“Live to Eat or Eat to Live?”
be your medicine”
The nutrition pyramid above is more
healthful than the usually promoted pyramid,
which has grains at its base.
It is a shocking fact that ~90% of the money spent on food in the U.S.
is spent on processed foods
Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, 2002, Penguin Books]-
most of us eat and
drink only for enjoyment and sustenance, giving little attention to whether we
are obtaining needed nutrients in the correct balance to maintain health.
Although America is the richest country in the world, it takes the “prize” for
obesity rate (30% of the population). With
some effort, however, it is possible to make healthy choices that also fulfill
our desire for pleasure when filling our tummies.
The average American eats almost 1 ton of food per year –
according to 2011 USDA data; note that this includes leftovers (food bought, served but
not eaten); and although our average American consumes 415 pounds of vegetables, a high proportion of these are
starchy corn and potatoes.
Guidelines for making good Nutritional Choices
Diet and lifestyle changes can prevent 70-90% of certain common
degenerative diseases -
among U.S. adults, more than
90% of type 2 diabetes, 80% of CAD, 70% of stroke, and 70% of colon cancer are
potentially preventable by a combination of nonsmoking, avoidance of overweight,
moderate physical activity, healthy diet, and moderate alcohol consumption.
these are the time-tested recommendations for food or drink choices:
Natural, unprocessed and
organic - chemical/GMO-free;
Little or no added sugar -
except such as a small amount of honey, maple syrup or molasses
or use alternative low or non-caloric sweeteners such as erythritol or stevia;
avoid unhealthy artificial sweeteners, such as Nutrasweet™ and Splenda™
Foods grown in your native
i.e. locally grown and seasonal
(if you can find them)
and fermented foods;
Try to eat
at least one third of your food
Ensure healthy fats in
your diet - including animal sources and
fat, with balanced intake of
(Eliminate typical grocery store polyunsaturated vegetable oils).
It is of the utmost significance
to our health that our diet contains the right fats in correct balance. This is
a complicated topic, but to help you understand which fats to eat and why, see:
Food Fats and Oils
EFAs - Fats of Life
Unfortunately, in today’s world, numerous
factors have caused a depletion of available nutrients in our food supply.
Therefore, unless you have food sources from reliable nutrition-minded
food producers, or are responsibly growing your own food or keeping animals and
birds for meat and eggs, it has become necessary to include some daily
supplements to ensure needed nutrients:
Choose Foods containing High-Energy Electrons
A Note on Bible References Mentioned in this Website
This author believes that
Christ’s sacrifice on the cross abolished the need for anyone to obey the O.T.
since now being under grace, God has given us freedom to determine
our own action. However, by studying the O.T. law, it is soon realized that
there is evidence that the law was not just a list of arbitrary instructions,
but rather was intended as a blessing to protect and enhance spiritual,
emotional, social and physical health. As such, a wise person would evaluate the
wisdom given in those instructions.
Bible References to Health