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Paleo through the lens of spirituality

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Created October 03, 2011 at 2:34 PM

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I'm having an attack of conscience lately. I've been low carb paleo and even zero carb over the last three years and my health has never been better. But I've begun to feel like the death of all of the animals I consume may be lowering my vibrations and making me feel less spiritual and less kind. I look at folks like Bill Pearl, Jack Lalanne, and Clarence Bass. They're all lacto-ovo (and some pesco) vegetarians but two of the three have had their hips replaced. So at the end of one's life, is it worth having been kind to animals if you're trapped in bodies that no longer do your bidding? Have any of you wrestled with this contradiction and how have you come to grips with it? Thanks.

-Rick

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on October 03, 2011
at 03:50 PM

I noticed the "Buddha" tag. So I guess I want to mention that the Buddha ate meat, he was not a vegetarian. Feel some gratitude, kill the animal yourself so you can know it was done quick and clean. Try raising some chickens. When I hear people get upset like this it tends to come from some sort of disconnect. In the end we all die, I'd be more concerned with how an animal lived than that it died.

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on October 03, 2011
at 03:29 PM

Yes, First Nations' traditional people thank an animal for giving its life.

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on October 03, 2011
at 03:26 PM

thanks Rick, even if a question gets closed, if it links to other questions it will help people in the future.

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on October 03, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Sorry folks, I tried to close this out shortly after posting. I did a search but came up with nothing, so I asked the question, did another search on different keywords and came up with just what I was looking for. So I tried to close this question out. Thank you Melissa for adding three comments and helping to close it out.

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on October 03, 2011
at 03:14 PM

sorry Melissa- your 2nd comment appeared while i was writing mine. Cheers!

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on October 03, 2011
at 03:13 PM

i have to disagree with your linking of spirituality to religion. the question is about Rick's lack of self respect as a consumer of animals all dressed up in fancy spirituality trappings.

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on October 03, 2011
at 03:10 PM

esp since it's not really "paleo through the lens of spirituality", it's paleo through the lens of your own spiritual dilemma. Plenty of people here are spiritual, but follow religions that don't have ambivalence about meat.

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on October 03, 2011
at 03:05 PM

it's also generally not a good idea to ask about religious opinions here. your question isn't really about paleo in the end, it's something you should discuss with your religious mentor.

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on October 03, 2011
at 03:02 PM

This has been asked many many many times before.

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at 03:06 PM

do you feel gratitude towards the animals you eat? or do you just mindlessly eat parts of something without acknowledging its value?

i know at least one vegan who is (in my opinion) spiritually devoid, so eating/not eating meat really has nothing to do with it. the better part of spirituality rises from being mindful and gracious.

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on October 03, 2011
at 03:29 PM

Yes, First Nations' traditional people thank an animal for giving its life.

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on October 03, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I use to be a vegetarian because I raised lambs in high school for FFA. I loved them. They became more like pets than slaughter animals and it broke my heart to load them up on the trailer at the end of the year but I had to.

After a couple of years 'being kind to animals' as a vegetarian I came across the Paleo diet and was convinced that it was the way a Homo sapien should be eating for wellness. After easing into meat consumption I felt much better. I also don't believe I am being 'unkind to animals' per se, when I eat them. I eat them with a respect for what they've given me - their life. Also, 'being a vegetarian' doesn't help the animals. People that eat meat are going to keep eating meat regardless of me being a vegetarian and I can't go but all the slaugher animals to prevent them from being eaten.

I wrote a bit about my thoughts in this post a while back.

Not sure if all this answered your question ...

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on October 03, 2011
at 02:48 PM

Think about our evolutionary history - we are designed by nature to eat animals. If you're concerned about kindness to animals, get to know where your meat comes from and ensure you get it from a source that treats them well while alive and slaughters them humanely.

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