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20 Sep

Nothing says fall quite like a bowl of seasonal soup. Here are some of our favorite recipes to try while you’re wrapped up in a blanket on a crisp autumn night near the fireplace. You’ll surely “fall” in love with them:

Raw Cream of Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup
The color, taste and seasonal selection of carrots and sweet potatoes scream fall. Try our soup recipe that blends the two fall produce stars together:

Ingredients:

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1 MSG-free vegetable bouillon cube
  • 3 pinches fresh nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 3 cups hot purified water

Directions:

First, place all ingredients in your blender – preferably a powerful high-speed one to make it hot – and mix until smooth. This should take about 5 minutes. Ladle into a bowl and enjoy!

Raw Harvest Pumpkin Soup
What’s fall without the glorious taste, scent and vibrant color of pumpkin? Try this delicious raw recipe for your next dinner

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups raw pumpkin – peeled and diced
  • 2 1/2 cups distilled water
  • 1 orange – peeled, quartered and seed
  • 1 red bell pepper – peeled, quartered and seeded
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels – thawed
  • 1 teaspoon unfiltered honey
  • 1/2 avocado – pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/4-inch piece of ginger – peeled
  • 1 garlic clove – peeled
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds for garnish
  • 1 sprig thyme

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a powerful blender, processing until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Distribute among four bowls, garnishing with pumpkin seeds and fresh thyme. Enjoy!

Head to the farmer's market and pick up some fresh pumpkin!Head to the farmer's market and pick up some fresh pumpkin!Head to the farmer’s market and pick up some fresh pumpkins!

Bountiful Harvest Soup
A mixture of fall vegetables and seasonings, this soup recipe is sure to be a repeat lunch or dinner this season.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 small sweet potatoes
  • 2 large carrots – peeled
  • 2 medium red peppers – seeded
  • 2 celery stalks – cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 red onion – quartered
  • 1 small garlic clove – peeled
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender and process until smooth and creamy. Evenly distribute among bowls and serve with homemade, organic bread or raw veggie crackers. Enjoy!

Mary’s Raw Apple Soup
A slight turn from the savory recipes, this delicious soup is sweet and seasonal.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 large apples
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups distilled water, or organic apple juice
  • 1 handful organic raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

First, dice the apples and celery. Then, place all ingredients into the blender and mix until smooth, adding more liquid if necessary to perfect the consistency. Distribute evenly among bowls and garnish with raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!

There are plenty more seasonal soups where these came from! Fall in love with food again by searching through our database of delicious recipes.


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18 Sep

In a world where information abounds by the moment and you can find a study to prove nearly anything you want to stand behind, how then, can a person make informed decisions and maintain a healthy lifestyle?  Is all animal protein bad? Even if it is from clean, grass-fed or free-range animals? Does a primarily raw, vegan diet really starve you of nutrients?  While there are many more questions and not all of them have a perfectly scientific answer, we have found that there are recent studies coming out in prestigious journals that are adding to the confusion of what we should do to help us stay healthy longer.

Imagine a new study that is headlined in the mass media stations as well as the scientific journals:  The Earth Really IS Flat!   Everything you thought you knew about a round planet is wrong! But new evidence is cited and all you really need to do is believe it and change your thinking.  How hard would that be for you?

We have discussed before in this blog the value of “critical thinking.”  My friends, with the new wave of “Scientific Studies” coming out, I cannot recommend enough that you critically analyze everything you are reading and don’t take anything too seriously unless you have great respect and confidence in your sources.

The Lancet, a highly-regarded journal, published a rather large study just last month that has caused the Paleo and Keto Diets advocates to jump for joy.  The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study is a large, epidemiological cohort study of 135,000 individuals aged 35–70 years in 18 countries over the course of 7 years.  Dietary intake of the individuals was recorded using validated food frequency questionnaires.

If you believe the mainstream media headlines, you’d think the PURE study is turning conventional thinking about diet and health completely upside down. “A low-fat diet might kill you,” trumpeted one headline. “Huge New Study Shows Carbs, Not Fat, Are the Problem” said another. Still other articles interpreted the study’s results to mean we should eat fewer fruits and vegetables than the dietary guidelines currently recommends.

Dr. David Minkoff, MD took this opportunity to write in his blog “the study confirms what we’ve known for a long time. Carbohydrates and low-fat processed foods are not the answer, but major health organizations have been telling you for decades to eat more carbs and limit your fat.” Sadly, this doctor introduced his blog with the number of vegans he sees that have cancer and he has lumped vegans into this study which is just plain misrepresentative of what a true plant-based diet really is.  He finished off by suggesting if you eat less grains, beans and potatoes but keep good meats and good fats in your diet, you will be much healthier in the long run.

But as you read their conclusions, you will likely see that as an epidemiological study, it is only based on observation.  These are not the strongest studies to begin with, considering all the other randomized, controlled trials that have proven the value and numerous benefits of a whole-foods plant based diet.

Just three years ago the Kaiser-Permanente Journal published this article to their 15,000 physicians who care for over 9 million people:

“The objective of this article is to present to physicians an update on plant-based diets. Concerns about the rising cost of health care are being voiced nationwide, even as unhealthy lifestyles are contributing to the spread of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. For these reasons, physicians looking for cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes are becoming more involved in helping their patients adopt healthier lifestyles.”

“Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods. We present a case study as an example of the potential health benefits of such a diet. Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.”

“Too often, physicians ignore the potential benefits of good nutrition and quickly prescribe medications instead of giving patients a chance to correct their disease through healthy eating and active living. If we are to slow down the obesity epidemic and reduce the complications of chronic disease, we must consider changing our culture’s mind-set from “live to eat” to “eat to live.” The future of health care will involve an evolution toward a paradigm where the prevention and treatment of disease is centered, not on a pill or surgical procedure, but on another serving of fruits and vegetables.”

The Kaiser Permanente Journal Spring 2013. Read their entire article here:

http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/issues/2013/spring/5117-nutrition.html

Veganism is growing rapidly around and the world, and now we know that six percent of Americans identify as vegan – up from only one percent in 2014 according to a report, titled Top Trends in Prepared Foods in 2017 which was prepared by research company GlobalData and shows the explosion in veganism over the last 3 years. It cites a growing awareness of the impact of meat consumption among consumers who are increasingly looking for more ethically produced and environmentally sustainable foods.

