God’s Health Plan

These are the things that the Holy Spirit has taught me to do to improve my health.  My goal is to share what I have learned and encourage you to seek God concerning these things.  

  • Keeping toxins out is more important than putting nutrients in. This sounds controversial, even wrong, but stop and think.  What sense would it make for a heroin addict to restrict his diet to healthy foods?  The heroin will kill him anyway.  Not eating toxins that masquerade as food is the first step to improved health.  What’s the first thing to stop eating?  White, processed flour and sugar.  These foods weaken the body and clog up the circulatory systems.  Worse, they are addictive [think ‘binge cycle’] and make you physically weak and tired and mentally groggy.  

  • Flush the system by drinking copious amounts of water. When your body is hydrated, it is able to eliminate toxins more effectively.  The body is designed to be an open system [like a running stream], not a stagnant pond.  I add fresh squeezed lemon juice to my morning water intake to help purify my body:  lemon juice, once metabolized, creates an alkaline state in the body, which fights inflammation and infection and inhibits the growth of anaerobic forms of bacteria that produce yeast and fungal symptoms.  Herbal teas are another good way to add important vitamins, anti-oxidants, and other nutrients to your body.  

  • As much as possible, eat foods in their natural state [as they were created].  God makes good things.  Especially, think raw fruits and vegetables.  Of course, the topic always arises, is meat permissible?  The bible warns against prohibiting the eating of meat (Acts 10:9-17; Romans 14:2-3; 1 Corinthians 10:27-31; Colossians 2:16; 1 Timothy 4:1-4; Hebrews 13:9):  how much you eat [and how you cook it] is between you and God.  [To create an alkaline body chemistry, eat dates, raisins, pumpkin and sweet potato; also eat raw radishes, turnips, parsnips, kale, spinach, broccoli, and carrots.] My mother taught me that we are what we eat, so we ought to eat good things!

  • Breathe deeply.  For most of us, this usually, this implies some form of aerobic exercise.  Your circulatory system needs to be richly oxygenated in order for your organs to be healthy.  

  • Do not despise the kindness of friends and strangers.  I will occasionally eat something [that I normally wouldn’t], just because it is offered to me in a spirit of friendship or by someone filled with the Holy Spirit.  What we eat, if we submit it to God, is a spiritual act of worship.  If it is intended in love, I will often honor it. 

  • Enjoy times and seasons of abundance.  Learn to enjoy richer fare on occasion.  Have a rich dessert on special occasions.  Enjoying the Lord’s provision and His abundance is part of living according to God’s plan:  “Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart,” (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20).     

  • This is not a comprehensive listThere are other things I do.  For example, I eat a lot of garlic.  I like to eat various raw herbs in my salads.  I eat a lot of watermelon and apples [which I consider perfect foods].  This is just a ‘point you in the right direction’ kind of list, based upon what God has shown me in my own life for my own health.  The important thing is to allow God to tailor your eating regimen to your unique body chemistry–for people differ–and what one can tolerate, another cannot.   

4 thoughts on “God’s Health Plan

  1. Very good points! Sugar is something that I am trying to break free of as it has no nutritional value and so many negative effects on health.

  2. “Keeping toxins out is more important than putting nutrients in”

    “Flush the system by drinking copious amounts of water”

    Mark-

    I meant to comment on this some weeks ago. The Lord has been revealing more of this to me and putting an increasing desire to be free from as much garbage in my body as possible. We don’t eat a ton of fast food (Indian buffet a couple times a month) and eat pretty fresh and healthy but your points on bleached whites and drinking a lot of water are a good reminder of these two basic things. Going to keep building on this and regular exercise as I have put about 20 pounds on in the last 3 years.

  3. I appreciate the advice Mark. As you know, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what I eat due to the manner in which I’m presently traversing this earth. Ironically though, I have a distaste for fast food in general as it never leaves me feeling satisfied, nor does it give me much energy to boot. I do remember in past years a specific attempt to alter my diet for a season and I’m absolutely convinced this affects our overall health (from the way we feel to how we think).
    More than willing to hear more about this in the future if you’re inclined to expound some more.

    The best part: Your recommendations aren’t a law or a mandate but simply wise counsel if we care to be good stewards of this temple God has given us. The latter is a command and should be taken seriously.

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