Word of Wisdom Diet

by Jen on January 26, 2005

I eat healthy! I call it my Word of Wisdom diet. I eat natural foods that were developed by Heavenly Father to be healthy for us. It makes me feel good. I also exercise 5-6 days a week. When I don’t exercise I don’t feel my best. I think a lot of depression and other emotional/behavioral problems can be linked to poor diet and lack of exercise. – Jen

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sammee May 2, 2005 at 6:48 pm

Ok, I think I’ll try that…..I do have one question though. You know those grapple things? Well does the word of wisdom diet mean I can’t eat those?

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Jen May 3, 2005 at 8:04 am

Lol, I don’t eat them. But all they are are apples with artificial grape flavoring injected into them or something, I’m not sure how they get it in them. But it’s the same flavoring they use to make grape flavored lollipops and stuff. It’s up to you if you want to eat them. I don’t think it’s a big deal if you do.

I just don’t like artificial things because a lot of artificial things end up having some drawback that we don’t know about at first. Then we find out about it ten or twenty years later when it’s too late. So I think it’s safer to do without it.

As for the artificial flavoring, the only drawback I can think of is that when I eat an apple, it tastes good but not too good. Good enough to eat and like it, but not good enough to over-eat. That’s true for me with all raw fruits and vegetables: once I get full they stop tasting good, and I have to be hungry again to like them. So I try to (but don’t always) have fruit for dessert, and then I won’t over-eat. I think that’s God’s built-in diet plan (as long as you don’t eat junk food once you get full from the fruit dessert). So when they add the artificial flavor, it might cause a person to eat after they’re already full.

I think that’s one reason we have so many overweight people now. We keep trying to make everything taste sooo good. We add more sugar, more salt, more butter, artificial flavors, MSG, etc. Then people get addicted to the taste of things and eat when they’re not hungry.

Once you get away from eating junk, you see it as being kind of unGodly or gluttonous. It seems like we’re saying “What God created isn’t good enough. Apples don’t taste good enough. It’s never good enough. We need more.” And the “we need more” ends up being destructive. That “we need more” attitude is all around us, not just with food, but with everything in life, and it’s usually destructive.

Well, that was a rant! Grapples reminded me of those other things that have been on my mind.

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Anonymous August 16, 2005 at 2:52 pm

I totally disagree with your eating philosophy. First of all a well balanced person should be able to eat pretty much everything in moderation. Second of all putting too much thought into what food you eat seems like a waste of time. There are so many more important things to worry about. I have worked out my entire life, and have never been overweight. I relized recently that I was putting too much emphasis on working out. I just had a baby and relized that I had to cut back on working out, my baby is more important. I still managed to get back to prepregnancy weight in six weeks. You have to have priorities.

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Jen August 16, 2005 at 5:49 pm

Remember, I’m talking about Health, not Weight. There’s a big difference.

I used to eat a lot of junk. I hardly ever ate fruits or veggies or whole grains. I ate a lot of trans fats because I didn’t know any better. I was thin and I excercised and looked fine so I thought I was healthy.

Then I started to have some health problems. I was able to get rid of the health problems by eating healthier foods. I feel much better now and have a lot more energy. I don’t get aches and pains like I used to. My skin is much younger looking and doesn’t break out. My hair is shinier. My nails are stronger. My whole body works better. My mind functions better.

I don’t spend much time worrying about what I eat. In fact, it’s easier and quicker! Instead of spending time baking like I used to, I just go out to the garden and pick something and eat it.

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Jen August 16, 2005 at 6:21 pm

Of course I also agree that you have to have priorities, and you have to have them in the right order. You shouldn’t assume that someone has their priorities wrong just because they eat healthy and natural foods.

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Anonymous September 14, 2005 at 11:49 pm

Jen, I try to eat healthy, but I am always eating junk food. Sweet especially. How do I start to get away from this type of food? I want to loose weight too, because I feel so down about myself and can see myself gaining weight, I am going to start trying more of your ideas for excercising and getting more out of your time as in always moving! Thanks Jen!

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Jena September 18, 2005 at 6:50 pm

I agree with everything said here about eating healthy. I went off sugar for like 4 months and I felt so good. I am back on right now and I don’t feel as well, I think I am going to go off again, lol. It really does make a difference! If you want to look into something cool, look at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid. My sister and brother-in-law had us look into this–it is just a revised way of eating, like the Word of Wisdom diet. 🙂 I think it is awesome that people are trying to have self control and make the best of themselves! Way to go everyone–tell me what you think of this pyramid!

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jena September 18, 2005 at 6:51 pm

Sorry-left off the link. You can check the pyramid out here:

http://www.mayo.edu/comm/mcr/news_1393.html

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Anonymous September 30, 2005 at 9:48 pm

I am in recovery for anorexia and was wondering if you thought it would be a smart idea for me to try your diet. I am 5’4″ and I way 127. I am gaining quite a bit more than I think is healthy. What would you recommend?

