I am on a quest to improve my lifestyle by making different food choices. Although I am fairly healthy, and eat "clean" foods most of the time, I want to see how my energy and focus and mood levels are impacted by making small changes.
I'll start with bacon.
Although I have enjoyed small amounts of bacon (think BLT [Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato] sandwich) over my lifetime, here are some interesting thoughts reminding us of why we should reconsider pork as a food choice.
Muslims, for example, generally speaking do not eat pork, and readings in the Bible tell us God forbade his people to consume pork. Why? Well, pigs are scavengers (will eat anything) and their digestive systems do not adequately process the toxins they consume.
“Say, I do not find within that which was revealed to me [anything] forbidden to one who would eat it unless it be a dead animal, or blood spilled out, or the flesh of swine – for indeed, it is impure – or it be [an animal slaughtered in] disobedience, dedicated to other than Allah . But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], then indeed, your Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.” [The Qur’an al-An’aam 6:145]
"In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 God states the principles that are to be used to determine which animals would be beneficial to man's diet (called 'clean' animals and seafood) and which would not (designated as 'unclean'). Clean meats allowed in the Bible have a divided hoof and chew cud (Leviticus 11:3).
Animals that fulfill the requirements to be considered clean, and therefore edible, include cattle, deer, goats and sheep to name a few. Birds such as chickens, ducks, pheasants, turkeys and more can be consumed. The only insects that are permitted for food are those of the Locust family. Animals that are BAD for man's health and therefore should be avoided entirely in his diet include pigs, horses, rabbits, squirrels, cats, and others."
Some (in Christianity) will say the laws concerning clean and unclean meats, God's annual Feast Days, etc., were done away after the death of Christ. The Bible, however, does not seem to teach this.
My research has indicated there is no basis in the Bible for the teaching that God's laws of clean and unclean have been abolished and therefore can be ignored in the diet of a Christian. The distinction between what is clean and unclean will still be extant in the End Time when God judges Babylon (Revelation 18:2).
The Bible tells us God's laws will be upheld in the Millennium. When Christ returns to rule the earth to rule as King of Kings he will PUNISH those who disobey his Father's laws regarding what is a proper diet based on Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 (Isaiah 66:16-17). If the New Testament does not nullify God's health laws, and we know Jesus will enforce the same laws when he returns, it is therefore correct to conclude that such precepts are still in force TODAY."
"Seventh-day Adventists do not eat pork or other unclean meat as identified in the book of Leviticus and many avoid all meat for health reasons."
"Furthermore, the prohibition goes, ''Of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch; they are unclean to you.'' That message is later reinforced in Deuteronomy. Muslims, who follow Mosaic law, inherited the prohibition.
Over the years, various explanations have been offered for the Old Testament commandment. The 12th-century rabbi, Moses Maimonides, court physician to the Muslim sultan and warrior Saladin, said the prohibition against eating pig meat was for health reasons as it had a ''bad and damaging effect'' upon the body."
So, after much research, I have decided I will work to remove pork from my diet. Will I miss it? Perhaps. But I am on the path to a cleaner food lifestyle and I'm betting my body, mind and spirit will thank me. #foodiechats
Lobban Jr, Richard A. “Pigs and their Prohibition,” International Journal of Middle East Studies. (Boston: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 57-75.
Hirsch, G. Emil and Casanowicz, I. M. “Swine,” Jewish Encyclopedia, (2002), JewishEncyclopedia.com
Sanders, E.P. “Jesus Christ – Jewish Law” Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Freedman, David Noel; Myers, Allen C. and Beck, Astrid B. eds. (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2000). pp. 704-705
Old Testament (Leviticus 11, 7-8)
New Testament (Mark 7: 18-19), (Acts 10:9-16), (Matthew 15: 11)