more on the Word of Wisdom

I have this secret little hobby at church.   I love to hear the lessons on this scripture, the Word of Wisdom, and  mentally collect all the ways that, almost invariably, the teacher or people in the class find ways to rationalize their way out of having to actually adhere to those last two verses.   You know, the ones that say God gave animals for our use, but only sparingly, in times of winter, cold, or famine.

There is NO way to justify the way most of us are eating, against this counsel.   But I’ve heard some  really interesting rationalizations.   A really good one is this: “That counsel was for people in 1833, not us, because they didn’t have refrigerators or freezers like we do.”   Yesterday in church, it was about how the comma in that verse was added by church administration to make it clear that we’re actually being ENCOURAGED to eat meat.   Well, that’s a comforting interpretation for those who don’t want their testimony of the  Gospel of the Standard American Diet shaken in any way, but . . . I don’t think so!

I’m going to make a strong statement and welcome your comments about it:   I think that  the vast majority of  LDS people are not living this scripture for the “weakest” of the Saints.   Someone at church yesterday made the comment that worrying about those two verses is “straining at gnats.”

Tomorrow, the rest of that section of scripture, including some good stuff about whole grains.

does God intend for us to eat whole foods?

Today at church, they taught my favorite lesson, on “The Word of Wisdom” (7 million LDS people in the U.S. had this lesson today).   Mormons have a scripture (Doctrine & Covenants 89) revealed in 1833 that is all about what we should and shouldn’t eat.   Consider that this was almost 200 years ago, when little was known in the scientific community about nutrition.   Even if you’re not LDS (Mormon), I think you’ll find this scripture so interesting, that I’m going to put it here, in its entirety over a couple of days.

The green smoothie “testimonial” in my last post sets the stage for this scripture perfectly, since it links the body and spirit.   The most significant reason to care for our bodies as D&C 89 teaches is to become more spiritually pure.

The teacher today told a story about how he once went to get a homemade roll out of the cupboard, and ended up eating the whole bowl of rolls, with butter, and then a bunch of Pop-Tarts, Snickers bars, and Coke.   He said he had been in a positive mood at the beginning but his physical sickness after he ate destroyed his mental and spiritual state.

Please comment on these scriptures, regardless of whether you are LDS or not.   Are they not interesting and “before their time?”   I will  make some comments at the end, too.

“To be sent greeting; not be commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days–

“Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.

“Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation–

“That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.

“And behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.

“And again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.

“And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.

“And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.

“And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man–

“Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudcnce and thanksgiving.

“Yea, flesh also of the 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;

And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.”

Note from Robyn: I’ll post the rest tomorrow.   But consider these questions:

What do you think about this scripture relative to the Oxford-Cornell China Project, what the world now knows?   (See

What are the “evils and designs” of “conspiring men” in these last days with regard to health, nutrition, and food?   What do we learn from this scripture regarding the complaint, “Eating whole foods is too hard!”

What nutritional philosophies out there do you know that embrace the counsel in the last two verses?   And which absolutely defy them?


an interesting green smoothie testimonial

I have lots more testimonials I haven’t posted yet.   I’ve blogged in the past about the personality changes and mood improvements that people experience when they toss the refined foods and start eating whole, mostly-raw plant food.   Here’s an interesting testimonial from a reader named Grace that came in this morning through the questionnaire on the site:

“Green smoothies have changed my life in so many ways. At first, I got caught up in the physical changes and although very important, I am now seeing other transformations taking place on mental and emotional levels as well, which I had not anticipated. I feel more focused, have smoother energy, am less irritable, and am noticing the ‘beauty’ of nature, people, things. . .

I used to resist everything–subway ride to and from work, incoming calls (work in an office), bills, deadlines, etc. Nowadays, I just feel more appreciative and have changed the way I look at life, drawing strength from things that inspire passion and dream. Instead of resisting, I’ve learned that by treating things differently (keeping an open heart and a positive attitude with much gratitude), I end up feeling differently about them as well. Sometimes the smallest shift can take you in a different direction. And yes, all this from green smoothies!!!

