Hallelujah Diet

According to McCoy (2009) the Hallelujah Diet is a biblical plant-based diet that can nourish your body so you can reclaim your natural self-healing power. The diet has also been reviewed by dietitians and physicians who endorse the healing properties of this diet. It requires you to give up processed food and eat more fruits and vegetables. During this pandemic it is necessary for you to be at your ideal weight, and in optimum health, but you should want that for yourself regardless.

Below are the elements of the diet for your review, taken from the website https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/hallelujah-diet.aspx.

This maybe something you would like to try after the holidays. The Hallelujah Diet suggests that 85 percent of your diet should consist of “living” foods, which include:

  • Fresh vegetable juices
  • Dairy alternatives like almond milk and banana milk
  • Organic fresh or dried fruit, though this is limited to 15 percent of daily intake
  • Uncooked whole grains, such as soaked oats and ground flax seed
  • Raw beans and peas
  • Raw nuts and seeds, eaten sparingly because of their high calorie count
  • Oils, including extra-virgin olive oil and flax oil
  • Fresh herbs and seasonings
  • Raw vegetables

The other 15 percent of your diet can consist of certain cooked foods, such as:

  • Stewed fruit
  • Whole-grain breads, cereals, and pastas
  • Cooked beans
  • Homemade vegan soups
  • Steamed or stir-fried vegetables
  • Herbal teas
  • Non-dairy cheeses and milks

The following foods are strictly avoided on the Hallelujah Diet:

  • Alcohol, coffee, tea, cocoa, and carbonated drinks
  • Animal products, including meat, fish, and dairy
  • Processed foods, including canned fruits or vegetables, refined grains, and hydrogenated oils
  • Roasted or salted nuts or seeds
  • Salt and pepper

It is also suggested once you’ve start a plant-based diet, the following supplements should be taken to fill any nutritional gaps related to a vegan diet: Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3/K2, Iodine, Selenium, DHA (and omega-3 fatty acid).

This is not just a diet but a lifestyle change that takes commitment. A change in diet will change your health, and your life. Ease yourself into the change, gradually. I suggest you get a coach, or an accountability partner who is willing to make the change with you.

Commit to your diet change for a week at a time, so you do not get overwhelmed. As you finish the first week, celebrate that mile stone with a movie or treat yourself to an activity you enjoy, so you can look forward to moving to the next week with confidence. After the first week it does get better.

I have tried the diet and it is effective. I currently utilize many elements of the diet to maintain my personal health and wellness. Remember food is medicine and if you want to change your health status you must be willing to change the way you eat, even if you do not subscribe to this diet. Move to the New Year with belief that you can and will control your health and wellness by consuming more fruits and vegetables and reduce your consumption of process food. You might surprise yourself and your physician on your next visit.

McCoy, K. (2009). The Hallelujah Diet, retrieved from https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/hallelujah-diet.aspx

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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