I can’t think of a more sensitive subject in general than what people eat. The only other subject is Who they believe in and why. That comes close. I never really thought about it much truly. Most people, when talking about the subject of food, typically are talking about a great meal or bad one they had. Or they talk “turkey” about whose going to bring what to a dinner or picnic, invitations to a meal (out or at a home), or a new thing they tried that was “to die for”(and they might). Over the last five years cooking shows have come full swing, often conversations will roll over the latest episode of some show or another. But, just like most things in life, the “talk” bubbles at the surface but doesn’t really hit “home” – go somewhere that changes.
As a child I was raised in a meat and potatoes kind of family. My folks came from farming families. My grandpa on my mom’s side was “the health nut” – hence I never really paid much attention to his eating habits. Let face it, when your greater authorities call someone a nut of any kind, as a child, you tend to disregard them. My grandpa’s wife, my grandma, on the other hand was an alcoholic pumped so full of pharmaceutical meds and “junk food” – she was called a different kind of “nut”. I didn’t know my grandparents on my dad’s side, they lived far away, both geographically and relationally.
Soda was my childhood obsession. My grandma always had it, and I always got one there. In junior high school I began to sneak Pepsi home and I would drink it when I went to bed. Ugh! I, thank the Lord, I never really craved candies much, though I had my share. I craved salty and crunchy things more. So chips and granola bars were a fave. I did like my mom’s cooking, boy can she cook. Stews, chilies, chicken and mashed potatoes, even salads. Admittedly though, my liking for veggies grew broader as I aged. Broccoli was “yucky”, and I tolerated it as a youngster. LOVE broccoli now.
Mexican food became a sanity must for me. Everything was better with green chile and cheese. Chips and salsa to this day keeps my taste buds friendly. I never drank cows milk due to its complete disagreement with my stomach. Which was okay, as I didn’t care for the taste anyway. Chocolate milk was the only thing I would endure the punishment of drinking cows milk for.
Red meat. ..ahhh now there’s a substance I could be creative with! Brown a pound of ground beef with a little salt, pepper, and garlic and I was a happy gal. Don’t tell me beef is bad, I’ll change your mind first before mine would even try to reconsider. That is, until I hit 35 years old and it started to do the same thing to my gut that cows milk would as child. Is there such a thing a food depressed? It really bummed me out, how do I live without my beef?
Around the age of 30, my husband Sam and I learned of a thing called The Hallelujah Diet. (This is basically a vegetarian diet with a lot of fresh juicing) and dove in. Miracles happened in our bodies. Weight dropped off like leaves off a tree in autumn. Breath stopped sinking, farts too. Energy! Wow, I almost felt 18 again. We made one big mistake. We had a weekly cheat night. Nothing was off limits on cheat night and we indulged. Then winter hit. My mind just couldn’t bend around Colorado winters without beef stew, red chile, pot roast, etc. It lasted about six months and faded out as every single diet known to man will do. Heads up, if it’s called a diet, its temporary, always is. Though we did keep some things from the diet, juiced more regularly, took the vitamins, stopped drinking when we ate (the liquid dilutes the acids in the stomach, causing digestion to become sluggish). Little things, but the menu basically went back to before.
Enter our 40’s, dear Lord, we felt pains that those who were 60-80 were supposed to “normally” live with. Our heads began to start keeping time with our joints. About 8 months ago someone suggested we watch a documentary called Forks Over Knives. We did. And the Lord tapped again on the same spot as He did in our 30’s. Only this time the truth would hold us more responsible to accept it and let it change us or be ignorant and hope for the best. It did help that my hubby was pushing 300 lbs, and secretly experiencing cardiovascular problems (he didn’t tell me at the time, but I suspected). It was obvious we were both headed towards diabetes. Our health was on the verge of crisis even if we didn’t know how bad. We dropped our knives and grabbed our forks! The following 8 months have been a ride of education that rivals those who go to medical school! All of it shocking, and hard to “swallow” but as best we could we began to apply the truth to our way of eating and we will never go back to ignorance again.
Let me lay some ground work, as Adonai (the Lord) never begins a physical work before He begins a spiritual one. The surface of things always follows the inner working. (His words not mine, though paraphrased). He began by starting to heal our hearts and minds. We began to consume His Word as never before, and as result really got to know Him. Our thinking began to be renewed, and our hearts transformed just like His Word says. Thus, when He began to show us how He taught us waaaay back in the beginning how He designed us and thus the reason for the instructions, we started to “get it”. God knows what He’s doing. Better yet, He knows best how we should “do it”…all of it.
The entire Word of God began to read like “Here’s how I made you, how I made all things. If you do things the way I say, you will have the best possible experience in this fallen world possible. If not, you’ll consistently be aware of all that is fallen and rarely be able to focus on anything else. Thus, not the best possible experience.” Praise be and glory to God, we listened, applied the truths, and watched as our inner persons experienced the truth of that.
So when He began to put the truth about our physical bodies before us, our soil was ripe to receive. We are not dieting, we have turned (repented) from poisoning our bodies, as we turned (repented) from poisoning our hearts and minds. The turning is away from the world’s way (our own) and facing Adonai’s with commitment to stay facing Him.
The result? Again, pounds fell off our frame. Just with food changes alone, no excersize regimen was applied at the time. To be honest, with the weight and joint problems neither of us could exercise! Energy has began to be a thing we experience instead of just pray for and make jokes about in terms of it belonging to youth only.
