Maker’s Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

The Maker’s Diet is based on Biblical principles, and addresses not only nutrition, but focuses on the four pillars of health; physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional. The Makers Diet was written by Jordan Rubin – who suffered considerable health problems (Crohns disease). He was able to reverse the symptoms by incorporating a whole foods diet regimen – and a faith in the Maker Himself.

Maker’s Diet – Nutrition

The nutritional aspect of the diet is based on ancient Jewish dietary laws. Pork and bacon are to be avoided, as are fish without fins or scales (i.e. shellfish). Food in it’s most pure and natural form is to be eaten.

There are also a considerable list of ‘required’ supplements on the list.

More Than A Diet

The Makers Diet is a holistic 40 day program that encompasses many aspects – not just healthy eating. The daily regimens include prayer and exercise, as well as meal plans.

One of the most popular faith-based diets in recent years.

To quote the diet:

  • Eliminate your consumption of processed foods and chemicals in Phase 1. This will likely cause a reaction similar to detoxification, but this is expected and healthy. INCREASE YOUR WATER INTAKE AND REST AS OFTEN AS YOUR BODY NEEDS.
  • Remember that if you stray, you’re always only one meal away from regaining success. MINIMIZE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAILURE BY AVOIDING SITUATIONS WHERE YOU CANNOT FOLLOW THE DIET.
  • DON’T EAT WHEN YOU’RE ANGRY, SAD, SCARED or ANXIOUS. These emotions shut down digestion and depress your immune system.
  • GET OUT IN THE SUN. Exposure to sunlight is very beneficial to your health, and can aid in balancing hormones, enhancing mood and building strong bones.

There appears to be no scientific basis for some of the medical claims of the diet. However a diet richer in unprocessed foods is certain to have some benefits.

Supplements – Buyer Beware

The Maker’s Diet also has a line of supplements – under the brand name “Garden of Life”. Beware of these – in 2004 the FDA ordered the company to “stop making unsubstantiated claims for it’s products” (reference). Author Jordan Rubin’s credentials have also been questioned.

However despite this there are many positive comments from adherents to the diet.

Beyond Organic

Jordan Rubin also has a new line of foods called Beyond Organic. They are marketed as, “NO Pesticides, NO chemical fertilizers, NO hormones, NO antibiotics, NO GMOs, NO grain, NO high heat processing, NO industrial shortcuts, NO milk pooled from hundreds of farms, NO fat skimmed, NO synthetic nutrients, and food from animals that are treated humanely”. At this point they mainly look like some meat, dairy, oil, and spring water products.


I have followed the Maker’s Diet for going on three months now because I had some very serious digestive problems and am now feeling great, plus in the process have lost 12 pounds. I could have gone to the doctor and got a prescription for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but decided I would spend my money on healthy foods. I am so glad that I chose this path” – Jeri


The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin – 4 star review at Amazon.

Find kosher recipes here.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Max Artman

    I read The Maker’s Diet quite a few years ago. My diet was already pretty healthy, but decided to take out pork and shellfish. Admitedly, I have not been sick now in over 15 years. I have not had to have a flu shot. When everyone else is getting sick with colds, I make sure I wash my hands and keep my fingers out of my eyes. Jordan Rubin did a wonderul service to the world by writing this book. I certainly have benefited from it. Furthermore, I tell everyone who will listen how great my health is from following the principles written in this book.

  • Catherine

    Thank you for what you do!

  • Jessica

    There is an easy way to get around the “required” list. Clenzology, for example, is the simple hygiene of keeping your nailbeds and mucous membranes clean but NOT sterilized (you need those microbes to boost your immune system!) Instead of buying the “required” (really, just recommended) kit, I use common sense: clean out under my nails when I wash my hands, wash my face with a skin-type safe, plant-based cleanser with more focus around the nose and eyes than before, use a qtip daily, and cut back on hand sanitizer (unless it’s the only choice in the bathroom). As for the natural nutrients that are depleted from our soil, take a supplement that is proven water or fat soluble so you actually absorb it, and make sure everything that CAN be organic IS organic. I use Double X by Nutrilite since it’s a phytonutrient, multivitamin and mineral combo you don’t get in nature. (I use it because I sell it and believe in the product, but I’m sure if you want something cheaper you can find ANYTHING on the internet!) No matter what you do, do your research. Take everything with a grain of knowledge (NOT salt! It’s overused :]). Remember- pay now or pay later! Just cutting out pork, shellfish, and bleached “enriched” flour when I can along with eating a “this not that” type of approach has given me the energy I need to keep up with my kids. I’m so excited that this book has helped my digestion, gotten me over a chronic bronchial issue, fights off my binge/starve pattern of eating (and regulated my weight), and has given me the “this is WHY you’re doing it” info I needed. DEFINITELY recommended!

