This book is about what Rubin calls the three principles or pillars of biblical health.
- Eat what God created for food.
- Don't alter God's design.
- Don't let any food or drink become your idol.
“I believe it's critical to return to our Maker's plan for eating healthy,” he writes. (20) He is proof of what he advocates. He shares his own near death condition, having been diagnosed with Crohn's disease when young. He went to a nutritionist who introduced him to God's health plan in the Bible. He believes following this plan saved his life and is the reason he is healthy today.
The plan builds on the twin goals of cleansing the body of toxins and building, restoring a healthy body. It is a ten day partial fasting program similar to what Daniel and his friends consumed. Rubin points out that Daniel was not necessarily a vegetarian so part of the plan includes meat.
After going through the regimen, he includes his ideas on skin care and exercise. He ends the book with sample eating plans and recipes.
Rubin sells the foods and liquids (and skin items) he recommends in the book. However, I was glad to see that one could still do the program without purchasing his products. He gives enough information, such as lists of foods, so that a diligent person may complete the cleansing and building on their own. Finding some of the items, such as Amasai, may be difficult.
Some parts of the plan surprised me, such as not eating until after noon and shortening the total hours of eating altogether. Other parts were not surprising, such as the emphasis on eating raw and organic foods.
Rubin includes many references to research in explaining why the plan is designed as it is. He has included no footnotes in this book so it should not be seen as a scientific work, by any means. In doing a little research on my own, I found that some of the studies are valid while others border on pseudoscience. An example is Jacque Benveniste's claim that water has a memory. Rubin admits that “Benveniste was misled by flawed experiments.” (60) Why even include a flawed study on water?
Something else to be aware of regarding this food plan is the number of disclaimers included in the book. Most of them are regarding consuming raw eggs or dairy. As with any change in diet, he also recommends consulting your health care practitioner first.
Overall I was impressed with this book. It is not just a gimmick to buy Rubin's products. There is really enough information included in the book that you could pretty much follow the regimen on your own.
You can find out more about the program and the author and read an excerpt here.
Jordan Rubin is the best-selling author of The Maker's Diet and twenty additional health titles. He is the founder of Beyond Organic, a company specializing in organic food, beverages, and skin and body care products that includes farming operations on over 8,000 organic farms in Missouri and Georgia.
Destiny Image, 272 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Book Club Network for the purpose of this review.