This is a commentary from the food blogger Hailey, from Kitchen of Health. She is a 50 year-old nutritarian, who focuses on gardening, family, exercise, sunshine and health. I love what she says about using the whole food’s that God has given us, rather than going for the artificially created “health foods”. If you like her point of view, you should definitely check out her blog!
“God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:7)
What triggered me to look up this verse was an “open letter to the food industry” written by a holistic nutrition coach, who goes by the web name of Detox Diva. [Note: There was no “industry” to engineer and promote food “products” a hundred years ago. For all of the earth’s history until the present, food was simply frown or hunted, then consumed. But today, it is BIG business to market the latest creation promising to bring weight loss, muscle gain, energy and de-toxification.]
In part, here is what the letter said: “You take beautiful women and gorgeous men, who probably used to LOVE real food…and confuse them so much with dietary jargon and theory that they are scared to put any morsel of food in their mouth without running to the internet to see if it’s ‘safe’…None of them has the slightest idea of what to eat…or how to eat. They have no idea food can be pleasurable, instead of a guilt-ridden journey where every bite they put into their mouths brings fear and self-loathing…and send them off on a binge.”
I have to admit, I have been “afraid” of meat and dairy because of their link to heart disease. Same with fats. Then I get diagnosed with low thyroid and I fear NOT eating fats and animal proteins. I don’t know where to turn or where to draw the line. A similar thing could be said of sugars. We hear that white sugar is “bad,” so we swear off ALL sweets – including bananas, carrots, and orange juice – ignoring the fact that the body literally runs on glucose. Where is the balance?
In my heart, I understand that God gave us real foods for wholeness, and that if we eat close to nature, the way people did for thousands of years, we’ll be okay. It’s when we start creating man-made products that are supposed to supercede nature that we run into trouble. There is a supplement for everything – all of them de-natured, heat-processed and ground to a powder for our instant gratification, and supposed health.
I believe there’s a synergy when all the components of a natural food are eaten together in their original state. But we need to use them with prudence, and wisdom…and love! That means love for the body-temple we have been gifted with, love for an all-wise creator who organized us, and love for the healthful creations he designed to perfectly fill our physical requirements.
When someone tells us not to eat wheat, or potatoes, some other heaven-sent food, I get a little nervous. To outlaw what God has provided mocks His wisdom. In my book, the closer to nature a food is, the better. Where we need to exercise caution, I believe, is in foods that have been changed in their nature by man himself.
Here’s my tentative and growing list of Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do use real maple syrup, honey, dates, bananas, applesauce and root veggies.
- Don’t use granulated white (cane) sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners
- Do use butter and cream, avocado, olives, raw seeds and nuts, and coconut.
- Don’t use hydrogenated oils, roasted & salted nuts, or vegetable oils extracted through high-temperature processes.
- Do use wild game & fish, grass-fed(pastured) beef, free-range chickens and bone-in meats.
- Don’t use only the muscle meat, especially not mass-produced and only grain-fed