You sure can’t believe everything you hear. After twenty-three years, much has been said about what the Hallelujah Diet is and isn’t. A few of the most entertaining comments we have heard include: The Fountain of Youth, What the Energizer Bunny Eats, and A Disease Buster. Then, there are those who say: It’s boring, It’s not practical, and It’s Dangerous. So, we thought it was time to debunk a few of the myths. Some of them might even surprise our most ardent supporters:
The Hallelujah Diet:
1. It’s a vegan diet
True vegans don’t consume any animal products – nothing that comes from an animal source. While the vast majority of the food consumed on the Hallelujah Diet is from vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts, some exceptions include raw honey (made from bees), small amounts of butter (typically from cows) and fish oil (for DHA). So technically, the Hallelujah Diet is not a vegan diet though it is mostly vegan.
2. Whole grains are a primary source for nutrition
While people following the Hallelujah Diet often consume whole grain products we have learned over the years that ALL grains increase leptin and insulin levels. Additionally, many people have gluten sensitivity, the cause of many negative symptoms people experience. Although some people can tolerate whole grains, it is more likely that this food could in time, be a factor in causing chronic disease. The Hallelujah Diet does not encourage whole grain consumption.
3. All raw, really?
While Rev. Malkmus’ original exposure to healthy eating was through natural hygiene and a raw food diet, his research caused him to see the benefits of having cooked food on a regular basis. Cooked foods have several benefits. People seem to be healthier with some cooked food over the long term. Many who consume only raw seem to develop nutritional deficiencies and end up requiring modifications to their diet to prevent permanent physical damage.
Some nutrients are more easily extracted when the vegetables are cooked. Cornell University scientists found that stewing tomatoes for a half hour increased their cancer-fighting lycopene content by 35 percent. Cooking also unlocks another nutrient, beta-carotene, in corn and carrots. Heat breaks down the fibrous cell walls, releasing more of these antioxidants.
On the other hand, water-soluble vitamins, including vitamin C, are usually destroyed by heat. We believe the living enzymes that are easily destroyed by heat are the life-source in vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts that are what the body needs to maintain health.
Most people who are trying to change their diets are addicted to cooked food so having some helps to keep them from feeling deprived. Going all raw is difficult and few who try it are able to succeed leaving them feeling guilt and a failure. Healthy cooked foods are also comfort foods, so people have a positive emotional experience when they eat foods that are cooked. And, of course, during winter months it’s nice to have cooked foods that help to warm the body and soul.
The Hallelujah Diet encourages people to consume 85% of their food raw and 15% cooked.
4. Its only for people who are sick
Unfortunately, this seems to be the mantra of those who have difficulty leaving the Standard American Diet (SAD). They have said that if they ever get sick, the Hallelujah Diet would definitely be their choice! It is certainly so nutrient dense that through the years thousands have found success with their health concerns being eliminated through their dietary changes. The hope is that for those who are living life more dangerously, that if the need for a dietary change is required—that it won’t be too late.
The Hallelujah Diet is outstanding for anyone who desires to significantly reduce their odds of having a serious health challenge. Many people have used it successfully as a preventative diet.
5. We use olive oil to cook food
Many years ago, long before coconut oil was popular, we did find olive oil to be the best oil to cook with. However, even then, grape seed oil was our preferred cooking oil. Now, we recommend coconut oil since it can sustain heat well and we reserve the olive oil for drizzling over a salad.
6. It must be done perfectly
What does perfection look like? Our motto is that what you put in your mouth 95% of the time is what will either keep you healthy or create poor health. It’s not the 5% that is the problem!
The Hallelujah Diet is a concept!
- 85% raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts
- 15% cooked
- Freshly extracted vegetable juices each day
- Limit fruit to 15% of intake. Rarely consume fruit juice (too high in natural sugars). Juice your veggies—eat your fruit whole.
- One cooked meal each day.
- Replace then eliminate – Take the six killer foods out of the diet by replacing them with foods that are healthier versions. Click here to download the Hallelujah Diet Get Started Meal Plan
7. Nutritional deficiencies will develop
Anyone who is living and is eating food in the United States has a greater than 60% likelihood of having vitamin B12, vitamin D3 and protein deficiencies among others. The simple truth is that our lifestyle and exposure to environmental toxins has just as much effect on these deficiencies as our diets. It seems intuitively obvious that a nutritious, truly healthy fruit smoothie filled with leafy greens and devoid of refined sugars would serve greater nutrient needs to the body than an egg and cheese biscuit with a side of hash browns and sausages.
Everyone, whether a meat eater or not should ensure they are getting adequate vitamin B12 and vitamin D3.
8. The food must be bland and boring
The Hallelujah Diet is full of flavor. Our Himalayan salt is rich in trace minerals, low in sodium chloride and bursting with flavor. Combined with various dried and fresh herbs and other seasonings, it is safe to say that the food will rival any restaurant fare in flavor and likely surpass any restaurant food in nutritional benefits. Chocolate peanut butter pie, cheesecakes, ice cream, fettuccini alfredo, pizzas and ice cream are sure to tantalize even the pickiest of taste buds. Sounds pretty exciting, huh?
9. Low in fat
Healthy fats are extremely important in maintaining health. Therefore, we aren’t afraid of eating avocados, coconut oil, hemp seeds, some nuts, and small amounts of fish oil, flax oil and sesame oil. The oils are valuable in the assimilation of vitamins and minerals.
10. It’s too difficult
Ann likes to say that the Hallelujah Diet is simple, just not always easy. But, as simple as this diet is, it just isn’t easy to transition from the meat, potatoes, breads and desserts that keep people living just on the edge of disease and poor health. As they age, they continue to witness their bodies breaking down and can’t seem to make that small leap into great health benefits—just by eating mostly raw vegetables and some fruits.
Preparation is the key. After years of experience we have been able to make the tasks easier. The salad box concept that we demonstrated on day three of the 60 Days to Reclaim Your Health program is one example of making the transition to a healthy diet easier. Check out this FREE program here and receive a video each day for 60 days including recipes and weekly shopping lists.
11. The program is 100% successful
There are many factors that influence someone’s success. A few of the factors to consider include: How long were they ill? Did they receive a lot of harsh treatments like chemotherapy? How weakened is the immune system? How closely did they adhere to the principles of the Hallelujah Diet?
While the majority of people do experience a reversal of their sickness when they eliminate the causes of their physical problems and start consuming large amounts of fresh vegetables especially in the form of juice and smoothies there are some who are never able to see a complete turnaround. What these people typically experience though is significantly improved quality of life, a slowing of the disease progression and extended life.
12. Too expensive
While fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, especially organic, so are meats, milk, and many processed foods. Most people who adopt the Hallelujah Diet will actually see a decrease in their monthly grocery bills some as much as 30%. The ones who don’t typically are trying to support two lifestyles. They buy fruits and vegetables but also items from the old lifestyle like meats, chips and ice cream.
What people need to consider when calculating costs are the expenses associated with poor health. Increased medical bills, lost time from work and the inability to function optimally are just some of the costs to be considered.
We have experimented, experienced and examined the evidence. The Hallelujah Diet may be the best way for you to regain and renew your health. Who can argue with mom when she told you so many years ago, “Finish your vegetables”? We challenge you to give the Hallelujah Diet a try in your life and see for yourself the results.
What other myths have you heard about the Hallelujah Diet?