activism, Boycott, food, Herbicide, no pesticides, non-gmo

Dirty Food Is Cheap: A Call To Action

Dirty Food is Cheap: A Call To Action

Dirty Food is Cheap: A Call To Action.  If you eat, you are in the war for #FoodSovereignty for all mankind. Watch NOW.

Click Here to Pre-order YOUR copy of Securing Our Birthright

Click Here to Thrive TODAY

Learn more and join our mailing list

Faith Gardening, farm, food, gardening, God's word, Herbicide, no pesticides, Plants, Prayer, Urban Gardening

Pray for the Plant Kingdom

Prayer for The Plant Kingdom
Why do we need to pray for the Plant Kingdom?
Dominion is a big responsibility. God does not make mistakes, so we know that His choice to put us in charge was the right one. Now, here we are, falling down on the job.

It is easy to dismiss the needs of plants, because although they are living beings, they aren’t sentient ones. They just exist to supply human beings… thus the imperative to care well for them. God gave them to us to be pleasing to look at and good for food (Genesis 2:9). For them to continue to be able to do that, we must care for them diligently. If we neglect them, they will not be able to serve their purpose in our lives. Therefore, there exists a symbiosis between man and plants: they need us, but also, we need them.

Man, with his hard heart, has always had an inclination towards conquest of that which is weaker. Plants, from the tallest trees in the world down to the smallest dandelions in your front yard, have become a favorite target. Man has declared war on them. Our job was to steward them, but because there are those of them for whom we could not fully understand their existence and purpose, we justify destroying them to eliminate them from where we have decided we do not want them to exist any longer. We shot first and we asked questions later.

When we did start really asking the questions, we started to get some answers.

What was the purpose of all those trees, we asked, that are occupying so much land that we could use to raise livestock? Their purposes, we discovered, was to provide much needed carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, provide an ecosystem for countless animal species, and be a source of healing natural medicines for mankind, among others.

Dandelion
I always loved dandelions! They are pretty, and also nutritious!

Caution to man: if you continue to cut down the Amazon, you will cause damage to this world. We asked more questions. We even discovered that those dandelions fit both of God’s plant criteria from Genesis 2:9. They are both pleasing to look at and good for food!

Nonetheless, the war rages on, and we are systematically losing. From the perspective of the small group of people for whom the continuance of this war is a matter of profit and loss, we are winning and positioned to continue to win. As far as the rest of mankind is concerned, we are losing biodiversity, we are losing nutrition sources and natural healing resources and , as a result, we are losing the wellness we were ordained to have in this life on earth. Indeed, our prayer does not need to ask for God’s care over them. He does that already. Our prayer is to end the war that has been waged against them so that they can recover and fill the earth again as they should.

Prayer for the Plant Kingdom
To you, Jehovah Nissi, our banner of victory in times of warfare, be the glory and all the honor. We thank you, great Jehovah Jireh, for all that You have provided us from the beginning of our existence to this very day, and all that You will provide us forever.

We come to you in prayer for Your intervention in the war that is being waged against the plants You created and gave us for our food, our medicine and our pleasure. We pray for them because they cannot pray for themselves, and we pray that You protect them as only You can because we need them for so many reasons to sustain the quality of life that You, Our Loving Father, want us to have on earth.

We come against the corporations that continue to produce plant killing poisons for profit and we pray that You intervene and stop them from their evil works. We pray that You send Your ministering angels to speak to the hearts of the leaders of those industries, for only You know how to speak to the hearts of men.

We come against the ranchers that are continuing to cut down the Amazon rainforest You painstakingly created. They do this to serve their money god, but You are the only true God and we know You can bring an end to their evil works.

We pray for the protection of the remaining plants on earth. We pray that You cover them in the blood of Jesus so they may live and proliferate in the biodiversity that You

Judah the Gardener Really Nourish
Judah is learning how to plant and grow bulbs using cuttings of cive (scallion/spring onion/green onion). Recycled water bottle as planter.

created. We pray for abundance in every urban garden, organic farm, kitchen and home garden, and every acre of jungle, forest, prairie, woodland and bush land that has not yet been attacked. We pray Father that You protect them from any future attacks. We pray that every soul on earth be inspired to plant, grow and seek out clean, nourishing food just as You gave Adam to do in Eden, for we know that is how You want us to live and we know that when Jesus returns, this is how we will live in the New Jerusalem.  Also, we pray that You inspire parents to teach their children the importance of plants and gardening as they train them up in the way that they should go.

