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.
I received this book for free for review through the publisher. All opinions are my own.
I have rarely seen such off-the-mark reviews about a book. I can only surmise that the first 2 reviewers did not actually read The Daniel Plan. Allow me to clear up these misconceptions.
1. This book is NOT named after Dr. Daniel Amen. It is called The Daniel Plan because it was inspired by Daniel from the Bible. Pastor Rick Warren says "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.
2. With that said, this book also does not claim to be about a 10-day Daniel fast. This book contains a very sensible, sustainable eating plan to help you honor the Lord with your body and eating choices.
This book contains information about 5 key principles, recognizing that your health and weight is a global issue, and not just a diet issue. The components include: faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends (community).
Many Americans are overweight due to overeating, and an unhealthy relationship with food. Pastor Warren recognizes that this is a bigger issue than just a diet change. To fully address the weight issue, one must address the underlying causes, and provide a healthy, sustainable eating plan. This book does all of this.
I have struggled with my weight for years, and am looking forward to getting started on this plan.
Disclosure: I have no affiliation with Rick Warren or his church. I did however, receive a review copy of this book as a blogger for review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
I was very unhappy with this book. It provides a great plan for a healthy lifestyle but in no way shape or form is it a book about the 10 day diet Daniel and his friends went on when they were first taken to Babylon. Daniel went a 10 day raw food, veggie and water diet. Rick Warren writes in this book about a 40 day diet that is half non starchy veggies, a quarter lean protein and a quarters starchy veggies with a bit of fruit on the side. He also pushes exercise. It is a big disappointment to see a preacher call something the Daniel diet when it does not even remotely compare. I would give this book a 5 star review if it was called anything else; but I have to say its a no star book because it does not advocate for the name sake. Shame on you Pastor Warren.