Every single cardiovascular problem Sam had is completely gone. Both of our diabetic signs – gone. Aches and pains are reading at about a 4 out of ten now, and getting better by the day. We actually know what really enjoying our food is like, not that false high from before. Our actual bodies are thanking us, not just our taste buds. Food is now functional not just a stop for pleasure but future pain. The body is beginning to become one with the Spirit. It’s transforming let me tell you. Easy, not on your life!
Part one of this series was an introduction. It contained to links to not extremist of the deep end stuff. It’s the truth folks. Forks Over Knives is too. People are getting wind of it, look at your local grocery store, it’s changing. The “health food craze” isn’t for the health “nuts”, it’s for the human body that wants to operate the way God intended for it. Did you know God designed our bodies to heal themselves? Did you know that the way He designed them to was with the foods He directed us to eat thousands of years ago? Do you know that people are completely healing from cancer, diabeties, arthritis, chronic intestinal problems, thyroid diseases, ulcers, cardiovascular dysfunctions of every kind, to save time. ..everything. Not just getting rid of the symptoms, but actually solving the problem at the source so as to never have the discomfort of the symptoms EVER again. Does this not sound like what God does? Man tries to treat the discomfort, turn off the alarm, God goes to the source and loves it into wholeness.
The two links in part one are the tip of the iceberg about health. The amount of lies I’ve swallowed (literally) are quite frankly overwhelming. Part three will be a resource only post, for those whom Adonai has been preparing to apply more truth. I couldn’t begin to possibly tell it all. Quite frankly I’m still absorbing it and like an infant, wobbling on shakey legs in learning and application myself. God has been faithful to lead as He always is to exactly the right resources at the right time. Faithful to weed out the riff raff from the real mccoy. Faithful to prove He’s not just the God of hearts, minds, souls, but of our bodies as well and the planet we’ve been placed on; where He provided all we need to serve Him. I can’t tell someone “do this, and that” to make it sink in. As all truth, one must begin to live it and see for themselves. They must listen to their Maker to be remade. Or should I say, put back the way He made it. I’m not saying He doesn’t will for some to be sick, diseased and suffer physically. If that was true the Bible is replete with inconsistencies. I am saying though, that most of our “dis-eases” today are not a result of His movement, but our need to feed the pleasure centers of our brains and tongues instead of eat. The fast food, fast pace of life has severe consequences. Our medical and pharmaceutical industries are cashing in on our distracted and stressed out ignorance. And, may I say, our stubborn refusal to make the change away from the easiness of getting our relief with crap food because we don’t have time to show down and learn what’s important. Or, we don’t like to cook. Why do it yourself, when someone else can do it for you? Eat right, excersize, and die anyway. Right?
Wrong. Very very wrong. True our bodies will all take their last breath one day. But they don’t all have to be full of dis-eases when they do. Our children don’t have to “learn to live with” obesity, diabeties, asthma, allergies and all the debt that comes from finding pills that will try to take the symptoms down while causing twice as many problems as the one the pill was supposed to “fix”. They don’t. We don’t.
But we can. God will let us live to our convenience. But as He said, it won’t go well for us. He is faithful to make sure the truth about EVERYTHING that concerns us and those around us will be available should we seek it. It’s up to us to let the truth set us free.
Truthfully, it’s been pretty incredible learning how Adonai put our bodies together, how He designed the earth to nurture us. Although I’ve eaten a whole lot of humble pie, that has called me to change a lot of my ways; the information has also done nothing but exercised my trust muscles in Yeshua (Jesus), they may look lean. ..but they are strong! We’ve still got a ways to go in applying all this. And our bodies will heal but it will take some time. When something is true, it takes time to correct and learn and heal. But the results are beyond reproach or disputing. When something is true, it takes a bit of grinding against the pain of relearning and learning and keeping at it till “death do us part”. When something comes from The Truth it’s always 100 percent right, 100 percent of the time, but often doesn’t turn out like we think it should.
Sam and I know that God wants us to eat the way we do now, approach our health different. Yet, the results are not completely in. He may heal, but He may also still take us Home under the consequence of our bad choices for so many years. The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away, blessed be the Name of the Lord! The point to us, is that we are obeying Him, following His lead, witnessing to the Truths He reveals, and applying them as He instructs, trusting Him for the results alone. Ready to accept whatever He gives, or takes. Standing in awe of His designs, His ways, His faithful grace and mercy, His provision, and His person. We haven’t changed our way of eating and approach to health for those ends. We’ve changed to honor Him, to serve Him, and to worship Him – and Him alone.
We are not to obsess (stress) about what we will eat, wear, or how we will live. But He does give us the tools to do rightly, act justly and walk humbly with our God in all things. Not worrying, is not not caring, it’s taking one day at a time, and trusting He will provide. Both the truth to apply, and the resources to apply it. If it doesn’t come, He doesn’t think we need it.
It’s sad to me that so much of my life has been lived with truths right in front of me but I was to busy applying them my way to be free. Yet I’m thankful, and this post is a testimony that, His truths will win the day, and His work of freedom will overcome the bondage of our lack of faith and belief in Him. All of it has purpose, all of it will be made beautiful in His time. Take His hand, walk through the garden with Him, listen to Him tell you everything He made about you and do exactly what He says. No matter what it costs you. The final result will be such a freedom you will never again feel free to be ignorant again! And this is a very very good thing indeed!
For part one click the link below.
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