Dr. Malkmus, I am a R.N. and the mother of two girls, 8 and 10. My husband brought home that tape of you explaining the
diet. As a registered nurse, I listened to the tape so that I could explain to my husband all the reasons why I wouldn't follow this, and what was wrong with it.
But instead of finding reasons why I couldn't follow it, I became convicted. I then ordered Rhonda's cookbook to learn the 'how-to' of the diet and found it to be the most wonderful resource.
Having said that, let me address the question at hand, 'cost of diet.' When we began this diet, my family took the following drugs: Prilosec, Allegra, Allerga D, Claritin, Norflex, and Premarin (yuck). My pharmacy bill was $240 a month without any extra meds like antibiotics, which we had to take frequently in our home, or over the counter meds like Tylenol, etc. since changing to the hallelujah diet, I no longer go to the drug store. My family uses four family-sized dehydrated barley juice powder and one psyllium based fiber product a month, along with natural progesterone cream. This is equivalent to the former drug costs.
The way I shop has changed. I now buy in bulk. I replaced in our diet, meat, soda, milk, ice cream, cheese, cookies, cereal, peanut butter, fluff, cold cuts, mayo, canned soups, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti O's, sugar, bread, Crisco, cocoa, marshmallows, coffee, creamer, etc. etc., with raw fruits and veggies and ingredients to cook my own healthy foods. I now make my own bread, and snacks, and granola. My grocery bill is equal to my old grocery bill.
My biggest expense now is time. It takes time to prepare and cook healthy foods instead of buying them at the store. A sample day in the life of my 8 and 10 year old: Breakfast -- Carrot juice and dehydrated barley juice powder(instead of Cocoa Puffs, milk, and toast with peanut butter). A half-hour later, a piece of fresh fruit. Lunch -- Carrot juice, sliced cucumber, sliced apple, watermelon, whole wheat 'pizza,' home made cookie, etc.
My girls used to throw half of their cooked lunches away, now they eat their lunches. Snack -- First, anything they can find that is raw. If still hungry, any cooked food they can find. In my home now, I don't worry because even if they choose a cookie, it is made with whole natural substances. Supper -- Raw salad. They know they have to eat the salad and they do! Then, whatever I make for cooked food. Rice, steamed broccoli, whole grain spaghetti, veggie potpies, lasagna, etc. If they choose to not eat the cooked food portion, they may eat whatever they can find that is raw. My logic is they are choosing to eat something healthier than what I am offering to them as a cooked food. Ten days after beginning this diet, my oldest daughter's asthma and allergy symptoms disappeared. We had been praying for two years for these to go away. I believe God wants us to be proactive in our health.