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Spirituality in Food

By admin | December 2, 2010

Ethiopian Tewahedo Church

 

In Ethiopia, Christians practice over 200 days of fasting. Now, I don’t mean they go without food for that long, but instead, abstain from indulgences and give their bodies a break – no meat, sugar and dairy.

Similar practices take place throughout the globe, whether it’s in Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and most other faiths in existent. While having definite roots in spirituality, I think fasting isn’t only about sacrifice but has a logical purpose too.

Our bodies work so hard to properly digest what we eat, sifting through the bad and nutrition-less to find the good and distribute it to the right places. Foods like meat force our bodies to work extra hard.

Without a break, we would be overloaded and this often leads to the sicknesses we see prevalent today, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

I love the idea of giving my body a break. In America, we have our version of a reset, which is New Year’s Resolution. It’s something fun we do at the end of year, where we make often short-lived promises to ourselves for a healthier and happier new year.

Even if we don’t wind up following our resolutions to the T, we still took a moment to reflect on what we need the most for ourselves. If your resolution lasted a month, don’t disregard the positive impact it had on you.

My resolution this year is to eat vegan once weekly. Wish me luck!

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