Last year, my Bible study leader tried the Daniel Diet, which emphasizes eating raw vegetables and fruits. This diet lifestyle was promoted by Pastor Rick Warren from Saddleback Church, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hyman. The Daniel Diet books also focus on emotional and spiritual components as well that affect our eating and is usually completed as a 21 day fast.
I usually prefer starting with the bad news, but I will start with the pros first.
1. This diet encourages you to eat whole foods.
You are suppose to avoid artificial sweeteners and preservatives. (To see why this is significant, click here.) You are also suppose to eat whole grains, but not refined grains.
2. The diet promotes juicing and water.
Drink about 8 small glasses of water a day. You can also get water from juicing yummy smoothies.
3. You will probably lose weight.
If you need a little boost of energy with the seasonal changes to just slim down and exercise easier, this may do the trick. However, this may not be able to be sustained long-term.
4. You are encouraged to explore your relationship with food, identifying underlying mental and emotional issues.
Sometimes, not being able to eat food makes someone realize that they are circumventing an emotional issue or stressful situation. Here is a devotional journal you can use on this diet to explore Scripture and confront these issues.
1. If you are a protein metabolic type, this may not be the best diet for you.
This diet restricts your protein intake to beans, seeds, and nuts. So if you are a meat lover that derives a lot of energy from meats and seafood, then your metabolism may not be compatible. (To find out more about metabolic typing, click here.)
2. The idea of “no snacks, no sweets, and no seconds” espoused by Rick Warren is unrealistic and can be an unrealistic hassle.
While this diet may be motivating initially, it could be a challenge and be difficult to sustain. For example, as a college student, it is realistic and healthy to be able to have a snack if you need to finish an assignment. A nutritionist once lived with one of my friends and stated, “The key to dieting is moderation, not elimination.”
3. People must examine their motives for being on the diet.
This plan seems to be more designed to be a temporary “spiritual fast” in order for us to appreciate what is provided for us when we do have good food and as a reminder against submitting regularly to fleshly desires. People must be careful to not use it as an attempt to gain spirituality.
1 Corinthians 7:5: “Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
Here is an additional Daniel Diet resource provided by Life Point Church.
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