclear spills, chemical plants and sit at desk jobs that literally cause the slow degradation of the body.  While many animals introduced into similar, for them, surroundings will simply die, the human in some instances seems to almost thrive…?

Adaptability.  Do not let your ability to survive working in a salt mine on coffee and salt and a few pieces of bread, lead you to believe that it is a healthy life good for the body!

All of this is important as you are going to be riding a bike for a bit of time, this alone shows your interest in your health, we are simply clarifying a few key points about one of the most important aspects of your health, i.e., what you eat, after all, will become you over time.

Hippocrites, the gentleman to which all Doctors swear the Hippocratic Oath, states as one of his most basic and fundamental rules, “let food by thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”

In other words, you wont have to fix the entire fuel system and engine if you refrain from filling the tank with sugar, use what is known to work!

When you travel avoid the following, refined sugar, refined salt, excess meat and dairy.  Especially when you are traveling in foreign countries for the first time as you want your bodies full power to be focused and available to combat the various new bacteria it will be coming across on a daily basis.  It cannot do this is it has to deal with all sorts of chemical and genetically modified unnatural things being forced directly into the stomach!

A few points that will help you on your way when it coms to food now that the lecture on the state of food is over=]

Try to eat fruit by itself.  Fruit is digested very quickly by the body.  When eaten in conjunction with other foods, it must wait in the stomach for the other food to be processed before it can pass.  Does this make sense, your stomach is very tricky, yet not so much that it can pick and choose what stays for further processing and what doesn’t, its all or none.  While the food waits, it begins to ferment, this process then spreads to the other foods being processed and you end up losing a lot of vitamins and nutrients, further, you get gas.

Some very easy to carry superfoods are Raw Cacoa, or raw chocolate, this is a powerful antioxidant and is full of theobromine.  This chemical turns to caffeine when the chocolate is heated to make chocolate as you know it, when in its theobromine state it will provide your body with clean energy for up to 12 hours with no crash.  It is also full of vitamins and minerals.

-Maca Root or Peruvian Ginseng.  This is somewhat pricey, but well worth it as it helps to balance hormones and increase energy naturally with no crash.

-Chia seeds!  Yay for chia.  This has been used for centuries, and is full of power.  The Aztecs and Mayans would use it before battle, the Tarahumara [Native Mexican Indian Tribe revered for their ridiculous ability to run for ridiculous distances in sandals] use it as one of their only food sources during their 400 plus mile runs.

There are many out there, you want to look for ones that store easily and do NOT require refrigeration of any sort.  Unless you somehow figured that out as well=]

A really important general rule of thumb for you to remember is the following…  The energy that your body is able to extract from the food MUST be more than the energy your body uses to process the food.

For instance, in the movie Supersize me, our valiant hero ate McDonalds for a month and nothing else.  At the end of the month he was on the verge of death, literally, his liver was perilously close to a shutdown.  This is because what he was eating was not food per sey, but an approximation of food.  It was riddled with chemicals and quite frankly, it was full of s#@t.  His body had to work so hard just to rid itself of the food that he was in a continual deficit of energy and was literally dying.  Again, you body is the most adaptable organism on this planet outside of viruses and bacteria, do not let that fool you into thinking that Doritos and Soda are in any way shape or form – FOOD.  They are not.  As you progress out into your journey, be aware of this, if you want to get the maximum experience, you must give the engine the best you can find.  Next rule of thumb, Feed the Body ALWAYS, sometimes feed your wants and desires.  This especially applies to alcohol if you’re into that sort of thing.

Be very careful with alcohol, ensure that you will not be riding, that you will have plenty of time for your body to process it out before you take to the road again.  It is a diuretic, it dehydrates and it really taxes the body.  It is one of the reasons I ended up with heat stroke.  Be very aware with this drug.  We have nothing against it, Diana makes wine, I love hand crafted Beer, we both respect it and use it very carefully when riding. When resting, we like to get down on occasion, I’m no stranger to waking up and being pleasantly surprised with my surroundings and the memory rush… just so you know, we’re human like you, we only ask that you be smart humans.  At some point in life, you may get to a point where you no longer desire alcohol.  This is truly wonderful as the body was not designed to do well with it, no matter what people tell you, it’s a fact.  The body with any alcohol is immediately in survival and clean up mode.  Know this and slowly move towards being clean.  This is coming from a guy who does drink, I’m not preaching at you, just sharing a truth I have yet to grasp WITH you.

You started reading this for supplements.  We have found two companies work very well.  The first is Vega, great stuff, the pre workout energizer allowed me to ride with walking pneumonia, so, I swear by it.  They have a complete line of products, of course, you will have to carry it, so, understand and do a weight/need analysis.

HealthForce Nutritionals, another whizz bang company.  One of the most expensive on the market and for good reason, they have thought of everything, all the way down to the individual plastic choices for reduced oxygenation of the product.  Amazing company.