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I can answer questions about the relationship between spiritual and religious teachings and nutrition -- why some advocate vegetarianism (yet most don't require it), why some have an ambivalent attitude, and why some pay no attention to the subject or even reject it. Based on my research, I would generally recommend to everyone that they include some form of animal food in the diet (dairy at a minimum) because of the nutritional importance of animal foods. There is no religious tradition that requires adherents to exclude all animal foods. I cannot answer personal questions about diet as individual diet must be based on individual needs. Personal questions should be addressed to a qualified dietary or medical practitioner.

Experience in the area

I have been studying the relationship between spirituality and nutrition for over 30 years and wrote an academic thesis on the subject. I have now completed a manuscript and am seeking a publisher.


Health Progress, "Toward a Theology of Wellness," November-December 2002, http://www.chausa.org/2002_Annual_Index.aspx


M.Div. (Master of Divinity) and BA and MA in psychology

What do you like about this subject?

Spirituality and nutrition, like many subjects, requires discernment. There are no generalizable answers for everyone, and there are many paradoxes that require study and reflection.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

How can we maximize nutritional quality for all foods? Much suggests that we are not getting the full benefit from foods that we can or should because of quality issues.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Spiritual teachings talk about nutrition's spiritual effects. This is something very important to consider regarding diet and dietary choices.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Low-carbohydrate diets that emphasize animal foods are potential harmful to spiritual development. Low-fat diets that minimize or exclude animal foods completely (ethical vegetarianism or veganism) is likewise potentially harmful to health, also from a spiritual point of view. Discernment and balance become the keys.

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Debora Sanchez11/12/15101010Thank you very much. You were clear!!! .....
bud02/22/15101010Great answer, thanks James!

Recent Answers from James Morgante

2015-11-11 nutrition:

Hi Debora. From a spiritual point of view, the question of eating meat is an intuitive one, which means you have to use your intution. There are pros and cons to meat-eating; it can help to ground us in

2015-03-15 Now fat os OK?:

Hi Susan. I think the experts are doing the best they can, considering that expert opinion tries to rely on scientific, objective data, which, for better or worse, is sometimes contradictory. We have to

2015-02-21 Low fat diet:

Hi Bud. I think we had contact before? The best rule is to follow your intuition and experience. The reason is that everyone's needs are different, and, in fact, they may change over time. Some people

2014-06-30 Your Opinion:

I think you would enjoy talking to this person about things that are important to you and would find that person to be stimulating. I once had a friend with whom I had a "spiritual connection" and we would

2014-06-25 Your Opinion:

Hi Jordan. Having a spiritual connection with someone can mean that you think alike, have the same values and goals, interests, outlook on life, etc. I think it also usually means that such things are


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