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Meet the Maker's Diet

A new diet program takes its roots from the Bible and focuses on organic food.
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Next time you are craving a snack or unsure what to prepare for dinner, ask yourself, what would Jesus eat?

Still unsure? 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 barley.

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 plan.

"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 says.

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