Now that you have purposed in your heart to no longer defile yourself with the delicacies à la Daniel 1:8, you have taken the first step to reclaiming you health!
At this point, you are ready for a revolution in the way you think about everything pertaining to food, health, and your appearance. In Romans 12:2, the Lord instructs us not to conform ourselves to the world but to renew our minds.
Our language is a good place to begin that process:
Good – I recently taught my daughter Ché not to say of any unhealthy things that they are “good”. What God said is good when He created the world in Genesis 1, none of the stuff that tries to masquerade as food these days qualifies for inclusion in that proclamation.
Further, many of us still hold on to the perceived “goodness” of such faux food, like some kind of cherished sin that we might allow ourselves to indulge in as a “treat”. But if we have purposed in our hearts not to defile our bodies, these bodies that are temples of the Holy Spirit, then we cannot continue to be double minded about those “foods” that defile and polute the synagogue. I’ve trained myself and my children to eschew those things. Like “cookies, bad, ewwwww!! All that nasty sugar in there!” Over time you will be like the ex-smoker who is disgusted by the sight and smell of a cigarette: truly liberated and loving it!
Meat – The word meat originally referred to all food, any food, as in Genesis 1:29 in the KJV. It’s only in recent history we started to use it to refer exclusively to animal flesh. In Malachi when we bring all the tithes to the storehouse so there is meat in his house, in 1 Corinthians 3:2 when Paul talked about first giving the parishioners milk then weaning them onto meat, the meat was a general term for that which nourishes. The point is that nourishment can be complete without animal flesh.
Protein – We have come to the belief that animal products are the best source of protein, to the degree that we use the words “meat” (in the sense that indicates animal flesh) and “protein” interchangeably. This is a lie designed to keep us buying and consuming way more beef, poultry and dairy industry products than we need for good health. In fact, many reputable studies have shown that our level of consumption of these products – milk/eggs/cheese every morning, meat and cheese at lunch, 6-8 ounces of meat at dinner – put us at greater risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and the like than our counterparts in the world who eat very little of these (like 6-8 ounces a week if at all).
Largely they are consuming less animal based foods because they can’t buy them regularly, but as a result, they don’t suffer from the diseases we have here. When they do have adequate food that’s plant-based, they don’t suffer from food related diseases. This is a concept in which we can find real freedom in the renewing of our minds and lower grocery bills as well!
In Ezekiel 4, God gives his prophet a bread recipe to sustain him through a rather difficult prophetic assignment. It is a six grain bread – wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt (v9). I learned from my kidney donor team nutritionist in a conversation completely unrelated to this scripture that the combination of beans and grains forms a complete protein. Microphone drop.
Skinny – Here’s an interesting topic that gets overlooked a lot these days. There are many obese and overweight people who should be concerned about their health, but there are also many very slim people who are left wondering how to put on and keep on healthy weight during a food life changeover. The first thing I counsel to my slim friend is this: you’re not too skinny, God does not make garbage, people’s eyes are just fat! If it is true that 1/3 of all Americans is obese and at least 2/3 are at least overweight, if the media is now casting actors on TV an in film and glorifying pleasant plumpness all over the Internet and print media to be sensitive to these numbers, then we have all now been subjected to a shift in the perception of what a normal body size is. And now those of us who are naturally slender are told we are too skinny. We need to renew our minds.
The truth it is indeed possible to have the same metabolic problems and disease risk of an obese person while being skinny. It’s a phenomenon called “skinny-fat”. Feel free to look it up.
To answer the question, nonetheless, the simple answer is to skew your new food choices to more calorie dense foods. We will address this in depth in another article.
There are a whole lot of ways to renew our minds to help our bodies, these are just a few. The important thing is that you make it your business to scrutinize all the messages you get for
1. Biblical accuracy and
2. The motive of the source.
Once you figure out where the message is coming from and whether it lines up with God’s word and His will for you, you can get into obedience and see your victory!
Renew your mind. Your body will thank you for it!