Over the last months, as my blogging has decreased and my efforts have gone elsewhere, you guys have asked a couple of thematic questions:
- What is next? What is your next story…you went from nobody to the World Championships. How do you top that?
- What about food? You talk about, you teach about it, it but don’t write about it. What is up with that?
My wife and I have been mentoring folks in our local community about some basic truths regarding food and fitness….time to write about that stuff, too.
Teaching on the topic has changed us, and we both have been emotionally touched as we see the differences in our family and friends.
After all, it is the impact you make on others that defines you. It isn’t the medals on the wall or trophies in your bank account that create real value.
Our passion has affected our community, and it has humbled us. Men, and women, are visibly different. They are thinner and stronger, and they are also more confident. One man engages others and shares his story with anyone willing to listen. Way to go, Joe!
To start, and to end the conversation, we choose to follow God’s word, and God’s plan. We use the Bible as our unique scale of sorting out right from wrong when it comes to food. The scientific method has its place, and we use it, but when there is a disparity between what God says and what a scientist concludes, we go with God.
To jump right to it, the most common question is about how and what we eat. There are inevitable assumptions in the question, so let’s get them out there.
- God concluded at the end of creation that everything was good. That word “everything” included all food that he had made. Any suggestion or outright claim that the food that God called good is not good is worthy of an immediate discard. You have been duped by modern science.
- We need each other’s support to be successful. Eating and living a healthy lifestyle “alone,” is not a long term strategy. God calls us sheep, not goats. Goats can live and thrive alone. Sheep cannot.
- Most of what we “know” about food and fitness comes from our family, schools and environment, not from credible sources. Very few start with the question, “what does God teach us about food?” and build from the answer that they get to that question. They let others answer this question for them.
- We prioritize real food over synthetics. As my wife likes to quote, “food from a plant is better than food made in a plant.”
As I look at the Bible, there is more than adequate proof that food is problematic. The first sin involved eating the wrong foods. The greatest test of faith in the Bible, Abraham’s sacrifice of his son, Isaac, ended in a food sacrifice. Jesus’s most intimate time on Earth was the Last Supper, and all of the “big” miracles in the Bible involved making food for the masses. Food plays a big role in how God interacts with humanity
My wife and I think it only makes sense that the enemy uses food to break our connection with God. That people eat “bad” food or the wrong foods, or too much food is nothing new….the roots of this behavior go all the way back to the Garden of Eden.
Lastly, the final assumption that I make is the most easy to explain. What Adam and Eve need from food is the same as what we need today: we still need protein for growth and recovery, fat for energy storage and metabolism management and carbohydrates for energy. The people before written history needed the same things from food that we need today. There is no, “they needed different things back then than we do today,” in our thinking.
Alas, there are more food choices today than there were a thousand years ago. How do we handle it? Our view is that we don’t need to look back a thousand years to sort this out. Just think of the old black and white photos of our grandparents. What did they look like? Were they chronically obese?
Did they eat crackers, frozen pastries, Cheetos, non-dairy creamers, Splenda, frozen burritos, pop tarts, cheerios, Gatorade or Snickers?
For us, the boiler plate of tests is this: am I eating something that my grandparents could have prepared and eaten? If yes, then it is worth consideration. If the answer is no, I am eating a fad food…not a good idea to follow fads.
Fads don’t last. Fads don’t impact history in a positive way. We want to avoid fads.
The next couple of blogs will contain our findings, and our stories of how eating what is called, “clean food” has changed our family’s lives.