Just what I was looking for. We are going to start The Daniel Plan at church. I especially like that it doesn't just focus on food, but on our whole being. This is an "honoring, serving and growing in God with our mind, body and spirit" book.
Pastor Rick Warren is the pastor of Saddleback Church. One day while Pastor Warren was baptizing over eight hundred people he realized that many people were overweight including himself. He began to reflect upon his own health and the relationship he had with food. He soon realized that he had been ignoring his health and was being a poor example to his congregation. After doing some research, Pastor Warren decided to stand before his congregation and ask for their forgiveness. He explained how God wants us to take care of the bodies that He has blessed us with and asked if anyone wanted to join him in getting healthy. That day over 12,000 church members signed up in joining him on his journey. Now Pastor Warren just needed a plan to assist his congregation with getting healthy. Pastor Warren writes, "Since I was preaching that day about a man in the Bible named Daniel who refused to eat junk food and challenged a king to a health contest, I named the program The Daniel Plan." (Page 15) Pastor Warren then asked Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Mehmet Oz to help coach him as he knew very little about how to get healthy. All of the doctors agreed to help and the program proved to be a success. During the first year the members at Saddleback lost a combined total of more than 250,000 pounds!
This book is about the plan that the Saddleback community followed. I found the book to be very informative. It focuses on five key elements: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends. There is a chapter dedicated to each of these key elements to further explain how they can assist with living a healthy lifestyle. I enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it to others. I included how Pastor Warren came up with the name of the plan above as some people may think that the book is about fasting.
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I read this book already having knowledge about eating healthy and working out due to my degree in exercise. The book was a great refresher in knowledge I already knew and some new statistics that the medical community has come up with recently. While some parts were a bit technical, anyone could read this book and understand it. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking to start living a better life for themselves and their family. If you are wanting to find a way to make your New Year's resolutions stick, then read this book!
the daniel plan is a very special book and a real blessing to have during the holidays espically with all of the food that we have around to be tempted with. it gives us some special scripture that shows how you can lose weight and change your life style and there are some great eating habbits as well as the ways that you can change your eatting habbits and there are some helpful charts also. this will help you get through the christmas season maybe lower blood preasure and your weight and feel great. also recamended: billy grahams new book the reason for my hope salvation and sarah palins new book good tidings great joy
I do agree that the name can be misleading but I actually loved the book!
I am always skeptical of new "diet" plans but this is so much different! This truly is a lifestyle change! It doesn't just focus on food, but on five key principals to help make a healthier lifestyle change actually stick! The key principals are Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends. In the book, the authors go into great detail on how these are all interconnected and how they are all essential for change in our eating and thinking habits.
I love that they make it so easy to understand. Many, many times I have thought, "It is way to expensive to do the clean and healthy eating thing!" This book makes it so simple to see that it doesn't have to be expensive. And you can enjoy many things. Love fries? Make your own with fresh potatoes and healthy oils. This is written in plain English that is so easy to understand and actually makes me feel like it is doable!
I also love that the first key is faith. It's all about being good stewards of the bodies God has given us. I love how he talks about willpower and how usually under your own willpower you eventually stop fighting because it's of your own power. You need God's power to truly change. That's the faith part.
Then, of course, is food. It's all about making the right choices. And they go into depth about what is good to eat and what is not good. And we can't forget about fitness. Our bodies are designed to move! Find something that you love to do and do it!
Focus is all about changing to way you think and about changing your attitude. Last, is friends. Everything is always better when you do it with friends, right? I think so! Overall, I really love this book. My husband is even willing to try this for 40 days and he is not one to change. I am very excited and we are starting today.
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