Summary: In order to achieve optimal health we must consider food as the main ingredient in which we are to obtain the nutrition and health that God has designed for our bodies. First of all what is food? What does God consider as being food for mankind?
Optimal Health God's Way
In order to achieve optimal health we must consider food as the main ingredient in which we are to obtain the nutrition and health that God has designed for our bodies. First of all what is food? What does God consider as being food for mankind?
God's definition of food is given in: Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food. Hebrew word for herb: eseb meaning herbs grass and plants that are green. The meaning of food according to God is what He created (1 Tim 4:3) in its original form or natural state and to be eaten in the state in which God created it.
The herbs mentioned in Genesis are green plants that have seeds to reproduce other plants and these plants have vegetables on them as the fruit in which we eat. God meant us to eat these vegetables raw and unaltered in any way with chemicals, pesticides or cooking. When man alters these vegetables in any way they cease to be food according to God. If we eat organic vegetables raw they we are eating food according to God's definition. The nation of Israel did little cooking of vegetables, they did cook beans because they were meant to cook to some degree because of the hardness of the bean.
In: 1 Tim 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. We can see from this verse that in the latter times people will abstain from food which God created. This is an important statement because God is telling us how important it is for us to eat His food which is His creation in the state in which it is created. The fruits on the tree are to be natural without any alterations from man in order to be considered food created by God. All processed sugars contaminate and alter foods and they are in most foods that the grocery stores sell. God gave us fruit on trees for sweet taste.
Whenever the Bible uses the word food it is talking about God's definition of food not man's. Greek word for Foods: broma which means: literally food in the natural form in which God created not to be altered with chemicals or cooking but raw.
God created potatoes and man created potato chips. Deep fry cooking is an alteration from man and one of the most damaging ways to cook because of the high heat and the oil is excessive and goes rancid because of the heat. We really should not eat any dairy sold because of the process that man has done to it makes it not fit for food and is not considered a food according to God. homogenization and pasteurization alters the milk and destroys the body. The only milk we should consume is that which comes straight from the cow. The cow itself cannot have been altered by man in any way or the milk ceases to be food. Even organic dairy has been processed so it is not food any more. Animals can be given growth hormones which alters the milk and the cow must be grass feed so that it can become food according to God. No one really has lactose intolerance. Commercial dairy is not food but a toxin.
Not everything that grows is considered a seed yielding plant that God would want us to eat and coffee is one of them. Even any all natural coffee that has not been altered by man is considered a food. Coffee is extremely high in acid which upsets the digestive system, it affects our nervous system and alters our brain. The caffeine in it is also hard on the body. The most damaging thing that coffee does is to the thyroid gland. The thyroid controls your other organs and when it is weak it can cause all kinds of disease.
God says that we as Christians are people who love Him and ourselves by taking care of the bodies that He created. See: Eph 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourish and cherish it, even as the Lord the church. The Greek word for nourish is: thalpo which means: to bring up or raise as a nurse cares for a child to bring back to health by giving the child the best nutrition so that the child grows up healthy.
God tells us what are bodies are for and that is Food in which He created. 1 Cor. 6:13 Food for the body and the body for food. The Bible speaks of many foods that God created for us to eat like whole grains, nuts, meats and olive oil. No one really has an intolerance towards shellfish, lobster and so forth, these kinds of fish are just not what God created for man to eat. God gives us wisdom on what is best for our bodies, we are to study His Word in order to know.