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My meditation is shot full of holes. Thankfully it is not dead but it is writhing in agony. The onslaught began last July with the first of the two monthly flus, each flu understandably and acceptably, for me, zapping the meditation. For me flu was a hazard that was worked through and then meditation started again.
The flus were an indication of bigger problems – hormones, see tag glands. I have accepted that the hormones have changed my body and diet, but I have not altered the meditation with the change in body regulation. As such my meditation is shot full of holes, and I am not in harmony with the environment, I fell prey to the insulting Yank – and I still haven’t completely rid him from my mind despite having taken lessons from the interaction (written in my private blog). I suspect my vulnerability to Alex in December was also because of this shot meditation.
My body clock is haywire – mega-haywire. At one stage since July I resolved to make my day 10pm-6am, last night was 6am to 1pm (2 hours were a power cut problem). I tried melatonin because the body (pineal gland) delivers melatonin between 11pm and 2am, but two days ago in meditation I couldn’t focus the mind, decided it was the melatonin, and felt better for having stopped it. I haven’t rejected it out of hand as the body needs melatonin and with my sleep pattern I’m not getting any, but a pill a day is too much.
But throughout all of this meditation is erratic. With the wierd sleep pattern I cannot determine when I get up. I can force myself up for teaching but with breakfast time, leaving the house at 10.15 means getting up at the latest 8.30. So if I go to bed and sleep at 12.30 that’s OK, but that hasn’t been happening. If I force myself to go to bed even if tired, somehow I refresh and am lying there unable to sleep. Sleeping will occur often sporadic, but at 8.30 I am not refreshed, and the thought of meditation is not practical. If I discipline myself the meditation is fighting sleep and not meditating – although sitting for an hour is helpful whatever mess is going on in my head.
Previous meditation had its weaknesses although I was at peace. I wanted a 2-meditation day but it rarely happened. Meditation 1 usually happened for an hour, and then the mind and the day kick in. Routine stuff happens – usually good as I was at peace, but come the evening time for meditation 2 – well it just didn’t happen. I was not in control and the mind was chattering away; some blogging stuff or tv would start. Sometimes Med 2 happened and I would control some of the chatter but it was a discipline meditation and peace didn’t follow.
It is of course not acceptable to allow the mind in so easily but I was at peace. Maybe this hormone issue and the need to control the mind are happening from the same source – to break away from a peace that had become stagnant? I have always measured my meditation with the monastery routines but that is shallow. I need to measure meditation by its success. This has great dangers. I must not measure by the achievement of a state of mind because such an objective is restrictive, yet I have always measured it by the level of peace and harmony – the consequences of meditation.
I am not in a monastery for many reasons but primarily because a forced routine is not the Path. So why am I choosing the monastic 2Med model? Sitting an hour is good discipline, discipline has to be a part of what I do. There is another weakness I previously had with meditation, I found it difficult to meditate after eating. I have now to accept that all these routine restrictions have to stop. Meditation is about state of mind. If my mind is messed up I must meditate. I have to start accepting meditation at all hours, ignore the previous routine restrictions and meditate when necessary.
So I have to learn to assess when I need to meditate? And that needs thought. This is very difficult but is maybe a good practice – the need to assess continually.
I can only get one butter, and as luck would have it it is Anchor New Zealand butter. Look at this from here:-
“When looking for good quality butter, raw and cultured is best. This might be hard to find, however. Organic butter is your next best thing, with store-bought butter being at the bottom. Remember what we’ve said about commercially-raised cows; its worth a few extra cents to get high quality butter for you and your family. A brand of butter available in many markets is Anchor, imported from New Zealand. In this country, all cattle are grass-fed, thus insuring a high nutrient content of their milk, butter, and meat.”
In a country like Thailand (non-dairy eaters) raw and cultured is out, but I can get Anchor.
As for cheese I found my answers on the “Don’t eat saturated fats” pages, but is not one this page is not one. This is what they said about cheese:-
Bangkok and Pattaya I can get some of these cheeses, and I might resort to the processed cheddar I can get at Makro. This leads me to another problem, will I go back to the excessive butter and cheese eating? See addendum.
This leads me more or less into
The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet is not “actually” the diet of any country or area; instead, it is “inspired” by the traditional dietary patterns of the peoples of southern Italy, Greece, and Spain. Generally it is regarded to center around high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables, moderate to high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt), moderate wine consumption, and low consumption of meat and meat products.
I would modify that as follows, however:
High consumption of vegetables.
Avoid like the plague all manmade trans fats (natural ones are fine) and all ultra-refined, high omega-6 vegetable oils (the kind that can last on your shelf for years without ever going rancid).
Low to moderate consumption of organic, free-range meat and meat products (if desired).
This diet looks pretty much 40/20/40. I won’t eat the meat after the duck reaction. When forced I have eaten meat and never had a reaction, maybe it was psychological telling me not to go there as I was testing it. Either way I cannot be sure of free-range so meat is out. Sugar is out. It says low consumption of cheese, that doesn’t sound Mediterranean but there we go. It says low on legumes but I have just reintroduced them into my diet – omitted by oversight; they are moderate consumption – 3 or 4 times a week as it has felt right to eat them. No more wheat (give to Walter), rye bread only; I have seen too many articles on scientists screwing with wheat yield and those scientists were pre-GM.
