Hallelujah Diet Book by George Malkmus.
The Hallelujah Diet, also known as the Creator’s Diet, was initiated by George Malkmus, a former chemist who became a Baptist preacher. After surviving colon cancer Malkmus was convinced that he owed his life to spiritual food. The diet is directed at adults in good health. Unlike many others, there is no stated time limit for this diet. Its objectives are two fold: weight loss and coming closer to God by eating divine food.
The Hallelujah Diet includes an optional transition phase for people who feel that their bodies need time to adapt to the new regime and effectively detoxify their systems. This diet excludes all foods of animal origin with one single exception, honey. The only foods allowed are fruits, legumes, and some nuts and grains. Furthermore, a full 85% of your food must be raw, which, in the eyes of this diet, is food as it was created by God. Cooked foods may include coffee (is that a food?), infusions, organic juices, soups, cereals, beans, and fruit.
Lots to eat in the Hallelujah Diet
While this diet has the advantage of including lots of fruits and vegetables it lacks many basic nutrients. Furthermore, it does not take exercise into account. The Hallelujah diet does not provide balanced and varied food. It tends to be effective in the short term, but not in the long run.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 Breakfast: Oatmeal, soy milk, one apple and a cup of tea. Lunch: Green salad, tomato salad, grated carrots, and a glass of almond milk. The mid-afternoon snack is a strawberry and banana smoothie. Supper: Vegetable soup, vegetable couscous, and kiwis for dessert.
Menu 2 Menu 2 Breakfast: Muesli, soy milk, one apple and a cup of tea. Lunch: Salad composed of germinated chick peas, broccoli, red fruit salad, and a glass of banana milk. The mid-afternoon snack is strawberry and smoothie and nuts. Supper: Bell pepper salad, braised endives, unpolished rice, sauted vegetables, and a muffin.
Some of the information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Régimes, written by Jenny de Jonquières and published by Amérik Media. Her book describes more than 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots more. This information-packed book is presently available only in French. For more information consult the publisher’s website www.amerik-media.com.