clipart-aiga-no-smokingFor those of us who grew up Adventist, we think of “temperance” as abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. We might also think of it as abstinence from coffee and tea, chocolate, carbonated beverages, baking powder/soda, mustard, vinegar, and spices. (If you are Adventist, you know why. If you don’t know why, ask an Adventist who grew up in the church.) Many Adventists still adhere to these prohibitions, but not everyone does. In Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics, we accept all opinions as just that—opinions, hopefully based on your personal research and experience and not hearsay (aka the “testimony” of a third party). You are free to use coffee or not, to eat totally vegan or not, to have an occasional glass of wine with dinner, or to avoid all medicines and mouthwash with alcohol, to eat low-carb high-fat, high-carb low/no-fat, or simply be ADA-compliant. You are not free to condemn or criticize the choices of other members in this group. However, you are welcome to post links to articles that you feel support your opinions, practices, and lifestyle. All articles are open for intelligent, mature, thoughtful discussion.

What I believe is “temperance” for a diabetic is abstaining from any foods, beverages, or practices that will harm your body and make your diabetes worse. Fair enough? For me, that includes most chemical additives, high fructose corn syrup, GMO foods, most artificial sweeteners (especially aspartame, as it’s a trigger for migraines), and MSG (also a trigger for migraines). For the lactose-intolerant, it would be dairy products. For those with celiac disease, it would be gluten. Some people have specific food allergies, typical or unusual. I’ve known people who are allergic to blueberries, to avocados, to rice. Others may choose to avoid all soy products or processed meat containing nitrites/nitrates.

One of my pet peeves is the cliché, “Everything in moderation.” Domestic violence in moderation? Bank robbery in moderation? Absolutely not! I know that we diabetics would like to think we can eat anything as long as it’s “in moderation.” Not true!

But I would like to suggest that real temperance for a diabetic is “portion control.” Ever heard that term? Unless you are logging in detail, by calories, carbs, fat, protein, and fiber, everything that you eat, based on a kitchen scale that measures in grams and ounces, or on a reliable food database, you do need to be aware of what constitutes a “portion” of every food you eat. You need to become very good at accurately judging how much is a 3-oz. serving of meat or 1-oz. serving of nuts, of just how much is 1/2 cup of vegetables, or exactly how big is a medium strawberry.

Temperance actually affects all areas of one’s lifestyle—getting the right amount of sleep, water, exercise, fresh air and sunshine—as well as the right nutrition. For you.


“A Little Bite Won’t Hurt”: The Failure of Moderation

Chocolate, Chocolate, It’s Good For Your Heart, Study Finds

Glass of red wine a day is good for people with diabetes – study

More Consensus on Coffee’s Benefits Than You Might Think

More Consensus on the Health Benefits of Tea and Coffee

NEWSTART® Video [29:02]
Moderation in healthy substances, abstinence from unhealthy substances, a lot of focus on addiction

What Are the Side Effects of Drinking Tea?

Why “Everything in Moderation” Is Terrible Diet Advice


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