What is the spiritual significance attached to abstaining from certain dietary products?
Of course I understand that fasting and prayer go hand in hand, by why isn't it prayer and confession, or prayer and walking or prayer and running??
Why is abstaining from certain food types , when coupled with praying, a mode of spirituality for us?
What do we gain when abstaining from animal produce??
Why can't we eat what we want, and just abstain from chocolate, or eat what we want and run 20 miles a day whilst praying?