Filed Under (Nutrition) by Alvin Mites on 24-01-2013
There is no better or worse “protein”. It’s a commonly used word with little understanding, protein is like a house with bricks of “amino acids“. There are 9 “essential amino acids” that you cannot synthesize from raw ingredients and must be consumed. Any form of protein that has all 9 is termed to be a “complete protein” the great trick is that you can consume 100+ grams of protein daily and still be deficient if you have been consuming incomplete protein. This is unlikely to happen with any variety in your diet, though can happen if your staples consist of foods that come in bags and boxes.
Many plant proteins come up lower in 1 or more essential aminos unless combined ex: beans & rice. There are ongoing debates about whether these foods should be combined in the same meal or not, etc…
If you are a vegetarian or considering trying the option then please do some homework about nutrition, eating meat is simple, your almost guaranteed to have 70%+ usable protein, plenty of B vitamins from the bacteria that lived with them, and more oil soluble vitamins to help maintain your health. The downsides come in the form of other factors that cause you harm.
Diet is a tricky thing, there is more going on with health than being fat or thin, calorie in, calorie out. Perhaps in years to come someone will find a unified theory, though with such genetic diversity within our species and lots of money to be made from pushing a new fad we are unlikely to see a 1 size fits all approach to optimal health anytime soon.
There is no such thing as food that is good for you, only that which is less bad.
That was told to me by a very wise man some years ago, my research suggested that it is true. Everything you consume causes an immune response short of glacial water. So please do your own research, no-one cares about your health more than you (I hope).
Filed Under (Cause and Effect) by Alvin Mites on 10-01-2013
1: came from friends, don’t dumb anything down — explain in a way that can be understood with the current vocabulary but don’t ever dumb something down thinking that it will help a child understand. Rather than using baby talk, or referring to a storm as “god playing bowling” or other such nonsense that seems harmless, explain what is really happening in the world. If the idea is too complex then ask if they understand and have them explain what you said. If you’ve never given kids a chance to be smart they may surprise you.
2: came from the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell — in a study of over 100 families of various social backgrounds in an attempt to identify styles of parenting there were found to be essentially 2 with a strong divide between families that were considered rich and families that were considered poor. Rich families had parents and children often engaging together with children encouraged and exposed to different activities (gymnastics, drawing, instrument lessons, sports, etc…), enabling them to begin to develop skill(s). Poor families had parents and children participating in most things separately. Parents might be watching TV while children were told to play outside.
Rich famiies had children that grew up with developed skill. Poor families grew up with children that had greater imagination.
There is generally a balance between extremes, though the kernels relate volumes of value.
What lessons have you stumbled across, by accident or on purpose? Please share in the comments below.
Filed Under (Habits, Nervous System) by Alvin Mites on 19-10-2012
breathe in to a count of 5
hold to a count of 6
breathe out to a count of 6
repeat 5+ times
will activate your Vagus nerve which closes down production of adrenaline and forces your body to begin relaxing
also works in counts of 2, 2, 3 for a total time invested of 35 seconds
or any variation your comfortable with
Filed Under (Cause and Effect) by Alvin Mites on 21-11-2011
New legislation is currently being passed around the hill with the intent of preventing online piracy of copyrighted material.
Like many pieces of legislation it has surely been crafted with the greatest of ideals and goals. Currently there are 2 versions.
- Expand the jurisdiction for domain seizure – meaning a web-site could be taken down for hosting or linking to copyrighted material.
- Implement Deep Bit Monitoring – meaning EVERYTHING you access on the web will be monitored and scanned for potential copyright material.
1. The intent is clear, prevent sites like thepiratebay
. The trick is in the wording and checks and balance method of the US government, where congress creates the laws and the courts decide how they are enforced. So with the potential law being written to stop any site that HOSTS or LINKS to copyrighted material, this could be applied to any web-site based on automation and/or community ie: Google / Facebook / Wikipedia / Twitter / etc… By the letter of the current House of Representatives version of the bill any of those sites could be taken down permanently if enough links to copyrighted material were found posted by users or picked up by Googlebot.
2. The Senate version has one provision that would allow “Deep Packet Inspection” which opens up a warehouse of privacy concerns, and if passed would force ISPs across the country to rebuild their architecture. On the Privacy end everything you do/view/write online would be monitored closely, with logs so that IF you view copyrighted material then your access would be blocked by your ISP, or modifying the sites you view;
“Cutting off funding or access to only the illegal part of the site while leaving the rest of the site intact promotes legitimate expression.”
On the privacy side, this is similar to the approach used by the Great Firewall of China. Let alone creating logs of everything you (your connection) do (does) online. We live in a time when Thomas Jefferson
is being left out of text books, and legislation may be put into place to force your ISP to filter what you are able to view online. The word choice of force is not an accident, the compliance for this issue would require that your ISP monitor your actions in detail, creating a wide range of technical hurdles for the internet to remain in compliance. Under current law, any web-site can rely on copyright holders to bring offending material to its attention. China reportedly requires an internet police force of 30,000 for its censorship efforts, which meet with only partial success.
