Most books I read are not about dieting but about health and changing eating habits from the SAD (standard American diet) to a more healthful diet. Phytonutrients are the focus of a healthful diet. Phytonutrients are compounds contained in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, herbs and spices (i.e., edible plants) that give our bodies the nutrition we need to fight disease and aging. The discovery of phytonutrients in plant foods and their benefit to our health is less than two decades old.
Cooking some vegetables can reduce the content of phytonutrients. As the time between picked and eaten food increases, so the phytonutrients decrease. Food grown in poor soil will produce food poor in phytonutrients. Chemical sprays used on conventional produce can cause more harm than phytonutrients can make up. Genetically altered food is thought to increase our vulnerability to allergens. Followers of the raw food diets, local food proponents, and organic food consumers all have very good reasons for making the choices about food that they do. In fact, all of these choices are good choices when it comes to finding food with high phytonutrient content that will benefit our health.
Making no choice at all and simply eating what is most available, easiest to prepare, and most pleasing to our appetites is how we fell into the SAD diet. The SAD diet increases fatigue, causes early aging, and leaves us vulnerable to conditions such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease as we grow older. Now that we know more about eating healthfully, it is wise to choose plant foods that are organic and local. We can choose to support local farming by making wise choices about the food we buy. Buying local and organic food increases the demand for healthy food and as more folks choose wisely, the more our food industry will strive to meet those demands.
God knows what we need before we ask. Sometimes we don’t even know what to ask for but God knows our hearts. He feels our pain when we are helpless to say no to all the bad food out there. In fact, the food industry has contrived to create cheap, non-food that appeals to our sense of taste, food that is ultra sweet or ultra salty, soda and treats that leave us craving for more. It is no mistake that we are a society fostering obesity and disease because our food supply has been poisoned by greed.
A healthy body, glowing skin and hair, bright eyes, and a ready smile glorify the God who created us. He clearly wants to free us from food addictions, in fact, addictions of any kind. His love for us will shine through us as we depend on Him to set us free from obesity and disease. It is nearly impossible to stop eating white rice, white bread with butter, sweet desserts, and salty and crunchy chips and crackers washed down with sweet soda, but with God nothing is impossible.
Jesus Christ has overcome the evil of this world and He will clearly defend us from the evils of food addictions if we will let Him. Christ not only cares for our eternal soul, He cares for each one of us as a person today. He can fill us with joy as we place our hope in him today so that tomorrow we can grow stronger, healthier, and more beautiful, filled with health and vitality and love for one another through His Holy Spirit. Place all your fears on Him, because He cares for you.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.