If you were raised Seventh-day Adventist, or even if you came into the church later in life, you have undoubtedly heard or read many times this classic quotation: “Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in divine power—these are the true remedies” (Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing, (Nampa: Pacific Press, 1905), page 127). It is from this statement that Weimar Institute developed the acronym, NEWSTART®, representing Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest, and Trust. Weimar prefers to use the term, “Eight Principles of Health.”
Whether you prefer to follow a low-carb, high-fat approach to diabetes management, a high-carb low-fat vegan approach, or even the moderate-carb ADA-compliant approach, there is no reason why you can’t incorporate the “8 Laws of Health” into your program, in principle. It is primarily the Nutrition piece that will look different, depending on your approach.
I would like to consider each of these eight “lifestyle” aspects as they relate to diabetes.
What I have found most interesting are current writers who identify all or most of these “8 laws” in the following articles:
Boosting Your Serotonin Activity
Five Items You Need to Address to Reverse Just About Any Illness
And here’s my own recent blog post:
Earth, Water, Air, and Fire (September 18, 2016)
*Note about the NEWSTART® videos: These videos are unashamedly religious, clearly based on Seventh-day Adventist beliefs. If you are an Adventist, you already know this. If you are not, the videos will give you a pretty fair picture of conservative Adventism. You may or may not agree with all (or any) of what is presented. For this reason, I am providing links to other perspectives on each topic. All resources are presented for information only, and do not necessarily represent the views of all Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics.