Given the broad-based principles of the Word of Wisdom, faithful Latter-day Saints might honestly label any number of diets as a “Word of Wisdom diet.” Long-time readers of this series know that I personally favor a whole food, plant-based diet for a good number of reasons, and so the purpose of today's article is to explore the relationship between a WFPB diet and the Word of Wisdom.
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Many people believe the Word of Wisdom is very clear about the diet it recommends. What is interesting is that their interpretations of what it advocates vary—widely. Did the Lord do a poor job communicating? Or is it possible that understanding the will of the Lord demands a lot more of our effort than we generally suppose?
Unraveling the confusion that is often generated by what some members feel is the lack of clarity in the Word of Wisdom and the role Church leaders take in helping us to apply the counsel.
Most of us know by now that we can lose weight on almost any diet. As long as we reduce calories consumed below calories used, weight loss will naturally occur. However, many diets are unsustainable or not healthy for the body. So, what can we do that will really work for the long term?