In my first year in Thailand I made occasional trips to Anna’s on Koh Chang for cheese, maybe I will check those out again.
I’m happy, glands resolved.
I have always seen the butter and cheese as excessive when I was vegetarian, but it was usually with toast – TOAST – WHEAT. I am zapping wheat as I have said; moderate cheese and butter on rye bread – OK. More happiness!!
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“Your body requires 6 essential nutrient classes for growth, maintenance, and repair of its tissues. These classes are carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water. Carbohydrates, protein, and fat are the macronutrients. Vitamins, minerals, and water are the micronutrients.” [p96]
Macronutrients 40% carbs, 20% protein, 40% fats.
In the past on diet, I have focused on non-processed. I am guessing my diet was low in fats but I am not sure. I must now look at this balance of macronutrients. I must now look at my diet in terms of carbs protein and fats.
Good carbs balance insulin, boost glucagon, support thyroid health, and optimize the production of sex hormones and DHEA. All these hormones are essential for you to be fit, radiant, and healthy. Your body needs these good carbs, but we eat far too few of them. [p97]
When you eat low-fiber vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, or beets, do so in moderation. These starchy vegetables should only be eaten by people who exercise regularly, since they can lead to weight gain. [p100]
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, help neutralize dangerous estrogen metabolites in men and women. I must provide a word of caution, however; if you suffer from a sluggish thyroid, be aware that certain vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, rutabaga, spinach, and watercress), when eaten raw and in large quantities, can block the uptake of iodine. That can aggravate your condition. [p101]
Fruit – Fructose, which is naturally present in fruit, does not negatively affect insulin levels like glucose. Nevertheless, consuming excessive amounts of fructose (like a glass of a fruit juice) in your bloodstream can be as harmful as eating pure sugar, which your body will store as fat if it isn’t quickly burned off. A fruit juice concentrate can contain as much sugar as a can of soda, and a fresh-squeezed glass of juice (which, stripped of its fiber, no longer slows the delivery of sugar to
Which fruits should you eat? I love cantaloupe, cherries, and all kinds of berries on the Perfect 10 Diet. They’re great for weight loss since they are very low in sugar and calories. Oranges are high in vitamin C and can help balance cortisol, making them a great stress-relieving od. Do you like grapes? Wonderful! They’re rich in resveratrol, which is good for your heart. [p102]
Legumes – Legumes should be part of a healthy diet. Try to eat them 3 to 4 times a week. They’re a good source of carbs and also contain small amounts of protein. In fact, legumes are bona fide belly flatteners. [p102] I don’t eat any I’ve just realised. This is not good, he says 3 or 4 times a week.
There is protein in plants. I have mussels and salmon, now with the eggs – plenty of protein but I don’t think too much. Will have to watch it. No doubts – my diet is low fat ie less than 40%.
Makro has given avocadoes, and now olives. If my diet is low in fat then I can take a spoon of coconut oil every day. I do like butter but am suspicious of it. Definitely an egg a day for breakfast, and evening meal fish and salad. What is coconut milk? I think it is healthy fat so that is good. Whilst too much diary is a problem I have no dairy except for the forbidden pizzas. But pizzas are
Before breakfast I am now having some healthy coconut oil.
“1. Saturated Fat (Excellent)
Saturated fat is found in coconut and palm oils, dairy products, and in animal products to some degree. Probably the single greatest nutritional myth of past decades has been that saturated fat is unhealthy. A huge body of research published in respected medical journals shows the exact opposite is true. Sadly, the majority of people never hear about it.
Eating foods rich in saturated fat, such as eggs and butter, boosts the production (and thereby the effects) of hormones whose structures are built upon cholesterol. These are the steroid hormones, which include the female and male sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Sex hormones keep you looking young, enhance sex drive, and prevent wrinkles and osteoporosis.” [p119]
“Saturated fat is also needed for the production of adrenal sex hormones like DHEA. DHEA is a hormone that prevents autoimmune diseases. It has been linked to longevity and also enhances your sex drive. Imagine the harm you’re doing to yourself when you deprive your body of these good fats.” And now to win the droop brigade:- “As you incorporate saturated fat back into your diet, don’t be ashamed or surprised if your sexual partner starts to complain about your high sex drive. That’s a sign of good sex hormones levels.” [p120]
“Saturated fat is also needed for the proper functioning of your cells. Saturated fat improves the body’s proper absorption and conversion of essential fatty acids like omega-3 fatty acids. Saturated fat is also needed for calcium to be deposited into the bones.” [p120]
I note two things from this ([p119]). Saturated fats are found in animal products to some degree, so in view of the problems of antibiotics this minimal healthy fat can be ignored. But they can be found in dairy products, so the question comes back “where can I get healthy dairy products?” The answer to that cannot change – western shopping in Bkk and Pattaya – maybe mail order? So it leads to another question, assuming 40% fats is right where do the Thais get their fat? Kanom – sweets. Mango black sticky rice and coconut milk. Problem – Thai people are getting fat. It is not just westernisation so have to be careful of “kanom”. How much do they use palm oil? Where is good palm oil?
