Eating right shouldn’t be that complicated. God advised Adam how to eat in one sentence:
“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.
Simple, concise, easy to understand. Nothing complicated. Only after the Flood (REAL climate change) did God instruct us to eat meat.
Then some fad-diet-gurus came along and really messed with our heads. “No, don’t eat carbs, they’re bad for you!” “No legumes!” or other such nonsense. Even Christians fall for these false diet doctrines! And you know why?? Because some believe if it’s simple – it’s too easy. Life is complicated so one must suffer in order to achieve ‘perfection’. Well, who do you believe, God or some guy who wants to make a fast buck at your expense? “As for me and my house . . . I will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15.
So How Should We Then Eat Overall?
- Eat for good quality nutrients.
- Eat smaller portions, taking calories into consideration.
- Learn to eat only until you’re satisfied, not till you’re full.
- Slow down, chew your food, enjoy the pleasure of taste.
- Moderation is essential. (1 Corinthians 10:23)
Breakfast, the most important meal of the day.
It’s imperative to “break that fast” or your body thinks you’re ill. It’ll slow down your metabolism in order to protect you.
So first, eat breakfast!
Start with 6-8 oz of a good quality yogurt with no artificial sweeteners: Dannon Natural, Stoney Farms, Mountain High. The good bacteria gets down into your gut and builds up your immune system. Add berries or a banana if you desire.
Next consume a serving (check the label, each is different) of a good high (5+ grams) fiber cereal. Good quality cereals include Grape nuts, Great Grains, Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat, any Kashi Go Lean or Fiber One products. High fiber cereals shouldn’t taste like sawdust! Drink water afterwards. The fiber expands, binding with the bad artery clogging LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, removing them from your system.
What about eggs? Choose wisely. A whole grain English muffin with 1 egg, small slice of Canadian bacon/ lean ham (Bacon contains nitrates, preservatives and dyes) with a slice of 1% white American cheese is a great treat. Limit fried potatoes and overly buttered toast. Use jams or a good quality peanut butter instead. Balance lunch then, with mostly fruits/vegetables, 2 ounces of lean protein.
What about juices? When consuming juice rather than the fruit, you rarely get fiber. Choose a fresh orange at 60 calories rather than juice at 120 for 6 ounces. Orange juice with pulp is a better choice. Cantaloupes, bananas, berries contain great amounts of potassium, magnesium, beta carotene, lutein and antioxidants for heart and eye health.
In a hurry? A smoothie using a ripe banana, orange juice, yogurt, 1% milk and ice cubes, can be a wonderful potassium-magnesium shake!
Pancakes? Buckwheat rather than white flour pancakes provides better fiber for insulin management. Try fruit toppings rather than syrup.
Coffee? Two cups usually – more and you lose valuable bone density and nutrients. Green tea, no problem.
You probably know my answer to this one. One Pop-Tart has approximately 200 calories and few nutrients. Furthermore, in an hour you’ll be hungry because of an insulin/sugar drop. What’s my mantra? Nutrients! You could consume three oranges for the same calorie count.
Bottom line; eat breakfast to rev up your metabolism each morning. Use common sense and don’t stress out. Ate a fatty breakfast? Consume more vegetables for lunch! You control your own eating habits. Honor God with that control.