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Anti Aging Advocate, Issue #001 -- Vegetarians vs. Meat Eaters
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In this issue we'll begin looking at MEAT! It's a great source of protein, but it seems to be fairly unpopular today with some crowds. What should we know about eating meat in the 21st Century? What should we know from the Bible about eating meat?
AAA Issue #002 -- Unclean vs. Clean Meats
AAA Issue #003 -- Conventional vs. Organic vs. Free-Range Meats
Vegetarians vs. Meat Eaters
In the Garden of Eden
Some people say that God's intention from the beginning was that mankind should be strict vegetarians. Is this true?
It is true that in the Garden of Eden God told Adam and Eve that they could eat every plant and tree that produced seeds. It is also true that there was no mention in the garden of eating animals. Even the animals were vegetarians; there were no carnivores.
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; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. (Genesis 1:29-30)
Between the Fall and the Flood
And it remained that way for one and a half millennia. There is no mention of eating meat before the flood. Now with all the evil that people were doing up to the time of the flood, they could very well have been eating meat, but the Bible doesn't give any indication concerning that possibility.
The people lived a long time before the flood; was it because they were vegetarian? Most Bible scholars believe that it was probably the environment rather than the food that made the difference. The Bible speaks of the presence of water "above the Earth" in the antediluvian world. The high mountain ranges and deep valleys were probably formed during the flood. It's very likely that the Earth was like a greenhouse all year 'round, from pole to pole, with a 365-day growing season. With mist every morning, no erosion, and perhaps not even any plant diseases, it was perfect for a year 'round vegetarian diet.
How did they get the needed protein? The same way people who are vegetarians get their proteins today -- combinations of legumes (peas & beans) with whole grains, or legumes with nuts or seeds. By eating these combinations of plant foods, a person can get all nine essential amino acids. If you, for any reason, decide to be a non-meat eater, make sure you are eating these foods together, preferably whenever you eat; not just once a day.
After the Flood
After the flood God gave a new directive to Noah and his descendants. He gave animal flesh for food. And animals themselves also began to be carnivorous. (Didn't you ever wonder how all of the animals lived together on the ark, without eating each other? They were all herbivores!) Here are God's instructions:
Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. (Genesis 9:3)
If indeed it was the case that the pre-flood world had a year-round growing season, things were now dramatically different. People needed to learn how to preserve their foods. Having the ready availability of complete protein in the diet, by simply killing wild game or domestic animals was a real boon to these people. And in case you think that God was reluctant about having people eat meat, please note that he commanded the Israelite priests to eat meat.
In the Law
But there can be a negative accompaniment to meat -- fat. As God gave detailed dietary instructions through Moses, he was careful to tell the people to refrain from eating animal fat. Now I'm sure we all understand that the animals of that time were not penned up in stockyards nor fattened up with a diet of grain. Nor were they injected with hormones and steroids. They were free-range fed, and therefore didn't have near the fat content that our meats do today. Nonetheless, here are God's words concerning eating the fat of animals:
It is a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings: you shall not eat any fat or any blood. (Leviticus 3:17)
So there it is -- God gave meats, plants, fruits, nuts and seeds for humankind to eat, so that they might grow and maintain health and strength. Please make sure that you are getting a balanced diet of proteins, carbs, and fats.
If you haven't yet read through the section of the website on food
-- a balanced diet of healthy food is essential for enjoying a successful anti aging lifestyle.
Next Month's Anti Aging Advocate
Next issue we'll continue to consider the protein in our diet, looking at the biblical restrictions on some meats. We'll see whether those restrictions were just for Jewish people living under the Mosaic Law. Till then...
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