What is the Bible Diet?

November 10, 2020

What is the Bible Diet? A Bible-Based Health Plan

what is the bible diet

Does that sound strange? Does the Lord really tell us how to eat? Can we even learn that from scripture? Yes, we can! But what is the Bible Diet?

I set out on mission years ago to share the treasure of health information buried in the pages of Scripture. Every day, God revealed more and more Treasures of Healthy Living

While there’s no specific meal plan the Lord sets out for us to follow, exploring His Word helps us learn how to eat for health.

Are you tired of a new diet every 6 months? The various options can be overwhelming:

  • Keto
  • Paleo
  • Low-Fat
  • Calorie-counting
  • Mediterranean
  • Whole30
  • Atkins
  • THM
  • South Beach

We could go on and on. There’s actually a website with a list of 100 diets. How confusing is all that? We’d do untold damage to our bodies if we tried them all.

Instead, we can turn to the Bible to learn simple principles of healthy eating.

And thus, a diet based on scripture.

First and foremost, the Bible Diet is a health plan given to us from God that delivers all necessary nutrients we need to live the most abundant life possible. 

What is the best medicine for continued health benefits? FOOD!

What is the most confusing topic today? FOOD!

Yet, this biblical diet is different. It helps us make clear decisions on what, and how to eat.

Doesn’t that sound refreshing?

A Biblical Example

biblical example

Olive oil is a great example of a powerful biblical food. It’s seen throughout Scripture and is well known as a healthy food today. 

In Israel, the first pressing of olives gave the purest, most health promoting oil possible. It’s the key to prevention and healing. This is still true today.

No wonder God included so much about this little fruit in His Word.

Yet, there are many fake and faulty olive oils on the market. As with lots of other foods on grocery store shelves, many have added ingredients not labeled. Some are processed with heat and chemical solvents. 

This is where food, even those good for us, becomes confusing. What existed for thousands of years in natural forms, we ‘ve managed to adulterate and corrupt in the last hundred or so years.

The same is true of God’s Word – and the Bible-inspired Diet. 

Let’s take God’s Word for its full value and not let man change it or try to make it say something it doesn’t.

The biblical diet starts with 3 simple principles. These are the same principles that helped me lose 60 pounds and, even better than that, continue to help me enjoy life more every day.

Check out this video to learn more about these 3 principles that I teach:

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When I became healthier, lost extra weight, and experienced the benefits of eating for health, I enjoyed being a mom and wife more. And now I have loads of energy to relish being a grandma.

Even if your goal is just to lose weight, the exponential benefits will amaze you. Your whole life will be more enriched. You’ll discover your mindset will be more jovial. And your friends will wonder what happened.

 3 Principles of the Bible Diet

principles of the bible diet

What are those life-changing principles? I’m excited to share!

# 1 – Eat the food God created for you

Every food God called good for us is better than anything man can imitate.

The good news about food: God provided a bountiful supply of delicious foods. A brief glance around the world reveals the vast array of foods. A deeper look confirms an abundance of options.

Here are the boundaries for beneficial foods.  Dr. Rex Russell wrote these words many years ago, but they are timeless.

  1.   When the Designer calls an item food.  Refer to Genesis 1:29 – seed-bearing plants and trees with fruit.
  2.   When God brings items to His people as a gift.  See Ezekiel 16:19 – fine flour, olive oil, & honey.
  3.   If Jesus ate or served an item.  See Matthew 15:36 – loaves of bread & fish.

Interested in knowing what foods are mentioned in the Bible? Find the full list of the foods in Scripture here to help you build a complete grocery list.  

Plus, watch this video to see the list for yourself.

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# 2 Eat the foods as close to His design as possible

Whenever God’s food is altered, it diminishes the goodness He’s infused in them.

Ignorance around food is a plague in our world. Especially in the church.  Too often, food is seen as something to enjoy for its own sake, not for the sake of fueling our temples in the best way possible.

