PHILOSOPHY

... the second deadly sin is Gluttony.

Derived from the Latin gluttire, Gluttony means the action to gulp down or swallow, gluttony (Latin, gula) is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste. In the Christian religions, it is considered a sin because of the excessive desire for food or its withholding from the needy.

Adopting an Organic attitude will help you fighting and avoiding this deadly sin.

Depending on the culture, it can be seen as either a vice or a sign of status. Where food is relatively scarce, being able to eat well might be something to take pride in. But in an area where food is routinely plentiful, it may be considered a sign of self-control to resist the temptation to over-indulge.

Medieval church leaders (e.g., Thomas Aquinas) took a more expansive view of gluttony, arguing that it could also include an obsessive anticipation of meals, and the constant eating of delicacies and excessively costly foods. Aquinas went so far as to prepare a list of six ways to commit gluttony, including:

  • Praepropere - eating too soon.
  • Laute - eating too expensively.
  • Nimis - eating too much.
  • Ardenter - eating too eagerly (burningly).
  • Studiose - eating too daintily (keenly).
  • Forente - eating wildly (boringly).

Psalm 104:14 : "bring forth food from the earth and wine to cheer people's hearts"


What Exactly is Gluttony?
Gluttony is the act of immoderate eating and/or drinking. Gluttony focuses mainly on pleasures alone and finds it in food and drink. Enjoying a delicious dinner is not sinful, but eating to the point of hurting yourself (vomiting, or becoming obese) is sinful. Having an occasional drink to celebrate a holiday or festive occasion is not sinful, whereas drinking to the point of drunkenness is a sinful act. Eating what you don’t even want just for the sake of eating is gluttony. Eating more than you want or need in order to prevent others from getting “your” share is also gluttony. Using alcohol to loosen inhibitions so you can rationalize sin is a form of gluttony which leads to other sins.

Why is Gluttony a Mortal Sin?
Gluttony is a serious sin because it enslaves the soul to the body, even though the soul, which is superior, should be in charge. Gluttons eat not for the sake of fueling their bodies or to participate in social gatherings; but rather they eat just for the sheer pleasure of consuming. Gorging oneself without concern for the possibility of making one’s self sick, or without remembering to be grateful for each bite because there are millions of starving people in the world, is the sin of gluttony at its ugliest.

Overcoming Gluttony
Gluttony is overcome by practicing the virtue of temperance, or moderation. Deciding how much to eat and drink in advance, and not just “diving in” is a way to practice temperance. Temperance should be combined with periodic fasting and abstinence. Religious fasting (such as the kind that overcomes gluttony) is not a starvation diet. In the church “fasting” means periodically reducing the amount of food you eat. The church recommends periodic fasting of three normal meals with no snacks in between. The church also recommends abstinence – avoiding meat or a favorite food altogether, when overcoming gluttony.

Why Not Just Diet to Overcome Gluttony?
The primary purpose of a diet is to lose weight; but the purpose of fasting and abstaining is to purify the soul by controlling the desires of the body. This allows the soul take its rightful place as master over the body and its desires. Fasting and abstaining purify the soul and bring the faithful closer to God. Diets try to make the food behave; fasting and abstaining make the gluttonous heart behave.

Extract of the book of Abbot Christopher Jamison : "Finding Happiness"

"....food industry : concerns about too many fatty foods have led to"lite" products; complaints about farming methods have led to a boom in organic products, while compassion for poor coffee farmers in the developing world getting a poor price for their coffee beans has led to the fair trade movement, which in turn led to supermarkets producing their own fairly trade coffee. In other words, the food industry can take on board criticism and turn it into a marketing advantage ".


Philosophy and Fundamentals

Are you trying to lose weight maintain or restore your health ?

Do you have enough of all the publications on the matter, TV publicity etc ?

It is time to discover a common-sense eating lifestyle that does not treat food as the ennemy. It will help you to improve your well being based on great tasting and nutritious real foods that are easy-to-digest. Learn also how to cook once or twice a week so you have meals to put together in minutes - healthfully.

