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Sugar and Indifference


So listen to this video, Hans Wilhelm makes the case that the sugar trade is what perpetuated the slave trade.

While I personally agree with what he is saying, and I understand that many people will think this is ‘far out’ or ‘weird’.

However… look at it this way – sugar is so addictive and gives such a strong signal to our brain that we would not care if people are turned into slaves just so we can eat it…

And where I disagree with Hans Wilhelm is in his case for Veganism. Check out carnivorejohn.com for more information about that.

However… like the movie “The Lion King” explained, we must respect the cycle of life, and our true food is meat,,,,

Flashback 1999: Sugar is Fine

I somehow stumbled upon an old article in The Guardian that is pro-sugar! I had to take a look at it. Anyway, here is a link to the article:

“Pure, White and no longer quite so deadly…”

https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/1999/jan/05/features11.g25

The article was not clear on how sugar is not as bad as we think. But I have different beliefs and I find it interesting how public opinion changes and evolves.

Anyway, do some reading on Professor John Yudkin and his book “Pure, White and Deadly”:

Carnivore Diet Guide to Athens

In Greece when you say rare, it really means medium well. when you say medium well, it means well done, and finally, when you say well-done, it means burned.

I’m sure there are many cultural reasons to explain this, but when it comes to eating beef in Greece, this has to change.

So… here is what you will do when you go to Greece. Find a place that serves beef and order it by saying “American Rare”, or “Αμερικανικο Rare” (Amerikaniko Rare). The server will give you a weird look and warn you about the risks and blah blah blah. The butcher and/or chef will show you a huge genuine smile and look forward to preparing the meat for you. They are not used to people ordering their beef rare and they get excited whenever it is requested.

My Top Pick: ERGON House Athens

Address: 23, Mitropoleos Street, Athina 105 57, Greece

Ergon has a small grocery section where you can buy some milk, butter, cold cuts and even caviar in addition to your usual supermarket staples such as pasta, bread, mustard…etc

The front is the ideal place for having a business lunch and once the butcher opens at noon you can pick from a wide array of American, Argentinian, and Greek meats, and have it cooked for you to your liking.

I ordered the beef liver and asked them to hold the potatoes and to cook it ‘american rare’. From my experiences in Greece this summer, asking for rare is not enough, you have to make sure that you really mean rare because in Greece the people are used to cooking their meat well-done. And yes… you should have seen the look on the face of my waittress when I said ‘American rare’ and to hold the potatoes… “don’t you want a salad to balance out all that meat?”. And you should have seen the look on the butchers face. Huge smile of delight and excitement!

Quick Bite: Kostas (Come Early)

Pl. Agias Irinis 2, Athina 105 60, Greece

Kosta is a short walk from ERGON. Everything here tasted great. I recommend you get the souvlaki pita with everything except the tomato sauce.

In the Suburbs: Kozis

P. Tsaldari 34, Melissia 151 27, Greece

Kozi’s is a South African steakhouse with some really good cuts of meat from both Greece and abroad. If you are near the Marousi area, you must go. And I recommend the Greek beef cooked rare. You will not have to tell them ‘american rare’, but I think that will drive the point further and will excite your server and chef alike.

Now most tourists spend a few days in Athens before going to an island. I usually spend some days in Athens and then I go to Chania, the easternmost city of Crete.

In Crete: Pork to Beef to Wild

Daskalogianni 68, Chania 731 00, Greece

This place is open late – until 6am – and likes to think of itself as fast-food. Don’t let that fool you because this place is anything but fast-food in the ‘american’ sense of the word. The chicken is from Greece, the pork from The Netherlands, and the Beef from Argentina. Again, I ordered the beef and asked them to hold the bread and all other sides. I ordered it rare but it came to me ‘american medium’, and since then I started using the phrase ‘american rare’. The beef was very tasty and the presentation was interesting:

Se anammena karvouna

24, Chatzimichali Giannari 20, Chania 731 55, Greece

Comes in as a close second to Pork to Beef to Wild. Again, ask them to hold the bread.

