Vanilla Orchid wrote:
The LDS Church comes to mind (the Word of Wisdom cautions against alcohol, hot drinks
So... no Irish coffee? No bloody mary (I like mine with lots of cayenne)? How do these people live!?
One of the things that's attractive to me about Buddhism is that the Buddha is not a god. The Buddha is an example. Who is the Buddha? You are the Buddha.
And yes, meditation causes alpha-wave activity in the brain, and IIRC (but I could be misremembering) increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF, meaning it builds brain cells and/or their connections). Probably not a bad thing to have floating around when you're trying to change habits.
Right Action and Right Livelihood are part of the Noble Eightfold Path. Right Action would prevent consumption of meat, and Right Livelihood specifically forbids business in meat, and is just something we need to see more of these days.
The diet advocated here goes really well with The Pleasure Trap, Buddhism, and the ideas of Voluntary Simplicity. Not spending as much time or psychic energy on food can open up a whole new world of activity--like taking to the streets for a national health insurance policy!