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Wholesome Living, Celebration & Gladness of Heart

Mormon-Hippie-Wholesome-Living,-Celebration--Cake-photo-by-wikimedia-commons-CdnStarSeveral years ago, I attended a lecture by Michael Pollan at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He had been invited by the “Slow Food Utah” organizers and his subject was about the nature of food, our environment, and healthful eating. He displayed on a very large screen a photo of a decadently rich and luscious slice of chocolate cake.  The reaction, as he expected, was a collective groan of desire and guilt from the audience.  He went on to say that in America that is the general reaction.  However, in France, the reaction is one of Celebration!

One of my favorite books is French Women Don’t Get Fat:  The Secret of Eating For Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano.  Not only is it an absolutely delightful and inspiring read, but it seems to me that the French people seem to understand and live the Word of Wisdom!  There are a few things I personally set aside — the author builds a pretty persuasive case for enjoying a glass of wine with dinner!  But I live by my rules!

Consider a few of the French philosophies found in French Women Don’t Get Fat:

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As we study, ponder and pray, a new perspective and attitude toward food and healthy living takes shape, and a new kind of gratitude flows from deep within as we receive the wonderful blessings and experiences good food offers us.

In the Doctrine & Covenants, Section 59, the Lord commands the saints to righteous living and offers these words:

Yea, blessed are they whose feet stand upon the land of Zion, who have obeyed my gospel; for they shall receive for their reward the good things of the earth, and it shall bring forth in its strength.

Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fullness of the earth is yours . . . the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;

Yea, all things which come of  the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;

Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.

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 . . . D&C 59:3 16-20 (italics added)

I believe we can, with gratitude and not remorse, indulge in beautiful, festive, and delicious celebrations that bind us as families and friends and cultures.

Let’s Celebrate!

— Lori Henderson, Producer/Host of “Mormon Tea” on the Mormon Media Network.

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Internet Trolls can be Hazardous to Your Health

“In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation.” — Doctrine & Covenants 89:4

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio”, Caleb Warnock and Janiel Miller discuss how Internet Trolls can be hazardous to your health. (Audio 27:36)

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Kitchen Makeover Part 2 — More Healthy Alternatives to Sugar

Xylitol, Fruit Purees, and the Glycemic Index

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio” Caleb Warnock and his guest Janiel Miller continue their discussion about healthy alternatives to refined sugar. (Audio 26:40)

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Kitchen Makeover — Healthy Alternatives to Sugar

Our children are developing Type 2 Diabetes at alarming rates.

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio” Caleb Warnock and his guest Janiel Miller discuss healthy alternatives to sugar. (Audio 29:00)

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Humor — Nature’s Best Medicine

Mormons are hilarious . . . sometimes even intentionally.

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio” Caleb Warnock talks with Janiel Miller about her book, “Mormons Say (and do) the Darndest Things”. (Audio 28:53)

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FrankenFlavors

GETTING BACK TO NATURE

We have wandered a long way away from the foods nature provides. Our food has become so processed, manipulated and manufactured it’s hardly recognizable as food; and our bodies certainly don’t recognize it.  We are raising the unhealthiest generation ever.

IF YOU CAN’T PRONOUNCE IT YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T EAT IT

One very simple rule of thumb for healthy eating is this. If it’s being promoted on TV, don’t eat it. Think about this. When was the last time you saw an ad for vegetables or fruit?  We’re not talking about highly processed orange juice or preservative-packed fruit roll-ups, but simple, untreated, unprocessed, straight-from-nature food.

Recently the American television news program “60 Minutes” reported on a company in Switzerland, which creates chemical additives for food. The words chemical and food in the same sentence should be enough to make you stop and think. This company sends its chemists around the world sniffing and tasting fruits, vegetables and spices. They then return to their labs, don their white coats and proceed to manufacture those smells and tastes. These Frankenflavors are then used by food companies world-wide to flavor sodas, candies, sports drinks, chicken soup, breakfast cereals, and the list goes on and on and on. Pretty much the only things food companies don’t flavor are foods right off the vine.

We know what you’re thinking. If they have found such great smells and flavors in nature, why not use those natural flavors? One of the super-sniffer chemists interviewed by 60 Minutes provided the answer:

  1. Natural smells and flavors are not addictive. A person might eat a granola bar flavored purely with real fruits and grains and be satisfied. But with the chemical additive, he wants another almost immediately. These chemical companies not only admit this, they think it’s a good idea and are proud to be pushers to the world.
  1. You can’t patent nature. No one owns natural foods. By creating their own “food” in a test tube, the company can claim it as intellectual property and make literally billions every year.

“I WARN YOU AND FOREWARN YOU”

There is wonderful instruction in the Word of Wisdom about the good things we should eat. There are also things listed that we should not take into our bodies. But what happens when the line between the healthy and the toxic becomes blurred?  What happens to us when seemingly healthy foods are laced with toxic laboratory creations? The Lord saw this happening and warned us. In the fourth verse of the Word of Wisdom, He said:

“In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom…”

Unfortunately, many harmful things are being included in our food and are being deceptively promoted as healthy.