The report recognized that while consumers’ diets are diverse, with many people claiming not to follow a specific diet, there is a gradual shift away from meat, largely in response to health trends.

Interestingly the report also showed 44% of consumers in Germany now follow a low-meat diet, which is a significant increase from 2014 (26%).

Meat consumption is held responsible for negative environmental effects as well as a wide range of health issues.  Consumer awareness of the detrimental health effects of poor quality animal products is continuing to increase.

The latest research in nutrition continues to show the negative health impact of poor quality meat consumption. Last month the largest study conducted so far revealed that people who ate the most red meat were 26 percent more likely to die of nine major diseases than those who consume the least. Major health organizations like The American College of Cardiology are taking notice and are now recommending a plant-based diet citing up-to-date research showing plant-protein is significantly more heart-healthy than animal protein.

Vegan athletes continue to gain exposure for veganism and are helping to shift the vegan stereotype, such as the 252lb international rugby star who recently announced he’d been meat-free for two and a half years and was as strong as he’d ever been, and the group of vegan athletes who competed at the Naturally Fit Games and won 32 medals across a range of sports – including bodybuilding, CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting, kettlebell and powerlifting.

It’s no wonder vegan athletes are doing so well – research continues to show that plant-based protein is the better choice for building muscle – as it comes without the harmful elements found in animal products that lead to disease and inflammation, and instead comes packed with antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber that are protective against disease and promote recovery.

As veganism goes mainstream it continues to get easier and more convenient with an increasing number of restaurants and products catering to the rapidly expanding vegan demographic. This year we’ve seen cafes go vegan after watching a YouTube video, ice-cream parlors ditching dairy, as well as popular pizzerias removing animal products from their menus.

The world’s first vegan drive-thru opened this month and a large vegetarian company announced they would soon veganize all their products.

Even New York’s largest dairy company completely ditched dairy after declining sales and is now solely producing plant-based milks instead.

But a word of caution here—meatless so-called foods may be more available, but if they didn’t come from a plant or a tree, they are still considered processed and are not quality life-giving foods.  We have made living nut ice creams and living pizzas, but if they aren’t on the menu in these increasingly available restaurants, please, don’t eat them!

Earlier this year in Europe a group of Danish politicians went vegan to bring awareness of the environmental benefits of a plant-based diet, and 24 EU members of parliament signed a letter urging Europe to shift to plant-based diet, citing the health and sustainability benefits.

All over the world people are waking up to the reality that poor quality meat consumption, our health and the environment are all intrinsically linked.

For the past few decades, meat consumption in the U.S. has seen a steady decline. According to recent studies, 30 percent of Americans are leaving meat off their plates.

Pea protein, a high source of clean, plant-based protein, is emerging as a new contender in the global protein market. The Hallelujah Diet, once again, was a frontrunner in obtaining quality pea protein.

While it appears that people are calling themselves vegan, what is still the most important lesson here is that you maintain a whole food, mostly raw diet that includes a little fish oil and ensure that you don’t ascribe to any of those poor-quality vegan diets that tend to make people sick and give great fodder to those meat eaters who believe that a vegan diet is comprised of potatoes, beans and starchy foods.  You know better than that.  Sadly, as in most cases, people will only see the weakest link and generalize that the entire chain is broken.

Click here to read The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study.

Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center director David Katz, MD, wrote this thoughtful response to mainstream reporting on the PURE study. Get his honest assessment of the data, and what it means for you, when you click here.

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17 Sep

With fall’s arrival fast approaching, you’re bound to be in the kitchen whipping up some seasonal splendor any day now. But just because autumn inspires tasty treats, that doesn’t mean you have to neglect your healthy eating habits to make them! Here are a few of our favorite plant-based recipes for fall:

1. Raw Carrot Cake
There’s something extra special about cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in the middle of autumn. Savor those delicious flavors in this recipe.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup soaked walnuts
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of sea salt

For the frosting:

  • 2 1/2 cups soaked cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons lecithin

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a food processor, blending until well combined. Transfer mixture to a cake pan, packing into the mold, and then set in the refrigerator for a few hours.

In the meantime, make the frosting. Place all ingredients in the food processor, blending until completely smooth. Once cake is set, pour frosting over and distribute evenly. Enjoy!

Use cinnamon to create this festive fall treat.

2. Raw Apple Dessert
A simple yet scrumptious treat, this recipe, found in Rhonda’s book “Holiday Recipes by Rhonda,” is satisfying and so easy to put together.

Ingredients:

  • 5 Golden Delicious apples – peeled and diced
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple – peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup dates – pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup pecans – coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Simply place all ingredients in a bowl, tossing to combine.

3. Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter
What’s fall without a pumpkin treat? This dip recipe is delicious and satisfies hunger instantly.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 cup unrefined hemp oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine Himalayan Pink sea salt

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a heavy duty processor, blending on highest setting. Stop machine occasionally to scrape down ingredients from the sides, and continue blending until mixture is perfectly smooth. Enjoy this dip with your favorite seasonal vegetables, fruits, or on organic whole wheat crackers.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Another tasty pumpkin treat, this recipe makes the perfect breakfast or snack on a fall day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup organic unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 banana
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch unrefined sea salt

Directions:

Place all ingredients in your blender, mixing until it reaches the perfect creamy consistency. Enjoy!

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16 Sep

 

The Standard American Diet, also referred to as SAD – talk about fitting – is unfortunately made up of the most common eating habits in the country. Instead of opting for the healthy, organic choices provided by God himself, those following SAD depend on unnatural, unhealthy processed options made with harmful ingredients that deteriorate overall health and well-being. These same individuals are not only relying on fast food for fuel, but they’re also eating substantial portion sizes that increase their risk for developing chronic conditions, wrecking their immune systems and gaining unnecessary weight.

