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Animal Protein

Posted by billzant on May 25, 2012

It is amazing with all the time I spend reading about healthy food how I still miss some things. Watching “Delicate Balance” brought this one home to me. I started my healthy eating with a macrobiotic diet – grains, legumes veg and fruit with fish once a week. Over time this became easy for me because mostly I cooked at home and occasionally I ate at restaurants when I was tired – and the fish allowed me to do that. I also read that mussels were good for ageing bones so I introduced them into my diet. Delicate Balance started me thinking and I realised that I had a small amount of fish, squid, prawns or mussels most days of the week. Of the animal proteins I think they are the safest, and I felt comfortable with this. But I am 4-5kg over weight.

The movie made me realise that animal protein is not natural for humans, and I had deluded myself. “Humans are carnivores” is the message of the meat industry but quick inspection of our teeth quickly belies that. There is the myth that historically we are hunter-gatherers but in truth it is natural to eat plant-based foods with occasional meat if we were lucky enough to snare something. Now that “capturing our food” is not a challenge, this historical diet can be seen as a natural diet of grains, legumes veg and fruit with a small amount of animal protein sufficient to provide us with B12. Watching Fresh the chemical cocktail fed to keep the animals alive has always kept me off meat. Sea fish has always seemed much safer but I have allowed myself too much fish protein. I have a dish I make – I would call it mussels ga ti – mussels with fried veg in coconut oil and fresh coconut millk from the market plus Thai spices. The places I eat out regularly I am going to find vegetarian options, thus significantly reducing my animal protein, maybe I will hit the 80kg that I should be at.

Human beings are not meant to eat the animal protein in the same way as we are not meant to eat dairy (only mother’s milk). For all the coronaries this could well be an important understanding.

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Zandtao Health Page

Posted by billzant on March 7, 2012

Ginsukapaapdee is specifically concerning how I have managed to eat healthily in Thailand. BigFood and its politics have a horrendous affect on our food choices, and this should not be ignored. BigFood however applies its pressures globally rather than being specific to Thailand, and I do not consider it appropriate to include such global questions in this blog. However if you are interested in the manipulations that affect our health from a political perspective checkout the Zandtao Health Page.

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Food Inc

Posted by billzant on October 23, 2009

I have just watch this movie, “Food Inc”, and it knocked me back. Please download it here:-

Food Inc

I hope the multinationals have not got such a grip on Thailand, but if you know of examples or have information please post here

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