In last week’s Health Tip we covered what is recommended on The Hallelujah Diet from arising until lunch time; in this Health Tip we want to pick up where we left off with the lunch meal.
Lunch On The Hallelujah Diet
Lunch on The Hallelujah Diet possibly one of the more difficult meals because a large percentage of people are away from home – at a job, at school, traveling, shopping, etc. Because of this, we want to make this meal as easy to obtain as possible, while still being nutritious, satisfying, and attempting not to contain anything that would negatively affect our health.
For others, such as homeschoolers, retired folks, those who are housebound, etc., making a healthy lunch is much easier.
Whether at home or away, we want this meal to contain as much raw, plant-source food as possible. However, we can, if necessary, include some cooked food at the lunch meal instead of at the evening meal.
Lunch At Home
Lunch at home begins with a serving (teaspoon) of BarleyMax. It can be consumed dry and allowed to dissolve in the mouth, or it can be mixed with 4 ounces of distilled water. BarleyMax does not dissolve well by stirring, but does mix well in a shaker cup or using a small battery powered blender.
Next comes the salad. You can make a large, vegetable salad, or put it all in a blender to make a blended salad. Lunch can also consist of a fruit salad or just some whole fruit. All of these are easy to prepare and do not require a lot of digestion (avoiding that “after lunch” logy feeling).
You may also want to consider a wrap for lunch. The wrap itself should be made of whole grains and though the wrap is cooked, it is filled with lots of raw veggies. All these raw veggies help speed digestion, again avoiding any logy feeling.
Lunch On The Road
Lunch on the road also begins with a teaspoon serving of BarleyMax for outstanding nourishment and continued energy. Though it is hard to believe, that teaspoon of BarleyMax probably contains more nutrients and quick energy than anything else a person can consume at the lunch meal.
Because lunch is on the road, it can be more challenging than eating lunch at home, but there are still a lot of options. A salad could be prepared at home and brought to work in a cooler or placed in the company refrigerator if one is available. Or a lunch box could contain a number of pieces of fruit.
Depending on circumstances, some compromise may be unavoidable at the lunch meal, but we are going to try and stay as much as possible raw for this meal (important especially when on The Recovery Diet, which we will talk about in next week’s Health Tip).
As far as restaurant eating is concerned, many restaurants now have great vegetable salads on the menu, and many will substitute Romaine lettuce for iceberg lettuce if you ask. Raw fruit is often available, too. Even airports are now offering more raw vegetable and fruit options as vegan diets are catching on.
Though they also offer meat and cheese options, the Subway chain of restaurants have some decent salads available. Most Subway Restaurants now offer spinach, too, which is much more nutritious choice than iceberg lettuce. Try to avoid Subway sandwich bread, as all contain denatured, enriched flour (the wrap contains bleached, enriched flour) and sugar. Read the bread ingredients here and use your discretion.
Restaurants such as Golden Coral and Ryan’s, along with many steak houses offer a much better variety of salad fixings from which you can make a great salad. When having a salad away from home, try to bring your favorite healthy salad dressing from home with you.
If you get in a pinch, a Hallelujah Acres “Original” Survival Bar makes a great meal in itself. It is 90% raw and contains dried fruits, seeds, and nuts, and even contains BarleyMax, BeetMax, and CarrotJuiceMax. They are very tasty and provide the body with wonderful nourishment.
We are going to do the same thing for the mid-afternoon snack as we did for the mid-morning snack.
We want to bypass the candy bar or soft drink in mid-afternoon because they artificially and chemically stimulate the body by sending a sugar rush into the body. This may initially stimulate the body, but always results in an energy-draining sugar crash afterward.
Instead, on The Hallelujah Diet we have an 8-ounce glass of freshly extracted vegetable juice. If you need this snack away from home, juice it before you leave and bring it along in a thermal insulated bag or put it in a refrigerator if you have access to one.
Because the fiber has been removed in the juicing process, digestion is minimal, and like with the vegetable juice we had for the mid-morning snack, the nutrients pass almost intravenously into the blood system to give the body incredible energy, along with giving the cells powerful building material to wind up the work day.
If juice is not an option, a serving of Hallelujah Acres TrioMax could be substituted, or even a half of a Hallelujah Acres Original Survival bar.
