Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday Morning Grandma: Food

Sorry I'm a day late, but my computer is having hiccups. 

Food: We all eat. Most of us want to lose weight. We know we need to eat healthy. What to do, what to do?

Let’s see what the “experts” say:

High carb
Low carb
High protein
Meat is the best source for protein
Gluten free
Wheat is the staff of life
Drink milk
Avoid dairy
Avoid 5 fruits that make you fat
Sugar is poison or a drug
The list goes on and on …

In my biology class I learned sugar does not turn into starch then fat. Why would doctors test for sugar levels by handing you an empty container if it’s stored as fat and not eliminated? Sugar and fat combo is a problem—burn sugar, store fat. Studies using sugar and placebo prove sugar does not make children hyper. (How do they react when they get a toy they’ve wanted?) Sugar does cause cavities, and replaces nutritious food, so sparingly is in order.

My mom drank so much carrot juice her skin, especially the palms of her hands, turned orange.

Moderation is in order.

Sure there are special diets for certain ailments, and stay away from foods you are allergic to.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I try to follow the Word of Wisdom which is found in the 89th section of the Doctrine & Covenants some basics:
Abstain from tobacco, alcoholic beverages (also included by modern day leaders: illegal drugs, yes that means marijuana), tea, & coffee. Consume: wholesome herbs, fruits, meat sparingly, & grain.

I use this as my guide when looking at special diets. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Donna! I loved what you said about using the Word of Wisdom as a guide when looking at special diets. As you point out, there is a lot of contradictory information out there, so we are so fortunate to have the Lord’s counsel right there in our scriptures. I wonder why more of us do not take it more seriously when it could be such a blessing! We pay a lot of attention to the parts that we are familiar with and very little to the rest, even though it provides great answers to today’s diet questions. BTW, I wrote an article on “Discovering the Word of Wisdom” earlier this year that you may enjoy. If you are interested it is at: http://ldsmag.com/article-1-14213/. I’ve also started to collect the stories of Latter-day Saints who are trying to embrace the counsel found in the Word of Wisdom: http://discoveringthewordofwisdom.com. Bless you!