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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Our diaita* needs to nourish body, soul and spirit

Read "The Soul Diet" by Thomas Moore at Patheos. In this blog post he explores our associations with food and eating. Moore states:
"Maybe weight loss isn’t just about exercise and kind of food we eat. Maybe it’s about how we are in life, again what mythology underlies our approach to everything. I have the fantasy that some people can’t lose weight because they, men and women, are habitually maternal in their relationships. A pregnant woman gains weight for the new being in her; maybe we maternal types keep weight on for the same reason. The more the mother complex dominates, the more difficult it is to lose weight. We 'mothers' diet strenuously, but maybe we really need to explore other ways to be in the world." 
He stresses, "A human being is made up of body, soul and spirit, all overlapping and mutually dependent elements. Any diet that doesn’t take all three into consideration is not a diet for humans but for soulless bodies. If that’s the situation, there isn’t much chance for a healthy outcome."

*Diet, from Greek diaita, originally "way of life"