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    Preparation of Food

    354. In the preparation of food, the golden rays of light are to be kept shining, teaching those who sit at the table how to live.—Unpublished Testimonies, August 12, 1896.HL 79.6

    355. Food should be thoroughly cooked, nicely prepared, and appetizing.—Unpublished Testimonies, November 5, 1896.HL 79.7


    356. The food should have been prepared in a simple form, and free from grease; but pains should have been taken to have it nutritious, healthful, and inviting.—Testimonies for the Church 2:485.HL 79.8

    357. Food should be prepared with simplicity, and yet with a nicety that will invite the appetite.—Testimonies for the Church 2:63.HL 79.9

    358. Great care should be taken when the change is made from a flesh meat to a vegetarian diet, to supply the table with wisely prepared, well-cooked articles of food.—Unpublished Testimonies, January 11, 1897.HL 80.1

    359. It is important that the food should be prepared with care, that the appetite, when not perverted, may relish it.—Testimonies for the Church 2:367.HL 80.2

    360. Unless the food is prepared in a wholesome, palatable manner, it cannot be converted into good blood, to build up the wasting tissues.—Testimonies for the Church 2:538.HL 80.3

    361. Many do not feel that this is a matter of duty, and hence they do not try to prepare food properly. This can be done in a simple, healthful, and easy manner, without the use of lard, butter, or flesh meats.—Testimonies for the Church 1:681.HL 80.4

    362. In every line of cooking the question which should be considered, is, How can the food be prepared in the most natural and inexpensive manner? And there should be careful study that the fragments of food left over from the table be not wasted.—Unpublished Testimonies, January 11, 1897.HL 80.5


    363. Hot raised bread of any kind is difficult of digestion.—The Review and Herald, May 8, 1883.HL 80.6

    364. Bread should never have the slightest taint of sourness. It should be cooked until it is most thoroughly done. Thus all softness and stickiness will be avoided.... Milk should not be used in place of water in bread making. All this is extra expense, and is not wholesome. If the bread thus made is allowed to stand over in warm weather, and is then broken open, there will frequently be seen long strings like cobwebs. Such bread soon causes fermentation to take place in the stomach.... Every housekeeper should feel it her duty to educate herself to make good sweet bread in the most inexpensive manner, and the family should refuse to have upon the table bread that is heavy and sour, for it is injurious.—Unpublished Testimonies, January 11, 1897.HL 80.7

    365. Hot biscuit raised with soda or baking-powder should never appear upon our tables. Such compounds are unfit to enter the stomach.—The Review and Herald, May 8, 1883.HL 81.1

    366. Saleratus in any form should not be introduced into the stomach; for the effect is fearful. It eats the coatings of the stomach, causes inflammation, and frequently poisons the entire system. Some plead, “I cannot make good bread and gems unless I use soda or saleratus.” You surely can if you will learn. Is not the health of your family of sufficient value to inspire you with ambition to learn how to cook and how to eat?—Testimonies for the Church 2:537.HL 81.2


    367. There should not be many kinds at any one meal, but all meals should not be composed of the same kinds of food without variation.—Testimonies for the Church 2:63.HL 81.3

    368. When fruit and bread, together with a variety of other foods that do not agree, are crowded into the stomach at one meal, what can we expect but that a disturbance will be created?—Unpublished Testimonies, June 11, 1897.HL 81.4

    369. If your work is sedentary, take exercise every day, and at each meal eat only two or three kinds of simple food, taking no more of these than will satisfy the demands of hunger.—Unpublished Testimonies, August 30, 1896.HL 81.5

    370. It would be better to eat only two or three different kinds of food at each meal than to load the stomach with many varieties.—Unpublished Testimonies, August 30, 1896.HL 82.1

    371. Do not have too great a variety at a meal; three or four dishes are a plenty. At the next meal you can have a change. The cook should tax her inventive powers to vary the dishes she prepares for the table, and the stomach should not be compelled to take the same kinds of food meal after meal.—The Review and Herald, July 29, 1884.HL 82.2