Father, we know that once all this plant killing stops, that Your creation will reclaim the earth and the plants we thought were lost forever will return. We know the plant kingdom will flourish again despite all of mankind’s foolish attempts to subdue it. You set the original seeds, and our faith rests fully in You.

We ask, we believe, we receive, in the majestic name of Jesus. Amen

Books, Boycott, Faith Gardening, food, Fruit, gardening, health, Healthy, Herbs, no pesticides, non-gmo, nourishment, nutrients, Organic, Produce, salad, sprout, trees, Urban Gardening, vegan

The Faith Garden: Evolution

Up until this point, I have been in the gardener’s equivalent of preschool. Success in pots on a highrise terrace with seedlings during a summer season or two were my first very large, crayon-scribbled attemtps to write my name.  

Visions of multiple clever urban gardening installations both outside on my terrace and inside by that expanse of east oriented windows in my livingroom, like trash can potatoes and dwarf citrus trees 🍊and vertically inclined shelves of fresh herbs 🌱🌱🌱, they danced in my head, but my reality was much less inspiring. Nonetheless, like the simple days in Pre K where toddlers learn each vowel and consonant on its own, my five little terrace pots provided just the right amount of learning for my experience level. They would lead to bigger things in God’s good time.

Even my first gardening book was a children’s book. 📖Reading Molly’s Organic Farm by Carol Malnor to my children at bedtime taugh me about companion planting, beneficial insects🐝 and crop rotation among other things. I have since graduated. I am in big kid school now! 

Currently Reading📚: Guerilla Gardening by David Tracey, on loan from the 

Trinidad National Library System (NALIS) 

🍅Currently Planting: Marvel Striped Heirloom Tomatoes and Sugar Daddy Snap Peas from seeds, and a tamarind tree sprout on a small patch in my backyard. 

My children saved seeds from eating Tamarind balls and planted them with full faith

Current techniques in use🌴: Adding topsoil to plant on top of dense clay, 

Judah planted this tiny seed in January, look how tall they both are!

preparing my next spots by laying down a bed of food scraps interlaid with grass cuttings to proactively attract soil life and help nourish the future residents – more food crops and a patch of flowers. Also using Lune & Jardin, an app that helps you plan your gardening in relation to the phases of the moon. 

Next 🌺phase plans: Expand vegetable patch, help the children create their own Friendship Garden 💚🌾and utilise items dumped in the back (old wooden boards, pvc pipe, a broken swing set and some kid’s forgotten homemade pushcart) to help create a lovely Faith Garden oasis for my little apartment complex community. 

I will update frequently!

blood pressure, Devotional, eating, food, Fruit, God's word, Healthy, vegan

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 7: Use Your Ruler 📏📐

You’ve made it to 8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 7: Use Your Ruler.  Keep up the great work!

Today, let’s start with a piece of practical advice from the book of Proverbs that you can start using today. It’s the first verse of the 23rd chapter.

📌“When you sit down to eat with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you;”

Proverbs 23:1 NKJV

When I first read this I shifted the comma in my mind.

“When you sit down to eat, with a ruler Consider carefully what is before you;”.

With the comma placed where the translators of the bible put it, the scripture warns us that when we are dining with someone of great power and influence 👑 (as the Message Bible has it), we must mind our manners. As my daughter says “we need to eat dainty” – like pinkies up and small bites and all that.

But that comma, I’m saying though, it moved in my brain. So I read it as an instruction to measure. Like with a ruler. Measure everything you’re about to eat. Consider carefully what you are putting in your mouth.  I wasn’t wrong, that is just the way Holy Spirit ministered to me. 

So I was determined to measure.  But that’s not new advice in and of itself.

The key was zeroing in on exactly HOW to measure my food. Around the time God inspired me to start this ministry by taking action in my own food life, I watched the documentary FedUp. It was through that film that the Holy Spirit enlightened me of the deception and showed me the right path to take, which is echoed in Proverbs 23:3:

Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. (NIV)

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 7: Use Your Ruler – Tip #1 It’s Not the Calories You Need to Measure!

Through persistent indoctrination by the media and the diet industry, people have been

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 7: Use Your Ruler Before Pic
My “Before Pic”, April 2015, over 200lbs, size 12 jeans, blood pressure on the borderline

lead to measure their food by counting calories. This is NOT going to help you over the long run, because (to use an example from the documentary): 100 calories in a handful of almonds will not affect your body the same way as 100 calories in a 12 oz glass of coke.  

