Gout…maybe it’s not about meat

Recent research shows us that maybe gout isn’t caused by eating meat…that in fact it is triggered by high insulin levels and fructose intake.

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The Pain of Gout!!!

Insulin levels increase in our bodies after we have eaten carbohydrates and protein.  Consumption of fructose (especially high fructose corn syrup) also increases insulin levels, as well as increasing fat-deposition.  The typical American diet is not only high in carbohydrates, it is also high in hidden sugar and fructose and other additives that can ramp up insulin production.

What do you do if you suffer from gout?  It is a good idea to have your fasting insulin levels checked.

The most important thing you can do?  Change the way you eat!  Here is a step-by-step plan for improving your insulin levels and your gout:

Week 1, 2, and 3:  Increase your vegetable intake. The goal is 4-5 servings of vegetables per day…yes, I said 4-5 servings!  That isn’t fruit and veggies combined, just veggies.

Week 4, 5 and 6:  Continue with week 1, 2, and 3 AND Eliminate the sugar and high fructose corn syrup in your diet. I know this is hard, especially the first 4 or 5 days.  You will be AMAZED how much better you feel.

You may also eat 2-3 servings of tart cherries per day for an acute attack, or 1 serving per day for prevention, or use an extract as outlined in the supplements section.

What medications and supplements will help?

*remember to check that you are getting a supplement that is guaranteed pure and potent.

If you do have high insulin, there are two medications that have been shown to decrease insulin levels AND treat gout.  Metformin is a prescription medication usually taken twice daily.  One drawback with metformin is how irritating it can be to the intestine.  Berberine is a supplement that is also taken twice daily that is helpful to the intestinal health.  Either would be a good choice.

A prescription drug, allopurinol, has been shown to be extremely effective at preventing gout attacks and should be considered.

Tart or Black Cherry Juice

If you can’t eat tart cherries, this is the next best thing.  A study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism showed that cherry extract use decrease gout attacks, especially when combined with allopurinol.  Use 2-3 servings per day for acute attacks and 1 serving per day for prevention.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids,

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are found in fish oil, as well as avocado, flax seed, and some other sources.  Over time, Omega-3 Fatty acids can decrease your risk for gout.  Look for a mercury-free Omega-3 supplement.  You need 2000-3000mg of Omega-3 Fatty acids per day.  Add the amount of DHA and the EPA on the Facts label to find the dose you need.  I prefer a product called My Foundation Omega-3, as it only requires 1 capsule per day to achieve this dose instead of 4 to 6.

Magnesium

For most people, the higher the magnesium intake, the lower the chance of gout attack.  Magnesium may help reduce attack frequency.

Magnesium oxide is not a good magnesium source, as it is not well absorbed and can cause diarrhea.  I recommend the use of a chelated magnesium (the magnesium is bound to protein, which doubles the absorption).  Dosage is 300mg of Magnesium daily

Olive Oil and Frying…Shedding Light

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Amy McDougal in an olive grove

For years, we have been told that using extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) at a high heat was causing it to lose its anti-oxidant properties. I recently found 2 studies showing that olive oil is safe to fry with and can be much healthier than any other frying choice, even coconut oil.  One study showed that frying vegetables with EVOO, even deep frying, may be healthier than boiling with vegetables. Frying with EVOO actually increased the anti-oxidant value of the vegetables fried in the study.  The other study showed olive oil to be more stable than vegetable oil for deep frying.  I even tried it cooking popcorn the other day and it was delish!  Dig in.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814615006810

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20678538/

 

 

Vitamin C and Type 2 Diabetes

A new study showed people with Type 2 Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, or Obesity have lower levels of Vitamin C, and may need more Vitamin C than people without these diseases.  A review study published earlier this year showed that more than 200 mg of Vitamin C per day given for more than 30 days improved fasting blood sugars in older patients with Type 2 Diabetes.

We all need Vitamin C, as it is an important ingredient in many important reactions in our bodies, and helps reduce oxidative stress. It also helps support the immune system.  vit-c-powderI recommend an extended-release Vitamin C that is buffered for best results, like Adrenal C Formula.    You can order online or call or visit The Medicine Shoppe in Rexburg at 208-356-4481 for fabulous pricing on this product.

