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The Maker's Diet: The 40-day health experience that will change your life forever Paperback – Mar 16 2005

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Siloam; 1st Printing edition (March 16 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591857147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591857143
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 336 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 16 2005
Format: Paperback
I've read this book and I don't see the inconsistancies in it. He doesn't say don't eat carbs. He says to be careful about what carbs you eat. He says to cut out the sugars, refinded flour, etc. He says to eat a lot of live, raw vegetables (Organic). As for the fish, he never says not to eat any fish. There are some seafoods he says not to eat such as shrimp, and clams because they don't expell the toxins. Basically any fish without fins and scales are off limits.
To the guy who wrote questioning if he was a doctor...Did you even read the book? I don't think you did. He has his certifications and boards that he is a member of. He wouldn't be able to call himself a Doctor if he wasn't. Also did you know that every single health product (anything that's not manufactured by a drug company) has those two disclaimers "..has not been evaluated by the FDA" and "products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease." If you have no proof of it not working then I don't think you have the right to be putting Dr. Rubin down. He has helped many people overcome many health problems. As a side note, almost none of the modern day drugs cure any disease or maladies, they're just bandages and it doesn't treat the root cause.
I encourage everyone to read this book. It makes sense and will be beneficial to many people who want to lead healthier lives. He does recommend his products, which he has every right to do, but it is not mandatory. Read the book and make up your own mind about it. At first I was a little skeptical, but I read it, and from some of the changes I've started to make in my eating habits, I have seen a difference (I'm not talking about weight), and I have not yet taken his products, but I think I may try the Primal Defence.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gwen Stone on July 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
To all the critiques out there (especiall the one below), this is not a fad diet. Depriving people of the opportunity to read this book is depriving people of information that can make them healthier and help them lose weight in a safe way.That is why I am writing this review.
This book does not claim to help you lose "20 pounds by this summer !!" It has certainly helped me lose weight as well as alleviate my digestion problems. It has given me the energy that I didn't have before I started with this diet. Yes, organic foods are a bit more expensive and this diet does require a change of lifestyle, but does cancer and other take your pick. It's about how to lsoe weight (if you need), live healthier and prevent health problems in the future for you and your family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 24 2005
Format: Hardcover
I personally thought the book was good, and had many terrific insights into healthy and Biblical eating habits. However, I suffer from the impracticality of these habits in an already healthy person's live. I can see how it would do well with a person who has problems, however. Organic food is VERY expensive to buy for a healthy family. I can see doing it for someone who is single, or a couple, though. Also the 40-day plan to get started on the diet is outrageous. I cannot identify what many of those foods are, because they are not typically in one's supermarket. You MIGHT find them in a local health foods store. And I commend anyone who is strong enough to make it through stage 1! I personally wasn't brave enough to try the types of foods it required. And I wasn't ready to give up my shrimp and crab legs (yum!).
Now, occasionally I like to buy an organic product or two. I will sometimes buy organic fruit (which is delicious, by the way), and more recently I have discovered organic peanut butter - all I do is push a lever, and I get fresh peanut butter from the peanuts in the bin! I love it, and the kids adore it! And I like to use more natural products, like butter (rather than margarine), sugar (rather than sweetners), and real salt. I know that contrary to popular belief, those things are better for the body than their lab-made counterparts. But on the whole, I really don't like "organic" milk, or what is considered "organic" cereals. Those really do taste like twigs and dirt to me. Give me some good ol' fashioned 2% cow's milk and oatmeal with strawberries any day! And organic meat is way to expensive. Like I said, far too impractical for a family. On the other hand, if I had a farm, I would raise my own meats, vegetables, and fruits. And I would love it (I know because I ate food from my grandmother's farm). It's fresh. it's wonderful. It can feed a family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephans on July 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
Is there a divine plan for health and nutrition that we can follow? Jordan Rubin emphatically says there is in The Maker's Diet. Based on his study of scriptures, health and nutrition, and his own experience of sickness and recovery, Rubin presents a diet and overall wellness plan that he believes lines up with God's plan for healthy people.
The Maker's Diet begins with Rubin's inspiring story of his battle with severe Crohn's disease. His doctors called his case the worst they had seen. During college, Rubin went from the picture of health to death's doorstep-6'1 and weighing 111 pounds due to digestive problems related to Crohn's disease. Rather than giving up after over a year of sickness, Rubin clung to his faith in God and sought one more solution. The final try was a man who had developed a Biblically-based diet and health plan. This early version of the Maker's Diet saved Rubin's life and led to his complete recovery and healing over the course of several months. He includes astounding before and after pictures of himself that demonstrate the diet's effect.
This experience inspired Rubin to enhance the Biblically-based diet through additional research and create Garden of Life, a health and wellness company.
Rubin's in-depth analysis of the typical American's diet compared to what he considers to be a healthy, nutritious diet impacted me. In the recent weeks since reading the book, I have changed my grocery shopping and eating habits to better follow the book's general guidelines for healthy eating.
Rubin emphasizes the benefits of natural and organic foods in contrast to the nutritional deficits found in processed and engineered foods.
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