For most of us, what we eat has been dictated to us by outside sources.
The first people to program our eating habits are our parents when we are children and they control our diets. Later, we become programmed by what others eat, influenced by what could be considered a kind of food “peer pressure.”
As our eating habits develop, even more programming is embedded through advertisements we’ve been exposed to or our own taste buds which have, themselves, been programmed by manufacturers to seek high salt, sugar, and fat.
If we are honest with ourselves, most of us will admit that we haven’t given much consideration to what we have been eating throughout most of our lives. Consequently, that absence of mindfulness has taken a terrible toll.
Proper Fuel for Your Car
Would you ever consider putting a low grade fuel or contaminated fuel into your vehicle?
Like most people, I'm sure that you would not!
And why not? Why do you choose high quality fuel for your car?
I believe most people who drive an automobile realize that using a low grade fuel would cause it to ping and knock, and that putting contaminated fuel into the vehicle might cause it to stop running altogether.
How do we know this about our automobile? Possibly, we have experienced some of these negative consequences when we inadvertently introduced the wrong fuel into our own automobile, or we learned it by reading the owner’s manual, or hearing it from others who shared their negative experiences.
Proper Fuel for Your Body
It saddens me that most people know more, and seem to care more, about the fuel they place in their automobiles then they do about the fuel they place in their own beautiful, God-made, physical bodies. And yet, just as much as proper fuel determines how well our cars run, proper fuel determines just how well our bodies run.
That was certainly the case in my life.
I filled my body with contaminated fuel right up until the age of 42 (1976), when I was told I had colon cancer.
So I am not here to criticize or condemn or to pass judgment on anyone because I have already been down that road - a road that led me to some serious physical problems, and a road I trust you will avoid at all cost.
Why did I travel such a road? The Bible gives us a very clear answer in the following verse:
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." ~ Hosea 4:6
When I learned that I had colon cancer, I learned something else, too. I learned that there was another way; yes a better way, to fuel (nourish) my body than the way I had been fueling it.
Based on my newly found knowledge, I changed what I ate (my fuel) and almost immediately started to get well.
In fact, within one year from the time I changed what I ate and started exercising, every single physical problem I was experiencing, prior to making that diet change, had gone away, including the cancer.
On this new fuel, I have enjoyed near perfect health for nearly four decades. (I suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in 2001 due to stress, but because I was on a healthy, high octane fuel diet, my recovery was very rapid.)
Your Body’s Built-In Computer
Our brain is very similar to a computer in that both gather and process information.
And just like the computer that sits on top of your lap, the computer that sits on top of your shoulders retains everything it has ever had programmed into it, whether that information was accurate or inaccurate.
The human brain is a reservoir of everything we have thought, been taught, or experienced. Most of the information stored in our brain is good information, but most of us have also picked up some bad programming through the years, especially in the area of nutrition.
The Truth About Health
If we are going to change our eating habits, our diet change must be based on more than a “whim” or a “fancy” or even a “heartfelt desire.” It must be based on truth and fact. Jesus said...:
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!” ~ John 8:32
And what is the truth that can free us from the burden of physical problems and health challenges? That truth is that God designed our physical bodies to run on a particular grade or octane of fuel. And God clearly articulated what that fuel was to be in the Bible.
“AND GOD SAID, Behold, I have given you every herb (vegetable) bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food (meat).” ~ Genesis 1:29
With these words, God tells us that the only fuel we should put into our bodies should come from the fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts that were found in His perfect garden.
Reprogramming Is Urgently Needed
Once we learn the truth as to what type of fuel our bodies were designed by God to be nourished with, the re-programming must begin - and that’s the hard part.
For whatever number of years we have been consuming the wrong fuel, our taste buds have become programmed, habituated, addicted to consuming that wrong fuel.
Changing an addiction is not easy.
In fact, the only way we can accomplish any permanent change in our eating habits is to re-program our brains.
The Bible puts it this way:
“And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing
of your mind.” ~ Romans 12:2
The only way I have been able to successfully “renew”
When I first made this diet change in 1976, I did it at the recommendation of Evangelist Lester Roloff.
However, almost immediately after making the diet change, and at his suggestion, I started studying the subject for myself – and thus the reprogramming — the “renewing” — of my brain began.
As time went by, I was no longer eating differently just because Brother Roloff encouraged me to eat differently.
I changed my diet because what I learned doing my research had re-programmed my brain so I knew that it was the ideal way to eat if I wanted to restore my health and prevent future sickness.
