On Abstaining from Certain Foods

Evagrios the Solitary ca. 345-399

As far as abstinence from food is concerned, the divine Logos did not prohibit the eating of anything, but said: ‘See, even as I have given you the green herb I have given you all things; eat, asking no questions; it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man’ (cf. Gen. 9:3; 1 Cor. 10:25; Matt. 15: 11). To abstain from food, then, should be a matter of our own choice and an ascetic labour. (On Asceticism and Stillness in the Solitary Life)