Romans 1:22 says, “…although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.”

This is so true when it comes to food today!

We also see this truth in Proverbs 16:25. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.”

As much as possible, stepping outside the media and google doctors, look to God’s Word to find the foods that build strength and health.

When God’s foods are altered – such as GMO, pesticides that are still on the foods when we eat them, adding additives to processed foods – all these elements cause harm.

So, while we clean, cut, and cook food, that’s not the type of altering we’re talking about. Here, we’re talking about processing and modifying foods from their original state in ways such as those listed above.

When we stay as close to natural as possible with our food, our taste buds and our bodies will rejoice!

# 3 Don’t let any drink or food become your god

dont let any food or drink become your god

No one can serve two masters. This means when food is the most important part of your day, it’s become an idol or false god.

When you can’t stop eating or stop eating a certain food – it’s serving as a god.

When we crave food more than we crave time with the Lord, it’s become a god.

Food has an important place in life, but shouldn’t hold a place of top priority. This is a hard concept, even within the Church, but an essential one. 

Food is ingrained in almost every element of life. But, the hold it often has on us can be broken. The powerful tools of prayer and fasting help us break these strongholds.

The Bible Diet is applying these three principles – the same principles that I have been teaching in churches, as a coach, and online since 2005 – because they work.

These are the same principles used in our BNA Coaching. When these principles are applied, health changes happen.

Eating according to the Bible diet, according to the principles above, leads to improved health: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, AND physically!

Bible-Based Diet Plan

bible based diet plan

I remember in one of my early classes of the Treasures of Healthy Living Bible Study

A family of 4 came every week for 12 weeks. They had never heard that God provides what we need to live our healthiest life. They were all overweight and suffered from depression and numerous health challenges, despite that the parents were only in their 30’s. 

At the end of the Treasures of Healthy Living Bible study program, they had lost collectively over 65 pounds!

In that same class a woman who had never memorized a chapter in the Bible – not even one verse – stood up and spoke God’s Word – fully memorized.

Another testimony was another lady who learned these principles and put them in practice and for the first time was healthy enough to go on a mission trip.

So let me ask: Does God’s Word speak to us in the area of eating?

Most certainly!

Does God care about our health and what we eat?

Most definitely!

There are numerous verses that directly discuss food and eating, but there are also many biblical principles we can apply to our health and eating. Such as:

Exodus 23:2 “…do not follow the crowd in doing wrong….”

3 John 11 “Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but what is good…”

God loves you with an everlasting love. 

  • Investigate what the Bible says about food.
  • Apply what the Bible says about food.
  • Share what the Bible says – i.e. the Bible Diet – with everyone you know.

Bible-Based Diet Resources

I have resources that make this easy for you!

The Treasures of Healthy Living Bible study lays it all out in an easy to understand and apply format. There’s also a DVD series to help teach this in your churches and in homes.

The 40-day Transformation gives you the tools to break free from man’s lies and stronghold in your health physically and spiritually.

Our BNA Coaching is by far the most amazing way to achieve a complete health transformation. In this coaching forum, everyone gets coaching from our team: Annette Reeder, Rhonda Carroll with meal prepping, and also Carol Graham, our prayer coach.

I want you to succeed in living the healthiest life possible and have made it my mission to arm you with all the resources and support necessary to do so!

How to Start and Succeed in the Bible Diet Plan

how to start in the bible diet plan

The most foundational eating plan is the Bible Diet, surpassing any program man can ever come up with.  Yet, why is it so foreign to Christians today? Because we tend to look to man for health answers.

Today I want to share both:

  • How to start the Bible diet and 
  • How to succeed in the Bible diet

Just like there are 3 principles in the Bible diet plan, there are also 3 steps to start and 3 steps to succeed.

