Break It Down Now…Jordan Rubin style


Break it down now…(and dancing to “Can’t Touch This” as I write now!)In just a few short days, less than two to be exact, along with others I will be embarking on a “40-Day Health Experience” from the “Maker’s Diet” book written by a man named Jordan Rubin, who as a result of this diet and his faith in God saw miraculous change to his physical body.

When I was first recommended to read this book, by a woman I highly respect, my initial reaction was resistance for a variety of reasons and all of them from a place of fear and insecurity. Thankfully I recognized it for what it was and moved beyond to grab a hold of what I could gain from reading this book. Like most people, I could tell you ALL you needed to know about what the yummiest cookies to eat are, which fast food restaurant is the best, and where the nearest Starbucks is to you, but when it comes to healthy foods, “raw” food, and a lot of other words associated with healthy living-I am quite the novice (OK, more like-clueless.)

I have become a student of the “Maker’s Diet” book this last week visiting the local health-food stores with my book in tow asking lots of questions of the workers and studying this new world I am finding myself in. Quite honestly it was a bit intimidating at first just as anything is that we begin to do that which we are unfamiliar with. But I was determined to press forward in this, not only for myself, but for the others who are joining me on this journey.

Here are some things that I believe may help make this not as intimidating, as well as easier to understand:

  • This diet is broken down into 3 phases (2 weeks each) starting with phase 1 being the “detox” type where we will be eating thee best possible foods available to our bodies. (*Remember that the backdrop of the book is that the foods most natural from the earth and in their purest forms, as God has made for us, will be the best for our bodies*)And each phase is just adding more foods (healthy ‘of the earth’ type) that are super-healthy. The toughest phase will be phase one, naturally because of our bodies going through withdrawals and detoxing it.
  • In the back of the book (and also at the end of this blog), there is a list of what foods to eat and which foods to avoid with each phase (which is key). There are also some recipes and suggested eating plans for each phase.
  • Also included in the back of the book is what’s called a “Daily Regimen”listing when to take the cleansing drink, supplements, and fish oil. I will list this below.
  • In my mind and how I am organizing all this information is that each day will include: spiritual aspect of thanksgiving, prayer, and spending time with God; exercising; the hygiene piece of really washing hands, nose, ears well; and aromatherapy (I already do this by spritzing my room/bed before I go to bed with Lavender/Vanilla room spray from Bath & Body Works ; )
  • With the food/supplement piece…
  • We will be drinking the “Cleansing Drink” (1 scoop of whole-fiber food “Super Food” and 1 scoop of green “Super-Food” from Garden of Life)2x’s a day: (1x before breakfast and 1x in the afternoon). I bought little Tupperware containers that are perfect to have this mix prepared ahead of time (see pic)
  • We will be taking 2 capsules of “multivitamin/mineral with homeostatic nutrients” (which I bought Women’s Vitamin Code by Garden of Life at Whole Foods) 3x’s a day: 1x after breakfast, 1x after lunch, and 1x after dinner
  • And after dinner is also when we take the Icelandic Cod Liver oil capsules (2-3)or ideally, if you can stomach it- 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon of the oil) 
  • Daily Regimen:(Spiritual/Music/Hygiene/Fitness/Aromatherapy)
  • Before breakfast: Morning Cleansing DrinkBreakfast: pick foods listed that you can eat during the “phase” you are in and avoid foods listed not to eat

    After breakfast: Take supplements

    Lunch: pick foods listed that you can eat during the “phase” you are in and avoid foods listed not to eat

    After lunch: Take supplements

    After lunch & before dinner: Afternoon Cleansing Drink

    Dinner: pick foods listed that you can eat during the “phase” you are in and avoid foods listed not to eat

    After dinner: Take supplements, including Icelandic Fish oil/capsules

    Evening snack: pick foods listed that you can eat during the “phase” you are in and avoid foods listed not to 

    Evening wind down: Evening prayer/exercise 15 minutes/listen to music that uplifts and energizes you while you exercise/hygiene washing/aromatherapy

Phase One-Foods to Eat


Meats (grass-fed/organic is best)Beef, lamb, venison, goat, liver & heart (must be organic), veal, buffalo, elk, meat bone soup/stock, beef or buffalo sausage or hot dogs (no pork casing-organic and nitrite/nitrate free is best)(use sparingly in phase one.)

