Can you be Christian and plant-based too?

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Well my husband would always say, “It VEGAN in the garden.” Then he would explain many things of which I sometimes zone out of due to the kids screaming & interrupting. But yes, you definitely can! The original design was that Adam and Eve really did eat of fruits and veggies in the garden. We know what happened next.

The more important questions would be: Is there thankfulness in the table for whatever is there?

Are we giving other people around us reasons to stumble because of a legalistic set of food choices?

AND are we even enjoyable to be with in a party?

What even prompted us to start plant-based inclusions in our family food intake? Well it is really the skin asthma/allergies of my youngest. There sprung a need to remove allergenic food like chicken, egg, and shrimp. You may ask, “O so what do you eat?” The answer is a lot of tofu (anything soy for that matter), carbs, fish, and vegetables! We are serious about our soymilk, dark chocolate, and peanut milk. We thoroughly enjoy flatbread with hummus and baba ganoush.

These ideas about our food intake nowadays can be so complex, its multifactorial in nature, as I have learned in college nursing problems. Every problem is multifactorial. Some would argue animal rights and welfare, racism and environmental care in today’s agriculture, some would lean towards the health benefits (surely I’m on this side), and still others might prefer the relatively cool look, sound and feel of being plant-based, keto, etc.. I once stumbled upon a phrase “chubby vegan girls,” and I could so relate! Portion control girl! But really, for us, the heart of the matter is, as Christians we are called to steward our bodies in such a way that we can honor the Lord in all we do, and equally important, to be thankful for His provision.

For us, the heart of the matter is, as Christians we are called to steward our bodies in such a way that we can honor the Lord in all we do, and equally important, to be thankful for His provision.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Cor 10:31

We are in no way purely vegetarian, or vegan, or anything of the strict sort. In fact a personal favorite of mine is chicken tinola, bangus belly, all sorts of fish fillet, and the beefy spaghetti that I grew up eating. We let our youngest eat as much fish and pork as she prefers. My husband mourns the loss of chicken on the table. Hey we are Pinoys after all! He would be the quickest to have pork barbecue, pork adobo, and the like. I then scramble to learn new recipes apart from sauteed veggies and tofu spam, but I am afraid the daily demand is more than I can supply. The struggle is real.

If its avoiding those allergenic food for the sake of the youngest, then so be it, if it’s such a treat from time to time to eat things other than fish and veggies, then let it be so. For us, most of the time there’s 4 types of dinner in the table and you know how odd that is because there’s just 4 of us.

In our home, food is one of those “I choose to love you even if I don’t love what you’re eating sort of thing.” It’s one of those “I’m glad there’s food on the table so we can continue on our God-given purposes” kind of thing.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:17
Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

2 Comments

  1. Hello Niks!!! I can relate to this topic. Indeed it’s a struggle! Always thinking of what are we going to eat which should be within our budget. My kids are picky eaters and it’s really hard. Thank you Niks for sharing it’s really odd to prepare different meals for a family of 4. But you know, God is so great that He brought us here, where there are varieties of healthy food choices, in groceries, restaurants and even food delivery meal kits. I also learned of recipes that’s simple but within our budget and some Pinoy versions which my family love. This is what God has promised, He will provide everything that we need.

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    1. Hi Rona! 😊 wow its great knowing we are like minded in this! I think every mom struggles with picky eaters and allergies at some point in their children’s lives though.🍗🥚

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