I’ve always been a fairly healthy eater, but have recently stepped it up another notch. I view my good health like a staircase that I am always climbing higher and higher until I reach the top. Why not? Lofty goals are good!
If you continue scrolling down you will see the way I eat in the form of a list. It might just be something you’d like to try! (hint; it’s freakin awesome!)
There are a few reasons that I eat this way.
First is I have a philosophy that God is no dummy. Novel concept, right?
I figure since He is the One who made these bodies we walk around in, then He probably knows what is best for them.
Foods in their natural state (the way God designed them, and intended them to be eaten) optimize and energize our bodies better than anything else we can put into them. It is like fuel for a car. We know that when we use oils with impurities, our cars will run sluggish. It is the same with our bodies. When we depart from pure food (or what I like to call God designed food), then it is going to have an adverse effect on our health. We all know this, but developing a natural diet is hard for many of us.
Secondly, I have eaten like this before. For a short while. And it was heaven. There are no real words to describe it. You just have to do it and then you will get it. If you do it, please write to me or comment to this blog and try to describe how you feel for the rest of the folks out there. After only a few weeks, I felt like i was seven again. That is truly the best words that come to mind. for I kept saying that over and over again to my husband. “I feel like I am seven years old again!!” Do you remember how you used to twirl around and around and never get dizzy? Do you remember when you had boundless energy and rosy cheeks? Do you remember how your brain functioned clear and pure in thought? Sound like an exaggeration? Of course it does, but it is not. The pollution is out- even in your thoughts. Your thoughts are kinder, happier, and infinitely more patient. You’ll find yourself wanting to tackle puzzles and brain teasers and cuddle with your dog. I’m just saying…and you need to do yourself a huge favor and at least TRY IT for two weeks! For me, it feels like euphoria. But the sad thing is that it is just natural. Everyone has the right to feel like that every day. But we have polluted and damaged our bodies so badly with foreign “food like” substances (i.e., processed foods) which aren’t really food at all and offer very little pure fuel value, that we are stunned beyond words when we begin to experience the exhilaration of a genuinely healthy body. TRY it!
I found this to be the case when I went on what is known as the Daniel Fast derived from the Bible in the book of Daniel:
Daniel 1: 8-16
8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9 Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. 10 And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.”
11 So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us “pulse” to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” 14 So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.
15 And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and [more robust] in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. 16 Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them “pulse”.
So what is this miracle food, “pulse”? “Pulse”, in many of the Bible versions is loosely translated as “vegetables.” But “pulse” is really anything grown from seeds. That would include fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes. Here is a great resource that helps flesh out a little more the origins of this fast:
But, because I have turned this into a “Lifestyle” of eating instead of a fast, I have made a few modifications to the diet that allows fish, honey, herbal teas, and plain Greek yogurt. Here is my list:
Daniel Diet slightly modified to include, Fish, Honey, Plain Greek Yogurt, Tea & Herbal Teas
(“organic” food is always best because most foods are grown with too many pesticides these days)
This list is based on this resource: http://danielfast.wordpress.com/daniel-fast-food-list/
These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon
These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.
All whole grains.
Including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.
All nuts and seeds.
Including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.
These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.
All quality oils
Including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
spring water, distilled water or other pure waters, tea & herbal teas
tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.
Fish, Honey, Plain Greek Yogurt
Foods to AVOID on the Daniel Fast:
All meat and animal products
Including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, and poultry.
All dairy products
Including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
Including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
All leavened bread
Including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast) and baked goods.
All refined and processed food products
Including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
All deep fried foods
Including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
All solid fats
Including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Including but not limited to coffee, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.
Print it out, try it, and enjoy your new life in the Garden of Eden! You CAN do it!