- Leafy Greens
- Animal-based foods
When it comes to prudence, we should be eating large volumes of fresh, live seasonal leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits. We should not worry so much about what is available today versus tomorrow or yesterday because God created the seasons. He planned which foods would be available during each season in a manner that continually renews, strengthens, and prepares us. For example, in the springtime the grasses, leafy greens, and first fruits of the season burst with nutritional strength, but as we progress into the summer, then into the fall and winter, the fruits and vegetables change in nature, enabling us to best whether the season that is upon us and also to best prepare us for that which is to come.
Some fruits must be eaten within a very short time of being harvested, such as berries, melons, apricots, cherries, and so forth, and others remain relatively fresh for months at a time, such as apples. It is similar with vegetables and we should adapt our diet of leafy greens, fruits and vegetables according to the season that is upon us. Don't over think these patterns, just enjoy them and trust God that he enabled each locality in the world with foods that are most adapted for nurturing the health of those who live there--including those who live at the poles. As you begin to understand the various metabolic pathways and how your body best adapts to cold, to famine, to excess hunger, to the tropics, and so forth, you can truly begin to understand the perfect wisdom, judgment, and omniscience of God.
By comparison to seasonal fruits and vegetables legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds are all-season foods that can be used year round, although their are subtle and important differences in usage as you shift between warmer and colder weather, and as you shift between greater or lesser physical activity. These are the foods from which Daniel made pulse in Bible times. Grains and legumes may be soaked, sprouted, or fermented to neutralizes the phytic acids found in these foods. Without properly preparing grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds the phytic acids can bind to minerals in your small intestine, preventing them from getting absorbed into your bloodstream. By learning to properly prepare your grains, as discussed in Daniel's Challenge on pages 13 to 15, you can not only neutralize phytic acids, you can learn to neutralize affects that cause grain intolerance in so many people.
You must also learn to adapt your dietary lifestyle by omitting those foods that cause you unfavorable reactions, even when they are properly prepared. For example if gluten-containing grains are problematic for you, either avoid them or try fermenting them to pre-digest the gluten prior to eating them (see kitchen challenge five in downloadable Daniel's Challenge eBook, pp 13-15).
Grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds are relatively high energy foods when compared to fruits and vegetables and they should be used accordingly. In other words they should be used more to compliment vegetable and fruit dishes, such as is demonstrated in the examples of satiating salad videos, rather than to use them as a central focus of any meal. By combining grains with lots of vegetables you will easily consume sufficient volume to satiate you before you over consume calories--which leads to weight gain.
Nuts and seeds are very high in calories. While cooked grains and legumes provide 9 cups per 2000 calories, nuts and seeds provide just over 2 cups per 2000 calories. In fact, only sugar and oil provide more calories per cup than nuts and seeds. Given they are so high in calorie content, only use them to compliment other dishes. For example, they can be wonderful complimentary editions to salads. Nuts and seeds should be raw and soaked and not roasted. Roasted nuts and seeds are harmful to your health and should be avoided.
Finally, animal-based foods, which include fish, beef, eggs, chicken, pork, dairy products and so forth can play an important role in your diet; however, like nuts and seeds, if they are used more than sparingly, their potential healthful benefits are too often overcome by unnecessary burdens they impose upon metabolism. There is a lot of confusing information regarding animal-based foods. God teaches us to use them sparingly and that a woe comes upon us when they are used without need. That woe occurs instantaneously whenever you consume more protein from animal-based sources than your body actually needs. When you need it, it is metabolized and used without causing harm. By comparison, when you do not need it, harmful by-products are released into your body as excess animal proteins must be broken down and excreted from the body.
Interestingly, if you are an Inuit who lives in harsh cold conditions, with little natural sources of carbohydrates from seasonal fruits and vegetables, your body adapts to use much fat and meat in your diet as a staple.
Whenever we live without access to an abundance of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and nuts and seeds, the body invokes a unique metabolic pathway that when used does not cause a woe to come upon the body. For such people whale blubber and meat becomes an important staple. It enables great strength and does not cause heart disease and the many other diseases which are so often associated with high fat and meat intake. However, if that same people suddenly gains access to modern fast foods such as chips, soda pop, and so forth, the addition of these unhealthy carbohydrates causes a metabolic shift. Suddenly whale blubber and meat follows an entirely different metabolic pathway as it is digested and used by the body. Now excessive animal protein must be dealt with that formerly was converted to sugar under a different metabolic pathway. Once the body can no longer use excess fat and protein for creating energy in metabolism, that change creates a distinct negative affect in the body which leads to myriad diseases.
Modern Inuits who now have ready access to cargo holds of chips, soda pop, and all other processed and refined foods, now suffer from many diseases compared to Inuits Dr. Weston Price once studied. Earlier Inuits had no easy access to fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes (the basis of God's primary dietary recommendations. Their native diet based upon access to food was high in fat and meat. God created a metabolic pathway that does not penalize us when that is the only diet we have available to us. Modern Inuits, with access to foods that now disable the former metabolic pathway, can only can speak of the great strength of their forefathers. There once legendary strength and health has followed the trends of all others who embrace Western Dietary Trends.
The science of prudence demands that we recognize individual, local, and general dietary realities and needs--as well as specific metabolic realities. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to dietary health, even though God's basic recommendations are intended for everyone. Become wise and become prudent in your understanding of your body and how it responds to the foods from God's garden. Recognize and adapt appropriately to the circumstances in which you find yourself, from days of plenty to days of famine. We will discuss these adaptations in more detail in further blogs.