Sources:

http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/9/997

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28294172

Hang on for Your Life

grand canyon 2We had the incredible opportunity to float the Grand Canyon this past week.  280 miles of incredible scenery, sheer cliffs, slot canyons, water falls, rainbows, and even an eclipse. From the start of the float, we felt the thrill of clinging to the rafts through turbulent rapids. We had to be prepared in case one of the rafts flipped or a rafter fell into the water.  If a raft flips, it takes an incredible amount of time to recover gear, get the raft righted, and get the motor running again. Being the middle of the monsoon season, we also had to be prepared for thunderstorms and flash floods.

My brother Krehl Stegelmeier, an experienced pilot, was in a smaller 8-man raft and was sure that his raft would be flipped in one of the larger rapids.  Therefore, he was cautious and took the more conservative (but still crazy) part of the rapids when possible. On the second day, we had 3 of the biggest rapids coming up.  I started praying that we would be safe and that the rafts wouldn’t flip. It is really intimidating when you watch a 10-foot-tall boat disappear into the holes of a rapid and then resurface.  My heart was racing and the butterflies in my tummy were flying extra crazy. My brothers smaller raft went successfully through all 3 rapids.  I was riding on a J-rig. We had fun rides and even caught some air through the first two rapids, Granite and Hermit.  On Crystal, the third big rapid, however, our boat turned sideways in a hole and we were holding on for dear life.  Our pilot thought we were going over, but we didn’t somehow.  I believe this was an answer to my fervent prayer, probably along with the prayers of others.

As for monsoons, we experienced the fury of the wind and heavy rains of 2 monsoons the first couple of days. On the latter part of the trip, we didn’t want the rains to ruin our chances of seeing some of the amazing side canyons and waterfalls.  I started praying that it would not rain. The sky was beautiful and clear almost the whole time. One day, a monstrous, looming cloud was coming straight for us, but skirted around us.  On the last day, another storm moved off to the East of us instead of hitting us.  I believe this was also an answer to my prayer.  They seem like little things.

Reading in Mormon 9 today, I read verse 21.

“Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.”

I was impressed by the word whatsoever. It doesn’t matter if it is big or little, the Lord promised us he would grant it unto us if we would believe.  Sometimes, I feel like the Lord is there, poised, listening, and waiting for us to ask for something so He can bless us with it. He lives. He wants to bless us, His children. Ask, Believe, Receive.

What do Pinto Beans and a Bottle Brush have in common?

How can I eat more fiber in my diet?

Eating more fiber usually requires taking slow steps and working up to the goal of 40-50 grams of fiber per day.  Why do you want fiber?  Insoluble fiber will help to increase bowel regularity.  Both types of fiber will help to decrease the amount of insulin released at one time.  This helps to control blood sugar.  I tell my children that fiber gives their tummy muscles a work-out because it is so beneficial to your intestinal health.  It is also helpful in balancing your hormones.  Fiber is like the cleaning lady of your intestine.  Here is an example of how fiber works in the intestine:*

Legumes and Beans are the champions in the fiber contest.  They provide large amounts of fiber along with a good dose of protein.  Unlike some of the grains, they can be added to many dishes such as soups and salads.  Some people complain that beans and legumes cause gas.  When eating beans on a more regular basis, your body will secrete the enzymes necessary to break the fiber down better and they may not cause gas.*

The following is a small list of fiber content in foods to assist you.

Fiber Content of Foods

Goal: 40-50 grams per day of Total Dietary Fiber

FOOD

INSOLUBLE FIBER (g)

SOLUBLE FIBER (g)

TOTAL DIETARY FIBER (g)

Grains
Raisin bran, 1 cup

7.2

1.2

8.4

Shredded wheat, 1cup

4.5

0.7

5.2

Barley, cooked, 1/2 cup

3.3

0.9

4.2

Wheat germ, 3 tbsp

3.2

0.7

3.9

Wholegrain bread, 1 slice

2.8

0.1

2.9

Millet, cooked, 1/2 cup

2.7

0.6

3.3

Bulgur, cooked, 1/2 cup

2.4

0.5

2.9

Popcorn, 3 cups

2.3

0

2.3

Flaxseeds, 1 tbsp

2.2

1.1

3.3

Oatmeal, 1 cup

2.0

1.8

3.8

Rye bread, 1 slice

1.9

0.8

2.7

Rolled oats, cooked, 3/4 cup

1.7

1.3

3

Oat flakes, 1 cup

1.6

1.5

3.1

Whole wheat bread, 1 slice

1.6

0.3

1.9

Pumpernickel bread, 1 slice

1.5

1.2

1.7

Graham crackers, 2

1.4

0

1.4

Whole wheat, 1 slice

1.2

0.3

1.5

Rye bread, 1 slice

1.0

0.8

1.8

Pita, wheat, 7”