The Truth About SAD
The Standard American Diet is comprised of a variety of elements that make it so dangerous. What’s worse, is most people following these eating habits are hurting their bodies three or more times a day, per each meal they consume. Here’s what makes the SAD so harmful:

  • It’s high in animal fats.
  • It’s high in saturated, hydrogenated and trans fats.
  • It’s high in processed ingredients.
  • It’s low in fiber.
  • It’s low in complex carbohydrates.
  • It’s low in natural, plant-based choices.

With these elements, Americans can’t expected to get any of the vitamins, minerals and necessary nutrients they need to live long, healthy lives.

The Standard American Diet leads to obesity.The Standard American Diet leads to obesity.The Standard American Diet leads to obesity.

Conditions Acquired From Following SAD
Think about America’s current health care system. So much money is spent on cancer research, treating patients and giving them prescribed medications to get better, while these sick individuals are continuing to ruin their bodies with SAD foods. If more people fueled their bodies with the natural, organic sustenance that derives from plant-based eating habits, they’d be less likely to develop:

  • Obesity.
  • Hypoglycemia.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Negative oral conditions.
  • Heart disease and stroke.
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Depression.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Acne.
  • Fatigue.
  • Poor eyesight.
  • Severe allergies and sinus issues.
  • Digestive problems.
  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Certain cancers.

Sadly, the list goes on, but that should be enough proof for you to understand just how harmful America’s standard eating habits are.

Foods to Avoid
To experience maximum health and wellness, we recommend following a plant-based diet that’s rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients from the natural sustenance provided by God. Eliminating the following foods from your eating habits will reduce your risk for developing the previously mentioned conditions and diseases and improve your overall health and longevity:

1. Animal sources – Dairy products and meats have no dietary fiber. They’re also acidic and contain antibiotics, which can cause hormone imbalances. Animal fat found in meat and pasteurized milk increases blood pressure, which could increase heart attack and stroke risk.

“Sugars are known to completely compromise the immune system. “

2. Refined sugars – Sugars are known to completely compromise the immune system. They offer no nutritional benefit whatsoever as they have no enzymes, vitamins, minerals or fiber. They are extremely acidic, deplete your body’s resources and cause weight gain when consumed.

3. Refined grains – Refined grains lack the mineral-rich bran and vitamin-rich germ, reducing their nutritional content and making it easy to  over consume them, causing weight gain and constipation.

Trusting in God and Following the Hallelujah Diet
At the end of the day, health is a matter of choice. Your body is going to grow and thrive successfully based on how you treat it. You’re given many choices in life, and by taking the best route you will instill your true destiny.

Deuteronomy 30:19 – “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”

God has given all of us the opportunity to choose our own fate in life. When you take control of the way you eat, refusing to follow today’s common dietary habits and instead trust in Him and all He’s provided, you’re fueling your body to live your healthiest, fulfilling life. Not only will you notice your body looking and feeling better, but any physical problems you may live with will subside.

If you’re not already following the Hallelujah Diet, now’s a great time to give it a try. Dozens upon dozens of Americans have made the change in their life and noticed a significant difference, then shared their stories of restored life with us. Look through our database of testimonies for motivation and inspiration to take back control and live your life to the fullest.


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13 Sep

Drastic changes in physical appearance, commonly followed by negative mental impact and lost confidence, is often associated with being overweight. Unfortunately, that's not all that comes with neglecting to maintain a healthy weight for your body type – your risk for many diseases, conditions and other serious health problems heightens when you're obese. This can negatively affect your everyday life, and can ultimately reduce overall wellness and longevity.

With more than one-third of the entire country reportedly being obese – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – it's critical that more people understand just how harmful carrying around excess body weight can be, and why it's never too late to take back control of their well-being and follow healthier habits that lead them to live long, fulfilling lives, just as God intended for them.

Devastating Consequences of Obesity
The following conditions and diseases may impact your life if you are, or become, obese.

High blood pressure – Obesity may cause your body to resist insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar.

High LDL cholesterol – Eating foods with excess saturated fats (meat and dairy products) raises bad cholesterol levels.

Type 2 diabetes – Because obesity can make the body resistant to insulin, you may develop Type 2 diabetes.

Coronary heart disease – High blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as diabetes, are all risk factors for coronary heart disease.

Stroke – Narrowed or clogged arteries caused by eating excess fats from meat and dairy products lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, which can lead to stroke.

Obesity can lead to harmful chronic conditions.

Gallbladder disease – According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, obesity increases cholesterol in bile, which causes stones to form in the gallbladder.

Sleep apnea – Excess weight can cause a blockage in the airway between the throat, thus leading to sleep apnea.

Certain cancers – Breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, liver and endometrial cancers can occur as a result of obesity.

Osteoarthritis – Excess body weight puts more pressure on your joints than your body can handle, often leading to osteoarthritis.

Depression – The physical appearance that comes with being obese may cause you to feel low self-esteem or confidence, which can lead to increased feelings of depression and anxiety.

Body pain – When your body is forced to lift excess weight on a daily basis, you may be more likely to feel muscle aches, sprains, cramps and other random pain.

Poor life quality – Low self-esteem accompanied by your risk for developing multiple chronic conditions over time may leave you feeling less satisfied by life.

Death – All diseases, cancers and conditions linked to obesity can cause early mortality. The CDC reports that obesity-related conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, are some of the main causes of preventable death.

Take Action Now
Regardless of whether your current state of wellness is intact, or you're overweight and on the verge of obesity, it's important to take charge of your body and practice healthy eating habits to maintain overall physical, mental and emotional wellness. A primarily raw, plant-based diet, such as the Hallelujah Diet, prioritizes fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and organic whole grains so your body is fueled with the purest nutrients, vitamins and minerals available. By removing processed foods, refined sugars, meat and dairy from your diet, you can reduce your risk for obesity and all other conditions stated previously.

So what are you waiting for? It's time to head down the path to better health today. Join the Hallelujah Diet movement with our Get Started Guide and helpful materials.

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12 Sep

Skin naturally changes as you age. You lose fullness, gain lines and wrinkles and notice dryness more often – and it’s inevitable. What isn’t out of your control, however, is how you treat your skin throughout your lifetime. There are dozens of factors that influence the way your complexion changes over time, and many of those come from lifestyle choices you made as a teenager and young adult, and carried on to your everyday habits.