  • Gioy

    I have a naturally high mloabteism, so I have always eaten junk and not cared. However now I am almost an adult, and I realize that I cannot continue to eat this way without becoming a diabetic or get a heart attack or something terrible. I am 126 pounds and 5’6, so weight is not a problem. It’s just my eating habits. Also, I’m skinny, but I’m not fit. So I’m looking for an exercise and eating program that would help me eat right, because I need structure, otherwise I will just buy junk and eat it. Seriously, I need help! This is an example of my daily intake of food (please be warned, it is grossly unhealthy):- breakfast: don’t eat it. i don’t get hungry til after 9 at sometime, and i’m not a fan of breakfast foods.- snack: at school i get hungry, so i will eat the granola bar from my lunch, and often buy a bag of chips from the vending machine. i also drink 2 juice boxes.- lunch: my mom typically packs me gross sandwiches, so i will buy another bag of chips, or not eat.- after school: i’m starving. i often buy a large bag (like full size, typically people only buy for groups) of chips to snack on throughout the rest of the night. i will finish this before i go to sleep. i also get a litre of coke to drink, i finish by bedtime also.- supper: subway sandwich, mcdonalds, a w, wendy’s. something convenient. if i go to subway i get a 6 inch sandwich and chips with pop, if i go for fast food i usually get a burger and fries and pop. a w i get poutine and a root beer float.- night time: finish off chips and pop. Seriously. I need help.

  • kristi

    I have struggled with my weight all my life I always craved Sweets, Salty foods and was diagnosed with Diabetes. After I Completely Changed my diet by using the Makers Diet I am no longer on dibetes Medicine and within 2 1/2 months have lost 36lbs. I no longer Crave the foods that kept me in bondage to my weight.

  • rosalee bateman

    im looking for info from someone who know these grandson is ten looks like a walking skelaton,sorry cant spell.he had a good appetite im very worried .lots of people talking .im the grandmother im getting him this summer going to try and help him with gods help all info would be a blessing. thank you

  • Terri

    I had Ulcerative Colitis since I was 13 years old. It was so terribly bad I HATED leaving the house and had half the blood supply I was supposed to have. My doctor said it was something I must learn to live with for the rest of my life. When he said this I was not alarmed because I absolutely knew my maker would heal me. After many, many prescription drugs and natural remedies tried, my mother called me about this book and it changed my life. I am now 26 years old and have been free of the disease for 2 years! Enjoying life.Thank you mom,thank you Dr.Rubin and Thank you my oh so real God in heaven:)

  • Stephanie C.

    My husband and I have been on the Maker’s diet before. My husband loved it because he didn’t have to watch how much he ate, as long as he stayed on plan. He ate normal sized meals for him. He lost 20 in two months. We gave the book to a friend who had crohn’s disease. She was able to get it under control and go off the meds. We’ve recently restared. I have been suffering with hormone issues and lack of energy, especially at night. Day 5 left me watching the clock turn 10:30. I normally can’t keep my eyes open past 8, and before that I’m extremely exhausted. I love the newfound energy. Thanking God for the Maker’s diet right now.

  • Tambra

    i sure wonder why God lists the clean and unclean meats in the bible if we are not to eat any of them. I’m getting ready to start this diet because it is based upon principles in the bible..God created us and gave us the bible to tell us how to live.

  • Janee

    Thanks for reminding me that this is where I am supposed to be right now. I pray that all of us taking this journey are blessed with a steadfast spirit to sustain us during this time.

  • Stephanie

    I guess I have more of a question than a comment. I am sincerely and deathly allergic to Spirlina plankton! I am a Christian. So because of my allergy, does this make me not have enough faith in My JESUS because I can’t eat that green food?

    • ted

      Really Stephanie? Just use a little logic and you will see why that thinking is false. That would mean that every disease, allergy, death etc. would be blamed on people not having enough faith and that’s just not true. God created you unique and your uniqueness means you can’t consume spirulina. There are plenty of other things to eat. :-)

  • alexandria

    oh and i forgot to say… Jesus already healed us… all we have to do it believe it in our hearts truely…and claim our healing…take authority over that devil… tell him GET BEHIND ME SATAN i render you POWERLESS!!! i bind and rebuke you in every situatuation in my life… not only health and diet… but in every area of our lives@!!!! :) the power of the spoken word… especially God’s Word!!! :) God Bless You All!!! i hope you all find the victory that Jesus gave us at the cross :) dont fear the devil… he can roar… but alas, he is toothless…cannot bite…just roar :) laugh in his face and praise Jesus!!! and the devil will flea every time :) God Bless!

