A new year. New resolutions. New ideas and goals. Everything is new. What about the way we treat the beautiful, living, miraculous self-healing bodies that God created for us? Are you looking for a NEW YOU?
Two years ago I made the decision to begin nourishing my body the way that God originally intended. In Genesis 1:29, God’s Word says, “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat [food].” Can you just imagine how beautiful life was? I can only imagine the perfection of creation in the beginning. The air was pure, water was pure, the ground was pure, and the fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds were all pure. Even the human body was pure. Adam and Eve were not obese, nor did they suffer with any illness or debilitating disease. Their skin was flawless. They were perfect. From the time of creation until the time of the flood, there are no recorded illnesses or diseases in the Bible. Man lived to a ripe old age of over 900 years.
Let’s imagine a day in the Garden…..wake up early in the morning to a beautiful, warm, sunny day. Don’t have to decide what to wear because you are naked, yet very comfortable. The birds are singing, butterflies are flitting about, animals are roaming around. Take a little stroll through the Garden in the sunlight and pluck a red, ripe, juicy apple from the tree. Mmm..mmm..mmm. What a delicious, sweet taste. Drink water from the spring of pure, fresh, thirst-quenching water. Oh, look, there are some blueberries and blackberries over there. Oh, my, they are so sweet!
Later in the day, stroll through the garden and pluck up a beautiful bright orange, sweet carrot, a young tender zucchini, some leaf lettuce and spinach, and look at those tomatoes! How about a cucumber, green onions, a beet? It is like a salad on the go as you bite into each delicious fresh vegetable.
Ahhhh….time to lay in the sun and take a little nap. You stroll through the beautiful Garden again, and see oranges, bananas, and mangos. Just a little snack along the way. How about a handful of those peas, and maybe some green beans.
It just seems like you can graze all day in this beautiful Garden. There is no breakfast, lunch, and dinner hour. When you feel hungry, you eat. When you feel thirsty, you drink pure water. When you are tired, you take a nap. What a life!
Okay, back to reality. I don’t want to live to be 900 years old. The world we live in is no longer that perfect Garden of Eden. We are surrounded by toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and all the man-made chemicals and processed foods. So, we do the best we can with what we have. We need pure, living foods to nourish our living bodies. Therefore, I have chosen to eliminate all meat and dairy products, sugar, processed foods, and caffeine from my diet. I am following the lifestyle of the Hallelujah Diet, eating a mostly raw, plant-based diet. This comprises of 85% raw foods and 15% cooked foods, juicing vegetables, and drinking smoothies. Organic is best when possible. The cooked foods are added for two reasons: 1) Typically if one eats 100% raw foods, they may lose too much weight, so eating a small amount of cooked foods helps to maintain a proper weight, and 2) It is easier and encouraging to most people if they can have some warm comfort foods (healthy choices of course).
In addition to changing my eating habits, I also began exercising in the form of walking, either outdoors or on my treadmill, four days per week. When I walk outdoors, I use the Exerstriders, which are like cross-country ski poles. They exercise your whole upper body while you are walking and are actually fun to use. This year I am adding resistance exercises to my routine with the Fit 1o, which is a portable resistance exerciser that you hang over the top of a door and only takes 10 minutes for a complete workout. This device comes with a training DVD and is packed in a nice carry along pouch. It is small enough to take with you when you travel and you can use it anywhere, even a motel room.
After following this lifestyle for two years, I honestly feel better than I did when I was much younger. During this time, I have not had so much as a common cold, headaches, arthritis pain, or any other ailments. This is a forever lifestyle for me. What about you? Are you willing to give it a try for 30 days? Start by detoxing your body with Fiber Cleanse, which cleans out the toxins that have built up in your digestive system over time. Along with this, replace the meat, dairy, and processed foods with healthy alternatives. Drink BarleyMax three times a day (first thing in the morning, just before lunch, and just before dinner). Drink fresh vegetable juice (consisting of 2/3 carrot juice and 1/3 greens and other veggies) twice a day (mid morning and mid afternoon). If you are unable to make fresh vegetable juice, drink a glass of TrioMax (carrots, beets, and barley). Then eat mostly raw plant-based foods for lunch and dinner. It is best to only eat cooked foods once a day. I save my 15% cooked foods for dinner time, but you can have yours whenever it works best for you.