3.7

0.7

4.4

White bread, 1 slice

0.3

0.3

0.6

Vegetables
Lentils, cooked, 1/2 cup

7

1

8

Pinto beans, cooked, 1/2 cup

5.5

1.9

7.4

Beet root

5.4

2.4

7.8

Chick peas, cooked, 1/2 cup

4.9

1.3

6.2

Parsnips, cooked, 1 cup

4.0

0.4

4.4

White beans, cooked, 1/2 cup

3.8

0.4

4.2

Black beans, cooked, 1/2 cup

3.7

2.4

6.1

Spinach, cooked, 100g

3.5

0.6

4.1

Green peas, cooked, 2/3 cup

3.3

0.6

3.9

Sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup

2.4

1.4

3.8

Potato with skin, medium

1.7

1.2

2.9

Zucchini, cooked, 1/2 cup

1.4

1.1

2.5

Squash, summer, cooked, 1/2 cup

1.2

1.1

2.3

Lima beans, cooked, 1/2 cup

1.2

0.2

1.4

Cabbage, green, cooked, 1/2 cup

1.0

0.8

1.8

Fruits
Apple, medium

4.2

1.5

5.7

Raspberries, 1/2 cup

3.8

0.4

4.2

Figs, 3 small

3.0

2.3

5.3

Kiwi, large

2.4

0.7

3.1

Mango, medium

2.2

1.5

3.7

Banana, 7 inch

2.1

0.7

2.8

Pear, 1 small

1.8

1.1

2.9

Strawberries, 3/4 cup

1.5

0.9

2.4

Nuts
Almonds, 20g

2

0.2

2.2

Sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup

3.0

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That was easy…?

I love the Staples slogan…”That was Easy.”  Many things in life sound easy, but are in fact really hard to do.  You read stories and watch movies about them and, within just few short pages or hours, the hero/heroine has conquered insurmountable odds, changed their lives and others, and become the hero/heroine.  But it’s not really that easy in real life.  2 things recently in my life have been that way. 

First, if you don’t know, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a Mormon).  In our church, we have this crazy tradition of sending our sons and daughter, (and sometimes our parents) on these 1 & 1/2 or 2 year missions.  These missions allow them to share their testimonies of Jesus Christ with others and invite them to enter in by the strait gate of baptism.

My daughter, Bonnie McDougal, served an 18 month mission in Mexico.  She was so excited to go, and knew it would be an amazing experience.  When she arrived in Mexico, however, homesickness came to visit, and here she was in a strange country with strange customs and a strange language that she didn’t know yet with a Spanish-speaking companion (missionaries always have a companion with them at all times).  She struggled with difficult companions and with homesickness and depression. However, with the thorns came the rose of the joy she experienced as she shared her growing testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ.

My kids...being silly

My kids…being silly

My son, Dallin McDougal, was getting ready to leave on one of these missions to Zimbabwe, Africa.  He was supposed to leave this week to travel to the Missionary Training Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.  We didn’t know when he would leave.  Last week, we received an email that his visa had not arrived and he would need to report on Wednesday to the Missionary Training Center in Provo instead.

Monday morning at 10:30 am, we received a call informing us that the visa had arrived and Dallin was supposed to fly out of Idaho Falls at 6:30 am the next morning.  Whoa, Nellie.  Dallin now only had less than 1 day to complete what he thought he had 2 days to do.

Dallin went to the credit union and got a new credit card and debit card issued that had expiration dates past the dates he would be done with his mission. He had them out to call the credit card company and alert them of his stay in Africa. He left them on the kitchen table.   That should be safe in your own home, right?

Now to the other thing that looks easy, but in fact is quite hard.  We have 2 foster children living with us right now, an 18 month-old and a 4 year-old, both girls.  The younger one deals with health problem and anger.  The older one can be sweet, but also really rude.  It has been a struggle for our whole family to be patient and loving 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  One of the hardest things for my kids is that they don’t get as much time with me.  Take sibling rivalry and square it!  Yep, it’s hard, but ask me sometime, and I can tell you the blessings that have come with it, too.