The “calories in calories out” mentality may work for a few people for a short time who have the time to ALSO measure and manage how many calories they are burning in exchange, but for most of us that is a ludicrous undertaking.  In addition, remember that your body is the beautiful design of the Creator of the Universe.  It is far too complex for just one thing, just calorie counting, to fix what’s broken.

Start Measuring Sugar

So where should you start to measure?  Sugar (cue rolling eyes).  This is that sneaky cherished sin everybody knows they need to check but nobody really wants to cut off.  

You don’t want to do it.  But you need to do it. 

To quickly define, the sugar we are targeting is that sweet tasting simple carbohydrate. Usually, it comes from sugar cane or sugar beets that is added to the lion’s share of processed foods.  It even lurks in some artificial sweeteners. It naturally occurs in many foods including fruits and vegetables, honey, agave and maple syrup. This is where you start to apply your ruler. 

God’s Sugar Packs are Good

Mercifully, sugars in whole, fresh fruit doesn’t count, as they are in God’s perfect packaging.  Each of those naturally occurring sugar molecules is shackled to a fiber molecule so it will move through your system at the pace God intended it to.  🍒🍌🍉🍇🍓🍊🍐🍎🍅😍

Your target is the “free sugars”. 

It’s those free sugars we must take control of in our food lives!

The 8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 7: Use Your Ruler is going to be a bit of a numbers game, so get ready to take notes! 

Sugar content per serving is noted in grams on the nutrition panels of packaged foods. While the USDA recommends up to 75g of free sugars a day, this is far too much. That level was decided by the USDA most likely to protect the profits of the food industry and the sugar barons, whom the Department of Agriculture both regulates and markets for. Conflict of interest much?

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 7: Use Your Ruler Nutrition Label
This beverage contains more than double the WHO recommendation for daily sugar intake. Imagine drinking one or two of these a day every day. Or drinking just one and then having sugar from various other sources also that day. You can’t win like this!

On the other hand, the World Health Organization (WHO)  recommends that you consume no more than about 25 grams a day. That’s the standard I set for myself back in May 2015 and still continue to adhere to for myself and my family.

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 7: Use Your Ruler Tip #2 Refined Starch is the Other White Sugar!

In addition to this, realize that refined starches are no different from sugar once they enter your body. This is another place to apply your ruler. These include anything made from white flour (breads and pastas🍞🍝), and white rice.  These are simple carbohydrates that can cause obesity, diabetes, heart disease, kidney and liver damage and many other of the so called lifestyle diseases that prevail today.

So I embarked on this Daniel 1 way of life.  No more of the kings delicacies for me! 

It was much rougher than I had imagined it would be!

What A Difference 50 Grams Makes!

I found that 25 grams is so very little compared  what I was accustomed to eating in a diet I had considered to be relatively healthy!  At the beginning, I was moody for a few days. I got headaches. I was cranky. Withdrawing from that sweet, sweet legal narcotic was awful!  For you, this is 8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 7: Use Your Ruler, but for me it was a lonely first step on the hard road to life.  

The worst part in this unfair battle is that the enemy is coming at you from all sides. Just try to walk down a New York City commercial block and see how much temptation your senses are exposed to – pictures of pizza🍕, sandwiches and doughnuts🍩, smells pumping out of restaurant exhaust vents ♨️.  It’s an onslaught of delicacies from all sides!

But I knew my vision. My slim bitmoji was on deck. 💃🏿I was determined to use my body to glorify God. So I used my “ruler”. I learned that a tablespoon of honey contains 16g of free sugars.  A teaspoon of table sugar is worth 4g so my morning cup of tea had to count☕️. I read every nutrition panel on every item I had in the cupboards and the fridge, as well as in the supermarket while making my choices. Little by litttle, I

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 7: Use Your Ruler
My “after pic” on Emancipation Day August 1, 2016, under 170 lbs, size 8 skinny jeans

systematically replaced and in some cases eliminated the things I was eating and drinking and giving my family. Yes indeed, some of it ended up in the garbage and down the drain. 

