Black Health Matters:  What is the Keto Diet and Is It Right for You?

We provide an overview of the different types of diets mentioned in the Bible and how to discern what is best for you.

Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries does not advocate a one-size-fits-all diet plan because that way of thinking directly contradicts Biblical doctrine. From Genesis to the Book of Revelation, the Lord instituted a method of eating and drinking for those who have a covenant relationship with Him. Indeed, Jesus explained that those who love Him obey, or rather keep, His commands. Since the word love means worship, obedience to the God ordained method of eating and drinking is automatically part of how God’s people worshiped Him. For example, under the Adamic Covenant, Adam and Eve were directed to eat from every tree in the Garden except from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Consequently, Adam and Eve were commanded to follow what we refer to as a plant-based diet plan such as the vegan and vegetarian plans that are popular in our culture.  

After the fall of Adam and Eve, God entered into a new covenant with the Israelites who were instructed to abstain from eating certain animals which God referred to as unclean. Clearly, the Israelites were not required to be vegetarians who abstained from eating meat altogether. Only specific types of animal flesh were banned from their diet. In fact, God clearly explained that they were to worship Him in this way in order to, “Be holy for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:45). In the New Testament, God entered into a new covenant with those who accepted His Son, Jesus the Christ, as Lord and Savior. Under the new agreement, God declared all animal flesh clean and commanded Peter to kill and eat it. This was necessary for Peter and the apostles to fulfill their mandate to spread the Gospel throughout the world since the Israelites considered the Gentiles who ate the unclean things to be unclean themselves. As a result, the Israelites had strict rules regarding interactions with non-Jews because fraternizing with unclean people was considered the same as eating an unclean thing. To be plain, doing so would have made the Jew in question unclean.

Under the current covenant, we are now free to eat all plant and animal flesh, but we must still do so in a holy way in order to worship God. We know this to be true because 1 Corinthians 10:31 commands, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” The question then is how should each individual eat and drink for the glory of God? The food and beverage industry works diligently to keep us in a state of confusion about health and fitness because it is a part of Satan’s multi-billion dollar system designed to keep you in bondage to obesity and eating disorders, to steal your health, to prematurely take your life, and to destroy the long, abundant life you were meant to enjoy with your family. However, the truth of the health and fitness matter is quite simple and much easier to discern than you have been led to believe.

In order to determine if a diet plan, such as the keto diet, is right for you, you must first demystify the health and fitness options. The way to do that is to eliminate the hype.  That means step one is to ignore and never participate in any diet gimmick or fad especially when logic and reason tells you it is not going to work before you spend your money. For example, human beings do not only drink tea, shakes, and smoothies. Eventually, you must eat real food. Likewise, putting what looks like Saran Wrap all over your body is not a viable weight loss option either. Furthermore, taking diet pills have proven to be dangerous in the past, so you should stay away from anything that could compromise your health, that includes so called supplements and vitamins that are supposed to promote weight loss. Many have proven to be lethal.

Once you eliminate the nonsense, then you can see past the glamour the enemy has placed on health and fitness plans. You do this by recognizing the obvious. Every real diet plan that you ever tried, meaning a plan that requires you to eat real food and drink healthy beverages, makes you do three things without fail.

#1:  You must drink a lot of water, meaning at least sixty-four (64) fluid ounces per day.

#2: You must eat a lot of vegetables, preferably fresh and organic.  

#3:  Has God revealed that you are sensitive to starches, sugars, or both?  If you are told that either or both of those things are problems for you, you are probably being led to follow a low carb diet plan. However, you should keep praying for confirmation.


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