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Breaking down the raw food ratio

The biblical plant-based diet of the Hallelujah Diet breaks down into a daily consumption of 85 percent living foods and 15 percent cooked foods.

An all-natural and raw, biblical plant-based diet is the cornerstone of the Hallelujah Diet. It is based fully on what has been since the very beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth and then people, in His image and likeness. It was at that very time that God established how humans would fuel and nourish their bodies. As it was proclaimed 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].'"

In the beginning
It is this exact biblical passage that serves as the foundation the Hallelujah Diet, as Rev. Malkmus wrote in his book, "And the pattern was set in Genesis 1:29 for sustaining that life – transferred from one life to another by the consumption of living foods." According to Rev. Malkmus, living food is essential and proper fuel for the body and its living cells. Consuming a diet rich in raw, plant-based living foods can help maintain and promote optimal health.

The raw food ratio
The daily break down of nutrition for this diet is 85:15, or 85 percent living foods and 15 percent vegan cooked foods, according to "The Hallelujah Diet." It's important to note that the intake of living foods need not be limited to 85 percent; these foods can certainly take up more of your daily consumption if you so wish. These foods boost vigorous health and robust energy in addition to keeping you full and satisfied. Here is a list of living foods to include in your diet:

  • Fruits: This includes all fresh fruits and organic dried fruit that is unsulphured, though fruit intake should be no more than 15 percent of daily raw foods.
  • Vegetables: Consume and enjoy all and any raw vegetables you would like.
  • Nuts and seeds: Eat raw almonds, raw almond butter, tahini, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts and walnuts sparingly.
  • Beans and grains: This includes green beans, peas, sprouted garbanzo beans, sprouted lentils, spouted mung, soaked oats, millet, raw muesli, dehydrated granola or crackers, raw ground flaxseed and sprouted grains of any kind.
  • Dairy alternatives: Fresh milk can be consumed when derived from rice, coconut, oats and nuts, such as almond milk.
  • Beverages: All freshly extracted vegetable juices and distilled water are great options. Available from Hallelujah Diet are BarleyMax, CarrotJuiceMax and BeetMax.
Fresh, raw green beans are a great living food source.Fresh, raw green beans are a great living food source.

Living foods also include all raw soups, seasonings such as parsley, sweet onions, garlic, fresh and dehydrated herbs and salt-free seasonings. For sweets, you may consume raw fruit pies with date or nut crusts, fruit smoothies and date or nut squares. Options for oil include extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, flaxseed oil, and avocados.

Cooked foods
High temperatures on food can result in very detrimental effects on our bodies. Rev. Malkmus puts it powerfully: "The difference between raw and cooked food is the difference between life and death." However, when properly prepared and consumed in diligent moderation, cooked food can satisfy the body and aid in keeping on necessary body weight. Here are cooked foods that can be consumed following your raw food portions:

  • Fruits: This includes frozen or stewed fruits that are unsweetened.
  • Vegetables: Fresh or frozen vegetables can be steamed or wok-cooked. Baked white or sweet potatoes and squash are good too.
  • Beans and grains: Lima, adzuki, black, kidney, navy, pinto, red, white and other dried beans can be consumed. Whole grain cereals, muffins, breads, pastas and brown rice, spelt, millet and amaranth can be used.
  • Dairy alternatives: This includes nut butters and milks and non-dairy cheese.
  • Beverages: Organic juices bottled, cereal-based coffee beverages and caffeine-free herb teas are included.
Cereal-based coffee beverages may be consumed as part of your 15 percent ratio of cooked foods.Cereal-based coffee beverages may be consumed as part of your 15 percent ratio of cooked foods.

These cooked foods that make up 15 percent of your diet can also include seasonings such as light gray unrefined sea salt, cayenne pepper and all fresh and dried herbs, though sparingly. For sweeteners, date sugar, pure maple sugar, stevia, carob, rice syrup, raw and unfiltered honey and unsulphured molasses can all be used but in moderation as well. Mayonnaise made from cold-pressed oils and grapeseed oil can be used for cooking.

