What Would Jesus Eat?
- Thursday, January 27, 2005
The bottom line is that God wants us healthy. We are His tools to use, and He’s given us a plan to be healthy. But the more we ignore it, the more we as believers are going to suffer from all the health maladies of the rest of the world. And we aren’t glorifying God. I Corinthians 3:16 is pretty specific when it says ‘Do you not know your body is the temple of God, and My Holy Spirit dwells in you? If you defile My temple, I will destroy you.’ And I truly believe that today, believers everywhere are not treating their bodies like the temple of God, and we are being destroyed. If we disobey the health principles that He has put in place, we are robbing Him—and ourselves—of time. Just because Jesus died to redeem us from our sins and from the yoke of bondage that was placed upon us from trying to adhere to the Law in our own strength, it doesn’t mean that what God said 4,000 years ago is wrong. God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
MC: You obviously travel a lot due to the nature of your work. How do you maintain consistency in following this rigorous program in the ‘real world’ of airplanes, restaurants and hotel rooms?
Rubin: Well, I make it a priority. People can make it work; it just takes more planning. A lot of times before I go on a trip, I look [online] for local health food stores or progressive food stores. I stay in hotel rooms that have refrigerators, and I’m able to exercise in my hotel room. So it’s not as difficult as people think; it’s just a matter of where you put your resources. I think that people don’t spend enough of their resources—money or time—on their diet and lifestyle, but if they did it would be paid back in spades, maybe even fourfold. I believe that with the money and time we lose due to illness, and the length of life that is shortened because of our poor choices, this is just the greatest investment in the world to pour into our lives.
I know a woman who educates people on The Maker’s Diet in churches all across Canada, and she always ends her presentation by saying, ‘Going on The Maker's Diet isn’t hard. Changing the way you eat isn’t hard. Exercising isn’t hard. What’s hard is going to the funeral of a 39-year-old friend who had four kids, a wife and a thriving ministry. Spending the extra time in the kitchen isn’t hard. Taking the time to pray every day, to find your purpose in life isn’t hard. But going to the funeral of my best friend who died of cancer—that was hard.’
MC: There are some things in the book that will raise the eyebrows of casual observers. One of them is the idea that a vegetarian lifestyle is really not healthy, and that many of the soy products heavily consumed by many vegetarians, particularly tofu, are not so good for us. Can you summarize why you believe that?
Rubin: Well, I was a vegetarian for four years, and tofu was part of my diet. I don’t believe vegetarianism is a healthy long-term plan. I don’t have a huge problem with tofu; I think that is average food. But I think most vegetarians today are consuming highly processed soy foods as a staple of their diet, things like isolated soy protein, textured vegetable protein, soy meat and dairy replacements, and those are what I have a problem with. The two guiding criteria for what I eat are first, did God create it for food, and second, is it in a form that is healthy for the human body? And almost all the things that Americans eat don’t fall into one of both of those categories.
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