Archive for October 11th, 2012
If you are searching for a diet to jump start your metabolism and bring back your energy, then the Hallelujah Diet may be the regime for you.
People spend most of their life trying to figure out how to extend their time here on earth. Exercising and diet rule their daily lives, but the average person truly wonders what is the best nutrition to put into the body. The typical American diet consists of processed foods that are laden with tons of fat and sugar, slowing down the body’s metabolism and hindering the cells from fighting off diseases.
Bountiful in raw vegetables and other foods, the Hallelujah Diet is 85% raw food and 15% cooked food, designating the cooked food for evening meals.
Hallelujah Diet’s Percentages
85% Raw Food
- Dehydrated barley grass ————————————————– Calcium
- Fresh fruit (15% of daily intake) —————————————– Energy, Protein, Fiber
- Raw vegetables ———————————————————— Energy, Protein, Fiber
- Salads ———————————————————————– Calcium, Energy, Protein
- Carrot Juice —————————————————————- Energy, Protein, Calcium, Fiber
- Raw seeds and nuts ——————————————————- Fat
- Grains ———————————————————————- Protein, Energy, Calcium, Fat, Sodium, Fiber
- Flax seed oil and Olive oil (dressings) ———————————- Fat
15% Cooked Food
- Sweet potatoes, white potatoes, and squash ———————————– Carbohydrate
- Steamed vegetables ————————————————————— Energy, Protein
- Legumes, such as Lima, Pinto, Kidney, etc. (consume sparingly)———— Energy, Protein, Fiber
- Soy cheese and rice milk (consume sparingly) ——————————— Sodium
- Whole grain products ————————————————————- Protein, Energy, Calcium, Fat, Sodium, Fiber
- Bottled fruit and vegetable juice ————————————————- Energy, Protein, Fiber
(Sold on Hallelujah Diet’s website)
- Digestive Enzymes
- “Cleansing” product
- Barley Max
As seen above, the Hallelujah Diet is a strict regime that dieters can find difficult to follow, especially due to the fact that all animal products, including meat, fish, eggs, dairy, alcohol, and caffeine are strictly prohibited. In the end, though, this diet helps jump start the body’s metabolism to break down and burn food easier. Dieters who choose this program are sure to lose weight because the food allowed is low in calories and limited in choice; but they can eat as much as they want. It’s actually almost impossible to eat enough calories on the Hallelujah Diet to gain weight.
Juicing is another crucial part to the Hallelujah Diet; and according to Malkmus, “”Your digestive system only extracts 35% of nutrients in food, whereas when you juice the food, it is like an intravenous shot of nutrients, and you will absorb 92% of available nutrients.” He recommends juicing the vegetables and plants because it is the best way to get nutrients to absorb properly into the body.
Breakfast, on the other hand, should be skipped; and dieters should instead drink barley grass and fresh vegetable juice. If the dieter is new to the program, then options, such as fresh fruit salad or raw whole grain granola is a good energy boost to the day without slowing down the metabolism.
The Hallelujah Diet Plan Sample
- Breakfast ——– 1 Serving ————– Barley Max
- Snack ————- 1 Serving ————– 1 cup Vegetable Juice, Fruit, or Vegetable
- Lunch ————- 1 Serving ————– Barley Max with Salad or Fruit
- Snack ————- 1 Serving ————– 1 Cup Vegetable Juice with Carrots or Celery Sticks
- Dinner ———— 1 Serving ————– Barley Max with Salad and choice of Whole Grain Pasta, Brown Rice, Potato, Steamed Vegetables, Beans, Squash, or Whole Grain Sandwich
- Snack ————- 1 Serving ————– Fresh Fruit or Apple Juice or Pear Juice
Exercising and the Hallelujah Diet
As with every exercise program it is crucial for the dieter to spend time getting the body into shape. At least 30 minutes should be set aside every day to exercise, stretch, and participate in core strength training. It is also recommended to have a good balance between diet, exercising, spiritual wellness, sun exposure (Vitamin D), sleep, and stress reduction.
There are several advantages following this type of diet regime. First, short term health benefits arise when eating a simple diet due to the fact that the vegetables provide the body with much needed antioxidants and fiber, which reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease. Also, a diet low in fat intake reduces cholesterol levels. Many who start the Hallelujah Diet realize soon after just how much processed food there is out on the market and how much of a negative impact processed food can have on the human body.
As with all diets there are some disadvantages that arise, such as the dissatisfaction of only being able to eat certain foods. It takes a strong dieter to follow this plan and not give into the cravings for chocolate, sugar, and meat. Another disadvantage of the Hallelujah Diet is the fact that long term dieters have experienced nutritional deficiencies, cravings, depression, chronic tiredness, and muscle loss. It is also a proven fact that the body is not always able to effectively break down raw foods, and sometimes cooking the food makes is easier for the body to absorb the necessary minerals and vitamins to fight diseases. Even though the Hallelujah Diet is a fantastic approach to a short term cleansing diet, it does lack a sufficient amount of protein to keep the body functioning properly. Be sure to add either a protein supplement to your daily intake to keep your body functioning to its fullest.
Food for Thought
All diets are made to help the body and cells to function and stop degeneration and ultimately to help individuals to live a longer and more fulfilling life. The Hallelujah Diet focuses on getting back to the basics and allowing the body to break down the food faster and more efficiently for a more energized lifestyle.