Bible Diet Plan

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The Bible diet plan, also known as the Maker's diet, is a nutritional plan developed by Jordan Rubin, a motivational speaker. Rubin claims that this nutritional plan helped him cure Crohn's disease, although there is no current scientific evidence to support the link between the Bible diet plan and Crohn's disease management. The Bible diet plan is based on the dietary principles outlined in the Old Testament books of Deuteronomy and Leviticus. Talk to your doctor before adopting the Bible diet plan for any purpose.

Food Choices

The Bible diet plan focuses heavily on plant-based foods. These foods include whole grains, beans, legumes, fruits, nuts and seeds. It also permits most vegetables. This diet permits consumption of some types of meat, including baked or grilled fish, beef, wild game meats, turkey and chicken. Insects such as grasshoppers, locusts and crickets are also allowed under the Bible diet plan.

Excluded Foods

In accordance with Levitical law, all types of pork are prohibited under the Bible diet plan. This includes sausage, bacon, ham, pork chops, chorizo and pork pepperoni. This diet plan discourages consumption of foods containing refined flour or sugar, such as pastries, candies, ketchup, soft drinks and white breads and pastas. It also prohibits seafood such as eel, crab, lobster, oysters, shrimp and crawfish. Fried meats and processed meats such as bologna, corned beef and roast beef are discouraged.

Phases

The Bible diet plan is made up of three phases, which are less distinct than the phases recommended in the Atkins or South Beach diet plans. Followers of the Bible diet plan eliminate refined flours and sugars in the first phase, which lasts about 14 days. The first phase also encourages elimination of grains and starchy vegetables such as corn, beets and potatoes. The second phase, which also lasts about 14 days, emphasizes the same dietary restrictions; however, people who follow the Bible diet plan for weight loss may begin losing weight at a slower rate. The third phase, which has no set time frame, permits gradual integration of starchy vegetables and grains.

Other Elements

Unlike other common diets in the United States, the Bible diet plan emphasizes spiritual practice in addition to dietary choices. Followers of this plan engage in prayers of thanks and repentance at the beginning and end of each day. Rubin emphasizes prayer as a tool for managing stress. The Bible diet plan also encourages a partial fast once a week -- on fasting days, followers only consume liquids such as water and fresh juices until the evening meal.

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