Proper nutrition is a God-given mandate
Eating a proper, nutritious diet keeps you mentally and physically fit. Proper nutrition does not mean starving yourself but instead, eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, glucose, and fatty acids. These are nutrients found in raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds, which are living foods created by God to be the perfect fuel for our living bodies.
Eating healthy foods, most especially raw, living foods, is not just about dieting, avoiding your favorite snacks, or becoming model-thin. It is all about our responsibility; it is our job to take care of the living body, this temple that God has given us.
Proper nutrition is a way of life that motivates you to be as mentally and physically healthy as possible. It is also a God-given mandate that you take care of your living body that He designed to be in perfect health and to be self-healing.
How can you take good care of this miraculous, self-healing body of yours? By craving the food that God created to fuel our bodies to allow us to live our lives to truly honor Him.
Why eat healthy foods?
The proper, nutritious diet is no other than the very best diet provided by the creation that God made for us. He gave us fruit-bearing plants, and then He gave us a way to grow vegetation. Eating our food as close to nature as God has provided for us gives our bodies living food – food that is alive with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
A diet of raw, living foods prevents malnutrition and protects from chronic diseases and illnesses like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Today, many people’s diets consist of more saturated fat, trans fats, sugars, and more sodium than raw fruits and vegetables. Your body’s health reflects what you put into it.
Said Dr. Joel Robbins in his audio teaching Attitudes and Health, “Our body can speak to us through our physical ailments. It can inform us of wrong attitudes and thought patterns we are harboring and hiding which are not just creating physical discomfort but robbing us of much joy, peace, and fulfillment in all areas of life.”
Practicing healthy eating habits and eating a diet of raw, living foods can make a significant difference in helping you live a healthy and productive life. Eating a variety of colorful foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts, are the richest sources of nutrients such as folate, magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium which are essential for wellness, growth, development, cell repair and disease prevention.
Overall, eating healthy foods help you:
- Improve your ability to fight chronic diseases and illnesses. Eating raw, living foods helps reduce the risk of diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancers, and osteoporosis.
- Certain raw foods like broccoli and blueberries can increase your immunity against illness.
- Foods such as nuts, seeds, and avocados are healthy sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which are heart-friendly fats. Eat these foods and you will be less likely to suffer from heart disease and high blood pressure.
- Whole grains contain vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that may help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Improve your well-being. By consuming a healthy diet, you will get to live longer, live better, and improve your ability to recover from disease, illness, or injury.
- Increase your energy level. A diet of healthy carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will help keep your energy levels stable throughout the day because they break down into a slow stream of glucose in your blood.
- Improve digestive health. Healthy foods help keep the gastrointestinal tract healthy and functioning at its best.
- Improve hydration. At least 60% of the body is water. Drinking water along with fruits and vegetables can keep you hydrated.
- Protect your brain health. Dark-skinned fruits and vegetables such as kale, broccoli, blueberries, cherries, red bell peppers, and red grapes protect your brain cells and improve blood flow to your brain. Almonds, walnuts, pecans and other nuts are great sources of vitamin E, which helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
- Maintain a healthy weight. You are less likely to become overweight or obese if you eat mostly nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. There is no better way to shed excess pounds, improve your quality of life, and reduce your risk for obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke than to eat healthy foods.
- Delay the effects of aging. Eating certain fruits and vegetables can help you reverse the aging clock. Foods such as blueberries, avocados, pineapple, watermelon, pomegranate, figs, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, and nuts contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to promote cell regeneration for new skin, thus making the skin young and firmer.
Fulfill your God-given mandate by eating the foods that God designed for humans to eat. To be in good health and to help your body heal, eat healthy foods.