In last week’s Health Tip, we shared what was the best fuel (foods) with which to fuel (nourish) our bodies. That fuel is the food God told us we should nourish our bodies with in Genesis 1:29 – a diet consisting of 100% raw, enzymatically active, plant sourced foods.
In this Health Tip I want to take us from the very BEST fuel we can nourish our bodies with, and share the very WORST fuel we can nourish our bodies with.
The worst fuel is the Standard American Diet (SAD) – the very fuel most Americans are fueling their body with each and every day of their life. It is an extremely dangerous fuel for many reasons:
The Standard American Diet Exposed
I was raised on the Standard American Diet (SAD) and spent the first 42 years of my life consuming that diet. It is the same diet most everyone reading this was also raised on and has spent most of their life consuming. It is also the diet most of the rest of the world has “sadly” adopted.
And what has been the result of consuming this SAD diet? Almost every person consuming this diet dies an early and untimely death as a result of suffering a heart attack, stroke, cancer, or complications from another disease — this is in direct contrast to God’s design of dying of old age.
How many people have you known who died of old age?
And this early and untimely death is usually preceded by that person suffering for years with colds, headaches, the flu, stomach problems, constipation, fevers, pimples, tooth decay, high blood pressure and cholesterol, being overweight, experiencing fatigue, having to wear eyeglasses, and we could go on and on here.
Why does the SAD produce these kinds of results?
Why are we not experiencing the ultimate health God designed our bodies to experience?
Why are we dying prematurely?
Let’s do an analysis of the Standard American Diet (SAD) to see if we can find the answer to these questions:
An Analysis of The Standard American Diet (SAD)
In order to be properly nourished (fueled), the human physical body requires certain types of fuel (nutrients) in proper proportions (fats, proteins & carbohydrates). Satisfying these nutritional needs ensures that the body is properly fueled and can run at peak performance as God designed.
These nutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates) are found in perfect balance in God’s Original Diet as revealed in Genesis 1:29. The nutrients found in the Genesis 1:29 diet are in the exact proportions needed to produce energy, health, and longevity. These nutrients are also received in foods containing high levels of enzyme activity.
By contrast, the SAD diet is woefully lacking in these basic nutritional needs, while being excessively high in harmful substances.
For instance, the SAD is high in the wrong kinds of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, while at the same time is low in the good kinds of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Also, the SAD is lacking in enzymes, the life force found exclusively in raw, plant sourced foods.
As we pull up the table for each meal of each day or the snacks we place in our body between meals, we are in complete control of what substances we place into our body with which to fuel it. Sadly, most people pay scant attention to what they are placing into their bodies for fuel, fuels that will determine how well their body will run.
Today’s Fuel Is Tomorrow’s Body
The nutrients a person provides their body with today will not only be the fuels their body will have available for it to run on today. These nutrients will be the building materials the body will have available to create tomorrow’s body.
Think on that statement for a moment.
Have you ever considered that the only building materials your body has to build tomorrow’s body cells are the nutrients placed in the body today?
Can you even begin to contemplate what kind of cells those building materials will produce?
For a moment think of the building materials you provided your body with today: Was it things like Twinkies, sugary soda-pop, bag of potato chips, cheese burger or hotdog? Or was it God’s Genesis 1:29 plant sourced building materials?
Our bodies are comprised of some 100 trillion living cells. Everything our body is comprised of are LIVING cells – whether they be our hair or nails that keep growing, blood cells pulsing through our body, bone cells, immune system cells, eye cells, skin cells, and we could go on.
These 100 trillion living cells are constantly in the process of dying and replacing themselves at the rate of about 300 million cells every minute of every day of our life.
As these cells die and replace the quality of the new cell that is replacing the old cell is dependent on the building materials we provide them.
High quality fuel produces high quality cells, at least equal to, if not superior to the cells being replaced.
Low quality fuel, lacking in proper nutrients, will produce an inferior cell.
As long as a person remains on this low quality fuel, a slow degeneration and deterioration of the cell structure of the body will continue. Over time, this low quality fuel will determine the health and integrity of the entire body and the physical breakdowns that result.
Symptoms of low quality fuel are:
- low energy
- high blood pressure and cholesterol
- colds and flu
- failing eyesight
- pimple outbreaks
- multiple sclerosis
- heart attacks
- …and the list goes on and on.
Each Body Cell Is A Miniature Generator
Each and every cell in your body is a miniature generator that takes in fuel (nutrients), burns them to produce energy, and then expels the waste as spent fuel. The Bible says that we are “Fearfully and wonderfully made, who can know it.” And friend, truer words were never spoken.
God has provided each of us an intricate masterpiece! Yet how many people have appreciation for the incredible physical body God has provided them?
They think they can throw any old garbage into their body and get away with it, but remember what the Bible says in Galatians 6:7…
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
If we sow garbage into the body we will get garbage results.
If we sow God created plant sourced nutrients into the body we will experience energy, health, a sound body and mind, and longevity. Remember, today’s fuel is tomorrow’s body!
Why Is The SAD Diet So Sad?
Enzymes are found exclusively in raw foods. All animals in the wild, whether the plant and grass eating animal, or the carnivorous animal that eats the flesh of a plant eating animal, receives these enzymes into their body in the foods they consume.
Only living raw plant sourced foods contain enzymes. When food is cooked before being consumed, the heat of cooking destroys all enzymes or life force. At cooking temperatures of approximately 107 degrees Fahrenheit, enzymes begin to break down and experience total destruction at about 122 degrees.
