30 Days of WoW (Word of Wisdom)

A few months ago we were talking about the Word of Wisdom and what might be the effects or blessings of really studying it and challenging ourselves to focus on it for 30 days. That was in May, it took us until October to summon up the courage and now we’re on day 3. The best part of our experience so far has been the conversations created. We’re having so much fun talking to our friends both of our faith and other faiths about the WoW.

Snagged some fresh strawberries from the farmer’s market.

The Word of Wisdom is found in Section 89 of the Doctrine & Covenants (a volume of LDS scripture). “The Word of Wisdom is a law of health revealed by the Lord for the physical and spiritual benefit of His children. (LDS.org)” You can read the WoW in it’s entirety here.

At the suggestion of many of you we are putting extra emphasis on the DOs of the WoW while still maintaining the don’ts. It’s been trial and error for us and like we said we are only on day 3. We’ve found that it takes some preparation and it’s been helpful to read the WoW each day.

Some of the tenants of the WoW are things that are already in practice in our lives, we don’t drink alcohol or use tobacco. However there are aspects like eating meat sparingly and eating fruits and vegetables of the season that we are learning more about. We decided to refrain from eating meat for 30 days. It’s a little easier for Sista Laurel as she only eats seafood meats,  Sista Beehive could use some prayer, but it’s been exciting for both of us as we try new recipes and have fun with fruits and veggies.

We aren’t saying that the WoW prohibits meat, we’re just taking the opportunity to focus a little more on verses 12 & 13:

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.

Anyway y’all, so far so good. We’ll keep you posted. And please keep sending tips and recipes they have been helpful!

God is Great,
Sista Beehive & Sista Laurel

14 comments

  1. We went meatless at our house for a month years ago and I will probably never do it again. LOL Prepare yourselves with A LOT of CHEESE and PEANUT BUTTER.

  2. This is one of my favorite recipe sites: http://eatnourishing.com/. I’ve been on a really low meat diet most of September and it’s been wonderful. You go, Sistas!

  3. Only one of us likes peanut butter, but both of us like cheese, so thanks for the tips! How did the meatless go over with the kids sista Alice?

  4. Beans and lentils make for really filling meatless meals.  Here are two of my favorite vegetarian recipes: http://lauraandfriendsinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/11/pumpkin-black-bean-soup.html
    http://lauraandfriendsinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2012/01/pasta-with-greens-and-things.html  (If you’re not a huge cooking greens enthusiast, you might start with one bunch of greens instead of two–and maybe start with chard.  It’s a bit more mellow.)

    I’ll send you my lentil soup recipe, too.

    Also, you should treat yourself to some delicious Indian food.  Is there a good place near you?  Indian has lot of meatless options.  I’m especially fond of Chana Masala (chickpeas in a yummy curry sauce) and Aloo Ghobi (cauliflower and potatoes).  Stay away from the Palak Paneer until you work your courage up. ;)

  5. i was Veg’ for 4 years, and I can tell you they are a lot of fun, yummy, recipes out there. I’d agree with beans, lentils, but also quinoa, which is full of protein and delicious, yogurt. stay away from too much bread or pasta, thinking it might fill you up. Well, it will, but not in the right places :) I f you have a hard time with fruits and veggies, make smoothies. that’s how i get my kids to eat them a lot of times. Also, if you don’t already, sign up for your local bountiful basket, most of it is stuff that’s in season.  with squash of every kind and pumpkins being in season, there’s a million possibilities! get on Pinterest for yummy squash recipes ( making a butternut squash alfredo this week, found on Pinterest). Good Luck Sisters, I’m so impressed and motivated by your efforts. I can’t wait to hear about your progress!

  6. Oh, I am so happy to have popped by today. I have been trying to get myself ready  to do exactly what you are doing. Please hang in there we need your encouragement. I haven’t started day 1 yet.
    Here is a couple of links you might like –
    http://www.wowsecrets5health.blogspot.com/
    http://www.drmedougall.com/

  7. Good work, girls! We could definitely do a little more of that around here. We’ve got the meats sparingly thing down pretty well, and fruits in the season – but veggies in the season are a little harder for us… we like our summer veggies!

    I am going to check out bountiful baskets this week. If I just buckle down and cook them veggies I think we’ll get some really awesome new dishes.

  8. Good for you…I think the WoW is greatly overlooked.  You might find this website useful http://www.wordofwisdomliving.com/ 

  9. Not eating meat is quite clear thing, but I’m curious to hear how you are implementing the advice to eat “every fruit in the season thereof”?

  10. We’ve actually been patronizing our local farmers markets and finding out what fruits are in season.

  11. Thanks for the link! We’ve got pinned to our WoW pinterest board now.

  12. Please keep us posted on how this challenge goes. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the Lord defines physical health, and I’ve been wanting to focus more on the Word of Wisdom and what it tells us we should DO (not just what we should NOT do). The more details you share about how you’re doing all of this, the better :D

  13. Thanks for the link! We’ve got pinned to our WoW pinterest board now.

  14.  How did your 30 day WoW challenge go? Did you notice any health or energy improvements? I have used a WoW approach in my chiropractic practice for 30 years. Not only do we teach the “do’s” but also “walking in obedience to the commandments”, a significant part of the WoW that is often over-looked, yet contributes significantly to blessings of health. Here is a link to Chapter 1 of a book I have written that emphasizes the health benefits obtained when one follows the postive aspects of the WoW: http://wildenaturalhealthcenter.com/?page_id=465

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