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Paleo Diet Myths

agriculture is all about profit, it’s never been about health

The first thing to know about the Paleo Diet is that it has bugger-all to do with the Paleolithic era of man, which actually lasted from about 3.3 million years BC until about 14,000 years ago when the Paleolithic era morphed into the Neolithic Era.  During most of the Paleolithic era people weren’t even what can be called human.  During all of that time ‘man’ used stone tools, ‘lithic’ means ‘of stone’, and the for all of that time ‘man’s’ diet was whatever he could kill or gather from the environment around him, wherever he happened to live.  Acorns don’t feature heavily in any popular diet I know of.

Since The Wolf Moon on January 10th this year my life keeps getting better and better ~ different and better.  I have made a conscious decision to turn back the clock on my lifestyle and live more like our Neolithic ancestors did ~ in terms of diet and exercise that is…..  And so help me, a proper Paleo Diet is a good starting point ~ there is a difference between some popular versions of the Paleo Diet and what is good for you.

First, what isn’t included in a Paleo Diet; refined sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, grains like wheat, barley, and rice…..  all of those will make you ill, maybe cause cancers, and eventually kill you.  Also avoid; Legumes like beans and peas, dairy like milk and cheese, (make your own mind up about eggs), most vegetable oils like corn oil and sunflower oil, trans fats like you find in margarine, look for the words ‘hydrogenated’ and avoid that like the plague.  Don’t consume anything with artificial sweeteners like aspartame and saccharin, these are nasty and will hurt your body, cut down on salt.  Don’t eat processed foods, nothing from cans, no pre-prepared meals in an aluminium or plastic tray, nothing labeled ‘diet’ or ‘low-fat’.  If it looks like it was made in a factory don’t eat it.

Don’t buy take-out ~ you don’t know what’s in it, and have you ever seen around back of a take-out place?  Dirt, rats, cockroaches, dangerous filth…..  Don’t eat at restaurants too often.

What should we eat, what am I going to eat?

  • fruits and vegetables, but not legumes like beans and peas.
  • nuts and seeds, good luck on buying acorns.
  • lean meats, grass fed if possible.
  • Fish, especially those fish rich in omega-3, like salmon, mackerel, herring, albacore tuna.  Cod and haddock are good too because you know they must be wild-caught.
  • Use good oil from fruits and nuts, extra virgin olive oil is my staple.
  • Potatoes.  Strictly speaking I shouldn’t eat high starch food, but I’m not giving up on a jacket potato with my steak.

Also I do not ever take medication, the side-effects aren’t trivial, they are effects, not innocent side-effects.  Most medication will make you very sick sooner or later, and all medication is addictive sooner or later.  Avoid alcohol and drugs, do not use pot, it will give you schizophrenia, do not ever ever even experiment with something like cocaine.  The effects on your brain never, ever go away.

Along with a good diet I will also exercise like our neolithic ancestors, and they walked.  Imagine walking down a herd of bison.  How far do you think you need to walk to exhaust a bison?

Some say that modern processed foods are a boon.  And that take-out pizza and beer makes for a healthy diet.  All I know is I want to be fit, healthy, and looking forward to a long life.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

if you want to drink,

stick to a little red wine,

or a good British beer.

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Vincent

starry starry night

This is a song from my past, by a great singer / songwriter.  He looks damn young here.

When in New York I always stayed at the Plaza, which is about a 10 minute walk from the Museum of Modern Art on West 53rd.  The picture looks better in real life than any mere impression can give.

Please listen with compassion.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a product of tortured genius

Card of the Day ~ Death

endings and beginnings, birth and rebirth, change and transformation

~

It’s been a while since I touched the tarot, and yet today I was moved to take out the deck and draw a card ~ my card for today.  I was expecting something from the minor arcana.  Completely at random, from 78 cards I drew Death.

The Death card heralds the ending of one phase of life to make way for a new one.  It represents major change and transformation.  The Death card can release me from people, places, things, thoughts, and beliefs that are no longer useful in my life, but which I have been hanging on to because I feared change, I feared the unknown.  Another symbol which goes alongside the Death card is The Phoenix.

Given everything that’s happened to me already in 2020, and in years past, I’m now more than ready to be honest, open, sincere, and caring of myself and others.  I am looking forward to taking a new path towards a new distant horizon.

I have been given the opportunity for major growth and learning.  I intend to grasp that opportunity with both hands, and all of my heart and soul.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Dawn, the end of night, a new beginning

Wolf Moon Revelation

and one man in his time plays many parts

The most profound truths sometimes come in a very simple message, and the message I had at the exact time of the Full Wolf Moon last evening was; Be Yourself.  And the strange thing is I know exactly what that means to me.

