Principle 6: Control the Quality of Your Food Intake

Steve Douglass

Sound eating habits are directly beneficial to physical health.

For example, that is probably one reason the Israelites were warned about eating the fat of animals (Leviticus 3:17). Daniel illustrates the superiority of vegetables and water over rich food (Daniel 1:12-15).

Each of us needs to prayerfully study what qualified nutritionists have to say concerning the food we eat, and then we should apply the advice to our own diets. The following are some points which many experts recommend:

  1. Eat a balanced diet from the basic food groups: milk and other dairy products, meat, fruits and vegetables, grains and breads. Candy and other highly processed snacks are poor substitutes for this balance.
  2. Greatly reduce your refined sugar intake and cut back some on your meat consumption. Most Americans consume far too much sugar and probably too much meat for optimum health.
  3. Eat your food closer to the state in which God originally created it rather than in a highly altered form. For example, raw vegetables or those which have been lightly cooked are generally superior in nutritional value to highly cooked or processed vegetables.
  4. Eliminate the use of beverages which contain caffeine or alcohol. There are several healthy alternatives you can drink, such as herb tea, decaffeinated coffee and grain-based beverages.

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