Not that the world needs a new diet but we have to say the Jesus Diet should not be overlooked as we make our New Year’s resolutions. Read about the new dieting craze of 2009 which was inspired by a book called “What Would Jesus Eat” by Florida doctor Don Colbert.
This is a Right Pundits open talk thread where you can discuss this topic or anything else. As you finish off that turkey and prepare your fat bellies for Christmas fudge, cookies, and Aunt Melba’s fruitcake, the proper response is to participate in this conversation.
What would Jesus eat? What would you eat? And who the hell are you to eat any differently than Jesus Himself?
So what is the Jesus diet? It turns out that eating like Jesus is an extraordinarily healthy way to a low-fat, high vegetable and healthy carb diet.
We know from the bible that Jesus ate a typical Mediterranean diet for a peasant in his day. That means fish. Makes sense. Jesus preached from fishing boats and used many fishing metaphors. It means very little red meat. That is not because they didn’t want red meat 2,000 years ago. But that stuff was food for the princes and upper class. Despite what you might have heard from your militant vegetarian friends like commenter LisaB, Jesus was not a vegetarian.
Jesus ate bread in his diet. Lots of it. We know at the last supper that Jesus broke bread for the disciples. That makes tons of sense because bread went a long way cheaply back then as now. The modern prison diet of bread and water was in ample supply for those with little money. 2,000 years ago the variety tended to be even healthier flat breads with little rise. They lasted longer on the kitchen counter that way.
Olive oil has been a staple in Mediterranean cooking since the beginning of time. Olive trees grow in abundance in the region due to the climate of hot dry summers and wet winters. Olive oil was a part of Jesus’ diet to go along perfectly with those healthy fish oils high in Omega-3 fatty acids. In today’s science we know that olive oil is healthy fat. Studies show that olive oil drives down cholesterol. Score one for the Jesus diet.
Lastly bring on the wine. Yeah. If you are going to have something bad in your diet it might as well be wine. The biblical references for boozing are easy to find, including no less than the authoritative model of the Last Supper feast. And back in the day it was strong red wine they were drinking, often watered down to make it last longer. Not Merlot you wusses. More like burgundy with a dash of petrol. Red wine is good for the heart. Score another point for Jesus.
So there you have it, the Jesus diet, which looks a lot like other diets that are known to succeed. Little red meat, lots of fruits and vegetables, and you get to eat carbs and wine too. No chance of going wrong.
So now you know what would Jesus eat, tell us what you will eat.
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