Have you ever noticed just how fussy, Mom or Dad are when they've bought some new machine or equipment in the house? Mom would normally say, “honey we must first read what the manual says” and well Dad being dad, would say, “it's not rocket science my sweet watermelon...what could possibly go wrong?” and in most cases,....a lot has gone wrong. That is our attitude when it comes to our health, we have been given a manual by God, and this manual is there to instruct us on how to take care of the living machinery, as well as how to maintain it. If the instructions are not followed to the letter, sooner or later the machine will either stop working or will not work properly.

In the secular world, a state/government plays the most central role in the formulation and implementation of health policies, and people’s understanding of health policy is shaped to a large degree on how they view health. There are a number of health policy instruments available to governments in implementing effective health policies. The first has been that of providing information in order to enable individuals to change their habits and to maintain good health, which is what God has placed before us.

The second instrument has been identified as regulation, by means of laws, standards as well as codes to protect the health of citizens. Similarly, in the teaching that God gave to His chosen people, the preservation of health received careful attention. The people who had come from slavery with the uncleanly and unhealthful habits which it engenders, were subjected to the strictest training in the wilderness before entering Canaan. Health principles were taught and sanitary laws enforced.

There are mandatory principles that apply in maintaining our health. If the principles of health that govern our bodies are neglected whether in eating, proper dressing, food preparation or even resting, we will have debilitated bodies; we will be unfit to do service to God for mankind.

Often we do not realize that the foundation for disease is laid at the early stages of life and these are only usually visible at a later stage. Our quality of life really depends on what we choose to put in our bodies each day. It is often difficult for individuals to realize the consequences of poor eating habits until disease settles in. Why be a statistic? “By adopting a better diet and wiser eating habits it's possible to live longer and enjoy a healthier, more productive life.” Ultimate health is not a result of chance, but of choice.

My Selection of food

In selecting food, the very first principle that needs to be taken into consideration is that the food selected must first provide energy, water and essential nutrients that build up the body. The lack of discipline in incorrect eating habits not only weakens the body, but also leads to numerous diseases.

Grains like brown rice and barley, “mabele” [native Sotho word for sorghum], “koro” [native Sotho word for wheat], “senatla” [associated with strength as in, a strong man or one that gives strength] is unrefined maize meal made from yellow maize, the meal maintains a yellow colour and has been used for years by the Basotho people in South Africa as well as Lesotho and is still used in different parts of the African continent, these grains are power foods, they have roughage and all the vitamins and nutrients needed by the body.

Fruit like bananas, apples, oranges, pears, peaches, apricots, watermelon, mangoes among others can be enjoyed, depending on your geographical setting, the fruit may vary, use what is available in your region. Fruit can be bottled and preserved for months and even years and jams can also be made from various kinds of fruit.

Nuts can be used to make nut butters like the very common peanut butter, macadamias make a rich butter and cashews are perfect for sauces and as toppings on pizza, almonds, hazel nuts are rich and can be used in baking, similarly can pecans be used in baking. In addition to nuts, seeds like sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds can be used.

Vegetables and legumes, from spinach, potatoes, pumpkin, beetroot, carrots, green beans, garlic, onion, tomatoes, zucchini/courgette/marrows, eggplant, haricots, sugar beans, lentils, and many others can be eaten. In order to maintain good health, there needs to be enough supply of nourishing food and these foods mentioned, constitute the diet that the Creator had initially chosen for mankind. 

 “The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”

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