For nearly 40 years I have been on what we now call the Hallelujah Diet. I went on this diet at the age of 42 after being told I had colon cancer in 1976; it was on this diet, with the abundant use of vegetable juices, that I recovered from that cancer.
I have remained on this Hallelujah Diet for almost 40 years and it has rewarded me with excellent health. I have not experienced a cold or the flu even one time although I haven’t had a flu shot once during all those years.
As a result of this diet, along with daily physical exercise, I have reached the age of 80 with a body that is still muscular, strong and healthy and a mind that is still sound.
Below is an overview of a day on the Hallelujah Diet, the 100% plant-based diet I have been on for almost half of my life.
Breakfast On The Hallelujah Diet
At this meal, the Hallelujah Diet breaks from traditional teachings, which tell us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Let’s consider this teaching for a few moments.
Most people sleep 7 or 8 hours. During that time, the body has been cleansing, repairing, rebuilding, recharging, and preparing itself for the next day’s activities.
As we arise, the first thing the body usually wants to do is eliminate the collected toxins and debris it has been accumulating through the sleeping hours (i.e. go to the bathroom). This cleansing and eliminating will continue for some time after arising IF the body is given opportunity to do so.
If a person, soon after arising, consumes a meal of bacon and eggs, pancakes and sausage, cereal and milk, toast and coffee, grits and whatever, cleansing and eliminating slows while the body diverts its energies to trying to process this horrible introduction into it.
Some will say that we need this big breakfast in order to obtain energy for the day, but the listed items are not real food. Besides, they must first be digested before any energy is available from them and many of the listed items will take till almost noon to digest. Also, in order to digest these items, it takes from the body lots of energy.
So, on the Hallelujah Diet, we give the body opportunity to continue the cleansing and detoxifying immediately upon arising by not consuming any food that requires processing or digesting.
However, on the Hallelujah Diet, we do provide the body with nourishment first thing in the morning in the form of a dehydrated barley/alfalfa powder, called BarleyMax. Because BarleyMax contains no fiber that requires digestion, this allows cleansing and eliminating to continue, while at the same time being nourished.
Our research reveals that BarleyMax is quite possibly the most nutritionally dense food available to us today. It is also the very first nutrition Rhonda and I consume each and every morning immediately upon arising.
Let’s take a moment to explain what BarleyMax is and why it is the first thing we consume each and every day.
Way back in 1976, when Evangelist Lester Roloff encouraged me to change my diet when I was faced with colon cancer, he encouraged me to drink one to two quarts of vegetable juices each day, along with lots of raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, which comprise the Genesis 1:29 diet.
Ever since then, I have been learning more and more about the value of drinking raw vegetables juices, and later, the juices from raw grasses.
For several years, on my windowsill, in cafeteria trays, on a half-inch of soil, I grew wheat grass to about 10 inches in height, which I then harvested and juiced. This required constantly having to soak the seed, along with daily tending and watering. Life became very restrictive, and growing this wheat grass was very time consuming.
Also, the only nutrients available to the roots were the nutrients available in the seed itself, and in that half-inch of soil the seed was being grown on.
Then in the 1980’s I was introduced to a barley product that had already been grown, juiced, and reduced to a powder through a milk factory spray-drying process. Now, instead of having to grow my own grass on a windowsill to juice, I had a barley powder available in a container that could be easily and quickly rehydrated in distilled water. This was much more convenient and less time consuming, and the barley powder gave me as good a result as the fresh wheat grass juice.
But the heat used in spray drying left the enzymes in a very unstable condition. In order to stabilize this spray dried powder, maltodextrin and brown rice were added. These additives made up as much as 50% of the product, so that the actual amount of barley powder in the container was reduced by as much as half. That didn’t offer a very good value, and the enzymes in that powder had been compromised with the heat of spray drying!
