I got published in Elephant Journal!
Elephant Journal is an independent online journal dedicated to the mindful life. In their own words: "The mindful life is about yoga, organics, sustainability, conscious consumerism, enlightened education, the contemplative arts, adventure, bicycling, family…everything."
Here is an except from my article:
Of the many diet-based communities out there, the vegetarian community is one of the largest and most prolific.
Bear with me for a moment, but as a recent graduate with my M.S. in Nutrition and Integrative Health, I’ve spent a lot of time the last couple of years thinking about people’s diets and their relationship to their diets. It seems to me that, for some, subscribing to a particular diet philosophy is akin to subscribing to a specific religious belief.
The correlations run deep—from leaders to sacred texts to ‘true believers’. Blind faith, for example, can defend any effect that a diet may have upon one’s body: feeling ill is simply the body detoxifying, or perhaps the diet wasn’t adhered to strictly enough. Any unfortunate reaction is explained away.
Is there a Church of Vegetarianism?
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I'm very grateful to the staff of Elephant Journal for publishing my article. Thank you!