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Devouring delicious meat

cooking meatThere is a way to eat meat and that is with appreciation. Appreciation for the ease at which the meat is obtained and appreciation for the ability to have meat when wanted.

The ease at which the meat is obtained: in restaurants, fast food chains, meat markets, supermarkets, convenience shops, and through the internet. Meat is easy to come by. The fuss of preparing the meat for consumption has also been made easy: ready-made meats of all kinds, whole roasted chickens, frozen meatballs and link sausages, refrigerated sliced meats and meat salads, hot and cold meat entrees—and all of these are at the supermarket.

The ability to have meat when wanted. Because meat is so easy to obtain, it can be eaten as much as desired. There are even diets that tout meat as the main part of each meal. Bacon for breakfast, chicken cutlet for lunch, steak for dinner, beef jerky for a snack. Lox for breakfast, tuna for lunch, salmon for dinner, sushi for a snack.

With so much meat available, it is easy to forget the path the meat dish took to get to the table or into the take-away bag. The ease of the access lessens the appreciation of the meat, and so people who eat meat must make a special effort to add appreciation into each meal in which meat is eaten.

Becoming aware of the meat processing industries is a greater step towards meat appreciation. Buying meat from companies that support animal care can add to the appreciation and awareness of the animals that were raised and slaughtered on behalf of the human diner.

The most important appreciation is towards each cow, pig, chicken, turkey, or fish that gave its life for the meal sitting in front of you.

||Eating Living Dishes||

Animals
eat animals.

The eaten animals
are raw except
when they are cooked.

 Cooked animals are eaten
by people.

Even when
cooked, the eaten animals
have living aspects.

Life
can never be cooked away.

When eating living dishes,
eat with humility.

from the upcoming book of poetry titled Connection.

How much meat to eat? Spiritual Presence informs me that the right amount for each person is based on each person’s need for food that is filled with chewingness. Meat is a food to be chewed, and the chewing gives rumination satisfaction. Also, people who taste food through their sense of smell have a need for meat that is usually more than they need to eat.

Too much meat

too much meat

Too much meat. In general, people eat too much meat. This message is not new. And yet, many people consider meat to be their required sustenance, their right. Their right to eat meat without boundaries. Meat, meat, and more meat.

This blog post is not about giving up meat. Meat is food that is nourishing and satisfying. This post is about remembering that meat is sacred food that comes from living animals and conscientiously limiting amounts that are eaten.

There are diets that place meat at the top of the diet plan. In other words, the meat is the most important part of the diet and is key to weight loss or weight gain prevention. Some diets espouse meat as the main food to eat in quantities that are not appropriate for the human body. These diets are harmful for the body and for the environment.

Meat is living-energy that requires respect. The life that was the meat existed yet it was cut short for human consumption. The animals that feed humans were living, were interacting, and were being part of the populace of Earth. The animals that feed humans are not people, but they deserve kind and respectful treatment. The animals that feed humans give their living-energy; this fact must be remembered.

People who eat more meat than their bodies need consume too much living-energy, and this over-consumption lessens the true value and significance of the animals. Eating less meat is responsible. The animals, like the people, are living, breathing creatures.

The Eating Recommendation

Eating structure

The Eating Recommendation is a more accurate presentation than the food pyramid for how people should eat. The non-food requirement in the center was explained in the previous blog post.

Today, we’ll look at some of the food groups. In Vitality!  How to Create a Life That Is Healthy, food groups are subdivided depending on their nutritional value and on environmental issues. As an example, the section about meat and fish is divided into three subgroups. Notice that from these three subgroups, a person is nourishing the body properly when a total of six portions of meat and/or fish are eaten a week:

  • Sardines and lamb.
    These foods can be eaten twice a week.
  • Catfish, chicken, goat, goose, herring, oysters, pork, salmon (not more than once a week) sole, shrimp, tilapia, turkey, trout.
    These foods can be eaten three times a week.
  • Anchovies, beef, carp, Chilean sea bass, clams, cod, crab, crayfish, duck, eel, flounder, haddock, halibut, lobster, mackerel, mullet, mussels, octopus, perch, prawns, rabbit, sea urchin, skate, snapper, squid, tuna, venison.
    These foods can be eaten once a week.

A portion size depends on age, gender, health, activity level, and physical build. These recommendations apply to people who regularly eat meat and not to non-meat eaters whose needs are considered elsewhere in the chapter.

Notice that nuts & seeds appear twice. The reason for this double appearance is to emphasize the importance of eating nuts and seeds. As stated in the book,

 “The more active a person is, the more nuts can be eaten. The less meat, fish, and dairy eaten, the more nuts can be eaten. In general, nuts and seeds are very nutritious and people should alter their diets to accommodate more nuts and seeds.”

The recommendation for water and liquids is added to the Eating Recommendation to emphasize their importance. As stated in the book,

“Water is necessary to sustain life. That’s a fact that must be accepted. Coffee is not necessary to sustain life, nor are carbonated beverages. Water, unless it is tainted, maintains life; carbonated beverages make life sluggish. Water quenches thirst; coffee creates thirst. Water is the only drink that the body truly desires. A body that is confused desires other drinks. Water helps the body perform its wondrous functioning. The other drinks make the body work harder….”

Just like with food, the amount of water needed depends on age, gender, health, activity level, and physical build, plus climate and location. The various liquids are divided into six subgroups.

More to come…

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