“Cocoa butter is a saturated fat found in cocoa beans and is used for making chocolate. Eat some dark chocolate made with cocoa butter. It will help you feel full. Chocolate is made out of the cocoa butter and the cacao beans. The beans lost their name cacao in translation and became cocoa. On the Perfect 10 Diet, look for organic dark chocolate that is at least 70 percent cocoa. The higher the percentage of cocoa found in chocolate, the better it is for your cardiovascular health. Just be vigilant about the chocolate’s sugar content.” [p123] How can I find this? I have raw cacao beans – use them more. Maybe check for some dark chocolate although it will probably be sugar chocolate.
Back on the butter. Much of the cheese has to be dismissed because it is rubber cheese – processed. So what is the harmful stuff with butter processing? OK the milk will be crap – pasteurised, but all the cheese will use pasteurised milk. Rubber cheese looks shit, is that a judge? Should I check if it bounces? :) :) Not serious.
Glycemic Index (GI):-
This guy sees white food as worse than sugars and he hates sugars – interesting; he discusses the Glycemic Index [p99]. Good carbs, veg, fruit and whole grains, have low GI; interestingly for mb potatoes has high GI. High GI means sugar therefore more insulin thus inhibiting glucagon leading to fat.
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“In this book, I discuss ten hormones. You will learn where each of the ten hormones is manufactured in the body, the normal levels for those hormones, which foods help boost or balance hormone levels, and which foods disrupt or disturb hormone levels. The ten hormones are insulin and glucagon, which affect food storage; leptin, which affects satiety and gives you a feeling of fullness; growth hormone, which helps you grow and repair muscles and tissues; cortisol and thyroxine, which affect energy levels; dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which relieves fatigue and improves your overall sense of well-being; and the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, which affect weight, fertility, libido, and aging.”
The Perfect 10 hormones are:-
The Perfect 10 Diet ensures that your body receives the right nutrient load, which is 40 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent fat, and 20 percent protein. [p31]
I shall go through the glands chakra by chakra:-
Crown – Pineal - “If you have excess cortisol in your bloodstream, this shuts down serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects your mood. When serotonin levels drop, depression can result. Depression is now on the rise nationally, even in children. Next, excess cortisol reduces your production of melatonin, the sleep hormone secreted by a small gland called the pineal gland. A drop in melatonin leads to insomnia.” [p86]
“If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t make enough HGH, the hormone that keeps you fit and young, since it is produced mostly during sleep.”
Head – Pituitary – Human Growth Hormone (HGH) – If you’re on the Atkins Diet, which is way too high in fat, this simply shuts down growth hormone, which is the hormone that keeps you young. Do doctors routinely check for growth hormone levels? Of course not. [p44]
“HGH declines with age …. Body fat is a great inhibitor of the HGH secretion. HGH levels rise when
“Why does HGH play a role in immunity? Because HGH helps grow the thymus gland, a gland in the chest that makes T-cells, the cells responsible for fighting infections.” [p 85]
“Once you begin to eat the right amounts of protein, incorporate exercise in your daily life, lose weight, and get adequate sleep, your HGH level will go up.”[p85]
“If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t make enough HGH, the hormone that keeps you fit and young, since it is produced mostly during sleep.” [p86]
“FOODS AND OTHER FACTORS THAT CAN HELP BALANCE GROWTH HORMONE INCLUDE: vegetables, fruits, poultry, eggs, fish, anaerobic exercise, weight loss, and fasting.” [p85]
Throat – thyroid – “The Atkins Diet is also bad for your thyroid, as it encourages a high-protein lifestyle. Too much protein can shut down the thyroid hormone from converting to its active form. Thyroid hormone is a major hormone that keeps you fit. It controls your whole life, not just your metabolism. If you’re on the South Beach Diet, which favors manufactured polyunsaturated oils such as corn and soybean, the thyroid gland is also negatively affected. Polyunsaturated oils in their free fatty acid state also interfere with the conversion of thyroid hormone into its active form. ” [p44]
“This gland is found in the neck just below the thyroid cartilage (known as the Adam’s apple in men), and it is controlled by the brain’s hypothalamus and pituitary. An underactive thyroid makes your metabolism slow to a crawl, which can make you gain weight even if you don’t eat much. Thyroid hormone has actions beyond metabolism and keeping you fit: it provides energy, improves thinking abilities, boosts the immune system against infections and cancer, decreases bad cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure.” [p82]
“Leptin is the master hormone that helps regulate thyroid. In times of starvation, leptin levels fall, signaling the thyroid and other hormones to switch into conservation mode. Metabolism slows down, body temperature lowers, and vital nutrients are conserved. But leptin resistance from refined carbs and excess sugar distorts the signals this hormone sends to the thyroid gland and the rest of the body, and may direct well-fed, and even overweight, individuals into fat-storage mode.” [p83]
FOODS THAT CAN BALANCE THYROID HORMONE INCLUDE: sea salt (in moderation), fish, shellfish, and sea vegetables, particularly seaweed. The iodine that is naturally present in the right amounts in these food groups is essential for the proper function of the thyroid gland. When you also eat enough fruits and vegetables, the “safe” types of carbohydrates, you increase production of thyroxine.” [p84]
Heart – Parathyroid – “Why does HGH play a role in immunity? Because HGH helps grow the thymus gland, a gland in the chest that makes T-cells, the cells responsible for fighting infections.
