Though approved by the FDA, we cannot be sure about the long-term healthiness of these oils. Finally, straining is associated with the painful problem of hemorrhoids, which require no explanation. As excess fat is a widespread problem in America, adequate sleep in the dark may be the cheapest health aid available. The N. Y. I enjoy these with lots of butter, which also slows down the GI response. What other blessings might we receive by obeying the Lord’s laws of health? At dinner we had string beans bought at a farmers’ market. Healthy Change #4 established the rule that food products must be made of whole grains and contain more natural fiber than sugar. We are not to consume tobacco in any of its forms (see D&C 89:8). Commit yourself to obey the Lord’s laws of health at all times. Whether soluble or insoluble (it doesn’t matter which, we need both), fiber is the original weight loss marvel: it provides lasting fullness yet has zero calories. What did you do to improve your sleep habits. About ninety percent of the soybean and corn crops are GMO per reports. (Fiber deficiency isn’t the only cause; other factors include too little exercise or fluid intake, or a diet high in dairy products.) After six months (and going strong!) Basically, your blood sugar can be fine (blood glucose testers are surprisingly cheap at the drugstore) but your pancreas may be working too hard to produce enough insulin because cells are becoming resistant. The informative graph displayed above is from his book. This section, called the Word of Wisdom, tells us what to eat and what not to eat. Refined white flour made a great ingredient—so many nutrients were removed that it wouldn’t spoil or even support weevils no matter how long you stored it. “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130). My plan is to follow the “century rule” and not eat recently invented factory fats (or edible oils as the industry likes to call them). Here’s the short answer:  sometimes, if prescribed. Encourage understanding: On one side of the board write “Commandments” and the following scripture reference: D&C 89:7–9, 12, 14, 16.On the other side, write “Promises” and the following reference: D&C 89:18–21. In the last century milk got more industrialized. A thoughtful conversation about nutrition, by real people. I love that part of the trip. But we weren’t alone. Please comment—how are you reducing your dependence on processed convenience foods? In a few minutes we’ll leave for lovely Midway, Utah and the annual Swiss Days celebration. The most exciting nutrition news a century ago was the discovery of vitamins. The Lord’s laws of health were given to bless us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Taking the fat out of milk increased women’s risk of infertility—a definite health problem. _____________________________________________________________________________________________. Hot drinks are defined as coffee and tea. It made a good business but these refined oils were bad medicine. Whole foods are healthy—they’re the stuff of life, but not for all. Onions, garlic, chives, leeks, and shallots compose the family. Basically, you make melatonin for 4 hours; the other hormones do their work the next 4 hours. (Discernment in the use of knowledge), What are “hidden treasures”? In cooking, the three basic aromatics are onions, carrots, and celery. #38:  Enjoy cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.). However, our Church leaders have told us not to use any beverage that contains drugs or other ingredients that are harmful or habit forming. The study suggested two days of minimal calories each week, followed by five days of normal eating. Those who use these gifts in that way will often say something to the effect of, “I have a word from the Lord for you.” The quick answer:  Though we eat to live, fasting can improve our health as well as the quality of of our lives. A premise of this blog is that as we eat and live better, we will have less need of doctors, drugs, and hospitals. There are ways to quiet the mind, heal the body, and enrich the spirit. To reduce the need for hydrogenation, seed plants are being modified through GMO (genetically modified organism) and other techniques to reduce polyunsaturated fats. Typically this means skipping two meals (the money saved is given to a special fund for the poor). Here are some past examples:  Jell-O (basically sugar, gelatin from the hooves of animals, plus artificial flavors). A recent  Northwestern University study found that men with the lowest vitamin D had a 266% greater risk for the aggressive prostate cancer most likely to kill. The Beautiful Wife is bustling about packing the many things required for a trip. Times ran an article last year, “Regular Fasting May Boost Heart Health.”  The article cited a study that found regular fasting among Mormons was associated with a 58% reduction in heart disease. Review Gospel Principles chapter 29, “The Lord’s Law of Health.”