By: Perpetue Robert Pardieu
All my life my legs and feet have felt really heavy, sometimes swollen, but I never knew why. I remember ten years ago I was praying and asking the Lord for help and He sent me to D&C 89. At that time I learned that meat was to be eaten sparingly, during winter and famine. It was summer, and it was difficult, so I did not follow it. So, I remained with my swollen feet.
In January 2012, I was hit by a car and my kneecap, tibia and femur broke. I had three surgeries and still was having inflammation even though I was taking anti-inflammatory medication. I hit my head during the accident, and I was having panic attacks and anxiety. I felt depressed and overwhelmed often. So, I started doing research because I did not want to be taking pills and become dependent. This is how I heard about alkaline and acid food. I started researching and changed my diet by eating more alkaline, non-hybrid foods. But I got so anxious about everything I was eating that I could not sleep. So, I went to the Lord with that and felt that that kind of anxious spirit doesn’t come from him.
By researching on the Internet, I discovered Jane Birch and the Word of Wisdom diet she writes about. When I read this, I remembered that ten years earlier the Lord had sent me to D&C 89. I automatically knew that what she was saying was a confirmation of what the Lord had told me ten years ago. I stopped eating meat, dairy, eggs, sugar, and most processed food. I now eat extremely little fish and use only a tiny bit of olive or coconut oil once in awhile. Now, the spirit I feel is one of peace instead of being anxious or stressed about food.
With the help of the Lord and some herbal tea that detoxed my body, I was able to stop the cravings. My inflammation decreased tremendously. My knee is almost pain free. I have a lot of energy when I go to the gym, and my trainer cannot believe that I do not eat meat because for her it is a must for protein. For sure, I have more control over the anxiety from my accident. The weight loss came without noticing it. I went from 178 lbs to 145 lbs in about a year.
I find that I am becoming more and more sensitive to the Spirit. I immediately know when I am eating something that my body doesn’t agree with. The hardest part for me is white rice and bread because I still use them at home. When I eat refined and processed food, my legs feel heavy and my feet swell.
Before I thought that the Word of Wisdom was just not using tobacco, drugs, green tea, and alcohol. Now I see that it is more than that. In fact, He gave us a guide so that our physical body can thrive when there is so much disease around. I asked Him about it, and He told me that it is a personal choice. Eating meat, processed food, and dairy doesn’t make us unworthy, but if you do not feel good in your body, you cannot focus on the celestial matter and give the best you are capable of giving in the building of the kingdom. My husband is trying a no meat challenge for two weeks. Hopefully he will gain a testimony of this way of eating.
I love eating this way. It makes life so simple. There is no grease, and you do not feel heavy. I have so much energy. I don’t know if this way of eating has been why I feel closer to the Lord, but the spirit is different. I feel my mind is clearer, and the way I see everything is different. I have an added love for nature, animals, and people, and my capacity to show love has increased. I can’t say that all of this is because I changed my eating. It could be also because of my desire to follow His counsels. It does make a difference.
Perpetue Robert Pardieu is 41 years old. She is originally from Haiti but now lives in L’Assomption Québec, Canada. She studied Food Processing and is a Registered Nurse. She is married with three boys, ages 13, 11, and 8. She loves to read the scriptures, and she is an online seminary teacher.
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