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"Sydney parents face court over vegan diet wh...


"Sydney parents face court over vegan diet which left baby 'malnourished'"


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Paleo diet is one of the primitive diet but is pro...


Paleo diet is one of the primitive diet but is proven effective to lose weight and keep the body healthy. The principle of paleo diet is back to nature, that is back to nature. We can eat whatever is provided by nature and should avoid processed foods like fast food and junk food.
Fast food is more delicious, but can trigger various kinds of health problems such as obesity, distended stomach and various other diseases.
Perhaps this is what caused the ancient humans more healthy, strong and not susceptible to disease. Because ancient food is still natural and has not been contaminated by unhealthy ingredients.
Recommended Foods In The Paleo Diet:

Thanks for the comment. Cream and coffee or black...


Thanks for the comment.

Cream and coffee or black tea for preworkout. Whole eggs and cream or milk for post-training.

I like the flavor better when the drink is closer to room temperature rather than very cold. Also, human digestive enzymes are most active at body temperature. The colder the drink is, the more of your body energy goes into just warming up the drink so that your digestive enzymes can work optimally. If the drink does not reach body temperature before reaching the small intestine, the enzymes will not work optimally and consequently assimilation will be impaired. From an evolutionary perspective, our ancestors did not have refrigerators most often food was likely consumed at warmer temperatures.

Wow. Glad I came across this! I'm doing moveme...


Wow. Glad I came across this!
I'm doing movement and Keto.
Mornings I usually blend egg yolk with cream or raw milk with my coffee.
Haven't thought about how well it'd work as a pre work out. I just go do stuff after.

Question. Why semi room tempurature for the post workout drink?

As we age, the brain actually shrinks. DHA may re...


As we age, the brain actually shrinks. DHA may reduce the shrinkage according to some studies. I supplement DHA and eat some salmon. Your comments on B-12 are thought provoking and will keep me eating meat and not relying on supplements/eggs/dairy, although increased supplementation did raise my B-12 blood levels.

I'm closely following your independent-minded nutrition investigation.


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Hey Don, This is awesome to hear about, I am curr...


Hey Don,

This is awesome to hear about, I am currently researching a bit about the Paleo diets, as I am looking to get started myself. Let me ask your professional opinion on how best for a newbie to get started. I had been reading a couple of program reviews out there such as this one and I wanted to know if you thought it would make sense to start on some sort of program like that or should I just jump right in to World Carnivore month and eat every type of meat possible?

Like everyone else I am sure, I am eager to get started, just want to make sure I do it the right way!

Thanks Don!

Here's a video worth watching that complements...


Here's a video worth watching that complements this article

Red meat safe?


Red meat safe?

Hi Don.. Congrats on obtaining better lean body m...


Hi Don..

Congrats on obtaining better lean body mass! Are you are not concerned about your TC and LDL or Non-HDL? Those are some eye popping numbers man! Furthermore.. perhaps following up with an electrophoresis and PTH to work up a low globulin and phosphorus (or just retesting soon after to see if they were flukes)?

I believe that there are people who are geneticall...


I believe that there are people who are genetically determined to be full-blown omnivores rather than vegetarians, and that no matter how much they try, they'll never be healthy on a vegan diet.
My family, for example, has a history of iron-deficiency anemia and thyroid disorders, both of which could've only be solved by eating animal products in the past (namely, organ and dark meats, and animal thyroid). Not only that, but many plant products only make these conditions much worse, like soy products or artificial milks.
On the flip side, we also have extremely high cholesterol tolerance, and can eat pretty much whatever without our blood lipids spiking as long as a modicum of exercise once in a while.
And then, we have these vegans try and tell me that humans were always herbivores, the only evidence being they felt bad and their feelings for animals are hurt.

Phenomenal transformation! Regarding your eating p...


Phenomenal transformation! Regarding your eating pattern, do you eat the typical breakfast, lunch, dinner or less?

Silvertabby, Some advocates of low carbohydrate ...



Some advocates of low carbohydrate eating say that the reason one experiences potassium losses on a low carbohydrate diet is that insulin stimulates water retention, so when insulin drops, you start releasing water and with that goes minerals down the drain.

These doctors recommend ensuring higher sodium intake to reduce water and mineral losses. When I tried low sodium and low carb, I got symptoms of potassium deficiency, mainly cramps in calves. When I increased my sodium (salt) intake, it appears to take care of this.

