The Power of The Fork

| July 14, 2020

“The Power of The Fork,” this word play of Proverbs 18:21 from my long time friend Larry Szrama demonstrates the reality that what goes out of our mouths, words and what goes into our mouths, food are extremely powerful.

I believe the pandemic of metabolic disease (high blood pressure, excess body fat around the belly, high blood sugar levels, low HDL and high triglycerides) today is the result of what is going in our mouths and is wreaking havoc on our immune systems due to inflammation.

The three main perpetrators of inflammation are sugar, seed oils and grains.

  1. Sugar is in almost everything we eat. The increased consumption of sugar has had a toxic affect on us and in many cases causes type 2 diabetes, obesity, fatty liver and many other maladies.
  2. Seed oils, often called vegetable oils, are extremely unstable when heated creating inflammation in the gut and overloading our systems with free radicals. Dr. Cate Shanahan explains the harmful process simply and powerfully in her book “Deep Nutrition” Chapter 7 “Good Fat and Bad”; a book I highly recommend for a deeper dive on this subject.
  3. Grains, considered a staple in the diets of our Biblical forefathers, are now a villain in the inflammation epidemic. The problem is that the grains we are consuming today are not the same as the ancient grains that nourished our ancestors. Poor farming techniques and over processing has led to an increase in gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, and a disruption to the healthy organisms that live in our digestive tracts. Processed grains are highly inflammatory and increase insulin to unhealthy levels creating insulin resistance. Dr. David Perlmutter, a board certified neurologist, goes into great detail in his book “Grain Brain,”explaining how our brain health is affected by the unhealthy cascade of interactions that occurs in our bodies when consuming processed grains.

Our current health crisis is a combination of mis-information and dis-information. The mis-information has come from embracing the food pyramid of the 1970s and thinking that high carbs (7 to 11 servings of grains a day) and a low-fat diet would be healthy. Demonizing saturated fat in meat, butter, egg yolks etc. has created a society that is overweight, chronically sick, depressed and riddled with prediabetes, type two diabetes and obesity.

Transitioning from a processed food diet to a real food diet is not as daunting as it seems. Consistently eating a low carb, healthy fat diet, will bring insulin to healthy levels and help your body adapt into a fat burning phase. Think of yourself as a fat burning machine.

The put on and put off principle the apostle Paul used in Romans 13:14 “put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh” can be applied here. We should be putting on real food that is nutritionally dense, such as grass fed meat and poultry, healthy fats and oils like avocado oil, coconut oil, butter/ghee. Have two eggs with a side of avocado and bacon for breakfast, skip the toast and juice. For lunch have a salad with pumpkin and sunflower seeds with  olive-oil vinaigrette dressing. Finish off the day with a rib-eye steak, sautéed onions, mushrooms and a sweet potato.

Put off energy drinks and sugary soft drinks, processed carbs like pasta, cereal, bread, crackers and candy. Fast food and convenience food is making America sick. Dr Cate Shananhan says eating vegetable oil which is used in the fast food industry and restaurants is like “putting radiation in your blood”. It is that toxic.

There is a tremendous amount of sound scientific research and studies available on you tube, podcasts, books and conferences that will help the average person be informed to help manage and advance towards health and wholeness. I have given a broad overview of the problem and solution. My prayer for you is that press in with the help of the Holy Spirit to find what works best for you.

Everyone is different; it is not a one size fits all. I will give a list of authors, many of whom are also health care providers that are bringing hope and sound medical and nutritional information. Please be encouraged, in most cases you can reverse high blood pressure, reduce glucose readings, regain mental focus and reach a healthy weight. It is progress not perfection. May God’s grace strengthen you wherever are and no matter what you are going through in Jesus name.

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Email | Website | Rev. Greg Carr, a retired pastor having ministered for 42 years, received his health coaching certification with Primal Health Institute. He currently leads Anchor of Hope Ministries in small group Bible studies with emphasis on teaching and coaching. He also does speaking engagements with both biblical preaching, and nutritional teaching.  His passion is to bring wholeness for spirit, soul and body.