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.
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, avocados and Udo's Choice Perfected Oil Blend.
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.
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.