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The following Frequently Asked Questions may help you to understand this site better. Please browse through these before e-mailing your own questions. God bless!

What is MBHT?

MBHT stands for My Body His Temple. It is a health ministry that I feel God has called me to. The title was derived from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

Back in July 1994, when I was 32 years old, I noticed a picture of myself with a double chin. I hadn't realized how much weight I had gained over the years. I was also sick and tired of being sick and tired, so I began to research health and nutrition from a biblical standpoint. You can read my column, Ask the Nutritionist, and the Article of the Month to see what I have found over the years.

When we, as Christians, realize that our bodies are the temple of God and that we should glorify Him in our body and spirit, we have no choice but to change our diet and lifestyle. My favorite example of such a change is the prophet Daniel. He knew that King Nebuchadnezzar's choice food was unhealthy to his body and spirit so he abstained from it. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is not much different from King Nebuchadnezzar's rich diet, so we must take a long look at what we are putting into God's temple, our bodies.

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What is your diet called and what are its guidelines?

First of all, this is not a diet: it is a lifestyle. Diets do not work. Only a permanent change in lifestyle will bring about the level of health we all covet. Whenever I use the word "diet," I am referring to the type of food eaten, not the faddish, calorie-restrictive, painful regimen that has plagued mankind for the last few decades. This is not a fad diet, but an enjoyable, healthy lifestyle that God intended for us from the beginning.

As far as its name, I haven't thought much about that. It can be called by many names:

  • My Body His Temple Lifestyle
  • Daniel Diet
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Diet
  • Methuselah's Lifestyle
  • Antediluvian Diet
  • Pre-Flood Plan
  • Adam and Eve Diet
  • Eden Diet
  • Back to the Garden Plan
  • Genesis Diet
  • Original Diet
  • Vegan Diet

I may use several of these from time to time, but my two favorites are the "MBHT Lifestyle" and the "Daniel Diet." I will use these interchangeably.

The MBHT Lifestyle guidelines are rather simple. The original diet that God assigned to mankind was fruits and vegetables (Genesis 1:29). Anything from the plant kingdom was fair game (except for the fruit of one tree, of course). Mankind lived extraordinarily long lives, 912 years on average, for over 1,700 years. Only after the drastic changes of a global flood and the addition of a meat-eating diet did man's life-span diminish.

When Daniel was faced with a decision not unlike ours today, he chose a vegan diet (Daniel 1). King Nebuchadnezzar's choice food was very similar to the Standard American Diet (SAD) and Daniel was counted as righteous for refusing it for the Eden Diet.

The simple guidelines for the Daniel Diet, with some additional nutritional science thrown in, are as follows:

  1. Build faith in God.
  2. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day (160 lb. = 80 oz per day).
    Distilled water is best because it doesn't contain inorganic minerals.
    Filtered water is next best.
  3. Try to consume 70 to 85% of your food raw.
    Eat fresh fruit all morning on an empty stomach.
    Have a salad or vegetable sandwich for lunch.
    Eat a whole-grain starch with at least two vegetables for dinner.
    Prepare raw vegetable snacks with low-fat, vegetable dip.
    Drink fresh vegetable juice whenever possible (carrot/beet/celery is a good combination).
    If hungry before bedtime, eat only raw fruits or vegetables.
  4. Eliminate or reduce meat, dairy, white sugar, white flour, white rice, and caffeine.
    Use soy, rice, or nut substitutes for milk and soy substitutes for meat.
    Consume only whole-grain starches.
    Use natural sugar substitutes, such as raw honey, Sucanat, rice syrup, barley malt, etc.
  5. Reduce percent fat from calories to 10%.
    Try to consume 3 g of fat per serving maximum at first.
    Limit fat consumption to flaxseed and olive oil, avocado, raw nuts and seeds after weight has stabilized.
  6. Use a raw, organic, whole-food supplement to ensure a balanced body.
  7. Take care of your gastrointestinal tract and it will take care of you.
    Increase your fiber by eating from the plant kingdom (meat has no fiber).
    Consume psyllium seed to sweep out the intestines.
    Take probiotic supplements to replenish intestinal flora (friendly bacteria).
  8. Exercise aerobically at least four times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes.
    It strengthens the heart muscle to increase your life span.
    It helps lymph to flow in order to strengthen your immune system.
    It gives you energy and reduces stress.
  9. Make time for plenty of rest and recreation.
  10. Go outside and get some fresh air and also some sunshine in small doses for vitamin D.

