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Are You What You Eat? Food for Thought

By Phyllis Culp

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, Susan Neulist shares her personal journey with food, which began as a weight loss diet, and progressed through values building into continuing spiritual development.

“Are You What You Eat? Food for Thought”
By Susan Neulist
Sun, Aug 17, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Are you what you eat? Let’s think about it. Personal relationships with food are so varied and, at the same time, so “everyday.. Many have abundant food choices. Others do not. Individual and collective food practices have tremendous impacts on food-related issues, locally and globally. Food decisions require trade-offs between competing priorities, including taste, selection, price, health, environment, sustainability, food and water supply, poverty and malnutrition, treatment of animals, and treatment of farm and food workers.

We don’t have the answers. But we think it’s important to explore the questions, to develop and acknowledge personal values relating to food and related issues, and to take feasible and appropriate actions in relation to those thoughts and values.

In her talk, Ms. Neulist touches on the 2011 Unitarian Universalist Statement of Conscience, “Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice.” She’ll offer suggestions on what individuals can do to simultaneously enjoy eating and take intentional social action.

Susan Neulist moved to San Miguel four years ago after many previous visits. She has worked with T. Colin Campbell, author of the Cornell-Oxford China Study; been a vegetarian for over 20 years; taught vegetarian cooking for “The Cancer Project,” a program of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine; and worked on several other nutrition-based projects. She is a textile and fabric artist, active with Mujeres en Cambio. Two years ago she started a program called “Libros sin Fronteras” to bring books and a visiting author to underserved surrounding communities. This literacy project is a recipient of a 2014 UU Fellowship supporting grant.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at

Meeting, “Are You What You Eat? Food for Thought,” by Susan Neulist, Sunday, August 17, 10:30am, Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15.


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