Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “God also said, ‘Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This will be food for you …” Genesis 1:29 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Avoid processed foods.”
Adam and Eve were vegetarians. In the Garden of Eden God gave them the plants, vegetables, fruits, and perhaps wild grains to eat. It was the perfect diet in the perfect paradise. Later, in the days of Noah, God included animals as a food source for humans. But even then, the food humans consumed was very close to its natural state. It was food as God created it and it was good for you.
Nowadays the majority of the food we consume is processed. It is made in a factory, infused with chemicals and preservatives, and it is far, far, from the natural state in which God created it. In fact, much of our “food” isn’t really food at all. Much of it is artificial food-like substitutes created by man in the laboratory.
Worse than not being good for us, much of the processed food produced by the food industry is chemically designed to cause overeating. Dr. David Kessler served as the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He has also served as the Dean of the schools of medicine at Yale and the University of California at San Francisco.
In his research about the addictive nature of food, Dr. Kessler discovered that the food industry today engages in the same practice that the tobacco industry engaged in for decades. The tobacco industry used to manipulate the amount of nicotine in cigarettes in order to increase the likelihood of addiction, thereby getting people to smoke more. Likewise, it has now been proven that the food industry has learned how to alter the chemical composition of processed foods in order to make them addictive, thereby getting people to eat more. You can learn more about this (and what to do about it) in Dr. Kessler’s great book “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite”.
The point I want to leave you with today is that one of the most important steps each of us can take to stop overeating is to lay-off the processed foods and to eat more natural foods. The closer any food is to its natural state the better it is for you. Vegetables, fruits, grains, and limited amounts of fresh meat are some of the best foods you can consume. The more processed any food is, the worse it is for you and the more likely that it has been chemically altered to get you to eat more of it. We will learn more about this in the days to come.