If we are going to develop good eating habits and sustain those good eating habits over the long haul, we must reprogram our minds!
By doing this, we are able to take control of our bodies with our minds – rather than allowing our bodies (flesh) to continue to dictate our food choices, as has been the case for most of us throughout our lives.
Opening Your Mind to New Information
If you are going to be successful in changing your eating patterns, you must, at least in the beginning, spend some time every day exposing your mind to new information.
Just be certain that it is data that is in keeping with the way God designed our bodies to be fueled and in the new way of eating He desires for us.
Personally, I do not believe there has been a day in the past nearly 40 years that I have not read something in the area of nutrition. It wasn’t always easy...
When I first made the diet change in 1976 (and even 16 years later when Rhonda and I started Hallelujah Acres) there were very few resources available with regard to a healthy diet, and especially coming from a Christian perspective.
Without resources with which to reprogram the brain, it was difficult in those early days for people to understand why they needed to change their diet. In 1988, I wrote my first book, “Why Christians Get Sick.” This book has been an eye-opener and a challenge to many to consider a diet change. Over one million copies are now in print in several languages.
The Best Things in Life are Free
Today, Hallelujah Acres offers numerous FREE resources to help people transition from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to a healthy diet regardless of their financial abilities, because we want this information to be available to all people. (Rhonda and I have each written a number of additional books, along with audio and video presentations.)
Following are some of the FREE resources currently available from Hallelujah Acres:
The Hallelujah Acres Website – Hundreds of hours of nutritional information from a biblical foundation, all FREE of charge. This website contains a gold mine of information; including over 800 previously published, weekly Hallelujah Acres Health Tips.
Biblical Nutrition 101 – This 12-lesson, downloadable course is perfect for individual or group use, or even as home-school curriculum. Over 13,000 people have downloaded this program to date!
The Hallelujah Acres Health Tip – Approximately 80,000 people worldwide receive Rev. Malkmus' Health Tips in their email inbox every week! Each week includes a feature article, recipe, testimonies from those who have been helped, and updates on the most recent happenings at Hallelujah Acres.
Living the Hallelujah Diet - This FREE 32-page magazine is a wonderful place to discover the secrets of anti-aging; how to energize your mind, body, and spirit; achieve ideal weight for life, and even a 4-page pull-out explaining how to do The Hallelujah Diet or The Hallelujah Recovery Diet throughout your day.
60 Days To Reclaim Your Health - Join us for a FREE 60-day journey to reclaiming your health with daily email updates to keep you focused and motivated.
60 Days To A Hallelujah Waistline – If you want to lose weight, this FREE 60-day program is a great way to do it. This is your chance to get personal instruction on how to break free of bad food, lose unwanted pounds, and live a vibrant new life.
Exercise Essentials with Paul & Ann – This FREE 30-day program is one of Hallelujah Acres’ most popular programs. It will teach you how to look better, feel better, and become the “you” you have always wanted to be. It will start you out with a simple workout and switch it up to increase your performance and results.
Health Matters - Each Health Matters program provides in-depth training on a specific health issue, delivered to your inbox once a week for the next 12 months. You'll get all the research, advice, recipes, and testimonials you need to make wise choices for your health – and regain the vibrant life you want!
Facebook - Get the latest scoop on what's happening at Hallelujah Acres, all day, every day! Plus, great information and tips from Facebook friends like you!
In addition to the above resources available from Hallelujah Acres, we have additional resources available in our online store – books, CDs, DVDs, supplements, juicers, dehydrators, blenders, and much more!
(And by the way, the profits derived from the sale of these resources allow us to give away all the FREE resources.)
Another valuable resource we offer is Health Minister Training. Hallelujah Acress will help you turn your passion for God and for good health into a wonderful career as a Certified Health Minister. You’ll get a passkey to great health and business-building information you won’t find anywhere else...all without leaving the comfort of your home.
There is in-person training, of course, but our new Health Minister Training Online lets you learn straight from the pros at Hallelujah Acres via internet, anywhere in the world, day or night.
Over 10,000 others have become Health Ministers — you can, too!
We here at Hallelujah Acres want everyone in the world to know that “You don’t have to be sick!” Our teachings are based on the Bible and primarily dedicated to helping God’s people around the world to obtain bodies fit for the Master’s use.
But the information we share will also help people of all spiritual persuasion improve their health.
“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:5