Beyond the natural wear and tear God expected to come of your skin, there are numerous ways to maintain healthy skin as you age and ensure overall wellness in your complexion. Here are a few tips:

1. Don’t Think Twice About Unhealthy Habits
If one thing’s for sure, it’s that smoking and drinking alcohol is detrimental to overall health. These two harmful habits are especially bad for the skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Drinking excess alcohol dehydrates the skin, while smoking causes wrinkles and an unnatural, yellow complexion. Consider this information more reason not to think twice about picking up these bad habits.

2. Prioritize Stress Management
Too much stress can cause an imbalance in your hormones, ultimately making your skin more sensitive and prone to acne flare ups and other conditions. By prioritizing stress management through Bible study, prayer, relaxation techniques and hobbies that keep you happy, you can reduce blemishes in your complexion.

3. Stay Hydrated
Whether you’re drinking lots of water or relying on your primarily raw, plant-based diet to keep you hydrated throughout the day, either habit can positively benefit your skin. Proper hydration helps the skin retain elasticity and prevents it from drying out or becoming flaky, according to The Health Journals.

Keep your skin hydrated by drinking water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.Keep your skin hydrated by drinking water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.Keep your skin hydrated by drinking water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

4. Maintain a Regular Skin Care Regimen
If you don’t already follow a normal day and night skin care regimen, now’s a good time to consider one. Twice a day, use a mild cleanser to remove the dirt and dead skin cells from your face. Be gentle while cleansing and pat your face dry after rinsing to avoid irritation. Don’t forgot to conclude the regimen with moisturizer – this will lock in the hydration and keep your skin smooth and firm.

Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week gives it a rougher clean, buffing away dead skin cells that tend to cause clogged pores. It also reduces lines and wrinkles in your complexion. Be sure to follow up an exfoliation with moisturizer as well.

5. Minimize Makeup Use
As if you didn’t already have to worry about the harmful toxins and chemicals found in processed foods, makeup and other beauty products can have unwanted additives as well. To take best care of your skin, minimize makeup use at all costs. If you don’t plan to stop wearing makeup, simply buy organic. Look for products labeled natural or organic and read the ingredients label to make sure the beauty supplies you use is free of parabens, phthalates, triclosan, oxybenzone and other harmful chemicals.

6. Follow a Nutrient-Rich Diet
To keep your skin looking young and healthy, you must fuel your body with a nutrient-rich diet! Healthy skin relies on antioxidants like vitamins C, E, A and B complex.  Tomatoes, citrus fruits, leafy green vegetables and carrots are excellent choices when it comes to skin care, but all of the plant-based foods we recommend eating on the Hallelujah Diet are safe and beneficial to the entire body.

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11 Sep

CTE is a degenerative brain condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It has been linked to repeated blows to the head — the 2015 movie Concussion chronicled the discovery of CTE’s connection to football.

This comes on the heels of the largest study ever of football’s effect on the brain. The study was revealed when a team of researchers based at Boston University and led by neuropathologist Ann McKee had examined a large databank of neural specimens from former NFL athletes and found that nearly all of them—110 out of 111, or 99 percent—showed signs of the degenerative brain condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. This “startlingly high percentage” has since made headlines in nearly every major publication.

I am not interested in creating an article on the dangers of football injuries on the brain.  What I want to impart here is the amount of time, effort, money and media coverage on this brain injury that is derived from a pre-chosen desire to participate in an obviously dangerous sport where head injuries are common.

Where is the media coverage and the studies to support findings that autism, epilepsy and a host of other neurological issues are trending upward due to radiation, GMO foods, chemically laced vaccines, fluoridated water, heavy metal toxins, etc.?

Based on parental responses to survey questions, approximately 15% of children in the United States ages 3 to 17 years were affected by neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, seizures, stuttering or stammering, moderate to profound hearing loss, blindness, and other developmental delays, in 2006–2008. Among these conditions, ADHD and learning disabilities had the greatest prevalence. Many children affected by neurodevelopmental disorders have more than one of these conditions: for example, about 4% of U.S. children have both ADHD and a learning disability.

These are statistics that are over 10 years old!  The very fact that I can’t find any more recent ones is indicative of our country’s lack of focus on the important issues—our children!

Statistical breakdown of children being born with:

ADHD

Prevalence

ADHD is more common than doctors may have previously believed, according to statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report, released in November of 2013, shows that up to 11 percent of children aged 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives. In 2003, it was only 7.8%. This is a definite increase in what is considered the number one neurodevelopmental issue in children.

Autism

Prevalence:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have autism. The prevalence is 1 in 42 for boys and 1 in 189 for girls. These rates yield a gender ratio of about five boys for every girl.

The latest estimate of autism prevalence—1 in 68—is up 30 percent from the 1 in 88 rate reported in 2008, and more than double the 1 in 150 rate in 2000. In fact, the trend has been steeply upward since the early 1990s, not only in the U.S. but globally.  ASD  (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is estimated to affect more than 2 million individuals in the U.S.  And even the CDC admits that this is not accurate data. There are likely many more children with this neurological impairment but who have not been identified.

Epilepsy

In 2015, 1.2% of the total US population had active epilepsy.

This is about 3.4 million people with epilepsy nationwide: 3 million adults and 470,000 children.

According to the latest estimates, about 0.6% of children aged 0-17 years have active epilepsy. Think of a school with 1,000 students—this means about 6 of them could have epilepsy.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is the most common of all childhood disabilities, affecting approximately three live births out of every thousand in the United States.

Studies over the past several decades have provided the following statistics, commonly quoted in the United States:

  • About 764,000 children and adults currently have Cerebral Palsy
  • About 500,000 children under age of 18 currently have Cerebral Palsy
  • About two to three children out of every 1,000 have Cerebral Palsy (United States studies have yielded rates as low as 2.3 per 1,000 children to as high as 3.6 per 1,000 children)
  • About 10,000 babies born each year will develop Cerebral Palsy
  • Around 8,000 to 10,000 babies and infants are diagnosed per year with Cerebral Palsy
  • Around 1,200 to 1,500 preschool-aged children are diagnosed per year with Cerebral Palsy

As you can see by the dates on the “most recent” statistics, we cannot rely on them to give a true indication of what is happening today or even what will happen in the future.  There just aren’t enough recent studies being done.  Why not?

