10 Nov Food for thought
In the face of the many health related stories that I have heard in recent times, SoM will be sharing health tips to educate us more on how we can take informed nutritional and health decisions to keep a healthy family.
Our guest contributor- Chef Yemi will be our guide every month, I trust we all shall learn something new and something better.
Mummies first. Are you concerned about your health and want to be more intentional about what you eat? Or are you suffering from the perils of poor health? Is your immune system constantly challenged, making you prone to illnesses and health hurdles that are getting in the way of living life to the fullest?
A fit mummy means a healthy home.
Remember! “Your beautiful body is God’s temple”. God will not dwell in an abused or damaged temple. The present state of our bodies is a result of what we have eaten and our lifestyle over the past decades. Does the phrase “garbage in garbage out” ring a bell? This same principle applies to the human body. If you feed your body with unhealthy foods and drinks, with time, you will get a damaged temple. So the big question is WHAT DO WE EAT?
God in His Awesomeness has designed the body to self heal (a topic for another day) He has clearly stated in the bible the foods, fruits, herbs and spices that are very beneficial to our bodies and general well being. (these are now known as SUPERFOODS)
Superfoods are natural, nutrient-dense compounds that contain high concentrations of essential nutrients with proven health benefits. They are high in vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, or antioxidants… just to mention a few! Some are also rich in phytochemicals, which are known to have disease-fighting properties.
Here are a few Biblical examples of superfoods for your consideration.
• Anise (Matthew 23:23 KJV)
• Coriander (Exodus 16:31; Numbers 11:7)
• Cinnamon (Exodus 30:23; Revelation 18:13)
• Cumin (Isaiah 28:25; Matthew 23:23)
• Dill (Matthew 23:23)
• Garlic (Numbers 11:5)
• Mint (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42)
• Mustard (Matthew 13:31)
• Rue (Luke 11:42)
• Salt (Ezra 6:9; Job 6:6) (Unadulterated / non fortified sea salt)
Fruits and Nuts
• Apples (Song of Solomon 2:5)
• Almonds (Genesis 43:11; Numbers 17:8)
• Dates ( 2 Sam 6:19; 1 Chronicles 16:3)
• Figs (Nehemiah 13:15; Jeremiah 24:1-3)
• Grapes (Leviticus 19:10; Deuteronomy 23:24) (seeded and not seedless)
• Melons (Numbers 11:5; Isaiah 1:8)
• Olives (Isaiah 17:6; Micah 6:15)
• Pistachio Nuts (Genesis 43:11)
• Pomegranates (Numbers 20:5; Deuteronomy 8:8)
• Raisins (Numbers 6:3; 2 Samuel 6:19)
• Sycamore Fruit (Psalm 78:47; Amos 7:14)
Vegetables and legumes
• Beans (2 Samuel 17:28; Ezekiel 4:9)
• Cucumbers (Numbers 11:5)
• Gourds (2 Kings 4:39)
• Leeks (Numbers 11:5)
• Lentils (Genesis 25:34; 2 Samuel 17:28; Ezekiel 4:9)
• Onions (Numbers 11:5)
• Barley (Deuteronomy 8:8; Ezekiel 4:9)
• Bread (Genesis 25:34; 2 Samuel 6:19; 16:1; Mark 8:14)
• Millet (Ezekiel 4:9)
• Spelt (Ezekiel 4:9)
• Unleavened Bread (Genesis 19:3; Exodus 12:20)
• Wheat (Ezra 6:9; Deuteronomy 8:8)
Only certain fish and other seafood were suitable for eating. According to Leviticus 11:9, edible seafood had to have fins and scales. Shellfish was prohibited. Today we know that fish such as Tuna, Salmon, Cod, Red Snapper, and many others are high in protein and healthy omega fats, which can help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and provide many other health benefits.
• Matthew 15:36
• John 21:11-13
• Partridge (1 Samuel 26:20; Jeremiah 17:11)
• Pigeon (Genesis 15:9; Leviticus 12:8)
• Quail (Psalm 105:40)
• Dove (Leviticus 12:8)
According to the book of Leviticus, clean meats are those from animals that have a cloven hoof and chew the cud. They must be free ranged.
• Calf (Proverbs 15:17; Luke 15:23)
• Goat (Genesis 27:9)
• Lamb (2 Samuel 12:4)
• Oxen (1 Kings 19:21)
• Sheep (Deuteronomy 14:4)
• Venison (Genesis 27:7 KJV)
Fresh, raw products from grass-fed cows, sheep, and goats provided the dairy portion of the biblical diet.
• Butter (Proverbs 30:33) not margarine
• Cheese (2 Samuel 17:29; Job 10:10)
• Curds (Isaiah 7:15)
• Milk (Exodus 33:3; Job 10:10; Judges 5:25)
Other Foods in the Bible
Many of these foods, such as raw honey, contain disease-fighting and energy-boosting nutrients, allergy defence builders, and probiotic support.
• Eggs (Job 6:6; Luke 11:12)
• Grape Juice (Numbers 6:3)
• Raw Honey (Exodus 33:3; Deuteronomy 8:8; Judges 14:8-9)
• Olive Oil (Ezra 6:9; Deuteronomy 8:8)
• Vinegar (Ruth 2:14; John 19:29)
• Wine (Ezra 6:9; John 2:1-10)
Mums! what are you still waiting for, get some “me time” and create a balanced menu for your family, don’t forget that your meal plans should include about 70-80% of the above.
Stop using MSG products (seasoning cubes), unhealthy oils, refined / fortified salt to cook, discourage your family from taking frizzy drinks and pasteurized juices then change your water to alkaine water (LASENA) and watch malaria disappear from your household.
God may hold us accountable for the junk we feed our families.
Disease prevention is better and cheaper than Disease management.
THE HEALTHY CHEF (Adeosun Yemi)
For questions relating to your meal plans and other healthy options email us @ schoolofmothers @gmail.com, we shall be glad to help out.
Have a healthy week ahead.