Some years later I was introduced to an organic farmer who had learned how to produce a superior powder product using organic barley and alfalfa seed. The seed was planted in an old volcanic lakebed at the 5,000 foot elevation in the rocky mountains, which provided incredible trace minerals for the roots to extract and it was watered with deep-well, mineral-rich water.
Because of the incredible amount of nutrients available to the roots of the plants as they grew, this produced a grass of significantly higher nutrient value than grasses grown in other locations or on cafeteria trays.
After this grass was harvested, it was juiced in a juicing machine, just like the previous spray dried barley powder had been. However, rather than using a spray drying process which required heat, it was reduced to a powder by means of dehydration, at temperatures so low, they did not destroy or even damage enzymes.
Because no damaging heat was used in the processing, this product did not become unstable, and thus no maltodextrin or brown rice was necessary to stabilize it. This new processing method produced a product that was 100% pure organic grass powder, of much superior nutritional value, and only about half as much was needed to be consumed compared to the product containing maltodextrin and brown rice.
We took this dehydrated grass powder to our own research scientist Michael Donaldson, PhD, to have it tested. He sent this new dehydrated grass powder off to numerous laboratories for testing. At the same time, he had a number of other grass powder products on the market from other companies tested.
The results were astounding!
BarleyMax beat the other products hands down in nutrient values – minerals, vitamins, amino acids, proteins, chlorophyll, phytochemicals, antioxidants, and enzyme activity. And that is the short story of how Hallelujah Acres created BarleyMax.
Because BarleyMax contains practically no fiber, it makes the perfect pre-breakfast food.
Lacking fiber, it does not have to go through the digestive process, but rather is able to go almost intravenously into the cells. This provides incredible nutrients for the body to utilize first thing upon arising, thus giving almost immediate energy without digestion.
Simply place a teaspoon of BarleyMax in 4 ounces of distilled water and mix with a battery-powered hand held mixer or in a shaker cup. This is all Rhonda and I consume first thing upon arising and it provides us with incredible energy to start the day. It can also be taken dry and allowed to dissolve in the mouth.
About a half hour to an hour after the BarleyMax it is time for breakfast, the first meal of the day. Green smoothies require very little digestion because they are blended and are very nutritionally dense, satisfying, and sustaining.
Green smoothies are made in a powerful blender (we make ours in a Vitamix blender) that breaks open the cell structure to release much more nutrients than chewing. To make ours we start with 8 ounces of distilled water. Then add half a frozen banana, a couple chunks of frozen pineapple and a quarter cup frozen blueberries.
Then we add a teaspoon of Pharmax Fish Oil (for Omega 3’s, DHA and EPA), along with a handful of fresh spinach, kale or collards, and blend.
The chlorophyll found in the greens is so very important in building strong blood and the greens are loaded with nutrients, especially minerals like calcium that are so needed by the body.
Rather than coffee and donuts, the Hallelujah Diet recommends an 8 oz glass of vegetable juice. This juice offers the body an incredibly nutritious drink that provides the body with not only nutrition, but also lasting energy. This is not a store-bought juice but freshly made in a juicer or brought from home in a cooler.
Traditional mid-morning coffee and donuts give the body quick stimulation, but soon has the opposite effect, producing lack of energy and hunger. Consuming these items, create a yo-yo effect within the body of highs and then lows.
In order to try and maintain the highs, many people continue consuming coffee and often other sugar products throughout the morning. Then in the afternoon, they consume sugar-laden sodas, usually containing caffeine, and often candy, in an effort to maintain their highs through the afternoon hours.
Juices don’t give that yo-yo effect.
Lunch on the Hallelujah Diet
A serving of BarleyMax precedes lunch. Then, either a big, raw vegetable salad or all the raw fruit you wish! Many people prefer a 300-calorie Hallelujah Acres Survival Bar for lunch. Survival bars are comprised of all raw, concentrated nutrients; the Original Survival Bar also contains BarleyMax, CarrotJuiceMax, and BeetMax.
