Meal Prepping is Biblical – yes, you read that right.
Now, hang on before you go all crazy in one direction or the other – I am not saying that it is a requirement for salvation or anything extreme like that. Nor does anyone need to come at me to say I’m legalistic or completely off my rocker. Give me a minute of your time to lay out where I am coming from.
Our bodies are temples
If you have been reading my posts for any length of time, you know I always come from a place of love. My goal is always to guide you in ways to make life easier and so full of hope! Meal prepping and planning is one of those ways, and I have discovered that it is about way more than just meal prep.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV
Let’s look first at 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Yes, I realize it is mainly speaking of sexual immorality here. That, however, does not mean it is the only application of this verse. Back in verse 13 Paul uses food as an example of what he is meaning. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. EVERYTHING we choose to do with it affects our physical and spiritual health.
But it’s not wrong if I’m not meal prepping….
All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. 1 Corinthians 6:12-13
In verse 12 Paul says “all things are lawful, but not all things are helpful”. When we are applying this to our eating habits this plays out in making healthy choices. “What can I eat” is no longer a restriction for us. Now it becomes “I can eat whatever I want to. I choose to eat the things I know are healthier for my body”. It’s a shift of focus. No more restrictive diets, cutting out whole food groups just because, or feeling deprived.
Where is your food focus
We can shift our focus away from “but you’re taking away MY bread…(or meat, or sugar)” to something more positive. Try thinking “Hey, look at all these great options that keep me feeling healthy and energized!” instead. First of all, no food group is “Mine”. All food is given by God, it is his and our bodies are his home! Therefore, healthy eating is caring for your temple! Secondly, this shift to a more positive, I have choices mindset helps bring peace to the idea.
Ok, but still, meal prepping?
So, if eating healthy is important and helpful to our spiritual lives, how does that translate to Meal Prepping being biblical? Another choice we have in the area of what we do with our bodies is stress management. Stress can cause all kinds of physical and mental health issues.
There are some stressors in life we cannot control, and those we will deal with at another time. Today I want to focus on a few of the ones we CAN control.
Stressors we can control
One stressor we can control is time crunches. When we manage our time well It brings more peace. We can do this by planning ahead for the things we know are needed we can avoid that “crunch” feeling. Managing our time around meals is so much easier when we plan the week or even the month out. Knowing what we are going to eat and when takes the guess work out of it. This also makes impulse snacking a safer bet!
Imagine this. You can let your kids grab their own special container out of the cabinet or fridge, any time they want. They can grab a snack and you know they will be eating healthy! Maybe you would love to be able to get ready for work or an outing in half the time. Get ready and still have everything you need to keep hungry bellies happy – yours and theirs! Meal planning and prepping will accomplish both of these things.
Oh no, I forgot…
Meal prepping can also aleviate the stress of “what’s for dinner tonight?” No more thinking on the fly while you’re already exhausted from the rest of your day. Oh, and you forgot to pull the meat out of the freezer! Take one day and dedicate a few hours to meal prepping. This will save, first of all, the prep time each night. Secondly,you will be saving the thinking time and stress of “crunch time”.
How does this become a spiritual or biblical thing? If you are managing your time well, you are honoring the time God has given you. Now you have more time to accomplish the tasks He has for you. You are at the same time caring for your mental health. You are making time to focus on the more important things – like relationships! The hours you save by meal prepping can be redeemed now for proper rest, spiritual renewal, and family time.
Can you see meal prepping and it’s biblical support now?
Can you see now how meal prepping is a good, biblical practice? Again, I don’t say this to pile on the guilt if you aren’t meal prepping. Maybe you decide it isn’t for you, that’s ok. It’s not biblical in that it’s a requirement, but it does help fulfill some of the spiritually healthy practices. I helps give you a practical way to manage your time and your stress. God is not a god of chaos, but of order and peace.