Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Daniel Plan - Book Review

The Daniel Plan is all about getting healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually in 40 days. It's not so much about losing weight but about gaining health.

Written by pastor Rick Warren and doctors Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman, The Daniel Plan helps readers create their own 40-day health plan modeled after the plan adopted by Warren's church members. Why is it called "The Daniel Plan"? It's based on the prophet Daniel in the Bible. You might remember him as the guy who ended up in the lion's den. This was a guy with a strong mind, strong body, strong character, and, most importantly, strong faith.

While food and fitness are obviously key elements to staying healthy, the authors of this book also believe that you need to change your focus, surround yourself with a supportive community, and trust in God's power to give you the strength to make the changes you need to make.

This isn't just a book. It also contains recipes and exercises as part of its 40-day plan. There is also a 10-day detox plan, if you want to do that, which cuts out dairy, gluten, sugar, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, alcohol, and processed or fast food.

(Just a note from me: if you think you may have Celiac disease, GET TESTED! Don't go on a gluten-free diet before getting tested or your test results will not be accurate. If you think you might only have gluten sensitivities, just know that gluten is in more than just the normal food items, such as bread and oatmeal. It's in A LOT of things, so you really need to read labels and educate yourself outside of the limited information in this book about hidden gluten sources.)

There are lots of other resources to help you on your Daniel Plan journey, including a journal, an app, a cookbook, and a website. This is a plan that wants you to succeed, and it's filled with true stories of people who have seen success by starting this plan.

Reading this book is definitely eye-opening. You know all these facts about what is bad for you and what is good for you, and yet there's such a large number of us who don't follow the healthy guidelines. Now is the time to make the change, you guys!

I actually think that I will try to implement the 40-day meal plan in this book as a supplement to the exercise that I already get throughout the week. I think there is always room for improvement when it comes to the food my husband and I eat, especially when one of us has certain dietary restrictions.

I haven't decided yet, but I'm thinking of trying the detox for the first 10 days just to see what happens. I already cut out a little dairy by switching to unsweetened original almond milk, and now I just can't drink regular milk. It tastes DISGUSTING! How did I drink that for so many years? And even though I do eat gluten-free food, I'm not 100 percent off gluten, and I would just like to see if further reducing my gluten intake has any effect on my migraines. Experimentation time in 2015!

If you're looking for a way to get healthier in the new year both physically and spiritually, then definitely check out The Daniel Plan.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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