This is the photo that set off several people. Because I'm eating chicken, this meal is deemed unhealthy (by them). Note, I did not open the salad dressing. Just plain ole lettuce, tomatoes, and skinless chicken. There are those who say I'm going to get salmonella and e-coli - It hasn't happened in 53 years and I'm not going to start worrying about it now.
In the coming weeks, you’ll get a look at what I eat and how am I exercising in my quest to regain an acceptable level of fitness. While I appreciate the advice given in the YouTube comment section and via email, I have a good grasp of what is nutritious and what is not. Believe me. I’ve boxed, trained in Karate and Muay Thai and have trained and spent quite a lot of time around world-class fighters. My mother is a dietician and my father a cardiologist and their knowledge, combined with my knowledge and the knowledge of my friends around me, I do know a thing or two.
When around pro boxers and Thai fighters, I had sufficient motivation and managed to keep myself in halfway decent shape. When the boxers were training for an upcoming fight, I was in the gym. When they were between fights, I was out of the gym and did nothing. Usually by the time the training camp and fight were finished, I was burnt out and ready for a break. Those breaks meant no exercise when I should have been doing something — anything.
For me, fresh foods and portion control are key, not dieting, fasting, becoming a vegetarian or vegan, or juicing. I have fasted in the past and may do so for a day, but that’s it. Everyone has an opinion on what is right and wrong and good and bad and this is fine. What’s good for one person is not always good for another. I enjoy eating meat, in fact, there are days I crave meat, and while I can certainly understand why some people choose to become vegans and vegetarians, I choose to continue eating meat. I prefer fish and shellfish but eat chicken, pork, and occasionally, beef.
The foods I plan to eat less of or cut out altogether are: cheese (I love cheese), chocolate, pasta, pizza, peanut butter, salami, ham, rice noodles, rice and of course sweets. I rarely eat cakes and candy and ice cream or drink sodas, but these are off the menu for now. I’m a firm believer it’s acceptable to have one day a week to eat a slightly more fattening food or dish as long as it’s once a week and it doesn’t become a habit again.
Buying fruit and vegetables in Bangkok at a local fresh market is convenient and inexpensive and while I will continue shopping at Fresh Mart, Foodland, and Villa Market, I will make more purchases at the market.
Turning vegans or vegetarian isn't going to happen. Neither is juicing or fasting for weeks and months. While I have no problem with those who wish to be vegans or vegetarians, I cannot say the same for some of them. They are relentless, pushing their theories and scientific data and anything else that helps make their case. It makes no difference to me. For every test saying cutting out all meat is good for you, there are ten tests saying lean meat is acceptable. What really gets me is that meat has never been my problem as I eat very little of it. I eat mostly chicken (now it's steamed) and seafood, especially tuna and salmon, and occasionally I eat pork or beef. When I say very little, I mean 4-6 ounces, 4-5X a week.
A couple of wackos called me a murderer, someone who eats dead corpses, rapist (as if because I'm eating the animal I'm raping it) and guess what, it only makes me laugh. It's not going to make me change and I don't care - not one bit. There are millions of healthy people (and unhealthy) who eat meat. Become a vegan doesn't make you bulletproof nor does it make you heart attack proof or disease proof. The healthier you are and the better you take care of yourself - usually - means you'll live a less physically problematic life. Please note I did not say being a healthier vegan or vegetarian means you'll live a less physically problematic life. Healthy people drop dead - it happens. My weight gain was due to multiple factors: injuries which forced me to be extremely sedentary (unable to walk for a year), aging, a lack of motivation and a penchant for pasta, cheese, and sandwiches. Sweets factored into the equation too (chocolate) but not as much as the pasta and cheese and bread. There has never been an issue with meat.
To those who hate people around the world eating animals, I do understand. I am not completely unsympathetic. The way that livestock is bred, held, killed, and butchered is brutal. One subscriber asked me to watch Earthlings and Forks Over Knives. I watched Earthlings and will watch Forks Over Knives shortly. I have seen numerous documentaries on slaughterhouses and the killing of livestock. When a pack of lions kills a wildebeest, calf or adult, I am unaffected. The lion has no malice towards the wildebeest, he is just surviving. When I see an animal slaughtered, or anytime I have slaughtered an animal, my first thought is "Let's Eat." I don't know get emotional or remorseful or apologetic. There is a pecking order (not speciesism) and a lack of, or overabundances of any one animal can drastically affect the ecological balance. What would happen to all the millions of animals humans eat if we were to all stop eating them? My guess is life on earth would perish.
My goal and other human's goal is to live and prosper as long as possible. For me, doing so necessitates eating meat - and as long as it's legal to eat whatever food I want, the more militant vegans are barking up the wrong tree. How'd you like it if I snatched a bowl of lettuce out of your hands and called you a plant murderer? Bottom line - eating meat is legal and eaten correctly, healthy. No one has the right to tell another human being what they can and cannot eat. Until they do, perhaps the militant vegans and vegetarians should shut up and get back to murdering their plants.
I gotta go...I'm laughing so hard it's getting difficult to write.
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