the original food diet | "the rules"

Whole, real, unprocessed food.

Food you could grow yourself.

Food God created for us to enjoy.

Starting April 1, that's all I will eat for 40 days.


In case you might have missed last Friday’s announcement, I've decided to go crazy and conduct an experiment on myself! :) I'm going to change my diet significantly for the next few weeks.

It's going to be a big deal for this food-lover! I have no idea what will happen, but I'm hoping to see all kinds of benefits in my body and mind.

Today I'm setting up the "rules" for my experiment! I'm so, so excited. This is something I've dreamed about doing for many years, and I can't wait to see what happens!

Here's the deal: I'm going to eat natural food. I'm going to eat only the foods from the ground that God made, and I'm going to try to eat them in their original form.

 

the theory behind this experiment

Here's what I'm thinking... if we were to step back into the garden of Eden, and we had all of the food God made at our fingertips to eat, what would our health look like? How much are we really affected by what we eat now?

And what were we originally intended to eat before the fall of man? Definitely not meat, right?

What do we know God provided for them to eat in that perfect place? For sure? Plants- fruit from the trees.

Genesis 1:29-30 tells us what humans and animals were originally given to eat:

29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

So that's what I want to eat too. Things that are from plants and tree yielding seeds. No meats. No dairy products. No eggs.

Crazy, right?


I know. It totally is! I've never done anything like this before. :)

 

We basically have the world's plants at our fingertips. We are abundantly blessed with tons of food choices here. We have more than enough options to eat a balanced diet. I decided that I’m going for it! It’s a little scary, but entirely possible!

 

the original food diet “rules”

I'm creating my own scheme of foods based on what I've studied. I'm calling it the "original food" diet. For 40 days, I’ll be following these guidelines for what I eat! :)

 

My allowed foods are any naturally occurring plant-based foods:

vegetables
fruit
legumes
whole grains
nuts
seasonings from seed plants

 

Foods I'll be avoiding: anything artificially or factory-created or any animal meat or animal product.

meats
bread
cookies
cereals
pasta
refined sugars
dairy
eggs
artificial sweeteners {this is huge for me!}

for those joining the challenge

I know some of you are planning to join me on this journey, and I couldn't be more excited to have your company! For those of you following along, I want to encourage you to make it personal- make it work for you.
 
There is no Biblical law that says you have to eat any certain type of food. There are no Biblical mandates about eating or not eating certain foods now. This is not right and wrong, this is an experiment for me just about choosing carefully what I add to my body. :)

I encourage you to study food and really think about what goes in, and decide what you will eat and not eat. :) I promise, I won't be upset if you eat pasta and cheese! This is just what I've decided to do for me. :D

 

what I’ll be sharing

My plan was to do this by myself, but my hubs started listening and reading about it, and he decided he's going to do it with me! Yay! So we will get a man's perspective and since he works out, he's going to do measurements to see how it works with muscle-building exercise, too!

I'll be tracking what I eat, and what I'm feeling, and how it's affecting my body and energy levels.  I'll be posting pictures of my meals, and I'll be sharing my favorite recipes along the way. I’ve created a pinterest board to share posts I love and recipes too. :)

I’ll be sharing my menu plan as soon as I can- but the really the whole idea is, if it’s from a plant with seeds, you can eat it. :)  {I’ll be saying goodbye to all of my favorite processed things in the next 48 hours! :P}

I’m so excited- just two days left! Are you going for it too? :D

 


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56 comments

ShannonC said...

Very excited!! I was a vegetarian for a year and I felt my best. I have been meaning to go back in that direction so this is just what I need to get motivated. The key for me will be to unsubscribe from all the foodie blogs I read!

Bonnie said...

Mandy, Have you by any chance read the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker? She did something similar (actually, hers was more radical and not as sustainable). Food was just one of the seven areas she dealt with. I read the book in two sittings. Your experiment is intriguing. I'd really like to try something similar. (My husband, however, would most assuredly NOT...our kids are grown.) Can't wait to follow along.

Anonymous said...

I'm all in. Excited to see how I will feel and I need to lose weight. This will be a healthy way to do it. Ill be checking back daily to read your updates.

agoconnor said...

First of all, I am curious as to why you think there are no dietary mandates in the Bible that apply today? Secondly, I think this is a great thing for you to do - I have been wanting to do it as well but havent figured out how/where to jump in. :-) I have been a strict ovo-lacto vegetarian since I was 7 (I read labels for chicken stock, beef fat, etc) but the vegan/natural diet eludes me. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is very weak. :-/ I havent read through your menus and observations yet. I cant wait to see if there is anything that will inspire and encourage me to try it, even for a week or 2! Thanks for blogging!

Melissa Danisi said...