Solar Plexus – Pancreas – Insulin – Insulin is the fat-storing hormone secreted whenever our bodies are called upon to metabolize food, and it’s secreted in higher amounts when the food you consume contains sugar or your diet is high in bad carbs (Fig. 1.1). When you follow a low-fat diet, your pancreas will work overtime to secrete more and more insulin in order to deal with all that excess sugar. Why? Because sugar is damaging to your tissues, so your body must deal with it right away to expel it from your bloodstream. As your pancreas secretes massive amounts of insulin—more than you need—to store the sugars, your body forms triglycerides, or fat molecules, and you gain weight. When triglyceride levels rise, your risk for heart disease rises right along with them.” [p37]
FOODS AND FACTORS THAT HELP BALANCE INSULIN INCLUDE: chromium, a trace mineral that enhances insulin function, and is found in brewer’s yeast, whole-grain breads, meats, eggs, and shellfish. Zinc is also important, and it is present in seafood and dark meats. Exercise is also essential to lowering your insulin levels and losing weight. [p80]
Solar Plexus – Pancreas – glucagon – “Glucagon is another hormone secreted by the pancreas. It performs the exact opposite function of insulin—it melts fat. When glucagon metabolizes your fat into energy, you lose weight. When food is available, glucagon production is inhibited.” [p80]
FOODS AND FACTORS THAT BALANCE AND INCREASE GLUCAGON INCLUDE: a diet low in sugar that features natural fats and sufficient protein. Skipping meals, which is not recommended on the Perfect 10 Diet, also increases glucagon, as does starvation (which, needless to say, is absolutely not recommended). Exercise also increases glucagon production. [p81]
Leptin – secreted from fat cells. Sugar Busters favors fake fats such as margarine. However, I just discussed the dangers of trans fats. This diet ends up messing up sex hormones. It is the sex hormones that keep you fit and young. This diet similarly disturbs leptin, the hormone that controls hunger.[p44]
“Leptin manages how much fat is stored around the organs and under the skin. When fat cells are filled with an abundance of food, more leptin is secreted, and the leptin enters the brain to curb your appetite.” [p81]
FOODS THAT CAN HELP BALANCE LEPTIN INCLUDE: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, foods containing natural fats, and fish. [p82]
Tan tien – Gonads – sex hormones- Sugar Busters favors fake fats such as margarine. However, I just discussed the dangers of trans fats. This diet ends up messing up sex hormones. It is the sex hormones that keep you fit and young. This diet similarly disturbs leptin, the hormone that controls hunger.
Tan tien – Oestrogen and progesterone – female hormones – “Oestrogen also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, increases alertness, lowers body fat, protects against heart and Alzheimer’s disease, increases
“Oestrogen sensitizes the male brain, and too little oestrogen can effectively neuter a man. However, in men, excess estrogen is the real problem, especially as we get old. Too much caffeine and obesity can lead to overproduction of this female sex hormone instead of testosterone, the male sex hormone. Insecticides in our food chain have also contributed to the phenomenon of excess estrogen in men.” [p90]
“Men also synthesize progesterone, which is the precursor of testosterone (the male sex hormone) in smaller amounts. The decline of progesterone in males plays a role in increasing the conversion rate of testosterone into another hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Excess DHT as we age stimulates the proliferation of prostate cells, which enlarges the prostate gland and narrows the urethral channel, leading to urination problems.” [p90]
FOODS AND OTHERS FACTORS THAT BALANCE ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE INCLUDE: eggs, butter, fish, poultry, whole milk, and weight loss. [p90]
Tan tien – Testosterone – “Adequate testosterone levels prevent heart disease, and testosterone has no link whatsoever to prostate cancer. In adult males, testosterone is necessary to maintain muscle mass and strength, bone mass, normal hair growth, libido, and sperm production. It also keeps us fit and lean. You can’t attain that ideal (BZ – male physique) unless you eat foods that support this important hormone, such as animal products and cholesterol-rich foods.”[p91]
FOODS AND OTHER FACTORS THAT BOOST TESTOSTERONE PRODUCTION INCLUDE: eggs, liver, butter, fish, poultry, and frequent sexual activity. (Author: Isn’t that an added bonus?) Weight loss can also increase levels. [p92]
Root Chakra – Adrenals – cortisol – a stress hormone – This major hormone keeps us alive thanks to its three essential and powerful properties: it increases blood sugar levels (and thus energy levels), raises blood pressure, and neutralizes inflammation.
“As insulin is secreted in higher amounts on a low-fat diet, blood sugar plummets. That’s where the cortisol link comes in. In primitive times, cortisol was called upon only when we encountered stressful situations, such as running from predators. It gives us quick energy to run from danger. But today, cortisol is called upon each time your sugar levels plummet after eating a cookie, drinking soda, or consuming any other sugary food or drink. This creates chronic high levels of cortisol. This leads to insulin secretion to deal with the sugar; then, insulin resistance follows. [p86]“
“If you have excess cortisol in your bloodstream, this shuts down serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects your mood. When serotonin levels drop, depression can result. Depression is now on the rise nationally, even in children.” [p86]
“Next, excess cortisol reduces your production of melatonin, the sleep hormone secreted by a small gland called the pineal gland. A drop in melatonin leads to insomnia.” [p86]
FOODS AND OTHER FACTORS THAT CAN HELP BALANCE CORTISOL HORMONE INCLUDE: vegetables, fruits, fish, eggs, poultry, and occasionally some red meat. Try your best to relax and avoid stressful situations. [p87]
Root Chakra – Adrenals – DHEA – “Levels of DHEA decline with age; a 70-year-old produces about 10 percent of the DHEA levels produced by a 20-year-old.” [p87]
“DHEA naturally increases serotonin, which tells your brain when you’ve had enough to eat and inhibits the conversion of glucose into fat. DHEA also protects against arteriosclerosis and lowers insulin.” [p87]
FOODS THAT HELP BOOST DHEA PRODUCTION INCLUDE: vegetables, fruits, poultry, eggs, and saturated fats such as butter.
