Did you know there’s actually the perfect diet plan? One that, the majority of people can follow without altering it too much?
Sounds crazy I know. But it’s true. For real.
Diet Plan Saturation
In today’s world, we are saturated with diet choices. Some days I feel like there’s a new diet coming out every week, if not more! The days of the simple omnivore, vegetarian or vegan diets are long gone.
Now, each one of those diets has numerous variations within them; there’s the Paleo diet (which has several variations), the Mediterranean diet, the Standard American Diet, low-calorie diets (think Weight Watchers), high fat diets (Keto and it’s variants), GAPS diet, Elimination diet, the Blood Type diet, the Daniel Plan diet, the Adrenal Reset Diet, the All-Day Energy Diet, the Virgin diet, the Atkins diet, the Zone diet, the South Beach diet, the Raw Food diet, the Best Life diet, the Macrobiotic diet, the Skinny Bitch diet, the Trim Healthy Mama diet, the Dukan diet…shall I continue?
There are enough “diets” on the market you could try a new one every week for the rest of your life if you wanted to. So what’s a person to do? How do we decide which “diet” to follow, especially when “everyone else” is getting great results with so many different diets? Which diet is the best diet? Is there really a “best diet?”
Where to Begin
First, I believe we need to re-establish what the term “diet” is. When I’ve referred to how I eat, I’ve used the word “diet” and people tend to be a bit taken aback and say things like, “you’re too skinny to be on a diet” or “you’re already healthy, you need to be on a diet.” And so on.
Ya’ll, just to be clear, we’re all on a diet. Yep.
According to Merriam-Webster the term “diet” wasn’t used in English until the 13th century, and was derived from the Greek verb, diaitasthan, meaning “to lead one’s life.”
Therefore, your “diet” is what you habitually consume.
I know it’s hard to just automatically shift our thinking around words and meanings, especially when it’s counter-cultural, however, that’s really the best way to move forward on something. Especially on big things, like our diet. But by choosing to do so, we’ll be able to actually think a little more clearly and gain insights for a variety of things.
And I believe by shifting our view of the term “diet” we’ll be able to shift away from chronically dieting that much easier.
A Dieting Culture
We live in a culture that permanently “diets.” Far too many jump from one diet plan to another, always in search of the one perfect plan, thinking that once they find the perfect plan their life will perfect. Or if not perfect, then darn close to it. They’ll finally lose all the weight for good. Or get their binge-eating under control. Or be happier and will finally do all the things they’ve dreamt of doing.
Well. News flash. For chronic dieters, that just isn’t ever the case. (Truthfully, that concept applies to more than just chronic dieting as well…when we’re always in search of the perfect this or that and then we’ll be happy/do the things/be skinny/etc., the perfect this or that just doesn’t ever come…)
Because, while food is medicine, and healing, and so darn good, it’s not our Saviour. And jumping from one diet to another to another to another actually hinders our relationship with our Saviour rather than grows it.
Enter the Perfect Diet Plan
O.K., while I can go on deeper with this conversation, and I will in other posts, I want to dive into the perfect diet. Because unbeknownst to most, it actually does exist.
Crazy I know.
So are you ready for this?
The perfect diet plan is…The Biblically Clean diet!
What?! I know, right. Super simple. And this perfect diet plan, for the most part, doesn’t need to be altered by the masses.
Our amazing, intelligent, loving heavenly Father, the Creator of everything has laid out for us clear guidelines about how to eat. He gave us these laws/guidelines because He actually cares about what we consume. He cares about our whole being. And truthfully, He also cares about how obedient we are to His Word, a whole lot.
Eating Biblically clean is the start of truly living a healthy, whole life. Especially if you believe in the Sovereignty of our heavenly Father, the Creator of everything, as well as if you say you’re a Bible-believer who follows Yahshua (Jesus).
I know so many object this and are taught that they can eat whatever they want in the church, which, truthfully just straight up baffles me. Because there is nowhere in Scripture that says we are free to eat whatever tickles our fancy. It actually says the opposite. And unfortunately so many just accept what their pastor or preacher or teacher says and don’t study it out for themselves.
They choose man’s teaching over The Creator’s divine intelligence.
Is it all that good though?
In Canada, according to the government of Canada in 2017 64% of those aged 18 and up are overweight or obese. And the kids aren’t far behind with a whopping 30% in ages 5-17. And the church itself is so incredibly sick: cancers, obesity, diabetes, and mental health concerns/issues fill the pews.
