Our food consumption principles . . .
As my family and I have been exploring on our nutritional journey, we have come across excellent thoughts and wisdom on this subject to help guide us and for consideration on our travels. Many have come directly from Scripture and others have been derived from Biblical principles. I have paraphrased the following, which are gleaned from books like Rex Russell’s "What the Bible Says about Healthy Living" and Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules”:
Eat food God created for food (food found in nature, mainly plants) - Eat real food.
Eat food as close to the way God created it as possible (no processing, GMO’s, steroids, antibiotics, etc., look at chemicals not calories) - Eat clean, real food.
Do not make food an idol or get addicted (don’t eat too much, or too little) - Do not focus too much on food.
Food is a central part of culture, community and celebration (it’s not just fuel or individual nutrients) - Let food build fellowship.
A few verses from the Bible about food & nutrition . . .
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
Romans 12:1-2 "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
1 Corinthians 6:12 "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything."
1 Corinthians 8:8 "Food will not commend us to God . . . "
1 Corinthians 10:31 "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God."
2 Corinthians 7: 1 “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.