PERFECTION NOT REQUIRED
So, this is a different kind of blog for me. Something happened that set my mind on fire to change things up a bit. What is perfect health? How can I achieve perfect health? Shouldn’t I be perfectly healthy because I am following the Hallelujah Diet, a mostly raw plant-based diet? After all, George Malkmus, founder of the Hallelujah Diet has been following this lifestyle for almost 40 years and can brag about how colon cancer with a baseball size tumor completely disappeared within a year after beginning to follow this plan. He also has not even had a common cold in all that time, and he is fit as a fiddle. I’ve watched this man leap on stage and get around like a teenager with energy to spare as he presented a 3 hour seminar. I want to be just like George!!!
I praise God that I am quite healthy. I am 60 years old and truly have felt better than I did in my 30’s after only 2 ½ years of following the plan. I am excited that within only a few weeks of following the plan I no longer had arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, plantar fasciitis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatigue, and more.
However, something that happened today made me think more closely about this. I was experiencing a headache. This was quite shocking to me since I haven’t had one since starting the program. My first thought was, “I can’t have a headache, I’m on the Hallelujah Diet.” Then I felt God tugging at my heart. He was reminding me that I am trying to present something to people that is unbelievable to them. I have had people make remarks such as, “sure, it’s easy for you, but there is no way I can do that.” “I can’t afford to eat organic.” “I could follow the plan, but I have a spouse, and/or children and it would be too hard to make different foods for them.” I just kept encouraging them that they could do it, no matter what the circumstances, if they just really wanted to. Well, no one can have more of a desire to follow the plan 100% and have perfect health than I do. The plan does work just as expected when followed correctly, but we are all humans, and we aren’t perfect.
Recent life circumstances made a huge change for me…….three months ago I had major surgery. I had not been ill, but had a very serious issue that was totally not diet related. I had previously had organ prolapse surgery about 3 ½ years earlier, and had been having major issues since, which was completely related to the mesh that was used for the surgery. Upon having the recent mesh removal surgery, I was told by the surgeon that I was the most severe case he had seen. The mesh had torn open and entered my bladder. Another posterior mesh had dried, curled and was entangled in tissues. Therefore, I had to have a lot of bladder and tissue repair. I am still in recovery 3 months later, and have been told it will probably be a year before I feel totally back to myself. During this recovery, although I still consume the healthy alternatives and avoid toxins, I have missed times of juicing, BarleyMax, have been eating more cooked foods than raw, etc. I haven’t felt very energetic, and I am not yet able to exercise. I have gained a few pounds, and am not feeling up to par. I have been told that I am doing better than most under the circumstances, and I thank God that this is due to being in such good overall health.
I was beginning to get back into the swing of preparing foods and making meals again when another life change came into being. My 6 year old granddaughter is visiting with us for the summer, and I am working on getting her into a healthier lifestyle. Plus my husband, who previously was diagnosed with diabetes 2 and conquered it following the Hallelujah Diet, seems to be wavering on the edge of the diabetes again. I’m sure much of this is due to the fact that while I have been recovering from the surgery, I was unable to keep up with preparing the proper diet. Therefore, I am trying to satisfy the needs of both. Although I really enjoy the raw foods, I tend to make more cooked foods to satisfy them. I am making plant-based dishes made with healthy ingredients, but cooking kills most nutrients and all enzymes. I have kind of fallen off the plan of eating 85% raw and 15% cooked foods. Again, I miss juicing on occasion and there are many times I only have one BarleyMax a day rather than three. I have been very busy with my granddaughter and keeping up with her, which I really love! But, I am totally exhausted at the end of the day. We are having a wonderful time and she is enjoying most of the healthy dishes I am preparing. I can say that I now feel more empathy for those who have cause for feeling they are unable to follow the program for any reason, and want to assure you that you CAN improve your health.
All of this is leading up to the fact that I’m not perfect, nor am I following the Hallelujah Diet 100% like I would prefer! I know that to many this is a huge surprise. Before surgery, I followed the plan as best I could, but cannot say I was at a place of following it 100%. I do what I can, and I know I am better off for it, and I strive to do better. My goal is to get to a place of following the plan completely, but it is a process. George Malkmus lives with his wife, Rhonda, and both have been 100% into the plan of the Hallelujah Diet for many years, and it shows in their lives. But they do this with 100% support of each other. For those with family members who are not ready, it can be more difficult to follow.
My plea to you is that you do whatever you can to improve your health. There is so much you can do, and everyone is different. Very few people start off following the program 100%, but you CAN start somewhere. I would love to help you get started and work with you to do what you can as it fits into your life. You CAN lose weight, you CAN feel better, and you CAN live a vibrantly healthy life! You are not in this alone. I am here to help!
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