  • alexandria

    i didnt read the book… i got through 2 chapters and then i met someone whose niece had chrones desease… and i said that this is better off in their hands… so i gave it to her… and i havent heard anything bcause that was a temp job… so i trust God will make things work… but what some of you are failing to see…1. we pray over our food and ask God to bless it. and 2. isaiah 53:5 sais He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our inequities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him. and by His stripes…we WERE healed!! :)… therefore, any sickness or desease is from the pit of hell… and We as blood bought christians have authority over satan and his minions… Jesus paid the price for our sins and bore sin and was cut for our sickness 2,000 years ago… if we BELIEVE in His promises… sickness cannot stand against us… No weaponm formed against us shall prosper… that being said… we shouldnt ignore taking care of our bodies… repenting is not just saying sorry…it is making a conciouse effort and letting God change us.

  • Grandma

    Whether we go on this diet, do take supplements or don’t take them, under the present circumstances, we will die.
    It does however show respect and appreciation for our Creator to take the best care of our bodies as possible. and the Scriptures urge moderation.
    A good relationship with God is key to coping with the stress infused world in which we live.
    If our fate is in the hands of man, how hopeless we are.
    The problem is clearly stated at Romans 3:23,24 and 6:23. We are all sinners and will die. Our only hope is redemption by the blood of Christ.
    The prophecy at Isaiah 33:24 shows that when that is applied, no one will be sick again.

  • jen garcia

    I started today and I weigh 197.5. I’ve been on it before for two weeks and each day I got on the scale I was dropping 1 to 2 lbs a day. I’ll keep u all updated.

  • Sharon

    Thank You, Dr. Rubin—-your book and diet have saved my life! In 2004 I was having a horrible time with my bowels, and was pretty much a prisoner in my own home. I had severe problems with diarrhea and constipation. In March 2004 went to a gastroentroligist, he scheduled me for a colonoscopy, while doing the procedure, my colon ruptured and I spent 3 1/2 wks in the hospital and went home with a temporary iliostomy. The doctor went in in July 04 and reconnected my bowels…then was when I first learned about the Makers Diet & Dr. Rubin….Six years later, I still try to live on this diet….Things that still cause problems for me are: Stress, fast foods, not drinking enough water, finding organic foods/meats locally, forgetting to say prayers suggested by Dr. Rubin, last but not least….POLITICIANS!!!
    Folks it was so bad for me that I asked my dear friends, son to build me a driveable porta potty. I practically lived in the restroom!!

  • Kim Anderson

    This diet works, period. I lost 30 pounds in 3 months following this diet and was actually able to stay of sugar for 6 months without having a single problem. I didn’t use the supplements, just stuck with the food list. If you don’t want to go this hard core, go for his newer book, Over Weight America or the Makers Diet for weight Loss which makes phase 1 4 weeks instead of 2 and allows a lot more food options.

  • Diet Tech

    This sounds more like a fight than a recommendation. The truth of the matter is when speaking about the diet in the Bible, it is this way. In the garden of Eden, Adam and Even were given fruit, grains, and nuts. Vegetables were added after sin and after they were thrown out of the garden. Meat was added after the flood for three reasons. There was not much plant food available, man did not have enough faith in God for Him to provide food for them, and God allowed them to eat meat to Shorten their life span. Most vegetarians who eat a balanced diet live longer lives than meat eaters. This is of course an average, there is always exceptions. Vitamin B-12 is not present in vegetable foods, but is in dairy foods and yeast. A vegan diet is a good diet if followed closely scientifically, but one that is eaten in an unorgainized way and the protein content is not observed, and B-12 supplementation is not taken, it is not healthy.
    Saying that, I will add that as you know, our food is not as healthy as it was even 200 years ago. Chemicals in our ground, water and air have influenced our health through our food and to us directly.
    May vegans I have known, though they try to follow a careful diet, eventually develop allergies to most grains, diary, other foods (according to the individual). You have to know what you are doing.
    To be honest, one can find a “study” to prove anything they want. In my opinion it is best to eat as close to the original diet as possible. If you choose to eat meat, it should be kosher. “Unclean” animals were classified in the Bible as unclean because they are scavengers, and if you are what you eat, so are they.

  • cm

    The allowable food list is found in Leviticus.