What is causing such a sizeable increase in children being born with neurodevelopmental concerns?

Lead, methylmercury, and PCBs are widespread environmental contaminants associated with adverse effects on a child’s developing brain and nervous system in multiple studies. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has concluded that childhood lead exposure is associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Health 2 America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition, Updated October 2015) with reduced cognitive function, including lower intelligence quotient (IQ) and reduced academic achievement.  The NTP has also concluded that childhood lead exposure is associated with attention-related behavioral problems (including inattention, hyperactivity, and diagnosed attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and increased incidence of problem behaviors (including delinquent, criminal, or antisocial behavior).

EPA has determined that methylmercury is known to have neurotoxic and developmental effects in humans. Extreme cases of such effects were seen in people prenatally exposed during two high-dose mercury poisoning events in Japan and Iraq, who experienced severe adverse health effects such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, deafness, and blindness. Results from studies in New Zealand and the Faroe Islands suggest that increased prenatal mercury exposure due to maternal fish consumption was associated with adverse effects on intelligence and decreased functioning in the areas of language, attention, and memory.   More recent studies conducted in the United States have found associations between neurodevelopmental effects and blood mercury levels within the range typical for U.S. women, after accounting for the beneficial effects of fish consumption during pregnancy.

Several studies of children who were prenatally exposed to elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have suggested links between these contaminants and neurodevelopmental effects, including lowered intelligence and behavioral deficits such as inattention and impulsive behavior.  Studies have also reported associations between PCB exposure and deficits in learning and memory.  Most of these studies found that the effects are associated with exposure in the womb resulting from the mother having eaten food contaminated with PCBs.

A wide variety of other environmental chemicals have been identified as potential concerns for childhood neurological development, but have not been as well studied for these effects as lead, mercury, and PCBs. Concerns for these additional chemicals are based on both laboratory (Health Neurodevelopmental Disorders America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition, Updated October 2015) animal studies and human epidemiological research; in most cases, the epidemiological studies are relatively new and the literature is just beginning to develop.

Among the chemicals being studied for potential effects on childhood neurological development are organophosphate pesticides, polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants (PBDEs), phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), arsenic, and perchlorate. Exposure to all of these chemicals is widespread in the United States for both children and adults.

Organophosphate pesticides can interfere with the proper function of the nervous system when exposure is sufficiently high.  Many children may have low capacity to detoxify organophosphate pesticides through age 7 years.  In addition, recent studies have reported an association between prenatal organophosphate exposure and childhood ADHD in a U.S. community with relatively high exposures to organophosphate pesticides, as well as with exposures found within the general U.S. population.

Two studies of a group of New York City children ages 4 to 9 years reported associations between prenatal exposure to certain phthalates and behavioral deficits, including effects on attention, conduct, and social behaviors. Some of the behavioral deficits observed in these studies are similar to those commonly displayed in children with ADHD and conduct disorder. Studies conducted in South Korea of children ages 8 to 11 years reported that children with higher levels of certain phthalate metabolites in their urine were more inattentive and hyperactive, displayed more symptoms of ADHD, and had lower IQ compared with those who had lower levels.  The exposure levels in these studies are comparable to typical exposures in the U.S. population.

In 2008, the NTP concluded that there is “some concern” for effects of early-life (including prenatal) BPA exposure on brain development and behavior, based on findings of animal studies conducted at relatively low doses.  An epidemiological study conducted in Ohio reported an association between prenatal exposure to BPA and effects on children’s behavior (increased hyperactivity and aggression) at age 2 years.

A child’s brain and nervous system are vulnerable to adverse impacts from pollutants because they go through a long developmental process beginning shortly after conception and continuing through adolescence. This complex developmental process requires the precise coordination of cell growth and movement, and may be disrupted by even short-term exposures to environmental contaminants if they occur at critical stages of development. This disruption can lead to neurodevelopmental deficits that may have an effect on the child’s achievements and behavior even when they do not result in a diagnosable disorder.

The studies I just presented are a small portion of what is already available. Although they may not be recent, their findings should be telling of the urgency of how the United States finds itself today.

To get an idea of what the world looks like today:

  • Many of the parks and playgrounds are now set up with handicapped accessible swings for children to enjoy.
  • There are now large foundations set up to assist children who are physically and mentally disabled.
  • The blue disabled signs in front of big box stores are now being parked by young parents removing wheelchairs instead of elderly folks with canes.
  • School nurses no longer just hand out acetaminophen for a headache. They are now responsible for one on one care of a severely disabled child.  The costs associated with this are getting rather burdensome for the schools.
  • It has become common place for people to be walking their children in wheelchairs and it is common to see helmets on children. Not too many years ago, it was a bit of an anomaly to see this, but not anymore.

To sum up:

When a woman and a man choose to create life, in the perfect world, they would abstain from drinking from plastic bottles, eating toxic food which may include sushi, other fish, microwave popcorn, soda pop, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, hormone filled meats and dairy, preservatives, pesticide-filled foods, and more.  They also would be wise to no longer sleep with a cell phone beside them, refrain from getting the flu vaccine, try to avoid inhaling toxic fumes and begin to have a general sense of well-being so their bodies can create strong sperm and eggs to create a healthy baby. This doesn’t just happen naturally and it seems that it is happening less and less every day.

Perhaps it is time to add the top 20 self-care methods to teach men and women in high school so they can learn how important it is before they have children.

Perhaps it is time to add a class for the pregnant mom teaching her the measures she needs to take to increase the chances of having a healthy newborn instead of just giving her a test to see what issues it has in utero.

We have a grandchild of our own who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.  We have another one with autism.  We are just heartbroken that these children must endure these hardships in a world that is naturally difficult to begin with.

As much as we are grateful for the foundations and the unique methods that are being developed to assist them to improve their quality of life, we are discouraged that more attention is being placed on the effects of football to the brain than to the futures of our children.