Most people are on the go at lunchtime, and so on the Hallelujah Diet, lunch is a very simple meal to prepare and eat. (When I am on the road, BarleyMax and a Hallelujah Acres Survival Bar are often my lunch.)
Instead of a candy bar and/or soda, on the Hallelujah Diet another 8 oz glass of vegetable juice can be consumed, or half a Hallelujah Acres Survival Bar, or a piece of fruit. This provides the body with not only good nutrition, but also sustained energy.
The traditional soda and/or candy bar, while giving almost instant energy, soon become an energy drain, producing the exact opposite of what the person is looking for.
Dinner on The Hallelujah Diet
For most families, suppertime is the only meal of the day the entire family can sit down together and without pressures enjoy a leisurely meal together. Thus it is the biggest meal of the day on the Hallelujah Diet.
Some teach that supper should be the smallest meal of the day, because we shouldn’t go to bed with undigested food in the stomach. But dinner on the Hallelujah Diet consists of foods that quickly digest, and are long digested before bedtime.
Supper begins with BarleyMax, followed by a large vegetable salad (Rhonda and I blend our vegetable salads for more accessible nutrients), which is followed by the only cooked food of the day – a baked sweet potato, baked squash, steamed vegetables, brown rice, whole grain pasta, beans or warm soups in the winter time.
This cooked portion provides for a huge variety of recipes to be used, and it is amazing how delicious these cooked vegan dishes can be, certainly as tasty as any Standard American Diet (SAD) meal I ever ate.
This cooked food following the large salad is extremely important, as it provides concentrated carbohydrates and calories, which in turn provide the body with energy, and in turn assures sufficient protein intake. It also keeps thin people from getting too thin.
The approximate ratio of foods consumed on the Hallelujah Diet is 85% raw to 15% cooked.
No measuring is necessary to determine the 15%. Simple eat a large salad at the evening meal (which is surprisingly filling), then consume all the cooked food you want… which won’t be very much! That becomes the 15%.
We have found that children up through their teen years require a different percentage of cooked food then the adults 85/15 raw to cooked ratio. For children, we recommend a diet that is about the same in percentage of raw and cooked foods, a ratio of 50/50 raw and cooked.
An excellent book, containing healthy recipes for children, is Health Minister Julie Wandling’s book “Hallelujah Kids.”
Another excellent book on raising children on the Hallelujah Diet is “Pregnancy, Children & the Hallelujah Diet” written by Olin Idol, N.D., C.N.C., Vice President of Health at Hallelujah Acres.
If a family is able to come together for a relaxing meal at noontime, dinner and lunch could be switched.
How You Can Improve Your Physical Health
The easiest and fastest way to improve your health and lower your health care costs is to stop doing those things that are creating your physical problems and thus increasing your health care costs.
Most physical and even psychological problems are caused by consuming toxic non-foods that are contrary what our body was designed to handle.
A simple change in diet and lifestyle to predominantly LIVING foods and daily exercise is that simple change I made almost 40 years ago. This diet has made such a profound difference in my health and my health care costs, and can no doubt make the difference in yours as well.
It’s no fun being sick!
If you are not already on God’s predominantly LIVING foods, plant based, Genesis 1:29 Diet, may I encourage you to give it a try! Hallelujah Acres is a Christian Ministry that teaches health from a Biblical perspective!
Hallelujah Acres is trying to help the Christian community (as well as anyone else who will listen) realize that God’s ORIGINAL PLANT BASED, LIVING FOODS diet, as given by God in the Bible, in Genesis 1:29, was God’s perfect plan for the proper nourishment of His human creation.
“AND GOD SAID, Behold, I have given you every herb (vegetable) 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 food.”
~ Genesis 1:29
Multitudes have made this diet change that we teach here at Hallelujah Acres, and experienced normalization of weight, as well as the elimination of almost all their physical and psychological problems and they don’t get sick anymore.
Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creek doesn’t rise too high, we will return with another exciting issue of the Hallelujah Health Tip. Trust you will join us and that you will share these Health Tips with friends and loved ones.