Note from Carolyn:  September brings a deep breath of resolution and excitement!  We have two things to bless your physical health:  1) Our herbal  detox Labor Day 10% off sale continues through Tuesday, 09/02/14 with some fun special offers; and 2) Jane Birch and I are launching a new Word of Wisdom Health Challenge It begins today (09/01) but you can join us anytime. Details on how to join are at the bottom of the article.

Oh, September!  How dear and welcome you are!

The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

(John Updike)

Isn’t that delightful?  To me it fully captures the fresh start that September brings.  In truth, as much as we love summer, we’re ready to put it away, return to our routines and create a September to remember!

With September, I’m starting my third 3-month Health Challenge and hope you’ll join Meridian writer, Jane Birch and me.  Over the past 3 months I have focused on whole-food-plant-based eating.  It has helped me lose another 3-4 pounds, another few inches and find continuing deep-in my-heart joy in living the Word of Wisdom more fully.  Even better, the good news of this marvelous way to eat and live is spreading! 

There are all kinds of amazing reports at our Word of Wisdom Facebook group page and e-mails to me.  For example, a friend from another ward just bubbled and glowed as she told me that the Word of Wisdom health challenge issued here at Meridian had come at “just the right time!  Although she’d given up sugar a while ago and was on the road to better health, she just needed “something” more.  She had been praying to find it.  Jane’s book (“Discovering The Word of Wisdom”) and the challenge extended through Meridian provided her answers!

Of course, I was tickled and as we shared how exciting it all is, she added thoughtfully, “The most surprising thing is that, though there are indeed physical health blessings from following the Word of Wisdom “do’s” more closely, even greater are the spiritual blessings!  I go to bed every night with such peace, knowing I ate and cared for myself in a way that was Heavenly Father’s plan for my body.  If I didn’t follow it as fully as I could, I knew what I’d do differently the next day.  It’s hard to put into words the feelings that go with it all!  It’s such a relief that I don’t have to worry anymore about how or what I’m supposed to eat.  My days of reading, studying and trying to figure it all our are over!”  (These “do’s” are elaborated in Jane Birch’s articles here at Meridian.) 

Our conversation and her enthusiasm (not to mention how fabulous she looked her skin glowed, her hair was thick and shiny, and her weight at a great place) gave me a lot to think about.   A quote from President Hinckley in Jane’s book immediately came to mind:  “I thank the Lord for a testimony of the Word of Wisdom.  I wish we lived it more fully.  But even though we do not, the Lord pours out His blessings upon those who try.”  (November 1993 Ensign

That was what my friend and I were trying to put into words:  we are experiencing the Lord’s blessings that come to “those who try.”  One of them is a unique measure of joy and peace on a daily basis that is independent of how much better we feel, actually are (and look!) physically.   Resolving this important dilemma of how/what to eat and be healthy leaves room in our lives to embrace other happy things!  There’s a lighter, brighter spirit about life itself when your body and mind are strengthened with whole-food plant-based eating, based upon the inspired doctrine that this is our Heavenly Father’s plan for our bodies.

Whether you’re ready for the whole challenge or not, perhaps with September knocking on our doors you could choose just one or two “do’s”, i.e, to eat more fruits and vegetables, embrace more greens, to limit meat to just once a week, or to just get started with sugar and/or dairy by choosing two or three items to limit or eliminate.  The scriptures tell us that “Out of small things proceedeth that which is great,” and as one of my dear friends is quick to repeat:  “When my husband decided to give up peanut butter, he had no idea that this one small decision would launch successfully losing 100 pounds.”

Here are two other simple ways to make this September memorable and to create happiness for you and those around you:  How about a poem for every day to fill our thoughts?  Or something  interesting or silly to celebrate every day to fill the need for a day to be special? 

At, you can find something fun and special to celebrate all month long!  What fun dinner conversations or simple activities can be created with

September 4:  Bring Your Manners to Work Day
Septmeber 6:  Iguana Awareness Day
September 8:  Literacy Day
September 9: Teddy Bear Day
September 10:  Good Neighbor Day
September 11:  Banana Day
September 13: Peanut Day
September 15:  Felt Hat Day
Setpember 16:  Play Dough Day
September 20: Wife Appreciation Day
September 25:  Hug a Vegetarian Day
September 26:  Johnny Appleseed Day
September 28:  Family Day

Just log on with your calendar in hand, and make notes of the ones that would be fun to celebrate or talk about!

At you can get a fun poem to start the day right, tuck into lunch bags or to enjoy reading outloud at the dinner table.  Their site exists for one purpose only: “to help dispel the ugly myth that poetry is boring.”  Which is pretty hilarious and a good laugh all by itself!

With that laughter echoing around us

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”
(Helen Hunt Jackson)

Let’s make it a September to remember!

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Join our Word of Wisdom Challenge! and/or our Facebook Group:
Free to join.  Choose what you’d like to achieve.  Receive e-mails ad participate with Jane and Carolyn at the facebook page.

Carolyn Allen is the Author of 60 Seconds to Weight Loss Success – One Minute Inspirations to Change Your Thinking, Your Weight and Your Life, available at her website .

She has been providing mental and spiritual approaches for weight loss success both online and in the Washington, DC community since 1999 presenting for Weight Watchers, First Class, Fairfax County Adult Education and other community groups.

  She and her husband Bob are the parents of five children and grandparents of eight. They live in the Washington D.C. area where she serves as Primary Chorister and joins her husband in teaching Missionary Preparation for the Annandale Stake CES Institute program. 

Learn more about them and the herbal detox product they share at Meridian! Get 10% off through September 2, and enter our drawing for free product and a Visa Gift Card! CLICK HERE