I have been a vegetarian for 15 years. All I can say is make sure you get enough protein! That's probably the hardest part, is counting my protein. Lots of beans, raw seeds/nuts, but I eat cottage cheese/dairy & whole grains because they're good sources too! Two things that people have helped me realize:
1. In Acts "Peter had a dream" and that all foods are clean now. We live in the New Covenant so while it is so much healthier to eat real food, meats are permissible! (Though I still don’t eat meat)
2. In recent study of Leviticus, you see God giving strict restrictions on food/meat and how to eat it. Ultimately (as most of His law is) it’s to protect us from disease, illness, etc. Now we have refrigerators and other technologies that can do that.
So while I 100% believe in raw/plant based diet, I also know there is freedom in Christ through the New Covenant. With that, I just can’t get over all of the weird stuff we do to our food (chemicals, hormones, pesticides) so I still stay away from meat and try to avoid as much “fake” stuff as possible.
I look forward to recipes you’re sharing!

Janene said...

I love this site--http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

I've been inspired to make changes that are sticking.

Stacey said...

I just found your site from a link on Facebook. I am amazed because God had just pressed upon my heart this week to eat real food. Thank you for offering this so I can "do"this with others.

CJ said...

I just might join you! I found your blog via Women Living Well. I have tried to eat like this on and off for about 10 years. If I could just keep it up I would LOVE it! YES! Feed your kids this way! Some people think this is unnatural and cruel to feed your kids clean, unprocessed food. You can get all of your nutritional needs met with this diet (wtih the exception of B12 - which you can supplement). You can get plenty of protein and calcium. Most people do not realize how much protein that vegetables contain. My downfall is not living close to town and having to make frequent trips to the store so that I have fresh veggies/fruits. No gardening for me for a few months. I still have over a foot of snow in my backyard!
A good resource for recipes and concerns - www.drmcdougall.com Also, you might want to chart your food intake on something like Spark People so that you can see your protein, calcium intake. I just saw some Quinoa lettuce wraps on Pinterest that could easily be modified to fit this plan. Yummmm!

stinnett51102 said...

I did this in January and never felt better!!! The key to it is planning - I had to make sure I had things prepared ahead of time so I didn't stress about it. I also eat a ton of beans - you can make a fabulous filling bean/veggie soup that really made it easy! Also Lara bars (I make my own because they are expensive). My kids didn't completly do it with me but they loved veggie bean burgers. I did it as a fast because I want to want God more that all that food that isn't good for me. Can't wait to see how it goes for you - I may just have to start again!

Tina said...

Mandy, I'm with you starting tomorrow! Just enjoyed my last cupcake. :D

Melody Deshaies said...

I'm new to your blog, but I just wanted to say, good for you! I think it's great that you're going to challenge yourself to do this. I, myself, would probably cave after a day or two. As I was reading your post, I started to think about the different foods I eat and what I would have to stop eating and I almost broke out into a cold sweat!! ;) Though in all honesty, I think it would be interesting to try. Not sure my husband would be on board.... much less my son! :)

Mariagaglio said...

sound like a challenge! i am in!

Crystalchuckgracie said...

what about rice?

Queenb said...

I've already been working my way toward eating like this (I needed time to wean myself off all the JUNK I was feeding my body!) I will be closely following your journey for motivation as well as recipes......I am still allowing myself fish as well as eggs:)

Liz said...

This is fascinating...I've wondered the same thing too, what would it be like to eat only those foods? And were we intended to eat only those foods? I'm glad to know that I am not the only one who wonders about these things!

But that's not to say I have the courage to figure it out for myself...but now I am inspired, so we will see!

Good luck on your journey!

Liz

mandyBH said...

Unrefined rice is okay! :D

mandyBH said...

wohoo!! I can't wait to hear how it's going!

mandyBH said...

I had a piece of chocolate cake for my last hurrah! :D we are so alike!

mandyBH said...

I would love your soup recipe! :D

mandyBH said...

Yay!!! I love it! I'm so glad you're here, Stacey!!

mandyBH said...

I'm new to that one and loving it as well!

mandyBH said...

I'm not going strictly organic for now. I'm trying on the diet changes first, then i'll probably go there! heehee :D

mandyBH said...

Thank you Nikki!! I'm so glad you're here!! I love it when peeps like you share your experience- I'm soaking up all the info I can get on natural eating! thank you for commenting!

mandyBH said...

I'm interested to see how it goes too! It's all new to me! :D I'm glad you're here!

mandyBH said...

They are eating semi-normal menu with more veggies than usual b/c we are eating them. EVO is on the menu for now, but I'm not a big oil person in the first place, so I don't use it much. :D

mandyBH said...

thanks Ulrika!! I have B12 in the cabinet now, so I'm going to take some! thank you for the reminder!

mandyBH said...

