Word of Wisdom Eating | Evidence For Latter-Day Saints To Eat Less Meat

Last year I lost 30 pounds in 3 months by
making 1 change. Not only did I lose weight, but my anxiety
decreased, I slept better, and felt more energy than ever before. The secret? There is no secret. In fact, you have this hidden treasure of
knowledge in your very own copy of the doctrine and covenants. The Lord’s code of health,which He has adapted
to the capacity of the weakest of all saints – and when it comes to eating healthy there
isn’t anyone weaker than me! – The Lord explicitly invites us to eat meat
sparingly. Not surprisingly, environmental and nutritional
science back Him up on this one. Indeed following the Lord’s guidance to
eat meat sparingly can make our planet better, make your body fitter, and bring God closer. How can eating meat sparingly make the Our
Planet better? One of the great ironies of our modern era
is that while over a quarter of the earth’s clean and usable water is contaminated by
and spent on factory farmed livestock for our consumption (Resource 1), approximately
3.4 million people die every year because they lack clean and usable water (Resource
2). Could it be that the Whopper you snarfed down
for lunch today, is keeping a young girl in India from one life sustaining glass of water? A robust UN report warns: “Livestock are
one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems,
urgent action is required to remedy the situation.” (Resource 3) Supporting this meat culture and industry
is one of the worst things you can do for our earth. How can eating meat sparingly make your body
fitter? A strong set of scientific evidence links
excess meat consumption, particularly of red and processed meat, with heart disease, stroke,
type 2 diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, and earlier death (Resource 1). Just looking at the impact of heavy meat consumption
you might think it is a harmful drug – not the friendly free hot dog BYUSA handed out
last week. Who cares?! I am young, you are young, we are all going
to die eventually right? To paraphrase those infamous partiers from
the scriptures: Eat lots of meat, drink non-caffeinated Pepsi, and be merry – for tomorrow we die. Whether you are young or old, nutritional
science is extremely clear: limiting your meat intake even by a little bit can profoundly
bless your physical health now and in the future. How can eating meat sparingly bring you closer
to God? Consider the Words of our Creator: 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; (Resource 4) Sparingly doesn’t mean “Never” but does
it mean every day? Every ward event? Every lunch on campus? Just like the invitation to cut out tobacco
and alcohol the reasons for this are many – but
what matters most is that this is a principle of promise from our loving creator who knows
us best. Choosing to follow the Lord and reduce your
meat intake is not a popular philosophy in our culture, but the scriptures are clear
that all blessings are predicated upon obedience to God’s laws. Conclusion: Growing up I loved meat so much that my mom
actually wrapped some packaged rib-eye steaks for me to open on my birthday! In hindsight I realize now that I was likely
on a path to chronic heart failure based on my extraordinary love of meat. A prompting to draw closer to God and keep
His commandments changed my life trajectory. As I began to to live the Word of Wisdom more
fully I remembered that with every commandment the Lord provides promised blessings (Resource
4) . “And all saints who remember to keep and
do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments . . . shall find wisdom and
great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary,
and shall walk and not faint. Following the Lord’s counsel to eat meat
sparingly has blessed my physical and spiritual health and allowed me to get more done with
less headache. Truly I’ve found hidden treasures of knowledge. The promises are real for anyone willing to
claim them. Choose to eat meat sparingly by having at
least two meatless days a week. Your decision to have a meatless Monday and
a salad Sunday will make the world better, your body fitter, and bring God closer. And that’s a promise.

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