I truly believe any good weight loss program covers far more than food and exercise. It must be a complete lifestyle to be successful. The Daniel Plan is exactly that by relating to body, mind, and soul.
There are 5 essential components in this plan: Food, Fitness, Focus, Faith, and Friends. The last two are called “the secret sauce” by Pastor Rick Warren, one of the 3 authors of this program. I have been a long time fan of his, and also of Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman.
As soon as I realized these 3 men wrote a book together, it immediately went on my to-be-read pile. I just finished reading it and want to share some of my favorite parts with you. As I continue to integrate this plan in my own lifestyle, I’ll include tips in the monthly Turning to Food updates. This will be easy to do as it completely agrees with the 3 Steps to Food Addiction Freedom I’m already implementing.
The Food plan immediately reminded me of my 2nd Step: Choose real, God-given foods, not man-made, highly processed franken-food. They encourage eating a great deal of vegetables. Their Good Foods list can be found on their website.
“Our philosophy is that if it was grown on a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, leave it on the shelf.” ~The Daniel Plan p. 38
My favorite Fitness tip from the Daniel Plan relates to something that God keeps bringing to my attention lately called sitting disease. Every time I turn around, He is putting another article in front of me about this new crisis. The authors share this scary finding from the Mayo Clinic:
“Sitting too long, up to three to four hours at a time, is now equivalent to smoking a pack-and-a-half of cigarettes a day.”
For someone like me who spends a great deal of time on my laptop, this is frightening. I quit smoking over 15 years ago, so I certainly don’t want to end up with the same issues as if I never conquered that terrible habit. The Daniel Plan suggests getting up every hour for a few minutes. They list ideas for these breaks and of course many more fitness tips, but this one has been a fantastic start for me.
The Focus section was particularly interesting to me as I have personally found a healthy lifestyle to help tremendously with my moods and brain functioning. A great tip they offer is to combat those ugly lies and distorted thoughts we all encounter with the simple question, “Is it true?” Those 3 little words can be life changing.
The Faith essential is my personal favorite aspect of the entire plan. It correlates perfectly with Step 3 of my own plan: Turn to God instead of food.
“Faith is the foundation of The Daniel Plan, and learning to rely on God’s power is the key to lasting change.” ~Pastor Rick Warren
Spending time in God’s Word every day is a wonderful way to learn about His power and incredible unconditional love. Pastor Warren suggests reading and reflecting on the Bible for a minimum of 10 minutes a day.
Last, but certainly not least: Friends. We are supposed to do life together. This is why programs like Weight Watchers, which I’m also participating in, are so successful. Having people to support us in our struggles and celebrate our victories with us is essential.
I’m incredibly thankful for each of you to go on this journey to better health with. Thank you for your continued support and friendship. If you are new here, please think about joining this beautiful, growing community by subscribing to updates and connecting on Facebook. February’s Turning to Food update will be up soon!
If you would like to purchase The Daniel Plan, you can find it here:
If you have time today, check out the rest of my to be read pile for 2015: