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Meat & Vegetables

Lots of kids don't want to eat their vegetables. With taste buds all over their little mouths, vegetables can seem bitter, or spicy or just gross. I for one could not stomach raw tomatoes because they reminded me of garbage. Mushrooms tasted like dirt, and olives were just crazy gross.

But when you get to be an adult, veggies start tasting better and better. Onions become a staple of flavor. Artichokes seem delicious. And things like sliced cucumbers and avocado are a delicacy.

So many men are really into their meat. My brother in law won't eat vegetables, only meat. And he likes it spicy... which comes from hot peppers...

Think of it this way. When you go to Subway, the breads are good, and you order your favorite meat. But what really excites you is having the plastic-gloved clerk load up your sandwich with fresh veggies. You know exactly what you want when you walk through the door. And it's the veggies that give your sandwich the awesome flavors. "Lettuce, tomato, green peppers, yellow peppers, jalapenos, cucumbers."

Raw vegetables are alive. When you chew a piece of red bell pepper, or onion on a burger, you're eating a living organism. This does a number of good things for you.

The people of Okinawa live longer than anyone on the planet. When I was there, I asked a bunch of them why. Almost every time, the answer was that they eat a lot of seaweed, and small amounts of pork. Each of them seemed to think the small amounts of pork is very important.

I don't recommend vegetarian or vegan diet. The reason human brains have so developed is because of eating meat. 2 million years of protein has turbo-charged our cerebrums. Conversely, our early ancestor Australopithecus was vegetarian, and became extinct about 2 million years ago.

The point of this blog is merely to suggest a ratio of meat to vegetables.

Try to eat mostly vegetables and small amounts of meat. In fact, you can probably eat all the vegetables you want (although corn is pretty high on the glycemic index). Eat fruit, but remember that fruit is generally more sugary than veggies. And eat some meat. Okinawans recommend pork. Sometimes, my body craves beef; so I'll eat lean beef, but not too much of it. Eating fish seems to help me lose body fat. I eat poultry, but try to keep that in check also.

Go buy a nice red or orange bell pepper and eat it like an apple.



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