How Does The Hallelujah Diet Fit In?

Posted on December 26th, 2007 in diet,lifestyle,raw diet by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate
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I often get questions about whether I recommend the Hallelujah Diet (also known as the Adam and Eve Diet) since it appears to be related closely to the raw vegan diet.

First, let's define the Hallelujah Diet. Here's what the official Hallelujah Acres website at HAcres.com says about the diet:

Biblically Based. Scientifically Validated. Personally Evidenced.

The Hallelujah Diet & Lifestyle is whole-person health at its God-given best.

When you feed your body the nutrients it needs through The Hallelujah Diet, and nurture your mind and spirit through the Hallelujah Diet & Lifestyle, every part of you will know and experience the optimal health we were all meant to have.

Biblically based.

You have everything you need for true physical nourishment and great health from our Provider in Genesis 1:29.

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat [food].” – Genesis 1:29

Scientifically validated.

You also have plenty of documentation from scientific research that confirms the Biblical wisdom of The Hallelujah Diet, plus even more evidence that supports the benefits of the Hallelujah Diet & Lifestyle.

It’s no wonder that the health recommendations we all hear and read about today are to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink more water, eat less saturated fats and hydrogenated oils, consume more fiber, get more exercise, and alleviate stress .

Personally Evidenced

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have experienced the powerful benefits of the Hallelujah Diet & Lifestyle. Read what they have to say about the incredible health results they’ve achieved.

The Hallelujah Diet Explained

So what is The Hallelujah Diet® exactly?

It is the NUTRITION portion of an overall healthy LIFESTYLE

Once you understand The Hallelujah Diet®, you will find that it is very simple to prepare and follow the ratio of 85% raw and 15% cooked food each day.

The 85% Portion

This is the Hallelujah portion of The Hallelujah Diet®! An abundance of God’s natural foods that are uncooked (raw) and unprocessed. The dense living nutrients found in raw foods and their juices are the things that meet and satisfy your cells’ nutritional needs. When you eat these living foods, you will find that you no longer have to deal with hunger pangs or cravings.

Live foods are also what produce abundant energy and vibrant health.

Beverages
Freshly extracted vegetable juices, BarleyMax®, CarrotJuiceMax™, BeetMax, and distilled water with WaterMax added.

Dairy Alternatives
Fresh almond milk, creamy banana milk, as well as frozen banana, strawberry or blueberry “fruit creams”

Fruit
All fresh, as well as unsulphured, organic dried fruit. Limit consumption to no more than 15% of daily food intake. (Fruit juice is included in this 15%, and is not recommended in large quantities.)

Grains
Soaked oats, millet, raw muesli, dehydrated granola, dehydrated crackers, and raw ground flax seed

Beans
Raw green beans, raw peas, sprouted garbanzo beans, sprouted lentils, and sprouted mung beans

Nuts and Seeds
Raw almonds, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, raw almond butter or tahini. Eat sparingly.

Oils and Fats
Extra virgin olive oil, Udo’s Choice Perfected Oil Blend™, Udo's Choice DHA Oil Blend, raw unrefined flax oil and avocados

Seasonings
Fresh or dehydrated herbs, garlic, sweet onions, parsley, cayenne pepper and salt-free seasonings

Soups
Raw soups

Sweets
Fruit smoothies, raw fruit pies with nut/date crusts, date-nut squares, etc.

Vegetables
All raw vegetables

The 15% Portion

The following cooked foods make up the 15% portion of The Hallelujah Diet®, and follow the raw salad at the evening meal. This portion can be very delicious, and actually proves beneficial for those trying to maintain body weight.

Beverages
Caffeine free herb teas and cereal-based coffee-like beverages, along with bottled organic juices

Dairy
Non-dairy cheese, rice milk, and organic butter, all sparingly

Fruit
Stewed and unsweetened frozen fruits

Grains
Whole-grain cereals, breads, muffins, pasta, brown rice, millet, etc

Beans
Lima, aduki, black, kidney, navy, pinto, red and white beans

Oils
Mayonnaise made from cold-pressed oils

Seasonings
Light Gray Celtic® Sea Salt (use sparingly)

Soups
Soups made from scratch without fat, dairy, or table salt

Sweeteners
Raw, unfiltered honey, rice syrup, unsulphured molasses, stevia, carob, pure maple syrup, date sugar (use very sparingly)

Vegetables
Steamed or wok-cooked fresh or frozen vegetables, baked white or sweet potatoes, squash, etc.

