Biblical Nutrition–The First Diet

As Christians, we believe that God created us and gave us His inspired Word through the Holy Bible so that we can know truth. This includes the truth about what to eat to be healthy.

Genesis 1:29—“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 2:9—“And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food . . .”

The first God-given diet did not include animal foods. All mankind, from Adam to Noah, ate a vegetarian diet, which included fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes (peas, beans, and lentils). This diet was followed for the first 1,000 years after creation, and people lived as long as 900 years. Methuselah lived 969 years.

After vegetation was destroyed by the flood, God added meat to the diet. Mankind’s lifespan dropped from 900 years to approximately 120. It continued to decrease to an average of 70 years.

As our creator, God certainly knows what foods are best for us. Some of the most reliable studies support a plant-based diet as a proven way to slow the aging process (The China Project). Even after meat was added, plant foods still maintained a foundational role in the diet.

When reviewing popular diets (Ketogenic, Paleo, Whole 30, South Beach, DASH, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Mediterranean, Low-Carb, Low-Fat, High-Fat, etc.), compare them to God’s diet. Don’t be confused by the myriad of information. So much of it is marketing hype. Look for truth.

Does the diet contain twice as many plant foods as animal foods? All plant foods are carbohydrates. In their God-created state, they are not grown with toxic pesticides and fertilizers, and they are not processed to remove fiber and nutrients. This is what makes carbohydrates unhealthy.

Consider Daniel’s diet: “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then, compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see. So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days, they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.” Daniel 1:12-15

The royal food would most likely have included a variety of meats and wine.

The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life combines healthy plant foods in balance with healthy animal foods.

Beware of diets that place more emphasis on getting your protein and fats from animal foods and limit healthy carbohydrates, like beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains in their organic, unprocessed forms.

Pop on over to the Learning to be Healthy with Lisa Facebook Group and share your thoughts and questions about diets you’ve heard about or have tried.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

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1 Corinthians 10:31—“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.