The Creator's Meal Plan
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Because the Creator loves us and wants only the best for us, He gave us guidelines for healthy eating.
In the Garden of Eden God created an environment in which Adam and Eve could flourish. It was a fascinating, healthy place filled with plants of every description.
God blessed the first human couple and established them as stewards of the riches of Creation. To enable them to fulfill their role He provided them with healthy food that would sustain them for their work.
“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). What did the Creator offer Adam and Eve? A myriad of fruits and vegetables and a wonderful variety of nuts and grains.
But one food God chose not to include in His healthy-eating plan: animal protein. For many years nutritionists believed that meat, poultry, and fish were the essential sources of protein. They assumed that we must have it to have healthy bodies.
However, recent studies show that plant protein not only stacks up well against its animal counterpart, but it also provides other healthy benefits. People using plant protein, for example, lose less calcium from the bones. And because plant protein has no cholesterol and little saturated fat, a diet based on plant protein decreases the risk for heart disease.
The United States Healthy People 2010 objectives reflect the growing evidence for the health benefits of eating more plant foods.
They define the key to lifelong health as eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fiber, with moderate amounts of protein and healthy fats.
But the average American consumes a diet high in processed foods and animal products and low in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and plant proteins.
Because the usual American diet typically stresses cholesterol, saturated fats, and calories, it increases our chances of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. And the latest reports reveal that 64 percent of all American adults are either overweight or obese.
But with a few simple changes in what we eat, we can profoundly improve our health and lower our risk for disease.
What are the alternatives to the typical American diet? Include more fruits and vegetables in your meals by having a piece of fruit at breakfast, snacking on raw vegetables instead of crackers or chips, or making salads a part of your dinner.
Have whole grains at least three times each day through eating whole-wheat toast at breakfast and brown rice and beans at dinner or adding barley to your favorite vegetable soup. And don’t forget nuts, seeds, and soy products. They provide excellent sources of protein without the cholesterol or saturated fats found in animal products.
Such foods also have the added benefit of heart-healthy fats and compounds known as phytochemicals. Phytochemicals supply our bodies with the ammunition needed to protect us from most diseases. Try soy milk on your cereal, a small handful of nuts as a snack, or a soy burger the next time you barbecue.