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Does God Want You Thinner?

Preaching towards a thinner waistline

You might remember Pastor Rick Warren from the last presidential election. He is the leader of Saddleback Church in California who interviewed Barack Obama and John McCain. Pastor Warren realized he and a large number of his 20,000 plus congregation were overweight. He started the Daniel plan, named after an Old Testament story about a boy named Daniel who with four boys were trained at King Nebuchadezzar's court. The boys refused the usual fare and only ate vegetables and drank water and grew fitter as they trained.

Last year his members lost 260,000 pounds. Their plan includes:

  • Seeing a doctor for an evaluation and getting rid of the bad foods in their kitchens
  • Relying on a support group that they find at their church
  • Eating foods such as meat and vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds and minimizing whole grains and carbs
  • Staying active and exercising
  • Getting at least seven to eight hours sleep
  • Accepting that this is a lifestyle change

Members who participate are seeing earthly rewards.

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Lizzie Hedrick June 20, 2012 at 03:15 PM
God has bigger fish to fry...like Somalia.
Issy June 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
WOW Common sense and religion, who would of thought?
Theresa June 20, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I like this a lot :)
Heron June 20, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Huh???? The article says that the Daniel Plan involved eating only vegetables, but just below it says, "The Plan includes: eating food such as meat and vegetables." The article also says you should "minimize whole grains." I thought whole grains were supposed to be better for you (????)
KramericaIndustries June 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM
My God, I am so tired of reading these Patch blogs, the vast majority of which, as this, are just regurgitations of other stories, or pure pablum and self promotion. Whatever happened to an original thought and or interesting reading.

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