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Offline suze

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Paleo diet and Spirituality
« on: January 29, 2007, 12:04:46 AM »
I got to thinking about the connections between what I eat and my spiritual path on Friday when I was fasting.  I wondered if such a profound change in diet and lifestyle had affected anyone else's spirituality at all, and if so how?  I was thinking mostly of the Christian faith, where bread is such an important sacrament, the very body of Christ.  I guess I am just curious how others on this list have changed (or not changed) their religious practices since beginning the paleo diet.  Someone smite me if this is too personal a question, but I'd really like to know.

I'll answer my own question first, by saying that I am a pantheist, or Pan, for short, and I have found that this lifestyle has helped me connect on a deeper level to Erce and all the Cosmos because I feel fundamentally more in touch with the things that I nourish myself with.  It is now a much more conscious decision on my part as to what and when I eat rather than just stuffing myself with whatever I found in the pantry.  Definitely all good.  Anyone else?  Suze

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Re: Paleo diet and Spirituality
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2007, 04:49:58 AM »
As eating is essentially one of our, if not the, primary relationship(s) it is a direct, tangible manifestation of our interbeing.

Currently I am cow, pig, chicken, salmon, tuna and sardine. I feel this does not honor the gifting relationship that life really is.  We have ignored the gifting for too long. A whole system of domination, alienation and domestication must exist for me to live the way I do currently.

I wish to be squirrel, mouse, chipmunk, raccoon, hare, porcupine, grouse, trout, deer, moose and bear.

As I rewild, I change and I change my relationship within and with everything. Language fails more and more often to convey my understanding. These categories of body, mind and spirit not only fall short, but create a disconnected perception and experience of the great integrity.

Direct, tangible relationship and experience reveals that life flows through all and it is very local and personal.  I know certain trees, particular mountains, unique streams.  Beyond mere concepts, there is now and here, wild and free.


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Re: Paleo diet and Spirituality
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2007, 01:32:17 PM »
I've never been a particularly spiritual person and paleo hasn't really changed it.  :)  I basically grew up in a house completely devoid of religion (I know, it seems strange) and the whole notion of it is almost incomprehensible to me.

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Re: Paleo diet and Spirituality
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2007, 01:02:12 AM »
My wife and kids are Roman Catholic, none of them are practicing, I'm something else.
I believe there is something there, but it's not what anyone on this planet thinks it is.
That's as far as my personal religion takes me and I wish to go no further.

To be honest, I know of only three people with whom I am acquainted, who attend church, 2 are Mormons, both of which attend because they were brought up that way. The third attends some philipino christian church because his wife forces him to.
I have read numerous versions of the bible, and a few other holy books, like the Koran, Bahgavid Gita, and some other books about various religions.

Not a single religion, (in it's entirety) on this planet makes sense to me.
I will admit however that some small parts of every religion I have read about do make sense, and those parts are mostly regarding our relationships with other people.

Sorry..... I'm rambling again.  :) Perhaps this subject should not be discussed.

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Re: Paleo diet and Spirituality
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2007, 11:41:59 AM »
I can't beleive there is no life after death, and that there's not something else going on behind the scenes that we don't know about. It just doesn't make SENSE to me that there is no afterlife and some mysterious workings behind what we can percieve.

Being paleo/raw has definately openned me up to many things. The sky is bluer, the grass is greener....

Even the bushman believe in "Bise", their version of "Jehovah"... Maybe there is, and grain agrilculture perverted our perception of it. Who knows.

There's something going on. And it's stronger in nature than it is in civilization.


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Re: Paleo diet and Spirituality
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2007, 05:34:41 PM »
I live in a small redneck town that is home to many, many Christians.  I work in grocery store management in a very visible position.  Literally every single day, two to three people ask me how I've lost so much weight in such a short time.  I hate that question.  For one, I just know that the person asking thinks I'm going to tell them to buy some miracle pill or shake.  When I tell them to drop the rice, bread, pasta, sugar, etc., they look so disappointed.  "Oh, I could never do that."  Well, I couldn't either.  Until I did!

The other reason I hate that question is that about one in every four people look at me like I'm a piece of crap for using the words "caveman" or "evolutionary eating".  I get lectures about evolution being crap, and what do I mean by cavemen?  Don't I read the bible?  I don't believe in evolution, do I?  Etc, etc.  It's really hard to explain this stuff to people who are so closed minded!

How do you guys deal with the questions?  I know I could just say "low carb" or "Atkins" or something, but that just makes me feel like a jump-on-the-current-diet-bandwagon jerk.  But I can't bring myself to.  I like to feel that having stumbled onto this WOE makes me somehow better than the mass sheep who follow what's popular at the time, and I want others to think that, too.  Maybe I'm being elitist?  I want to tell everybody how the modern diet doesn't make sense.  But people just don't seem to be ready for the awful truth that everything they've much of what they've been eating is slowly killing them. 

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Re: Paleo diet and Spirituality
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2007, 07:19:40 PM »
Man, that sounds rough.  I've been lucky enough to live in urban areas where religion is pretty much kept private - I have no idea how I'd deal with people saying "you don't believe in evolution, do you?"  I think I would probably just goggle at them and then bust out laughing!

Actually I just thought of a way you could explain this WOE to them without mentioning the words "low-carb" or "caveman."  Tell them you eat food that god (or nature, or whatever word you feel comfortable with) made, not food that man made.  Ever see a pasta tree growing in the wild?  How about a wild cookie bush?  Maybe that would get the point across in a way that's easier for them to understand.  :)

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Re: Paleo diet and Spirituality
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2007, 05:03:35 AM »
That's funny!  A pasta tree!  I'll definitely use that one.