How To Eat Like A Stoic

How To Eat Like A Stoic

November 6, 2019 12 By Jose Scott


so what exactly did the famous stoic
philosophers eight thousands of years ago
is there a diet that we can eat today that closely resembles what they used to
eat why does this even matter that’s what I’m basically going to talk about
in today’s video so for those of you who don’t know stoicism is an ancient
greco-roman philosophy and you can think of it like the Western version of
Buddhism as it has a lot of crossovers it’s different in many ways but also
similar in many ways the basic idea of what stoicism is is to view the world
through an indifferent lens so things that happen that aren’t in your control
aren’t good or bad that just things that happen and Stokes learn to accept those
things and deal with them through indifference otherwise known as
equanimity so the thing about stoicism in diet is that there’s no diet right
there isn’t a he diet that tells you to eat fruit and meat on Monday and this
and this on Tuesday there is no strict stoic diet however there are principles
that we’ve learnt from the Stokes that we can apply to food and that can help
us as unique individuals formulate a way of eating
that’s stoic and good for us because we’re all different so Socrates who
wasn’t a Stoke himself however he was a big influence for the Stoics so Socrates
said that we should eat to live rather than live to eat and basically what he
is saying here in a very simple way is that you shouldn’t live for the pleasure
of food you know if food shouldn’t be something that you view as something
pleasurable to escape something else now again it’s hard to deny how delicious
ice cream tastes on your taste buds but that’s not the point here the point is
that it’s okay that food tastes good but we shouldn’t taste the pleasure of food
because once your tastes out chasing the pleasure of food and you’re using it as
some sort of reward then that can form really negative feedback loops which
lead to binge eating and obesity but if you’re just eating to live you’re
choosing foods that are gonna help your body run well you’re eating just enough
food so that you surviving and thriving rather than being
gluttonous and just using food as a pleasurable escape from other negative
things in your life you could otherwise deal with in a better way so again with
the Stokes we don’t have that much information about what they thought with
diet however Missoni rufus specifically a stoic he did write a bit about diet
and he made it clear that food is generally one of the best tests of
temperance right moderation which is a virtue of stoicism so basically his
point here is that food is presented to us so frequently because we eat it
throughout the day all the time that it’s a great test of our self-control
and this isn’t to say that obese people have a lack of self-control but in
general someone who’s fat and obese has a lack of self-control because they
can’t control how much they eat and they consume far too many calories on a
consistent basis and that leads to you know obesity no that doesn’t mean
they’re a bad person but in general by a few medical exceptions most obese people
have done that to themselves so food presents itself as a great opportunity
for self-control so one of the best things you can try is intimate and
fasting where you’re temporarily restricting the amount of foods you eat
every day so instead of eating five meals a day instead you restrict all
your eating into an eight hour eating window or six hour eating window from
12:00 to 8:00 or 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and this has a range of health benefits
it may in fact lead to weight loss an increase in auto Fugees self recycling
of cells decrease in inflammation it’s good for your brain there are a ton of
benefits of that which I’ve talked about on the channel but one of the biggest
benefits is that you’re able to test your self-control and willpower and
really solidify the point Socrates had about eating to live rather than living
to eat so Stokes also have a bit of influence from asceticism which is
depriving yourself of pleasure in order to sort of enlighten yourself and
appreciate things more cynical called this
cursing poverty which is intentionally putting yourself into situations where
you know one would experience things due to a lack of income or money so one
example of that again is intermittent fasting you know it’s in nature in the
wild you’re gonna have periods of the scarcity of food if you’re poor you’re
not gonna have access to food all the time and not only is fasting going to
test your self-control it’s also perhaps going to increase your gratitude for
what you do currently have so another interesting point to discuss is
vegetarianism right and that is a moral question should you be eating meat were
the Stoics eating meat and according to the research and I wrote a lot about
this in my book the so body I talked about how some Stoics did advocate for
the abstinence from consuming meat while others sort salt pigs and cows –is
animals that were put on to the earth for us to consume so there definitely
wasn’t a universal consensus between the Stoics on the consumption of meat and
that’s not something i generally like to discuss much i really do think it is a
personal decision and in many ways i think that a vegetarian or a vegan diet
or a meat-eating diet can all be equally degenerative for the environment and
also the death of animals it just depends how you follow each of these
diets so I think that you should be following the diet which you feel most
healthy on and that should be your main priority and then once you have found
that way of eating try to make that as sustainable as possible and minimize the
degeneration you may be causing to the environment or animals based on the
quality of the meat you buy for example grass fed and grass finished meat as
opposed to normal meat that you find alright so let me know what you think
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you found this interesting and I’ll see you guys next time