The long story short is that this legislation which is surely being drafted with the best of intent contains within it a technical pandora’s box that will prevent innovation as any new or existing community based web-site will be forced to actively monitor all activity to prevent copyrighted material from appearing on site. Neglecting to do so with the most advanced (and likely most expensive) technology available could put them at risk of being held for non-compliance.
Further details are available via soon to be banned Wikipedia
I’m curious what your thoughts are?
It’s your fault.
If you want to change something.
No matter what happened, no matter how, why anything, accept that it is your fault.
Until you are responsible how can you change it?
Nagging and screaming may work for children some of the time, but who wants to be at the mercy of someone else to be responsible your own life?
Once you have accepted reponsibility, then you can begin to figure out how things ended up the way they did and change circumstances accordingly. Whether it is a change in attitude, tonality, word choice, physical action, diet, or one of thousands of other factors, you have the ability to change your own circumstances.
But not until you accept.
It’s your fault!
Yesterday I started to feel myself coming down with a cold so I decided to kick it out quick with a fast. At the end of the day I decided why not keep it going for a few days and turn this into a deep cleanse.
My juice fast recipe for the day:
I tend to use this juice fast recipe as a base since when combined properly it forms a complete protein and allows for extending fasting. The proper mix is 2 parts carrot : 2 parts celery : 1 part apple. If you are not an experience juicer then I don’t recommend jumping right into that mix as the saltiness of the celery is a bit much to handle. That said if you add some celery to your fresh pressed carrot and apple juice then you will be gaining some complete proteins and allow your body to maintain it self while your cleanse.
My method is fairly simple, I ran 3 pounds of carrots, 2 pounds of apples and 2 pounds of celery through a Champion Juicer to make roughly 3 quarts of juice. I will drink this throughout the day along with water and store bought not-from-concentrate Orange Juice anytime that I feel hungry.
Having my juice pre-pressed this way makes it much easier to avoid the temptation to indulge and break my fasting since all I have to do is pour a glass rather than go through the process of making juice each time I feel hungry. Aiding
The orange juice being is also there to aid in my will power in case I seek something sweeter, being pasteurized it contains significantly less nutrients than my what I pressed this morning though it does make for a nice change.
Find a quiet space, and imagine a room where there are 2 chairs and invite yourself 5 years from now to join you and have a conversation, ask any questions that you are unsure of and observe the differences between yourself now and the projection
then dismiss your future self, switch chairs and chat with yourself 5 years ago
inspired a great number of internal shifts without any other effort, been encouraging to realize that I have all the knowhow to accomplish most anything I want, just a matter of applying myself – largely through (re)building habits
How about you? What habits would make a difference between where you are now and where you see yourself in 5 years?
While logically working on the biggest change the great fulcrum that will change everything is tempting it can easily become a distraction to prevent you from getting started on making changes. If you don’t have a clear answer then pick 1 thing and get started, after a few days (5 seems to be the critical number) momentum will start to carry you forward.
– Thank you Steve Pavlina for the inspiration of the technique
PS. Yes this is grammatically terrible, this is a 1st draft which is a habit I will continue for several posts at least as I develop the habit of writing to this blog more often.
Filed Under (Nutrition) by Alvin Mites on 12-12-2010
Diabetes: not fun, used to have hypoglycemic crashes somewhat regularly before learning to manage
watch your fat vs carb intake, higher blood fat levels cause sugar/carbs to stay in your blood stream creating the conditions for a crash – biggest thing I’ve learned is scheduling, when eating a fatty meal try to stay light for a few hours sticking with water and low glycemic index foods (apples are a particular favorite)
can share more if interested, learned how to cure diabetes when I went raw and haven’t had an issue since
I believe that cancer is curable in most cases. I don’t use the word “curable” lightly or by accident, you’ve likely heard of cancer being “treated” a number of times. When I think of curing a dis-ease like cancer I go right back to looking for the cause and effect relationship. One common cause of cancer is the ongoing presence of overt fats within your bloodstream. To enact a cancer diet cure where this was a partial cause would be to cut back on your intake of fats, go a couple days in a row where you eat as few calories from fat as possible. Make that into a dietary cycle, observe your results and adjust from there. This would be in addition to any other ongoing treatment, though again this is all based upon individual cause and effect and not to be taken as serious medical advice.
Reasoning: Once consumed fat remains within your bloodstream for 12-48 hours, if during that time you eat more fats then the countdown is extended. In the presence of enough fat a couple of things are going on at the cellular level. In this case I’ll focus on 1 process, breakdown of sugars into energy. In the presence of Oxygen a process called ATP
is used, this is a primary system that will most often help produce healthy cells over time. When there is no or insufficient Oxygen present then your cells will go through a process of fermentation
to release energy from sugar. This fermentation over time can cause a number of mishaps in future cell generations if used as a primary system to fuel your cells.
Connecting the dots: If you take a teaspoon of olive oil, pour it onto a bowl of water and let it sit for a while you will eventually end up with a thin layer of oil of equal thickness floating on top of the water. Since you’re body and cells are mostly water, fat will do the same thing to individual cells. This coating interferes with other chemicals and processes internally such as the cell having access to Oxygen when it is ready to convert sugars to energy.
He get’s a bit extreme in his writing though results have a way of speaking for themselves…
So what do you think? Have I gone over the deep end thinking that cancer is a curable dis-ease?