Week 1 of the drastic diet change.

Ok, so I survived through the first few days eating nothing but raw fruits and vegetables.  I gotta tell ya, I’m excited about this diet, but I was doubtful I could only eat raw fruits and vegetables and stay satisfied all day long.  For the past few months I’ve had a problem with my blood sugar not stabilizing because of stress and not eating perfectly (I’m human too!!) so I didn’t know how this type of diet would do on my blood sugar levels.  Normally if I don’t eat by a certain time at lunch time or if I don’t have any protein for breakfast I’m totally starving before lunch and am shaky and irritable.  But on this program, you drink several (on the recovery diet you drink 6 per day) greens drinks that really do fill you up and balance your blood sugar while providing you with a TON of nutrients.  The two products I mix together (powders) are called “Barley Max” and “Beet Max”.  There is also a powdered carrot juice that I add in 1-2 times a day as well.  Barley and Alfalfa are both known as “super foods” because they contain so many nutrients.  They’re great for detoxification and cleansing the blood.

So besides the drinks 5-6 times a day, the rest of the diet is relatively simple…….salad.  This is one of the things that I like starting off on this diet program is that there aren’t all these choices of what to eat and what to figure out to cook because you can’t cook anything!! Well, this diet is 85% raw (salads, fruit, regular cut up veggies) and then 15% cooked (palm-sized portion of either steamed or cooked veggies or brown rice or lentils, etc.).  So it really amounts to a Barley drink for breakfast, one for lunch with a big salad, and one for dinner with another salad and palm portion of a cooked food of your choice (veggie).  The nice thing so far is that since you can’t eat anything even cooked that the preparation of each meal is easier because you’re just putting your salad together.  The organization is a little harder to figure out all the food you need for the week so you don’t run out of fruits and veggies and (most importantly) snacks!  This is the crux of the entire program:  if you don’t drink your barley drinks in the middle of the morning/afternoon and take healthy, raw snacks to munch on….you’ll get super hungry and be miserable.  As long as you have those to snack on every 1-2 hours (even one little bite of a carrot) then you keep your blood sugar going strong and you feel totally fine.  It really is amazing how quickly the veggies and green drinks balance your blood sugar.  This past weekend was the opening weekend of deer season (I know, a vegan hunting deer, I can hear the jokes now!) so I took a cooler of nothing but salad stuff and vegetables with some hummus dip, my barley drinks,  and a container of kale chips I made before I left. Here’s one recipe for the kale chips here, but if you have a dehydrator you can do the same thing but less olive oil and put them in the dehydrator over night and I think they are even better!  I didn’t even eat that much while we were camping and I wasn’t hungry at all!! I never got hungry and actually had a lot of energy every day we were there.  I was super impressed.

One of the things that gets hard about only eating salads day in and day out is the monotony of it all.  I’m a HUGE texture guy and I get bored with things really quick.  So we’ve really tried this week (first week I know) to get lots of different veggies to make our salads with and have some extra things (crumbled walnuts, raw sunflower seeds, artichokes, palm hearts, pickled okra, etc) to have with the salads and meals to make it feel like to our senses that we’re eating much more things and many more different thins than we really are.  It’s working so far!! I haven’t had hardly any cravings at all, which is really huge for me lately, and haven’t been that hungry at all this week.

One way to stay motivated is to have someone keep you accountable.  Cindy is helping me a ton, but my accountability partner in all this is Jim Brown, owner of a local organic co-op and a health minister with Hallelujah Acres.  You can always contact him with questions about the program and with food and recipe questions or ideas.

We’ve picked up some different snacks to make the time spent in between meals less torture.  For one, we got hummus and almond & cashew butter to be able to dip carrots and celery into.  That works great because the celery gives you a ton of water and the hummus and almond or cashew butter give you some good protein to bring your blood sugar back up.  We also picked up some raw granola bars by Two Moms in The Raw and will pull pieces off of a corner of one of those during the day.  Hallelujah Acres has some great snack foods you can purchase from them as well.  They have a survival bar that is great that I’ve tried and they had a pecan pie raw vegan bar (sounds gross I know) that is TO DIE FOR!!  I could get fat on those bars alone, swear…love them.

So so far on the Hallelujah Acres 60 Day Challenge I think I’m faring pretty well.  I’m going to weigh in this Wednesday and see where we’re at after slightly over a week on the program.  I can already tell that my digestive system is really re-setting and feeling better so we’ll see how much weight I’ve lost by then.  Remember, I started out this journey at 225 and 28% body fat.  Look for at least one update on my journey a week just to keep you up to speed on how I’m feeling and what I’m eating (which isn’t much!!).

Dr. JB


  1. Ami says

    We did the Hallelujah Acres diet when Sadie was little. I am glad I tried it but don’t want to live that way :) One thing that stuck though was the recipe for raw veggie burgers. Those are good! Add more spice and make a big batch.

  2. says

    After we made such a big deal over the summer about my Standard Process cleanse, I’m not sure I’ll be willing to do another temporary diet for the sake of losing weight. The truth is that I didn’t change my eating habits AFTER the cleanse, so I eventually gained back 11 of the 15 pounds I’d lost.

    With all the foot pain I’ve gone through, I finally have a pair of running shoes that, combined with prescription orthotics, MIGHT allow me to become active again. If so, I’ll look at P90X or something to get into shape.

