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The Daniel Plan

Thank you Affirm films for sending us the Daniel Plan In Action DVD set!

While I haven't done any serious dieting, I have tried to stay active and pay attention to what I eat.  After watching the movie Fed Up, our family has cut back on our sugar intake.  The Daniel Plan has five foundations that have a good chance of transforming your body for the better if they are in place.  These include:

  • Faith - Relying on God's power
  • Food - Eating natural food in proper proportions
  • Fitness - Regular workouts  
  • Focus - Don't give up!
  • Friends - You have a better chance of success if you have accountability partners 

Pastor Rick Warren is one of the founders of The Daniel Plan and is featured on the first DVD with his sermon of The Five Habits of Healthy People.  He goes more in depth of the five foundations and uses Bible verses like Philippians 4:13, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Romans 12:2, Ecclesiastes 4:9, and Ephesians 4:22 to back up their diet program.  While I am all for taking care of my body/temple as 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with pastor Rick Warren that it is not a sin if you don't exercise.  Is it a good idea to exercise?  Yes, and the ones on the second disc are pretty good.  

There are four exercise routines and they focus on cardio, abs, upper, and lower body.  Each session is thirty five minutes long and you're bound to break a sweat.  There are lower and higher impact workouts to follow if you need less or more of a challenge.  I must say that after completing these workouts I was feeling muscles I have long forgotten about.  You'll want to have a set of light weights handy for two of the sessions. if you don't have a set of weights available you can use a couple of cans of soup as a light weight replacement.  

I enjoyed the upbeat and remixed praise songs in the background.  If you like them there is a soundtrack CD available for $9.99,  or you can buy the deluxe DVD plan that comes with it and a third workout DVD.  (I was sent the two DVD version so I cannot comment on the third disc or soundtrack).

The instructors were engaging and valued our time together without wasting much of it talking.  Although I'm Christian I'm not used to hearing "Christianese" while working out.  When I'm doing stretches I don't think of them as reaching out to God. Sure it's uplifting, but non-Christians may get weirded out  by these workouts.  It seemed cheesy to me; can't imagine what non-believers would think.  Jumping Jacks for Jesus anyone?

Along with the DVD came a forty day calendar with a recommended workout schedule and a downloadable Daniel Plan recipe sampler.    I tried a few of the recipes and was pleasantly surprised by their quality.  Then again they do have an award winning team who created this diet plan.

Many well-known doctors have lent their expertise in developing the meal plans and exercise routines.  Dr. Mehmet Oz is probably the most well known out of the three; I have seen Dr. Mark Hyman in the Fed Up movie, and lastly Dr. Daniel Amen has contributed with his brain science expertise.  

Overall this is a nice DVD set with the recipes and workout routines that focus on key parts of your body.  The price is a reasonable $20 at http://www.danielplan.com or close to that amount on Amazon.


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