There are some useful summary tables on p93 – maybe to follow?
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Mine is the only way
With my hormone problem I have been trying to find out more about the relationship between hormones and nutrition. What has been disappointing has been the lack of information coming from my traditional sources – my usual sources of nutritionists and macrobiotics. In general I would assess their approach as being “if you take care of the diet the hormones will take care of themselves”. Whilst I agree with that in the long-term what do you do in the short term about hormone issues? One way is to go Chinese as TCM recognises hormone issues – although surprisingly Paul Pitchford, who writes much about TCM, has little to say about the hormones.
To start investigating hormones and nutrition I got into the book “The Perfect 10 diet”, and this has a lot to offer connecting the hormones (10
“Is It Healthy to Be a Strict Vegetarian?
That’s an easy question to answer: no. ” [p 116]
What is the tone of this? To turn people off vegetarianism. But in fact the only emphasis that he should be using in terms of his diet is the word “strict”:-
“I know we are constantly told that vegetarians live longer than people who eat meat, but this is a myth. Vitamin B12, which is present in animal products, is an important vitamin that is needed to lower homocysteine, a marker of heart disease.” [p116]
Is it a myth? I don’t believe it is but I have no evidence – and the author gives none. I was vegetarian on and off for a long while, but because I wasn’t health conscious I ended up with GERD. I am convinced of the benefits of a plant-based diet as is the Perfect 10 author, but I am now not a strict vegetarian.
B12 is a well-known vegetarian issue, apologies to Christine because of all the trouble she had but my favourite story is Christine Pirello’s story. Any vegetarian has to deal with B12, it appears some less than others. Once I became health-conscious I decided to eat some shell-fish, to be honest I have never been convinced of the purely-vegetarian solutions. I take some vitamin pills but am not convinced by anything produced in a factory. And there are too many arguments that the synthetic B12 cannot be properly ingested. Can the B12 in eggs provide what is needed? When I decided on fish I was not eating eggs – I hadn’t found the free-range eggs, maybe eggs can provide.
“Vegetarian diets are often high in carbohydrates, which can lead to exaggerated insulin secretions. A high insulin level equals getting fat.” [p116] I have no problem accepting this is true. Reducing a mainly-vegetarian diet to 40% quality carbs is probably not an issue – discussed later, it therefore is not necessary to dismiss vegetarianism contentiously.
“A vegetarian diet is also too low in fat. The greatest advantage of a diet with adequate fat intake is what it does to your sex hormones. A cholesterol-rich diet yields more sex hormones than a vegetarian diet. For guys, a body of research indicates that a diet with 40 percent of its calories from fat yields more testosterone than one with 30 percent of its calories from fat. The latest research clearly supports my diet plan. Strict vegetarians can develop a sluggish thyroid since their diet may be too low in protein, and an underactive thyroid equals weight gain. A diet low in protein may not support HGH production, the hormone that keeps you young and fit.” [p116]
I note here that in her conclusion Christine Pirello talked of increasing good quality fat.
Here is where it is getting “technical” for me. I think my diet (prior to the hormone issue) was too low in fat, but as a vegetarian I ate too much cheese and butter. I know that was not healthy but was it too low in fat? I haven’t fully come to terms with 40% fats yet (Perfect 10 says 40% carbs, 20% protein, and 40% fats), but I suspect the issue is not so much fat-intake as healthy fat-intake. Tons of processed cheese and butter is not healthy – my previous problem. For a vegetarian not to have 20% protein would have to be extreme, basically again a vegetarian who is not health-conscious so I don’t accept this crit either. I suspect mainly-vegetarian could be managed as 40/20/40, so the issue is to be hormone-conscious – and not to reject vegetarianism.
When he was contentious about veggies I decided to write this caveat, so here comes the other issues. Quite rightly he points out the issues of processed foods. In fact he pointed out something that I found very interesting concerning “white” foods, he says these refined foods badly affect insulin production – more than white sugar. I have always been conscious of white foods, here is a medical reason for that. I am never happy whenever I am forced to eat white foods – I usually carry my own cooked brown rice when eating out – even more so as I am now eating rice n peas. Processed foods are toxic so he spends time eschewing them. But what about antibiotics in meat? Does that mean perfect 10 people have healthy hormones and damaged livers? He mentions antibiotics in passing, but then he recommends duck. I am not a meat eater but by choice – not by hatred. I tried the duck and was almost sick. If perfect 10 means eating meat I’m out, but it doesn’t. Following his recommended meal schedule is out for me because there is too much meat, and unless you have a source of free-range meat I say the same to you. On [p116] he discusses animal fats “Animal fat has nothing to do with heart disease. It’s the manufactured fats, not the natural fats, that contribute to heart disease”.
