The Biblical Diet (No Prayer Required)

It’s the healthiest nutritional program ever, and it’s called the Biblical Diet. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get on your knees, give away your belongings or take a vow of celibacy.

It’s the Holy Grail of medicine: finding the diet that helps provide the proper nutrition for a long, vibrant life. I commonly refer to it as the Biblical Diet to my patients.

I’ve developed this plan with help from a dear colleague, Wilma August (everyone knows her as “Willie”), and I can honestly say she knows more about nutrition than any medical professional I have ever met. Wilma doesn’t teach at a medical university, she doesn’t hold any fancy degrees. What she does possess is a lifetime of experience helping her clients regain their health through a diet (that at times can be extreme), but is so logical and beneficial that once you hop on the train you may never get off the ride. At a senior age Wilma is more vibrant and passionate about her work than others 20 years younger. She works at a health store on Long Island, and spends her time educating patients in “recovery” (as she calls it) from afflictions ranging from cancer to arthritis. I have known Willie for 20 years.

Willie and I have discussed many times the foods that were originally designed thousands of years ago to nourish mankind. She has a colorful way of describing this program (literally she uses Crayola crayons to make her diagrams) asThe Garden of Eden Diet. Willie starts by drawing her caricature of primal man with mainly his head with prominent teeth, eyes and the outline of the gastrointestinal tract. She notes mankind started in a semi-tropical climate, so he was supposed to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. She notes that man wasn’t born with adequate night vision, so it makes sense that we shouldn’t be eating a whole lot at night — nighttime is the time for the body to rest and eliminate waste.

The human hand was made with a thumb that can move in a special way to grab fruits and vegetables and nuts. Our mouths produce saliva with enzymes to digest carbohydrates, not proteins. Animals, on the other hand, have enzymes that can digest protein in their mouth.

And the teeth, our teeth contain 32 “choppers” — 28 are designed to grind food and 4 are made for tearing meats and fish.

So far makes sense, right?

Here’s the twist though: we no longer live in The Garden of Eden, and most of us don’t live in a semi-tropical climate. Also, “biblically” speaking, after “The Flood,” Noah and his family were told they could eat from all the animals available to them — birds, fish and land animals.

My version ofThe Biblical Diet is that mankind should get the abundance of their nutrition from foods that were available thousands of years ago. Our bodies have not changed significantly, if at all, since those times, but our foodsurely has changed. Nothing came in a wrapper in biblical times, and adding sugar to food didn’t make sense because food would spoil even faster.

If you’re thinking “hmm, that sounds a lot likethe Paleo Diet,” you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. The difference between the two?

Paleo doesn’t allow many legumes or milk, but back in the day, these foods were very fresh and had significant nutritional value. Paleo also isn’t as big on salads, but picked wild greens were a staple of Biblical times and also have vitamin levels that make them nutritious.

So, what are foods included in the Biblical diet?

Foods of the earth:

  • Any vegetation, the greener the better
  • Any nuts (as long as you are not allergic) in all the varieties — they all have different minerals with health benefits
  • Olive oil was a staple in these times, and today more and more data are showing that Omega-3’s in this product are key for heart health.

What about meat and fish?

Was everyone a vegetarian back then? Heck no! But remember, they didn’t have fish farms or antibiotic-fed beef back then either. The food was fresher, and the portion sizes smaller. Dinners or lunch containing these key proteins were a treat, because availability was always an issue. Back then (before college tuition), families were larger. With more mouths to feed, the portions sizes had to be smaller.

One of the best examples of the success of the Biblical Diet program comes from Iberia, the island in the Mediterranean off the coast of Greece. The Iberian people follow this nutritional way of life, and they are known for having the greatest number of centenarians in the world (folks that live to be a 100 or over).

I am sure every year there will be a new diet book promising to help you lose weight and a lot of other stuff. My advice is to stick to The Biblical Diet. Follow it and your journey to heaven might be delayed a couple of decades!

– Dr. Dean Mitchell
Mitchell Medical Group, NYC

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