We are discouraged that more attention is being placed on how to work with these children than on why it has become so commonplace and how to avoid having so many children born disabled to begin with.

Creating a large building to temporarily house disabled children when their parent is ill, doesn’t make the world a better place, nor does it truly help the child or the parent in the long term.

Why aren’t people demanding more from those who should be held accountable?  Why aren’t we demanding more answers rather than hiring more teachers’ assistants for the classrooms to house even more disabled young people?

We love our grandchildren deeply.  We understand how difficult it is to parent a special needs child and this article is only meant to support those who are.  Instead of placing blame, let’s try to educate those who will become parents so they can appreciate the vulnerability of the fetus when it is exposed daily to known carcinogens, pesticides, toxins, radiation and so much more.

Let’s gather together and bring down those industries that are knowingly exploiting these toxins for monetary gain (like Monsanto) without accountability for their dangerous actions.

In 40 years from now, when these new parents are too frail to lift an adult child, what will happen to these adult children? Since there are so many more than even 10 years ago, will there be special facilities constructed? Will these people get respectful treatment when their parents can no longer take care of them?

I see a major paradigm shift coming.  No longer will there be discussions on how to help baby boomers.  Baby boomers will be long gone.  But today’s newborns will have many more obstacles to face and our country will have many more as well since the classroom cannot create independent, functioning, self-reliant citizens out of these people.

It is time for this country to stop wasting effort on nonsensical issues that only serve to divide.  It is time this country unites in the desire to find out why our future children are being born with way too many burdens that are avoidable and unnecessarily placed on these innocent children.

If we the people don’t rise up and demand change, then the subtle but damaging effects from this toxic world will continue and we will have no one but ourselves to blame.


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10 Sep

Today you will find a blog article from our Director of Research, Michael Donaldson, PhD.  Please enjoy the wealth of experience and wisdom this article entails:

Michael Donaldson, PhD writes:

Nutrition science can be confusing, and as consumers we are constantly bombarded with messages from every side. There are so many bloggers and different angles on nutrition. And everyone is entitled to their own opinion and some are better than others at sounding authoritative. Who do you trust?

Some vitamin D supplements have now included vitamin K with it, like our own Hallelujah Diet Vitamin D3 / K2 supplement. The basic reason to combine D3 and K2 is that vitamin D increases the absorption of calcium and vitamin K2 tells the calcium where to go.

But other people have claimed that you should not combine vitamin D and K together. They say we don’t need to supplement vitamin K as nobody is deficient in vitamin K. They say that we get plenty in our diet. Also, our bodies make vitamin K for us. Vitamin K might be dangerous; it might cause hypercalcemia, leading to kidney stones. Vitamin K might make your blood thicker and make it coagulate in the wrong places, like in your arteries or brain. Who’s right?

At Hallelujah Acres we bring you health from a Biblical perspective. We believe that God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. We were originally designed to thrive in a garden of plants and trees and to eat a diet of raw plants—primarily fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds—just pick them and eat them. There are no instructions for cooking our food in Genesis 1:29. We have found over the years that as people adjust their diet and lifestyle to conform more closely to God’s original design that they regain their health and continue to experience vibrant health for many years.

In addition to our Biblical perspective, we also lean on modern science to help guide us into making choices that make amends for the corruption of creation after The Fall, so that we can get better results faster.

This is how we came to understand the need for additional vitamin D. We should get it from sunshine, but between our modern lifestyle that keeps us indoors a lot and living a long ways from the equator we find that many people will experience better health by taking a vitamin D supplement. And scientific experiments have shown that many people need around 5,000 IU a day to get close to the optimal range of 50-70 ng/ml of 25(OH)D form of vitamin D in their bodies. So, science has been very helpful to understand our modern circumstances and how to mitigate at least some of the negative effects of it.

That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t get outside and get some sunshine, as there are a multitude of benefits from natural sunshine that go way beyond vitamin D.

Now science has been showing that vitamin D and vitamin K are quite interrelated.

Let’s examine these claims for not using a vitamin K supplement one at a time.

  1. We get plenty of vitamin K in our diet.
  2. Our bodies make vitamin K for us.
  3. Nobody is deficient in vitamin K.
  4. Vitamin K is dangerous.
  5. Vitamin D is safe without vitamin K.

There is a LOT of vitamin K1 in green plants and when you follow the Hallelujah Diet you get around 1,000 micrograms of vitamin K1 a day. BarleyMax itself is a great source of vitamin K1, providing around 30 mcgs, or 25% of the 120 mcg adequate RDA dose in a single 2-gram serving! So, yes, there is a lot of K1 in our diet.

But there is very little vitamin K2 in a plant-based diet. And vitamin K1 and K2 are different, and are not completely interchangeable. This is very important to understand. Vitamin K1 can be converted into vitamin K2 in some parts of the body, but there are definite cardiovascular, bone, and brain health benefits to getting some pre-formed vitamin K2 in the body. For more details on the specifics of these differences see the Vitamin D3/K2 webinar on our website.

1. Our bodies make vitamin K for us.

There is still little evidence that the vitamin K from our gut microbiota does us much good. An investigative team from the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, in 2017 found a significant amount of menaquinones produced in the gut but they said, “Menaquinones (the vitamin K2 form) were not detected in serum, and neither fecal concentrations of individual menaquinones nor the menaquinone group was associated with any marker of inflammation.”[1]

There would be no issues of vitamin-K dependent proteins not being activated if our bodies truly made vitamin K2 for us. But these issues affect bone health and contribute to calcification of heart arteries and soft tissues, and other effects we are still learning about.

2. Nobody is deficient in vitamin K2.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation states that 1 of every 2 women and 1 of every 4 men over the age of 50 will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis. While calcium and vitamin D are important, magnesium, vitamin C, vegetables and vitamin K2 play a huge role as well. Vitamin K-activated osteocalcin is the rebar in your bones. Just like calcium-based concrete is brittle without rebar, so bones without vitamin K-activated osteocalcin are brittle and prone to fracture, regardless of how dense they appear to be on a DEXA scan. This was proven in a study of over 7,500 elderly independently-living healthy women. [2] Undercarboxylated osteocalcin is an established, often-occurring risk factor for osteoporotic bone fractures.

