QuickStart Guide to Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics™

About Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics™

We are a very eclectic group of people who have diabetes (including pre-diabetes), who are at risk for diabetes, or who have a family member or friend with diabetes. We are current and former Seventh-day Adventists or not Adventists at all, but we understand that Adventists do not eat “unclean” meat/fish (as defined in Leviticus and Deuteronomy).

We are dietary vegans, lacto-ovo vegetarians, “Adventist non-vegetarians,” or some combination thereof.

Our dietary approaches to managing diabetes are very individual and range from low-carb high-fat moderate-protein (LCHF) to high-carb low/no-fat dietary vegan (WFPB, aka “whole food plant-based”) and many variations in between.

In case you are wondering why we post recipes with “clean” meat/fish in a “Vegetarian” group, I created an Introduction that will explain how and why this group got to where we are today. This is the “backstory” (if you will) of how and why our Facebook support group came to be. It’s found at https://adventistvegetariandiabetics.com/about/introduction/.

You may see occasional posts of links to music. This music represents that which a diabetic member has found lowers their stress levels and thus lowers their blood glucose. It follows that only diabetic members can post links to music because they are the ones who are checking their blood glucose on a daily basis.

It has been a strange time for us diabetics to be living through this coronavirus pandemic and beyond, and trying to manage our diabetic health, struggling to get groceries that are diabetic-friendly, and still getting in daily exercise. We have adjusted to cooking just for ourselves and our immediate families, and we have missed being able to fix diabetic-friendly foods to take to church potlucks and picnics. As we transition to some semblance of normalcy, please continue to cook and serve diabetic-friendly foods and meals!

We encourage you to subscribe to our blog at https://adventistvegetariandiabetics.com/blog-posts/ which will be delivered directly to your email. Please be assured we will never share your email address with anyone else.

Finally, if you are looking for recipes (and would like to share diabetic-friendly recipes with your friends and family members), we strongly encourage you to peruse our collection of recipes in our supplementary blog and website. You can start here: https://adventistvegetariandiabetics.com/other-resources/recipes/

Facebook Private Group

To get the most out of your membership in the Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics™ Facebook group, we recommend:

  • Set your Notifications to receive All Posts, so you won’t miss something that might be important to you!
  • Browse through the “Announcements” to see important pieces of information.
  • Explore the “Guides” for topics that are of interest to you.
  • Check out the “Files” section for this group.

On a computer or mobile device – find the horizontal navigation bar under the banner header, slide it to the left until you see the links to “Announcements,” “Files,” and “Guides” (some of these may be under “More”).

If you are enjoying this group and don’t want to miss posts that might be important for you, please consider setting your Notifications to “All posts.”
Facebook automatically sets Notifications (for groups) to “Highlights” instead of “All Posts.” Some of us are convinced that Facebook goes back periodically and resets all your groups to “Highlights” even if you have changed it to “All Posts.” This means that you will only see about one in ten posts in the groups you’re in!
You are probably missing out on a lot of good stuff in this group. We Admins want to make sure you are all able to stay plugged in!

To change your Notifications settings:

  • Click on the 3 dots at the top right of the group home page.
  • Select “Manage Notifications”
  • Then select “All Posts.” (It’s same whether you are using Facebook on a phone or on a computer.)
    You can also add Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics™ to your phone’s home screen for your added convenience!
    Best wishes on your Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics™ journey!

Where Do I Start?

Whether you are newly diagnosed and don’t know where to start or if you’ve been living with diabetes for awhile and are still struggling, you can take definite steps to improve your diabetic health.
We strongly recommend that you:

Learn About Diabetes

Learn as much as you can about diabetes in general and your diagnosis in particular. And, while you are learning, you can change your diabetes lifestyle (starting with the five essential habits detailed below). This page gives a list of the most important books we have found, and discusses articles and videos/movies.

And, of course, review The 8 Laws of Health and how each one relates to your diabetic health!

Establish 5 Essential Habits

What Can I Eat?

Here are three downloadable PDF documents.

Group Rules

1 Getting all posts and comments

When you join Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics, we hope you will turn on All Notifications, so you won’t miss something that might be important to you. Also, because we want you to be able to comment on your experience(s) and opinions, and participate in challenges and polls.

2 Recipes with unclean meat

This should be obvious, but please do not share recipes, photos, or meal plans with unclean meat (pork, shellfish, etc.) UNLESS you give a clean meat or vegetarian alternative for an ingredient. If in doubt, please private message an Admin.

3 Share what works for YOU

We are always interested in knowing what our members do to improve their diabetic health, and we want to hear YOUR success stories! Always with the understanding that what works for one may not work for everyone.

4 If you 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 in the comments below your post!

5 Be kind and respectful

This group is for the purpose of support, affirmation, and information about diabetes. It is NOT a platform for political or religious debates. We want to make sure everyone feels safe. Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. Becoming argumentative with an Admin (or anyone else) is grounds for removal from the group. Do NOT block an Admin as that action will get you banned permanently from the group.

6 “Adding” members

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 potential members have to be approved by an Admin AND they have to answer the three (3) questions. If you “add” a member, please be sure to contact that member and tell them they are required to answer the three questions. We will not add someone without their explicit permission.

7 Sharing links to articles, videos, or other sites

If you share a link to an article, blog, site, or YouTube channel, please share only what has to do with diabetes, with other physical conditions related to or affected by diabetes, or with cultural Adventism related to health.

8 No spam or selling allowed

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.)

9 If you are unhappy with the group for any reason

If, for any reason, you decide that our group is not a good fit for you, please just leave quietly. You can figure out how to do this; you don’t have to publicly request an Admin to remove you! We are not an airport; there is no need to announce your departure.


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