NUTRITION Part one

The relation of diet to intellectual development should be given far more attention than it has received. Mental confusion and dullness are often the result of errors in diet.
It is frequently urged that, in the selection of food, appetite is a safe guide. If the laws of health had always been obeyed, this would be true. But through wrong habits, continued from generation to generation, appetite has become so perverted that it is constantly craving some hurtful gratification. As a guide it cannot now be trusted.
In the study of hygiene, students should be taught the nutrient value of different foods. The effect of a concentrated and stimulating diet, also of foods deficient in the elements of nutrition, should be made plain. Tea and coffee, fine-flour bread, pickles, coarse vegetables, candies, condiments, and pastries fail of supplying proper nutriment. Many a student has broken down as the result of using such foods. Many a puny child, incapable of vigorous effort of mind or body, is the victim of an impoverished diet. Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables, in proper combination, contain all the elements of nutrition; and  when properly prepared, they constitute the diet that best promotes both physical and mental strength.There is need to consider not only the properties of the food but its adaptation to the eater. Often food that can be eaten freely by persons engaged in physical labor must be avoided by those whose work is chiefly mental. Attention should be given also to the proper combination of foods. By brain workers and others of sedentary pursuits, but few kinds should be taken at a meal. Education, EGW pg 205

In the beginning God gave man proper diet to eat, this was to sustain him in his life. This is how it all began.
1. First diet ; was grains, nuts, and fruits Genesis 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 meat. “. let me pose a little bit here. We need to be very careful brothers and sisters as we select even these foods that God has given us. The bible says that God gave man “every herb bearing seed, and tree yielding seed”. You will see that the enemy of souls has sought to rob us of good and ideal food. He has sought to bring GMOs, which currently have caused a lot of cancer.

2. Second diet: Man was given vegetables. Genesis 3:18 “thou shalt eat the herb of the field;”. God new that man shall lose a lot of electronites while working the garden, so the vegetables were added to re-mineralize   the system. In the book of psalms 104:14 the bible says “He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; “. We need to know that the vegetables were given for our use and to serve us by rebuilding and detoxifying our body. 

3. Third Diet: This was given after the Flood;Genesis 9:1-4 ” And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.  And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth [upon] the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.  But flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. “

 After the flood, the flesh diet was added. it was an emergency diet. We need to check on some facts here as we move on. 

(i) Flesh diet was added just like the vegetables were added. Why? Because of sin. We need to know that the antediluvian began eating flesh even before the flood.

(ii) Man was not to eat flesh with blood. He was to remove blood. Do you know how the meat will taste if you remove blood? And you know that, they were not to remove blood alone. In Leviticus 3:17 the Bible says “It shall be a perpetual statute  for your generations throughout all your  dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor  blood.” So the present world has declared avowal war on the bible concerning this matter. No wonder we are dying of many diseases.
The fact is that meat was added to reduce the lifespan of man.

God provided fruit in its natural state for our first parents. He gave Adam charge of the garden to dress it, and to care for it, saying, “To you it shall be for meat”: one animal shall not destroy another for food. After the fall, the eating of flesh was suffered, in order to shorten the period of the existence of the long-lived race. It was allowed because of the hardness of the hearts of men. {TSDF 68.3}

Sister White: The Lord is best pleased when they let this meat alone. There is reason for it now. If there ever were a reason for its use, it was to shorten life; but now there is the best reason to let it alone, because of the disease of animals, and on that score the question can be taken up, and it will have great effect. {Ms82a-1901}

I agree with the prophetess on this matter. it is true that when man began eating meat, there years began to deteriorate drastically.

God permitted man to eat meat but this was not His perfect will for man.

His effort to return man back to the original lifestyle has been manifested throughout the bible. He wanted His people the Israelite to  restore all things which were lost. but they failed. and so we have also failed. God is calling us back to restore the breach my friends. God allowing the Israelites to take clean meats (Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14 ) was not out of his perfect desire. It grieved His heart. Since, God is a God of mercy and love, He went forth to Chose for man the best of the animal that he can eat. Look keenly friends, they were animals that eat grass and leaves not scavenging animals like swine or those animals that prey on there fellow animals.Why do you think so? It was because of hygiene and the vital force that the primary consumers have. You will notice that those animals that prey on others have a lot of parasites and worms, and so is man when he prey on animals. This is serious friend.

