“Whoever conducts himself in the ways we have set forth, I will guarantee that he will not get sick throughout his life…. He will not need a doctor and his body will be in perfect shape and remain healthy all his life.” – From Mishneh Torah,4:20, Moses Maimonidies.

In 2007, David Zulberg published “The Life-Transforming Diet,” based on Maimonides teachings. It is now in its fifth printing.Why would someone decide to follow an 800-year-old nutrition plan?
Perhaps its because this Life-Transforming Diet gives you the tools for optimum emotional and physical health, a more spiritual outlook and sustainable weight loss, no matter your age, gender or occupation.

Imagine for a moment a world where almost every disease can be prevented and most people enjoy long and healthy lives. If we were able to visit this idyllic world, we would probably try to absorb whatever we could of their lifestyle habits in order to emulate their successes in our own lives. Currently approaches to healthful eating have been coming our way through time. The wisdom of the medieval Jewish philosopher and doctor Moses Maimonides, or the Rambam, are becoming popular with followers. In his writings, the Rambam gave clear instructions regarding what, when and how much people should eat in order to lead a healthy life. One of his well-known quotes is: “No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.”

Currently more than half of the United States population is overweight or obese, and many suffer from resultant health complications. Eating disorders abound, and we are flooded with conflicting advice and false promises to attain our dream of health. But we can change this approach. Maimonides attitude to medicine is based on three main fundamentals — nutrition, physical exercise and balanced mental state. If you practice physical activity but neglect your nutrition, or eat healthy but do not exercise, or suffer from depression, then eventually your health will suffer.”Fist Fight 2017 streaming

Two years ago in Israel the Rambam Medicine Center was founded. It offers lectures on what the Rambam has to say about everyday living. Topics range from sun exposure, to the perks of vegetarianism, to sleep disorders. The center produces books and CDs on healthy living, and hosts workshops on detoxification. A few of the more practical directives that Shachar shares with audiences are: Don’t eat three hours before bedtime; wait one hour after rising to eat; don’t drink milk; avoid meat (if you must eat animal flesh, choose chicken); eat small fish, such as the sardine, instead of big fish, like the tuna; choose wheat bread over white; don’t drink as you eat, since it slows digestion, and, the most obvious one, don’t overeat.

“In the practice of medicine, the first and most important regimen is the one for the healthy, which insures that the existing state of health is not lost… An expert physician who wants to guard his patient’s health begins by improving [the latter’s] diet.”

Maimonides’s works are filled with health and nutritional advice. Besides his well-known chapter on health, he wrote ten major medical works, which include detailed discussions and explanations on health and nutrition.
“One’s usual custom and habit is fundamental for maintaining health… One should not change his habits all at once, in eating, drinking or exercise… Changing one’s habit all at once results in illness… It is impossible to go suddenly from one extreme to the other. Therefore, it is not possible according to the nature of man to suddenly discontinue everything to which he has been habituated… Human nature always likes that to which it is habituated.”