Our Daily Bread
It has now been three years since our family of six children have been to the doctor for an illness or have had to take antiobiotics. How has this happened?
Three years ago God began to speak to me about the Above Rubies woman from Proverbs 31:27, "She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness." I almost laughed at that statement, "the bread of idleness". Who could be idle with six children, home schooling, household tasks, serving my husband and running a home business! There never seemed to be an idle moment in our home. But a further study of this verse opened my heart to new understanding. The words, "looketh well" come from a Hebrew word meaning, "to lean forward, to peer into the distance, to keep the watch." The wise woman looks ahead to see what lasting effect today's activities may have on her future and the future of her family. As she peers into the distance she considers the future and outcome of her children. She trains them accordingly. She does not worry about tomorrow but plans her steps as she observes and waits on the Lord's direction.
I had to honestly ask myself if I was 'burned out' because much of what I did was for the pleasure of the moment (either mine or someone else's) and had no real value or significance? Could I look at each day's accomplishments and say as God did, "It is good"? Was I tempted to work on the seventh day because I was not satisfied with my week's work?
I began to think of the example of the children of Israel in the wilderness. With nothing to eat, God lovingly provided them with manna from heaven. It was to be gathered daily. Some tried to gather extra for the next day, but on every day but the Sabbath, God caused the manna that was gathered for the next day to breed worms! God wanted it be gathered every day before the sun came up. I'm sure that if some enterprising Israelite could have discovered a way to keep the manna from spoiling, to allow it to be stored for several days or weeks, he would have had a very marketable product, especially to those who were simply too lazy or too busy doing other things to get their food every day. This is exactly what we see if we look more closely at the foods offered in the grocery store today.
Prior to the 1900;s most flour was milled locally and bread was baked at home. God designed the wheat kernel, as well as other grains, to perfectly store the nutrients within. Once broken open, as in milling, the nutrients immediately begin to oxidize. Within about 72 hours, 90 per cent of over 30 nutrients are virtually gone. Since the germ oil causes the flour to turn rancid very quickly, only enough grain was ground each day to meet the needs of the community. This meant that just about every family was gathering their manna daily.
However, in the 1920's new technology allowed enterprising millers to separate the wheat components. By removing the germ, germ oil, and the bran, the remaining white flour could be stored indefinitely. This eliminated the need for local milling and people began to relinquish their own responsibility of preparing their bread daily.
Lucrative markets were also found for the nutritious 'by-products' of this new milling process. The bran and wheat germ were sold as high protein food supplements for cattle. Local mills soon went out of business as the large roller mills produced huge volumes of long lasting white flour. This appeared to be a great advance in technology. In just a short time, however, cases of beriberi and pellagra drastically increased. Both of these diseases were the result of vitamin B deficiencies and health officials traced the problem to the new white flour. The new milling process strips the B vitamins as well as about 24 other nutrients from the wheat kernels.
Health officials urged mills to return to producing whole wheat flour again but they did not want to lose their very profitable market of selling the germ and bran as cattle feed. Instead, millers chose to lose 'enrich' the white flour be replacing four vitamins for the 25 - 30 that are removed. This solved the problem of beriberi and pellagra but we are now plagued with many diseases that are directly related to our consumption of white flour such as appendicitis, diverticular disease, hiatal hernia, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and more!
Isaiah 55:2 says, "Why do you spend money on that which is not bread? And your labour for that which satisfieth not?" Our willingness to be free of the responsibility of preparing daily bread has now put the control of what we feed our families into the hands of huge food companies who have one goal in mind - money. As we have delegated the responsibility of milling grain and baking bread to others, it has freed us up to do 'other things'. These 'other things' unfortunately, have taken us more and more out of the home. Many don't have time to cook any more. Many of the foods we now eat for convenience are literally making us sick because they are devoid of the fiber and the nutrients that are essential to our health.
Haggai 1:5-7 says, "Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways." We actually have many "holes in our bags" where we have lost control, don't we?
We were convicted o purchase an in-home grain mill and to begin making all of our own bread from fresh milled grains. The health benefits were immediate. We felt more energetic. Constipation ceased! Even warts disappeared. Our cravings for sugar were greatly reduced which enabled us to virtually eliminate white sugar from our home. It brought joy and creativity back to food preparation. Now after three years, we have seen tremendous health improvements in all the family.
