Dietary question


#1

Friends of our family follow a dietary plan they got from a book that is called something like “The King’s Diet” (I am not really sure about the name and it really doesn’t matter). Because of what they read in this book they have made some serious changes to their family eats. They only eat organically grown produce and meat etc., which is a wonderful idea providing you can afford it. They do not eat pork or shellfish anymore as a result of this new thinking, either. My wife now says she is not going to eat pork anymore. The claim, I think, in this book is that we are biblically “forbidden” from eating these and perhaps other foods that are unclean, as in the Old Testament, I guess. Is there anything in the Bible that says, as Catholics, we are not to eat certain foods?

Thanks, if you can help me on this. If I have been eating wrong all these years I want to know about it.


#2

This sounds similar to the book I’m reading called “The Maker’s Diet.” The author says that God laid out the optimal diet for us in the Bible and in order for us to be at our healthiest, we should adhere to this diet.

There is nothing in Catholic doctrine that forbids us from eating any particular food. So then it becomes not a moral issue, but a decision that you can make based on your beliefs about nutrition.

In The Maker’s Diet, he basically says that pork and shellfish are unclean animals. Not in the moral sense, but in the way their bodies regulate food. Pigs for example, he says, will eat anything – including their young. They have simple digestive systems, with only one stomach (as opposed to cud-chewing animals that have four) and therefore, any toxins that they ingest while eating are passed in to their “meat” and therefore, to us when we eat them.

Not sure how much of the book I will apply to my own life, but it is certainly interesting and logical to think that God had a plan for how we would best feed our bodies. He seemed to think of everything else! :wink:


#3

Thank you, it is “The Maker’s Diet” and now I feel better about the whole thing.


#4

Chapter 10, Acts of the Apostles:

nccbuscc.org/nab/bible/acts/acts10.htm

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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.
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He was hungry and wished to eat, and while they were making preparations he fell into a trance.
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He saw heaven opened and something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered to the ground by its four corners.
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In it were all the earth’s four-legged animals and reptiles and the birds of the sky.
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A voice said to him, "Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat."
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But Peter said, "Certainly not, sir. For never have I eaten anything profane and unclean."
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The voice spoke to him again, a second time, "What God has made clean, you are not to call profane."
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This happened three times, and then the object was taken up into the sky.


#5

I wish I had my Bible here with me right now…there is a passage, and I believe it is Acts, where St. Peter receives a revelation from God regarding food. Basically the revelation is that the old covenant dietary laws no long apply as a way of confirming that Christ is the Messiah for ALL nations and not just the Jews.

Because of this revelation to our first Holy Father, St. Peter, we do not have dietary restrictions in the same sense as that practiced by those bound solely by the old covenant.


#6

People make a lot of claims in diet books, I believe very few of them.

This may be true of pigs in the wild, I do not know, but pigs raised for food eat corn and soybeans.


#7

This may be true of pigs in the wild, I do not know, but pigs raised for food eat corn and soybeans.

To be honest even pigs raised for food and given only corn etc can and will eat their young. They will also kill and eat chickens. Once they have tasted blood nothing will stop a pig from killing and eating a smaller animal. We had one pig that would kill any chicken (and eat it) that walked into his pen.


#8

I was speaking of commercial operations, in which they clip the eye teeth and piglet tails and they segratate the sows and piglets through a farrowing crate and keep animals together by age/size groupings.

That is why in commercial chicken operations each chicken is in its own pen too-- if a chicken in an open pen situation is injured the other chickens will attack it and kill it, too.


#9

Mark Twain put it this way: Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.:rolleyes:

Kathy


#10

Yeah, I’m not sure how much of the book I believe… was just repeating what it says.

However, at its core, it’s basically telling you to eat as “natural” as possible – meaning less pre-packaged, processed foods and stick to the foods God made: veggies, fruits, grains, etc. I can’t argue with that.

Although Kraft Mac 'n Cheese can be darn good! :stuck_out_tongue:


#11

I was speaking of commercial operations, in which they clip the eye teeth and piglet tails and they segratate the sows and piglets through a farrowing crate and keep animals together by age/size groupings.

I gotcha.


#12

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