If I had to give one piece of advice about eating, Christian weight loss, and health, it would be this:
“Fruit for food, leaves for medicine.”
Where does this prescription come from?
It comes from Ezekiel 47:12:
“Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”
Ezekiel 47 is a beautiful picture of the heavenly temple. In Ezekiel’s vision, healing waters flowed from this temple. The water nourished the fruit trees near the temple and the fruit and leaves provided wonderful benefits.
While it is a vision of Christian life in the Spirit, you can also apply it to your Christian health efforts. After all, your body is God’s temple!
Do you believe that your health and weight would change for the better if you took this advice daily as seriously as you took a daily pill from your doctor?
Experts believe that many lifestyle-related diseases (like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer) can be prevented simply by eating a minimum of 2 and 1/2 cups of vegetables every day.
Remember, Popeye ate Spinach for super strength! Okay, he is a fictional character but the idea is rooted in reality. Spinach is rich in iron, vitamins, and minerals for energy. And most of us have heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
So if chronic diseases run in your family, you especially owe it to yourself and the ones you love to start putting this into practice, little by little if necessary.
Start today by picking up some fruit and leaves at the store to make this prescription easy and convenient for yourself. Make eating whole fruits and green leafy vegetables at least half of what you eat every day.
High fiber fruits to include:
- Pears with skin
- Apples with skin
- Berries (Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries)
Leaves to include:
- Turnip greens
- Mustard greens
- Bok Choy
- All types of salad greens (go easy on the salad dressing because many varieties are loaded with calories).
Greens prepared with Wiley’s Greens Seasoning is my favorite.
Here are two of my favorite sites on the benefits of fruits and vegetables and both contain great recipes:
Too often when Christians wants to lose weight, they focus on what to give up. But that is a sure way to defeat.
Rather focus on what to add to your diet to heal, energize, and nourish your body.
And in doing so, you will improve the quality of your life now and in the future. Remember: “Fruit for food, leaves for medicine.”
The Designer’s food is the best!
Creator of the ‘Take Back Your Temple’ program
P.S. Are you ready to grow stronger Spiritually and heal emotionally as you reach your ideal weight? Let the Take Back Your Temple program be your guide. God’s way is change from the inside out and once you are changed His way, you are never the same!