For proof of this truth, go the grocery store and purchase five raw carrots. Bring them home and cut about a half-inch off the stem end of one carrot. Place it in a shallow basin of water, and watch it grow – it will grow!
Take the other four carrots and cook them – boil one, steam one, bake one, and microwave one.
Then take each of the cooked carrots out of their heat source and cut a half-inch piece off the stem end of each and place them in a shallow basin of water and watch them grow.
Will they grow? Of course not!
Why? Because the heat of cooking has killed all life force (enzymatic activity) within the carrot.
The SAD diet consists of almost 100% cooked or pasteurized (a form of cooking) foods. Thus the SAD diet is almost totally devoid of enzymes.
Enzymes are involved in almost every body process, and without a steady supply of enzymes being provided in the diet, the body is unable to function at the levels it was designed to by God.
The Genesis 1:29 diet, consisting of 100% raw plant sourced foods, contains an abundance of all the enzymes the body needs to function at a high level.
Our bodies need fat! But the fat our bodies need was designed by God to come from the fats found in the raw fruits and vegetables, seeds, and nuts God placed in the garden foods.
Healthy fats are found in most vegetables and fruits. Avocados and nuts are high sources of healthy fat. Greens contain omega-3 fatty acids. Fat in small amounts is also found in corn, bananas, squash, mangoes, broccoli, cucumber, grapes, peppers, cantaloupe, and most other garden foods.
The SAD contains too much fat, and it is the wrong kind of fat. The SAD is loaded with animal fat that clogs arteries, causing the heart to pump harder to push the blood through the fat clinging to the arterial walls.
This causes elevated blood pressure, the need for stents and by-passes, and ultimately heart attacks and strokes that ultimately result in the person’s death.
God designed plant source foods to satisfy all human bodily needs for protein. All plant foods contain varying amounts of protein. Such foods as avocados, seed, nuts, and beans are high sources of plant protein and meet all bodily protein needs.
In addition, as old body cells die and are replaced by new cells, a high percentage of the dying cells’ protein is recycled. If a person is consuming sufficient calories, it is almost impossible for a person on an exclusive plant based diet to not receive adequate protein.
And by the way – the teaching that we need to consume foods containing a complete compliment of amino acids is bogus and has been totally disproved (by the same person who developed the theory, in fact – Frances Moore Lappe). The body stores protein as individual amino acids and when protein is needed it assembles the protein from the stored amino acids. There is no need for “protein combining.”
Almost all the protein found in the SAD diet comes from animal flesh and dairy. And where did that protein come from? Was it not the protein found in the plants the animal ate, that has been concentrated in the animals flesh? When humans eat the flesh of these animals, they are consuming the concentrated protein of a dead animal.
When that animal flesh or dairy is cooked or pasteurized, this concentrated cooked protein overloads the body with protein which raises havoc within the body. It causes acid stomach problems, osteoporosis, gout, cancer, and more.
Cooked, animal source protein, found in both flesh and dairy, not only contributes to the cause of cancer, but feeds cancer, too.
Sugar is a carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are an ideal energy source for the body because it can be readily converted to glucose and used as a fuel by the cells of tissues and organs. Green plants use the sun’s energy to make sugar through the process called photosynthesis.
Humans were designed by God to gain access to this sun energy locked within sugar molecules by eating plants. Almost all garden foods contain sugar in varying amounts. Fruits contain the highest amounts, but sugar is also found in most vegetables as well.
A person on The Hallelujah Diet receives all the sugar and sun energy their bodies need for energy from the sugars found in the plant foods they consume.
Sadly, the sugar consumed in the SAD diet bears little resemblance to the sugars God designed our bodies to be fueled with. For instance we would have to eat some 3 feet of sugar cane to obtain just one teaspoon of refined sugar.
You could never eat that much sugar cane! But in the refined form, people think nothing of consuming a 12 ounce can of soda which contains some 11 teaspoons of sugar, which is equivalent of eating 33 feet of sugarcane!
The average person on the SAD consumes some 50 teaspoons of refined sugar daily, which breaks down to some 172 pounds annually.
Refined sugar is not only an addictive drug, but is an immune system destroyer. Our immune system was given to us by God to protect us from germs, viruses, and bacteria. Refined sugar knocks out or greatly hinders that protection.
Plant sourced foods are the only source of fiber! God designed our bodies to move food through a very lengthy digestive tract through means of fiber. This digestive tract is approximately 30 feet in length. When a person consumes a 100% plant based diet loaded with fiber, it takes only some 16-18 hours to make the journey.
The SAD diet contains very little fiber. For instance, there is zero fiber in animal source foods. Refined flour and refined sugar, and most processed foods are also devoid of fiber.
Foods devoid of fiber take as long as 3-4 days to make the journey instead of 16-18 hours. Constipation problems are just one of the results of consuming a diet nearly devoid of fiber.
Also, in the nearly 100 degree Fahrenheit temperatures of the body, animal source foods rot on their 3-4 day journey through the body. This is the cause of body odor!
This rotting flesh is also the primary cause of most colon problems – colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colon cancer, and more.
Leave The SAD Behind!
Today, we are attempting to fuel our bodies with the very foods that are creating almost every physical problem we experience.
How can we cease experiencing these physical problems? The answer is an easy one! Leave the SAD behind and adopt the “GOD” diet (God’s Original Diet), the Genesis 1:29 diet!
I personally left the SAD diet over 36 years ago at the age of 42, when I adopted a diet based on God’s Genesis 1:29, 100% plant based diet. This diet has served me extremely well these many years, and as I approach my 80th birthday, I still have a body that is strong, well, and exuding with energy.