The 1 Corinthians bible verse below, in context, is talking about exploiting our bodies in regard to sex. Not realizing—or ignoring—that sexual sin perverts our sacred bodies. The same bodies the Holy Spirit dwells in. Although we’re not talking about sex today, the same perversion exists around food and what we do with it to our bodies. In my post, What is Primal?, I did a quick overview of key primal living rules to live by. Key point number one is eating lots of plants and animals. Think about everything you’ve consumed over the past week. Was it all to the Glory of God, who created our bodies? Did you glorify him in your food and beverages choices? Did you care for the temple he gave you? I know I could have made some better choices!
… or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.1 Corinthians 6:19-20 The Message (MSG)
How do we honor God with what we eat?
Simple, we eat what He gave us! And, there’s PLENTY to choose from. We can eat what grows out of the ground like veggies, nuts, seeds, and fruit and meat we’re able to harvest from animals and fish. Bottom line, if there’s more than one ingredient, don’t eat it. If it comes front the center of a super-center grocery store, don’t eat it. If you can’t pronounce it, for the love of God Ma’am… DON’T EAT IT!
Use some common sense here. It seems restrictive to command you to eat only food that has one ingredient, but you can make a lot of really delicious snacks and meals by combining several real foods, herbs, spices, fruits and veggies! One of the biggest obstacles to eating real foods, in my case anyway, was not knowing how to cook, and not having a set list of foods to keep on hand at all times. If you can learn a few basic cooking skills, and come up with a list of things you make sure are available all the time, you’ll be set. Click the grocery basket below to see what awesome primal foods await you, and do some of your own google searches to learn learn how to caramelize onions (I use butter, not olive oil), roast veggies, sear meat, and fry up eggs. You’ll be absolutely amazed at what you can do with butter, garlic, onions, salt, and pepper!
Get the proportions right!
There are a few different items on the plate that make up what our ‘average’ will look like in order to maintain optimal physical health. The macro-nutrients on the plate are protein, carbohydrates, and fat. In that order! Together these macro groups equal the number of calories we eat to garnish all of our nutrition.
Whether you’re trying to loose weight or not, a lot of folks approach calories from the standpoint of, “How much can I eat without getting fat?” Instead, lets look at it front the standpoint of, “How little can I consume while getting what I need to stay healthy and feel vibrant?” Think of it like budgeting your money, online we’re budgeting calories instead. If you only had $14 in your bank account, and you needed to eat for a week, what would you buy in order to survive? What comes first? Think of it that way.
With the calorie budgeting concept in mind lets examine the three macro nutrient groups to see where and in what order we need to shop for our calories in order to get the most bang for our health/nutrition/life buck.
- A set daily requirement based on your body
- The only calorie source we don’t store and aren’t able to manufacture ourselves
- Don’t worry about getting it right on the money every day, focus on your average each week
- .7 to 1.0 grams per pound of lean body mass necessary to maintain metabolic function (.7 would be toward the lower end of the activity spectrum, 1.0 would be for folks doing a lot of movin’ and shakin’)
- Example for a relatively inactive 120 lb woman @ 20% body fat:
- 120 lbs @ 20% body fat = 96 pounds of lean body mass
- .7g/lb x 96lbs = 67.2g of protein required per day
- Keep the bulk of carb-calories from veggies, max 150g per day!!!
- The reason our bodies need carbs is to allow us the opportunity to take in all the vegetables–and treat ourselves with fruit every once in a while–that contain the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants our bodies thrives on, not to supply the 150g of glucose per day our brain may choose to burn as fuel (God gave our brain alternative fuel sources in case we don’t eat enough carbs).
- If we ingest more carbs than our body needs at the moment we consume them, the extra carbohydrates convert to glucose in our bloodstream–excess glucose gets stored as fat.
- If necessary, our liver can pull fat from deep storage in our thighs, butt, and bellies (or where ever your donuts end up) and use that to manufacture glucose in a process called gluconeogenesis.
- Intake is flexible based on hunger
- If you’re hungry, eat more fat!!!!!!!
- A thought to ponder;
- 1 pound of fat = 3,500 calories
- 120 lbs x 20% body fat = 24 pounds of fat
- 24 lbs of fat x 3,500 cal/pound = 84,000 calories in storage
- 84,000 cal / 1700 cal/day = 49.4 days of stored energy
- The above woman could survive on stored body fat for almost 50 days!!!
Click on the food pyramid below to see the full blown Prim Food Pyramid. Notice there’s no grains, they’re totally unnecessary!
Listen to your body
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times… listen to your body. Eating according to the above outline is very different from what most doctors recommend, and also very different from what most Americans are used to. I’m not a doctor, and I can’t feel and experience exactly what you will while you make the switch to eating Primally.
If you start on this primal journey, listen to your body and fine tune your personal results based on what you’re body tells you. If you’re two days in and feel like you wants to give up, check out this fabulous post on beating the low-carb flu. If you’re two months in and past the ‘flu’ but not feeling like you’re in your prime, experiments with your intake of different types of calories, ie, maybe you’re working out a ton and can enjoy some extra fruit to replenish your muscle glycogen, or maybe you’re eating a little too much protein and are getting constipated. Who knows! You’ve got to listen to what you’re body is telling you and adjust your plate based on what’s happening.
Lord, I believe the readers that have made it this far want to honor the temple you’ve given them in their bodies. I believe we all want to care for the place your Holy Spirit dwells! Please help us all give up the things that aren’t healthy, and help us seek out the foods that will help us feel full and brimming with life. We know Lord that we can’t subsist on food alone and need you to nourish us. When we can’t find what we need on a list of healthy foods Lord, please help us to turn our hearts toward you, instead of toward the junk in the center of the grocery store! Lord, you’ve given us everything we need to stay healthy. Please help us find it, prepare it, eat it, and enjoy it! It’s in Jesus name I pray all these things. Amen!