Healthful Living


Chapter 18—Diet

General Statements

330. The diet question deserves careful study.—The Youth's Instructor, May 31, 1894. HL 76.1

331. A reform in eating would be a saving of expense and labor.—Spiritual Gifts Volume 4a, 132. HL 76.2

332. The diet affects both physical and moral health.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 79. HL 76.3

333. Learn for yourselves what you should eat, what kinds of food best nourish the body, and then follow the dictates of reason and conscience. This is not a matter of trifling importance.—Gospel Workers, 174. HL 76.4

334. Those who will not eat and drink from principle, will not be governed by principle in other things.—The Health Reformer, August 1, 1866. HL 76.5


335. The many dishes usually prepared for dessert should be dispensed with.—Unpublished Testimonies, August 30, 1896. HL 76.6

336. The large amount of cooking usually done is not at all necessary. Neither should the diet be poor, either in quality or quantity.—Unpublished Testimonies, November 5, 1896. HL 76.7

337. The proper cooking of food is a most essential requirement, especially where meat is not made an article of diet. Something must be prepared to take the place of meat, and these foods must be well prepared, so that meat will not be desired.—Unpublished Testimonies, December 20, 1896. HL 76.8

338. We need persons who will educate themselves to cook healthfully. Many know how to cook meats and vegetables in different forms, yet do not understand how to prepare simple and appetizing dishes.—The Youth's Instructor, May 31, 1894. HL 77.1

339. There is religion in good cooking, and I question the religion of that class who are too ignorant and too careless to learn to cook.—Testimonies for the Church 2:537. HL 77.2

340. It is the positive duty of physicians to educate, educate, educate, by pen and voice, all who have the responsibility of preparing food for the table.—Unpublished Testimonies, August 30, 1896. HL 77.3

341. You profess to be health reformers, and for this very reason you should become good cooks. Those who can avail themselves of the advantages of properly conducted hygienic cooking-schools, will find it a great benefit, both in their own practise and in teaching others.... One reason why many have become discouraged in practising health reform is that they have not learned how to cook so that proper food, simply prepared, would supply the place of the diet to which they have been accustomed.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 119. HL 77.4

342. This [cooking] can be done in a simple, healthful, and easy manner, without the use of lard, butter, or flesh meats.... Skill must be united with simplicity. To do this, women must read, and then patiently reduce what they have read to practise. Many are suffering because they will not take the trouble to do this.... It is a religious duty for those who cook to learn how to prepare healthful food in different ways, so that it may be eaten with enjoyment.... What branch of the education of a young lady can be so important as this?—Testimonies for the Church 1:681, 682. HL 77.5

Proper Food

343. Is my diet such as will bring me in a position where I can accomplish the greatest amount of good?—The Review and Herald, June 17, 1880. HL 78.1

344. People cannot all eat the same things. Some articles of food that are wholesome and palatable to one person may be hurtful to another. So it is impossible to make an unvarying rule by which to regulate every one's dietetic habits.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 157. HL 78.2

345. The Lord intends to bring his people back to live upon simple fruits, vegetables, and grains.... God provided fruit in its natural state for our first parents.—Unpublished Testimonies, November 5, 1896. HL 78.3

346. All the elements of nutrition are contained in the fruits, vegetables, and grains.—The Review and Herald, May 8, 1883. HL 78.4

347. Grains and fruits prepared free from grease, and in as natural a condition as possible, should be the food for the tables of all who claim to be preparing for translation to heaven.—Testimonies for the Church 2:352. HL 78.5

348. Fruits, grains, and vegetables, prepared in a simple way, free from spice and grease of all kinds, make, with milk and cream, the most healthful diet. They impart nourishment to the body, and give a power of endurance and vigor of intellect that are not produced by a stimulating diet.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 47. HL 78.6

349. Meat eating is doing its work, for the meat is diseased. We may not long be able to use even milk.—Unpublished Testimonies, August 30, 1896. HL 79.1

350. Good, ripe, undecayed fruit is a thing for which we should thank the Lord, for it is beneficial to health.—Unpublished Testimonies, November 5, 1896. HL 79.2

351. Dry food which requires mastication is far preferable to porridges. The health food preparations are a blessing in this respect.—Unpublished Testimonies, January 11, 1897. HL 79.3

352. My sisters, do not place upon your tables food that is exciting and irritating, but that which is plain, wholesome, and nutritious.—The Review and Herald, July 29, 1884. HL 79.4

353. Good brown bread and rolls, prepared in a simple manner, yet with painstaking effort, are healthful.—Unpublished Testimonies, January 11, 1897. HL 79.5