Also, some doctors say that so-called "keto flu" or low-carb flu – general malaise when eat low carb, is often due to loss of sodium, potassium and other minerals due to the same mechanism. Keeping sodium intake up can prevent or eliminate this malaise.

Will check these out, thanks!


Will check these out, thanks!

After a few days, I found out the hard way why Dr....


After a few days, I found out the hard way why Dr. Naiman advises eating LOTS of green vegetables on this diet. Potassium! Fortunately, I found some old spinach in the fridge and was able to get back on my feet in a few hours after eating a meal including all the vegetables I had available.

Then I drove to the store and bought vegetables, especially spinach, and a bag of oranges. One orange per day, and spinach with every meal, for more potassium, and now I feel fine.

In the future, I may occasionally eat some sweet potato for variety, but not regular potatoes, grains, or beans. The concept of elevated insulin and its repercussions is just too disturbing, especially for someone who was formerly insulin resistant.

On another video, an interview with Ivor Cummins, Naiman mentions that he (like Cummins) has an elevated LDL-P score, but has patients with a zero coronary calcium score (heart scan) who also have elevated LDL-P scores. He thinks the jury is still out on LDL-P.

For "heretical" views within Chinese med...


For "heretical" views within Chinese medicine, see Ken Cohen's Way of Qigong:

particularly p. 299 ff, where he discusses "bi gu" (avoiding grains) and recommends a limited carbohydrate diet along the lines of Barry Sears's Zone diet.

Also, Kristofer Schipper, an ordained Daoist priest, wrote in his book The Taoist Body, in regards to "bi gu":

"The "cutting off" of grains, which were the basic staple food for the peasants, was also a rejection of their sedentary life and the peasant condition as such. This refusal should not solely be interpreted in the light of the miseries endured by farmers, but also in a much more fundamental way. Agriculture has occasioned, since Neolithic times, a radical break with the way of life that prevailed for almost the entire prehistory of humankind. Agriculture has also been the main culprit of the imbalances of human civilization over the last ten thousand years or so: the systematic destruction of the natural environment, overpopulation, capitalization, and other evils that result from sedentariness. "p.170

If I remember correctly (don't have the book anymore to check), Taoist physician herbalist Steven Chang recommended a diet of meat and vegetables, little or no starch or grain, in his book The Tao of Balanced Diet.

Daniel Reid, another Chinese medicine 'heretic,' recommends avoiding grains ("unfit for human consumption" because can't be eaten raw) and eating nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, fish, lamb, and eggs. He learned from teachers in Taiwan, i.e. Daoist doctors who fled communism.

Wikipedia's entry on "bi gu" has other leads as well.

Kisame, The Yellow Emperor's Classic states i...



The Yellow Emperor's Classic states in sections on diet that the '5 grains' are the basis for nourishment. However, it also contains this passage which I quoted in The Garden of Eating:

"In ancient times, people lived simply. They hunted, fished, and were with nature all day. When the weather cooled, they became active to fend off the cold. When the weather heated up in summer, they retreated to cool places. Internally, their emotions were calm and peaceful, and they were without excessive desires. Externally, they did not have the stress of today. They lived without greed and desire, close to nature. They maintained jing shen nei suo, or inner peace and concentration of mind and spirit. This prevented pathogens from invading. Therefore they did not need herbs to treat their internal state, nor did they need acupuncture to treat the exterior. When they did contract disease they simply guided properly the emotions and spirit and redirected the energy flow, using the method of zhu yuo to heal the condition."

This passage appears to indicate that the author(s) of the Classic were aware that earlier humans were hunters and fishermen, not agriculturalists, and were healthier than their agricultural descendants.

The Web That Has No Weaver has practically no general diet information. The others are orthodox.

I enjoyed the video presentation and website info....


I enjoyed the video presentation and website info. So I dropped my carbs down to 1/2 cup of berries and 1/2 cup of cultured cottage cheese (stopped eating beans, potato, orange, cherries/grapes).

Also eating a lot of non-starchy vegetables. Not counting the low-carb vegetables, I'm around 10 or 12 grams carbs.

Protein today: 3 eggs, cottage cheese, sardines, 4 oz chicken breast--about 80 grams.

Increased my coconut oil to 2 tbs, and more olive oil.

Feel better, stronger, so far.

Next week, after my blood draw, I may buy some bacon, butter, and ground beef for more saturated fat. Haven't eaten these for three months, I don't especially enjoy my present low animal fat diet. In early November I'll get the lab results and will know if the low animal fat diet improved my LDL-P.

