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What does gluttony mean to us?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 26, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Okay so I've been looking up the Seven deadly sins and have found gluttony, the idea of overeating as a sin, on Wikipedia.They were divided into subcategories for simplicity by St. Thomas Aquinas.

Praepropere - eating too soon. Okay this one is easy to solve, as there's no eating to soon - breakfast, lunch and dinner don't exist.

Laute - eating too expensively. How expensively or cheaply must we eat, if it furthers the quality of our food, thus improving our life then why not eat expensively.

Nimis - eating too much. This obviously doesn't happen when the carbs and sugar demons are phased out. So we have to satiate ourselves on good wholesome food.

Ardenter - eating too eagerly (burningly) A nice steak at the end of a day hunting for clients. Why can one not be in eagerness to enjoy a steak courtesy of his local supermarket?

Studiose - eating too daintily (keenly). Eagerness and daintiness are surely the same thing?

Forente - eating wildly (boringly). Hmmm. Does this mean eating anything in site? Possibly non-existent without the sugar monster?

What does everyone else think? Seems like a random post? I don't know, but it mildly interested me and it definitely got me thinking.

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on June 10, 2013
at 01:56 PM

It probably wouldn't be considered gluttony in this situation. After all, who knows when the next successful hunt would be? This is much different from modern gluttony, whereby people gorge themselves, knowing fully well that they will have enough food in their freezer that they will not go hungry tomorrow. Modern gluttony is overeating for enjoyment in the absence of food scarcity.

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on February 24, 2012
at 10:54 PM

That makes so much sense! Thanks! I've read a lot about gluttony as As much attention people give gluttony with an obesity epidemic, There's only a few direct biblical references to it- mainly that it's not a wise thing to do. If you're relying on meat and fresh produce, gorging and fasting makes sense, especially in the days before freezers. If the people didn't eat it, the scavengers would, or it would spoil. With agriculture, a civilization would have to have some rules about overeating to ensure enough food from one harvest to another.

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at 02:44 PM

By daintily/keenly, I think it means something more akin to undue fussiness, being too concerned with the preparation of the food, rather than keen in the sense of eager.

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on May 11, 2011
at 03:10 PM

Eating to satisfy something besides nourishment.

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on March 30, 2011
at 01:17 PM

Studiose - eating too daintily (keenly). Eagerness and daintiness are surely the same thing? Forente - eating wildly (boringly). Hmmm. Does this mean eating anything in site? Possibly non-existent without the sugar monster?

I think Studiose refers to picky eaters, but I may be wrong--I never got to study Latin.

Forente refers to foraging, even "urban foraging" or dumpster-diving.

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on March 27, 2011
at 07:46 PM

Gluttony to me means eating to my fill when I am aware that there are others going hungry

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on March 27, 2011
at 12:25 AM

Love this question. I always imagine paleolithic man gorging after a kill. After all, the food would go bad, and they didn't know when the next meal was coming. In this present day era of abundance, I think most still have this instinct to gorge, but social and cultural strictures hold us back--including religious proscriptions.

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on February 24, 2012
at 10:54 PM

That makes so much sense! Thanks! I've read a lot about gluttony as As much attention people give gluttony with an obesity epidemic, There's only a few direct biblical references to it- mainly that it's not a wise thing to do. If you're relying on meat and fresh produce, gorging and fasting makes sense, especially in the days before freezers. If the people didn't eat it, the scavengers would, or it would spoil. With agriculture, a civilization would have to have some rules about overeating to ensure enough food from one harvest to another.

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on June 10, 2013
at 01:56 PM

It probably wouldn't be considered gluttony in this situation. After all, who knows when the next successful hunt would be? This is much different from modern gluttony, whereby people gorge themselves, knowing fully well that they will have enough food in their freezer that they will not go hungry tomorrow. Modern gluttony is overeating for enjoyment in the absence of food scarcity.

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on March 26, 2011
at 11:59 PM

Modern gluttony to me means eating past satiation and/or eating bad foods only for pleasure.

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on March 26, 2011
at 09:10 PM

Praepropere - I agree.

Laute - I sometimes spend a bit too much on steak. Especially towards the end of the month when I'm short on funds...doesn't make much sense. I could buy cheaper cuts / a different meat for less and still get the same benefits.

Nimis - I can still binge on paleo foods. Give me 700g of steak and I will eat it. I will eat a 12 egg omelette if it is prepared for me or I will eat tablespoon after tablespoon of coconut oil. I definitely think my satiety gauge is broken. This is probably because of my previous eating habits.

Ardenter - I definitely eat too 'eagerly'. Food has become a bit of a horrible thing for me recently in that I am spending way too much time thinking about it, and as a result when I do eat I tend to eat very quickly.

Studiose - Daintily, to me, means something along the lines of 'delicately'. I definitely do not eat delicately.

Forente - If I'm having a bad day and there are cupcakes or muffins in the office then I will find it difficult to resist. I guess this is kind of what you mean...

Yeah, bit of a random post but interesting to read about nonetheless. As lalabomba posted, generally if gluttony is completely paleo-focused then I think it is self-limiting for most people and won't mean overindulgence. Unfortunately I am just broken so I have to be mindful of what and how I eat.

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on March 26, 2011
at 09:07 PM

I only consider gluttony to be a bad thing when you are over indulging and when you are eating "foods" that arent good for your health.

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