My usual routine is this: I drink my BarleyMax first thing in the morning. With my BarleyMax, I take vitamin D3, Probiotic (promotes healthy bacteria in the colon), B12 and 1 tsp. of Pharmax Pure Fish Oil. Then I do my walking for at least an hour. After walking, I make a delicious post workout green smoothie in my Vitamix blender (8 oz. coconut water, because it is full of electrolytes to hydrate you, 1 frozen banana, fresh or frozen strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries, 1 T to 1/4 cup B Flax D or ground flax seeds, 1 T Nutritional Essentials (loaded with lots of nutrients, vitamins, amino acids and more), and then I fill the blender with greens (spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, or any other greens). Sometimes I will add 1 T BarleyMax Mint, or BarleyMax Berry, which adds a bit of a different flavor in addition to the extra nutritional boost. This smoothie is my breakfast. Drink lots of pure water all day. Distilled water with the addition of Hydroboost (adds minerals our bodies can digest, as well as creating an alkaline PH level in the water). Cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment.
Mid-morning I have an 8 oz. glass of fresh vegetable juice. Before lunch I drink my second glass of BarleyMax. Lunch consists of a raw meal, usually some type of salad. If I feel I want something more substantial, I will take an Ezekiel 4:9 tortilla, spread it with 1/2 mashed avocado, and pile salad on it. Then I fold it in half and eat it like a giant taco. That is so yummy. Since I have made a portable salad bar that I just pull out of the refrigerator at lunch and dinner, it makes eating salads a delight. I can have a different salad every time, depending on the toppings I select. Rhonda Malkmus has a great recipe book entirely devoted to healthy salad dressings called Salad Dressings for Life…From God’s Garden. My husband’s favorite dressing is the honey-mustard. It is so easy to make. Just combine 1/3 cup raw unheated honey, 1/4 c. organic Dijon mustard, and 2 T. Udo’s Oil or Flax Oil. Avocado is a healthy fat and sometimes I will just mash 1/2 avocado and put it on my salad without additional dressing.
Mid-afternoon is when I have another 8 oz. glass of fresh vegetable juice. Then I have my third class of BarleyMax just before dinner, usually while I am preparing dinner. At dinner time I take another Probiotic and two Digestive Enzymes (to help my body digest cooked foods easier). For dinner I always place the salad box on the breakfast bar. In addition, I make a variety of cooked foods using many of the recipes from one of the various recipe books carried by Hallelujah Acres. Sometimes we may just have a baked potato or sweet potato, or roasted veggies. Some of the recipes I make are stuffed acorn squash, fettucine alfredo, lasagne or stuffed pasta shells, pecan nut loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffed zucchini boats, various soups including tortilla soup or corn chowder, and many others. I am always trying new recipes. These are all so delicious that even my husband loves them, and he recently decided to follow the Hallelujah Diet due to his diagnosis od diabetes. He was able to completely recover from the diabetes within 1 1/2 months, and his doctor said he had not seen anyone’s numbers go down so quicly! There are no meat, dairy, or processed foods in any of these meals.
If I feel hungry for an evening snack, I might eat an apple, make another glass of vegetable juice or one of the BarleyMax juices, or once in a while I will make organic popcorn in the air popper, drizzle melted coconut oil on it, and sprinkle it with nutritional yeast flakes, which have a bit of a cheesy flavor.
I hope you can see that it is not difficult, nor do you deprive yourself when eating a mostly raw plant-based diet. The benefits are absolutely amazing! Are you ready to start? Contact me and I will be happy to help you on your way to a NEW YOU!