But to keep myself inspired, I will share that my skin is glowing, the shape of my face is much more refined, I’ve lost weight, my eyes are clearer, hair shinier. I feel that my breathing has enhanced–can take in more air. I have to attribute these changes to eating a plant based diet which includes daily green smoothies. Greens are powerful detoxifiers and sources of great nourishment. And fruit, well what can I say about fruit? They get such a bad rap but I think they are the most cleansing foods on the planet. Maybe that’s why they’re frowned upon and viewed as the culprit for candida, high blood sugar, weight gain, etc.–they ‘stir’ things up and work hard to push toxins and sludge out of the body. These cleansing reactions although unpleasant, are necessary. You will feel worse before you feel better. And I think that’s the point. At least, that’s been my experience. Fruits and greens together, I consider them a match made in heaven!!”

a recipe for you for Indian Dahl

This is something I like for dinner, and you can make it yellow or green depending on whether you use green split peas or yellow lentils.  It’s quick and easy to make.  I usually rinse the peas and rice and then soak overnight, then simmer them in two saucepans the next morning to eat that night.  It has both a grain and a legume–a “perfect protein.”  I explain why, in Ch. 6, you don’t need to worry about that like vegetarians did in the 1980’s and some still do.  (If you have OLD vegetarian cookbooks, you can see lots of obsessing about this.)  In a nutshell, your body has amino acids in a free-floating pool to draw upon for 24 hours, so you don’t have to put them all together in any given meal, for your body to assemble protein.  That said, some people feel that having grains/legumes together makes a more filling meal.


Indian Green or Yellow Dahl

2 cups split peas or yellow lentils

1 1/2 cups brown rice


6 cloves garlic

1 tsp. ground coriander

2 tsp. kelp granules (optional)

1 tsp. salt (for rice)

1 1/2 tsp. sea salt (for peas/lentils)

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 tsp. turmeric

2 tsp. cumin

1 cup chopped cilantro

In separate saucepans, rinse split peas and brown rice well.  Cover each with fresh water and allow to soak several hours.  Drain well.  Add 3 cups water and 1 tsp. salt to the rice, and 4 cups water to the split peas, bring each to a boil, and reduce heat for 45 mins.  Add all seasonings except cilantro to peas/lentils, and mash with a spoon.  Serve dahl over brown rice and sprinkle liberally with cilantro.

green smoothie “tea” for your plants

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl:

After 2 years of drinking green smoothies I started just 3 months ago rinsing my blender after making smoothies and pouring mixture into a bucket. Then I refill with water the empty smoothie bottles throughout  the day.

This makes a weak green smoothie that I pour into same bucket and then water my plants.  I  fed a boston fern, an orchid, my roses, a mandevilla  and now my tomato plants. Unbelievable how much faster  all of the plants are growing,   so many more  blooms per bush, tomato plants growing at twice the rate, Boston fern is so thick and green that people think it’s artificial!

Pass this on to your fans, they will be amazed!

Green smoothies are not only good for us, they’re REALLY good for what we eat!

Thanks for the inspiration!


–Thanks, Michael, fantastic idea I am undertaking TODAY.   I think I’ll do some of the plants and not others, to see if it makes a difference!   –Robyn


enzymes, raw food, stomach acid

An excerpt from the FAQ of my new book coming out next month:

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: How can enzymes and eating raw food be so important when stomach acid would kill any enzymes that came with the food anyway?


A: Good question. Some people think that the low pH of the stomach stops salivary and any other food or supplemental enzymes from working. A number of experiments Dr. Howell writes about show that this is not so. Some enzymes are shown to work actively at two different pH ranges. Another study shows that salivary and supplemental enzymes were re-activated in the alkaline duodenum and lower in the intestine after going through the stomach. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach is not as strong as once thought to be and neither when used in in vitro experiments (outside the body). A Journal of Nutrition-published study at Northwestern University showed 51 percent of amylase from malted barley was intact when passed into the intestine.


Enzymes manufactured by the pancreas of a person or animal are sensitive to pH because they aren’t adapted to anything outside the restrictive confines of the body. But microbial-derived dietary supplement enzymes are very adaptive, since fungus grows in a variety of places and conditions. These enzymes survive the acidity of the lower stomach. These plant-based sources are the digestive enzyme supplements I prefer.


As with so many other things in the human body, we’ve been provided with the ideal environment to digest food. Problems occur when we alter our food instead of giving our body the kind of nutrition we were designed to digest easily, that people used to eat for thousands of years.


Dr. Howell says that we’re born with a finite ability to produce endogenous enzymes, and by middle age, most of that ability is gone. (And he said this 25 years ago, before the modern diet worsened. Some experts make even more dire projections, such as Westerners are burning out enzyme capacity by age 35.) The answer, of course, is to eat as much raw food as possible, and as little cooked or processed food, too.