Thanks for the answer! It never occurred to me tha...


Thanks for the answer! It never occurred to me that there might be multiple competing schools of thought in TCM, but when you consider TCM as a holistic theory of health (including not only nutrition, but also concepts such as qi and the meridians of the body), it only makes sense that there would be different theories, just as there are in Western science before the evidence rules in favor predominantly of one theory over the others.

I've been looking to learn more about this topic, and a few texts that come up repeatedly in my research so far include "The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine," "The Web That Has No Weaver," "Between Heaven and Earth," "Healing With Whole Foods," and "Staying Healthy with the Seasons."

I plan to read these, but I imagine that they all probably lean towards orthodox TCM. Are there any additional Eastern nutrition books or resources you'd recommend off the top of your head, especially if they're of a more "heretical" bent?

" resolve on." Didn't complete...


" resolve on." Didn't complete that sentence> to resolve one of the imbalances she was being treated for.

Kisame, That's a big topic, too big to addres...



That's a big topic, too big to address in a comment here. I'll prepare a post or video to respond as soon as I have enough time available (very busy right now). In short I will say, just as there exists both orthodox official nutrition dogma (e.g. USDA, AND, etc.) and dissenting views (LCHF, paleo, etc.) in our culture, there exists both orthodox official TCM nutrition dogma (your characterization is mostly correct), which was created and maintained mostly by Confucian scholar-doctors who believed in the superiority of Han Chinese civilization, and dissenting views, mostly from Taoists who despised civilization as the corrupter of human health and spirit, and saw the grain-/starch- based diet recommended by the Confucians as the cause of many of the diseases the TCM doctors were treating. Some Taoists recommended avoiding grains (bi gu) which would lead to a low carbohydrate diet, although the interpretation of this recommendation was varied because "gu (grains)" was culturally a word used both for grain foods and for food in general. In addition, despite the fact that Confucian TCM doctors promoted a plant-/ grain-/starch-based diet, some famous TCM doctors were the first to declare that starchy and salty diets are the cause of diabetes i.e. sugar in the urine (700 AD in China vs. 1660 AD in Europe: only an indication that the Chinese had succumbed to and identified the ill effects of a civilized carbohydrate-based diet at least 900 years before Europeans).

As an aside, when I was taking my first Chinese medical nutrition course at the Taoist Studies Institute (Seattle), the instructor, Dr. Ma (who spoke little English, had an interpreter present to translate his Chinese) came one day to discussing the medicinal effects of beef. He then stated that from the northern people (Mongols, I guess) TCM doctors had learned of a special diet used to treat all kinds of diseases: a strict beef-only diet. He went on to say that he never had the opportunity (or, I would guess, the necessary funds) to try this beef-only diet when he lived in China, but he planned to do it now that he lived in America where beef is much cheaper. At the time I was all about plant-based and thought it was just absurd that eating a 100% meat-based diet could be beneficial to health. This same doctor had once recommended to me that I eat dog meat, and another had told my former wife that she needed to eat the fat from a pig face to resolve on.

My point here is that although orthodox TCM does seem to recommend a plant-based diet, just as the USDA and AND in America, orthodox TCM still recommends an omnivorous diet that even includes animal products that are not "acceptable" to Western palates or concepts, and further, just as in the West, individual doctors have their own experiences and recommendations that are grounded in TCM nutrition concepts but may appear to deviate from the 'orthodox' point of view.

Don What about the book you published in November...



What about the book you published in November 2016?? You know - this one

Essential Macrobiotics: The Universal Way of Health & Prosperity (Basic Macrobiotics) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 26, 2016
by Don Matesz (Author), Tracy Matesz (Author)

Is it worthless??

Hi Don, I recently discovered your blog and have b...


Hi Don, I recently discovered your blog and have been reading over your posts. It's been fascinating to see the evolution of your dietary habits over time, and I have a great deal of respect for the amount of work you've put into self-experimenting with different nutritional protocols.

I'm curious as to what your opinion is on Traditional Chinese Medicine these days, especially as regards your current foray into VLC. My impression of TCM (based on your descriptions of it, as I have little knowledge of it myself) ias that it generally advocates a heavily plant/starch-based diet, with fat and meat used in limited quantities, almost like a medicinal prescription for certain conditions.

Is there any "orthodox" TCM justification for a diet like your current one, or even for ketogenic diets (which would probably be lower protein)?