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Slaughter and Eat | Physically Spiritual S2 E13

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

What the heck should we eat? There are few questions more confusing than this in the modern world. Vegan, Keto, Paleo, Pescatarian, Vegetarian, Carnivore, and the list goes on… Popular dietary gurus weave confusing tapestries of half truths and contradictions that thinly veil monetary interests and bias. It's official, we are the losers of the diet wars. Should we even care about what we eat; does God care about what we eat? This episode of Physically Spiritual explores eating.

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2:30 Asceticism Review

3:15 My Weight Loss Story

9:00 Principles of Asceticism

11:30 What Is Food?

14:00 Why Do We Eat?

22:00 Agricultural Revolution

26:00 Industrial Food Revolution

29:30 Nutrient Density & Food as Information

34:00 Food & Revelation

42:45 Food & Church Councils

45:30 The Virtue of Temperance

50:30 What Should We Eat?


Elevate Ordinary | Gardening: God Made Creation for Abundance -

The Ancestral Human Diet - Peter Unger | TedXDicksonStreet -

Diagram of the History of Human Diet - See slide #2 -

“God also said: See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on all the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food;” Genesis 1: 29 -
“Any living creature that moves about shall be yours to eat; I give them all to you as I did the green plants. Only meat with its lifeblood still in it you shall not eat. Indeed for your own lifeblood I will demand an accounting: from every animal I will demand it, and from a human being, each one for the blood of another, I will demand an accounting for human life.” Genesis 9: 3 - 5 -
“It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles that person; but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one.” - Matthew 15: 11 -
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6: 25 -
“The next day, while they were on their way and nearing the city, Peter went up to the roof terrace to pray at about noontime. He was hungry and wished to eat, and while they were making preparations he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered to the ground by its four corners. In it were all the earth’s four-legged animals and reptiles and the birds of the sky. A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.” But Peter said, “Certainly not, sir. For never have I eaten anything profane and unclean.” The voice spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.” This happened three times, and then the object was taken up into the sky.” Acts 10: 9 - 16 -
“‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities, namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage. If you keep free of these, you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’” Acts 15: 28 - 29 -
“Thus it declares that the nature of no food, which society admits, is to be condemned, and no distinction is to be made by anyone at all, whether man or woman, between animals, and by whatever kind of death they meet their end; although for the health of body, for the exercise of virtue, for regular and ecclesiastical discipline many things not denied should be given up, since, according to the Apostle, "all things are lawful, but all things are not expedient" [1 Cor.. 6:12; 10:22].” Cantate Domino, Council of Florence, Pope Eugene IV - DS 713
“17. If anyone says or believes that the flesh of birds or of animals, which has been given for food, not only ought to be abstained from for the chastising of the body, but ought to be abhorred, let him be anathema.” COUNCIL OF TOLEDO, DS 37
“14. If anyone considers the foods of the flesh unclean, which God has given for the use of men; and, not for the affliction of his body, but as if he thought it unclean, so abstains from these that he does not taste vegetables cooked with meats, just as Manichaeus and Priscillian have said, let him be anathema.” COUNCIL OF BRAGA, DS 244
Temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods. It ensures the will's mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable. The temperate person directs the sensitive appetites toward what is good and maintains a healthy discretion: "Do not follow your inclination and strength, walking according to the desires of your heart.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1809. -
“Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God. We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2288. -
The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid every kind of excess: the abuse of food, alcohol, tobacco, or medicine. Those incur grave guilt who, by drunkenness or a love of speed, endanger their own and others' safety on the road, at sea, or in the air.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2290. -

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