Living the healthy life
A few years after I began to get my financial life under control, I started working on another important area – my health. I had no idea what organic meant, nor did I care. Since then I have read a couple books that gave me a Biblical understanding of natural health. The beauty is that it is pretty simple.
The one book that I would recommend to anyone to read is called “What the Bible says about Healthy Living” by Rex Russell. Considering all the benefits from being healthy, this book could possibly be the most life-changing book that I have read (other than the Bible – duh 😉 ). Oh and just to prove that I am not alone, check out the 5 star rating on Amazon with 42 reviews.
I had read The Maker’s Diet before reading this one and it wasn’t a bad book, but as a rookie to the whole health thing, it was just a bit overwhelming.
Three principles of healthy living in the Bible
Rex Russell’s book on the other hand was just what I needed: a bottom-line approach to health. He boils the whole thing down into three basic principles:
- Only eat stuff that God made to be eaten. A lot of animals are scavengers and contain all kinds of toxins that may or may not make us sick in the short term, but over decades they lead to various diseases.
- Eat it the way God designed it. Eat unprocessed foods, you know, apples rather than an apple flavored fruit roll-up, whole grain bread rather than white bread, or steak rather than hot dogs. Basically, eat like your grandparents did when they were kids—fresh grown fruits and vegetables without pesticides, water rather than four caffenated beverages each day, and meat is more of a special occasion meal rather than the norm.
- Don’t let any food or drink become your god. Fasting is beneficial for many reasons. One of which is to prove to yourself that no food or drink has quietly turned into an addiction.
Obviously there is a lot more to it than this, but these are the three foundational principles that the book is based off of.
For the skeptics
I was skeptical of the whole “alternative” medicine thing. No offense to any Chiropractors, but I used to think they were all quacks. This was another benefit of this book, because Rex Russell clearly teaches “alternative” principles but he is also a medical doctor, so he keeps a seemingly unbiased approach.
For those who don’t know the difference, my definition would be that “alternative” medicine generally focuses on preventing problems and getting to the root of the issue. Modern medicine is more about fixing the problems after they occur. There is a lot more to it than that, but I don’t know enough to get into it.
Oh, and by the way, I now have a few friends who are Chiropractors and they are quacks 😉 Just kidding. I have learned and chiropractors are cool in my book.