Need Some Inspiration to Get Back on Track? Listen to These Healing Stories…

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With Rev. George Malkmus back in 2009.

Stories are truly what inspire me when I need a little emotional boost.

(Also, when I just need to relax and not think about work!)

Over the years, I’ve been more and more convinced that changing your diet can help you overcome many more diseases — if not, almost all — than the medical community would like you to think.

I don’t want to get into the politics of it. That just saps my energy.

But, I do want to share more inspirational stories with you, so you can make your own judgements.

In this second part of my interview with Ann and Paul Malkmus from Hallelujah Acres, they share a bunch of great healing stories that range from healing irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia to cancer and auto-immune diseases.

I think you’ll like listening to them just like I did.

Here’s where you can listen to Part 2 (my written comments follow)…

Paul and Ann Malkmus

Click the play button to start the call:


Here are my thoughts…

1. Stories!

Like I said in the beginning, I love hearing stories. They’re inspiring. When I hear a story like Ann shares, I get excited about natural health — it’s just more anecdotal evidence that this stuff works.

I’m not going to rehash everything that was said here and all the different diseases they talked about — I think it’s valuable to just listen to them if you want inspiration and assurance that diet is a powerful tool for healing.

2. Deviation gives you clues.

I loved what Ann said about deviating from her diet.

When she does, her body tells her that it’s not a good idea.

This may be the best way to understand what works for you — in cooperation with your blood testing.

Your body will tell you what foods work and which ones don’t if you treat it well.

I know most wheat is no good for me. I know maca is not my thing. I know pili nuts give me a headache. I know corn chips give me pimples. I know dozens of other things that I’ve learned from trying foods from time to time to see just how my body reacts.

When your diet is good, your body will help you blaze the trail.

Keep in mind also, on the other side, I’ve seen people think that foods weren’t good for them because when they ate them the particular thing caused physical pain, bloating, or rashes. They assumed it was the food, but it turned out to be their own bodies. They weren’t as healthy as they thought and when they discovered issues with digestion, infection, allergies, etc., they were able to eat the foods again — with no problem.

This is why it’s important to combine how your body feels and use blood testing science, it gives you grounding that allows you to make informed and more accurate decisions.

3. How to survive in an area that’s not healthy.

Paul and Ann live in rural North Carolina. It’s not like Berkeley, CA or some of the other natural and organic food hot spots around the globe.

Basically, if they want good food, they have to grow it or drive. It’s just a commitment that they make. (Keep in mind, they do now have a health food store at the ministry, so they brought the good to them!)

Sometimes, the nearest place is just too far away. In this case, you just need to know that eating non-organic vegetables is better than eating no vegetables at all. So be sure to weigh your decisions based on what’s good, what’s better and what’s best.

Vegetables are good. Organic vegetables are better. Homegrown or highly mineralized organic vegetables are best.

Another thing they do is pick what’s fresh and in season in bulk and then freeze it for later on.

4. Want to succeed? First replace, then eliminate.

This is a great concept that has been around for ages. If you want to succeed with your diet, you have to have replacement foods in place of what you’ve taken out.

A perfect example is when I recently finished up my 60-ish day coffee experiment. I replaced the coffee with green tea, instead of just quitting right away and not drinking anything in the morning. This, I think, was one of the keys to my success.

I’ve since cut back on the green tea, without the need to replace it.

If you do happen to eliminate and not replace, your chances of not knowing what to eat increases — and this just means you get more frustrated and eventually you will crack and go back to some of your old bad habits.

5. Less rigid = better results.

I’ve been rigid and I’ve been loose about my diet in the past. When I was too loose, I ate things that you couldn’t really even consider food. When I was too rigid, I was wonderfully neurotic and obsessed with diet (just ask Annmarie how that was… LOL!)

I’m convinced that there is a sweet spot between being too rigid and too loose that will allow you to be emotionally stable about your diet and the restrictions you’ve chosen for yourself.

You have to find this spot on your own, but just know that the more you move to the extremes the less healthy — physically and emotionally — you’ll be.

6. Want to juice up your life?

You can with Paul and Ann’s 60 day program — totally free — here:

I haven’t done it, but after I published yesterday’s interview, my father-in-law Tom told me he did it a few months back and thought it was great.

So there’s a shining endorsement!

Your question of the day: Have you heard any amazing stories about natural healing?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Christine says:

    After several years of drinking green smoothies, I burnt out and stopped 6 months ago.

    But this morning I had a bunch of parsley in my weekly farm box and suddenly got a craving for a green smoothie.

    I took my VitaMix to the office and used 1/2 bunch of parsley, 2 oranges and 1 peach plus 2 cups of water.

    Delicious! Plus my boss had some, too.

    I put green smoothie recipes into Evernote (, so that I can look at the ingredients list when I go to Whole Foods.

    Super excited to be back on the green smoothie wagon!!!


  2. Danielle says:

    I love what you said about being rigid vs. too loose – You explained it perfectly. I think sometimes we get so pumped to start a new “diet” and think strict is better. The diet/deprivation mentality only sets up for frustration and guilt. All the tips were awesome, thank you for summarizing so simply and clearly.

  3. Gini says:

    I can’t get the sound to work on my computer and I was hoping Kevin or someone would comment on a what was said about healing irritable bowel syndrome. I would like to know since this is an issue with me. Well, the only time I have a problem is immediately after I eat out. (I choose the most healthy optionss such as steamed vegetables or mongolian BQ. Salad bars I have to avoid although I eat all organic, natural, vegetarian, and mostly raw at home.) I rarely ever eat out but every time I do I have severe diahrrea within 30 minutes of eating. This prevents me from taking trips or eating out with friends. Does anyone have a similar experience or have any advice?

