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Religious Quotes on Health
Interesting food for thought, on health and diet

“Cancers, tumors, and various other inflammatory diseases are largely caused by meat eating.  From the light which God has given me, the prevalence of cancers and tumors is largely due to gross living on dead flesh.”  E. G. White, Healthful Living, pp. 100, 101

“It is important that the food should be prepared with care, that the appetite, when not perverted, can relish it. Because we from principle discard the use of meat, butter, mince pies, spices, lard, and that which irritates the stomach and destroys health, the idea should never be given that it is of but little consequence what we eat.” - E. G. White, Counsels on Health, p. 151

“God will cooperate with His children in preserving their health, if they eat with care, refusing to put unnecessary burdens on the stomach.  He has graciously made the path of nature sure and safe, wide enough for all who walk in it.  He has given for our sustenance the wholesome and health-giving productions of the earth.”  - E. G. White, Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 39

"Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?  Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance."  -  Isaiah 55:2, NKJV

"Eating a diet rich in plant foods, in the form of fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain cereals, probably remains the best option for reducing the risk of colon cancer, and for more general health protection."  - The Lancet 361 (May 3, 2003):  1448

"In grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts are to be found all the food elements that we need.  If we will come to the Lord in simplicity of mind, He will teach us how to prepare wholesome food."  - E. G. White, Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 300

"Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator.  These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing.  They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet."  E.G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 296

"The grease cooked in the food renders it difficult of digestion."  E. G. White, Counsels on Health, p. 114

"Let him who is struggling against the power of appetite look to the Savior in the wilderness of temptation.  See Him in His agony upon the cross, as He exclaimed, 'I thirst.' He has endured all that it is possible for us to bear.  His victory is ours."  -  E. G. White, The Desire of Ages, p 123

“Many mothers who deplore the intemperance that exists everywhere do not look deep enough to see the cause.  Too often it may be traced to the home table.  Many a mother... is daily setting before her household rich and highly seasoned food, which tempts the appetite and encourages overeating.  In some families, flesh-meats constitute the principal article of diet, and in consequence, the blood is filled with cancerous and scrofulous tumors.  Then when suffering and disease follow, Providence is charged with that which is the result of a wrong course.”  - E. G. White, in Christian temperance and Bible Hygiene, pp. 75, 76

“Persons who have accustomed themselves to a rich, highly stimulating diet have an unnatural taste, and they cannot at once relish food that is plain and simple. It will take time for the taste to become natural and for the stomach to recover from the abuse it has suffered. But those who persevere in the use of wholesome food will, after a time, find it palatable.  Its delicate and delicious flavors will be appreciated, and it will be eaten with greater enjoyment then can be derived from unwholesome dainties.  And the stomach, in a healthy condition, neither fevered nor overtaxed, can readily perform its task.”  - E. G. White, The Ministry of Healing, pp. 298, 299

“A variety of simple dishes, perfectly healthful and nourishing, may be provided, aside from meat. Hearty men must have plenty of vegetables, fruits, and grains.” - E. G. White, Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 407

“To keep the body in a healthy condition, in order that all parts of the living machinery may act harmoniously, should be a study of our life. The children of God cannot glorify Him with sickly bodies or dwarfed minds. Those who indulge in any species of intemperance waste their physical energies and weaken moral power.”  - E. G. White, in Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, p. 53

“Many who adopt the health reform complain that it does not agree with them; but after sitting at their tables I come to the conclusion that it is not the health reform that is at fault, but the poorly prepared food. I appeal to men and women to whom God has given intelligence: learn how to cook. I make no mistake when I say men, for they, as well as women, need to understand the simple, healthful preparation of food.” - E. G. White, Counsels on Health, p. 155

“Parents should make it their first business to understand the laws of life and health, that nothing shall be done by them in the preparation of food, or through any other habits, which will develop wrong tendencies in their children.  How carefully should mothers study to prepare their tables with the most simple, healthful food, that the digestive organs may not be weakened, the nervous forces unbalanced, and the instruction which they should give their children counteracted, by the food placed before them. This food either weakens or strengthens the organs of the stomach, and has much to do in controlling the physical and moral health of the children, who are God's blood-bought property.” - E. G. White, Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 237

“In order to know what are the best foods, we must study God's original plan for man's diet. He who created man and who understands his needs appointed Adam his food. 'Behold,' He said, 'I have given you every herb yielding seed... and every tree, in which fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.' Upon leaving Eden to gain his livelihood by tilling the earth under the course of sin, man received permission to eat also 'the herb of the field.' ” - E. G. White, The Ministry of Healing, pp. 295, 296

“The Lord intends to bring His people back to live upon simple fruits, vegetables, and grains.” - E. G. White, Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 81

“Wherever dried fruits, such as raisins, prunes, apples, pears, peaches, and apricots, are obtainable at moderate prices, it will be found that they can be used as staple articles of diet much more freely then is customary, with the best results to the health and vigor of all classes of workers.” - E. G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 299

"Yea, flesh also of beasts and of fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving... to be used sparingly... only in times of famine and excess of hunger."  - Doctrine & Covenants 89:12,15