Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

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Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by pedro1985 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:43 am

Simple question: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

I'll start.
I mostly eat just brown rice or spagetti with vegetable without adding any saus or spice to it. It might taste very boring, but it has good nutrition.

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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by Kim OHara » Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:58 am

I'll continue:
I try to have both, since good nutrition doesn't have to be boring and there's no particular value in making your food boring.
Pasta and vegetable sauce ... with a touch of chili or garlic or coriander. Why not?

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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by Sanghamitta » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:29 am

Both.
Dont confuse the middle way with puritanism.
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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by Ben » Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:02 am

Sanghamitta wrote:Both.
Dont confuse the middle way with puritanism.
You're a party-pooper, Valerie!
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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by Sanghamitta » Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:28 am

:smile:
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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by ground » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:32 pm

My experience is that spicy food fosters attachment to taste. And giving in to this attachment causes further attachment of different types to arise. Therefore I am trying to focus on the nutrition aspect of food and avoid spicy food.


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Post by daverupa » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:50 pm

I enjoy taking a multivitamin, which means I tend only to eat for calories and for gastronomic comfort (due to a truncated digestive tract).
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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by Sanghamitta » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:58 pm

TMingyur wrote:My experience is that spicy food fosters attachment to taste. And giving in to this attachment causes further attachment of different types to arise. Therefore I am trying to focus on the nutrition aspect of food and avoid spicy food.


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Presumably sackcloth and ashes are optional.
It reminds me of the British comedy series Blackadder where the Witchfinder General and his wife are worried about the corrupting influence of turnips.
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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by DNS » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:01 pm

Actually, the Buddha was sort of the party-pooper:
We will eat in moderation. Reflecting wisely we will not eat for fun, for amusement or for physical attractiveness but only for the maintenance and continuance of this body, for allaying the discomfort of hunger, for assisting in living the holy life and with the thought “I will end the old desires and not give rise to new ones and thus be healthy, blameless and live in comfort” ’ (M.I,273)
Anagamis (non-returners) and Arahants have eliminated all sense desires and have no problem with eating just for sustenance.

I like sweets occasionally (but not as much as my younger days) and spicy foods.

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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by Reductor » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:16 pm

At home it is almost all for nutrition. It is while visiting my parents home that I relish sweet foods, although less than before. It is a long standing habit.

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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by Viscid » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:37 pm

I eat one meal a day, so I have to pay attention to whether or not my meal has a lot of nutritive value and enough calories to sustain me.
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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by ground » Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:42 pm

Sanghamitta wrote:
TMingyur wrote:My experience is that spicy food fosters attachment to taste. And giving in to this attachment causes further attachment of different types to arise. Therefore I am trying to focus on the nutrition aspect of food and avoid spicy food.


Kind regards
Presumably sackcloth and ashes are optional.
It reminds me of the British comedy series Blackadder where the Witchfinder General and his wife are worried about the corrupting influence of turnips.
Thanks for being so respectful as to other's experiences.

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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by Sanghamitta » Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:50 pm

Ah I see. You prefer the sauce of self righteousness to curry.

Ajahn Sumedho " When eating I try to avoid being overwhelmed by attraction or aversion or indifference. I try to maintain a mind of gratitude. Even when eating a vegetarian meal things have died for me to live ".
TMingyur wrote:
Sanghamitta wrote:
TMingyur wrote:My experience is that spicy food fosters attachment to taste. And giving in to this attachment causes further attachment of different types to arise. Therefore I am trying to focus on the nutrition aspect of food and avoid spicy food.


Kind regards
Presumably sackcloth and ashes are optional.
It reminds me of the British comedy series Blackadder where the Witchfinder General and his wife are worried about the corrupting influence of turnips.
Thanks for being so respectful as to other's experiences.

kind regards
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by ground » Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:27 pm

Sanghamitta wrote:Ah I see. You prefer the sauce of self righteousness to curry.
You seem to have misunderstood. To rely on one's experience I would not consider to be "self righteousness". You just make an experience and say "This is my experience ... and that are the conclusions I draw on the basis of my experience ..."

There is not dictate implied that others should follow one's conclusions because others may have different experiences.

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Re: Do you eat for taste or nutrition?

Post by altar » Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:54 pm

one of the most delectable suttas, i recall a young monk in england posted on e'sangha, the buddha recommends ghee and honey.

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