As a Seventh-day Adventist school in Watsonville, California, Monterey Bay Academy promotes a healthy lifestyle for its students. This health-minded approach is consistent with the church’s teachings, including following a 100% vegetarian diet. Christian high school students new to the Seventh-day Adventist faith and Monterey Bay Academy sometimes go through an adjustment period as they learn how to eat according to these principles. But because the campus’ 100% vegetarian cafe offers familiar, flavorful and enticing cuisine, the adjustment is not as difficult as one may think.
Why does Monterey Bay Academy only offer a 100% vegetarian cafe?
The Seventh-day Adventist Church follows a diet of wholeness and health, primarily through vegetarianism and kosher foods. This diet does not include unclean meats, as specified by the Bible in the Book of Leviticus. Food selection and eating is in keeping with recognition of our bodies as holy temples.
As a Seventh-day Adventist coeducational Christian boarding high school, Monterey Bay Academy emphasizes the importance of following this principle of our faith. We make it easy for students to maintain their own good health through provision of only whole, clean, vegetarian foods. Students from other Christian faiths and countries around the world quickly adjust to the Watsonville, California school’s diet. Most soon start feeling better than they have in years, if they have historically consumed a diet that included animal products, caffeine and sugars.
In the campus’ 100% vegetarian cafe, students find tasty meal options that include:
- No animal products
The theme of wholeness and good health continues outside of the 100% vegetarian cafe for Monterey Bay Academy students, too. The school discourages use of products not considered clean by the Bible or the church, such as refined foods, caffeine, sweeteners, alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
Benefits of the Academy’s Vegetarian Diet
With only healthy food options available on campus and through the 100% vegetarian cafe, students easily adjust to this way of life. They enjoy better energy, clearer skin, healthy weight and a sharper mind, as benefits of living as the Bible teaches.
According to leading health experts, a diet like the one provided on campus provides many other benefits. These benefits include:
- Decreased cancer risk
- Improved overall health
- Lower risk of obesity
- Healthy blood pressure
- Stable blood sugar
- Reduced risk for heart disease and early death
The Adventist Health Study, also called AHS-2, proved all of these benefits. The study also showed improved support for healthy weight loss and maintenance. Therefore, for students struggling with weight concerns or obesity, a 100% vegetarian diet can help. Because maintaining a healthy weight is easier with food provided by the 100% vegetarian cafe.
One of the greatest outcomes of eating a Seventh-day Adventist diet is prolonged life. In fact, the large Seventh-day Adventist community of Loma Linda, California is one of the five communities in the world where the population lives longer than other communities. With many community members living past their 100th year and outliving other Americans by a decade, it is hard to argue against the benefits of eating in this healthy manner.
All of this improved health and a wholesome lifestyle begin through routine practice of the principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. While living on campus at Monterey Bay Academy, students new to these ways of living become accustomed to a healthier diet, physical activity and other teachings of the church. But students benefit well beyond how they physically look and feel. They also gain self-confidence and strength of character critical for continuing this lifestyle through adulthood. The best thing about the 100% vegetarian cafe is that our students simply love the great-tasting food.
Learn More About Life on Campus at Monterey Bay Academy
Student life at Monterey Bay Academy at La Selva Beach is inspiring, even beyond the 100% vegetarian cafe. What each student learns from their campus experience carries them through a lifetime of excellence in all they seek to achieve. By enrolling your child in Monterey Bay Academy, you open them up to a world of opportunity through academic growth and enrichment of their relationship with God. Learn more about MBA’s coeducational Christian high school and campus life in Watsonville, CA by calling 831 728-1481.