Food and Faith
January 13, 2012 § 2 Comments
A few days ago these two pictures showed up in my inbox. My aunt had sent them to me in response to my first post. The before was taken in about 2002 and the after was at a Christmas party this last December. I was speechless and still am, when I showed my grandmother she put words to what I was thinking about the old me,
“even your countenance has changed, Sweetie. You are a naturally beautiful girl, and beautiful here in both pictures, but you certainly do have added light. I love you.”
The girl in the before picture would have vehemently disagreed with my grandma but the one in the after seconds this statement. I was beautiful but there is strength in the after, strength and light.
This past week I have been thinking about my faith in relation to my new way of eating. As I mentioned on the homepage of our blog Fifi, Evey and I met because of our faith. We are part of the same ward. A ward is a local congregation of Latter Day Saints. We live within a four block radius of each other and attend church at the same time. One standard by which we strive to live is the Word of Wisdom. The Word of Wisdom is a law of health revealed by the Lord for the physical and spiritual benefit of His children. On February 27, 1833, as recorded in section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord revealed which foods are good for us to eat and which substances are not good for the human body. He also promised health, protection, knowledge, and wisdom to those who
obey the Word of Wisdom.
When I began this whole foods, plant-based diet I was told by one who will remain unnamed that I was breaking that law by the way I was choosing to eat. Not having read the scriptures in detail for sometime I felt that it was time to revisit…here is what I found pertaining to my new diet–for the full set of scriptures click here.
12 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;
Sparingly in the Dictionary is defined as meager and meager is defined as deficient in quantity and this scripture is followed by another–
13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.
And if you follow the reference given for used you get:
20 And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion.
I believe by all accounts in America we most definitely partake of animal proteins to an excess. It also seems to me, after my study, that I am not only following the Word of Wisdom but I am doing better at it than I have in my whole life.
I love this plant strong stuff more and more everyday!
I found this article about SIster Hill, a woman who attributes her 150 lb weight loss to following the Word of Wisdom, she says,
“Just like you need a recommend to go into the temple, food needs a recommend to go into your body. If it doesn’t fit the Lord’s criteria, it shouldn’t enter,” Sister Hill said.
I agree. I feel better physically, mentally and spiritually–faith and food for me are becoming fast friends.
PS Stat update to follow…