The Bible's Diet Plan

The Bible's Diet Plan

Brian Chambers, Dr. Gould – posted by Douglas Raine


Lately, the "caveman diet" has been gaining in popularity.

It's based on the idea that we are healthier when we eat a diet closer to what "cavemen" ate, which means meat, seafood, eggs, nuts, fruits and vegetables—and nothing else.

While this type of diet is much healthier than what most Americans eat every day, I take issue with its basis in an evolutionary view of nutrition. In addition, it eliminates cultured dairy products like yogurt and kefir, and legumes, which I believe are some of the healthiest foods you can eat.

So instead of going "paleo," why not follow a Bible-based diet plan?

By observing a very simple rule and taking the advice of a few diet-specific Bible verses, we can achieve vibrant health and disease prevention.

The first rule of a Bible based diet is simple: eat real food. This means whole, unprocessed, natural foods, preferably organic. When judging a food, ask yourself this question: who was more involved in the creation of this product—God, or man?

If it's closer to the way God made it, eat up. If man had more of an impact on the product than God, leave it alone.

This simple dietary rule will automatically eliminate many of the unhealthiest foods in your diet.

But a couple of diet-specific Bible verses take it even further.

First, Jesus' famous words: "man does not live by bread alone..." In addition to an indication that spiritual "food" is more important than physical sustenance, this line could also be viewed as an admonition to cut down on bread.

The health effects of eliminating grains have been well documented, and they include improved cardiovascular health, lower blood sugar and improved insulin sensitivity, reduced inflammation, and of course weight loss.

Many of the problems resulting from grain consumption stem from gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains, and most, if not all of us have trouble digesting it. For some it's a mild digestive disturbance, while for others it manifests as severe auto immune conditions like Celiac disease and Crohn's disease. This is why I advocate a gluten-free diet to all my patients.

The best way to start going gluten-free is by eliminating bread, pasta, and other wheat-based foods. This will also help stabilize your blood sugar, since bread (especially white bread) causes a massive spike in glucose levels.

Another diet-instructive Bible verse is Proverbs 25:16, which states:

"If you find honey, eat just enough—too much of it, and you will vomit."

Although honey (especially raw, unfiltered honey) is one of the healthier sweeteners available, I believe the message of this verse is to avoid excessive sweets in general.

The simple fact is: sugar may taste good, but it is very bad for you. And most of us consume entirely too much. Not only is excess sugar stored as fat, it also causes insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes), inflammation, and a host of other troublesome issues.

And it has virtually no nutritional value. So although the occasional sweet may not do too much harm, sugar in all its forms should be avoided whenever possible.

So here are the rules for the Bible-based diet plan:

1.         Eat whole, natural foods as close to the way God made them as possible.

2.         Reduce or eliminate bread and grains from your diet.

3.         Eliminate sweets and sugars, except on rare occasions.

Follow these three simple rules, and within a few weeks you'll notice a dramatic change. You can expect to have more energy, and nearly effortless weight loss. And keep in mind, portion control is not very important when you're eating whole, natural foods. So no more counting calories!

In addition, this diet is inherently anti-inflammatory in nature, which means it can prevent or reverse the myriad of diseases caused by chronic inflammation.


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