But his style of writing is not inclusive of other dietary approaches, I definitely read him as someone who sees his way as the only way. I have not comne to terms properly with 40/20/40 as I don’t see my foods in terms of carbs protein and fats to know which percentages apply. My hormones were screwed and needed balancing. Acupuncture began that but my diet needs to address it. Readng his book is helping me decide, but in truth his diet recommendations are out the window as I have no source of healthy meat. One of my blogs will be about changing nutrition so hopefully it will be resolved. At the moment I don’t know how, because I don’t know how to get healthy fats.
He appeals to macho men, but men with huge glams are a disaster waiting to happen when they lose their fitness. Testosterone is only one of the 10 hormones, and to interest men in hormones you talk testosterone – so they can get it up. But testosterone is part of a package that should not be ignored – yet not emphasised.
I also recall that he recommends using artifical hormones but I haven’t got a quote so I am including it here as a possible caveat – if this sentence is not amended you know I didn’t find anything. I have one experience with artificial hormones – cortisone cream. Never again do I want to take hormones, it does not feel natural – and that’s my benchmark.
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This is an adaptation of chakra meditations that I have picked up – somewhere!
Ths connects the root chakra, the tan tien and the kidney – adrenals. You start by breathing in red through the root chakra at the base of the spine and moving the red energy to the front of the tan tien area – the spleen chakra (3 inches below the belly button). Then you breathe in orange through the tantien and move the red-orange energy to the kidney and adrenal region above the small of the back – ming men in Chinese. From ming men you move the energy back to the root chakra where you start the cycle again. You build an energy loop that will stengthen the kidneys and adrenal system.
You start by breathing in lavendar through the crown chakra (pineal gland), move the energy a short distance to the pituitary gland where you breathe in light blue. Then you move the energy through to the hypothalamus where you then move the energy back to the crown chakra. You build an energy loop that will build up the connections between the two glands and the hypothalamus, and because of their roles in the endocrine system this upper triangle should improve the hormonal control for the whole body.
See inset of upper triangle here:-
Tags: chakras, glands, meditation
This is a summary table of my study connecting the chakras and the glands with some description of the glands and their hormones. This is meant to be practical eg pancreas and liver are connected so yellow juice (described in the Zandtao Health Plan) helps the pancreas and therefore digestion and insulin. Nostril breathing has been most effective as it balances the chakras, and chakra colour meditation can help particular chakras an therefore the gland and hormones. Chilel balances energy so helps all chakras. Meditation on the balance of compassion and insight helps “on top” with balance. Physically herbal massage helps the energy flow and gave me good sleep, and saunas get rid of toxins.
|PINEAL AND HYPOTHALAMUS|
|crown||lavendar||pineal and hypothalamus||melatonin and serotnin – sleep||cherries|
|The pineal gland is a small organ that is situated at the center of the brain. Shaped like a pine cone, and reddish-gray in color, this tiny gland is made up of glial cells (cells found in the nervous system) and pinealocytes. It is the pineal gland which connects the endocrine and nervous systems, and which helps convert signals from the nervous system into endocrine signals. It secretes melatonin, that regulates sleep cycle and hormonal changes during adolescence.|
|PITUITARY AND HYPOTHALAMUS|
|brow||light blue||pituitary||connects to hypothalamus and stimulates other glands|
One of the main organs is the pituitary gland and is also known as master gland. It is called the ‘master gland’ as it produces hormones, which control the functioning of the other organs in the body. The pituitary gland is located on the lower side of the brain, and is the size of a pea. The pituitary gland consists of two parts – the anterior lobe and the posterior lobe. The anterior lobe controls the hormones secreted by the adrenal, reproductive and thyroid glands. It also produces certain hormones like:
Growth hormone, that aids in the proper growth and development of the body tissues like connective tissue, muscular tissue, epithelial tissue, and bone tissue etc. Moreover, growth hormone also helps in the even distribution of nutrients and minerals throughout the body.
Prolactin, a hormone that triggers milk production in lactating mothers.
Thyrotropin, a thyroid stimulating hormone.
Corticotropin, adrenal stimulating hormone.
The posterior lobe secretes two hormones; antidiuretic hormone, which regulates water content in the body and oxytocin, the hormone which activates the contraction of muscles in the uterus during childbirth. The pituitary gland releases some hormones which help in proper ovulation, and controls the menstrual cycle in women. It also secretes endorphins, the hormones that act as an analgesic, besides stimulating the reproductive organs to produce sex hormones.
The hypothalamus is situated above the pituitary gland, in the brain and connects the endocrine system with the nervous system. The hypothalamus produces certain chemicals that help in stimulating or controlling secretion of hormones in the pituitary gland. Since emotional and seasonal changes also trigger the secretion of pituitary hormones, the hypothalamus transmits information like change in temperature, light, feelings, etc. sensed by the brain to the pituitary gland.