    372. Some think that they must eat only just such an amount, and just such a quality, and confine themselves to two or three kinds of food. But in eating too small an amount, and that not of the best quality, they do not receive sufficient nourishment.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 57.HL 82.3

    Food Combinations

    373. Mixed and complicated dishes are injurious to the health of human beings.—Unpublished Testimonies, November 5, 1896.HL 82.4

    374. It is not well to take a great variety of food at one meal. When a variety of foods that do not agree are crowded into the stomach at one meal, what can we expect but that a disturbance will be created?—Unpublished Testimonies, January 11, 1897.HL 82.5

    375. I advise the people to give up sweet puddings or custards made with eggs and milk and sugar, and to eat the best home-made bread, both graham and white, with dried or green fruits, and let that be the only course for one meal; then let the next meal be of nicely prepared vegetables.—Unpublished Testimonies, October 29, 1894.HL 82.6

    376. If we would preserve the best health, we should avoid eating vegetables and fruit at the same meal. If the stomach is feeble, there will be distress, and the brain will be confused, and unable to put forth mental effort. Have fruit at one meal and vegetables at the next.—The Youth's Instructor, May 31, 1894.HL 83.1

    377. We advise you to change your habits of living; but while you do this, we caution you to move understandingly. I am acquainted with families who have changed from a meat diet to one that is impoverished. Their food is so poorly prepared that the stomach loathes it.... Here is one reason why some have not been successful in their efforts to simplify their food.—Testimonies for the Church 2:63.HL 83.2

    378. Large quantities of milk and sugar eaten together are injurious.—Testimonies for the Church 2:369.HL 83.3

    379. Some use milk and a large amount of sugar on mush, thinking that they are carrying out health reform. But the sugar and the milk combined are liable to cause fermentation in the stomach, and are thus harmful. The free use of sugar in any form tends to clog the system, and is not unfrequently a cause of disease.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 57.HL 83.4

    380. Rich and complicated mixtures of food are health destroying.—Unpublished Testimonies, November 5, 1896.HL 83.5

    Number of Meals

    381. The stomach must have careful attention.... After it has done its work for one meal, do not crowd more work upon it before it has had a chance to rest, and before a sufficient supply of gastric juice is provided. Five hours at least should be given between each meal, and always bear in mind that if you would give it a trial, you would find two meals better than three.—Unpublished Testimonies, August 30, 1896.HL 83.6

    382. A second meal should never be eaten until the stomach has had time to rest from the labor of digesting the preceding meal.—How to Live 1:55.HL 84.1

    383. It is quite a common custom with the people of the world to eat three times a day, besides eating at irregular intervals between meals; and the last meal is generally the most hearty, and is often taken just before retiring. This is reversing the natural order; a hearty meal should never be taken so late in the day. Should these persons change their practise, and eat but two meals a day, and nothing between meals, not even an apple, a nut, or any kind of fruit, the result would be seen in a good appetite and greatly improved health.—The Review and Herald, July 29, 1884.HL 84.2

    384. Most people enjoy better health while eating two meals a day than three; others, under their existing circumstances, may require something to eat at supper time; but this meal should be very light. Let no one think himself a criterion for all, that every one must do exactly as he does.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 58.HL 84.3

    385. If the third meal be eaten at all, it should be light, and several hours before going to bed.—How to Live 1:55.HL 84.4

    386. The stomach, when we lie down to rest, should have its work all done, that it may enjoy rest, as well as other portions of the body. The work of digestion should not be carried on through any period of the sleeping hours.—How to Live 1:56.HL 84.5

    387. If you feel that you must eat at night, take a drink of cold water, and in the morning you will feel much better for not having eaten.—Testimonies for the Church 4:502.HL 85.1

    388. The stomach may be educated to desire food eight times a day, and feel faint if it is not supplied. But this is no argument in favor of so frequent eating.—The Review and Herald, May 8, 1883.HL 85.2

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