My take on it: in the past year or so, I’ve stopped eating all grains except the occasional bit of rice (I like the texture and taste) on the basis agriculture was the start of the idea of persuading others to labour under a master to whom you pay taxes, from which sprang every desire to oppress thought and compel conformity, also there was sod all reason to go to war until we had fields we’d laboured in to protect, and a hard-won harvest in the storehouse to defend to the last man.
Once I stopped eating grains, I suspect especially gluten, my mind became clearer and my mood was better, and my skin, hair and nails improved as well, so it was evidently doing some real biological damage.
Sub-clinical gluten intolerance usually causes a dulling of the mind and a general low feeling, very handy for keeping the masses in line.
I think agriculture preceded and created the domestication of mankind and has led to every normalising force most of us on here probably stand against, at least in terms of our own choices.
As a result I’ve also cut down on dairy, I eat a bit of butter and have cream in coffee but that’s it, partly because I feel better and also the above-mentioned agricultural thing.
Also, I now eat meat, after a long period of vegetarianism, because there is no death in nature that’s as kind and clean as a well-performed abattoir kill, animals in the wild are torn to death, or fall sick or wounded and die of thirst and/or are eaten alive by insects and small rodents etc… this happened to a relative’s cat, poor thing was sick and got out, we found her half eaten by insects, including huge beetles that were ripping bits off her, dehydrated and emaciated and in terrible distress in someone’s garden - she was put down right away because there was nothing that could save her.
And any nature film will show the same or worse, I watched a documentary where a pack of wild dogs in India were ripping apart a deer and they kind of ripped it open slowly, bite by bite, from its asshole upwards (the less-defended end), the animal was plainly terrified and in horrible pain, trying to get away and in the end it was ripped apart while still just conscious, and died from loss of blood. That happens every day, and the bigger predators are faster to kill but it’s still not a better death than humans deliver.
Every animal I’ve owned or known has as much personality and capacity for fear as humans, and when they fall sick I’ve often seen fear in their eyes, so a “natural” death in the wild is far from easy or pleasant for them.
I’m aware of the cruelty in abattoirs and support a couple of campaign groups who work against it, but I eat meat from animals raised in good conditions by retailers who comply with good standards.
Air-miles - I’m English and I prefer to eat foods that don’t need to be shipped in from other continents (I make an exception for coffee, tea, and chocolate!) and that means I don’t really eat legumes, they’re more of an occasional thing now than a mainstay of my protein intake: I found the reliance on imported foods very off-putting about the raw vegan thing, also no society in history has practiced veganism, and the Asian cultures who traditionally practice vegetarianism (and even when they’re not, eat a diet high in starches from rice and noodles) are at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and all the evils that brings, which makes me think that a diet high in starches writes bad crap into the human genetic code.
So, I basically eat fresh meat, fish, free-range eggs, fresh (or sometimes frozen) veg, some fruit and then the odd bit of cream, chocolate, rice or whatever, but mainly things our ancestors evolved eating - I like the Primal diet concepts (not so much Paleo) a lot. I was practicing as a vegetarian (dairy only, no fish or eggs) and haven’t noticed any major change in that respect either way, except feeling better since cutting grains which obviously means I have more energy in general and that rolls over into my practice.
That’s been my experiences so far with food, not at all meant as an assault on people who prefer not to eat animal flesh, but just offering a different look at the ethics and spiritual reasons for being a meat-eater.
Finally, I don’t drink alcohol, for me it’s a mind-dulling tool of enslavement that was used by the Romans against my genetic ancestors, the northern europeans, who deliberately sold them strong wine and didn’t tell them it was used diluted because it made them easier to oppress, and it’s used to this day to keep people under control, fighing each other in a drunken haze, worrying about their intake, and with every sip paying hefty taxes to the govt who then reprimand you if you drink so much you become sick.
JMO and if other people find the things I shun empowering, I’m happy for you and it just goes to show we’re not mass-produced little robots, innit?