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Book Review: The Daniel Plan

With a new year comes Resolutions!  Have you made yours yet?  I started reading The Daniel Plan a couple weeks ago as I wanted to truly make a life change in my eating habits.   What is your goal or focus for 2015? 
Revolutionize Your Health …
Once and for All
During an afternoon of baptizing over 800 people, Pastor Rick Warren realized it was time for change. He told his congregation he needed to lose weight and asked if anyone wanted to join him. He thought maybe 200 people would sign up, instead he witnessed a movement unfold as 15,000 people lost over 260,000 pounds in the first year. With assistance from medical and fitness experts, Pastor Rick and thousands of people began a journey to transform their lives.
Welcome to The Daniel Plan.
Here’s the secret sauce: The Daniel Plan is designed to be done in a supportive community relying on God’s instruction for living.
When it comes to getting healthy, two are always better than one. Our research has revealed that people getting healthy together lose twice as much weight as those who do it alone. God never meant for you to go through life alone and that includes the journey to health.
Unlike the thousands of other books on the market, this book is not about a new diet, guilt-driven gym sessions, or shame-driven fasts. The Daniel Plan shows you how the powerful combination of faith, fitness, food, focus, and friends will change your health forever, transforming you in the most head-turning way imaginably—from the inside out.
My Review:
This book is big but it is a very quick read that is very informative.  I have heard and few of the shocking things the books talks about regarding what we put in our bodies but all of it was a good walk up call to help me get my focus back real cooked real grown and no preservative foods.
The book does have a huge focus on food but it also focuses on the 5F's which include:  Faith, Food, Fitness, Friends, and Focus.  With these five things the plan see's a ton of success.   So I am on day 2 of the Daniel Plan and I am doing it with 4 other people.  
Things that will become second nature to me include- checking labels because sugar has 200 different names!   I also will be following the rule of no more that 5 ingredients that I can read and know what they are that was mentioned in the book.
I got a little confused because I always thought that on the Daniel Plan you could not eat meat but the book just talks about finding high quality meats with our growth hormones, antibiotics, and free range!   It made me happy because now I am on the hunt for some better quality meats.  i don't plan on eating them too often so higher quality will be good and not every day so it won't break my budget. 
So I have removed sugar, gluten, and dairy.  I struggle with dairy since I love cheese but trying it for now.   I look forward to ridding my body of sugar and allowing my taste-buds to recover and remember what real food tastes like. 
So I am following the books plan and with that being said there is several different websites that differ from this plan- so make sure you know what one you are doing.   This book has a facebook page to gain support from and a website to create your own profile to track your progress, find recipes, and find answers to your questions.   
So in the next few weeks feel free to ask me how it is going!   This is a really great book to get you started at truly making sure your body is a temple for the Lord!  :)


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