One of the things we have been working on since the four year-old came 4 months ago is respecting others property.  She has a tendency to take anything she wants

Back to the story: We got up Tuesday morning and left the house with plenty of time to make it to the airport. We were turning left onto the freeway when Dallin said, “I don’t have my credit cards.”  Ray flipped a U-turn instead and we rushed back to the house.  Dallin looked through his wallet and his passport holder again, but could not find it.  He was in the house for 5 minutes and came back out reporting that it wasn’t anywhere.  And we started looking…and I prayed hard. We asked all the kids if they had seen them, and they got up and started looking, too.  We searched his luggage and the house, including the garbage.  I received an impression to ask the 4 year-old.  I did.  I woke her up and asked her.  She told me she hadn’t seen them.  The impression had been strong enough that I went through her dirty clothes and looked in all her favorite hiding places in her room.  No cards.

We were so panicked, we hadn’t really been watching the clock…oh no!  We needed to hurry or we would miss the plane!  We hopped back in the car and took off toward the airport.  I gave Dallin my debit card and all the cash I had in my wallet.

We got to the airport with only 20 minutes before the flight and were told that Dallin could no longer check in.  Buuu…thats the sound when a big rock carried my stomach all the way down to my toes. I was sick. We discussed trying to make the next flight in Salt Lake while Dallin was calling Missionary Travel Services.  They rescheduled him for another flight out of Salt Lake going to Atlanta.  It would make it in time for him to catch his flight to Johannesburg.

Ray went home to get the kids to school, and take the little foster girls to daycare. Then he could go to work. I would take Dallin to the airport in Salt Lake.. We still were on a tight schedule to make it on time.  I was pretty tired after getting only 2 hours of sleep (helping Dallin finish up packing), but I was blessed to be alert and drive safe.  We arrived at the airport in Salt Lake, checked in his bags, and still had an hour and a half before flight time…whew!  We made it!

Dallin and I at the Salt Lake airport...yes, I am really bad at selfies.

Dallin and I at the Salt Lake airport…yes, I am really bad at selfies.

I watched Dallin go all the way through airport security and walk off towards the gate.  I knew he was scared, and I was scared for him. I drove home and proceeded with all the craziness of my everyday life.  In my spare minutes, I went through the garbages again, searched here and there, still looking for those elusive cards.  In the back of my mind, I thought they must be in his luggage somewhere.

I was doing laundry on Wednesday.  I was taking the foster girls clothes out of the dryer and found 2 credit cards…I asked the 4 year-old about them, and she confessed she had taken them off of the kitchen table…and stuffed them in her pajamas.  Obviously, the theft had happened later than I thought…I would have never dreamed I would have to do a pat-down on a 4 year-old.

I believe everything in our lives happens for a reason.  Two blessings that came from crazy turn of events.  First, I was privileged to spend 4 extra hours with my scared, nervous son.  He was vulnerable and was willing to open up and share his feelings…which hardly ever happens.

Second, instead of my last sight of him being a race through the airport to barely make a flight, I saw a scared, nervous young man who gave me a long hug, then resolutely said, “I’m going to go now.”  He squared his shoulders and walked into airport security with faith and courage.

Milk…contributing to weight gain and Diabetes?

I was counseling a diabetes patient the other day who was struggling and couldn’t seem to get their blood sugar down.  He had stopped eating many high carb foods and was eating a lot of vegetables.  He was discouraged with how high his blood sugars were and he was ready to give up.  I was trying to put my finger on the culprit.  No, he didn’t drink juice. But he did drink milk, and a lot of it.  FOUND IT!

Milk has almost as many carbohydrates in a 1 cup serving as a piece of bread or rice (15 grams).  AND most people don’t just drink 1 cup of milk.  They usually drink at least 2.  There goes the blood sugar…just like a roller coaster, up and down.  Be aware of the carbohydrates in milk and how it can affect your blood sugar AND cause weight gain.  Remember, to keep your blood sugar under control and to lose weight, your goal should be less than 45 grams of carbohydrates per meal.

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Freedom and joy on the inside.