Past articles have elaborated on many of these points. Future articles will cover the remaining points. Check out past Articles of the Month and Ask the Nutritionist columns. These will go a long way in helping you to treat your body as the temple of God. Check out my recipe page, too! May God bless you in your desire to glorify Him in your body and spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

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What is AROH?

AROH stands for A Reason of Our Hope. It is a "Bible answers to Bible questions" ministry started by Rob Barlow and myself back in 1990. The title was derived from 1 Peter 3:15: "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear."

The questions came from members of our home congregation and were answered using only the Bible as our guide. Nothing else is necessary as "all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).

These question-and-answer articles attempt to call Bible things by Bible names. The truth, no matter how uncomfortable or incriminating, is never compromised. Wherever opinion is expressed, it is noted. These articles are written in a theologically conservative, easy-to-understand format, utilizing the Bible as the inerrant Word of God.

The labor of those years has been lovingly crafted into one FREE electronic book. A Reason of Our Hope: Bible Answers to Bible Questions deals with science questions, general questions, textual questions, and some tough doctrinal questions. Download it for free now!

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Why do you call your company AROH Publishing Company?

Again, AROH stands for A Reason of Our Hope. We must all be ready with a reason of our hope so that we may influence others to Christ. Although my ministry is aimed at making Christians physically and spiritually healthier, its overall purpose is to save the lost. How? See the next question.

Since I publish e-books, I decided to call my company a publisher. Since my ultimate goal is to share the reason of my hope, I gave it the AROH moniker. I also liked the pronunciation of the acronym—"arrow." Thus, my motto was born: "A Reason of Our Hope, straight as an AROH, aims for the truth." Corny, huh?

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Why do you feel this ministry is so important?

It is the fundamental principle of Christianity to evangelize the world. Jesus said, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:19-20).

He gave us the Great Commission so that we could spread the reason of our hope across the globe. Too many of us are not prepared to give a reason of our hope. That is precisely the purpose of these question-and-answer articles—to prepare you to "give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you."

A Reason of Our Hope (AROH) is the spiritual side of this ministry and will equip the Christian with a strong defense for his faith. It will also reveal the true Word of God—not some watered-down, ear-tickling, liberal theology. Hopefully, non-Christians will also benefit from the truths taught here.

My Body His Temple (MBHT) combines the physical and spiritual growth of the Christian to keep his body, mind, and spirit strong and healthy for evangelizing. Teachers, preachers, missionaries, elders, deacons, and members can all have the energy and faith to bring others to Christ if they are living a healthy lifestyle. Those outside the faith may also benefit from the health principles espoused here.

Have you noticed the number of sick Christians listed in your church bulletin or announced in your assembly? In most cases the members are suffering from diseases that could have been prevented from a change in diet and lifestyle. It is my goal and ambition to reduce the number of sick Christians listed in church bulletins all over the world.

The church is supposed to be "called out" of the world, yet we suffer from the same diseases as the rest of the world. The statistics for divorce, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, abortions, children out of wedlock, and adultery have risen in the church almost identically to that of the world. We must become the "called out" again. We must become spiritually and physically healthy again in order to show the world that Christ is King! The world needs to desire what we have. The only way for us to do that is to change our lifestyle and teach others.

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Is this a non-profit ministry?

