How to Prevent Diseases with what we Eat
You are what you eat!
and It’s a simple as that.
The food you eat (the manner of eating and type of food eaten) ultimately affect the way you feel and your ability to enjoy life, either immediately and overtime, it is a fact of life.
If you have not observed this in your own body you just need to pay a little more close attention to yourself. – You may not want to take my word for it- but it is the truth. Maybe I need not remind you with just one little situation, for instance; taking a delicacy you are allergic to could ruin your peace at a long-awaited dinner party, you see! Directly or indirectly, what you eat will definitely affect you. OK. – So making good nutritious food choices is very important.
Nutrition is the first of the eight natural principles of health and healing. In fact, these principles are more often referred to, by some authorities and in some publications, as the simple laws of health (the eight laws of health) or the Eight Natural Doctors.
When we speak of nutrition we include every substance that is ingested by man for the sustenance of life and the provision of the needed carbohydrate-for energy, protein- for growth and maintenance of body cells, vitamins, and minerals –for stability.
THE PROPER NUTRITION SOURCES
MANS FIRST FOOD
Oh! You don’t believe in God? No offense!
It’s just that science, nowadays, is becoming all-the-more confused by its own theories, as evidence and correlations are made, which heavily implies an objective design other than random incidents called evolution. Even, the pain and discomforts you feel during sickness, and the healing process is question enough against evolution.
Are you a believer? Good! It’s your God’s own principles for your well-being that we are promoting and projecting with the NEW START health principles. So let’s say, simply, that there is a law or principle that guide or influence our well-being as humans; if you decide to go against it you feel and get hurt but if you decide to aid by observing the directives you get to feel its regenerative force in both physical and mental health. Those regulatory principles were intelligently proffered by the Almighty creator Himself.
God is the master designer and His ways are perfect. According to the account of creation, in Genesis chapter 1 verse 29 and 30, the original diet for man in the Garden of Eden consisted of fruits, grains, nuts, and seeds, and no more!
However, after the fall of man, because of disobedience to God’s direct instructions/law; sin, sickness and death were the direct results of the act of disobedience to God. But the merciful God thereafter, added herbs, which had been food for only the animals. Interestingly, high-cholesterol animal products were excluded in God’s food recipe for man. Study after study shows that Gods original plant-based creation diet is superior to any other diet man could formulate or device for himself.
Note this again (because it’s very important) that the original diet accorded to man, by his maker, was only plant-based sources. See Genesis 1:29 — fruits, grains, nuts, and seeds- is the best deal in providing the nutrients humans need for optimum existence.
Originally, fruits, grains, nuts, and seeds were given to man as the sources of their nutrients; later vegetables were added, then clean meat (according to Leviticus 14)was circumstantially permitted, I make quick-to-add that the permission was all “duty free”, it came with serious side effects and a drastic cut in man’s longevity or life expectancy (Genesis 6:3 and 9:3-5 ). Let us consider the result of this permission briefly.
The Results of Meat Eating:
“After the flood, the people ate largely of animal food because of lack or shortage to grains, fruits and vegetables; and as a result of eating meat and their product, after the flood, the human race began to rapidly decrease in size, and in length of years.”1
Effects of meat eating on lifespan of man
Before eating flesh Alter eating flesh
Name Age Age Name
Adam 930 600 Shem
Seth 912 438 Arphaxad
Enos 905 433 Salah
Cainan 910 464 Eber
Mahalaleel 895 239 Peleg
Jared 962 239 Rue
Enoch 365 230 Serug
Methuselah 969 148 Nahor
Lamech 777 205 Terah
Noah 950 175 Abraham 2
“Noah, the tenth generation, lived 20 years longer than Adam; the eighth generation lived 39 years longer than Adam; Shem was brought upon a vegetarian diet and lived to a fair age, but the second generation altered the Flood- and dropped to 438 years; and the eighth generation, instead of being the longest as before the flood, was the shortest. Only 148 years”.2
The Original Diet:
“Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us (human beings) by our Creator. . . They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet”.3
Scientific research has proven that the basic original diet is still the most healthful. By eating foods in their natural state, unrefined and without additives, many diseases can be prevented and often reversed.