How to start the Bible Diet Plan

how to start the bible diet plan

1.     Awareness

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God before ordained that we should walk in them.” (KJV)

This requires awareness of who we are and why we were created. Since we’re created as His workmanship in Jesus Christ, we’re also created to enjoy his foods as close to His design as possible.

Without awareness of who we are and why we are here, this concept of eating according to the Bible will quickly be replaced with the newest diet on the market and in 2 years we’ll be again anxiously searching for answers.

We were created to know who we are and why we are here.

And only when we’re aware of what we’re eating, taking stock of what goes in our mouths, can we make real changes.

2. Believe

In Matthew 19:26, Jesus said all things are possible with God. 

In John 10:10, He tells us that He came that we “might have life and have it more abundantly.”

Psalm 30:2 tells us that the Lord helps and heals us when we cry out to Him.

Jeremiah 30:17 reinforces this truth.

All healing comes from the Lord. Man cannot heal. Medicine cannot heal completely. Surgery cannot heal absolutely.

God works through many avenues. There is a need for each of these remedies in our day. Yet ultimately He created our body to heal.

When we learn to believe God is the one who heals, we grasp that looking to Him for answers to weight and food is spiritually correct.

He has given us all the tools we need to succeed in what He’s commanded us to do – treat our bodies as a temple to be well cared for.

3. Commit

When you traverse the full timeline of your life – the time spent on this earth – it is very short. In contrast, we have a millennium and more to enjoy the presence of God. 

If we can discipline our eating while on earth, it’s an opportunity to experience more of Him here and not delay the joy of His presence.

To live the healthiest life today, we can’t be wishy-washy or try something new every month or year. No, instead, let’s commit.  Commit to caring for our bodies – the temple of the Holy Spirit – each day while living here on earth.

 A lifetime to enjoy with no more days of regret.

When these 3 elements are in place, you’ll be mentally and spiritually set free to see your health improve and find weight loss easier.

How to Succeed with the Bible Diet Plan

how to succeed in the bible diet

These are action steps. We started with the mental shift necessary to get on the right road.  Now we need to use action steps to make it work.

1. Mark your Bible

When I started this journey, I decided I wanted to know every verse God speaks about health. I started marking these verses in my Bible differently. I used the symbol of a green star.  

Now, many years later as the pages of my Bible are turned there is a green star shining up at me as a reminder of God’s love and grace in the area of food/health.

Reminders of why this matters to God that each of us set ourselves apart and achieve optimal health: to fulfill the mission and purpose He’s given us.

2. Journal 

Write every day to solidify your beliefs. Beliefs can wander if they are not concentrated on.

Write God’s Word, and keep a journal of what you’re eating and how you’re feeling. Taking time to record what’s going on in our lives and reflecting on it is powerful!

Don’t ignore this step because it feels too daunting. You’ll be amazed at the impact of taking just 5-10 minutes a day to record and reflect.

Use the Hunger Satisfied journal from the 7 Step course or the 40 Day Transformation course as resources if you’re not sure where to start.

3. Stay Set Apart 

Don’t consider adding the latest diet trend to your plan. Stay committed. It works, it’s a blessing, and God’s Word is true.

So start with the mental shift:

  • Awareness
  • Belief
  • Commitment

Then add the action steps:

  • Mark your Bible
  • Journal
  • Look only to God’s Word

And if you want even more support and encouragement, join our BNA Coaching. Let us help you reach success quicker with a team to cheer you on and offer suggestions along the way. It’s our pleasure and joy to help you achieve your health goals.

The dessert to the Bible diet is to enjoy the foods God designed. 

Below is a list of many of the wonderful foods God has gifted us with. Check it out to get started. We also have many recipes for more fun foodie ideas.

I’d also love you to join me in the kitchen. You can find even more recipes and tips on my YouTube channel. I hope to see you there!

Biblical Diet Food List

biblical diet food list

The Bible diet food list is the foods God created for us to eat and declared clean.