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 7: Use Your Ruler Tip #2.5 Bring in The Replacements

OUT

  • White Pasta
  • White Bread
  • Sugar-sweetened tea
  • Table Sugar

IN

  • Whole Wheat  – CAVEAT: Watch the ingredient list.  Whole wheat bread is usually a blend of whole wheat and refined wheat, because it is difficult to get the kind of texture we like in this day and age with 100% whole wheat.  Therefore, the USDA allows bakers to blend and still call it Whole Wheat.  Look at the ingredient panel.  Ingredients are listed from greatest to least amounts.  If the first ingredient is “Enriched Flour” or the like (Refined, White Flour, etc) that is not a good go to.  The other caveat is to still keep this to a minimum.  In addition to the flour, packaged bread usually contains sugar.  Those grams definitely count in your measurement.  
  • Wheat Pasta, Pastas made from grains other than wheat (chick pea, quinoa, brown rice)
  • Sprouted grain breads🌱 (Thank you, Food for Life), true multi-grain breads (where the other grains are actually used in the dough and not just sprinkled on the top crust of a whole wheat loaf) or just Whole Wheat (organic when possible)
  • Unsweetened tea
  • Stevia – I use SweetLeaf, it tastes delicious, but beware of brands that contain dextrose – words ending in “ose” indicate the kind of sugar we are looking to reduce. 
  • Root Vegetables aka Ground Provisions – we’ve been told, and I had believed for a time, that these are to be avoided, but the reality is they are made by God also and, while they are starchy indeed, they are also nutrient rich and should be kept in the diet.

I even replaced our toothpaste, which can be another sneaky source of sugar!

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 7: Use Your Ruler – Tip #3: Make Your Change Holistic!

Eventually, I began to strive for veganism as I learned the unnecessary harm we cause our bodies by over-consuming animal flesh and dairy.  This helped me continue to reduce my intake of simple starches, as meat and cheese often are accompanied by them in our most deliciously harmful comfort foods – burgers, eggs, cheese and cold cuts on white breads, french fries and chips that accompany them, pizza with doughy crusts, fried chicken with flour batter, macaroni pie – the list of deceptive delicacies is so long!  But I found that the list of what I SHOULD eat instead is actually longer, because it’s God’s rich bounty and it is abundant indeed!🙏🏿

My proverbial ruler became my best weapon on this crusade.  I had lost 20 pounds in the first month after just cutting out sugars.  I started reading scriptures and books about the harm eating animal protein daily does, and made my final decision.  After maintaining for another couple of months, I soon continued to see steady decreases in weight.  Two years after I started my journey, I was still more than 50lbs lighter than when I started and have gone from a size 12 to size 8 skinny jeans. More importantly, I was blessed to donate a pristine kidney to my father in early 2016.  My blood work results and blood pressure are perfect every time.   

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 7: Use Your Ruler – Tip #4 Your Body Responds More to Your Diet than Exercise

You’re wondering if I also exercised more, aren’t you?  The answer is no! I live an active life in general with two small children in the countryside now, but I don’t exercise any more than I have in the past. In fact, I do less of my “on purpose” working out (running, yoga and Pilates are my favorites) at this point than I have in the past 10 years of my life. Do exercise, but just know that your diet will weigh more heavily in your results than the exercise.  Nonetheless, after a 30+ year struggle with my weight, my body is finally a living sacrifice.   It’s a visual and physical testimony that glorifies God inside and out.  🙋🏾

Meditate on These Scriptures Today:

  1. Proverbs 23:1-3
  2. Proverbs 23:20-21
  3. Proverbs 25:16

To return to the 8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devotional page, CLICK HERE.

Go to Day 8.

Children, eating, farmer's market, food, Fruit, God's word, Healthy, Herbs, natural, no pesticides, non-gmo, nourishment, Organic, Produce

Summer Gardening in the City

For the last two summers,

we have been using any available space we have in our 12th floor apartment in Staten Island, NY to grow our own food.  Now is the time, April in the northern hemisphere, to get your garden ready for the season!

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

Some of my fondest childhood memories growing up in Brooklyn were of our summer gardens.  I remember how my mom and dad used to go to the garden shop on Foster Avenue in April to get the little baby plants and lovingly plant them in our backyard, our mini Eden.  Even on those tiny plots of land (the small plot behind our home on Hubbard

IMG_0850
Summer memories!

Place, and the even smaller spot of backyard when we moved to our one family house on East 43rd) mom and dad grew enough food for us to have lots of fresh salads and homegrown veggies all summer long and into the fall some years, depending on how the cold weather started.

One summer, we grew so many tomatoes, my mom piled the surplus up in one of those big DuaneReade shopping bags and took them to work to share with her friends.  I have never departed from his spirit of growing my own food, putting my hands in dirt, and sharing some of what we produce at home.  It was important training indeed.  As soon as I had children flourishing under my care, my maternal spirit lead me to create the terrace garden.

