Happy Monday Everyone!
I have been thinking a lot about my healthy lifestyle journey lately. I am celebrating almost 4 ½ years since starting The Daniel Plan! When I stop and think of where I was and where I am now, I am amazed.
My body composition has changed. Maybe not the way I originally thought it would, but it has changed. So much more than that though is how my mentality has changed. I have gone from, basically, all about weight, to how much better I can feel if I tweak things here and there. My doctor is thrilled with all of my bloodwork and just tells me to continue what I am doing. Just a few years ago, he wanted to put me on prescriptions.
In this journey, I have found out that my body reacts to certain foods in a very negative way. I tend to have high inflammation and I’m just beginning to understand why. Not only understand it, but resolve it! Inflammation wreaks havoc with your body and I don’t need any more havoc!
My biggest victory throughout this journey though is the realization that I am not in this alone. The Daniel Plan is based on faith, focus, food, friends and fitness. It is the intertwining of these five essentials that brings about the change. I try to be very specific in keeping Jesus Christ in my journey every single day. He is my strength and my hope. I also have some very close friends that walk this journey with me. I will be grateful for the rest of my life.
And then there is this group as individuals and as a whole. Your love and support have carried me through so many tough times. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I posted the following quote just a month or two after beginning. It holds true today, just as it did then.
“God’s dream for you is not based on what you can do, what you have done, what you haven’t done, or where you have been. It is all based on Him.
There is a higher story going on. God is bringing the world to Himself through His Son and He is allowing you to be a part of that. Everything else in life is about that, and if you will allow Him to bring your dreams toward Him, you will see some big things in your life.”
In His light,
The Daniel Plan
Why do you spend your money on junk food, your hard-earned cash on cotton candy? Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best, fill yourself with only the finest. Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words. —Isaiah 55:2-3 MSG
We know the health benefits of eating real food grown on a plant rather than manufactured in a plant. Real food is medicine; junk food is toxic. God says the same is true in the spiritual realm: his Word is real food for our souls. It renews our minds and replenishes our spirits. We need it in our daily diet. Consider making a plan to read a portion of one of the Gospels, one of Paul’s letters, or a psalm each morning or before you go to bed.
God invites us back to spiritual food that will make our souls flourish. “God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries” (Psalm 19:10 MSG).
How can you feed your soul and body today?
Food for Thought: God’s words are truly life-giving and life-nourishing, real food for the hungry soul