By: Christina McIntyre
I thought I was living the Word of Wisdom well enough, however I knew I ate too much sugar, almost daily, and for years I have thought about the part of eating meat sparingly. More specifically I have pondered often why the Lord said it would be pleasing to Him if we didn’t eat meat except in times of famine. I was teaching Daniel in the Old Testament at seminary 10 days ago. I felt inspired to give my class “The Daniel Challenge,” not knowing there was a true Daniel challenge that already existed in its fullness.
On my 5th day of eating only what was prescribed in Section 89 of Doctrine & Covenants, my friend Kristin Myres sent me the link to a modern “Daniel’s Challenge.” I had never seen such support for the Lord’s law of health. I was so excited I started the fasting portion to lose weight, eating only between the hours of 12 noon and 6 pm and drinking 8 glasses of water from morning until 8 pm. I have lost 6 pounds in 10 days and I am full and more than satisfied. I have had blessings, miracles, daily. The promise in the Word of Wisdom is real, health in the naval, marrow to the bones, and I have found wisdom and great treasures of knowledge which are truly hidden from the world. For one must follow exactly for all of these promises to be fulfilled. And the Lord says in D&C 82:10, “I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but if ye do not what I say you have no promise.”
I wish to share a couple blessings from the past 10 days. The first day I started I had the worst migraine headache I have ever had in my life and I had committed to take no medication. By the end of that day I was so nauseous I threw up twice. I haven’t thrown up in 20 years. It was almost like Joseph Smith in the grove when he was seized upon by some being from the unseen world. I felt in utter despair, and I see now the adversary was very much a part of it, for he knew what blessings awaited me if I could change my eating.
The miracle of following the Word of Wisdom is that once you begin and stick with it a few days, your taste buds change and food you thought disgusting before becomes delicious and satisfying, somewhat like the manna the Israelites ate for 40 years in the wilderness. I have rarely, since I was a teenager, escaped a weekend without pigging out on everything in sight sweet and fattening and unhealthy. My first weekend I was faced with two huge buffet parties with all kinds of desserts and meats and sides. I could not believe not one thing was tempting to me. There as one small fruit bowl and a veggie tray that I usually forego, but it tasted better than anything to me. I can’t even explain it.
At some points during the day I picture my favorite candy, red vines licorice, and ice cream and wonder how I am going to face the rest of my life here without those things. You have to know I love sweets so much I had a chocolate business a few years ago and ordered 500 pounds of chocolate a year which I made into my favorite chocolate caramels and 15 other varieties of filled chocolates. There was never a day I made them that I didn’t consume at least a dozen or more. When I shared these self-defeating thoughts with Kristin, she gave me the perfect advice for me, “Just take one day at a time.” And three days later I found myself at her home with others supporting this whole food, plant-based (WFPB) eating. And I tasted the best key lime pie ever that Kristin made out of WFPB ingredients.
Another miracle is my daughter Nicolette, 13. She has been doing this diet with exactness with me. Everyday she comes home with a blessing such as the highest scores in her class, 105 on tests, and advancing a chair in orchestra. But the biggest miracle of all is the added revelation that flows. I could go on for three more pages on this, but suffice it to say He has opened me the windows of heaven and there is not room enough to receive it all.
Christina McIntyre is 53 years old and lives in Double Oak, Texas. She is originally from Los Angeles, California and has lived in Salt Lake City, Utah and Boston, Massachusetts. Christina is married and has five children. She is a homemaker and teaches early morning seminary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.