I don’t know where to start so I’ll try to make it simple — the way it should be.
The Western world has turned health into such a complicated, complex, convoluted, money-making monstrosity. And there are LOTS of people making lots of money on it. Some folks’s conversations center around their doctor visits, naturopath visits, herbalist’s recommendations, and so on.
As for me, I don’t pay much attention to any of that because, for one thing, if I tried to follow health-related anything (natural, holistic, or conventional/traditional), I would not get anything else done. Don’t get me wrong, I did go through a phase for a while, so I’ve been there too. But I am at the right place now — a place that is not a phase, but is a permanent mindset, lifestyle, and way of believing.
From how many times and how long you should wash your hands, to why you need to get a flu shot, to what foods complement each other and why you should/should not eat them together. . . wow, it is information overload. Some of it may be valid while others not. But I think a lot of it is unnecessary and contributes to confusion and a cluttered filing system in one’s mind.
It’s just too much.
If I had to figure out what foods complement each other so I wouldn’t eat stuff out of order or out of sync, or I had to make sure I got the right number of calories from just the right foods, or I had to eat for my body type, my head would spin. Quite frankly, how many body types did God make anyway? One: human.
Man, you can invent all kinds of markets for gullible people.
You see, God did not make it complicated
He was not trying to confuse us — to make us eat foods in a certain combination according to a certain schedule. It’s humans who have made it complicated. The God of the Bible really is a good God who made it simple to have a healthy life.
Here’s what to do.
- If God made it for food, eat it. So that excludes poisonous things.
- Don’t put chemicals on it — directly applied, such as pesticides or herbicides; and indirectly applied, such as chemical color fed to fish to give them a pink flesh.
- Don’t eat it if its genetic makeup has been messed with. It is now an imposter and not the food God gave us for good health. It could wreak all kinds of havoc on a body, such as allergies. Does the word “peanut” ring any bells?
- Eat only real foods and eat them in moderation. Don’t be a glutton. This will also help keep your weight in check. It’s the simplest diet plan in the world, and you drive this diet plan with something called discipline. Strike the following words out of your vocabulary:
I can’t help myself.Yes, you can. But this diet plan is not popular because nobody’s making money off you.
- Eat different kinds of stuff (meat, vegetables, fruit, grains, dairy), some cooked, some raw, maybe even some fermented.
After I got over my fanatical research phase in my earlier green years, the above is pretty much what I’ve been following. I am healthy and height-weight proportionate. I don’t have a doctor. (“You don’t have a doctor?!!!” people ask me in shock and fear and with three exclamation marks in their voice.) I don’t have any pharmaceuticals in the house — not even Tylenol or aspirin. “Well, what if . . . ” they ask, wanting to engage me in a conversation centered around fear.
I do not live my life under the “what if” umbrella of fear. I just live, trusting my God, who does not give me a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7).
What About Allergies and Health Issues?
I am not saying those don’t exist and that some folks have to take special measures, including going to a doctor. But I believe that once they begin to understand what’s going on and make better choices, they can live a normal, healthy life.
I have heard too many miracle stories — and I know that God is a God who heals — to buy into the belief that one cannot be freed from health issues.
To sum it up, when you put your faith in and trust God — the God of the Bible — He will give you wisdom and understanding. It might be baby steps at first, and He may put someone in your life to help you along.
But the first step toward good health is to know that it really is not complicated (refer back to the list above) and that when you ask God for wisdom, He will show you. God keeps His word. He is more trustworthy than any human you will ever meet.
In James 1: 5 – 6, it says,
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraideth not [does not criticize you]; and it shall be given him.But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
If you would like help moving in that direction of faith, please contact me. I would love to hear from you.