“Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.”
In the last two posts in this series, we have been considering the topic of food and our relationship to it; in the context of a Biblical faith in the Creator. We’ve been contemplating what it means to set ourselves up for success in relation to our food choices; recognizing the importance of wisely choosing the “good” in this life, as part of living a life in harmony with the design and intention of the Creator; believing in the God Who directs and guides His children to live in Shalom (wellness) in all aspects of our being while we enjoy relationship with Him.
Within the context of our modern world, we will now begin to take a look at some practical specifics in terms of making wise choices for ourselves and our families. Following are some insights to help us to understand, practice, and trust the original design and intelligence of our God; and begin to consume foods that have been largely un-tampered by mankind through the millennia.
Sourcing Better Foods
To state the obvious: in order to begin to consume the best foods for our health, we need to know:
a) what those foods are; and
b) where to find them.
Seeking Out Edible, Wild Foods:
In terms of what is generally available to us today, wild foods are one of our very best options; packed with life giving nutrition, in harmonious balance. These foods can be found growing in places where nature is continually reordering itself into a state of balance, and the soil is rich with the essential elements of life. Since these edible plants are growing wild in nature, they still quite likely contain the original components according to God’s design.
So, where can we find wild foods? Here are a few ideas:
- Wild Foraging
- If we become knowledgeable about wild edible plants in our area, we can step into the joy of collecting these foods ourselves.
- By learning about local wild edibles and seeking out a local wild food expert, we can begin to tap into a whole new world that we may not have even known existed around us! By God’s grace, wild, native plants found growing in your own local environment can be just the thing that your body and mind need to thrive. Many communities offer wild, edible food walks, which can be a great place to start.
- It is important to note that it is absolutely essential to properly identify a plant before consuming it (being knowledgeable enough to avoid any inedible, potentially poisonous look-alikes).
- Purchase Them
- Purchase wild food products from experienced, sustainable wild food foragers.
- By purchasing wild foods, you can conveniently incorporate a wide variety of both local and exotic wild plants without the time commitment required to exclusively forage yourself.
- Incorporate a variety of Seaweeds into your diet.
- Seaweeds are widely available for purchase and are utterly packed with amazing nutrition. Adding seaweed in an appropriate amount to your daily diet can greatly diversify the nutritional content within your overall dietary intake, including supplying a sufficient amount of the essential nutrient : iodine (by taking an appropriate amount, to also prevent overloading on it).
- Consume Edible Algae.
- These ancient, micro-algaes are getting more and more attention these days in Holistic Health circles and for good reason. They are packed with micronutrients, they are very high in protein and chlorophyll; and are an excellent way to ensure that you are getting enough essential minerals on a daily basis.
- Seek out clean sources of organically grown algaes (Spirulina and Chlorella).
Bringing wild foods, seaweeds and algaes into our diet is a fantastic way to connect with foods that God has designed; but there are many more options and ideas that I am thankful to be able to share with you. In part four of this series we will explore more practical ways to seek out foods that will bless us in our efforts to pursue health and balance in each of our temporal lives; remembering that present health is not an end in itself; it is a means for us to find the bodily strength and stamina that will in turn assist each of us to seek, and to carry out, the unique calling and anointing of our Creator in our lives.
“My Beloved is mine, and I am His.
He feeds his flock among the lilies.”