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    Guest Post by Johny Konoske – Food and Faith

    The World of Healing With Food.  An insider’s perspective..

    First of all, thanks for being interested in what I have to say.  After all, she’s the expert in all of this, not me.  But for 7+ years now, I’ve had a front row seat at the “Healing Table”.

    What I find myself talking about when I’m out and about in the world is how faith and food are so similar.

    Tracy and I are “card-carrying Christians” and we not only talk to God on a regular basis, we ask for help with daily things in our life.  We live with the deep belief He (God) is not just an abstract God, but that He is here with us and is eager to work on our behalf.  We pray and ask for help with ranch things, our work, our health, our safety, etc.  He shows up all the time when we ask him and rely on Him.  We have seen many signs and wonders!!!

    But when I tell people this – even some fellow believers –  I often get blank stares. It’s because I’m talking to people who have never experienced a miracle on any level.  Many believe in God and His son, but they don’t believe He’s here still performing miracles and working in our behalf in the 21st century.

    Just down the hall, there’s another room.    This room is full of non-believers and they have their own truth’s.  Instead of God working on their behalf, life is full of coincidences and luck. They don’t attribute anything to God working directly in their life, for their benefit.

    Two rooms of people, both with their own set of truth’s.

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    In terms of food and healing, there are also 2 rooms of people.  One is full of believers that believer that Food Is Medicine.  And then there’s a room of “non-food-believers” that believe food has little – or no- effect on health.

    Before meeting Tracy, I was in the room where I didn’t know – or believe – how powerful diet was.  I was ignorant of its’ power.

    After marrying her, and seeing how “just changing someone’s diet” changed the trajectory of their health and quality of life, all that changed.  Now I’m in the other room.  My eyes were opened to a world that the majority of us don’t have the opportunity to look into.    I saw people’s lives change by removing certain foods…and at times adding certain foods.  It was like watching one of those Food Matters documentaries, but in real time.

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    So how are the two similar?  What am I trying to tell you? 

    Well, to me, it’s pretty simple.  You either believe that there is a benevolent God and He is working on your behalf and act accordingly   Or you don’t.

    And likewise, you either believe food has a direct affect on your health, or you don’t.

    In both cases, if you are in the “other” room and I try to talk to you about faith or food, I just get that blank stare.   It’s like if you and I get on an airplane and go to Greece.  When we get off the airplane, all of these people are chattering up a storm, they all understand each other but you and I can’t understand them.  Because they speak a different language.

    It’s the same as being in one room or another.  As believers, Tracy and I speak a language – about both faith and food – that if you aren’t a believer, you can’t understand yet.

    The shortest and most powerful story to show the power of food as medicine is that of one of our friends.   She was suffering with migraines and was getting 2-3 migraine attacks a week, with chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and joint pain as well, for as far back as she can remember.  This was her life, never getting away from these chronic debilitating conditions.  She was the “working sick”.   She works as a #2 executive at a hospital, so she was in the middle of western medicine.  She had access to “good doctors” and all the best pharmaceutical medicines.  But the pharmaceuticals couldn’t stop the migraines from coming, they could only lessen their severity once they occurred, and with time they were losing their ability to help.   She was suffering frequently from  migraines, with no help or hope of a cure from western medicine.  Then she came to Tracy for help.  Tracy put her on a customized diet with strict rules on what to eat and what NOT to eat.

    Within ten days her symptoms had gone away.  It’s like she reached down and pulled the pin from the trailer she had been dragging around for so many years and drove away from the terrible symptoms.  As with most things, there is a learning curve, but for the most part she was  free of these debilitating illnesses with NO pharmaceuticals…. only food changes.  (Watch the video here)

    Hallelujah!!!

    Four months now passes, and human nature is to test the system.  She goes to a party and decides to eat whatever she wants….the next morning she can’t get out of bed because of the joint pain!  The power of food is undeniable.  It can work FOR us, or AGAINST us!

    You might be ignorant like I was and you just thought food was food.