Back to Athens, I did not get a chance to check out these places:

PO Boys BBQ

Lepeniotou and, Agatharchou, Athina 105 54, Greece

https://www.poboysbbq.gr

A southern themed BBQ place but with a twist – Greek craft beer.

Another Place for Beer: Athena’s Cook

20 Nikis, Athina 105 57, Greece

https://athenascook.gr

Athena’s Cook has beer from all over Greece. Last time I went there back in 2016 I remember trying a bunch and whatever I snacked on was good.

#CarnivoreDiet Update

So I have been experimenting with the Carnivore Diet on and off since around mid-January of this year (2019, for those of us visiting from the future).

I started off the year at at roughly 205 pounds and have been holding at a steady 190 pounds since then. Additionally I have been going to the gym every day during lunch, where all I do is 3 or 4 machines. (I have doing this religiously since the summer of 2018) I do not track which machines I do, nor do I look to hit a certain muscle group or part of my body. I just try to give each machine my best or “my all” and the rule I follow is simply to work out whatever is not sore.

I also avoid working on my legs because I play soccer on the weekends and that is enough to work those muscles out.

My ab muscles are starting to show and I have lost a lot of fat around my body and my face looks slimmer.

Two days ago I found a doctor who is a big advocate of the Carnivore Diet. Yes, he is a dentist, and no I am not trying to mislead you – do I look like a Big Pharma rep? Anyway, he said that one should not do Carnivore Diet with Intermittent Fasting (IF), which is exactly what I have been doing. He said that whenever your body is malnourished or needs something, it speaks to you. One way is through hunger, another is through stress, or depression or just feeling tired.

Since I am very accustomed to my Intermittent Fasting Routine, this is never really an issue for me, however there are some days that I just want to eat before my usual 6pm which is after I have gotten home after work and have settled in.

Anyway, here is his site, check him out!

http://www.kevinstock.io/

And some recent meals…

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Carnivore Diet – for real?

So I told someone at my favorite Greek supermarket in Astoria, Queens (Titan Foods – https://www.titanfoods.net/) that I am playing around with the carnivore diet just as a joke. She replies to me that eating just meat sounds more like a cheat day every day.

Now I am reading more about it and I am finding a lot of evidence for it. Take this chart of constipation vs fiber intake:

fiber-consumption-vs-constipation

(https://ibb.co/fuodEm)

And this persons testimony: http://meatheals.com/

I have been doing carnivore as much as I can during the week since mid-January. I started the year off at 210 pounds and am now 188. My abs are starting to show again, my upper body is gaining mass, and last Sunday I saw someone who says I look younger now than I did 10 years ago the last time he spent a lot of time with me while I was serving on the board of a Greek social club.

Anyway, I also combine the carnivore diet with intermittent fasting and I try as hard as possible to buy grass-fed cuts, I eat it with all the fat and I buy all kinds of organ meats.

And yes, when I say carnivore diet, I mean carnivore diet, not meat and potatoes, not meat and broccoli, just meat.

Processed Food Causes Cancer? Duh….

According to the Daily Mail, processed foods are driving up rates of cancer.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5393231/Processed-foods-driving-rates-cancer.html

Okay, do we really need a study to come to this conclusion?

Well, yes we do, and let me explain why.

When you go to the airport, wait in line for TSA screening, they always post signs saying what is prohibited, and I always laugh when I see the signs saying “no bombs” or “no guns” allowed on the airplane.  The reason is that some people genuinely do not know or realize that you should not carry those items with you on the airplane.  This is what is called the “failures” of the public schooling system.  See, these people genuinely do not know because they never saw the news on television or read a newspaper…etc.  The other reason of course, is that if somebody is carrying a bomb, believe it or not, when they see that sign they will sometimes inadvertently confess to carrying a bomb in a freudian slip sort of way.

