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After nutritional consultant Rubin (Patient Heal Thyself; etc.) nearly died from an inflammatory bowel disease that caused him to lose 50 pounds and suffer severe pains, he devised an approach to health that combines wholesome eating with a heavy dose of faith. Indeed, while Rubin presents scientific evidence of his plan's effectiveness and detailed lists of recommended supplements and foods, the diet's religious aspect is fundamental. The 28-year-old Rubin bases his diet on a "Biblically-correct lifestyle," recommending the consumption of organically grown foods and frequently referring to the Bible on matters ranging from personal hygiene ("If the Maker has a preference, it might be the use of ritual bathing that combined bathing... with sprinkling") to getting tattoos ("Scripture warns against piercing the skin"). To help readers avoid disease and live healthily, Rubin lays out a three-stage plan. The first stage-somewhat restrictive, akin to South Beach-prohibits virtually all commercial dairy products, chlorinated tap water, many fats and oils, and all carbohydrates ("While it is true that the people of the Bible consumed a diet that contained liberal amounts of... carbohydrate foods, they were higher-quality, lesser-processed carbohydrates, therefore much easier to digest"). More foods are introduced in subsequent weeks, and those following the diet may eventually incorporate red meat, carbs and saturated fats into their regimens. Rubin's program will be difficult for many, as it calls for drastic changes in the way they go about their lives. However, his approach is unique and provides a refreshing, holistic antidote to many of today's fad diets.
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The Maker's Diet, April 5, 2004
Reviewer: A reader from Hilliard, Ohio United States
At first I was skeptical about this book. I've read many other diet books and none of them worked for me. There is something about the combination of mind, body, spirit and health that appealed to me. Although I don't consider myself a religious person and the idea of this diet being based on the Bible somehow frightens me, I am drawn to the ideas and knowledge Jordan Rubin offers in this book. I'm normally not a reader and very rarely finish a book, but I can not put this one down. Being the skeptic I am, I looked for reasons or a motive for him to write this book that are not pure. I realize it's really none of my business what his motives are, agreeable or disagreeable to me. If people can be helped by reading and learning about what he has to say, good has been done. At least now I have hope that I can become the healthy person I would like to be. This book is a blessing.
It's not just about losing weight, May 24, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
What I like about this book is that it provides not only a diet for losing weight and restoring the digestive system, but it also provides an element of spirituality, philosophy, and knowledge that is not provided in diet books that simply claim to make you lose weight fast. Yes, this book is for people who want to lose weight but also for those that want to get more health and long term benefits out of their diets.
Discover how Jordan Rubin's faith-based journey from near death to vital health led him to uncover the timeless principles of the world's healthiest people. By following The Maker's Diet, your health dreams can become a reality.
We are in a health crisis. Virtually every disease is on the rise, and we have never been at greater risk. Statistics indicate that nearly 25% of the population is morbidly obese, with 60% classified as overweight; childhood obesity is a health concern for the first time in our recorded history.
Fortunately, there is a way for us to help control whether or not we become part of the grim health statistics, but it requires proactive participation. From the inception of humanity until now, there has been a plan for optimal health.
Humanity's design has not changed, and neither has its nutrition requirements. Historical human nutrition and contemporary scientific studies indicate a way of nourishing the body that will attain and maintain overall health in the way it was designed. In as little as 40 days, "The Maker's Diet" can transform the way you eat and live.