Walking through God’s Healing Garden
by Ellie Marrandette
Wellness seems to be a never-ending research project. Over the years, man’s truth about health has shifted with the wind but God’s Truth stands fast! I would never be so arrogant as to say I know all the answers. No one will know everything until we are in front of our true Creator, and we can ask Him.
I will always choose Absolute Truth over man’s truth any day. Remember men believing the world was flat and bloodletting was healthy? Scripture already professed answers in Isaiah 40:22 and Leviticus 17:11. Scripture cannot be dismissed, even in today’s advanced sciences.
There’s an interesting Chinese saying that states, “Even if 5,000 men are wrong, they are still wrong.” Truth is Truth. Eating a potato was as acceptable in the Garden of Eden as it is now. Genesis 1:29. God knew it all the time.
God declared “It is Good” when He completed Creation. That meant fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and herbs were ALL under that umbrella, (Genesis 1:29, Genesis 9:3) debunking the Paleo, Keto, Atkins, and various other restrictive diets. (Unless you have an illness or allergy preventing certain foods of course. Common sense prevails.) Genesis 9:3 declared meat permissible.
Always go back to God’s basics. “We are fearfully and wonderfully made . . .” (Psalm 139:14.) There are practical reasons we need nutrient variation.
No matter how many times someone tries to create a fad diet plan, it’s still a fallacy and contrary to God’s declarations. Just look at all the diets that have come and gone through the decades: grapefruit, cottage cheese, cabbage soup, Scarsdale, Atkins, Paleo, Keto, the Cookie Diet (no seriously, a cookie diet – that certainly nutritionally educates a dieter, doesn’t it?) liquid diets, and on and on.
Yet the nutritionally-based, balanced Mediterranean diet prevails, as does the Volumetrics and DASH diets. These all go back to a plant-based diet. Eating healthily is a great testimony to God’s healing powers through natural means.
Healing foods were spoken of many times throughout the Old Testament. Plants contain an abundance of healing properties. That’s a fact! Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, professed that in 400 B.C. His famous quote, “Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food” is practiced by every reliable dietitian and nutritional counselor today.
Plants create an alkaline environment that improves our mood, strengthens our immune system, repairs our cells, and protects us against harmful UVA/UVB rays. There is no doubt that consuming plants extend our lives.
Hippocrates strongly believed that diet along with exercise was the key to health. Throughout history, nature has provided many different antidotes for diseases. Aspirin came from the willow tree. Capsaicin, a remedy for arthritis, is derived from cayenne pepper. Valerian is a sleep aid and the list goes on and on.
Here are some important functions where food is useful as preventative medicine:
- Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower are all cruciferous vegetables containing isothiocyanates, a 50-cent word that defends us against cancers, especially colon cancer. These vegetables contain protective chemicals; indoles and detoxifying enzymes which prevent cell damage (anti-aging secrets?) Cabbage has been known to heal ulcers. These are all our dieting friends, being low in calories and high in fiber. They attract and escort fats out of your system quickly. These vegetables are best eaten raw or lightly cooked to release their healing properties.
Cruciferous vegetables are high in cancer-fighting, nutrient-boosting phytonutrients. These are filled with fiber, magnesium, iron, beta carotene potassium, thiamine, Vitamins K, E, and C, and so much more! They also destroy cancer cells before they can harm us.
There are many ways to use these vegetables year-round. Summer salads are refreshing with spring mixes and fruit. Vegetables are best eaten raw or steamed lightly to release certain nutrients. Cut fat intake with lower-fat ingredients like low-fat evaporated milk, cheese, or sour cream for soups or casseroles. Even better, find recipes for oven-roasted techniques that use balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and herbs.
- Garlic: It is antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic, fights inflammation, infections, and stimulates the immune system. It kills parasites, controls digestive problems, and aids respiratory illnesses like bronchitis or asthma. It contains allicin which has healing properties. It even worked as an antibiotic during WWII.
This fragrant bulb will work to open up the lungs, balance blood sugar, and control blood pressure and circulation. Garlic heals wounds, prevents cancers, opens up the lungs, balances blood sugar, controls blood pressure, and circulation, while reducing bad LDL while increasing good HDL cholesterol. Garlic contains high levels of selenium which improve our mood.
- Onions: Similar to garlic, onions have many health benefits! Onions increase good HDL cholesterol, decrease inflammation, fights infection, and are powerful cardiovascular agents.
Onions contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that prevents cell deterioration and cancer. It’s also excellent in fighting off diabetes because it contains the mineral chromium, which regulates insulin. New studies are to be released soon regarding a scientific discovery; a compound in onions inhibits bone loss. Choose colorful red, green, or yellow onions because they contain more beneficial chemicals than white.
- Sweet potatoes: These are packed with vitamins C, E, and other antioxidants plus fiber which can control diabetes. Plus, they contain B vitamins, B6, and folate, which help retain brain function.
- Cantaloupe: Packed with more potassium than a banana, this fruit will help prevent heart attacks, thins the blood, and has a calming effect on the body. Also, cantaloupe is a natural diuretic, it releases sodium.
- Spinach: High in fiber, vitamins A, C, E, and K, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc, selenium, and lutein for eye health. Spinach is a powerful cancer fighter. Men especially should consume it because it helps prevent prostate cancer.
Its dark green color contains chlorophyll which detoxifies the body and is another cancer fighter. Its vitamin A content supports beautiful skin. Also helps in fighting inflammation, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, and high blood pressure. Its high-water density makes it a perfect addition to a diet.
- Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, pomegranates, and strawberries contain high levels of antioxidants which prevent free radicals from aging your skin. These have been known to reduce cholesterol, improve vision, and fight urinary tract infections. They are beneficial to cognitive and motor skills and have arthritic and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Carrots are a great source of carotenoids, another antioxidant. Carrots protect against many forms of cancers including colon, bladder, lung, kidney, and breast cancers. They have been shown to stimulate the immune system and protect the heart, eye health, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
Carrots contain immense amounts of nutrients: calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin as well as carotenoids, and phytochemicals.
- Red peppers contain two and a half times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges. This boosts the immune system and helps restore collagen to the skin. Red peppers are also high in Vitamin A, iron, and potassium.
All of these foods improve digestion, energy levels, memory, and mood. Most importantly, you will be able to lead a vibrant lifestyle! God’s given us the perfect blueprint for a healthy diet. He wants us to remain healthy – obey Him!
After attending Graham Jr. College in Boston and Moody Bible College, Ellie Marrandette earned her Bachelor of Ministry (BMIN) from Trinity Theological Seminary. Fascinated by psychology and physiology, God directed Ellie toward a rewarding healthcare career. She became a licensed, certified nutritional counselor, working with doctors, nutritional centers, and independently as the founder of New Creations Ministries, a faith-based solution in overcoming health challenges. In recent years, God has focused Ellie’s path toward writing. She is the author of four Christian novels, a novella, and a non-fiction book on healthy living entitled, Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese (Nutritional and Life Lessons God Teaches Us.) All can be found Here. Her current endeavor is to complete a children’s devotional this year. For more about Ellie Marrandette visit her New Creations website.
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