|The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland, situated in the front part of the lower neck. The thyroid produces two hormones, triiodothyronine and thyroxine, which control chemical reactions in the body, like burning food to produce energy, stimulate metabolism of fats, proteins and vitamins, increasing the body’s sensitivity and generating heat etc. Thyroid hormones contribute towards bone growth and proper development of the brain and nervous system in children. Parathyroids are tiny glands attached to the thyroid. They produce parathyroid hormone, which, with the assistance of calcitonin, a hormone that is secreted by the thyroid, controls the level of calcium in the blood.|
|Immune system – The functions of the thymus were not well understood until the early 1960s, when its role in the development of the body’s system of immunity was discovered. Beginning during fetal development, the thymus processes many of the body’s lymphocytes, which migrate throughout the body via the bloodstream, seeding lymph nodes and other lymphatic tissue. The main cells undergoing this processing are the T cells, a heterogeneous groups of cells essential in protecting the body against invasions by foreign organisms [BZ - not Buzzle].|
|liver||solar plexus – yellow||pancreas||Insulin and glucagon|
|The pancreas is a digestive as well as an endocrine system organ. The pancreas has a leaf-like structure and is located, on the right side, below the stomach. It is attached to the duodenum (small intestine), through the pancreatic duct. This gland secretes glucagon, insulin and somatostatin that help in maintaining a steady level of sugar (or glucose) in the blood. They also maintain energy stores and regularly supply energy to the body. Pancreatic juice, which is composed of digestive enzymes, is also released by this glandular organ for the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the small intestine.|
|gonads||spleen chakra – orange||testosterone|
|The gonads mainly secrete sex hormones – androgen of which the most necessary is testosterone, the male sex hormones; and progesterone and estrogen, the female sex hormones. The male gonads, called the testes, are located in the scrotum. The male sex hormones influence changes related to physical and sexual development, and the male secondary sex characteristics like growth of pubic and facial hair, change in voice, etc. Testosterone also assists in sperm production. The female gonads, or ovaries, secrete the female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, which help in stimulating the production of eggs. Moreover, they are also responsible for the physical changes that occur during puberty, besides regulating the menstrual cycle.|
|kidneys||root chakra – red||adrenals||epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol|
|Adrenal glands are situated on top of the kidneys. They are triangular in shape and have two parts; adrenal cortex and adrenal medulla. The outer part of the adrenal gland, adrenal cortex, secretes a hormone called corticosteroids which controls the level of salt and water in the body, the rate of metabolism, immune system, sexual development and function, and the response of the body to stress. Adrenal medulla, which is the inner part of the adrenal gland, releases a hormone called epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, in layman’s language. When the body is stressed, epinephrine increases the heart rate, dilates the blood vessels and air passage and helps the body gain more oxygen. It is also used to treat allergic reactions caused due to a foreign protein.|
|Descriptions found at Buzzle|
Sleep and hormones continues to be an issue. It is now 5.10, I went to bed at 12.40am, and it was like I didn’t want to sleep as I wanted to force myself to think about hormones. The hormones-chakras interface is something that needs to be considered. The fact that meditation techniques, meditation and chakra meditation, helped solve the physical hormone problem is an indicator. If I am not understanding the relationship between hormones and the body, I am not understanding. The schemas connecting chakras and glands are significant, but I feel as if I need to know more. This has now become Mandtao as it is about “what is man?”
So to start the Mandtao blog again here is the hormone-chakra graphic for reference:-
Back to diet I have just discovered the Perfect 10 diet focussing on the Perfect 10 hormones ; please read this caveat before getting involved with this book – worth reading though. These next two graphics show those hormones:-
In chapter 3 he talks of “The 10 hormones that control health & weight”, I need to get familiar with the relationships between the hormones he describes. I am not sure about his diet though, he appears to have meat. I will not eat factory meat but maybe I can get free range stuff.
From Ch5 the “key principles of the Perfect 10 diet, “[p139] “The Perfect 10 Diet is all about nutritional balance—40 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent fat, and 20 percent protein.” Not sure, must try to work out where I actually am in relation to this.
Immediate reactions – calcium supplementation and refined meat? Should do daily exercise but am not chilel-ing.
The more I read The Perfect 10 the more in line with it I am. Change bread. No more fluffy brown bread, rye breads. He’s against fruit juices – check the ones I get. Some sugar but OK – think natural. Butter – but careful Reduce Oishi. Occasional fish – sea fish and cook myself. Organic chickens. Salad dressings.
Perfect 10 Foods:-
Changes – think about duck occasionally. Fish once a week – use salmon, no more bplaa duk. Reduce carrots – insulin issue. Oatmeal. Olive oil on salads.
Change bread. No more fluffy brown bread, rye breads. Think about duck occasionally. Fish once a week – use salmon, no more bplaa duk. Reduce carrots – insulin issue, more leafy greens. Oatmeal. Olive oil on salads.
|Books:- Treatise, Wai Zandtao Scifi, Matriellez Education.|
Blogs:- Ginsukapaapdee, Matriellez.
Mandtao was in some sense a follow-on from the Treatise of Zandtao but at the time I was not clear why. It was connected to a notion of man but I wasn’t sure how. It was also connected to science as it began with Bruce Lipton’s epigenesis. So in some way it could be man and science.
It began with unity – ONE planet, and as well it began, following Bruce’s examples, with questioning all that the system called knowledge. But it kind of stuck on ONE planet.
Then I clued into Tan Ajaan, and began to look into mind. Understanding mind is the essential to understanding man, and as science hasn’t got to first base on mind it is no wonder that science is such a mess; effectively the search for knowledge has become a tool for the procreation of financial profit. Scientific method has typically disappeared out of the window as BigFood politics has determined that we need not consider the consequences of messing with Nature’s genetics. Why is understanding mind key to this? For me ONE planet is sufficient to say that science needs to be in harmony with Nature. But what about those who consider man above Nature, where can that come from? This is where understanding self comes in. Self is a mental construct. It does not exist so why do we think it exists? Because self seeks survival, promotes itself, and moves beyond its position in Nature. So this mental construct’s raison d’etre is to promote self-importance irrespective of what happens. Greed promotes self, and greed is the dominant human characteristic in the destruction of the planet. Self on a planet-wide scale is a description of our planetary troubles, and anatta, no-self, is the solution – on a personal level.