  • Claire

    This diet is great! I have the read the book twice now.. just trying to save it all to memory. I have been struggling with anxiety and depression for two years now. I just had no energy and felt horrible! I’ve been on Lexapro for two years and after having several skipped heart beats, I decided to try something different. After reading the book, I started on the vitamins and minerals, fish oil and eating healthy. After just two weeks, my energy level is up and I feel great!!!! I am now down to 2.5mg of my Lexapro and am so excited about being able to wean off it for good!! The Maker’s Diet has been a God send for me!

  • anonymous

    Even if meat wasn’t part of the original diet it is still exceptable to eat considering it was add on after the flood. With crohn’s or colitis it would be dumb to refuse meat because of the iron in it. If you are iron insufficient you would be killing yourself to be a vegetarian.

  • Bryant

    I was Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (basically chrons but ONLY in the Colon)I dropped Pork, and started eating as close to the maker’s diet as my budget will allow. I am now not worried about where the bathroom is and how far away I can get before… OOPS. I am not cured but God’s timing is always Perfect! Thanks Dr. Rubin for giving me the keys to my life again, and thank you JESUS for sending Dr. Rubin my way!

  • Ai

    The original Diet for man and beast was a vegetarian diet(Genesis 1:29-30- And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb 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 meat.
    :30- And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein [there is] life, [I have given] every green herb for meat: and it was so). God also intends for us to be restored to that original diet before he returns.
    (Acts 3:19-21- Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; :20- And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: :21- Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Also; Isaiah 11:7- And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.



  • Laurie

    We followed “The Makers Diet” per Dr. Mercola after our son was injured after receiving his 22 mos. M.M.R vaccination. Shortly after this M.M.R he developed leaky gut which is prone to colitis or crohn’s disease. Our son was 4 yrs old at the time and had suffered severe stomach pain, nausea and also lost so much weight due to the M.M.R vaccine. We followed the diet for 2 years and he now is healed from the leaky gut. Our son is now 10 yrs old and is a healthy almost stocky built young boy. He rarely ever gets sick when others around him have viruses and flu’s. As a family we still today follow some of these old principals in our daily diets as probiotics, Cod liver oil, coconut oil and eat only organic fruits and veggies. It may cost more for groceries but it pays off as our Son has not seen a medical doctor since he was 22 mos. THANK GOD FOR THE MAKERS DIET!

  • Kristin

    I started on this diet 3 years ago because I was desparate to find a cure to my chronic ulcerative colitis. I had been on high-dose steroids and hospitalized many times to get it under control. My condition became very grave and we were afraid I was not going to make it another year. Amazingly, within a few weeks of changing to the Maker’s Diet my symptoms all but diappeared. I have enjoyed 3 solid years of remission from the colitis symptoms. Praise God for His goodness and kind instruction!

  • MS

    Frankly, I think that while interesting this debate is rather old, and anyone that has thoroughly studied the bible (for example, in a basic college course) is likely to have formed their own opinions regardless of what anyone else says to them. Now on to the diet….I have had a severe digestive disorder for 2 years now that is has general symptoms of IBS, but bouts of extreme weight loss, bowel issues, inability to eat, and occasionally bleeding and vomiting. It’s horrible and has yet gone improperly diagnosed but I believe that it is the beginnings of chrones or colitis due to both my ancestry and extreme symptoms. I’m pretty much done with doctors as they tell me the same things over and over and I now have sooo many medical bills and no diagnosis. What I CAN tell you however, is that all of my symptoms get better with a very similar diet including: No fried foods, No cow’s milk dairy, no yeast, nothing processed and very little sugar. Based on these things I think regardless of your spirituality or lack thereof, this diet is right on course.

  • DB

    To “remain nameless”, your quote is erroneous, “everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected” IF IT IS SANCTIFIED BY THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER. The problem is that this is MISQUOTED so often by those “whose God is there belly and their damnation just” (Paul to the Romans). Peters vision was not an authorization to eat that which was common or unclean, but rather an admonition for him to stop treating gentiles like they were pigs. That which had been made clean were not pigs (as anyone who has seen one can see) but rather that gentiles had been cleansed at the cross. The laws of health never changed.

  • DB

    Strange that he should call it the makers diet and yet include meat. My Bible says in Genesis that the original diet didn’t include meat. He avoids Pork and shell fish which is correct according to Genesis, Exodus, and the last chapter of Isaiah, but misses the fact that unless the blood is properly drained from the animal and the fat carefully removed, even beef is considered unclean (kosher slaughter follows strict rules). I don’t doubt the success stories of a few, but more would benefit if they followed the plan more closely than this half way attempt.

  • Reply to anonymus

    The Maker’s Diet is not a vegetarian diet. Dr Rubin recommends that you eat healthy meats. Know what you are talking about before you try to criticize something.

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