I am going to walk you through the Word with many (not all, because it’s extensive) verses about food:

Get your grocery list ready. 

As an added bonus and benefit, I recommend seeing which foods you can grow yourself. Then as you plant, weed, pick and enjoy, share with your family about God’s promises, provisions, and grace.

Bible Verses about Diet

Genesis 43:11 – almonds

Judges 7:13 – barley

Ezekiel 4:9 – beans

1 Kings 4:22-23 – beef

1 Samuel 17:17 – bread

Judges 6:19 – broth

2 Samuel 13:8 – cakes

Job 10:10 – cheese

Numbers 11:5 – onions, leeks, melons, garlic, cucumbers

Deuteronomy 32:14 – Curds of cow milk

Numbers 13:23 – figs

Matthew 7:10 – fish

1 Kings 4:23 – fowl

2 Samuel 16:2 – fruit

Genesis 25:28 – game

Proverbs 27:27 – goat’s milk

Ruth 2:14 – grain

Genesis 18:7 – veal

Proverbs 15:17 – vegetables

Deuteronomy 23:24 – grapes

Leviticus 11:22 – grasshoppers, locusts, crickets

Exodus 12:8 – herbs

Isaiah 7:15 – honey

Genesis 25:34 – lentils

Matthew 13:33 – meal

Genesis 43:11 – nuts

Proverbs 21:17 – oil

Deuteronomy 28:40 – olives

Numbers 13:23 – pomegranates

Numbers 11:32 – quail

2 Samuel 16:1 – raisins

Job 6:6 – salt

Deuteronomy 14:4 – sheep

Deuteronomy 32:14 – sheep’s milk

Genesis 43:11 – spices

Numbers 6:3 – vinegar

Psalm 19:10 – wild honey

How to Prepare for the Bible Diet

how to prepare for the bible diet

Since you’re here reading this post, I assume there’s a desire to get healthy. I’ve given you lots of information about what the Bible Diet is, steps to be successful, and even a detailed list of foods found in scripture.

I want you to succeed!

Therefore, the last thing I want to leave you with is how to prepare for the Bible Diet. Preparation is often the first key to victory.

Some of this has already been covered in the 3 steps in how to get started. However, let’s look once more at what’s necessary mentally to prepare.

Then we’ll talk about how to make your pantry ready before we wrap up.

We start with why. Ask yourself: 

  • Why do I want to be healthy? 
  • Am I worthy to seek God for answers?
  • Am I ready to see God work in my life in the area of food?

All decisions that result in lasting change have a health-soul answer to WHY!

As you contemplate the Why – let me ask:

Why not you?

  • being at the best weight possible
  • being pain-free
  • sleeping through the night
  • getting rid of depression and anxiety

Why not you? 

And why not now?

Now that you are ready, let’s look at food.

Print out the image below or write out the 3 principles I shared. Then use that as a guide to go through your cupboards and throw out all food that doesn’t comply.

3 principles

My Journey with the Bible-Based Diet Plan

When my husband and I started this journey I threw away all foods that were imitation: cheese, vanilla extract, box mixes on which I couldn’t read all the words in the ingredient list, and anything that looked like it could be fake.

I didn’t buy store bread again for over 10 years. It’s not what I could make myself with freshly milling grains.

I started

  • cooking more
  • only brought into the home foods that I could recognize
  • started a garden; small at first, then larger after we moved to a better location

The changes weren’t as hard as I thought they’d be, and the benefits far outweighed any sacrifice I felt I was making.

We’re tremendously healthier now than we were then!

Are you ready to start the Bible diet and change your health for the better?

Launch the Bible-inspired Diet Today

I set my mind to feed my family well and we have been cancer-free and medication-free since 2004!

We had more medications in our 30’s than we do now.  We were more overweight in our 30’s than we are in our 50’s.

Life is better. I can work hard, bike strong, hike long, and enjoy life more.

What about you? 

Why not you? 

Why not now?

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