I will, thank you!

Rsmanyblessings said...

Two wonderful doctors have spent most of their careers promoting just such a diet! Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" and Dr. Collin Campbell "The China Study." If you do a search on CNN, you can see a 45 minute video entitled "The Last Heart Attack" which features both doctors. They are also featured in the video "Forks Over Knives" which is excellent and available at Amazon. Also, Dr. Esselstyn's son, Rip Esselstyn has "The Engine 2 Diet" which you can read about on the website of the same name. Fascinating stuff, all of it! Looking forward to joining you!

Adrienne Reina said...

Hi Mandy!! I love your blog it is so encouraging! Me and my family are starting pretty much the same life change. This has been something I have been trying to do for the past couple of years. I started the change about a week ago. But this week I'm going even further. I even went as far as taking before pictures to compare to the after {hopefully there won't be an after....but a permanent change}. So I will be joining you on this journey too! I'm glad I stopped here!! Thank you for sharing

Stacey said...

I've been learning more and more about food from a Biblical perspective, and it sure has been interesting! If you look through Genesis, you will see that after the flood, God told Noah and his family that they could now have any clean animal for food. Note how God doesn't actually tell him which animals are clean.... this was already established from the beginning!

Contrary to popular belief, I don't think that the New Covenant has anything to do with food. The passage where Peter has a vision was actually not about the food. It was God's way of showing Peter that it was OK for him to minister to the Gentiles, and to accept them as fellow believers. Even Peter knew it wasn't about the food, and you'll see that if you read it carefully.

All of the animals and sea "food" that God says are unclean are actually really, UNCLEAN! For real! Pigs and shellfish are bottom feeders. They eat the garbage of the world, and that garbage becomes a part of them. God had a reason for choosing animals that chew the cud. Their digestive system works longer and harder on the food to filter out the bad. Pigs digest things in a matter of a couple of hours. Not enough time to filter out the bad. I find it really fascinating to learn about this stuff :)

Anyway, I love it that you are looking to the Bible to see what God intended for us to eat. We don't often think about the fact that God really does know what's best for our health.

my2beauties said...

Hi! My husband and I did a 10 day juice (veg and fruit) fast. We've since transitioned to a diet similar to this one. Do you have a specific place you find good recipes?

shar said...

...coffee is a bean.....

amie bowersmith said...

Very interesting...I look forward to seeing your menu and what there is left to eat when cutting out all of those things. I am also interested in how you will do this and have enough energy. I am not brave enough to play along but perhaps if your experience is good I could give it a try

crystalwoolever said...

I'm excited for you to do this!!! Will you please let us know how you plan on making the legumes taste better. I think the hardest part for me when I did this was flavoring the food. I'm not a big veggie fan so I found myself eating a lot of fruit and sweet potatoes. I think I could stick with it longer had I been able to make the food taste a little better. I did see quite a few benefits though, for one my nails grew very fast, and my hair seemed to shine more. And my body just felt cleaner. Does that make any sense?? Anyhoo- good luck!!

Ellie said...

I'm really excited you're doing this! We try to eat vegan but it's hard to always leave out the processed food. I'll be curious to know in future posts how it goes, what you eat and how you feel. Best wishes!

Melissa said...

I've been trying to feed my family with more plant-based recipes as well, and we are slowly weaning ourselves off so much meat :) I would love it if you would include the cost/prices on your ingredients and recipes. Also if you could include where you bought your ingredients (ie, WholeFoods, Trader Joes, Supermarket, walmart, etc.) that would be great. :) I'll be loosely following along with you as you go through this process. Blessings!

Gina said...

Well, after watching this http://www.hungryforchange.tv/online-premiere (still free through tomorrow) I am seriously considering making some major changes. I was going to wait a couple of weeks because I will have company for a few days and our big family Easter gathering. I am still figuring out what I am going to change so I'll be reading along and seeing how it is going for you. :)

Lindsay long said...

i want to do this challange with you!

lindsay long said...

so no coffee right? :)

Trisha said...

i did this for 6 weeks. it was easy then hard, then easy, then hard again! i lost 25 pounds... it was amazing! i wish i could do it with you now, but i am pregnant, so i can't :( post your recipe choices... i have some recipes from when i did it on my blog.

Victoria Kreie said...

Ooh girl I bet you're going to feel great! I'm excited to hear how it goes!!!

The Chatty Mommy said...

Check out http://www.hacres.com - It is the Hallelujah Acres website and it is an excellent source of info.

Ulrika said...

Since you're doing this short term (to begin with at least ;)) this isn't so important but if you go longer term on this type of food make sure to include good plant calcium sources and a B12 supplement since B12 is pretty much only available in animal products. :)

Shannon Cimato said...