This year, I’m excited to be moving to the Trinidadian countryside, where my father-in-law blessed my family with some land that we can build, live and cultivate on, but my heart is still with my fellow urban gardeners. As cities sprawled wider and wider over the last century or so, urbanites became more and more detached from the source of the very food that sustains them, so much so that many wouldn’t recognize the vine that a cucumber grows on.  Just think about that.  If you don’t know food or where it comes from, how can you take proper care of your body?

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

Hippocrates of Kos

Also, if you have no idea how food grows and where it comes from, doesn’t that put you at a big disadvantage to whomever provides the food?  That is indeed the case.  What is even more cause for great concern is that we are learning that we can’t trust those who provide the food, specifically the corporations that are on the warpath to gain control of all the farms and all the minds and hearts of consumes nor the governments, whom we entrust with the task of ensuring that our food is safe to eat but instead put profit over people by allowing lobbying and campaign finance determine how they legislate the industry.

Here are some ways you can take back control of your food at home.  Combine these ideas with participation with the creation or the maintenance of gardens in your community and you can greatly increase your own control over your food and reduce your dependence on Big Food and, by default, Big Pharma.

EPSON MFP image
Summers in Brooklyn: My childhood urban backyard garden Circa 1990-sumpin.
  • Just get started
    1. Plant SOMETHING.  ANYTHING!  Watch it grow.  It will expand your consciousness.  Next year, you will want to plant more!
  • Any dirt patch is fair game
    1. Postage stamp-sized yard in the back and/or front of your house? Small sliver of dirt along the side? As long as there is soil, you can bring forth life and food!  Plant smaller plants like thyme and basil or bulbs like spring onion and garlic in these small spots.
  • Pots of many sizes and shapes, plus fences, railings and other resources
    1. Pots: It’s good to get a sense for how big the plant is going to be as you select pots.  Conversely, if you already have some pots, buy plants that would work well in the pot sizes you have and think about adding pots if you want to expand your repertoire.  I used my taller, deeper pots for bell pepper plants and tomato vines and my more shallow, rectangle shaped pots for herbs and leafy greens that didn’t need as much space for root growth.

      Urban Herbs
      Two varieties of Thyme and Greek Oregano in the NYC Summer Terrace Garden.
    2. Fences and Railings: For vine plants, plan those around the edges of your garden if possible so they can climb on existing structures.  Not only will it look great, but your plants will be happy as they reach for the sun and bear you good fruit all season long!
    3. Other Resources: Observe your plants as they grow.  One day last summer, my children and I went to the park to collect sticks.  We brought the sticks home and used them to stablize our tall, lanky tomato and pepper plants as they grew.  We stuck them into the soil next to the “trunks” of the plants, and loosely tied the plants to the sticks so when the wind blew them on our well exposed 12th floor terrace, they would remain standing.  They thanked us later with delicious produce.
    4. Soil: The term dirt cheap has real meaning, because bags of soil in the home good store are pretty cheap indeed!  The good news is that although organic soil is more expensive than stuff that is not labeled organic, it is still cheap so might as well go all the way with it!
  • Kitchen counter herbs
    1. You can keep some herbs on your kitchen counter.  Your kitchen light (yes the ceiling one) can substitute for the
      IMG_0932
      Genesis 1:29-30 Status! #SoDelicious #TheReallyNourishMovement

      sunlight if you don’t have a window in there – your potted thyme and oregano can still photosynthesize from that.  Just keep them watered and don’t be shy about pruning them often for use in your food.

  • Regenerate bulbs
    1. Ever notice that the bottoms of some of your veggies have little scraggly beards?  Like scallions (some call these spring onions or green onions ) for example. Some have had them chopped off, like celery, fennel and garlic. These are bulbs.  You can cut the tops off to eat, but don’t toss the bottoms!  Set them in some water and allow them to regenerate.  Then you can plant them out and keep repeating the process as many times as you like.  Here’s a link with a detailed list of these wonderfully nourishing gifts from God.  Now that’s what I call the gift that keeps on giving!
  • Seedling plants at farmers markets
    1. OK, this is my FAVORITE DETAIL: Check your local farmer’s markets right now img_3082because many of them will be selling seedlings.  But here’s the exciting part: You can buy them with your EBT card!  No excuse now, family!  The other great thing about buying these at the farmer’s market is that you can ask the farmers advice about how to plant.  Last summer, I even brought pics of my grown plants back for my local market guys to see.  Like “Look, the kids have grown so fast!”
  • Dwarf trees
    1. This is a great solution for city dwellers, one that you can eat from all year round.  Dwarf citrus trees can live in relatively large pots in your living room and bear delicious fruit that would cost you a small fortune in supermarkets with no chemicals necessary.  Choose a spot near a window that gets lots of sunlight – eastern facing works well, so the tree can get strong rising sun exposure all morning.
  • Savor and Share the experience! 
    1. The best part is harvest!  I enjoyed going onto my terrace to pick from my plants to enhance my meals with what I grew.  My children
      IMG_0931
      Ché is a happy garden princess!

      enjoyed picking with me.  We all learned together how to grow our own food, and when we had visitors, we were proud to show them what we were doing and give them a taste of the the bounty whenever we could.

 

 

Plants on sale at Whitehall Terminal Farmer’s Market

 

eating, food, Fruit, health, Healthy, Organic, recipe, sprout, vegan

Nourish Bites: In the War on Sugar, You Need Weapons 🍌⚔

Once I decided, in May 2015, to join the battle against sugar and the ills that it causes, I realized two things:

1️⃣ Dang, I consume a lot more sugar than I thought I did! And

2️⃣ I need to replace what I’m eliminating with something that is not only not poisonous, but that is healthy, tasty and satisfying.

So I started shopping in the bulk section of the supermarket to find snack ideas. Eventually, I ended up with a great weapon with which I have seen many victories, including losing 32 pounds, excellent blood test results, and even saving a few dollars that would have been spent fending off cravings as I go through normal days!

It’s a trail mix. Yes, a trail mix. But I caution you against just buying a pre-fab mix yourself because you don’t know how much sugar could be hiding in that.

The only sugar in the following recipe is in the raisins, and if you’ve been following The Really Nourish Movement posts and videos, you know that sugar in God’s perfect packaging is a much better option.

We mixed a big batch with the following ingredients (everything was labeled organic):

Raw Almonds

Raw Hazelnuts

Coconut Chips

Thompson Seedless Raisins

Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds

Sprouted Sunflower Seeds

Fresh Lemon

Ground Flaxseed

Freshly Grated Nutmeg

 

Step 1: Put the nuts, seeds and raisins in a large bowl

 

Step 2: Grate nutmeg over the mix

 

Step 3: Sprinkle a little lemon juice over the mix (be careful not to get any seeds in there!)

 

Step 4: Top your trail mix off with some prayer and loving words and energy.

 

Step 5: Make your snack bags to grab when you need ’em!

These bags go in my handbag and my daughter’s school lunch bag. When I’m RWC (running with children) they are the perfect go to when the “mommy I’m hungry” chorus begins. I highly recommend these for upper grade students that have a few minutes between classes to dig in their back packs for a healthy snack. This way, by the time they get to the cafeteria, they can make better choices because they’re not racked with hunger.

A healthy trail mix will keep you out of “Crack Donald’s” and away from the newsstands, corner delis and pizzerias when hunger hits during the workday.  The key to this is that it is a healthy way to snack. So if you feel like munching at 10:30 in the morning, go right ahead! Then when it’s time for your lunch break, you won’t be “so hungry I can eat a horse”.  It’s the deprivation from “breakfast” (which often consists of stuff that lacks nutrition and don’t satisfy) to lunch that causes us to make those poor, impulsive choices. Snacking on good stuff is ok. In fact, having several small meals all day long is actually a more natural nourishment pattern than the breakfast-lunch-dinner routine we’ve all been raised on.

The sugar pushers have their game tight. We need to arm ourselves wisely to win the battle for our bodies. Food revolutionaries, locked and loaded!

food, Fruit, God's word, Healthy, Herbs, nourishment, nutrients, salad, scripture, vegan

A Biblical Case for Veganism

So you are considering going vegan now or have been vegan for a while and people in your church come at you with scriptural rebuttals for your choice.  As any good Christian would, you want to know what the Holy Bible has to say about all of this.  Here is a strong biblical case for veganism, a scriptural tour starting from day 3 of creation!
Free download on Kindle Unlimited

The First Menu: Herbs & Grains, Fruits & Vegetables

Genesis 1 (KJV)

11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

The scriptures start presenting a biblical case for veganism right from the beginning.  On day three of creation, God empowers the earth He had just created to provide for the inhabitants He was planning to create.  He next creates the sun and the moon, and then populates the infant planet with animals to inhabit the waters, the land and the skies.  “And He saw that it was good” (Gen 1:24).

His next decision is to make man in His image to steward this world He has just carefully crafted and populated.  He makes man and woman and instructs them to be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth.