PLANT FOOD ADVANTAGES
- No cholesterol in plant foods
- Moderate in calories
- Plant foods are rich in phytochemicals
- High in fiber content
DIETARY FIBERS IN PLANT BASED FOOD ARE HIGHLY HEALTH PROMOTING
DIETARY FIBER REDUCES RISKS OF:
- Colon cancer
- Gallbladder disease
- Varicose veins
- Diverticular disease
Our diets should include a variety of foods every day, but not too much. By combining different types of food we are assured that we are getting all the necessary nutrients needed for good health.4
The Nutrients we need from food:
What are nutrients? “Nutrients are substances used in the body for the production of energy and to provide the necessary building blocks to support and maintain life”. Nutrients are needed in the body for:
- Growth– of cells and tissues
- Activity – energy to do work and keep body warm
- Reproduction– hormonal balance/secretion for procreation
- Maintenance– of metabolic processes and repairs of cells
There are six (6) most essential nutrients needed in the body which should be supplied the body from the food(s) we eat, of which the most abundant and most vital of them all is WATER. Water is made up of, majorly: hydrogen and Oxygen. (Water and mineral do not contain carbon as such are termed inorganic compounds) Other nutrients include:
Protein; This nutrient can be obtained from many sources other than meat. Peas and beans are exceptional sources, especially when eaten together with whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat, oats or corn. Nuts are also rich in protein but should be used in smaller quantities due to their fat and oil contents and other elements contained in greater concentration.
Protein is contained, in significant amount in vegetables such as broccoli and potatoes and some others contain protein, and are high in vitamins and minerals too. There are many myths about our protein needs which are not true.5
Carbohydrates are an important source of food energy derived from plants. Complex carbohydrates are much better for our use as the body handles them with much ease throughout the entire system.
Good sources of carbohydrates include:
- Brown rice
- Whole grain bread
- Whole grain cereals etc.
It is best for us to dispense entirely the simple carbohydrates found in most desserts, glazed muffins, candies(sweets), sodas(soft drinks) and sweetened/and processed cereals. Simple carbohydrates are seldom innocent in cases such as obesity, diabetes, and some other conditions
Fat and Oil is essential in the body but is to be used moderately, Limit fats and oil intake. Butter, fish, poultry, meat, cream, margarine, fried foods, mayonnaise etc contain unhealthy saturated fats. However, fats derived from plants are better and should be used not be used in excess; some of these natural stuffs with higher level oil and fats contents, such as avocado, olives, seeds, and nuts, if used in moderation, are healthier.
Dietary fibers are very important for a healthy body; dietary fibers are like scrub brushes in our bodies which keep our digestive system clean and functioning well. Foods high fiber includes; fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains. It is important to affirm explicitly that meats, milk products, and refined foods have no fiber and as a result they tend to block or congest the digestive system, leading to various kinds of diseases. Researches have shown that diets high in fiber decreases the risk of many forms of cancer.
There are Vitamins and minerals too; sodium is one of the minerals our food should supply for a healthy body.
Sodium (salt) is a mineral and should be used with consideration. The free use of salt, in whatever recipe we prepare, is injurious to the body especially for the aged and those who are disposed to hypertension.
Salt is usually hidden in many processed foods such as meat products, pickles, canned foods, baked and fried goods (biscuits, breads chips etc.) with baking soda or baking powder and even many breakfast cereals. Much salt in the system promotes high blood pressure and heart diseases results. -Be aware of sodium, though it’s a needed mineral but remember it’s in trace quantity that the body regularly needs of it. However, try to limit sodium amounts in your diet hence.
How to Eat and Prevent Diseases
What should I eat?
Every day we should enjoy moderate portions of fresh stuffs from the plant family; vegetables, fruit and nuts. Continue to eat whole foods example is the whole grain.
Whole-grains contain all the need fiber, vitamins and minerals which are usually lost by refining them. They (grains and the fibers they contain) also help prevent overeating and obesity as they are much more satisfying. Be sure to include legumes and nuts in your diet regularly.
Good to know or be reminded that:
Cucumber –calms the nerves
Thyme– refreshes and strengthens the immune system
Eucalyptus – cleans the head and invigorates the mind
How and when to Eat
Two meals a day is proven to be the best plan for a healthy bowl, mind, and body. The digestive organs should have some rest when they accomplish the work of digestion, during when noting should be eaten. For a two meal plan a day: have you breakfast by 8:00 am- drink only water between meals- till 2:00 to 3:00 pm for the last meal of the day.
