Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Maker's Diet

Have any of my blog readers ever read this book? I'm fascinated by what I've been reading so far, but I'd love to hear from anyone who's read this book, or more specifically tried this way of eating.

I don't really want to go into too many of the details, because taken out of context many of these thoughts may sound a little fruity, but taken in as a whole--I'm intrigued.

Jordan Rubin is basically outlining how to eat to enjoy maximum health. He encourages to go back to eating what God originally intended as He outlined for the Israelites in the Old Testament. (I know, there's the section of Scripture in the New Testament that tells us not to call unclean what God has created... or something along those lines... which he doesn't address in this book, other than to give some compelling reasons for why God called those foods unclean in the first place.)

He provides a great deal of testimony throughout, including his own near death experience from an "incurable" disease where he went from 180 pounds down to 104 pounds and was near death on several occasions. He tried nearly every treatment available from the medical to the natural to the just plain weird. He saw more than 70 doctors in 7 different countries and spent more than one-hundred and fifty thousand dollars trying to seek effective treatment.

He finally began receiving treatment from a man in California who put him on a biblical diet and he saw immediate improvements in his health. Gradually he saw drastic improvement in his health and he's been living pain and disease free for more than a decade. He is now a doctor who has created what he calls "The Maker's Diet", and he gives testimony after testimony of seeing his patients overcoming a whole host of diseases (cancer, diabetes, arthritis, intestinal problems, heart disease etc.) by simply getting their body chemistry back in balance by eating foods God created and called 'good'.

You mean God didn't create Pepsi, or Doritos? Snickers? What about the nugget? How come he forgot to actually put a nugget on the chicken... surely he should have known that would be a money maker?!

He talks about how we basically have "it all wrong" by eating the standard American diet. That really didn't come as a surprise to me.

If you really stop to think about what we're putting in our bodies on a daily basis you have to wonder how we're even able to function! It would be like sticking dirt and grime and grease and rocks in our fuel tank and expecting our car to function at full capacity. Eventually it's just gonna clog up and function at decreasing levels which will effect every other area of the car. I don't know much about cars but I can only imagine that before long a clogged gas line would lead to a whole host of other issues with the car eventually leaving it with no other place to go than the scrap yard.

The problem in America is that we 'fix' the car by treating the resulting 'problem under the hood', without treating the junk in the fuel tank which caused the problem in the first place.

Well, that's what we're doing daily by chocking our bodies full of nastiness. I was most surprised, however by learning about things that I would have assumed were healthy that were not. Or things I assumed were unhealthy that he makes a strong case for actually being healthy.

Again, I can't do it justice here, but I'm quite intrigued. I'm not finished with the book yet, and I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with what I'm learning. I'd say it's worth a try though. I've kind of gotten to a desperate point with my pain (though I've been having a couple of good weeks!). It seems prudent to do what I can to take care of my body. It's the least I can do to try to fight whatever the disease is that's setting in inside of my body.

Somehow I always end up making posts much longer than I intend. I'll be going now! Our bathroom sink and vanity are now in and working upstairs so I'm going to finally unpack our bathroom today! Yay!


Anonymous said...

Careful not to get too swept away. You're right in what you're saying, but a lot was different in the days of the Israelites!

Carmin said...

Meaning no disrespect, read the Hebrew bible in ref. to the dietery laws. You will find most of them in Deuteronomy. When you think about what G-D's instructions for life and living, it should make sense. Their are animals and plants that are harmful to us, i.e. shell fish and red tide, pork and tric(sp)

Carmin said...

Jordan Rubin may be a snake oil peddler. His Ph.D may be from an on line 'send me th money and I'll send you your almost creditable documents' scam. His last book was pulled by the FDA Just FYI after doing a little digging.

beachbirdie said...

I've heard of it, but never read it. I'm sure he makes some good points.

After a lot of years of reading and observation, I've come to the conclusion that no single person has the right answer and it's best not to get sucked into whatever is the latest "hot idea".

The best thing we can do for ourselves is get the best quality "whole foods" that we can and leave out all the junk. The "whites". White bread, white flour, white rice, white sugar etc. The less processing a food undergoes, the better nutrition it likely offers.

It might be overwhelming to overhaul your life in one swoop. You are young, you'll be able to make changes little by little that will offer benefits forever! Good luck in your quest!

Stacey said...

Yes I have read The Makers Diet and I loved it. I do not do "the diet" quite to the extreme as Jordan but I do try to eat according to the same principles (one difference is being married to a hog farmer I can not avoid pork...haha) and it has made a world of difference in my body and health. After my freshman year of college I was gaining weight uncontrollably (my mom can atest that I was not eating too much and was excercising) but my body was working against me. I was resisting my own insulin and the extra insulin I was making was going straight to fat. By eating according to The Maker's Diet principles my body has pretty much corrected itself. And to be truthful I don't really desire unhealthy foods after changing my lifestyle. If I eat sweets then I only eat one or two bites and am satisfied but this did take training and hard work. I have been living with this lifestyle now for almost 8 years. So yes I do think that way of eating, according to what God has made for us, just makes sense and it does work. If you want to talk to me more about it e-mail me.

And as for the zoo...haha....I don't think airfare comes in the family membership but if you get out this way I would be glad to take you to the zoo!!