. Now others are claiming that their use of alliums is at least part of the solution. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come” (D&C 130:18–19). (Activity strengthens the body. The quick answer:  As illustrated above, whole foods are the best source of vitamins. If sleep is not fully refreshing we crave stimulants to get going, more than nutrients. So eight of the Healthy Changes encourage vegetable consumption. Appendicitis is the most common emergency surgery of the stomach. Fiber is essentially the structural material of plant cells. Fuhrman found so many health benefits to fasting that I decided to try a three day fast. The quick answer:  Stock your pantry with alliums—onions, leeks, chives, scallions, and garlic. These modern improvements were pretty big: refrigeration, freedom from famine, laborsaving kitchen tools, and so on. More and more, we’re learning to eat food harvested when it is ripe which also means more “local.”  One great aid is the invention of the home refrigerator—the Industrial Revolution also brought good things. A new health risk arose as the Industrial Revolution rolled through our food supply with untested processing methods. Ask your doctor of fasting is right for you. There’s a curious phrase in the Word of Wisdom applied to plant foods like vegetables and fruits:  “in the season thereof.”  This means that we should, as much as possible, eat foods in the season they mature. The Lord’s laws of health were given to bless us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Teachings of Brigham Young We believe the Word of Wisdom is a commandment from God.. General Mills—always quick to exploit these fads—has introduced Cheerios Protein. The modern American diet had gone terribly wrong and WOWL sought the cure through better eating. ), How does the Lord’s admonition “cease to find fault one with another” relate to our good health? Fasting is recommended in his book, Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease. Yes, I love cream. Have you experienced sleep-related health issues? For years seed oils were falsely promoted as healthy because they were polyunsaturated and certain polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and -6) are essential to life. The Lord has told us that “when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated” (D&C 130:21). Tell your nonmember friends about the Word of Wisdom and urge them to live it. It makes the BW gag because of all the false propaganda against full-fat dairy but I love it. She likes garlic also (Hint: “Garlick” was her mom’s maiden name). These foods include all wholesome herbs and fruits (see D&C 89:10–11; 49:19). . And the evening and the morning were the first day.”  (Genesis 1:3,4). The same doctors then took blood samples from people undergoing a 24-hour fast. The sacred and deep things we learn will always be with us if we obey God’s commandments. The French, despite their creamy sauces and butter, largely avoided heart disease. Word of Wisdom Living RSS; About the Word of Wisdom—A Brief Explanation: There is a natural link between religion and diet. Some of the greatest rewards we receive for obeying the Lord’s laws of health are “wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures” (D&C 89:19). It took the boys about a week to decide to accept his condition. This is good news for ranchers—beef prices are up this year. These lead to the chronic diseases. 1 talking about this. The alliums will reduce your risk. However you do it, there seems to be a benefit to fasting. Two themes of Word of Wisdom Living call for slashing sugar intake and minimizing or avoiding refined grains. Regular Cheerios had only 1 gram of sugar so you see the problem. Ephesians 5:1). Among the substances we are warned against are strong drinks, hot drinks, and tobacco. The Beautiful Wife pours whole milk on her cereal—I add cream. Our time proffers the potential for the best health in human history. Joseph Smith and the Word of Wisdom; Brigham Young and the Word of Wisdom; Modern day implementation of the Word of Wisdom; Handbook 2: "The only official interpretation of “hot drinks” (D&C 89:9) in the Word of Wisdom is the statement made by early Church leaders that the term “hot drinks” means tea and coffee" Word of Wisdom Living RSS; Friday. Our bodies house our eternal spirits. We should always avoid any other substances, including food or drink, that will create unnatural desires or cravings or upset the natural functions of our bodies. Please comment:  If you follow the fiber>sugar rule you'll find little in the center of the supermarket to eat. (“Health in their navel and marrow to their bones”; wisdom; knowledge; “hidden treasures”; protection from “the destroying angels”). Few realize that most Americans live in a condition of “vitamin insufficiency” and that this may play a role in the diseases of our time. Assign class members to present any stories, scriptures, or quotations you wish. Other scriptures besides