December 7, 2022

Sharing from the Dog Group bec...

Sharing from the Dog Group because I know others here will be interested
There has been a lot of discussion in the group lately about Fasting and the healing that comes about from Fasting.
But one thing we really haven’t talked about is the emotional and psychological aspects of fasting.
As humans we have been taught since birth that food = love
And the more toxic the food, the more Love we equate with it.
Birthday’s are celebrated with poisoning of children with refined sugars which are more addictive then cocaine. Pizza Parties. Soda. Potato Chips. Candy. All known carcinogens, disease causing foods.
Holidays with family are centered around the most unhealthy of meals, high fat, lots of animal products, lots of overeating followed by the inevitable food coma as the body tries to battle against the onslaught of toxins it has just been burdened with.
So it is only natural for any human that has been raised on the standard cooked foods diet of modern “civilization” to feel hesitancy, fear, or run through a slew of emotional responses: feeling neglected, abandoned, unwanted, unloved, tortured, anxious, lost, “hungry”, even responding to the idea of fasting with anger or accusing others of neglect.
This is 100% understandable based upon our unnatural conditioning.
Because humans are conditioned since birth to act against our best interests when it comes to health, being fed all manner of unnatural foods before we can say no, leading to tolerance and addictions to these unnatural substances by the time we are old enough to make our own decisions, living in unnatural environments, following unnatural habits, it is an unfortunate side effect that we have become disconnected from our instincts and the messages our bodies send us.
But luckily for our pets, they do not have this same hurdle to get over.
Animals see food as fuel, as sustenance only, they never equate food with love. They are able to love unconditionally, therefore, there are no conditions to which they limit love. In other words, they are completely incapable of feeling unloved and completely incapable of not loving you fully at all times, indifferent to the circumstances.
Animals in the wild never reach the levels of dis-ease which we see in pets because it is only natural that if an animal is not feeling well they simply go to their den and sleep and fast until the illness or injury has passed. Once the illness has passed and the fasting has allowed everything to heal internally they will stretch their legs and head out for the hunt or forage again. But they would not hunt on an injured leg or with an upset stomach, that would be counter productive and inefficient.
Our domestic pets on the other hand have food handed to them daily. They do not have to be in prime health to hunt down the wild hare or climb the apple tree. They can lay in their beds all day and get food delivered on a platter. (Just like we do, with food sitting in the grocery store, no hunting or gathering required at all.)
But this does not mean that their instinct to fast and heal has changed and it does not mean that they equate any emotions with the period of healing rest.
Sometimes we as humans project emotions on to our dogs. We have trained them to respond in certain ways to food because they want nothing more then to please us. So if they have been trained to act a certain way to get attention from you (giving treats is giving attention) then they will continue those behaviors into the periods of fasting. If they have been trained to eat at 7 am and 5 pm, then they will continue those trained behaviors during fasting. But none of that is an indication of hunger or emotional attachment to food.
In addition to these trained behaviors, it is built into the instincts of all animals to eat when food is available because there may be lack of food in the future. This is particularly true of binge and fast animals like our dogs. In the wild they would take down a large wild prey and gorge until they could not fit any more food in their bellies, then they will rest and fast. They may not make another kill for days or weeks, so they take advantage at every opportunity.
So if we leave opportunities for food, like our dinner on the table, scraps of food in the sink or in the trash, our dogs might take advantage of this during a fast. But again, this is not an indication of hunger, this is just their natural instinct to eat when food is plentiful so they have reserves when food is lean.
Fasting is rest. Rest is healing. Healing is Love. Therefore, Fasting is Love
In closing I will leave you with the sagacious words of the venerable Dr. Herbert Shelton:
“Rest! Where is there a rest like fasting? People go away for a rest. They get a change of scenery, a change of food, a change of activity, but they fail to secure the rest they need. If they would but fast a few days they would return to their old duties with renewed zest and increased energy. Nothing can give renewed power of digestion to a worn-out digestive system, nothing affords such rest to over-wrought nerves, to fatigued bowels, or to an over-worked heart and glandular system as a fast–physiological rest.
Most vacationists go away and increase their physical exercise and eat more because of increased appetite and come back worse than before. Physiological rest, decreased physical activity and long hours of recuperating sleep, will do more for these people in a few days, than months spent in the conventional manner.”