I was amazed the first time I read of the Daniel Diet hidden away in scriptures that are surmised to have been written in the fifth century BC. I couldn’t believe that this treasury of how to lose weight and develop a healthy mindset wasn’t promoted from more church pulpits. With so many people in the western world depressed, overweight, obese, suffering from diabetes, and high blood pressure, you would think this story would be told almost every Sunday.
This to me is a passage of what true #prosperity is—peace of mind, long life, wisdom, and a joyful spirit. It begs the question, what good is it to be a millionaire but your body, mind, relationships, and soul are so sick you can’t enjoy your money?
Here’s the story in a nutshell. The king of Babylon enlisted four young Israelites, followers of a monotheistic God to serve in his army. The plan was to teach them the language, provide the best education, and food that the Babylonian culture could offer. Daniel and his three buddies refused to eat the king’s choice rich food and sought permission from his superior to eat vegetables and water instead.
At the end of the ten days, they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal rich food. God also favored them by giving them knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. The king found none equal to them in every matter of wisdom and understanding.
This diet was put to the test by the #National Institutes of Health, in a study entitled, #Effect of a 21 day Daniel Fast on metabolic and cardiovascular disease risk factors in men and women. The researchers found that a 21-day period of modified dietary intake in accordance with the Daniel Fast is 1) well-tolerated by men and women and 2) improves several risk factors for metabolic and cardiovascular disease. Results indicated the following: 1) significantly reduces systolic and diastolic blood pressure, 2) significantly reduces total, LDL, and #HDL cholesterol, 3) reduces insulin, HOMA-IR, and C-reactive protein in a clinically meaningful, although statistically insignificant manner, 4) does not cause any negative effects on blood count or metabolic panel values, 5) is well-tolerated, and 6) may be useful as a nutrition education tool for men and women.
Here’s my take-away. It works for me! Although I’m not ready to give up my sweets and meats altogether, I’ve started eating more fruits and vegetables in my diet and I do see a noticeable difference in how I feel along with regular exercise. I have more energy, a better disposition, and I don’t have the #sugar crashes.
#There is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9