Doctrine and Covenants 89 discuss the Lord’s laws of health. These books, both written by MDs, present preliminary evidence that modern wheat is problematic for some, perhaps many. The long-term healthiness of consuming GMOs is a hotly debated but unsettled issue. No surprise then that dietary guidance is given in the first chapter of the Bible. Rather than diet reform, people take antacids (Alka-Seltzer, Milk of Magnesia, Pepto-Bismol); more recently drugs to reduce acid production (Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac) have been heavily advertised. These blessings will help us strengthen ourselves and our families, serve others, and build the Lord’s kingdom. The CDC currently puts deaths from tobacco use at 480,000 annually. What are the Lord’s laws of health? This blog rotates through 13 themes each quarter of the year. Robuchon is claimed to be the preeminent working French chef so I looked over the 70 recipes in Wells’ book. In a misguided attempt to reduce heart disease, influential scientists vilified saturated fats—like butter and lard—despite millennia of safe use. Vitamin A isn’t just necessary for good vision, it’s a potent antioxidant essential to prevention of premature aging. (I apologize for the length of this post, but it presents issues of rising importance.). Whole grains are an affordable source of essential nutrients; without them billions could starve. They also contain vitamins and minerals. The quick answer:  Whole grains are the staff of life. Dr. Fuhrman recommends that your doctor supervise fasts longer than three days, you should know. Other examples of proven benefit exist for certain medical conditions. One of these reads, “Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated” (D&C 88:124). We’ve got this covered pretty well in the Healthy Changes but they must be taken seriously. Partly because the list keeps changing as we move along in the food reformation. How does the Lord’s caution “cease to be idle” affect good health? She can be contacted on her website, Discovering the Word of Wisdom. Please comment:  It seems that pills aren't the shortcut to health and longevity—a healthy Word of Wisdom diet is still needed. I guess I’ve made my main point in (nearly) three years of Word of Wisdom Living posts. Change isn’t that easy—reforming the way one works is hard. See here for the legumes highest in fiber. 2. This meant, however, that they were to eat and drink substances that they had been taught not to eat or drink. Mankind enjoyed them for millenia before the modern heart disease epidemic. Besides being seasonal, these foods are incredibly delicious, affordable, and super healthy. There is solid evidence that neurotube birth defects (NTDs) are reduced with folate pills. Older people can become deficient in vitamin B-12—especially vegans as B-12 is found in animal products—a difficult to diagnose condition with serious consequences. An 8-year Harvard study of 18,555 women (taken from the Nurses’ Health Study II) found that the more reduced-fat milk products women consumed, the higher their risk of infertility due to reduced ovulation. We’ve got this covered pretty well in the Healthy Changes but they must be taken seriously. Straining can cause bulges or aneurysms in the large colon and the serious disease of diverticulitis. But we’re going to enjoy alliums more—they’re the best health value around. We’ll still die, and perhaps from those same chronic diseases, but we’ll have more years of good health to enjoy, and less years of bad health to endure. It is a natural law and will offer the same blessings to anyone who will follow it. Vegetables are a challenge for Americans. #51:  Improve your cooking with mushrooms. (In infants, melatonin production stabilizes in the 3rd month, enabling them to sleep through the night, at last.). Alliums are the humblest of foods. _______________________________________________________________________________________________. In Europe GMOs are generally not allowed. But I think we need a new Healthy Change that reflects the concerns raised in Wheat Belly and Grain Brain. The resulting trans fats were a health disaster. The wise souls who abstained from these fashionable products earned a great wellness blessing. These processing steps were added: 4. It was an audacious goal:  To reform the American food culture. But the produce section is overflowing with Nature's healthy bounty. The new “high oleic” varieties are low in omega-3, and have an unhealthy omega 6:3 ratio. I’m going to discuss it with my doctor but it looks like this: Around the world, grains are the staff of life. Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood: Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part B, Lesson 1: The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood, Lesson 4: The Purpose of Priesthood Ordinances, Lesson 5: Performing Priesthood Ordinances, Lesson 8: Our Temple and Family History Responsibilities, Lesson 10: Fellowshipping: A Priesthood Responsibility, Lesson 13: Strengthening the Family through Family Home Evening, Lesson 14: Having Fun Together as Families, Lesson 18: Developing and Teaching Self-Mastery, Lesson 21: Leadership: Inspired Decision Making, Lesson 23: Conducting Meetings and Interviews, Lesson 24: Maintaining Good Physical Health, Lesson 27: Jesus Christ, Our Sure Foundation, Lesson 33: Extending and Receiving Forgiveness, “Lesson 25: Living the Word of Wisdom,” Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood: Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part B (2000), 213–18, “Lesson 25: Living the Word of Wisdom,” Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood: Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part B, 213–18. “Still, when the day of the race came, no one thought the inexperienced crew had even the remotest chance of winning. Wheat is especially good for us. They're good for you and make everything taste better. This is a growing problem and we have much to learn. In the industrial age processed foods needed to last through many seasons. ., well, a moment of jump-roping or a Sudoku puzzle. A, If you have worrisome symptoms (you can read more. In the next two years I ended up moving three times across the country, finishing one pregnancy, and starting another. A sugary breakfast cereal, a mid-morning soft drink, and candy snacks during the day will seem the right answer. To confirm you’re doing enough, take two insulin tests. Unfortunately, omega-3s are reactive to oxygen when refined so don't keep well. Though our understanding of melatonin is incomplete, it seems important to health to not shortchange the body through insufficient sleep, in a darkened room. Though the FDA allows their use, some observers are uncomfortable. In this case a good thing happened:  The person went on a crusade to learn how to eat, exercise, and reclaim his heaqlth. So scientific studies were launched to provide the lacking evidence. Almost two centuries ago Joseph Smith brought forth the Word of Wisdom. The French Miracle began back in the era when we thought saturated fats like butter caused heart disease. Times article "What If It's All Been A Big Fat Lie?". Enjoy whole-grain breads, especially sourdough. The Word of Wisdom does not promise you perfect health, but it teaches how to keep the body you were born with in the best condition and your mind alert to delicate spiritual promptings. This is the personal revelation through which you can detect invisible crocodiles or hidden mines or other dangers. When insulin is high, sugar is stored as fat; when it’s low, fat is released for consumption. A. It’s a harsh reminder that we’re all genetically different. But Food Inc will now introduce silly products with increased protein. One more thing—I would buy cream from pastured cows if it were available. My favorite post was Waking Up in the Bread Aisle, but there was also Trouble in the Cereal Aisle and The Chip Aisle? Exactly what point you wonder? With clever marketing most every home soon had a collection of vitamin pills. This doesn’t count the many really dumb decisions made under the influence. Worried about cancer? The other two are Science, and Tradition. I forget the subject of his talk but at the end he casually mentioned that he was making a list of the habits of successful people. Herbs and spices are used to flavor food but some vegetables have their own flavor  These are called aromatics. Some claimed the red wine was the protecting food. “With their agreement secured, Kimball ‘took them in hand and … worked with them every afternoon for three hours till February.’ That month they entered a series of rowing meets against all the other colleges at Oxford. (Faultfinding creates emotional distress, and emotional health is necessary to our happiness and spiritual well-being. Sugar and salt added to shelf life. vs. 5.5 Hrs.). There is painful irony in our anti-saturated fat experiment:  In attempting to solve a problem, we made it worse. And God saw that the light was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. We’re enjoying tomatoes from our backyard garden. And I enjoy making stock and also Skip’s Potato Onion Soup. I’m surprised how often we find guidance on how to live by the Creation account in Genesis: “And God said, ‘Let there be light; and there was light. This isn’t going to taste good so the clusters also contains brown sugar, sugar, corn syrup, molasses, and “natural flavors” (the source of these processed flavors is not disclosed). It’s All OK (on national holidays). He show that while deaths from infectious diseases are on the decline (tuberculosis, polio, smallpox, … After a while, those who drank the wine and ate the improper foods were compared to Daniel. After the first day, I wasn’t really hungry. The "Word of Wisdom" is the common name of an 1833 section of the Doctrine and Covenants, a book considered by many churches within the Latter Day Saint movement