Even children are susceptible. When 20 children with low-energy fractures were compared with a control group of children without fractures, the children with low levels of vitamin-K activated osteocalcin had a 78-fold higher risk of fracture.[3] So, low vitamin K2 status is a huge risk factor for both young and old.

A population-based study in the Netherlands, PREVEND, showed that about 30 percent of the population had insufficient functional levels of vitamin K. But it was worse if a person was already sick.[4] About 50 percent of the people who had cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease did not have sufficient levels of vitamin K2. So, we conclude that vitamin K2 insufficiency is more likely the rule, not the exception, among those who are elderly or suffering from disease.

3. Vitamin K is Dangerous

The interaction between anticoagulant drugs and vitamin K has been misunderstood. The doctors tell us to stop taking vitamin K so that it doesn’t interfere with their drugs. But actually, it is the drugs that are vitamin K antagonists. Vitamin K is what belongs in the body and the drugs interfere with all of the activity of vitamin K, not just its coagulation activity. So, the use of vitamin K antagonist drugs causes higher calcification of the arteries, by interfering with the activation of MGP protein. This was first seen in chronic kidney disease patients, because they are at such high risk.

To make drug therapy safer, coumadin-based drugs should be replaced whenever possible with anticoagulants that do not interfere with vitamin K activity. Heparin is a good example of an alternative choice. Of course, this is a decision for you to make with your doctor, as we are not giving medical advice here. Coumarin is bad for your bones and leads to calcification of your arteries, which is itself a risk factor for heart disease.

If coumadin must be used instead of a safer drug, then regular supplemental vitamin K actually makes anticoagulation therapy safer. The doctor just needs to get the dosage correct for your regular intake of vitamin K, including supplements.

4. Vitamin D is safe without vitamin K.

It was speculated in 2017 that since vitamin D causes an increase in the production of vitamin K-dependent proteins this interaction could lead to a relative shortage of vitamin K2 in a person, especially when taking a large dose of vitamin D.[5] Now in 2019 we have the proof. In a randomized, placebo-controlled (RCT) study of people with depressive symptoms 66 people between 60-80 years of age were given 1200 IU of vitamin D3 per day for 6 months and compared with 65 people taking a placebo. When the analysis took into account multivitamin and vitamin K antagonist use, there was a significant difference in functional vitamin K levels at 6 months.[6] The damage would likely have been worse with a useful amount of vitamin D, like 5000 IU per day.

So, there you have it. Vitamin D has been shown in a RCT to cause a relative insufficiency of vitamin K2. It is not actually safe to take large doses of vitamin D without a good source of vitamin K2 as well. Even if you are taking vitamin D for non-bone benefits, you should consider taking vitamin K2 along with it.

So, let’s summarize what we have learned here:

  1. We get plenty of vitamin K in our diet.
    We don’t. We get lots of K1, but no K2. They are not the same.
  2. Our bodies make vitamin K for us.
    The vitamin K from our gut microbiota doesn’t seem to help us much.
  3. Nobody is deficient in vitamin K2.
    About 30 percent of the adult population in a city in the Netherlands had insufficient levels of vitamin K2. If a person had a chronic disease, it was more like 50 percent. Insufficiency is very common.
  4. Vitamin K is dangerous.
    Drugs are dangerous and have side effects. Vitamin K is safe and has side benefits.
  5. Vitamin D is safe without vitamin K.
    Supplemental vitamin D without vitamin K2 causes a functional deficiency in vitamin K, proven in a RCT.

References:

  1. Karl JP, Meydani M, Barnett JB, Vanegas SM, Barger K, Fu X, et al. Fecal concentrations of bacterially derived vitamin K forms are associated with gut microbiota composition but not plasma or fecal cytokine concentrations in healthy adults. Am J Clin Nutr [Internet]. 2017 Oct [cited 2019 Jul 26];106(4):1052–61. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5611782/
  2. Vergnaud P, Garnero P, Meunier PJ, Breart G, Kamihagi K, Delmas PD. Undercarboxylated osteocalcin measured with a specific immunoassay predicts hip fracture in elderly women: the EPIDOS Study. J Clin Endocrinol Metab [Internet]. 1997 Mar;82(3):719–24. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=9062471
  3. Popko J, Karpiński M, Chojnowska S, Maresz K, Milewski R, Badmaev V, et al. Decreased Levels of Circulating Carboxylated Osteocalcin in Children with Low Energy Fractures: A Pilot Study. Nutrients [Internet]. 2018 Jun 6 [cited 2018 Jun 11];10(6):734. Available from: http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/10/6/734
  4. Riphagen IJ, Keyzer CA, Drummen NEA, De Borst MH, Beulens JWJ, Gansevoort RT, et al. Prevalence and Effects of Functional Vitamin K Insufficiency: The PREVEND Study. Nutrients [Internet]. 2017 Dec [cited 2019 Jul 26];9(12):1334. Available from: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/12/1334
  5. van Ballegooijen AJ, Pilz S, Tomaschitz A, Grübler MR, Verheyen N. The Synergistic Interplay between Vitamins D and K for Bone and Cardiovascular Health: A Narrative Review. Int J Endocrinol [Internet]. 2017;2017:7454376. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29138634
  6. van Ballegooijen AJ, Beulens JWJ, Schurgers LJ, de Koning EJ, Lips P, van Schoor NM, et al. Effect of 6-Month Vitamin D Supplementation on Plasma Matrix Gla Protein in Older Adults. Nutrients [Internet]. 2019 Feb [cited 2019 Jul 25];11(2):231. Available from: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/11/2/231


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09 Sep

While most adults do very well with fresh vegetable juice, BarleyMax or a smoothie for breakfast, our children usually need more sustenance early in the morning. Breakfast gives them the immediate fuel they need after rest. It can however get boring if you don't get creative in the kitchen. Looking for a new breakfast option that prioritizes taste and nutrition? Try one of our favorite Hallelujah Diet recipes!

