There is a definite and undeniable healing power in food. I strongly believe, food is our medicine. If we eat the wrong foods, taking medicine won’t do us any good; and, if we eat the proper foods, we will have no need for medicine. Simply put, every time we eat, we are either healing ourselves or killing ourselves.
So, why not choose life? Why not eat for strength and vitality? When we choose to eat foods that are healthy and authentic, in season and in their most natural state—unprocessed, sans preservatives, we can experience the freshest and most flavorful way of eating, and enjoy the benefits of the valuable gift of well-being.
Preparing food is a serious business. I imagine, sometimes we don’t see it that way. It seems, we can be so easily trusting that anyone can jump into a kitchen, tie on an apron, follow directions, throw a few ingredients together and serve us up a meal. Voila!
In today’s society, we are literally bombarded with quick and easy ways to fill our guts, at every turn. We are too easily enticed and misled, craving “foods” that are catchy and entertaining, readily available, instantly gratifying, lacking in nutrition, terribly affordable (to our own detriment) often giving little or no thought to how the food was prepared.
“The mouth is stupid. After eating it forgets who gave it the food.”(African Proverb)
Think about it. After eating, do you ever hold to a moment of thought and appreciation for the meal you have just received? Are you thankful for the hands that prepared it? Did you take time to notice its detail and presentation? Was it a creative presentation? Could you taste every element and combination of the food with passion? Were you satisfied?
(For those who honor Torah, this is why we pray after a meal. You can learn more about this prayer in the Living Spiritually category. Look for the article on Birkat haMazon, to be uploaded soon.) Now, let’s get back to this article.
Most of the time, we can eat so carelessly (especially when we’re on the run and in a rush) that we really don’t know what we are eating or who fixed our meal! How can we so blindly entrust our health and well-being to a stranger? I mean, who really are you trusting to prepare your food? Some fancy corporation, trendy franchise, or fast-food restaurant? The government? Do you know? Do you even care? Do you think they do?
All I can say, the phrase infamously attributed to Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, when her people were starving amidst a poor harvest, rodent infestation, and a food shortage—“Let them eat cake!” If you’re really not caring about what you eat and what’s in it, then you’re probably doing just that—shoving down your throat, tasteless, sugar-ladened, worthless (I’m sorry, I can’t even call it food) . . . Just as well, call it “cake”.
We have a responsibility, those of us who are in a covenant with the Most High, to honor and respect our bodies, “our temple”, and to keep ourselves in the optimum of health. We are to be an example and a blessing to others. We are to be the salt of the earth. Matthew (MatanYahu) 15:11 gets swung around in circles, so often in error and so thoughtlessly that it’s dizzying! When we lack in knowledges the Most High has entrusted us with, we have not only failed ourselves, we have failed the world.
THE POISONOUS STEW
Food preparation is a skillful and worthy art of high commendation. I call to mind the story of the prophet Elisha in the Tanakh, 2 Kings (Melachim) 40:39-41 . . .
And Elisha came again to Gilgal; and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said unto his servant: ‘Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets.’
And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage; for they knew them not.
So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said: ‘O man of God, there is death in the pot.’ And they could not eat thereof . . .
. . . But he said: ‘Then bring meal (flour).’ And he cast it into the pot; and he said: ‘Pour out for the people, that they may eat.’ And there was no harm in the pot.
Food poisoning is not just a case of food gone bad, it can be a mishap of ignorance, a dose of apathy on the part of the cook; or worse—it can be the fault of someone just not giving a “tinker’s darn” about you and what they are fixing for you. (And, then of course, there is always the intentional thought to do another harm.) Got to be real. That being said, the Most High has warned us to be careful who we allow to prepare our food.
Open up wide: Proverbs (Mishle) 23:6-8 also has some very wise words for us to swallow:
Do not eat the bread of an evil (i.e., stingy, begrudging, selfish, disgruntled, etc.) host, and don’t crave his delicasies, for he is keeping track, inwardly, counting the costs. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. You will vomit up what little you have eaten, and will waste your compliments.
THE HEALER IN THE KITCHEN
Okay, some of you might admit you don’t know how or don’t have time to cook. Cool. If you don’t have the time or interest to learn to be a healer in the kitchen, that’s fine. But by all means, entrust this skill into the hands of someone who knows how to keep you in health. Don’t chance it. Your health (and the health of your family) depends on it.
The impact of poor nutrition, poor food consumption, processed foods, fast foods, and in this age of engineered synthetics that are neither animal or plant life, have no doubt, your health is bound to be run amuk at some time or other if you don’t pay attention to it.
We are not helpless, innocent by-standers. Contrary to common thought, we, NOT our doctors, are responsible for our health, point blank. We must be diligent in the face of convenience, hype, and marketable medicine to take back our right to choose wisely for ourselves and our families. We all should love ourselves enough to eat the very best of what YAH has given.
For starts see, Genesis (Bereshit) 1:29. This is the basic foundation and prescription for well-being. I encourage you to seek out and study to discover all the Most High’s declarations and statutes for health. You will find there is power in being a healer in the kitchen. Of course, it will take time, patience, commitment and great effort to apply these changes to your own life, but the difference it will make can not be denied.
As covenant women, it is our responsibility to up-hold the Most High’s truth (yes, even in the kitchen), whether you are the cook or someone else is cooking for you. Once again, your well-being depends on it. From this day on, may you be dedicated to eating for optimum health, growth, endurance, strength, and . . . True Beauty!