BRAD on DIET
BY: BRAD CULLEN
Danger “Don’t Try This At Home”
Does Brad really need to lose weight or just get a shave?
We have all seen movie or video clips of some crazy stunt or another with the warning to not try duplicating it at home.
I was on a rather long walk this morning looking for clarity about an issue and the faith to carry out whatever it was I felt directed to do. All of a sudden I “heard” the words “share the history.”
What came next was such a departure from what I had been focusing on that I had to really “check it out” so to speak.
It also is a departure from something I have avoided writing and talking about for many years …because I have definitively had the prohibition not to – and that I was to simply point to others who feel that it is their calling to do so.
Today I tell you that I’m supposed to share something about nutrition; and I understand with total clarity that I am also supposed to share a warning – but first the personal history I am also supposed to share, whether this is for you, is for you to find out from our SPIRIT-PARENT.
When I first felt the “call,” years ago, to begin teaching others about how to grow in the kind of faith it takes to get dramatic results, the kind about which Jesus coined the term, “God-faith” or “faith of God,” or some other variation depending upon who is translating or interpreting from the original language; I began to immerse myself in the red letters …you know, the words of Jesus, exclusive of any comments by whichever Gospel writer it was quoting him.
My first wakeup call had to do simply with a conversation Jesus had with Martha, who was griping because her sister wasn’t helping her prepare some food for a gathering: Jesus told her that her sister was concentrating on the important task of paying attention to what he was saying, and besides Martha was making it all way too complicated with too many different dishes …when one, perhaps two at the most, would have been plenty.
From that I saw how silly church “potluck” suppers were, with many “Martha” types getting involved making such affairs even more complicated and taking our minds off important issues onto eating.
I resolved to simplify my diet just to get my focus off food. I began to see (for me) that I didn’t need to worry about a “balanced diet” as prescribed by those with advanced knowledge and even degrees in nutrition, but to understand what Jesus meant by his response that he had food “about which you know nothing.”
I also had a clear understanding that I wasn’t to teach this, but rather to “live” it and basically to keep it to myself.
The next historical marker for me was seeing (really seeing for the first time) an episode Matthew recalled about the incident involving a child who was having seizures and the boy’s dad coming to Jesus with him saying that he had brought him to his disciples and they couldn’t cure him.
Again, in Matthew’s version, Jesus called out to his disciples that they were a bunch of faithless perverts (literally, in the original language) and proceeded to “rebuke the demon causing the seizures in the boy” and which departed and ended the problem, the result being that the boy was “cured” immediately.
Later, when they were alone with Jesus, the disciples asked him why they had been unable to get rid of the demon. Jesus basically told them because they hadn’t prepared by praying and fasting enough – which would have given them enough faith – and with that kind of faith nothing would be impossible for anyone.
This gave me an understanding that, in order to be able to do what Jesus said anyone will be able to do what he did, including getting rid of demons with just a simple rebuke, as Matthew relayed the episode, takes the same kind of fasting and prayer in which Jesus engaged.
I began asking if I should begin fasting and it seemed that I was being led in that direction. I began asking what kind of praying it would take to be prepared to deal with things like demons.
The foregoing is the historical backdrop to gaining “God-faith” and understanding the authority anyone can acquire to deal “successfully” which such things as well as entering the realm of being a vessel through whom our SPIRIT-PARENT performs his healing and other “works” …just as Jesus said, “It is not ‘I’ that does the works, but my father who lives in me.”
Here is the warning I will give in advance of what Ryan Bruce and Eve have dubbed the “Great American Pea Diet,” which I have been on for about eight weeks and with which I have lost twenty-five pounds so far.
Once I had fasted (gone without ingesting any food or supplements, juices or even beverages such as coffee or tea -nothing but water- for long periods (I’m talking weeks here), I came to the realization that I didn’t need food …any food.
I once went for four years without eating anything but fruit and vegetables. No meat! I had attended a food combining seminar hosted by a physician friend of mine, during which the four cancer specialists from the University of Southern California who put on the seminar, talked about the fact that our bodies will produce sufficient protein without eating any foods noted for protein, including dairy products, but also legumes and certain grains.
I still remember a paper they provided about some of their studies proving that chickens can be deprived of all calcium in their feed and they would maintain healthy beaks, combs and other parts supposedly dependent upon calcium intake because the chickens when deprived of calcium start producing their own …which started the experiments proving that protein deprivation causes the human body to produce its own protein!
Well, big deal, I remember thinking, I had already proved to myself that I don’t need any food – so experimenting eating vegetables and fruits absent of any measurable protein was a “piece of cake.”
Again, I did this for four years while running from five to ten miles almost every day and never felt better. Each meal I had was always just one vegetable or fruit …remembering the “Martha lesson” I had received, but again I kept this to myself and certainly didn’t feel any legalism about it – I knew I was free to eat anything and enjoy it whenever I wanted to.
