Eating according to the Bible doesn’t have to be boring. Matter of fact, it’s very good! Read about healthy alternatives to your grains.
The Paleo diet is based mainly on the hunter-gatherer concept. I.e., what our predecessors, the cavemen, ate, we should eat. Anything processed is unwholesome. However, Scripture doesn’t say that we should eat according to the caveman. God spells out very clearly that we were made human and that He gave humankind food to eat.
Rules of the Paleo Diet
According to a paleo website, the following are a list of edible dos and don’ts.
- Grass-fed meats
- Fresh fruits
- Fresh vegetables
- Healthy oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
- Cereal grain
- Legumes (including peanuts)
- Refined sugar
- Processed foods
- Overly salty foods
- Refined vegetable oils
- Candy, junk food, processed foods
I agree that all of the dos are good things to eat. I also agree that processed or overly salty foods, industrial seed oils (refined vegetable oils) are not suitable to eat. However, the bible says:
“Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’”Genesis 1:29 (NIV)
Options According to the Bible
According to Genesis, God gave us every seed-bearing plant. If it comes from a seed, we can eat it. So, all-natural, Non-GMO grains, seeds, and seed oils should be okay to eat. These are very difficult to find now, as most foods are created through a process. Sustainable Seed Company is a website that sells both organic and GMO-free seeds.
For those of you who don’t have time to grow your own, here are some other options: Green Star Flour Miller is a non-GMO milled flour option for those of you who want to bake from scratch. If you don’t have time to bake, try Food for Life.
I, like many people, have a gluten intolerance, so I use almond flour, which is delicious, by the way! Other gluten-free options are gluten-free grains like buckwheat, bean and nut flours, and potato and rice flours. One of my favorite loaves of bread is Ezekiel bread. The recipe can be found here.
What About the Beef?
Understandably, many Jews choose to eat meat according to God’s plan for them. Leviticus 11 allows cud-chewing, split hooved animals for eating. This meat was boiled or roasted. The meat was not to be boiled in its mother’s milk (Exodus 23:19). It was also prohibited to eat meat and drink milk in the same setting. Jews could not eat the meat of animals that died naturally (Deuteronomy 14:21).
Forbidden birds included birds of prey, birds that feed on the remains of other animals. Leviticus 11:13-19 (NIV) also contains a list of waterbirds that are excluded. Poultry and the eggs of clean poultry were allowed.
According to Deuteronomy 14:9-10 (NIV), fish with fins and scales were allowed for food. Shellfish and fish without scales were forbidden. But, the Genesis diet was written for all of humankind.
According to Genesis, the rules for meat-eating include:
“Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.”Genesis 9:3-4 (NIV)
On a positive uptick:
“Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’”Nehemiah 8:10
And if someone wants to judge you based on your food choices:
“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”Colossians 2:16-17 (NIV)
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