162. Extremes in Diet

Today’s reading: “The Ministry of Healing” pp. 318–320.

There is real common sense in dietetic reform... It is impossible to make an unvarying rule to regulate everyone’s habits,..

How do you know who to trust, who to believe when it comes to improving our diet? Today’s reading shows us how.

Don’t trust reformers who,

  • Merely discard some unhealthy food while continuing to eat harmful favourites.
  • Throw out nearly everything without replacing them with healthy alternatives. Such an impoverished diet only causes poor health.
  • Think simplicity of diet means just eating a few food types, poorly prepared.
  • Are very rigid and force their ideas on others.
  • Have poor health themselves.

Trust those who,

  • Clearly understand the principles of health
  • Display temperance and moderation, shunning extremes.
  • Choose food according to benefits, not personal tastes.
  • Are personally healthy, mentally and physically.
  • Are reasonable, use common sense because they study broadly.
  • Don’t criticise those who disagree
  • Don’t force the same regime on all

This last point is important because,

Not all can eat the same things. Foods that are palatable and wholesome to one person may be distasteful, and even harmful, to another.

The foods mentioned are,

  • Milk
  • Peas and beans
  • Courser grains

These are fairly major foods. So the explanation follows

Milk and eggs can be used where,

  • Fruits and nuts are scarce.
  • The feeble who can’t thrive on plant food
  • Milk comes from healthy cows, eggs from well fed, and cared-for, healthy fowls.
  • Eggs are cooked well.

Progressive diet reform is where milk and eggs are discarded only as,

  • Animal health declines
  • Healthy and inexpensive alternatives are available
  • People are taught to cook “wholesome and palatable” food without them.

Index to “The Ministry of Healing” readings.

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