God's Meal Plan
Sunday, January 01, 2017
Imagine being able to add healthy, quality-filled years to your life. Consider all the smiles you could share, the new friends you could make, the many lives you could touch. Added years would mean increased opportunities for your own life. Sound too good to be true? It doesn't have to be.
Did you know that the surgeon general's report on nutrition states that eight out of the ten leading causes of death in the United States have a nutritional or alcohol-related component? And science is constantly confirming this. Research now finds that eating certain foods—fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and plant proteins—can add quality years to your life. Research has also shown that a well-balanced diet featuring natural foods is never a detriment to human health . . . but many meat-heavy diets can cause a variety of negative health-related issues.
CREATION Health advises strongly toward the non-meat-eating lifestyle, yet we realize that many have developed a strong habit and taste for meats in a broad variety. If it's done in a balanced way, with intake that includes a lot of fish and poultry, health risks can be lowered. So don't take our advice as a mandate that a non-meat diet is the only way to live, but rather, eating more natural foods and less meat—especially red meat—should be given serious consideration in order to enjoy optimum health.
Some time ago, an article in Time magazine asked, “Should We All Be Vegetarians?” Since then, a number of studies have shown that consuming more plant foods reduces the risk of obesity as well as many chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and many cancers, and is likely a factor for a longer, fuller life. More recently, scientific analysis of the “vegan” lifestyle continues, showing similar results.
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” ~ Genesis 1:29
Research presented at the International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition indicates that plant-based eating has many healthy benefits. Individuals with diabetes may have fewer complications when consuming more plant foods as well as find it easier to lose weight.
Seniors who choose plant-based eating have a lower death rate and use less medication than those who consume more animal foods. And a plant-based diet increases the intake of heart-healthy fats while lowering saturated fats and cholesterol.
Moderation, balance, and awareness are the key ingredients when choosing plant-based meals. A variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and plant proteins, coupled with the reduction of animal foods, will increase longevity and decrease the risk for most chronic diseases, all factors considered.
George Guthrie, MD, a family physician and Certified Diabetes Educator comments, “I find it rewarding to have patients with type 2 diabetes who are willing to make the change to a diet high in unrefined plant foods. If their pancreatic function is still strong they may actually be able to come off insulin when exercise, fiber, and the antioxidant wonder nutrients of plants are optimized. It's fun to see the smiles, the renewed energy, and the returning zest for living that follows as their blood sugars normalize and the weight comes off.”
Looking for delicious ways to add more plant-based foods to your diet? Check out our CREATION Health recipes.