Yes, timing matters!
It is vital to remember that food does not absorb properly if it rots in the stomach or intestine. If digestion of one meal does not complete before the next food is eaten, the chemical interactions and rotting will release poisonous elements which are absorbed into the blood stream.
The most vital aspect of your diet is choosing a schedule for meals that allows
Revise the golden rules under nutrition, if you can't remember them.
If you are not yet sure if a plant-based diet is a good idea, I would like to remind you of the records of ages in the Bible. Before the flood, God only listed plant-based foods as appropriate to eat. During this time, people became so old that most of them died just short of a 1000 years old. Yes, you read correctly. You can go and look at the verses in the Bible - people became really old.
After the flood, when most plants and foliage had been destroyed in the flood and had not regrown fully, God made a provision by providing a list of clean animal meats, but note that the age of people drastically decreased directly after this provision had been made.
Articles such as listed on our Resources page, can be helpful in answering some of these questions. One thing is for sure - our bodies don't need meat to survive.
But we have to ensure that we eat sufficiently of the plant-based foods in order to be healthy. Keeping in mind that there are various things to AVOID eating, let us focus here on good things to include in your daily meal plans.
All this considered, you may ask: okay, what do I put on a plate?
A good formula for breakfast is:
A good formula for lunch:
If you include all these components together in each respective meal, you will likely find that you can eat a breakfast and a late lunch, with no difficulty maintaining 2 meals per day. If you choose to have a third meal for the day, it should be light, consisting of e.g. fruit and bread, and it should be very small. I like to explain to my daughter that at night we only eat a snack and only if we can safely do this more than 5 hours after lunch. Another good option for night time is a drink such a serial coffee (Barley Cup is my favourite) with plant-milk.
I hope this formula gives you a starting point for planning meals... Share your comments and experiences below.
Have you ever noticed that God states in the very first book of the Bible, what He originally planned for the human body to use as food?
I have often thought of it like opening a user manual. When you buy a new vacuum cleaner, computer, printer, oven, fridge... usually, the more expensive the item, the thicker the user manual.
Imagine buying a top-of-the-range washing machine with smart functions and special features, and the company tells you that there are no specific user instructions, no special care instructions and no prescriptions to the detergents to use. Would you trust the product?
God gave us an entire user manual, speaking to the price and value of our bodies and lives. 1 Cor 6:19 says: "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?"
Does this mean I don't have the right to choose what I do to my body? Well, actually I do. I was created with free choice. But This verse clearly teaches that my body was bought at a price, which is the blood of Jesus. And if I say I accept His sacrifice, then I need to treat my physical body as the property of Jesus. Since God created us, would He not know how this body functions best?
When you buy a car, it may not come with a full user manual since your dealer takes on the duty of working on it to a large extent. But one thing always stated in your booklet for a car, is the fuel you should fill the tank with. Failing to follow this instruction, will ruin the machinery of your car. Right?
The very fist chapter of the very first book of the Bible, God states for the record, which fuel to fill our energy tanks with. Gen 1:29 "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of the tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." This instruction was given to perfect human beings. Would you have loved to have a body in perfect health?
In 1905 and 1906, a wise author noted: "Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect, that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet."
"In grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts are to be found all the food elements that we need. If we will come to the Lord in simplicity of mind, He will teach us how to prepare wholesome food free from the taint of flesh meat."
Today, thousands of studies support the scientific evidence that a plant-based diet is indeed the most healthful, IF APPLIED WISELY.
In the follow few blog posts, I hope to share with you some resources that could support a healthy transition to a more plant-based diet. Yes, you can totally mess it up if you do it wrong. There are dangerous effects of eating a diet without sufficient nutrition. But if you do it right, you will be following God's original plan for the diet of mankind, which could only mean that it is the best interest.
"For I know that plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jer 29:11