HELLO I AM INTERRESTED IN BECOMING MORE AWARE OF GODS TEMPLE AND HOW I CAN BETTER TAKE CARE OF IT WITH REGARDS TO MY DIET AND THE FOODS THAT I EAT. I PURCHASED COUNSELS ON DIET AND FOODS AND A FRIEND OF MINES TOLD ME THERE WAS A STUDY GUIDE THAT WENT ALONG WITH IT. WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU COULD INSTRUCT ME ON HOW I CAN OBTAIN THIS STUDY GUIDE. I THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP. GOD BLESS ___________
Thank you for contacting the Ellen G. White Estate. I'm sorry, but we have no study guide for Counsels on Diet and Foods.
While I would not discourage you from reading the book, you may find that it isn't what you were expecting. It is not a "how-to" book on improving your diet, for instance. Rather, it is more like a reference book, bringing together pretty much all of what Mrs. White said on various matters relating to food. If your interest is in improving your diet, you may find that you are wading through a lot of material in a lot more detail than what you feel you need.
I can give you Mrs. White's plan for healthful eating in a nutshell. First, meat is not best if you can obtain other things:
We do not mark out any precise line to be followed in diet; but we do say that in countries where there are fruits, grains, and nuts in abundance, flesh food is not the right food for God's people. I have been instructed that flesh food has a tendency to animalize the nature, to rob men and women of that love and sympathy which they should feel for everyone, and to give the lower passions control over the higher powers of the being. If meat eating was ever healthful, it is not safe now. Cancers, tumors, and pulmonary diseases are largely caused by meat eating. (Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 404, taken from Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, p. 159--an excellent chapter on health reform.)
Here is Mrs. White's statement of the ideal diet:
[C.T.B.H. 47] (1890) C.H. 115
510. 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 a vigor of intellect that are not produced by a stimulating diet. (Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 321.)
She said to eat a variety of these fruits, grains, and vegetables, and to avoid the spices, fats (grease meant especially animal fat), and consuming a lot of sugar. She encouraged drinking plenty of water, but not doing your drinking at mealtime.
That's pretty sensible, isn't it? And not too hard, either. That's the basics of her teaching on healthful diet. If we would follow those simple instructions, we'd do pretty well in the matter of diet.
I hope this is helpful. Sorry I couldn't fulfill your inquiry for a study guide. Thank you for writing, and God bless.
William Fagal, Director
Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400 USA
Phone: 616 471-3209
FAX: 616 471-6166
Website: www.WhiteEstate.org or www.egwestate.andrews.edu