  4. Chris Wark says:

    Glad to know you are a fan of Hallelujah Acres Kevin!

    “God’s Way to Ultimate Health” by George Malkmus was the first book I read on beating cancer with nutrition. It was an answer to prayer and completely opened my eyes to the world of natural and alternative medicine.

    It was a life saver!


  5. LynnCS says:

    Gini, #3. I also suffered in the same way all my life. I started to eliminate some things. Iceberg lettuce is a definite nono. I have less problem with other “lettuces” such as baby greens, spinach, etc. I can not use commercial dressings, but can use a little OO and lemon or vin. Sweet onions are a good choice, but garlic, not so much. isn’t so good. It’s all better since I’ve been raw. Leaving aside any animal products, grain products are also not good for my IBS/Spastic Colon Syndrome. As long as I keep up a high fibre diet of raw fruits and vegis, I am pretty good with the IBS. One of my best remedies is a green smoothie in the morning. I use water, organic mixed greens (fave is Organic Girl’s Super Greens.) any will do. One peeled orange, 1/2 lemon with peel, a big chunk of ginger and 2 T of chia seeds. Chia seeds and the ginger are both a couple of secret ingredients for people like us. I have more, but don’t want to write a book on here. Hope that helps some. Best to you, Lynn

  6. Velda says:

    What a delightful couple. I’m going to check out their website. Thank you, Kevin.

  7. Kathryn says:

    Does Ann Marie have nut oils in her skin care line?

    If so which nut oils and seed oils do they have ?

    Where can I go to see a lust of ingredients please?

    Thank You

  8. chusmacha says:

    What was that frozen banana smoothie recipe someone posted a few weeks ago? I think it may have included cinnamon or chocolate and super food powders. I thought it was a great recipe, but I forgot to bookmark it. Would be wonderful if someone would re post that smoothie recipe or please send it to me at:
    Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.

  9. Rocio says:

    It is important to replace and have a balance.
    I just spend 4 days doing a raw/ juice fast and neede to loose 4 lbs ..but nothing..oh well 🙁 I can identify with eating out and getting sick.
    Leaky gut takes time to heal..but I am feeling better so it is worth it!
    Iceberg lettuce are truly a no no , and frozen veg non organic are terrible for me. Nothing old, I mean from the day before, no garlic, nigh shades, well the list goes on. I got to go, but would like to coconut butter, raw, organic, delicious and even though I did not have it in my fasting loose weight,
    It really did not affect my weight. Nuts are a different story.
    No everybody can follow the hallelujah diet for ever. Listen to your body, listen to your Creator, He has the answers.
    Love and blessings,

  10. Gerry says:

    Hi, Kevin:
    We met you and your charming mother at the “Wisdom of Your Face” workshop in San Diego.
    Re: The Hallelujah Diet: My spouse and I were teaching the H. Diet before it had a name.
    Actually it was then called the Natural Hygiene (Science of Life) Diet. It saved my life (Cancer), and later my spouse’s (Diverticulitis) through water fasting and strict nutrition, minus ANY drugs or surgery.
    We immersed ourselves in learning this “magic” from N.H. professionals like (in alphabetical order): Drs. Barnard, Campbell, Esselstyn, Goldhamer, Graham, Fuhrman, Klaper, Isabeau, Morano, Sabatino, Sultana, etc.
    As a formerly high-profile figure who worked in the Media, my 3 years absence sparked rumors of my demise, so when I reappeared healthier than ever, I often was cornered and asked to reveal my secret.
    This began a 9 year opportunity to give back to our community through free classes at the regional library and numerous events featuring many of the above doctors.
    When articles about us appeared in area newspapers several people from Huntsville, AL got in touch to see if we practiced the Hallelujah Diet. FF to our effort to learn more about it and become Health Ministers ourselves.
    The only difference between the H. Diet and ours was Dr. Malkmus position on the practice of water-only-fasting. He was totally against it.
    Eventually we began to see the value of his philosophy because unless one is truly dedicated, once they complete the fast and go back home IF they return to their old habits, they will often be worse off than ever. This is due to the fact fasting detoxes and revitalizes the body. To “replenish” it after fasting with “toxic” foods when the body is so much more capable of utilizing whatever it takes in, will result in a more rapid accumulation of such toxins and thus a diseased body.
    Unfortunately, in this instance at least, we are creatures of habit and often go back to that which did us harm.
    In that case, Dr. Malkmus’ advocacy of a 70 to 75 percent diet of fresh, whole fruits and veggies with 25^ cooked (prefereably steamed or baked) is a very wise formula.
    When I became a Councilor with the Vegetarian Union of North Amerca and then Global Media Liaison/Councilor with the International Vegetarian Union which presents World Vegetarian Congresses in differen countries on a bi-annual basis, time constraints necessitated giving up the local classes.
    However, with our experience over the years of having attended and presented at numberous Veggie and World Congresses in many parts of the world, we have yet to find a diet superior to the original Natural Hygiene Diet and Philosophy.
    Gerry Coffey

  11. Ken says:

    All I know is that the food that is here on this earth is made by Our God and Father through Our Lord Jesus Christ and that He is the Healer of all people. He is the One who heals. Our Lord is the One who made the food for all of us to be able to enjoy it. He provides for us. He is the our Healer. I am so thankful to God the Father for sending His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins, was buried and on the thrid day by the power of the Living God, Jesus was risen and defeated death and now He sits at the right hand of God the Father. He is the One who did this for us, it is a gift. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the God of Peace and Love and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.

  12. Tara Burner says:

    I did the health ministry course via Hallelujah acres and Rev Malkmus…sadly though I cannot stomach wheatgrass and am allergic to carrots now lol
    I do my own thing..eating/drinking clean and YES to balance and rigid/strict isn’t always the best!

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