We’ve got two exciting things happening this Memorial Day:
1) For those of you who love the helpful, all natural herbal detox we share here at Meridian, there’s a Memorial Day Sale going on now. Click HERE to get your Freebie. Offer ends 5/26
2) I am starting a NEW 12-week summer health challenge on June 1 with my new BYU friend Jane Birch, author of “Discovering The Word of Wisdom.” Sign up now to explore and live the “do’s” of the Word of Wisdom at a commitment level that feels right for you over the next three months. There is no cost and nothing to buy, just D&C 89 and some marvelous information and support.
Go to www.wowhealthchallenge.com to learn more.
Living in the Washington DC for Memorial Day is a very special thing. Late on Memorial Day afternoon, after the crowds have settled down, we’ll drive over to Arlington Cemetery and quietly walk. There will be rows upon rows of white crosses and gently waving flags at each. It will be incomprehensible, as always, that our sons, brothers, husbands and fathers have given so much for us, and continue to. The foundation for their sacrifice is a willing, courageous heart, coupled with a disciplined and fit physical body, for only the physically fit are qualified and allowed to serve. Truly, they died that we might live.
The Savior also died that we might live.
How marvelous it is to consider that the consequence of death is life itself, even a more abundant life!
The Savior expressed this strikingly as he told his disciples of his own impending death. (John 12:20-26) Naturally they were greatly saddened, confused and surprised and asked to know more. To these queries he responded:
“Verily, verily I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
James E. Talmadge elaborates:
“The simile of the wheat seed is an apt one; and at once impressively simple and beautiful. A farmer who neglects or refuses to cast his wheat into the earth, because he wants to keep it, can have no increase; but if he sow the wheat in good rich soil, each living grain may multiply itself many fold, though of necessity the seed must be sacrificed in the process.
So said the Lord, “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it into life eternal.
The master’s meaning is clear; the man that loves his life so well that he will not imperil it, or, if need be, give it up, in the service of God, shall forfeit his opportunity to win the bounteous increase of eternal life; while he who esteems the call of God as so greatly superior to life that his love of life is hated in comparison, shall find the life he freely yields or is willing to yield, though for the time being it disappear like the grain buried in the soil; and he shall rejoice in the bounty of eternal development.
(Talmadge, Jesus the Christ pp. 518-519.)
Of course the Savior was talking of both His own supreme sacrifice and his desire that we each be generous in sacrificing our own time and needs in order to serve Him and his children. But for simple-minded people like me, I have to go back to that little seed. If you have ever planted a vegetable or fruit seed and waited for it to sprout, it is a startling realization to understand that burying that little seed in the dark earth is an act of faith that creates both the death of the original seed and the birth a living entity. This new life will extend far beyond the original seed, and eventually create seeds of its own!
Truly, death can and does create life! For those of us who struggle with health and eating issues, reducing or eliminating unhealthful, but oh-so-delicious foods feels like a death. It’s hard to imagine living without them and easy to ignore how harmful they can be. It’s equally painful to learn and embrace new scientific facts that prove that the popular (and government approved) foods we love so much are extremely harmful when eaten over a lifetime and that the Lord has outlined a better way. This better way is the “do’s” of the Word of Wisdom outlined in D&C 89, and can be closely compared to a whole food plant based diet.
For nearly all of us who have been raised and enjoy the Standard American Diet, it does indeed feel like a “death” to even consider giving up (or greatly reducing) meat and dairy products, i.e. ice cream, cheese, milkshakes, steak and french fries. It is far easier to put our heads in the sand and ignore the science that proves that these foods promote cancer, heart disease, and strokes. It is far easier to allow the truth to be unimportant, and continue eating in blissful ignorance.
But what about the fact that long-term over-consumption of these foods are the root source of countless deaths every year? They cause disease, suffering and loss on every level for individuals, families and entire nations. Furthermore, treating these diseases also demands an incredible outlay of billions of dollars each year that could be used in more important ways for the betterment of our society.
For those who are new to the information regarding a whole food plant based diet, it is very hard to believe that there may be more value in spinach and mangos than medicine, that eating dairy and meat is not healthful, and that one of the best ways we can help to strengthen our country is simply to become healthy.
In the weeks since my husband and I received Jane Birch’s book, “Discovering The Word of Wisdom” we’ve discovered a new world filled with delicious and filling food along with dynamic teachers that have a passion for sharing the good things that only a whole food plant based life bring. It’s been so exciting and so much fun that we just can’t keep it to ourselves! Jane and I feel very fortunate to have found each other and excited to share these health discoveries and improvements with you. Jane already has a wide community of people with life-changing health histories that we can all learn from at her website, www.discoveringthewordofwisdom.com.
Of course, we’re well aware that not everyone is ready or willing to do this. No problem and no judgments. (Most of the early Church members and leaders ignored the entire Word of Wisdom, including coffee and tobacco for a very long time. It was not until 1860 that even Brigham Young regarded the “don’ts” as important to not consume.) But if trying out a whole food plant based diet is even remotely interesting and the Spirit of our Heavenly Father (and the state of your current and future health) is nudging you to bury some old ways in order to create a new and healthier life, we’re ready and waiting for you to join us!
We’ll be spending the summer eating delicious summer-time fruits, vegetables and legumes to our heart’s content.
I’m not going to count a single calorie, but I’ll be trying new recipes, learning new cooking techniques, and sending out e-mails and posting on a blog. I’m excited to see how eating like this affects my weight, muscle and bone strength, (I deal with osteoporosis) so I’m going to continue my weight training that has become so satisfying and important for my bones as well.
On this Memorial Day, I am choosing to honor the strong, healthy and noble soldiers who kept themselves physically fit in order to be of service to me by following their example of making my own physical fitness and health a priority in order to best serve my family, country and Heavenly Father.
What about you? Ready to bury (at least for the summer) some old things in order to create some new life? You can learn more and sign up at www.wowhealthchallenge.com
www.DiscoveringTheWordofWisdom.com (Jane’s website with everything you need to start!)
www.ForksOverKnives.com (Learn more about the science and impact of our current diet on health in the USA)