“The Maker's Diet” is the title of a book written by Jordan Rubin. In this book, the author recounts the story of how he became ill in college and regained his health following a diet consistent with biblical Old Testament principles. In addition to promoting spiritual and hygiene practices, the book provides lists of foods that should be included in the diet, and foods that should be avoided. According to Rubin, you should consume foods in an unprocessed, natural state for optimum health.
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The Maker's Diet promotes the eating of what is referred to as "clean" meats, including organic, grass-fed beef, lamb, buffalo, venison and goat. Clean meats come from animals that chew their cud and have a divided hoof. Pork is not allowed. Fish must have both scales and fins, such as tuna, trout, mahi mahi, tilapia, salmon and snapper; Rubin encourages wild-caught fish. Shellfish is not allowed. Poultry, such as chicken, is allowed. Chicken and duck eggs are allowed. Caviar is allowed so long as it is fresh, not preserved. Most beans and legumes are allowed, and should be soaked before cooking. Most nuts and seeds are allowed and should be raw or dry roasted; some nut butters, such as almond butter, are also allowed, but nuts fried in oil are not.
A number of vegetables are included in the Maker's Diet, including summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, salad greens, spinach, mushrooms, okra, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, corn and sea vegetables such as kelp, dulse and nori. Rubin recommends organic vegetables, fresh or frozen.
A number of fruits are included in the Maker's Diet, including strawberries, apples, grapes, apricots, lemons, limes, oranges, peaches, pineapples and blackberries. Rubin recommends organic fruits, fresh or frozen. Permitted fruits may be eaten in dried form so long as they are prepared with no sugar or sulfites.
Grain choices are limited in the Maker's Diet to amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, millet, sprouted whole grain cereal, fermented sourdough bread made with whole grains, and sprouted breads of the Ezekiel or Essene type. All grains and grain products should be organic, and should be soaked for 6 to 12 hours before cooking.
Dairy choices are limited in the Maker's diet. Rubin allows hard cheeses made with raw goat or cows milk, yogurt made from goat milk or organic cows milk, and raw goat milk or homemade kefir made using raw goat milk. He encourages organic dairy products, allowing for occasional servings of organic goat milk.
Fats and Oils
For cooking, Rubin recommends extra virgin coconut oil. Other organic fats may be used in foods, but not for cooking. These include extra virgin olive oil, ghee and butter made from goat or cows milk.
The only sweeteners allowed in the Maker's Diet are small amounts of unheated raw honey and date sugar. No artificial sweeteners are allowed. Rubin allows natural sparkling water (no added carbonation), purified water with no chlorine, herbal tea sweetened with honey or unsweetened, raw (not pasteurized) fruit or vegetable juices, and coconut water.