Maintaining this ratio of 85:15 is the best way to ensure you are fueling your body properly for optimal health.


  1. Annette June 12, 2018

    This article was great to read. The 85 raw and 15 cook is a good way to start, especially when you are trying to get healthier. There was great starter points with the Raw foods and veggies too. Thanks

  2. Does this mean 15% fruit (and cooked) by calories, eyeball portion size or by weight? Big difference there. Thanks.

    • Melody Hord June 12, 2018

      Hi Mary,
      I like more specifics, too! However, Hallelujah Diet has never taken a stance on whether the 15% amounts are servings, weight, volume or calories. It is just a general gauge. From a cooked versus raw standpoint, the goal is to keep the vast majority raw. However, I believe that no one should ever feel guilty about eating a little extra steamed cabbage or something like that, if it helps them stay away from something like corn chips. Some people’s digestive tract can’t tolerate raw vegetables. Fruit is a controversial topic and can get complicated. I am glad Hallelujah Diet suggests no more than 15% fruit, because most people love sweet fruit, it is very easy to start eating a lot of fruit on a raw food diet, and in return, consume excessive sugar, which can lead to a myriad of complications. I personally greatly enjoy a lot of lemons and limes in my diet, as they are low in sugar content. The concept is to be careful with sweet fruit consumption and to focus on vegetables.
      In one way, not having exact rules can be frustrating. On the flip side, not having exact rules can help a person design an eating plan that best fits their life. My co-worker an I have been refining our diets for many years hoping to find that perfect balance. Over the years, I have discovered that virgin coconut oil, nut butters and avocados are very helpful in staying satisfied.
      Thanks for a great question and I would love to hear what has worked for anyone else!

  3. Valerie M Kuntzman June 12, 2018

    I drink hot organic green tea. Why is that not allowed?

    • Melody Hord June 13, 2018

      Hi Valerie, The Hallelujah Diet replaces caffeinated beverages with non-caffeinated ones. Green tea has some great properties, and when consumed in moderation, the caffeine may not affect some people negatively. Coffee has shown to have some wonderful properties as well.
      Many people who decide to commit to the Hallelujah Diet have tried many things and are very sick. Since caffeine is a stimulant, Rev. Malkmus thought it best to forgo it for many reasons. People with heart arrhythmias, over-active bladder or anxiety, for example, may be better off with no caffeine. Caffeinated beverages, such as teas and coffee can be very addictive.
      Herbal teas, such a rooibos, peppermint, dandelion, and pau d’arco are part of the Hallelujah Diet. For example, having a cup of chamomile tea after dinner can be very soothing. Thanks for your question and the opportunity for me to share that herbal teas can be a terrific choice for those seeking optimal health.

  4. Angela Solomon June 13, 2018

    Great information to have when starting the Hallelujah Diet!

  5. T Black June 15, 2018

    When transitioning to this type of diet and lifestyle, the main thing to remember is that there are no hard and fast rules. It is a concept that has been shown to produce excellent results when followed closely. A person needs to take into consideration their current diet, any health issues they are dealing with, and make that decision to eliminate as many of the harmful foods from their diet as they can. Then just start making those healthy replacements, keeping in mind that the higher proportion should be raw, if at all possible.

  6. Jennifer March 26, 2020

    Thank you for the information. It’s great to have the ratio simplified when someone is getting started on the Hallelujah Diet.

  7. Elizabeth DeMarzo March 29, 2020

    I am interested in getting info

  8. Jayme C. April 25, 2020

    Thank you for breaking this down. It’s good to realize that frozen fruit for smoothies shouldn’t be thought of as raw.

  9. Annette H Whitworth January 11, 2022

    Thank you for this information. I use some frozen fruits when I do my smoothies but I do use the fresh fruit too… I love all fresh veggies when I cook. Thanks again for the break down of the foods.

  10. Thank you for this information on raw foods.

  11. Eighty-five percent raw is a lot of raw food. Most people are not used to eating that way. I appreciate the recipes on that provide many different ways to enjoy raw food.

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