We were so excited, and as others became interested in our bread we were encouraged to begin a business to teach others the truths we were learning. Thus The Bread Beckers came into existence and we became distributors of the Magic Mill III Plus and other appliances and accessories that allow healthier eating.
Amazing testimonies came as others started to mill and bake their bread daily. An elated friend called. She had just come from the doctor. Her cholesterol had dropped 85 points in one month! This was significant to her since her last doctor had given her no hope of lowering her cholesterol. She had been trying for years, but no avail. "It's the bread," she cried,. "I know it's the bread. I haven't changed any other part of my diet. At every meal I always eat some of your bread no matter what else I have to eat."
This testimony encouraged me to understand more. What could this 'real bread' be so effective? With a degree in Food Science, I have some understanding of biochemistry and microbiology. As I studied biochemically the nutritional value of 'real bread' I was both amazed and in awe of our Almighty God. I could now see why the sifting of the fiber and nutrients from the flour has directly or indirectly caused many of the common diseases that now plague our country.
High cholesterol is indeed a common problem. Lecithin is a key nutrient in the metabolism of fats and is found in any unrefined food with oil. Yet the refining process of the food industry destroys the lecithin. Fresh milled wheat contains lecithin as well as B6, inositol, and choline; all essential nutrients for lecithin production.
Grain fiber helps to remove fat from the walls of the colon. Fiber also promotes fresh bile production. Bile is made by the liver out of cholesterol A high fiber diet causes the liver to not recycle bile. If not recycled, the liver will draw from our stored cholesterol to produce fresh bile salts. This is all very enlightening to me as I can see that the key nutrients for keeping cholesterol levels in check are in our freshly ground, daily baked bread.
America and Great Britain are the most constipated nations in the world. Constipation is basic to a whole list of diseases which could be avoided were the fiber not stripped from our foods. Fiber increases the bulk of the stool, yet softens the stool by absorbing water much like a sponge would do. This decreases constipation as well as shortening the transit time of the stool in the intestinal tract. Doctors everywhere agree that constipation is due to one factor only - lack of fiber in the diet. If fiber, especially grain fiber, were added back to our diets, this would end the need for laxatives.
I am living proof of the effectiveness of real whole grain fiber. Once we freshly ground the grain and made our first batch of 'read bread' my struggles with constipation ended. I did not realize how my constipation had caused such a lack of energy, irritability, headaches and sinus congestion. Many have testified to the effectiveness of daily ground, freshly baked bread for relieving their constipation. After having tried laxatives and stool softeners, people are thrilled and amazed at the results from this bread. They definitely like the taste better.
The wide use of antihistamines in our country is also related to the problem of constipation. With constipation comes a high level of toxin build up in our bodies, thus causing the response of mucous formation in the sinuses. The shortened transit time and the thorough cleansing of the colon promoted by a high fiber diet reduces this toxin build up and therefore eliminates both the mucus formation and the need for antihistamines. This was a great revelation to me and I have now been antihistamine free since eating this bread.
Diverticulitis is a condition that affects one out of three people and results from problems caused by trying to eliminate hard stools. Surgery is the traditional solution, but we have a friend who was totally healed without surgery, just by adding bread made from fresh milled grains to his diet. Our first mill sale came by sharing one loaf of bread with another friend who had one third of his lower track removed due to diverticulitis. Noticing such significant benefits over the high fiber products from the health food store, he purchased a mill, sight unseen!
Grain fibers are known to actually leach carcinogens from our systems. Wheat and most grains may absorb up to 20 per cent while grain sorghum has been found to absorb as much as 50 per cent. Thus fresh milled grains, can help avoid cancer.
Jesus said, "I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger." John 6:35. Jesus is the source of our spiritual life. In the same way, we believe that real bread should be the foundation and sustenance of our physical lives. Jesus told us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread." God is willing to provide. Are we willing to "gather and prepare"?
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If you are interested in finding out more information about the MAGIC MILL III PLUS HOME FLOUR MILL and all the other state-of-the-art Kitchen Equipment that will help you prepare nutritious food for your family, contact:
Bread Beckers Inc
305 Bell Park Dr
Woodstock, GA 30188