“Please test your servants for ten days. Let us be given only vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearances with those of the young men who are eating the royal food, and deal with your servants according to what you see.”…Daniel 1: 12-13
With the Coronavirus Disease 2019–COVID-19 spreading rapidly to epidemic proportions, I am sharing professional level links that distinguish the facts about the said disease and negate the prevailing opinions of untrained individuals.
Centers for Disease Control, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Our best defense against the transmission of diseases has always been proper handwashing; https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/
Nevertheless, we can cleanse the outer body with soap and water, yet, without a strong and healthy immune system, we still remain defenseless against all diseases. We can protect ourselves by boosting our immune system with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. The definition of a healthy lifestyle is subjective; most individuals will define health according to their level of knowledge and their personal food preferences.
Biblical scriptures support humanity’s original diet along with the rewards of following a plant-based diet, which was implemented by God.
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. Genesis 1:29
Daniel 1:8-20 provides an account of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, and their refusal to eat the king’s royal food. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. Daniel 1:15
The human body, which is created in the image of God, is complex, and still contains mysteries that science has not been able to decipher. Even so, the general consensus among health care providers is that nutrition and a healthy Immune system are interdependent.
Changing our personal preferences is possible. With structure, discipline, and Divine intervention, we can develop healthy eating habits that strengthen our bodies and minds, along with boosting our Immune system. Take the 10-day challenge to retrain your mindset and your tastebuds. Even if it takes much longer to give up chronic disease-producing foods, make an effort to start a healthy lifestyle.
- Pray daily for the desire and the strength to discard foods that contain high sodium, high calorie, high sugar content, dairy, and unknown ingredients.
- Purchase a journal, develop a weekly menu, and purchase the foods that you will cook. Prepare and freeze if your time is limited.
- Explore the plant-based recipes on pinterest.com. You may be pleasantly surprised at the unlimited options.
- Buy fresh herbs to season your recipes and focus on adding color to your diet; red, green, yellow, orange, purple by purchasing fruits and vegetables.
- If weight loss is your goal, avoid simple carbohydrates. Brown basmati rice, sweet potatoes, and whole-grain bread provide options that are low in fat and taste delicious.
- Research the variety of legumes, nuts, and recipes that utilize these foods to make nut-based vegan patties and loaves.
If we can repurpose furniture and other inanimate objects, we can repurpose our bodies by following God’s original plan. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.…1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Pecan Nutloaf Recipe by Sonya Johnson Ruiz
4 cups pecans ground into pecan meal (use a food processor for best results) Alternate: 3 cups of pecan meal and 1 cup of chopped pecans
8 cups of vegan bread crumbs
2 cups of diced organic red onion and 1-2 tablespoons of garlic clove
Spices: Organic Italian herbs, parsley, add personal preferences
Organic tomatoes–enough to make 4-5 cups of tomato juice, add 1/2 cup of water and blend. Use 1 cup of tomatoes and seasonings to make a thicker paste to brush a ketchup paste on the top of the loaf.
Option: Add 4 tablespoons of organic extra virgin olive oil to liquid ingredients. Grated celery, carrots, cayenne pepper, curry powder are delicious ingredients that provide other flavors to the loaf.
Saute garlic and onions in water, let cool. Mix dry ingredients together. Combine tomato juice and olive oil. Gradually add liquid ingredients to the dry mix, it should have the consistency to stick together without being too dry.
Use a pastry brush to spread the homemade ketchup on the top of the loaf.
Bake in an oiled or non-stick baking dish or large loaf pan (non-aluminum) at 300 for 45-60 minutes. Test by inserting a knife in the center of the loaf, which should come out clean. Do not overbake.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020
Stock photo of nut loaf