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Anonymous October 15, 2005 at 1:41 pm

Well, I would just eat things that are going to improve your health. If you are worried about weight, you can try going off sugar or limiting it. Proper excercise and eating the right stuff should make you feel better and your body find its best point. Focus on the fruits and veggies. 🙂 This is all jsut my opinion though.

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Jen November 21, 2005 at 10:08 am

To anonymous trying to eat less sweets and junk food, try eating fruit when you have a sweet tooth. But not just the ususal fruit that may not sound exciting to you. Go to the store and get some different or exotic kinds of fruits that will seem like more of a treat. I like to get the already cut-up pineapple when I’m wanting a quick sweet snack. It’s a little more expensive than grabbing some cheap cookies, but the benefits are worth the price.

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Jen November 21, 2005 at 10:32 am

To anonymous recovering from anorexia, I don’t know much about anorexia so I’m not really qualified to answer your question. But I don’t think it could hurt you to eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. I’d say don’t think about what you weigh, just think of your body as a temple and that you’re treating yourself to lots of wonderful nutrients when you’re eating healthy foods. If you’re really taking care of yourself your body will naturally find it’s best weight and whatever that weight is is where you’re supposed to be.

By the way, the band Superchick has a cool song about recovering from eating disorders on their latest album. The album is called Beauty from Pain and the song is called Courage. You can learn more about the band in the *Jen* Magazine Music section.

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Anonymous December 8, 2005 at 4:16 pm

i am very unhappy with my weight i absolutely can’t stand it. if i follow that kind of eating will i be able to lose more weight?

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Anonymous July 3, 2006 at 3:11 pm

I am sad by the amount of girls who feel that way. Many, might I add, who aren’t even overweight to begin with. Learn to love yourself first and foremost. Because even if you lose weight, it won’t cure your self-esteem and that’s a promise no matter what the media tells you. I’ve lost over 100 lbs and I can tell you that I am still me, no matter what size I am. Let your weight loss (if you need to lose weight…check on a search engine to find a BMI calculator to know for sure) be gradual, because that’s the way it will stay off. Jen’s plan sounds great. But I also agree that there better things to do than obsess over what you eat. It’s okay to have a treat once in a while if you have it in moderation, and if for the majority of the time you’re filling up on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and other healthy things. And my last word of advice is to exercise. Start by walking. Find a strength training routine because it will change your body more than you even know! Good luck and remember, whatever size you are, love yourself.

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Anonymous November 10, 2006 at 2:15 pm

I am overweight, and it’s not that I just think I’m overweight, I AM overweight. I’ve been trying to lose weight by working out more and lifting weights and not eating fast food. I’ve finally gotten over the fast food but I think it’s a great idea to eat fruits and veggies when I have a sweet tooth. However, I cannot eat just fruits and veggies because everyone needs carbs and protein to survive. So..what else can I eat that will be healthy and not addictive?

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Anonymous December 18, 2006 at 4:10 pm

What if you dont have time because of school and homework to work out? Some days i dont even have enough time to take a break! How can you lose weigh iif you dont even have time?!

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Anonymous April 20, 2007 at 12:08 pm

I tried the “word of wisdom diet” for one week. I noticed dramatic changes. Firstly, i wasn’t tired. I was able to concentrate, and i was much happier. When you think about it- doesn’t the creator know more about his creation…becuase HE created it? Think about that. 🙂

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Anonymous April 23, 2007 at 8:33 pm

Well… I am a vegetarian and my family says it is against the word of wisdom and that I should eat meat. What do you say?

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Anonymous May 5, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Everyday I wake up, go to school, maybe eat a granola bar during school,(I hate eating in front of people who aren’t in my family)then when I come I will have like a bowl of cereal, some junk food, and then dinner, and, since I am hypoglycemic, don’t have enough energy. I don’t want to eat in front of my friends and haven’t since 7th grade (because that was the year I was kinda anorexic… meaning I wouldn’t eat for about 3 days then I would pig out). I want, since I am in two math classes and in marching band, to be able to eat in front of my friends again and gain their trust, the trust of my family, my teachers that I adore. (about Marching band… there was this one time that after a show I almost passed out and everybody was around me offering me food and stuff long story short… they called my parents they gave a stern talking and threatened I wouldn’t be able to be n Marching Band any more if I did it again)Any suggestions? oh and sorry about all my spelling and grammer errors.

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Susan August 19, 2007 at 2:32 am

TO the band member who fainted: yeah, some suggestions. Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains prepared in a simple way while you are at home with your family. Then until you are ready to eat in front of other people, try to make sure to drink the healthiest juices you can find throughout the day. ALmost every vending machine has a fruit juice or V8 choice. It’s better if you can eat freshly made fruit/vegie juices or smoothies and drink them right away, but think about it, even a bottle of orange or cranberry juice has some nutrients in it. A lot of places serve smoothies that are pretty healthy, too. Also, frozen yogurt is good for you and some places will make that into a shake, so you can drink it instead of eat it. Or get it served in a cup and stir it around with your spoon until it’s soft like a milkshake. So, throughout the day drink LOTS of water and drink things that will give you nutrients. You will feel better the more you start eating/drinking things with pure healthiness. Oh, and don’t forget to eat raisins, so you won’t become anemic. All you need is about a tablespoon each day.

