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The Seventh Day Adventist Diet

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Most people have heard of the "Adventist Advantage" and know of the Seventh Day Adventists amazing record of health and longevity. However, you will not find the Seventh Day Adventist diet on any list of fad diets. However, you are in the right place if you are looking for a cleaner, simpler, healthier way of eating, conscious meal plans, and delicious recipes.

Adventists have 8 guiding principles. The health principle ranks high among them. However, aside from the principles that primarily tap into the spiritual side of the believer, other principles include exercise, rest, and water principles. These are meant to promote physical health and overall well being.

The Seventh Day Adventist Diet is heavily vegetarian. Most Adventists are Lacto-ovo vegetarians. That meas that while they don't eat meat they do include animal products in their diet. So eggs and dairy products are fair game in their book. Others are strictly vegan. Meaning they don't eat any animal products.

The SDA diet advocates for what is known as the Garden of Eden ordained diet. It is heavily vegetarian, with an emphasis on plant-based foods. The diet comprises of all sorts of vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts, and healthy oils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



However, there is a section of Adventists that eat lean meats.’ White meat such as chicken, fish, and turkey are also allowed. They also eat lean cuts of select red meats. However, this might be a small section of Adventists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Studies done as recently as 2017 indicate that a vegetarian diet helped improve risk factors associated with diabetes. The study brought together Taiwanese Buddhists participants. The participant's diet was found to be mainly vegetarian. They followed the same diet patterns of typical Adventists. The study concluded that the study group reported lower indicators of diabetes risk.

The Blue Zone diet
As far as diets go, there are fads out there that claim to supercharge you. However, the blue zone diet isn’t a diet as much as it is a lifestyle.

The Blue Zones are areas identified globally as typically having populations with the longest lifespans.

Loma Linda, California is one of those Blue Zones. Other Blue Zones include Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan, Ogliastra in Sardinia, Italy and Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. Loma Linda coincidentally has one of the highest concentrations of Adventists.

In these areas, the population follows a somewhat similar diet. 95% of the diet is plant-based. Legumes and grains feature heavily. People in these regions-and Adventists in general- avoid processed foods, sugar, meats and dairy. As far as diets go, other factors contribute to the longevity of these populations. Low stress, social interaction, sunlight and consistent physical activity keep the populations in blue zones happy and vibrant well into their octogenarian years.

Benefits of the Seventh Day Adventist Diet /Blue Zone diet
•Lower risk of heart disease
•Lower risk of diabetes
•Weight loss
•Improved quality of life
•Stronger social ties
•Lower risk of cancer

A study conducted specifically using a Seventh Day Adventist population found that Adventists who followed the Blue Zone/SDA diet reported lower mortality rates.

Seventh-day Adventist meal plan
The Seventh Day Adventist meal plan consists of these food groups. Carbs should take up 65%, 15% for proteins and 20% of fats.

•Legumes and grains
Beans top the list of the SDA diet. It is usual to find foods that consist of 3-bean combinations. Beans are full of protein, good carbs, vitamins, and essential minerals.

•Leafy vegetables
Dark leafy vegetables are an excellent source of fiber. Kale, swish chard and spinach are highly ranked even with health nuts. They pack heavy doses of vitamin A and C and are superb antioxidant sources.

•Nuts
And speaking of nuts, healthy servings of nuts has been scientifically shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications. They are some of the best sources of ood’ fats.

•Fruit
Fruit is a great snack and helps satiate those hunger pangs between meal times. They keep you full while delivering a daily dose of all the good vitamins and minerals you need.

•Grain
Oats are a healthy source of fiber. It makes a hearty, healthy breakfast, especially if you throw in some fruit into the mix. Yum.

•Healthy oils
Coconut oil and olive oil are some of the best oils to use in preparing your foods. You can even use olive oil in your salad.


Hydrate regularly
With these key components, you can custom make your own meal plans depending on what is available.

Avoid;
•Smoking
•Excessive alcohol
•Stress
Regular meal times and meal portions are important too in the Adventist diet.

 

Most people have heard of the "Adventist Advantage" and know of the Seventh Day Adventists amazing record of health and longevity. However, you will not find the Seventh Day Adventist diet on any list of fad diets. However, you are in the right place if you are looking for a cleaner, simpler, healthier way of eating, conscious meal plans, and delicious recipes.

What is the Seventh Day Adventist Diet?
Adventists have 8 guiding principles. The health principle ranks high among them. However, aside from the principles that primarily tap into the spiritual side of the believer, other principles include exercise, rest, and water principles. These are meant to promote physical health and overall well being.

The Seventh Day Adventist Diet is heavily vegetarian. Most Adventists are Lacto-ovo vegetarians. That meas that while they don't eat meat they do include animal products in their diet. So eggs and dairy products are fair game in their book. Others are strictly vegan. Meaning they don't eat any animal products.

The SDA diet advocates for what is known as the Garden of Eden ordained diet. It is heavily vegetarian, with an emphasis on plant-based foods. The diet comprises of all sorts of vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts, and healthy oils.