And then, He shows them their menu.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

keep-calm-and-go-vegan-15 (1)“Check it out”, says the Lord, “Eden is a Vegan Paradise!”  Let’s have a look at what’s on offer:

Herb yielding seed – In French, the word “herb” means grass.  One bible version actually substitutes the word grass for herb.  The word picture is a grass that has seeds.  This would include the entire grain family – wheat, rice, even corn .  They are tall, skinny “grasses” with seeds at the top. Also members of the onion family are grasses in their own right – just look at chives, and the tops of onions and garlic, how they grow straight, green, leafless shoots when the sit around in your kitchen a while.

Fruit of a tree yielding seed – some other versions say “fruit with seeds inside”.  So that covers fruit, but it also covers a lot of other foods we have labeled vegetables.  From a biological standpoint, the fruit of plant is the part that contains the seeds.  So, for example, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes (you can now tell your friends “I told you so!”), okra and avocados are indeed fruits.  Nuts are also considered fruit.  They are dried up versions of the same biological plant part.

Every Green Herb – This covers all your leaves – lettuces, cabbages, greens, herbs.

Every Tree – And since He said He gave us “every tree” (except for just one, we find out a little later!), and put no prohibition on what we can and cannot use from that tree, we can include root vegetables, sap and syrup, and anything else we can get from a tree or a plant and use without adulterating or processing.  What a huge bounty!

Notice that in this version, the most widely read version of The Holy Bible, He says “I have given every green herb FOR MEAT” (emphasis added).  How’s that for a biblical case for veganism???? Put a pin in that thought right there.



Don’t Name your Food: Adam and his Animal Friends

Genesis 2 (NIV)

19Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

Biblical Case for Veganism
Judah and his pet goat Issachar

This is a cute but still strong biblical case for veganism verse.  We know that one of Adam’s first jobs as Commissioner of Eden Gardens was to name all the animals.  Anyone who has ever lived on a farm or read Charlotte’s Web can relate to the idea of NOT naming an animal that might end up on your dinner plate!  So we can presume, since there is no scripture saying that Adam named any plants, that God took care of that, simply so the man could have a way to identify one from the other, perhaps.  But God deliberately brings the land and air animals to Adam to name.  And name them all he does.

After the Flood: Desperate Measures

Picture it: Genesis 6.  The world is now populated, but the people are acting a real fool!  God decides to wash it down and start over.  He speaks to Noah.

Genesis 6 (NIV)

19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

Noah obeyed.  God didn’t ask him to bring plant specimens with roots.   Can you imagine Noah, perhpas with just the help of his sons, rooting around, rooting up a representative of every single plant?   Building a greenhouse on the arc big enough to house all of them?

God does ask for the animals who, for the most part, could walk or creep onto the arc on their own under Noah’s authority.  Remember, man has dominion over animals (Gen 1:28), so the expectation that they would obey was intrinsic, but also notice, he separately instructed Noah to store food.  Here a biblical case for veganism exists.  There were no extra animals to be slaughtered for food and no refrigeration or preserving methods for preserving leftovers.

It was after this point, in Genesis 9, that God ordains meat eating:

Genesis 9 (NIV)

The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

Wait, I thought we were establishing a biblical case for veganism.  How do we explain this?

At the end of the flood period, in the last verse of Genesis 8, God restores “Seedtime and harvest”.  In other words, God already made it in chapter 1, “and it was good”, so His design is still in function continuously.  We, bound by time on earth, would have had to wait for the return of plant life in such volume that could support all of mankind once again.  In the meantime, God said, you can eat the animals. (See our article: The Genesis Lifespan Shift:How Shortening Other Animal’s Lives Shortened Ours)

The New Covenant: Going Back to God’s Original Recipe

In ensuing chapters and books, we find that there are many restrictions placed on the eating of animals.  There are no restrictions in the scriptures on the consumption of plants, in fact, plants are not only food, but medicine.

Revelation 22:2 (NIV)

… And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

Also, a lot of the opportunity for meat consumption in the Old Testament came from animal sacrifice.  The blood of the animal was used to cover up sins.  But fortunately, since Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), came and died for us, animal sacrifice is no longer necessary for the believer.  So we can live and let live, no longer do we need to kill for food or faith!

Finally, in Revelation 21:4, the Lord says that when the end comes, there will be no more death.  So there will be no more animals slaughtered for food.  We will all be vegan in heaven!

Better Stewardship of Our Planet: Abstain and Contribute

God gave us dominion in the beginning.  As Uncle Ben says to Peter Parker “With great power comes great responsibility”.  In other words, we are responsible for our planet and, in general, we have really dropped the ball!Got Meat?