1. Whole Grain Blueberry Pancakes
Wake your kids up to the fresh scent of blueberry pancakes with this healthy recipe.

Ingredients:

11/2 cups spelt flour
1 cup oat bran
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder – aluminum free
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
2 cups almond or rice milk
2 tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen blueberries

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, bran, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon until fully combined. Slowly add milk, coconut oil and blueberries, stirring until just mixed.

Heat the stovetop to 375 degrees and prepare a griddle with coconut oil.

Pour mixture in even circles over the griddle, flipping when edges appear crisp. Cook the pancakes' opposite sides for a few more minutes.

Serve with organic butter by itself or with a touch of organic maple syrup. Enjoy!

Use fresh or frozen blueberries to create this dish.

2. Smoothie Extraordinaire
As Hallelujah Diet staple, smoothies make a tasty treat anytime of day. Try this recipe for breakfast.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup clean water
2 celery ribs, chopped in chunks
2 cups spinach, packed
1 teaspoon BarleyMax original
1/2 of a frozen banana, cut into chunks
2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil
1 scoop Hallelujah Diet Orgono silica powder
2 ice cubes

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender, mixing until it reaches the perfect consistency. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

3. Creamy Almond Milk
Haven't found the right creamy non-dairy milk for your cereal? Make your own almond milk with this recipe!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup raw almonds
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup raw, organic rolled oats
1/2 gallon clean water
1 tablespoon pure vanilla or vanilla powder
2 tablespoons raw honey

Directions:

Place all dry ingredients in a blender, followed by the vanilla and honey. Blend, slowly adding the water, until mixture is smooth and creamy. Enjoy a fresh glass or pour it into your favorite organic cereal or granola. This recipe lasts one week in the refrigerator.

4. Raw Apple and Blueberry Cereal
A delicious cereal made of fresh fruits with no added sugars? You have to try this recipe!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup almonds
2 red or yellow delicious apples – peeled and cored
1 cup blueberries
1 cup apple juice
A sprinkle of nutmeg
A sprinkle of cinnamon

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a bowl, mixing until combined. Enjoy with your delicious homemade almond milk!

Pick your own apples this fall to create this dish!Pick your own apples this fall to create this dish!Pick your own apples this fall to create this dish!

5. Raw Granola
This breakfast treat by Rhonda Malkmus makes eating the most important meal of the day on-the-go easier than ever.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup buckwheat – soaked overnight, drained and dehydrated 24 hours
1/2 cup almonds – soaked overnight, drained, dehydrated 24 hours and chopped
1/2 cup oat groats – soaked overnight, drained and dehydrated 24 hours
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup organic raisins, Medjool dates, cranberries, and/or cherries
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut, dried and shredded
1/3 cup maple syrup or raw, unfiltered honey
1/4 cup coconut or flax oil
2 tablespoons distilled water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A dash of ground nutmeg
A dash of unrefined sea salt

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a large bowl, mixing and tossing to evenly distribute. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

6. Banana-Carob-Oatmeal Snack
Another quick and easier breakfast, this recipe is a kid favorite.

Ingredients:

2 bananas
1/4 to 1/2 cup raw oatmeal
1 teaspoon carob powder

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a food processor, blending until combined. If the mixture is too dry, add water to soften up the consistency.

Press mixture in a small container, then move to the refrigerator to form bars. Enjoy!

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08 Sep

By following a plant-based diet, you’re consuming only the natural sustenance from the earth that God intended for you all along. The nourishment you receive from organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds is all your body needs to thrive, according to Genesis 1:29.

Genesis 1:29 “Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.”

Inspired by this idea and God’s Original Diet, our founder Rev. George Malkmus developed the Hallelujah Diet in hopes that people would stay away from the Standard American Diet and fuel their bodies back to health.

God's Original Diet consisted of natural sustenance grown from the earth. God's Original Diet consisted of natural sustenance grown from the earth. God’s Original Diet consisted of natural sustenance grown from the earth.

“From the time God gave Adam that original 100 percent raw, plant-based diet in Genesis 1:29, until flood waters destroyed all plant life by the great flood 1,700 years later, there is not a single recorded instance of sickness and the patriarchs lived to an average age of 912 years old,” Rev. Malkmus wrote in his book “God’s Original Diet.”

Removing processed treats, dairy products and meats from your diet will benefit your body tremendously. Here are three reasons to invest in a plant-based diet:

1. It Strengthens the Immune System
Did you know that refined sugars can completely break down the immune system? That means every time you consume an unhealthy sweet treat, you’re fueling the compromise of your internal defense mechanism. By eliminating such “foods” and relying on a plant-based diet, you’ll receive an abundance of enzymes, phytonutrients and minerals that can optimize your immune system.

2. It Can Reduce Your Chance of Developing Chronic Conditions
There’s a reason it’s called “junk food.” According to Dr. Mercola, when you consume these poor excuses for nourishment, your metabolism slows down, blood pressure levels rise and your risk for developing chronic conditions increases.

“Dairy products are filled with saturated butterfat.”

We know what you’re thinking: We know junk food is bad for us, but what’s wrong with meat and dairy products? Since when are these considered unhealthy? Dairy products, such as milk and cheese, are filled with saturated butterfat. Consuming too much can lead to heart disease, diabetes and more. Additionally, animal fat found in meat products can block blood flow, leading to high blood pressure. Intake of animal protein has also been associated with a 4-fold greater risk of cancer death in middle-aged adults.

When you remove all of these harmful foods from your diet and instead rely on plant sources, you’ll eliminate your chance of developing chronic conditions. Instead, you’ll fuel a healthy, thriving body that wards away disease and illness on its own.

3. It Eliminates the Need for Most Medication
When you follow the Hallelujah Diet as taught, you obtain all of the essential nutrients and vitamins the body needs to heal itself. That eliminates the need for most medications, according to Hallelujah Diet health expert Olin Idol.

“If a person will simply follow the principles of the Hallelujah Diet, it really doesn’t matter what the underlying cause of the symptoms is,” he said. “The body, with the innate healing wisdom God has programmed within will, in most situations, carry out self-healing.”

When you take advantage of the natural offerings presented by God and stop eating the harmful products made of chemicals, you can lead a long, fulfilling life.


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