The Hallelujah Diet is an extreme form of weight loss that claims to be a Holy Grail eating strategy. This, according to the creators of the diet, Reverend George Malkmus and his wife, Rhonda. They developed this diet based on biblical influence and inspiration.
What Is the Hallelujah Diet?
The Hallelujah Diet is 85 percent raw and unprocessed plant-based food consumption, that also includes 15 percent cooked plant-based foods. Malkmus and his wife created this eating strategy after having changed his entire diet to include only raw fruits, vegetables and carrot juice. He feels that this change saved his life 35 years ago following a cancer diagnosis.
Note: DietReviewing.com does not endorse, recommend or otherwise condone using this eating strategy following a cancer diagnosis or to treat or prevent any health or medical condition, disease or illness. Speak with your doctor for medical advice regarding your health.
According to Malkmus, the reason that he believes his Hallelujah Diet worked for him was that meat will “get trapped” in the digestive system, holding back elimination and leading to illness and toxicity. Though he does not cite any reputable body of research to support this claim, it is the cornerstone of this eating strategy. As a result, following this diet means eating only plant-based foods, primarily raw, to obtain the necessary nutrition for restoring damaged cells and achieving long-lasting health.
What Is on and off this Eating Strategy
The majority of the foods consumed on the Hallelujah Diet are raw. These include fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, grains, fats, oils, seasonings and dairy alternative products. Permitted beverages include re-mineralized distilled water, and freshly extracted vegetable juices.
The cooked portion of the diet allows baked sweet potatoes, whole grains, whole grain pasta, steamed vegetables, baked or steamed squash, and beans.
No meat, dairy or eggs can be consumed while following the Hallelujah Diet. Alcohol is also not permitted. Soy, processed fruits and vegetables, certain seeds and nuts, refined grains, certain seasonings, oils, soups and sweets must also be avoided.
Unsustainable Healthy Eating for Many Dieters
This diet may claim to be a key to healthy eating, but it represents a radical change in the way most people eat. For most people, changes this large are not sustainable. They will last for several weeks at the most, before individuals start to break away from such tight restrictions and return to older eating patterns and habits.