The Standard American Diet (SAD) — the diet most Christians consume each and every day of their life — is without any doubt, “The World’s Diet”. I can boldly make this statement because it stands in sharp contrast to what God told us we should eat:
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed (vegetable), which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat (food).”
Fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts are the foods God tells us we should eat and they are found exclusively in the garden. No question about it, these are the only foods God tells us we should nourish our bodies with!
But man has chosen to go outside of the garden to obtain his food.
These foods are what Hallelujah Acres refers to as the SAD diet. So if the SAD diet is not “God’s Diet”, whose diet is it? Rhonda likes to call it “Satan’s Alternative Diet” (SAD), because it is in such stark contrast to what God told us we should eat in Genesis 1:29.
Thus the Standard American Diet clearly qualifies for not only being called the “World’s Diet” but also “Satan’s Diet”.
Does the Bible have anything to say about this “World’s SAD Diet” and “Satan’s Alternative Diet”? Absolutely!
Be Not Conformed To This World
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Now some might question that this verse in Romans 12:2 has anything to do with what we eat and how we nourish our physical bodies, so I will now quote the verse that precedes it to see if this verse sheds any light on what is being referred to here:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Clearly, Romans 12:2 is directing these instructions to Christians (“brethren”) and is clearly referring to what we have just read in Romans 12:1, because the very first word in Romans 12:2 is the word “And”, which means it is continuing instruction regarding how we are to “present our bodies . . . acceptable unto God.”
There are numerous “so called” nutritional authorities in our society today, some even claiming to be Christian, who promote a diet that includes foods found outside the garden (animal source foods in particular).
What does God have to say about our physical bodies and the teachings of these “so-called” nutritional authorities?
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God (by placing into it harmful substances), him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.”
(1 Corinthians 16-19)
The Standard American Diet – Analyzed
This week I want to begin an analysis of this “world’s diet” which I will refer to as the Standard American Diet (SAD) for the remainder of this article.
But this diet is more than just the Standard American Diet…
…it’s the Standard Canadian Diet.
…the Standard Australian Diet.
…the Standard South African Diet, etc.
In fact, this SAD diet is basically the same diet consumed in most western nations and even many non-western nations today.
This is why there is little difference in the health of the people who adopt this diet no matter what country they live in.
So what’s wrong with the SAD diet?
Why is it so dangerous and destructive to our health?
Let’s start with fiber.
SAD Diet Is A Fiberless Diet
God designed our bodies to function optimally on a diet that contains foods very high in fiber content. This may come as a shock to you, but the SAD diet is almost totally void of any fiber, while the “GOD” diet (God’s Original Diet, Genesis 1:29) is extremely high in fiber.
In fact, garden foods are the only foods that contain fiber.
Fiberless Diets Cause Constipation
Constipation is a serious issue for an extremely high percentage of those on the world’s SAD fiberless diet.
Eighty percent of all Americans experience constipation problems at one time or another and some experience chronic constipation. The reason: – without fiber, peristalsis is seriously hindered.
Peristalsis is the contraction and relaxation of muscles which propel food contents by means of waves through the gastrointestinal tract.
On the SAD fiberless diet, lack of fiber hinders peristaltic movement of the food through the digestive tract. That is why doctors recommend laxatives for a person experiencing constipation problems, while others encourage adding daily fiber to compensate for the fiberless diet they are consuming.
God’s Original Diet (GOD), the one God told us we should all consume in Genesis 1:29, is loaded with fiber. When a person converts from the world’s SAD diet to GOD’s diet, constipation problems almost always cease and as long as they stay on the GOD diet, they will not experience constipation ever again.
There Is More To Learn About Fiber
Between where food enters our body at the mouth and where it exits the body as feces, it must pass through approximately 30 feet of tubing. This tubing (the digestive tract) has many pockets, loops, and bends.
To move food rapidly without putrefying requires fiber. When a person consumes a diet comprised exclusively of fiber-rich garden source foods, like The Hallelujah Diet, the food moves very rapidly through the digestive tract, completing the 30-foot journey in about 16-20 hours.
In contrast, foods that are devoid of fiber move very sluggishly through that 30-feet of tubing, taking up to 3-4 days to exit.
Foods that are lacking fiber would include almost everything the average person on the SAD diet consumes each and every day.
For instance, all animal source foods (including flesh and dairy) contain absolutely no fiber.
All refined grains, including refined flour, refined white and brown table sugars, table salt, etc. are devoid of fiber.
SAD-ly, these are the foods that comprise the majority of the world’s diet.
Carnivorous Animal’s Intestinal Tract Compared To Humans
The length of the human digestive tract is approximately three times longer than that of a carnivorous animal and consists of many pockets, loops and bends.
A carnivorous animal’s intestinal tract is very smooth and without any pockets, loops, or bends.
