Brahmabull, you are reinterpreting pretty wide of the mark there.One
thing I would like to remind everyone is that people have specific dietary needs
as well - for example, a person with celiacs disease (gluten intolerance) will
live an unhealthy life and die if they eat wheat. So for them, rice is the staff
of life, not wheat.Personally, what I get out of the WOW is that any
substance or practice that makes my "natural man" tendencies control
me (my body, my spirit, my emotions) is a bad thing - any substance or practice
that allows me control over the "natural man" is a good thing.
First of all, there is an error in the article. If any LDS members have actually
read the word of wisdom, it does not forbid the consumption of alcohol as stated
in the article. It states that members should avoid 'strong drinks', but
advocates the using of beer as healthy. It advocates the use of barley and wheat
to make 'mild drinks'. The other thing is that most members wholeheartedly
ignore the eating of meat part. Meat should only be eaten in times of winter and
famine, and sparingly. Members do not follow this, as you can see by the
unhealthiness that prevails in sacrament meeting. A glass of beer is more
healthy for you than 5 cans of Coke. So then, let us not be so quick to judge
those who drink a beer ever now and then and ignore our own disobedience to the
other parts of the word of wisdom. If this is the requirement for getting a
temple reccommend, then most of the apostles and president Brigham Young
wouldn't have a reccommend themselves today. It was given as a general guideline
for living healthy, not a commandment from god. Go and read it again.
The best way to make bread with wheat is to sprout it first for a couple of days
and then dehydrate it to take the moisture out. Grind as usual. Wheat has I
believe one of the highest doses of Vit. C when grown as grass and juiced. It
tastes like you are drinking a glass of grass, but the nutrients are so potent.
I have even heard that it has cured stage 4 cancer.
InUtahButNotOfUtah,Good for you! And yes, we should be embarrased
by how many Mormons are on the current season of biggest loser and how many have
been on it in the past. It is certainly a much higher percentage than we are of
the general US population. That should be a red flag to our culture that
something is wrong.The priesthood lesson on Sunday was on the Word
of Wisdom and it was the best lesson I have ever been in on that revelation.
The instructor covered all parts, but emphasized the things we are encouraged to
partake of instead of focusing so much on what to avoid. He pointed out that to
fully realize the promised blessings you have to follow it all. So, the
overweight guy next door is not going to run and not be weary, just because he
doesn't smoke or drink.
Somehow chronic obesity and Word of Wisdom don't belong in the same sentence
I'm an overweight Mormon who is finally doing something about it by following
the Word of Wisdom more closely. We focus so much on abstaining from alcohol and
tobacco that we don't pay much attention to the information about eating healthy
food.Has anyone noticed how many Mormons are on this season of The
Biggest Loser? It's a testament to that part of our culture that needs fixed.I'm embarrassed by the way that I have not taken care of my body in the
past. I hope all of us start paying attention to the ENTIRE Word of Wisdom.
I'm always puzzled by the Mormons who criticize vegetarians when eating that way
is more closely aligned with the Word of Wisdom than eating meat at every meal.
I was raised eating meat at most meals. Of course that used to be
one of the major food groups. For health reasons my wife and I are now totally
vegetarian at home and even avoid meat when eating out. As I have
studied the Word of Wisdom a little more I find we are more aligned with it than
we ever have been in our lives. If you examine the promises made in the Word of
Wisdom and then put it to the test by truly focussing your diet on whole grains,
fruits and vegetables, you will find those promises becoming reality as you have
more energy, think more clearly and feel more healthy all around.
I believe the word of wisdom was wisdom ahead of its time. However it does
deserve tweaking.A small glass of red wine at meals is healthy.Green tea is healthy.Exercise is healthy and necessary.I once called the LDS church to ask if green tea was one of the kind of
teas LDS shouldn't drink but got no answer. The members I have asked disagree,
some say yes, but most say no.
Yes Rifleman, we (including you and I) all do judge others. There's a really
good talk by Dallin Oaks, "Judge Not and Judging" given at BYU on
March 1, 1998. Excellent for us all to read and employ.
Cook from scratch... that's the secret! people love cans and frozen bags.
Re: I love it when good church members condemns smoking, and who set a good
example by taking care of their bodies by eating good food and exercising.Everyone judges others as evidenced by your own comment.
I love it when a good church member condems someone for drinking a Coke while
that person is overweight and eats donuts!Look within ourselves
people, quit judging others!
Nutrition is now the new "alternative" medicine. The top three
killers are Heart disease, lung cancer and diabetes - ALL directly related to
what we put in our bodies, for food or for fun. Living the basic principles in
the WOW greatly enhances the quality (and quantity) of life.The WOW
states that wheat is the "staff of life." What does this mean? Some
say that it should be the main ingredient in our diet while others say a staff
is a crutch and should only used when we need a crutch. Which is
Vegetables are in season all year round. When was the last time you went to a
supermarket? This was written when supermarkets and transportation didn't
exist. Eat right every day. Cut out ALL the sugar, some fruit, a lot of
vegetables,get at least a little exercise. Were the members serious about the
WOW there would be no need for temple clothing with 40"+ waistbands and 16+
dress sizes. Wake up members.
More and more food allergies become prevalent due to the over-processing and
incorporating food items where they really aren't warranted. Some food products
are used as fillers, and then the body becomes toxic. The other idea
of eating vegetables in the season they are grown makes perfect sense. Eat
squash and earthbound veggies in the winter, and you have thicker blood to be
resilient to cold weather. Eat water based veggies - cucumbers and lettuce, for
example, and your blood thins for the summer months.