The only dietary restriction practiced by members of some Christian sects is the practice of not eating meat or eating only fish on Fridays during Lent. Some Christians also symbolically fast. Otherwise, Christians eat whatever foods they enjoy and have access to.
Although some denominations of Christianity place dietary restrictions on practitioners, Christianity as a whole does not. Christians are largely encouraged to choose their diet based on the way that they feel led by God to live the most Godly lifestyle. In general, they are able to consume meat, including beef, pork and shellfish, if they choose to do so. They are also permitted to consume dairy products, vegetables and fruits.
In some denominations of Christianity, the consumption of alcohol is greatly discouraged.
Although specific foods are not usually forbidden, Christians are encouraged to practice restraint when eating. Gluttony is considered one of the seven deadly sins. Fasting is considered a way of getting closer to God or of reaffirming a commitment, and many Christians fast for periods of time as a matter of their commitment to God. Roman Catholics are also asked to sacrifice a food or drink that they enjoy during the period of Lent as a sign of their commitment to God. Some practitioners of the Christian faith have perpetuated recipes based on Bible verses.