I did feel that our SPIRIT-PARENT had me in training for something which also proved to be true. That’s the history and all of it that I am supposed to share right now …and now comes the warning:
Without anymore history about why the “Great American Pea Diet” I am going to share some nutrition research …but here’s the thing: as good as peas are nutritionally, I guarantee that the only way for anyone to be able to stand the diet is to genuinely not care about food and know that they don’t need food, because just the thought of eating ONLY peas bores the dickens out of most folks.
First of all, here’s the diet, 800 calories a day. I generally get up between three and five each morning and have one piece of fruit – a banana, apple, pear or orange. = one hundred calories more or less.
Generally at about six a.m. I go for a walk or a swim for an hour to an hour and a half. That’s not included in the diet, but it is what I do and I’m just sharing it to let you know that I have tons of energy on just 800 calories.
The other seven hundred calories is made up of a 2 lb bag of frozen sweet peas I get for less than two dollars at the local Wal-mart. I do not cook or even thaw the peas. I cut the bag open and pour about one fourth of the peas into a bowl and twist the bag closed with one of those little plastic ties.
Now then, the way the diet works best for me is to doctor the peas up differently each of the four times a day I eat them. Sometimes I use a zero-calorie spray imitation butter with zero calorie hot sauce – careful, now, these aren’t low calorie items they are ZERO calorie and you need to carefully read labels!
The next time I may use oregano, ground ginger and minced onions. Next time I may use thyme, cumin, garlic and so on. Sometimes I do add a bit of salt. Once in a great while I “cheat” by using two tablespoons of a medium picante sauce I also get from Wal-mart that lasts forever and only adds 10 calories. The other spices have no measurable caloric impact. So, some days, the Great American Pea Diet will be 810 calories.
Just peas alone will make a dent in your daily dose of vitamin requirements. Peas are loaded with A, B-1, B-6, C, and a supersized serving of osteoporosis-fighting K known for maintaining bone health and helping blood to clot to prevent bleeding.
If you want to go by RDA standards, the content of K in the diet provides 200% per day, frankly I don’t give a rip, but felt I was supposed to add this little tidbit.
I lifted the following from some article on the Internet, I can’t find the thing again to give it credit, but here goes: “Peas are high in fiber and low in fat and contain no cholesterol. Plus, they’re a good source of vegetable protein. A 100-calorie serving (about 3/4 cup) has more protein than a 1/4 cup of almonds or a tablespoon of peanut butter. No wonder peas were favored by the ancient Egyptians, who buried them in their tombs for use in the afterlife.” (My note, so imagine the benefits of seven times that!)
Moving on, peas also contain a unique assortment of health-protective phytonutrients. One of these, polyphenol, recently came to the forefront of research with respect to stomach cancer protection. A study has shown that daily consumption of green peas lowers risk of stomach cancer (gastric cancer), especially when daily intake of approximately 2 milligrams or higher of the antioxidant polyphenol. Since one cup of green peas contains at least 10 milligrams of, it’s easy to see how the Great American Pea Diet fares in this regard.
The unique phytonutrients in green peas also provide us with other key antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Included in these phytonutrients are some recently-discovered green-pea phytonutrients called saponins.
NOW GET THIS: Due to their almost exclusive appearance in peas, these phytonutrients actually contain the scientific word for peas (Pisum) in their names: pisumsaponins I and II, and pisomosides A and B. When coupled with other phytonutrients in green peas – including phenolic acids like ferulic and caffeic acid, and flavanols like catechin and epicatechin – the combined impact on our health may be far-reaching. For example, some researchers have now speculated that the association between green pea and legume intake and lowered risk of type 2 diabetes may be connected not only with the relatively low glycemic index of green peas (about 45-50) and their strong fiber and protein content, but also with this unusual combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.
Okay, folks, I will say, No wonder Daddy told me to share this and no wonder I feel so great, right?
Look, I got on this diet because I was sick and tired of carrying around a huge waist line and saying I needed to get rid of it. I finally asked Dad if I should go on a diet and, well, the rest is history.
Do some research on the kinds of vitamin/mineral supplements you want to include – there are far better resources than I for such things. I’m supposed to share what I shared, and remember my caveat: I learned this for me and the reason it is so easy for me to stick to it, is one: I know I don’t need any food, but dang it all I love to eat spicy stuff …and, two, because I have a ball spicing up the Great American Pea Diet with bunches of calorie-free spices (with the one exception noted). I have the added benefit of knowing this diet provides EVERYTHING I NEED and I’m not bored with it.
I’m not recommending anything here, but to check in with Dad. Do that and the rest will be your history.
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