Two clicks and one binge watch later and you’ll probably start to question your entire health-life. You know what I’m talking about. Those documentaries on Netflix that blatantly show (at least in America) how our food is being tampered with on some dangerous levels. Yeah, about that…
Up until almost four years ago my husband and I didn’t pay too much attention to what we were eating. If it tastes good, it’s good – right? Yeah, not so much. But how can you do better if you seriously don’t know any better. I’d like to say that you can use that excuse, but in this day and age where any every kind of information is at your fingertips – there’s really no excuse.
We are also living in the day and age of all things diet. There’s seriously a diet for everything! Want to control your insulin levels through a low-carb diet, there is Atkin’s. Wanna focus on “high-quality carbs” as a way to enhance weight loss, then you may be in the “Zone” (no pun intended). If you want to try reducing carbs while upping your fat intake all in hopes of actually burning fat as fuel, then you may want to look at the Keto diet.
Those, and every other health-risking diets aside, there is one diet you can never go wrong with.
The Biblical Diet
Before you chuckle and click off, hear (more like read) me out. I’m not pushing some old-fashioned lifestyle on you, nor am I suggesting something new age. And for the record, I am not claiming to be Mrs. Healthy. But what I want to propose to you is a diet that was established long ago and just so happens to be backed up by science today. From here on out, though, let’s not consider this a diet more than a lifestyle.
Within this healthy lifestyle are keys that unlock all types of health-related freedoms that no other diet can truly touch. All throughout Scripture, there are numerous references made to health and wellness, especially about the types of food that were deemed clean (good to eat) and those that were labeled unclean (not created to be eaten).
I realize this is a hot topic for some people because of religious beliefs and misinterpreted contexts of Scripture; however, let me assure you that YHVH, the Most High God, Creator of everything didn’t make any mistakes, nor did He throw a curve ball and change His plans for keeping His people healthy and whole in every aspect of life.
When taking His “Nutrition Plan” into full consideration, you’ll see how easy it is to live it out. Yes, there are hurdles to jump that are out of our control like what the government is doing to our food, but if you make the effort to live according to the ways He set for us, I personally know He will honor that.
Who doesn’t like a good ole apple, orange, or even a peach from the tree? Thing is, most people aren’t blessed to be able to walk outside and pick from the fruit tree they’ve grown. So what do we do? Head to the grocery store in all faith that what we get will be just as nutritious.
And while I agree that fruit in its original form is best, I am still a sucker for picking up a bottle or two (or three) of fruit juice. I know the horror stories behind some of those ingredients, hence why we purchase “organic.” But even then, Dr. Axe recently filled me in on how bad fruit juice is for our bodies and mentioned that it can be just as dangerous as soda! Say what?! So here’s to completely ditching fruit juice and opting in for the real thing.
Ideas for incorporating real fruit into your lifestyle: add it to salads, beverages (like smoothies), and keep some on hand as a go-to snack.
Plants that Yield Seed
Plants that yield seed get into foods like beans, squash, tomatoes, etc. These are the foods that will be high in fiber and other nutrients like iron, potassium, and vitamins. It’s not wonder that for the pregnant mama, these are some of the foods suggested that she add to her diet! Simply put, foods like lentils, black beans, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and quinoa are said to be some of the healthiest plant-based protein foods.
Ideas for incorporating plants that yield seed into your lifestyle: add to salads, blend into smoothies, as to meals as side dishes or cook into main dish. Some, like pumpkin and sunflower seeds can be used for go-to snacks.
Now we’re getting into plants that can be considered herbs, green leafy vegetables, and even roots. A quick Google search and .009 seconds later you can see benefit after benefit of consuming herbs like garlic and mint, leafy veggies like spinach and kale, and definitely roots such as ginger.
With every pregnancy, it was always suggested that I upped my intake of foods in this category to help give my body a natural boost in iron. Not to mention, herbs and other leafy veggies are mentioned all throughout Scripture… with amazing healing and medicinal benefits at that!
Ideas for incorporating field plants into your lifestyle: salads (of course), add to or use to make beverages like teas, use to make soups, and as always – you can always add to smoothies.
Notice I said CLEAN meat. This part of Yah’s nutrition plan is the most detailed, as it makes sense that it should be. According to Leviticus 11, clean meat comes from animals that have a cloven hoof and chews the cud. Got one without the other and it’s a no. They must do/have both. Examples are cow, deer, sheep, gazelle, and goat. Examples of unclean animals are pig, rabbit, camel, and squirrel. Taking this one step further, YHVH also instructs us to not eat the blood of animals (yeah I used to eat my steaks medium rare).
