THe Daniel Diet

“Please test your servants for 10 days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then examine our appearances and the appearance of the young men who are eating the king’s food, and deal with your servants based on what you see.” He agreed with them about this and tested them for 10 days. At the end of 10 days they looked better and healthier than all the young men who were eating the king’s food. Daniel 1:12-15 HCSB

ABC News reports: The Daniel Diet, inspired by the Biblical prophet Daniel, has become a popular diet among some U.S. Protestant congregations to help encourage healthy eating. The Saddleback Church, which has a congregation of at least 20,000, has launched a website and book, co-written by head pastor Rick Warren, to promote a long term version of the diet renamed “The Daniel Plan.” Although the Saddleback church version of the Daniel Plan has specific diet directions, most versions of the Daniel diet are slightly improvised since the Bible does not give exact or detailed instructions. Versions of the fast include eating only raw vegetables or fruits for 10-21 days with water.

Daniel challenged the chief official to allow he and his friends to eat only raw vegetables and fruit with water for 10 days and then determine if they were in better health than the others. After 10 days of the “Daniel Diet,” they looked better and healthier than the other young men who were to be trained to serve the king. The “Daniel Diet” transcends 2000 years. It is a Biblical way to lose weight, eat healthier, and live better. The Daniel Plan ministers to the mind, body, and spirit.

Challenge: God expects us to live healthily and eat to live rather than live to eat. What changes do you need to make in your food selections and exercise to live a healthier lifestyle? You can get more information on the “Daniel Plan” diet at (

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