The Hallelujah Diet, which is also known as the Creator's
diet, was initiated by George Malkmus, a former chemist who
later became a Baptist preacher. After having survived colon
cancer Malkmus became convinced that he owed his life to
spiritual food. The diet is directed at adults in good
health. Unlike many others, there is no stated time limit
for this diet. Its objectives are definitely two fold: not
only weight loss but also coming closer to God by eating
The Hallelujah Diet includes an optional transition phase
for those people who feel that their bodies need time to
adapt to the new regime and effectively detoxify their
systems. This diet excludes all foods of animal origin with
only one single exception, honey. The only foods allowed are
fruits, legumes, and some nuts and grains. Furthermore, a
full 85% of your food intake must be raw, which, in the eyes
of this diet, is food as it was created by God. Cooked foods
may include coffee (is that a food?), infusions, organic
juices, soups, cereals, beans, and fruit.
While this diet has the advantage of including lots of
fruits and vegetables it lacks many basic nutrients.
Furthermore, it does not take exercise into account. The
Hallelujah Diet does not provide balanced and varied food.
It tends to be effective in the short term, but not in the
Here are two sample menus: Menu 1 Breakfast: Oatmeal, soy
milk, one apple and a cup of tea. Lunch: Green salad, tomato
salad, grated carrots, and a glass of almond milk. The
mid-afternoon snack is a strawberry and banana smoothie.
Supper: Vegetable soup, vegetable couscous, and kiwis for
Menu 2 Breakfast: Muesli, soy milk, one apple and a cup of
tea. Lunch: Salad composed of germinated chick peas,
broccoli, red fruit salad, and a glass of banana milk. The
mid-afternoon snack is strawberry and smoothie and nuts.
Supper: Bell pepper salad, braised endives, unpolished rice,
sauted vegetables, and a muffin.
Some of the information in this article comes from a
fascinating new book, La Bible des Regimes, that was written
by Jenny de Jonquieres and published by Amerik Media. Her
book describes over 80 diets and weight reduction programs.
She presents each diet with 5 menu plans, a detailed
discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots
more. La Bible des Regimes is presently available only in
French. For more information consult the publisher's
About the Author:
Levi Reiss wrote or co-authored ten computer and Internet
books, but to tell the truth, he would rather just drink
fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods.
He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario
French-language community college. Check out his wine
website http://www.theworldwidewine.com with a weekly column
reviewing $10 wines and new sections writing about (theory)
and tasting (practice) organic and kosher wines.