In the last few posts, I’ve shared some of our approach to sugar and how it relates to our immediate and long term financial and health situations. Many people, my parents included, have been saying for some time that sugar is not good for us. But recently, I’ve paid more attention since my friend drew my attention to Dr. Pompa’s resources.
I do not agree with all that Dr. Pompa says, especially with respect to applying to us today the instructions God gave to the nation of Israel regarding clean and unclean foods. But, Dr. Pompa makes some great points about how our choices in eating directly affect our health.
We do not have the money in our monthly spending plan to follow all his suggestions. So we follow an approach that takes into account some of his ideas, while living within our means. For example, we cannot afford to eat 100% grass-fed beef regularly, so we simply enjoy beef less often. And since we both have a few more pounds on us than we’d like to keep, we are discovering that we can share a steak and be satisfied.
Recently, we enjoyed a delicious steak with our 1000 Day Marinade (page 144 of A Recipe for Survival). Also pictured are Grandma’s Green Beans (page 91 of A Recipe for Survival) and short-grain, sweet brown rice.
Now that I’m understanding better how more naturally-raised food helps us health-wise, I see what a blessing our food was as my brother and I grew up in Colombia. My dad worked hard to raise essentially all the fruit we ate, and his methods were natural and organic. I think the only time we bought fruit was at Christmas when we would enjoy the treat of apples since they were so expensive. Otherwise, Daddy raised papayas, bananas, cashew fruit, mangos, passion fruit, star apples and more. We even had a “jungle ice-cream” tree in our yard. That was a tasty fruit!
Most of the meat that we ate was raised in our backyard, too. Again, we were enjoying the benefits of free-range eggs and chicken meat, and I did not even know how good I had it!
Every Wednesday, we received our order of beets, carrots, and a head of lettuce. But that was all the fresh produce that we purchased. We raised the rest of it ourselves. I always thought that we were deprived since we ate such “boring” and “basic” foods. But now that I am interested in foods that help the liver and intestines, I’m seeing what a benefit the beets and carrots were, and how healthy we were by limiting our refined sugar consumption! How I disliked the beans and rice then, but now I value them! Because we had limited financial means, our parents made careful food choices for us so as not to exceed their income… and in the end, we were eating the most healthful diets possible. Limited finances can actually be a blessing if you are like me and can exercise more self-control at the point of sale than at the point of consumption.
Grandma said the other day that parents suddenly become very intelligent when their children turn 40. I told her, “Well, since I’m only 39, and I understand better what my parents were doing for us, just imagine how smart Daddy will be in a few months when I turn 40!”
When Brody and I eat simply, we can taste the natural sweetness of fresh fruit and don’t need a sugar fix from a more expensive and less healthful source. Dessert anyone? 🙂
Remember that our Heavenly Father knows our needs before we ask. He has our best interests at heart, and He is supplying our needs.
If He has not provided enough funds to eat in a certain way, then perhaps it’s not in our best interests to eat in that particular way, whether it’s eating out at fancy places, eating fast food, or buying sugary drinks and snacks as rewards for ourselves throughout the day.
Matthew 6:7-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB) from Bible Gateway
7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
9 “Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day [e]our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from [f]evil. [g][For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]