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Published: Sunday, Aug. 18 2013 3:00 p.m. MDT

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I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

I believe in the Word of Wisdom. I have learned to live it better in my life. I'm not perfect, but I am doing much better and I've lost almost 50 lbs by observing it.

At least 90% of the time, I restrict the following:

eating out
premade food

I try to add these more often:

more water
more grain

And I try to eat less meat overall. I still love bacon, brats, burgers, sausage, etc. But I them less, and a healthy small portion if I do. I also try to find ways to make the meat go farther.

Why do I do all this? Not because I want the body (which I sadly believe most do it for that reason, yes even in Utah), but I do it because I want to feel good and healthy and raise a family by the same good principle. The Word of Wisdom, both in this aspect and its other teachings, greatly improves my life.

I'm happy for it and with each improvement on that path I'm even happier. Who needs a diet or pill or "commercialized program" when I have that!?

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

Isn't it amazing how the Word of Wisdom, given by revelation 180 years ago, has been proven time and again to be true?

JD Jones
Salt Lake City, UT

I know non-Mormons who have improved their health by eating less and exercising more. Health doesn't require religious beliefs. Reason and following through is all you need.

Brother Benjamin Franklin
Orem, UT

Why is it that when an article like this is written, the first thing everyone credits is that wisdom law?

It has nothing to do with that stuff. It has everything with just following common sense basics of everyday life: eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest, exercise, and so forth.

Don't tell me that I'm just saying the same thing a different way. That wisdom law is weird. I'm just speaking from the perspective of an everyday individual who has seen research and science prove it.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Ben Franklin

The reason everybody credits that "wisdom law" is because it was ahead of its time. 150 years ago nobody knew what caused obesity, lung cancer, liver failure, etc. And that "wisdom law" isn't "weird" - science has proven over and over again that the principles are sound. Just this week the Journal released a study that coffee - the fad drink of the 21st century - dramatically shortens your life. If you've seen studies that say otherwise I would look to see who funded it.

Kearns, UT

I'm amazed that Utah is only 7th. We should be first. It's time many of us start practicing what we claim to believe. We can do it.

Brother Benjamin Franklin
Orem, UT


I don't smoke, drink alcohol, do drugs, drink coffee or tea either. I happen to listen closely to science and go against the norms.

I just simply believe that if you follow research and science you are going to live longer. Living some wisdom law is nice, but I follow something that has academic and scholarly authority behind it.

B ob
Richmond, CA

As a Mormon, I'm glad that I'm only asked if I follow the Word of Wisdom and not asked what my BMI is.

Heber, Utah

BSR- If you try hard enough you can find a study that says about anything you're looking for. But as for the Journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings that I believe you are referring to, it does indeed say that you are right! Drinking excessive amounts of coffee can shorten your life. Of course, it also says men can lower their risk of prostate cancer and older people can lower their risk of dying by consuming coffee. Again, not very definitive. Eating high fat foods like ice cream and desserts are common to Utahns and Mormons, however, not all who eat them are obese or even overweight. Why? well, I believe that moderation is the key. I drink coffee, the occasional adult beverage, and have actually lost 30 pounds over the last year. I cut out sugar, processed food, white flour and started eating more veggies, lean meats, coffee instead of energy drinks or diet soda (actually worse for you than regular, look it up) and drink more water. I have perfect blood pressure and heart rate, and am told I look at least 5 years younger than I am. The WOW isn't all it's cracked up to be.

St.George, Utah

Too many years of studies out there from here in America, and from other countries all over our planet proving advantageous health benefits of tea and wine. Believe that more than contradicts your "Wisdom Word rule".

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

While I appreciate the Word of Wisdom, the real problem with obesity lies with the same issue that underlies most of the problems we see in today's society and that is a total lack of moral responsibility. It's the no responsibility, instant gratification world we live in. Everything goes except those with moral responsibility. Instead of telling people who are morbidly obese that they are beautiful and don't have to change for anybody or anything, why don't we educate people on how unhealthy obesity is and how much shorter their lives are going to be? Sparing people's feelings in place of their betterment is never a good thing.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Changing behavior is like changing religion. A dis ease of the spirit is as bad as any mental or physical dis ease.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Dis ease's are contagious and effects everyone, one way or another.

Park City, UT

Yankee hit it right on the head. If you're looking for one particular answer, you will find it. I just do what feels right to me and it's worked out pretty well so far. Years ago while still a card carrying member of "the church" I had a SP who was also a well respected physician. He would admit under his breath, that his patients that were moderate drinkers, and drank coffee, but followed a healthy lifestyle, like working out and being active (very common in Park City) were the most healthy as a general rule. I asked why he didn't imbibe knowing what he knew based on the science, and he replied that sometimes you just have to follow along faithfully. That's ok, that worked for him. I believe that.

Stop The Nonsense
El Paso, TX

As an LDS medical student, I can definitely agree that there is plenty of science out there that will say whatever you want it to say, whether that be in favor or against the teachings of the WOW. (Science is always contradicting itself, and how anyone can feel comfortable anchoring themselves in its ever-shifting sands is beyond me.)

I will say that if the WOW were purely a law intended for our physical health, then science would have "disproved" some of its teachings long ago. However, the WOW is not just for our physical health; there are spiritual blessings/aspects to this little "law of health" of ours that get overlooked far too often, and as such the WOW should not be discredited just because the physical blessings of health can come via means that don't necessarily coincide perfectly with it.

For that same reason, just because you don't drink coffee/tea/alcohol, smoke, or use drugs (i.e., the letter of the law) doesn't mean you are really obeying the WOW. How does your spirit feel after overeating? Probably not much better than your body, I'm willing to bet.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Mainly Me
"Isn't it amazing how the Word of Wisdom, given by revelation 180 years ago, has been proven time and again to be true?"

It doesn't take revelation to figure out the correlation between food and weight...

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