|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “Every creature that lives and moves will be food for you; as I gave the green plants, I have given you everything.” Genesis 9:3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Eat a balanced diet of good food.”
In Genesis 1:29 we read that God gave Adam and Eve the plants, fruits, and grains in the Garden of Eden for their food. In Genesis 9:3 we discover that in the days of Noah God included all forms of animals, birds, and fish as food sources as well. Later, in the days of Moses, God would remove some animal sources from the allowable diet, such as pigs, and bottom feeders like lobster and shrimp, because those animals feed on garbage and their meat is unclean. But beyond that, God gave the abundance of the earth to be food for humans.
There is a general principle taught in the Bible, a mindset really, of moderation and balance in all things. God’s people are taught to avoid extremes in our lifestyle habits and to strive instead for moderation and balance. We find that to be true in our attitudes about money (1 Timothy 6:10); and possessions (Matthew 6:25-34); and about our style of clothing and dress (1 Peter 3:3-4); and about how much food we eat in one sitting (Proverbs 25:16); and in many other areas of life. The Bible teaches a general principle of moderation and balance.
I want to say this morning that I believe we also need to be moderate in our diet plans. Fad diets are all the rage these days. I’m talking about diet plans that are extreme in one direction or another. Some of them teach us to avoid all carbohydrates and to focus heavily on proteins instead. Others rely on liquids and avoid solid foods. Some are based on consuming large quantities of fruits, while others focus on vegetables. And on it goes.
But God provided us with a wide range of good foods. The problem with fad diets is that they are unbalanced and we almost always end up hearing, sometimes years later, that they were a bad idea and had a negative long-term impact. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Surgeon General, all major medical schools, and any reputable nutritionist will tell you that the only dependable healthy diet is one that is a balanced diet of nutritious foods from all the major food groups.
If you are looking for help formulating a good balanced diet plan, here are some resources you might find helpful: www.beachbody.com/nutritionplans. “The Daniel Plan” by Rick Warren; “Simple Ideas for Healthy Living” by “First Place for Health”; and “Body by God” by Ben Lerner. (My personal favorite is the P90X nutrition plan).
They are plenty of other good resources out there too. Just be sure whatever plan you implement is a balanced plan that includes nutritious food for all the basic food groups. Your body was not designed by God to function well on extreme diets that exclude food groups.