Eating real food sounds so simple. Why do we make it so hard? In fact, it’s weird that we even need to point out that you need real food. Shouldn’t that just be a given?
There’s such a disconnect in our culture. We understand. Most people just do not know what true health is. We were never taught this stuff in school.
On top of that…
We’ve been lied to and misled. Big agricultural companies and food corporations do NOT really care about you. I used to be so naive and think to myself, why would any company create products and put them on shelves at grocery stores if those food-like products are toxic, fake, not made to go into your body, and can literally kill you?
Because…these big companies make a lot of money off of sucking you in to their addictive, laboratory-engineered products of just the right intentional mixture of fat, salt, sugars, and flavors that make them taste so good that A. You think you need them to enjoy life and B. You can’t just have one bite because they’re so hard to resist!
Plus, other companies in certain pharmaceutical and medical industries are tied to the food industry and benefit off of keeping you sick, fatigued, and tired. You can literally find skewed research making claims that Coca-Cola is not unhealthy for you. I’m not just a conspiracy theorist either! 🤷🏻♂️ (check out more resources in Food Fix by Dr. Hyman)
One of my favorite scriptures is, “Do NOT conform to the patterns of the worlds.” (Romans 12:2) You have to know what you’re up against so you don’t fall prey to the trickery and can stand up against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)
As always, let’s keep it simple…
God designed you from the ground! Which means he designed you to eat the real, whole food that comes from that ground too!
“Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” Gen 2:7
He put in the soil all the microbes and organisms needed to produce amazing crops loaded with all the micronutrients and minerals your body needs.
Stop and think about how amazing a watermelon is! Think about how incredible blueberries taste. And don’t get me started about sweet potatoes!
Yes, it takes some mental work and lots of discipline to reshape your thoughts and taste buds around this. I won’t lie, cognitive restructuring around nutrition takes years. Expect it to be a life-long process. Coming from someone who drank six pops a day and lived off of processed food, I can tell you that you CAN get to a point where you crave apples over Oreos; you’ll turn down cake for fresh cantaloupe; and you’ll look forward to a mixed greens salad instead of a McDonald’s cheeseburger.
You might not know what great feels like yet. Once you experience what true vitality feels like on the daily, you’ll create positive associations with God’s food and negative associations with bad food, and you’ll put your hand to the plow and never look back. (Luke 9:62)
The main nutrition rule that optimizes your body type, enhances energy levels, and keeps you functioning at your best, is to EAT REAL, WHOLE FOOD and mostly only real, whole food, most of the time. First, you have to know what that means.
Did it come from the earth?
An apple grows from a tree. A carrot grows in the ground. Have you ever seen a skittle bush? Or a Twinkie tree? Might sound like heaven to you but that’s not real food! Just know that.
Is it a Single ingredient food or a combination of single ingredient whole foods?
Single ingredient foods are Whole Foods like an apple and a carrot. It is what it is. A combination is like an apple and carrot mash, or cauliflower and potato crust. More than one ingredient, but both ingredients are Whole Foods (oh trust me it tastes good and you can make any traditional favorite dish with Whole Foods).
How much did man get his hands into the mix?
This is where you look for mass processing and fake ingredients you can’t even pronounce. This is where you check out labels and when you see chemicals and ingredients made in a laboratory it’s time to second guess that food item. There’s a time and a place; but food-like products shouldn’t be ingested regularly.
How close to your location did that food get produced?
Did you know that the longer a food is removed from the earth the more nutrients it loses? When food travels it takes a long time to get to the shelf then to your house. Some studies say that that spinach or that orange could lose as much as 70% of its original nutrient density by time you eat it days, maybe weeks after it was picked. Try to get to a farmers market or start a garden. This step is super hard and I need help with it too. I haven’t nailed it down at all yet. But it’s truth that needs to be shared and we need to strive for it!
Is it organic? Is it non-gmo?
Organic is supposed to mean clean and no harmful pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, or other chemicals used to treat the crops. Organic means you’re lessening the toxic load and thus reducing stress on the liver, kidneys, digestive system, and entire body, which would have to fight to reduce or eliminate those toxins.
GMO means genetically modified. When man genetically modifies something, that means they changed God’s original design. Do you think changing God’s original design of the food he created is a better option? Do you think it’s going to be absorbed and digested by our body the same? Don’t you think it might cause mass confusion in our system and thus lead to minor or major complications?
WHY WHOLE MATTERS: INSIDE OUT
Start thinking about what your diet is doing to you on the inside. We often get too caught up on external factors. You’re nourishing cells not just your body. You are made up of trillions of cells that contain your blueprint and genetic instructions, and without God-created nutrition those cells become unhealthy, deteriorate, and can lead to bad diseases like cancer.
Think about what is happening to your organs, gut, digestive tract, brain, tissue and joints?
Bad diets cause millions of deaths a year. Heart disease is fully related to what you eat and some medical experts say it is fully preventable with proper nutrition.
Your gut affects mood. Poor digestion and leaky gut can cause inflammatory responses throughout your entire body. Fatigue, pain, weakness; totally related to what you ingest. Let this be great news. This means you can do something about it!
You need whole nutrition to replenish God’s intricate design. The human anatomy is miraculous. Your body will figure out how to get away with what you give it. It will figure out how to convert fake food into calories for energy even though you’re not receiving many, if any, nutrients. But you can crank up your metabolism, avoid nutrient deficiencies and instabilities, and optimize food absorption and all the great results that come with it when you eat Whole Foods.
Finally, the body will heal itself quickly when you change your bad habits into good ones. Don’t get overwhelmed and think the damage is irreversible. You can start seeing and feeling immediate changes in just a matter of days when you fuel your body with God-made food. Many people we work with lose 7-10lbs of inflammation in a matter of one week. Others start getting off of medications, feel more energized, and sleep better in a matter of a few weeks. Plus, as you put the good food in your mouth on a consistent basis, it will slowly push away the desire for the bad food.
Like with everything, change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. You’ll go two steps forward and then one step back. Apply all the principles your Christian faith teaches you. “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11) Read my devotion about discipline here🤛🏼
Just like faith, just know it’s never too late and you’re never too far gone.
Can you ever enjoy bad food again? Absolutely. Read my blog about that here. Are you eating real, whole food yet though? Does God-made food make up the majority of your eating regimen? Are you conscious of what you put in your mouth yet? Are you thinking about how that food or food-like product you devour affects everything God created in that Holy Temple that you reside in? (1 Cor 6:19)?
Get your head wrapped around this first. Make all your thoughts captive and obedient to Christ. (2 Cor 10:5) Then you’ll be on your way to nailing down this essential habit of mastering the basics.
Sounds so simple. But the results are profound.
As always, never take my word for it. Try it for yourself today.
And it may just be an absolute game-changer for you and everyone in your life.
Eat Real Food Books and Resources:
Food Fix, Dr. Hyman
Eat Dirt, Dr. Axe
Think & Eat Yourself Smart, Dr. Caroline Leaf
Super Life, Darin Oielin