Sunday, June 15, 2014

Week 1 recap of The Daniel Plan reading assignment and week 2 assignment. #thedanielplan

Welcome to the start of week 2 of reading "The Daniel Plan" with me!

If you're not sure what I'm talking about, or want to join in; here's my post from last week that explains the program and challenge that I"m starting this month:

First create a free profile here on their website:

Second, come back here to my blog every week to get the weekly assignment and check in with me about your progress. I will also be posting daily on my Instagram page when the 40 day challenge starts. 

For the next 3 weeks we will be reading the book together and then we will start the 40 day "Daniel Strong" challenge on Monday June 30th and end on Friday August 8th. 

Every 10 days from June 30-August 8 (so 4 times during the challenge) we will do a BLOG CHECK IN here for accountability and PRIZES! I will be using The Daniel Plan Journal as a guide for check in questions and focus on the program. 
I can't wait to get started on this journey with you!!

1. Buy or borrow the book.
2. Create your free profile on the Daniel Plan website.
3. Read chapters 5-8. You should have already read chapters 1-4 last week. If not, hopefully you can catch up with us. :-) 
4. Check back here on my blog on Sunday 22nd for next weeks assignment.  

We just ended week 1 which was to read chapters 1-4. 
What did you think about what you read? 

Chapter 1 was about "How it all began" and chapter 2 was about "The Essentials" of the program. 

I loved reading about how this program began from Pastor Rick Warren. His testimony and experiences is very powerful!!  On page 16 he says, "this plan you will read really quite simple. Dedicate your body to God. Ask for his help, and get involved in a small group of some kind that will support you on your journey. (THIS IS WHY IM DOING THIS BLOGGING CHALLENGE WITH YOU). Then start making healthy choices...make whole foods a regular part of your diet. Live a more active lifestyle. Get more sleep. Cut down stress." 

He goes on to share why it's important to have good physical health and how it affects the other aspects of your life. 

"... we are going to begin by raising your energy level, since you can't do anything without a body! We are doing to start at the most basic level of your life: your physical health." 

One of the sub chapters in chapter 1 is titled "What does God say about your body?" which was the most powerful chapter that I've read so far. 
1. My body belongs to God.
2. Jesus paid for my body when he died for me on the cross. 
3. God's Spirit lives in my body. 
4. God expects me to take care of my body. 
5. God will resurrect my body after I die. 

You will also read the Five elements for lasting change during chapter 1. Also very powerful!! 

Chapter 2 addresses the 5 key essentials to The Daniel Plan: 

Chapter 3 was about "Faith". 
"Before you can make any healthy changes in your life, you must first believe those changes are possible. Even more important, if you want God's help, you must trust him to give you his power to change.." 

The chapter goes on to talk about God's power, how we need God to change, how God's power works, our part in change, and trusting God during the process. 

Chapter 4 was about "Food".
"When you focus on health, healing and weight loss happen automatically. The Daniel Plan was not designed as a weight loss program. In fact, we never focused on weight, but on health..."

"You can actually eat anything based on one rule: Eat rule, whole food. Eat a colorful variety of real, whole foods from real ingredients that you can make yourself..."

He goes on to talk about Foods that Heal and what nutrigenomics and exposome means in relation to our bodies. "Real food has the power to give you your life back and more fully engage in the purpose for your life."

He describes The Daniel Plan perfect plate and the foods that are suggested for each category. It talks about the good carbs, the Glycemic Index, Veggies, Grains, Fruit, Protein, Vegetarian sources of protein, healing fats and snacks.

He talks about vitamins, food cravings and addictions. There's an entire sub chapter on foods that harm our body-obviously sugars, bad fats, etc.  And another chapter on designing your eating life in regards to your kitchen makeover, food alternatives, cooking, and reading labels.

The Food chapter is pretty long but very informative!!


After reading these 4 chapters, what do you think about the program so far?
What changes do you think you are going to make?

Make sure to read chapters 5-8 this week which explains more about the 5 essentials to the program.

You can buy materials here if you're interested or check out your local library:


  1. Glad you're enjoying the book so far. Have a great week!

  2. Love that - dedicate your body to God. Let God transform you!