Hallelujah diet is a raw food plant based diet. Here's how you can follow it and its benefits. Read on.
It is very hard for people to settle on one diet plan. To lose weight or to adopt a good healthy way of life, one has to quit his/her habits of munching junk and follow the diet strictly. Only a nourishing diet and physical activity combined together can contribute towards leading a conditioned lifestyle. From keto diet to rainbow diet, to intermittent fasting, there are so many options to choose your routine diet plan from. Different types of diets have a wide range of health benefits attached to them, ranging from weight loss to boosting immunity. Another diet that has gained popularity in recent times is the Hallelujah Diet. Do you know what it is? To know more about Hallelujah diet, Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke to Dietician Neha Pathania, Chief- Dietitian, Paras Hospital Gurugram. Read further to know all the details you need to learn about this type of diet.
What is Hallelujah diet?
Hallelujah diet is basically 80-90% raw food. This diet consists of 80-90% raw or unprocessed plant food. 15% of the food should come from the cooked plant based food, while 85% should be fruits, vegetables, sprouts which are not processed, not cooked. Hallelujah diet may bring a drastic change in what you have been eating till now. It can be hard to follow through with the rules and regulations of this diet. It demands a lot of planning and preparation to follow this diet. You can even take supplements on the advice of your dietician. So, the Hallelujah diet encourages organic diet and healthy eating.
How to follow Hallelujah diet?
There is no specific timing to follow in Hallelujah diet. The only think one needs to take care of is that 15-20% should come from the cooked food and 80-90% should come from uncooked food. So, it is not necessary that an individual should stick to timing if one is sticking to the diet which one is following. Basically, in this diet, one should take small frequent meals. Breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, mid afternoon snack and then dinner. So, it should consist of 5-6 small frequent meals.
What to eat and avoid on the Hallelujah diet?
Dt. Neha said, "If you are eating 80-90% of raw or unprocessed food which should consist of fruits and vegetables, so variety should be the key. Many times dieticians do say that you should have this and that kind of fruit, but when you are eating fruits, then variety should be the main focus." Here the food items that you need to eat and avoid on the Hallelujah diet:
1. Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are the main component of this kind of diet. Everyone can have all the fruits and vegetables as they are very healthy. Each fruit and vegetable has its own set of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Healthy fruits like berries, apple, watermelon, papaya and grapes can be consumed any time if the day, especially for breakfast. However, the people who are prone to respiratory problems, shouldn't be taking them raw. They should be taking a stew or soup kind of a thing because sometimes, raw fruits and vegetables may trigger their respiratory problems.
Sprouts can be included in your daily diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Kidney bean sprouts are the most high in protein and have low calorific value. In fact, you can even germinate sprouts at home on your own. You can make a light salad by adding cucumber and onion to your bowl of sprouts. This can become a very healthy addition to your hallelujah diet.
Juices can also be taken in Hallelujah diet. So far, it has just been about raw and unprocessed food. You can even make juices from those fruits and vegetables like papaya, orange, apple, pomegranate, etc. We should keep variety of multivitamin nutrients and minerals coming into the body. Fresh juices are a good way to stay healthy and can be easily made at home too.
4. Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds include cashew nuts, walnuts, almonds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, etc. These have a wide range of benefits and are a good addition to this diet. Nuts and seeds are rich in nutrients and are being included in Hallelujah diet since the very beginning. You have to be careful with the proportion and take only 8-10 pieces of nuts in a day.
Processed meat like hot dogs, sausages, salami, cured bacon and corned beef should also be avoided when one is following hallelujah diet. In fact, people who are on this diet avoid meats like beef, chicken and pork as they have high amount of fats. And, having it can even be harmful for your weight loss regime.
2. Dairy products
Hallelujah diet is also a kind of vegan diet and says no to meat and dairy products too. Dairy products like cheese, milk and yogurt should surely be avoided while following this type of diet. Instead, one should have steamed vegetables, baked sweet potatoes, whole grains and beans, that are among the cooked foods allowed. Meat and dairy products are manufactured with additives, preservatives, and artificial ingredients. And, this diet focuses on eradicating such foods.
Sugar is a toxic food and is also manufactured with additives and artificial ingredients. The consumption of so many calories and sugars is not healthy for us. It can lead to obesity and many other health problems in the body like diabetes, High blood pressure, fatty liver, inflammation and risk of heart attack. You should also avoid cola drinks and chocolates, if you are following hallelujah diet.
4. Refined flour
Refined flour or maida can increase the sugar levels very quickly. It does not have any good nutrients but huge amount of calorie content. The consumption of food items made up of maida can also increase your blood sugar levels. Hallelujah diet is a low calorie diet, hence, it is not allowed to consume refined flour or any foods made using it.
Hallelujah diet benefits
1. Prevents cancer
This is a kind of diet which is known as a cancer preventing diet. A person just has to take care of the consumption of nuts and seeds, and they're good to go. The fruits, vegetables, sprouts, juices are good for cancer patients and also helps in prevention.
2. Aids weight loss
It is beneficial for weight loss as most of it comes from the raw and unprocessed food. Weight loss indicates that the more you eat unprocessed food, the more you are keeping yourself healthy. Even if you are not having raw food, it is steamed so Hallelujah diet is an aid for weight loss.
3. Good for constipation
Hallelujah diet is also known to be good for constipation. It is a raw food and plant based diet that helps in keeping your digestive system healthy. If the digestion is good, you will not have any gas problem or any constipation problem, which results in helping in weight loss. Therefore, you can follow this diet if you are suffering from constipation.
4. Helps with diabetes and cholesterol
Hallelujah diet also helps with diabetes as well as cholesterol. This diet is full of antioxidants and fibre. Besides making your immunity stronger, it can even balance your blood sugar levels and maintain your cholesterol levels. No added preservatives make this diet a good choice to stay healthy along with the consumption of so many vitamins and minerals.
These were the benefits and foods to avoid and eat to follow Hallelujah diet. This diet can help in maintaining an optimum weight along with many other health benefits. Moreover, you can take your dietician's suggestion as to what is healthy and suitable for your body.
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