When following the Bible Diet, you will enter different phases that involve prayer and partial fasts. In this article, you will learn about the fruits, vegetables and other items that you can and cannot eat when following the Bible Diet.
Fruits and Vegetables
For thousands of years, fruit was a main staple for the Israelites, as well as for Jesus. One of the first mentions of fruits and vegetables appear in the Book of Genesis. "Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so." (Genesis 1:11).When reading the Bible, you will find mentions of apples, apricots, berries, melons, dates, raisins, figs, pomegranates and grapes. In Deuteronomy 8:7-10, God speaks of the wheat, barley, olive oil, honey, figs and pomegranates that will be found in abundance at the Promised Land.
A few other quotes that speak of fruit in the Bible include:
• "The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;" (Genesis 3:2)
• "A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about" (King James Version; Exodus 28:34)
• "Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good." (New International Version; Jeremiah 10:5)
As for vegetables, they are mentioned throughout the Bible, but are called the "herb of the field" and the "herb that yields seed." Interestingly, the vegetables that would have flourished in a Biblical garden may have included cucumber, leeks, garlic and onions, as stated in Numbers 11:5.
Other things that someone following the Bible Diet would eat include:
Beans, peas and lentils – According to Genesis 25:30-34, these foods were made into purees, pottages, bread and red stew, which consisted of beans and lentils boiled with garlic.
Honey – In the Bible, it was said that when travelers passed through Palestine, the land was described as "flowing with milk and honey." Bees were abundant during Biblical times, and even thrived in remote parts of the wilderness. The honey was found in the crevices of rocks and in hollow trees. According to Proverbs 24:13, "My son, eat honey because it is good, and the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste."
Pistachios, walnuts and other nuts – In the Book of Genesis, nuts are mentioned. For example, it was thought that Solomon's garden of nuts contained walnuts. In 43:11, it is stated: "Carry down a present for the man-a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds." In the past, people ate the nut of the Pistacia vera, which contained a pale green kernel that tasted quite good. It resembled the almond and also made nice-tasting, fragrant oil. It was called the pistachio nut and was full of nutrients. The tree grew in Arabia, Persia, Syria, and Sicily.
Daily Prayer and Partial Fasts
Each day starts and ends with prayers centered on thanksgiving, healing, and petition. Individuals perform exercises called "Life Purpose" that last for two to five minutes, which are believed beneficial before the day starts and becomes too stressful. This becomes a time of reflection. A partial fast day is followed to permit the body to cleanse and rebuild. Breakfast and lunch is skipped on these partial fast days. To gain the most out of the practice, it is suggested to pray every time hunger arises.
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