Enjoy now to know how to eat , what to eat and how much to eat:

In addition to using organic and local foods, equip your kitchen with filtered water or drink a good quality mineral water. Clean air, safe cookware, chemical-free dish detergents, recycled paper goods, is also important . Learn to use and clean with non-toxic cleaning products. The results are satisfying and lasting including weight loss, eliminating indigestion, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, better sleep, more energy, preventing or managing diabetes, bowel regularity, improved memory, eliminating the need for prescription drugs and more.

Animals feed ...humans eat :

Food is meaning not just nourishment, ritual not just consumption, ceremony not just act, familial and social relationship not just individual ingestion. But profound and increasingly global changes in the way people eat have eclipsed these truths. In the fast-food culture food is not given but taken, which is one reason why, in such a culture, the solitary stuffing of burgers, pizzas and ‘TV dinners’; the disappearance of family meals and domestic cooking; the loss of table manners – all these tend to obscure the distinction between eating and feeding.

How to eat :

- Wash hands before the meal.
- Begin your meal with a blessing.
- Do not eat when you are upset.

- Chew your food well. Delight in the flavor, texture, aromas and colors of the food. Celebrate your meal
- Eat silently or have a good conversation.
- Eat a modest portion. Leave about 1/4 of the stomach empty to aid in digestion.
- Rest a bit after the meal, enjoy good light conversation or relaxing music after the meal. In the afternoon if one is relaxing by lying down, lie or curl up on the left side of the body in order to properly digest the meal. Do not rest after an evening meal but rather go for a short walk.

What to eat :

Once you begin fueling your body with more of the healthy foods, you will begin to desire more of them. As you put fewer of the processed and junk foods into your body, your cravings for them will decrease. Trust your body and fuel it with the foods that keep your energy level high and by way of conseqences, soon your skinny jeans will fit great!

- Avoid serving ice-cold water with the meal. Sip warm or room temperature water. Cold water makes the stomach work harder to digest the meal as heat is required for digestion.
- Serve freshly cooked food whenever possible
- Serve mostly cooked foods with small portions of raw salads of easily digestible carrots, cucumber, light color greens. Slow Cooked foods are easier to digest and they retain the nutrients besides tasting heavenly.
- Avoid serving milk with the meal. Milk is a hard food to digest and is best served by itself after it is warmed to help the milk to be more digestible. Milk is best served warm at night before bed, as calcium is more easily absorbed when a person is lying down.

How much to eat :

To know how much you should eat is to understand calories that are a measure of energy, and generally used to evaluate how much energy is in food. On nutrition labels, the number of calories in a serving of food shows how much energy is in that food. This is important because your body needs a certain amount of energy (i.e. calories) every day. So another way of thinking about how much to eat is to ask the question: how many calories should I eat?

Sources of Calories come from fat, protein, and carbohydrates:

•1g Fat: 9 calories
•1g Protein: 4 calories
•1g Carbs: 4 calories

How Many Calories Should I Eat? You've probably seen nutrition labels that say the average diet is 2000 calories per day. That's true. But very few people are perfectly average. The amount of calories you need each day depends on your age, height, sex, level of exercise, speed of your metabolism, and many other factors.

General Principals :

  1. Activity. Recommendations begin with 30 minutes daily and increase depending on your age and weight loss goals. To prevent weight gain most people need 60 minutes daily.
  2. Moderation. Recommendations for limiting your intake of foods containing added sugars and solid fats (saturated and trans fats).
  3. Personalization. No two people are alike and allows for a great deal of customization.
  4. Proportionality. Of the six basic foods groups (grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat & beans and oils) each one should be eaten in the proper proportion. For example you dont want to eat the exact same proportion of each group daily.
  5. Variety. Something from each of the six basic food groups should be eaten every day.
  6. Gradual Improvement. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and so does the journey to a healthier lifestyle. Begin with small changes to improve your eating and exercising habits and gradually incorporate additional changes over time.