There once was a darling little girl. Because she was cute and sociable with other people, she was the center of attention and adored by her family and their friends.   young-amy0001Her two older brothers resented this. They would make fun of her, taunt her, trip her, and physically assault her.  Often, they would get in trouble for their bullying, but they continued to do it, because it gave them a little pleasure to hurt her.  One day, their cruelty even went so far as to hang her beloved kitty from the tree in the backyard.  They laughed as he flailed and kicked, and then saved him at the last minute. She hated them and the way they made her feel.

As the siblings got older, one of them left home.  He felt so bad about the way he had treated his sister, he wrote home to ask her forgiveness.  She could see his repentance was real, and forgave him.  The other brother, without the elder one to spur him on, began, on occasion, to be kind to his little sister.

By then, she was studying the Doctrine and Covenants that year in her seminary class, and memorized these 2 scripture in the D&C:

“I will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men”  D&C 64:10;

“Inasmuch as you have forgiven one another your trespasses, even so I, the Lord, forgive you.” D&C 82:1;

She realized that whether her other brother asked forgiveness or not (which he never did), she was required to forgive him.  She prayed for help and worked hard to forgive him also.  She felt freedom and felt her testimony increase. She learned that hating someone gave them power over her.  She knew the only way to have true free agency was to not be hindered by resentment and anger.

I was that little girl.  Because I was able to forgive my older brothers, I have enjoyed many good memories with them and with their families.  I am grateful for the blessing of forgiveness in my life.  The Balm of Gilead soothed my bitterness and my anger, so that it wouldn’t poison me.

Do you have someone that you detest and despise? Have you buried hate or anger, or let them boil over frequently?  Choose now to let them go!

Someday, when you stand in front of the judgement seat, the conversation may go something like this.  Christ would say, “Wow, that was a challenging life down there.  I gave you emotional and physical challenges to overcome.  I let you feel the pain of rejection and loss. I allowed you to feel pain, just as I did, hoping in the process, that you could humble yourself and come to know me better.   That you could believe in me and in my power to heal you and to judge righteously.  Instead, you allowed it to canker and drive a wedge between who you are now and who you could have become.”

Can’t you see how this bitterness and hate is poisoning you?  Is it poisoning your relationships, your health, and your spirituality?  Anger and hate are exhausting. They suck energy from your spirit and your body.  Are you exhausted?  Wouldn’t you love to feel the energy and strength that flows from forgiveness and love?

The prophet, Ezra Taft Benson, said, “the proud are easily offended and hold grudges. They withhold forgiveness to keep another in their debt and to justify their injured feelings…we can choose to be humble ourselves by forgiving those who have offended us.”  You can choose to give the hurt and the rejection to Christ and allow Him to heal you.  Feel freedom and joy on the inside.

Birth Control Pills can Cause Depression

bc-depressionAre you surprised?

Birth control pills deplete levels of certain B vitamins, especially folate, which
contributes to depression AND anxiety. Birth control pills aren’t the only culprits.  Hormone Replacement Therapy and peri-menopause can both deplete these crucial B vitamins.

If you need to take birth control pills, or hormone replacement therapy, arm yourself by taking a good B vitamin complex.  But avoid folic acid, which is a synthetic form of folate, as folic acid can actually prevent the production of  serotonin, dopamine, and nitric oxide, all chemicals that help you stay calm and feel joy.

Mmy-foundation-multiactivnutrients-120cactivn3x7011613stevjiy Foundation Multi multivitamin has methyl-folate to provide the folate and other B vitamins your body needs without folic acid.  Prevent the depletion of these vital B vitamins.

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Word of Wisdom Blog – Implications Today

June 15, 2015

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I have been wanting to write this blog for a long time. This isn’t some doctrinal essay, it is Amy’s interpretation (with backup from modern prophets and apostles) of an often ignored part of the Word of Wisdom (Doctrine and Covenants Section 89). I know my idea of nutrition and our country’s idea of nutrition are different. Eating nutritiously means eating at least 5 servings of colorful vegetables per day and 2-3 fruits. It means eating more complex carbohydrates to prevent insulin spikes. It means using healthy oils and using less processed foods.

