Eating with wisdom: Author, blogger put Word of Wisdom into action

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  • jans Pickerington, OH
    March 18, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    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.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    March 17, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    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.

  • Pam in Illinois Great Lakes, IL
    March 16, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    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.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 16, 2011 3:41 p.m.


    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.

  • LOL holladay, utah
    March 16, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    Somehow chronic obesity and Word of Wisdom don't belong in the same sentence together.

  • InUtahButNotOfUtah South Jordan, UT
    March 16, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    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.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 16, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    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.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 16, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    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.

  • In Arizona Mesa, AZ
    March 16, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    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.

  • mecr Bountiful, UT
    March 16, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    Cook from scratch... that's the secret! people love cans and frozen bags.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 16, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    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.

  • In Arizona Mesa, AZ
    March 16, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    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!

  • huggyface Murray, UT
    March 16, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    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 true?

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    March 16, 2011 6:52 a.m.

    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.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    March 15, 2011 11:00 p.m.

    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.