Veganism and Satiation

Monday, May 29, 2017 K.Z. Freeman 0 Comments

What a lot of people exclude when switching to a vegan diet is the psychological aspect of the switch.

For most, their focus seems to be on the body as if it were the main driving force for feelings of ‘constant hunger’ and ‘satiation’. It is not. The mind and body work in unison, however fullness is a bodily sensation, while satiation is a mental one. Without mind and the sense of being full transmitted through your body and to the mind, you could eat until your stomach would explode and still never feel satiated. This is what a lot of people experience when switching, never feeling satiated. Some feel they have to -- and do eat all the time when they switch to a new diet -- yet always seem to feel hungry anyway. This is, from a bodily standpoint, impossible. That is to say, you cannot possibly be full and hungry at the same time. What you feel is not hunger, but craving. What you feel is also the gut bacteria's influence and the subsequent desire for meat. (link below)

When you equate meat as your main source of nourishment and have built a strong pattern over, let’s say 20 years, your mind will equate food with eating meat. When this desire is not met on a physical and psychological level (eating meat), your mind will not tell you you have not gotten enough food, instead it will tell you you have not gotten the food you equal with satiation.

When you switch your diet, your whole system of digestion, which starts by chewing and salivating, where the first signals are transmitted between different organs and the mind, is being altered. Your entire pattern of eating is being disrupted, and the mind counters this by trying to get you back on the pattern it knows: eating meat equals food and satiation. So despite having plenty of nourishment, the mind still desires meat.

This can have all sorts of adverse affect that you may equate with not eating meat (I've heard mention of hair loss which all males dread like it's the devil), but this is a psychosomatic effect brought on by stress. Namely the stress of not having your desires met and not living according to your desires.

All human activity is ruled by desire. The most ingenious mechanism the mind creates is the desire not to desire(more about this here). A wish for a period of freedom from desire after your desire has been met and the mind has not figured out something else that it wants yet.

A man can never not eat meat, if the desire not to eat meat is not there. If he wants a specific candy, he will always want that candy, no other candy will satiate that desire. Meaning he will continue to crave meat as long as he has the smallest desire to eat it, but has chosen some reason why he does not want to eat it, like animal cruelty, but does not yet believe in his own reason firmly enough. This creates a dissonance of wanting to eat meat, yet thinking you can’t because it’s wrong. These two states cannot exist at the same time in any mind, and will cause psychological, and in turn psychical effects.

This mechanism is the same for anything concerning desire. A man can never act righteously, if the desire to act righteously is not there.

But realize this: The pattern of eating meat and arriving at satiation is a product of mind. And the mind is more difficult to train than the body. The body will adjust itself to anything the mind does, while you alone can adjust mind and its patterns. You alone can choose to be compassionate.

But as long as the desire for convenience and the desire to be lazy with your food is there, you will see a vegan diet as being difficult and inconvenient, and will find countless excuses not to eat a vegan diet. There is no excuse. You do not live in the Now in which this would be impossible for you. If you are reading this text, chances are you live in a country with excess food and any excuse you come up with for consuming the dead flesh of an animal's life is no longer justifiable.

For a vegan diet to be successful, you must love it and love all animals. There is no way around this. This love and appreciation for animals, I think, is the default human state. You have to love being compassionate towards animals. You have to have the desire to act this way. You have to love the fact that no animal had to die for you to live. For a vegan diet to be successful and nourishing to the mind and body, you have to prepare meals that you cannot wait to eat because they will be delicious. You must love yourself enough not to desire meat that you know, for whatever reason, is not what you should be eating. You must know that whatever animal products they put in whatever food you eat, it was never for your benefit, it was never for the benefit of animals, but solely and purely because of the desire for money. Free range or not, it was not for the love of animals, but for the desire for money. No killing of an innocent animal, even if an animal lived a "happy existence" is justifiable. Ever. If a bear attacks you, fight it, kill it if you must. I've never seen a chicken attack anyone.

But here's the gist: By not eating animals and sticking with it, the pattern of eating meat for satiation will atrophy, and your mind will naturally not connect meat with food, but start to connect it again with what you once knew, what you knew as a little girl or a boy: that meat belongs to an animal that should live and be loved, or be free to be an animal, it does not belong to you, it never did and it never will.

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