(in other words, why we eat the way we do)
When you visit a health website, it’s nice to quickly find out what the author believes, so you can see if it’s a good fit for your style or not. Let’s face it… we’re not all the same, are we? Your family won’t have exactly the same health beliefs as mine, but you’re searching for information. You’re willing to grow and learn new things, right? Same here.
Here are the basic beliefs that we base our decisions on in our home:
- We believe in a Creator God, and we believe in the Bible as God’s revealed will for us. If you’re not a believer, you’re still welcome here — but we thought you’d want to know that we don’t believe in evolution and other non-biblical things here.
- We believe God made green plants for our food and good health (Genesis 1:29-30). When those green plants still have their God-given enzymes and nutrients in them, they will be healthier for us. For that reason, we try to eat a lot of “raw” foods that still have enzymes in them.
- We also believe that some green plants are just easier for our bodies to digest when they’re cooked, so we eat a lot of soups and cooked veggies in our home. Since we don’t believe that man evolved over many years but rather were created on the sixth day by God (and were intelligent enough to have fire, became farmers immediately, etc.), cooking is okay with us.
- We’re not vegetarians. Eating only plants has its place (maybe for short-term health reasons), but we believe that God directed mankind to eat animals for our protection and benefit after the global flood of Noah’s time (which, of course, we believe was a true, historical event). So we eat animal products in our home, for our health.
- We believe that the entire Bible is for our benefit and instruction, not just certain portions. Therefore, when God told Noah (and later, Israel, and later, the church) not to eat unclean meat with the lifeblood still in it, we believe that was for their health and benefit. That’s why we don’t eat pork, shellfish, and other “unclean” foods that scavenge and eat blood.
- We try to eat food in a form that is as close to how God created it as possible. That means we try to avoid factory-produced food, opting instead for making as much of our food from scratch as we can. While we’re NOT perfect in this (and you need to know that, in case you should ever visit), it’s a goal we’re constantly working towards.
- Our final point? We aren’t perfect! We’re sinners, imperfect, and bumbling idiots on many days. That’s why we still get sick and will eventually die. It would be wonderful to live to be hundreds of years old, wouldn’t it? But rather than making immortality our goal, we’re striving instead to have as good of a quality of life as we can for the years that our God will give us, so that we can serve Him, living with thanksgiving, love, and joy — and being okay with it if God should decide to take us home earlier than we liked. Only through the redemption that is in our Savior Jesus Christ can we have that peace and joy. Our satisfaction comes through Him, not in our own ability to eat right or try to reach other forms of self-fulfillment.
That sums it up, as best as we can. Read more about the steps we’ve taken for good health here.