If you must take three meals a day then you should eat by + – 6:30 first meal, only water between meals, at 12 pm the second meal, -only water between till, 5:30 pm for the last meal and not later than 6 pm.
Eat nothing between meals. Because any little piece of food makes your stomach start the entire process of digestion all over again.
There is “… a special healing relationship between people and nature” this Dr. Cummings have observed.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily(but do not eat fruit and vegetables at one meal)
- Eat more fiber and less refined foods
- Eat more whole grains and nuts
- Do not skip breakfast instead, make breakfast your biggest meal
Do Not Skip Your Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! A good breakfast should contain the most calories of any meal. Choose foods high in protein and complex carbohydrates, don’t forget the fruit too. Try to eat a good lunch and a very light supper. This will give you energy for the day and a better night rest.
For healthy bodies and vitality, eat a variety of good food in the most natural form possible and in moderation. Enjoy your food!
The troubles in overeating/feeding
“Our danger is not from scarcity, but from abundance. We are constantly tempted to excess.7
While we need the vital nutrients for life, which food provides we are not created and alive to eat, to over-eat is to encumber the body system and impair the health.
What is wrong with eating our food with water?
Many make a mistake in drinking cold water with their meal.8
It is a wrong habit to eat and drink together. The practice does not aid digestion, for the liquid we drink tend to dilute the digestive juice already secreted for digestion or it meddles with body homeostasis, inhibiting the proper missing of the food with adequate silver.
The free use of milk and sugar taken together should be avoided…
Dangers of excessive protein consumption
These are some of the dangers one may face from the use of much protein food
- Weight Gain: many have high fats and calories.
- Heart Diseases–
- Osteoporosis– depletion of calcium from the bones, by excess protein
- Cancer– high animal protein intakes are linked to most cancers
- Kidney damage– it places additional work on the kidneys and may result in the damage of the organ
- Gouty arthritis–
- Early puberty– sexual maturity in girls has declined from 17.5 years to 11.9
WHEN BEST TO START EATING WITH CAUTION?
“A 2001 study by German Pediatrician professor, Berthold Koletzko, found that breastfeeding children for at least six months gave them a 40% lower risk of becoming obese in later life.” Infants fed formula are more likely to become obese” *Time, July 7, 2003
“…people who are obese as children have a high risk of becoming obese adults- meaning they will have much higher risk than their slender counterparts of contracting a broad range of debilitating diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes and cancer”. **Time, July 7, 2003,/ Vol. 162 No 1
“There is growing evidence that what you eat early in life can permanently boost your body’s desire for food”*** Time, July 7, 2003
“Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Good nutrition- an adequate, well-balanced diet combined with regular physical activity- is a cornerstone of good health. (Emphasis mine) – World health organization www.who.int/topics/nutrition/en/
“The prevalence of cancer and tumors is largely due to gross living on dead flesh”.9 This observation was made a very long time ago however, popular studies are so far validating these findings. “…living on dead flesh” here means eating meant, or consumption of animals and animal products.
“Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity. *# this as reported by the World health organization www.who.int/topics/nutrition/en/
Food is vital for our healthy upkeep but the type and how we eat of it; even the frequency may ruin the health and life you eat to sustain. Much care should be taken in choosing, preparing and maintaining your food.
The NEW START lifestyle is based on eight (8) simple principles of health and healing. They are simple day-to-day occurrence and opportunities which we overlook, but are key factors to archiving our desire for optimum health.
\*Note: the quotations from some popular magazines e.g. Time Magazine and Newsweek- are explicit reports of scientific researches made by universities, laboratories, nutritionists and scientists, and not just an effort by journalists to fill –up columns on issues. Rather, they are facts brought to the public domain through the mass media –of print- because of the prevalence of these ravaging diseases in today’s society and the need to help proffer correct information to the general populace.
To continue with the second part of this article read: Nutrition: How prevent Diseases with Food(s) II
- Counsels on Diet and Foods. p.373
- LIGHT training handout.
- Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 81.82.
- Seventh-day Adventist Hospital & Motherless Babies
- Creation Health Discoveries. P 28,
- Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 29
- Council on Diet and Foods. By Ellen G. White
* Time, July 7, 2003
** Time, July 7, 2003,/ Vol. 162 No 1
*** Time, July 7, 2003
- “Council on Diet and Foods”. By Ellen G. White