UK monasteries - nutrition

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Samvega86
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UK monasteries - nutrition

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Hi,

As has been discussed elsewhere, one of the contributing factors for poor health (including obesity) in the sangha is the nutritional quality of the food offered (low fibre, high GI etc.).

How have those who have stayed at UK monasteries found the nutritional quality of the food offered? Observationally, health amongst monastics in the UK appears to be reasonably good but I wonder if those with more experience has found this to be the case?

Particularly those who are plant-based, have you found on your short stays (or long stays) that you’ve been able to meet your nutritional needs (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds etc.)?

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Sam Vara
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Samvega86 wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:14 am
Hi,

As has been discussed elsewhere, one of the contributing factors for poor health (including obesity) in the sangha is the nutritional quality of the food offered (low fibre, high GI etc.).

How have those who have stayed at UK monasteries found the nutritional quality of the food offered? Observationally, health amongst monastics in the UK appears to be reasonably good but I wonder if those with more experience has found this to be the case?

Particularly those who are plant-based, have you found on your short stays (or long stays) that you’ve been able to meet your nutritional needs (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds etc.)?
Yes, easily. I only have experience of Amaravati and Cittaviveka, but found the food there to be better than I normally eat. I'm vegan and (apart from vitamin B12 supplements) the food there could have sustained me indefinitely. Most of the lay supporters are aware of good food and that's what they supply.

Contrary to this, I heard of a nun who disrobed about 12 years ago after living in the monastery for several years. When she went for a check-up, the doctor told her that she was borderline malnourished. I don't know what was going on there (she always looked well enough to me!) but if you are thinking of staying at a monastery as a guest, I don't think you should have any problems unless there are underlying health issues.

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