It’s really not that difficult of a concept.
God designed our bodies to be able to process His food. Why we think our bodies will thrive on synthetic, artificial man-made laboratory concoctions is beyond me. Do we think we really know better? One look at our health statistics shows otherwise.
We act baffled about this: what could possibly be causing our problems? We come up with inane rules and fad diets; no-carb, high-carb, low-fat, high-fat. Cabbage soup, master cleanses. Every year there is a new culprit: eggs, potatoes, butter, sugar, meat. Three meals a day, six meals a day, fasting. The list goes on and on.
The root of all our problems is obvious, but the reality is we are ostriches. We would rather put our heads in the sand and ignore the obvious: the fact that we are unwilling to sacrifice our current lifestyle of instant gratification, of what is easy and what we think tastes good. I say “think” because these things only taste good because we have become addicted to them. There is a whole science of creating addictive food, and once you are able to break that addiction, those things don’t taste nearly as good as we remember. Just recently, I had a random craving for a Coke, yet couldn’t even finish a can because of how disappointing it was after building it up about how “good” I remember it tasting. Driving home from the grocery store the other day, I snacked on some fresh fruit and was way more satisfied – and enjoyed it way more – than my previous “treat” of a cream-filled doughnut.
Ironically, we are then willing to shell out hundreds of dollars on fancy products designed to make us look good on the outside, while we are still dying on the inside. We willingly march like cattle to the doctor offices and cattle wanting answers, but rarely getting any. Aches and pains, skin issues, digestive issues, anxiety, depression, constant colds and infections that are bodies are just unable to fight off. We march out holding our prescriptions, our faith in this lost, corrupted system, not even bother to ask the big questions. Questions like “Why am I suffering from this? Will this medicine cure my ailments?” Because, more often than not, it is not a cure we receive, it is a mask. Our symptoms are muted, but the ailment remains. We have willingly numbed ourselves in the pursuit of feeling “good”, because the real cure is too difficult. Too inconvenient. Too much of a change. Not a “quick fix”.
The truth is, every single thing we put into our bodies will do one of two things: build us up or break us down. Our bodies are amazing, miraculous machines designed with an incredibly complex system. We are able to adapt and survive despite the overwhelming amount of toxic garbage that we force our bodies to process and filter. But are you just wanting to survive… or are you wanting to thrive? Most people don’t even realize how good they could feel – if only they treated their bodies with the respect that they deserve. If only we realized what an amazing blessing God has given us, a blessing that we are charged to take care of.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”– 1 Corinthians 6:19
Science is good, studies are great, but in the havoc of trying to wade through all these complexities, we have completely forgotten how to think critically. We have made everything in our lives so incredibly complicated, we are missing the huge, simple truth. What God has given us is GOOD. (1 Timothy 4:4!) What is natural and real is GOOD. There is no way, in a million years, will we ever be able to improve on what was originally created. God has given us real food, God has given us real medicine.
“Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you…” – Genesis 1:29
Yet, in our pride and arrogance, we have forgotten these truths, thinking we can do better. The majority of what we put into our bodies – food, medicine, even the very water – has been polluted because of our humanly arrogance. Arrogance and, in my opinion, greed. There is honestly no reason for the majority of artificial ingredients to be in our foods, other than an increased profit margin for giant corporations. (For the sake of time and sanity, I will not get into my worldview of another reason why anything bad for us would be allowed in our foods or medicines.)
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple” – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
This year, I am committed to changing this double-think in my household. Yes, I too am guilty. I’m not perfect. I’m a business owner, and I’m a mom. Yes, it’s easier to open a box of processed “food”. Yes, it’s cheaper to purchase that conventionally grown produce mutated with genetically modified organisms, sprayed nearly to death with pesticides, and then presented prettily in a waxed, preservative-laden package. But I’m not burying my head in the sand anymore, and I vow to my readers and my clients that I will do my best to bring truth about a true natural, healthy lifestyle – even if it’s inconvenient. And it will be. But it will be oh so worth it.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Looking forward to a new year – a year void of the fake. A year full of real food, real relationships, real faith, and real life. Join me?