Over the past 10 years or so, meat, and milk/dairy foods were hard to give up because I enjoyed eating them so much. But, at the same time they were making me feel terrible and caused a lot of acidity/toxin build up–unbeknownst to me at the time.
In Holy Scriptures meat is associated with lust; one such example is the murmuring multitude of Israelites post-Exodus from Egyptian bondage.
Wis 19:11 | But afterwards they saw a new generation of fowls, when, being led with their appetite, they asked delicate meats. 12For quails came up unto them from the sea for their contentment.
Since giving up meat and diary, my body functions better and my general sense of well-being, digestion and mental clairty has greatly improved. I no longer have the crippling brain fog and lethargy that made every day a challenge rather than a joy. My level of spirituality, wisdom and faith greatly increased as well.
The change didn’t happen over night and there was a difficult adjustment period, while my body recalibated the digestive process, taste/palette, and even just knowning what to eat on a plant-based diet. The mental process was probably the most difficult to overcome because I thought it meant consuming “salad” for the rest of my life. I look back on it now and realize how limited that perspective was and even how much more my diet was limited BEFORE I gave up meat & dairy.
Plant-based diets are associated with righteousness and wisdom, for example, in Daniel Chapter 1, where Daneil negotiates with the King’s Eunuch (administrator) to receive a more perfect diet for his body.
Daniel 1:13 | Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. 14So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. 15And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. 16Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. 17As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.