The “N” in CREATION stands for Nutrition.
Do you know what foods you should minimize and maximize at each meal?
Do you feel you’ve lost the “battle of the bulge” too often?
When it comes to animal products, should you use them or not?
Are you simply ready to make a healthy change in your diet and don’t know where to start?
This evening’s blog represents the last of the eight principles of the introduction to C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. Health Discovery. Information in this blog is from the book C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. Health Discovery. As you read these posts, if you wish to read the entire book by Drs. Des Cummings, Jr. and Monica Reed, please visit this link: https://merchandise.creationhealth.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=sem-026.
God designed us to get peak performance from the best foods. Then he planted a garden full of them and said, “Enjoy”! Good nutrition is the process a balancing God’s great gifts for full health.
He is the best chef.
Enrich Your Eating Experience.
Did you know that the Surgeon General’s report on nutrition reported that eight of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States have a nutritional or alcohol related component? (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2482313) And science is constantly confirming this. Research now finds that eating certain foods–fruits and vegetables, whole-grain’s and plant proteins–can add quality years to your life.
So don’t take what is written below as a mandate that a non-meat diet is the only way to live, but rather, eating more natural foods and less meat– especially red meat–should be given serious consideration in order to enjoy optimum health.
Moderation, balance and awareness are the key ingredients when choosing plant-based meals. A variety of fruits and vegetables, whole-grain’s, and plant proteins, coupled with the reduction of animal foods, will decrease the risk for most chronic diseases and increase longevity.
Rhonda Ringer, a family practice physician, has watched those who incorporate plant-based diet into their lifestyle receive dramatic results. “I have had patients with diabetes, with out-of-control sugars and lipids,” she says, “that with healthy nutritional choices and exercise and activity choices have normalized their blood sugars in a very short period of time.”
God’s Meal Plan.
Because God loves us and wants only the best for us, he gave us guidelines for healthy eating. In the garden of Eden God created an environment in which Adam and Eve could flourish. To enable them to fulfill their role he provided them with healthy food that would sustain them for their work. What did God offer Adam and Eve? A myriad of fruits and vegetables and a wonderful variety of nuts and grains.
The United States Healthy People 2010 objectives reflect the growing evidence for the health benefits of eating more plant foods. https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/nutrition-and-weight-status
They do find the key to lifelong health as eating more fruits and vegetables whole-grain’s and fiber with moderate amounts of protein and healthy fats.
Because the usual American diet typically stresses cholesterol, saturated fat and calories, it increases our chances of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. But with a few simple changes on what we eat we can profoundly improve our health and lower our risk for disease.
It’s Your Choice.
God cares about what we put in our bodies. It’s part of his great plan for us to live healthy productive lives as he seeks to make us whole. And recognizing this makes it just a little easier for us to begin healthy eating habits.
Change is always difficult. Especially when it comes to what we eat. We know that we should consume more fruit but we would much rather have a chocolate sundae for dessert. Face it, convenience and taste usually win out.
So how can you get motivated to eat healthier foods, and more importan,t how do you stay that way?
Color is the key. So think vibrant color whenever you’re selecting food. Picking foods with lots of color is one easy step towards healthier eating.
What about animal products? Should we avoid using them entirely? Typically, we overuse meat, eating more of it than we need. Minimize the amount of animal products you consume. When you minimize these foods you want to maximize your plant foods.
A Healthy Motivation.
The apostle Paul also had a few things to say about our bodies. He talks about what God made for us as human beings. “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:19,20)
This is an extraordinary way of looking at the human body. And yet it’s how God views you.
Maximize–Plant foods by choosing whole grains fruits vegetables legumes and nuts. Maximize variety and color.
Moderate–The amount of food you eat. Eat until you feel comfortably full and not until you were stuffed. Most animals in god’s creation use the “grazing” method of food consumption. Could you have five smaller meals a day instead of three larger ones?
Minimize–Minimize animal protein intake. Minimize refined sugars and even sugar substitutes. Minimize saturated fats. Also minimize the amount of salt you use. Taste your food before you shake the salt to see if it really needs any.
“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness”. Edward Stanley
“When you eat or drink or do anything else, always do it to honor God”. 1 Corinthians 10:31
“To eat is a necessity but to eat intelligently is an art”. La Rochefoucauld
Steve Johnson is a Certified C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. Health Seminar Leader. For more information about when the full seminar is being presented or to have it presented to your group or organization, please visit the Heaven by Health Wellness Academy at www.heavenbyhealth.com