The Wisdom in Eating Food God Made
By Carolyn Allen
Today I am continuing from the July 7 article “The Word of Wisdom Cycle”.
I concluded it with my thought that, “The popular, over-processed, fat-laden, sugar-laden foods of our day are foolish things and may even be considered to among Satan’s tools to destroy us – for they do destroy our bodies, and the habits centered around eating them tax our spirits.”
As I reread both the article and D&C 89 this past week, there was validation for this in D&C 89 itself!
Behold, verily thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation (D&C 89:3)
Is this not clear indication that the habit-forming tasty foods and industries that we have come to depend on, those that may ultimately destroy our health, are masterminded by the great adversary himself?
Now, though I write and share my thoughts on healthy eating extensively, there is always room for improvement in my own habits and education. Throughout this week that wonderful feeling we recognize as the Spirit providing a witness of truth, has quietly hummed within me regarding the Word of Wisdom and my own personal need to hearken and share. I also felt a quiet expectancy of “something about to happen.”
Today’s Scripture: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up my childish ways.” (I Corinthians 13:11)
On Tuesday, the day after I reread the article, I went for a routine doctor’s optometry appointment. There, in the pile of donated magazines and books that are free to take home, was a book waiting for me. Though somewhat tattered, it seemed to glow and call my name.
Its title, Eat to Live, brought to mind my dear stake president, President Erick Erickson. (After being diagnosed with diabetes in his mid-50s, President Erickson went to a nutritionist for help with an eating/reducing program, adopted “Eat to Live, Don’t Live To Eat” as his motto, lost 40 pounds – which he is happily keeping off – and is no longer diabetic. Click here to read his story.
In the book was the complete description of the eating plan for the Word of Wisdom, with recipes and instructions. Though the book was not scripture, of course, D&C Section 89 could easily have an asterisk saying, “See Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman for interesting details.”
Dr. Fuhrman’s belief, academic studies and successful life-changing “hands-on” experience with thousands of his patients is that many Americans are overweight because we are “over-proteined” – even if we’re consuming lean meats and dairy products. He convincingly presents statistics indicating that muscle, health-building protein is not only in plant-based legumes (as most of us know); they are also in green vegetables such as broccoli, romaine lettuce and kale.
Think about it: the biggest animals (elephants, gorillas, rhinoceroses and giraffes) are proof that greens pack a powerful punch and create muscle and energy! Here is strong indication we may not need as much meat or animal-based protein as we’ve been taught.
His information helped me to understand what I have long suspected as to why many weight loss programs such as Weight Watchers (and I will always be indebted to it ) and similar programs, though excellent and far better than doing nothing, are discouraging and ultimately fail. People often simply stop losing weight after the first 10-15 pounds. Why? Our bodies simply do not need or process and overload of too much proteins and too many refined carbs/processed foods that are permitted within those programs!
As I continued to read, the Spirit spoke to me again – this time in scripture:
Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly; and it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine (D&C 89:12-13).
It was easy and delightful to picture and sense our Heavenly Father approval and pleasure with the author’s weight loss/maintenance plan where the Lord’s own magnificent food supply of plants (fruits and vegetables of every kind) is celebrated and utilized.
Though I’m sure there are others like it, this book was placed there for me to read and recommend it, or something similar, to you: Once again, it’s Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.
Later that day, as is now our custom on Tuesday evenings, we tuned in to “The Doctor’s” teleconference call for the health tea we share at MyMiracleTea.com. In a most entertaining and enlightening style, three doctors discuss each week the physical, bodily ramifications of how most of us eat in our current society and age. As if what I hadn’t read that day wasn’t indication enough, their discussion of how parasites develop and thrive in well-fed Americans (which create the big, soft bellies for many of us) opened a whole new level of understanding. (You do not need to buy or use the product to get in on these free, fascinating calls. Check in every Tuesday night: 8:00 CST, 218/486-3696 PIN 530312.)
The Word of Wisdom bell rang one more time that day as I checked my email before going to bed and found a link – who knows who sent it – to the write-up of an interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Oprah on kids and obesity!
Dr. Oz delivers a fascinating wake-up call that every parent needs to know about childhood obesity.
He says there’s a very good biological reason why it’s so hard to get kids to eat their vegetables. In fact, they are hardwired to not like them. Dr. Oz says when our prehistoric ancestors searched for food, their children were most susceptible to poisons, which often taste bitter. So instead of liking something bitter – like broccoli – children tend to crave sweet and bland foods like dairy or chicken nuggets.
Children also have a biological reason not to like certain foods. Flavorful fruits and veggies may actually taste different to kids than they do to adults. “An older adult has 3,000 taste buds,” Dr. Oz says. “A kid has 10,000.”
Dr. Oz further says we run into problems when we don’t allow our taste buds to mature. “That’s the big challenge we have in America – we’ve infantilized our taste buds. When a 3-year-old wants hot dogs, a burger, fries, a shake, cola, that’s not abnormal. When a 30-year-old wants those foods, we’re in trouble.”
Hence, today’s scripture: When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I gave up my childish ways.” (I Corinthians 13:11)
Dr.Oz points to an enormously popular book out these days called Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. (Yes, she’s actor Jerry’s wife.) In it she provides recipes and instructions for making vegetable purees to add to foods that kids love – beefing up the nutritional content and keeping everybody happy.
There is no denying the love of our Heavenly Father for his children, of all ages! Could it be that he expects us to grow up with our eating habits and has provided a natural way that’s easy and delicious?
Here’s a weight loss made easy thought: Cut down on the meats, cheese, milk and refined/white carbs with the “tithing principle. Just make them 10% of your total for the day! In other words, think of them as “condiments.”
The great number and variety of fruits and vegetables are our Heavenly Father’s clear manifestation and proof that he wants us to eat and enjoy! Fruits and veggies are the things that He has made, not man. Though man and modern day production and advertising may try and duplicate the number and variety with their snack foods and junk foods to tempt us, the Word of Wisdom was made for each of us, to help us resist and was created for even “the weak and the weakest.” (D&C 89:3) In other words: “We can do it!’
Now, if that’s not a principle with a promise wrapped in a hug from a loving Heavenly Father, I don’t know what is!
Today’s Empowerment : ” “The Word of Wisdom is for me! As close to nature as possible’ is how I choose what I eat – and I love it!”
Today’s Journal Prompts: What vegetables did you enjoy as a child? Has it changed? What new ones could you try this week?
Instead of a recipe, here’s a suggestion. We use our George Foreman grill for veggies! Slice them up, zucchinis, peppers, onions, tomatoes, eggplants, sweet potatoes, or others about ” to 1″ thick. Heat the grill. Spritz the grill with your favorite baking spray, then simply grill as you would meat.
When veggies are tender, sprinkle with Mrs. Dash or, our favorite, a gourmet blend of Lemon Pepper and serve. Delicious!
P.S.: We regularly see George Foreman grills at our local thrift stores. No need to buy a new one!
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