This is Kathleen Raskin of Las Vegas, and I’d like to welcome you back to Kathey Jo’s Kitchen. Today I’ll be getting back to my roots and giving you an idea of what the Garden of Eden diet is. If you feel you’re ready to make a healthy change to your diet, then consider discussing with your doctor and incorporating this nourishment into your wellness plan.
The Garden of Eden diet emphasizes fruits and vegetables as part of your daily consumption. Meals remain the same (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). You should be prepared to cut out animal products, oils, and processed food, things that didn’t exist as heavily as they did in Biblical times.
A Vegetable a Day
You’ll have a bowl of oatmeal without milk or sugar for breakfast, paired with a glass of vegetable juice. Snacks are fruit, vegetables or a glass of vegetable juice only. Lunch is a vegetable salad tossed with olive oil, chopped dates can be added for flavor. Dinner is a vegetable salad, fruit optional. Cooked foods are allowed for dinner, so consider augmenting your vegetable salad with beans, brown rice, fish, whole grain oatmeal, boiled plantains, and sweet potatoes.
Cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and ginger are allowed. Avoid animal products, deep fried foods, oil, refined foods, salt, soda, sugar, white bread, and white rice.
Garden of Eden diet and the Hallelujah diet are similar in some ways, focusing on items that were available only during Biblical times. The Hallelujah Diet is 85% raw plant-based food, and 15% cooked food. The 85% is built around the foods God instructs man to eat (Genesis 1:29). There are specific options available for the 15% including beans, dairy, drinks, fruit, grains, oils, seasonings, soups, sweeteners, and vegetables.
The Garden of Eden diet can feel restrictive, if you’re unmotivated to sticking to the plan. But it can work, if it’s approved by your doctor, and you’ve got the guts to see it through. Is this something you’d be willing to incorporate into your wellness plans? Let me – Kathleen Raskin – know in the comments.