Meet the Maker's Diet
A new diet program takes its roots from the Bible and focuses on organic food.
Next time you are craving a snack or unsure what to prepare for
dinner, ask yourself, what would Jesus eat?
Still unsure?Â A new diet called the Maker's Diet promises
to clear it up for you. This 40-day guide is built on principles first
described in the Bible.
But some nutritionists aren't so sure that anyone can say for
certain exactly what Jesus ate and whether or not it was good for him.
The Maker's Diet: The 40-Day Health Experience That Will
Change Your Life Forever encompasses physical, spiritual, mental, and
emotional health. Written by Jordan S. Rubin, NMD, PhD, founder of Garden of
Life health and wellness company in West Palm Beach, Fla., this new eating plan
is rich in whole, organic foods and eventually includes red meat, carbs, and
some saturated fats.
The catch is that all of these foods be consumed in their
natural state -- unprocessed, unrefined, and untreated with pesticides or
hormones. Carb is not a four-letter word in the Maker's Diet -- even starches
and sugars are allowed as long as they are consumed in their natural, unrefined
form such as brown rice, fermented whole grain sourdough bread, oats, and
The diet is also replete with low carbohydrate, high-fiber
foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, berries, grapes, certain seeds, nuts,
grains, and legumes. Natural fats including those found in fish, cod liver oil,
and the saturated fat found naturally in butters, cheeses, milk, and creams are
also permitted. The Maker's Diet includes weekly partial fast days in each
phase of the diet.
More Than Food
Reducing toxins is a key component of the Maker's Diet, and
that includes avoiding water and toothpaste treated with fluoride, cavities
filled with mercury, and overexposure to electromagnetic fields such as excess
X-rays, cell phones, or microwave use. Rubin also recommends beginning and
ending each day with a prayer for healing or thanks. Hygiene in the form of
hand washing before meals and at other crucial times is also part of the new
"While most people lose an average of 10 to 15 pounds in the first 40 days,
The Maker's Diet goes far beyond a weight loss program, providing people with a
lifelong roadmap for achieving and maintaining total wellness," Rubin
Maker's Diet in Action
The diet is broken down into three, two-week stages. The first
stage is the most restrictive; prohibiting many commercial dairy products,
chlorinated tap water, many fats and oils, and all carbs. As the weeks
progress, more foods are introduced including red meat, carbs, and saturated
Nutritionists Sound Off
"I don't know of any data that suggests that organic is
better than other produce, but it's more expensive," says Ruth Kava, PhD,
RD, director of nutrition at the American Council on Science and Health in New
York. "'Organic' and 'natural' have that 'good-for-you buzz,' but there are
a lot of natural poisons and carcinogens, so that part of this marketing ploy
does not get me too excited." The Maker's Diet strongly encourages
consuming organic fruits and vegetables.