Family Diet & Meal Planning

Family Diet & Meal Planning

Our family’s diet is very simple and I don’t get involved in the “whole” foods and “organic” foods that are very popular in homeschool circles.

Years ago we read the Rule of St. Benedict which gives a rule for daily Christian living.  It wasn’t just intended for monks and nuns, but was meant for a rule for Christians to lead a virtuous life of humility and obedience.  Even though we don’t follow the rule daily, it has instilled some basic principles into our thinking and family life.  I’ll post the link to the sections on Food and Drink so that you can read them for yourself.

Here are a few things to note:

1.  St. Benedict wasn’t into the daily 3 meals a day.  He recommended 1 meal a day, or 2 if work was going to be strenuous.
2.  Bread was to form the core of the diet, with each person receiving a pound a day.
3.  Over indulgence was seriously to be avoided.  Here’s the quote:  “Above all things, however, over-indulgence must be avoided and a monk must never be overtaken by indigestion; for there is nothing so opposed to the Christian character as over-indulgence according to Our Lord’s words, “See to it that your hearts be not burdened with over-indulgence” (Luke 21:34).