The Yogi Diet: Spirituality and the Question of Vegetarianism is a philosophical exploration of whether we must be vegetarian to live a spiritual life. Author James Morgante offers an authoritative review of the world’s religions’ views on vegetarianism, showing that some support or even require it, some are split, and some even reject the idea. While many teachings do address diet’s very real spiritual effects, a close look reveals pros and cons to both vegetarian and meat diets. Given such complexity, how are we to know what we should and should not eat? The Yogi Diet provides all the information needed to decide what is right for oneself. Morgante examines the potentially negative effects both of excess animal foods and of extreme vegetarian diets without bias, presenting a truly balanced perspective. Chapters include topics such as the many spiritual philosophies for nourishing the body, mind and spirit; vegetarianism reconsidered in the world’s major religious traditions; the impact of diet throughout ancient developments such as the Paleolithic revival; and an assessment of contemporary dietary trends including low-carb and low-fat diets, the Blood Type Diet, and more. It concludes with a discussion on diet and transformation, and how our diets affect our spiritual evolution. All religious and spiritual readers will value the wisdom The Yogi Diet fosters about the role vegetarianism should play in one’s life—if at all.
Part spiritual investigation and part nutrition guide, this scattered book from Morgante (Lazarus, Come Forth!) considers the spiritual nature of health, dieting, and vegetarianism. Using the Hindu sattva of harmony, balance, and sympathy, Morgante offers an academic and immersive comparison of vegetarianism to omnivorous diets as part of a holistic approach that “nourishes all dimensions of the human being simultaneously.” Morgante considers nutritional effects on spiritual development which he divides into three categories: mind, body, and spirit. For nourishing the mind, he highlights what he sees as the connection between mental clarity and food quality, nutrients, vitamins, and toxins. For nourishing the body, he discusses the advantages and disadvantages of low-carb, low-fat, and low-calorie diets, and explains how he believes that diet helps the body transform the spiritual self. Finally, he explores various religious doctrines concerning vegetarianism—particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—and helps readers consider what (if any) role vegetarianism should play in one’s life; Morgante ends up leaning toward a diet that includes meat. The spiritual facets of his thesis provide convincing food for thought for anyone interested in the spirituality of diet. (BookLife)