The purpose of this group is to provide support, encouragement, affirmation, and information for diabetics who are also vegetarian and Seventh-day Adventist. You do not necessarily have to be a current or former Adventist to join, nor vegetarian (though you should know that Adventists do not eat pork or shellfish, among other flesh foods described in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14). And you do not necessarily have to be diabetic though you may have an interest in preventing diabetes or in helping a friend or family member with diabetes. Or you may consider yourself to be pre-diabetic, ex-diabetic, or a recovering diabetic.
We encourage your questions and comments about any approach to managing your diabetes, from low-carb high-fat to high-carb low- or no-fat, from dietary vegan to Adventist non-vegetarian (see definition above), and anything in between. We attempt to provide resources for you, both from published materials and from the experiences of others.
FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO BE MEMBERS:
The group is a Closed Group, meaning anyone on Facebook can see the group and who the members are, and they can request membership; but only members can post and read others’ posts. When you submit a request to join this group (or if you are suggested by a current member), Facebook will send you a message asking you to answer three (3) questions:
1) Are you a diabetic, pre-diabetic, at risk for diabetes, or have a diabetic family member or friend?
2) Are you a vegetarian/vegan or Adventist non-vegetarian (eats only “clean” meat)?
3) Are you a current or former Seventh-day Adventist, or do you know that Adventists do not eat pork or shellfish?
I may also check your FB profile to try to verify your authenticity. If there is not enough information on your FB profile for me to determine if you have a genuine interest in this group, I will send you a Private Message. If I don’t get a response from you within 48 hours, I will delete your request. If you do not have any way on your Facebook profile for me to private message you, your request to join the group will be deleted immediately. If you are a very private person who does not share *any* information about yourself on your Facebook profile, please send me a Private Message in addition to your request to join, and state why you wish to become a member of this group.
Although we are attempting to be very inclusive of all approaches to diabetes management (that work), we are unfortunately not able to be inclusive of all languages and cultures. This is not because we are mean. We just don’t have the resources to do that. Please understand when we don’t accept a group membership request from someone whose Facebook profile is in a non-English language that we can’t read! Please also note: I will be very suspicious of anyone who requests to join this group and they have only been a Facebook member for a month and are already in 197 groups! Because they are most likely a spammer!
FOR NEW MEMBERS:
Once you are a member, please feel free to introduce yourself and tell as much or as little as you wish about yourself, such as whether Type 1 or Type 2, how long since you were diagnosed as diabetic, what you are doing to manage your diabetes (diet, exercise, meds, insulin, etc.), and what your goals are in relation to diabetes. Feel free to ask questions, share relevant information, and especially share your first-person success stories!
Check out the Files section for this group. Also, feel free to access our supplemental blog and resource, Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics, at https://adventistvegetariandiabetics.wordpress.com/.]
FOR ALL APPROVED MEMBERS:
Essentially, we (the Admins) SUPPORT each and every one of you as a person–a diabetic, pre-diabetic, family member or caregiver of a diabetic, or just someone who is trying to avoid diabetes. That doesn’t mean we support everything you are eating! We RECOMMEND that you eat real whole foods at a carb level that will keep you at healthy blood sugar numbers, whether you are doing that with low-carb high-fat (LCHF), high-carb low-fat vegan, or ADA recommendations (which probably means you are also on a certain level of diabetes medications and/or insulin). We ENCOURAGE you to set your own goals in regard to *your* diabetes, and we want to help you in any way that we can to meet those goals! Please feel free to comment and ask questions.
Also, please feel free to share diabetic-friendly recipes. They may be low carb (5-10 grams carb/serving), reduced carb (10-15 grams carb/serving), or moderate carb (ADA-compliant with 15-20 grams carb/serving). If not vegetarian, recipes should contain only “clean” meat, per Leviticus/Deuteronomy, with clear suggestions for vegetarian/vegan substitutions, if possible. If you don’t have the nutrition information available for your recipe, I can run your recipe through a nutrition analysis on MyFitnessPal and post the calories and macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat, protein, and fiber).
Please feel free to share this Facebook group with anyone you know who you think might be interested. Any member may add a new member, but members have to be approved by an Admin. If you submit someone’s name, I will contact them by Private Message to verify that they want to become a member. So please do not add them as members without their permission. If you have requested someone to be added, please private message them and ask them to check their private messages that I have sent them. If I do not get a response within 48 hours of the time I sent them a private message, their request to join will be deleted.
SOME BASIC GUIDELINES:
If you share a link to an article or another site, blog, or YouTube channel, please limit your sharing to specific articles or videos that have to do with healthful nutrition and lifestyle for a diabetic, rather than just a general “advertisement” for another group or site. Please do not share anything that has absolutely nothing to do with diabetes, other physical conditions related to or affected by diabetes, or cultural Adventism related to health.
If you, as a member of this Closed Group, post something, please DO NOT DELETE YOUR POST! The reason for this is that someone may respond to your post with valuable information, not only for you but for others as well. And if you delete *your* post you are also deleting that valuable information! Please be considerate of the other group members. If you want to ask a question and you don’t want others in this Closed Group to see your name, please Private Message one of the Admins. We will be glad to dialog with you via Private Message. You are all valuable to us!
PLEASE NOTE To those of you who are self-employed: I wish you well in your personal business venture, but this group is not an appropriate place to advertise it. What we are looking for are (a) diabetic-friendly recipes that give nutrition information per serving, (b) scientific peer-reviewed articles with solid documentation, and (c) personal success stories from diabetics on how you are managing your diabetes. Would be glad to get one or more of the above from you!
NOTE: Please be forewarned. Any member who posts spam or attempts to sell products will have their post deleted and will be banned permanently from the group. If you see such a post, please do NOT “Like” it. Please “Report to Admin” immediately! (But do NOT report to Facebook as that could result in getting our group shut down.)
FINALLY, if you are unhappy with the group for any reason, please just leave quietly or turn off notifications. Do NOT block an Admin as that action will get you banned permanently from the group.