Isn’t this backwards though? Aren’t we called to have an abundant life if we believe Yahshua is our Saviour? Didn’t He promise that?
10 The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly!John 10:10
The church, if it was following the Father’s intelligent ways, should technically be the healthiest place really. I mean, we are told we will have an abundant life, not a chronically sick life.
The thief He’s talking about, that’s The Enemy. The one who’s against our heavenly Father and His ways. The Enemy that attempted to tempt Yahshua in the desert. The Enemy that deceived Adam and Eve way back in the garden. It’s the same Enemy that attempts (and succeeds far too often) to deceive us as well.
And what do you think our food and all this “dieting” is doing to us today? It’s stealing and destroying our lives. Do you think living with chronic health conditions is living an abundant life? I don’t. The Enemy has deceived the church into thinking it can eat anything it wants and it’s just fine.
Cause Jesus did away with the law. Right? So it’s all good. Right?
Truthfully, I 100% believe we need to be of the mindset, first and foremost, our Creator intelligently designed things so that we would live the healthiest, most whole, most abundant lives when we choose His ways. And second, if it was good enough for our Saviour, it should be good enough for us. I mean, He truly cares about us as whole entire beings, so why not choose to be obedient and follow His ways out of complete love for Him?
How it Works
This is relatively simple. Eat what our Creator says is clean to eat, and avoid what He says to not eat. The focus is on eating real, whole, organic food. Because that’s how He created us to eat.
Scripturally Permitted Foods
- Green leafy veggies & herbs
- Seed bearing fruits
- Veggies, Cultured & Fermented
- Fermented/Cultivated dairy from goat, sheep or cow
- Sprouted or fermented grains
- Soaked & Sprouted nuts and seeds
- Locusts, grasshoppers, crickets
- Certain birds/poultry. Examples: turkey, chicken, goose, duck, dove
- Certain animals: ox, sheep, goat, deer, gazelle – those that have both a separate hoof and chew the cud
- Certain fish: salmon, trout, tuna, halibut, cod, bass, anchovy, sardine – those that have both fins and scales
- Eggs from permitted poultry/birds
- Olives & olive oil
Scripturally Non-Permitted Foods
- Camel, hare/rabbit, horses, pigs/swine (wild & domestic) (Lev.11 & Deut.14)
- Things that live in the water that don’t have both fins & scales, such as: shellfish (crab, lobster, clams, etc.), cuttlefish, jellyfish, sharks, eel, catfish, squid and abalone (Lev.11 & Deut.14)
- Canines, felines, equines and rodents (Lev.11)
- Eagles, vultures, ospreys, all kinds of buzzards and ravens, ostriches, owls, pelicans, storks, heron, bats, seagulls (Lev.11 & Deut.14)
- Swarming creatures (Lev.11 & Deut.14)
- Any animal that dies naturally (Deut. 14:21)
- Small creatures that swarm the ground, such as the gecko, various lizards, crocodile, and chameleon (Lev. 11)
- Milk/dairy and eggs from unclean animals (Lev.11)
- Fat from bulls, sheep or goats (Lev. 7:23)
- Blood of any kind (Lev.7:26, Deut. 12:16, 23)
- Genetically Modified Food (GMO’s) (Lev. 19:19)
- Meat sacrificed to idols (Revelation 2, Acts 15, 1 Cor. 10:28)
Consume more organic produce in it’s purest form; cut out processed foods, all non-food items (packaged “foods” loaded with chemicals, dyes, factory-farmed food, etc.) and animals our Creator doesn’t consider to be food and you’ll on the way to not only a healthier you, but also into a closer relationship with our heavenly Father because you’re choosing to obey Him.
Our heavenly Father, the Creator of everything is wise enough, smart enough, intelligent enough to be able to provide us with the perfect diet. And thankfully, He has laid it out for us directly in His Word, His Scriptures. And while sometimes it might not be easy to follow His ways, it’s absolutely always worth it to be obedient to Him.
I’d love to hear from you! Have you chosen to follow our Father’s intelligent design? How has that changed your life and walk with Him? Any other thoughts on His perfect diet plan? Let me know in the comments below 😊
P.S. If you’re looking to get a health reset and get back on track with your food choices, then doing the 10 Day Biblical Holistic Nutrition Reset is an excellent place to start!