This is what God says about unclean animals “They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye  shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their  carcases in abomination. {Lev. 11:11}

After taking the Israelites away from Egypt God wanted them to come back to the original diet. That’ts why He gave them manna. What is manna? Psalms 78:24 “And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.” So it was the corn of heaven. In Exodus it is stated that it looked like a corriander seed . Exodus 16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it [was] like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it [was] like wafers [made] with honey.  My friends it was sweet. Have you tasted anything sweet? Well, manna was sweet. Mark you this was the food of angels. Psalms 78:25 “Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.”  What a wonderful Love this was? 

We know that in a spiritual sense, manna was  a representation of Jesus . John 6:35,41.

Instead of looking to Jesus, they were lusting after the flesh pots of Egypt.

Exodus 16:1-3″ And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which [is] between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:  And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, [and] when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

Numbers 11:32-34 And the people stood up all that day, and all [that] night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread [them] all abroad for themselves round about the camp. And while the flesh [was] yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.  And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.

In the book of psalms we are told that they lusted after meat, and tempted God.

Psalms 78: 18-22 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.  Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people? Therefore the LORD heard [this], and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;
Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:

Oh how sad this situation was for the chosen people of the Lord. Oh how sad it will be to us when we neglect the health principles of God which are to fit us for translation?  God would desire us to fit in His plan. It is the ideal. The food that Adam and Eve ate before fall is what we should be subsisting on. This will help us to achieve character perfection.

God will give His people ability and tact to prepare wholesome food without these things. Let our people discard all unwholesome recipes. Let them learn how to live healthfully, teaching to others what they have learned. Let them impart this knowledge as they would Bible instruction. Let them teach the people to preserve the health and increase the strength by avoiding the large amount of cooking that has filled the world with chronic invalids. By precept and example make it plain that the food which God gave Adam in his sinless state is the best for man’s use as he seeks to regain that sinless state.
Counsels on  Diets and Foods pg 460.5}

Did you get that friend?

The choice of food we eat will define who we are. Did you know that for Jesus to overcome every temptation assailed unto Him by the Devil, He had to be on a certain diet? In Isaiah 7:15 “Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.” 

This is very plain. We can be in a better position to overcome some temptations like anger, if we change our diets and subsist on the ideal diet that God gave unto man.

We cannot now eat flesh foods because of the diseases and chemicals administered into the bloodstreams of the animals. We cannot now eat sea foods because the Lakes and the oceans are intoxicated with heavy metals and sewage.

Tell them that the time will soon  come when there will be no safety  in using eggs, milk, cream, or  butter, because disease in animals  is increasing in proportion to the  increase of wickedness among  men. The time is near when,  because of the iniquity of the  fallen race, the whole animal  creation will groan under the  diseases that curse our earth.

{Counsels on Diets and Food pg 349.1}

In many places fish become so contaminated by the filth on which they  feed as to be a cause of disease. This is especially the case where the  fish come in contact with the sewage of large cities. The fish that are fed  on the contents of the drains may pass into distant waters, and  may be caught where the water is pure and fresh. Thus  when used as food they bring disease and death on those who do not  suspect the danger.  {Counsels on Diets and Food 394.1}

I want to close this lesson by saying that, God wants to save you. He wants us to come closer to his Ideal plan of Health. The more nearly we come into harmony with God’s original plan, the more favorable will be our position to secure health of body, and mind, and soul. May God bless you.

 

 

2 Replies to “HEALTH PRINCIPLES: NUTRITION”

  1. Hi.
    Am glad for this sharing about the plan of health in relation to restoration of the lost glory. I have noted two mistakes in the scriptures ie leviticus 3:11 instead of 3:17
    Leviticus 11:32-34 instead of the numbers 11:32-34
    Thank you and may God bless you

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