How to Start the Bible Diet and Succeed in It!
Have you started a diet plan a million times? Have you committed to start one and put it off or given up? Or perhaps you just don’t know where to start. Well, not only am I thrilled to share with you the absolute BEST way to eat, but also how to start the Bible diet ... and succeed in it!
The Bible Diet: A Way to Eat
What’s the Bible Diet? I’m so glad you asked.
First, it’s not a diet, but a way to live. A lifestyle. One that is contrary to the way most Americans eat today, yet, extraordinary with thousands of years of history and benefits.
The Bible Diet, in essence, is based on 3 principles of eating found in scripture:
Not familiar with these principles or looking for more information? Check this earlier blog post out where I go into detail on what the Bible Diet is.
The most foundational and transformational eating plan is the Bible Diet, which surpasses any program man could ever initiate.
Yet why is it so foreign to Christians today? Because we tend to look to man for health answers.
Today I want to share how to start the bible diet and then at the end how to succeed in the bible diet.
But first, why the Bible Diet?
2 Reasons to Start the Bible Diet
If you’re here reading this, I’m guessing you’re ready to be healthy. Or healthier.
A desire to take care of our temple is the first reason to start the Bible Diet.
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? -1 Corinthians 3:16But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself
should be disqualified. - 1 Corinthians 9:27
Reason #1 - Health
God created health. He has given us an abundance of tools and resources to improve and maintain our health.
Gluttony is addressed multiple times in scripture. Not in a flattering way. This isn’t because God wants to deprive us of good things (food pleasing to our emotions), but because He wants better for us!
God made us for health. Eating unhealthy items or overeating will never deliver optimal health. Processed foods lead us to the seven dwarfs of Snow White: Grouchy, Grumpy, Doopey, Sneezy, Sleepy - you get the picture.
2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and Jesus ourLord.
Multiplied means through knowledge of God. This includes our health. The more we learn about His plan - which we have titled The Bible Diet the more we see His hand in our lives. Even our health!
Reason #2 - Glorifying God
Did you know that even in our eating and drinking we can glorify the Lord?
We see this truth in 1 Corinthians 10:31.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
If living a lifestyle of gluttony can drag us down and distract us from the Lord, then recognizing food as a gift from God and taking care of our bodies by eating well can help us draw closer to Him and bring Him more glory.
Self-control is a godly character trait.
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 1 Corinthians 9:25
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
And my favorite verse for this topic:
Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation. 2 Peter 2:9
As we exhibit self-control by eating the things God called food, eating them as close to the way God made them, and not letting any food become an idol, we glorify God.
When we are set apart from the world in order to bring praise to the Lord, we glorify Him.
And when we take joy in the gifts He’s given us, we glorify Him.
Nothing we do, say, or think in this life is separate from our relationship with the Lord. He has given us everything and we can use everything to love, serve, and honor Him.
Especially our eating.
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3 Steps to Start the Bible Diet
So how should you start the Bible diet? There are 3 steps you can take:
Step 1 - Awareness
In Ephesians 2:10 we’re told that “...we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Walking in the way God has prepared for us requires awareness of who we are and why we were created. Since God created us for good, He also created us to enjoy his foods as close to His design as possible.
Without awareness of who you are and why you are here the concept of eating according to the Bible will quickly be replaced with the newest diet on the market and 2 years from now you’ll still be searching for answers.
God built within us the desire to know who we are and why we are here.
Have you felt that desire? Maybe questioned directly or indirectly what on earth you’re on earth for.
God placed that question in you because He loves you and has a great purpose for your life!
Too often, we move through life remotely and like we’re on autopilot. Rarely do we stop and examine what we’re doing. And what we were made to do.
You’re at the first step! You want something different. The desire for health is strong and you’re ready to make real change.
Pausing to acknowledge that desire and seeking the Lord’s purposes for you is the step one of starting and succeeding in the Bible diet.
Step 2 - Believe
Matthew 19:26 records Jesus telling us that “with God all things are possible.”
Do you believe that? Is your faith placed in the Creator, Sustainer, and Lord of the universe and in His power?
We can’t believe in just anything. Definitely, we won’t find consistent, long-term success if we believe in just ourselves. We’re imperfect and will always fail at some point or other.
God never fails and will strengthen us to do what He’s called us to do when we believe in and rely on Him.
How do we know God desires us to be healthy? He loves us and wants the best for us. We can’t experience the best He has to offer if we live unhealthy, overweight, and not taking care of our temples.
Check out this video about the 5 evidences of God's love for you!
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Scripture is full of God’s promises and truths of how much He desires us to live this life abundantly, even in the area of our health.
I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.
Lord, my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. Psalm 30:2
But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord.
All healing comes from the Lord. Man cannot heal. Medicine cannot heal. Surgery cannot heal. God works through many of these ways. There’s a need for each of these remedies these days.
Yet, ultimately He created our bodies to heal.
Believe God Heals
When we learn to believe God is the one who heals, we realize looking to Him for answers to weight and food is spiritually correct.
Also our personal beliefs about who we are and how we lose weight can either be a lie or a truth.
In the 40 Day Transformation this is our first step: identifying truths and lies.
We start with believing God loves us.
We then check our beliefs that we can lose weight, we can be healthy, we can live abundantly.