Also part of the clean meat department are birds and seafood. Instructions are clear here as well with anything having fins and scales being great for consumption and as for birds, all is well except those that eat unclean (eagles, vultures, kites, ravens, ostriches, seagulls and owls just to name a few). Examples of seafood to stay clear of are: catfish, eel, lobster, shrimp, swordfish, and squid.
Seafood that is on the no-no list has been scientifically proven to carry the poisonous root that causes the body to react in a fight-or-flight type of way. This is known as the shellfish allergy and affects up to 2.5% of the population (wow!). Research will tell you that you can combat this type of allergy by upping your probiotics and vitamins and maybe even adding a digestive enzyme to your diet, but the best way to not be effected is to stop eating it!
As for unclean meat… well. Whatever that pig ate – which in some cases can be their own feces or even their dead young – you will be eating it as well. Studies have shown that no matter how high of a temperature you cook unclean meat, health-damaging bacteria can still survive. E coli ring a bell? Because pork is one of the commonly eaten meats, I hit it the hardest, but there are other “delicacies” that people eat and should stay away from (cat, dog, boar, rabbit, and squirrel to name a few).
Ideas for incorporating clean meat into your lifestyle: choose grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish to cook with.
Adopting the Biblical Diet
I get it. It may seem nearly impossible to change the way you eat, especially if you’ve been eating that way for a long time, on top of being misled to believe that all foods were made clean. Keep reading to see 5 steps you can take to easily adopt a healthy eating lifestyle according to the Creator’s nutrition plan.
1. Read the Bible
If you claim to be a believer and follower of the Messiah, then you should also follow the One who sent Him – His Father (and ours) YHVH. There is no doubt in my mind that the Messiah at according to the instructions laid out in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. It would have been common knowledge and practices among the Hebrew people then, just like it is today. So to believe that He miraculously changed it… think again.
In the age of everything being just one click away, swap out a 20-minute Facebook scroll for researching scientific and evidence-based research on the health benefits (and non) of the foods you are currently consuming. Go into your research as unbiased as possible because trust me, there is information out there to support any and every thought process. Take what you research and test it against Scripture.
3. Choose to Change
Even after doing the research, some people still choose to not change their eating habits. Clean and unclean to the side for a moment, but sometimes it could be an issue with how much a person eats. I am guilty of overeating sweets… opting in for 7 cookies instead of just 2 or 3. So there comes a point in all of this that you must actively choose to change what and how you’re eating.
4. Get Over the Mind-Resistance
I call it mind-resistance because I’ve been there. I remember when Bryan and I started learning about Yah’s food instructions. I thought, “Well what in the world is there left to eat?” You see, my mind instantly went to, “Well this isn’t right… this can’t be good… why would the Father do that?” But when we started researching and seeing the negative health affects of what were consuming, I didn’t need any more persuading, nor did I continue questioning Yah why.
5. Take Baby Steps
No longer buying, cooking, and consuming the unclean and unhealthy foods is a matter of choice, and it can be instant. Where the baby steps comes in is learning how to purchase and cook with your new food list. It’s not as hard as some people make it out to be. For example, instead of buying pork chops to cook for dinner, opt in for lamb or hamburger meat. Instead of buying the catfish, get the wild-caught salmon.
And again, do I really have to remind you that we are in the techno-advanced world? You can find easy recipes, meal plans, and the like with the click of a button.
I wrote this blog post for several reasons. One, because Bryan and I have been there. We have been on the other side of the eat whatever you want and you’ll be fine fence. Yes, there is a fence. Two, because I care about you, your health, and your families health – in more ways than one. I want you to know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who truly does know best. He created everything, right? So why not trust His plan for our health and wellness?
And lastly, I want to help make it easier for you to make better food choices for you and your family. Being the homeschooling mom and curriculum resource creator that I am, I couldn’t help but make a unit study resource based off the food laws of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. It is created as an animal unit study and has an accompanying parent-teacher guide filled with prompts to help communicate the concepts of clean and unclean, as well as to help our children see that just because an animal is not fit for food, it doesn’t make it bad. Click here to get Clean vs. Unclean: An Animal Unit Study Based on the Food Laws of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 and to read more about the product.
In the meantime, I want to hear from you… so-
CHIME IN: What is your current diet like? Are you familiar with the clean and unclean food list as laid out in Scripture?