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Everyone pretty much agrees that good nutrition is very important for diabetics. What they do not agree on is what constitutes good nutrition for diabetics. This is explained in more detail in Approaches to Diabetic Management.

If you grew up Adventist, you learned that the Eden diet consisted of fruits, grains, and nuts. “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so” (Genesis 1:29-30).

Vegetables were added after the Fall, and meat (“clean” meat, of course) was permitted after the Flood. You also learned that when Peter was given a vision of all sorts of unclean animals coming down in a sheet and he was told to “kill and eat” it was symbolic, and it really meant that he was not to withhold the Gospel from the Gentiles. And somewhere in your church school or academy days, you may have heard that, while “clean” meat is permitted, you will not live to be translated at the Second Coming unless you are what we now call dietary vegan. (When I was a child, the term was “strict vegetarian,” meaning you did not consume eggs or dairy products.) Now the term vegan means you also don’t eat honey or wear silk or leather or fur. At NEWSTART® and the other high-carb low/no-fat programs, the buzzword is “plant-based.”

If you did not grow up Adventist and/or if you went to public school, you may have learned about the paleolithic era of pre-historic humans, that our ancestors were hunters/gatherers, eating primarily meat and whatever grew wild, long before the time of agriculture and animal husbandry. So they did not eat grains or eggs or dairy products. And this is where the current trends of paleo diets has its basis.

But regardless of what humans’ original diet may have been, we are living in the 21st century and not in Eden or the paleolithic era! We are also not living in the lifetime of Ellen White. While I believe that Mrs. White expressed many timeless principles, I also believe she gave very specific advice to specific people in specific circumstances, which may or may not be applicable to everyone—or anyone—else. So far, I have not yet found that she gave specific advice for diabetics. And I’m firmly convinced that, when Scripture and Ellen White both refer to “good bread” and the “Bread of Life,” they are not referring to GMO crops of wheat and soy!

During the time I researched “diabetes diets,” I ran across the names of many other diets—some that people in the groups had tried and some that they were asking about. So I decided to research further and compile a comparison chart. Some of the diets were diabetes-specific but many were not. If you’re interested in this sort of thing, you can access my Diet Summaries document here.

In the final analysis, the best nutritional approach for any diabetic is one that they will stick to. One that is sustainable over the long term, a way of eating that is not just a diet but a lifestyle. And no one, not NEWSTART®, not Atkins, and not even Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics, can tell you what that is for you. You simply have to “prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

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