Also, what are you feeding your kids? Normal stuff? My kids wouldn't eat like this! Is olive oil off limits?

Haven said...

This is something I have been wanting to do also. I just need to get some things together. I'm now a diabetic so I'll have to have some smoothies with protein powder. I'm hoping to order a particular blender I've been wanting. I just need to do this to see if it eases my fibromyalgia pain. Thank you soooooo much for sharing this. I can't wait to see how it goes.
Blessings,
Haven

RaNae B said...

these links will be great sources of information, inspiration and encouragement for your experiment
http://www.hacres.com/about/history
http://www.hacres.com/hallelujah-diet
http://www.hacres.com/recipes

Nikki said...

I am your newest follower...found you from your GP at Karen's site today. So excited to "get to know you"! You have the most amazing hair! Just had to throw that in there :) Have a great weekend! I am a sorta-real foodie (I am , but I am not really hard on myself if I sway...but for me swaying is grinding my own flour and NOT soaking it. ha ha). We are dairy free and gluten free because my youngest has very severe food allergies. Look forward to following you!

Beth said...

I'm wondering if you're going to eat organic or not? This sounds like the Hallelujah Diet. I hope that you feel great during these 40 days!

amy said...

It does say in the Bible though that every animal was given to us for our nourishment as well as the herbs and fruits from the tree. (that's a paraphrase of Genesis 9:3-4) So you could eat meat if you are going strictly off what the Bible says...
Aside from that I think it's so cool that you're doing this challenge! Some of my friends are major proponents on whole, clean eating and they've influenced me to be the same. You would NOT believe how amazing you'll feel after getting rid of all processed food! It's great!

Niki said...

I know this post was from 5 months or so ago, but I'm very interested in reading the rest of your blogs about this and studying the Bible to understand what God says about food for myself. I am a diabetic and am overweight - I'm planning on starting a walk/run program with a goal of a 5K by mid-November. My husband is currently deployed so this is the PERFECT time to study about this and possibly even commit to trying it along with my new exercise program. Thank You for blogging about your experience

Jenna said...

1. In Acts "Peter had a dream" and that all foods are clean now. We live in the New Covenant so while it is so much healthier to eat real food, meats are permissible! (Though I still don’t eat meat)


^^ big time lulz to that.

Nicole said...

I am so glad I came across your post - I am going to do something very similar!! Now that I have two little ones, I've been considering for a while what effects the easy access to junk food would have on their life. We definitely need to get back to eating natural! Hope it all goes well for you. :)

Beck said...

I find this diet interesting and the comments too. But the question of meat in the diet still bugs me. In 1 Timothy 4 3-4, it speaks of churches allowing foods and other practices but vs 4 says "For every creature of God is good, and nothings to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving." I think if we would be going for a Biblical approach we shouldn't pick and choose. He provided them for us to enjoy and for our well being. This is the part of the diet I have a problem with. Also, the diet created for Adam and Eve was created for people before sin. Our bodies changed with sin. That diet was when they wouldn't die. We each have our own walk with God and our own paths on our journey. Just my thoughts. I admire your willpower.

Anonymous said...

Stacey, you seem to have a correct understanding of the Bible teaching on healthy food for our bodies. When you read the passage of Peter's vision, you will notice that, even after Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension to heaven, still Peter--and we could assume, the other apostles--did not have any reason to think that all kinds of meat were allowed now for GOD's people to eat. Peter found the vision very strange, and later he himself explains that now he understands the meaning...we are not to reject those people who GOD has cleansed as if they were still unclean--not converted/repentant. GOD was so clear, direct and specific in Gen. 1;29--Gen. 7,8; Lev. 11, even Daniel chapter 1, that we could expect HIM to be very clear, direct and specific if HE was to change something so radically. And then, through Malachi HE says;''I THE LORD, do not change''; and through Paul; ''Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever''. The only laws that changed with the new covenant are the 'ceremonial' laws, because they were symbolic and pointed towards the coming of the Messiah, and Jesus fulfilled them. The moral law--the Ten Commandments, including the 4th seventh day Sabbath--, and the health/hygiene laws have not changed, just as the character and creative design of GOD haven't changed. Our bodies have deteriorated much after the fall, wouldn't it make sense to look into GOD's original diet for the healing and maintenance of our health and optimum performance... We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, we shall take good care of us, to the glory of GOD, and to work in cooperation with His healing power. May HE give us the discernment, the desire and the power to surrender everything to Him, even our appetite for unhealthy food and other habits.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the long reply above...if anyone is interested in learning more about this topic, there is a wonderful bible study at...

http://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/study-guide/e/4990/t/gods-free-health-plan.aspx

Anonymous said...

www.amazinghealthfacts.org seems to have good info as well