Foods to Be Avoided

Beverages
Alcohol, coffee, tea, cocoa, carbonated beverages and soft drinks, all artificial fruit drinks, including sports drinks, and all commercial juices containing preservatives, salt, and sweeteners

Dairy
All milk, cheese, eggs, ice cream, whipped toppings, and non-dairy creamers

Fruit
Canned and sweetened fruits, along with non-organic dried fruits

Grains
Refined, bleached flour products, cold breakfast cereals, and white rice

Meats
Beef, pork, fish, chicken, turkey, hamburgers, hot dogs, bacon, sausage etc

Nuts & Seeds
All roasted and/or salted seeds and nuts. Peanuts are not a nut but a legume, and very difficult to digest.

Oils
All lard, margarine, shortenings, and anything containing hydrogenated oils

Seasonings
Table salt, black pepper, and any seasonings containing them

Soups
All canned, packaged, or creamed soups containing dairy products

Sweets
All refined white or brown sugar, sugar syrups, chocolate, candy, gum, cookies, donuts, cakes, pies, or other products containing refined sugars or artificial sweeteners

Vegetable
All canned vegetables containing added sodium or preservatives, or vegetables fried in oil

Once you have stopped eating the foods that will harm your health and started eating the foods that will enhance your health, you may experience some symptoms of detoxification. If you do, take heart! This means you are getting rid of toxins that have been stored in your body!

Source: HAcres.com

At first glance, the Hallelujah Diet is quite similar to the accepted definition of a raw food or raw vegan diet. And it is.

Where it starts to depart is the 15% of the daily diet of cooked foods it recommends. The cooked portion includes non-dairy cheese alternatives like soy cheese and rice milk, pasta, muffins and other processed grains, oils and bottled organic juices. Now in comparison to the Standard American Diet (SAD), these choices are healthier, although not by much. The alternative dairy products are all processed and pasteurized, the grains are all processed and highly heated, the oils are processed and refined and the bottled juices, albeit organic, are pasteurized. Processing modifies the foods from their original form and most often reduces the nutritional benefits. Pasteurization, used by the industry to kill all bacteria in foods (good and bad), heats the foods or drinks and destroys the enzymes (and some of the nutrients) available in their natural state. Enzymes are essential to proper digestion and part of the reason why Americans have such difficulty with digestion and proper elimination. The majority of Americans (and now growing to other cultures) eat a mostly processed, cooked and animal food based diet low in fiber and natural enzymes.

The Hallelujah Diet also recommends pre-made green, carrot and barley beverages as supplements. Again, these are probably better for you than what most Americans drink, although they are not purely raw, are processed and not in their natural state. Now, one could argue that in today's world, a supplement of this nature could help many and I can't disagree. Some reason that because of the lower quality of our foods today, supplementing in this manner is needed, and perhaps it may be true. My personal belief (and that of many others in the raw food community) however is that if you eat a sufficient amount of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in their natural, whole state, there isn't a need for supplementation of any kind.

The raw food or raw vegan diet avoids most of the same foods that the Hallelujah Diet does, but in general also avoids refined oils, all cooked foods, all processed foods and most if not all grains. The line is a little gray on several foods including sprouted beans, sea salt, and oils for many of those on a raw food lifestyle, it quite often depends on who you speak with.

And like the raw food diet, the Hallelujah Diet is also a lifestyle. Neither are diets, they are a way of life. Diets are often exemplified as a short term change of eating patterns, and normally not a long term process. It's probably why 95% of diets never achieve long term success with permanent weight loss, and most dieters gain back more than they've lost. Other factors play a role in complete health including adequate sleep, effects of stress (and how to manage it), outlook and attitude, staying active and exercising daily, spirituality and many more making both of these lifestyles rather than diets.

I'm familiar with a local Hallelujah Diet group in my area and it seems to have helped many overcome health challenges, although the physical appearance of many that say they partake in the lifestyle don't match. Of course, this is a limited scope and perhaps not representative of most experiences. In contrast, most of those I've met and researched that live a raw vegan diet and lifestyle seem to look more healthy, radiant, energetic and devoid of most all common health problems. To me this leads to a distinct difference between the two diets - the inclusion of the 15% cooked foods in the Hallelujah Diet. Although 85% live, whole and raw foods would be a marked improvement in most everyone's diet, near 100% appears to make a distinct difference in both health and appearance. I don't have scientific proof, just personal experience and researched examples of those that have been thriving on a near 100% raw food diet. For example, if you looked at long term raw foodists like Storm Talifero and Doug Graham, they appear healthy, strong and clearly benefiting from their raw vegan lifestyle choices.

The Hallelujah Diet in my opinion is just shy of the ultimate lifestyle, and it is certainly a step in the right direction and is very effective. The inclusion of some processed, refined and cooked foods limits my complete endorsement, although with that being said, I do recommend it. It can be a way for many to transition to a raw vegan diet and lifestyle if that's what they're looking for and be quite helpful to those looking to overcome health challenges, regain more energy, reaching their optimal weight or just looking to feel better overall.

To your best health!

Mark Idzik

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