All Posts Tagged ‘Diet


Update on my Recent Heart Attack


I am doing better but i’m still in shock over what happened. Like i mentioned before, i’ve been a vegetarian since 1973 and have (especially over the last couple of years) been eating mostly whole, organic, unprocessed foods. When i would make pizza, i would use fat-free cheese (with a little bit of organic, regular cheese sprinkled on too); i am gluten-free; i do not eat eggs, but when i did, they were mostly Egg-Beaters cholesterol-free eggs. Realizing that heart conditions run in my family, i would take 2,000mg of fish oil every day. I always religiously, very vigorously exercised on a Schwinn indoor bicycle, 15 minutes a day; plus i kept active with cleaning my aquariums and going on nature walks, etc. My total cholesterol (when i went into the hospital) was 104. My LDL cholesterol was 44. (Needless to say, these were very good numbers.) Other factors can play into what causes heart problems, especially, inflammation (and heredity). I have both osteoarthritis and mild rheumatoid arthritis. (Actually, there is a very good chance that if i did not live such a healthy lifestyle… i would have simply flat out died.)

When i was in the hospital, at one point 10 doctors, (as a group, for staff “learning” purposes), came into my room. I said, “Well if something happens to me now, i’m pretty well covered for care!” ūüôā The doctors told me that i was doing everything right. That is both very reassuring and very disheartening. (Hopefully, the medications that they are putting me on will help.)

My blogs keep running (as i had previously scheduled) them and when those run out, that will be it for a while. I will likely take a break. I will (in the future) likely continue to blog but i’ll be doing so with much less frequency. Thanks very much, everyone (for your very kind wishes) and please take good care of yourselves.

Bullfrog up-close … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019


Good Nutrition (essential for a stable mind)…




Good nutrition is essential for having (i.e., being) a mind that is perceptive, stable, innocent, compassionate, whole, and non-fragmentary.¬† What we eat affects us cognitively, and a mind that eats a lot of unnecessary sweets and junk food and that takes all kinds of mind-altering drugs cannot have — and be — the stable integrity that allows profound order, beautiful wisdom, and spiritual magic to take place.¬† We truly are what we eat, and if we eat junk… we end up being intrinsically junky.¬† (Look at what the current president of the U.S. is eating.)

A lot of people are not fully aware of the very detrimental contents pertaining to much of the “so-called food” in the grocery stores.¬† ¬†No wonder why many diseases and disorders are increasing in alarming numbers in countries like the United States.¬† In the U.S., the FDA (the Fraud and Deception Administration) certainly doesn’t really care what happens to you; look at all the garbage on the shelves that people can buy; it’s $ and extended shelf life (for the powerful industries) that is fundamentally important to the FDA and U.S. government.¬† We laugh at what people did many years ago with blood-letting and leeches.¬† What we are doing — in the U.S. — in this day and age, with tons of crazy, synthetic medications (most of which have very deleterious side-effects)… and foods giving us inflammatory disease, increased blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, autism, and such things as Alzheimer’s disease… is equally tragic and malignant.¬† These days, in the U.S., most doctors — though most mean well and are doing a reasonable amount of¬† “good” — are, unfortunately, puppets of the pharmaceutical companies; most of them just do not tell you how to heal your body naturally and holistically.¬† Big $ supersedes the overall health of the nation’s people.¬† We are not a sick species that needs to depend on innumerable kinds of synthetic (unnatural) drugs in the quantities that we currently take!¬† I am recommending two important videos — their links are offered below — for you to watch to get started.¬† ¬†I admire both Dr. John Bergman and Dr. Mandell, who talk in these videos, but i certainly don’t agree with everything that they say (especially in certain other videos that they provide); however, for the most part, they are far better to listen to than the standard fare!¬† Do yourself a favor and watch these two videos when you have the time.¬† Super healthful Chia seeds, mentioned below, actually got their name from the Mayan word for ‚Äústrength,‚ÄĚ and for good reason!¬† They have maximum nutrients with minimal calories and are very high in top quality fiber, and contain very high levels of ALA omega-3 fatty acids (higher than flax seeds and even salmon)!¬† ¬†So, here is how i make Chia Pudding daily (which is anti-inflammatory, raises HDL, lowers blood pressure, and lowers triglycerides.):¬†¬†

¬†(I make my Chia in the evening… to refrigerate overnight and eat in two portions the next day.)¬†

1. Add 1 cup of unsweetened Almond milk (vanilla flavor) to a small, plastic container.

2. Add some honey and flavorings (possibly more vanilla if preferred) and/or some powdered cinnamon (to one’s taste)… and stir vigorously.¬†¬†

3.¬† Add 4 level Tablespoons of Organic Chia Seeds (Walmart sells it in the flour section)… and stir vigorously; (if you have time, stir every now and then for the first few minutes).

