You may be wondering why this is titled The Ultimate Nutritionist. No, I’m not referring to myself here, there’s only One that could fill those shoes.
We are complex beings – our human body is made up of 78 different organs and 12 different organ systems. Think about it… all those organs need to run together in coordinated symphony for us to live each day, and the brain, our central computer system, is primarily responsible for performing all the functions and actions in the body.
If they don’t run properly, we feel pain, fatigue, heat, cold, discomfort, even anger, sadness and joy—all of this from our body and it’s organs! And I’m just touching the surface!
So, I ask you, who do YOU think The Ultimate Nutritionist is?
Who knows our body’s function and ability the best?
Who knows our food system and what to put in our bodies that would make it run like a well-oiled machine?
You guessed it! God, our Creator. Not only did He create us, He created the foods that nourish us too.
Abilities Of The Human Body
Our bodies have the unique ability to tell us what’s going on and how we feel.
- We know when we are hungry or thirsty.
- We know when we are tired and need sleep.
- We feel it when we are sick or when we are excited and happy.
Think about the last time you laughed… How did that feel?
Our bodies even have the inherent ability to self-heal. Most colds or illnesses only require a little time and some proper nutrition and we are soon on our way to feeling better. Years ago people used liquids to hydrate, or molasses and cod-liver oil as remedies when illness struck. Prescription drugs were used infrequently.
Now, I’m not saying prescription drugs are all bad – sometimes the best way to kill an infection is with an antibiotic. But, they have become widely over-used. Just recently it was discovered that antibiotics not only kill the bad bacteria, but also the good bacteria in our guts. This can cause “leaky gut” which becomes the root of several different health problems.
The Link Between Common Ailments And Nutrition
Why are people overweight, tired, sick, or in pain?
A variety of factors come into consideration, including environment, sanitation, hygiene, culture, geography… and of course our food system.
Modern day food systems are far removed from that of our ancestors. They had gardens, canned their own foods for the winter, traded with neighbors for what they didn’t grow, bought milk from the milk man who owned the cows that produced the milk he delivered, and meats from the butcher that also had direct knowledge of the animals he raised, butchered and sold.
Foods available in the grocery stores were from local farms (not flown or shipped in) and processed foods or fast food restaurants were not abundant.
There was less heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and no one had even heard of acid indigestion, celiac disease or leaky gut. In fact, the number of people living with diabetes alone has quadrupled since 1980! And “Gluten free” wasn’t even a term until recent years.
Our food supply and system was much more simple, and yes, foods were more simple too. However, the Standard American Diet has veered so far away from what God intended for us when it comes to nourishing our bodies.
Let me explain…
I’ll be honest, I loved when the first McDonalds opened up near our house the early 1970’s and we went there as a family. The difference is that we went there about once a month as a treat, not daily as people do now.
Today, most kids are not aware of where foods come from. They know nothing about gardens or farms. They think grocery stores and restaurants supply the food.
Farmer Jay (Jason McCobb), a local educator and farmer who visits schools to educate children on the importance of nutrition and our food supply, pointed this out to me. He helps children build gardens, and teaches them about growing and enjoying whole foods. When asked the question, “where does food come from”, the kids answered, “the grocery store”. Now, with the help of Farmer Jay, the kids have a better understanding of how food is grown and the importance of nutritious whole foods for your body.
God: The Ultimate Nutritionist
Along the same lines as Farmer Jay and his students, when I work with adults and ask them what vegetables they currently eat its almost always potatoes, canned corn, and canned green beans.
These are people that know and have access to more than 400 different types of vegetables grown in the United States, (let alone fruit and other plants) and still, they limit their vegetable intake to just three.
You know what? Up until a few years ago, my answers would have looked about the same.
I ate potatoes. I ate a couple of different canned vegetables, and I rarely ate whole fruit.
The Lord provided us with these whole foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains) to feed, nourish, and provide our bodies with what they need to not only survive – but thrive.
Next time you think about what you’re putting in your body, ask yourself, is this God-made or man-made? Will it nourish and heal my body? Will it give me energy and help me feel great?
If the answer is yes, eat it. If the answer is no, eat it less frequently.
God gave us food to enjoy, not to cause stress in our lives!
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life, he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.’” John 6:35
In health & faith,
Christina Grenga is a faith-based Certified Holistic Health Educator who works with Modern Christian women who are ready to quit dieting for good, lose weight naturally, and transform their life. Christina graduated from the world-renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, and is a Certified International Health Coach. She uses a Christ centered approach to guide women to create a balanced, thriving life.