I'm a deeply religious person who believes in modern revelation. One book of modern scripture that I read and believe in is The Doctrine and Covenants. Section 89 of The Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) is commonly known as the Word of Wisdom.
The Word of Wisdom is God’s law of health. As I began my low-carbohydrate lifestyle, I was concerned about whether or not a low-carb lifestyle is supported by the Word of Widsom. Verses 12, 13 and 15 of section 89 specifically gave me pause.
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.
15) And these [beasts] hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.
As part of my Sabbath reading, I decided to find out more about the proper use of meat and what its role should be in my diet.
Reading D&C 89:13, I looked down to footnote a). It led me to D&C 59:16-20.
16) Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;
17) Yea, and the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;
18) Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;
19) Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.
20) And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion.
I liked how verse 19 mentioned smell. I may not be able to eat as much bread as I used to, but I can still enjoy the smell of it baking. And because reducing my carbohydrate intake has brought me many benefits including the gladdening of my heart, I think that my new lifestyle fits in nicely with the Word of Wisdom and other teachings in The Doctrine and Covenants.
I found that D&C 49:18-19 also provided further support for my increased consumption of meats and proteins. (I found these verses as footnote a) of D&C 89:15.)
18) And whoso forbiddeth to abstain from meats, that man should not eat the same, is not ordained of God;
19) For, behold, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which cometh of the earth, is ordained for the use of man for food and for raiment, and that he might have in abundance.
I've found it helpful to remind myself of what it says in D&C 89:3. The Word of Wisdom is "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." To me that means that it was given with individual saints in mind. That includes me and others like me who have difficulty metabolizing carbohydrates.
I can keep the principles outlined in the Word of Wisdom and still live a low-carb lifestyle. I can eat plenty of vegetables and fruits (limiting those that cause spikes in my blood sugar) and keep my meat consumption from becoming excessive. Eggs, cheese, milk and yogurt all contain protein and contribute to a healthy carb controlled lifestyle and also are in keeping with the Word of Widsom.
Best of all, I can feel the Lord's blessings as I choose to eat differently. I don't need to feel deprived. When I focus on gratitude to the Lord for providing me with delicious and plentiful foods to eat, I can better see His hand in my life. The health benefits I'm gaining then become yet another blessing and gift I receive from keeping the Lord's commandments.