Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer
"She does him good... all the days of her life."
An Important Education for Women
Many studies have found that married men live longer than bachelors. Diet is a significant factor. One study showed that: ''Women traditionally take more responsibility for the home than men do, and, as a consequence, a woman's education might be more important for the family lifestyle - for example, in terms of food habits…(which) could have a substantial influence on the health and mortality of the partner.”
Time to Wise-up!
My “education” commenced about 6 years ago, at the onset of ill-health. After discovering The Weston A. Price Foundation, which is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, I realized that I knew very little about nutrition.
These “nutrient-dense” foods, demonized by today’s diet gurus - butter, eggs, whole raw milk, cream, saturated fats, red meat, organ meats, etc. - God sanctioned for the human diet. 1 Timothy 4:3-4 elaborates “…foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good…”.
As these foods were prioritized in our diet, and all the processed so-called “health foods” (low-fat-this, cholesterol-free-that, etc.) were eliminated, our health improved dramatically. Within a few months many prescription drugs were eliminated (with our doctor's guidance), whole foods having helped to resolve many problems (high blood pressure, for instance).
Helping My Husband
Putting nourishing foods on the table is a very real way I can assist my husband in regard to his physical well-being so that he can continue serving as God has called him. A longtime Bible teacher – in the pulpit (though he is not a pastor), at mid-week Bible study, to seminary students abroad, etc. - Robert and two other men will be conducting several Pastor's conferences this June in the Southern Sudan. His health is crucial to these ministries. I want to do what I can to help him continue to minister God’s word for the good of His people and His glory.
As wives, we have the opportunity to help our husbands enjoy good health. Food should do what God intended – strengthen, build and repair our bodies, satisfy our taste buds and satiate our hunger. Only real whole foods can do that.
The Way to a Man's Healthy Heart is Through His Stomach
At a routine doctor's visit recently, Robert's doctor commented about his blood pressure (123/72), “You are a rarity – the only man your age (63) that I’ve seen lately with such great readings - without medication.” Wow! I was there and heard this. I thought to myself, “If I told the doctor that it’s all those wonderful foods with saturated fat and cholesterol (along with all the good veggies and fruit), he’d never believe me!”
But even though I can make a positive difference, I mustn't be smug. God is sovereign. He can and does use illness at times for our sanctification. Should God choose to use cancer (or another illness) for our spiritual growth, I know that it would be His sovereign and gracious design for our lives. I would also have confidence that I did what I could to prevent such an illness.
The Wisdom of the Ancients
We live in a world of convenience - everything in an instant, including food. A trip to the grocery store provides quick-fixes for meals in minutes. As a result, we've come to think that getting out of the kitchen in a flash improves our lives.
Women in the past knew better. They had a wisdom about food that has long since been lost to the younger generation. Wives were always on board to support their men with hearty, healthful meals three times everyday.
Proverbs 31:15 tells us that the excellent wife gets up “...while it is still night and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens.” Notice here that nourishing her loved ones was such a priority that "Mrs. Far-Above-Rubies" did the cooking herself, not delegating it to her servants. She even served her maids breakfast!
My parents were savvy to the old ways. When Mom continued to make eggs for breakfast, after cold boxed cereal had made its way onto the grocery shelves, Dad told us three discontented kids that the health of our future children depended on our eating nutritious foods in the present, especially for breakfast which he proclaimed was the most important meal of the day. Knowing what I do now, I marvel at his wisdom, a “wisdom of the ancients” that was far superior to what we hear today from the food industry.
How do you view your role as your husband's helper when it comes to his health and what he eats?