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Susan August 19, 2007 at 2:45 am

to the marching band member: Oh, I thought of something else I want to say. To a lot of people, eating is not something they even think about much. They just wake up and eat something, then eat lunch, then eat whenever they feel hunger. I promise you that I never even think about what another person is eating, how they look when they eat, or anything that would make you feel uncomfortable to eat in front of me. Because I, and most everyone I know, don’t think much at all about eating. I have learned that the most important thing to focus on is how the OTHER person is feeling. Then I don’t feel so self-conscious myself. It takes a lot of attention to focus on what another person is saying, zoom in on what they are really saying, and try to be a good friend and help them by being truly supportive and understanding. Also, I don’t know if you pray much, but sometime you should go outside where you know you are alone (but you know, not someplace dangerous duh) and just tell your Father in heaven all you are feeling. Just pour your heart out to him. He will hear you. Close your prayer in the name of the Lord. I’m not some freaky fanatical relgious person, but this really does help with changing to be better. Best wishes to you. You sound like an awesome person. Drink with your friends, then start nibbling occasionally, then nibble a little more, then later, have a very teensy meal and leave most of it on your plate, then eat a little more, then one day it will be no big deal to eat with even strangers. They aren’t even thinking about you eating anyway, unless you give them a reason to notice. You know, like squirting milk through your nose! ha ha ha

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Susan August 19, 2007 at 2:52 am

ooops, sorry, just one more thing to “anonymous” band member: the word of wisdom says to eat meat sparingly in times of famine, so unless you live in the wilderness with no options, you are probably fine not eating meat. You still have your free agency. but now that i said that, would it really kill you to put some meat on your plate with the family and eat one or two bites. It’s really not that big of a deal. One of the old apostles, I think LeGrand Richards, lived to be as old as President Hinckley almost and when people asked him his dietary secrets to old age, he said “i eat whatever I want in moderation” So, he just ate a little bit of everything he wanted without pigging out. Ok, I really think I am done writing to you now! 😀 Good luck with band this year! Focus on others and their feelings and everything will work itself out. Help somebody who least expects it – like your family – do the dishes when it’s not your turn – will it freak them out??? 😀

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Susan August 20, 2007 at 9:21 pm

Here’s the exact copy and paste quote from The Word of Wisdom. Doesn’t look the Lord wants us to eat meat unless we have to.

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 csparingly;
13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.

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Anonymous April 17, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Joining the church was really hard on my eating habits. Before I joined and married my husband I ate whole grains, veggies. legumes and little meat. I read the Word of Wisdom while taking the discussions and thought members would eat like me. Instead I was in a sea of Cool Whip, Jello and lots of sugary sweets.

Over time it got harder and harder for me to eat well and my health deteriorated. Eventually I became acutely ill and changed my diet back to my old whole foods diet. I had to become fanatical because my body just cannot handle junk. Not growing up with it I did not have any resistance and now I feel 20 years younger.

Those who preach moderation and consider people like me fanatics need to realize that we come about our dietary fanaticism the hard way, through very serious illness and/or hormonal and emotional problems. Sensitivity to cane sugar runs in my family and if my daughter eats even small amounts of sugar it takes a long time to recover. She loves sweets so not caving in is really hard, especially when people push as if they were drug pushers. One Saturday she ate n brownie and one Oreo at a party. This is very moderate, but within 15 mintues she felt very sick and we had to go home. She did not feel normal again until Wednesday. For her going to youth activities is like sticking an alcoholic in a bar and she avoids them so she won’t have to face the temptation. It can be very difficult for teenagers to resist, but it will be a life long struggle as it was for me so she will have to just make her own choices and learn on her own. It helps more than you can imagine if the people around us do not push and help us to resist.

As for all the wieght focused people, weight is silly. When I was in High School I wore a size 5 at 95 pounds. After having my first child I started to lift weights and wore a size 5 at 115 pounds. I am 5 feet tall. At that time size 5 is equivalent to today’s size 3. My daughter who is a 5 cannot fit into my old clothes. My daughter is 5’3″ and 120 pounds. She is very thin, eats like a horse including high calorie foods, but takes martial arts and is extremely strong. If she were to focus on her weight instead of her size she might think she was fat.

When I go to Utah I am shocked at how many very thin or very heavy girls I see. Living in LA people are extremely body concious, but more here are at normal weights since fitness is extremely important and very thin girls look very bad in bathing suits. They wind up looking like the anorexic celebrities in the tabloids who have ugly bathing suit pictures.

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