In reality, The Shepherd’s Diet is simply the ketogenic diet under a different name. What the author doesn’t tell you is that all the information on following a ketogenic diet is readily available for free online. The Shepherd’s Diet makes no differentiations from the regular ketogenic diet, and yet the author attempts to pass it off the diet as a secret, biblical technique inspired by God.
The author, Kristina Wild’s, story is written in first person. It starts off with a gripping quote from her husband’s doctor say that they mistakingly misdiagnosed his ALS as Parkinson’s. Naturally, the reader instantly feels interested in and sorry for the author, as seems to be the intention of the quote. She goes on to tell how her husband’s diagnosis inspired her to take better care of herself and to encourage her other family members, and how it ends up helping her to save her sister’s life. Not much more is said about poor Stan, except that being his primary caretaker was a struggle and that his death was emotionally detrimental.
Wilds’s sister, Kim, is briefly mentioned. Kim is said to struggle with obesity, diabetes, and fatigue. Earlier in the chapter, Wilds claims that her husband’s death sentence helped her save her sister’s life. Besides recommending that Kim adjust her mindset and start a ketogenic diet and introducing her to organic food, not much else is done to save her sister’s life.
Wilds goes on to talk about suffering from an eating disorder for 15 years. Because issues with anorexia and bulimia, she had to go to rehab in Orlando, Florida. She says that at the rehab facility, she was diagnosed with sugar addiction, and was put on a sugar-free, wheat-free food plan. This is where she started reading the Bible, developed a relationship with Jesus, and was supposedly divinely inspired to come up with The Shepherd’s Diet.
The Shepherd’s Diet Claims
Wild’s claims that her divinely inspired diet can help if:
-you’re chronically overweight, tired, sick, and frustrated
-you can’t find a diet that will help you lose weight or get healthy and fit
-you don’t think you have time or discipline
-you don’t think you can afford healthy food
-you worry about disappointing your family if you start eating healthy
-you wonder if God made you fat
-you feel guilty for treating your body, God’s temple, badly
-you’ve been chubby your entire life
-you think you have to be deprived to feel and look good
-you pretend you don’t about being overweight, or that you’re not worth getting better
So not only can her diet help you lose weight, but it can also help psychological problems. She also claims that it “helps remove the need for medications”.
She also throws in that the reason people are unwell is because of “lies propagated by leftist big food corporations that pollute our food supply”, and “big pharmaceutical industry’s billion-dollar deception” and “plan to keep you hooked on their drugs, having horrible side effects like weight gain, headaches, irritability, loose stools, rashes, and even death.”
She goes on to say that on The Shepherd’s Diet, you can permanently eliminate diabetes, heart disease, dementia, cancer, inflammation, or any kind of autoimmune disease, and it will lower your blood glucose levels, cholesterol, and your risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Not only that, but if the reader starts this ketogenic diet (hight-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein food plan), overcomes sugar addiction, and resists temptation, according to Wilds, he or she will feel a better spiritual connection with God. She lists several verses that she thinks affirm her claims. Verses like Isaiah 25:6:
“In this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow…”
And Exodus 12:8:
“They shall eat the [fatty] flesh that night, roasted on the fire…”
Other verses she includes are Judges 5:25, Deuteronomny 32:14, and Genesis 18:8. She says that because the ketogenic diet has scientifically proven benefits, and these verses talk about consuming fat like in a ketogenic diet, that means that science has finally caught up with the Bible.
It is true that the ketogenic diet has known benefits. Studies have shown that the ketogenic diet improves mental clarity, prevents disease, enhances athletic ability, helps with skin problems, alleviates acid reflux, and can improve fertility. The fact of the matter is that this has little to do with The Shepherd’s Diet.
Perhaps it is true that the author’s story led her to the ketogenic diet and in turn helped her, her family, and her friends, but what led her to sell it as her own invention inspired by God is probably something else altogether.
On a better note, the booklet does hold much useful information regarding the ketogenic diet. It encourages the reader to overcome food addiction and food disorders and get help, which is good advice no matter where it comes from. It encourages the reader to make healthier food choices and eliminate harmful, inflammatory food from his or her diet.
Although much of the advice in this booklet is all well and good, maybe even well-intended, it is a lofty indeed for the author to pass it off as her own invention, even if it has helped her family, friends, and clients. The information she shares is common knowledge and can be found on reputable medically informative websites at the click of a button using any search engine.
The real issue isn’t even that whoever developed this booklet is monetizing off common knowledge and likely fabricated stories; the real issue is that the author tell blatant and dangerous lies about the medical community and food industry, encouraging patients that they can get off of their medication simply by following the ketogenic diet.
If Kristina Wilds is a real person and her story is even moderately true, it is unfortunate and heartbreaking that she lost her husband. Nevertheless, she has no right to sell wild, false facts mixed with common knowledge for profit.