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My New Year’s resolutions are underway!

By Melody Hord
Not long ago, I pulled out my “God’s Way to Ultimate Health” book. I am convinced of what caused the amazing health surge for George Malkmus.

Here’s what I read:

So overnight,  I changed my meat-centered, cooked and processed food diet with plenty of sugar desserts, to an all-RAW diet with lots of carrot juice. I stayed on this total RAW diet for approximately one year. I DIDN’T EAT ANY COOKED FOOD DURING THAT YEAR…JUST RAW FRUITS, RAW VEGETABLES AND ONE TO TWO QUARTS A DAY OF FRESHLY EXTRACTED, RAW CARROT JUICE.” (emphasis mine)

The results were spectacular! Almost immediately I started to get well! In less than one year, my tumor had totally disappeared! It simply got smaller and smaller until it was gone. But that was not all. In less than one year, every physical problem I had been experiencing also disappeared! Such physical problems as hemorrhoids, hypoglycemia, severe allergies and sinus problems, high blood pressure, fatigue, pimples, colds, flu…even body odor and dandruff were gone! Totally healed!” p.25

Enzyme-rich raw foods; that’s what helped make the life-changing difference.

As time progressed, and George began sharing his life-giving message, he noticed how folks longed for their cooked food. He felt that partaking in a SMALL amount of cooked plant foods could help prevent people from wanting to eat unhealthy foods. Cooked food has some values. It may help prevent excessive weight loss, and provide certain nutrients that are prevalent when cooked. The adult version of the Hallelujah Diet is 15% cooked foods, 85% RAW.

Some people’s digestive tracts can’t handle raw foods. I have noticed that my digestive tract prefers I blend or process (pulverize into miniscule pieces) my raw foods. I blend raw foods and eat them like soup, a smoothie, or vegan pâté.

I confess, I have WAY overindulged in cooked foods over the years. They are so alluring. But, over the last few months, I have experimented with many raw food recipes and realized they speak for themselves, and can definitely replace my cooked favorites!  Does raw food taste like cooked food? NO! Do blended salads taste like steak and potatoes? NO! They never will. But just like anything in life, it is my CHOICE to adjust my expectations and standards. I know, though, that the RAW foods are what provides my body with what is necessary for it to thrive in a way that cooked foods can’t.

My New Year’s resolution is to recommit to a primarily RAW foods diet. I have experimented with some different diets over the years, but my heart of hearts is ready to get serious about raw foods. This type of eating requires conscious effort and discipline.

My nephew is an awesome musician. The way he perfects his craft is by setting goals. He decides what he wants to learn and gives himself a timeframe to learn it. Without his goal setting, he would not be where he is today.

I am viewing my diet resolution as a goal. I am committing to a mostly raw diet for 1 year. (What if George had stopped after 3 months? Would he be alive today?)

I am prepared to achieve my goals with the following tools:

1: A VitaMix Blender. For the past year or so, I have used an inexpensive blender. It was the pits at tearing into raw foods. My soups and smoothies were course and grainy. I feel that a Vitamix will help me better prepare my raw foods, to ultimately achieve my daily goals.

Make It Simple Blended Salad (A blended salad is simply blending your normal salad ingredients into your desired consistency. Herbs can be added to easily adjust flavor. Below though is a variation – Remember, there isn’t a right or wrong, other than to use healthy, RAW ingredients.)

Makes around 1 and 2/3 cups

Blend the following ingredients until creamy:

A couple extra-large handfuls arugula or spinach

8-9 large mint leaves

1 Tbsp. lime juice

1/3 cup almonds, soaked overnight in water, soak water discarded

1 cup water or amount for desired consistency

  1. A KitchenAid Food Processor: I am going to enjoy raw wraps filled with processed (shredded, sliced, and chopped) vegetables and soaked nuts. My husband has informed me that he wants his wraps made with cooked rice. I will cook him rice. I’ll stay raw.

3: A CitriStar Juicer. Fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice enhance my raw soups.

4: A Tribest Fresh Life Sprouter. In the book “Becoming Raw, The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets”, we are told that sprouting has shown to increase the phytochemical content in various plants. Young broccoli sprouts showed 50 times more glucoraphanin than mature broccoli! You can be sure I’m taking advantage of the high nutrition profile of sprouts on my raw food journey! They are cheap, a breeze to cultivate and can even be juiced.

