Yeah – I like titles that have several meanings or are playful. 🙂
We’re not all built the same. A suitable menu for one person can be bad news for another. For some, a strict vegetarian approach is suitable. For others, such a diet would lead to serious issues over time. Dietary decisions should not be based on a spiritual or ethical belief but rather on the needs of your specific body. Then you’ll have a suitable platform for spiritual development.
Sure – you can point to all kinds of examples of spiritual teachers recommending a “pure” diet for practitioners. Perhaps celibacy or certain clothing or behaviors too. And there are lots of food militants out there driven by ethics and such.
But denying your body what it thrives on is going to create internal conflict rather than growth. Rose Rosetree gave an example of a group of vegans. The diet was not having a positive effect on any of them, but it varied in what ways. While they were proud of their choice, their bodies where not.
I’m not suggesting veganism is a bad thing. In fact, I’ve written several articles on the subject on my other blog, including recent science. What I am saying is that our choices around dairy, eggs, meat, and so forth should be based on physiology, not concepts.
To promote ethics and quality, your best bet is using your purchasing power rather than your body.
It can sometimes be useful to have an appropriate fast or go on a specific diet to address something. Food can be used therapeutically. But long term, you need a varied menu that suits your body type, even if it doesn’t match your philosophy. And by “body type” I don’t mean blood type or metabolic type or other thing you get from a quiz in a book or on a website. That’s about as useful as reading your sun sign horoscope.
If I seem to be ranting a little, it’s because I’ve seen plenty of examples of people with chronic issues created by following beliefs they’re unwilling to let go of.
How do you find out what’s best to eat? The simple answer is to pay attention to your body (not just taste buds) and how it responds to food. That may take some learning and discrimination. Food can be tricky for many of us. We pick up many subconscious ideas and habits around food at a very early age. Dirt is bad. Sweets are reward. Food soothes my emotions. Meals are when people fight. And so forth.
Science has been making strides towards diet and lifestyle recommendations based on our genetics and other factors. But that’s still early yet.
If this is an area in which you struggle, one option is research with Rose Rosetree. She has a service called Soul Thrill. For this, she reads how your energy physiology responds to different choices – in this case food groups. She can note what your physiology wants and what conflicts you may have energetically to those choices.
For example, when we did this, she found a subconscious driver towards dietary asceticism from past lives that was conflicting with what my body needed. I’ve been a monk in several recent lifetimes but didn’t realize these influences where still at play. Making it conscious helped resolve the conflict. And that helped make the body’s needs more obvious. A few menu changes made a surprising difference.
Remember that awakening is about liberation. This includes not just liberation from the constraints of the ego, but also from our experiences, our emotions, and all the conceptual baggage that has limited us, sometimes over lifetimes.
What is food for you? Liberating? Or constraining? A limitation or a joy?