Supper On The Hallelujah Diet
We are going to assume that most people will be at home for this meal. If not at home, there are some suggestions under the heading “Lunch on the Road” above for what a person can do at supper time.
For most families, the evening meal is the only meal of the day where the entire family can sit down together, and without distractions and pressures, enjoy a leisurely meal together. This provides the opportunity for a “family time” and should not be consumed with the television on.
Because this meal usually provides a more leisurely opportunity to consume our food we have made it the biggest meal of the day on The Hallelujah Diet. If desired and it is more convenient, the evening meal and the noon meal can be swapped.
Supper begins with a serving of BarleyMax just as we began the day and as we began our noon meal. This gives the body outstanding nourishment and provides continued energy for the remainder of the day.
The BarleyMax is followed by a LARGE vegetable salad. The salad can be consumed in its raw, cut up form or as a blended salad. In our home, Rhonda and I have a blended salad at the evening meal because we have learned that a blended salad provides the body with considerably more nutrients than a cut up salad.
When a person consumes a regular cut up salad, the only nutrients released from the vegetables in that salad are those the teeth have masticated. In other words, if the teeth do not rupture the cells of the veggies, the nutrients are not released and those nutrients just pass right on out of the body.
With a blended salad, especially made with a powerful blender, there is a total mastication of the cells of the veggies, releasing most of the nutrients. According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, a blended salad may release as much as seven times the nutrients as a chewed salad.
To make a blended salad, all the salad fixings are placed in a blender. We begin making our blended salad each evening by first placing several cherry tomatoes or a half a medium tomato along with a couple inches of cucumber in the bottom of the blender. We also place a tablespoon of our favorite healthy salad dressing in the blender.
Next we add whatever veggies we like. When Rhonda and I make a blended salad, we always include half an avocado. This not only provides good fat and wonderful protein, but also makes the salad creamy and adds a nice flavor. Then we add a rib or two of celery, a medium carrot cut up in 1-inch pieces, and a large handful of organic spinach. If desired, you can add broccoli, cauliflower, or other veggies.
The blended salad should be blended only long enough to make sure it is thoroughly pureed, which takes less than a minute. A plunger is usually needed to push the veggies down into the blades and if a plunger is not available, a stalk of celery can be used and the off and on pulse setting used to work the veggies down into the liquid provided by the tomato and cucumber. Blended salads should be consumed slowly.
Following the salad comes the cooked food. The cooked food can be a baked potato, but we much prefer a baked sweet potato, baked squash, steamed vegetables, brown rice or other whole grain, or a whole grain pasta or beans. Whole grain bread is also recommended.
This cooked portion of the evening meal opens the door for a huge variety of recipes to be used. It is amazing how delicious these cooked vegan dishes can be, certainly as tasty and satisfying and sustaining as anything on the Standard American Diet and for sure much more healthy.
Cooked food provides concentrated carbohydrates and calories, which in turn provides the body with energy. Ensuring that the body receives sufficient calories also assures the body is receiving enough protein.
85/15 Raw-To-Cooked Ratio
The Hallelujah Diet strives to provide the body with approximately 85% raw plant sourced foods along with approximately 15% cooked foods. We do not worry about the percentages being exactly 85% and 15%; just remember fill up on raw foods first at all meals, then add cooked food at one meal. This makes the diet extremely easy to follow.
Snacking should be avoided close to bedtime with the possible exception of juicy fruit like a pear or peach or apple, which digest very quickly. We don’t want to go to bed with anything in our stomach requiring a lot of energy to be used for digestion purposes. This disrupts sleep. We need to give our digestive system a good long rest over night.
It is extremely important that we keep our bodies adequately hydrated. In order to assure adequate hydration, we need to consume approximately one ounce of liquid for every pound of body weight. For example, a 150-lb person needs to drink 75 oz of liquid in the form of veggie juices, liquid found in raw fruits and veggies consumed, as well as all water intakes.
Water should always be purified water – distilled water or reverse osmosis water with a teaspoon of WaterMax being the best source of that liquid, but alkalized water is also acceptable. Unfiltered tap water should never be consumed as it almost always contains toxic chlorine and fluoride (which are removed during distillation, reverse osmosis, and through alkalizing water machines).
Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high, we will take a look at what we can consume while traveling, what The Hallelujah Recovery Diet consists of, as well as what supplements are recommended on The Hallelujah Diet. Trust you will join us!