My mother raised my brother and I to be accepting of other religions. My parents never made us go to church (aside from when we were very young), and even though my brother and I were both baptized (Lutheran--the most lax of all Christian religions), church was never immensely important--but spirituality sure was. After my parent's divorce, my mother began studying Buddhism (she was raised Catholic). She eventually began utilizing ideas from both, seemingly different, religions.
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I apologize I haven't written since my day 1 of the cleanse. Not too much has been going on. My eating has been much much better. My energy has been great, and I feel overall healthy and extremely aware of my body--in a good way. I'm still nervous about the impending liquid phase, however. So, I've been doing some mental preparation.
Food is important--we all need it to survive. Many of us have varying dietary restrictions/needs, while some of us choose our own. This is all great, except when judgments are made and privilege is not acknowledged. I'm not vegan; I'm not even vegetarian, but I also don't really identify with being a carnivore, even though I do eat meat from time to time. I try to be as conscious as I can with regard to what I put in my body. I believe we all should be aware of this. My issue, however, comes about when I hear people placing their diet on a pedestal--a "my-diet-is-better-than-yours" pedestal. It's judgmental, and it's ridiculous.