greenjuice wrote:I was an Orthodox Christian for some time and a pious one for only less then two years (before leaving Christianity) and in my, although maybe short, experience- it is quite possible. Orthodox Christianity has ascetic writings from second, third and fourth centuries CE that were very helpful. One of the most important things noted in them (interestingly, I later found similar things in Hindu writing) is the dependance of gluttony and lust. Some of those ascetics go as far as to say that one who is in control of his desire for food and drink will not be bothered at all by the sex urge, although I have not reached that in practice, it came close. The more I practiced restraint in eating, the easier it was to practice chastity. I ate no more then to satisfy hunger and only plain food, no snacks, sweets, spices, juices and similar stuff, mostly just whole grain bread, veggies either raw or boiled with only a little salt and on rare occasions fish, I drank only water, only when thirsty and during that time I had no problem in restraining myself from doing or desiring to do anything sexual. Even though I did follow some ascetic practices that to the modern eye would seem harsh, like showering with cold water and sleeping on the floor, I did not wear myself down, I didn't practice "self-torture", while living like that I went to my job and did it normally and I even worked-out. After leaving Christianity, I stopped with such practices, but after some time returned to some of them, being inspired by ancient Greek philosophers; I continue to practice a restrained diet (although I drink juices and eat fruits, and I avoid snacks and sweets for health, not ascetic reasons) and it still helps a lot with avoidance of sexuality, which I still practice.
Is there some mention of this in Buddhism, of the connection between the urges for food and sex?
Not sure about mention of food and its effect on our minds, in Buddhism
But yes , if we are aware , we can find that spicy foods does contribute in encouraging the fire element to grow within us , thereby effecting the body and the mind . Some food are aphrodisiacs and are best left alone , or eaten in moderation .Onions , garlic , all contribute in heightening sensuality , but i have found the best way in understanding sensuality is to be the guardians of our own minds , neither suppressing it nor expressing it , just acknowledging it the moment the feeling is born , this awareness allows the feelings to die its natural course , and any kind of unbridled conduct is kept in check , thereby keeping our minds healthy , wealthy and strong .