The Hallelujah Diet
This Christian diet also seen as a Lifestyle to some, is based of specific pages in the bible. Words taken from the book of Genesis have guided the beliefs of the diet advocated by Rev. George Malkmus.
As with the Eden Diet, it is vegetarian by design and mainly consists of raw foods such as berries, nuts, vegetables etc. It also contains many undertones of Christianity, however it attempts to reinforce the scientific beneficial properties of a vegetarian diet.
The diet established by Rev. Malkmus was developed to counter a string of physical diseases, claiming one of these to be colon cancer, a claim that has not been proven. After stating that a tumour the size of a cricket ball had receded, he then used this miracle to promote the beginnings of his company, Hallelujah Acres. Established in 1992 this is now a 50 acre farm located in Tennessee U.S.A and its restaurant, which follows the diet plan, is open to the general public.
The diet itself is based around the written word in the book of Genesis;
"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"
From this line the belief and nutritional structure of the diet was born, consisting of 85% raw plant-based foods and 15% cooked plant-based foods or "God's original diet".
As you can imagine the diet consists largely of Vegetables and beverages will also be subject to some addition of fruit or vegetable too, Carrot, Beet and Barley Juice are common in the diet.
It uses fruit as the primary source of energy and falls back to the nuts, grains and seeds to provide the body with its additional fibre and calories. Oils (virgin, olive, flaxseed) must also be introduced to the diet to provide the body with it's required fatty oils.
The diet has been criticised in the previous years for the maintenance required to keep up a truly healthy and balanced intake. Like with vegan and vegetarian diet, nutritional deficiencies can be common to occur in the body and supplements, such as B12 may need to be introduced.
The Hallelujah Lifestyle removes all animal based ingredients from the user, any processed food, salt, refined flour and even limits the consumption of soy based products such as legumes.
Like with any religious plan, it promotes the acceptance of their beliefs however the Hallelujah plan also encourages exercise and stress relieving attitudes to life.
Acceptable foods you will find on this diet consist of;
- Any fresh vegetables.
- All fresh fruit (though it should be limited to less than 15% of your daily diet).
- Sunflower seeds.
- Green Beans.
- Fresh Herbs