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY FAMILY AND MYSELF?

There are things we should know to eat healthy and avoid harmful chemical additives.

  1. If it comes in a can, a bottle or a box, it’s not nearly as healthy as it would be in nature’s perfect package, some even edible – think apples and potatoes!
  1. This may sound odd, but if it won’t go bad, it isn’t good. A high school science teacher in Blue Hill, Maine has a Twinkie that has been sitting on the chalk tray in his classroom for over 30 years, and it looks pretty much the same. The sad thing is, that Twinkie wasn’t any less harmful right off the shelf than it would be today
  1. If you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably not something you should eat.
  1. If it has a TV ad, avoid it.
  1. If a product lists “Natural flavors”, run! Run and don’t look back. “Natural” is an unregulated term used freely to lure and deceive unknowing consumers. The word “flavor” is also a red flag.
  1. The fewer the ingredients the better. A good rule of thumb is 5 or less recognizable ingredients. This does not mean you’re good to go if the item has only three ingredients: delicious devil’s food cake, creamy filling and yummy frosting.
  1. Stay informed, and help your children and grandchildren be informed.

 

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The Twinkie Story (Source – The San Francisco Chronicle)

The Word of Wisdom (Source – lds.org)

A Principle with a Promise

PREVENTATIVE MAINTAINANCE

It’s against the law to run out of gas on the autobahn in Germany. When people hear that, the most common response is something like, “That’s crazy.” At first, people will argue that there’s nothing you can do about running out of gas, but when they think about it further, it’s clear that of all the things that can happen on the Autobahn, running out of gas is the one thing you CAN prevent. You may not be able to avoid a flat tire, or a broken fuel line, but running out of gas is always the result of poor planning. You simply never get on the Autobahn unless you are sure you have the fuel necessary to get where you are going.

If we look at our lives as journeys on the Autobahn, we can hardly be surprised when we get to be 60 or 70 years old and our bodies sputter to a stop because of a lack of proper fuel. What we do or do not put in our bodies is extremely important for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

THE WORD OF WISDOM

Most people who know very little about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do know that Mormons live by some type of health code. A while ago a major American television network produced an hour-long program about Mormons. The reporters involved covered a surprising number of subjects and did a very good job. When the Mormon health code, the Word of Wisdom, was discussed. The discussions centered around the restrictions on tobacco, drinking alcohol and caffeinated drinks such as coffee and tea.. The Mormon woman being interviewed expressed the opinion that caffeinated drinks such as cola were also prohibited. This caused quite a stir among members of the church in America. At one place of business the next morning a group of Mormons were sitting around the conference table discussing the Word of Wisdom and if it prohibited caffeinated sodas. In attendance at that meeting were 10 people, 4 large mugs of diet cola, a dozen donuts and a gallon of chocolate milk. Only the caffeine in the soda was even considered to be a health risk, and therefore, against the Word of Wisdom.

THE PRINCIPLE

The principle behind the Word of Wisdom is simple. Your body is a temple; take care of it.

It is generally considered by Mormons that if you avoid tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea you are living the Word of Wisdom.

In 2013 The United Health Foundation did and extensive study of the health of American citizens over age 65. The 50 states were then ranked according to how healthy their senior citizens were. When one considers that the majority of the people in Utah are Mormons, and if we believe that Mormons live by the Word of Wisdom, then it should be a foregone conclusion that Utah will rank number 1 . In reality, Utah ranked 9th.

The states were evaluated in 4 other categories as well:

  • Obesity – The percentage of people over 65 who were obese.
  • Smoking – The percentage of people over 65 who smoked.
  • Diabetes – The percentage of people over 65 being treated for diabetes.
  • Physical activity – The number of people over 65 who participate in no physical activity other than regular day to day activities.

In Utah, a state that “lives the Word of Wisdom:”

4.7% smoke

25.5% participate in no physical activity

24.6% are obese

74.9% are being treated for diabetes

This study alone makes it clear that the Word of Wisdom is much more than avoiding tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea.

THE PROMISE

Do we believe the Lord?  Do we believe his promise in the Word of Wisdom?  The closing verses give each of us the following promise.

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 in their bones; and shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; and shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. 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.

We believe IN Christ. Do we BELIEVE Christ?

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Winter Gardening

Caleb Warnock has done extensive research and he has come to the indisputable conclusion that when the Mormon Pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, there was no Costco.

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio” Caleb teaches us the forgotten skills the pioneers used to grow food in their winter gardens. — Did you know you can grow melons in the winter in Utah. (Audio 29:00)

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Medicinal Green Smoothies

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio” Caleb Warnock promotes health and holistic intervention with medicinal green smoothies, offering creative options that kids will love too! (Audio 30:00)

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Herbs for Fighting Infections

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio” Caleb Warnock teaches you which herbs to use to fight infections. (Audio 29:24)

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Listen to these past episodes of “Forgotten Skills Radio”.

Growing & Using Medicinal Herbs 

Medicinal Herbs for Colds, Flu and Asthma

Baking with Natural Yeast

The Health Benefits of Natural Yeast

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