Lose The Easter Holiday Weight Gain With Hallelujah Diet
Did you gain weight over the long Easter weekend? Maybe 2-3kg has crept over your weight since your last diet challenge. Don’t sweat it. I’ve got you covered with this Hallelujah Diet Plan.
A friend of mine came visiting on Easter Sunday and while I was trying to entertain with Mango, Pear, Yogurt, and Water, she mentioned that she has gained some weight since the last weight loss challenge.
I told her to try egg fast for 3 days to quickly get rid of the 2kg weight gain and then go back to maintenance.
But while ruminating on the profound love of God that he gave us his only begotten son on my bed later that night, I remembered the Hallelujah Diet.
What is hallelujah diet?
Hallelujah diet was started by Rev. George Malkmus after he was diagnosed with Cancer which made him decided to attempt to heal himself naturally by going back to the garden of Eden.
He structured this diet based on Gen 1: 29 which states that “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”
Therefore, the Hallelujah diet is essentially a plant-based diet.
If you’re new to veganism, it is a very restrictive diet that focuses on eating raw fruits and vegetables 85% of the time.
It is effective for short-term weight loss because when done with a calorie deficit in mind, it’s very possible to see quick results.
It replaces processed foods and animal products from your diet.
This helps you lose weight and kickstarts the natural healing process that God intended for the body.
what do you eat on the halleluyah diet?
It is primarily a plant based diet. Therefore, processed or refined foods and animal products is not allowed on this diet.
You will be eating raw plant foods 85% of the time and cooked plant based foods 15% of the time.
The structured Hallelujah Diet is a four-step diet plan:
- Step 1. You will mainly be eating raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
- Step 2. Now that you’re getting the hang of it, you will totally eliminate animal products such as meat, egg, dairy, and all forms of refined/processed carbs, sugar, and salt products.
- Step 3. Hehehe, are you still with me or you’re already rolling your eyes? The third phase requires taking specific hallelujah diet supplements and juicing to aid nutrient absorption.
- Step 4. The fourth step is augmenting with supplements like vitamin B12, vitamin D3, Iodine, Zinc, and other essential nutrients that may be low in the body as a result of eating only plant-based foods.
Foods to eat and avoid on the hallelujah diet
There are 3 categories of food list in the Hallelujah Diet.
Cooked foods and,
Foods to stay away from.
Raw foods allowed on hallelujah diet
- Fruits: Fruits should not be more than 15% of your daily food intake. You can eat fresh fruits and organic dried fruits.
- Vegetables: You can eat all forms of raw vegetables.
- Beans: All types of beans from green beans to lentils.
- Grains: Soaked oats, raw muesli, dehydrated granola.
- Nuts and seeds: Chia seeds, sunflower seeds, raw almond nuts, organic almond butter, walnuts, macadamia nuts, etc. These are plant foods high in protein.
- Fats and Oils: avocados, avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil.
- Dairy: Hallelujah diet does not allow dairy products. You can eat dairy alternatives such as fresh almond milk, and fruit creams like frozen banana and avocado, strawberry, or blueberry cream.
- Beverages: Like all other diets, water is your best beverage on a weight loss journey. Hallelujah diet allows the diet’s juice powders, freshly extracted vegetable juice such as carrot juice, tomato juice, etc.
- Seasonings: You can eat fresh seasonings like onions, garlic, ginger, parsley as well as dehydrated herbs such as rosemary, basil, black pepper.
- Sweets: To satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, you will have to settle for fruit and vegetable smoothies, raw fruits with dates, date-nut squares, etc.
Cooked foods should only be 15% of your daily intake. To stick to this limit, you’re encouraged to eat raw food first at all meals and then cooked food at one meal.
In simple terms, one cooked meal a day.
- Vegetables: Steamed or baked vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, etc.
- Grains: Whole-grain cereals, oats, brown rice, whole grain pasta, etc.
- Beans: Any type of beans. black, white, kidney, pinto, lentils, etc.
- Beverages: Caffeine-free herbal teas.
- Soups: Soups made from blended or chopped vegetables without dairy, meat, or refined table salt.
- Sweets: Agave, raw honey, stevia, maple syrup, palm sugar can be used sparingly.
Foods to stay away from on the hallelujah diet
These are the foods you should eliminate from your diet if you want to explore hallelujah diet.
- Vegetables: Any canned vegetables with preservatives, added salt, or vegetables fried in oil.
- Fruit: Sulfured dried fruits, canned fruits, non-organic or sweetened fruit juice.
- Grains: Refined flours, processed breakfast cereals, refined grains such as white rice and white bread.
- Meats: Beef, fish, pork, turkey, chicken, eggs, hamburgers, bacon, hot dogs sausage, etc.
- Nuts and seeds: Canned nuts, roasted or salted seeds, and nuts.
- Oils and fats: Any product containing hydrogenated oils or trans fat, margarine, lard, etc.
- Dairy: All types of dairy products such as milk, cheese, whipped cream, and ice cream, etc.
- Beverages: Carbonated drinks such as soda, alcohol, coffee, caffeinated teas, energy drinks, or any other drink with sugar, artificial sweetener, and preservatives.
- Seasonings: Refined table salt and any seasonings containing it.
- Soups: All canned, packaged, or creamed soups containing salt, meat, or dairy products
- Sweets: Any type of sugar(brown or white), pastries, cookies, chocolate, candy, gum, etc.
Does it work for weight loss?
Now that you know what to eat and what to stay away from on the Hallelujah Diet, does it work for weight loss?
The simple and straight forward answer is YES! when done right.
The eating style on the diet creates calorie deficit that ultimately leads to weight loss.
The diet also eliminates processed, refined, and fried foods that have been linked with weight gain and other chronic diseases such as Diabetes, Hypertension, and Cancer.
Hallelujah Diet eliminates alcohol and processed foods that are usually high in sodium thereby reducing the risk of high blood pressure.
A plant based diet also help to lower cholesterol levels which ultimately reduces the risk of developing heart diseases.
Because the diet can help reduce weight and lower body mass index, it can ultimately help to improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar.
Some people have been able to reduce their diabetes medications on a plant based diet.
the hallelujah diet for cancer
Despite it’s claim, there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that this diet can cure cancer.
While the diet can help improve overall health because you are consuming more fruits and vegetables than you normally would, there’s no proof that it can cure cancer.
The antioxidants consumed from the food list can only help to reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
hallelujah diet dangers
As with other types of restrictive diets, Hallelujah Diet has some drawbacks.
It increases risk of deficiency of vital nutrients
Plant based diet are low in vitamin B12.
Animal based foods and supplements are the common sources of vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 is a vital nutrient that keeps nerve cells healthy and helps with blood cell formation.
Deficiency of vitamin B12 can increase the risk of neurodegenerative disease and anemia.
Furthermore, plant based diet are also often low in calcium.
Calcium is one of the important minerals in the body that helps with heathy teeth and bones.
Hence, a diet low in calcium can predispose to low bone density and increase the risk of fractures.
This is why the 4th step in the Hallelujah diet is all about supplementation.
The Hallelujah is a plant-based diet that focuses on eating raw fruits and vegetables 85% of the time and cooked foods 15% of the time while eliminating animal-based foods and refined or processed food products.
It may aid weight loss and also reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
It is a very restrictive diet therefore it’s not a diet that should be followed long term.