to consist of revelations from God. How much do you need? (The Word of Wisdom, proper rest, and exercise). ‘My boys were competing against crews composed of men who had been rowing since they were tiny tots,’ Kimball said. The Old Testament prophet Daniel had a clear and pure understanding of the Lord’s laws of health. How Diet Can Protect from Diabetes, Heart Disease, Dementia and Other Scary Diseases. I like the idea of teaming Scripture—discredited in many a laboratory—with Science to create a more profound answer. The quick answer:  I like milk but until healthier milk is available, I’m mainly drinking water. Please comment; share your thoughts about modern milk and what your family does. “Kimball shouted his last word of counsel: ‘Sprint!’ They sprinted beautifully and within a minute had stretched out a hundred feet ahead of their nearest competitors. All rights reserved. To view all the articles in this series, see Discovering the Word of Wisdom in Meridian Magazine. Take milk for example. It’s a long drive to Midway. Intrigued, we pleaded with him to share the list. Smart moms are voting with their dollars and Food Inc is desperate. But there’s another reason. How does the Lord say we are to use the resources He has given us? A wise person could avoid all this by following the fiber>sugar rule (plus getting regular exercise). (Boyd K. Packer, “The Word of Wisdom: The Principle and the … With improved packaging methods like the tin can, a new industry arose that promised novelty to the consumer and convenience for the housewife. What does the Lord promise to those who live His laws of health and keep His commandments? But they had trained hard, and not one of them, so far as I know, used a cigarette during this period, or had a cup of tea or coffee, or drank any alcoholic drink.’. As we receive wisdom, knowledge, and understanding through the Holy Ghost, we can become more like our Father in Heaven. The Word of Wisdom also states that all grain is good for people and animals. In the first post on grains, Staff of Life, Healthy Change #10 said:  “Enjoy a variety of whole grains.”  It’s good advice but you’ve likely noticed how hard it is to find healthy grain products. Human growth hormone is released during starvation to promote burning of fat and protect muscle and other lean tissue. Here is what I learned: Please comment:  Share your experience with fasting. In recent decades, heart disease in southern Europe has declined to even lower levels as prosperity put more saturated fats on the dinner table. Daniel was one of these young men who were chosen. We may also eat the flesh of animals and of fowls of the air and use the skin of animals for clothing (see D&C 89:12–13; 49:18–19); however, we are not to kill animals for mere sport or pleasure and waste the meat (see D&C 49:21). We’ll be at the family home, the one with the statue of a man offering you an apple.). The warning against alcohol use is likewise protective—US deaths from excessive drinking are conservatively estimated at 88,000 each year. Prevention always trumps cure. (This week’s HC.). Read more about vitamin K-2 and its role in bone health here. We can only live in godly wisdom when we are committed to crucifying our flesh and living in the Spirit (see Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:16, 25). So in past posts we searched the local supermarket aisles. During the week I make a special cereal with whole oats, flax seed (high in omega-3 fat), sunflower seeds (high in B vitamins), and seasonal fruits. Times article titled “News Keeps Getting Worse for Vitamins” provides an excellent summary. Alliums are rich in phytonutrients like polyphenols, especially flavonoids. The other night I sautéed a round zucchini with onions, mushrooms, and a little bacon. Over the last century fiber was steadily removed from our diet by the rise of processed foods, and the chronic diseases noted above. Despite the hype, there was never any scientific proof that low-fat, reduced-fat, or nonfat milk products were healthier. Until more is known we propose Healthy Change #23: To confirm you diet has a healthy GI, talk to your doctor about a fasting insulin test and Hemoglobin A1c test. They are to “please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul” (D&C 59:18–19). But you need them as nutrients plus make everything taste better. The Lord’s laws of health are meant to preserve our physical, mental, and emotional health. This is done for spiritual, rather than health, reasons but fasting does have health benefits. Cream? Show visual 25-a, “Daniel was blessed for keeping the Lord’s laws of health.”. Be proactive about slashing sugar intake, especially forms of fructose. Take time to study this chart—for the thoughtful person, there is much food wisdom herein. Back in 1970—has it really been 44 years?—I attended a small meeting where Stephen R, Covey spoke. Delicious. You can read more here. 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