Another reason that we need an article like this is because most people are followers, regrettably.  They will only do something if everybody else or the “in crowd” is doing it.  So by the media reporting this article it makes it seem that the “in crowd” is no longer doing it and they will want to follow the crowd to feel that they are a part of something.

Anyway, I am glad that this study has come out and the results have made it to the headlines, because people do have to realize that processed foods are bad for you.  It doesn’t matter how little “sodium” the food has or how much protein it has, how “organic” or “non-GMO” it is. If it has been processed it is most definitely bad for you.  Most of this food is so processed, that bacteria and insects will not touch it.  There must be a reason for this…

Take that Big Agra!

In closing, here is some Organic Poetry:

If a roach won’t eat it, neither should you.

But if John would eat it, so should you

Organic Vodka and Organic Gin

I was recently at Butcher Bar in Astoria and noticed two USDA Certified Organic brands of alcohol:

  • Farmers Gin
  • Crop Vodka

The Farmers Gin was great, I recommend you check out their website here: http://www.farmersgin.com/.

Crop Vodka has many flavors, and I only tasted a shot of the Cucumber flavored one.  It was in my opinion and taste, better than the Farmers Gin.  I didn’t get a chance to taste the others, but the Cucumber Vodka really was great.  Check out their website here: http://www.cropvodka.com/.

And don’t forget, that most of what gives you a hangover from drinking are the extra cheap ingredients that Distillers add to make their products cheaper, look better, and sweeter.  Ever drink homemade wine or moonshine? Every time I do I notice that I don’t wake up with a hangover… Just saying

Honorable mention: The Botanist – https://www.thebotanist.com/.  They may not have an organic certification, but they may be working on getting one.  Either way, check out some of the above the next time you want a drink!

Eat Meat Once a Week… or Twice

Back in the day, in the United States of America, meat was produced the way it is supposed to be. That is with cows grazing in the fields, chickens poking their beaks in the mud, scratching the dirt, eating a pebble or two from time to time. This process resulted in high-quality meat, at high-quality prices. Ever hear the expression that nothing worth working for or fighting for is easy? Because it is true.

Now things have changed, and meat is mass-produced, cows no longer graze in the fields, chickens – although they may be labeled “cage-free” – are still living neck-in-neck with other chickens. Pigs can barely move in their pens. This is the result of big corporations making profit their number one priority, not quality and this also brings us very cheap meat. As a result, now we can afford to eat meat everyday, and what is the result? We are the sickest nation in the world.

Now go back to “back in the day” and tell me what was different? Meat was more expensive, a lot more expensive, so people just ate meat less frequently, and people were healthier, people were thinner, people were happier. That is because the human body was not made to eat meat every single day, it was made to eat meat once per week. Oh, and don’t forget the best part, the meat tasted good! You didn’t have to load it up with a bunch of sauces just so you could eat.

So switch to a plant-based diet, eat less meat, not no meat, but less and higher quality meat. If this sounds hard to you, that is because it is worth it. You will stop straining your stomach, if you have acid-reflux, obesity, or feel lethargic all the time, your body will start to heal itself and those problems will start to fade away. With all the money that you save, use it to buy higher quality meat. I like telling my friends the following analogy:

If you had Rolls Royce car, whenever you stopped at a gas station would you put the cheapest gas in the tank? Whenever you had to change the oil, would you put the cheapest oil in?

The answer is no… so your body is the equivalent of a Rolls Royce, so please tell me, why are you putting the cheapest meat in your body?

See the following infographic courtesy of Positive Health Wellness


Positive Health Wellness

SpeakIt! – Google Chrome Extension for Text-to-Speech

I have done some searching and testing, and there is a good Google Chrome Extension for Text-to-Speech (TTS) processing.  This one has a few cool voices (US Male English, UK Male English) and an nice interface.  Just select some text and click on the button which is added to the top right of your toolbar!

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/speakit/pgeolalilifpodheeocdmbhehgnkkbak