4.  Let it set for 45 minutes or so and stir it well one more quick time (to homogenize it and get out the clumps). 

[Note:¬† It is at this step that i add my favorite flavoring — instead of the others mentioned above — which is organic Cacao Powder (not Cocoa); i add about a tablespoonful of the powder and stir it in well (with honey having been added previously in step 2).¬† (If you add the organic Cacao, you might want to add a bit more milk in step 1.)¬† Organic Cacao is sold where the Chia is (at Walmart) and is full of antioxidant flavanols. Raw cacao powder contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and has nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate — more than 20 times than that of blueberries. ]

5. Put it in the refrigerator (covered) overnight and then eat in the morning (or later) as is, or with blueberries added, or whatever.  Get healthier.  


(If you have any questions regarding making the Chia, just ask.)

I also take curcumin in the form of “Double Strength Theracurmin” daily, which does wonders for the joints!¬† ¬†I’ll post more on nutrition at a later time.



More Spring Emergence … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019







Vegetarianism and beyond…



This post will not try to lure you into being a vegetarian. ¬†I sit and eat comfortably with people who eat meat, and i don’t try to convince them to do otherwise. ¬†I’ve been a vegetarian since 1973. ¬†My reason for vegetarianism is mostly related to a compassion for animals, rather than simply for health reasons. ¬†Currently, i am an Ovo-Lacto vegetarian, though for a few years i was a vegan (not eating any animal oriented products, including milk and eggs). ¬†I do not use much (at all) in the way of dairy products, but do eat eggs fairly often. ¬†Over the years, one has met all kinds of vegetarians and non-vegetarians. ¬†It has been an interesting ride. ¬†Some vegetarians, whom¬†i’ve known or¬†lived with, were simple and non-arrogant about their vegetarianism. ¬†They were simply that way, and they didn’t flaunt it or look down on those who were not like they were. ¬†I was appreciative of the way they were… of their non-judgemental¬†approach. ¬†I’ve also met plenty of vegetarians who were rather arrogant and pretentious about it… looking down on those who did not fit into what they thought was the only correct way to be.

Years ago, i was introduced, by two female vegetarian friends, to a man who was a fruitarian. ¬†He did not eat plants because he thought that plants had feelings. ¬†He was rather pitiful¬†to look at… looking very emaciated and sickly (though he was only in his 20’s). ¬†He claimed that it was “wrong” to even eat bread… since yeast — used to make bread — is closely related to animals. ¬†To me, what he said didn’t carry much credibility… especially since he looked like death warmed over. ¬† For a meal, he would eat some fruit… and he looked down on people who ate plants (as if they were immoral). ¬†One can take idealism to levels that negate the correct and proper care of the physical organism that the mind inhabits, causing irreparable harm to that organism.

When one was a vegan, after a period of time, though eating a good variety of foods, there developed unnatural cravings to eat more and more. ¬†Something was missing in that diet. ¬†Eventually, one went back to an Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian regimen. ¬†I was taking Chia oil capsules for the essential fatty acids. ¬†However, skin started to come off of my inner legs by my thigh area; it literally fell off! ¬†When i started taking Fish Oil capsules and/or Krill Oil… the skin problem went away. ¬†What i didn’t know before then, was that vegetable oils, including Chia, Flax, oils from nuts, and such, are in the form of ALA fatty acids. ¬†Most people cannot readily convert the ALA into the needed DHA. ¬†DHA is critical for proper brain function and body chemistry; many vegetarians are lacking in information about this (and in the necessary DHA). ¬† In a big way, this is a real crisis, and few are knowledgeable about it. ¬†Even non-vegetarians can be very lacking in DHA… which can lead to all kinds of problems, including cognition problems and Alzheimer’s disease. ¬†Recently, DHA from algae has become commercially available, which is great for vegetarians and even vegans. ¬†I currently use the Diet Standards brand called “Prenatal DHA”; please don’t laugh (like my wife did)! ¬†It can be purchased for less $ (than on some sites) on eBay, if one shops around. ¬†Fish oil and Krill oil, additionally, contain very large amounts of DHA. ¬†

As we age, we — vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike — especially need plenty of DHA; the brain consists largely of fat and DHA; DHA is essential! ¬†DHA is the predominant structural fatty acid in the central nervous system and in the retina of the eye, and its availability is vital for¬†the development and health of the brain.

Lately, one has been into studying Native American culture, before the arrival of Europeans. ¬†They ate plenty of vegetables (back then) as well as meat. ¬†They respected nature… and lived in real harmony and balance with nature. ¬†Many of us, these days — vegetarians included — don’t even come close to that genuine harmony… that genuine balance. ¬†We, with our fossil-fueled cars, fossil-fueled plane trips, excessively large homes, overpopulation, and endless plastics, are far from that harmony. ¬†(One has been trying, with geothermal home heating, a small home, with using small cars, not having children, and recycling, etc.; but one can never do enough.) ¬†Being a vegetarian does help environmentally and with nature; however, there are many other factors that affect life in very significant ways. ¬†¬†

Please — vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike — take the time to read the following regarding DHA:

Not for eating (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

Not for eating (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

Not for eating (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

Not for eating (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017