During the summer of 2012 Scott and I watched a Christian Documentary about Vegetarianism. I know that there is nothing unbiblical about eating meat. We are no longer under the law. But why did God give laws about food in the 1st place? Did you know the the Israelites are, and have always been among the healthiest people in the WORLD? God gave them rules the same reason we give our kids rules. Because we love them and we want to help them make the best choices.
Before sin entered the world God said in Genesis 1:29... “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so." No one ate meat. There were no carnivores or omnivores. In fact, God did not command us to eat meat until after the flood. Sure Abel raised sheep, but that doesn't mean he ate them. His offering was more pleasing to God because of what it represented and the things to come. Genesis 3:21 describes the 1st sacrifice, "21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them." This was to cover their sin... but ultimately a greater blood sacrifice would be needed to to atone for us. Part of Abel's sacrifice was also fat, which later God specifically says not to eat even though the meat is okay.
So then why the change of heart after the flood? One word... necessity. The land was pretty much slug and it was no surprise to God that an ice age was coming. He had Noah make all the preparations by having him bring more of the clean animals. Later he sends quail to Moses and his followers... but only after they complained that what the Lord had provided for them wasn't enough. Meat is a yummy, nutrient dense food. It is great in a pinch. Settlers to our country and in cold climate areas would not survive without it, but it is not the perfect food that God designed for us when the world was perfect.
There is plenty of scientific proof that eating a diet high in animal protein is carcinogenic. Red meat is particularly is bad for our hearts. Pork is still full of nastiness. All of this information was like a mustard seed to us. On our cross country trip we drove through Texas, some major cattle country cities. That whole trip was pretty spiritual for me and the meat thing really started to tug. We drove pass Tyson plants in other states. We talked about it, cut out the worst offenders for a while, but eventually reverted. At some point we watched Food Inc. and Forks over knives. Finally in February we decided to try to go vegetarian.
All of the kids did pretty well but Joshua. He is not a big fruit and vegetable eater so it was hard for him. At first we didn't get any of the meat substitutes but started buying them for his sake. They like the morning star chik'n nuggets, hot dogs,, sausage patties, and facon... the ribletts are AMAZING. They are the only ones Scott and I eat. I know all of these are super processed and not the healthiest choices, but one thing at a time. They have all started eating so much better and all the big kids now will eat pretty much everything I cook. We've got our staples down. I try to be creative with beans and just substitute them for meat in everything. We do cheat sometimes. We try no to eat out very much,but if we do I let the kids eat whatever. At Taco Bell everyone but Joshua will still eat vegetarian so that's where we go mostly. Other places Summer and I may have chicken or fish if there isn't a better option and we don't want salad, but it's not often.
I've tried to go more vegan, but its hard... I love cheese. We do get Almond milk to avoid too much animal protein. Processed foods is what I'm trying to limit the most now. I watched Fat, Sick,and Nearly Dead a few weeks ago. Summer has psoriasis and is starting the have thyroid problems. Both are autoimmune related and it says(and I have read) that these types of problems can be alleviated through a natural diet. After doing more research, I'm not buying the whole detox thing. Our bodies will detox themselves if we would just stop pouring garbage into them.
An article I read called "Lord, Please Bless this Poison", really put thing into perspective for me. People want to eat what they want to eat. and do what they want to do, and then complain when they are sick. We want to pour money into cancer and heart disease research for "cures", instead of trying to prevent them in the 1st place. It reminds me of modern childbirth. Lets fill her and her baby with all kinds of thing that we know can harm them, just because they think they can save them when something goes wrong. Hey...could you please give me some poison to get rid of the other poison you just gave me.