“She is like the merchant ships, she brings her foods from afar.”
Most of us will be familiar with the concept of eating a balanced diet in order to promote optimum health. The one problem is, there are seemingly countless versions of what exactly a balanced diet is.
With chronic illness having become rampant in our society it is clear that our diets, lifestyles and life situations are far from balanced; failing to infuse the health and vitality that so many of us crave. While the common life approach of “everything in moderation” might seem like a good idea, is it really? Is it really a wise and informed approach to life; or perhaps an excuse to indulge in ways that are ultimately unhealthy for us; and together all of our “moderate things” don’t really add up to health at all? Perhaps simply following the rule of everything in moderation simply does not take into account enough knowledge and education in order to allow a person to make informed choices with regards to what they choose to eat.
A very important factor that individuals generally do not take into consideration when attempting to apply a balanced diet, is the question of whether or not the food itself is balanced. Though this principle is overlooked, it is of paramount importance. There is growing awareness in the world about our need to look at how and where our food is grown; and this all literally begins with the soil. An amazing insight that more and more people are tapping into is the realization that health begins with the soil. And, the health of the soil directly affects the health of the plants; which directly affects our health, as consumers.
“And Uzziah.. had farmers and vinedressers in the mountains and in Carmel, for he loved the soil.“
(2 Chr 26:9-10)
Did you know that healthy soil is teeming with life? Whenever we see living soil, we are witness to its amazing balance; and harmonious, health giving quality. This living, balanced soil teeming with microorganisms, earthworms and insects; brings forth produce that is balanced, and richly saturated with nutrients produced within its microscopic world. Consuming these plants gives us the ability to support the life and vitality within ourselves; a gift from our Creator to help us be in touch with His original, perfect design.
On the other hand, plants grown with today’s man-made, conventional farming methods are grown in soil that is, quite literally, dead; no longer containing the harmonious balance of life found in healthy soils. This of course, is a result of the microorganism and other beneficial insects, having been killed through the routine use of pesticides and herbicides on conventional produce. While these vegetables, fruit and grains may look like others as a result of having been fed a small number of synthetic nutrients through fertilizer; they are devoid of the balanced nutrition that will allow for us to thrive; instead, overloading our systems with toxic chemicals and, thus, throwing our bodies further and further away from the balance of life. In simple terms: the plant can never impart more health and balance than were already an integral part of the plant itself.
More and more, the familiar saying, “you are what you eat” is proving to be true, even on a molecular level. It therefore only makes sense that if we eat balanced food; we will be promoting balance in our bodies; and infusing health and balance into our overall lives.
The problem that we are facing today, of course, is that the vast majority of the food available is grossly imbalanced, wreaking havoc on our system’s health and wellbeing. The majority of the food “products” sold in grocery stores come from plants that not only were grown in imbalanced, unhealthy soil conditions and covered with toxic chemicals; they were also genetically modified before the seeds were planted; as well as stripped of almost all of that which resembles the real, original plant, before being bagged, boxed or canned and placed on the store shelves.
These genetically modified and processed foods have been shown in countless studies to create all forms of illnesses and disease; not likely the quality of life that any normal human being is aiming for.
Practically speaking, I believe we can intuitively say: In order to enter into a health filled and balanced state of being, we need to seek out balanced plants for food; in healthful measures and combinations.
We’ve just begun to scratch the surface regarding this integral and complex topic, and we will be continuing to address it within the next several posts in this series. Until then, blessings and Shalom!