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Health, Home, and Happiness: About The Maker's Diet

Monday, May 4, 2009

About The Maker's Diet

With my scatteredness (I'll blame that on the kids) I never really got around to explaining what The Maker's Diet is about. Now that both kids are asleep, I think I should be able to give a review.

The Maker's Diet is by Jordan S Rubin and it explains his story of severe digestive problems, not being able to find an effective treatment with modern mainstream medicine or alternative medicine, but finally being healed by following a diet that the Lord Himself gave us. He advocates the use of whole foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, meats, and milk. He shuns modern food like white flour, artificial sweeteners, as well as what as described as 'unclean' in the Bible; pork, some birds (still need to look that up), and sea life that doesn't have fins or scales (no shell fish). He talks about the missing microorganisms that populate our gut to help us digest our food, and how they have been depleted by modern food production techniquies and lack of playing in the dirt as children. It isn't about counting calories or fat grams or points. It's a method for over, under, and just the right weight people. It's not about weight loss, it's about eating in a way that is best for the body.

If you are a Christian reading this, you may find yourself bristling at me. All things are clean for me, isn't that what Paul said? Yes. I believe that. I believe that eating pork is not a sin. I do believe that our Creator, who designed us, also wrote an instruction manual for us, and that by following his food suggestions, we will be blessed with better health.

I remember the spring after I was married, I wanted to surprise my new husband and mow the lawn for him. Being familliar with lawn mowers, I started up the mower and started cutting. By the time I got half way through the front lawn, I was out of gas. So I went into the garage, got the gas can, and filled the mower. I was pretty pleased with myself and went on to continue mowing the grass. The mower was running a little oddly, but I thought that was because it had just sat over the winter. When I went to shut it off and put it back in the shed, it wouldn't shut off. I shook it. I kicked it. It still was running. I called my husband, no answer. Called my most mechanically minded friend. No answer. Called my brother-in-law, he answered and told me how to 'choke' the engine to shut it off. When my husband came home and I told him of my adventure and about the stupid mower that didn't run, he informed me that there was diesel in the gas can. I didn't suspect that, since we didn't have a diesel vehicle. But that's why the mower kept running and wouldn't do what it was supposed to. He asked me why I couldn't smell the difference, but I wasn't familliar with the different smells of gasoline and diesel. When a few years later we went on to get a diesel truck, he was pretty wary to let me fill it up at the gas station for quite a while...

Our bodies are like the mower. We can function okay on processed junk food, and we can plug through our tasks. And at first, like how I was unable to tell the different smells of gasoline and diesel, we may not really see a difference between good food and bad food. But once your body is used to the good stuff, you will quickly be able to tell what will make you function at your highest capacity. But if all you ever have known is 'diesel', it's hard to believe. And that is why I encourage you to look into The Maker's Diet. If you're not sure and don't want to spend yet another $10 on a diet book to sit on your shelf, borrow it from the library and give it a look over, or buy it super cheap on Amazon's used books section (I did both of those).

Follow along with me by subscribing, and I'll try to show you my every day meals that incorporate these principals. 

Everything I post is Maker's-diet friendly, other than what's labeled 'confessions'.  Nourishing Traditions is a great resource as well, though if you're new to real whole foods I recommend The Maker's Diet to start out with since Nourishing Traditions is a lot to take in all at once.  The Maker's Diet is unashamedly Christian, so if that puts you off, Eat Fat Lose Fat is a good book to start with.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and want to try The Maker's Diet, I would encourage you to go all the way to his 'phase 3' and skip the lower-carb first and second phases.  For more intense weight loss, starting as he describes from the beginning should work well!  I personally gained 65 lbs with each of my pregnancies, and lost the weight easily by sticking with a real whole foods diet.  I incorporated plenty of healthy fats, carbs, and protein and felt completely satisfied.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cara, I just found your blog today & it's great! I am currently re-reading the Maker's Diet. It is something I really would love to do for my family but am concerned that we can't afford it. Can you share how you incorporate the principals of the diet into your family's life? How much (if you are comfortable sharing) would your expect to spend feeding a family of 4 per month? What vitamins/supplements, if any, do you give to your children? Sorry for all the questions but I am so excited to find a mom talking about The Maker's Diet. Thanks! Joy

November 11, 2009 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

Thanks, Joy!
I just did an article on saving money on your grocery bill
I'll admit that I do spend more $ on food now, but hubby misses less work the more healthy we eat, so that actually more than covers it (he doesn't get sick pay). I'm spending $425/month in Montana. My husband does construction, so he eats quite a bit. When he was off work and I switched back to conventionally raised meat to save $ we spent $250/month between him not burning so many calories and the meat cost.

We only take cod liver oil and a probiotic right now. I'm looking into juicing, and that I'd consider a supplement since it's so expensive.

If you subscribe to my blog, I try to post just the simple meals that we eat daily. On the right side of the page there is a list of links to the more complicated stuff like soaked wheat bread and lactofermented veggies. Even those are really simple, just take a bit to explain. I'd recommend taking it slow, going too fast will have everyone rebelling! Feel free to ask questions anywhere in the comments, if there are enough, I'll just write a whole post based on them :)

November 11, 2009 at 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what form is the cod liver oil in? How do you give it to the kids? And the probiotic? Do you buy them at the health food store or order online? How much of the diet you make for your family is organic vs. conventional? Do you think a bread machine would be able to make the breads from the sprouted and/or soaked ingredients? Thanks!!!

November 12, 2009 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

I love all the questions :)

Cod Liver oil is actually fruit punch flavored. I put it in the toddler's sippy cup, mixed with diluted juice. I got it from my health food store, it's Barlean's brand. Amazon has it too.

A bread machine could do the soaked bread, I think, but you'd have to use the 'dough' cycle twice to allow it to soak between. I haven't done sprouted bread before.

We eat only organic beef, chicken, apples, berries. Eggs are pastured (allowed to eat good bugs and stuff) but not organic. Wheat is organic, but not certified. The rest of our produce isn't organic. I do try to buy organic produce for my lactofermented veggies but don't always. We're mostly dairy free, but that's something I think should be organic and preferably raw.

I'm using the Biokult probiotic, I ordered it online. I open up the capsule and put half of it in my toddler's juice (quite a concoction I've got going there :)

November 12, 2009 at 6:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cara, how do I subscribe to your blog? Thanks for all your answers! The kids and I just made our first semi-homemade yogurt together! We just used plain Stoneyfield's organic yogurt, added a few drops of vanilla extract & a squirt of honey. It's delicious & they love it!!! Although a little "drippy" as Emma says, so they're drinking it from the bowls:)

November 12, 2009 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger Cara said...


I thought I had subscription links, but apparently I didn't so I just added them to the top of my blog. I'm just now trying the email one myself, but I know the 'subscribe in a reader' will work for sure if you use Bloglines or Google Reader or anything.

November 12, 2009 at 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Cara!
I just found your blog today. Very inspiring! I have recently read this book, The Maker's Diet, and I am hoping to incorporate it into my home. I can't wait to read more of your blogs.
Thank you for sharing.
Jeanne in Arizona

February 19, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

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