No. The money I make from MBHT will feed my family and give us shelter. Most of the money, however, will go back into the ministry to fund various projects that will further God's will. "The Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel" (1 Corinthians 9:14). I am hoping that God sees fit to let me retire from engineering and work full time in this ministry.

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Why do you aim your ministry at Christians rather than the lost?

Although anyone can benefit from this site and my e-books, I primarily built this site for the Christian who is willing to improve himself in order to spread the borders of God's kingdom. No matter how small his task or talent may be, the Christian will be able to grow and change for the better by using this site … if he is willing to put some work behind his new knowledge.

Indirectly, this ministry is intended for the lost as well. When there are more spiritually and physically healthy Christians out in the world, the lost will desire to have that happiness and healthiness, too. That is when we can share the Gospel with them. The end result, then, is an increase in Christians and a decrease in the unsaved. See?

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Why do you use Genesis as the basis for much of your ideals when we are no longer under the old law?

The book of Genesis is the foundation to our spiritual and physical health. Our Savior quoted liberally from Genesis. The very Gospel rests upon the foundation of this book. If the truths and concepts taught in Genesis are rejected for evolution, humanism, the New Age movement, Gnosticism, or whatever form of evil doctrine man contrives, then we cannot maintain our salvation. If our foundation is weak, we will be "sent this way and that, turned about by every wind of teaching, by the twisting and tricks of men, by the deceits of error" (Ephesians 4:14 BBE).

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What are your credentials?

I am a Certified Nutritionist, author, and engineer. I have worked for the space program for a decade, which helps to qualify me to answer science questions. My studies in biblical nutrition since July 1994 have led to a groundbreaking book, which is now in revision.

I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1988. I obtained my Certification in Nutrition in 1999 from American Health Science University. I am the writer, editor, and publisher of A Reason of Our Hope, as well as the webmaster of MyBodyHisTemple.com.

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Why are your books in electronic format instead of bound pages?

E-books are a growing market. They can be delivered to your computer in seconds. People want things now. They don't always want to wait for snail mail to deliver a package when they can download the same information immediately.

E-books are generally less expensive than print books, do not require shipping costs, and help to save a few trees. This method is also a fast and inexpensive way to distribute my free e-book, A Reason of Our Hope: Bible Answers to Bible Questions, to as many people as possible. What better way to spread the Gospel?

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When will your books be available in print?

The paperback of My Body--His Temple: The Prophet Daniel's Guide to Nutrition is available but in revision. The second edition should be out later in 2003. I am not planning to put A Reason of Our Hope in print at this time.

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What denomination are you a member of? Does it effect your perspective in your articles and books?

I am a member of no denomination. Jesus prayed specifically in the Garden of Gethsemane, "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me" (John 17:20-23).

Jesus prayed for unity. How can His church be broken into so many denominations when He prayed against that? I am simply a member of His church, a Christian. I am a truth seeker and I study and pray daily to find the truth in whatever areas God desires me to. I guess this does effect my perspective when I write. Is that such a bad thing?

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Can I print out or copy some of your web pages and give them to friends?

All information on this web site is copyrighted by AROH Publishing Company; however, the purpose of this site is to share information. So, please feel free to distribute this information among your friends, as long as you include the URL and give me credit. Feel free to forward my newsletter and AROH as well. For any commercial use, please obtain my permission via e-mail.

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Should I consult a physician before following your advice?

Absolutely. Your doctor is your coach. Do your own research, but follow up with your physician and run your plan by him. If you choose to follow my advice without consulting your physician, then you are self-prescribing. You fully have the right to do so, but you may need your doctor to monitor your progress to ensure that all of your blood levels are normal and your organs are functioning properly. Although I am a Certified Nutritionist, I cannot give you medical advice. I can only give you the benefit of my knowledge, experience, prayer, and encouragement. Any lifestyle change could possibly cause detoxification symptoms, so the risk belongs to you. The decision is yours alone. Use your doctor and me as your coaches, but make your own choices.

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In Christ,

Kenny Loy, CN

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