I have had a lot of practice at being half a hundred other people, of wearing a mask, of fitting-in, playing the role I was expected to play ~ but I can’t ever remember being myself.  It’s always been too dangerous.

However, from this time on I will no longer be the Man people expect me to be, I will no longer play the role I am expected to play.  This is a new road, towards a new horizon, walked by a man different to the man I was before, and the man I was before was never me.

For the past few days I have been struggling with who I used to be, and the knowledge that I both wanted and needed to be a different man living a different life.  But I didn’t know what, why, when, how, nor where, nor who.  I had the need, the desire, I wanted to be both different and better, but I didn’t have a direction, nor did I have a plan.  For some reason I knew things were going to change soon.

Then yesterday I learned that there was going to be a Wolf Moon, and that it was going to mean things to me ~ I wrote about that.

Last evening I darkened the garret save for some appropriately scented candles, put on some atmospheric music, and sat myself down to wait, my mind open, my heart and brain in harmony.  And at just about 19:21 hrs, the exact time of the full moon, I received the strongest possible message, and I knew it was right and I knew exactly what it meant.

Do you know there is a vocal refrain in the opening track from the Enya album The Memory of Trees?  Do you know what that repeated refrain is?  It’s Be Yourself.

I heard that and I understood.

I will not be the man in the mirror anymore.  I will not be a different guy with different people in different situations.  I will no longer be a people-pleaser, nor will I be a macho-man, nor devil-may-care, or the life and soul of the party, or a boyfriend, good citizen…..  All of the dozens of roles we play day by day, and all of the different acts we put on, will be left behind.  For playing all of those roles was making me very sick, because I believed them and they were all false.  From now on I shall be myself, and only myself.

Some say they have lost their sense of identity.  And that their career has taken over their lives.  All I know is I will stand alone and I will be myself.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

today there is a new horizon

Wolf Moon

I was a wolf, and she was my moon.

Here in England the first full moon of 2020 occurs at 19:21 hrs on January 10th, and the January full moon is known as The Wolf Moon.  There will also be a full lunar eclipse.  Leaving aside the astronomy; at this time I need to be communicative, expressive, honourable, objective, and resourceful.  I need to consider my options and opportunities in life.  This is the end of a journey that began years ago, a time to release something that up until now I was not ready to let go of, so I also need to look deeply inward..

This full moon I will release any energy, attachments, thoughts, emotions, and relationships that no longer serve my best interests.  People, places, and things that have been toxic for me will no longer be part of my life.  In time I will set new intentions and develop a different life from that which has gone before.

I release all the things from my past that have caused my negative attachments.  I prepare and welcome new changes, new lessons, and new adventures.  I welcome new opportunities to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Some say there are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.  And that only a true wolf will fall in love with the moon.  All I know is that just because I’m on a different path, it doesn’t mean I’m lost.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

it’s time for me to take a hard look at relationships

(Funny how things work out.  Until I read Rhapsody Boheme’s blog today I didn’t even know there was a full moon tonight.  And yet, if you have been reading my blog over the past few days you will know that the spiritual significance of this Wolf Moon is exactly where I am in my life’s journey.)

Useful Beliefs

do you believe in Father Christmas, do you believe in a brave New Year?

do you believe in the ten commandments, is your life filled with fear?

To believe is to accept that something exists, or that something is true, when there is no evidence or proof to back up that belief.  Millions of children around the world believe in Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas…..  He will remain in the hearts of children forever, and the children have proof, he brings them toys and other gifts every Christmas.  This belief is useful too, for doesn’t he have a list of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, checking it twice before he leaves toys and presents for the nice children, and a lump of coal for the naughty boys and girls.  A perfect cautionary tale for parents to blackmail their kids into being nice near Christmas.

Some beliefs are neither useful nor true ~ like a Flat Earth.  Those who believe the Earth is flat are either deranged, or willfully stupid, or as thick as two short planks.  There is plenty of evidence to prove the planet Earth is more or less a sphere, as are all the other planets visible through a telescope.  Also believing in a flat Earth is not useful, since long-distance navigation is based on the great circle theory, which is navigating a ship or an aircraft using spherical trigonometry.  Ergo believers in a flat Earth should never ever get on an aircraft or go on a cruise.

