Shifting to a Healthier Life with the Daniel Plan

When you’re young, you don’t really tend to think about the food you eat—unless you’re like me, who battled with weight issues from childhood. I was twelve years old when I read my first book on nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, a better alternative to diet fads and stuff that people normally shove down the throats of everyone overweight.

I’m not proud to admit that my times of commitment to good nutrition and exercise have come interspersed with bouts of stress eating and laziness to get off the couch! But now that I’m a parent, it’s even more crucial that my husband and I think about the food that we eat, because it also impacts the next generation!

The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren is one of our favourite books whenever we need inspiration to renew our commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

First, let me explain a bit why it’s called the Daniel plan. I mean, why Daniel? The book takes its cue from the character Daniel in the Bible. As captives of the Babylonian empire being groomed to serve the king, Daniel and his friends had access to the rich fare that the royalty during that time ate, but they chose to eat plant-based food like nuts and grains, as an inward expression of their commitment to God.

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4 Key Points from The Daniel Plan

But even apart from the religious undertones, their diet has been studied as one of the healthiest options for the modern day. In this post, I want to share some of the key points that we love in this book:

1. What we eat physically affects us emotionally and mentally.

Sometimes we tend to think of our physical health as totally separate from our mental health. The truth is, what we eat can affect all the other areas of our life. In this book, the authors detail the kinds of food that heal, and those that harm us, so that we can make wise choices in our daily meals.

2. Physical movement is a must.

Good health isn’t just about what food we eat. We also need to think about our physical activity. The good thing is that this book doesn’t prescribe a one-size-fits-all program, and instead recommends you to find that physical activity that you enjoy. Do you prefer playing sports? Or if you’re not yet fit enough for any rigorous activity, brisk walking may be an option.

3. Our minds have power over our actions.

Another important point in the book is that a lot of it is a mind game. We first need to change our mindset, and then we can have the power to change the trajectory of our health. What’s your “why” behind wanting to get healthy? When you have a renewed sense of purpose and the right attitude, it can become easier to reach your physical health goals. 

4. We need a community.

Just as people who struggle with addiction to alcohol or other substances report a greater success rate with accountability groups, the same is true for physical health: those who surround themselves with like-minded individuals have a greater chance of reaching their goals.

So think about who you’re sharing your health journey with!

Pursuing a Healthy Lifestyle is a Lifelong Journey

We hope this encourages you to mae a commitment to physical health. Think about the food taht you eat, the physical activity that you engage in, the people that you surround yourself with. All these factor into the kind of lifestyle you have. And, like it or not, it will also impact the lifestyle of your children after you!

To purchase the book, check out this Amazon link.

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