The Maker’s Diet: The 40-day health experience that will change your life forever by Jordan S. Rubin

I’m back on track this week with another faith-based diet, The Maker’s Diet, by Jordan S. Rubin, N.M.D., Ph.D. The Maker’s Diet is a diet book that contains a great deal of information about health and wellness and relatively little information about the diet itself. Eleven of the twelve chapters cover testimonials (including Rubin’s own), repudiation of other diet plans, an introduction to naturopathic medicine and proposed lifestyle changes. Finally, after almost 200 pages, the persistent reader is rewarded with the 40-day Maker’s Diet plan.

Jordan Rubin began with his story of overcoming Crohn’s Colitis, which almost killed him before he was introduced to the Maker’s Diet. Rubin mentioned repeatedly that he was introduced to the Maker’s Diet by a man in California but that man is never given a name or credit for the plan that Rubin adopted for this New York Times Bestseller and transformed into a lucrative supplement business. The supplements, a required aspect of the Maker’s Diet plan, are actually the source of some controversy. In 2004 Rubin’s company, Garden of Life, had to stop advertising some of the supplements as “medical foods” and avoid disease claims at the behest of the FDA. Supplement controversy aside, Rubin’s diet is one that he approached through his faith and he urged his readers to do the same. Rubin encouraged his readers to approach the diet with a positive attitude and an understanding that the diet is set up to maintain or recapture complete health – body, soul and spirit (156). Rubin included a morning prayer for healing and an evening prayer for restoration and noted that “it has now been scientifically proven that prayer works” (200).

Rubin is a messianic Jew (a Jewish person who believes that Jesus is the Messiah) and his diet plan reflects the Jewish understanding of the dietary laws of the Hebrew Bible. Only clean, or kosher, animals are permitted. Rubin restricted meat intake further to grass/organic fed and free range meat. An entire chapter is dedicated to hygiene in which Rubin asserted that “God’s hygiene system is remarkably up to date” (63). Rubin also set up a new “stop, drop and roll” for his readers – stop (Sabbath rest), drop (your fork): fasting, and roll (move, exercise, get up, and do something!) (167-172).

The Maker’s Diet is laid out in three phases. For each phase Rubin provided a list of permitted and prohibited foods, a daily regimen and sample menus. The detailed daily regimens included hygiene, supplement, prayer and dietary instructions. The book concluded with a section of recipes, a list of health organizations and a directory to assist readers in finding healthy meat and dairy near their homes. The final section of the book made it clear that Rubin was right to call the Maker’s Diet a “comprehensive lifestyle plan” (39). Unfortunately this comprehensive lifestyle plan requires much more than this book. The Maker’s Diet starter pack of supplements sells for $160 and goat’s milk and grass fed/organic fed and free range meat are somewhat difficult to come by. The Maker’s Diet requires complete dedication and a hefty investment but I suppose one should expect nothing less from a diet that promises to change your life forever.