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Shaolin monks= vegetarians or vegans -> healthy, long living people

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No one can deny that Paleo monks are healthy, and not few reach the hundred years or at least get very old, but still are very active and healthy.

Well, but they are mostly vegans, but always vegetarians, as one part of their "Dharma" ist to cultivate compassion, which eating meat is contrary to. They eat rice everyday, sprouts, and soy as well. Well, not very 'Paleo", right? Are we all wrong with our thesis, that Paleo is the perfect diet? The diet, that is best for human body, and the one that lets us live the longest? Your opinion, please!

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If you read the article carefully, you would have seen that is not entirely correct.

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on September 10, 2013
at 10:12 PM

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The mind plays a much greater role in health and longevity than most would like to believe and stress is a killer."

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Indeed. Also - in addition, while most monastic traditions nowadays (Zen, etc.) actually focus very heavily on the internal(i.e. "navel-gazing" ;-) ) and very little on the external(e.g. any serious "exercise" practice - keeping the body vital), Shaolin monks are very well-known for their extremely intense martial arts system. Their martial arts is as much a part of the heart of their practices as their meditations and other practices.

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In otherwords, having a vital body also plays a much greater role in health and longevity than most often believe -- possibly because how, precisely, to maintain a vital body is fairly muddy and rife with many inefficiencies.

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on September 10, 2013
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Sigh... Shaolin monks ARE meat eaters.

http://www.kungfumagazine.com/ezine/article.php?article=521

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on September 11, 2013
at 12:20 AM

If you read the article carefully, you would have seen that is not entirely correct.

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on September 10, 2013
at 03:25 PM

Healthy in SPITE of, not because of? Also, how healthy are they, really-- is this not just based on a stereotype? How many who practice 'shaolin' live a full lifetsyle in a monastery or in seclusion in nature or some other low stress environment? Not many.... When you say no one can deny they are healthy, I question that... I just did a search for health + buddhist monks and one of the first hits is an medical article about smoking rates amongst them... healthy, huh?

And where was I just reading that so many insects are infested in the stored grains/legumes in places with non-modern storage, that it quantifies as an animal-protein rich diet... something to consider.

Obviously, meditation is deeply important for both mental and physical health. A good diet and use of IF helps me meditate better, I bet it would help those ultra-spiritual magic monks too! Until that day we can subsist on moonlight and starshine, and no being is harmed for our sustenance...

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on September 10, 2013
at 02:43 PM

Paleo is such a new concept that its definition is changing daily. It's important to do your own background research and don't let any dietary fanatics tell you what's "the best diet for health and longevity."

That said, the shamanistic lifestyle of any monk is conducive to health and longevity. The habitual, low-stress nature of their lives is incredibly soothing and easy on the body. They are less often exposed to pathogens, they get regular daily exercise, they have a profound sense of belonging and importance... much of it is actually psychological. The mind plays a much greater role in health and longevity than most would like to believe and stress is a killer.

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Diet is not the end-all determinant of longevity. It's important, but there's no one way to eat and as you can see from various long-lived communities around the globe, their diets vary quite a bit. None of them are particular animal-rich though, none of them exclude animals though.

Physical labor, meditation/religion, a sense of community in monastic groups… those also positively correlate with longevity.

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