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Food, Faith, and Fasting

Food, Faith, and Fasting

Food, Faith, and Fasting

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Rita introduces her new book Food, Faith, and Fasting: A Sacred Journey to Better Health, published by Ancient Faith Publishing.

Greetings, everyone!  It is wonderful to be back recording these podcasts.  For those of you that have listened to some of my podcasts in the past, as you know I took a break to develop a hands-on workshop that I could conduct at churches and retreats, just to provide guidance and teach some of these principles that we discussed in the podcasts of eating in a faith—based manner.  For those of you that I got to meet, when I was at your church,…

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Food, Faith, and Fasting

Sacred Eating in the Workplace

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Many times we eat outside the home—be it at work, at a friend’s home, or at a restaurant. This podcast will provide strategies on how to eat in a spiritually minded manner in the work environment.

Welcome to another session of Food, Faith, and Fasting. It’s great to be together again. And today, believe it or not, we are going to still focus on the area of portion control. The reason that we have to stay here a bit longer is because of the teachings that we have from the wisdom of the saints. When we tire our bodies from eating too much, our soul also weakens. We have mentioned this teaching of St. Seraphim of Sarov quite often in the past few…

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Sacred Eating

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St. Maximus the Confessor explains to us that nothing that God has created is in itself bad. It's the gluttony that is bad, not the food. In this session, Rita looks at snacking and how it can have a negative impact on our health. She also provides some practical tips for moving away from mindless snacking.

Welcome to another session of Food, Faith, and Fasting. Today we are going to continue to build on this aspect of portion control, the reason being that we know that this is something we need to handle to bring our eating into a spiritually minded act. St. Maximus the Confessor has wonderful writings, and I want to just share [with] you a little part that’s very relevant to what we’re talking about today.

Nothing that God has…

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Dining with Alcohol

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Rita explores ways in which to have a healthy relationship with alcohol.

Welcome, everyone, to another session of Food, Faith, and Fasting. Today what I thought we could do is talk about a subject matter that is mentioned approximately 200 times in Holy Scripture. Do you have any idea what that subject matter might be? Well, if you guessed alcohol, you are correct. Specifically, when we read Holy Scripture and the times, it was more wine that was consumed, but when we look at this material now, we are going to focus on wine, alcohol,…

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Food, Faith, and Fasting

Eating in a Chaste Manner

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St. John Chrysostom gives us a rule that can help with portion control in the era of Super Size and the Double Big Gulp. He states that we should “eat just to alleviate your hunger.” This sounds like a very good rule, but how do we apply it to our everyday eating practices? The listener will walk away from this episode with tips on portion control and being satisfied with less. The listener will also learn how this can help with longterm weight and chronic-disease management.

Welcome to another edition of Food, Faith, and Fasting. Last time we met, we were talking about the importance of choosing nutritious foods to fortify the body to allow the physical body to be a helper and an aid to the soul, so as to allow them to both work together to ascend toward God. Today we are going to continue on this concept of spiritually minded eating and returning to allowing the act of eating and drinking to be an act that takes place in our daily lives…

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Nourishing the Body to Serve As an Aid to the Soul

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Around the tenth century, we hear the venerable St. Simeon the New Theologian explaining that many illnesses are caused by a disorderly and irregular diet. Does a saint speaking to us one thousand years ago have answers for our food choices today in the world of egg beaters, diet sodas, and fat-free foods?

Welcome to another edition of Food, Faith, and Fasting. Last time we met, we were talking about the importance of eating in a spiritually-minded manner. We were returning to being more mindful of why we are eating, the act of eating. We were reminding ourselves about the importance of prayers before and after a meal.

This time we are going to continue to build upon this act of spiritual eating and focus on how we nourish the body to serve as an aid to the soul—“true,…

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Fasting Alone

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What do you do when you are the only one in your home who is fasting? You have become Orthodox and your spouse has not, or you live with people who simply do not fast. What are some strategies for you to keep the fast? Rita offers some suggestions.

Greetings, everyone, and welcome to another session of Food, Faith, and Fasting. Today what I thought we could do is address a question that I have been receiving quite frequently from listeners to this podcast. It’s a perfect question to kind of fit into the fasting season that is upon us. Yes, once again we’re entering another fasting season. It’s just so wonderful to me to see how we have this rhythm, this cycle, that the Church calendar…

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Food, Faith, and Fasting

Managing Stress Joyfully

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Proper prayer, helping others, hobbies, healthy laughter, simplifying our lives, and singing can all be ways for us to manage our stress and benefit our health and weight. This podcast will review these various concepts and give us strategies for how to implement them into our daily lives.

Welcome to another session of Food, Faith, and Fasting. We are still going to be talking about stress management in this session. If we’re talking about it again it obviously must be something that’s very relevant to our health and weight. I’m not just doing it to torture you. It’s going to benefit you, benefit all of us.

I wanted to start off with a couple of sayings by the Desert Fathers:

Constant…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Fasting

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When a fast is just around the corner, the fridge gets stocked with non-dairy creamer and margarine. Rita explains how these foods sabotage the very essence of fasting and are detrimental to health.

Welcome, everyone, to another session of Food, Faith, and Fasting. What I was hoping we could do in this podcast is get ready for the Great Fast. We are going to look at what we need to do to have a healthy and fruitful fasting season.

Fasting is a medicine, but like all medicines, though it be very profitable to the person who knows how to use it, it frequently becomes useless and even harmful in the hands of him who is unskilled in its…

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Food, Faith, and Fasting

Eating in a Spiritually Minded Manner

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St. Seraphim of Sarov states that “everyday we should partake of just enough food to allow the body, being fortified, to a be a friend and helper to the soul in performing the virtues. Otherwise with the body exhausted the soul may also weaken.” In this episode, Rita provides wisdom from the early Church Fathers regarding what foods we should be eating and how to consume them in a sensible and healthful manner.

This is the first podcast of many that we are going to use to explore Holy Orthodox Tradition, teachings of the Church fathers and Saints that provide us wisdom and guidance on how to eat in our modern day world, and how to take care of our health in this day and age when there are so many mixed messages out there.

These podcasts are going to allow us to use the wisdom that is embodied in the Holy Orthodox Church, to manage such things as, high blood pressure,…

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