There is a reason for this great difference.
When consumed by a carnivorous animal, the fiberless, unchewed chunks of raw flesh pass quickly into a very strong solution of hydrochloric acid where the flesh is broken down into a form the animal can utilize for its nutritional needs.
The waste is rapidly eliminated before it has opportunity to putrefy.
When humans consume animal flesh, because it contains no fiber, it moves very sluggishly through our 30-foot-long digestive tract, complete with its pockets, loops, and bends.
It can take as long as 3-4 days for animal flesh to make the journey through the human body!
Something worth noting here is the internal temperature of the human physical body – is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Raw Hamburger At 100 Degrees
If you left a pound of ground beef on your kitchen counter, cranked the thermostat to 100 degrees, closed the kitchen door and left for 3 to 4 days, you would return to discover a terrible odor.
What do you think could be causing that terrible odor?
It is the odor of the putrefying and rotting flesh that has been sitting in that 100 degree temperature for the previous 3-4 days.
If flesh putrefies and rots on the kitchen counter in a 100 degree atmosphere, what do you think animal flesh does on its 3 to 4 day journey through your digestive tract at the same temperature?
It putrefies! And the stench escapes through the pores in your skin — most people do not realize that the body odor they are experiencing is the end result of placing flesh foods into their body.
Incidentally, this editor has had no need of a deodorant since he stopped consuming animal flesh 36 years ago.
Consuming animal flesh produces many other problems besides body odor.
Almost all digestive tract problems are the result of consuming fiberless animal flesh foods – diverticulitis, diverticulosis, crohn’s disease, colitis, ulcerative colitis, Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS), and even colon cancer.
And a person who tries to be careful about consuming only grass fed, organically grown animal flesh has the same potential of developing these intestinal problems, because organic flesh is just as lacking in fiber and dangerous as commercially grown flesh.
By contrast, it is almost impossible for a person on a 100% plant based diet to experience any of these animal flesh related problems.
How Human Digestion Works
God’s plan for the proper nourishment of the human physical body is the consumption of plant-sourced foods.
When plant-based, fiber-rich foods move through the human body’s 30-foot digestive tract, they digest quickly (in 30 to 90 minutes). Propelled by the fiber, these foods complete their digestive journey in just 16-20 hours.
The most dangerous diets today are low carb, high protein diets. Some justify this type of diet using Genesis 9:3 as proof that God “changed” his mind about man’s diet after the flood, allowing him to eat foods of animal origin.
But was the animal flesh allowance in Genesis 9:3 meant to supersede God’s original diet in Genesis 1:29?
Note that the Genesis 9:3 diet was given only after all plant foods had been destroyed by the flood in Genesis chapter 7 and notice particularly verse 19:
“And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were COVERED.” (Genesis 7:19) “And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.” (Genesis 7:24)
I personally believe that Genesis 9:3’s allowance of flesh foods was only for survival purposes because all plant source foods had been destroyed by the flood.
I do not believe that Genesis 9:3 was meant as new instruction as to how man was to nourish his body — just look at all the great harm animal source foods cause the human body.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, in his book, “The China Project” concludes, after the most comprehensive research project ever undertaken by the scientific community on the relationship of diet to disease:
“Only small intakes of animal products were associated with significant increases in chronic degenerative disease.”
Another book containing incredible scientific documentation showing the dangers of animal source foods is John Robbins’ book, “Diet for A New America”.
And then there is Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, “Eat to Live”. Dr. Fuhrman, using a basically raw plant foods diet and the elimination of all animal source foods, is seeing almost 100% of his 5,000 annual patients healed of whatever physical problems they were experiencing.
Here at Hallelujah Acres we have received tens-of-thousands of testimonies from people who eliminated all animal source foods and adopted a 100%, predominately raw, plant-based diet, reporting they have recovered from over 170 different physical problems, including diverticulitis, diverticulosis, crohn’s disease, colitis, ulcerative colitis, Irritable Bowl Symptom (IBS), and even colon cancer.
Note: Because raw vegetables irritate the colon lining and often complicate colon issues, those with such issues have found that by juicing veggies (which removes the irritating fiber), they are able to obtain the nutrients necessary for rebuilding the colon wall without causing further irritation. During this healing process, cooking these vegetables softens the fiber and prevents the irritation raw veggies cause.
Isn’t it about time churches and the Christian community in general stopped promoting the world’s diet and returned to the “GOD” Diet – God’s Original Diet?
If this would happen, we could almost totally eliminate prayers for physical healing of disease within the church and we could devote those prayers to the saving of the lost. Also, all the money saved trying to recover from these diseases could provide more money to support missions.
NEXT WEEK, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high, we will continue taking a detailed look at the world’s diet, and learn more reasons why it is so dangerous to our heath and why the SAD is the cause of almost every physical problem we experience. Trust you will join us.