A few weeks ago, at my sister and mom’s recommendation, we watched the documentary Forks over Knives. The basic gist of the film was that eating meats and dairy increase your risk for heart disease and cancer exponentially. After watching it, Aaron said, “Interesting, but I am not giving up my meat! I like my meat!” BUT he also thought that adding more plant-based foods wouldn’t be a bad idea. I also found it interesting, and wondered if I could start eating in that direction. I knew that going 100% “plant based” was asking a little much of myself and my family, and would be nearly impossible to stick to. But I wanted to cut back, definitely. After eating several meat heavy dishes last weekend, Aaron came out of the blue and said words I NEVER thought I would hear,

What if we tried living 100% off of Bountiful Baskets?”


We wouldn’t cut out meat entirely, and we’d keep milk (I like your yogurt!) and eggs, but I think it would be interesting to try it. This is probably my ‘meated’ out self talking right now, but I’m willing to try it.”

The root of this desire of his (and mine) is two-fold. We want to be healthier, and to take care of our hearts. It’s a promise made to Benson. AND, we would like to lose weight before we go to Kentucky for Christmas. There are other health concerns as well, but basically, we just want to be better.

This was my chance to try something I’ve wanted to for a while. My biggest concern was getting enough protein. While we’ll be having a big “MEAT MEAL” once every couple of weeks, we still needed a source for beans and lentils and grains. Those don’t get offered often (aside from breads, which we will continue to get) through Bountiful Baskets. I told him how I would probably need to buy lentils (as a ground beef substitute) to make it happen (we have a whole bunch of canned beans right now, and brown rice and wheat berries). BUT then, we wouldn’t be living completely off of BB. Hmmm….

And so I got onto Bountiful Baskets to see what was available for this week.


It was destiny.

So, this week we contributed for 3 baskets. Our current max per week has been 2. And we contributed for a case of Mangos, a gallon of Organic Spanish Olive Oil, 25 lbs of Lentils, and a Guacamole Pack. For our family of 6. It should be interesting! To help myself be more accountable and to stick to it, I will be doing a weekly menu round up on Saturday after we pick up our baskets. I will post it here, but also will be posting occasionally to the Bountiful Baskets Blog to help others use their baskets as well.

What was also interesting was what came up in our nightly scripture reading as a couple. You guessed it. We came to Doctrine and Covenants section 89. The Word of Wisdom. Here are a few of the verses:

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;

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

 14 All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth;

 15 And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.

 16 All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—

 17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.

 18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;

 19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;

 20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.

 21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.

I love that the produce we get from Bountiful Baskets is produce in season. And, I love that our family will be eating the word of wisdom, even down to the eating meat sparingly. The Lord did not forbid meat, but to eat it sparingly. We can do that.

I am excited and nervous for this new adventure. It will be a challenge to try to make school lunches on this new diet for the kids, and a challenge to putt meals together quickly some nights, so any suggestions are welcomed!

And with that, we are officially BOUNTIVORES!