In my 13 years in the fitness industry, I’ve heard so many different ideas of what nutrition is or should be. Every time someone pitches me a new diet or eating trend, I wait. I watch and wait as these people try all the “latest and greatest” ideas. I see where it takes them on the own health journeys. Here is what I’ve witnessed: Diets and restricting food doesn’t last. Cutting out vital macronutrients and micronutrients, like carbohydrates and fiber, isn’t the best way for our bodies to function. I’ve watched as eating fads fade in and then out again. I’ve read scientific studies that disprove themselves years later.
If this is what society gives us as direction for our nutritional goals then we are left asking, what is the right way to eat? We are lucky because in our church, we are given the “Word Of Wisdom.” It is a general guide, as given in revelation from God, to how our bodies should be fueled! And in my 13 years of nutritional experience and experiments, the best way to eat is as the Word of Wisdom suggests. In Doctrine & Covenants 89: 10–12 it instructs: 10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man. 11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.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.
It tells us to eat fruits and vegetables, grains and herbs, and meat sparingly. Recently I heard someone call it the “W.O.W. Diet.” I love that! Although the Word of Wisdom isn’t a “diet” at all, it is the W.O.W Diet because it came straight from a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to take care of these bodies that He so graciously gave us.
“The W.O.W. Diet” sounds simple, right?! It is simple! And I’m going to show you how simple it is to incorporate the Word of Wisdom into your everyday eating, with some delicious snack ideas:
Turkey, Cheddar, Lettuce Pinwheels and Grapefruit
315 calories *18 grams protein
High Fiber Tortilla and Homemade Mango Salsa
Avocado and Sweet Peppers with Cilantro Dressing
93 calories *lots of healthy fats in this one!
Triscuits and Hummus
Turkey and Cheddar Rollups
110 calories *18 grams protein
Apple Slices with Peanut Butter
Eggs, Almonds, and Pomegranate
Have fun, be creative, and enjoy the sweet taste and blessings of the “W.O.W diet”!