Any belief in contrast to that is a lie. Lies keep us yo-yo dieting. Lies keep us as a slave.
Beliefs in the truth - we are loved, we are able to lose weight, we are able to be set free - are the TRUE freedom offered only by Christ alone.
Step 3 - Commit
If you look at the full timeline of your life compared to the full timeline of history, you’ll realize the time spent on this earth is very short.
We have forever to enjoy the presence of God. Thousands of years times thousands of years. It’s hard to wrap our brains around, but true.
When we have an eternal perspective, we better understand how temporary the things of this world are. Including food.
Also, as we discipline our lives while on earth, our ability to experience more of God here grows exponentially.
We benefit greatly from discipline and self-control in various areas - time, money, eating, activities, work, and more!
Everything is a gift from the Lord. If we commit to viewing everything, including food, as a gift from Him to equip us to live the life He gave, we’ll be faithful and steadfast in this life.
Planning for Success - How to Start the Bible Diet
Get yourself prepared!
A great resource to help you is my brand new book Hunger Satisfied Journal. It has everything you need to set yourself up for success.
Follow these three steps to start:
1. Be Aware - take stock of your eating patterns
2. Believe - put your faith in the Lord and know that anything is possible in Him
3. Commit – determine that this is a lifetime you want to enjoy; no more days of regret
When these 3 elements are in place, you’re set free mentally and spiritually to see your health improve and armed for life-long weight loss.
4 Steps to Succeed in the Bible Diet
Every good plan has a place to start and resources to get you to the finish line.
Of course, there’s no finish line on the Bible Diet like we’re used to. It’s not a crash diet for two weeks or two months or even until you’ve obtained your goal weight.
The Bible Diet is life to the fullest. A way of eating and living for health. Who wouldn’t want to do that for a lifetime?
I want health today, tomorrow, and the rest of my days.
The Bible Diet equips us for health - mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Lifestyle changes are hard. Breaking habits - especially lifelong habits - is difficult.
However, you can do it! By following these steps and reminding yourself of these truths, new habits will form which create a new way of living.
A healthy way of living.
Step 1 - Mark your Bible
The logical place to begin with the Bible Diet is in the Word.
That’s where I began searching for what true health is. I dug into scripture and marked every single verse that related to food, the body, or eating.
The number of references amazed me! I bet you'll be amazed, too.
There are a couple ways to do this. As you read scripture, use a specific colored highlighter or symbol (I used a green star) to mark these passages.
As you read the Bible in future years, I’m sure those markings will bless you as much as they have me.
These markings, on almost every page of my Bible, are reminders of why this matters to God that I set myself apart and achieve the health to fulfill the mission He’s given me.
Another tool is an online Bible search website like BibleGateway. Look up words like food, stomach, drink, eat, and glutton. Then search for specific food items like figs, honey, meat, bread, grapes, pomegranates, etc.
I have lots of videos and posts about biblical foods, including this one about the 7 Foods of the Promised Land.
Other words to consider are fasting, fast, clean, and unclean.
As you search, copy the scriptures relating to food, eating, and health in a special notebook. You’ll have no problem filling it up!
Step 2 - Journal
Journaling is powerful because it forces us to stop and take note of what’s going on in our life, heart, and mind.
It’s always a powerful way to reinforce truths found in God’s Word.
Again, the Hunger Satisfied Journal is a great tool to use. You can purchase it or as a part of the 7 step course or the 40 day transformation course, both of which you can access through the Biblical Nutritionist Academy.
When journaling is used well, complete healing in the troublesome areas of life result.
Step 3 - Stock up on Healthy Food
Keep your kitchen stocked with healthy foods.
Clean out the junk. It’s hard to throw away food, but better to fill the trash can than fill you with trash.
I have a pastor friend who says, “If it gets near you, it’ll get in you.”
Make a new grocery list with all foods that fit the 3 principles. Don’t bring home foods that are toxic to your success! Don’t invite temptations into your safe place: your home.
Instead, set yourself up for success!Not sure where to find a good list? I teach not only what many of these foods are, but also how to pick the best options on YouTube. Check out the plethora of videos and arm yourself daily to eat according to the Biblical Diet.
Step 4 - Stay Set Apart
Don’t look to the latest diet and try to add it to your plan. Stay committed to this way of eating. It works and is a blessing to you and all those around you.
Within days, you should experience more energy, less volatile emotions, and better focus.
Set yourself apart. Pray for God’s strength and provision to stay the course. Get an accountability partner.
Live and eat for the glory of the Lord.
God’s Word is true and when we follow His Word in every area of life, even our eating, He fulfills His promises.
We can’t experience the abundant life He came to give us if we’re drowning in food excess or chemical-laced or genetically-modified foods. These things harm us!
God’s food provisions shore us up and help our bodies heal.
Watch this video where I discuss these 3 steps on how to start the Bible diet and succeed in it!
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Abundant Living with the Bible Diet
So, start with the mental shift: awareness, belief, commitment.
Then add the action steps: – mark your Bible, journal, stock up on healthy food, and stay set apart.
You won’t be sorry to start this journey and will rejoice with every step of success.
Are you planning to start the Bible Diet? I’d love to know so I can pray for your success and share lots of helpful tools with you.
There’s no time like right now to start the Bible Diet and live the healthiest, most abundant life you can possibly live on this earth.