Fish (wild freshwater/ocean-caught fish is best; make sure it has fins & scales)-salmon, tuna, scrod, haddock, pompano, trout, orange roughy, snapper, herring, whitefish, salmon/tuna (canned in spring water), halibut, cod, grouper, mahi mahi, wahoo, tilapia, sea bass, mackerel, sole, fish bone/stock, sardines (canned in water or olive oil only)

Poultry (pastured/organic is best)-chicken, guinea fowl, duck, chicken or turkey bacon ( no pork casing-organic and nitrite/nitrate free is best), chicken or turkey sausage or hot dogs ( no pork casing-organic and nitrite/nitrate free is best), liver and heart (must be organic), Cornish game hen, turkey, poultry bone soup/stock

Eggs (high omega-3/DHA is best)-chicken eggs (whole with yolk), duck eggs (whole with yolk)

Dairy-goat’s milk yogurt(plain), homemade kefir from goat’s milk, soft goat’s milk, goat’s milk hard cheese, sheep’s milk hard cheese

Fats and oils (organic is best)-oil, butter (ghee),goat’s milk butter, avocado, cow’s milk butter (organic), extra-virgin coconut oil (best for cooking), extra-virgin olive oil (best for cooking), flaxseed and hempseed oil (not for cooking), raw cow’s milk butter, grass-fed (not for cooking), goat’s milk butter (not for cooking), expeller-pressed sesame oil, coconut milk/cream (canned)

Vegetables-all of them except potatoes (white and sweet)and corn

Beans and legumes (soaked or fermented is best)-none, except lentils and small amounts of fermented soybean paste (miso) as a broth

Nuts and Seeds (organic, raw, or soaked is best)-almonds (raw), Hempseed (raw), sunflower seeds (raw), pumpkinseeds and pumpkinseed butter (raw), flaxseed(raw & ground), almond butter (raw), sunflower butter (raw), tahini, sesame butter (raw)

Condiments, spices, seasonings (organic is best)-salsa (fresh or canned),tomato sauce (no sugar added), guacamole (fresh), apple cider vinegar, Celtic sea salt, mustard, herbamare seasoning, omega-3 mayonnaise, umeboshi paste, soy sauce (wheat free, tamari, raw salad dressings and marinades (recipes in back of book), herbs and spices (no added stabilizers), pickled ginger (preservative and color free), wasabe (preservative and color free), organic flavoring extracts(alcohol based, no sugar added)-i.e. Vanilla, almond, etc.

Fruits(organic fresh or frozen is best)-blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, lemon, lime, grapefruit

Beverages-purified, non-chlorinated water, natural sparkling water, no carbonation added, herbal teas(unsweetened or with a small amount of honey or stevia), raw vegetable juice (beet or carrot juice-maximum 25% of total), lacto-fermented beverages (see recipes), certified organic coffee-buy whole beans, freeze them, and grind yourself when desired; flavor only with organic cream and a small amount of honey)

Sweeteners-unheated, raw honey in a very small amount (1 Tbsp/day maximum)

Miscellaneous-goat’s milk protein powder (see Appendix B…in the book)


Phase One-Foods to AVOID

Meat-pork, bacon, veggie burgers, ostrich, ham, sausage (pork), imitation meat product (soy), emu

Fish & Seafood-fried, breaded fish, catfish, eel, squid, shark, avoid ALL shellfish (including crab, clams, oyster, mussels, lobster, shrimp, scallops, and crawfish)

Poultry-fried, breaded chicken

Luncheon meat-turkey, ham, roast beef, corned beef

Eggs-imitation eggs (such as Egg Beaters)

Dairy-soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, avoid ALL dairy products other than those listed in “Foods to Enjoy”

Fats and Oils-lard, shortening, safflower oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, margarine, soy oil, canola oil, corn oil, any partially hydrogenated oil

Vegetables-corn, white and sweet potatoes

Beans & Legumes-soy beans, tofu, black beans, kidney beans, navy beans, white beans, garbanzo beans, lima beans

Nuts & Seeds-honey-roasted nuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, cashews, nuts or seeds dry or roasted in oil

Condiments, spices, seasonings-all spices that contain sugar, commercial ketchup with sugar, commercial barbecue sauce with sugar

Fruits-avoid all fruits except berries, graperfruit, limes, and lemons. This includes apples, bananas, apricots, grapes, melon, peaches, oranges, pears, dried fruit, and canned fruit

Beverages-alcoholic beverages of any kind, fruit juices, sodas, pre-ground commercial coffee, chlorinated tap water

Grains & Starchy Carbohydrates-avoid ALL grains and starchy foods, including bread, pasta, cereal, rice, oatmeal, pastries, and baked goods

Sweeteners-sugar, heated honey, maple syrup, fructose or corn syrup, all artificial sweeteners including aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame K, sugar alcohol, including sorbitol and xylitol

Miscellaneous-milk or whey protein powder from cow’s milk, soy protein powder, rice protein powder





2 thoughts on “Break It Down Now…Jordan Rubin style

  1. I wish I could start tomorrow with you! Going to get the book this week and read up on everything. So the supplements are all safe and natural to do? I will probably have a lot of questions once I start and you’ll be a pro by then!

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