Simple: Remember the task at hand Carol…Simply Whole and Healthy!
By nature, I tend to go deep. I am a detail-oriented person who loves finding deeper meanings and significance in word pictures and analogies. However, there is a danger in that. Proverbs 19:2 warns us, “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.” Let’s just say that verse spared you 7 weeks of dissecting the “Seven Pillars of Health” and applying the spiritual insights from the Seven Biblical Feasts, all within the framework of…well, you get the idea. My husband is now breathing a sigh of relief :-).
So, instead I will get back to the three main points to healthy living, put in the good stuff, get out the bad stuff, and get moving. However, I will probably need to spend some time dealing with the bad stuff first, because let’s face it, pouring good water in a poison pit is probably not going to be highly effective until the source of the poison is removed.
Goal #1: Quit putting the bad stuff in! That sounds simple enough, right? But, how do you know what is really “bad”? Who have you allowed to define what is nutritious, or even what is meant to be “food” for you?
I am going to challenge you to look in a place that may seem foreign to you or even repugnant. However, if the designer of a unique automobile gives you an owner’s manual that calls for a specific fuel source and special guidelines for maintenance, would you follow their instructions or simply trust the limited knowledge base of a mechanic who is used to handling a generic model? This may be a flawed analogy, but my point is that you can trust the Designer of your body for the correct, detailed instructions as laid out in the Torah.
(Torah is typically referring to the first five books of the Bible where Moses details the history and instructions to the Hebrew people/nation of Israel. Most people refer to Torah as “Law”, but that is a very limiting term. There are multiple terms such as commandments, statutes, precepts, etc., but Torah is more a sense of instructions. It is the prescribed way of living that the Designer/Creator taught His people from Adam on. He codified it in the Mosaic law giving it legal ramifications, but even that is really a marriage covenant between Yehovah and His Bride Israel. As Believers in the Messiah, we are grafted into Israel and thus have the privilege and joy of entering into that covenant. The Prophets and Writings teach us what happens when you don’t follow His ways, yet they illustrate the beauty of teshuvah, repenting and returning to the waiting arms of our Groom. Y’shua, the Living Torah, brought further clarification on the original intent of the “Law and the Prophets”. He declares its value and enduring impact on our lives in Matthew 5. So, for clarification, I actually think of the Torah as the whole written word of Elohim, from Genesis to Revelation, using the whole counsel of Elohim as my guide.)
I realize that is a lot of parenthetical speak, but having a common definition is important lest anyone misunderstand and think I am promoting some “legalistic” approach to living our lives. I just happen to believe that looking to the Creator’s written plan makes a lot of sense.
Back to the point – how do we define what is life giving and nurturing to our bodies? We can follow Scripture to a tee, especially Leviticus 11 for the list of what is “food” and what was never intended to be food for our bodies. But what about today’s source of foods. What may be allowed on the surface would still not fit the test for “food”. For example, what do we do about genetically modified foods? Well, just because Scripture doesn’t speak specifically about the term GMO’s, it does speak to the practice of mixing “seed” in Leviticus 19…don’t do it. Again, the point being, you can look for specific guidelines, but without understanding the principle or original intent of a guideline you may miss the best application.
How do you define food? Perhaps it is as simple as looking at that which will enhance your health, giving nutrients and energy, without also adding a toxic burden to the body. I will leave it to you to discern what things fall into that category. Even the experts can’t seem to agree.
And, yet again, back to the point. Once you have clarified for yourself what is legitimately food for your body, you have a choice to make. There are so many things out there that are considered food but create a toxic load on your body. Cake and ice cream definitely fall into the “comfort food” category for me, but I can’t use it as a food source. Maybe a special treat periodically, but maybe that is just the sugar addict in me making allowances. Anyway, you know where I am going with this. Now is the time to be serious in recognizing what I eat that is not life-giving, and simply stop allowing it a place in my life.
The real problem is taking away a food source that I have been dependent upon without replacing it with something better. That brings us to the next goal…putting the good stuff in. Having healthy, enjoyable alternatives available is the only way to prevent the bad stuff from getting in. More on that in the next post.
I know this post opens up a whole can of worms for many. Don’t mess with people’s food! I just know that for me, I have to get serious about my choices and undermining my health because I can’t let go of unhealthy “foods”, no matter how much I like them, doesn’t make any sense. This post also doesn’t do justice to the whole Franken-food craze going on today. I highly encourage you to do your own research and make an educated choice on what you choose to use as a food source.
Bon appétit…sorry, couldn’t resist.