    Honestly, I hate altering my lifestyle for anything temporary, because I know myself and what I’ll do after it’s over unless I have a change in my way of thinking and believing.

    I still haven’t done that serious liver cleanse, which I am more inclined to do than a long term diet, simply because Heather’s gotten my hopes up that a well-cleansed liver would actually help me process everything better, improve my moods and concentration, and whatever else. That’s what I need. I need to attack something that, once cleansed or improved, will do some of the mentality change for me.

    We’ll see if it actually works. Good luck with your diet. I do NOT envy you one bit.

    • says

      I totally agree with you Daniel about doing another temporary diet just to drop some weight. It’s too much work and stress to just drop it and have it gained back in a few months. I’m done yo-yoing with this though. I feel so good with this diet (and I may change my mind by the end) that I’m really thinking I’m going to stay on it for good. I’ll add in some meats (minor amount) sparingly and give myself some wiggle room, but for the most part I’m probably going to stick with this raw diet. I feel awesome. Now again, I’m 1 week into an 8 week program so we’ll see how I feel by the end of it. I don’t lack for willpower though so I’m not worried about the holidays. I didn’t really even start this just to lose weight. I started it because I just felt bad every day. I was tired and cranky and my blood sugar was jacked up all the time. So I started this because I’m done feeling like junk and am ready to practice what I preach 100% and feel GOOD!! I’m starting back working out tomorrow AM and will be adding that into the routine 3-4 days a week so my energy levels and results should only go up from here. Wish me luck, we’ll see how it goes.

  3. Anne says

    One week! You are AWESOME! I know you will do great at this, and I hope you find all the positive results you are looking for. Keep going…it will be over before you know it.

  4. Kathryn Lindsey says

    A friend of mine went to the Hallelujah Acers ranch for a week to learn all about their diet and other herbal stuff. She came back with some really cool/good recipies. One was “Philly Cheese Steak” The bread was some kind of leafy green, the cheese was a pine nut mixture, the meat was portabella mushrooms and then ofcourse you had the red and yellow bell peppers. (the mushroom and peppers were marinated in something very yummy) Not only was it DELICIOUS it was very filling too. The other thing she made that I really liked was a totally raw “cheesecake.” For the topping she blended together strawberried and dates which was to die for!!! Let me know if you want some good recipies incase you get tired of salad. =)

  5. Nora says

    Hey Dr. JB,

    I think you would find Victoria Boutenko’s work on green smoothies very helpful…I think incorporating green smoothies into one’s daily life is much more realistic in the long run rather than having to go “all” anything (aside from detox periods). Her books on green smoothies are on Amazon and here is her website with tons of info and testimonials:


    : )

    PS- my boys LOVE their green smoothies- another HUGE plus. My 3 yr old Alejandro who doesn’t like to “eat” his veggies asked me this morning if we could make a green smoothie after school…ummm YES!

    • says


      Thanks for the recommendation! I’m definitely going to check out her books and pick a couple of those. I definitely agree that green smoothies are an incredible way to add in tons of nutrients and get the vegetables in you wouldn’t normally be able to do. I know that in some of the recipes I’ve checked out on the smoothies that it calls for 2-3 handfuls of spinach!! You would never be able to eat that much spinach in one sitting so it’s a great way to jump start the vegetable in your diet. Thanks for the information and way to go on getting your kiddos to drink green smoothies every day!

    • Nora says

      I just made a connection! If you get VB’s book: Green Smoothie Revolution, there is a story in the back about a man named Clent Manich who worked with a Hallelujah Acres Health minister, Dr. Donato to lose weight ( a lot of weight- as in 400 lbs down to 175 lbs). They both credit the green smoothies as THE success factor!

      The great thing about the green smoothies is that you can incorporate them into any eating lifestyle you choose! I’m starting a 30 day green smoothie challenge on FB tomorrow just to get the word- and experience out there to others…

  6. Sunny Espanet says

    Congrats, JB! Always wanted to try this, but it just seems so hard when I have to feed a husband and two kids something different. Are Cindy and Harper doing it with you? Or do they eat differently at meal time?

    • says


      Cindy and Harper eat the same as I do but add in different meats and proteins to make sure they have enough there (especially Cindy). It really isn’t difficult to do because you are basically just cutting up and mixing your foods into a bowl to eat your meals….the only food you are “cooking” is for your family. The preparation of the meals has been probably the easiest part which is really nice! Thanks for the encouragement!! It was so good to see you and the girls the other night….they are both so big!

      • Sunny Espanet says

        GREAT to see you too! Is the construction finished on Precinct Line? Maybe we can start coming back your way if it is!

        You OBVIOUSLY have better willpower than me! Ha! Even if I am just limiting myself to salad, it is really hard to cook without tasting the food so that my family doesn’t run screaming from the table if it is awful! I always have that problem when I cleanse. But maybe now is the time.

        Would you say this is good specifically for inflammation? I have developed a new “label”….Alopecia Areata. (Auto-immune hair loss). Trying to get into an anti-inflammatory groove, because I’m not going to do steroids. What about if I plan to become pregnant soon? Just add in more protein? Or is HA a no-no for preggo/soon-to-be-preggos?

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