7 Day Adventist Diet

Seven Day Adventist Diet

The 7 Day Adventist diet is quite similar to many others for one reason- it’s mainly vegetarian. This is not a 7 day diet, rather it is a lifestyle diet that is followed by 7th Day Adventists. While the GCNC (General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Nutrition Council) has recommendations, there are no hard and fast rules. In fact, while the majority of 7th Day Adventists do follow a lacto-ovo vegetarian or a vegan diet, many still continue to eat meat.

The GCNC has adopted the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Pyramid for vegetarians, but to put it simply, the recommendation is for 9 or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables, and 6 or more servings of a combination of whole grains, cereals, and legumes. Those numbers are for the average person with a more sedentary lifestyle, and more is recommended for active members of the church (or those who are following the same diet). Since an active lifestyle is also recommended for members of the 7th Day Adventist church, more servings would likely be recommended.

One thing to be particularly wary of if you choose to follow the 7 Day Adventist diet is that your normal daily food intake will not fulfill all of your dietary needs. While eating eggs and low fat dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) is recommended, it is recommended in limited amounts, such as no more than 3 egg yolks per week. For this reason, those who follow the lacto-ovo vegetarian lifestyle may find that they need to supplement with iron and zinc, and should be especially careful to consume enough protein. Those who follow the vegan diet should be sure to supplement with Calcium, Vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and protein.

In addition to the basic 7 Day Adventist diet, the GCNC recommends that anyone following this lifestyle diet avoid foods high in saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, and salt, and that they abstain from tobacco, alcohol, caffeine (coffee, tea, many sodas), and habit forming drugs.

While the basics of the 7 Day Adventist diet are pretty simple (more or less the same as any other vegetarian diet), you can find books with more information by clicking here.

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