Much of the credit for my health transformation must go to Jordan Rubin, who inspired me to try and live a life free of chemicals, pesticides, and other harmful ingredients found in foods, body products, and household cleaners. I have read several of Rubin’s books such as The Maker’s Diet, Patient Heal Thyself, The Raw Truth, and The Great Physicians Rx for Health and Wellness, all in which he has provided his personal testimony of how he was cured of Crohns Disease. Needless to say, I was overjoyed when I was offered an advanced copy of his new book, The Maker’s Diet Revolution: The 10 Day Diet to Lose Weight and Detoxify Your Body, Mind, and Spirit.
In the book, Rubin introduces a diet plan based upon the Bible’s book of Daniel. Daniel was a Jew in Babylon during captivity. He and three other young men did not want to eat the food the king had to offer because it was defiling to them (religiously and nutritionally). Daniel and these three Jewish men were given permission to be given a specific diet of only pulse (raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, and seeds) and water for 10 days. After the allotted time, these men were much more healthier—both physically and mentally—than all the other king’s men. Rubin uses this biblical account to encourage people in this day and age to have a 10 day fast of only the pulse foods and water. The results are often astounding and result in weight loss, toxin elimination, and increased energy.
In addition to encouraging various annual, monthly, weekly, and daily fastings, Rubin also expounds upon dietary habits we must form in order to maintain radical health:
1) Consume Fermented Foods and Beverages Daily– Products such as sauerkraut and kombucha are chalk full of probiotics, which help build up the body’s resistance to viruses, etc.
2) Incorporate Herbs and Spices into Your Meals—Each herb or spice has unique healing properties, contributing to digestive, urinary, respiratory, neurological, and mental health, as well as aiding in proper inflammatory response. Herbs and spices also contain various vitamins that contribute to good, physical health.
3) Avoid “Unclean” Meats– One thing Rubin mentioned really made me think: “God called pork products and shellfish ‘unclean’ and ‘detestable’ thousands of years ago, so how has that changed?” These creatures are scavengers, essentially eating feces and decaying animals. Why would we want to put that into our bodies?
4) Avoid Certain Types of Milk– I thought that all cows milk was bad for us, but Rubin has me reconsidering my position. The real culprit in milk is not milk itself, but a genetic mutation that took place several thousand years ago with a specific amino acid inside a beta-casein. Rubin explains this process in his book and also recommends his readers to examine Devil in the Milk by Keith Woodford. If we desire to consume dairy, we should be consuming products from A2 cows such as Guernsey or Jersey, which you would not find in a grocery store.
5) Choose Natural, Safe Sweeteners—Sugar and artificial sweeteners lower the body’s immunity, allowing inflammation to build up and produce harmful cancers, etc. Natural sweeteners such as raw honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and stevia are safer options.
6) Make Homemade Broth from Organic, Pastured Animal Bones—Boiling and then simmering soup bones in water enable healthy nutrients such as gelatin, collagen, and various minerals to be unleashed and consumed. This is something I need to consume more often!
7) Stop Using Common Facial/Body Products—The cosmetics, face wash, shampoos, lotions, soaps, and other products you will find in a store contain numerous chemicals that are easily and quickly absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. Once inside, they build up in the tissues and can cause tumors and other harmful health issues. Using natural, organic products such as essential oils in place of these chemical-laden products can save us from so many future health problems!
8) Exercise Regularly—Exercise eliminates toxins and also strengthens the body. It improves circulation and supports a healthy heart.
Rubin also includes a health plan and various healthy recipes which I look forward to trying out. There were a few cons while reading this book. First, a lot of the information in this book was repetitive. Having read multiple books by Rubin, I kind of felt like I could predict what was coming in a lot of the chapters. Second, the author spends so much of the book promoting his new line, Beyond Organic. While this is fine, it was kind of a turn off because I was expecting a book of that size to contain a lot of useful information. Instead, it seemed half of it was dedicated to promotion, and half to information. And third, Rubin mentioned that his Beyond Organic products were very much affordable to the average family. That does not seem to be the case. I can afford to live organically, but I am unable to afford his products, which is sad because I was really interested in trying them! Two small 3.5 oz bags of a snack mix will end up costing $25 before shipping, something that I cannot justify.
Overall, I did enjoy reading the book and recommend it to people who desire to have a radical transformation in their health such as Jordan Rubin and I both experienced.
Update 1/6/14– I had the great privilege of reviewing one of Beyond Organic’s products. Click here to read that review!