The Hallelujah Diet
What You Can Eat continued...
Foods prohibited on The Hallelujah Diet include: animal products;
dairy; white or brown sugar and sugar syrups; refined flour; seasonings
including salt or pepper; alcohol; caffeine; coffee; tea; cocoa; soft drinks;
sports drinks; artificial fruit drinks or juices with preservatives, salt, and
sweeteners; canned and sweetened fruits; and nonorganic dried fruits. Also off
limits are cold breakfast cereal; white rice; roasted or salted seeds and nuts;
peanuts (because they are said to be difficult to digest); margarine,
shortenings and anything with hydrogenated oils; soups (unless homemade); candy
and gum; cookies, donuts, cakes, pies, or any product made with refined sugars
or artificial sweeteners; canned vegetables; and vegetables fried in oil.
Because the food choices are so limited, people who follow the diet for
extended periods could end up with nutritional deficiencies, experts say.
The American Dietetic Association approves of carefully planned vegetarian
and vegan diets, but notes that vegetarian diets can be lacking
in protein, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12, omega-3
fatty acids, and iodine. Gerbstadt recommends consulting a registered dietitian
to be sure you're following a healthy, balanced plan that meets your
How It Works
You'll lose weight on The Hallelujah Diet because the plan is
extremely low in calories -- potentially too low to sustain energy levels, keep
you feeling satisfied, and provide all the nutrients needed for
Malkmus theorizes that by eating a "living" food diet and
eliminating addictive foods such as sugar, animal products, salt, white flour
products, and caffeine, you will no longer crave those foods and your body will
rid itself of 90% of all physical problems.
"Sugar neutralizes our immune system and knocks it out and prevents it
from functioning, so if you eliminate it and give your body a pure, living
diet, it has the building blocks to rebuild cells," he says.
When you eat living foods, you no longer have to deal with hunger pangs or
cravings, according to The Hallelujah Diet web site.
"All animal flesh originated in the living plant it ate, so eating
animal products is a secondhand source to the plant, and it is God's design for
us to eat raw or living foods directly from the source," says Malkmus.
He also says that juicing helps to reduce the bulk and fiber in some
otherwise difficult-to-digest raw plant foods such as sweet potatoes.
Dieters are given the option to adopt the diet gradually or "cold
turkey" but are warned that an abrupt change in dietary habits may cause symptoms of detoxification.
They're also urged to use the supplements, including a thrice-daily serving of
barley powder, which is said to be the most nutritionally dense food on
Gerbstadt disagrees with many of these ideas.
"There is no one single food that is the most nutritionally dense, there
are lots of supernutritious foods, and when you eat a wide variety of foods,
you are assured of getting all of the phytochemicals and fiber for good health
that are not found in a supplement," she says.
Variety and moderation are the hallmark of a healthy, balanced diet, which
can easily meet all your nutritional needs without supplements, says