So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”
1 Corinthians 10:31
If you haven’t read my personal story with food, check out my blog post here. I share how eating fats changed my life. To spoil the ending, I didn’t get fat … crazy huh?! In fact, so many great things happened!
Guys, did you know that the government suggests eating very little (10% or less of caloric intake) saturated fats. This one recommendation may seem like a small issue, however, it’s not! Believe me. Remember. One, it disrupts your proportions, your hunger, your body! Your cells need it; your brain needs it… But the thing that really got me thinking is that we rely on the industrialized food industry for those low-fat and refined oil products to replace saturated fats. Or if you were avoiding them without substitutes and by strictly living off the land, at the least, you’d waste a ton of food, and at the most, starve. Let’s call it what it is, a dependency issue.
It made me realize that to find God’s good food and to glorify him in whether I eat or drink, I had to seek food directly from his hands.
So rather than debate the science of food, I directed my thinking to dependency. That is, to ask the questions, “Who do I trust and depend on for the food I eat to be nutritionally valuable to my body?” Now, don’t get me wrong, I think science is great and when researched well can be a source of truth. However science is muddled at best to determine all truth.
The reality is though, that science often can be wrong for a variety of reasons. Don’t give up on me now – I swear I’m not crazy. Weird, maybe. But not crazy! In a podcast I listened to by a professor who does research on the human body once said that because of the demand for new research, often old research is not retried to refine for accuracy. Check out the podcast – you’ll love it and possibly be convinced to start working out!
I’ve got some good news though. If you are a believer that their is a God, Jesus himself brought the truth and the bible states it. So, I took a look at what the bible says about nutrition.
Looking At The Bible
A long long time ago when the bible was written, people weren’t discussing nutrition in terms of carbs, fats, and proteins. The bible doesn’t break down foods and suggest proportions and restrictions like we do currently as diet recommendations.
In the simplest way, God tells us that he gave us what we need for health and life. Eternal life through Jesus then physical life through the gift of food. Here’s what he says:
God Gives Us Food
“He who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:25
“Behold,” God says, “I have given you every plant and every tree. You shall have them for food.” Genesis. 1:29
Later, after the flood, God adds animals:
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.” Genesis 9:3
The food God provides, plant and animal, are a physical embodiment of his common grace, given for the good of his creation. From the bible we can see that it is beneficial and even morally right to emphasize a healthy diet.
The Bible Encourages Us To Care For Our Bodies
In 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 Paul argues that since a believer’s body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, he should flee sexual immorality in order to care for his body. This argument can be carried over to other issues such as how we interact with food.
Good Nutrition Can Help Support Us In Our Service To The Lord
In an unhealthy body we are slow, lethargic, needy, and prone to illnesses. Good nutrition is crucial for proper brain function and hormonal balance; eating the right food contributes highly to our ability to think clearly and to our general quality of life.
Looking At Traditional Foods From Non-Industrialized People
So, to bring some science back into this thinking, I found several researchers that suggest that those cultures living on entirely native, unrefined foods, prepared according to time-honored traditions, enjoy better health than peoples consuming a largely refined diet of modern foods.
Illnesses that we commonly experience in America such as infertility, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, mental illness, obesity, dental cavities and other diseases were largely absent these cultures living on a native diet of unrefined foods.
It seems to me that the suggested American diet is wrong. Over the last two years that I’ve eaten according to traditional diets around the world I’ve experienced MUCH greater health than eating according to the American government guidelines.
Riley and I live by the motto “whole foods lead to whole health.” We avoid denatured foods or “food like substances” – mainly the food items in the center of the grocery store. I think of it like this: The foods I wouldn’t be able to come across on my own without industrial manufacturing / processing capabilities we shouldn’t eat.
God has provided food for any civilization in anytime in history. It’s part of his common grace we all share! So, we not only eat traditional foods we also prepare foods according to honored traditions such as fermenting, curing, soaking, eating all the animal and more regardless of the how much fat, salt, carbs, etc, is a part of this God dependent diet.
Click HERE to read exactly what we do and don’t eat that fits this traditional/God dependent diet.
If you’ve made it this far in my post and are convinced you want the science still, check out the Weston A Price Foundation and read their research. It’s my favorite. You’ll find that they aren’t Jesus honoring but they honor traditional food practices.