Isaiah 65:25 indicates that in the millennium animals that are predators will have a miraculous change in their bodies, and will eat differently. It says that the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock; and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain.
Then in D&C 89:4 we learn that the Lord gave us the word of wisdom by revelation because of evils and designs which will exist in the last days in the hearts of conspiring men (I think of this every time I see a tv commercial for pharmaceuticals or food). We all know the basics of word of wisdom compliance for a temple recommend. But is there more the Lord invites us to do to be healthier and thus better able to build Zion?
Verses 12-13 (one sentence): 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; and it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine. (I know there is a lot of controversy over that little comma after the word used, which was added later, but totally changes the meaning if it is there or is not- but the addition of that comma is what we have today, and it then fits as far as meaning with the other verses)
Verse 14 talks about grains for the staff of life for us and for animals
Verse 15: And these (footnote refers back to verse 13) hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.
It may be possible that we would please the Lord more if we did not eat meat except to save our lives- in the 4 conditions mentioned: famine (mentioned twice), excess of hunger, winter or cold. I have thought a lot about this information over the years. Since the Lord mentions these 4 conditions there must be some difference between famine and excess of hunger (unless it is a parallel structure?) and winter and cold. I had a friend who worked in a warehouse and it was so physically demanding that she could not eat enough to keep from losing weight. To me that is excess hunger even if there is no famine. Clearly in a famine the animals will starve as well, so thinning the herds is beneficial to those that survive as well.
But reading in Isaiah got me to wondering... if the animals will not be eating each other, would we be wrong in assuming we will be eating animals? Would we be wise to prepare now for a millennial diet? Would we be better prepared to endure what is ahead if we have more strength and stamina because we are feeding our bodies the way the Lord designed them?
verse 14: "All wholesome herbs (footnote references plants like fruits, herbs (vegetables), seeds and grains) 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 prudence and thanksgiving.
So much I don't understand... in the season (when ripe? what about foods we preserve- are they still "in season"???), with prudence (skill and good judgment, caution as to danger or risk, using reason) and thanksgiving (looks like we need to make sure we are giving thanks for any food we have to eat!).
Anyway- those are just my musings about how to take care of my body. I was born into a non-member home and was not raised with the word of wisdom. I was raised on lots of sugar, dairy, meat, processed foods and few vegetables and fruits... I have struggled with several health issues and believe that health can be improved by improving my diet, not just using drugs to deal with symptoms. And now I wonder even more about how to prepare for the millennium.