It's pretty clear to me that grain is to be eaten only in times of famine and excessive hunger.
And these [grain] hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.
I have battled auto-immune issues for years and have studied both the Word of Wisdom as well as food and diets in general to find out what is going on with my body and why. I have two thoughts to add to the discussion.
1. The Weston Price Foundation sponsors a very informative blog The Healthy Home Economist. As was also mentioned in a previous post, Sarah talks frequently about the need to soak our grains, nuts and legumes and to return to a more traditional way of preparing our foods. I have found this extremely beneficial. I still can't have wheat though. I ran across a post of hers that talks about the Round Up that many conventional farmers spray their wheat (even non-gmo wheat) to force their field of wheat to green up. That way they get a larger yield, since the whole field is ready to harvest at the same time. But the Round Up could be the culprit that is forcing larger and larger numbers of people to be intolerant of wheat. When I heal myself of the immune disorders in my body I intend to add organic Kamut, Einkorn and Spelt back into my diet. The Lord never meant for us to eat genetically modified or toxic grains treated with Round Up.
2. In the Word of Wisdom, the Lord mentions twice, once regarding meat and once regarding grains, that they should be used in times of famine. I believe that we, who are either eating a highly processed diet, or who were raised on that diet, are in times of famine. My body, highly intolerant of many grains, organic or otherwise now, needs more "clean" meat ( i.e. grass-fed, free-range, organic) than I would if my body was healthy. I wonder if the Paleo diet was born out of an awareness of this type of famine and a lack of the Word of Wisdom for guidance. However, I see it as a sign that people are waking up and working diligently to figure out what is best. And many of them are seeing good results; they just might not have all the pieces of the puzzle in place yet.
I'm sorry Kurt but I'm going to have to disagree with you. You have to ignore the anti carb message. Please ignore the anti carb message. While it isn't a good idea to over due it. What the diet industry doesn't tell you is that there are a hundred of other grains you can eat. Even for people who can't eat gluten. Please eat your grains and, your sweet potato. Just don't over due and, listen to your body.
I would like to add AMEN! to the comments made by Joy B. and Ann Cue posted last week. Ann wrote of Dr. Christopher and the wonderful truths he taught concerning soaking, sprouting and fermentation. Joy emphasized the importance of sprouting grains and the fact that this makes our grains more easily digested.
As a homemaker who has baked hundreds of bread loaves made from freshly ground wheat for 45 years, I have been very concerned by issues of gluten intolerance among friends and family members along with the popularity of the paleo and other grain-free diets. These plans contradict the counsel given in our precious Word of Wisdom. Through study and prayer I have refreshed my feelings and knowledge that GRAINS, NUTS, SEEDS AND BEANS MUST BE PROPERLY PREPARED before consumption. One particular insight stems from verse 14 of D&C Section 89: "All grain is ORDAINED for the use of man..." In looking at archaic meanings for the word "ordain" I found that one 14th century British definition (old French origin) is to "place in order," or to "PREPARE." Was the Lord trying to tell us something? As a result, my concerns have been resolved.
I believe that people who are suffering from gluten intolerance issues should experiment with consuming grains, legumes, nuts and seeds that have been PREPARED in one or more of the three ways explained by Dr. Christopher, Jane Birch, and many other scientists and nutritionists: by SOAKING, SPROUTING or FERMENTING. Many cultures on earth have practiced these methods for millennia, preparing these foods habitually, using traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation. Cereals were put to soak the night before, sprouted grains were ground into flour (diastatic malt), fermented "starts" have been used for the making of bread, pancakes, muffins and other complex carbohydrate foods and maintained within families for ages.
Concerning the wide acceptance of diets and food plans abundant in our society today, it seems that we are easily deceived -- "...evils and designs..." are prevalent.
I am reminded of the parable of the Wheat & the Tares ^_^. And of course, the Lord's warning to Simon Peter "behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:" Luke 22:31 and also to the Nephites "Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always lest ye enter into temptation; for Satan desireth to have you, that he may sift you as wheat." 3 Nephi 18:18
I see great value in Wheat & grain. Some challenges with my certain foods but overall it's about eating healthy, avoiding sugar & processed foods.
To the author (with authority):
Thinking like a trail hiker or explorer in the wilderness...
