The Narrow Way: A Catholic diet

Here is a great article about the relationship of wight loss and the spiritual life. Tom Collingwood, mentioned before, has drawn the connections between the health of one’s body, the health of the environment and the Christian life in his book: Becoming a Creation Steward.

This article from CNA explains a Catholic diet developed to lose weight while growing in your faith called: “Light Weight”. It links the emptiness of a faithless life with the compulsion to fill it up with what is unnecessary. By filling oneself up with God, there is no room for eating disorders. Read the article for a full explanation.

3 thoughts on “The Narrow Way: A Catholic diet

  1. The post above provides an excellent model, and illuminates the general connection between the emptiness of the faithless life and the problem of over-consumption. Although the finger of blame is often erroneously pointed at “overpopulation”, I think the scientific evidence strongly supports that it is the amount that people consume, rather than the amount of people consuming, which is driving the depletion of our global natural resources, habitat destruction, and general environmental degradation. This shows that it is the actions taken by people, not the presence of people, that threatens the environment the most.

    Here, it would be easy to immediately state that this problem is a result of natural human greed, evolutionary competition for acquisition of resources, ect. However, I think that the connection shown between weight loss and the spiritual life illuminates the true root of the problem. That is, once the spiritual component of humans has been denied, we begin to attempt to fill that spiritual void with material, or physical, things. This is a path that will continue to self-perpetuate, while never fulfilling, and the fruitless search for spiritual fulfillment in material things will continue to drive the over-consumption of our natural resources.

    It is this reality that humanity must accept if we wish to actually restore, improve, and care for the natural world. We need to acknowledge that we are both physical and spiritual and seek our fulfillment in Truth. Only then we can seek to give to the world from what we have received, rather than continue to incessantly take.

    1. Yes, it would be interesting to run some numbers. First see how the Light Weight program works, and show the difference in food consumption of an obese person vs. one that has lost wight through the program. Then multiply by obese people around the world and see how much less is consumed. It would be incredible if the world would be better off by spiritually fulfilled, non-obese people.

  2. Whether through an emphasis in eating or exercise behavior the underlying factor for dealing with obesity and overconsumption is self-discipline. Interestingly, I find that the term is too “underused’ in all the debates pertaining to individual or communal action to deal with these problems. I think it is because so much of the rhetoric is on government action to force change as opposed to individual initiative.
    While the virtue of self-discipline can be readily seen as a major element for both health and creation stewardship it has further implications for faith practices. The value of discipline has been traditionally a focus during Lent. What if we were to expand that self- discipline throughout the year for our ongoing faith journey?

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