I can finally visualize how to make this all work without complicating it, or even resenting it.

Furthermore, with a recent invigorating and educating piano lesson from my nephew, I am going to play the piano in 2018, practicing at least 1 hour a day, 3 times a week. I have already learned the chords to a Vince Gill song, “I Still Believe in You”. Love that song!

Raw eating and piano playing…worthy goals for 2018.

What ignites you for the coming year?


  1. This was great! I do believe if you stick to something from 21 days it will form a habit. This layout could help someone jump start the program. This would go great with the different kits we have now for anyone that want to start our program or the life style change. This was a good blog.

  2. Great Picture Melody…

  3. This really is great advice. I love how you broke it down and gave us the list of tools we would need to make this lifestyle change. It definitely makes it feel possible and not as overwhelming.

  4. Angela Solomon December 27, 2017

    This is great Melody, I love this article and the advice it is so inspiring just like you! Thank you for the advice on the VitaMix blender!
    PS. The picture is great by the way!

    • Melody Hord December 27, 2017

      Thanks Annette and Angela. A little lipstick and a bright flannel shirt go a long way. I will keep you posted of my renewed dedication to raw foods and music!

      • Jan Wright December 29, 2017

        Good Morning, Melody, Always great to see you and absorb your wonderful words of wisdom on health. You are one of my Health Heros! Thank you! Jan Wright

        • Melody Hord December 29, 2017

          What a kind compliment,Jan! There are so many views on what makes a healthy diet. I’m standing firm on raw eating! I will take advantage of some cooked foods, but not get carried away as in the past. Always great to hear from you.

  5. Connie Gesser December 27, 2017

    Great article! Cute picture of you with your blended food in front of the Christmas tree. Thanks for the practical information and tools to make the raw food lifestyle a success.

    Here is a delicious recipe I made yesterday:

    I also am eating much more raw food. Using delicious recipes is the key to being successful on the Hallelujah Diet.

    • I too love that salad. I like it better several days after it’s had a chance to meld and be cold from the fridge. It makes a lot, so I cut the recipe in half. Even my dog loves it. Easy to make and feels like comfort food transitioning from the SAD diet.

  6. Margie Gilliam December 28, 2017

    Thanks Melody
    This has inspired me to readjust what I AM doing in my plan. Sometimes one has to be ignited. You just did that for me.
    2018! Here I Come!

    • Melody Hord December 28, 2017

      Hey Margie! Great to hear it. I thought I couldn’t give up my addictive foods, but I have. So far, avocados have been a big help. Also, my stomach bulge, which is hidden underneath the large shirt, is slowly vanishing.

  7. Jordan Johnson December 28, 2017

    Great advice, especially the importance of goal setting.

  8. Thanks for the inspiration Melody! We all need that nudge to get back on track sometimes. It helps to know we are not in this alone. Let’s all vow to make this new year the best it can possibly be!

  9. Carolyn B, Calhoun December 28, 2017

    THanks for the information and encouragement Ms Melody. You give us some great goals for the New Year. GREAT picture Melody.

  10. Cynthia Bolden December 29, 2017

    Melody, you rock!! I had the pleasure of speaking to you a month ago. I so enjoy your passion for good raw food and life. Thanks for the article. Joining you in having a great 2018.

    • Melody Hord December 29, 2017

      Hi Cynthia, Thanks for letting me talk with you about what I love. Sometimes, people need a little encouragement to stop a bad habit, pick up a new habit, make a commitment, rethink what they are doing. May your 2018 be filled with wisdom, vibrant health and miracles.

  11. Jeannette December 30, 2017

    Your commitment is EXACTLY what I needed to hear at exactly the right time! I was trying to decide how to get off my SAD diet and you have inspired me to do what I know in my heart is the right way to eat to live (not live to eat). Thank you for your inspiration, encouragement, and wisdom.

    • Melody Hord January 2, 2018

      Hi Jeannette, Deep within us, we know when we are on the wrong road. Many times, that means getting back on a narrow road. Once we have that resolve to do what we know we should, it suddenly seems not only doable, but very exciting. So glad you are following your heart!

  12. Thanks for the inspiration Melody! I need to get back on track with my eating and lose those extra pounds I gained.

  13. Annette Whitworth December 31, 2019

    Thanks Melody for this. It will help everyone to try this.

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