Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Daniel Cure by Susan Gregory

One of the most popular fasts in recent years has been the Daniel Fast, a 21-day period of prayer and fasting based on the Old Testament prophet's fasts recorded in Daniel 1 and Daniel 10.

The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, in which certain foods are restricted and others are consumed. This fast is similar to a 'purified' vegan diet; in addition to the exclusion of all animal products, no additives, preservatives, sweeteners, caffeine, alcohol, white flour, or processed foods are allowed. With the Daniel Fast people can eat as much Daniel-Fast-friendly food as they would like. Though most people begin the Daniel Fast for a spiritual purpose, many are amazed by the physical transformation that takes place. Many with high cholesterol experience a drop to healthy levels; people who have wrestled with weight issues are suddenly able to lose the pounds. The vast majority of participants following the Daniel Fast report a general sense of well-being and increased energy. Recent published scientific studies of the Daniel Fast have confirmed these findings, with additional benefits, such as a reduction in systemic inflammation, a reduction in blood pressure, and an improvement in antioxidant defenses.

The Daniel Cure will help readers take the next step by focusing on the health benefits of the Daniel Fast. By following the advice in this book, readers will convert the Daniel Fast from a once-a-year spiritual discipline into a new way of life that can begin any time of the year. In a nation suffering an epidemic of obesity and its resulting ills, The Daniel Cure may be just what the Great Physician ordered.

The Daniel Cure includes a 21-Day Daniel Cure Devotional, four chapters detailing the lifestyle diseases of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and inflammation, eleven chapters of recipes and meal planning advice, a recipe index, complete nutritional guidance, and an appendix detailing 'The Science behind the Daniel Fast.'

My Thoughts:

I have had many friends participate in the Daniel Fast. Sometimes they would join together to do this. I didn’t know much about it until I read this book. I knew it was based off the scriptures in Daniel about what he ate during a time period so he could pray.

The inspiration behind The Daniel Cure came from scripture in the book of Daniel. If you remember that Daniel basically wouldn’t eat the food that was usually provided and wanted to eat grains, and fresh produce. Daniel mourned and went into prayer for 3 weeks. He didn’t eat no meat or drink any wine during this time period.

I like the concept of the idea of the Daniel fast. It is a good way to lose some weight during this time period. Maybe, it will motivate you into eating healthier and promote a healthier lifestyle after the three weeks. Of course you are devoting yourself to prayer.

The book is broken down into 6 parts. The first part explains the Daniel Fast. The 2nd part goes over “taking control over your body”. The other parts follow as, “getting started”, “meal planning and recipes”, “twenty one day devotional”, and “conclusions and resources”. Each part is then broken down into smaller parts to enforce the main part.

One area that I like to look at in a book like this is the recipe section. Some plans are just very unreasonable and the ingredients are not something that is readily available at your local grocery store. For the most part all the recipes in the “Daniel Cure” have ingredients that should be at your local grocery store. They are simple recipes that won’t take a lot to make, break your budget, and surprisingly very normative recipes.

I was a bit confused about the differences between the “Daniel Fast” and the “Daniel Cure” so I had to look into it. Pretty much the difference is that the “Daniel Cure” gives you the option of adding meat and dairy with the plant based food.

Over all this was an interesting and informative book. I have not done this plan yet. I plan on doing it at some point as I think it could be very beneficial. Especially, after I have recently lost 30 pounds and plan on losing more. This would be a good option to maintain my weight lost.

Disclosure of Material Connection: BookLook Bloggers-Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me this Book free as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have or my own.

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