Coined “The Jesus Diet”, “What Would Jesus Eat?” written by Dr. Don Colbert is one of the latest diets based on biblical principles.
The author believes that if we are looking to Jesus as an example on how to live, this should naturally include what Jesus ate as well. He looked at the life of Jesus, the culture in which he lived, and references to food made in the bible in order to come up with “What Would Jesus Eat?”
The Jesus Diet Essentials
Basically, Jesus ate a Mediterranean-like diet with, of course, Kosher components since he was part of the Jewish culture. Based on this and biblical references the author concluded that Jesus ate a diet rich in fish, whole meal flat bread, olives, olive oil, figs, dates, the occasional lamb and of course red wine among other things.
The subject of red wine in the diet is often a sore spot among Christians, with some believing that the wine referred to in the bible was just “grape juice”. This however, is not accurate according to historical evidence and the red wine was probably a strong burgundy rather than the mild red wines consumed by most today.
Of course Jesus spent a lot of time walking, often covering many miles a day at least during his ministry years so exercise is a vital component of “What Would Jesus Eat”.
The Jesus Diet will appeal to those who enjoy Mediterranean type foods and who want to follow Jesus’ example even in their eating habits. However, it would be foolish for the dieter to follow Jesus’ diet to “the letter of the Law” because He would have had limited food choices based on the time and region in which He lived. Instead it would wise to incorporate the healthy concepts of Jesus’ diet into our modern world which is full of a variety of healthy options.