Review of The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

By December 11, 2013Book Reviews

daniel-planThe Daniel Plan, 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman is a program for getting healthy. It incorporates faith, food, fitness, focus and friends into healthier living. This is a diet book  in the Health and Fitness category and not a Bible study.  It does, however, include several scripture references from the AMP, CEV, GNT, MSG, NCV and NLT translations. According to the authors “If you don’t trust God to help you get healthy, all you are left with is willpower- and you know from experience that willpower doesn’t last very long.” Chapter 10 in the book includes a 40-day meal plan and the print is very small to read. For this reason, I recommend the printed book instead of the eBook. You’l also find 53 recipes in the back of the book with the basics of any healthy diet: no sugar, diary, gluten, or artificial anything. Caffeine-free is optional and works for me! These are common trigger foods on other diets such as the JJ Virgin or South Beach Gluten Free Diet, and common causes of weight gain today. To succeed on this diet the authors recommend “for ten to forty days, stop eating gluten and dairy 100 percent.” Add one back every three days (just like the JJ Virgin Diet) and monitor your symptoms in the Daniel Plan Journal. I received a copy of this book from the Blogger Review Program and was not required to write a positive review, this is my own opinion on the book.

We asked one of the guests at the Women’s Bible Cafe to share her experience with this program. Here is what Kristen would like you to know:

When God is in it, there is NO limit.

I was never obese, but you don’t have to qualify as obese to feel really bad about yourself and how you look. My relationship with food has been a “thorn in the flesh” my entire adult life. Food was always there for me, it comforted me, it never left, it defined me. Looking back through photos my life was defined by “skinny” and “fat” eras.  It all came to a head Thanksgiving Day 2012.  I was a good 30+ lbs. overweight (not that I got on a scale!).  I didn’t want to be in any family pictures. How many events had I skipped because I didn’t like how I looked or didn’t have anything that fit? How much more could I be doing with my life if hours of brain power was not spent on thinking about food and weight loss? Life was passing me by and I was sitting in my house in yoga pants.

My faith has been a journey too (which is another story) but as I grew in my knowledge of Biblical truth and believing that miracles were for this day I decided my weight would be my miracle. I prayed that I would wake up not craving food, that my metabolism would miraculously double, that God would provide some magic answer.  And let me tell you, I had read EVERY book out there about food and diet.  I know how to exercise.  I have even completed Ironmans (and gained weight while training!!) but my issue was much deeper than any knowledge could help with.  I was ready to give up, but knew that God had so much more for me than sitting in my home feeling poorly about who He had made me to be.

Then along came The Daniel Plan.  I found it on accident doing some research on the Daniel Fast.  I started reading the website voraciously.  I started reading what sugar and diet coke was doing to my body and my brain and I decided I wanted to live.  I wanted to grow old healthy and whole and not ache and shuffle into old age. I wanted to fill my emotional void with God and not food.  I confess, it was hard at first.  I had some pretty rough detox issues the first week (which just showed me how poorly I had been eating – cookie dough is a dinner food right?!) but this was a plan I could stick with.  Eating whole foods, making my body function the way God intended it to.  I am nowhere near perfect and that is the beauty of this plan.  It becomes a lifestyle that is livable.  It comes with a support system. I will never be a person that can eat “clean” 100% of the time and I don’t need to be that person.  I still love to bake, I still love to go out with friends, I still love a houseful of people with food as the centerpiece BUT I can live with this and get back on the plan the next day.  It has not been without hurdles – I am currently on a stricter plan to get off the 5# I gained back but it is worth every thing I have “given up” in the way I feel and the freedom I have in my brain.  God made me for so much more, no limits.  God made you for more and you can do this!!



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Author Christine Abraham

Founder and Ministry Director of the Womens Bible Cafe™ since 2009, Christine has led 60+ online Bible Studies for women. She completed a Graduate of Biblical Studies from Liberty University. She's an inspired writer, Amazon Top Reviewer and Blogger Follow on Facebook

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