The Daniel Plan: Take 2

The Daniel Plan Chapter 4.

I wasn’t looking forward to reading it. Not even a little bit. I was, in fact, feeling a bit apprehensive.

Chapter 4?

Food.

A little background knowledge about me: I’m kinda well read when it comes to food. Barnes and Noble has actually named a wing after me.

Kidding.

So you’re probably wondering, if my background knowledge is so vast, why on earth would I being feeling so much trepidation about one little chapter in a book?

Well, let me tell you why. My fear was that the latest and greatest weight loss fad was going to be promoted. My fear was that my diet was going to be criticized. And that would make me crabby. And irritable. I hate feeling crabby and irritable.

Turns out I needn’t have felt so uneasy. Truthfully, I should have realized that BEFORE I began reading. After all, the chapter was entitled food. Not diet.

There wasn’t  anything I hadn’t already talked my husband’s ear off about. (Confirming the notion that yes, indeed, he is a very lucky man.)

Noteworthy sections of the chapter:

“What is the right diet? Can we make sense of it all? It is not very easy, because the food and diet industry makes billions–in fact, more than $1 trillion–by keeping you guessing.”

If a diet plan is truly successful (and by successful, I mean that you would reach and maintain a healthy weight/BMI, and your heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol and ratio of HDL to LDL would remain in a healthy range), wouldn’t everybody be on that diet?

And then, wouldn’t diets eventually become extinct because everybody would have achieved optimal health?

See my point?

But according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that is not happening. Currently,  more than 1/3 of adults in the US are obese. And the trend is going up, not down.

“Have you ever stopped to think about what food is, why we eat it, and what it does to us when we eat it?”

I think about it all the time. (Okay, not all the time, but often.) What I put into my mouth fuels my body. Therefore, I read ingredient labels religiously (pun intended…I couldn’t help myself), searching for nutrient dense foods. I want my body to perform optimally. I want to avoid illness and disease, and I understand there is a direct correlation between what I eat and how I feel. We have become so far removed from understanding what food is, why we need to eat, and what happens to our body when we eat, we eat without thinking.

“Veterinarians study nutrition extensively.”

But sadly, your doctor probably has not studied nutrition extensively.

An article in the Journal of Biomedical Education presented the following:

“We surveyed all 133 US medical schools with a four-year curriculum about the extent and type of required nutrition education during the 2012/13 academic year. Responses came from 121 institutions (91% response rate). Most US medical schools (86/121, 71%) fail to provide the recommended minimum 25 hours of nutrition education; 43 (36%) provide less than half that much.”

Taking a pill has become the answer, but doesn’t necessarily address the cause. Pills mask the symptoms. Think about the ads you see on TV, or read about in magazines. Think about all the side effects.

You can find my thoughts (rant alert) about this in more detail here.

“More than 95% of chronic illness is not related to your genes, but to what those genes are exposed to in your lifetime…The most important thing you do every single day to interact with your genes is eat.”

And this is what I believe we should focus on when it comes to health. What effect is the food you are eating having on your insides? We tend to get so wrapped up in  outward appearances that we are more apt to reach for the highly processed 100 calorie snack instead of grabbing a banana and slathering it with peanut butter, simply because it has fewer calories.

“The Daniel Plan focuses on the core food groups of healthy carbs, healthy fats, healthy protein, healing spices, drinks, and super foods.”

“The Calorie Myth: All calories are created equally.”

I love, love, love the use of the “healthy” adjective. We tend to get all caught up in the hype of high/low types of diets (high protein, low fat, low carb, etc.), but just like all calories are not created equal, all carbs are not created equally, all fats are not created equally, and all protein is not created equally.

I was relieved to see this addressed.

“Vegetables and fruits contain nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatories.”

True? Or false? I feel fairly confident you got this.

Yet according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

“Adults in the United States consume fruit about 1.1 times per day and vegetables about 1.6 times per day.”

Why? Why don’t we eat our veggies?

Well, I have some ideas. I’ve even posted about them. You can read this (another rant alert) or  this (yep, still ranting).

“We are all biochemically, metabolically, and genetically quite different. Each of us has to listen to our body and honor its uniquenesses.”

This says it all. This is my big AMEN moment of the chapter.

And that is why this week I am choosing to memorize:

Romans 14:1-3

14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.

 

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