it is that time of the year


or is it the moon that some of you have been encouraged by your imam or is it the profit that you should fast. That the lord likes it when you fast. Chapman Cohen wrote

ar more suggestive, however, than the association of religion with what we may call the normal social forces, is its connection with conditions that are now clearly recognised as abnormal. From the earliest times we find the use of drugs and stimulants, the practice of fasting and self-torture, with other methods of depressing or stimulating the action of the nervous system, accepted as well-recognised methods of inducing a sense of religious illumination, or the feeling that one is in direct communion with a supernatural order of existence.

Religion and Sex by Chapman Cohen

but i think it is Zera Yacob who said it best

God does not order absurdities such as ‘‘Eat this, do not eat this; today eat, tomorrow do not eat, do not eat meat today, eat it tomorrow. . . neither did God say to the Mohammedians: ‘eat during the night, but do not eat during the day.’ ’’

Go yea and enjoy food, whatever you tastes are.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

26 thoughts on “it is that time of the year

  1. ladysighs says:

    This has nothing to do with your post except your post made me think of it:

    I received my 2 doses of vaccine recently. They were given in a gymnasium of a church. Plenty of space for plenty to receive it.
    The church is large and beautiful. Lots of rooms for activities etc etc. Always something to do there for kids and adults alike. Travel tours to places around the world arranged there etc. A gold star for the community!

    How wonderful it would be if they would only leave god out of it!! Have real rational activities instead.

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  2. All religious doctrines are intended to separate the followers of the faith from the non-believers. As it was practised by most religions at their onset, Islam chose the suitable costumes from the practices of their pagan tribal origin. As a religion Islam is based on passivity, it is an all-encompassing system, which defines existence. It rejects doubt as the unlimited desire for the understanding of the human condition and fasting provides a suitable burden, which mends to promise virtue and knowledge, but instead has become a fearful prison for the individual.

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    • makagutu says:

      the profit or the caliphates coopted the astrology of the region into the religion. Then to top it up, they added fasting as a way to imprint the delusion of religious illumination.

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  3. Ron says:

    According to the following research paper, intermittent fasting actually does has positive health benefits:

    Click to access 2019-decabo.pdf

    And personal experience has led me to conclude that consuming fewer meals within a narrower time frame (8 hours or less) is not only achievable, but downright liberating. In the summer, I usually eat only one meal per day in the late afternoon. Naturally, I’m motivated to do so for health reasons rather than religious ones.

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    • makagutu says:

      I will read that paper later. I think I have seen articles on the same too.
      I have also seen research that shows that intermittent fasting is bad for weight loss. While one is able to shed some weight in the beginning, they always end up gaining it when they resume normal eating unless you intermittently fast.
      Do you include vigorous exercises in your plan?

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      • Ron says:

        The intent of intermittent fasting isn’t to deprive yourself of food, but to reduce your insulin response by slowly decreasing both the number of times per day you eat and increasing he length of time between your last and first meals of the day. In other words, eliminate snacking and reduce the “grazing” window from 12 hours a day to under six. Most people find one meal a day difficult, but two meals a day is quite doable. Incorporating modest activity into the mix obviously helps, but is less important than eliminating refined sugars and processed grains. I lost the most weight after eliminating all wheat-based products from my diet. It takes a bit of effort to overcome the cravings for breads and pastas, but once you get over the hump, it’s smooth sailing because you no longer feel bloated.

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        • makagutu says:

          At my activity levels, I wouldn’t try that at all. I am sucker for wheat products: I’ve cake, bread, cookies, rotis, nan so I am sure any plan that involves cutting those out would fail from the onset.
          And I still believe as we have said before, all in moderation. Most people are fat or overweight or obese because they eat more than they need per day.

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          • Ron says:

            It’s difficult to give up baked goods because refined carbs create a rapid increase in blood sugar levels, which creates a rapid insulin response, which creates a rapid decrease in blood sugar levels, which creates cravings for more carbs.

            If you engage in intense exercise you will burn off those extra carbs; but if you sit at a desk for eight hours a day, they’ll get converted to body fat — which leads to weight gain, sluggishness, lethargy, and increased cravings for more high-carb snacks.

            Lather, rinse, repeat.

            But once you break that cycle, your body will thank you for it. 🙂

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            • makagutu says:

              You are right, but partly. Baked goods can use whole meal flour that is filling & low calorie. Cookies I don’t eat that much or frequently for that matter. I generally avoid refined foods for the same reasons you state.
              I go for sweet potatoes, plantains, nuts, rice which are good sources of carbs, vitamin a & fiber.

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    • basenjibrian says:

      I know people who swear by it as well, Ron. If one thinks back to primordial tribal history, food did not surround our ancestors at all times of the day. There was certainly not high sugar, high fat food awaiting us when we woke up in the morning. We had to work if we wanted to eat.

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      • makagutu says:

        I don’t think the situation was that bad. There must have been wild fruits n nuts to snack on throughout the day. Maybe square meals could sometimes be hard to arrange but I don’t think they were starving.
        I am not persuaded intermittent fasting or any fasting is sustainable or even a practical eating plan. That some swear by it just reminds me humans will swear by anything, if it works even just for a small sample of the population.

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        • basenjibrian says:

          My brother for a while swore that vegetables were bad for you and the solution was to eat mostly meat. Especially beef.

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          • makagutu says:

            Of all the wrong diets, that must be at the very top.
            Vegetables are great. We don’t need so much meat even athletes. Just enough protein to help in muscle regeneration.

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            • basenjibrian says:

              He had a heart attack last spring. 😦 So, no, not a good diet.

              On the positive side, he has made a dramatic lifestyle change, namely, discovering the joys of vigorous hiking with his dog.

              There has to be a middle ground between my “eat whatever horrible things I want and then whine and stress endlessly about it” diet and the weird fad, rigorous diets promoted by the internet and vanity press.

              After dropping my car off at the garage, I got a nice little 15 miler in! Even though my legs are screaming from the 200 mile weekend!

              (The Ford dealer could not find any problems! That’s the thing with intermittent electrical problems. I do a lot of driving, so I told them to replace the parts anyway!

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              • makagutu says:

                my starting point is that all fad diets are unsustainable and don’t work in the long term. I can’t be convinced that some bloke drunk spinach juice, lost some weight and was able to function optimally. Not taking it.
                A fifteen miler is a good way to rest after a 200miler weekend. I would do the same thing

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  4. renudepride says:

    A superlative philosophy that you have, my Kenyan brother! 😉 Your concept of enjoying the food today makes terrific sense to me! Take care and stay bare! 🙂

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