If my patients are really struggling with their health, I recommend for my patients to do a food elimination diet, going off of wheat, dairy, egg, and more for 3 weeks each. When I mention going off of wheat, they get this pained look in their eye. Give up wheat? But it’s the “staff of life.” I usually wince when they say this.  Allow me to explain why.

What follows will be portions of the text of Doctrine and Covenants Section 89.  I will make comments in blue and add quotes in green.   I do not make comments on the whole word of Wisdom, as I believe there is abundant information out there already on other parts.  I try to make comments on the missed, or ignored portions.  Please prayerfully read and consider your feelings on this important tool.

If you would prefer it in PDF form, click here.

The Doctrine and Covenants Section 89

1 A Word of Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion—

2 To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—

I love the introductory verses of this section.  It is a gift for us to allow us temporal salvation—saving us temporally, or saving us physically from the plagues of the last days.  We all know there are plenty of temporal addictions in these days.  Much more than just the tobacco, tea, coffee, and the alcohol that was known in the days of the prophet Joseph.  The Lord knew about all the hard-core drugs of our day, of prescription drug abuse, caffeine, and yes, even food addictions. 

3 Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.   This law is for the weakest of all Saints. This means that we can ALL handle this.   To receive the promise, we must obey the principle.  

4 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men (like food scientists, tobacco growers coalitions, alcohol brewers) in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—

5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.

6 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.

7 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.

8 And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.

9 And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.

This was later clarified to mean tea and coffee.   But what of other drinks that contain caffeine.  Are they also against the Word of Wisdom?  An official statement by the Church’s leaders reads: “With reference to cola drinks, the Church has never officially taken a position on this matter, but the leaders of the Church have advised, and we do now specifically advise, against the use of any drink containing harmful habit-forming drugs under circumstances that would result in acquiring the habit. Any beverage that contains ingredients harmful to the body should be avoided.” (Priesthood Bulletin, Feb. 1972, p. 4.)

More importantly, are you using caffeine as an addiction? If you stop, do you crave it and get withdrawal symptoms like headache and fatigue? Can you function without it?  Caffeine is a marvel for staying awake when you are driving at crazy times of the night.  It is a drug, and should be used that way and treated with respect. 

10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—

The word herb refers to vegetables and plants that are nourishing and healthful for man. (D&C Student Manual-InstituteWe should use vegetables and plants for our constitution.  The definition of constitution is “the composition of something.”  It means that herbs are ordained to support the core and foundation of your body. They should be the foundation for a good diet. I recommend half of your diet should be veggies.

11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.

In the season thereof: “Some have stumbled over the meaning of this expression and have argued that grains and fruits should only be used in the season of their growth and when they have ripened. This is not the intent, but any grain or fruit is out of season no matter what part of the year it may be, if it is unfit for use. The apple under the tree bruised and decaying is out of season while the good fruit is waiting to be plucked from the tree.” (Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:385.)

Elder John A. Widtsoe explained: “The phrase ‘in the season thereof,’ referring to fruits and vegetables, has raised much speculation. It indicates simply the superior value of fresh foods as demonstrated by modern science, but does not necessarily prohibit the use of fruits or vegetables out of season if preserved by proper methods.” (Evidences and Reconciliations, 3:157.)

With modern preservation techniques, today it is possible to enjoy nearly every food “in the season thereof” all through the year.  I would add, with modern shipping techniques, we have vegetables and fruits in their proper season all year long.  There are some benefits to eating more of the fruit that is in season at certain times of the year.  Isn’t it interesting that oranges are in season at the same time that our bodies require more Vitamin C to combat cold and flu season? 

Prudence and thanksgiving:  Prudence…meaning wisdom, judgement, and common sense.  Often, the way we eat is anything but prudent.  Eating until we are gorged and it is uncomfortable to walk.  We live in a generation of overeaters and food addicts.   Members of the LDS church, since they can’t have any other physical addictions and not feel guilty, choose food as their addiction (and control, criticism, or perfection).  I think each of us should evaluate why we eat.  Keep a careful food journal for a week and record not only what you eat, but why you ate it.  Were you hungry, or just craving it?  Were you sad, angry, tired?  Explore these reasons and learn more about your relationship with food. 