One does not have to believe everything one hears.  ~  Cicero

Another belief that is neither useful or true is Alien Visitation.  There are plenty of spurious reasons given to prove that alien visitation happens all the time, and I don’t believe any of them.  There is also one crushing piece of evidence to disprove the very idea that creatures / people from the stars regularly visit the Earth ~ nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.  The nearest known exoplanet is 4.25 light years away, so allowing for basic physics that means a round-trip of about 12 years, even if our starship can get near the speed of light.  Just never going to happen.

One false belief that is useful is in Pythagoras’ theorem; the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides.  Or more practically just remember 3,4,5.  This is mostly true, but some believe it is always true.  Try navigating from England to New York using Pythagoras and the Gods only know where you will land.  Sometimes even the dearest held, and most provable belief is only mostly true.

Believing in God, any God, is maybe the most commonly held belief of them all, along with whichever prophet fits the religion of your choice.  This belief is useful to many, especially the clergy of every religion, but there is no proof whatsoever, and that’s the whole point.  Religion is all about Faith not Belief ~ and if you start to look into Faith you get into a circular argument.  Anyway I think religion isn’t based on faith, it’s about the fear of eternal damnation

Some say that real belief needs no proof.  And that faith is trust without reservation.  All I know is I trust scientific and engineering methodologies more than I trust priests and demagogues. And I believed in Love.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the Earth is positively not flat

 

 

Christmas Fun ~ Greg Lake

Santa Claus has the right idea ~ visit people but once a year

When did you stop believing in Father Christmas, when did you realise that Santa Claus might not be real?  When did you start thinking, that your parents placed the gifts under the tree?

Part of me still believes in Father Christmas, the small boy, and the grown man who believes that there’s more to this Cosmos than we can ever know.  The part of me that believes in my Goddess Aphrodite, and that the sun will rise after every night.

Please listen as a child.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I believe the sun will rise tomorrow

Christmas Fun ~ Wizzard

Christmas is not a season but a state of mind.

Even though I’m going to be alone on Christmas Day I’ve decided to get in to the spirit and started playing my Festive Tunes.  This is one of them, very jolly, very British, very Christmas.  I like it.

Please dance responsibly.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

be kind this Christmas

Christmas is a Future Thing

Christmas is forever, not just for one day.

Aside from the whole birth of Jesus Christ thing a couple of thousand years ago, around dawn at some stable in the middle of the desert, why should Christmas Day be different from any other day in the calendar?  Maybe we feel we should be especially nice to people, be more giving and forgiving, be more loving towards ourselves and others?  Perhaps it’s the one day in the year we think of, email, telephone, or visit friends, relatives, or loved ones we haven’t thought of or seen since last Christmas.  Perhaps Christmas Day is the day that our heart breaks all over again.

Some people look forward to Christmas, thinking that the day will bring them the happiness they so want and need.  Trust me, looking for happiness in the future is a short road to misery ~ even believing that you will be happier at Christmas than the unhappiness you’ve suffered for the rest of this year might not be your best ever plan.

One result of trying to find happiness in the future is that we can wish our lives away, believing the future will be better than now.  There are some basic rules; nothing ever changes, the only thing we can change is ourselves, and tomorrow will pretty much be the same as today.

There are some supplementary rules, one of which is that travel over the Christmas holidays is going to be fucking terrible.  Flights will be packed and delayed, trains will be cancelled, and the roads will be full of Sunday drivers who have no idea how to cope if it even so much as rains.  And if it snows…..

My 5th or 6th worst memory of a Christmas is trying to drive the 300 miles from London to Durham, on Christmas Eve, in a blizzard.  That annual journey was one of the reasons I never looked forward with pleasure to Christmas.  It grew so that I dreaded Christmas Eve.

And yet, around midnight, I still searched the night sky, hoping to see the magic of Santa.

Christmas changes everyone and everything.  Christmas changes our memories of the past, our attitudes in the present, and our expectations for the future.  We each of us hope for a brighter Christmas and a better New Year.  So, Hallelujah ~ Noel ~ Be it Heaven or Hell, the Christmas we get we deserve.

Some say that Christmas has become too commercialised.  And there is no such person as Santa Claus, magical or otherwise.  All I know is that I have a friend who leaves a carrot out for his donkey and a glass of tequila for him.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

how will Santa cope when there are moms on the moon?

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

the world is full of magical women,
patiently waiting for a our senses to grow sharper

I know a very wonderful, very magical woman.  Sadly she lives thousands of miles away from here.  Ah well, either love or magic can conquer all.

The Police

Please listen responsibly.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

real feminine magic is as old-fashioned and special as the British policeman used to be

 

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