After the Fall and curse on the ground we follow the times specific foods are mentioned in Scripture and we start to see a pattern of … meat and bread.
God’s nutrition instructions and provision at creation and the Garden of Eden was seed bearing foods with the purpose of physical regeneration. But after the corruption of sin entered the world, the need for death to life nutrition (see Death to Life and Cursed Nutrition posts) highlights our need for RESURRECTION (new life).
God’s Provision Reflects God’s Purposes
So why meat and bread? From a faith perspective meat and bread represent both purposes so far for food: REGENERATION (seed bearing grains) and RESURRECTION (death for life meats). Throughout Scripture we see this combination of meat and bread:
- Abraham’s visitors (tender calf and bread)
- OT Patriarch meals mentioned of (Isaac, Jacob & Joseph)
- Pharaoh’s dream (cows and grain)
- Israel’s wilderness provision (quail and manna)
- Passover (lamb and unleavened bread)
- Tabernacle sacrifices (lamb and grain offerings)
- Elijah (fed bread and flesh in wilderness)
- Christ miracle provision to crowds (fish and bread)
- Marriage Supper of the Lamb (meat and bread)
From a nutritional perspective meat and bread contain ALL the essential nutrients for physical health and life! When grains are sprouted or naturally leavened (like they were historically – totally different than the highly processed, inflammatory grains we eat today) their nutrients that were once bound are FREED! (see The Seed post) and able to be used and absorbed by the body.
“Of the 44 known essential nutrients needed by our bodies and naturally obtained from foods, only 4 are missing from wheat–vitamin A, B12, and C, and the mineral iodine.” http://info.breadbeckers.com/deception-of-enrichment/
Whole grains contain phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that bind to the vitamins and minerals in the grain and can interfere with their digestion. Historically cultures would soak, ferment or sour leaven their grains before eating them to break these substances down (pre digesting) and allow the nutrition to be absorbed. When grains and beans are sprouted or soured, there is some loss in protein (gluten), but vitamin A content increases by 300% and vitamin C by 500%. Sprouted grains can also be more easily tolerated by those who can not digest gluten.
Meats are complete proteins. They contain all nine essential (must be obtained from diet) amino acids if raised by God’s design (ie…grass fed cattle and wild caught fish). These life giving meats contain the right balance of fatty acids (omega 6 : omega 3 ratios), Vit. B12, absorbable iron, Vit. A, D, E, K, and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) PLUS many minerals like zinc and selenium that are easy to absorb! Amino acid profiles from meats are essential to form hormones, neurotransmitters, regulate the pH of tissues and the blood, immune function, detoxification and much more!!
In next week’s Food Faith Friday video on our FACEBOOK PAGE and E! Journal post we’ll discover more about the world’s food system after the FALL in NATURAL LAWS. I’m excited to share more with you through the E! Journal and our Eureka! Holistic Nutrition Facebook Page Live each Friday afternoon!
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Here is the link for this week’s – Food Faith Friday VIDEO: Meat and Bread