Everyone I know is looking for ways to lose weight and/or get healthy again and I’m in that group.
It’s particularly hard if you are over 50. I’ve tried Weight Watchers, Diet Center, Atkins, Eat Right for Your Blood Type, Cave Man, I’ve read “French Women Don’t Get Fat“, South Beach, Glycemic Index, The Zone, and bought loads of miracle foods… green tea, chia seeds, the list goes on and on and on…
My favorite of the bunch was Weight Watchers but it’s very expensive and your experience depends greatly on the “counselor” that happens to be at your local center.
None of them combine all of these factors
Faith – Friends – Focus – Fitness & Food —
Like the Daniel Plan does.
There aren’t too many gadgets or gizmos.. the price is low and the support is fantastic.
The diet grew from Rick Warren, the pastor at Saddleback Church’s own observations about himself and his congregation.. They were all fat or getting fat! I know that’s not a PC word to use but that’s what it is..
You start by reading the whole book where you are bound to have many “AHA” moments as you are reading it…. next you start the detox … 10 days where you rid your body of all the junk that’s been piling up in there for the last several months years or decades depending on how long you’ve been eating lots of processed foods. There aren’t any gimmicks… it’s mostly about eating the food that God grows… real whole foods… lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.. less meats.. but also not being “RELIGIOUS” about it.. 90% of the time eat what you know is right.. and give yourself a break if 10% of the time you eat food because you enjoy it.. If it’s your birthday.. have a piece of cake for Pete’s sake!
LIFESETYLE CHANGE RESULTS UPDATES
Me: Down 15 lbs and 2 inches on my waist
Hubby: Down 12 lbs & 2 inches on his waist. (he didn’t need to lose much)
The links for all the “Daniel Plan” offerings are below.
The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life – Kindle Edition $9.99 (reg price $24.99) Hard Cover $14.97
Don’t have time to read the whole book.. you are in LUCK!
They have developed a quickie version called: The Daniel Plan Jumpstart Guide: Daily Steps to a Healthier Life
The Daniel Plan Jumpstart Guide provides a birds-eye view of getting your life on track to better health in five key areas: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends being the secret to a healthy lifestyle. This quick guide provides all the key principles for readers to gain a vision for health and get started. This booklet is a 40-day guide that breaks out existing content from The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life into day-by-day action toward a healthier life and encourages readers to use The Daniel Plan and its compatible journal for more information and further success.
The Daniel Plan Study Guide: 40 Days to a Healthier Life – Kindle Edition $7.99 (reg price $11.99) Paperback $9.12
The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life Kindle Edition $11.99 (reg price $29.99) Hardcover $18.96.
I have to say that I have stopped buying cookbooks since you can look up most recipes online but I really love this one. There are lots of photos of the food and tips from the 3 docs about foods to get in your pantry, what to clear away during detox, it’s really beautifully done.
Click here for a free mini Daniel Plan Cookbook that previews just a few of the recipes you’ll find in the big cookbook.
Daniel Plan Journal: 40 Days to a Healthier Life (The Daniel Plan) Hardcover $11.22
If you are part of a church that wants to get their whole congregation involved like Saddleback did there’s a full program for that too.
The Daniel Plan Church Campaign Kit: 40 Days to a Healthier Life
This six-week preaching series and church campaign from Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman is an innovative approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle that is both transformational and sustainable because it is about abundant choices, not diet deprivation. With assistance from medical and fitness experts, Pastor Rick Warren and thousands of people from his congregation started on a journey to transform their own lives. It started with God’s prescription for their health, and it’s called The Daniel Plan. The Daniel Plan teaches simple ways to incorporate healthy choices into your current lifestyle. The campaign is centered on five essentials that will guarantee your success: faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends. Each area affects the others and can’t succeed solo. So are you ready to revolutionize your health once and for all? The Daniel Plan Church Campaign Kit is a great way to encourage everyone in your church toward a healthy lifestyle, explore biblical principles for health, and unite your congregation around a single purpose. This Kit includes all of the materials needed for a six-week church campaign: The Daniel Plan The Daniel Plan Study Guide The Daniel Plan DVD-ROM containing six small-group video sessions, sermon outlines, and all the materials needed to launch and sustain a whole church campaign.
Rick Warren Author of “The Purpose Driven Life” had help developing the food and fitness part of this plan from
DR. MEHMET OZ
Host of the Daytime Emmy-winning Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz is also Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute & Complementary Medicine Program at NY Presbyterian.
DR. DANIEL AMEN
Dr. Amen is a physician, double-board certified psychiatrist, teacher and eight-time New York Times bestselling author. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain science to everyday clinical practice.
DR. MARK HYMAN
Dr. Hyman is a family physician, a six-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in the functional medicine field. He is well known for addressing the root causes of chronic illness through groundbreaking whole-systems medicine.
Additional Daniel Plan materials can be found on the:
- Daniel Plan Website
- Daniel Plan on Facebook – This is a great group with lots of interaction and support from other members and the social media team
- Daniel Plan on Instagram – Same thing here.. LOTS of support and interaction. Make sure to use hashtag #DanielPlan when you are posting photos of your latest real food creations
- Daniel Plan on Pinterest
*The Daniel Plan is not to be confused the “The Daniel Fast”.
My progress?… in a month of slowing adapting to the principals and exploring all of the materials 5 lbs and 1 inch around my waist…. And it’s stayed off… I’m working on getting a small group started in my area for accountability and am finishing reading the book…I’m good with that.. slow and steady is the best way to lose weight and get healthy.