How should we treat our bodies?  “We will regard our body as a temple of our very own.  We will control our diet and exercise for physical fitness…

We will be careful about which counsel we heed. Many so-called experts give advice for the body—without thought for the spirit. Anyone who accepts direction contrary to the Word of Wisdom, for example, forsakes a law revealed to bring both physical and spiritual blessings.”  (Elder Russell M Nelson “We are Children of God,” Ensign, Nov 1998)

 

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;

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

It is not necessary to be commanded in all things. With the guidelines the Lord has given in this revelation, we should have little difficulty in determining both what and how much we can wisely eat.

“In another revelation (Sec. 59) we are told they are not to be used ‘to excess, neither by extortion.’ The difficulty with most of the human family, is eating too much, and failing to heed his counsel. There would be less disease and mankind would live longer if all would also heed the counsel of the Lord concerning the use of wholesome foods.” (Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:385.)

“The Word of Wisdom is not a system of vegetarianism. Clearly, meat is permitted [see D&C 42:18]. Naturally, that includes animal products, less subject than meat to putrefactive and other disturbances, such as eggs, milk, and cheese. These products cannot be excluded simply because they are not mentioned specifically. By that token most of our foodstuffs could not be eaten.” (Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, 3:156–57.)…

 

14 All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth;

15 And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.

If you look at when the Word of Wisdom was given, they did not have herbs and fruits in the winter.  They had dried meat, dried fruits, and grains as a food source.  It really was “the staff” that allowed them to survive.   A staff is a stick that you lean on when you can’t balance yourself. It isn’t needed when you can hold yourself up.   We don’t need to survive on grains if we have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, as discussed previously with verses 10 and 11.  

 

16 All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—

17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.

18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;

19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;

20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.

21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.

 

The Word of Wisdom is a great plan for protecting our physical bodies, our temples.  Paul declared:

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

“If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:16–17).

Satan would have downplay the importance of taking care of our bodies“One of the ultimate ironies of eternity is that the adversary, who is miserable precisely because he has no physical body, invites and entices us to share in his misery through the improper use of our bodies. The very tool he does not have and cannot use is thus the primary target of his attempts to lure us to physical and spiritual destruction.

The adversary attempts to influence us both to misuse our physical bodies and to minimize the importance of our bodies. These two methods of attack are important for us to recognize and to repel.

When any of Heavenly Father’s children misuse their physical tabernacles by violating the law of chastity, by using drugs and addictive substances, by disfiguring or defacing themselves, or by worshipping the false idol of body image, whether their own or that of others, Satan is delighted.”  (Elder David A Bednar, “Things as they Really Are,” CES Fireside June 2010)

The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that “we came to this earth that we might have a body and present it pure before God in the celestial kingdom.”  (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith p. 181.)

Our physical bodies are so important.  We must care for them, for we will have them for eternity.  As we care for our body by feeding it foods that nourish it, by exercising and getting adequate sleep, by taking time to be still and breathe, we can experience better health to enable us to feel of the spirit. 

The purpose of the Word of Wisdom is more spiritual than physical. The blessings of obedience are much greater than just physical health (see D&C 76:5–10). Elder John A. Widtsoe wrote: “The reward for keeping the Word of Wisdom is four-fold. 1. Self-control is developed. That is implied in verse 3 of the revelation which states that the Word of Wisdom is ‘adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all Saints, who are or can be called Saints.’ 2. Strength of body, including resistance to contagion, is a result of wise living. 3. Clearness of mind is the gift of those whose bodies are in a healthy condition. 4. Spiritual power comes to all who conquer their appetites, live normally and look upward to God.” (Program of the Church, pp. 39–40.)

Your soul consists of your body and spirit (see D&C 88:15). Feeding the spirit while neglecting the body, which is a temple, usually leads to spiritual dissonance and lowered self-esteem. If you are out of shape, if you are uncomfortable in your own body and can do something about it, then do it!

Therefore, please use good judgment in what and especially how much you eat, and regularly give your body the exercise it needs and deserves. If you are physically able, decide today to be the master of your own house and begin a regular, long-term exercise program, suited to your abilities, combined with a healthier diet. Spiritual confidence increases when your spirit, with the help of the Savior, is truly in charge of your natural man or woman.

(Jorg Klebingat, “Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence,” October 2014 conference)

I would echo (and alter) Elder Klebingat’s words:  If you are uncomfortable in your own body, then do something about it.  Love your body for the beautiful creation it is.  Care for it, nourish it.  Enable yourself physically and spiritually.