In this modern time, we are learning that the scale of livestock farming and over-fishing worldwide is making the largest and most damaging impact on ecology everywhere, including greenhouse gas emissions, contaminating drinking water, abusive land use, pollution of land and oceans, the list goes on!  (See the documentary Cowspiracy for a good overview).

So eating less meat, eggs and dairy, or none at all, can be your best contribution to the cause of saving the environment!  Interestingly, its a contribution that actually costs you less money, because meat and fish are more expensive pound for pound than anything in the produce section (except perhaps white truffles, but that’s about it).

In the spirit of presenting a biblical case for veganism to strengthen this point, here are the 3 best supporting scriptures:

Genesis 2:15 (NIV) The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  In other words, we have been responsible for the well-being of the earth since creation.

Proverbs 12:10 (NIV) The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.  The operating principles Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) completely contradict this scripture.  That’s where most of the animal based food we buy comes from.

Isaiah 24:5 (NIV) The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. You may not personally consider yourself a polluter, but continuing to support animal agriculture on a daily basis kind of make you one.  Nothing personal.  

Becoming Plant Powered: Applying your Biblical Case for Veganism

Just like kicking any habit, you can either go cold turkey or take your time with it.  One day a week, then two days, then three days, etc.  Over time, you won’t even crave meat anymore, the smell won’t tempt you as much as when you were on a daily meat diet.  Need a fix in those early days?  Check the meat alternative section for something to hold you over.  But beware: soy, being the most widely available plant protein, is used copiously in such products, so keep these to a minimum!  Also, anything made to mimic cheese may actually contain milk-based ingredients so read labels carefully – all vegetarian items are not necessarily vegan!

Celebrating at an omnivorous relative’s house for dinner?  Bring a few dishes along to contribute, and stick to those as much as you can.  Otherwise, make that day the one day that month that you consume non-vegan food, and keep it clean the other 29 or 30 days.

Out and about shopping and running errands?  Carry healthy snacks along – we keep sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts, dried fruit and coconut shavings around and make mixed bags to carry on the run.  Whole pieces of fruit are great too.  That way you don’t get caught by a craving or actual hunger before you get home and end up having to make choices among processed food and meat options.

Also, beware of substituting sugar and starch for the meat you are not having.  Interestingly, meat is a great way to deliver damaging free sugars and starch into the system.  The good old hamburger is a classic example: the white flour bun and condiments like ketchup and barbecue are collaborators in health problems with the animal protein in the patty.

A Biblical Case for Veganism Case Study: Trust God – His Menu Was (and Is) Perfect

Daniel 1 (KJV)

15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.

All of the nutrients we are supposed to be relying upon meat for – protein, iron, fats… that’s about it, I believe – are found in numerous plant sources.  Also, doctors have been documenting over at least the last 100 years that many of the illnesses that have become prevalent in humans today can be attributed in some way to meat consumption.

Think vegans are all skinny and weak and cold all the time?  Check out Daniel 1 to read about what a teenaged vegan boss he turns out to be by obeying God in the school cafeteria at Babylon Community College.

We hear a lot of meat eaters claim to still be “hungry” after having eaten a meat free meal.  That’s a mindset mostly that can easily be overcome by changing what you think and speak.  After the meal, perhaps say instead “that was so filling” or simply “I’m good”.  Remember Daniel.

Now that you have a thorough (but not exhaustive) biblical case for veganism, take a vegan challenge:

Do it for 2 months, even just 5 days a week.  Get a check up and blood work done before you start, and then again at the end to see if there are any changes or improvements in your health.  See how much better you feel overall in general.

Connect with seasoned vegans in your circle of friends (I’ll bet you have at least one!) for support, advice and well, of course, lunch!  Share your newly found biblical case for veganism with them too.

Leave wiggle room.  We still eat eggs and meat on occasion, like when we can get the eggs from a neighbor who raises truly free range chickens or perhaps when someone is cooking wild meat.  But define “on occasion” in specific terms, like the first weekend of the month is common fowl omelette day, or no more than one wild meat fete in a two month period…

Any sustained effort at focussing on your food life with a discerning eye will benefit you.  All the better if this is something you’re doing unto the Lord as an act of good stewardship of the temple, for we know the great benefits that come with that level of dedication.  Again, Remember Daniel!

OK kids, you now have a strong biblical case for veganism!!  Now Go VEGAN unto the LORD!

Copyright 2016 Rashida V. Serrant-Davis, The Really Nourish Movement.  All Rights Reserved.