The Israelite's were a strong people and the reason is because they were governed by strict laws regarding food and their lifestyle. During the time that Moses received the law of God at Mount Sinai and the erecting of the Tabernacle, he received instructions pertaining to living a clean and holy lifestyle.
In order for God to dwell among them, it was imperative that the people maintained a holy character, ethical behavior, cleanliness of person, cleanliness of surroundings and ate clean foods. Therefore the Priest were instructed, "Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee...that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean." Lev. 10:9-10. In order to have strength of mind and spiritual discernment, there can be no consumption of wine, strong drink, or anything that would impair the judgment. This is why it is said that Christ while upon the cross refused to drink vinegar mingled with gall (Matt. 27:34) He did not want His judgment to be impaired.
The services of the Sanctuary teaches us how we are to live, and what we are to eat as we move closer to God. At the beginning of the Christian's journey which begins in his tent and leads to the Courtyard we find flesh that was sacrificed and on occasion eaten by the Priest. As you move into the Holy Place, a little closer into God's presence we find no meat, but bread and oil. Upon entrance into the Most Holy Place, entering into the presence of God, we find in the Ark a pot of manna and almonds (an even more natural diet) along with the law of God as its centerpiece.
As the children of Israel were on a journey to the promise land, so are we, and the Bible teaches that God prepared them for this transition. In Exodus 16, as God had moved the children of Israel closer to their destination (Canaan), He changed their diet to prepare their bodies for battle against their enemies, and their minds to be clear to serve Him and discern His leading. They went from meat to manna. Today we are on the brink of the heavenly Canaan and God is appealing to us to change our diet and lifestyle. He wants us to be a clean and holy people before Him. He is trying to prepare us for this great battle that we are about to engage in, and in order to survive it we must have clean, strong bodies, clear minds, keen intellect, and spiritual discernment and abilities.
Now is the time for us to have the most simple but nourishing diet, free from fat, cholesterol, excessive sugar, preservatives, pesticides and contaminants. We have been counseled that "Grains and fruits prepared free from grease, and in as natural a condition as possible, should be the food for the tables of all who claim to be preparing for translation to heaven." CD 63
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.