Previously I would have used greed to describe this situation but self is much more accurate. Attachment to self produces suffering. Whilst the search for increased profit at whatever cost is the most obvious consequence of self (normally seen as greed), self justifies this in terms of family and other such sensible rationales. If others are
In the inner journey to world peace recognition of self as not existing is the first step. Yesterday I described the meditation that led me to asking “where is I?” To counter this as a proof that I does not exist it would be easy to say that I asked the question. This is where understanding and some Buddhist theory of mind helps. There was a feeling there was no I. It felt like I was a perception. There is a natural function of mind to question, and I only starts to occur when consciousness attaches to the perception. In Buddhist theory these four recognitions of self can be seen to come from vedana, sanna, sankhara and vinnana – possibly translated as feelings, perception, mental formations and consciousness.
This is not strong in me. Whilst I am not stretching to fit into the theory, I know because of the way it happened in meditation, I could not convince a sceptic – nor could I convince the doubter in me. This anatta awareness is hard, if it was easy we would all have it. And squeezing into theory is not good for proselytising. It is necessary for the theory to be internalised and lead to an external understanding that can clarify it for others, otherwise it is just dogma. Time will tell.
I began asking about mara. Shamefully I don’t now the Buddha’s gospels well, but somewhere it says that he battled with mara under the bodhi tree. Now temptation is a very real problem, look at all the kilesa that arise from self. But how is it real? It comes from self. Self wants to exist, and if we become tempted into an action of
So mind is a sense that has four characteristics – vedana, sanna, sankhara and vinnana; these characteristics or aggregates make up the way the sense works. In excess this sense becomes self but if we live according to Nature the way Nature intended there is no self. And world peace.
I am in the middle of watching Frank Huguenard’s movie “Beyond Reason”. It turns out that the movie is about Vedanta, I have nothing against Vedanta – it is not my tradition – but if I had known I probably wouldn’t have watched it.
Before I go into the movie I must make my usual caveat. Vedanta is a long established tradition, from before the Buddha, so in discussions about Vedanta it is understandable that they don’t talk about the 1%, but in his introduction to the actual Vedanta (32.00 mins) Frank discusses happiness. Basically he says science does not bring happiness, his emphasis being on the development of science and why it hasn’t brought happiness. At this point it could have been appropriate to say that the 1% are the problem, but throughout the movie’s emphasis is on science because they are emphasising that Vedanta is a type of scientific method. But in so doing they ignore the reality of socity as it is, they do not explicitly express the awareness that the primary factor that contemporaneously is preventing spiritual development is the 1%-system.
I was first attracted by the clear exposition of the history and dichotomy of knowledge by the Elder Brothers, they then went on to discuss quantum mechanics which I found interesting, which I suspect is true because of their understanding of science, but which I don’t know for sure. But then began discussion of Vedanta, literally the “culmination of knowledge”. Basically there was an appeal to the rational. There was an attempt to show that Vedanta was a scientific method with its own axioms and methodology – primarily raja yoga. They are the teachers – it is their tradition, but for me this leaves a gaping chasm that can lead to poor practice. The axioms and methodology of Vedanta are concerned with an examination of the mind through raja yoga. It is not about books, Frank’s analogy was that to learn to swim you must go in the water – no amount of reading about swimming can teach you to swim.
But here is the chasm that I am so concerned about. Our education system teaches us that all is rational, and if a system of understanding such as Vedanta places itself on a parallel with that supposed education system of rationality, then western students are instinctively drawn to reason and so will not go “Beyond Reason” – Frank’s title and purpose of the movie. Undoubtedly the movie makes clear that currently science does not seek knowledge (the 1% don’t want us to know they want us to accept their system), what needs to be emphasised is that Vedanta is a genuine search for knowledge as opposed to the rational science and technology that has been hijacked by the 1% for their profit-making. Vedanta is not concerned with profit, it is about understanding, truth and therefore happiness, values completely alien to the science the 1% has diverted.
Here is Frank’s scientific approach:-
This is a compromise game on the part of the teachers and presenters whose rationale goes something like this:- western students accept academic science so to involve them in Vedanta we will use the same terminology that academia uses. The danger is that western students will then use the same distorted minds – distorted by an extreme over-emphasis on the faculty of reason, and approach the learning of Vedanta with the same academic distortion of their upbringing – NEVER going beyond reason.
Now I am certain that Vedanta, as a scientific methodology in its own terms of searching for knowledge, can lead to an understanding of the spiritual Path – even though I don’t practice it, but the scientific methodology that Vedanta must practice has to be greatly different to the scientific methodology practised by academia. I met an academic and we got involved with a long discussion about Insight and reason. He sought the transcendence discussed in the movie. However all that he did was take the discussion of Insight to be an expansion of the academic rationality, so whilst he knew in some sense the importance of transcendence he never transcended because all he saw was rationality. Beyond reason is essential, comparing Vedanta methodology with science creates dangers.