A staff is so much more than just a crutch; it confirms that the ground immediately in front of the pedestrian is solid and not, for example. an open well covered over by twigs and leaves. Another thing that a staff does is protect you from traps laid out by man...for when the staff proceedeth man, the foot does not get ensnared. A staff is also a lever which effectively reduces the amount of fuel needed (calories) to do work...it assists those who wield it in going farther and doing more (safely, and at an advantage) in a day than those without it. So, in all ways, it really does give you wings (unlike the popular sports drink concoction that bears the slogan "It gives you wings".)
Great article with a few comments: I was so angry when I found out about the high fructose corn syrup they were putting in bread (and thousands of other foods). I decided to go back to making bread. Not the hard way but with my Kitchen-aide mixer. The next time I went to the store my favorite bread said ' No high-frutose corn syrup' and 'non-gmo'', which is another issue of mine. So what else is in commercial bread that we don't know about? I called the Distribution Center and posed the question about the gmo.wheat and what the Church grew. The very nice lady got back to me right away and assured me that all food stuff grown by the Church is non-gmo and grown the natural way per their Director of that Department.. I realize that we tinker with our food over the years but I do not trust the Dept of Agriculture after the high fructose sugar fiasco and actually since we found out how bad aspartame is. Between these 3 things it's no wonder there is an obesity and diabetes epidemic!! I say when possible make your own bread!
And read labels for high fructose corn syrup. If you don't want diabetes, don't buy it! We all eat enough regular sugar as it is!
Thank you for helping my confusion about what to eat!
Kathie Jones, RN
What better place to get medical advice than from the Savior Jesus Christ who organized our bodies and also gave us D&C 89. August 2015 is one year of eating the Word of Wisdom way, (WFPB), I've lost weight, feel great and only wish I had started eating this way long before my 78th year. I wish to thank Sister Jane Birth and Meridian for making these articles available.
As one who is finding that the Paleo diet substantially reduces my Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms and lowers my inflammation numbers, I've had to experiment with grains and be selective. One interesting grain to research is the original wheat, which goes by three names -- Farro, Einkorn, and Emmer. This wheat has a small kernel, low gluten (which has a different enzyme structure than modern wheat), and a darker, chalkier flour. When making bread, you need to try Irish soda bread recipes, as the gluten is too little to rise well with yeast. A little vinegar or lemon juice with the baking soda adds volume, too. Handling Farro white flour makes me realize that modern flour is as much an artist's medium as it is a food, and that's probably the crux of the problem for most of us. Modern wheat is meant to be high-yield, drought and pest resistant, and to create puffy doughnuts as priorities. Health is its last priority, unfortunately.
Paleo is not my thing so I am not defending it here but I want to point out that we forget about verse 15 in the Word of Wisdom section:
14 All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth;
15 And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.
Perhaps verse 15 is referring to animals however the subject of the 14th verse is about grain as well as verses 16 and 17. So I would assume verse 15 refers to grain as verse 13 referred to animals. I don’t really know – it’s confusing.
What I do know is that my body cannot handle wheat at all even though I love bread. In order for me to lose weight and to stop the eczema and my constant runny nose I have to give up the grains. I feel better when I don’t eat them. I think there are a lot of us out there like this.
I don't beliver the Word of Wisdom was given for one person to promote their personal agenda. The good Lord gave all of us agency and the ability to pray for clearer understanding...
BTW Meridian you are my home page for the MSN Browser. You have so many much needed topic it is greatly appreciated. I share them with members and non members.
I feel the article crosses over the line into giving medical advice, when it states: "By switching to a whole food, plant-based Word of Wisdom diet, you can restore your good health and ability to enjoy the wholesome foods God created, including grain. Start with any of the grains or other starchy plant foods that you can already tolerate. You only need to have one staple starch food in your diet, though of course more is nice for variety. Brown rice and sweet potatoes, for example, work well for most people."
For the obese in particular, I believe this can be dangerous, because of the associated insulin spikes and increased fat storage. For those who have ignored the anti-carb message and packed on 50, 100, 200 or more pounds their body does not need, grain restrictions may well be needed for an extended period.
While the articles I have read in this series have been stimulating and thought-provoking, given the frequency with which "the Lord" is invoked, it might be wise to add a statement that these articles represent the author's opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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