    And then there’s those who are trained in western medicine but taught to dismiss the power of diet on health.     The ability to cure most any chronic illness is right in front of these people, but they choose not  to see.

    I have seen this scenario play out over and over again. Tracy often is a “last resort” for people who have been sick, doctoring without any solutions, and then finding a whole new world where diet plays a significant role in their health.

    I’m here today to tell you The Truth, if you have ears to hear.

    The TRUTH is that food has a significant impact on all of your chronic health conditions. 

    • Poor food choices are contributing to health conditions, feeding inflammation, weakening the immune system, etc.   According to the CDC, children born in the year 2000 have skyrocketing chronic illnesses:
      • 1 in 3 Caucasian and 1 in 2 minority children will be insulin dependent by adulthood
      • 1 in 13 has food allergies
      • 1 in 10 has asthma
      • 1 in 3 has allergies
      • In 1990 autism was 1 in 1000 and today it is 1 in 68.
      • You can either believe that God created us to devolve into a sick society, or it is a cause and effect world, meaning we get an effect out of what we put into our children …….food, drink and let’s not forget vaccines….re-read the bullet point above if it didn’t sink in…..these are devastating statistics.
    • In the other room, a whole food plant-based diet CAN be the medicine that cures you.   Even if your doctor tells/told you that you have an incurable disease, or that diet has nothing to do with your health condition, I’m here to offer a different lens to see through.  Your doctor either doesn’t know how powerful diet is (he’s ignorant like I was) or he just flat out isn’t interested in truly seeing people heal and is a businessman first, healer second.

    I’ve seen “incurable” diseases be reversed. Heck, I’ve watched my own wife eat her way out hypothyroidism and a chronic Lyme diagnosis.

    In the beginning, it can be hard.  It requires new habits.  It requires a belief in a new truth.  It requires battling the status quo of what is served in restaurants and at parties.   It requires traveling with food.  It means finding new restaurants.  More grocery shopping.  Label reading.  Time cooking.  More dishes. It takes effort and commitment.  It even takes faith.

    But for me, I stand in a place where I get to see the end result.  It’s so powerful for me because I get to see the cause and effect of it all, day after day.

    I’ve had the honor of meeting many of Tracy’s patients .  And when I don’t know them, I still hear about them.   Tracy will say “I had a session with so-and-so today and her fibroids have shrunk.”  Or “I had a session with so-and-so today and she’s lost weight, no longer needs naps, and her brain function is coming back.”  “I talked with so-and-so today and her joint pain is gone”.

    I LOVE hearing these stories.  In fact, I keep a folder in my day-timer of testimonials people have written, and I’m not shy about pulling them out when someone needs some hope.  The results of changing your diet are nothing short of a miracle.  Just like the miracles God delivers through His own hands.

    My truth is that God is with us, working for us.  He gave us his Son to save our souls.  And He gave us beautiful, healthy wholesome fruits, vegetables, leafy greens  to save our physical bodies.

    My truth is that, just like in our faith, we have free will to make our own choices on a daily basis.  And we have free will to choose what goes in our mouths.

    In both cases – and they matter greatly – YOU get to choose your destiny.

    • Stay in the traditional western medicine room and there are no cures for chronic disease.  Health conditions are chronic because they don’t go away. Drugs just manage symptoms.
    • Or walk down the hall to the other room where curing and healing is possible.

    The mindset (status quo) is a hard thing to rise above.  We have all been taught there are no cures for things like arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, auto immune diseases, Lyme, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, cancer, migraines, etc.

    I used to think that too.  But they are WRONG. Food is medicine (well, plants are medicine).  Try a new paradigm.  Engage your free will.  Fight the status quo.  Educate yourself.

    If this intrigues you, I’d encourage you to go to Netflix and watch “Forks over Knives” in the documentaries.  Or watch “Super Juice Me” for free with the link.    If you watch these, you will walk away shaking your head.  They will rock “your truth”.

    See you at church Sunday’s at 10:30.  And after that, we’ll see you in the produce aisle!

    Johny Konoske

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